Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 18

The Mat-Su Health Foundation has announced leadership changes for R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness). Kathryn Swartz will serve R.O.C.K. Mat-Su’s interim director for the next six months, and Lindsay Prunella has been promoted to the position of operations manager. Swartz comes to R.O.C.K. Mat-Su from her permanent position with the Mat-Su Health Foundation where she serves as special assistant to the CEO and board liaison. Swartz was previously a consultant for the World Bank. She received a Ford Foundation Social Justice fellowship and worked for the Cultural Heritage and Education Institute in Fairbanks. She earned a master’s degree in international development studies and anthropology from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology and Spanish from Kalamazoo College. Prunella has been with the R.O.C.K. Mat-Su staff since 2017 and was recently promoted to operations manager. Prunella was previously R.O.C.K. Mat-Su’s program coordinator. Prior to that she was employed as director of a community coalition and prevention specialist in Michigan. She was also a behavioral health clinician and coalition coordinator at Alaska Community Island Services in Wrangell. Prunella earned a master’s degree of social work from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in interdisciplinary studies. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has named two new directors. Megan Rider is the new domestic marketing director and Ashley Heimbigner is the new communications director. Rider joined ASMI in 2013, working with the international program, and most recently served as the domestic marketing manager. Prior to joining ASMI, the lifelong Alaskan worked in the Office of the Governor, as well as for a lobbying firm. The domestic marketing program is responsible for executing strategic Alaska Seafood promotions with foodservice and retail partners across the United States. Rider was named interim domestic marketing program director in November 2018. Heimbigner joined ASMI in January of 2018 as international marketing specialist. Prior to joining ASMI, Heimbigner worked as tourism and sales manager at Visit Anchorage, and also held the communications manager position at Alaskan Brewing Co. in Juneau. As communications director, Heimbigner will oversee the brand and messaging priorities of the whole organization, act as a spokesperson to press and trade media, and manage ASMI’s domestic consumer public relations, in-state and fleet communications. Heimbigner replaces Jeremy Woodrow, who was named executive director in June of this year. Mat-Su Health Foundation Vice President of Programs Dr. Melissa Kemberling has been selected for the prestigious Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship. This national program is conducted by Grantmakers for Effective Organization. It is a 10-month peer cohort program for senior executives who are responsible for developing and guiding key change efforts in their organizations. In her role as vice president of programs, Kemberling oversees grants, scholarships, and community systems change, and manages research and evaluation for the Mat-Su Health Foundation. She began her career as a pediatric physical therapist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston City Hospital in Massachusetts, as well as working in local schools. Kemberling holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Tulane University and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. During graduate school she worked as an education director at a Head Start Program in northern Manhattan and was a Center for Women in Policy Fellow at SUNY Albany. Her career in public health began with international work evaluating HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Central America, as well as health clinics in Trinidad and Tobago. When she first arrived in Alaska she taught in the Sociology Department at UAA. She also spent six years at the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center at ANTHC where she served as the senior epidemiologist.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 11

