Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

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.

Movers and Shakers for July 15

Mark Swearingin is joining Ravn Air Group’s new leadership team as senior vice president of maintenance. Swearingin has held leadership positions with major airlines and air transport companies for the past 37 years. Prior to joining Ravn, Swearingin was vice president, technical operations, for Atlas Air Cargo, where he was responsible for all technical operations and supply chain activities for the world’s largest 747 passenger and cargo airline, serving 432 cities and 123 countries. Previously, he held similar positions at Midwest Airlines, US Airways, and Northwest Airlines. Prior to Atlas, Swearingin served as executive vice president, technical services, for Air Canada, a $600 million aircraft maintenance business with 2,200 employees and global customer base. While at Air Canada, he developed business strategies and operational efficiencies that saw a $24 million annual profit on the heels of an $18 million annual loss. United Way of Anchorage announced the addition of three staff, including two for its leadership team. Dawn Griffiths has joined as chief financial officer and will oversee all the financial activities, information technology, human resources, and general administrative needs of the organization. Griffiths most recently ran her own firm, DMG Executive Consulting, based in Mill Valley, Calif. She brings almost 30 years of consulting and management experience in accounting, sales, strategic planning, business start-ups, efficiencies and investor relations, from Montreal to San Francisco. Griffiths is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and also attended the University of Georgia and Harvard Business School. Cassandra Stalzer has been named senior director of communications and marketing. In 2017, she founded her own communications firm, Brainspace Creative, working on client needs from sales to marketing technology. Before that, Stalzer worked for eight years in communications at the Rasmuson Foundation, two of those as vice president, where she helped develop communications projects ranging from a campaign to raise awareness of Alaska’s budget shortfall to a journalism partnership on the costs of alcohol abuse. Stalzer holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. Frank Gerjevic joined United Way as a communications director. Gerjevic is a veteran of almost 40 years at the Anchorage Daily News, where he worked as sports editor, reporter, copy editor, columnist and editorial writer. A graduate of Denison University, he will concentrate on writing, editing and media relations. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center announced the departure of its founder, Mike Miller and his wife, Kelly Miller, and the promotion of Dianna Whitney to executive director. Whitney joined the AWCC team in September 2016 and brings over a decade of management and operations experience to her new assignment. Prior to working at the wildlife center, she was the vice president and general manager of the ski area at Alyeska Resort. Whitney has an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Alaska and is a Kenai Resource Advisory Commissioner and Visit Anchorage Board Member. She holds certifications in outdoor emergency care, swift water rescue, Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead, OSHA general construction and OSHA construction safety and health. Mike Miller started Big Game Alaska in 1993, as a for-profit. The operation became the non-profit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in 1999. His determination, dedication and passion for wildlife turned the wildlife center into one of the top-rated tourist destinations in the state of Alaska. One of his most important contributions to conservation was his decade-long role with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in rearing, and then releasing, 130 wood bison back into western Alaska. Kelly Miller served as the director of education, creating the Bison in a Box program, animal-themed field trips and her famous porcupine presentations and scavenger hunts. Gov. Bill Walker appointed three Superior Court judges who will serve in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Kenai. Thomas Temple will join the Fairbanks Superior Court. He has practiced law in Alaska for more than 16 years, after serving in the Marines during the Gulf War and working his way through college and law school at George Mason University. Temple has been in private practice in Fairbanks since 2004, with a focus on criminal defense and civil litigation. He has tried cases across Alaska, from Unalaska to Utqiaġvik. Amy Mead will join the Juneau Superior Court. After graduating from Tulane University Law School, she began her career as a law clerk in Ketchikan, working her way up to become the city’s Assistant District Attorney. She moved to Juneau to work in private practice, spent time working on Medicaid issues for Alaska’s Attorney General, and became the city’s Municipal Attorney in 2013, heading the second largest municipal law department in the state. Lance Joanis will serve on the Kenai Superior Court. Joanis graduated from law school at the University of Idaho College of Law and immediately moved to Bethel to take the bar. He has worked for the Alaska Department of Law as an Assistant District Attorney in Anchorage and Kenai, a District Attorney in Bethel and Kenai, and as the Assistant Attorney General in Kenai’s Child Protection Section since 2011.

