Movers & Shakers 12/08/13



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Matthew Christian was appointed to the Fairbanks District Court. Christian has served as magistrate and master in Kenai since 2007. Christian previously worked in Fairbanks as an assistant district attorney, and as a private practitioner at Borgeson and Burns PC. He is a member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association and former member of the International Right of Way Society. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UAF and a juris doctorate with honors from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

William “Billy” Strickland, who has served as the Alaska School Activities Association board of directors presiden for the past three years, has been chosen by the ASAA board as the organization’s next executive director. Strickland was selected by the Board of Directors to succeed Gary Matthews, who will be retiring on July 3, 2014, after serving as ASAA executive director for the past 21 years. Strickland will be the ninth director in the 57-year history of ASAA. Strickland has been involved in high school activities since 1989 when he began his educational career in Kipnuk as a high school teacher, boys and girls basketball coach, student council advisor, Native Youth Olympics coach, and student activity bookkeeper. In 1990 he moved to Bethel to teach Business Education and Social Studies, coached boys basketball for 11 years and Native Youth Olympic for three years. He took the position of dean of students at Bethel High School in 2001 and currently holds that position.

Bering Straits Native Corp. shareholder Kevin Ivanoff has been promoted to senior director, information technology. Ivanoff formerly served as BSNC’s senior systems administrator, the position he held when he joined BSNC in 2008. Ivanoff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administrative management from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Kevin Welker, Kiewit Building Group, was elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for 2014 at the association’s annual meeting in Anchorage in November. Welker will serve for the next calendar year along with the executive board composed of Meg Nordale, Ghemm Co., Fairbanks, vice president; Dana Pruhs, Pruhs Corporation, Anchorage, secretary; Dan Hall, Knik Construction, Anchorage, treasurer; Mike Swalling, Swalling Construction, Anchorage, contractor at large; Kelly Layman, Marsh and McLennan, Anchorage, associate member; and John Eng, Cornerstone General Contractors, Anchorage, immediate past president.

GCI recently announced J.J. Harrier as commercial marketing manager. Prior to joining GCI, Harrier was vice president and communications director for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, where he was employed since 2008. Before joining the Anchorage Chamber, Harrier was features editor for the Frontiersman, the Mat-Su Valley’s newspaper. He has a background in print journalism, writing numerous features articles for the Anchorage Press and outside freelance projects. Harrier studied journalism and public communications at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2001.

Nathaniel Peters was appointed to the Bethel District Court. Peters served in Bethel with the Alaska Public Defender Agency from 2003–06, and has served in Palmer since 2008. Peters clerked in the Palmer Superior Court as well as serving as deputy magistrate. He later worked for the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Bethel and then moved to Ireland, where he worked in a civil law practice before returning as an assistant public defender in Palmer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and a juris doctorate with honors from Ohio Northern University.

JoEllen Hanrahan has been named the deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, stepping up from the Administrative Services Director position, effective Nov. 22. Hanrahan is responsible for overseeing the department’s regulatory and consumer protection entities: Banking and Securities; Insurance; Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing; the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. She will be located in Juneau. Moving to the state in 1980, her long public service career in Alaska includes time with the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Environmental Conservation. She was born in Elmira, N.Y., and holds a degree from Ithaca College.

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