Movers & Shakers 9/13/15
Bering Straits Native Corp. announced the awardees of its 2015 Young Providers Award as Heather Jackson of Shaktoolik and Nick Hanson of Unalakleet. The Young Providers Award honors young people from the BSNC region who contribute on a daily basis to the health and wellbeing of their families, communities and culture. This year, the BSNC Board of Directors has chosen to posthumously honor the late Herbie Nayokpuk and Sinrock Mary by presentation of the awards. Jackson and Hanson will be honored at the 2015 BSNC Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Oct. 3 in Nome at the Mini Convention Center. Jackson, a 20-year-old basketball enthusiast, was taught and embraces the subsistence way of life by providing for her family and the Elders year-round in her village. A young role model, Jackson encourages others to live a drug-free lifestyle. Jackson will receive the award honoring Sinrock Mary, the Queen of Reindeer, who overcame incredible personal hardship and discriminatory laws against women and Alaska Native people to become a successful business woman. Hanson, who competed on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” is an active community member and suicide prevention advocate. As a positive role model, motivational speaker and Native Youth Olympic, basketball and volleyball coach, Hanson embraces traditional activities and relishes the role as a mentor of young people. Hanson will receive the award honoring Herbie Nayokpuk, also known as the Shishmaref Cannonball, who was an avid and well-known Iditarod musher.
Annie Reeves has joined the Anchorage Public Library as community relations coordinator. Reeves has a bachelor’s degree in communications-public relations and a law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law.
Kyle Campbell is the new finance aide for Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks. Campbell grew up in the Goldstream Valley and has been involved in local Fairbanks community organizations for most of his life. Campbell has worked as a wilderness guide and science educator throughout the state and has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2009, Campbell received the Brina Kessel Medal for Excellence in Science from the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics for his undergraduate research on birds from Southeast Asia and the Philippines.
Mike Coffey has been named Southcoast Region Director for Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The Southcoast Region covers Southeast Alaska, Kodiak Island, the Alaska Peninsula, Aleutian Chain, and the Pribilof Islands.Coffey has over 30 years of maintenance, operations, design and construction experience with DOT. He exits his current role within the department as the chief of statewide maintenance and operations. Coffey has held a versatile range of positions at the department, including design engineer in Southeast Alaska, project engineer in Southcentral Alaska, Homer area maintenance and operations superintendent, and Northern Region maintenance manager. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental resources engineering from Humbolt State University.
Rhonda Johnson, formerly of Alaska USA Mortgage, has joined Cornerstone Home Lending Inc. as a branch manager in Kenai, reporting to Regional President Dean Johnson. She will expand Cornerstone’s presence in the Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer markets.
Tom Maloney is the new CEO of Ahtna Netiye’ Inc. Maloney is a long-standing Alaskan with more than 25 years of executive-level experience including developing corporate strategies, business development, risk management and other key leadership roles. Maloney most recently served as Alaska area manager and Government Affairs director for CH2M; one of Alaska’s largest private employers. He also led the board of the Resource Development Council for two terms on strategic issues affecting the health of Alaska’s economy including oil and gas, mining, tourism, fishery and forestry sectors.
First National Bank Alaska recently promoted two banking experts and appointed two others to new positions. Jeff Livingston is First National’s newest loan officer. He joined the bank in July 2014 and previously worked in all aspects of branch management. A First National banker since 2006, Jennifer Matthews was appointed a business development officer. Aili Peyton joins Matthews with her appointment to business development officer. Peyton is an experienced banker with a family deeply rooted in the banking business. Her great-great grandfather opened an independent community bank in Minnesota in 1902, and her father still runs it today. The bank promoted John Schaff to mortgage lending director. Owner of a degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California-Davis, Schaff started his banking career 13 years ago as a mortgage loan originator. He’s worked in bank branch environments and as part of a national real-estate company. He transitioned into mortgage loan origination management in 2007.