Movers & Shakers 01/06/13

Chief Human Resources Officer Donald Smith is returning to the position of executive director of labor and employee relations at the University of Alaska effective Jan. 1. A longtime Anchorage resident, Smith concluded during the to the Fairbanks-based human resources position that the move to Fairbanks would have significant adverse economic impacts, prompting a return to his former position.  UA President Patrick Gamble also announced that he is appointing Associate Vice President of Budget Michelle Rizk as interim chief human resources officer. Rizk will continue her responsibilities with her budget position, as well as taking on the new duties. Gamble appointed Smith to the labor relations position in August 2011 because of his extensive expertise in the field. He filled the human resources position on an interim position beginning in December 2011, and on a permanent basis in August 2012. Rizk is a graduate of North Pole High School and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in international business and a master’s degree in business administration in 2001. Rizk first served as the fiscal officer for the Statewide Office of Information Technology, where her duties included financial management and strategic planning. She joined the Statewide Office of Planning and Budget in 2006 as the director of budget and was promoted to her current position, associate vice-president of budget in 2008. Her current responsibilities include working with the campuses to develop the University of Alaska System’s operating and capital budgets.

Charlene Ostbloom accepted the position of vice president of communications for Doyon, Limited, effective December 10, 2012.  Ostbloom joined Doyon in June of 2011 as the human resource service center manager. Previously, she worked as corporate communications director at Tanana Chiefs Conference, or TCC, where she was in charge of developing the messaging going out to its beneficiaries, including production of the Council, TCC’s newsletter. She also worked at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for more than 10 years. She’s served on the board of directors of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Community & Technical College, and Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.  Ostbloom will be in charge of external and internal communication initiatives for Doyon and will ensure communication strategies across the Doyon Family of Companies are aligned and support the strategic direction of the organization. Geri Simon, senior vice president of administration, stated, “I look forward to working with Charlene in this new capacity and believe her experience and enthusiasm will continue to be a great asset to Doyon and its family of companies.” Ostbloom is a Doyon, Limited shareholder from Nulato and holds a bachelor’s degree from UAF.

Gov. Sean Parnell named Pat Kemp commissioner of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Kemp has served as acting commissioner since October. Kemp began his career with the Department of Highways in 1971 as a rear chainman on a survey crew. He worked during summer breaks from college and began full time employment with DOT&PF in 1977. Kemp retired from the department in 2006. After retiring, Kemp maintained a private engineering office in Juneau. In 2011, he returned to the department as the deputy commissioner for Highways and Public Facilities. Kemp earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Washington and has been a registered professional engineer in the State of Alaska for more than 30 years. He was raised in Ketchikan and Juneau.

Gov. Parnell reappointed Jack Burton to the Alaska Railroad Corporation Board of Directors. The board manages the Alaska Railroad Corporation and its assets. Burton, of Moose Pass, has worked for the railroad since 1964 as a track foreman, track laborer and track inspector. He served 14 years as president of the labor union local now known as the Alaska Railroad Workers, and represented railroad workers during the railroad’s transfer from federal to state ownership in 1985. Originally appointed by Governor Hickel, Burton has been reappointed by every governor since his initial term, and he is reappointed for a fifth term to a seat reserved for a member of a union that represents railroad employees.

Gov. Parnell appointed Gary Dalton to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees. The board of trustees manages and invests the assets of the Permanent Fund. Dalton, of Anchorage, has been the president of Latash Investments LLC since 2001. He previously served as chief financial officer and executive vice president at National Bank of Alaska for more than 20 years. Dalton is a board member of the Alaska Museum Foundation, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound. He is appointed to an at-large seat.

KeyBank has selected Amanda LeDesma to manage its branch in Soldotna. She most recently managed Key’s Kenai and Ketchikan branches. In her new position, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as providing financial services, including investments and mortgages, to both small business and consumer clients. LeDesma has more than nine years of financial services experience and holds a state insurance license as well as series 6 and 63 securities licenses. A member of Kenai Rotary and the Salvation Army’s advisory board, she is currently completing a bachelor’s of business administration degree at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Sonosky, Sachse, Chambers, Miller and Munson LLP had three partners included in the 2012 edition of Alaska Super Lawyers. Myra M. Munson (Juneau) is included for Health Care, Non-Profit, and Native American Law; Richard D. Monkman (Juneau) for Health Care, Appellate, and Native American Law; Lloyd B. Miller (Anchorage) for in Native American, Appellate, and Government Relations Law. The list, published by Thompson Reuters Legal, is identified through an extensive research and survey process, starting with peer nominations.  Only five percent of the lawyers in Alaska are named to the list.  Sonosky Chambers is a national law firm with offices in Juneau, Anchorage, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

Ralph Willis is BiNW of Alaska’s new general manager in the Anchorage office. He and his family recently moved from Seattle, Wash. after 28 years of leading BiNW’s operations in Seattle and Tacoma. BiNW provides furniture and service solutions for healthcare, government, corporate and education environments.

First National Bank Alaska’s Board of Directors recently announced three staff changes. Milanna Shear was promoted to branch manager of the Kuskokwim Branch in Bethel. Shear owns more than 20 years of banking experience and joined First National as a loan officer this past summer. Before arriving in Alaska, she worked as a branch manager and lender at a small community bank in northwestern Montana. Hemant Sisodia was appointed branch manager of the Eastchester Branch. A veteran banker with more than eight years experience, Sisodia is an active member of the Fairview Business Association. He’s focused on improving the business climate in that neighborhood, nearby First National’s Eastchester campus.Matt Thon brings his experience as a personal banker to the cash management department. In his new position, he’ll work with customers across the state to formulate the best solutions to meet their business banking needs.

Updated: 
01/03/2013 - 9:12am

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