Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 9

Ahtna Inc. announced several new hires within its subsidiaries. Ahtna Global LLC hired Rachel Thompson as proposal manager. Thompson’s professional background includes more than 17 years of experience in marketing, business development, proposal writing, technical editing, and project coordination. More than 10 of those years have been spent in Alaska supporting the environmental, engineering, and energy industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in language studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and is a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Michael Records, MS, EIT, joined Ahtna Environmental Inc. as an environmental engineer. With both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Records has seven years of professional experience, primarily in Alaska. His duties include support of environmental and construction work including site investigations, remediation, compliance, and demolition. Denise Yancey joins Ahtna Environmental Inc. as the proposal coordinator for the business development department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an associate degree in electronics systems technology from the Community College of the U.S. Air Force. Yancey has been professionally published many times, has more than 20 years of experience in the field, and has lived in Alaska for 33 years. She is a member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska promoted Frances Andrews to Tribal Court administrator. Frances joined the Tribal Court in July 2017 to serve as the lead clerk of the court. Prior to joining Tlingit and Haida’s Tribal Court, she served as the registered agent clerk for Hoffman and Blasco and also held various positions at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Frances is in her final year of school and will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from the University of Alaska Southeast. In her new role, Frances will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Tribal Court, including case flow management; supervision of Tribal Court personnel; developing and implementing policies and procedures, statutes and other governing documents pertaining to the Tribal Court; maintaining the Tribe’s law library containing decisions rendered from the Tribal Court; developing the Tribal Court’s annual budget; and completing required reporting on all grants administered by the Tribal Court. Great Alaskan Holidays, Alaska’s largest RV rental, sales, and service business headquartered in Anchorage, has hired Kevin Linkenhoker as a full-time member of its vehicle maintenance technician team. Linkenhoker has more than six years of relative technical experience, and is a graduate of South Anchorage High School.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 2

Francy Bennett joined the Anchorage Home Builders Association as executive officer, effective Nov. 26. Bennett is a lifelong Alaskan who grew up in small villages in Western Alaska. She has worked in the marketing and advertising industry for more than 30 years. Her positions have included working as the communications director for ProsperityAlaska.org (now AK Headlamp), development director for YWCA Alaska and vice president of the Alaska Chamber. Nikki Giordano, AHBA’s former executive officer, is leaving Alaska to become the executive officer at the Northern Colorado Home Builders Association. Giordano served as AHBA’s executive officer for six years and has been with the association for more than 11 years. After seven years of serving as Director of Human Resources for Koniag Government Services, Denise Bailey will be promoted to chief administrative officer. Bailey joined KGS in August 2011 as senior HR manager for the Government Services sector of companies. In this role, Bailey initially provided HR services such as HR consultancy, policy development, program development and implementation pertaining to all functions within the HR organization. Bailey increasingly self-assumed the responsibility of working with other Koniag family departments to drive corporate strategic projects in support of the sector and overall business plans. In her new position, Bailey will continue performing her current role while taking on new responsibilities, including the oversight of contracts and security for KGS. Prior to joining KGS, Bailey served in senior leadership roles for Washington Management Group and FedSources, which were Koniag subsidiaries acquired by Deltek in 2011. She directed and managed financial, HR and administrative activities and policies. Bailey has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of Human Resources and operations. Bailey obtained her bachelor of business administration from James Madison University and is a certified senior professional in human resources. The Associated General Contractors-Alaska elected a new executive board of directors on Nov. 10 during its annual conference. They are: Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez, Coldfoot Environmental Services Inc., president; Chris Reilly, Rain Proof Roofing, vice president; Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving, secretary; Gary Klebs, KLEBS Mechanical Inc., treasurer; Regina Daniels, Davis Block &Concrete, contractor-at-large; Lynne Seville, Parker, Smith &Feek Inc., associate member; James St. George, St. George Consulting, immediate past president.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 25

Credit Union 1 announced Mark Burgess as its new chief technology officer. Prior to joining Credit Union 1, Burgess served as vice president of Customer Success for SilverCloud, a technology organization with which he helped various nationwide credit unions manage their policies and procedures. During his tenure with SilverCloud he also managed customer interactions, created the SilverCloud Customer Success division, and helped grow the company from six employees to 50. Previously, Burgess managed IT and infrastructure for a consulting agency that worked with non-profits who serve at-risk populations. Burgess also brings experience with lab and computer management at Southern New Hampshire University to his new position with Credit Union 1. Dr. Preston M. Simmons, DSc., Providence Health and Services Alaska’s chief operating and administrative officer, will serve as CEO beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Simmons brings more than 30 years of health care executive leadership experience to the position. He has served as a leader within Providence since 2007 in a variety of roles, including chief executive officer of Providence’s Northwest Washington Region in Everett and chief operating and administrative officer of its Western Washington Region in Seattle. PHSA’s current CEO, Bruce Lamoureux, announced his retirement Nov. 14 and will remain with the organization through June 2019 to ensure a smooth transition. Lamoureux has served Providence Alaska since 2006 and has been instrumental in building and enhancing care and services while increasing access, especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. Before joining Providence, Simmons served as a senior associate administrator for the University of Washington Medical Center. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer of a rural hospital in the Samaritan Health System in Page, Ariz. He also served in senior leadership roles at Stevens Healthcare in Edmonds, Wash., and Ballard Community Hospital in Seattle. Simmons holds a doctor of science in health care leadership from the University of Alabama Birmingham, and a master’s in health administration from the University of Washington. He is a clinical professor for the university’s Department of Health Services and is board certified in health care management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 18

The Alaska Chamber announced 12 new members of its board of directors. Cory Baggen, vice president for Samson Tug &Barge, will continue to serve as chair of the 2019 board of directors. The new members are: Kari Ann Baker, attorney at the Law Office of Charles Evens; Richard Berkowitz, director of operations at the Transportation Institute; Damian Bilbao, VP, Commercial Ventures at BP Exploration Alaska; Larry Cooper, chief financial officer at TDX/Tanadgusix Corp.; Darlene Gates, President, ExxonMobil Alaska; Aleashia Huber, personal banker II/bank officer at Wells Fargo; Elaine Kroll, VP and senior industry specialist at Wells Fargo; Pam Long, broker/owner of Haines Real Estate; Robin Moore, sales &marketing manager at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; Lucas Parker, project manager at Kuchar Construction; Deenie Robertson, Barge Division manager at Petro 49, Inc./Petro Marine Services; Tim Sullivan, manager of External Affairs at the Alaska Railroad. The Matanuska Telephone Association Inc. board of directors has selected Thomas Newman to fill a vacant seat. Previous MTA board member George Trabits resigned to pursue business opportunities. Newman’s professional experience includes surveying on and offshore, software development, project management and corporate management. As a founder and leader of TerraSond Limited, he has grown the company from three partners and a few part-time staff working solely in Alaska to a multinational company that has performed projects in 28 countries, with offices in several U.S. states and foreign subsidiaries. Newman has direct experience with a wide variety of technology for both land and marine surveys and has incorporated the latest technology available through three decades for surveying, positioning vessels at sea, and measuring the depth and character of the ocean. Newman has an MBA from the University of Washington; a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska and an associate’s degree from Anchorage Community College. Other members of MTA’s board are Catherine Fosselman, chief governance officer; Roxie Mayberry, secretary; Nicholas Begich III, director; and Larry Wiget, director. PDC Engineers recently hired Morgan Miller to serve as its new Proposal Specialist. Miller brings four years of A/E/C experience to PDC. She will soon be completing her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage and has ambitions of attainting her masters in project management, both of which having a focus on sustainable and economic development in Alaska. PDC has worked extensively throughout Alaska, serving over 250 communities, as well as globally, reaching Antarctica and Greenland. PDC specializes in the facilities, transportation, utilities, and land development services markets.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 11

