Movers and Shakers for Oct. 14
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that Stephanie Maxwell has been promoted to the position of vice president, digital channels. She was previously manager, digital channels. Maxwell brings a wealth of experience to the position, having started with Alaska USA as a teller and accepting positions of increased responsibility over her 10-year career with the credit union.
The University of Alaska Anchorage Office of Alumni Relations and the UAA Alumni Association announced the recipients of the 2018 UAA Alumni of Distinction awards. These three distinguished UAA alumni were to be honored for their outstanding contributions to their chosen fields and communities at the university’s Homecoming Breakfast on Oct. 12 at Lucy Cuddy Hall on UAA’s campus. Jason Hart, clinical practice manager, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (BBA, 2007; MBA, 2010), received the Alumni Emerging Leader Award. Since 2008, Hart has served in varying capacities with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, leading to his current position as clinical practice manager. He also serves as acting vice president of medical and multi-specialty clinics at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Hart has a long record of devoting time as a volunteer through his efforts with the Food Bank of Alaska, Alaska State Commission for Human Rights and the Alaska Military Youth Academy. Hart is also a seven-year veteran in the National Guard where he received the Excellence Award for exemplary service. He was a member of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2016. Jocelyn “Josie” Wilson, director of strategic communications, HDR Inc. (MBA, 2009) received the Alumni Humanitarian Award. Prior to her current role at architecture firm HDR, Wilson was the director of community relations and development for the Salvation Army. She is a prominent figure in the not-for-profit sector, having worked with organizations such as the Anchorage Police and Fire Chaplains, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association and American Cancer Society. Wilson has received awards for her community work and leadership, including the 2017 Heart of Gold Award from the HCA Corp., the 2015 Dale Carnegie Highest Award of Achievement, and was named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2011. Jennifer Thompson, President and CEO, Thompson &Co. Public Relations, received the Alumni of Achievement Award. Thompson began her career as an intern at the Anchorage PR firm Bernholz &Graham in 1999. She worked her way to becoming president of the company in 2009 and purchased the agency in 2009, renaming it Thompson &Co. as it’s known today. Under her leadership, the firm has grown to add offices in Houston and New York City. Thompson has received numerous accolades throughout her 18-year career, including being honored as the 2016 Alumni of the Year from UAA’s Department of Journalism and Public Communications, being named one of PR News’ Top 50 Women in PR in 2015, and being inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society in 2016.
In recognition of decades of service to survivors of domestic violence, Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth presented Michael Gershel with the Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service at the Domestic Violence Action Month opening ceremonies. Since the legal organizations began keeping records in 2000, Gershel has personally represented clients in seven pro bono cases through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and 14 cases through Alaska Legal Services Corp. In addition, he has often used his expertise in family law to mentor other attorneys who volunteer to work for these providers but who do not have the same level of experience. In 2003, Gershel received the Alaska Bar Association’s Pro Bono Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael is also affiliated with the Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals.
Alaska Pediatric Surgery, the state’s only locally owned, full-time pediatric surgical practice, welcomed Dr. Jarod McAteer as a new pediatric surgeon. McAteer joined the practice from a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He joins Dr. Brent Roaten and Dr. Monja Proctor and becomes the third pediatric surgeon in Alaska. Originally from Casper, Wyo., McAteer earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, a master of public health in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Yale University. He completed residency at the University of Washington and a two-year research fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Most recently, McAteer completed a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C.
The Rasmuson Foundation hired program officer Jeff Baird as its first chief of staff to coordinate the work of the finance and administration, program, and external affairs units. Baird grew up in a suburb of Chicago and started his working life as a newspaper reporter in Minnesota and North Dakota. He went back to school in 2005 and earned his law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. He arrived in Alaska in 2008 for a yearlong judicial clerkship in the Southwestern hub in Bethel and took a second clerkship in Anchorage. He landed at the Foundation in 2011 as a program associate and until now has stayed with the program team, which handles grant-making. He became a program officer and began handling larger grants as well as other projects. He’s handled grant requests for health clinics and the Alaska Cares child advocacy center, for historic buildings and library improvements. He helped to restructure the Foundation’s arts program and is one of two program officers who leads the Foundation’s Individual Artist Awards, with 350 to 450 artists a year applying for up to 36 awards.