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]