Movers and Shakers for April 23
The Renewable Energy Alaska Project launched the Alaska Network for Energy Education and Employment in March and hired Chris McConnell as director. McConnell joins REAP from Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska where he was responsible for communications and outreach. McConnell draws from a background in writing, teaching and film production.
First National Bank Alaska announced two new hires. With nine years of banking experience, Danielle Nicklos is the new branch manager at the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Nicklos has previously worked as a teller, customer service representative, personal banker and operations supervisor. At North Star, she will be responsible for business development, consumer loans, branch operations and customer service. Debra Whitbeck is the Accounting Unit’s loan servicing supervisor. She will oversee a team of six who are responsible for ensuring accurate and timely servicing of the bank’s loan portfolio and the production of loan documentation relating to the opening, servicing and closing of all loans. Her team also ensures loans and agreements comply with state and federal laws, regulations and bank lending policies and procedures. Whitbeck’s banking career began in 1988.
Workforce solutions provider Kelly Services announced Christopher St. John as the new district manager in Alaska, based out of Anchorage. Kelly Services has been servicing Alaska for 28 years. St. John is responsible for the overall sales and operations for Kelly Services in Alaska. St. John joins Kelly with eight years of experience in the staffing industry. Previously, St. John worked as an account manager in the marketing and advertising industry. St. John is an Alaska American Marketing Association board member and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced that Roberta “Bobbi” Quintavell has been selected as the new president and CEO. Quintavell will start the position on May 8. During the past 20 years, Quintavell has contributed her expertise in helping Alaska Native corporations and their subsidiaries grow in shareholder equity and operational profitability by establishing financial controls, formalizing business processes, aggressively pursuing acquisitions, and building teams of highly skilled and forward-thinking leaders. Over the course of her career she has served as executive director of Arctic Slope Native Association; president/CEO of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Constructors and ASRC Construction Holding Co.; president/CEO and board member of ASRC; and subsequently as chief operating officer of Doyon Ltd. She has also served on the boards of various nonprofits including the Alaska Federation of Natives, Alaska Municipal League and the Rasmuson Foundation. Quintavell is Inupiaq and originally from Utqiagvik. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska in Anchorage and graduated with an executive master’s in business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business.