Kevin O’Neal-Smith was hired by The McDowell Group as an economic analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He also studied international economics and Southeast Asian trade at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. McDowell Group was recently recognized as Alaska Chamber’s Bill Bivins Small Business of the Year. The research and consulting firm has a staff of 19 located in Anchorage, Juneau, and Bellingham, Wash. GCI Business hired Aaron Helmericks as the senior director of Projects and Engineering. Helmericks brings a wide range of experience to the position with more than 15 years of oil and gas, telecom, and IT design and operations. He was most recently the CIO for Caelus Energy. He will oversee the Projects and Engineering teams formally known as GCI Industrial Telecom. With offices in Deadhorse and Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, GCI Business employs more than 100 professional telecommunication engineers, project managers and technicians to support the full lifecycles of industrial projects and remote operations. Koniag Inc. General Counsel Peter Boskofsky was recently named a 2018 “Native American 40 Under 40” awardee by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in recognition of his excellent work as a lawyer and his community service efforts. He also serves as vice president of the Koniag Education Foundation Board, co-chairs the Alaska Native Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association and volunteers for the Alaska Color of Justice. He earned a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawai’i. Before working at Koniag, he served as an attorney at Afognak Native Corp. and Alutiiq LLC. He was recognized along with the other awardees during an October 29-30 event at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Okla. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nnounced the appointment of Dr. Robert Foy as the new Science and Research director for NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau, effective Nov. 11. In this role, he will oversee the agency’s work to monitor the health and sustainability of fish, marine mammals, and their habitats across nearly 1.5 million square miles of water surrounding Alaska. He will direct scientific research to support and sustain some of the world’s most valuable marine resources, including commercial fisheries for Alaska pollock, red king crab, and sablefish in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. He will also oversee agency research in the Aleutians, a 1,200-mile long island chain full of marine life, and in the Arctic Ocean, home to marine mammals including bowhead and beluga whales, and bearded and ringed seals. As Center Director, Foy will oversee nearly 500 employees and a number of facilities, including the main facility in Seattle, research laboratories in Juneau and Kodiak, Alaska, and Newport, Ore., and field stations in Little Port Walter, St. Paul Island, and St. George Island. Foy will assume his new role on November 11, 2018. Foy holds graduate degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Ph.D. in oceanography and master’s degree in fisheries) and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 4

The Alaska SeaLife Center welcomed four new members to its board of directors, and announced the election of two new officers: board Chair Wendy Lindskoog of BP Alaska; and Vice Chair Terry Lauck of ConocoPhillips. Terms for new members and officers began Sept. 28, 2018. The new board members will serve three-year terms. The new board members are: Josh Howes, Dr. Laura “Lu” Levoy, Dr. Herb Schroeder and Christy Terry. Howes has been the President of Premier Alaska Tours Inc. since 2010. He holds a master’s degree in global supply chain management and has studied abroad in Japan. Howes serves on various boards including the Alaska Chapter for the Red Cross, the Statewide Steering Committee for the Alaska Marine Highway Reform Project, and the Alaska Travel Industry Association. Levoy is an emergency medicine physician in Anchorage. She studied medicine at West Virginia University and East Tennessee State University. Levoy is licensed with the West Virginia Board of Medicine and the Alaska Board of Medicine. Schroeder is vice provost for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program and founder at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is the recipient of the White House 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring for outstanding mentoring efforts and providing opportunities to the local communities of indigenous people. He is the professor of engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Schroeder received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Terry is the Seward Port Manager of the Alaska Railroad Corp. She is a former member of the Seward Chamber of Commerce Board and a former City Council member. Terry is a member of the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators and chairs the City of Seward Port and Commerce Advisory Board. Terry is a Certified Port Executive. She was the recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty under 40 in 2012 and the Alaska Railroad’s Golden Spike Award in 2015. Northrim Bank hired Maureen Swartwood as associate vice president and branch manager; and announced the promotion of Christina Clayton to assistant branch manager and Darren Donahue to branch supervisor as the leadership of the new Eastside Community Branch. Swartwood joins Northrim Bank with 15 years of experience in the financial industry. She started as a teller and worked in various positions to become a branch manager at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Swartwood moved to Alaska after growing up in Fiji. Clayton has been with Northrim Bank since 2016 and has nearly five years of experience in the financial industry. Before joining Northrim Bank, she had more than 30 years of experience in retail sales management. Clayton holds an occupational associate’s degree in retail management. Donahue joined Northrim Bank in 2012 as a teller. Trevor Bradford is the newest addition to the Evergreen Business Capital team in Alaska. He has 16 years of experience in the finance industry, including the last four years as a commercial loan officer and small business lending manager at Northrim Bank in Anchorage. Trevor is an active board member of the Alaska Small Business Development Center and often leads meetings and lunches with small business owners educating them on many financial related topics. Providence Health &Service Alaska has named a new chief medical officer and Providence Medical Group Alaska a chief executive. Dr. Michael Bernstein, M.D., will join Providence as chief medical officer effective Nov. 12. Dr. Thomas Yetman, M.D., began serving as PMGA chief executive on Oct. 1. Bernstein comes to Alaska from Providence St. Joseph Health in Los Angeles, where he served most recently as chief medical officer of Providence Medical Foundations and president of Providence Specialty Medical Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University and completed his doctorate in medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He completed his medical residency at the University of Washington in Seattle and clinical fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. During his time in Los Angeles, Dr. Bernstein worked with more than 650 employed physicians across three medical foundations and 900 affiliated physicians in Los Angeles County. Yetman will oversee an organization that provides primary and specialty care to Alaskans and is connected to Providence Alaska Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital at Providence. With more than 30 years in health care, Yetman joins Providence Alaska from Providence Medical Group Northwest Washington in Everett, Wash., where he served as chief executive and then chief medical officer. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Yetman received his medical degree from George Washington University. Upon completion of a family practice internship at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., he spent time on active duty as part of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps at the Navy hospital in Guam. He then completed training in obstetrics and gynecology at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Portsmouth, Va.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 28

