Movers & Shakers 3/29/15
Jenna Germer has joined the Anchorage office of R&M Consultants Inc. as an environmental specialist in February. Prior to joining R&M, Germer worked as a geologist technician on the North Slope. She was involved with tundra and drill site remediation projects and was responsible for core logging bore holes and taking core stability samples. Since joining R&M, she has been working on the University of Alaska Anchorage Arena Cooling Wells project, performing site sampling and working on applications for water rights. She has also been involved in the West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade and Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Material Site Program. Germer has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Elaina Spraker will serve as regional director of Sen. Dan Sullivan’s Kenai Peninsula office. Spraker, of Soldotna, has served in a variety of nonprofit, government and school district organizations during her decades of service in the Kenai Peninsula community. An avid outdoorswoman, Spraker will also continue to serve as the clinic director for the Women on Target/Teens on Target Firearm Training, a National Rifle Association sponsored training program for women and adolescents.
Christopher Monfor has been named president and CEO of Salamatof Native Association Inc., effective immediately. Monfor, 41, has most recently been the area sales manager for NC Machinery’s CAT Rental Store Division, which sells and leases Capterpillar equipment to companies in the oil and gas, construction and general commercial industries. Monfor received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland in marketing, history and criminology. A shareholder of both SNAI and Cook Inlet Region Inc., Monfor was born and raised in Kenai and has served on the SNAI Board of Directors since 2009.
Dave Miller has been named the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region Director. Miller has served as Northern Region Maintenance and Operations Director since 2013. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ petroleum engineering program. Miller has more than 35 years of maintenance, operations and construction experience in the public and private sectors. Miller worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Facilities Services for seven years, first as the director of maintenance and then design and construction. Most recently, he was a senior project manager at ARCADIS-US, where he worked on projects such as the Fairbanks International Airport Terminal Development Program and the Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center. Miller’s official first day as regional director was March 16.
Five new members have been appointed to the Alaska SeaLife Center board of directors. Ed Graff has been superintendent of the Anchorage School District since 2013. He began his teaching career in 1991 at Gladys Wood Elementary School and has worked in the Anchorage School District ever since. Originally from Minnesota, Graff has lived in several Alaska towns and villages, including Hooper Bay and Savoonga. Glenn Reed, president of Pacific Seafood Processors Association, was born in Seward and grew up in Moose Pass. As president of PSPA since 1999, Reed now lives in Seattle, spending a great deal of time traveling between Seattle and Alaska for fishing industry meetings. Reed is a board member of the North Pacific Marine Science Foundation, North Pacific Fisheries Research Foundation, and SeaShare. Terry Lauck of ConocoPhillips is the Director of Permits, Sciences and Regulatory Advocacy for ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. His group is responsible for securing environmental/regulatory permits associated with exploration and production operations for ConocoPhillips in Alaska, in addition to the associated wildlife, ecosystem, and cultural studies. Lauck has been employed by ConocoPhillips for nearly 27 years, having worked in Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, California, and Oklahoma (twice), before transferring to Alaska in August 2014. Dan Graham, of PacRim Coal LP, has been the project manager of the Chuitna Coal Project since 2009. Graham moved to Alaska in 1983 to study mining engineering at UAF and play hockey; he has worked in Alaska’s mining industry ever since. Daniel M. White, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and also heads the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. A registered professional engineer, White has been Director of the Institute of Northern Engineering since July 2006. He has conducted research on drinking water protection, development and treatment, and has spent considerable time in rural villages and remote locations in Alaska pursuing issues related to freshwater in the Arctic.
Fairbanks District Attorney J. Michael Gray has been appointed the new District Attorney for the Bethel office. Gray received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University in 1977 and his law degree from The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary in 1981. He began his legal career as a Legal Services Corp. attorney in rural southern Virginia. He began his career with the Alaska Department of Law on June 28, 1995, as a prosecutor in Kodiak. He soon rose through the ranks and became the District Attorney in Kodiak in 1998. Ten years later, he moved from Kodiak to head up the office in Fairbanks. Gray plans to take over as District Attorney in Bethel on April 1.
The recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Conservationist of the Year award are Nick and Karen Steen of Wasilla, who were recognized for their three decades of dedication to conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat in Southcentral Alaska. The Steens were instrumental in forming a local chapter of The Ruffed Grouse Society in 1992 to blend local sportsmen’s efforts with the Alaska wildlife management program. Largely due to their efforts between 1993 and their retirement from RGS in 2012, more than $450,000 was raised to improve habitat for grouse and other wildlife. The chapter also funded graduate students, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs, and wildlife management and research. Additionally, Nick Steen coordinated efforts between sportsmen and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to fund successful transplants of ruffed grouse from interior Alaska to the Matanuska Valley in the 1980s and to the Kenai Peninsula in the mid-1990s.