Movers and Shakers for Dec. 17
RE/MAX Dynamic Properties added Betsy Mehler and David Matthys to its real estate sales team. Mehler, a fourth-generation Alaskan, has worked with a variety of real estate brokerages throughout Anchorage. Matthys, who was born in the Congo and lived in Belgium, came to Alaska in 2008 and worked in the fitness industry.
Michelle Boutin has joined the law firm Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP in its Anchorage office. Boutin focuses her practice on bankruptcy, collections and creditors’ rights, civil litigation, and construction law. She received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a juris doctor from Hamline University School of Law. Boutin is a member of the Alaska Bar Association (current chair of the Bankruptcy Section), the Anchorage Bar Association (past officer and president, and current member of the Real Estate Section), and past attorney representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She is admitted to practice to the Alaska State Bar, Federal District Court, District of Alaska, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Alaska Energy Authority board of directors appointed Janet Reiser as executive director, effective Jan. 2, 2018. Reiser comes to AEA with more than three decades of Alaska experience in energy management, engineering, construction and telecommunications. She is currently the Chugach Electric Association board chair; her resignation from that position will be effective Dec. 31. Reiser has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The Alaska Railroad has named Vice President of Engineering Clark Hopp as chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018, when current COO Doug Engebretson retires. The COO oversees rail transportation, engineering, mechanical, safety and grant administration functions. Hopp has led the railroad’s Engineering Department since February 2013. He joined the railroad in 2001 as a capital projects manager, and in 2003, he became manager, civil projects. In 2011, Hopp was promoted to director of Special Projects, overseeing the two mega rail extension projects: Port MacKenzie Rail Extension and Northern Rail Extension, Phase One. Before joining the railroad, Hopp worked for Transystems Corp., a nationwide engineering consulting firm based in Nebraska. From 1995 to 2001, Hopp provided project management services to Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. He earned a degree in construction engineering technology from Iowa Western College.
Sen. Dan Sullivan appointed Renée Limoge Reeve to serve as his state director based in his Anchorage office. Reeve comes to Sullivan’s office from the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, where she served as deputy director. Reeve is a graduate of the University of Vermont and holds a degree in political science and English. Reeve has worked in numerous capacities in the Alaska State Legislature, as press secretary for former Alaska Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, and as a senior research analyst for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Trilogy Metals Inc. announced the appointment of William “Willie” Iggiagruk Hensley to the company’s board of directors. Hensley was born in Kotzebue, attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated with a degree in political science from George Washington University. Hensley significantly contributed to the settlement of Alaska’s Native claims with the United States federal government. While attending graduate school in Fairbanks, Hensley wrote a seminal research paper for Judge Jay Rabinowitz titled “Alaska Native Land Claims: The Primary Issue”, which outlined the historical land rights of Alaska Natives, arguing for a just settlement of the issue. Hensley was elected to the House of Representatives after graduation and then served four full terms as senator and two further terms through an appointment by Gov. Steve Cowper. Hensley was a founder of NANA, served for 20 years as a director, became the head of NANA Development Corp. and finally President of NANA Regional Corp. He was a founder of the Alaska Federation of Natives and served as director, executive director, president and co-chair. Trilogy Metals Inc. is a metals exploration company focused on exploring and developing the Ambler mining district located in northwestern Alaska.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed two new executives. Jessica Graham has been selected to fill the new position of senior vice president, general counsel. Graham comes to Alaska USA with 14 years of in-house corporate law experience, most recently as general counsel/chief compliance officer for Koniag Native Corp. Graham also clerked for the chief justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Graham holds a law degree from the Law School of Duke University and has served on the board of the Alaska Bar Association. Tom Newins has been selected to fill the position of chief operations officer. Newins comes to Alaska USA with more than 25 years of executive-level credit union experience, including President/CEO of a credit union with more than $1 billon in assets. Newins holds a degree in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and graduated with honors from the Western CUNA Management School.