Movers & Shakers 11/03/13



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The Anchorage Alaska Bed and Breakfast Association hosted its fourth annual awards dinner in Anchorage on Sept. 24 to honor all its Associate/Travel partners and to confer awards in eight areas. Winners for the 2013 season are: Best Alaska Experience-Alaska Native Heritage Center; Best Tour Experience-Phillips Cruises and Tours; Best Dining Experience-Spenard Roadhouse; Best Customer Service-Glacier Brewhouse; Innovative Approach to Making Guests Feel Special-Anchorage Trolley Tours; Best Business to Business Service in Support of Tourism–The Alaska App; Rookie of the Year, New Member-Sam Wasson Photography.

Mara E. Michaletz has joined the firm Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot. Michaletz’s litigation practice focuses on complex business, construction, and insurance disputes. Prior to joining the firm, Michaletz was a prosecutor at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office for six years. Ms. Michaletz clerked for the Hon. Peter Michalski of the Anchorage Superior Court after receiving her J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006. While attending law school, Michaletz studied abroad in the Netherlands and at Uppsala University, Sweden. Michaletz graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Adrienne Little has been named commercial lines sales executive for Wells Fargo Insurance in Alaska. She will work with Alaska businesses to provide consultation on existing insurance services and secure coverage such as commercial property and casualty, professional and product liability, and workers’ compensation. Little has 16 years of insurance industry experience in Alaska, managing accounts for companies in the transportation, healthcare, construction and nonprofit fields. Her professional training includes Liberty Northwest Insurance’s Commercial Lines School, and she is studying to earn a Certified Insurance Counselor designation from the National Alliance for Insurance Education.

Caroline Storm has joined the Bezek Durst Seiser team of architects, designers, and planners. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Caroline received a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1998 and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in 1992 from the University of Waterloo. Additionally, she holds credentials as a LEED AP BD & C green building design professional. Storm has been providing architectural design services in Alaska since 2002 and brings with her an expertise in healthcare facilities design.

Gov. Sean Parnell presented the 2013 Shirley Demientieff Award to H. Sally Smith at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks. The award, presented each year at AFN, is given by the governor for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children. A Yu’pik from Dillingham, Smith has served as a health care advocate and leader for 45 years. Born in Clark’s Point, Smith has worked tirelessly in Alaska and across the world to improve the health of Alaska Natives and Native Americans. She has dedicated her life to establishing culturally and scientifically appropriate cancer clinical research for Alaska Native people. Smith serves on the board of directors for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and has previously chaired the National Indian Health board of directors.

Rick Fox has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of Alaska operations for The Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies. Fox will be responsible for leading all ECO vessel activities in the Arctic, as well as overseeing the operation of Chouest affiliates Fairweather, LLC, Deadhorse Aviation Center, Tulugaq, LLC and VDOS, LLC (Virtual Data Operations Support).

The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions Freight Advisory Committee has added Col. Kendra S. Mathews and Municipality of Anchorage Port Director Richard Wilson to the Freight Advisory Committee. Mathews is the Director for Logistics (J4), Alaskan Command, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. She directs Alaskan Command Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard logisticians in formulating and executing joint and combined plans for the deployment and sustainment of over 200,000 combat personnel in the Pacific, Southwest Asia, and North American theaters. Wilson oversees the movement of goods into and out of the Port of Anchorage with emphasis on planning and implementing improvements targeting stimulate intermodal transportation while supporting economic development and port operations.

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