Movers and Shakers for May 27
The University of Alaska Southeast announced that Dr. Thomas Thornton has been selected as the new Dean of Arts &Sciences. He will also serve as UAS vice provost for research and sponsored programs. He replaces Dr. Paula Martin, who has served as the interim dean of the school since summer 2017. As dean, Thornton will provide leadership for the school and its four departments: Business and Public Administration, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. He will assume his new role in Juneau on July 1. Thornton earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Swarthmore College and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Washington. He previously lived in Juneau and taught at UAS. He currently is an associate professor and senior research fellow at University of Oxford in the United Kingdom where he has worked in the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment. He is also a fellow of the Global Diversity Foundation’s Global Environmental Summer Academy in Bern, Switzerland. Thornton has been involved in numerous projects involving anthropology and human ecology, including many in Alaska. His book, Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’u: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, won a 2012 Alaska Historical Association award. In previous Alaska research he has collaborated with a number of Southeast Alaska tribes and organizations, including Sealaska Heritage Institute, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and the Southeast Native Subsistence Commission. He has published over 70 works in his fields of study.
Nicole Knox, PE, R&M Consultants Inc. group manager of Site Development, was inducted into the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame on May 4. Over her 15-year engineering career, Knox has made many significant contributions to the field. After growing up in Anchorage and earning her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UAA in 2004, Knox worked as an engineering intern at ASCG Inc. during school and then moved to R&M shortly after graduating. She steadily progressed from staff engineer, to project engineer, to senior project engineer and became a shareholder of the company in 2012. She was promoted to group manager of Site Development for R&M in 2017. Her work includes large and small public and private site development projects throughout Alaska, each with their own unique challenges. Notable projects include the Anchorage Museum Expansion, UAA Alaska Airlines Center, Fire Station No. 5 and Downtown Soup Kitchen.
Resource Data Inc. hired Alvin Morris as systems engineer at its Anchorage office. Morris is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Most recently he worked as a logistics analyst for Lynxnet and previously worked as a systems analyst for SAVA Workforce Solutions. Resource Data also hired Cynthia Cantrell as an accounts payable/accounts receivable specialist at its Anchorage office. Cantrell has a background working as a bookkeeper and office manager. Most recently she worked as an office manager for Hall Quality Homes in Palmer and prior to that she also worked as a financial aid officer for Charter College in Wasilla.
Cody Gauer was appointed president and CEO of Peak Oilfield Service Company, effective April 9. Gauer is 13-year veteran of the upstream oil and gas industry, of which the last 10 have been spent in the heart of Alaska’s oil patch. He previously served as the production manager for Eni Petroleum’s Arctic offshore assets and held multiple positions at ConocoPhillips Alaska, including senior production engineer and planning analyst for their Colville and Kuparuk River Units. Prior to relocating to Alaska, Gauer spent time in Wyoming and Texas working the fields for Encana, a leading North American energy producer. Gauer graduated with honors from Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering.
Shirley Marquardt was appointed executive director of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Marquardt previously served as mayor and City Council member of Unalaska for 22 consecutive years. During the past 38 years, she has worked for two shore plants, the At-Sea Processors fleet, two fisheries logistics companies, and an Alaskan-owned and operated marine transportation company. She served on the Aleutian Island Risk Assessment Advisory Panel, the Alaska Marine Pilot Board, the Marine Transportation Advisory Board and the American Seafoods Community Advisory Board. Marquardt also served as President of the Alaska Municipal League, President of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, and President of the Unalaska Senior Center board. She is currently vice president of the Aleutian Island Waterways Safety Committee, and the director of Boards and Commissions for the State of Alaska. Marquardt will start in early June.
Nils Andreassen was hired as the executive director of the Alaska Municipal League beginning this summer. Andreassen comes to the league’s office in Juneau from his position at the Institute Of The North, where he works with Arctic nations and organizations. As executive director of AML, he will communicate with 165 municipalities and 12 affiliates, advocate for them with state government and at the legislature, and represent Alaska’s local governments in national organizations including the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities.