Movers & Shakers January 28, 2001
Alaska Association of Housing Authorities’ members have elected Blake Kazama as president. Kazama is executive director of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority of Juneau. Kazama will serve a one-year term as head of the professional organization that represents the state’s 14 housing authorities.
Max Garner has become a member of the firm of Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot. Garner joined the firm as an associate in 1999 and has been practicing law in Alaska since 1990. Garner’s practice focuses on commercial and construction litigation. Peter Nosek has joined Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot as an associate. Nosek has been practicing law in Anchorage since 1995. Nosek’s practice focuses on general litigation with emphasis on representation of management in employment-related matters.
The 2001 Special Olympics Alaska board of directors has elected Paul Landes, vice president of marketing for General Communication Inc., as president. Other members elected to the 2000 executive committee include: president-elect, Mike Flanigan, director of sales and marketing for the Hotel Captain Cook; treasurer, Cynthia Matson, associate vice chancellor of budget and finance for the University of Alaska Anchorage; secretary, Rebecca Logan, owner of O’Brady’s Burgers & Brew; and immediate past president, Scott Miller, a partner of KPMG LLP. Newly selected directors include: Mary Jane Michael, chief executive of Anchorage Neighborhood Housing Services; Michael Porcaro, owner of Porcaro Communications; Michael Koropp, orthodontist; and Kathleen Shepro, administrative coordinator for the UAA College of Arts and Sciences.
Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP has hired Kevin J. Anderson as a new associate at its law firm’s Anchorage office. Anderson has more than 14 years of experience, and has spent five years as an attorney with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Anderson’s practice focuses on business formations and transactions, real estate acquisition and development, and bankruptcy, collections and foreclosures.
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska has chosen Steve Horn as its first executive/program director. Horn will oversee the dissemination of Challenger programs statewide including the Alaska Distance Learning Program. Horn most recently was employed by Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and has more than 20 years experience working in the private and public sectors.
The Anchorage Estate Planning Council has elected Allen Bingham president. Bingham, a certified public accountant with Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., is an accredited estate planner. Other officers include vice president, Brian Durrell, attorney; treasurer, Tonja Woelber, attorney and Jill Reitz, trust officer at First National Bank.
Jay-r Kalugin has joined SprocketHeads as animator and text designer. Kalugin is spearheading the firm’s new animation and text design department. Kalugin most recently worked as technical director and animator for Technoids, and previously worked for Aadland Advertising as a production artist.
Era Aviation has hired Philip Bray as its director of fixed wing operations. Bray will oversee all fixed wing aircraft and flight crew operations for Era. Bray retired from the U.S. Army and since November 1997, has held positions in the aviation industry similar to his new appointment. Chester Troxel has been promoted to director of maintenance, rotor wing division. Troxel has 19 years experience in aviation maintenance and has worked for Era since 1989.
Realty Executives, an Anchorage-based company, has added Jeff Glaser to its commercial real estate staff. Glaser has a background in advertising and marketing, including nine years of sales experience and eight years in various management positions.
Kyle W. Parker of Patton Boggs LLP has been elected to the partnership. Parker is a member of the public policy practice group and concentrates his practice in environmental law and litigation. Parker formerly served as State of Alaska assistant attorney general of the oil, gas and mining section.