Movers & Shakers 10/27/13
American Fast Freight Inc. has promoted Ron Moore to company sales manager for the state of Alaska. Prior to becoming the sales manager of Alaska, Moore was a transportation consultant with American Fast Freight. Moore was born and raised in Wasilla and attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Moore carries a wide range of experience to this management role as he spent time working with the Charlotte Hornets NBA team prior to moving back to Alaska. He has worked for the last 13 years in the transportation business and joined American Fast Freight in 2011.
The 2013 Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. The Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony recognizes and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors as well as their contributions to the larger community. The awardees are: Indra Arriaga, senior consultant, Information Insights; Pamela Bergmann, regional environment officer-Alaska, U.S. Department of the Interior; Jan Cawvey, community volunteer; Barb Dexter, secondary teacher specialist, Title 1 Child in Transition Program/Homeless Project; Raquel Edelen, vice president, The Hotel Captain Cook; Lucy Hansen, president, Polynesian Association of Alaska; Allison Mendel, owner, Mendel & Associates, Inc.; Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, senior director, Intergovernmental Affairs, ANTHC; Patricia Redmond, director, League of Women Voters of Anchorage; Elaine Schroeder, counselor/psychologist. The 2013 Women of Achievement Awards/Purse Auction will be Dec. 5, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center Discovery Theater.
Alaska State Forester and Director of the Division of Forestry Chris Maisch has been appointed to serve as president of the National Association of State Foresters. Maisch has served on the NASF board of directors since 2010 and was most recently the organization’s vice president. He was elected to his new post, which has a one-year term, at the NASF annual meeting held the last week of September in Virginia.
The American Heart Association and its division the American Stroke Association announced Kristin Willersdorf as regional director for the organization’s Anchorage Division. Willersdorf will be responsible for engaging the community and sponsors in the Go Red For Women campaign, which aims to stop heart disease in women, and the Alaska Heart Run, an annual 5K race. Willersdorf has a background in marketing and retail, and most recently worked for the corporate headquarters for Coach in New York City. She has also been involved with non-profit organizations on a personal level. Janet Bartels has been promoted to executive director for Alaska. Bartels was the development director in Fairbanks for more than 10 years and consistently set national benchmarks for fundraising and volunteer management within the organization. As executive director, Bartels will oversee fundraising and operations for the AHA/ASA in Anchorage and Fairbanks. In Fairbanks, Meadow Bailey, APR, is the new development director for AHA/ASA. Bailey will be overseeing major campaigns in the region, including Go Red For Women and the annual Fairbanks Heart Walk, and will be responsible for donor cultivation in support of the priority initiatives by the association. Bailey is a long-time resident of Fairbanks with extensive experience in media and public relations. Most recently she served as an Information Officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation, and is adjunct faculty of public speaking at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Katherine Gordinier, has joined the Aleut Corp. as an accountant. Originally from Mobile, Ala., she most recently worked for the Energy Transfer Company in San Antonio as a treasury accountant. She’s currently in her last class before she graduates with her MBA. With 10 years of experience in accounting, Margaret Sealock has joined the Aleut Corp. as its senior accountant. She graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2009 and most recently worked for Ahtna Inc.
Sustainable Design Group LLC has hired Ryan King, a recent landscape architecture graduate from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and minors in sustainability and classical cultures. King has more than five years of experience in landscape architecture, land planning and design construction with a background in visual rendering and a thorough understanding of the design process.