Movers and Shakers for Dec. 23
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center added Dr. Michelle Oakley to its animal care staff. Oakley will perform veterinary duties including diagnosis, assisting in treatments, and researching medical conditions of AWCC’s resident animals. Oakley joined AWCC with 18 years of experience as a veterinarian, having previously worked at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and the Calgary Zoo. She has been the star of the popular reality TV show “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” and has been a visiting veterinarian at AWCC for several years.
GCI, Alaska’s largest technology company, recently promoted Heather Handyside to vice president of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement within the company’s Legal and Policy Department. Handyside, who joined GCI in 2015, will continue to serve as the company’s primary spokesperson. Handyside will continue to work closely with the GCI Marketing team to coordinate the company’s philanthropy and volunteer programs, which donates more than $2 million to Alaska organizations each year and provides more than 32,000 hours of paid volunteer time annually to its 2,200 employees statewide. Handyside brings 20 years of government, non-profit and private sector communications experience into her new position.
Alex Hofeling has been selected as the next vice president and general manager for TOTE Maritime’s Alaska office and operations. In this role, Hofeling will oversee both the Anchorage and Fairbanks offices. Hofeling has been with TOTE Maritime since September 2013. He began his time with TOTE as a regional sales manager and was promoted to director of marketing in 2016. Before TOTE, Hofeling worked for Coastal Transportation and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Hofeling will be the face of TOTE in Alaska and work closely with the Port of Alaska, labor partners, customers and community partners. Hofeling will succeed Grace Greene who was promoted to President of TOTE Maritime Alaska in August 2018.
In recognition of his extraordinary efforts to support Alaska’s non-profit community, the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has named GCI Senior Vice President of Consumer Services Paul Landes as the organization’s 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist. The Outstanding Philanthropist award is “presented to the individual or family who has demonstrated exceptional civic responsibility by providing ongoing and major financial support, together with effective leadership, to community-wide major fundraising projects,” according to the AFP Alaska Chapter. While Landes has a history of dedicated service to organizations that support Alaskans, his selfless commitment to the non-profit community this year has eclipsed all of his previous efforts. Since the death of Jim Balamaci in early 2018, Landes has helped launch a $2 million endowment supporting Special Olympics Alaska, where Balamaci served as president and CEO. Also with his leadership, dozens of business executives and the community at-large came together to raise more than $1 million at the Covenant House Alaska Sleep Out. GCI donates more than $2 million to Alaska organizations each year and provides more than 32,000 hours of paid volunteer time to its 2,200 employees statewide.