Movers & Shakers 11/23/14
John Bruce, a math teacher at Romig Middle School in Anchorage, was named Alaska Teacher of the Year 2015 at a presentation Sunday at the annual conference of the Association of Alaska School Boards in Anchorage. The Alaska award is given by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development as part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Lee Butterfield, a teacher of English and electronic media at South Anchorage High, was named Alternate Teacher of the Year 2015. The other finalists were Ruth Segler of North Pole and Erika Schneider of Dillingham. Bruce has taught for 12 years, 10 in his present position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master of arts in teaching from Alaska Pacific University. In his career, Bruce has taught at-risk students and students in a highly gifted program. Butterfield, the Teacher of the Year alternate, holds a bachelor’s degree in English teaching from the University of Montana. He has taught for six years. Butterfield served in the Army and was stationed in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq.
The Anchorage NAACP recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to four graduating seniors from Anchorage High Schools. Kathryn Treder graduated from West Anchorage High School and is going to Stanford University. Estrada Bernard graduated from South High and is going to Stanford as well. Shantina Gillion, formerly at West, matriculated at the University of Alaska. Joshua Reed entered Norfolk State University in Virginia.
RSA Engineering, Inc. welcomes three new team members. Laurel Chappel joined RSA in the summer of 2014 as the office manager. Chappel holds a MBA and brings 10 years of accounting experience. Brian Player, P.E. has joined RSA as a professional mechanical engineer and will work out of RSA’s Wasilla office. With more than 21 years of experience in the engineering field, Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and is a licensed building energy assessment professional. Shawn Hansen has joined RSA as an electrical staff engineer and will work out of RSA’s Wasilla office. Hansen is a recent graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced a number of changes to her Alaska state staff. Althea St. Martin, a long-time Murkowski aide and Fairbanks fixture, is retiring and will be replaced by James Parrish. Meanwhile, Murkowski’s Ketchikan representative Sonia Henrick is moving to Anchorage take on additional responsibilities. With the departure of Henrick from Ketchikan, Murkowski will evaluate her state branch office structure to maintain her solid constituent service in Southeast Alaska and the rest of the state. Parrish comes to Murkowski’s office after having worked at Carlile Transportation Systems for four years in Fairbanks; he also worked for Sens. Murkowski and Ted Stevens in their Washington, D.C., offices starting in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University.
John Parrott, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Manager, has been presented the Airport Executive of the Year award by the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. The award is given to the airport management professional who has demonstrated superior performance in all areas of their position. Parrott has been with the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport since 1998, taking over the Airport Manager’s position in 2008. He has been critical in progress at the airport, leading the effort to brand the Alaska International Airport System as the world’s “Aeronexus,” highlighting its unique position to connect over 90 percent of the industrialized world.
Amy Walters Limeres, Adam W. Cook and Aaron D. Sperbeck have become members of Birch Horton Bittner Cherot and William T.M. Baynard has joined the firm. Walters Limeres joined the firm in 2009. Walters Limeres’ comprehensive employee benefits practice emphasizes the regulation of qualified retirement plans, designing retirement and welfare benefit plans, and advising private and public employers concerning employee benefits regulatory compliance and taxation issues. Cook joined the firm in 2007. Originally from Anchorage, Cook worked for the Alaska State Legislature and as a clerk for Alaska Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay before joining the firm. Cook’s litigation practice includes federal contracting, contract disputes, bid protests, construction law, and general litigation. He has also worked in appellate matters before the Alaska Supreme Court. He has represented clients before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Maritime Commission. Sperbeck joined the firm in 2010 after serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Anchorage for several years. Sperbeck has a diversified law practice, primarily focused on private, multi-party litigation including insurance defense, municipal law, as well as administrative board and appeal hearings in both state and federal jurisdictions. Baynard joined the firm in July 2014. Baynard’s practice focuses on corporate formation, real estate and commercial transactions, as well as banking and commercial finance. Prior to joining Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot, Mr. Baynard has worked as a commercial loan officer and as in-house counsel for a federal credit union.