Movers & Shakers 7/26/15
The First National Bank Alaska board of directors recently elected Lucy Mahan to the position of vice chair. A licensed professional counselor with offices in Anchorage and Homer, Mahan resides in Homer where her family fishes commercially. She graduated from Anchorage’s West High and earned degrees from the University of Colorado and Alaska Pacific University. Mahan owns and facilitates Transitional Counseling LLC. She is the sister of bank President and Board Chair Betsy Lawer and daughter of the late D.H. Cuddy, the renowned Alaskan pioneer and banker who died earlier this year. Joining Mahan on the board are Lawer, Dr. Maurice Coyle, Perry Eaton, Margy Johnson, Jane Klopfer, Loren H. Lounsbury and Fran Ulmer.
Jennifer Bolding is replacing Dana Reese as operations manager for Webb’s Consulting & Management Services Inc. Bolding, who is an Alaska resident for the past six years originally from Seattle, is excited about making the Anchorage Market & Festival, Bear Paw Vendor Court, Holiday Food & Gift Festival, Arts & Crafts Emporium and Christmas Village even better for Alaskans and visitors alike.
Rep. Bob Herron was elected chair of the Arctic Caucus at the 25th Annual Summit of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, or PNWER, in Big Sky, Mont., on July 13. The Arctic Caucus, a working group within PNWER, is a partnership of public and private sector members from Alaska, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The partnership aims to provide a forum to share information, discuss issues of mutual concern, identify areas for collaboration between the three jurisdictions, and provide Arctic-relevant input to other PNWER working groups. Herron has been active in the Arctic Caucus since 2010 and recently served as co-chair of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. He also chairs the House Economic Development, Tourism, & Arctic Policy Committee and has passed nine pieces of Arctic-related legislation in recent years, including HB 1, Alaska’s Arctic Policy.
After three years as the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District, Col. Christopher Lestochi relinquished his duties to Col. Michael Brooks during a July 16 change of command ceremony. Brooks, a native of Alabama, became the 27th commander of the district during the event at the district’s headquarters. He is the former deputy chief and engineer planner for the Domestic Operations Division at U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. Brooks will now oversee a multimillion-dollar program that provides engineering, construction, planning, contracting, real estate, emergency operations, environmental and regulatory services to the military, federal, state and local governments, as well as to the public in Alaska. Additionally, he will oversee the district’s support to U.S. Pacific Command’s Humanitarian Assistance program and the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program.
University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble announced UA Regent Mike Powers as University of Alaska Fairbanks Interim Chancellor. Powers has been an executive at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for nearly three decades, first as chief financial officer and, for the past 20 years as CEO. He retired from FMH on July 1.