Movers and Shakers for July 22
Jimmie Rogers, CHSP, has joined Sitnasuak Native Corp. subsidiary companies Bonanza Fuel LLC and Nanuaq LLC in the new role of risk and safety manager. Rogers has more than 30 years of Alaskan-based experience leading safety, security, risk management and emergency management disciplines. He is a board credentialed, certified healthcare safety professional (masters’ level); certified environmental and safety compliance officer; and certified emergency, disaster and security manager, with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Past positions include chair of the Northwest Arctic Public Safety Commission, member of the Matanuska Susitna Borough Local Emergency Planning Committee, and member of the Alaska Safety Advisory Council representing industry.
Kristi Schoenleber was appointed as First National Bank Alaska trust officer, joining Operations Manager Shannon Smith as recent additions to the bank’s Investment Management and Trust Services Department. Schoenleber, born and raised in Alaska, brings more than 25 years of experience in investment management and trust services to FNBA. Prior to joining the bank, Schoenleber was a licensed financial consultant at the country’s third-largest bank, working with corporations, Tribal governments, and high-net-worth clients. Most recently, she was an analyst for an international bank with a focus on large corporate clients, foreign currency, and wealth management. As trust officer, Schoenleber will help customers develop and grow their wealth and estate plans. Smith’s path to the department’s operations manager position led through the FNBA Audit Department. She worked as an internal auditor with experience in trust operations. In her new role, Smith will serve as an additional resource for customers, in addition to their primary relationship officer.
Resource Data, a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Patrick Schmidt as a GIS programmer/analyst to its Anchorage office. Schmidt graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in geography, and has just relocated to Anchorage from Vermont. He recently worked as a GIS intern for Vermont Legal Aid in Burlington, Vt. Resource Data has also hired Jacqueline Hall as a GIS programmer/analyst at the Anchorage office. Hall has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from San Diego University and has completed GIS certification courses at Mesa Community College. She has a background in data management, technical document writing, GIS and environmental policy. Most recently she worked as an archaeologist for LSA Associates Inc. for six years.
Residential Mortgage hired Tawni S. Layne Laxa and Amy Miller as senior mortgage loan originators at its Calais Street office in Anchorage. Laxa, a certified military home specialist, brings 16 years of mortgage industry experience to Residential Mortgage. From 2007-17, she worked at Alaska USA Mortgage Co. as an assistant vice president and senior mortgage loan originator. Most recently, Laxa comes from Prime Lending where she was a senior mortgage loan originator. Laxa graduated from the University of Southern Colorado-Pueblo, now Colorado State University-Pueblo, with bachelor’s degrees in criminology and sociology. Miller has 20 years of experience in mortgage lending, including 10 years as a senior mortgage loan originator at Alaska USA Mortgage Co. Miller specializes in first-time homebuyer, conforming, VA, FHA, RD and HUD184 loans and joins the Residential Mortgage team from Prime Lending.
Patricia “Pat” Thayer, based in Fairbanks for HDR, was given the Frank C. Balfour Professional of the Year award during the International Right of Way Association’s recent 64th International Education Conference. HDR also has Alaska offices in Anchorage and Palmer. IRWA works to elevate ethics, learning and a standard of excellence within its membership community. The Frank C. Balfour Professional of the Year award, named after IRWA’s founder, honors professionals who have demonstrated exemplary support to the association based on outstanding contributions made through leadership positions in the chapter, regional and international levels; fulfillment of educational courses and activities; participation in association regional and international activities; and achievement of IRWA professional designations.