Movers & Shakers 06/01/14



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Four Anchorage-area high school seniors have been awarded $4,000 scholarships and are among 25 winners of the BP Principals and Commissioner Scholarship program statewide. Since 1985, BP has awarded nearly $3.5 million to more than 750 Alaska students who have excelled in academics and community service. The 2014 BP Principals and Commissioner scholarship winners are: Mackenzie French, A.J. Dimond High School; Ia Thao, Bartlett High School; Rachel Johnston, Grace Christian School; and Sijo Smith, Chugiak High School.

Kim Butler has been hired as an associate financial planner at Alaska Permanent Capital Management. She will work directly under Cathie Straub, CFP, and Laura Bruce, CFP, in the newly formed Wealth Management for Individuals division and will provide technical assistance and client service support as she works towards completing her Certified Financial Planner certification. Butler is currently finishing her master’s degree in financial planning.  She graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s of business administration in finance. Prior to accepting this position she worked as a paralegal in the office of David Shaftel and as a Registered Representative at Charles Schwab & Co.

Ivy Schultz recently joined URS as a geographic information systems analyst with four years of experience in GIS including collecting, managing, processing, and presenting data for a variety of successful projects. In her role as a GIS analyst, Schultz is responsible for data management, analysis, and cartography to support business processes. This includes post processing field data, quality assurance and control, geo-processing, and creating maps. She attended Alaska Pacific University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.

Janet Reiser, Jim Henderson and Harry Crawford were elected to the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. As the two candidates receiving the most votes in the 2014 election, Reiser and Henderson were elected to 4-year terms, while Crawford was elected to a 3-year term. Reiser is the director of business and resource development for the Aleut Corp. Henderson is a principal with new American Financial Group in the financial services industry. Crawford is a former Alaska state legislator, retired iron worker and a small-real-estate developer. All three were incumbents. In all, 12.5 percent of the 68,583 Chugach members of record voted, with 37.5 percent of the votes cast electronically via the Internet or phone. Reiser was elected board chair, Susan Reeves was elected vice-chair, Henderson was elected secretary and Sisi Cooper was elected treasurer.

Effective June 1, 2014, shareholder Monica James will be the new chief operating officer for Calista Corp. James joins the Calista executive team after serving several years in Yulista Holding, LLC Calista’s largest holding company. James served as the chief financial officer and then vice president of business operations and administration for the Alaska Aerospace Corp. Her journey with Calista Corp. began at Yulista Holding, as the vice president of business strategy before becoming its president and CEO. Originally from Alakanuk, she graduated from Bethel Regional High School. Josh Herren will become the new president and CEO of Yulista Holding. Herren previously worked as the company’s executive vice president and COO. Paul May, the current director of finance, is being promoted to executive vice president and COO for Yulista Holding.

Z. Daniel Graham is the new Bering Straits Native Corp. vice president of corporate development. Prior to joining BSNC, he served as president and CEO of Ahtna Engineering Services, Ahtna Technical Services Inc. and Ahtna Support and Training Services Inc. Graham joins the Company with more than 19 years of experience in managing government and private sector engineering, construction, remediation and service contracting work. He is a registered professional civil engineer and is a Certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. Graham received an Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Villanova University.

Scott Bohne, a principal with RIM Architects LLC, has passed the Certified Construction Contract Administrator exam and can add CCCA to his list of accreditations. Bohne joined RIM Architects in 1989 and has been a principal since 2001. With 32 years of Alaskan architectural experience, he created and manages the firm’s Building Envelope & Science Technology Studio, providing forensic, repair and replacement solutions for roofs, doors, windows and exterior envelope issues for hundreds of projects. He is also RIM Architects’ specialist for projects completed under term contracts, including for the State of Alaska and Anchorage School District. Bohne earned both a bachelor of science in architecture and a bachelor of architecture from North Dakota State University. He is the Chair of the Municipality of Anchorage Board of Building Examiners and Appeals, and sits on the Bidding Review Board.

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