Movers & Shakers 12/14/14
Beth Rose joins The Alaska Community Foundation as vice president of philanthropy and external relations. Rose brings more than 25 years of development, non-profit management, and public relations skills to her job and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She has previously served as UAA assistant vice chancellor for development; UAA senior development officer; executive director of Alaska Junior Theater; communications director for the Alaska Humanities Forum; and account manager for Northwest Strategies. Rose earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Santa Cruz, a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a masters of public administration from the University of Washington. Penny Gage joins The Alaska Community Foundation as program officer of initiatives. Gage was born and raised in the communities of Pelican and Sitka in southeast Alaska and is a Sealaska shareholder. Gage gained experience in the nonprofit sector through service as a community health volunteer in Nicaragua with the U.S. Peace Corps and as a grant maker at the Rasmuson Foundation. Through work and school she has visited villages and cities in Alaska from Kotzebue to Ketchikan. Her previous work experience with the Alaska State Legislature, a U.S congressional committee, and the private sector in the oil and gas industry gives her a broad, multi-sectorial perspective. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Spanish and communications from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master’s degree in foreign service with a certificate in international business from Georgetown University.
Cheryl Evans joined CRW Engineering Group LLC as the director of communications. Evans is a long-time resident of Alaska and holds a bachelor of business management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Her broad background in executive administration and human resources management brings a wealth of experience in effective management of people and process, as demonstrated in various infrastructure-building organizations throughout Alaska over the last 15 years including the Alaska Railroad Corp., Shoreside Petroleum and Fairweather LLC.
University of Alaska Fairbanks alumna and lifelong Alaskan Kate Ripley has been named the new UAF alumni relations director. She will also serve as the executive director of the UAF Alumni Association. Prior to accepting her new position at UAF, Ripley served as the public affairs director at UA statewide for the last decade. She came to the university system after nearly 15 years as a print and radio journalist and public relations consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in Northern Studies from UAF.
Dave Pfeifer joins UIC as the president of UIC Design Plan Build Division. He is responsible for UIC’s group of design, engineering, environmental, municipal services and construction companies focused in Alaska and the Western United States. Pfiefer holds a master’s degree in construction and real estate from the University of Denver and a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. In addition, he received his bachelor’s degree in real estate business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Pfiefer’s background includes positions with the National Bank of Alaska, the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, and the Providence Alaska Medical Center. Most recently, Dave was the president of Real Estate and Development, for Cook Inlet Regional Inc.
Kathleen Zinn Dunkelberger has joined UIC as the president of Oil & Gas Support and Marine Services. Dunkelberger will oversee UIC’s group of oil and gas, and marine companies and departments in Alaska and the Western United States. Dunkelberger’s professional experience is rooted in the scientific, marine, and oil and gas industries. Her background includes positions with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., ASRC Energy Services, Alaska and KZD Energy Associates.
Mario Gamboa has joined UIC as the new director of marketing and communications. His responsibilities include developing and managing UIC’s community outreach and communications. Gamboa received his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Eastern New Mexico University. After he graduated from college he got his start with UIC in 1996. He also has worked for the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. for 12 years as a manager of shareholder communications, and served as the president and chairman of Tundra Tours Inc. from 2000 to 2004. Gamboa is also a small business owner of a mobile software publishing company, Greater Than Sound LLC.
ACE Air Cargo has named Vicki Anderson as their director of sales, overseeing all aspects of marketing at the company. Anderson joined ACE in 2005. During her nine years with the company, she has served as a customer service representative, supervisor of customer service, and manager of customer service and passenger charters. She moved to Anchorage from Williston, N.D., in 1989.
Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Richard Porter to its board of directors. Porter is the executive director of the Knik Tribe in Wasilla and has spent the last 20 years in the areas of environmental health and tribal work. He worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a senior Tribal coordinator, and Department of Defense as a program manager mitigating environmental impacts on lands due to the DOD. Porter also serves on the Alaska Forum on the Environment, Mat-Su Council on Aging, Alaska Native Brother Hood Camp 89, Yak-tat Kwaan and The Southcentral Foundation’s Valley Native Primary Care Center Joint Operating Board. He graduated from Yakutat High School 1992, earned several certificates in the area of environmental health, and attended the University of Arizona to study environmental sciences.
Old Harbor Native Corp. announced that Joe Merrill has been promoted to serve as the company’s Vice President of Tourism. Old Harbor Native Corp. is the parent company of Denali Properties and operates the Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel, which are located just outside the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. Merrill brings 40 years experience in the Alaska tourism industry to the position. His career began at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau in 1972. Since then, he has overseen and managed nine hotel properties in Sitka, Fairbanks, Tok and Anchorage.