Movers & Shakers 01/26/14

David Springgate has been appointed president of NANA Management Services. NMS is jointly owned by NANA Development Corp. and Sodexo USA, and provides a range of outsourcing services to public and private clients in the petroleum, health care, education and telecommunications industries. Springgate has been with NANA Development Corp. since 2007, most recently serving as senior vice president of performance. Prior to joining NANA, Springgate served in key management roles for two global companies, ServiceMaster and Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Springgate also worked for Accenture, where his major consulting clients included USAA Insurance, Allstate Insurance, the Australian & New Zealand National Bank, Apache Oil & Gas, and United Airlines. While with Deloitte Consulting, his clients included AT&T Wireless and Genentech. Springgate will replace John Rense, who has served as president of NMS in an interim role since last April. Rense will return to NANA Development Corp. as senior vice president, commercial sector leader, where he will oversee NMS as well other NANA subsidiaries.

Brad Langdorf is the new chief nursing officer for SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium effective Jan. 13. His responsibilities will include direct administration of Nursing Services at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, leading the Nursing Executive Council and consulting on practice, program development, quality management and budget for Mt. Edgecumbe Nursing Services. Langdorf holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is currently working on his master’s in health care administration. He has more than 25 years of healthcare experience in not-for-profit and for profit hospitals he has progressed in his career from an emergency room nurse to a director, to the CNO position. Langdorf served as CNO for over four years with LifePoint Hospitals in 50-bed and 89-bed hospitals. In his last role as CNO with Lander Regional Hospital in Wyoming, he provided care for the local Native American population and worked with Indian Health Services in the region. 

Julie Taylor has joined Alaska Regional Hospital as its new CEO, replacing Annie Holt, who retired in December 2013. Taylor brings extensive national leadership experience in healthcare to Alaska Regional, most recently serving as CEO of West Valley Medical Center, a 150-bed sister hospital in Caldwell, Idaho. As one of her primary priorities at Alaska Regional Hospital, she will oversee a $50 million facility modernization project that is in its early stages and will be underway for several years. Taylor also plans to address medical tourism by ensuring that local access to quality healthcare is as easy and cost effective as possible. Taylor, who is originally from North Dakota, has master’s degrees in nursing and business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Previous to her position at West Valley, she was the chief operating officer at The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado and has served in leadership positions in case management and admissions, human resources and nursing.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced several additions to the Republican staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The new staff hires include Alaskans Mimi Braniff and Chelsea Thompson. Cathy Cahill is also joining the committee as a congressional fellow. Braniff, who grew up in Fairbanks and Anchorage, joins the committee after nearly three years of working at NRG Energy in Washington, D.C., where she most recently served as vice president of federal government affairs. The move marks a return to the Senate for Braniff, who previously worked as a legislative assistant for Sen. Ted Stevens, and staff counsel on the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Braniff will handle electricity, climate change, cybersecurity and Environmental Protection Agency issues for the committee. Braniff began working with the committee earlier this month. Thompson, who graduated in May from Lake Forest College with a degree in communications, joins the staff fulltime after completing a summer internship on the committee. Thompson began her new, full-time role with the committee earlier in January. Cahill comes to the committee as a congressional fellow from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Cahill, who has been a professor at UAF since 1998, focused her research on the impacts of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere. Before coming to the committee, Cahill was researching the size and composition of particulate matter entering the Arctic from Asia and elsewhere. Cahill will continue to work on issues involving the Arctic for the committee. Her portfolio will also include air quality and Alaska issues, as well as Geographical Information System  mapping.

Identity, Inc., Alaska’s leading gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, recently hired Drew Phoenix as its new executive director. Phoenix brings a lifetime of experience to Identity, having served on the organization’s board of directors since 2010 and co-chairing its Alaska PrideFest Committee. Prior to moving to Alaska in 2008, Phoenix earned his master’s degree in development management from American University and a master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary. He served for 21 years as the senior minister of several United Methodist churches in Baltimore and Bethesda, Md. In 2007, Phoenix became the first ordained minister in the United Methodist Church to come out publicly as transgender. Phoenix will replace life-long Alaskan Phyllis Rhodes, who will retire after 13 years of service to the organization.

01/24/2014 - 5:37am