Movers & Shakers 01/25/15
Seven Alaska nonprofit leaders have been selected for the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation. The recipients come from five communities across the state and include professionals in arts, and health and social services. They are: Guy Adams, Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority, Kotzebue; Marie Carroll, Arctic Slope Native Association, Barrow; Nancy Harbour, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage; Marcia Howell, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, Anchorage; Laurie Kari, Mat-Su Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network dba Family Promise Mat-Su, Wasilla; Rebecca Shields, Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center, Kodiak; Pauline Smith, Alaska Literacy Program, Anchorage.
Sarah Dybdahl will join Huna Heritage Foundation as the executive director on Feb. 9. Huna Heritage Foundation, the non-profit arm of Huna Totem Corp., exists to perpetuate Huna Tlingit culture and promote education for present and future generations of Huna Tlingit shareholders and descendants. Dybdahl has worked at Sealaska Corp. and Sealaska Heritage Institute since 2000, most recently as the administrative director of Sealaska Heritage Institute. She brings a wealth of experience managing grants, cultural projects and events; facilitating federal and state-funded projects; and establishing long-term organizational plans. She’s been on Klawock Heenya Corp.’s board of directors since 2010. Dybdahl grew up in Klawock, and is from the Taakw.aaneidi clan.
New hires Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office include Ephraim Froehlich, Garrett Boyle, Phillip Dodd, and U.S. Air Force Major Taona Enriquez. They fill vacancies created by recent departures among her staff. The senator also announced that she is promoting her Legislative Director Kate Williams to become her deputy chief of staff. Froehlich returns to Murkowski’s office as a legislative assistant. A recent graduate of the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law, Ephraim previously worked in Murkowski’s office as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent. Boyle joins Senator Murkowski’s office as a legislative assistant. Boyle attended Seattle University as an undergrad and recently graduated from Tulane University School of Law before opening a small law practice in Texas. Garrett was raised in several location across Alaska, including Ouzinkie, Unalakleet, and Seward. Dodd will serve as a legislative correspondent, and interact with Alaskans inquiring about various legislation under consideration by the U.S. Senate. Dodd received his bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Vanderbilt University, and is from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Enriquez joins the Murkowski team as a Military Fellow after a serving as Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. In addition to having family who previously lived in Juneau, the New Mexico-raised Enriquez also served in Bagram, Afghanistan with the 56th Combat Search and Rescue Unit and the Guardian Angels from the 212th Rescue Squadron of the Alaska National Guard.
Elizabeth “Liz” Pifke Hodes has been promoted from associate to partner at the Davis Wright Tremaine LLP office in Anchorage. Hodes is an experienced litigator who focuses largely on labor and employment matters. She counsels employers on how to prevent workplace disputes and comply with laws governing hiring and terminations, leaves of absence, payment of wages and overtime, personnel policies, and a wide array of other employment issues.
Mackenzie Kalmbach, contracts administrator with Bristol Bay Resource Solutions LLC, is now a Certified Federal Contracts Manager, obtained through the National Contract Management Association. Kalmbach passed a rigorous exam to earn the certification, which shows that she has a high level of training, experience and knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The exam covers contract management competencies in the areas of pre-award, acquisition planning and strategy, post-award, specialized areas and business.
Jeff Prater has been hired by SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital as hospital administrator. He began work at the consortium on Jan. 13. Prater fills a position held by Interim Administrator Noel Rea, who has been an integral part in the management of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital over the past 18 months. Prater has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, with extensive experience in hospital settings. He comes to SEARHC from Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow where he served as hospital administrator.
Greg Cashen and Joe Thomas have been appointed deputy commissioners of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Cashen, a lifelong Alaskan, most recently served as administrative services director for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. Before joining AGDC, Cashen spent nearly eight years with the Department of Labor, including serving as assistant commissioner under Commissioner Click Bishop. Cashen also served as executive director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, the 26-member board that provides policy oversight of state and federally funded job training and vocational education programs. Cashen graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. Thomas, born and raised in Fairbanks, served as a member of the Alaska Senate from 2007 to 2013. In that capacity, he served as co-chair of the Education Committee, served on the Finance Committee and served as chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Labor and Workforce Development. He also served as chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee and vice-chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee. Thomas began his career working as a general laborer out of Laborers’ Local 942 in Fairbanks, where he later served as a business agent and as business manager/secretary-treasurer for 23 years. He was a longtime trustee on the Alaska Laborers’ Health and Security Fund.
Laura O’Neill, vice president of finance for RIM Architects, was recently named senior vice president/chief financial officer for the firm. O’Neill joined RIM in 2007 as accounting manager and head of administration for RIM’s Anchorage location, transitioning to controller for all four RIM locations and corporate operations prior to accepting the CFO position.