Northrim Bank announced new hires and the promotion of a variety of employees. Paula Duracinski was promoted to Facilities manager; Mark Edwards was promoted to executive vice president, chief credit officer and bank economist; Jaime Kissner was hired as vice president, commercial loan officer; James Larson was hired as special credits officer; Stephanie Love was promoted to Marketing and Sales manager; Andy Ray was promoted to Facilities maintenance manager; and Mhay Sy was promoted to vice president, loan servicing and special credits manager. Duracinski has been with Northrim Bank for more than 19 years. The majority of her time has been in the Facilities department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hawaii. In 2016, Duracinski was honored with the President’s Award. Edwards has been with Northrim Bank since 2007. Prior to that, he was the director of the Office of Economic Development for the State of Alaska and economist for the Department of Revenue. Edwards has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. He received Northrim Bank’s President’s award in 2010. Kissner joins Northrim with 15 years of experience in the financial industry, including three years in retail management, 10 years in commercial lending, and two years as a licensed financial advisor. He holds bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University, as well as Series 7 and 66 security licenses. Larson comes to Northrim Bank with six years of experience in the financial industry. He has worked at institutions in Alaska and Nevada. Larson attended the University of Alaska Anchorage. Love has been with Northrim Bank and Residential Mortgage for the past three years and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. Ray has been with Northrim Bank for more than four years. Prior to his work at Northrim, he has held management positions in construction and customer service. Ray holds a master’s degree in project management from University of Alaska Anchorage. Sy has been with Northrim for 13 years and has 21 years of experience in the financial industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Credit Union 1 promoted Kelly Smith to Friction Free Finance manager. Originally hired in 2005, Smith began as a CU1 teller and later held numerous positions such as member service officer, branch manager, regional branch manager and roaming branch manager, the position he held prior to this promotion. In his new position, Smith will be responsible for continuing to expand the credit union’s unique Friction Free Finance program as new dealerships are added that fit the organization’s “people first” values. The National Federation of Independent Businesses announced that Emily Carlson is the new senior media manager for 11 states, including Alaska. Carlson grew up in has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. After moving to Alaska, she was an anchor and reporter at KTVA in Anchorage. She was nominated for an Emmy award for her work on a half-hour special about how a subsistence challenge transformed a community in rural Alaska. She was honored by the Alaska Broadcasters Association for a special about opioid abuse and also won numerous awards from the Alaska Press Club. Alaska Humanities Forum announced that George Martinez has been hired as its new director of Leadership Programs. In this role, Martinez will be the lead for Leadership Anchorage and he will oversee leadership programming across the organization. Martinez comes to the Forum from the Municipality of Anchorage where he has spent the past four years as Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, focusing on economic development, youth development, education, and diversity. Leadership Anchorage is one of the Forum’s flagship programs, entering its 23rd year this fall. The 8-month-long program brings together a diverse, cross-sector cohort each year for experiential learning designed to guide participants in developing the skills, knowledge, perspective, and networks needed to be effective and compassionate leaders for the city and state. First Alaskans Institute, a statewide Alaska Native nonprofit focused on advancing Alaska Natives for the next 10,000 years, announced that Barbara ‘Wáahlaal Gíídaak Blake (Haida/Tlingit/Ahtna Athabascan) has recently been hired as Alaska Native Policy Center director. She earned her master’s degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks in rural development, focused on fisheries development in rural Alaska. She also has a bachelor’s degree in rural economic development, as well as an associate’s degree in Tribal management from UAF. She also has a certificate in Tribal governmental business law from Seattle University. Evergreen Business Capital announced the promotion of Theo Ransum to associate vice president/loan officer. In addition to administering Evergreen’s SBA Community Advantage Program, Ransum will now also take the lead on connecting Alaskan small businesses with access to capital under Evergreen’s SBA 504 Loan Program. Since 2016, Ransum has served as Evergreen’s programs loan officer, where he educated small businesses on the benefits of the Community Advantage Program that helps entrepreneurs receive funding to start or expand their business. In May 2019, Theo was awarded with the SBA Alaska District Director Award for his dedication to the education and empowerment of small businesses throughout the state.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 4

R&M Consultants Inc. announced new professional designations for three employees. Taryn Oleson recently earned her American Institute of Certified Planners designation through the American Planning Association’s professional institute. The AICP certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planner’s qualifications. Oleson has been with R&M since 2014 and specializes in land use, transportation and community planning, and is experienced in educating diverse publics on a wide range of issues and technical projects. Since joining R&M, she has provided land use planning, community involvement and steering committee facilitation for the City of Houston’s Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision. Other projects include the Big Lake Pedestrian Improvements Study, Muldoon Park Master Plan Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions Travel Demand Model Update. Joe Horazdovsky received his professional engineering license. He passed the Principles &Practice of Engineering Exam, gaining his Alaska license in Civil Engineering. Over the past five years, Joe has gained a wide variety of experience working on transportation, waterfront and construction administration projects. As part of R&M’s Surface Transportation team, he has participated in pavement rehabilitation and new road construction projects, including the Seward Highway MP 100-105 Improvements, West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade and Peger Road Resurfacing. R&M’s newest Professional Land Surveyor David Brock successfully passed the required exams for licensure, including the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Professional Surveying Examination and Alaska Land Surveying Examination. Brock joined R&M as a Survey Technician in 2012. Since joining the R&M team, he has worked as an instrument person, field surveyor and party chief, and supported a variety of airport, road, utility and harbor projects throughout Alaska. Recent projects Brock has been involved in include the West Romig Middle School Improvements, Chugach Foothills Northeast Connector and Sterling Highway MP 45 to 60. Alaska telecom and technology company MTA announced that Jessica Gilbert has been promoted to Public Relations manager, a new role for the company. She had previously served as marketing specialist, where she was a leader in MTA’s business growth and customer experience strategy. In her new role, she will manage MTA’s public image, develop partnerships and engage with the various communities that the company serves. She will also manage the MTA Foundation, which provides donations throughout the community and scholarships to students with the goal of pioneering technological growth throughout the MTA serving area. Bering Straits Native Corp. announced that Mary L. Pate has joined BSNC as vice president and general counsel. Pate brings many years of experience in legal matters, corporate governance, litigation, commercial transactions, Native and employment law, risk management and compliance. Pate joins BSNC from NANA where she served as vice president and deputy general counsel. At NANA, Pate oversaw all commercial subsidiary legal matters and risk management. Prior to her work at NANA, Pate worked as a partner for Honigman Miller Schwartz &Cohn LLP. Pate earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her juris doctorate from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.

