Movers & Shakers 11/24/13
Four artists will spend eight-week residencies in the Lower 48 as the first Alaskans to participate in the new Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program. They are: artist and educator Jimmy Riordan, who will serve his residency at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio; Playwright, poet and director Arlitia Jones, who will serve her residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, Calif.; Inupiaq visual artist Gretchen Sagan, who will serve her residency at Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M.; and textile artist Maria Shell, who will serve her residency at McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, N.C. The Artist Residency Program is one element of the Foundation’s Arts & Culture Initiative, a major commitment to the arts in Alaska. The initiative, started in 2003, is designed to strengthen cultural institutions across the state, encourage the development of new work by creative artists, and increase public access to and participation in cultural experiences.
USKH Inc. recently named Dale Smythe as new principal of the employee-owned company, which has seven offices in Alaska and Pacific Northwest. He joined USKH in 2001 after graduating from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture. Smythe is a native of Anchorage, graduating from Service High School and is the Anchorage regional architecture manager. Among his recent projects are several rural school projects, the renovated Big Lake Elementary School and the Eielson Air Force Base Physical Fitness Center renovation project, which was selected as the Honor Award winner for Facility Design in the 2009 U.S. Air Force Design Awards Program.
Angela Rodell was appointed as the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue after serving as acting commissioner since Aug. 7. Rodell has served the State of Alaska since September 2011 as the state treasurer and deputy commissioner of Revenue. She was responsible for debt management, cash management, and portfolio management, including the trust funds for the Alaska Retirement Management Board. She oversaw more than $49 billion in the state’s General and Reserve Funds, the Public Employee Retirement System Trust Account, the Teachers Retirement System Trust Account, and the Defined Contribution System Accounts. Rodell was instrumental in helping the state achieve a general obligation rating of AAA from both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. Prior to her service with the State of Alaska, Rodell was the senior vice president for First Southwest, advising on debt for nine states and multiple state agencies. Rodell received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Marquette University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kentucky.
Quinlan Steiner was reappointed as the director of the state Public Defender Agency. Steiner, a fourth-generation Alaskan, has worked at the agency since 1998 and has served as the public defender since 2005. He earned his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, after graduating from Seattle University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. As director, Steiner oversees the Public Defender Agency, which includes approximately 170 attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and other support staff. The agency maintains 13 offices statewide, and provides constitutionally mandated legal representation to indigent clients in criminal, juvenile delinquency, child in need of aid, and involuntary commitment matters
Steve Decker is the new executive director for Family Outreach Center for Understanding Special Needs Inc. FOCUS serves individuals from Palmers to Anchorage, with infant learning, adult habilitation, and supported employment. Decker comes from a background of managing a statewide charity in California, where he was responsible for bringing a $11.8 million Medicare Innnovation Award to his agency.
Credit Union 1 promoted Community Engagement and Education Manager Chrissy Bell to senior communications manager. Bell started her career at Credit Union 1 in 2010 as the community engagement director. Wth more than 10 years experience working in the non-profit community, specifically in fundraising and marketing, she quickly streamlined the credit union’s community outreach efforts and led the charge for one of our biggest years in fundraising and volunteerism in credit union history, increasing community service efforts by more than 50 percent. Bell is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in English and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation.
The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center is pleased to announce that Kimberly Cohen has joined its practice as executive director. Cohen brings more than 20 years of experience in community health executive leadership to ANHC. She will lead ANHC’s mission of providing accessible affordable care while continuing its focus on becoming a fully certified patient centered medical home in 2014.
ASRC Energy Services Inc. promoted Steve Gasser as the general manager for the company’s Fabrication and Construction division. Gasser will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of North Slope construction group, and the Anchorage and Kenai fabrication facilities. Gasser is a graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned a master’s degree in engineering science management. In addition, he is a certified Project Management Professional with 15 years of project management experience. Prior to his new role, Gasser was manager of projects, engineering manager, and engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction manager. He has been with AES since 2008.
Stacey G. Hoffman of Moving Mountains Services LLC has recently been elected as vice president of the Business Networking International group Money Makers as well at the treasurer of the Alaskan WildBird Rehabilitation Center. Hoffman was also recently inducted into the Susitna Rotary Club.