Movers & Shakers 05/11/14



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Monica Kane, assistant provost at University of Alaska Anchorage, has joined the Best Beginnings board of directors. Kane has been at UAA since 1996. Best Beginnings is a nonprofit advocate for early learning in Alaska. It is the statewide umbrella for Imagination Library, promotes and supports local early childhood partnerships, and produces and distributes materials and information about early learning.

Rada Khadjinova has joined Fugro Pelagos as Alaska division manager. In this role, she serves as the focal point for all Fugro activities in the state, coordinating with other Fugro companies to deliver clients a complete range of survey, geotechnical, and subsea services. Khadjinova is a certified project management professional with 23 years of experience, the last seven of which have been in the area of engineering and environmental project management. She also holds graduate certification in environmental regulation and permitting from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in international relations from Troy State University. Originally from Russia, Khadjinova has lived and worked in Anchorage since 1993.

Joseph Murry has been promoted to senior relationship manager with KeyBank in Alaska and Eric Hamilton has joined KeyBank in Juneau as business banking relationship manager and assistant vice president. In Murry’s new role, he is responsible for developing new business and delivering service to large commercial clients throughout the State of Alaska. Murry joined KeyBank in 2009, following 12 years of commercial banking in Milwaukee, Wis. He was recognized recently for outstanding performance by being named to KeyBank’s 2013 Signature Circle. A graduate of the University of St. Thomas and the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colo., he currently serves as president of the Anchorage Library Foundation Board of Trustees. Hamilton brings to Key more than five years of experience in banking and insurance and hails from Craig, which is located on Prince of Wales Island, and his Tlingit and Haida ancestors were among the founders of Craig. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Concordia University, in Portland, Ore.

Northrim Bank is adding six assistant vice presidents, or AVP, and officers from Southeast Alaska as part of the merger between Alaska Pacific Bank and Northrim completed in April. AVP Lending Branch Manager in Juneau Willy Dodd is a lifelong Juneau resident and has worked for at Alaska Pacific Bank for seven years. Dodd has a bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting from California State University Fullerton. AVP Lending Branch Manager in Ketchikan Marc Guevarra has worked in banking since 2001 and joined Alaska Pacific Bank in 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. AVP Electronic Business Services Manager Lisa Martin started her career in banking 20 years ago as a teller at a savings bank in Massachusetts. Before moving to Alaska to work for Alaska Pacific Bank, Lisa worked in credit unions and savings banks in Arizona, Washington and Oregon. She settled in Juneau 10 years ago. Assistant Branch Manager in Ketchikan Gerlie Monta-Guevarra started her career in banking with Wells Fargo in 2000. She moved to Alaska Pacific Bank in 2005. AVP Loan Administrative Officer in Juneau Tammi Whistler has over 31 years experience in the banking industry, all of which have been in Southeast Alaska. She started at BM Behrends Bank before moving to Alaska Pacific Bank. Assistant Branch Manager in Juneau Vern Williams has over 13 years of banking experience. He started as a teller at Alaska Pacific Bank in 2000.

Three First National Bank Alaska branches have new managers. Syl Fowlis was appointed branch manager at the Federal Branch in downtown Anchorage. Originally from Gambia, Fowlis has worked in banking for more than a decade with roles as a teller, personal banker, business development officer and branch manager. Bill Kaltschnee is the branch manager at the South Center Branch in midtown Anchorage. He’s spent more than 19 years working in Anchorage’s financial industry, including the last three at First National. Karlyn Moyer is the branch manager at the Muldoon Branch in East Anchorage. An Air Force veteran, Moyer previously held the same position at the Federal Branch and first joined First National in 1997.

Lia Patton has joined the board of trustees for Make-A-Wish Alaska, the nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Patton is an assurance director of the Anchorage office of BDO USA, LLP, and leads their audits of Native Corporation entities, employee benefit plans, and alternative investments. Patton graduated with a bachelor of business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Mel Sheldon, long-serving chairman of the Tulalip Tribes, has joined Strategies 360 as senior vice president of Native American affairs. As the former chairman of the Tulalips, Sheldon oversaw the tribal government of one of the most powerful and influential tribes in the country in the 15 years he served on the board with five as tribal chair. Previously, he has worked as a commercial fisherman in Puget Sound and Bristol Bay. After high school graduation Sheldon immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army serving a tour of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Chugach Alaska Corp. has hired Melanie Osborne as its new corporate general counsel. Prior to joining Chugach, Osborne was vice president and deputy general counsel at Nana Development Corp., She has garnered more than 12 years of experience with Alaska Native corporations, including serving as vice president and general counsel for Ahtna  Inc. and providing counsel to various ANCs as an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller and Munson LLP. Osborne holds a law degree from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in justice and psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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