Movers & Shakers 03/24/13
Aero Femme Non-Profit Organization & Scholarship Fund announced its first two scholarship recipients earlier this month at the Alaska Military Youth Academy graduation ceremony. Mrs. Alaska United America and Aero Femme founder Ariel Talen-Keller awarded the two $250 aviation scholarships to Alaska Military Youth Academy graduates Riley Kelderman and Rachel Brewer. The Alaska Military Youth Academy had received $500 from Aero Femme for two aviation scholarships in December 2012. These two scholarships were the first in a series of new aviation scholarships offered to academy graduates. Aero Femme was founded in 2010 to encourage and educate women of all ages to be involved in all types of aviation.
Physician’s Assistant Clara Scott has joined the medical practice at Alaska Family Wellness Center. Scott, who holds a master’s degree in health science and graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Duke University in 2001 with honors, is a certified Physician’s Assistant. She is originally from Olympia, Wash., and began her medical career as a paramedic. Alaska Family Wellness Center is a full-service integrative medical clinic offering a family practice scope of services including health and cancer screenings, bioidentical hormone therapy, pediatric acute illness and wellness care, blood pressure/heart disease/cholesterol management, prolotherapy, dermatological, allergy and fibromyalgia assessments and treatment, depression and mental health counseling, and pain management with alternative medicine applications.
Richard Sorge, Property Manager and Broker Associate at Pacific Rim Properties has earned the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Sandy Shoulders has also joined Pacific Rim Properties. Bringing experience from the upper Susitna Valley, Shoulders has moved her real estate business to Anchorage, joining the team at Pacific Rim Properties who specialize in sales, leasing, and property management. In addition to Anchorage, she will also be assisting clients in Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley.
Shaneill Marquez was just hired as a government mobility sales representative in the Business Integrated Solutions division at AT&T. She has more than four years of experience in telecom having worked as a retail sales consultant, finance representative, and most recently as an assistant store manager at AT&T’s Business Park Boulevard location.
Liz Banicki of Eagle River has been chosen by Alaskan Congressman Don Young to represent Alaska as Cherry Blossom Princess during this year’s Cherry Blossom festival. In this role, Banicki, will represent Alaska at various festival events and participate in educational and networking activities. The princesses also attend a reception with members of Congress, participate in a panel discussion on professional careers and learn about leadership opportunities for women. She currently works as an intern in Young’s Washington, D.C., Office. Previous to her work for Young, she interned at the State Department and spent a year in Mainz, Germany, on a Fulbright Scholarship. She graduated from Chugiak High School in 2006 and the University of Portland in 2010 with a double degree in political science and German studies.
In January, Joe Spink, Granite Construction Co. Alaska Region Manager, began his transition to the new role of Northwest Operating Group Business Development Manager. Granite’s Northwest Group includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. Spink began his career with Wilder in 1991 after graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering. He received his professional engineer license in 1997. Sprink joined Granite during the acquisition of Wilder and assumed the role as the Alaska Region Manager in early 2008. He will be relocating to Granite’s Northwest Group office in Salt Lake City in 2013. Effective Jan. 5, Derek Betts became the new Alaska Region Manager. Betts was the Nevada Region construction manager and has been with Granite for 17 years, and has served in a variety of roles in Granite’s Nevada Region. Betts began his career with Granite in 1995 after graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in construction engineering management. He progressed through the ranks in Nevada and was the Carson Area & Desert Operations Manager before becoming the Public Works Manager and Construction Manager. Betts has a background in portable construction work which will serve the Alaska Region well due to the variety of remote projects in the region.