Movers and Shakers for April 28
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has selected three individuals to fill executive level positions. Elizabeth Rense Pavlas has been promoted to the position of executive director, retail financial services. She was previously senior vice president, operations. Pavlas started with Alaska USA in 2008 as a marketing manager for Retail Financial Services and has earned positions of increased responsibility throughout her 10-year career with the credit union. She has a bachelor’s of business management degree and an MBA from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is also in her final year of Western CUNA Management School. Robert McNaughton has been selected for the position of executive director, business and commercial services. McNaughton has worked at Alaska USA for 15 years, most recently as vice president, business and commercial lending. He has more than 30 years of commercial lending experience, including portfolio management, credit underwriting, and small business banking. Jeff Gregg has been selected for the position of vice president, business and commercial lending. Gregg has worked for Alaska USA for the last three years, most recently as regional vice president, commercial lending, Pacific Northwest. He has more than 28 years of commercial lending experience and has a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Central Washington University.
PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new hires in its Anchorage office. Cameron Brailey, EIT, has joined PND as a staff civil engineer. Brailey has a strong background in construction, hydrology and hydraulics. He is a lifelong Alaskan and a 2016 graduate of Northern Arizona University with skills including bathymetric survey and computer modeling. Diana Linder, EIT, has joined the team as a staff structural engineer. Linder is a December 2018 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Originally from Minnesota, Diana also has a background in water resources and environmental research. As an undergraduate student, she was president of her ASCE student chapter and volunteered with an organization to promote STEM careers with middle school girls. She participated on the Mississippi State Concrete Canoe Team for two years; both teams went on to win first place in the regional competitions and advance to the 30th and 31st Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competitions. Lifelong Alaskan Elizabeth Swan, EIT, a staff structural engineer, received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage in spring 2018. She is currently splitting her time between PND’s Anchorage and Palmer offices while working toward her master’s degree. Prior to joining PND, she interned for two summers with the Alaska Department of Transportation &Public Facilities Bridge Section, gaining experience with structures by assisting on bridge inceptions statewide. Jane Hemstreet has joined PND Engineers Inc. in Anchorage as our front desk administrative assistant. Hemstreet comes to PND from Wells Fargo, where she worked most recently with the home mortgage team, and also brings previous experience as an auto claims adjuster.
Jason Hoke of Glennallen has been appointed by the Secretary of Commerce as the Denali Commission federal co-chair. Hoke will replace John Torgerson who has been serving in the role of interim federal co-chair. Hoke’s previous work experience in Alaska includes serving as Programs Director for the Ahtna Inter-Tribal Resource Commission, overseeing energy, resource and biomass projects for Ahtna and its Tribes. In addition, he worked as executive director for the Copper Valley Development Association Inc. and served as Tribal administrator for the Cheesh’Na Tribal Council.
Bruce Schactler was reelected and Tyson Fick, Melanie Brown and Cynthia Wallesz were elected to the United Fishermen of Alaska board of directors as at-large members. UFA’s individual and lifetime members elect four at-large directors every two years to represent the more than 450 individual, lifetime, and crewmembers on the organization’s board. The at-large directors will serve two-year terms beginning April 15. Also taking effect on April 15 is the return of Duncan Fields to the UFA Executive Committee as administrative chair. Fick and Wallesz return to the board as elected at-large members. Fick represented the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers group from 2017-18 and Wallesz represented United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters on the UFA board from 2015-18. Fick previously worked as communications director at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute as well as executive director at ABSC. Based in Juneau, he now fishes Southeast salmon gillnet, salmon handtroll, and Dungeness crab, and is a co-owner of Taku River Reds. Wallesz, of Petersburg, and Boise, Idaho, has been a Southeast salmon drift gillnetter for 25 years and direct marketing her family’s salmon since 1999. She has also longlined for halibut, and fished Dungeness crab in Washington, and has been active in the Petersburg Community Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and Southeast Alaska Rainforest Wild. Since earning a master’s degree in sustainable business in 2012, she has consulted with small businesses and nonprofits to help them strategize their futures, work efficiently and meet their goals. Brown of Juneau has been fishing since 1979 in her family’s Bristol Bay setnet operation and as a crew member in Togiak herring, Kotzebue Sound and Norton Sound setnet fisheries. She is an alternate member of the Juneau Douglas Advisory Committee and in her second term on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Salmon Species Committee, and a board member of Alaska Marine Conservation Council. Schactler, of Kodiak, has fished salmon seining in Southeast and Kodiak, Tanner crab in Kodiak and Togiak, longlining for cod and halibut, and herring throughout the state. He also is the director of the Alaska Global Food Aid Program with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and national director for the National Seafood Marketing Coalition. He co-authored the UFA Marketing Plan in 2001 which led to USDA Country of Origin Labeling for seafood, USDA Trade Adjustment Assistance eligibility for fishermen, and inclusion of Alaska salmon and herring in food aid programs. Schactler has served as an at-large board member since 1993 and received the 2013 UFA Fisherman of the Year award, and will continue in his role on the Executive Committee as UFA marketing chair.