Movers and Shakers for July 8

Carla Baxley, PE, joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a senior project engineer in our Airport Engineering Group. Baxley brings 17 years of Alaskan engineering experience to the R&M team, with 12 of those years at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities serving as a designer, project engineer and manager on aviation and roadway projects in rural and urban Alaska. Her aviation experience includes engineering design for modifications or relocations of existing runways, taxiways, aprons, access roads, navigational aids, approach systems, signing and lighting. She has managed more than 60 aviation and highway design projects, giving her extensive experience with FAA and FHWA regulations, policies and procedures. Since joining R&M, she has been working on the Alaska Airlines Terminal Upgrades in Kotzebue, and reviewing ALPs for the New Stuyahok and Kalskag airports. Baxley has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska. Kirsten Kinegak-Friday has joined the Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP office in Anchorage. Kinegak-Friday focuses her practice on Alaska Native and corporate law and civil litigation. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Stanford University in 2005 and her juris doctor from UCLA School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the Alaska State Bar and U.S. District Court, District of Alaska. Kinegak-Friday, a member of the 2015 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40, is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and co-chairs the Alaska Native Law Section. She is a member of the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers and previously served on the Board of the Anchorage Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. She has served on the Boards of the Alaska Native Professional Association and the Alaska Native Justice Center. Stonebridge Companies — a Denver-based, privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer — promoted Brittney Johnsen to general manager of its Home2 Suites by Hilton Anchorage/Midtown hotel. She previously served as guest service manager of its Embassy Suites by Hilton in Anchorage. Jon Isaacs has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Institute of the North. Isaacs is a senior planner with AECOM in Anchorage. He has broad expertise in environmental and social impact assessments, community planning, transportation studies, economic and socioeconomic analysis and public participation methodologies. Prior to his election as chairman, Isaacs has served on the board of the Institute of the North since 2014. Patrick Anderson has been named the CEO of Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc., or RurAL CAP. He brings with him over 30 years of management and executive experience in leading, guiding and supporting companies with innovative strategies for growth, quality improvement and process efficiency. Most recently, Anderson served as Tribal Health director of the Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Clinic located in Neah Bay, Wash. Anderson has dedicated the past 15 years of his life to improving Alaska Native health care and a variety of other services. Anderson graduated from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1975 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1978. He has been a licensed attorney in the state of Alaska for 40 years. He has served as Parliamentarian for the Alaska Federation of Natives and the National Congress of American Indians. Additionally, Anderson has served as a board member for Sealaska Corp., the Alaska Native Justice Center, commissioner for the Alaska Native Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission, and is currently president of the Native American Children’s Alliance.

