Movers & Shakers 12/15/13



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SDG LLC, announces the appointment of Principal Landscape Architect Luanne Urfer to the Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell. With more than 35 years of experience, she will be representing the discipline of landscape architecture for the state. SDG is also announced the addition of Ryan King, a recent landscape architecture graduate from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and minors in sustainability and classical cultures. King has more than five years of experience in landscape architecture, land planning and design construction.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski promoted Kate Williams to legislative director in Washington, D.C. Williams will fill the vacancy created by Tara Shaw’s departure to run the policy operations of Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. Born and raised in Juneau, Williams has risen from front desk staffer for Sen. Ted Stevens to eventually becoming his legislative director. After Stevens left office, Williams practiced law in Anchorage, worked for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and then joined Murkowski’s Energy Committee team as the oil and gas counsel. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and got her law degree from the University of San Diego.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle announced Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union President and CEO Robert Teachworth has been elected to the organization’s 2013 Board of Directors. He was elected to a four-year term, commencing Jan. 1, 2014, and ending Dec. 31, 2017. Teachworth was elected to serve as the Seattle Bank’s member director from Alaska. He has more than 38 years of financial institution experience, including 24 years as a CEO. He served as chair of the Credit Union League for eight years and holds two master’s degrees, in business administration and in global finance, from Alaska Pacific University.

Sandy Beitel West, a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in human resources and finance, has joined NANA Development Corp. as senior vice president, human resources. She spent 28 years with BP, where she led the Alaska human resources function and served as a member of the Alaska Leadership Team for 10 years, then served as director of human resources for BP’s Houston-based Exploration & Production Technology Inc. In 2010, she returned to Anchorage to serve as director of human resources for Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. and then as vice president of human resources for Koniag, Inc.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Manager John Parrott is the newly elected president of the board of The Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.  Fairbanks International Airport Manager Jesse VanderZanden has also joined the NWAAAE board. The NWAAAE is composed of airports throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada and works on issues of common concern such as unfunded mandates, increasing regulations, and how to remain competitive in a changing marketplace. Parrott has been a board member with NWAAAE since 2009 and has previously served as the NWAAAE’s secretary/treasurer and first vice president. A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and instructor pilot, Parrott has worked for the State of Alaska at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for the last 15 years. He holds a master’s degree in aeronautical sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Wells Fargo has named Jennifer Bonham, Clark Follows, David Harrington, Andrew Johannes and Anna Sandefur as small business specialists. Bonham serves small business customers in the Mat-Su from Wells Fargo’s Wasilla Main store. She has been with Wells Fargo for 12 years, serving Alaska customers as a business associate. She graduated from the Career Academy for Business Management in 2004. Follows joins Wells Fargo as a small business specialist serving Anchorage customers from Wells Fargo’s Benson store. He has 17 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales. Follows earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Harrington, a lifelong Alaskan, joins Wells Fargo as a small business specialist serving Anchorage customers from Wells Fargo’s Russian Jack store. He has 15 years of consumer and real estate lending experience in Alaska. Johannes, a former small business owner, serves Anchorage small business customers from Wells Fargo’s Northern Lights and C Street store. He joined Wells Fargo in October 2011 as a management trainee, serving customers throughout Alaska as a mobile personal banker. Johannes holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. Sandefur serves South Anchorage small business customers from Wells Fargo’s Huffman store. Sandefur, a Houston High School graduate, has helped Mat-Su customers succeed financially for two years as a teller and personal banker.

Moda Health has promoted two of its Alaska team members and added a new representative to the team. Angela Fraser, formerly a supervisor, is now an account executive in sales and account services for the insurance company’s Anchorage office. Fraser has been with Moda Health for more than 15 years, working in both medical claims and customer service. She has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Portland State University. Lauren Young, formerly an individual and community representative, is now a large group service representative. Young has worked with Moda Health for five years in the company’s Anchorage office, filling a variety of sales and service roles. She is a 20-year resident of Anchorage. Bob Satterthwaite is joining Moda Health for the first time as a sales representative. Satterthwaite is a longtime Alaskan who’s worked in health insurance since 1988. Over the years, he’s contributed to product development, service management and group and individual sales.

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