KPMG LLP announced a hire and a promotion. Mike Fink was hired as an audit senior manager. Fink brings 14 years of accounting and advisory experience with a variety of organizations, including telecommunications and Alaska Native corporations. He was born and raised in Fairbanks and earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and in finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Melissa Jay was promoted to audit senior manager. Jay provides audit and accounting advisory services to several types of clients including Alaska Native corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and oil field service companies. Jay is also active in recruiting, frequently attending events at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was raised in Anchorage and joined KPMG in 2011 after earning bachelor’s degrees in accounting and in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah. Tom Garrett, PE, has joined global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm Stantec as a senior civil engineer in the firm’s transportation group in Anchorage. Garrett will apply his 20 years of experience to serve and expand the firm’s Alaska transportation practice. Garrett’s project design experience includes site development, road reconstruction and resurfacing, grading and drainage plans, retaining wall design and utility main extensions. Since joining Stantec, he has worked on a variety of projects, including those for the state, utilities and the oil and gas industry. Garrett holds bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Ahtna Inc. announce several new hires within its subsidiaries. Ahtna Environmental Inc., welcomes David Bennett to its team as business development director. With a bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and 24 years of experience in understanding client operations, needs, planning, and project execution. Morgan Bruno, PE, joins Ahtna Engineering Services LLC as a project manager. Bruno is an environmental engineer with nine years of experience including preparation of remedial investigation/feasibility study-related documents; data evaluation; groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, and vapor intrusion sampling; geoprobe, hollow stem auger, and sonic drilling oversight; risk analysis; non-aqueous phase liquid mobility analysis; and bench-scale treatability experiments, among others. She holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering from the University of Idaho. Michael Selhay joins Ahtna Environmental Inc., as a senior construction manager with more than 18 years of construction and management experience leading all phases of construction planning and development, design coordination, and contract administration. Selhay earned a bachelor’s of science degree in construction management from Arizona State University and attended the Del E. Webb School of Construction. Selhay was the Project Manager of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center Culinary Arts Facility Project and the Dormitory Replacement project in Seward, which both won the 2011 and 2013 Alaska General Contractor’s Challenge Award for the $5 million to $15M project category. Also joining Ahtna Environmental, Inc., is Nelson Crone as the firm’s GIS specialist. He works with Global Positioning System equipment and has provided operation, ArcCollector deployment and operation, ArcPad, and other various data collection techniques for field technicians. He works with remote sensing systems performing image analysis and has worked with UAV systems creating imagery products. He has also worked with SDSFIE database creation for federal projects and has worked with EQuIS databases for environmental data. Crone has a master’s degree in GIS for development and environment from Clark University and a bachelor’s of science degree in geography and environmental studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. PND Engineers Inc. announced several hires. Javed Miandad joins the Anchorage office as a geotechnical staff engineer. He recently completed his master’s degree in geological engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he worked as a teaching assistant in the engineering geology and soil mechanics lab while conducting his master’s research on landslides in Interior Alaska. Miandad will oversee geotechnical efforts on projects and perform geotechnical explorations. Dominick Frank brings his geology background to PND’s geotechnical department. Frank received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. His background includes soils lab experience while at HDL Engineering Consultants and hydrographic survey experience gained at TerraSond. He also has experience working for construction contractors and holds AK-CESCL, OSHA, and HAZWOPER certificates. Frank will be tasked with running PND’s AASHTO-accredited Soils Material Lab and assisting with geotechnical tasks and other engineering fieldwork as necessary. Logan Imlach, EIT, was recently brought on as a structural staff engineer. Imlach graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He has 10 years of professional engineering experience, having previously worked as a construction project manager for Clark Management and as a project engineer for Parker Drilling. Imlach also worked as a design engineer for Armada Skis, where he was responsible for design and development of new ski models. His primary responsibilities with PND will include structural design for marine and oil and gas industry projects. Seth Anderson, PE, brings eight years of engineering experience to the Anchorage office. His background includes providing construction support for several major construction projects throughout Alaska — including the Akutan Airport design-build — while employed with Kiewit Infrastructure West, and working on civil projects in mining, power, and flood protection for Barr Engineering in Minnesota. Anderson’s primary responsibilities with PND will include civil design projects including road improvement design and plans and water, sewer, and stormwater system design. Andrew Reeves brings 15 years of IT experience to his position as a systems administrator for PND. His began his career as a computer repairman for a small family-owned shop when he was still in high school. He later joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for five years as a data systems and network specialist, and completing a tour of duty in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Most recently, Reeves was a systems technician for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District for three years. At PND, his responsibilities include maintaining all end-user hardware and software, and network and server hardware and software. Aaron Unterreiner has joined the Anchorage office as marketing coordinator. Unterreiner is originally from St. Louis, has a communications degree from Missouri State University, and started his career in Durango, Colo., where he worked at The Durango Herald as a sportswriter, sports editor, and news editor. Most recently, he was a copyeditor and a page designer for The McClatchy Company in Sacramento editing and designing news and sports content across all McClatchy newspapers. Unterreiner will assist in the development of competitive proposals, provide editing support to all departments, help maintain PND’s online presence, and participate in all marketing activities.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 21

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Statewide Airport Operations Superintendent Jeremy Worrall has been elected to the board of directors of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives for 2018-19. The organization is made up of more than 300 aviation professionals from the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and western provinces of Canada. Its mission is to promote airports by developing, connecting, and educating aviation industry professionals. The Alaska Superintendents Association announced Andi Story of Juneau as recipient of the 2018 ASA Don MacKinnon Educational Excellence and Human Recognition Award. Story has been recognized as an outstanding school board member who has dedicated the past 15 years to public education through her service on the Juneau School District Board of Education. Story was part of a school board that established new higher standards for math and literacy, raised the credit requirements for graduation while at the same time increasing the graduation rate, increased teacher and staff professional development, improved student achievement and prepared graduates for post-secondary success. The MacKinnon Educational Excellence and Human Recognition Award was established in 1985 to recognize Don MacKinnon and his service to education in Alaska. MacKinnon was instrumental in forming a cooperative alliance among all school administrators and public education partners and was the first Executive Director of the Alaska Association of School Administrators now ASA and the Alaska Council of School Administrators. The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced its 2018 Visitor Industry Awards recipients at its annual convention in Fairbanks. Award winners are selected by visitor industry peers based on professional excellence and service to Alaska’s tourism industry. Alyeska Award: Lazy Otter Charters, Whittier; Chuck West Award: Alaska Photo Treks, Anchorage; Denali Award: Deb Hickok, Fairbanks; Lifetime Achievement Award: Dee Dee O’Brien, Anchorage; Special Recognition Award: UnCruise Adventures, Seattle; Spirit of Alaska Award: Northern Alaska Tour Co., Fairbanks; Stan Stephens Stewardship Award: Colleen Stephens, Valdez; Visitor Industry Hall of Fame Award: Steve Mahay, Talkeetna. The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced its 2018-19 board of directors on Oct. 11 at the ATIA Annual Convention in Fairbanks. The Executive Committee is: Chair Elizabeth Hall, John Hall’s Alaska Cruises &Tours; At-Large Vice Chair Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures; Southwest Past Chair Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours; Southeast Secretary/Membership Chair Holly Johnson, Wings of Alaska &Taku Glacier Lodge; Southeast Treasurer/Finance Chair Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours; Outside Marketing Chair Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier &Wildlife Cruises; At-Large Marketing Vice Chair Linda Springmann, Holland America Line; Outside Government Relations Chair Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; Outside Tourism Policy &Planning Chair Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau; Southeast President &CEO, Sarah Leonard, ATIA. The board of directors is: Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention &Visitors Bureau, Southcentral; Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Co., Far North; Dave McGlothlin, Holland America Group, Outside; Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks, Interior; John Binkley, CLIA/Alaska Cruise Association, Riverboat Discovery; At Large Josh Howes, Premier Alaska Tours, Southcentral; Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage, Southcentral; Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures, At Large; Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge, Interior; Tennelle Peterson Wise, Grande Denali LLC, Interior. Northrim Bank announced Associate Vice President Jason Gentry as the new lending branch manager in Ketchikan. Gentry joins Northrim Bank with more than six years in the financial industry and 24 years in customer service in Alaska. A longtime Alaskan, Gentry grew up in Barrow/Utqiagvik and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has received multiple awards from Carrs/Safeway for customer service and profitability and was a member of the Wells Fargo “All Star” commercial loan production club. BLM seeks nominations for citizen councils The Bureau of Land Management in Alaska is reopening the public call for nominations for 10 open positions on its citizen-based advisory council. Resource Advisory Councils provide advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a range of resource and land management issues. The BLM maintains 38 such chartered advisory committees located in the West. Each Council consists of 10 to 15 members from diverse interests in local communities, and they assist in the development of committee recommendations that address public land management issues. RACs are critical in assisting the BLM in continuing to be a good neighbor in communities served by the Bureau. An individual may self-nominate or nominate others to serve on a council. Nominees must be residents of Alaska and will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. A letter of reference must accompany all nominations from any represented interests or organizations per the categories below, also a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. The 10 positions open on the RAC are in the following categories: Category one: Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the commercial timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation. Category two: Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations. Category three: Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized, Alaska Natives as appropriate to the state of Alaska; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large. A term on a RAC is for three years. As published in a notice in the Oct. 1 Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 30 days, until Oct. 31. There are six positions opening in 2018, and another four in 2019. Please send nominations by Oct. 31 to Lesli Ellis-Wouters: (907) 271-4418; [email protected]

