Movers & Shakers 06/22/14
Jenna Mason has joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office as her new press assistant. Mason graduated last month from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a bachelor’s degree in government and politics. She attended South Anchorage High School and has previous experience interning in Mayor Dan Sullivan’s office for two summers as assistant to the communications director. She joined Murkowski’s office in September 2013 as a college intern and began working part-time as staff assistant in March 2014.
Van Le of R&M Consultants Inc. has passed the American Institute of Certified Planners exam. This certification provides recognition of a mastery of the principles, skills, knowledge and experience essential for a professional planner. Le joined R&M in 2013 as a senior transportation and land use planner. She has more than 11 years of planning experience in all aspects of local and regional planning and is a former Municipality of Anchorage Land Use Planner. Recent projects she has been involved with include master planning for the Valdez Municipal Harbor, the Eklutna River Bridge Replacement and the West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade. She holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in urban geography from the University of British Columbia.
Barat M. LaPorte has joined the firm Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP as a partner in its Anchorage office. LaPorte practices in the firm’s commercial litigation group. She counsels clients on a broad range of issues related to complex civil litigation, e-discovery, natural resources, environmental law, government investigations, complicated financial and commercial disputes and consumer products.
David Froster, Daniel King and Joshua Gray were hired as staff civil engineers at PND Engineers Inc. Froster holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University. King holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering at UAA. Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University and has experience in general civil utility design and construction inspection. Michael Beglin and Ethan Perry earned Alaska Professional Engineer registrations and were promoted to senior engineers. Beglin holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from St. Martin’s University. He has been with PND since 2009, focusing on structural design and inspection of bridges and marine facilities. Perry recently completed his master’s degree in civil engineering, as well as a graduate certificate in port and coastal engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He specializes in hydrologic studies and hydraulic and coastal design projects.
Northrim Bank announced the promotion of four officers. Gerlie Monta-Guevarra has been promoted to assistant vice president, branch manager in Ketchikan; Catalina Haney and Fejie Monta-Carangang have both been promoted to assistant branch managers in Juneau; and Lori Downing has been promoted to assistant branch manager in Sitka. Monta-Guevarra has 14 years of bank operations experience. She began her banking career with Wells Fargo prior to joining Alaska Pacific Bank/Northrim Bank. She directly oversees the branch operations for both the Ketchikan Financial Center and the Tongass Branch. Haney brings 18 years of bank operations experience to her new position. Prior to joining Alaska Pacific Bank/Northrim Bank 13 years ago, she worked for Bank of America and First National Bank Alaska. Monta-Carangang started her banking career eight years ago with Alaska Pacific Bank/Northrim Bank. Downing began her banking career six years ago when she joined Alaska Pacific Bank/Northrim Bank in Sitka.
Christie E. Artuso is the 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year for the American Heart Association’s Western States Affiliate. Artuso was recognized for her distinguished commitment to the organization’s mission at an award ceremony on June 9 in Los Angeles. Artuso is the director of the Neuroscience Division at Providence Alaska Medical Center and is a champion for Get With the Guidelines–Stroke, a quality improvement program by the AHA. Artuso advocates for the administration of research-based stroke therapies and continuing to educate health professionals in stroke care. This year she served as the chair of the planning committee for the AHA’s stroke workshop in Alaska and co-presented on telestroke at the event. Artuso volunteers for the AHA in many other significant ways: as a spokesperson for the organization in Alaska, including serving as a speaker at various events; as a committee member and donor for Go Red For Women.
Kevin McNeal and Ian Comer of Door Tech LLC in Palmer have been designated as Certified Commercial Rolling Door Systems Technicians by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation. IDEA Commercial Rolling Door Systems Technician Certification is available to individuals who can document training and demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and expertise in the installation and service of commercial rolling door systems. The program was created by IDEA in 2005 to promote safety, product qualify, and facility security, among door and access systems technicians.