Movers and Shakers for Oct. 22
William “Bill” D. Falsey will step into the role of municipal manager for the Municipality of Anchorage effective Nov. 1. Mike Abbott, who has served as municipal manager for the Berkowitz administration since 2015, will join the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority as its CEO. Falsey is a graduate of Dimond High School, Stanford University and Yale University Law School. He served most recently as municipal attorney. Prior to that appointment, Bill was a partner at Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans and Fillipi, a principal at FoxKiser, and the deputy chief of staff for the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. Falsey was also a member of the 2017 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40.
Ben Walker has been named the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year. Walker has spent his 11-year career at Romig Middle School in the Anchorage School District where he teaches seventh grade science, as well as applied technology, robotics, and media technology. He serves on the school’s social and emotional learning committee, organizes STEM Career Day, and helps organize the MathCOUNTS program. Walker was the 2013 Alaska Awardee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Whitman College and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Stephen Hodgson will join the Pebble Partnership project as senior vice president of engineering and project director and James Fueg will join the project as vice president of permitting. Hodgson, P.E., will lead Pebble’s engineering and project development team, with responsibility for all aspects of project design, engineering and financial studies and regulatory compliance. He will be supported by Fueg, PMP, CPG, who assumes responsibility for all aspects of the project’s regulatory permitting team and process, including management of environmental and socioeconomic studies, liaison with federal and state agencies and active management of Pebble’s forthcoming environmental impact statement process. Hodgson is a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience in consulting, project management, feasibility-level design and implementation, and mine operations at some of the most significant mineral development projects in the world, including the Pine Point zinc mine in northern Canada, the Red Dog zinc mine in Alaska, Antamina in Peru, and the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia. Hodgson has led the engineering group at Northern Dynasty and Hunter Dickinson Inc. since 2005, has played a central role on the engineering team for Pebble for more than a decade, and was part of the Cominco team that evaluated the Pebble deposit in the early 1990s. Fueg is a geologist and a geophysicist with more than 25 years of experience in mineral exploration and resource development, including more than 20 years working in Alaska. He was most recently seconded from Barrick Gold Corporation to serve as Technical Services Manager for the Donlin Gold Project in western Alaska, where he played a leadership role managing the permitting process for a project expected to receive a final record of decision in 2018.
The First Alaskans Institute announced two promotions and two new hires. Joy Gudáang’láa Demmert (Haida/Tlingit) was promoted to Indigenous Operations manager and Colin Tass’aq Atauciq McDonald (Yup’ik) was promoted to Sustainability coordinator. Demmert joined FAI in 2015 as the Organizational Advancement coordinator and was promoted to Indigenous Operations manager this year. She works with the Indigenous operations team to advance our administrative capacity from a values-based position. She belongs to the Káat nay- st/Yahkw ’Láanaas (Shark House/Middle Town People) Clan, was born and raised in Ketchikan and received her bachelor’s degree in accounting University of Alaska Anchorage. McDonald joined FAI in 2015 as a Sustainability assistant and was promoted to Sustainability coordinator this year. He was born and raised in Bethel and holds a bachelor’s degree in rural development with an emphasis in rural community business and economic development. Karla Booth has been hired as the Indigenous Leadership Continuum director. She began her position with FAI at the 2017 FAI Elders &Youth Conference. Booth is from the Raven clan, moved to Anchorage in 2000 to attend the UAA, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Alaska Native Literature and a minor in Alaska Native Studies. From 2004-17, she had the honor supporting the transition of and serving as an advocate for Alaska Native, Native American, and rural students as the UAA Alaska Native &Rural Outreach Program Coordinator and Cama-i Room Coordinator. Angela Gonzalez was hired as the Indigenous Communications manager in August. Prior to FAI, Angela was the communications coordinator at the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. for nearly 10 years. She was the former membership director at KNBA 90.3 FM. Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Tulsa. She received the 2016 Bruce Pozzi Chapter Service Award from PRSA-Alaska Chapter.