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 14

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that Stephanie Maxwell has been promoted to the position of vice president, digital channels. She was previously manager, digital channels. Maxwell brings a wealth of experience to the position, having started with Alaska USA as a teller and accepting positions of increased responsibility over her 10-year career with the credit union. The University of Alaska Anchorage Office of Alumni Relations and the UAA Alumni Association announced the recipients of the 2018 UAA Alumni of Distinction awards. These three distinguished UAA alumni were to be honored for their outstanding contributions to their chosen fields and communities at the university’s Homecoming Breakfast on Oct. 12 at Lucy Cuddy Hall on UAA’s campus. Jason Hart, clinical practice manager, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (BBA, 2007; MBA, 2010), received the Alumni Emerging Leader Award. Since 2008, Hart has served in varying capacities with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, leading to his current position as clinical practice manager. He also serves as acting vice president of medical and multi-specialty clinics at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Hart has a long record of devoting time as a volunteer through his efforts with the Food Bank of Alaska, Alaska State Commission for Human Rights and the Alaska Military Youth Academy. Hart is also a seven-year veteran in the National Guard where he received the Excellence Award for exemplary service. He was a member of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2016. Jocelyn “Josie” Wilson, director of strategic communications, HDR Inc. (MBA, 2009) received the Alumni Humanitarian Award. Prior to her current role at architecture firm HDR, Wilson was the director of community relations and development for the Salvation Army. She is a prominent figure in the not-for-profit sector, having worked with organizations such as the Anchorage Police and Fire Chaplains, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association and American Cancer Society. Wilson has received awards for her community work and leadership, including the 2017 Heart of Gold Award from the HCA Corp., the 2015 Dale Carnegie Highest Award of Achievement, and was named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2011. Jennifer Thompson, President and CEO, Thompson &Co. Public Relations, received the Alumni of Achievement Award. Thompson began her career as an intern at the Anchorage PR firm Bernholz &Graham in 1999. She worked her way to becoming president of the company in 2009 and purchased the agency in 2009, renaming it Thompson &Co. as it’s known today. Under her leadership, the firm has grown to add offices in Houston and New York City. Thompson has received numerous accolades throughout her 18-year career, including being honored as the 2016 Alumni of the Year from UAA’s Department of Journalism and Public Communications, being named one of PR News’ Top 50 Women in PR in 2015, and being inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society in 2016. In recognition of decades of service to survivors of domestic violence, Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth presented Michael Gershel with the Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service at the Domestic Violence Action Month opening ceremonies. Since the legal organizations began keeping records in 2000, Gershel has personally represented clients in seven pro bono cases through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and 14 cases through Alaska Legal Services Corp. In addition, he has often used his expertise in family law to mentor other attorneys who volunteer to work for these providers but who do not have the same level of experience. In 2003, Gershel received the Alaska Bar Association’s Pro Bono Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael is also affiliated with the Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals. Alaska Pediatric Surgery, the state’s only locally owned, full-time pediatric surgical practice, welcomed Dr. Jarod McAteer as a new pediatric surgeon. McAteer joined the practice from a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He joins Dr. Brent Roaten and Dr. Monja Proctor and becomes the third pediatric surgeon in Alaska. Originally from Casper, Wyo., McAteer earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, a master of public health in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Yale University. He completed residency at the University of Washington and a two-year research fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Most recently, McAteer completed a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. The Rasmuson Foundation hired program officer Jeff Baird as its first chief of staff to coordinate the work of the finance and administration, program, and external affairs units. Baird grew up in a suburb of Chicago and started his working life as a newspaper reporter in Minnesota and North Dakota. He went back to school in 2005 and earned his law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. He arrived in Alaska in 2008 for a yearlong judicial clerkship in the Southwestern hub in Bethel and took a second clerkship in Anchorage. He landed at the Foundation in 2011 as a program associate and until now has stayed with the program team, which handles grant-making. He became a program officer and began handling larger grants as well as other projects. He’s handled grant requests for health clinics and the Alaska Cares child advocacy center, for historic buildings and library improvements. He helped to restructure the Foundation’s arts program and is one of two program officers who leads the Foundation’s Individual Artist Awards, with 350 to 450 artists a year applying for up to 36 awards.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 7

KeyBank has promoted Jesse Wolf to commercial analyst, a role in which he will assist with client and sales support to Alaska’s Commercial Bank relationship team. He has served as a branch manager since 2008. In that position, he was accountable for soliciting consumer and business accounts to grow branch profitability and was consistently honored as a top producer in Key’s Alaska district. He began his career with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union before moving to KeyBank, and held FINRA–Series 6 and Series 63 licenses. Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. named L. Tiel Smith the new chief operating officer in August. Smith brings more than 15 years of management and strategic leadership experience to the agency which works to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans. The COO is responsible for strategic planning, process improvement, and compliance, along with the agency’s accreditation maintenance through the Council on Accreditation. Prior to accepting the COO position, Smith was a consultant specializing in corporate strategic planning, land and resource management, and information technology solutions; the general manager of Bristol Alliance Fuels; and vice-president of Lands and Natural Resources at Bristol Bay Native Corp. Additionally, he served as the BBNC corporate information technology director. Originally from Dillingham, Smith is an Aleut shareholder of BBNC and Choggiung Ltd. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Nathan Dennis joinedR&M Consultants Inc. as an environmental specialist in the Environmental Services Group. His experience includes gathering environmental baseline data, Phase I and II ESAs, storm water management and field environmental services. He previously worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game where he was involved with numerous fish habitat preservation and erosion mitigation projects. His work there included gathering environmental baseline data to assist with erosion mitigation on the Talchulitna River; reviewing and editing EIS documents for the Kasilof River; and conducting fish sampling, counting and other relevant environmental baseline data about the salmon run in the Judd Lake fish weir. He also compiled ESA Phase I information and dealt with regulatory permitting restrictions for land use in that area. Since joining R&M, Dennis has supported environmental efforts for the Interior Alaska Veterans Cemetery, UAA campus well permitting, Port of Alaska and Alaska Aerospace Corp. environmental assessment reevaluation. Nathan has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho. First National Bank Alaska announced several personnel moves. Pamela Keeler was named compliance senior legal counsel and appointed senior vice president. Her legal expertise is rooted in a diverse education, with a number of degrees in political science-public service, education and law from the University of California Davis, Western Washington University and University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. With more than 16 years of financial experience, Stephanie Daniels is Cash Management’s newest services specialist and was appointed business development officer. A decorated Army veteran, Rob Parrish was appointed branch manager of the Sitka Branch. A graduate of the bank’s Management Associate Program, Parrish spent time honing his financial skills in Anchorage, Bethel, Eagle River, Kenai, Palmer and Wasilla. Trust Account Administrator Amy Robinson, appointed to trust officer, has extensive knowledge in complex commercial transactions and consumer finance regulation. Aldrich CPAs + Advisors hired Lia Patton, CPA, in its Anchorage office. Patton brings with her nearly two decades of experience in audit and accounting and a unique knowledge of the Alaska business community. Patton oversees federal and State of Alaska single audits, as well as audits for Alaska Native corporations, nonprofit entities, and employee benefit plans. An Anchorage resident for more than 20 years, Patton was a partner at BDO LLP’s Anchorage office, formerly Mikunda Cottrell and Co.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 30

Elliott Bay Design Group has added Sarah Nichols as a full-time marine engineer to its Ketchikan office. Nichols will provide onsite technical engineering support to some of the firm’s major clients. Her background includes six years of project engineer and project management experience within a shipyard environment. Dick Stallone, owner of Stallones in Anchorage was recently elected to a one-year term as vice president of the NW Buyers board of directors. Founded in 1920, with a membership of more than 300 independent men’s clothing stores, NW Buyers is the oldest and largest menswear buying group in the United States. The organization is owned by its member stores and operated solely for their benefit. NW Buyers corporate offices are located in Plymouth, Minn. The 2018 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. An independent selection committee chose to recognize the following ten women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors, as well as their contributions to the larger community. Now in its 29th year, this award has been presented to more than 300 women who devoted their lives to positively impacting the community, many of whom continue to work toward eliminating racism and empowering women throughout Alaska. The 2018 Awardees are: Amy Coffman, special assistant at Municipality of Anchorage-Office of the Mayor; Col. Patricia Csànk, Commander, 673d Air Base Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson; Ella Goss, CEO of Providence Alaska Medical Center; Mary Katzke, producer and executive director of Affinityfilms; Heather Kendall-Miller, senior staff attorney at Native American Rights Fund; Lourdes “Lo” Linato-Crawford, board president at Bridge Builders of Anchorage; Beth Rose, vice president of Alaska Community Foundation; Doreen Schenkenberger, executive director of Partners for Progress; Krista Scully, Pro Bono director of Alaska Bar Association; Aliy Zirkle, Iditarod musher and owner of SP Kennels. These women will be honored at the Annual YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement &Youth Awards on Nov. 7 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Discovery Theatre. Chip Arnold has been appointed chief operating officer of the Alaska SeaLife Center. Arnold joined ASLC 17 years ago in the IT department, but has served the Center in many ways from facilities to oiled wildlife response. Arnold was promoted to COO from his most recent position as Operations director. In this new position, Arnold will be in charge of daily ASLC operations and oversee Human Resources, Husbandry, and Operations (Life Support, Security, and Custodial). He will also continue to serve as the Dive Safety officer and manage Oiled Wildlife Response Programs.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 23

