Movers & Shakers 04/13/14



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Todd Allen is the new Carlile Transportation Systems Inc. vice president of human resources, effective March 31. Allen joins Carlile from Wells Fargo Insurance Services where he held the position of senior account executive, in Anchorage, and was responsible for providing employee benefit account management services to clients. Allen received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill. He has more than 15 years of human resources experience from various roles prior to joining Carlile.

Sue Aspelund has been chosen to take over as executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, which represents the commercial salmon driftnet fleet of Bristol Bay. For the last six years, Aspelund served as deputy director in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries. In that role, she coordinated the department’s work with the Alaska Board of Fisheries, oversaw communications with the public and the legislature, developed and managed complex budgets, and represented ADFG on multiple boards and commissions. Prior to being named deputy director, she served for six years as a fisheries policy advisor to the commissioner of the department. From 1998 to 2003 she served as executive director of Cordova District Fishermen United, the non-profit that represents Copper River and Prince William Sound fishermen. Aspelund takes the handoff from longtime executive director Bob Waldrop, who served since the organization’s inception.

Linda C. Thomas has been named to the Northrim BanCorp Inc. board of directors, effective immediately. Thomas brings to Northrim 37 years of management and accounting experience in a broad range of businesses in Alaska. Currently, she serves as chief operations officer and vice president for the Alaskan Brewing Co. She was formerly the deputy director for the State of Alaska Division of Energy, an audit manager with Deloitte & Touche International (previously Touche Ross and Laventhol & Horwath), an accountant with Robinson & Sinz, CPAs, and a pension supervisor with the Alaska Electrical Trust Funds. Thomas earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program Examiner, appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center board members selected six fellowship recipients for the 2014-15 academic year at their March 18 meeting. The awards, totaling $233,169 this year, include full tuition and a stipend to support graduate student research that contributes to the scientific or applied knowledge base of Alaska’s marine waters and resources. Three new recipients were chosen for the coming year: Patrick Barry, Emily Lescak and Benjamin Williams. Barry is a fisheries doctoral student in Juneau with faculty advisor Anthony Gharrett. His research project is “Fine-scale genetic structure of a salmon population: A prelude to tests of hatchery-wild interactions and an evaluation of the efficacy of genetic analysis on natural fish populations.” Lescak is a fisheries doctoral student based in Anchorage with faculty advisor Andres Lopez. Her research project is “Genetic basis for contemporary evolution in wild populations that experience dramatic changes to their environment.” Williams is a fisheries doctoral student in Juneau with faculty advisor Gordon Kruse. His research project is “Implications of variability in reproductive biology on management of the fishery for walleye pollock, Gadus chalcogrammus, in the Gulf of Alaska.” Additionally, the board awarded continued funding to three students: Michael Courtney, Thomas Farrugia and Charlotte Regula-Whitefield. Courtney is a fisheries master’s student in Fairbanks with advisor Andrew Seitz. He is studying the “Dispersal patterns and summer ocean distribution of adult Dolly Varden from the Wulik River, Alaska, evaluated using satellite telemetry.” Farrugia is a fisheries doctoral student in Fairbanks, also with faculty advisor Seitz. His research focuses on “Developing a bioeconomic model of the skate fishery in the Gulf of Alaska.” Regula-Whitefield is a marine biology doctoral student in Fairbanks with advisor Sarah Hardy. Her research project is “Nutrition and reproduction in the California red sea cucumber: Applications for commercial fishery management and aquaculture.”

Wells Fargo has named Tim Redder as Kenai Peninsula Business Banking manager.  He leads a team of eight business associates and relationship managers in Homer, Kenai and Soldotna. Redder has been with Wells Fargo for 10 years after he joined the company as a consumer loan underwriter for Wells Fargo Financial in South Dakota. He moved to Alaska in 2006 as a senior credit manager before joining the Kenai Peninsula Business Banking team as a business relationship manager in July 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from South Dakota State University.

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