Movers and Shakers for July 1

Julianne Curry, a fourth-generation family fisherman and an advocate for the Alaska seafood industry, has been named public affairs manager for Icicle Seafoods Inc. Based in Petersburg, Curry will focus on regulatory and policy matters, government and community relations and will work collaboratively with her Alaska seafood colleagues on strategic planning efforts. Curry has served as the executive director and lobbyist for United Fishermen of Alaska and as the executive director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association. Most recently she consulted on a variety of fisheries related issues at both the state and federal level. She is the chair of the Communications Committee at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and is a member of its Salmon Committee. She has been a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel, a board member of United Fishermen of Alaska and the National Seafood Marketing Coalition while also participating on the Halibut Coalition Steering Committee. Michelle Toohey has joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff. Murkowski also named four interns who are assisting the committee with various projects this summer: Alexandra Bender, Selia Butler, Kaiwi Eisenhour, and Michael McCambridge. Toohey joins the communications team as senior writer and advisor after working as an independent public affairs consultant in Alaska for the past three years. Prior to that she was chief of staff for former Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and deputy press secretary for former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. Toohey also served as the director of public relations and advocacy at the American Lung Association of Alaska, and as a legislative aide for seven years in the Alaska State Legislature. Toohey is originally from Anchorage and earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Central Washington University. Bender, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Northeastern University School of Law. She graduated with honors from Boston College with a bachelor’s degrees in environmental geoscience and in economics. Bender is originally from Snohomish, Wash. Butler, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Regent University School of Law. She graduated with honors from Thomas Edison State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and English. Butler is from Kenai. Eisenhour, a college intern, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Weber State University. He was born in Alaska and raised in Anahola, Kauai in Hawaii, where he graduated in 2015 from Kapaa High School. McCambridge, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Harvard Law School. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor in mathematics. McCambridge is from Anchorage and graduated from West Anchorage High School in 2008. Dean Cimmiyotti, PLS, has joined Stantec in its Anchorage office as the firm’s Alaska survey manager. He has more than 40 years of in-state experience serving both public and private clients. Cimmiyotti has more than 25 years of project management experience, including project planning, cost estimating, quality control, and interdepartmental coordination. In addition to surveying, Dean has extensive background in photogrammetry and lidar acquisition and mapping. Past clients include the Alaska Department of Transportation &Public Facilities, Matanuska Susitna Borough, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., ConocoPhillips, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the Municipality of Anchorage. Cimmiyotti is a registered professional land surveyor in both Alaska and Florida. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Matt Emerson is the new president of PDC Engineers. He enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks at age 28, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and promptly accepted a position with Loftus Engineering Associates in Fairbanks. Loftus eventually merged with FPE/Roen Engineering, and the joint owners at the time, deciding any further combinations of names might prove a bit too verbose, instead chose a new name: P for plan, D for design, and C for construct. Soon after the merger, Emerson took a short hiatus from Alaska to obtain his master’s degree at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Upon his return, he settled in Anchorage to start a PDC structural department there. Emerson is taking over for Royce Conlon, who is retiring after 27 years with PDC and the last six as president. 3-Tier Alaska Corp. has merged with Northland Surveying &Consulting, combining 70-plus years of land surveying experience for thousands of customers across the interior of Alaska and rural villages across the state. Jim Ringstad, the founder of 3-Tier Alaska, Corp, along with Richard Heieren, the founder of Northland Surveying &Consulting (formerly RCH Surveys), have merged their two companies under the new leadership of Jim’s son, Nick Ringstad, who was born and raised in Alaska, and will retain the 3-Tier Alaska name. Both were founded more than 35 years ago in Fairbanks. 3-Tier Alaska brings two licensed professional engineers to the new organization to offer complementary civil engineering-related design services to Northland’s deep land surveying expertise. Additionally, Northland brings three licensed professional land surveyors to bolster 3-Tier Alaska’s land surveying knowledge. While Jim Ringstad and Heieren will remain with the merged company, the day-to-day operations will be run by Nick Ringstad, a registered professional engineer in the states of Alaska and Washington, who worked for his father for the past 20 years. Historically, the two companies have accomplished nearly 1,000 jobs per year with services in civil engineering and land surveying consultancy and design. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center announced the appointment of two returning members to its board of directors. Returning to the board as honorary members are Chris von Imhof and Laura McLaughlin. Von Imhof was instrumental in transitioning the former Big Game Alaska into the renamed nonprofit AWCC, and served as its first board president. He is also a former CEO of Alyeska Resort, a founding Director of Girdwood Inc., and was president of the Alaska Visitors Association. McLaughlin is an elementary school teacher in Anchorage. She and her family moved to Alaska in 2008 from Massachusetts where she ran a sheep and chicken farm.