Movers and Shakers for July 28

Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy announced his selections to fill Alaska Superior Court judgeships in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Brent Bennett has been appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. Bennett has been an Alaska resident and practiced law for 13 years. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, and is currently the supervising attorney of the Office of Public Advocacy, Fairbanks Defense Section. Earl Peterson has been appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. Magistrate Judge Peterson has been an Alaska resident for more than eight years, and has practiced law for 23 years. He graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1995, and is currently a magistrate judge in Fairbanks. Peter Ramgren has been appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Magistrate Judge Ramgren has been an Alaska resident for 17 years, and has practiced law for over 21 years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997 and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage. Maj. Gen. Peter B. Andrysiak assumed command of U.S. Army Alaska in a ceremony at Pershing Field on July 16. Andrysiak will replace retiring USARAK commanding general, Maj. Gen. Mark J. O’Neil. Andrysiak returns to Alaska from Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Army Pacific. He previously commanded USARAK’s 2nd Engineer Brigade at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, including a combat rotation to Afghanistan in 2015. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of Texas, and a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College. Andrysiak was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy and has led a career spanning more than 29 years. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He has earned the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab. Alaska Family Services Inc. announced that longtime Mat-Su Valley health professional Desiré Shepler has accepted the position of president and CEO. Shepler was chosen from a national field of applicants to lead one of Alaska’s largest nonprofits, serving more than 12,000 Alaskans annually with programs and services focused on the family. Shepler comes to AFS from the Mat-Su Health Foundation, where she has served since 2013, most recently as Director of “Raising Our Children with Kindness” (R.O.C.K) Mat-Su. As a student working on her associate’s degree in human services from Matanuska-Susitna College, Shepler completed her practicum hours at Alaska Family Services’ domestic violence shelter. She earned a master’s of public health degree and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both at University of Alaska Anchorage. Shepler also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from The Foraker Group. Shepler, who was named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2018, replaces Donn Bennice, who retired as president/CEO in April after leading AFS for 17 years. Vitus Energy LLC (Vitus Marine) has hired Jessica Pestrikoff as human resources manager, Charlotte Long as inventory manager and Jonathan Bloomquist as controller. Pestrikoff has more than 12 years of administrative experience, with eight in the HR field. She came to Vitus from Chugach Alaska Services where she was the staffing program manager working directly with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to provide contingent staff to support their field operations. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage in marketing and management. She is a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional as well as a Professional of Human Resources. Long joined Vitus Energy with more than 20 years of inventory/sales/accounting experience. Most recently she served as the sales representative for 40 Western Alaska Villages at JB Gottstein. She has two bachelor’s degrees in business and logistics management from the UAA. Bloomquist has a master’s of accounting degree, as well as two bachelor’s degrees from Central Washington University. He comes to Vitus from Vigor Marine where he served as the corporate finance manager with more than 10 years of experience. Wasilla resident Sammye Pokryfki has joined the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors. Pokryfki is a lifelong Alaskan who has lived in the Mat-Su Borough for more than 36 years. She was senior vice president at the Rasmuson Foundation until 2017, where she worked for 12 years. Currently she works as a consultant and adjunct faculty member in the University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College. Previously, Pokryfki was executive director of United Way Mat-Su and Denali KidCare rural outreach coordinator for Chugiak Children’s Service. She has also served as a volunteer leader on nonprofit boards, government boards and commissions, blue ribbon committees, and in soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, faith communities, mentoring programs, recreational events, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Pokryfki holds a master’s degree in social work and two bachelor’s degrees, one in social work and one in English literature, all from UAA. Lebron McPhail, who joined the MSHF board in 2016, was chosen as vice chair. The Alaska Trucking Association has announced top management changes effective Aug. 1. Lifelong Alaska resident and business leader Robert Shake has been named the new executive director of the 300-member association, and Joe Michel was named deputy director. After serving ATA for 13 years, Aves Thompson will officially retire as executive director on July 31. Thompson had spent 24 years regulating commercial vehicles for the state of Alaska and retired as division director of commercial vehicle enforcement in the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He also served as chief and director of Weights and Measures and was presented a lifetime achievement award from the National Conference on Weights and Measures. He chaired the AMATS Freight Advisory Committee and served on the Port of Alaska Commission, the UAA Advisory Boards for the Engineering, Logistics and Diesel Schools as well as the Governor’s Road and Highway Advisory Board. Shake brings nearly 40 years of commercial finance and management experience to ATA having held executive management positions in commercial banks, credit unions and the commercial insurance industry. A graduate of Colorado College with a degree in business administration, he has served on and held leadership positions on various boards and commissions including Providence Alaska Foundation, Municipal Light &Power, World Trade Center Alaska and Boys and Girls Club Alaska. Michel, the newly appointed deputy director, has more than a decade of experience in Alaska State Government. He has worked in the governor’s office and both the House and Senate of the Alaska Legislature. He has coordinated the capital budget for the House of Representatives and the operating budget for DOTPF.

