Movers and Shakers for Feb. 12
Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute hired Jeremy Woodrow as the new communications director. A longtime Juneau resident from a commercial fishing family, Woodrow brings not only communications expertise but also a wealth of industry knowledge to the role. Woodrow most recently served as the communications officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He has previously worked with ASMI both as an intern in the communications program and with ASMI’s former PR agency, Schiedermayer &Associates Alaska. Woodrow has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and advertising from Northern Arizona University.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation hired Amy Gorn as program officer for the Healthy Foundations for Families focus area and Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith as Upper Susitna Valley community coordinator for R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness). Gorn was previously employed as a community wellness coordinator at Rural Alaska Community Action Programs Inc. Her experience also includes working in public radio in Sitka and Nome, and as a juvenile justice officer for the State of Alaska. She earned bachelor’s degrees in English and communication from College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University. Smith is working to support day-to-day communication and administration, community engagement, and data functions in her newly-created part-time position. R.O.C.K. Mat-Su is a cross-sector collaborative working to promote family resilience and reduce child maltreatment in the Mat-Su Borough. Smith is also employed as the part-time executive director of the Northern Susitna Institute in Talkeetna. She has previously held a variety of positions in program management and environmental education. She earned a master of education degree in environmental education from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in biology from College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has hired Paul “Otto” Feather as interim director of Emergency Services. Feather recently worked for U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan as state director and most recently as flight operations director for Alaska Missionary Aviation. He returns to the Borough after a deputy director of fire post he held here in 2013-14. Feather is a retired Air Force colonel with experience in combat command and crisis management. As a command pilot he flew 241 combat sorties while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. In March 2011, as the Wing Commander of Yokota Air Base near Tokyo, Feather directed the U.S. hub for Japanese relief efforts after the earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster.
Credit Union 1 promoted Maria Quick to the senior management team. Quick was initially hired in June 2006 as a financial analyst in the Accounting Department. In November 2007, she was promoted to senior financial analyst and in September 2011, Quick was promoted to financial controller. Quick is a CPA and has 19 years of accounting experience.
CRW Engineering Group LLC added Andrea Meeks, PE, Karl Hulse, PE and Matt Edge, PE, PTOE, to its leadership. Willy Van Hemert, CRW’s founder, will continue to serve clients and staff, but is stepping down from his tenure as a principal. Meeks is a licensed civil and environmental engineer with more than 16 years of Alaskan engineering experience. She joined CRW in 2003 after spending three years working in Unalaska, and continues to work for rural Alaska, designing infrastructure and facilities. Hulse is a licensed civil and environmental engineer with 19 years of experience in Alaska. Edg has been part of the CRW team for the past 14 years. He focuses on projects bringing improved energy and sanitation systems to rural Alaska. Edge, a licensed civil and environmental engineer, and certified professional traffic operations engineer, has been contributing to CRW’s design for the past 17 years and led successful completion of transportation, drainage, and sanitation improvement projects throughout Alaska.
Coffman Engineers promoted Trevor Buron to principal in the Anchorage office. Buron has 12 years of experience, all of which are with Coffman. He was born in Fairbanks and raised in Healy. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho. Buron specializes in industrial mechanical engineering and is instrumental to the continued development and day-to-day operation of the Coffman Anchorage office mechanical oil and gas work. Buron has managed the design effort for pipeline projects throughout Alaska and Hawaii. His mechanical engineering experience includes the design of process facilities and integrity assessment of oil and gas pipelines in offshore and onshore environments. Buron lends his expertise to facility and pipeline design for numerous clients including Tesoro, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. and the North Slope Borough.
Alexandra McKay will join Rasmuson Foundation as vice president of Programs, where she will oversee the Foundation’s grant-making programs and initiatives.McKay brings more than two decades of experience in nonprofit and public sector leadership to the Foundation, including 15 years working in senior roles for major family foundations. She has served in several positions for Casey Family Programs, most recently as executive vice president and chief counsel, and as deputy director for Schultz Family Foundation. She also worked as an attorney in the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. She has a wealth of expertise in a range of areas important to the Foundation, including nonprofit governance and operations and strategic planning. McKay grew up in Anchorage and most recently supported the development of the Community of Hope Project, a pilot effort of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and community partners to provide timely and culturally appropriate intervention and treatment to children within the foster care system. McKay received a juris doctor from Stanford University, a master of law degree from University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania.
Long-time Anchorage resident and electrical engineer Stuart Parks has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. The Chugach board appointed Parks to the seat at its Jan. 26 meeting. Parks is replacing Bruce Dougherty who left in December 2016. Parks has worked for NANA WorleyParsons LLC for the past 12 years and is currently the vice president, director of market and program manager. Parks was selected by the board from a pool of 14 applicants who were interviewed in December.
Denali Home Loans has added Tammy Gray as senior mortgage loan originator to its Mat-Su office at 1981 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway. Gray has more than 28 years of experience in banking, at various Alaska banks and credit unions. Her experience in banking includes construction loans, business/commercial accounts and mortgage lending. She is a founder of the Alaska Businesswomen’s Network, which has chapters in Anchorage, Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Valley, and is a board member of the Food Bank of Alaska.
Arctic Information Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Doyon Government Group, has appointed Bruce Hellen as president. Hellen served for 24 years in the United State Air Force. After retiring in 2010 as a Colonel, he entered the private sector as the director of business practices for a $1.5 billion company, primarily focusing on marketing, sales, and branding strategies. Next, he led a major RFID research and development project, resulting in multiple patents and international recognition as the world’s number one RFID implementation program in 2015. Hellen has led multiple organizations of various sizes throughout his military and private sector careers, ranging from small teams to large organizations.
The Alaska Peony Growers Association gave University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Mingchu Zhang its Growers Cup Award on Jan. 29 for his research supporting the peony industry. Growers vote on the award, which is given to an individual who provides key support to the peony industry. Zhang has presented regularly at the conference on his research relating to plant nutrition, fertilizer and soils needed for optimum peony growth. Zhang is a professor of agronomy and soil sciences with the School of Natural Resources and Extension. His research has focused on nutrient management, soils, and peony, forage and agronomic field crop production.