Movers & Shakers 02/03/13
USKH Inc. recently named three new principals and three new associates. The firm’s new principals are W. Dwayne Adams Jr., Raymond Amsden and Jacob (Jake) Gerondale. The new associates are Ursula Dickeson, Sara Lindberg and Jared VanderWeele. Adams joined USKH in 2010 when his previous firm, Land Design North, was acquired by USKH and has nearly 40 years of Alaska experience. He is manager of USKH’s Landscape Architecture and Planning Division and a member of the firm’s board of directors. Amsden joined USKH in December 2010 after retiring from the Anchorage School District, where he was employed for 29 years and retired as the school district’s Facilities Director. At USKH, Amsden is the Building Sciences Director and Architectural Division Operations Manager. Gerondale is the manager of USKH’s Survey and GIS Division; he has been with the company since 2006 and has more than 13 years of experience working in the survey, GIS and engineering fields. Lindberg is USKH’s environmental services manager and joined the firm in 2006. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and received her master’s degree from Alaska Pacific University. She is a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead and belongs to the Society of Wetland Scientists. VanderWeele joined USKH in 2007 and is the Assistant Fairbanks Regional Manager of Architecture. Dickeson is a technical writer and has been with the company since 1992 and telecommutes from her home in Arizona.
Nicole Licht has been hired as sales and marketing director for Midnight Sun Home Care Inc. Licht has more than seven years combined experience in customer service, sales and marketing in health care industry in Alaska. She is from southern California and has been raising her family here in Anchorage for the last 13 years.
University of Alaska Fairbanks students Rodney Hobby, Lucas Stumpf, Maggie Ann Beans and Amber Jones have each received $2,500 toward their tuition with Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarships. Hobby is working toward a major in biology at UAF’s School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Stumpf is also a student in the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and is studying for a bachelor’s degree in fisheries with a minor in marine sciences. Beans is a freshman at UAF who is working toward a degree in electrical engineering. Jones is a freshman in UAF’s nursing program. She is currently applying for internships at local hospitals and study abroad nursing programs. Thomas Crowley Jr. created this scholarship program in 1994 to help young people primarily, but not exclusively, from rural Alaska communities.
Gloria O’Neill was appointed and Dale Anderson was reappointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. O’Neill, of Anchorage, has served as president and CEO of Cook Inlet Tribal Council since 1998. She also serves as an Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellow and is a recipient of the University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni Humanitarian Award for her contributions to the community. Anderson, a lifelong resident of Juneau, has broad private and public sector experience, having spent 40 years in the financial services and tourism industries. He is an entrepreneur, and has served as legislative staff, commissioner on the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, and assemblyman for the City and Borough of Juneau.
Camille L. Ferguson of Sitka has been selected as executive director American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. Ferguson was director of economic development for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska for 16 years and has significant experience marketing to international visitors and working with the hotel, cruise, airline and gaming industries to develop Sitka tourism. She was the 2011 recipient of the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s Denali Award for Professionalism & Leadership, was most recently a hotel general manager in Sitka and served as interim executive director for AIANTA in 2011.
Shirley Garcia has joined Denali Alaskan Home Loans as a senior loan originator. Garcia will be originating loans at the Denali Alaskan Home Loans Wasilla office at 1981 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Suite 210, and the main Denali Alaskan Home Loans office located at 471 W. 36th Avenue, Suite 110 in Anchorage. Prior to joining the Denali Alaskan Home Loans team, Garcia worked as a loan officer for a local bank. Justin Justiniano has been promoted to branch manager at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union’s Minnesota branch. Justiniano has been with Denali Alaskan for nearly two years as a branch sales supervisor. Prior to joining Denali Alaskan, he was a branch supervisor at a local bank. Justiniano has worked in the financial industry since 2000, and earned his Associate’s degree in management in business practice from Charter College in 2005.
Angelina Burney has joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Anchorage office staff, where she will serve as an executive assistant and scheduler. Burney has more than a decade of community relations experience at the state and federal level working with elected officials, governing boards and senior management to implement public policy. Most recently, Burney was an aide to Eagle River Representative Dan Saddler as a member of his senior team on public events and public policy. Before that, she worked for DOWL HKM and the Alaska Department of Commerce. Burney replaces former scheduler and assistant Amy Erickson, who departed in December to run the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.
Nikki Campbell Martin has joined the Alaska Oil and Gas Association as regulatory and legal affairs manager. Raised in Palmer, Martin is a seasoned legal professional with years of experience in the state, most recently as an associate attorney for Anchorage-based Foley & Foley PC. Martin also worked as a law clerk for Judge Andrew Guidi, and for the Western Resources Legal Center. Martin’s prior legislative positions include acting as a legislative aide to Alaska State Legislature House Majority Leader Ralph Samuels, and as a legislative correspondent for U.S. Senator Ted Stevens. Martin graduated from Colony High School in Palmer and received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.