Movers & Shakers 05/12/13
Krista Phillips, a principal with RIM Architects LLC, was one of three women honored by the National Women in Construction Alaska Chapter on March 6, at the Constructive Women Awards Dinner in Anchorage. Phillips was honored by her peers for her longevity in, mentorship within, and overall dedication to the design and construction industry. Phillips joined RIM Architects in early 2005 and became a principal of the firm in 2008. She has more than 21 years of experience in architecture, is responsible for the hiring and talent management of RIM’s Alaska architectural staff, and assisting other RIM offices with recruiting and talent management. Her professional experience includes practice in a wide variety of firm settings within the United States, Europe and Australia. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kentucky.
Caroline Huntley has been promoted to marketing officer for Northrim Bank. A marketing and economics graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage, she began with Northrim in 2007 as a marketing assistant. She became the marketing and web specialist in 2008 and was promoted to marketing analyst in 2009 as her role in bank research expanded. Huntley was the lead on the recent update of the bank website, coordinating with multiple vendors to implement the changeover. Her new position will include market research, managing the bank’s website, product launches and developing and managing marketing programs and campaigns.
Ten-year-old Karen Nickoli has been chosen as the 2013 Alaska Champion in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program. Nickoli spent more than a year at The Children’s Hospital at Providence and finally returned home in March. Life took an abrupt turn when Karen and her family received her diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Far from her Yup’ik Eskimo home in Russian Mission, Nickoli stayed at Providence Hickel House, a hospitality home in Anchorage funded in part by CMN Hospitals. She needed frequent blood and platelet transfusions and oral chemotherapy. Relatives sent subsistence foods like salmon and moose for her to eat when treatment made other foods taste bad. CMN Hospitals helped fund educators to keep Nickoli and her sisters caught up in school throughout the year. Finally, around Thanksgiving 2012, she was in remission. She returned to her small village, where she was able to get back to her favorite pastime — catching caterpillars. She also enjoys fishing, being around animals, and snowmachining.
Cathy Frost has been named corporate HSET program manager at Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. Frost will be responsible for the administration of UIC’s health, safety, environmental and training programs, as well as providing guidance, support, and monitoring of related subsidiary program compliance with Corporate requirements. She has more than 14 years of experience in her field. Frost obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Chugach Alaska Corp. has appointed Randi Jo Gause as its new senior corporate communications manager. She replaces long-time corporate communications specialist Beth Welty. Gause will be responsible for establishing and implementing Chugach’s internal and external corporate communication strategies. Gause served most recently as the public relations and marketing manager for the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and worked in CAC’s business development unit for more than three years. She also gained experience working with a variety of Alaska Native organizations at local advertising firm MSI Communications, earning two Public Relations Society of America awards for her work in 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations from University of Utah.
Maj. Mark J. DeRocchi is the new deputy commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and assumes responsibility for managing the organization’s programs throughout Alaska. He also directs operations during emergency contingencies. Previously, DeRocchi was the operations officer for the 92nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Stewart, Ga., and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2012-13. From 2008-10, he served as an instructor, assistant professor and executive officer for the civil and mechanical engineering department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He earned master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2008 and in engineering management in 2002 from the University of Missouri. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1998 from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has received various medals, citations, ribbons and unit awards, including the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
Senior Engineer Paul Kendall has been promoted to principal with PND Engineers Inc. Kendall is a registered professional engineer with more than 10 years of engineering experience in Alaska. He has recently served as civil design manager on several large projects including the Akutan Airport Design-Build project for the Alaska Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highways Deweyville to Neck Lake Road project on Prince of Wales Island. Kendall has been with PND since 2005. PND Designer Roger Crandy received his AutoCAD Civil 3D Professional Certification and was promoted to Drafting Department coordinator. Crandy was hired at PND in 1997 and has 23 years of professional experience in drafting and graphic design, including 3-D renderings and modeling for architecture and engineering design.