Movers & Shakers 4/26/15
Credit Union 1 promoted Chrissy Bell from senior communications manager to vice president of communications and culture. Originally hired as the community engagement director in 2010, Bell came to the credit union with more than 10 years’ experience working in the non-profit community, specializing in fundraising and marketing. She is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in English and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. Since 2013, Bell has served as the credit union’s senior communications manager. During her tenure at CU1, Bell has streamlined the credit union’s community outreach efforts and led the charge for record-breaking year-over-year fundraising and volunteerism efforts, increasing community service and fundraising activity by more than 150 percent. CU1 also hired Michael McElligott as the new facilities manager. With 20 years of experience in the facilities industry, McElligott brings his extensive building maintenance and engineering knowledge to the credit union. A U.S. Army veteran, McElligott holds an associate’s degree in stationary engineering and has been awarded LEED AP Operations and Maintenance credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough selected Bill Gamble as its new director of Emergency Services, effective April 20. Gamble has been the Fire Chief for the West Lakes Fire Department since 2003 and began serving the borough as an on call responder in 1990. Gamble was also an air traffic controller for 26 years with the Federal Aviation Administration. Gamble will be overseeing some 537 employees in the Emergency Services Department, mostly on call responders but also full time responders. Central Mat-Su Fire Department alone is the second-largest department in the state. Gamble has had extensive training including at the National Fire Academy and FEMA. He is a certified EMT, a rescue technician and firefighter.
Kat Rockwell has re-joined the AECOM Anchorage office after transferring from the AECOM Portland office as a certified project administrator. Rockwell has four years of experience in project administration and controls within the consulting industry, including more than three years of experience in federal contracting and FAR-compliant procurements. Her various responsibilities have included maintaining up-to-date contract files for each project, preparing status reports for project managers, and maintaining accurate written records of contract actions, modifications and change orders. Additionally, she has been responsible for review and processing weekly/monthly financials which includes revenue recognition of all office projects, confirming that billing rates are in place and that project managers are aware of their project’s financial status.
Ahtna, Inc. announced Matt Block has joined the company as corporate counsel and will be based out of the Ahtna Anchorage office. Block has been practicing as a business lawyer and litigator in Alaska since 2005. Recently, Block has worked on issues confronting Alaska Native Tribes and on helping startup companies manage their legal affairs. He is the current co-chair of the Business Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association.
PND Engineers Inc. made two hires at its Anchorage office. Angela Chenery joined the firm as a staff accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University. She has more than 15 years of accounting experience and is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and project accounting activities. Chad Ringler, E.I.T., was hired as a staff civil engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering as well as a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Alaska Anchorage. His primary responsibilities include civil design and permitting.
Tawnya Brummett is the new Tongass Deputy Forest Supervisor, effective June 14. Brummett currently serves as the District Ranger on Superior Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest. Brummett received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology/communications from Stephen F. Austin University and holds extensive fire credentials, inclusive of journey level agency administrator. She began her Forest Service career in 1997 as a lookout tower employee and continued on as an initial attack firefighter on the Gila National Forest in 1998. She has served as a wildland firefighter with the Silver City Hotshots, a fire crewmember and wilderness firefighter on the Gila National Forest, and a district wildlife biologist on both the Gila and Angelina/Sabine national forests.
Randy Williams, PE, has joined the PDC Inc. Engineers Anchorage mechanical department. Williams is a senior mechanical engineer with more than 23 years of design experience in Alaska. Williams has provided engineering services and managed numerous projects of various sizes and complexity throughout the state. He also has broad experience with building HVAC and plumbing systems for health care facilities, commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential projects. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado, as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is certified through ASHRAE in both Commissioning Process Management and Building Energy Analysis.