Movers & Shakers 06/30/13



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MSI Communications has added Account Manager Amy Guse and Web Director Bryan Meshke to its staff. Born in Anchorage and schooled in Kentucky, Guse most recently managed the national public relations account for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Her other major accounts included Providence Health and Services Alaska, the Alaska Marine Highway System, AT&T, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and Era Alaska. Meshke has spent nearly a decade at local advertising agencies, where he designed and developed sites for NANA, Bristol Bay Native Corp., Matanuska Telephone Association and the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., among others. Before coming to MSI Communications, Meshke ran his own company, providing web design and development to Alaska businesses and other designers. Raised in Seattle, Meshke has lived in Alaska for 15 years and has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and in fine arts.

Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. named Leah Boltz director of marketing and business development for the firm. Boltz comes to the firm with six years of professional services marketing at CRW Engineering Group LLC and a degree in journalism and public communications, business and professional writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Boltz is also co-founder and president of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Alaska chapter.

University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has presented awards to four outstanding UA employees for exceptional service. The recipients of the annual Staff Make Students Count award for 2013 are: Gabrielle Hazelton, administrative assistant for the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences; Abby Kosmos, program assistant for University of Alaska Southeast’s Ketchikan Campus Workforce Development; Zlata Lokteva, administrative assistant at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Engineering; and Michael O’Brien, an attorney at the UA System’s general counsel office.

The United Fishermen of Alaska announced the election of Jerry McCune of Cordova District Fishermen United as president. McCune will be joined by Paul A. Shadura II of Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association as vice president, and Lindsey Bloom of Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association as the new Fish Farm and Environmental Committee chair. Bruce Wallace will hold the past president seat on the Executive Committee. The three new Executive Committee members will complement existing Executive Committee members Kathy Hansen of Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance (Secretary/Treasurer), Duncan Fields of Cape Barnabas, Inc. (Administration Chair), Stephanie Madsen of At-sea Processors Association (National Chair), Brian Lynch of Petersburg Vessel Owners Association (Subsistence Chair), Mark Gleason of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers and Kevin Adams (co-Chairs PR/Membership), Bruce Schactler (Marketing Chair), and Gary Fandrei of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (Enhancement Chair). Also taking effect on June 15 are new at-large board representatives Clay Bezenek of Ketchikan and Victor Jones of Cordova, joining Adams and Schactler, who were both re-elected to UFA at-large board seats.

Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young announced the names of his 2013 summer interns working in his Washington, D.C., and Anchorage offices. Caitlin Loyd, of Anchorage, attends the University of Pennsylvania, where she is double majoring in philosophy, politics, and economics and classical studies. Loyd is a graduate of West High School, and is currently working in Young’s Washington. Deborah Castillo, from Anchorage, is a recent high school honors graduate of Anchorage Christian Schools, and will be attending the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall to study biology.  Castillo will work out of Young’s Anchorage office. Liz Banicki, a resident of Eagle River, graduated from the University of Portland in 2010 with a double major in political science and German studies. Upon completion of her internship in Young’s Washington office, Banicki will be relocating to Austria on her second Fulbright Scholarship to teach English.

Alicia Amberg joined the Alaska Miners Association staff in April 2013 as projects manager. She partners closely with the executive director to structure and lead effective teams, campaigns, and publications to help achieve AMA’s mission. Prior to AMA, she served as marketing and operations director for an educational nonprofit in Anchorage from 2009 to 2013 and volunteers for several community organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in both public relations and organizational communication, and is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Make-A-Wish Alaska has recently hired Hannah Moderow as the administrative and program coordinator at the Anchorage office. Moderow has worked as a freelance writer and editor in Anchorage for the past six years, during which time she ghost wrote “Born to Mush,” the biography of 2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey. Moderow also served as an adjust professor in Developmental English at University of Alaska Anchorage. Moderow earned her bachelor’s degree in English and art history from Cornell University and her master’s degree in fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Dana Seagars recently joined URS as a senior marine mammal biologist with more than 38 years of experience in marine mammal studies and National Environmental Policy Act compliance. Seagars has been involved with marine mammal research and management in Alaska, California, and Russia. A 25-year Alaska resident, Seagars has participated in a wide range of marine mammal research and management projects including population assessment, contaminant studies, Section 7 consultations, incidental take regulations, Marine Mammal Protection Act permit reviews, as well as various Endangered Species Act issues. Mr. Seagars’ experience includes projects involving Steller sea lions, ice seals, walrus, and Cook Inlet beluga whales.    

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