Movers & Shakers 07/20/14



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Larry Brummer recently joined URS as a project contract/procurement specialist. With more than 18 years of experience in both the government environment and the commercial sector, Brummer will predominantly focus on procurement and subcontract management.

Mark Trahant will return to the University of Alaska Anchorage as the Atwood Chair of Journalism, a prestigious position that invites nationally known journalists to teach courses and reach out to the Alaska public. Trahant spent 2013–14 in residence at the university, where he taught several courses, including Multimedia Journalism. During the year, he worked on a book about austerity, a subject he also blogs about at marktrahant.org. Trahant has embraced social media such as Twitter and video blogging, but he is just as adept at long-form journalism. He’s been an editor, reporter, columnist, TV correspondent and author of several books, including “The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars,” about Sen. Henry M. Jackson. Trahant completed a fellowship at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy. He was a 2009 Kaiser Media Fellow, writing about health care reform and its impact on Indian Country. He’s also been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska Native village. He is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and former president of the Native American Journalists Association. Trahant has been covering Indian Country since the 1970s. He is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Trahant is also the chairman of the board of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and a former columnist at The Seattle Times. He has been publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho; executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune; a reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix; and has worked at several tribal newspapers.

Lori Davey, Bruce Harland and Gail Schubert have been selected to participate in the initial meeting of the Arctic Economic Council. Davey is the general manager for Fairweather LLC; Harland is the vice president business development for Crowley Marine Services Inc.; and Schubert is the president and CEO of Bering Straits Native Corp. The AEC is intended to foster sustainable development, including economic growth, environmental protection and social development in the Arctic. During Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-15), the Arctic Council states and Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations worked together to facilitate the creation of the AEC. In response to a request from the Minister of the Arctic Council, the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, and the recommendation of the U.S. Department of State, the Alaska Chamber worked collaboratively with the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission co-chairs to select three representatives to participate in the initial meeting of the AEC. Chuck Greene, vice president community and regional affairs for NANA Development Corp. was named as an alternate.

David Mayberry was appointed to an at-large seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Mayberry, of Anchorage, is a long-time Alaskan and experienced oil and gas attorney. He has been an attorney in private practice for 15 years and most recently worked as counsel for Crowell & Moring LLP. Mayberry holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a juris doctorate and Natural Resources and Environmental Law Certificate from Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law.

Russell Dick, Wilson Hughes and Gary Wilken were reappointed to the board of directors for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and Alaska Energy Authority. Dick, of Juneau, is the president and CEO of Haa Aaní LLC, a subsidiary of Sealaska Corp., established to expand the regional economy by fostering new and sustainable industries, specifically in rural communities. Dick earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Hughes, of Anchorage, is a 40-year Alaskan currently serving as president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Wireless Network LLC. He previously served as chief operating officer of GCI from 1991 until 2013. Hughes has more than 40 years of experience as an executive, engineer and project manager in the communications, engineering, and construction industries in Alaska. Hughes received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and a master’s degree in science and engineering management from the University of Alaska. Wilken, of Fairbanks, is a retired Alaska legislator and small business owner. He represented Fairbanks and Fort Wainwright in the Alaska Senate from 1997–2008. Wilken also owned Husky Foods, Fairbanks Distributors, and Great Alaskan Food Co., all wholesale food distribution companies. Wilken earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University.

Douglas Blumer was appointed to the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank board of directors. Blumer, of Anchorage, is the Alaska sales manager for NC Power Systems and has been a commercial fisherman for 15 years. He grew up in the farming business and currently owns and manages two family farms. Blumer is one of two director seats appointed by the governor.

Susan Smith and Kathleen Liska were reappointed to the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas. Since 2003, Smith, of Chokosna, has been chair of Residents of the Wrangells, a McCarthy-based organization of Alaskans with private land inholdings in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. A former substitute teacher and employee of the Chitina Native Corporation, she now works as an artist crafting jewelry, weaving quilts and sewing furs. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the State University of New York at Brockport. Liska, of Anchorage, is the executive director of Increase Alaska. She writes a bi-monthly newsletter, “The Alaska Statesman,” which informs the public of current topics that impact Alaska. Formerly, she has helped coordinate events for the Federation of Community Councils. She has also been a volunteer for the Downtown Soup Kitchen. A third-generation Alaskan, Liska has a family history of politics and enjoys staying actively involved in Alaska issues by providing research, events, and networking opportunities through multiple platforms.

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