Movers and Shakers for July 21

Shannon Butler, Specialty Accounts officer at Denali-A Division of Nuvision Credit Union, was recently awarded the Certified IRA Services Professional certification from the American Bankers Association. The CISP certification was designed by ABA and its strategic partner Ascensus to establish meaningful standards of knowledge and competency for IRA professionals, give formal recognition to those who meet prescribed standards, and meet professional education and development requirements. ABA Professional Certifications promote the highest standards of performance in the financial services industry by validating individuals’ knowledge and expertise. Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Renson was selected as the next command chief for the 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. Renson has been a member of the wing for 26 years, joining the unit in 1993 as a member of the 168th Maintenance Squadron. Renson will replace Chief Master Sgt. James Wolverton, who is retiring this summer. As the 168th Mission Support Group superintendent, Renson was responsible for providing administrative and technical supervision and guidance to sustainment services, manpower and personnel, force development, human resource systems manager, customer support, career development and force management functions. As the command chief, Renson will be the senior enlisted leader for the 168th Wing. She will be responsible for advising the wing commander on all matters concerning the discipline, health, morale, welfare and mentorship of more than 800 Guardsmen, civilian personnel and their families. Isaac Stark, EIT, has joined PND Engineers Inc.’s Juneau office as a staff engineer. He recently graduated from the University of Utah with a master of science in civil and environmental engineering, with a focus in structural design and analysis. He earned his bachelor’s degree there as well. Stark has engineering experience in both Alaska and Utah. He has completed internships with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Bridge Section, and has also worked with Juneau and Salt Lake City engineering and construction companies. Taylor Mortensen, EIT, is a lifelong Alaskan and graduate of West Anchorage High School. He graduated this spring from Montana State University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. He previously interned at SECON Construction in Juneau and Houser Engineering in Bozeman, Mont., where he performed civil engineering design and inspection for mountainous environments. His main interests are in hydraulic, hydrologic, and coastal engineering. Before engineering school, Mortensen served six years in the U.S. Navy as a flight engineer on the P3 Orion aircraft, a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft. Schindler Elevator Corporation announced the appointment of Sierra Stonich to oversee sales and operations for its Alaska office, servicing Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, the Kenai Peninsula and surrounding areas. Stonich has extensive operations background and duties include anticipating the needs and priorities of customers while managing customized maintenance programs and facilitating emergency repairs. As the world’s second-largest elevator company and the largest escalator company, Schindler manufacturers, designs, and installs its own equipment and maintains, repairs, and modernizes equipment from all manufacturers. Cornerstone General Contractors hired Justin McVaney for its cost estimating team. McVaney has more than 18 years of experience in construction and will be responsible for supporting Cornerstone’s estimating operations and leveraging data analytics in estimating and contract performance. In addition, he is supporting the team in regular evaluation and optimization of competitive bidding on future projects. Before joining Cornerstone, McVaney worked as a superintendent and layout foreman in charge of vertical survey. McVaney also owned and managed his own algorithmic commodity trading firm, specializing in quantitative historical trend analysis, risk management, and allocation modeling. Alex Rasskazov has joined KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory services firm, as a new Tax Managing director in the firm’s Anchorage office. Rasskazov is returning to KPMG as a Business Tax Services managing director. He will focus on providing federal and state tax consulting and compliance services to Alaskan entities, including Alaska Native corporations, other commercial businesses, and family office operations. Rasskazov has nearly 20 years of industry experience, primarily in tax. He joins KPMG from another “Big Four” accounting firm, where he served as a lead tax director for their on-shore compliance center. Rasskazov previously served in KPMG’s Anchorage office from 2001 to 2008 and is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for July 7

