Movers & Shakers 03/02/14



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Jenni Lefing was appointed to Serve Alaska. Lefing, of Juneau, is the program manager and community engagement educator for the Association of Alaska School Boards. She currently serves as secretary for the Juneau Commission on Sustainability. Lefing previously worked as an employment and community relations director for Southeast Alaska Guidance Association, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence. She received a bachelor’s degree in human service studies from Cornell University, and a master’s degree in sustainable community development from SIT Graduate Institute. Lefing is appointed to a seat representing educators.

Diana Bline, Shelly Thomas, John Fugett and Barry Creighton were reappointed to the Alaska Mental Health Board. Bline, of Anchorage, is the director of program services for Covenant House Alaska. She previously worked as the deputy director of Hope Community Resources Inc., and as acting developmental disabilities program administrator for the Alaska Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Bline holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. Thomas, of Wasilla, is a partner and licensed counselor for Olive Tree Counseling, and clinical director for Set Free Alaska, an outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation agency. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Thomas received vocational nurses training from Grossmont College in California, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in counseling from National University in San Diego, California. Fugett, of Anchorage, is in private practice at John M. Fugett LPC, and is the executive director at Consumer Driven Services LLC. He is the former director of adult services for Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, and has worked as a counselor and psychotherapist. Fugett earned a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from Liberty University. He also served as a staff sergeant in the US Army from 1983–91. Creighton, of Kasilof, is currently the president of Ionia, Inc., a residential and consumer-run therapeutic program. He is also a board member for Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska. Creighton earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York.

Ucore announced the appointment of Randall (Randy) Johnson to the company’s Advisory Board. Johnson is the President of Tyler Rental Inc., an Alaska-based enterprise with more than $50 million in assets and 75 employees, which he founded as a start-up in 1989 and subsequently grew to a multi-state enterprise.  Johnson formed Alaska Ship and Drydock to operate the Ketchikan Shipyard under contract with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in 1993. Working in conjunction with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, he guided an $80 million shipyard expansion project at ASD, including a new 2,500 ton dry-dock, upland ship berthing and an 80,000 square foot ship assembly hall and production support complex. He sold the company to Vigor Industrial in 2012, having grown it into an enterprise with annual revenues of $35 million and up to 200 employees.  In addition to Tyler and ASD, Mr. Johnson’s business operations and ownership experience includes such Southeast Alaska enterprises as Ty-matt Construction and Ketchikan Ready Mix and Quarry.

Chris Bergman has returned to First National Bank Alaska’s Sitka Branch to serve as the bank’s operations supervisor. She will supervise the daily deposit activities at the branch. The bank board of directors announced Bergman’s appointment and move to the Sitka Branch, effective Feb. 16. Bergman lived with her family in Sitka for 18 years, seven of those working at the Sitka Branch. She moved to Anchorage in 2008 where she served in a branch leadership position for the past five years.

Lifelong farm researcher Sig Restad was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement” Award by the Mat-Su Farm Bureau at its Annual Meeting in Palmer on Feb. 19. The Mat-Su Farm Bureau is organized to improve the economic well-being and expansion of agriculture in the Mat-Su Valley with a focus on enriching the quality of life for Alaskan farmers while advocating for fair oversight and public/community support. Restad worked as an Agriculture Extension agent in Minnesota when he received the opportunity to relocate to and work in Alaska in 1958. Restad recalled that he and his wife Carol packed their belongings and two small children into a truck and headed up the Alcan Highway the same year.  Restad worked as animal husbandman and farm manager for the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1958-62. Gov. Bill Egan appointed him as director of the state Division of Agriculture in 1962, a position he held until 1968. He returned to the University of Alaska as the Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station’s executive officer and thereafter assumed the role of assistant director.  He retired from that position in 1987 and returned to provide support at the University of Alaska’s extension campuses in Soldotna and in Mat-Su.

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