Movers and Shakers for June 24

Mark McGeorge has joined Ravn Air Group as vice president, safety, security and compliance. McGeorge, an experienced pilot, military commander, and training expert, will be taking the reins from John Marshall, who will focus on his role as Ravn’s chief operating officer. McGeorge has nearly 30 years of experience in aviation, flying operations, safety, and compliance. In addition to being a former colonel and F-15 instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force, McGeorge also has extensive instructor, academic, and simulator experience. Prior to joining Ravn, McGeorge was the director of safety, assistant facility security officer, project manager and combat aviation training expert for a local Alaska-based company based in Palmer. He has also held positions as deputy Operations Group commander and chief of Exercises and Flying Training in the Air Force. Recognizing her ongoing contributions to the Global Health and Social Medicine Department at Harvard Medical School, Southcentral Foundation President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb has been reappointed as a visiting scientist. Gottlieb was first appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Center for Primary Care in 2015. The GHSM Department applies social science and humanities research to constantly improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of health care policies locally and worldwide. Under Gottlieb’s direction and guidance, SCF, a two-time winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, has become a global leader among health care organizations, recognized for its Nuka System of Care. Gottlieb serves as a director on the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Board of Directors and the Alaska Native Medical Center Joint Operating Board and on the leadership team of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiative. Jamie Acton was appointed as director of the Public Transportation Department, effective July 2, and Natasha Pineda as Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, effective July 9, for the Municipality of Anchorage. Acton has worked for the municipality in various capacities since 2005, first as a recreation programmer for Parks and Recreation and later as mobility planner for the PTD. She currently serves as a senior transportation planner for the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions. Pineda comes to the municipality from the State of Alaska, where she currently serves as a deputy health official with the Department of Administration. Prior to joining the state, Pineda worked for the municipality as the community and family services division manager at DHHS. Pineda also served as a program officer for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and as a program coordinator for the state Division of Behavioral Health. Troy Nesset of KPB Architects has obtained his professional registration for architecture in the state of Alaska. Nesset received a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s of architecture degree from Montana State University. Nesset is involved in a wide variety of projects for various clients throughout the state including Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. and First National Bank Alaska. Todd Shenk joined the Rasmuson Foundation as a senior program officer. Shenk worked from 1995 to 2002 for Denali Education Center including as education director. He then turned to Covenant House Alaska, where he worked from 2003 to 2005 as youth enrichment coordinator and developed an internship program for at-risk youth with the Anchorage mayor’s office. Shenk spent the next 12 years, from 2005 to 2017, with Seattle-based Casey Family Programs filling positions that drew on his technical, research and analytical skills. He managed grant portfolios and built relationships with groups including Native Americans in Philanthropy and Funders Together to End Homelessness. From 2011 to 2014, he served as a Casey Senior Fellow on loan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most recently, Shenk ran a consulting business based in Seattle that stretched to Alaska and work on youth homelessness. Col. Matthew W. Brown assumed command of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from outgoing commander Col. Kevin J. Lambert in a June 21 ceremony. Brown graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant in 1997. His past assignments include assistant operations officer, Bradley platoon leader, support platoon leader, and battalion logistics officer in 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry at Camp Able Sentry, Macedonia, and Schweinfurt, Germany. He then served as a division operations officer in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., and in Kuwait and Iraq. Subsequently assigned to 3d Brigade, he commanded C Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom IV. Following redeployment, he served as an exercise plans and operations officer in the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following battalion command, he attended the Joint Advanced Warfighting School and subsequently served as the Senior Advisor to the 205th Afghan National Army Corps in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Former Gov. Sean Parnell has joined the Holland &Hart Anchorage office. Parnell brings more than 30 years of combined public service and legal expertise. Parnell’s public service career includes serving from 2009-14 as Alaska’s governor. Parnell also served as lieutenant governor and is a former Alaska state senator and representative. As an attorney, Parnell’s decades-long experience in commercial transactions, natural resources, and litigation was developed in private practice, as in-house counsel, as director of state government relations for a major oil company, and in government service. At Holland &Hart, Parnell will continue serving his existing Alaska business clients, as well as new clients in energy and infrastructure development.

Movers and Shakers for June 17

Pearl-Grace Pantaleone is the new business development and marketing manager for Cornerstone General Contractors Inc. Pantaleone joins Cornerstone after almost four years in the architecture/engineering/construction industry, previously serving as a marketing coordinator for engineering and architectural firms. Prior to joining the industry, she came from a background in journalism and broadcast news. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has held various community board positions, including serving as the current communications director for the Society of Marketing Professional Services Alaska Chapter. Jodie Hettrick was appointed the new Chief for the Anchorage Fire Department, effective immediately. Hettrick has been serving as acting chief since former Chief Denis LeBlanc retired in May. Hettrick joined AFD in 2012 and served as the assistant fire chief until 2015, when she was promoted to deputy fire chief. As deputy chief, Hettrick was responsible for the day-to-day management and operations for the department. Prior to coming to AFD, Hettrick worked for the State of Alaska’s Division of Fire and Life Safety, the Alaska Building Science Network, Cominco Alaska, Inc., the Valdez Fire Department, and the Central Mat-Su Fire Department. Hettrick is the first female fire chief for the Anchorage Fire Department.  

