Movers & Shakers 03/31/13

Dr. Paul Franke, M.D., has been appointed as chief medical officer for the Alaska Native Medical Center. Prior to joining ANMC, Franke held various hospital leadership roles. He served as the vice president of medical affairs at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care in Iowa where he was in charge of quality services, case management and the medical staff office, in addition to driving risk management initiatives. He also served as the chief medical officer at the Fremont-Rideout Health Group in California and director of the Hospitalist Program at the Great Falls Clinic in Montana. Franke became interested in medicine after receiving a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Louisville. Franke completed graduate studies at the Emory University School of Public Health, followed by a medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Business of Health Care certificate program at Johns Hopkins University.

Cameron “Cam” M. Leonard, most recently Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Alaska Department of Law, has joined the Anchorage office of Perkins Coie in the firm’s Environment, Energy & Resources practice group.  As Senior Assistant AG, Leonard was lead counsel for the State of Alaska in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation v. EPA, a Clean Air Act dispute arising at the Red Dog Mine; and Coeur Alaska Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, a Clean Water Act case over the permitting of the Kensington Mine. Leonard earned his juris doctorate from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly and where he won the American Jurisprudence Award, Administrative Law (1982) and the American Jurisprudence Award, Torts (1981).  He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University. In addition to his legal practice, Leonard served on the Alaska Legal Services Board of Directors and was Alaska’s civil law representative to, and past chair of, the Western States Hazardous Waste Project, an EPA-sponsored regional network of twelve western states and Canadian provinces.

Colby J. Swenor has joined KeyBank in Alaska as a retail relationship manager at the South Anchorage branch. Swenor joined Key in 2011 and has more than seven years of financial industry knowledge and experience. He is a former branch manager for Wells Fargo Financial in the Anchorage area. An avid outdoorsman, Swenor has been a coach with the Northstar Hockey Association and the Laura Stamm Power Skating Clinics. He is also currently working on the planning committee for the Golf Tournament of Awesomeness that will be benefitting the AWAIC shelter this year.

Charles Lean was reappointed and Kathleen Liska was appointed to the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas in Alaska. Lean, of Nome, has more than 30 years of experience as a fisheries biologist in Western Alaska. He currently works for the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. as a director for the fisheries research and development program. He has received numerous awards including the U.S. National Park Service Star Award and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries Meritorious Service Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Liska, of Anchorage, currently runs operations for Increase Alaska. She writes a bi-weekly newsletter, The Alaska Statesman, which informs the public of current topics that impact Alaska. Formerly, she has helped coordinate events for the Federation of Community Councils and for Wind Walkers International.

Ronald Bressette, Gerry Hope, Joshua Howes and Daniel Kelly were reappointed to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board. Bressette, of Juneau, is currently an Alaska Branch Agent for the International Order of Masters, Mates & Pilots. Bressette is a United States Coast Guard Master and First Class Marine Pilot. He has worked on all levels of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Bressette holds a bachelor’s in resources management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry. Hope, of Sitka, is a transportation manager for the Sitka Tribe and past president of Sitka Camp, Alaska Native Brotherhood. He is a current member and past president of Sitka Tribal Council and the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. Howes, of Anchorage, is president of Premier Alaska Tours and formerly worked for Holland America. He is a member of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he previously served as chair. He graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in global supply chain management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a bachelor’s in international business from Alaska Pacific University. Kelly, of Ketchikan, is general manager for Alaska Marine Trucking. He is a current board member for SEAPRO and a former member of Ketchikan Gymnastics Club, Holy Name School and Girl Scouts of America.

Andrew Craig was appointed to the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute Advisory Board. Craig, of Cordova, has been a commercial fisherman since 1999. He is also a member of Salvage Master for Alaska Marine Response LLC, specializing in pollution control and marine casualty response. He currently serves as a board member for Cordova District Fisherman United. Craig was a former field environment coordinator for a remote oil exploration project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources-fisheries from Cornell University.

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