Movers & Shakers 09/07/14
William “Matt” Tisher has joined Ahtna Inc. as chief financial officer. Tisher joins Ahtna from Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp., an Alaska Native village corporation with $300 million in revenues and more than 40 subsidiaries. While at UIC, he performed at the executive level providing internal and external financial reporting, planning, budget development, business plans, due diligence on investments, banking compliance, and relationships with banks and external auditors. Prior to UIC, Matt was the CFO at Adak Fisheries and Coastal Villages Regional Fund.
GCI announced today the promotion of Duncan Whitney and Susannah Scholl. Whitney was promoted to vice president for product management and Scholl to vice president for information and technology. Whitney joined GCI in 1993 and has worked in many business departments within the company including IT, commercial marketing and Internet services. Most recently, Whitney served as vice president of data services in product management and as a program manager for GCI’s Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial Initiative, a program that will enable GCI to provide gigabit cable modem service in Anchorage by next year. Whitney earned his bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University and holds an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Scholl has been with GCI since 2002 and until her promotion was employed as director of business services in IT, overseeing a wide range of important issues including data security, compliance, systems integration, video Cost Of Goods Sold management and strategic financial planning. Scholl holds a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University as well as an MBA from the University of Washington.
Cynthia Trapp has joined UMIAQ LLC as an associate scientist in the Environmental Department. Trapp has more than 16 years of experience in the petroleum industry with expertise in emergency response and management, regulatory compliance and stakeholder engagement. Most recently Trapp was engaged in Shell Canada Ltd. Emergency Response Stakeholder Database and public safety initiatives, as well as with BP Exploration (Alaska)’s incident management plan harmonization initiative.
Glenn Cravez has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work as a mediator. Cravez has mediated in Anchorage and throughout Alaska for the past 25 years.
Leah Boltz, director of marketing and business development for Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc., and Cynthia Oistad, a project manager for Arcadis U.S Inc., earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer in July 2014. They are among a growing number of professionals to be certified by the Society for Marketing Professional Services, which advocates for, educates and connects leaders in the design and building industry. CPSMs are recognized as having the experience and knowledge to generate profitable business in the architectural, engineering, and construction marketplace. To achieve this designation, certification candidates must meet educational and experience requirements, pass a rigorous written examination, and pledge to abide by the CPSM Code of Ethics. The process validates the individual’s mastery of and ability to apply critical business development knowledge in an industry that values certification.
St. Mary’s School District Superintendent Dr. David Herbert has been selected by Alaska Superintendents Association as Alaska’s 2015 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 28th year, pays tribute to a school system’s top leader who exemplifies effectiveness, knowledge, leadership, ethics, and commitment. Herbert became the superintendent for the St. Mary’s School District on July 1, 2005, and has successfully served for nine years as the School District superintendent making him one of the longest continually serving superintendents in the state of Alaska. In St. Mary’s, he guides a top performing school district, one that considers the needs of all students while envisioning the future that all graduates will encounter as they move beyond high school. Herbert has been an energetic, professional, and fully involved member of ASA. He has been very active at the state policy level and in legislative/policy issues. During this time he has been an executive board member of ASA, president of ASA, an executive board member of ACSA, president of ACSA, a member of the Mt. Edgecumbe Board as a representative for ASA, a member of the Superintendent of the Year Selection Committee for ASA, facilitator of the ASA Executive Director Selection Committee, and served as a member of the AASB/ASA Legislative Initiative Forum. ASA will advance Herbert’s candidacy to the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year program. All state Superintendents of the Year will be honored in February at the 2015 AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, California.
Christy Shilling has been hired as a business development officer for Stewart Title of Alaska. Shilling comes to Stewart Title of Alaska with a background in real estate and commercial insurance. She has extensive customer service experience and has worked as an account executive marketing and selling commercial insurance for eight years. She also has approximately two years of real estate and escrow experience.