The Mat-Su Health Foundation has hired Victoria Flint as grants manager and Omari Richins as community health fellow. Flint came to the foundation from the Mat-Su Borough School District, where she served most recently as ed tech coordinator and previously as an instructional coach. She is a veteran of the United States Navy and holds two master’s degrees from Walden University: one in industrial and organizational psychology and one in literacy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Richins joined the foundation as community health fellow to assist in the areas of evaluation and research. Richins will play a key role in completing the foundation’s 2019 community health needs assessment, and he will also oversee evaluation of programs including Behavioral Health in Schools, Youth 360 and High Utilizer Mat-Su. He has experience as a community initiatives assistant planner with WellFlorida Council, Inc. and as a rural health advocacy and policy intern with Suwannee River Area Health Education Center. Richins earned a master of public health degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa. KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, announced two new managers in the firm’s Anchorage office. Anna Shcheglyuk was promoted to audit manager. Shcheglyuk brings five years of accounting experience with a variety of organizations, including utilities and Alaska Native corporations. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in accounting and her master of business administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Andrew Cornelius was promoted to audit manager. Cornelius provides audit and accounting advisory services to several types of companies including Alaska Native corporations, telecommunications, and transportation companies as well as governmental entities. He joined KPMG in 2014 after earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Montana State University. BDO USA LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, announced that Joy Merriner has been admitted as the office assurance managing partner of its Anchorage office beginning July 1. BDO is the largest accounting firm in Alaska, with more than 80 local professionals and staff, providing assurance, tax, and advisory services to companies of all sizes. Merriner currently serves on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board of directors Executive Committee as its chair-elect and she graduated from the BDO Leadership Institute in 2016. Merriner replaces Jim Hasle, who will continue working for BDO in a regional support role. Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp. announced that Don Gray has been appointed by the UIC board of directors to fill a vacant seat for a one-year term Gray joins Beverly Jo Shontz Eliason, Charles D. N. Brower, and Nagruk Harcharek, who were elected to the board at the recent annual meeting. He begins serving as a director immediately and the seat he is filling will be up for election at the 2020 Annual Shareholder’s Meeting. Former Superior Court Judge Michael Corey has joined the law firm Brena, Bell & Walker. Prior to handling both civil and criminal dockets in Anchorage, Corey amassed 28 years of experience in civil litigation representing local governments, corporations, and individuals throughout Alaska. Corey also handles complex product liability and insurance contract disputes. Corey received his degree in geology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and earned his juris doctorate from the University of San Diego. Rachael Wasson, an Ahtna shareholder, has been promoted to procurement specialist with Ahtna Environmental Inc. Chad Faverty has been promoted to contracts administrator with Ahtna Environmental Inc. Faverty is an Ahtna shareholder and has been an Ahtna employee for three years. Melissa Taylor has been promoted by Ahtna Global LLC to the position of project assistant I. She is an Ahtna shareholder and has been with Ahtna for nine years. Rachel Thompson, CF APMP, has achieved Foundation Certification through the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Thompson is a proposal manager with Ahtna Global LLC and has a bachelor’s degree in language studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Ahtna Environmental announced the addition of environmental engineer Baley Lenhart. Lenhart is experienced with structural design including high‐end residential, log and timber‐frame designs, as well as steel and concrete construction. He is experienced at overseeing environmental investigations, remediation and removal actions, field surveys, and contaminated site sampling and monitoring. He has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Wyoming Laramie. Ahtna Environmental has added site superintendent Mitchell Webber to its team. Webber has more than 33 years of experience overseeing all phases of multi-million-dollar construction projects. His experience includes projects such as the initial phase of a rocket launch facility, complex laboratory, learning centers, and detention facilities. Ahtna shareholder Rodney Lengele has been hired as a remote sensing specialist for Ahtna Solutions LLC. Lengele interned last summer with Ahtna’s Corporate Communications Department and with Ahtna Engineering Services.