Bobbie Sue Wolk, MS, PCC, BCC, owner of Rosewood Coaching, and the first International Coaching Federation executive coach in the state of Alaska, recently passed the Health and Wellness Coach Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified for Health and Wellness Coaches. The exam is provided by the Int’l Consortium of Health &Wellness Coaching in partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners, the same board that certifies physicians. Wolk is able to establish health and wellness corporate programs, and increase participation for those companies with already established programs. Donald “Ralph” Gibbs was appointed as the new director of the Municipality of Anchorage’s Merrill Field, effective Sept. 24. Gibbs comes to the MOA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he’s served as the director of Aviation since 2016. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field — both civilian and military — and holds an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced that Executive Council 5th Vice President Ralph Wolfe and Cultural Heritage and Education Manager Sarah Dybdahl have been selected by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development to receive the prestigious “Native American 40 Under 40” award. Wolfe was born and raised in Craig on Prince of Wales Island. He is both Tlingit and Haida and his Tlingit name is Góos’k’ and he is Eagle Frog of the Kooskadee clan. Prior to being elected to the Executive Council in 2016, Wolfe served as Tlingit &Haida’s youth representative and Sealaska’s youth advisor. Wolfe has been a Tlingit &Haida Delegate since 2014 and represents the Tribe on the United States Forest Service Sea Otter Steering Committee, Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals and Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. Dybdahl grew up in Klawock and holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Southern Oregon University. Her Tlingit name is Aanshawatk’i and she is from the Taakw.aaneidi clan. Dybdahl formerly served as the executive director of Huna Heritage Foundation as well as on the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors as the Southeast Village Representative and Native Americans in Philanthropy Board. She worked more than 15 years in various capacities for Sealaska and Sealaska Heritage Institute and currently serves on the Klawock Heenya Corporation board of directors. Alaska Executive Search announced two new hires for staffing professionals. Drew Sharp arrived in Alaska from Washington State, where he worked as a case manager and a healthcare recruiter. He earned his degree in psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz. A fourth-generation Alaskan, Stevie Collins was hired for the Mat-Su Valley. She has more than 10 years of medical experience working in multiple specialties. Tiffany Tutiakoff, president and CEO of Anchorage-based communications firm Northwest Strategies, has been named as a 2018 winner of the Native American 40 Under 40 award. Award winners will be honored at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Okla. on Oct. 29-30 at the event, “Impacting Generations: Honoring a Decade of Exceptional Service and Leadership.” Tutiakoff was named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2013.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 16

Alex Slivka was appointed as the chief fiscal officer for the Municipality of Anchorage, effective Oct. 15. Slivka comes to the municipality from McKinley Capital Management LLC, where he served in various leadership capacities. Slivka has more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry and is an active member of a number of community organizations. The Mat-Su Health Foundation has hired Colleen Andrews and Bailey Larousse to support the work of its R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness) collaborative project. Andrews is the organization’s social connections coordinator, and Larousse serves as youth leadership coordinator. Andrews is responsible for identifying, inventorying and promoting a robust and updated database of local social and recreational activities. The database is housed within Connect Mat-Su, a new community resource center network recently established by the Mat-Su Health Foundation. Andrews has previously held positions in corporate compliance, human resources and administration. She earned an associate’s degree in business management from Everest University. Larousse is an AmeriCorps member assigned to and funded by the Mat-Su Health Foundation and serves as youth leadership council coordinator for R.O.C.K. Mat-Su. She is responsible for creating a youth leadership council and managing training, enrichment, and outreach for council members. She also works to enhance collaborations with other non-profits and coalitions surrounding youth voice and issues. Larousse graduated from Mat-Su Central School in 2018 and is attending University of Alaska Anchorage. The Alaska Public Interest Research Group hired Veri di Suvero as executive director. di Suvero will focus on engaging citizens across Alaska on public interest and consumer protection issues, including net neutrality, Census 2020 and redistricting, and utility efficiency. di Suvero has worked with various community and governmental stakeholders on Alaska Native language revitalization as well as language access policy with the Welcoming Anchorage initiative. AKPIRG was founded in 1974 as a non-profit, non-partisan, citizen-oriented statewide organization focused on researching, educating, and advocating on behalf of the public interest. John Hall’s Alaska was named “Most Outstanding Small Group Tour Provider 2018” by Corporate Vision Magazine. For more than 35 years, family-owned, family-operated John Hall’s Alaska has provided an authentic Alaska experience by land, air and sea. By limiting all tours to 28 to 42 passengers, John Hall’s Alaska gains access to remote parts of the state and allow John Hall’s Alaska to cater to the individual traveler’s needs and desires. Although John Hall’s Alaska is best known for its Signature Series “Untamed Alaska,” Denali Explorer” and “Grand Slam Alaska,” tours, the company also offers group tours as part of its Alaska Highway Experience, Adventure Series and Winter Series. In response to client feedback and the growing popularity of winter travel, John Hall’s Alaska now offers two 2019 winter itineraries that include winter adventure days and up to seven nights of northern lights viewing. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has selected Sharlyn Ruyan for the position of vice president, Member Service Center. Ruyan has worked at Alaska USA for more than nine years, most recently as manager, Member Service Center. She is a graduate of the 2017 Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce Leadership program. Alaska USA Financial Planning and Investment Services’ Michael Klopfer, who has more than 15 years of experience, has earned his Certified Financial Planner designation. The CFP mark is recognized as the highest standard in personal financial planning. Investment advisors who earn the CFP have met the rigorous requirements of the CFP Board and set the standard for responsible and ethical financial planning.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 9

Veteran athletics administrator Sterling Steward has been chosen as the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ new director of intercollegiate athletics, effective Oct. 8. Steward replaces Gary Gray, who resigned as head of the Alaska Nanooks in December. Steward comes to the Nanooks after serving the past seven years as the director of athletics at Savannah State University, an NCAA Division I program in Georgia. Steward was chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants and was among four finalists who visited the UAF campus this summer. Steward earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human performance and recreation at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to working at SSU, Steward worked in the athletics departments at Mississippi Valley State University, Alabama State University, Kentucky State University, Eastern Oregon University and Xavier University. Corey E. Cooke was appointed as the regional administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Northwest/Arctic Region. Cooke has been serving as acting regional administrator for the Northwest/Arctic Region since April 2018. As regional administrator, Cooke will continue to oversee all of GSA’s operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, including the management of federal real estate and information technology. Cooke will also be responsible for an inventory of more than 500 government-owned or leased buildings, and overseeing more than 400 employees. Cooke served in GSA’s central office as senior advisor for cyber and technology before being named acting regional administrator. Prior to joining GSA, Cooke served in several positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including as counsel and deputy parliamentarian for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and counsel on the Committee on Small Business. Cooke earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a juris doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Longtime Fairbanks resident Theresa Bakker has been named the new University of Alaska Fairbanks alumni relations director, effective Sept. 10. She will also serve as the executive director of the UAF Alumni Association. Before accepting her new position at UAF, Bakker served as the marketing and communications manager at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. She has also worked as a producer for KUAC, the public broadcasting station owned and operated by UAF, and as a journalist for a variety of print and broadcast media. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University. Bakker takes over for former alumni relations director Kate Ripley, who resigned in May.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 2

