Movers & Shakers 5/10/15
Suzanne Downing has been named the Alaska Republican Party communications director. Downing joins the Alaska GOP after serving as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell, and is the former editor of the Juneau Empire. Her background includes working on the staff of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the director of his faith-based initiative, Compassion Florida. She is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and Oregon State University.
Erica Jensen, PE, of CRW Engineering Group LLC was recognized as the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Alaska Section. Since her employment with CRW in 2005, Jensen has obtained her Professional Engineer license and acquired her PTOE (Professional Traffic Operations Engineer) certificate. Jensen is a project engineer and project manager and involved in the design and engineering of roads, trails, transit stops, site plans, and school site improvements throughout Anchorage. Jensen graduated summa cum laude from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and a master’s degree in 2009 in engineering management.
Michael Orr has been appointed president of Sitnasuak Native Corp. effective May 18. Orr joins Sitnasuak from Wells Fargo Bank’s Global Banking unit in Seattle, where he served as vice president and senior relationship manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Orr was born in Nome and raised throughout Western Alaska. He is Siberian Yupik, originally from St. Lawrence Island. Orr will serve as Sitnasuak’s “ambassador” and, in cooperation with the chairman and CEO, represents Sitnasuak to shareholders, other Native corporations, Tribes and other organizations in the Native, regional and state-wide communities, social and political organizations and local, state and federal agencies and public bodies.
The Alaska Community Foundation, in partnership with Alaska Airlines, Rasmuson Foundation and The Foraker Group announced the ten winners of the inaugural 2015 Rural Leader Getaway: Andy Schroeder, Executive Director of Island Trails Network in Kodiak; James G. James, Tribal Administrator of Native Village of Tununak; Lisa Busch, Executive Director of Sitka Sound Science Center; Melanie Bahnke, President of Kawerak, Inc. in Nome; Nick Andrew, Tribal Administrator of Native Village of Marshall; Pearl Brower, President of Ilisagvik College in Barrow; Thomas Olemaun, Executive Director of Native Village of Barrow; Zach Brink, Executive Director of Orutsararmiut Native in Bethel; Cheri Smith, Executive Director of The LeeShore Center in Kenai; Random Drawing Recipient: Angela Calcaterra, Director of Behavioral Health at The Arc of Anchorage.
Fred Barlow, Ph.D., has been named dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Engineering, effective July 15. Barlow comes to UAA from the University of Idaho at Moscow where he’s served in various roles — including professor and chair — in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2006. Barlow also served as the director of the University of Idaho’s Next Generation Microelectronics Research Center. He also held the Micron Endowed Professorship in Microelectronics, an endowed position created through his work with the Micron Foundation. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Idaho, Barlow held teaching and/or research positions at the University of Arkansas, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Emory University. Barlow earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Professional Growth Systems welcomed Jen Jarvis to their consulting team. Jarvis joins PGS from her recent work as Health Center Manager of Planned Parenthood of Anchorage, which she lead after spending several years with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Her specialty is organizational transformation, developed during her years at Planned Parenthood.
Greg Solomon has joined Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. as the new marketing and communications manager. He will be based out of Anchorage, and is part of UIC’s Marketing and Communications Department. Solomon has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising and marketing fields, and also 15 years in the information technology industry. Solomon is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. His academic credentials include attendance to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as studying the Arts at Incarnate Word College in Texas. Theresa Phillips-Guim has UIC as the new Human Resource director. She has more than 15 years of experience in human resource management to include recruitment, employee relations, policy development, Alaska Native/diversity hire programs, employee relocations, regulatory compliance, training programs, succession planning, compensation and benefits programs and EEO/ Affirmative Action. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resource management from Wayland Baptist University, also a UCLA Executive Human Resources Program Certification.