Movers & Shakers 12/29/13



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Curtis Thayer was named acting commissioner for the Department of Administration. Thayer currently serves as deputy commissioner for Administration and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Becky Hultberg. As deputy commissioner, Thayer is responsible for the Divisions of Administrative Services, General Services, Personnel and Labor Relations, DMV, Enterprise Technology Service, Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, and Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. Thayer also served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, where he was responsible for the Divisions of Banking & Securities, Insurance, Corporations, Business and Professional Licenses, Community and Regional Affairs, and Economic Development. Prior to his service with the State of Alaska, Thayer worked for ENSTAR Natural Gas Co., and the Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team. He also spent several years in Washington, D.C., working for Rep. Don Young and the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later worked with Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski.

Koniag has hired Seattle business executive Elizabeth M. Perry, Ph.D., as its CEO. Perry comes from SWCA Environmental Consultants, a national firm she joined in 2002 and where she is currently vice president of the Pacific West region, which includes operations in Alaska. Perry will begin her new post at Koniag on March 1, 2014. As vice president, Pacific West Region, she oversees operations and profit and loss responsibility in 13 offices across the Western States and territories; roughly half of SWCA’s 650 employees and $71 million in revenues. Perry has professional education and training in anthropology, past experience working with Native Tribes in the Lower 48, and more recent experience working with Native communities in rural Alaska and Kodiak.

Haley Hatch has joined Kenai Fjords Tours as Marine Passenger Services assistant manager in Seward. Hatch brings six years of seasonal experience to the position, most recently in the groups department. She also has several years of experience in the Kenai Fjords Tours’ office including lead supervisor for the front desk. Hatch grew up in Seward which attests to her great knowledge of the local area. She worked at Kenai Fjords Tours during the summers while attending college at University of Alaska Fairbanks. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication in 2012. Currently, Hatch is working this winter with groups and wholesale customers and will assist with hiring, training and managing the Kenai Fjords Tours front desk team for 2014. CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. is the umbrella company for Alaska Heritage Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, and Seward Windsong Lodge.

The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development recently promoted Kevin Anselm to Director of the Division of Banking and Securities. She is based in Anchorage. Anselm holds a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Ore. She has extensive experience in the world of finance and securities regulation, including serving as the division’s Operations Manager and Enforcement and Securities Chief.

AT&T has appointed Kerry Emery as government account manager in the Business Integrated Solutions division in Anchorage. In her new role, she will be responsible for all government, education and medical mobility accounts. Born and raised in Wasilla, Emery has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and most recently worked for AT&T as a business account manager in the Small Business Mobility group.

The Alaska Judicial Council announced that it has hired Susanne DiPietro to be its executive director effective at the end of January. DiPietro is currently employed as a judicial education coordinator for the Alaska Court System where she has worked since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, DiPietro worked as a staff attorney for the Judicial Council. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Northwestern University School of Law. DiPietro replaces Larry Cohn, who is retiring, and who served as the Council’s executive director for more than 12 years.

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