Movers & Shakers 08/24/14



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Ashley Brinkman has been promoted to the position of communications manager in the Credit Union 1 corporate communications department. Originally hired in July 2008, Brinkman began as a teller and subsequently held the positions of member service representative, marketing coordinator, financial education coordinator, financial education specialist, senior education specialist and community engagement and education supervisor. In October 2013, Brinkman was promoted to communications supervisor, the position she held prior to this promotion.

Don Gray has joined UIC as the new director of QHSET responsible for the administration of UIC’s Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental and Training programs. Gray is a seasoned QHSET professional with 15 years’ of experience leading various operating units across North America. Most recently, he served as the vice president of QHSET with ASRC Energy Services. Gray currently chairs the industry advisory board for the University of Alaska and has served on the board of directors for Volunteers of America and the Alaska Workers Compensation Board. Gray has a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and an associate’s degree in applied science emergency medical services from Davenport College in Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition, he completed the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership. Karlin Nageak Itchoak has recently joined UIC as the new director of legal affairs. He will conduct legal research and draft and review business agreements, legal filings and consult with subsidiaries and departments on risk management and complex legal issues. His background includes positions as a judicial law clerk for the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, and a Deputy Magistrate for the Alaska Court System. Most recently, Itchoak was the Alaska Arctic Rural & Indigenous Program director for the Institute of the North. There he helped implement the “We The People of Alaska” program. Itchoak received a double major in political science and Alaska Native studies from University of Alaska Fairbanks and received his juris doctorate from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Wash.

Joshua Weinstein has been promoted to president of Northrim Benefits Group effective Aug. 6. Weinstein was formerly Northrim Benefits Group’s senior vice president, employee benefits consultant. Bruce Moore will remain on as an advisor and chairman of Northrim Benefits Group. Weinstein graduated from Alaska Pacific University in 2000 with a degree in education and psychology. He served as the technology coordinator for the Nome Public School District between 2000 and 2002, working with the district and students to create a vision for technology in furthering the education process. After returning to Anchorage in 2002, Weinstein joined ICL Financial Services to assist with various special projects. As the benefits arm of the company grew and expanded, Northrim Benefits Group was formed and Weinstein worked directly with the new Northrim Benefits Group as a lead producer, largely responsible for the agency’s growth in terms of services offered, profitability, and number of client accounts under management.

Landis Pennock has joined URS as marketing coordinator. Pennock recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing and in management.

The U.S. Department of State has confirmed Gov. Sean Parnell’s nomination of Stefanie Moreland as Alaska’s representative to the Pacific Salmon Commission. Moreland was recently appointed deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. She previously served as a special assistant for fish, wildlife, ocean, and Arctic policy in the Office of the Governor, as a fisheries staffer for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and as an economist for both ADFG and the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Moreland fills a vacancy created by the retirement of long-serving Pacific Salmon Commissioner David Bedford. The Pacific Salmon Commission implements the treaty between Canada and the United States that provides for the international conservation and harvest sharing of Pacific salmon. Parnell also appointed Ben Mohr to serve as a special assistant with a portfolio that includes fish and game, as well as access issues for hunters, fishermen and non-consumptive users. Mohr’s focus will be on outreach to constituents and coordinating across departments on issues such as land access. He will add capacity to the team that includes ADFG Commissioner Cora Campbell, Deputy Commissioner Moreland, and other senior department and governor’s office staff to advise on fisheries, wildlife, and land access matters.

Longtime Fairbanks attorney Andy Harrington has joined University of Alaska System legal team as associate general counsel. Harrington has practiced law in Fairbanks for 33 years, serving in a variety of different positions, including serving more than 25 years with the Alaska Legal Services Corp., and most recently serving as senior assistant attorney general in the state Department of Law. He joined UA in late July and replaces former UA associate general counsel Larry Zervos, who retired in March. Harrington received his degree from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude. His first job out of college was clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court. During his career with Alaska Legal Services, he was a staff attorney, a supervising attorney and served eight years as the non-profit agency’s statewide director. At the state attorney general’s office, he worked in the Commercial and Fair Business Practices Section.

Builders Choice welcomed Gretchen Kenney as the inside sales manager at their Anchorage headquarters. Kenney is returning to a company where she has more than five years of history, having started as a purchasing director in 2005. She began her professional career in 1998 with Hilton Hotels, where she held several positions and quickly developed a reputation for quality work and friendly, positive interactions with coworkers, vendors, and customers. At Builders Choice she has worn a variety of hats ranging from office manager to sales coordinator. She most recently spent three years as the executive director at the Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association. All told, she has more than 16 years of professional business and client relations experience.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District selected Bruce Sexauer as the new chief of the civil works branch effective Aug.10. Sexauer previously served as the district’s chief of the planning section as well as the lead planner and project manager on multiple studies, including the Alaska Deep Draft Arctic Port Study and Alaska Baseline Erosion Assessment, which was honored with the Corps of Engineers Planning Achievement Award in 2009. He began his Corps career in 1993 with the Seattle District where he served in many capacities, including hydraulic engineer, project manager, plan formulator and program manager. Sexauer transferred to the Alaska District as a senior planner in 2003. His Corps civil works planning experience has included project formulation for ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, navigation and recreation. He is well versed in the Corps Emergency Management programs through planning and implementing multiple levee rehabilitation projects. Sexauer earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington in 1992, completed the Seattle District Leadership Development Program in 1999 and graduated from the Corps Planning Associates Program in 2003.

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