Movers and Shakers for Aug. 26
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has chosen Heather Brandon of Juneau as Alaska Sea Grant’s new director. Brandon is an environmental policy leader with experience in fisheries issues on a broad geographic scale, ranging from Alaska to the Arctic and Russian Far East. Before joining Alaska Sea Grant, Brandon was a foreign affairs specialist for NOAA’s Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection. Brandon has also worked for World Wildlife Fund, Juneau Economic Development Council, Pacific Fishery Management Council, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. She has a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon. Alaska Sea Grant, one of 33 such programs around the country, is a partnership between NOAA and UAF. Through research, outreach and education, Alaska Sea Grant works to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of Alaska’s marine and freshwater ecosystems and coastal economies.
Credit Union 1 promoted Melissa Aningayou to branch manager of its Midtown Branch in Anchorage. Aningayou was initially hired in 2007 as a teller at the credit union’s Nome Branch before transferring to Anchorage in 2010. She has since held the positions of senior teller, member service officer, member service supervisor, assistant branch manager and branch manager of Credit Union 1’s Abbott Branch prior to this promotion.
Dr. Gabriel Wolken of the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys has been awarded an international research fellowship to study and map Alaska’s snow avalanche hazards. The six-month fellowship beginning Sept. 1 in Davos, Switzerland, promotes collaboration between visiting senior-level scientists and the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. Wolken manages the Climate &Cryosphere Hazards Program at DGGS and is affiliated with the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He investigates the impacts of changes in snow, ice, and permafrost on Alaska’s landscape, natural resources, and the built environment.
Alyssa Norris recently joined the LONG Building Technologies team as an account executive in the Fairbanks office in July. Norris grew up in interior Alaska and completed a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Washington State University. While earning her degree she interned at the U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C, served on the university Board of Regents, started her own small business, and was actively involved in mentorship programs to help support and retain women in engineering through the Society of Women Engineers. LONG provides HVAC mechanical solutions, building automation systems, security solutions, and equipment for commercial properties. Norris will also be specializing in the C-PACE program as it gets kicked-off in Alaska. LONG Building Technologies has offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Col. Phillip Borders became the 28th commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District during a change of command ceremony today Aug. 14. Borders, a native of Lawrence, Kan., replaces Col. Michael Brooks, who served as the district commander since July 2015 and retired after 25 years of service. He will also be responsible for the district’s support to the U.S. Pacific Command designing and constructing humanitarian assistance projects throughout Southeast Asia. Under the Defense Department Foreign Military Sales Program, the district also oversees master planning, requirements validation, design and construction of infrastructure for the Government of India’s C-17 aircraft at Hindon Air Force Station. Before assuming command in Alaska, Borders attended both the National Security and School of Other Nations programs under a U.S.-bilateral arrangement at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario. Previously, he served as chief of the Engineer Plans Branch for U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Borders has deployed for 42 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Freedom Sentinel and Operation Desert Storm. He has earned the Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab and Combat Action Badge. As a decorated Army officer, some of Borders’ awards include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. Borders graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas in 1996. He also earned a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is credentialed as a project management professional.
Chief Master Sgt. Winfield Hinkley, Jr. assumed responsibility of the senior enlisted leader position of the Alaska National Guard through the passing of the Non-Commissioned Officer’s Saber to Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel, the adjutant general of Alaska, during a change-of-responsibility ceremony Aug. 13. For the past two and half years, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Nelson, the outgoing SEL, led the AKNG enlisted force by advancing priorities of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs with legal, moral and ethical focus. Nelson helped establish the Ethical Fitness Program, expand the Senior Enlisted Development Program, and exposed NCOs to experiences outside of their core competencies. As the third AKNG senior enlisted leader, Hinkley comes to the organization from being commandant of the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Tennessee. Hinkley also has roots in the AKNG with prior service as a comptroller flight superintendent for the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing.
Sitnasuak Native Corp. added Norm Resnick to its management team as general counsel effective July 24. His credentials and experience have involved important work with Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act issues, commercial and real estate transactions, business acquisitions, corporate law, land and resource management, and government contracting. He also has experience in litigation, alternative dispute resolution, human resources and employment law, probate, and shareholder support. Resnick has previously represented private individuals, business enterprises, and local, state and federal agencies. Most recently he was general counsel for Calista Corp.
Northrim Bank hired Sarah Maycock as Electronic Banking support manager and Kristin Oberman as associate vice president, branch manager. Susan Stenstrom was promoted to associate vice president, assistant corporate secretary. Maycock joined Northrim Bank with 10 years of banking experience. She recently moved to Anchorage from Wisconsin where she worked at a community bank in Milwaukee. Maycock holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Oberman joined Northrim Bank with seven years of experience in the financial industry. She has worked with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and First National Bank Alaska. Oberman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in human resources management from the University of Maryland. Stenstrom has been with Northrim Bank for 10 years and has 43 years of experience in the financial industry. Stenstrom was the 2013 recipient of the Northrim Bank President’s Award.