Movers and Shakers for Aug. 6
Rebecca Pruitt was promoted to gallery coordinator at The Alutiiq Museum effective July 25. Pruitt will oversee the daily operations of the Alutiiq Museum Store, assist artists and visitors, develop store merchandise and host museum events. Pruitt is a 2012 graduate of Kodiak High School and began work at the Alutiiq Museum in 2014 where she has contributed to everything from collections care and educational outreach to language programming and the museum store.
Leigh Broten has joined Denali Federal Credit Union Home Loans department as a home loan originator. Prior to Broten’s employment with Denali, she worked for NorthBay Mortgage, Aberdeen Federal Savings Bank and Allied Home Mortgage Capital Corp. as a loan originator. There, her responsibilities involved consulting with clients and hosting public classes for financing preparation basics. Broten was also an educator teaching classes on technology, accounting, entrepreneurship, business math, marketing and career building skills. Broten has been in the financial industry for 34 years.
Andrew Aurelio was promoted to mechanical technician at Great Alaskan Holidays, the state’s largest RV rental, sales and service business headquartered in Anchorage. Aurelio has worked at Great Alaskan Holidays for more than five years.
Sarah Dybdahl is the new cultural heritage and education manager for Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. In this position, Dybdahl will oversee the coordination of Tlingit and Haida’s cultural activities and develop cultural programs in collaboration with tribes and other Native entities. The newly created Cultural Heritage and Education department was established to strengthen Tlingit and Haida’s nationhood. Dybdahl formerly served as the executive director of Huna Heritage Foundation (2015-17) and worked more than 15 years in various capacities for Sealaska and Sealaska Heritage Institute (2000-15). She currently serves on the Klawock Heenya Corp. board of directors (since 2010), the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors as the Southeast Village representative, and Native Americans in Philanthropy board. Dybdahl grew up in Klawock and holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Southern Oregon University.
Tom Sullivan was recently appointed vice president at First National Bank Alaska and named regional branch manager for Cordova, Haines, Juneau and Sitka. Sullivan is based out of the downtown Juneau Regional Branch. He is responsible for lending activities, business and community development, bank outreach and branch operations. Sullivan has been helping Southeast Alaska customers since 1986. Originally from Iowa, he graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in business administration.
Ryan Cooper recently joined Stantec in its Anchorage office as an associate and environmental scientist, focusing on transportation, oil and gas, and hydroelectric projects in the Northwest. With more than a decade of experience working mostly in Alaska, Cooper will help expand the firm’s environmental efforts throughout the state and Pacific Northwest region. Since joining Stantec, Cooper has worked on the Kivalina Evacuation and School Site Access Road, Noatak Airport Relocation and North Pole Water Distribution System Expansion. Prior to joining Stantec, Cooper spent the previous five-plus years working for an Alaska Native Regional corporation, with a focus on regulatory permitting for approximately 10 major projects annually, including multiple oil and gas projects. Cooper earned a pair of bachelor’s degrees from Colorado State University in biology and business, and earned his master’s degree in biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has lectured at Harvard and Cornell universities.
Coffman Engineers announced four new employees. Edward Lightwood, P.E. has joined the civil engineering department; Nicholai Smith, P.E. has rejoined the electrical engineering department; Ryan Gilchrist and Korey Hughes have been hired as drafters/designers. Lightwood is a professional, licensed engineer in Alaska with more than 30 years of experience in project management, contracts, planning, engineering, procurement and construction. Prior to joining Coffman Engineers, Lightwood worked at R&M Consultants, successfully operated a small engineering firm, and then managed and delivered EPC projects and programs for ConocoPhillips. Smith, a prior employee of Coffman Engineers, received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming. Smith has worked on commercial and industrial facilities and is a certified commercial energy auditor. Gilchrist obtained an associate’s degree in architectural and engineering technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and previously worked at CH2M in Anchorage. He will work in the civil engineering department and will utilize his eight years of experience providing CAD expertise in Autodesk programs, 3D Modeling and BIM software. Hughes completed the architectural engineering technology (CAD) program at the UAA and is a certified drafter for civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering. He will work directly with the mechanical and piping department as well as electrical and instrumentation design teams.