Movers & Shakers 10/12/14

Builders Choice welcomed Charles Benshetler as the business development manager at their Anchorage headquarters. He will also be working with their Vermillion, S.D., facility. He began his professional career in Houston, Texas, in 1989 serving in various roles for PVF suppliers in the oilpatch. The last 11 years were spent with Ferguson Inc. in Alaska as the sales manager serving the oil and gas, mining, EPC, and general/mechanical contractor community. Builders Choice, established in 1996, is Alaska’s leader in superior modular construction and manufacturer of engineered building components; they also provide full service building material and lumber yards in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Soldotna.

First National Bank Alaska has a new escrow manager and two new branch managers. Escrow Manager Michelle Frain brings almost 20 years of First National experience to her new position. By working in multiple bank work areas in that time, Frain’s banking knowledge and expertise is vast. Born and raised in Alaska, Frain is a member of the American Mortgage Bankers’ Association and sits on the Alaska Vocational Technology Education Center advisory board. Jodie McCarty is the branch manager at the Eastchester Branch in Midtown Anchorage. Another banking veteran with more than 20 years experience, she joined First National in 2011 and moved over from the bank’s Dimond Branch. Joe Steger is the branch manager at the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Steger was born and raised in Alaska. His banking career began almost 15 years ago.

Denali OB-GYN Clinic is expanding its highly trained, specialized team with the addition of its newest member, Sandy Mahoney, a board certified family nurse practitioner. Mahoney specializes in caring for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies and delivering babies in a hospital setting. She has a special interest in nutrition, disease prevention and wellness counseling. Mahoney earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her career includes more than a decade of providing primary care for adults and she has called Alaska home for more than 20 years.

Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch was honored for his work during the past year as president of the National Association of State Foresters. Maisch, who has served as director for the Alaska Division of Forestry since 2005, was presented with a plaque for his efforts during the NASF annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 26. During Maisch’s tenure, the U.S. Congress reviewed multiple pieces of legislation dealing with the topic of working forests and the role of federal forest management. To that end, Maisch traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to discuss NASF’s proposed reforms to federal forest management. Established in 1920, the NASF is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors of forestry agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Maisch had previously served as the NASF’s vice president and was on the board of directors from 2010 until his appointment as president last year.

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