Movers & Shakers 09/28/14
Leyla Arsan has been promoted to office director for SWCA Environmental Consultants' Anchorage office. Previously office lead, she will continue to manage Alaska operations and staff and be responsible for the growth and diversification of business lines and geographic reach in the state. Arsan has 12 years of experience in fisheries and aquatic science, including aquatic resource assessments and habitat surveys, biological monitoring, fish passage assessment, Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations, and stream ecology. She has worked in freshwater, estuarine, and marine areas throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining SWCA as a biologist in 2007, Arsan worked as a research assistant at Oregon State University’s Center for Fish Disease Research, where she developed risk assessment models for the potential introduction and establishment of fish pathogens and non-native species into the state of Alaska. She was also a research assistant for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Arsan holds a master’s degree in fisheries and aquatic science from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Prescott College in Arizona.
Wendy Lindskoog accepted the League of Railway Industry Women 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award during the league’s annual conference opening session Sept. 22 in Montreal. Lindskoog was recognized for her tenured service as a senior manager and executive for the Alaska Railroad Corp., which hired her in 2009 as the external affairs manager. Since then, Lindskoog has been promoted repeatedly, and currently serves as vice president of business management and corporate affairs. The award is presented to a woman who has improved the rail industry through her work in a leadership role within a professional railway field.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the UAF Alumni Association will honor Frank Paskvan with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Paskvan received the award Sept. 26 during the Nanook Rendezvous awards dinner at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. Paskvan is a third-generation Alaskan who followed his father’s footsteps to the UAF College of Engineering and Mines. He received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1985 and has worked for BP and ARCO for 26 years in Alaska and Jakarta, Indonesia, as a reservoir engineer, mentor-coach and team manager. He led BP’s research into Alaska’s viscous and heavy oil developments and now leads development planning for the Prudhoe Bay area. The association will also honor six other alumni during the awards dinner. The 2014 Alumni Achievement Awards for Business and Professional Excellence will go to C.B. McNeil, ’59, attorney and retired Montana judge; Jeff Roach, ‘87, a brigade commander for the Alaska Army National Guard; and John Power, ‘88 and ‘98, a volcano seismologist and scientist-in-charge at the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The Alumni Achievement Award for University Support will go to Gene Therriault, ’80 and ‘83, a former legislator who now serves as deputy director for statewide energy policy development at the Alaska Energy Authority. The Alumni Achievement Award for Community Support will be awarded to Lynda Sather, ’98, a longtime public relations professional whose career has included work for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. The William R. Cashen Service Award will be presented to Tania Clucas, ’95 and ’08, whose volunteer work with the UAF Alumni Association dates back to her time as an undergraduate student. Clucas is currently a doctoral student and works as the education, outreach and diversity manager for the university’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.
Effective Sept. 16, Becky Hultberg has taken on the role of president/CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. Hultberg replaces Karen Perdue who retired after four years as president/CEO. Hultberg, 40, joined ASHNHA in January as senior vice president after stepping down as commissioner of the Department of Administration for Gov. Sean Parnell, where she oversaw the state’s active employee and retiree health plans. She previously served as special assistant and press secretary for Gov. Frank Murkowski, as a staff assistant for the Alaska Congressional delegation and as regional director of communications and marketing for Providence Health & Services Alaska.
Coffman Engineers, a mid-sized, multidiscipline engineering firm, promoted C. Dan Stears to vice president. Stears, a principal of the Anchorage office Corrosion Department, has more than 30 years of experience in pipeline, tank farm, and marine facilities corrosion control, including more than 25 years of experience managing and supervising corrosion control and multidiscipline activities. He is technically competent in cathodic protection and coatings activities, proficient at preparing and administering construction documents and contracts, and efficient at planning, coordinating and supervising contractors and consultants. Stears is familiar with state and federal regulations and industry standards and recommended practices for coatings, cathodic protection, and inspection of pipelines, tanks and marine structures.
Cynthia Gough has accepted the role of operations administrator for Providence Health & Services Alaska effective Sept. 21. As area operations administrator, Gough will oversee Behavioral Health Services, critical access hospitals, long-term and transitional care, assisted living facilities, Providence Imaging Center and select joint venture operations. Gough has served Providence as director of Behavioral Health Services since 2004. Gough earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master of science in counseling psychology from the University of La Verne. She also earned specialty certification as a nurse executive, further preparing her for this broad portfolio of services. Gough replaces Susan Humphrey-Barnett who is retiring after 23 years with Providence.
Randy Williams, P.E., has joined the NORTECH Energy/Mechanical Engineering team. Williams has 20 years of Alaska experience performing HVAC design, energy efficiency strategy and analysis, and building commissioning to support NORTECH’s mission of providing comprehensive and sustainable environmental, energy, health and safety services throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being a professional mechanical engineer, Williams is ASHRAE-certified in Commissioning and Building Energy Assessment and will provide third-party commissioning, energy assessment and modeling, and design and management of energy efficiency upgrades to building owners, designers, and contractors.