Movers & Shakers 06/16/13
Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp., the Alaska Native village corporation for Barrow, elected three new board members at its 40th Annual Meeting of Shareholders on June 1. New board members are: Herman L. Ahsoak, Anthony E. Edwardsen and Beverly J. Shontz Eliason. Officers elected are: Chairman Price E. Brower, Vice Chair Grant B. Thompson Jr., President Edwardsen, Vice President David M. Leavitt Jr., Treasurer Ned T. Arey Sr., Corp. Secretary Shontz Eliason, directors Forrest D. Olemaun, Ahsoak and Richard Ungarook Sr.
Barbara Bigelow has joined Providence as administrator of Providence Valdez Medical Center, effective Aug. 5. Bigelow’s background spans nearly 30 years in leadership roles at hospitals across Alaska, including PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, Wrangell Medical Center and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She joins Providence from PeaceHealth Ketchikan, where since 2008 she has served as regional vice president. During her tenure, Ketchikan Medical Center was named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association. Bigelow earned a bachelor’s degree in health information management from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and a master’s degree in business organizational management from the University of La Verne in California. She is also a licensed nursing home administrator and a registered health information administrator.
Karen Giltz, store director of the Palmer Fred Meyer, was named Director of the Year for her district, which encompasses all 11 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska. Among the qualifications Giltz met or exceeded are the store’s sales goals; customer satisfaction as tallied on customer surveys; goals for training employees in safety procedures and reducing accidents at the store; goals for employee satisfaction surveys and undercover shopping surveys. Giltz’s store has been accident free for 580 days. Giltz, who has been in Alaska for 17 years, has been director of the Palmer store for three years. She has been with Fred Meyer for 19 years, having started as a courtesy clerk in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
TerraSond Limited announced the promotion of Brian Busey and Capt. Rich Hendren. The Palmer-based company produces precision land and marine geospatial surveys. Busey is now vice president, business development and Hendren is vice president, operations. During his seven years with TerraSond, Busey served in various roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as vice president, operations. Busey is an ACSM certified hydrographer, has 20 years of industry experience, and served 23 years in the Canadian Navy. Hendren functioned as TerraSond’s HSE & Quality director, joining the company in October 2012 after serving as director, operations integrity at CPD Alaska. His experience and qualifications include 30 years of U.S. Navy service, U.S. Merchant Marine Master, a bachelor’s degree from Regents College and a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Valerie Webb and Victor Apodaca have joined the PDC Fairbanks office. Serving as a senior civil engineer, Apodaca brings more than 29 years of experience in the design and project management of airfields, roadways, as well commercial and industrial sites. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a registered civil engineer in Alaska as well as three other states. Prior to joining PDC, Apodaca worked for another local design firm and also served as a civilian contractor that was embedded with the 401st AFSB providing design and inspection services on Army bases throughout Afghanistan. Webb will serve as PDC’s lead environmental analyst. She has more than 13 years of experience, most recently involving environmental coordination in the gold exploration industry. Prior to that, she worked for a local environmental consulting firm performing a range of environmental duties including oil spill response planning, compliance investigations, and monitoring of contaminated sites across Alaska. She is also skilled with the application of GIS, which will complement PDC’s extensive work in that area.
Brian E. Skinner has been promoted to the position of vice president of freight services for Sourdough Express. Skinner joined Sourdough Express 10 years ago as the manager of business development and was soon promoted to general manager. Sourdough Express is a full service trucking company serving Alaskans since 1898.