Movers and Shakers for Sept. 2
Melinda Freemon was appointed executive director of Anchorage Project Access, a non-profit dedicated to increasing access to health care for low income uninsured members of our community by working with a network of over 600 medical and dental providers to serve those in need. Freemon brings more than 30 years of experience in Alaska in organizational management with an emphasis on systems integration and improvement. She has worked in rural and urban Alaska and led a variety of health care, behavioral health, housing and other programs for vulnerable populations. Before becoming the executive director, Freemon served as the director of the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services, the director of Supportive Housing for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program and the executive director of the Salvation Army Clitheroe Center. Freemon holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. She is a licensed professional counselor and a certified clinical supervisor.
The Alaska Department of Law announced the appointment of Tim McGillicuddy as the Ketchikan District Attorney, effective Aug. 6, after Ben Hofmeister accepted a position with the Department of Law, Civil Division in Juneau. McGillicuddy graduated from the University of Illinois School of Law in 2007 and served as a prosecutor around the country for nine out of the following 11 years. He has practiced in diverse areas of the country from Chicago to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. He came to the Ketchikan District Attorney’s office in 2016 and since then has worked a varied caseload including complex homicides, assaults, burglaries, and drug trafficking cases.
MSI Communications, one of Alaska’s largest advertising and public-relations agencies, has promoted Director of Client Services Kris Miller to vice president. Miller oversees the agency’s two largest accounts, Alaska Airlines and BP Alaska. As director of client services, she is responsible for training and developing the account managers and account executives who, as a group, oversee the agency’s entire roster of clients. Originally from Minnesota, Miller has been with MSI for five years. She joins Creative Director Jim Coe; Vice President, Director of Digital Strategies Steve Howell; Vice President, Campaign Strategist Lana Johnson; and Senior Vice President and Director of Finance Amy Clifford on MSI’s senior advisory and agency operations-management team.
Alaska Aerospace Corp. announced the hiring of Mark D. Lester to serve as the company’s new president. Lester will report directly to Craig Campbell, who continues as CEO. Prior to joining Alaska Aerospace, Lester was the founder and CEO of Pantigo Lester LLC in Colorado Springs where he provided management consulting services to mid-market aerospace and defense businesses. His background includes previously serving as the CEO with Doss Aviation, as well as providing business development, marketing, program management, and engineering expertise for a number of aerospace companies. Lester also served in the United States Air Force as a space systems engineer, satellite operator, and intelligence analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University and a master’s degree in space operations from the University of Colorado.
Credit Union 1 promoted Mish Mafnas to branch manager of its First Avenue Branch in Fairbanks. Mafnas, who has 13 years of financial institution experience, was initially hired by Credit Union 1 in 2009 and has served as member service representative, senior teller and assistant branch manager. In 2017, Mafnas briefly left the credit union before returning in 2018 to her branch manager promotion.
Luke Hasenbank, who most recently served as vice president, has been promoted to president of Alaska Maritime Agencies, where he will continue to oversee all Alaska operations that include offices in Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, Kenai, Seward, Whittier and the Lynnwood, Wash., accounting department in addition to all the outlying Alaskan ports. He has been with the company since 2003. Andrew Mew, who previously served as operations manager, has been promoted to vice president. He has been with the company since 2013.