Movers and Shakers for June 30

Perkins Coie announced that Danielle M. Ryman has been named managing partner of the firm’s Anchorage office. Ryman succeeds Eric Fjelstad, who served in the role since 2007. As a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice, Ryman works with clients on the myriad issues affecting today’s workplace, including executive employment agreements, pay equity, restrictive covenants and enforcements, privacy and internal investigations. She has extensive experience with the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Pay Act and equivalent state laws. Ryman is an experienced trial lawyer having defended cases to verdict in state and federal courts. She also serves as management-side labor counsel in collective bargaining, representation before the National Labor Relations Board, and counseling on strategic union relationships. Perkins Coie’s Anchorage office provides a wide range of legal services, and its clients include energy and natural resources projects, Alaska Native corporations and national companies doing business in Alaska. GCI’s Stephanie Nichols has recently been selected from a field of approximately 1,000 U.S. applicants for the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship for 2019-20. The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is the German Marshall Fund’s flagship leadership development program and was created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States. It now prepares leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for transatlantic relations. GMF selects fellows from all 50 U.S. States and across 39 European countries. Following a rigorous and intensive seven-month application process, Nichols was one of only 75 applicants chosen for the 2019-20 fellowship. Selected fellows engage in six months of preparation and a month of first-hand experience in several cities throughout Europe to facilitate knowledge and network opportunities for effective engagement and leadership development. As a MMF fellow, Nichols will join a network that includes notable alumni such as: President of France Emmanuel Macron; House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District Stacey Abrams; and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. The fellows’ on-site engagement in Europe includes meetings with prominent national and local European political leaders and distinguished policy makers. Blaine Jenkins has recently been hired as a full-time member of the Great Alaskan Holidays vehicle maintenance technician team. Jenkins has several years of industry experience coming to Great Alaskan Holidays from Karen’s RV and will be responsible for inspecting, maintaining, and ensuring the safe operation of Great Alaskan Holidays’ entire fleet of rental motor homes. Jenkins is currently in pursuit of his Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association certification, as well as his ASE Certification. Lani Auelua was promoted to branch manager of the Credit Union 1 University Branch in Fairbanks. Auelua began as a teller with the credit union in 2013, with previous experience in retail service and management. In her time with Credit Union 1, she has served in various roles such as senior teller, member service officer and member service supervisor. She held the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Downtown Branch in Anchorage prior to her promotion to manager of their University Branch in Fairbanks. Alaska Pediatric Oncology, the state’s first private pediatric oncology practice, opened in Anchorage last week. The new practice provides comprehensive care to children and young adults diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders. It works in close collaboration with Alaska Pediatric Surgery, offering a comprehensive team of specialists solely dedicated to pediatrics. Alaska Pediatric Oncology’s medical team — Dr. Shannon Norman, Dr. Brenda Wittman, Dr. Laura Schulz and nurse practitioner Ronda Nakoa — previously worked at Providence Medical Group Pediatric Hematology and Oncology before shifting to private practice. With the same providers and the same high-level of care, the new clinic ensures a smooth transition for patients and families. Beginning in August, the new practice will share offices with Alaska Pediatric Surgery, the only locally-owned, full-time pediatric surgical practice in the state. The collaboration will bring additional resources to patients and families and allow specialists to work more closely on their patients’ care. Alaska Pediatric Oncology is currently located at 4100 Lake Otis Parkway, Suite 314. In August, it will relocate to Suite 312. Paula Bradison, CEO and founder of Bradison Management Group LLC, recently received her Gallup Certification. Kelly Stewart of BMG is also officially a Gallup Certified Strengths Based Coach.