Movers and Shakers for June 10

John Binder, deputy commissioner of Aviation for the Alaska Department of Transportation &Public Facilities, and Fairbanks International Airport Manager Jeff Roach have been awarded the distinction of Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. As deputy commissioner of Aviation, Binder leads Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports along with 240 state owned airports across Alaska. To qualify for the distinction, Binder and Roach had to successfully complete three phases of the accreditation process: pass a 180-item multiple-choice examination, fulfill a writing requirement, and demonstrate, in the final interview by a panel of AAEs, his knowledge of airport management, business administration, and general transportation economics. By fulfilling all the requirements leading to the title of Accredited Airport Executive, The two join a select group of individuals who have earned the designation in the more than six decades of the accreditation program’s existence. At present, fewer than 10 percent of AAAE’s members throughout the country are active accredited airport executives. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority announced three hires effective June 4. Eric Boyer is joining the Trust to focus on workforce related initiatives and to expand its behavioral health capacity. Boyer has more than 20 years in youth and family community behavioral health and most recently has been with the Alaska Training Cooperative providing critical training and technical assistance to organizations across Alaska. Travis Welch is joining the Trust to extend its work on criminal justice initiatives. Welch joins the Trust with more than 10 years of law enforcement experience, most recently serving as the Chief of Police for the North Slope Borough. Autumn Vea has 10 years of experience with the statewide behavioral health system in the Department of Health and Social Services and most recently with the Department of Corrections. Her knowledge and skills will be an asset to the Trust and its beneficiaries. Vea will work closely with Senior Evaluation and Planning Officer Michael Baldwin to perform a continuous review and analysis of internal data and policy functions. Sailing Inc. of Seward announced that Captain Randy Altermatt was named an American Sailing Association “Outstanding Instructor of the Year” for 2017. He was among a national roster of 964 sailing instructors who were eligible for consideration of this annual award, determined by student survey submissions in his 2017 classes. He was ranked in the top 20 instructors nationally. Altermatt has a background in education, with a Master’s Degree in Public School Administration. He retired from a career as teacher and principal from the Mat-Su School District in 2000. He immediately started teaching sailing in Seward at Sailing, Inc. He has a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License and Instructor Endorsement from ASA. In 2010, he received an endorsement as an ASA Instructor Evaluator. He has since trained new sailing instructors out of the Sailing Inc. Sailing Academy. Altermatt and his wife Deborah Altermatt own and operate Sailing Inc., which offers ASA sailing instruction from basic to advanced levels. It is the only certified sailing program in Alaska. Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Nicole Pintsch to assistant vice president-assistant controller and Danicia Shiryayev to assistant vice president-small business loan officer. Pintsch has been with Northrim Bank since 2007 and has 13 years of experience in banking. She started as the accounting specialist and has worked her way up through the ranks of the Accounting Department at Northrim. Pintsch holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She volunteers as an instructor with Junior Achievement of Alaska. Shiryayev has been with Northrim since 2016 and has 10 years of experience in the banking industry. She is also the chair of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group and a member of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board.

