Movers & Shakers 11/30/14

Nance Larsen is the new corporate director of communications and marketing for Carlile Transportation Systems. Larsen brings an extensive resume of experience to Carlile that includes developing numerous public relations and fundraising campaigns and communication plans for several industry sectors including, mining, travel and tourism, government and non-profit groups. She has more than 30 years experience in communications, marketing, public relations and advertising. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University.

Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union has named Stephanie Haydn business financial services manager and Casey Kirkeby business financial services officer as part of its expanded Member Business Financial Services Department. Haydn and Kirkeby will focus on creating and maintaining relationships with Credit Union business members; the department provides a full range of deposit and account services to local businesses as part of an organized financial program designed to assist businesses development. Haydn’s prior experience in finance included work at Wells Fargo and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. She’d also served as the director of development for two Alaska organizations before joining Denali Alaskan. Kirkeby brings more than eight years of experience in the hospitality and travel industry in Alaska to the Credit Union, and serves on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Council.

Karen A. Scoggins is the new chief nursing officer for Central Peninsula Hospital. Scoggins has more than 25 years of health care experience and is a strong leader who will oversee all aspects of the nursing program at CPH. Scoggins comes to CPH from Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was the CNO for the 200-bed hospital. She was responsible for operation oversight of inpatient nursing, emergency services, behavioral health and cardiovascular services. Scoggins earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing as well as a master’s degree in business administration, all from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, she holds certifications in nurse executive–board certified and registered cardiovascular invasive specialist.

Angela Greene was named to the Barrow Superior Court. Greene, of Nome, currently is the supervising public defender for the Alaska Public Defender Agency for Nome and Kotzebue. Greene previously worked as a public defender in Bethel and Barrow. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, CINA Court Improvement Project, and Indian Child Welfare Act subcommittee. She previously volunteered with the Lion’s Club in Bethel, Arctic Outreach Programs with the U.S. Coast Guard, and local food bank programs. Greene received a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a juris doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She replaces Judge Michael Jeffery, who is retiring.

Richard Irwin and Donna Erickson were reappointed to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Irwin, of Anchorage, has been a pastor of Anchorage City Church for the past decade. He is also a co-founder of Beacon Hill. Irwin has served as a member of the Anchorage Mayor’s Homelessness Leadership Team and Alaska’s anti-domestic violence and sexual assault initiative work group. Erickson, of Unalakleet, is a village agent for Bering Air, Inc. She served on the Bering Sea Women’s Group board of directors for two terms and was a safe home provider for 25 years. Erickson is a board member for Unalakleet Evangelical Covenant Church, former group leader for Family Wellness Warriors, past member of InterAct Ministries of Alaska Policy Council, past parent member for RuralCAP Headstart Program Child Development Policy, and former member of the Advisory Education Committee for the Bering Straits School District.

Charles Gorman was appointed to the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Gorman, of Anchorage, is a vocational rehabilitation specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a board member for the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and participates in an entertainment band that actively reaches out to the homeless and alcohol recovery communities. Gorman received a master’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is appointed to a beneficiary seat.

Renee Duncan was appointed to the Alaska Humanities Forum board of directors. Duncan, of Soldotna, is a property and casualty producer with Country Financial. She also is the Alaska Women Unlimited director for the Assemblies of God and a member of the Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity. Duncan has served as a member with the Faith Based Community Initiative, Kenai Peninsula Emergency Food and Shelter Board, Women of Impact Board, and Soldotna Republican Precinct. Duncan is also active in the arts, having performed before large audiences in both local and foreign countries, including government dignitaries and royalty. Duncan received an associate degree in humanities from Northwest College. She is appointed to a public seat.

Francine Harbour was appointed to the Alaska Mental Health Board. The board serves as a state planning and coordinating body for federal and state laws relating to mental health services for persons with mental disorders.
Harbour, of Anchorage, is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She previously worked as an attorney practicing real estate, business, administrative, and non-profit law. Harbour received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University, a juris doctorate from University of Puget Sound School of Law, and is currently obtaining a master’s degree in community public health from Southern New Hampshire University. She is appointed to a consumer seat. 


