Movers and Shakers for Jan. 21
The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center hired Sara Harriger as the new executive director. Harriger brings to the position extensive experience in public diplomacy, management of multi-stakeholder projects, and cross-cultural collaboration. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she previously served as a Foreign Service Officer and speaks French, Japanese, and Arabic. She began her duties in December.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed five individuals to executive level positions. Rachel Norman has been selected for the new position of chief administration officer. Norman has been with Alaska USA for more than 24 years, most recently as senior vice president, human resources. Norman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. Brenda Lind has been promoted to the position of vice president, personnel. Lind has been with Alaska USA for more than 27 years, most recently as manager, personnel. Clinton Hess has been selected to fill the position of vice president, financial analysis. Hess has been with Alaska USA for more than 12 years, most recently as manager, financial analysis. Hess holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska, and a master’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University. Athar Nazir has been promoted to the new position of vice president, special credits operations. Nazir has been with Alaska USA for six years, most recently as manager, special credits operations and administration. Nazir holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in finance. Leisa DeYarmon has been selected to fill the new position of vice president, special credits collections. DeYarmon has been with Alaska USA for five years, most recently as special credits operations manager.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Jeremy Field as regional administrator for SBA Region X — also known as the SBA Pacific Northwest Region — which serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Field spent the past nine years in Pocatello, Idaho as the regional director and state grant coordinator for U.S. Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the Alaska USDA Farm Service Agency state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs. Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. Additional appointees will be named at a later date. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include: Committee Chair Scott Mugrage, Delta Junction; Joe Orsi, Juneau; Richelle Plummer, Matanuska Valley; Al Poindexter, Kenai Peninsula
Jake Metcalfe was named executive director of ASEA/AFSCME Local 52, the largest union in Alaska, on Jan. 1. Metcalfe is a fourth-generation Alaskan born and raised in Juneau and brings a wide range of workplace representation to his new position. After law school, Metcalfe was appointed Bethel District Attorney, supervising one of Alaska’s busiest criminal prosecution offices. For the last 20 years, Metcalfe has served and represented Alaska workers. Between 1997 and 2008, he served as associate and general counsel for IBEW Local 1547. Most recently, he represented Alaska state and municipal police employees as executive director of the Public Safety Employees’ Association Local 803.