Movers & Shakers 3/08/15
First National Bank Alaska banker Doug Longacre will lead the bank’s commercial lending operations after the board of directors recently named him executive vice president. A West Anchorage High graduate, Longacre worked his way through college doing construction before joining the bank in 1974. He has successfully worked in every aspect of lending in the bank, from the Cordova Branch to the Parkway and Eastchester branches in Anchorage. Longacre has been the Branch Loan Administrator for many years. As executive vice president, Longacre will oversee all aspects of commercial lending in First National branches in Anchorage and across Alaska, and the deposit operations of branches in Alaska communities outside Anchorage.
Susan Bell joined McDowell Group in February, following five years with the State of Alaska as commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. Bell previously worked with the Alaska-based research and consulting firm, managing a wide array of projects including community development and planning, market demand assessments, feasibility studies for public and private investments, and public opinion research. As Commerce commissioner, Bell had extensive contact with community and business leaders. She served as state co-chair of the Denali Commission and as a board member for the Alaska Railroad Corp., Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Gasline Development Corp., and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. Originally from Nome, Bell currently resides in Juneau.
Paul Wilkins has recently joined AECOM as a fisheries biologist. Wilkins has 17 years of experience in fisheries data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Wilkins’s role with AECOM consists of assisting as needed with projects that call for his numerous specific areas of expertise which include fisheries biology, data analysis, and field biological data collection. Cindy Shake has joined AECOM as a public affairs specialist. Shake is a versatile, award-winning communication professional named 2014 Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association, Alaska Chapter. Shake was principal of a successful graphic design firm for over 25 years. She has years of combined professional experience in marketing, business development, management, communications, and graphic design. Aside from being the director of the AECOM internship program, Shake’s responsibilities at AECOM include supporting the environmental, engineering, planning, and permitting projects in Alaska. Noa Lolofietele has recently joined AECOM as a receptionist. Lolofietele has more than five years of combined experience in management, customer service, and in various administrative positions.
Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young announced the following staff changes to his Washington, D.C., staff, which includes the addition of 20-year House Natural Resources Committee staffer Bonnie Bruce and U.S. Army combat veteran Jakob Johnsen of Alaska. Bruce arrives to Congressman Young’s office after two decades on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs as a Professional Legislative staff member. Originally hired in 1995 by then-Chairman Young, Bruce has worked to develop and implement legislative policy in the areas of fisheries, marine mammals, wildlife, and insular affairs. Bruce will pick up portfolios relating to foreign affairs, telecom and trade, while continuing her work on wildlife and fisheries related activities, including the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which will be introduced by Young and passed by the House this year. Johnsen, who currently serves as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner and Legislative Liaison for the Alaska Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, is a lifelong Alaskan and former Army Officer. In his current capacity, Johnsen has worked broadly on many issues affecting Alaska’s military and homeland security presence, including force structuring, funding, and veteran affairs. A 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and combat veteran of the Iraq war, Johnsen served his country as an Army Platoon Leader and Strategic Planner. Johnsen, who will begin in Young’s office in mid-March, will focus on policy relating to military and veteran affairs, in addition to handling homeland security, immigration and banking issues.
Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan announced additional legislative staff hires in his Washington, D.C., office. Erik Elam will serve as the Majority staff director of the Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Jason Suslavich and Kate Wolgemuth will both serve as legislative assistants. Elam most recently served as legislative director for Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young. In addition to the Subcommittee responsibilities, he will focus on energy, federal lands, fisheries, Coast Guard, and oceans. A graduate of the University of Dayton and George Mason University, Elam previously served in the Army National Guard as an Armor officer. Suslavich previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Rep. Young. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Suslavich will focus on military and veterans’ affairs committee work for Sullivan. Wolgemuth most recently served as an associate director of state/federal relations in the Washington, D.C., Office of former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and current Gov. Bill Walker. A graduate of Colgate University, Wolgemuth will focus on education, health care, housing and native affairs issues.
First National Bank Alaska announced several personnel moves. The bank named longtime First National banker and Vice President Karl Heinz the regional branch manager in charge of the Glennallen, Kenai, Kodiak and Valdez branches. Heinz previously managed branches in Glennallen, Haines and Eagle River after completing the bank’s Management Associate program more than 12 years ago. First National hired Loan Officer Jason Feeken and appointed him assistant vice president. He’ll work out of Anchorage’s corporate headquarters and owns more than 10 years working in Alaska’s financial industry. Jennifer Matthews moved from the Wasilla Branch after being promoted to Cash Management Services specialist in Anchorage. She will work with customers to formulate the best solutions to meet their business banking needs. Moving from Deposit Services, Diane McKee is the new Parkway Branch Manager after the board promoted her to take charge of the East Anchorage branch. McKee has worked in banking for more than 17 years, including the last five in Deposit Services.