Movers & Shakers: December 5, 2010
Elizabeth O’Toole has joined Solstice Advertising of Anchorage as accounting tech and receptionist. O’Toole holds a degree in business management with an emphasis in accounting from Charter College in Anchorage. She is also a level 3-certified tax advisor with years of experience preparing tax documents for H&R Block.
Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has been named the Elected Municipal Official of the Year for 2010 by the Alaska Municipal League. Sullivan was elected mayor of Anchorage in April 2009. Prior to being elected mayor, he served nine years of the Anchorage Assembly, including serving as chair from 2006 to 2007. After taking office, Sullivan immediately tackled a $9 million deficit in the 2009 budget, while concurrently preparing a 2010 budget faced with a projected $20 million shortfall. Through reductions and the development of more efficient organizational structures and processes, the approved 2010 budget not only held the line on spending, but also minimized service impact to citizens. Sullivan and his Energy Task Force also took a leadership role in promoting successful legislation that incentivizes drilling and gas storage in Cook Inlet. This legislation is has yielded results, with storage facilities scheduled to come online in 2012. Sullivan was nominated by Assembly members Jennifer Johnston and Bill Starr.
Suzanne Armstrong has been named charter president of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alaska. Armstrong previously served as campaign manager for Ralph Samuels’ gubernatorial campaign as well as director of marketing and public affairs for the Port of Anchorage and chief of staff for State Rep. Kevin Meyer. As campaign manager for Samuels, Armstrong oversaw the budget and fundraising goals; coordinated campaign strategies including media, polling, finance, fundraising, voter identification; and oversaw field outreach. While serving with the Port of Anchorage, Armstrong was responsible for strategizing, monitoring and reporting on issues relevant to national security, federal and state environmental regulations. She also worked on the design and implementation of a statewide public education campaign on the economic significance of the POA. Armstrong holds a degree in English from Oregon State University.
Janette Caron has joined Denali Alaskan Mortgage as a senior loan originator. Caron brings more than 32 years of mortgage lending experience with local and national lenders, most recently working as a Bank of America loan officer. Her previous experience in the mortgage industry includes branch manager at Preferred Mortgage and senior loan originator at Countrywide Home Loans. Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union has 17 branches and is the third largest credit union in Alaska, with more than 58,000 members and assets of more than $450 million.
PDC Inc. Engineers expanded its Anchorage structural department through the additions of Michael Spencer and Jake Horazdovsky. This addition brings PDC’s Anchorage structural staff to six with a company-wide total of 14. Spencer, a graduate of California Polytechnical University, has more than four years of structural engineering expertise in structural assessment and the analysis of existing and new structures. He is skilled in lateral analysis for wind and earthquakes, and with seismic bracing and support of mechanical and electrical systems. Horazdovsky holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. PDC is a multi-disciplined engineering, planning and land survey firm.
Amy Mestas, a structural engineer with PDC Inc. Engineers in Anchorage, has passed her Alaska professional engineering registration in civil engineering. Mestas holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Gary Jenkins has joined USKH Inc. and will lead the firm’s civil engineering staff in Fairbanks. Jenkins will be responsible for general civil engineering activities. Jenkins holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and is a registered professional engineer in Alaska, Washington and Idaho. He joins USKH with 15 years of experience and has worked throughout the state as a civil engineer, most recently as the owner of his own company, Admiralty Engineering Inc.
West High School senior Claire B., 17, will be the 2010 honoree for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Anchorage Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis (her last name was withheld). Claire was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at age 13 although she probably started showing symptoms since she was 3 years old. Because there are no pediatric rheumatologists in Alaska, Claire waited to see one of the doctors from Seattle Children’s Hospital who come up periodically to treat children with arthritis in Alaska. Her arthritis progressed in spite of eating healthily and remaining active by biking with her dad. Her anger and frustration gave way to learning to make thoughtful decisions on treatment such as increasing medication and undergoing steroid injections. The lack of a pediatric rheumatologist in Alaska means that when her arthritis flares she often has to wait months for treatment. Claire also was the captain for a team participating in the 3rd annual Anchorage Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on Dec. 4 in downtown Anchorage.
Garrett Burtner and Jason Gamache of McCool Carlson Green recently received their professional architect licenses. Burtner joined McCool Carlson Green in 2005 as a designer. Garrett made a focused study of northern building design during his years as a graduate student. Gamache joined McCool Carlson Green in 2007. He is one of MCG’s three LEED AP’s (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accredited professional). Gamache is McCool Carlson Green’s sustainability coordinator.
Trevor Edmondson has joined The Petersen Group, an Anchorage-area homebuilder and land developer, as project development manager. Edmondson has more than 17 years of experience in the project management and construction industry, including managing and leading the construction materials and land asset business for Granite Construction’s Alaska branch. Edmondson previously worked for DOWL Engineers in the land use planning and construction management departments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from Washington State University.
George Tuckness of Anchorage was elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska at the association’s annual meeting in November. Tuckness, of Neeser Construction of Anchorage, will serve for the next calendar year, along with the executive board composed of Tony Johansen, Great Northwest, Fairbanks, vice president; John Eng, Cornerstone Construction, Anchorage, secretary; Kevin Welker, Kiewit Building Group, Anchorage, treasurer; Brian Horschel, ACME Fence Co., Anchorage, contractor-at-large; Richard Green, Spenard Builders Supply, Fairbanks, associate member; and Dave Cruz, Palmer, immediate past president. The Associated General Contractors of Alaska is a 650-member, statewide association for companies in the construction/contracting business including building, highways/utilities, heavy industrial and specialty areas.