Melinda Freemon was appointed executive director of Anchorage Project Access, a non-profit dedicated to increasing access to health care for low income uninsured members of our community by working with a network of over 600 medical and dental providers to serve those in need. Freemon brings more than 30 years of experience in Alaska in organizational management with an emphasis on systems integration and improvement. She has worked in rural and urban Alaska and led a variety of health care, behavioral health, housing and other programs for vulnerable populations. Before becoming the executive director, Freemon served as the director of the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services, the director of Supportive Housing for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program and the executive director of the Salvation Army Clitheroe Center. Freemon holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. She is a licensed professional counselor and a certified clinical supervisor. The Alaska Department of Law announced the appointment of Tim McGillicuddy as the Ketchikan District Attorney, effective Aug. 6, after Ben Hofmeister accepted a position with the Department of Law, Civil Division in Juneau. McGillicuddy graduated from the University of Illinois School of Law in 2007 and served as a prosecutor around the country for nine out of the following 11 years. He has practiced in diverse areas of the country from Chicago to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. He came to the Ketchikan District Attorney’s office in 2016 and since then has worked a varied caseload including complex homicides, assaults, burglaries, and drug trafficking cases. MSI Communications, one of Alaska’s largest advertising and public-relations agencies, has promoted Director of Client Services Kris Miller to vice president. Miller oversees the agency’s two largest accounts, Alaska Airlines and BP Alaska. As director of client services, she is responsible for training and developing the account managers and account executives who, as a group, oversee the agency’s entire roster of clients. Originally from Minnesota, Miller has been with MSI for five years. She joins Creative Director Jim Coe; Vice President, Director of Digital Strategies Steve Howell; Vice President, Campaign Strategist Lana Johnson; and Senior Vice President and Director of Finance Amy Clifford on MSI’s senior advisory and agency operations-management team. Alaska Aerospace Corp. announced the hiring of Mark D. Lester to serve as the company’s new president. Lester will report directly to Craig Campbell, who continues as CEO. Prior to joining Alaska Aerospace, Lester was the founder and CEO of Pantigo Lester LLC in Colorado Springs where he provided management consulting services to mid-market aerospace and defense businesses. His background includes previously serving as the CEO with Doss Aviation, as well as providing business development, marketing, program management, and engineering expertise for a number of aerospace companies. Lester also served in the United States Air Force as a space systems engineer, satellite operator, and intelligence analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University and a master’s degree in space operations from the University of Colorado. Credit Union 1 promoted Mish Mafnas to branch manager of its First Avenue Branch in Fairbanks. Mafnas, who has 13 years of financial institution experience, was initially hired by Credit Union 1 in 2009 and has served as member service representative, senior teller and assistant branch manager. In 2017, Mafnas briefly left the credit union before returning in 2018 to her branch manager promotion. Luke Hasenbank, who most recently served as vice president, has been promoted to president of Alaska Maritime Agencies, where he will continue to oversee all Alaska operations that include offices in Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, Kenai, Seward, Whittier and the Lynnwood, Wash., accounting department in addition to all the outlying Alaskan ports. He has been with the company since 2003. Andrew Mew, who previously served as operations manager, has been promoted to vice president. He has been with the company since 2013.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 26

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has chosen Heather Brandon of Juneau as Alaska Sea Grant’s new director. Brandon is an environmental policy leader with experience in fisheries issues on a broad geographic scale, ranging from Alaska to the Arctic and Russian Far East. Before joining Alaska Sea Grant, Brandon was a foreign affairs specialist for NOAA’s Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection. Brandon has also worked for World Wildlife Fund, Juneau Economic Development Council, Pacific Fishery Management Council, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and served on the U.S. Department of Commerce Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. She has a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon. Alaska Sea Grant, one of 33 such programs around the country, is a partnership between NOAA and UAF. Through research, outreach and education, Alaska Sea Grant works to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of Alaska’s marine and freshwater ecosystems and coastal economies. Credit Union 1 promoted Melissa Aningayou to branch manager of its Midtown Branch in Anchorage. Aningayou was initially hired in 2007 as a teller at the credit union’s Nome Branch before transferring to Anchorage in 2010. She has since held the positions of senior teller, member service officer, member service supervisor, assistant branch manager and branch manager of Credit Union 1’s Abbott Branch prior to this promotion. Dr. Gabriel Wolken of the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys has been awarded an international research fellowship to study and map Alaska’s snow avalanche hazards. The six-month fellowship beginning Sept. 1 in Davos, Switzerland, promotes collaboration between visiting senior-level scientists and the Swiss Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research. Wolken manages the Climate &Cryosphere Hazards Program at DGGS and is affiliated with the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He investigates the impacts of changes in snow, ice, and permafrost on Alaska’s landscape, natural resources, and the built environment. Alyssa Norris recently joined the LONG Building Technologies team as an account executive in the Fairbanks office in July. Norris grew up in interior Alaska and completed a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Washington State University. While earning her degree she interned at the U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C, served on the university Board of Regents, started her own small business, and was actively involved in mentorship programs to help support and retain women in engineering through the Society of Women Engineers. LONG provides HVAC mechanical solutions, building automation systems, security solutions, and equipment for commercial properties. Norris will also be specializing in the C-PACE program as it gets kicked-off in Alaska. LONG Building Technologies has offices in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Col. Phillip Borders became the 28th commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District during a change of command ceremony today Aug. 14. Borders, a native of Lawrence, Kan., replaces Col. Michael Brooks, who served as the district commander since July 2015 and retired after 25 years of service. He will also be responsible for the district’s support to the U.S. Pacific Command designing and constructing humanitarian assistance projects throughout Southeast Asia. Under the Defense Department Foreign Military Sales Program, the district also oversees master planning, requirements validation, design and construction of infrastructure for the Government of India’s C-17 aircraft at Hindon Air Force Station. Before assuming command in Alaska, Borders attended both the National Security and School of Other Nations programs under a U.S.-bilateral arrangement at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, Ontario. Previously, he served as chief of the Engineer Plans Branch for U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Borders has deployed for 42 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Freedom Sentinel and Operation Desert Storm. He has earned the Airborne Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab and Combat Action Badge. As a decorated Army officer, some of Borders’ awards include the Bronze Star with two oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and National Defense Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. Borders graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas in 1996. He also earned a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla and is credentialed as a project management professional. Chief Master Sgt. Winfield Hinkley, Jr. assumed responsibility of the senior enlisted leader position of the Alaska National Guard through the passing of the Non-Commissioned Officer’s Saber to Maj. Gen. Laurie Hummel, the adjutant general of Alaska, during a change-of-responsibility ceremony Aug. 13. For the past two and half years, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Nelson, the outgoing SEL, led the AKNG enlisted force by advancing priorities of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs with legal, moral and ethical focus. Nelson helped establish the Ethical Fitness Program, expand the Senior Enlisted Development Program, and exposed NCOs to experiences outside of their core competencies. As the third AKNG senior enlisted leader, Hinkley comes to the organization from being commandant of the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Tennessee. Hinkley also has roots in the AKNG with prior service as a comptroller flight superintendent for the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing. Sitnasuak Native Corp. added Norm Resnick to its management team as general counsel effective July 24. His credentials and experience have involved important work with Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act issues, commercial and real estate transactions, business acquisitions, corporate law, land and resource management, and government contracting. He also has experience in litigation, alternative dispute resolution, human resources and employment law, probate, and shareholder support. Resnick has previously represented private individuals, business enterprises, and local, state and federal agencies. Most recently he was general counsel for Calista Corp. Northrim Bank hired Sarah Maycock as Electronic Banking support manager and Kristin Oberman as associate vice president, branch manager. Susan Stenstrom was promoted to associate vice president, assistant corporate secretary. Maycock joined Northrim Bank with 10 years of banking experience. She recently moved to Anchorage from Wisconsin where she worked at a community bank in Milwaukee. Maycock holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Oberman joined Northrim Bank with seven years of experience in the financial industry. She has worked with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and First National Bank Alaska. Oberman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in human resources management from the University of Maryland. Stenstrom has been with Northrim Bank for 10 years and has 43 years of experience in the financial industry. Stenstrom was the 2013 recipient of the Northrim Bank President’s Award.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 19

