Movers & Shakers 07/06/14
URS Corp. announced the promotion of Whaley Braham to marketing manager for the company’s Anchorage office. Braham is a lifelong Alaskan and holds a marketing degree with a minor in environmental studies from Western Washington University. She has more than 12 years of experience in marketing, product development, sales, business analysis, and business development. Elizabeth Appleby joined URS as an environmental planner with eight years of professional experience, including two years spent in Alaska. She recently earned a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of Minnesota after previously completing a bachelor’s degree in biological aspects of conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shannon Vivian has recently joined URS Corp. as technical editor. Vivian brings more than 30 years of document production, general office management, and technical editing experience to the URS team. Her expertise includes word processing, technical editing, research, data entry, graphics work, and preparation of data deliverables and reports.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced the names of her second session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C., office in July. For the second session running July 7 to Aug. 1, Murkowski selected Rebecca Carney-Braveman and Sarah Pherson of Fairbanks; Annika Graham and Evyn Ysais of North Pole; Izabella Powers of Juneau; Diane Murph of Petersburg; Amber Vernon of Unalaska; Nathan Sidell of Palmer; Marcus Gamble of Eagle River; and Samuel Ortiz of Ketchikan. Kendall Eilo of Anchorage and Benjamin Gilman of Kenai will continue as intern coordinators, supervising and counseling the summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski’s staff. Eilo is a senior at the University of Colorado pursing a degree in communications. Gilman is a senior at the University of St. Thomas pursing a degree in psychology.
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced that its Haines Dental Clinic will soon benefit from two permanent dentists. After nearly two years without a permanent dentist, Dr. Alex DeYoung and Dr. Lucia Nascimento will both be transferring from SEARHC’s Dental Clinic in Juneau to the organization’s Dental Clinic in Haines. They will begin seeing patients in mid-July. Nascimento is a general dentist and is currently the deputy chief in Juneau, and has been with the organization since 2008. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee and completed a two-year residency, in addition to performing outreach in the Dominican Republic and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines before coming to SEARHC. DeYoung recently completed his residency after having earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry. He also volunteered extensively while in Richmond, Va., participating in the Mission of Mercy Dental Service Project where he served as a coordinator, as well as Give Kids a Smile and Caritas; all free dental clinics.
Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Senior Vice President of Branch Operations Lorraine Bennett to senior vice president of risk management. Bennett was originally hired in October 1983, giving her the distinction of being the longest-tenured employee at Credit Union 1. Bennett began her career as an ATM expert in the Lower 48, moving to Alaska after the launch of the Alaska Option network. She has since become certified as a bank secrecy act compliance specialist and is working toward her credentials as a certified fraud examiner. Credit Union 1 also promoted of Branch Member Services Manager James Wileman to a member of the senior management team. Prior to coming to the credit union in 2010, Wileman served as the CEO of Alps Federal Credit Union in Sitka for four years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a management emphasis, and in 2007, he graduated from Western Credit Union National Association Management School.
Mike Gordon has been named president of Denali Alaskan Insurance, a full-service brokerage offering commercial and personal lines of insurance. Formerly the brokerage’s general manager, he is responsible for all operational aspects of the insurance brokerage and its 14 employees in his role as president. Gordon has nearly 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, beginning in 1986 as a claims examiner in Arizona. He moved to Alaska in 1989 as a claims adjuster, and has experience as a producer for local branches of national brokerages. Prior to joining Denali Alaskan Insurance in 2009, he worked at Wells Fargo Insurance Services, where he focused on small commercial business insurance accounts.