Movers & Shakers 02/17/13



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Emi Banning, human resources supervisor at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources. To become certified, an applicant must pass a comprehensive examination and demonstrate a strong background of professional human resource experience. Banning has been working in Denali Alaskan’s HR department since 2010.

Jake Askren has joined KeyBank in Alaska as a relationship manager and business specialist at the South Anchorage branch. Askren brings to KeyBank 14 years of banking experience, including 10 years focused on small businesses. He has served on the associate’s council for the Association of General Contractors of Alaska for the past four years. 

CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. announced several personnel changes. Chris Scheffer is the new general manager and New Rooms Division manager and Matt Herod is the new Rooms Division manager at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. Scheffer a veteran at running seasonal properties in Denali with both Aramark and NANA, recently as the GM at the Grand/Bluffs. He also spent five years with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts. Herod is also a veteran of the Denali seasonal hotel industry, and has spent the last five years at the Grand/Bluffs working his way up into the RDM position. CIRI Alaska Tourism also promoted Ron Wille to general manager of Kenai Fjords Tours. Wille has been with the company for more than nine years and has been acting as interim general manager for Kenai Fjords Tours for the past year. In 1992, Willie came to explore the National Parks in Alaska and specifically to backpack Denali National Park and Wrangell St. Elias. Wille currently holds U.S. Coast Guard 200 ton masters license and a 500-ton mate license.

Tom Newins has been promoted to chief operating officer for Credit Union 1. Newins has been with CU1 since 1992. Over the past two decades, Newins has held several positions within Credit Union 1, through which he has gained experience in departments as far-ranging as Internal Audit, Marketing and Branch Operations. Newins also holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting.     

KeyBank’s Alaska District Retail Leader Steve Campanella was awarded a diploma at commencement exercises during the 67th annual session of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sponsored by the 18 state bankers associations comprising the Central States Conference of Bankers Associations and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the school was established in 1945 to provide bankers with an opportunity for advanced study and research in banking, economics and leadership. Campanella has 25 years of financial services experience in the banking and mortgage industry.

On Jan. 31, The University of Alaska Anchorage appointed eight members to the interim Board of Directors for the UAA Alumni Association. Members of this interim board will serve a one-year term, after which, board members will be elected from the alumni body. They are: Ben Anderson, reporter, Alaska Dispatch; Heather Cavanaugh, Director of Corporate Communications, Alaska Communications; Carol Comeau, Retired Superintendent, Anchorage School District; Patty Hickok, Director of HR Process Improvement, NANA Development Corp.; Leverette G. Hoover, General Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.-Alaska; Andrew Romerdahl, General Manager, PTP Management Inc.; Eric Wohlforth, Senior Partner/Attorney, Wohlforth, Brecht, Cartledge & Brooking APC. Also appointed to the board in an ex-officio role is Rachel Morse, interim director of Alumni Relations for the University of Alaska Anchorage. She will serve as the board’s executive director. Three special advisors to the board were also announced: Cathleen Hahn, Cathleen S. Hahn CMA CPA LLC; Gloria O’Neill, President/CEO, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, University of Alaska Board of Regents; Dave Rand, CEO, ATS Alaska.

Melissa Grieve is the newest member at Spark Design. Grieve is a highly creative interior designer with more than four years of professional experience in Alaska. Before joining Spark Design, Grieve worked on a variety of project types including retail, hospitality, non-profit organizations, tenant improvements and healthcare.

Frank Ganley has accepted the regional construction engineer position Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Northern Region. Ganley came to the department in 1999 and most recently served as a construction manager. In his new role, Ganley will supervise the construction group and quality assurance section for highway and aviation projects in Northern Region.

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