Movers & Shakers 03/09/14



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Safety engineer Ann Lindsey has been named vice president of Arctic Branding & Apparel’s new Safety Division. Lindsey, chairwoman of the Governor’s Alaska Safety Advisory Council and 2012 National Association of Professional Women’s “Woman of the Year,” has been a health, safety and haz-mat consultant, educator and communication advisor for more than 25 years. Certified in environment and health and safety training, with an associate degree in hazardous materials management, Lindsey’s credentials range from overseeing a Haz-Mat response team for Petroclean in Pennsylvania to managing projects as a site health and safety supervisor in Utah, Oklahoma and Ohio for VFL Technology. In Alaska, Lindsey served as a safety coordinator for the Municipality of Anchorage’s Maintenance and Operations division. She is a member of and heavy equipment operator for the Alaska Local 302 Operating Engineers Union. Lindsey most recently worked as a contract safety professional for Alaska Interstate Construction and Beacon OHSS. She served as president of the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers in 2012.

SDG Landscape Architects and Land Planners have added Charlene Johnson and Karen Keesecker. Johnson specializes in local, state, and federal regulatory permitting, project planning, wetland delineation, functional assessment, bald eagle survey, water resource evaluation, APDES planning and CESCL inspection. She brings more than 10 years of experience balancing responsible growth and economic development and natural resource management by helping projects through the regulatory system and assisting through construction to ensure compliance. Keesecker specializes in natural resources management, wetland biology, land use regulations and permitting. She has more than 20 years experience in the biology field specializing in wetland delineations, functional assessments and mitigation; biological surveys and watershed analysis. She has expertise in land use planning, local codes and regulations, platting and zoning, watershed management  and agency coordination from her work at the Municipality of Anchorage, administering the General Permit and both Coastal and Wetlands Management Plans.

Christine Williams will join the Bering Straits Native Corp. executive management team. As Vice President and General Counsel, Williams will oversee all legal matters of BSNC and its subsidiaries. Williams has more than 10 years of corporate legal experience. She joins BSNC from Perkins Coie, an international law firm where she served as partner, representing clients in Alaska and the Lower 48 with a special focus on government contracts, complex litigation, mediation, arbitration and litigation and construction law. Williams earned a Juris Doctorate from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska in 1997.

Amanda Robb recently joined URS as a project assistant providing administrative support. Robb assists project managers with administrative and accounting tasks for multiple and concurrent projects.

Sean Nelson has joined Bristol Industries LLC, as a senior project manager. Nelson’s focus will be on business development, managing subcontractors and supervising vertical construction projects from the proposal stage through development. Nelson graduated from Colorado State University and recently completed the University of Washington Construction Management program. He has 24 years of professional experience in electrical construction work, and a long history working in the industry. Nelson has worked as a subcontractor on major Bristol projects such as the Eielson Chapel Center at Eielson Air Force Base and the F-22 Utilities Infrastructure project at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Karen Matthias has been officially recognized by the Government of Canada upon her appointment as Honorary Consul of Canada in Alaska. Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Matthias is an Anchorage-based consultant who provides advocacy and advice to clients in resource development and transportation. A Canadian diplomat for 16 years, Matthias came to Anchorage in 2004 to open Canada’s first consulate in Alaska. During her five years as the Canadian Consul, she worked with Alaskans to strengthen Canada-U.S. relations, specifically on Arctic issues, NORAD, border security, and responsible resource development. She traveled extensively in the state, connecting with government and elected officials, Alaskan Native leaders, businesspeople, academics, and journalists.

Alaska Air National Guard promoted Col. Timothy O’Brien, assistant adjutant general-Air of the Alaska National Guard and commander of the Alaska Air National Guard, to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony located at the Arctic Warrior Events Center. O’Brien’s career in the military started when he enlisted in the California Air National Guard in 1985 while attending Graduate School at California State University East-Bay in Hayward, Calif. His career would take him from California to Alaska, where in 1992 he joined the Alaska Air National Guard as a fulltime pilot with the 210th Rescue Squadron of the 176th Wing. Throughout the next 10 years, O’Brien would be credited with 109 lives saved while flying rescue missions over Alaska, as well as participate in numerous combat deployments such as Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Provide Comfort and Desert Storm.

Randy Williams has received his Commissioning Process Management Professional certification from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. Williams has been involved with several large scale and very challenging commissioning projects in the past few years, including Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Generations (M Tower) project, Alaska Statewide Library Archive Museum in Juneau, UAA Alaska Airlines Center, UAA Health Science Building, Kodiak Competitive Swimming Pool and the Gateway Aquatic Center in Ketchikan. Williams joined AMC in 1996 and is a registered professional mechanical engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

GCI Senior Vice President and General Counsel Tina Pidgeon has been named to the 2014 class of “Women to Watch” by the publication Multichannel News, which annually recognizes 12 women from across the media and telecommunications industry “whose ongoing contributions are emblematic of the vital roles they will continue to play in the industry’s future.” Pidgeon was nominated for her contributions to several innovative GCI initiatives, including the TERRA network, which has brought broadband service to some of Western Alaska’s most remote communities, and the creation of the Alaska Wireless Network, which allows GCI to compete more effectively against Outside wireless providers. She will join the 2014 class at an awards event in New York on March 25.

David De Gruyter was appointment as director of the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Office. De Gruyter began his new job at the pipeline office on Feb. 24. A former Alaskan, De Gruyter has a wide breadth of experience in pipeline management in the United States and abroad. From his previous years in Alaska, David has significant knowledge and experience dealing with TAPS right of way issues and North Slope pipeline operations. De Gruyter returns to Alaska from Oklahoma, where he had been working for the past year as the Keystone XL Pipeline project manager responsible for U.S. Gulf Coast facilities construction. Previous to that, he played a leadership role in pipeline projects located in Columbia, South America, Louisiana and Alaska. While based in Alaska, De Gruyter worked on the TAPS Right-of-Way Renewal Project on behalf of the TAPS owners, and before that, he was a business unit leader for BP Pipelines (Alaska), where he worked on issues involving the company’s common carrier pipeline business. De Gruyter received his master’s degree in geology from Ohio State University.

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