Movers and Shakers for July 23
Nora Barlow, Leonard Anderson and Constance Livsey left Burr, Pease &Kurtz to form the new law firm of Barlow Anderson LLC located at 420 L Street, Suite 310, in Anchorage. They are joined by associate Martha Tansik and long-term staff. The Barlow Anderson practice deals with workers’ compensation defense, estate planning, probate, guardianship, and business transactions and formation.
Due to the pending retirement of PenAir Chief Operating Officer Dave Hall, several changes in upper management have been announced. Current Chief Financial Officer Dave Richards has been named to replace Hall as COO. Richards has been with PenAir for nine months, and brings experience from Era Aviation where he was VP of finance for six years and controller with the Municipality of Anchorage for six years. Brian Whilden, VP, safety and compliance, has been promoted to senior VP, flight operations and safety. Whilden has held many positions in his 29-year PenAir career starting on the ramp in King Salmon. He also served as station manager moving throughout the PenAir’s routes of King Salmon, Dillingham and Dutch Harbor. Murphy Forner, VP, ground operations, has been named senior VP, ground operations and business development. Forner has held various positions with PenAir over the last six years, and spent 11 years with Era Aviation and 20 years at Alaska Airlines, all in the ground operations and station operations arena. Al Orot, has been named VP, ground operations-Alaska. Orot previously held the position of VP of cargo operations until the sale of the all-cargo Saab 340 fleet. Orot, another long-term employee with the company, has held various services position in his 28-year career with PenAir. Dallas Anthony, regional director, ground operations-Alaska, has been named managing director, ground operations-contiguous U. S. His career includes four years with PenAir, including manager of safety and regional director ground operations-Alaska. Nick Aderman, Director of Maintenance, was promoted to VP of aircraft maintenance. Aderman started with PenAir in September 2003 as a night shift aircraft mechanic. During his 14 years prior to becoming director of maintenance he held positions as lead aircraft mechanic, aircraft inspector, and outsource maintenance representative for heavy check aircraft.
Chief Bankruptcy Judge Gary A. Spraker of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Alaska has been appointed to the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, which hears appeals of decisions made by federal bankruptcy courts in the western states. Spraker, 54, will serve a seven-year term on the BAP, commencing Aug. 1. Spraker, who maintains chambers in Anchorage, was appointed to the Alaska bankruptcy court in 2012. He is the court’s only full-time judge and assumed the office of chief bankruptcy judge upon his appointment. Prior to coming onto the bench, Spraker was a partner since 2002 at Christianson &Spraker (formerly Christianson, Boutin &Spraker). His practice there focused on all phases of bankruptcy and commercial matters including litigation. Spraker was also an associate at the same law office from 1994 to 2002, when it was known as Bundy &Christianson. He began his legal career in 1988 as an associate in the Denver office of Morrison &Foerster. A native of Baltimore, Md., Spraker received his bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stetson University in 1985, and his juris doctcor in 1988 from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, graduating third in the class.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Annie Bill and Lisa Wade to its board of directors. Bill has had successful careers in education and natural resources. She owns Excel Alaska, an education consulting company. Previously, Bill held positions of increasing responsibility with the Mat-Su Borough School District. She was principal at Ron Larson Elementary School, acting assistant principal at Colony Middle School, a teacher, and she served as the district’s coordinator for the Talented and Gifted and International Baccalaureate programs. She earned a master’s degree in teaching from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks/environmental education from Penn State University. Wade became the health, education, and social services division director for Chickaloon Village Traditional Council in 2013. She previously served as the director of health and social services for seven years. Wade is a steering committee member of the Alaska Resilience Coalition and of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children With Kindness). She is a member of Benteh/Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care Center’s Joint Operating Board, and an advisory committee member of the Ahtnahwt’aene’ Nay’dini’aa den (Life House Clinic Community Health Center). She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Metropolitan State University. She studied counseling psychology at the master’s level at Saint Mary’s University and completed coursework in a Ph.D. program in clinical and community psychology with a rural Indigenous Emphasis at the University of Alaska.
AECOM has hired Corissa Andrews to support its Alaska operations as a student intern. In this role, Andrews will provide project and administrative support to AECOM’s Anchorage office. Andrews is a 2017 graduate of Robert Service High School in Anchorage, where she was enrolled in Advanced Placement studies. Andrews will enroll at Washington State University in Pullman this fall, majoring in environmental engineering.
Chris Brown has been selected for the position of senior vice president, special credits, at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Brown has more than 23 years of lending and collections experience, including 18 years with Ford Motor Credit. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees of advertising and public relations degrees from Michigan State University.
The law firm of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller, Monkman &Flannery, LLP, with offices in Anchorage and Juneau, announced that three of its Alaska attorneys have been named to the Thomson Reuters “2017 Super Lawyers” list. Myra Munson was named a “Super Lawyer” in the areas of Native American, heath care and nonprofit organization law. Richard Monkman received the designation in health care, Native American and appellate law. Lloyd Miller received the designation in Native American, appellate and government relations law. Sonosky Chambers was established in 1976 to represent Indian and Native Alaskan Tribes. The firm also has offices in Washington, D.C., San Diego and Albuquerque.