Movers and Shakers for Aug. 20
The Department of Law announced the appointment of Gustaf Olson as the new Kodiak District Attorney starting Sept. 1. Olson replaces Steve Wallace who became the Bethel District Attorney earlier this summer. Olson began his career in 2004 as an Anchorage municipal prosecutor. He joined the Department of Law in 2006 as an Assistant District Attorney under then District Attorney Leonard “Bob” Linton. In 2011, Olson became an Assistant Attorney General focusing on the prosecution of alcohol-related offenses in Northwest Alaska. Since 2013, when he re-joined the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office, Olson has been a leader in the office prosecuting some of the most complex and high-profile cases in the Anchorage area. This includes prosecuting Jerry Active for murder and sexual assault following a brutal attack of a Mountain View family in 2013, in which Active received a sentence of 359 years. In 2011, Olson prosecuted Kip Lynch for the double murder of his wife and child. Also in 2011, Gustaf was named the Prosecutor of the Year for his continual dedication to the victims of violent crime.
Heather Gatti joined the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as special assistant to the president. Gatti previously worked for the First Alaskans Institute from 2014-17 as an indigenous research assistant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has held internships with First Alaskans Institute, Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Gatti was born and raised in Ketchikan and is of Haida and Tlingit descent.
Thomas Stark was named business banking manager for Wells Fargo Business Banking in Anchorage. Stark will lead a team of 11 business relationship managers and associates based at Wells Fargo’s Northern Lights and C Street and Huffman Road locations. Stark has been with Wells Fargo for 13 years. Most recently, he served as a principal business relationship manager in Kalispell, Mont. He also served customers in Arizona as a business relationship manager and mortgage underwriter. Stark holds a master’s degree in international finance from Thunderbird, Global School of Management and bachelor’s degrees in communications and business management from Northern Arizona University. Stark succeeds Bond Stewart, a 29-year company veteran and lifelong Alaskan who recently joined Wells Fargo’s Commercial Real Estate team in Alaska as a principal business relationship manager. In his new role, Stewart will work with Alaska commercial real estate developers, nonprofits and other entities to provide specialized financial services. Stewart joined the company as a teller in Kodiak and entered the management training program less than a year later. He served as a branch manager in Ketchikan, Kenai, Petersburg and Prince of Wales Island before being named Ketchikan business banking manager in 2006. He served as Anchorage business banking manager for nine years. Stewart holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Joel Spano, lead quality assurance representative in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District’s Alaska Area Office, received the 2017 Chief of Engineers Hard Hat of the Year Award Aug.1 during a national ceremony in Washington, D.C. The honor was presented by Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Houston. Spano, originally from Pawcatuck, Conn., is responsible for providing mechanical support for military construction projects across Alaska. His duties include performing quality assurance inspections and supporting the commissioning of electromechanical systems. During a time of reduced staffing, Spano volunteered to serve as project engineer on multiple large scale and complex military projects valued in excess up to $35 million such as the Buckner Fitness Center expansion on Fort Richardson and the JBER Hospital dining facility. Since 2002, Spano has served in the Alaska District’s Engineering, Construction and Operations Division. Previously, he was a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician in the Air Force from 1992 to 2002.