Movers & Shakers 12/01/13
Crowley Maritime Corp. recently awarded four scholarships to University of Alaska Fairbanks students Alexandra Bateman, Gabrielle Bragg, Diloola Erickson and Kimberly Greenway. These students were chosen for their outstanding academic records and having met other scholarship criteria. They each received $2,500 toward tuition. Preferences for Crowley-funded UAF scholarships are given to Alaska Natives from Crowley-served communities throughout the state. Bateman, a native of Kodiak, is currently enrolled in the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and working towards a bachelor’s degree in fisheries, with a minor in rural development. Bragg is double-majoring in biology and fisheries also at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Erickson, enrolled in UAF’s Rural Alaska Honors Institute, or RAHI, is currently working on her mechanical engineering degree and has already completed two internships with ExxonMobil in Anchorage and Houston. Greenway, also a student of the RAHI, grew up in Fairbanks and attended high school in Galena. After graduating from the Galena Interior Learning Academy, she transitioned to UAF to begin working toward a degree as a medical assistant.
The Anchorage Museum Association board of directors has named Julie Decker as director of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Decker, former Anchorage Museum chief curator, replaces James Pepper Henry, who took a director position at Phoenix’s Heard Museum in August. Decker served as interim director following Pepper Henry’s departure. She will serve as both chief executive officer of the nonprofit AMA and director of the city-owned museum. Before joining the museum as chief curator in 2011, Decker curated numerous major exhibitions at the Anchorage Museum, including “Andy Warhol: Manufactured,” “Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age,” “John Hoover: Art and Life” and an annual series of exhibitions in the museum’s former children’s gallery. She previously owned and ran Decker/Morris Gallery in Anchorage and was an instructor for the University of Alaska. She holds a Ph.D. in contemporary art history, criticism and management from Union Institute and University and a master’s degree in arts administration from Golden Gate University. Her work as an artist has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions throughout Alaska and is in the Anchorage Museum collection.
Devon Thomas, associate broker, ABR, GRI, with Team Rogers RE/MAX Dynamic of the Valley in Wasilla was named the recipient of the 2013 REALTOR of the Year awarded by the Valley Board of REALTORS. Christi Erwin, senior escrow officer at First American Title in Wasilla, was named the recipient of the 2013 Affiliate of the Year awarded by the Valley Board of REALTORS.
Wende Wilber has been hired by Anchorage firm ECI/Hyer. Wilber graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1992 with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. She has been working with multi-disciplinary architectural, engineering, and construction teams for more than two decades. She holds professional certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners, Institute of Transportation Engineers, International Association for Public Participation, and American Montessori Society. She is currently providing code compliance, land use and site planning, permitting, and space programming services for the City of Wasilla’s new Library and Alaska Geological Materials Center, and grant assistance for the City of Nome’s Richard Foster Building.
David Ziemer, AIA, of RIM Architects has achieved Project Management Professional accreditation. Ziemer becomes the first within RIM Architects to earn this credential. At the same time, David also achieved LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) BD+C accreditation administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ziemer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan and has 15 years of professional architectural experience. During his 12 years with RIM, David has provided project management for the National Park Service under successive term contracts, including renovation and structural stabilization work at the historic old Mill Building at Kennecott Copper Mine in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and evaluations of over 50 Kennecott Mine buildings for seismic upgrades. He is also Project Manager for the Huna Tribal House at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, and completed projects within the Katmai, Denali, Kenai Fjords and Glacier Bay National Parks.
ASRC Energy Services recently promoted Suege Omnik, PE to process engineering supervisor for the company’s engineering and professional services division. Omnik will manage the process engineering department as well as will provide her technical expertise in the construction of new well testing units that are employed by the AES well testing group. Omnik graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. From 2004 to 2006, Omnik interned at AES and began working full time for the company as a process engineer after graduating from college. She is a member of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.
Dennis Teitzel has been named Bureau of Land Management Glennallen Field Manager. Teitzel comes to BLM-Alaska from the BLM’s Montana State Office. Teitzel joined the BLM at the Butte Field Office following a 30-year military career. Teitzel received a great deal of his natural resource management experience working as the Range Management Officer for 6 years on the Twentynine Palms Marine Corp Air Ground Combat Center in the Mojave Desert.
The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that on the 10th anniversary of the Go Red For Women movement, all of the past Fairbanks luncheon chairs are joining together to serve as co-chairs for the 2014 event. Patrice Case, Jo Heckman, Joan Johnson, Jo Kuchle, Shelby Nelson, Marilyn Romano, Cherie Solie, Terry Strle and Lisa Sundborg will all co-chair this year’s Fairbanks Go Red For Women Luncheon. More than 700 people attend the sell-out event in Fairbanks each year. The 2014 luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 14, from 11:15 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Carlson Center.
Melvin Kewan, owner of Mel’s Residential Repair in Anchorage, has been awarded the 2013 Alaska Federation of Natives President’s Small Business Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo. It was presented on Oct. 26 during the AFN convention at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Wells Fargo presented Kewan with $1,000 and two beaded ivory pendants made by Sugpiaq artist Doug Inga. Kewan was born in Afognak and raised in Port Lions on Kodiak Island. After graduating high school, Kewan attended the Technical College in Sheldon, Iowa, where he received his Certificate in Carpentry. He has worked in the property maintenance field since 1986. Today he owns and operates Mel’s Residential Repair in Anchorage. Kewan has expanded his carpentry business with a focus on hiring Alaska Natives who want to learn the trade. He serves on the Kita Development Corp. Board of Directors so he can help create jobs and teach others in Port Lions how to grow their own business.