Movers and Shakers for Oct. 15
Dr. Sean Lee has joined Anchorage Bariatrics. Lee joins Anchorage Bariatrics from the Center for Obesity and Metabolism at Augusta University in Georgia, where he led and facilitated the bariatric surgery program as a nationally recognized bariatric surgery Center of Excellence. Originally from the suburbs of Seattle, Lee received his medical doctorate at Yale University School of Medicine, spending a fifth year performing research in bone marrow-derived stem cells with the support of a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He completed his residency in general surgery at Duke University, focusing his clinical work on bariatric surgery. Lee and Anchorage Bariatrics founder Dr. Justin Clark met during Dr. Clark’s fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Duke. The following year, Clark moved to Anchorage and Lee began his specialty training in the same program.
Deputy Attorney General Ed Sniffen presented the eighth annual Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service to Allison Mendel at a ceremony celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis and marking the start of Domestic Violence Action Month. Since coming to Alaska in 1982, Mendel worked for Alaska Legal Services for several years before going into private practice in 1987. Christine Pate, director of the Legal Program at the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, highlighted Mendel’s consistent dedication to pro bono work. Since 2000, Mendel has personally represented 13 clients in pro bono cases through ANDVSA; her firm has handled a total of 45 pro bono cases since that time.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board of trustees hired Mike Abbott as CEO, effective Nov. 1. Abbot is currently the Municipality of Anchorage Municipal Manager. Abbott will oversee both the Trust Land Office and the Mental Health Trust Authority office. Additionally, Andy Stemp was recently hired as chief financial officer. Previously Stemp was the director of Administration and Finance for the North Slope Borough. In fiscal year 2018, the Trust anticipates granting nearly $18 million to state agencies, nonprofits and providers across Alaska.
Gov. Bill Walker appointed Leslie Ridle as commissioner of the Department of Administration. Ridle has previously served as the department’s deputy commissioner, and has been acting commissioner since former Commissioner Sheldon Fisher transitioned to the same role at the Department of Revenue. Ridle grew up in Douglas and Anchorage. Her professional background includes teaching, as well as government service in Anchorage, Washington, D.C., and Juneau. As deputy commissioner, Ridle oversaw the Divisions of Personnel and Labor Relations, General Services, Motor Vehicles, the Public Defender Agency, the Office of Public Advocacy, and the Alaska Public Offices Commission.