Movers and Shakers for June 23

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union hired Tim Woolston as its new senior vice president of marketing. Woolston joins the credit union with more than 30 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and communications industries. His previous experience includes president and owner of a marketing and public relations firm, corporate communications director, and as managing editor and anchor for Channel 2 News in Anchorage. Woolston will oversee Alaska USA’s marketing and member engagement strategies, including research and analysis, brand oversight, product and service marketing, and membership growth. Keith Champagne will take on a new role as leader of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks athletics program. Champagne, who currently serves as vice chancellor for student affairs, will assume the duties of athletics director, as well as continue to serve as the leader of UAF’s student affairs division. He will take over for Sterling Steward, who stepped down June 11. In his new role, Champagne plans to focus more on fundraising, marketing and community engagement. Champagne has a bachelor’s degree in communications public relations from Loyola University, a master’s degree in communications, training and development from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington. His doctoral work focused on intercollegiate athletics leadership and sports management. Prior to joining the leadership team at UAF, he served in a variety of athletics and student services leadership positions at Central Washington University, including chief diversity officer for intercollegiate athletics and interim athletics director. He is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. Karlin Itchoak has joined The Wilderness Society as Alaska state director and will be expanding his role as a spokesperson for our organization. Karlin has undergraduate degrees in Alaska Native studies and political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a law degree from Gonzaga University. He most recently worked for the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Native Corp. as chief administrative and legal officer. His other professional experience includes directing Alaska rural and indigenous programs at the Institute of the North; helping run the gubernatorial campaign of Ethan Berkowitz; clerking for Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander O. Bryner, producing economic development plans for the Bering Strait region while serving for the nonprofit Native corporation Kawerak Inc.; and co-founding a consulting company focused on Arctic business relations, partnerships, and diplomacy. Karlin has served as elected president of the Nome Eskimo community Tribal council. He is currently on the boards of the Alaska Center and Alaska Institute for Justice. He teaches a segment of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to federal, state and Tribal employees. Rasmuson Foundation President and CEO Diane Kaplan has received a prestigious national leadership award from Grantmakers in Health, a nonprofit that helps funders work to improve health of all people. The Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy, named after an executive who led the field for more than four decades, was presented to Kaplan June 13 in Seattle. Kaplan became the Foundation’s first employee in 1995 and since 2001 has served as president and CEO. Rasmuson Foundation last year launched an initiative to target homelessness in part through new partnerships for housing and supports designed for individuals who have been on the street. On the issue of alcohol, the foundation convened leaders in 2009 to work on how to address a problem so big. The result was Recover Alaska, which aims to reduce alcohol’s harm through public health messaging, policy changes and a shift in social norms around drinking. In 2000, the foundation worked with Tribal health partners to establish a groundbreaking dental health aide therapist program, which sends trained therapists to rural communities to provide a variety of oral health services. She currently serves on the boards of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, The Alaska Community Foundation, and United States Artists. Channel 2, KTUU-TV was honored with three regional Emmys, including the most prestigious award for Overall Excellence at the NATAS Northwest Regional Emmy Awards in Seattle. The category is a year-long review of the entire station and its contributions to the community. Nominees included stations serving coverage areas with a higher population than the entire state of Alaska, such as Portland and Seattle. In 2018, that meant delivering immediate coverage online following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake, and bringing television viewers some of the first aerials of the damage. A KTUU News team embedded with the military in Afghanistan to deliver a series of special reports titled Operation Afghanistan. KTUU also traveled to China for a series examining the trade relationships and economic impact between the two regions. The station’s commitment to covering Alaska includes travel throughout the state and a bureau in Juneau during the legislative sessions. While more than 22 hours of news coverage each week, KTUU is built on providing a community service. From volunteer work to participating in fundraisers for non-profits, station employees appeared at more than 85 local events last year.

