Movers & Shakers 02/16/14



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Matthew Reisterer has been appointed as chief financial officer of Matanuska Electric Association Inc. Reisterer holds a master’s of business administration from Michigan State University. Prior to joining MEA in 1999 as financial planning and regulatory affairs manager, Reisterer worked as a certified public accountant and financial analyst in Alaska. MEA promoted him to director of administration in 2007.

Solstice Advertising has added client insights executives Laura Spano and Melissa Rodriguez. Spano has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University. She spent several years at the Alaska chapter of the American Red Cross as development specialist and then regional communications officer. Rodriguez spent nearly eight years at Anchorage’s Agnew Beck Consulting providing contract and project management, firm management and project and consulting services. There, she worked with organizations to secure more than $44 million for affordable housing projects, community facilities, program development and capacity-building efforts. She has led community planning, grant writing processes and program evaluation efforts as project manager for The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and Cook Inlet Housing Authority, among many others. Rodriguez has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brandeis University in Massachusetts and studied public administration at the graduate level at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Deputy Chief of Staff and family physician Dr. John Baciocco, recently earned his designation as a Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. He was awarded the status of CPE for educational achievements, demonstrated stature as a physician leader and experience in the field of medical management. The CPE designation indicates that a physician has achieved superior levels of professional excellence and demonstrates effective knowledge and leadership skills in areas such as management, finance, quality control, health law, ethics and communication. To earn his CPE Baciocco spent 200 hours over 4 years taking the required courses in addition to his primary commitment: treating patients, as well as additional continuing medical education courses.

Anchorage-area KeyBank associates Rowena Kehr, assistant vice president and Key center manager for the Fifth Avenue Branch in Anchorage, and Phillip Izon, small business relationship manager at the Fifth Avenue Branch, have completed KeyBank’s Small Business Certification program, earning the title of “small business expert.” KeyBank launched the program to provide an accelerated level of training for associates who routinely deal with small business clients. KeyBank launched the program to provide an accelerated level of training for associates who routinely deal with small business clients.

Donalene Harris-Fleagle recently joined URS as a senior rural community engagement specialist with more than 25 years of experience in rural community engagement. She has worked with tribal governments, tribal consortiums, ANCSA corporations, state and national organization/agencies and private industry on program development, infrastructure development, remediation/mitigation, health delivery systems, wildfire support, and state/national legislation. Harris-Fleagle’s technical expertise includes project development, project fundraising, project planning, project implementation, project management, and project closure.

Darin Floyd has been named Wells Fargo Equipment Finance territory manager for Alaska. Floyd has been serving Wells Fargo customers in Alaska for 17 years. He started his career as a management trainee and served as a store manager and business relationship manager in Southeast Alaska before joining Wells Fargo’s Alaska Commercial Real Estate team in 2004. Floyd serves as a board member for the Building Owners & Managers Association Anchorage. He is originally from Wrangell, and he graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance.

Jason Clifton, of Bauer/Clifton Interiors, received three 2013 Interior Design Society Designer of the Year Awards on Jan. 24 in Las Vegas. The Designer of the Year Awards recognize outstanding achievement in residential interior design among its members. Jason Clifton placed in three separate categories: Bathrooms $30K & Under, Living Spaces $30K & Above, and Kitchens $50K & Above. All three winning projects were home renovations located in Juneau. Clifton is a principal designer and co-owner of Bauer/Clifton Interiors with Jeremy Bauer.

Jim Gill has joined MWH Global, a wet infrastructure-focused strategic consulting, environment engineering and construction services firm, as a principal hydropower engineer. Gill will provide geotechnical engineering and project development services on large hydropower projects in Alaska. Prior to joining MWH, Gill served as a senior consultant providing project management assistance on a variety hydroelectric project components in the Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks area. Gill is a registered professional engineer in Alaska, and has a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is based in the Anchorage office.

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