Movers & Shakers 09/22/13
Tracy Vanairsdale, managing partner of Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc., joined 24 other local leaders in graduating this summer from the Leadership Fairbanks Program sponsored by the Great Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. The eight-month program is designed to strengthen local community members’ leadership skills through theory, networking, and mentoring. Vanairsdale’s class included senior managers as well as newly emerging leaders from public agencies, non-profit organizations, the financial sector and other private companies.
Five lawyers in the Dorsey & Whitney LLP Anchorage office have been named Alaska Super Lawyers. They are: Robert C. Bundy (white collar crime, general litigation); Jahna M. Lindemuth (business litigation, professional liability defense, appellate); Michael R. Mills (bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, mergers and acquisitions, business litigation); Richard M. Rosston (mergers and acquisitions, real estate, corporate); and Spencer C. Sneed (business litigation, energy and natural resources, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights).
Sarah Obed is the new Doyon Ltd. vice president of external affairs, and Richard “RC” Woodson is the new vice president of information technology. Obed, who has worked at Doyon for two years, was promoted from her previous position as government relations director. In this role, Obed is responsible for representing Doyon Ltd. on a wide range of matters before federal, state, and local governments, and reviewing and analyzing legislative issues. Obed holds a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. Woodson, who was promoted from his previous role at Doyon as a director to vice president of IT, has been an Alaska resident for more than a decade. Woodson spent 22 years in the Air Force maintaining and developing logistics information systems, during which he earned a master’s degree in Information Technology Management. After retiring from the military, Woodson began his public sector career at First National Bank Alaska, serving as chief information officer and head of the bank’s Information Technology Division.
Gov. Sean Parnell announced his appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board of directors. Parnell appointed Albert “Al” Bolea, John Burns, Dave Cruz, Drue Pearce, Richard “Dick” Rabinow, Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell and Labor Commissioner Dianne Blumer to the board. Bell has served as Commerce commissioner since July 2010 and Blumer was appointed Labor commissioner in September 2012. Bolea, of Big Lake, has worked on almost every level within the oil and gas industry for nearly 40 years. He is a distinguished adjunct professor of leadership at the University of Alaska College of Business and Public Policy, a member of the college’s advisory board, and a member of the leadership development committee. Bolea has served as the chairman of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., the chief executive officer of Dubai Petroleum in the United Arab Emirates, and is a retired BP Alaska executive. Burns, a lifelong Alaskan from Fairbanks, is a former attorney general for the State of Alaska. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, teaching graduate and undergraduate business law courses. Burns currently works for Burns & Associates. Cruz, of Palmer, is a lifelong Alaskan who has been involved in construction and resource development since 1976. He is the president of Cruz Construction, Cruz Energy Services, and Cruz Marine — firms specializing in heavy civil construction, remote camp construction, oil field services, and construction support. Cruz has served on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Port Commission, the boards of the Resource Development Council for Alaska and Associated General Contractors, and is a member of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. Pearce, of Anchorage, served in the Alaska Legislature for 17 years, presiding as Senate president for two terms. In 2006, she was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the first federal coordinator for Alaska natural gas transportation projects. Pearce is currently the president of Spill Shield of Anchorage and is a senior policy advisor at Crowell & Moring, LLP. Rabinow has an extensive background and leadership in the petroleum industry. He worked for ExxonMobil for 34 years, serving in numerous posts, including president of ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. Rabinow was the president and CEO of Longhorn Pipeline Partners before becoming president of The Rabinow Consortium, LLC where he currently works as a consultant to the pipeline industry nd serves on industry and government panels.