Movers & Shakers 9/16/12
Allen Turner was recently appointed Haines Branch manager by First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors, and Melissa Schutter was recently promoted to Operations Supervisor of First National Bank Alaska’s Seward Branch. Bringing with him more than 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Turner possesses vast knowledge about a variety of banking functions as well as securities and investments. Over the years, he’s worked with Alaskans in Anchorage, Homer and Sitka. After starting as a teller more than 14 years ago, Schutter will oversee overall operations of the branch and supervise branch employees. She’ll be responsible for the proper training of employees and making sure they are familiar with the bank’s products and services and up to date with regulatory and compliance training. The Seward Branch celebrated its 60th anniversary earlier this year and First National is commemorating its 90th anniversary in 2012.
Girl Scouts of Alaska announced the appointment of Suzanne R. Perles as CEO effective Oct. 1. Perles lived in Fairbanks as a teenager, received a degree in economics from Princeton University, earned an MBA from Harvard, and was the first female Rhodes Scholar from Alaska, earning her doctorate from Oxford University in economics. During summer breaks she served as an intern for Rep. Don Young, was a member of the Bureau of Land Management’s first women’s forest fighting crew, and worked at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Institute of Social and Economic Research developing tools to assist with the implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Since 1983, Perles has worked in the private sector managing corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and valuations of consumer products and retail companies. She has been a partner in her own firm since 1990 and has participated in the start-up of several businesses.
Life-long Alaskan Amy Miller is the new press secretary for U.S. Sen. Mark Begich. Miller will replace Julie Hasquet, who is leaving Begich’s office to work for BP-Alaska. Born in Fairbanks, Miller has worked the past 15 years in journalism and public relations in Alaska, including as a reporter for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and with the public relations agencies Thompson & Co., and Bernholz & Graham. Most recently she has served as the vice president of Thompson & Co., specializing in writing and editing, media relations and crisis communications. Miller graduated from Western State College of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in journalism. In addition to her Alaska work, she also served as director of communications at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., from January 2006 to May 2007. Miller will officially join the Begich team on Sept. 26.
Greg Beltz has been appointed director of operations of the Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage. Beltz brings more than 15 years of operational and safety management experience to Millennium Hotels and Resorts. Prior to Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Beltz served as safety and operations manager, and recreation and transportations manager for ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, Alaska. Prior to moving to Alaska, he was owner of Diamondback Transportation and Tour Co. in Phoenix and is former owner and founder of Everything Earthly Inc. in Tempe, Ariz.
Scott Kluever, 7th grade science teacher at Begich Middle School in Anchorage, has been selected to serve as an Education Fellow in U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s Washington, D.C., office. Kluever is serving the fellowship through the Department of Energy and was awarded the fellowship from the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. He will assist Begich’s office over the next year with a special focus on Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics issues. Prior to his fellowship, Kluever taught 5th grade for two years at Fairview Elementary School, followed by 11 years at Clark Middle School, both in Anchorage. He has spent the last six years as a 7th grade teacher at Begich Middle School. In 2006, Kluever was awarded the Earth Science Teacher of the Year by the Alaska Geological Society as well as Teacher of the Year by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He was also named an Outstanding Educator/Role Model in 2003-04 by the Alaska Education Association. Kluever holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and elementary education from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and received his master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He lives in Eagle River with his wife.
The Alaska Community Foundation recently hired three new staff members to help the organization grow individual philanthropy and support nonprofits across the state of Alaska: Brooklyn Baggett, communications specialist; Mariko Sarafin, program associate; and Anna Dalton, program associate. Baggett brings an extensive background in marketing, public relations and event management. Prior to joining the foundation, Bagget ran a promotions and public relations company in Portland, Ore., working with the arts and creative communities. In addition, Baggett managed her own law firm, focusing on intellectual property, business and art law. Baggett received a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of California Berkeley and a law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon. Sarafin has comprehensive experience in creative endeavors, including songwriting, theater, video production, music and dance. Sarafin was born and raised in Anchorage and received a bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dalton was born and raised in Anchorage and joins the foundation as program associate with an emphasis in grants management and scholarships. She recently graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in urban and environmental policy. Her previous experience includes working as an educator in Anchorage as well as non-profit work in California on projects ranging from increasing young children’s access to healthy food to expanding affordable housing.
Two North Pole lawmakers were named Outstanding Legislators of the Year and presented with the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business at a ceremony in Fairbanks. State Rep. Tammie Wilson and State Sen. John Coghill join Anchorage State Rep. Craig Johnson and Wasilla State Rep. Wes Keller, who were presented their awards last month, as the only four Alaska lawmakers to be named Outstanding Legislators for their pro-small-business voting records during the last session of the Alaska Legislature. In order to win the award, legislators had to have a better than 80-percent, pro-small-business voting record on six issues during the last session of the Alaska Legislature. Both Wilson and Coghill, who is the current minority leader in the Alaska Senate, are former small-business owners and represent the North Pole and surrounding areas.