Movers and Shakers for June 3

Bristol Bay Industrial Fuels LLC has selected Sean P. Thomas, PMP, RES, as senior vice president, chief operating officer. He will assume oversight of Bristol Alliance Fuels, an Alaska-based distributor of fuel products to commercial and residential customers in the Dillingham area of the Bristol Bay region. Thomas comes to the organization with deep experience in the Western Alaska fuel market as the former vice president of Crowley Fuels’ marine division. A former Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 award recipient, Thomas graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an MBA. He also holds a master’s degree in marine resource management from Texas A&M University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Notre Dame. Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced that Vera Eggerman has joined Sitnasuak Applied Technologies LLC based in Anchorage as the new proposal manager, effective May 8. She oversees all applied technologies company proposals with federal and commercial customers. Eggerman has more than 20 years of experience in business development and marketing, with a primary focus on developing and managing competitive bids ranging in value from $5 million to $250 million. She brings valuable experience with Alaska Native corporations, including Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Calista Corp., and Bering Straits Native Corp. Eggerman has an associate’s degree in business administration and is originally from Emmonak. Alaska Regional Hospital CEO Julie Taylor has joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. Taylor arrived at Alaska Regional in December 2013. Before then, she was the CEO of West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Prior to that, Taylor was the chief operating officer at The Medical Center of Aurora in Denver. Kelley Groth has joined Evergreen Business Capital as senior vice president and sales manager. Groth was most recently the senior vice president and Small Business Administration portfolio manager at Banner Bank, successor to AmericanWest Bank, where she was the manager of the SBA Department since 2012. Based out of Washington state, Groth will oversee all activity of Evergreen’s 504 sales activity in Alaska and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. With more than 15 years of small business lending experience specializing in sales, credit administration, and portfolio management, she is a graduate of Lewis-Clark State College, the Washington Banker’s Executive Development Program and a recipient of the Washington State SBA Financial Services Advocate of the Year award. Evergreen Business Capital has been originating loans in Alaska since 2002. Chugach Electric Association members re-elected Jim Henderson and elected Rachel Morse to the utility’s board of directors. Henderson and Morse will serve four-year terms. Of Chugach’s 68,822 members of record, 6,789, or 9.9 percent, cast ballots in the 2018 election. Henderson was first elected to the board in 2011 and re-elected in 2014. Morse was appointed to the board in December to fill a position left vacant when then-Chair Janet Reiser stepped down after serving for 10 years. First Alaskans Institute announced three new hires and a promotion. Inuuteq Stotts was hired as indigenous and governmental affairs strategist; Kacey Purruq Qunmigu Hopson as indigenous knowledge advocate to advance the work of FAI’s Alaska Native Policy Center; and Jacqui Igluguq Lambert as assistant to the president/CEO. Prior to FAI, Stotts worked with the Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat in the role of research and project assistant. Prior to this role, he worked as an anthropologist for ASRC Energy Services doing archaeology research and documentation and stakeholder engagement in the North Slope area. Stotts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied anthropology with experience in project management, qualitative research, and advancing cross-cultural communications through facilitating public information sessions. Hopson was born and raised in Utqiagvik and Anchorage and graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis. Hopson recently served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer at FAI where she was focused on helping to diversify and increase the long-term sustainability of the organization. Prior to FAI, she was a Summer Policy Associate with the Environmental Equity team at the Greenlining Institute, where she developed her skills in race equity advocacy and public policy research. Lambert grew up in Kotzebue and has roots in Kiana and Noorvik. She studied psychology at the University of Idaho and is the owner of EsquiMedia, which runs The Qargizine, a quarterly print publication aimed to promote knowledge and pride of Alaska Native cultures within today’s generations. Prior work experience includes working as a production artist with Northwest Strategies, language nest assistant in the Native Village of Kotzebue and Arctic youth representative for the Indigenous Peoples’ Center for Documentation. Elizabeth Uyurucian David has been promoted to finance director. Born and raised in Bethel with an extensive career within the financial institution industry, David recently joined FAI as finance manager. She graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks last month with an MBA focused on general management. NANA Regional Corp. recently appointed four individuals to new positions within the family of companies. In addition to the employees listed below, John Hendrix will step in to the role of president of NANA’s Commercial Group. Hendrix most recently served as Gov. Bill Walker’s chief oil and gas advisor. Harold Hollis has been selected for the new position of vice president, engineering and construction within NANA’s Commercial Group. Hollis will be accountable for Kuna Engineering in addition to NANA Construction. Jay Hermanson has been selected to lead Kuna Engineering as the operations manager. Hermanson has worked within NANA companies for 14 years in various roles including director of energy and infrastructure, energy and resources project manager, and business development manager. Fred Elvsaas has been selected as the general manager for NANA Construction. Elvsaas, a lifelong Alaskan from Seldovia, has been with the company since 2009 and has 18 years of oilfield construction and fabrication experience. Märit Carlson-Van Dort has been hired as the director of external and government affairs for NANA. Carlson-Van Dort has extensive background in external affairs including regional engagement, client relations and engaging with legislative and regulatory bodies.

