Movers & Shakers 6/28/15
Jason Walsh has been appointed to lead the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Office, effective June 1. Walsh directs the office tasked with developing and maintaining large-diameter oil and gas pipeline right-of-way leases and lease compliance efforts for multiple pipelines, including the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Walsh, a lifelong Alaskan, has a wide breadth of experience in natural resource management. After attending graduate studies in natural resource planning at the University of Vermont, he has held a variety of positions during his decade-long tenure at DNR, including land planning and development for the Division of Mining, Land and Water and facilitating right-of-way lease coordination for the Point Thomson Export Pipeline and the Alaska Stand Alone Gas Pipeline. As a member of the state’s Point Thomson permit team, Walsh received a Governor’s Denali Peak Performance Award in 2013 and was soon after promoted to Operations Manager of the SPCO. Most recently, Walsh has served as Acting Deputy Pipeline Coordinator and has led the SPCO through several significant transitions, including relocating the office to the new Geologic Materials Center and the SPCO’s initial planning and permitting activities for the proposed AK LNG project.
Ryan Makinster has been named executive director of the Brewers Guild of Alaska. Makinster brings more than 16 years of non-profit administration, public relations, communications, and government relations experience to BGA. Prior to joining BGA, Makinster served as chief of staff to Rep. Mia Costello. He has also worked as communications and events director for the Alaska Chamber and communications director for the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. Before that, he spent five years as a legislative aide in the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate. Makinster holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communications at Washington State University.
United Fishermen of Alaska announced the election of Lindsey Bloom, Zachary Hill, Bruce Schactler and Paul A. Shadura II as at-large board members. The at-large directors will serve two-year terms beginning June 15, 2015 and ending April 14, 2017. Bloom, of Juneau, grew up fishing Bristol Bay and Southeast salmon gillnet and currently gillnets in Southeast. She also serves on the Juneau Fisheries Development Committee and participated in the Walker administration’s Transition Team and Sustainable Future dialogue that was held in Fairbanks earlier this month. Hill, of Anchorage, fishes the Kodiak area salmon purse seine fishery; and previously fished salmon in Upper and Lower Cook Inlet, and Prince William Sound; and has fished herring all around the state. In addition to fishing, Hill is a CPA and member of North Pacific Fisheries Association in Homer, on the Finance Committee of Seafood Harvesters of America, and is on the steering committee for the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit. Schactler, of Kodiak, has an extensive fisheries background in various parts of the state including Southeast and Kodiak salmon seine; tanner crab in Kodiak and Togiak, longlining for cod and halibut, and has fished herring throughout the state for food, bait, and roe. He also is the director of the Alaska Global Food Aid Program with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and he is the National Director for the National Seafood Marketing Coalition. He received the 2013 UFA Fisherman of the Year award. Shadura, of Kenai, is a third generation Cook Inlet salmon, halibut, and herring fisherman; who has fished set gillnet, seine, and longline; as well as tendering and buying. He is a past UFA vice president and board member; past president, vice president, and executive director of Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association; current commercial representative on the Cook Inlet Regional Citizen’s Advisory Committee; and Finance Chair on Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association board. He owns PAS Services, a resource consulting business.
Lee Bolling of Coffman Engineers Inc. passed Professional Engineering exam. Bolling, an engineer in the Mechanical Department at the Anchorage office, has worked at Coffman for four years. During his time at Coffman, Bolling has performed energy audits and alternative energy feasibility studies, as well as completed designs for energy conservation measures and alternative energy systems in Alaska. He has performed investment grade energy audits of over 1.5 million square feet of large commercial and public buildings across the state of Alaska. Bolling graduated with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from University of Nevada and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage.
Northrim Bank hired Barbara Gill as vice president, commercial loan officer, and promoted Jared Shary to marketing and sales officer. Gill has nearly 28 years of banking and lending experience. She began her banking career as a teller in Maryland, advancing to branch management and into commercial lending. She was a commercial loan officer for several years in South Dakota before moving to Alaska. Locally, Gill has worked for Alaska Growth Capital and Evergreen Business Capital before joining the Northrim team. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland European Campus. Shary started at Northrim Bank in 2009 as a teller at West Anchorage Branch, before moving to the Marketing Department in 2011. He has held multiple positions in marketing, including Marketing and Web Specialist and Marketing Coordinator. Shary holds a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing and finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently pursuing his MBA in management at UAA.
Kumin Associates has added Rich Monahan, Associate AIA, CDT, to their design team. Monahan brings more than 30 years of experience in design and construction documents. His extensive Department of Defense portfolio includes military housing; education and child development centers; medical, command, maintenance and aircraft facilities; vulnerability and condition assessments; and programming charrettes. A long-term Alaskan with a passion for efficient arctic and subarctic design, Rich has worked on many other private and public sector projects throughout Alaska. He is a Certified Document Technologist, with in-depth familiarity with REVIT, AutoCAD, SpecsIntact and Masterworks. Since joining Kumin, he has worked on a concept design for a hotel property, lighting upgrades at the Fairbanks Federal Building, and Career Technical Education facilities at West-Romig School in Anchorage and Metlakatla High School on Annette Island.