Movers & Shakers 2/22/15
Michelle Pearson, a senior GIS analyst with AECOM, was appointed director of the Alaska Miners Association Anchorage Branch. AMA is composed of more than 1,800 members that come from seven statewide branches: Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan/Prince of Wales, and Nome. In her role as Anchorage Director for AMA, Pearson will guide administrative and policy decisions for the AMA statewide staff and help further the mission of public outreach about Alaska’s mining industry. She is on the convention planning committee where she has been involved in coordinating technical training courses since 2004. She will serve as Director for a two-year term, upon which she is eligible for reelection.
Amara Sanguni of Juneau was named one of Alaska’s top two youth volunteers of 2015 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Sanguni was nominated by Girl Scouts of Alaska in Anchorage. A seventh-grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School, Sanguni works on a variety of events each year to raise money for the Helping Hands food pantry in Juneau. Fundraisers include a Halloween carnival, assisting with food sales at Juneau’s Gold Rush Days and Fourth of July celebration, wrapping Christmas gifts, and selling tickets for an annual dinner and auction. Over the past year she has helped generate nearly $24,000, enabling Helping Hands to distribute nearly 100,000 pounds of food to people in need. As a state honoree, Amara will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join the top honorees from each state and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events.
The National Association of Athletic Development Directors named Tlisa Northcutt of University of Alaska as Fundraiser of the Year. Northcutt is UAA’s associate athletic director for development, and she led the fundraising campaign for the university’s new Alaska Airlines Center. She has worked at UAA for 15 years in various capacities including donor relations, special event coordination and university advancement. She is a founding member of Alaska Women’s Giving Circle, and serves on the Alaska Children’s Trust board of directors. She is a 1995 graduate of UAA with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communication. Northcutt will be honored June 16 at a national convention in Orlando, Fla.
Sam Albanese has been selected as the new meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Anchorage. Albanese replaces retiree Bob Hopkins. Before accepting the meteorologist-in-charge position, Albanese served for 12 years as the forecast office’s warning coordination meteorologist. He began his 28-year career with the National Weather Service in Alaska as an intern at the weather service office in Yakutat in November 1986, where he spent a year before transferring to the weather service office in Valdez. In 1990, he joined the forecast office in Anchorage as a developmental forecaster and in 2013 served as acting chief of the Environmental and Scientific Services Division of the National Weather Service Alaska Region. Albanese earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the State University of New York at Oneonta in May 1986.
Matthew Daggett has been appointed president of NANA Management Services. NMS is jointly owned by NANA Development Corp. and Sodexo USA, and provides a range of outsourcing services to public and private clients in the petroleum, health care, education and telecommunications industries. Daggett joins NMS after serving as senior vice president of Operations with Afognak Native Corp. since 2009. Prior to joining Afognak, Daggett served in key management roles for Chugach Alaska Corp. where he gained significant experience with customer service and operational performance. Daggett also worked for two global companies, Bechtel Corporation and Raytheon, where he supported client projects for the U.S. Department of Energy and AT&T.
RIM Architects has opened a new office in Palmer in addition to its existing office in Anchorage, established in 1986. The new office enables the firm to become part of the growing Mat-Su community, engage with local leaders, contribute to local economy, and provide local design services with boots-on-the-ground staff. James Dougherty, the managing principal for the Anchorage office, will also be managing principal for the Palmer office. Two of the other RIM Anchorage principals are also taking turns working out of the Palmer office.