Movers & Shakers 12/16/12

Kathy Tonsgard of Hope Community Resources Inc. has been promoted from chief financial officer to senior deputy director of fiscal services and operations, effective in September. In her 13 years at Hope, she has served as the director of accounting, controller and most recently, CFO. With a BBA majoring in accounting, a MBA majoring in information technology and recently accomplishing her juris doctorate degree majoring in healthcare and contract law, Tonsgard is ideally suited for this position. Tonsgard came to Hope after working for Deloitte and Touche CPA firm for a number of years. She has more than 24 years experience in accounting and audit.

McDowell Group recently hired Brad Ewing as a research analyst in its Juneau office. Prior to joining McDowell Group, Ewing was employed as a researcher with the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center at the University of Alaska Southeast. Before that, Ewing worked as a research scientist for the Global Footprint Network in Oakland, Calif., where he managed projects for the World Bank, United Nations, European Union, and the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works. Ewing earned his MBA from the University of California Davis in 2011. In 2007, Ewing graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. While at Ohio State he also earned a second bachelor’s in evolution, ecology, and organismal biology. Founded in 1972, McDowell Group has a full-time staff of 13 employees based in Anchorage, Juneau, and Bellingham, Wash.

Brit Bolsinger, vice president of risk management at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union, has earned his Certified Fraud Examiner credential from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In order to become a CFE, Bolsinger met a stringent set of criteria and passed a rigorous exam administered by the ACFE. As a CFE, Bolsinger now has the ability to: examine data and records to detect and trace fraudulent transactions; interview personnel to obtain information; write fraud examination reports, advise clients about findings, and testify at trial; and advise on improving fraud prevention and deterrence measures. Bolsinger has been with Denali Alaskan for 20 years. Prior to becoming vice president of risk management in 2006, he served as the vice president of operations.

Anchorage District Attorney Adrienne Bachman will be moving into a new role for the Department of Law, handling special assignments for the Criminal Division Central Office. Her first assignments will be to review the department’s policies and practices in prosecuting domestic violence and sexual assault cases to ensure they are aggressively prosecuted. Bachman has more than 25 years of experience as a prosecutor in Alaska and has spent a significant portion of her career focused on domestic violence and sexual assault cases. In addition to prosecution, she served as a faculty member at the National College of District Attorneys based in Columbia, S.C., training prosecutors from around the country. She has also provided training within Alaska for law enforcement, victim advocacy groups and other agencies that work in areas related to child abuse and sexual assault. Bachman was appointed Anchorage district attorney on July 19, 2007. She joined the Department of Law in 1986 as an assistant district attorney in the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office. Between 1991 and 1993, Bachman was a temporary assistant district attorney in Ketchikan before taking a permanent position in the Palmer District Attorney’s Office. She then transferred to the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office in 1994 where she has served since. Sharon Marshall, deputy district attorney in the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office, will serve as acting district attorney until a permanent replacement is appointed.

The Bristol Bay Native Corp. board of directors appointed former board member Marie Paul of Togiak to the board on Dec. 5. Paul, a community health practitioner, was first elected as a BBNC director in 2006 and served two three-year terms. She has also served as a BBNC Education Foundation director since 1999 and currently serves as president.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced several additions to the professional staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The new hires include Brian Hughes, Kate Williams, Lucy Murfitt, Tristan Abbey and Ron Faibish. Hughes, from Anchorage, left the Energy Committee in June to work on the speechwriting team of the Romney-Ryan campaign. He returns to work on alternative fuels, biofuels, and vehicle issues as committee professional staff. Williams, from Juneau, is also making her return to the Senate. The former legislative director and chief counsel for Sen. Ted Stevens will be handling oil and natural gas issues on the committee. After leaving the Senate in 2008, Williams practiced law at the Anchorage firm of Birch, Horton, Bittner, Cherot. Most recently, she has been overseeing state and federal regulation issues for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. Faibish joins the committee as a nuclear fellow from Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. Faibish was the program manager for the lab’s Nuclear Engineering Division, where he managed relations with China on nuclear issues, developed a research program on energy-water cogeneration, and led research projects on membrane science and technology for energy efficient separation processes. Faibish will handle nuclear and science issues for the committee. Murfitt, who will start with the committee in January, currently handles energy, environment, and natural resources issues for Republican Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona. She has a more than a decade of experience handling western public lands issues and is an outstanding public lands attorney. Murfitt will handle public lands, forest, wilderness, and Bureau of Land Management issues for the committee. Abbey joined the committee as a professional staffer responsible for economic analysis in August. Abbey previously worked in finance and is a graduate of Stanford University and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

12/13/2012 - 10:54am