Movers & Shakers 10/26/14

R&M Consultants Inc. has added Taryn Oleson as a planner in its Environmental and Planning Group in Anchorage. She is responsible for research and data/information compilation on transportation projects and comprehensive plans; assisting with public and agency meetings; communicating with project stakeholders; and creating project notices, documents and reports, as well as reviewing, evaluating and summarizing adopted plans and policies, including Context Sensitive Solutions for transportation projects. Oleson recently relocated to Alaska from Wisconsin. She was previously a planning, zoning and GIS intern for the Community Development Department of Menasha, Wis. She assisted with development and execution of a town-wide comprehensive plan opinion survey, assisted with presentation materials for committee meetings, and assisted with preliminary development of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.  Since joining R&M in August, Oleson has been involved in the City of Houston Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision, AMTAS Travel Demand Model, Seward Highway MP 100-105 (Indian to Bird) Improvements and the Eklutna River Bridge Replacement. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and planning from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

Matt Edge, P.E., of CRW Engineering Group LLC has earned his Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certification. Certification as a PTOE is a powerful demonstration of requisite knowledge, skill and ability in the specialized application of traffic operations engineering. Edge has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental quality engineering from the University of Anchorage Alaska, with professional licenses in both civil and an environmental engineering.

BP Exploration Alaska President Janet Weiss was inducted into the Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Hall of Fame on Oct. 11. Weiss brought her love for math and science, especially chemistry, to OSU when she enrolled in the chemical engineering program. Her father, Dr. Franklin Leach, was a professor of biochemistry at OSU, so Weiss grew up gaining a love for learning from her father and the university. She graduated in 1986 and began her career at ARCO, where she moved through the ranks. For the past 14 years, Weiss has worked for BP, and she has been a leader in the oil and gas industry. She currently serves as president of BP Alaska and is a published author on the Kuparuk River Field. Weiss is an active member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Board, University of Alaska Fairbanks Advisory Board and the Anchorage United Way Board.

Bering Straits Native Corp. has announced the promotion of BSNC shareholder Larry Pederson to vice president of lands and natural resources. In his new role, Pederson is responsible for establishing and maintaining goals and objectives for the development of BSNC’s mineral and land resources, ensuring that all land transfer programs via ANCSA and ANILCA entitlements are obtained, and overseeing administrative functions related to meeting the goals and objectives of the Land and Resources Department. Pederson formerly served as BSNC’s land and resources manager. Pederson earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He joined the company with more than eight years of experience in environmental contracting and management.

Rasmuson Foundation announced the selection of four artists from Alaska who will each spend eight weeks in residence at acclaimed Lower 48 arts organizations as part of the 2015 Artist Residency Program. Alaska artists selected for the program are: Ernestine Hayes, a writer in Juneau, will be at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program near Woodside, Calif. She will focus her energy on various ongoing fiction projects, and immerse herself in aspects of the traditions of ancient Chinese poets, contemporary American ghazals and the lyricism of oral history. Linda Lyons, a visual artist and painter in Anchorage, will be in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M., in partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts. She plans to build on her recent exploration of media outside of painting (glass, mosaic and photography) by expanding her creative skills to printmaking. Mary Matthews a visual artist and art therapist in Fairbanks, will be in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, N.C. She hopes to create a piece about the experience of disability, incorporating concepts about the connections women feel to each other and how they identify and find influences. Michael Walsh, a media artist and filmmaker in Homer, will be in residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio. He intends to make two 10-minute camera-less films (one 16mm, one 35mm) using a process he recently conceived that involves putting strips of clear film leader on 11”x14” paper and running it through a word press.

Dr. John Nofsinger is the new William H. Seward Endowed Chair in Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business & Public Policy. He is one of the world’s leading experts in behavioral finance. His major teaching goal is to help students prepare for productive careers by providing meaningful educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Nofsinger has authored/co-authored 10 finance trade books, textbooks, and scholarly books that have been translated into eight languages. His book, The Psychology of Investing, is in its fifth edition and is popular with investment advisors. Nofsinger is also a prolific scholar who has published in multiple disciplines. He has published nearly 50 articles in prestigious scholarly journals and practitioner journals. He both contributes to the scholarly literature and helps bridge the gap between theory and practice among academics and practitioners. He has numerous scholarly works in all three major areas of finance: investments, corporate finance and financial markets. But he is most widely known in the area of behavioral finance and has recently been working in socially responsible finance.

Hope Community Resources Inc., Alaska’s leading non-profit, disability service agency is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Bailey to chief financial officer. Bailey has more than 15 years of experience in finance, management and disability services, playing a key role in navigating the ever-changing State of Alaska billing system. Prior to becoming CFO, Bailey spent three years providing direct support as a care coordinator before he was tapped to lead Hope’s billing department. In 2009 he was promoted to Controller. Bailey also serves as Vice-President of the Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities.

Cameron Morrison has been hired as CIRI Alaska Tourism’s lead reservations agent for the Anchorage reservations call center and Alaska Heritage Tours office. Morrison worked as a seasonal reservations agent in 2014 and brings to the company years of supervisory retail experience. Dan McDonald has rejoined CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. as revenue control supervisor in the Anchorage office. Dan has 20 years of history with the Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward and CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation, most recently serving as the director of marine operations for CATC. Dawn Venters has joined CIRI Alaska Tourism as sales manager for the marine division. Specifically, Venters represents Kenai Fjords Tours and Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge in the Alaska tourism market, and assists in sales for CATC’s other properties, Seward Windsong Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and Alaska Heritage Tours. Venters was previously with Visit Anchorage in the Convention Meeting Sales and Service Department and for many years prior in the Sales Department at Alyeska Resort, bringing over 18 years of Alaska tourism industry to the company.

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