Movers & Shakers 01/19/14
Ken Tonjes has accepted the permanent role of chief administrative officer at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center after serving as interim CAO since August 2013. Tonjes has served the community as PeaceHealth Ketchikan’s chief financial officer for more than 12 years. Tonjes, a certified public accountant with a master’s of business administration degree, brings 23 years of service at PeaceHealth to this new position.
Tina Grovier has been appointed office managing partner of the Stoel Rives LLP Anchorage office. Grovier succeeds Jim Torgerson, who is returning to full-time practice, concentrating primarily on commercial and environmental litigation on behalf of Alaska Native corporations and natural resource businesses. Grovier is one of only three Alaska women currently serving as OMP of the Alaska office of a national law firm. Her appointment was effective Jan. 1. During her 19-year career she has helped secure federal and state permits for the first non-conditional state right-of-way for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, Alaska’s first heap leach facility, Alaska’s first third-party natural gas storage facility and Anchorage’s first commercial-grade wind farm.
Christine V. Williams of the Perkins Coie Anchorage office has been promoted to partner. She is a member of the government contracts, litigation and construction practices. Williams has a subspecialty in the Small Business Administration’s Section 8(a) Program and speaks nationally on this subject and government contracts throughout the year. She teaches Government Contracting at the master’s level for Alaska Pacific University as part of its Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program.
Michael Collins has joined UIC Construction Services LLC as HSE Manager. In his role Collins will ensure regulatory compliance, accident prevention, spill response, and the implementation of project safety and health programs for the five construction companies of UICCS which include: Kautaq Construction LLC, SIKU Construction LLC, Rockford Corp., UIC Construction LLC, and UIC First Nations Construction Services. Most recently he served as the Safety Manager for the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Prior to that, he was the HSE Manager at CH2M Hill for the Denali Alaska Gas Pipeline Project. Collins has bachelor’s degrees in geology and science education from Oregon State University along with construction and general industry safetyand& health specialist certificates from the University of Washington. UIC Construction Services is a holding company of Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corp., an Alaska Native corporation, of Barrow.
Peter R. Reckmeyer is the new senior vice president and chief legal officer for NANA Development Corp. Reckmeyer has more than 24 years of legal experience. For eight years, he served as senior corporate counsel of NANA, where he advised the corporation and its subsidiaries on a wide array of legal matters, including acquisitions, internal reorganization, commercial disputes, government contracting, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Before joining NDC, Reckmeyer gained extensive experience as a transactional, regulatory and litigation attorney. He worked as special counsel for Heller Ehrman, LLP in Anchorage; as in-house counsel for Sybron Laboratory Products Corporation in Portsmouth, N.H.; and as an environmental attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee, Wis. He holds a juris doctor from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, where he was a moot court champion, and a bachelor of science in geology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Lori Davey is the new general manager for Fairweather LLC. Davey will be responsible for directing all of Fairweather’s business activities and overseeing the company’s expansion and management of Deadhorse Aviation Center. A member of the Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies, Fairweather LLC is a 38-year-old Alaskan company and a leader in providing remote medical, aviation, logistics and scientific support services to Alaska’s natural resource industry. A lifelong Alaskan and resident of Anchorage, Davey joined Fairweather in 2012 as director of business development. Prior to joining Fairweather, Davey owned and served as president of Motznik Information Services, a data service company founded in 1974 that provides highly-targeted information searches for key Alaskan industries. Davey graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992 and earned an MBA in 1998. Davey was selected as one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the Alaska Journal of Commerce in 2010.
Col. Gary Folger was named as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Folger replaces Joe Masters who resigned in October. An Athabascan born in Anchorage, Folger is a retired colonel with the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Folger, 55, began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a fish and wildlife aide with the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection in Cantwell. After graduating from the Public Safety Academy in 1981, he served as a State Trooper in Fairbanks. In 1991 he was transferred to King Salmon, and was promoted in 1995 to the rank of corporal, and then to the rank of sergeant in 1997. Folger was promoted to lieutenant in 1998 and transferred to Juneau to become the “A” Detachment commander for FWP before transferring to Fairbanks as the detachment commander. In March of 2007, he was promoted to the rank of colonel and oversaw the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Folger was also a pilot and boat operator while serving with the Department of Public Safety. He retired from the department in May of 2013.