Movers & Shakers 11/02/14
F. Robert Bell and Associates announced a pair of new hires to the team and that Brendan Welsh has earned his Certified Federal Surveyor certification. Alvin Hymes joins BELL as an accountant and Pearl-Grace Pantaleone joins BELL as the marketing coordinator. Hymes comes with more than 35 years of experience in accounting practices and management. Pantaleone comes with a background in journalism and broadcast news. She is a recent graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications, and has been heavily involved in the Anchorage community with reporting statewide news. Welsh is a civil engineer and land surveyor at BELL and has had more than six years’ experience with roads, schools, and other educational facilities; and residential, commercial and public works development projects. His surveying experience includes conducting topographic and boundary survey and as well as construction staking. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University.
The Anchorage Museum recently hired Ann Kjera as director of human resources. Kjera has more than 10 years experience in human resources and executive-level management. A former executive director for United Way of the Tanana Valley and Hospice of the Tanana Valley in Fairbanks, Kjera also has held positions in human resources at Everts Air Cargo and Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. She has a master’s degree in business administration and human resources management from the University of Phoenix and has earned certification in non-profit administration from The Foraker Group.
Robin Dublin is the new executive director of the Alaska Botanical Garden. Dublin began her duties in late October. Most recently Dublin was executive director for the Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, where she oversaw a consortium of five partners working together to increase ocean science literacy. Prior to joining COSEE, Dublin was head of the Greenbelt Conservancy in New York City. There she oversaw the organization responsible for the 2,800-acre greenbelt, New York City’s second largest park. Dublin assumes the Botanical Garden leadership role from Julianne McGuinness, who leaves the Garden after seven years to pursue writing, consulting, and farming opportunities.
Greg Kessler is now the Alaska vice president of sales for Carlile Transportation Systems. Kessler will be reporting directly to Ron Kieswether, president, and his primary responsibility will be managing and planning for the Alaska sales team out of the Anchorage office. Kessler was most recently the Alaska sales manager for Totem Ocean Trailer Express, where he oversaw all sales and pricing departments as well as Fairbanks operations and customer service. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the transportation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University and a MBA with a finance concentration from University of Alaska Anchorage.
Gene Weglinski has joined the DOWL HKM Anchorage office as a senior environmental manager. Weglinski has 25 years of experience pursuing and managing large scale inter-disciplinary environmental impact statements and environmental assessments for mining and oil and gas projects throughout Alaska. Weglinski also has extensive experience in permitting, conducting jurisdictional wetland delineations, and vegetation surveys throughout the western U.S. Weglinski has performed environmental services throughout the region include Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska.
This year’s recipients for the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, and Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year were announced on Oct. 22 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual conference in Girdwood. Roger Burggraf is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 William A. Egan Alaskan of The Year award. In the 1950s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brought Burggraf to Alaska where he worked as a fisheries aide before serving in the U.S. Army. He returned to Alaska in 1959 as a captain in the U.S. National Guard. After his military service, Burggraf built a career in banking until entering the mining industry in 1972. For decades, Burggraf has served Alaska, advising and advocating for resource development efforts and organizations. He is a long-standing participant in the Alaska Miners Association and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Spawn is the 2014 Bill Bivin Small Business of The Year Award recipient. The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of the 2014 Local Chamber of Commerce of The Year award.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District selected Randy Bowker as the new chief of the Programs and Project Management Division effective Oct.18. In this position, Bowker operates as the highest-ranking civilian employee in the organization. He is responsible for assuring efficient and timely delivery of military, civil works, environmental and other agency construction projects valued at more than $500 million annually. He previously served as chief of the Military Branch in the Programs and Project Management Division beginning in May 2006. In that role, Bowker managed the Air Force and Army Programs. During his tenure, Bowker led the effort to provide critical military infrastructure to support the stryker brigade and aviation task force at Fort Wainwright; infantry brigade combat team and engineer brigade at Fort Richardson; and C-17 and F/A-22 aircraft at Elmendorf Air Force Base. Among the many projects designed by Bowker are the Elmendorf Joint Mobility Complex, Elmendorf Visiting Officers Quarters, Fort Wainwright Military Operations in Urban Terrain collective training facility and Fort Greely runway. He also worked on the design and construction of breakwaters at Kodiak, Ouzinki and King Cove to include erosion control at Deering. Bowker is a native of Fayetteville, N.C., and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a master’s degree in management in 2007.