Movers & Shakers 12/09/12
John W. Pickering was recently appointed as the new president of PND Engineers Inc. Pickering has more than 35 years of professional engineering experience as a field and design engineer, construction manager, and senior project manager, and has been with PND for more than 22 years. PND Vice President Todd Nottingham recently returned to the PND Anchorage Office after spending 18 years with PND’s Seattle Office. Pickering has managed many integral projects for PND and currently oversees PND’s role as the civil design engineers for the Point Thomson Project on Alaska’s North Slope. Pickering’s areas of expertise include arctic engineering, transportation engineering, hydrology, environmental engineering, and conceptual engineering studies. Nottingham has been with PND since 1986, and has worked primarily in the areas of marine structural design and bridge engineering. His recent projects include cruise ship docks, bulkheads, wave barriers, container terminals, and bridges.
Sara Peterson has joined the corporate practice as Of Counsel in Dorsey & Whitney LLP Anchorage office. Peterson’s practice is focused on corporate and transactional matters and she has developed significant expertise with the Small Business Administration 8(a) government contracting program for Alaska Native corporations and other minority-owned businesses. Peterson was previously associate general counsel with Bristol Bay Native Corp. She received a bachelor’s degree in international business from Alaska Pacific University and a law degree from Hamline University School of Law. In addition, Rachel Richards has joined the litigation practice as an associate. Richards was previously an assistant general counsel with the federal government where she worked in the areas of administrative law, ethics, and government contracts. She received a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Texas and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
Kristen Akers has joined the Anchorage office of AECOM, as a project environmental engineer. Akers received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from Texas Tech University, and has more than four years of experience working various remediation technologies and contract management for Department of Defense contracts. She currently holds her Engineer in Training certificate and is on track for a Professional Engineer license. Akers will supporting AECOM’s Alaska environmental services contracts with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and U.S. Air Force.
Arran Forbes has joined the Anchorage office of AECOM, as an Environmental Scientist. Forbes recieved her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Dartmouth College in 2010. After graduating, she spent several months conducting field research in South Africa, one year doing environmental consulting for the village of Igiugig in Bristol Bay, and taught general chemistry at the University of Idaho. Arran will be supporting AECOM’s Alaska environmental service contracts with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and various NEPA EIS projects, and intends on pursing her master’s degree in the coming years.
Roy Olpin has joined Providence Alaska Medical Center as director of Providence Cancer Center, responsible for the oncology service line. Olpin comes to Providence after working as regional vice president of oncology for Sarah Cannon Cancer Services with Hospital Corporation of America in Denver. His prior work experience includes senior director of oncology services at Providence Regional Cancer System in Olympia, Wash., and a series of roles at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Olpin earned a bachelor’s degree in international business management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., and dual master’s degrees in public health and business administration from Boston University. He also has earned a certified quality improvement associate designation from the American Society for Quality and is a fellow in the American College of HealthCare Executives.
Jennifer Midthun is one of the newest licensed architects at Bezek Durst Seiser. Midthun joined BDS in 2011 as an intern architect and passed the Architectural Registration Exam in November. She has been instrumental in the design and development of the firm’s rural educational design projects in Chefornak and Kipnuk. Midthun holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in architecture and a minor in art history. She brings six years of residential and commercial experience in Alaska.
ABC of Alaska has announced its board of directors for 2013. Officers are chairman Tom Even with Klebs Mechanical, Immediate Past Chair Jim Watterson with Watterson Construction, Vice Chair Serena O’Donnell with Willodell Enterprises and Treasurer Ron Alban with Alban & Company CPA’s. Directors serving on the board include Jon Boone with Northstar Electric, Ron Neffendorf with Alaska Air Balancing, Jon Pfeiffer with E/P Roofing, Dennis Smedly with Criterion General, Paul Kovach with Spenard Builders Supply and Julie Duquette with Slayden Plumbing & Heating.
Fred H. Valdez and Jennifer A. Messick have opened a new law firm, M/V Alaska Law in Anchorage. Valdez and Messick have more than 39 years of legal experience combined. Valdez was in private practice for many years handling domestic relations, estate planning, bankruptcy, small business law and many other areas before joining the Municipal Prosecutors Office. Valdez retired in early 2012 to return to private practice. Messick spent several years with the Municipal Prosecutors Office and also served as the Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor in that office. M/V Alaska Law handles a variety of legal issues, including but not limited to bankruptcy and debt management, wills and estate planning, divorce and legal separations and small business and property management issues.