BDO USA LLP announced that Bikky Shrestha has been admitted to the firm’s partnership responsible for leading audits. Previously, Shrestha was an assurance director in the firm’s Anchorage office. Shrestha has more than 13 years of experience in public accounting. He manages audits of Alaska Native corporations, Alaska Native Tribal organizations, school districts, governmental organizations and closely held corporations. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also the board secretary of the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with emphasis in accounting from Western Oregon University. Wells Fargo has named Becky More as Alaska community relations consultant. She will oversee the company’s Alaska charitable contributions program, employee giving campaign, and volunteer engagement efforts. More re-joins Wells Fargo with seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, leading fundraising and donor development programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, Alaska Pacific University, and AWAIC (Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis). Previously, she served Wells Fargo customers and team members in Alaska as a personal banker, service manager, and learning and development specialist. More holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University and Certified Fundraising Executive professional designation. Mary Michaelsen has been named Wells Fargo At Work program manager for Alaska. The Wells Fargo At Work program supports the financial health of customers and communities in Alaska through the delivery of free money management tools and education offered as an employee benefit for companies. Michaelsen has more than 10 years of financial services experience in Alaska, Iowa, and Louisiana. Most recently, she worked at Denali Federal Credit Union as its member call center manager. She served as a Wells Fargo personal banker while attending college at Iowa State University, and she was a Navy Federal Credit Union branch manager in Louisiana. Michaelsen earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Iowa State University, and she is pursuing a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Alaska Pacific University. Credit Union 1 promoted Faye Lindsay to branch manager of its Downtown Branch in Anchorage. Lindsay was initially hired in 2011 as a teller, and she has also held the positions of member service officer, member service supervisor and assistant branch manager at the credit union prior to this promotion. Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Jesse Parr as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families manager. Parr will oversee the daily management of the TANF department, which provides financial assistance to families while emphasizing work participation, education, family stability and responsibility to increase self-sufficiency and gainful employment for Alaska Natives and American Indians in Southeast Alaska. He will also be responsible for the budget development and monitoring processes, preparation of required financial and narrative reports, implementation of policies and procedures, and the successful use of the Tribal DTM client data management system. Parr has a bachelor’s degree in tourism and commercial recreation from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. The Alaska Superintendents Association named Fairbanks North Star School District Superintendent Dr. Karen Gaborik as Alaska’s 2019 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 32nd year, pays tribute to a school system’s top leader who exemplifies effectiveness, knowledge, leadership, ethics, and commitment. Gaborik is starting her fifth year as superintendent of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. She has been a teacher, administrative intern, principal and an assistant superintendent. She is also the current President of the Alaska Superintendents Association. ASA will advance Gaborik’s candidacy to the 2019 National Superintendent of the Year program. All state Superintendents of the Year will be honored in February at the 2019 AASA National Conference on Education in Los Angeles.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 12

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association hired Andy Wink as executive director. As an economist specializing in the Alaska seafood industry, Wink brings nearly a decade of expertise in analyzing seafood market trends and the effects of development efforts to the RSDA. His past work with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and many other industry groups will lend a broad perspective to the mission of the BBRSDA. Wink has been a valued partner to the BBRSDA for years as the lead author of the sockeye market report series. RE/MAX Dynamic Properties added Gary Kutil, an award-winning realtor with more than 25 years of experience in real estate sales. He began his career at Jack White Real Estate where he received awards and recognitions including Associate of the Year, President’s Circle, Leading Edge Society, Hall of Fame and Top Producer. The company also added Cheryl Myers, who has a background in sport and orthopedic physical therapy. She is expanding her career path to include real estate sales. Myers is an active member and past president of the Downtown Rotary Club and a member of the ATHENA Society. University of Alaska Fairbanks Vice Chancellor for Research Larry Hinzman has been elected president of the International Arctic Science Committee. IASC is an international scientific organization that was formed in 1990 to encourage and facilitate cooperation throughout the Arctic research community. The nongovernmental institution, which includes representatives from 23 countries, promotes scientific cooperation and gives advice to the Arctic Council and other organizations on Arctic science issues. IASC champions critically important research programs that are either too big for any single nation to undertake or that require international collaboration to be successful. Hinzman has a long history as an Arctic researcher. A professor of civil and environmental engineering, he previously served as the director of UAF’s International Arctic Research Center and has conducted long-term hydrological and meteorological studies in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada and Russia. Hinzman was elected IASC president last month during the IASC Council meeting in Davos, Switzerland, succeeding Susan Barr of Norway. His four-year term as president runs through 2022. Taylored Restoration has hired Bob Manwaring as business development director. Manwaring was most recently CEO of the Alaska Association of Realtors. Previous positions include four years as business development officer for Stewart Title of Alaska and 14 years as customer relations liaison with Alaska Multiple Listing Service Inc. Taylored Restoration has branches in Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks and provides their services statewide. Thompson &Co. Public Relations has expanded its offices in Anchorage and Houston. Sami Jo Bailey joined the Anchorage office as an account coordinator in June and Stephanie Giacometti joined the team as a digital marketing specialist based in the Houston office in early July. Bailey grew up in Palmer and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and a double minor in journalism and criminal justice. While earning her degree, she worked as a media assistant and also as an intern at GCI. She is an account coordinator at Thompson &Co. PR’s Anchorage office, where she assists on multiple accounts including the Alaska Tourism Industry Association. Giacometti was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and later moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business. She interned in digital marketing while earning her degree and gained experience after college in product development and marketing. Based in Houston, Giacometti is currently working on the digital account team leading client brand and digital marketing strategies. Ephraim Froehlich joined Gov. Bill Walker’s administration as senior advisor on fish and game and as the deputy director for state and federal relations. Froehlich will be based in Juneau, where he was born and raised and graduated from Juneau Douglas High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in government at Dartmouth College. Froehlich worked for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., before getting his juris doctor at the University of Maryland School of Law with a concentration in environmental law. He returned to Murkowski’s D.C. office as lead policy advisor on fisheries, wildlife, maritime transportation, ports and harbors, environmental change, and the Arctic. Barbara Blake, also known by her Haida name of Wáahlaal Gidáak, has worked on fish and game issues for the administration since 2014, and is moving up to become Walker’s director of Native and rural affairs. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that Kellie Donnelly, who currently serves as the deputy chief counsel for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will succeed chief counsel Patrick McCormick, who has left the for an opportunity in the private sector. Lucy Murfitt will be promoted to deputy chief counsel and Isaac Edwards will be promoted to special counsel. Donnelly came to Capitol Hill in 1994 and shortly thereafter joined the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as majority counsel. She left to serve as counsel at the Department of the Interior and then spent several years in the private sector before joining the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 2003. She has since served the committee in a number of roles, most recently as deputy chief counsel since 2009. Murfitt is currently senior counsel and public lands and natural resources policy director for the committee. She previously spent eight years as senior counsel to former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and the Republican Whip, handling the energy, environment, and natural resources portfolio. She has also worked at the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University as its director of policy and partnerships. A veteran, Murfitt served as an environmental attorney during her time in the U.S. Army. Edwards, who was born and raised in Homer, began his career on Capitol Hill working for former Sen. Frank Murkowski in 1997. He became Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s legislative director in 2003, and moved to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to serve as counsel in 2009. Prior to today’s promotion, he held the title of senior counsel, focusing primarily on Arctic, territorial, and international energy issues. Matt Woods, EIT, has joined the environmental group at Shannon &Wilson’s Anchorage office as an environmental engineering staff IV. Woods has five years of previous experience preparing spill prevention and countermeasure plans, storm water pollution prevention plans, and SARA Title 3; and conducting site investigation and remediation projects. Current Shannon &Wilson projects include site characterization and cleanup activities, and providing regulatory compliance support. Woods has a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University. Schylar Healy has joined Shannon &Wilson’s Anchorage office technical staff as an environmental scientist. Previous professional experience includes serving as a wetlands mapping specialist and wetlands ecology technician in Fairbanks, and GIS field technician in California. Healy is a 2015 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in geographic science, and is a member of the Alaska Native Plant Society.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 5