Greg Loudon and Lincoln Bean, Sr., were appointed and Allen Hippler was reappointed to the Alaska Health Care Commission. Loudon, of Anchorage, is a principal employee benefits practice leader with Parker, Smith & Feek. He previously worked as an employee benefits manager with Alaska USA Insurance Brokers. Loudon currently serves as a board member with New Song Covenant Church. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Whitworth College. Bean, of Kake, is chairman of the Alaska Native Health Board. He has served as a member of the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance and Alaska’s SHARP Program. Bean was vice-chair of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and served for 30 years as a board member with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation. Hippler, of Anchorage, is the vice president of Northrim Bank. He previously worked as the chief financial officer of Faulkner Walsh Constructors and was a vice president with First National Bank of Alaska. While living in Bethel, Hippler was a member of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce and the City of Bethel Finance Committee. He was a recipient of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2009. Hippler received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas. He is reappointed to a seat representing a statewide chamber of commerce. 


Casey Cook was appointed, and Thomas Vaden and George Vakalis were reappointed to the Alaska State Emergency Response Commission. Cook, of Wasilla, is the emergency manager for the Mat-Su Borough Department of Emergency Services. He previously worked as a public assistance officer for the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Cook is a graduated paramedic from Aurora North Emergency Medical Service Academy. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University.

Vaden, of Nome, has worked as a health aide trainer for the Norton Sound Health Corporation since 1999. From 1985 to 1999, he worked as a correctional officer with the State of Alaska. Active in his community, Vaden has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a substitute teacher for the Nome School District, a CPR instructor and trainer for Norton Sound Regional Hospital, and an emergency medical services provider for the Nome Volunteer Ambulance Service. He has served as a captain in the U.S. Army. Vaden received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ouachita Baptist University.

Vakalis, of Anchorage, is the municipal manager for the Municipality of Anchorage and the former garrison commander for the U.S. Army in Alaska. He has also worked as the assistant superintendent for the Anchorage School District. Vakalis holds master’s degrees in public administration and personnel management, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is also an inductee into the U.S. Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. Vakalis is reappointed to a seat reserved for a member of a local emergency planning committee.

Members of the Alaska Travel Industry Association were appointed to the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board. Senate Bill 194, recently signed into law by Gov. Sean Parnell, creates a board that will make recommendations for tourism marketing strategies that are in the public interest, including an Alaska destination tourism marketing campaign.
The new members are: Jonathan Faulkner, president, Land’s End Resort, Van Gilder Hotel in Seward, and Kenai Landing;
Deborah Hansen,
director of marketing and sales, Pike’s Waterfront Lodge; Karen Harris, president, Alaska Bed and Breakfast Association of Alaska and owner, Alaska Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast; Russell Dick,
CEO, Alaskan Dream Cruises; Chuck Baird,
director of corporate group development, Waterfall Group; James Minton, vice president of communications, Visit Anchorage; Charlie Ball, president, Holland America-Princess Alaska Yukon; Colleen Stephens, president, Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises; Bob Dindinger,
CEO, Alaska Travel Adventures, Inc. Bruce LaLonde, director of guest services and passenger marketing, Alaska Railroad Corporation; Bill Pedlar, president, Knightly Tours; Ruth Banaszak, brand and marketing manager, Huna Totem Corporation; Ryan Binkley, president, Riverboat Discovery; Gideon Garcia, CEO, CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation; Patti Mackey, president and CEO, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau; Dennis McDonnell, president, Alaska Coach Tours; Kathy Hedges, marketing coordinator, Northern Alaska Tour Company; Mark Weakland, general manager, The Hotel Alyeska.

Updated: 
11/25/2014 - 1:46pm

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