Movers & Shakers 07/07/13



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Kimberli Laasch and Vicki Myers recently joined First National Bank Alaska as a mortgage loan originator and the South Center Branch manager respectively. Laasch brings more than 10 years of mortgage experience to the bank’s Home Loan Center. Myers has a bank management background of more than 12 years and customer service experience that goes back 25 years.

Ryan McCourt has joined Spark Design LLC as an intern-architect. McCourt earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 2008 and is currently working towards architectural licensure. Previously, he was employed at Kumin Associates Inc. working on such projects as Anchorage’s Fire Station No. 5 in Spenard and the Valley Center for Arts and Learning in Palmer.

USKH Inc. is the sixth-highest rated Multidiscipline Architecture/Engineering Firm to Work For in the country. Awards were announced June 20, at the Best Firms to Work For conference in Chicago, sponsored by ZweigWhite. Rankings were made based on the results of a comprehensive survey of workplace practices and an independent survey of employees. To qualify for the Multidiscipline award, firms provide a minimum of two disciplines. USKH, an employee-owned firm that has been in business for more than 40 years, offers architecture; civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering; planning; landscape architecture; and surveying. USKH was the highest-ranked Alaska-based firm in any of five categories (multidiscipline, architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering and environmental).

Will Baynard, Katie Bender and Daryl Lowe have been hired at Northrim Bank, while Veronica Pillans and Reynold Udarbe were recently promoted. Baynard accepted the position of commercial lender. His focus will be on commercial and industrial loans, primarily working with ANCSA corporations. Previously he was in-house counsel for Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union. He has a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in international commerce and Policy from George Mason University. Bender accepted the position of community and public relations officer. A graduate of West High, she was raised in Anchorage and has and a master’s degree in public administration from University of Alaska Anchorage. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Portland. She brings nine years of experience in communications, marketing and fundraising, most recently for the American Red Cross of Alaska. Pillans has been promoted to the consumer and small business lender at the Small Business Center. She has been with the bank as a loan administrative assistant since August 2012 and has eight years of banking experience to include seven years with First National Bank as a personal banker as well as an administrative assistant in both the Legal and Home Loan Center. Udarbe has been promoted to branch manager at our Huffman Branch. He has been the assistant manager at Huffman since he started with the bank almost two years ago. He has seven years of financial institution experience most recently as a client service manager with Key Bank and has a master’s degree in organizational management. A graduate of Bartlett High School and UAA’s Business Administration program, Lowe began his banking career with National Bank of Alaska in 1995 as a management trainee. He has worked as a loan officer in Dillingham, a branch manager in Glennallen and most recently as the senior business relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Wasilla.

Dr. Patti Paris has been hired by the Alaska Native Medical Center as its new service chief of the ANMC Emergency Department. Paris will direct the professional, administrative and educational activities of the ED, ANMC’s busiest department. She will also provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the department, which saw more than 57,000 patient visits in 2012.

Tina Grovier has joined the Anchorage office of Stoel Rives LLP as a partner in the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group. She brings 18 years of experience in natural resources and energy law. During her career, Grovier has helped secure federal and state permits for Alaska’s first heap leach facility, Alaska’s first third-party natural gas storage facility, the first non-conditional state right-of-way for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, and Anchorage’s first commercial-grade wind farm. Her clients include Alaska Native corporations, public utilities and oil, natural gas and mining companies. She frequently represents pipeline and telecommunications carriers and refuse services companies before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and state courts. In addition, She has broad appellate, litigation, arbitration and commercial transaction experience. Since 2008, Grovier has been selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Alaska by Chambers USA in the area of “Environment, Natural Resources and Regulated Industries.”

Sealaska tribal member shareholder Alysha Guthrie of Sitka has been selected as the 2013-14 board youth advisor. The position was established in 2009 by the Sealaska board as an opportunity to help young Native leaders gain valuable board training and knowledge of Sealaska’s operations. Guthrie is a full-time student at Durango, Colo., and is seeking a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She is currently participating in the Sealaska summer internship program. Guthrie succeeds Madeline Soboleff-Levy, who served as the 2012-13 board youth advisor.

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