Movers & Shakers 12/02/12



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The American Medical Association has presented its Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award to James J. “Jim” Jordan, the recently retired executive director of the Alaska State Medical Association. In Alaska, Jordan was instrumental in the implementation of medical professional liability reforms and was involved in the enactment of a Patients’ Bill of Rights, the Physician Joint Negotiation Law and the Prompt Pay Law. Jordan served on many statewide committees, commissions and boards, including being one of the founders of the Alaska Electronic Health Record Alliance. Jordan served as a member and chair of the Litigation Center of the AMA and State Medical Societies. He was also a member of the board of directors for the Medical Underwriters of California and the Medical Indemnity Corporation of Alaska. Prior to serving as executive director of ASMA, Jordan was director of the Alaska Division of Insurance, operated his own insurance litigation support consulting firm and worked in the private health insurance industry, where he primarily developed group health insurance products. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. The Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed on an executive “who has contributed substantially to the goals and ideals of the medical profession … over a significant term of service.” It was presented to Jordan on Nov. 10 at the AMA’s semi-annual policymaking meeting in Honolulu. Jordan, a longtime Anchorage resident, retired June 30 after almost 16 years as ASMA’s executive director. In nominating him for the AMA honor, ASMA Past President Mary Ann Foland, M.D., of Anchorage wrote: “Jim Jordan has been a tireless advocate for the physicians and patients of Alaska. He brought our association from the brink of insolvency to a stable and effective organization. Without his leadership, I truly believe we would not have been successful in our tort reform efforts. His institutional knowledge of that effort is unparalleled. He has exemplary leadership skills and an understanding of political, legal, insurance, and regulatory issues.” Jordan’s nomination was a multi-state effort that was put forth without his knowledge.

Marge Stoneking assumed the role of director, American Lung Association in Alaska, on Oct. 22. Her nine-year history with the American Lung Association (1999-2008), working across the spectrum of air quality, asthma, lung health, tobacco programs, advocacy, fundraising and administration, will be a tremendous asset to the organization.  She brings senior level experience with nonprofit management, public health promotion and advocacy. Stoneking left the organization in 2008 after a multi-state regional merger. Stoneking is a certified fundraising executive. Most recently, from 2009-12, she served as CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska, serving as the first CEO after the merger of two in-state Girl Scout councils.

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has hired Michael E. Douglas as the consortium’s general counsel. Having served as interim general counsel for SEARHC since June, Douglas joins SEARHC after spending the past five-plus years as an associate attorney with the Indian law firm of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller & Munson, LLP, in Anchorage, where he worked on a wide variety of tribal health issues. Prior to joining Sonosky, Chambers, Michael clerked for Alaska Superior Court Judge Trevor N. Stephens in Ketchikan. Douglas earned his law degree from the University of Washington Law School in Seattle, and his bachelor’s degree from Fairhaven College’s Law and Diversity program at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. He is admitted to practice in Washington and Alaska, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Douglas is Haida (Eagle moiety) and he is the grandson of Georgianna and Julius Douglas from Hydaburg.

The Alaska Community Foundation recently selected Cardinal Investment Advisors as their investment consulting firm with David Center acting as primary investment consultant. Cardinal, has 34 employees, over $70B in assets under advisement and offices in Chicago, St. Louis and Orlando. ACF recently hired two new employees, Ricardo Lopez and Heather Beaty. Lopez has joined ACF as a program officer with a focus on supporting the community Affiliates. Prior to joining ACF, Lopez worked for The CIRI Foundation managing their scholarship and grant program for Alaska Native students pursuing post-secondary education. He previously also worked on the small grants program at the Rasmuson Foundation. A lifelong Alaskan with family ties to the Bristol Bay region, Mr. Lopez holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Beaty has joined ACF as the program manager for Pick.Click.Give., a joint project between ACF and the Rasmuson Foundation. Before joining ACF, she served as the Senate Rules Committee aide and chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage. Beaty grew up in Sitka and moved to Anchorage in 2002 to take a job as the Letters Editor at the Anchorage Daily News, after which she began her decade-long work in the Alaska legislature and political campaigns.

Lorene Palmer has been selected to lead the Division of Economic Development, effective Nov. 26. She will be based in Juneau. Palmer’s professional experience includes serving as president and CEO of the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, as an Assistant Professor at University of Alaska Southeast, and as owner of Cornerstone Consulting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii and has been an active member of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Conference.

Marjorie Allard was appointed to the Alaska Court of Appeals. Allard will fill the vacancy created by the forthcoming retirement of Chief Judge Robert Coats. Allard, of Anchorage, recently became a staff attorney at the Court of Appeals. She formerly served as an assistant public defender, first working on criminal appeals and eventually litigating child-in-need-of-aid cases and appeals. Allard also served at the Office of Public Advocacy, working on felony trials. She was a civil litigator with the law offices of Richmond & Quinn. A board member of the Alaska Hemophilia Association, she is also a member of the Stone Soup Group and the Inlet View Parent-Teacher Association. Allard earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Yale University and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School.

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