Calista Corp. added Noelle Kompkoff in the legal department and Russ Slaten in corporate communications. Kompkoff arrives at Calista as associate counsel with more than 10 years of experience in Alaska Native law and corporate law. Prior to joining Calista, Kompkoff worked as in-house counsel for The Tatitlek Corp. She earned her juris doctor from Willamette University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University. Slaten joins Calista as the communications coordinator with more than 10 years of communications experience in journalism, marketing and public relations. At Calista, he creates content for web and print, coordinates media coverage, and assists in creating the communications calendar. Slaten was most recently serving as the communications manager at Catholic Social Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ahtna Inc. announced several new hires and promotions within its subsidiaries. Greg Jarrell joins Ahtna Engineering Services Inc. with 21 years of professional business management and project execution experience throughout Alaska. As the new Alaska regional director, Jarrell will manage all Alaska business operations for AES and its subsidiaries, Ahtna Environmental Inc., and Ahtna Global LLC. Jarrell earned his master’s degree in geologic engineering from South Dakota’s School of Mines and Technology and his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Montana in Missoula. Lori Kropidlowski, CPSM, CPS/CAP, has been promoted to business development manager at Ahtna Environmental Inc. Kropidlowski has 26 years of experience in business development and marketing and is a certified professional services marketer through the Society of Marketing Professional Services. Ahtna Global LLC added Jeremy Blei, PE, to the role of senior program manager responsible for overseeing the firm’s extensive portfolio of work with the Federal Aviation Administration. Blei’s professional background includes 20 years of professional engineering and consulting experience, primarily in Alaska. He has managed and delivered all phases of environmental remediation projects including initial site design, remedial investigation, treatability and feasibility studies, O&M, and remedial action/construction. Born and raised in Alaska, Blei earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. In addition, there are two promotions within Ahtna Global LLC. After four years of successfully managing construction programs at Ahtna, Ron DesGranges has been promoted to director of construction. DesGranges has 19 years of project management, construction, and estimating experience for a wide array of both horizontal and vertical construction projects in Alaska. He has supervised a multitude of large and small projects with annual budgets of up to $500 million. Daniel Caldwell has been promoted to construction manager and estimator. Caldwell has 21 years of construction experience where he has managed major mixed-use commercial, civil, environmental, and infrastructure development projects throughout local and remote areas of Alaska, the contiguous United States, and Canada requiring logistics management expertise. Credit Union 1 hired Chad Bostick as its new chief financial officer. Bostick joins Credit Union 1 with 10 years of experience in the credit union industry, specifically within the Alaska Credit Union League. He previously served as the CFO and audit manager at Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, and before joining the Alaska credit union movement, Bostick was an audit and assurance professional at Deloitte LLP in Minneapolis. Bostick has earned the credit union industry designations of certified innovation executive from the Credit Union Executive Society, certified enterprise risk management expert from Credit Union National Association, and certified credit union investment professional from CUNA. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. He is also currently pursuing an MBA from USD. Credit Union 1 promoted Cassie Magwire to Member Services Support manager at its headquarters in Anchorage. Magwire was initially hired in December 2006 as a teller at CU1’s Eagle River Branch. Since then she has also held the positions of senior teller, member service representative, assistant branch manager, branch manager of CU1’s Downtown Branch, Abbott Branch and most recently DeBarr Branch. CU1 promoted Anna Phommalinh to branch manager of its DeBarr Branch in Anchorage. Phommalinh, who was hired by Credit Union 1 in 2011, has previously served as teller, senior teller, member service officer, accountant and member service supervisor. Prior to her promotion, she held the position of assistant branch manager at the credit union’s DeBarr Branch. Brandon Ousley was hired as CEO of Anchorage Fracture &Orthopedic Clinic. He has nearly a decade of experience in healthcare administration and serving patients. Ousley previously headed the administration at a private primary care practice, which saw massive expansion in the services and care provided to patients during his tenure. Before graduating from Alaska Pacific University with an MBA in health services, Ousley began his work in healthcare as a pharmaceutical sales executive. After earning his degree, he worked as a systems analyst at Providence Alaska Medical Center, later moving on to work in executive healthcare management for the next seven years. Ousley joins Anchorage Fracture &Orthopedic Clinic after five years as the CEO of Medical Park Family Care in Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for July 22

Jimmie Rogers, CHSP, has joined Sitnasuak Native Corp. subsidiary companies Bonanza Fuel LLC and Nanuaq LLC in the new role of risk and safety manager. Rogers has more than 30 years of Alaskan-based experience leading safety, security, risk management and emergency management disciplines. He is a board credentialed, certified healthcare safety professional (masters’ level); certified environmental and safety compliance officer; and certified emergency, disaster and security manager, with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Past positions include chair of the Northwest Arctic Public Safety Commission, member of the Matanuska Susitna Borough Local Emergency Planning Committee, and member of the Alaska Safety Advisory Council representing industry. Kristi Schoenleber was appointed as First National Bank Alaska trust officer, joining Operations Manager Shannon Smith as recent additions to the bank’s Investment Management and Trust Services Department. Schoenleber, born and raised in Alaska, brings more than 25 years of experience in investment management and trust services to FNBA. Prior to joining the bank, Schoenleber was a licensed financial consultant at the country’s third-largest bank, working with corporations, Tribal governments, and high-net-worth clients. Most recently, she was an analyst for an international bank with a focus on large corporate clients, foreign currency, and wealth management. As trust officer, Schoenleber will help customers develop and grow their wealth and estate plans. Smith’s path to the department’s operations manager position led through the FNBA Audit Department. She worked as an internal auditor with experience in trust operations. In her new role, Smith will serve as an additional resource for customers, in addition to their primary relationship officer. Resource Data, a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Patrick Schmidt as a GIS programmer/analyst to its Anchorage office. Schmidt graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in geography, and has just relocated to Anchorage from Vermont. He recently worked as a GIS intern for Vermont Legal Aid in Burlington, Vt. Resource Data has also hired Jacqueline Hall as a GIS programmer/analyst at the Anchorage office. Hall has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from San Diego University and has completed GIS certification courses at Mesa Community College. She has a background in data management, technical document writing, GIS and environmental policy. Most recently she worked as an archaeologist for LSA Associates Inc. for six years. Residential Mortgage hired Tawni S. Layne Laxa and Amy Miller as senior mortgage loan originators at its Calais Street office in Anchorage. Laxa, a certified military home specialist, brings 16 years of mortgage industry experience to Residential Mortgage. From 2007-17, she worked at Alaska USA Mortgage Co. as an assistant vice president and senior mortgage loan originator. Most recently, Laxa comes from Prime Lending where she was a senior mortgage loan originator. Laxa graduated from the University of Southern Colorado-Pueblo, now Colorado State University-Pueblo, with bachelor’s degrees in criminology and sociology. Miller has 20 years of experience in mortgage lending, including 10 years as a senior mortgage loan originator at Alaska USA Mortgage Co. Miller specializes in first-time homebuyer, conforming, VA, FHA, RD and HUD184 loans and joins the Residential Mortgage team from Prime Lending. Patricia “Pat” Thayer, based in Fairbanks for HDR, was given the Frank C. Balfour Professional of the Year award during the International Right of Way Association’s recent 64th International Education Conference. HDR also has Alaska offices in Anchorage and Palmer. IRWA works to elevate ethics, learning and a standard of excellence within its membership community. The Frank C. Balfour Professional of the Year award, named after IRWA’s founder, honors professionals who have demonstrated exemplary support to the association based on outstanding contributions made through leadership positions in the chapter, regional and international levels; fulfillment of educational courses and activities; participation in association regional and international activities; and achievement of IRWA professional designations.

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