Movers & Shakers 03/22/15


Jada Nowling has been promoted to ad director at Morris Publishing Group-Alaska. In her new position, Nowling will supervise the ad sales team at the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Chugiak-Eagle River Star and the Alaskan Equipment Trader.

“I am excited to fill this position with someone who is trusted and respected within the communities we serve,” said MPG-Alaska Publisher Rona Johnson. “She is also an excellent sales representative and has many years of experience in the media business.”

Nowling has been a sales representative with MPG-Alaska for a little more than a year. Prior to that, she was the national and agency account executive for seven years at Anchorage Daily News and circulation director for nine years at Dunn County News in Menomonie, Wis.

Nowling lives in Anchorage with her husband, Jody. They have three daughters, Jessa Stephens of Ohio, Jenna Nowling and Joleesa Stepetin both of Anchorage, and five grandchildren.


Patricia Vecera, an experienced labor/employment lawyer, has joined the Anchorage office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as counsel. Vecera defends private and public employers in a full range of employment disputes and is also known for her labor law expertise. She joins DWT after spending 15 years at the Anchorage-based firm of Turner & Mede, P.C. Vecera defends employers in breach of contract, wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination and wage and hour claims; provides day-to-day employment-related counseling; oversees and conducts investigations into issues of harassment and other workplace misconduct; and represents clients in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and grievance arbitration proceedings, including appearing before the National Labor Relations Board and the Alaska Labor Relations Board.


Jessie Brownlee has recently joined AECOM as a wetland biologist. Brownlee has three years of experience conducting and assisting in jurisdictional wetland determinations and wetland and vegetation mapping throughout the state of Alaska. Brownlee brings her experience in working with various governmental agencies including the U.S. Forest Services, National Park Services, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to the AECOM team. Brownlee is currently involved in wetland and vegetation mapping along a proposed gas pipeline route. Brownlee will also be a field lead for the 2015 summer field season and will assist in post field quality control mapping.


Jack DiMarchi, CPG, has joined Stantec as its Alaska mining sector leader. With more than 25 years of industry experience, DiMarchi will develop Alaska-specific mining opportunities, while expanding the firm’s regional and North American-wide capabilities. He is based in the Fairbanks office. DiMarchi joins Stantec after serving as the large mine project manager for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources where he managed the environmental permitting process for Alaska’s hard rock mines. He coordinated permitting activities for the Red Dog, Pogo, Fort Knox mines and several advanced exploration projects for the state. Earlier in his career, he was integral to the team that defined the Pogo gold deposit and then participated in the underground development, construction and commissioning of the mine; and he was the first chief mine geologist.


Jenifer Burris, a criminal justice auditor with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, was chosen as the Alaska National Guard spouse of the year by Military Spouse magazine. Burris was selected after being nominated by her husband, Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Burris, of the 176th Air Defense Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard. Alongside full-time employment with the state and her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in counseling, Burris volunteers her off-time with organizations that focus their efforts on military service members, veterans, and their families, including Forget Me Not; Partners in Care; and the Coalition for Service Members, Veterans and Families. Burris’s volunteer position as key mentor spouse for her husband’s unit is where she feels she is able to make the greatest impact. Burris lends her time assisting 176th ADS spouses with anything that they may need — whether it is to learn how to cook, prepare household budgets, bake cakes and goodies for their children’s birthday parties, babysit, or drop off a meal to families with newborn children. This is the second year that Military Spouse magazine has expanded its annual spouse of the year award to include base, state and district-level recognition. The overall winner for the 2015 Military Spouse of the Year, who will be selected from more than 170 bases, posts and Coast Guard districts, will be revealed at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 8.


Earl Stewart is the new Tongass Forest Supervisor. His reporting date has not yet been determined; however, he is expected to report in early May. Stewart comes to Alaska from the U.S. Forest Service’s Southwestern Region, and is the Forest Supervisor for the Coconino National Forest based in Flagstaff, Ariz. Stewart graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology in 1985 and worked for the Oklahoma’s Department of Wildlife Conservation as a biologist. He joined the Forest Service in 1991 and has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of positions on six national forests in three different regions before coming to the Tongass.

03/19/2015 - 8:39am