Movers and Shakers for May 27

The University of Alaska Southeast announced that Dr. Thomas Thornton has been selected as the new Dean of Arts &Sciences. He will also serve as UAS vice provost for research and sponsored programs. He replaces Dr. Paula Martin, who has served as the interim dean of the school since summer 2017. As dean, Thornton will provide leadership for the school and its four departments: Business and Public Administration, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. He will assume his new role in Juneau on July 1. Thornton earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Swarthmore College and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Washington. He previously lived in Juneau and taught at UAS. He currently is an associate professor and senior research fellow at University of Oxford in the United Kingdom where he has worked in the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment. He is also a fellow of the Global Diversity Foundation’s Global Environmental Summer Academy in Bern, Switzerland. Thornton has been involved in numerous projects involving anthropology and human ecology, including many in Alaska. His book, Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’u: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, won a 2012 Alaska Historical Association award. In previous Alaska research he has collaborated with a number of Southeast Alaska tribes and organizations, including Sealaska Heritage Institute, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and the Southeast Native Subsistence Commission. He has published over 70 works in his fields of study. Nicole Knox, PE, R&M Consultants Inc. group manager of Site Development, was inducted into the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame on May 4. Over her 15-year engineering career, Knox has made many significant contributions to the field. After growing up in Anchorage and earning her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UAA in 2004, Knox worked as an engineering intern at ASCG Inc. during school and then moved to R&M shortly after graduating. She steadily progressed from staff engineer, to project engineer, to senior project engineer and became a shareholder of the company in 2012. She was promoted to group manager of Site Development for R&M in 2017. Her work includes large and small public and private site development projects throughout Alaska, each with their own unique challenges. Notable projects include the Anchorage Museum Expansion, UAA Alaska Airlines Center, Fire Station No. 5 and Downtown Soup Kitchen. Resource Data Inc. hired Alvin Morris as systems engineer at its Anchorage office. Morris is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Most recently he worked as a logistics analyst for Lynxnet and previously worked as a systems analyst for SAVA Workforce Solutions. Resource Data also hired Cynthia Cantrell as an accounts payable/accounts receivable specialist at its Anchorage office. Cantrell has a background working as a bookkeeper and office manager. Most recently she worked as an office manager for Hall Quality Homes in Palmer and prior to that she also worked as a financial aid officer for Charter College in Wasilla. Cody Gauer was appointed president and CEO of Peak Oilfield Service Company, effective April 9. Gauer is 13-year veteran of the upstream oil and gas industry, of which the last 10 have been spent in the heart of Alaska’s oil patch. He previously served as the production manager for Eni Petroleum’s Arctic offshore assets and held multiple positions at ConocoPhillips Alaska, including senior production engineer and planning analyst for their Colville and Kuparuk River Units. Prior to relocating to Alaska, Gauer spent time in Wyoming and Texas working the fields for Encana, a leading North American energy producer. Gauer graduated with honors from Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. Shirley Marquardt was appointed executive director of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Marquardt previously served as mayor and City Council member of Unalaska for 22 consecutive years. During the past 38 years, she has worked for two shore plants, the At-Sea Processors fleet, two fisheries logistics companies, and an Alaskan-owned and operated marine transportation company. She served on the Aleutian Island Risk Assessment Advisory Panel, the Alaska Marine Pilot Board, the Marine Transportation Advisory Board and the American Seafoods Community Advisory Board. Marquardt also served as President of the Alaska Municipal League, President of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, and President of the Unalaska Senior Center board. She is currently vice president of the Aleutian Island Waterways Safety Committee, and the director of Boards and Commissions for the State of Alaska. Marquardt will start in early June. Nils Andreassen was hired as the executive director of the Alaska Municipal League beginning this summer. Andreassen comes to the league’s office in Juneau from his position at the Institute Of The North, where he works with Arctic nations and organizations. As executive director of AML, he will communicate with 165 municipalities and 12 affiliates, advocate for them with state government and at the legislature, and represent Alaska’s local governments in national organizations including the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities.

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