Movers and Shakers for June 16

Zach Frain was appointed Mortgage Loan Originator III and loan officer at First National Bank Alaska. Frain, who worked for First National originally in 2005, returns to the bank with nearly 15 years of local mortgage lending experience. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that Spencer Nelson has joined her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff and that Abigail Hemenway has joined the committee’s non-designated staff. She also welcomed four summer interns who are assisting the committee with various projects this summer — Lauren Eckl, Kaiwi Eisenhour, Alexander Jackstadt and Nathan Solorio — and noted her appreciation for the time Samuel Burgess spent interning during the month of May. Nelson joins the committee as a professional staff member focusing on energy innovation, including nuclear energy. He comes to the committee after four years at ClearPath, where he was a policy program director. Prior to that he conducted research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Nelson has bachelor’s degrees in environmental science and quantitative biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hemenway joins the non-designated committee staff after working as an Arctic program assistant and administrative aide at the North Star Group. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Miami and is originally from Juneau. Solorio, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Willamette University. Prior to law school, he served as legislative correspondent and grants coordinator for Murkowski’s personal office in Washington, D.C. Solorio is from Anchorage and graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2015. Burgess served the committee as a legal intern in May 2019, before joining the Coast Guard’s JAG internship program for the remainder of the summer, and is pursuing a law degree at Cornell Law School. Burgess is from Anchorage and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2016. Eckl, a college intern, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in business from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also served the Senate as a high school page in the summer of 2015. Eisenhour, a college intern, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Weber State University. This marks his second summer with the committee. Jackstadt, a college intern, attended Anchorage East High School and recently graduated with honors from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in economics and was a member of the university’s hockey team. Jeff Schramm is the new forest supervisor for the Chugach National Forest. As forest supervisor, Schramm will oversee the management of more than 5.4 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral Alaska. Schramm graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in forest management. He worked as the district ranger on the Ashley and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests in Utah and most recently served as the Forest Supervisor of the Ashley National Forest, where he has been instrumental in advancing the revision of the forest plan. Schramm will report to the Alaska Region in August. He replaces Terri Marceron, who retired at the end of December 2018 after serving as Forest Supervisor for eight years. Credit Union 1 announced the selection of Spencer Herrington as its new physical security officer. Herrington brings past experience in managing and operating all phases of corporate and physical security to his new role. He has previously worked in financial institutions, casinos and labor environments. Herrington has been licensed with the State of Alaska for more than 12 years in armed security; he is a certified NRA Range Instructor and a current ALICE instructor as well. He has also attended Homeland Security IED counter terrorism workshops and received training related to social engineering and counter terrorism measures. Herrington is a 1996 graduate of the Alaska Computer Institute. Credit Union 1 also announced the promotion of Mai Moua to manager of its Downtown Branch in Anchorage. Moua was initially hired by the credit union in 2005, and she has since served in several roles ranging from records clerk to teller, member service officer and more. Most recently, she held the position of assistant branch manager at the credit union’s Midtown Branch prior to her promotion. Moua also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors has selected Jeremy Woodrow as the new executive director. Woodrow has served as ASMI’s interim executive director since December 2018, and as communications director since 2017. As executive director, Woodrow will administer all ASMI programs and operations out of its global headquarters, located in Juneau. Before joining ASMI, Woodrow served as the communications officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He has previously worked with ASMI both as an intern in the communications program and with ASMI’s former public relations agency, Schiedermayer &Associates Alaska. Born and raised in Juneau from a commercial fishing family, he also brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the role. Woodrow holds bachelor’s degrees in public relations and advertising from Northern Arizona University. Woodrow replaces former ASMI Executive Director Alexa Tonkovich, who left ASMI in December 2018 to pursue a master’s in international business.

Movers and Shakers for June 9

Former intern Felipe Ruiz, EIT, recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a full-time staff engineer in the firm’s Waterfront and Structural Engineering Groups. Ruiz will be involved with civil and structural design of port and harbor development, airport and utility projects. His responsibilities include civil and structural analysis, load calculations, modeling and other upland site development associated with these projects. Prior to joining R&M, Ruiz worked as an intern at a steel erection and pre-engineered metal buildings company. He also spent five years working as a fiscal tech for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Engineering. Since joining the firm, Ruiz has worked on projects including school structure renovations and repairs, airports around the state and structural analysis for mooring dolphins at the Hoonah Cruise Dock. Ruiz received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering last month from the UAA. He also has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida. Originally born in Colombia, Ruiz moved from Florida to Anchorage to complete his civil engineering degree. Great Alaskan Holidays, Alaska’s largest RV rental, sales, and service business headquartered in Anchorage, hired Brenda Sims as a full-time member of the vehicle maintenance technician team. Already with several years of relative technical experience, Sims recently graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an associate’s degree in automotive technology. Sims is also ASE-certified as a Parts Specialist, has passed her exams for ASE certification on Electrical and Brakes, and is currently underway with her Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association certification as a registered technician. Bering Straits Native Corp. hired shareholder Lucille Sands for the newly-created position of Shareholder Development director. In this new position, Sands will actively design and implement strategies to align shareholder development with organizational goals and business needs, work to recruit shareholders and descendants for open positions, source qualified shareholders and provide ongoing review and metrics related to open positions and hiring of qualified shareholders. Sands has been employed by BSNC for many years, and has worked across many departments, which enhances her ability to assist management in meeting our commitment to shareholders and descendants. She earned an MBA from Western Governor’s University, a bachelor’s of business administration degree with a minor in Alaska Native business management from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an associate’s degree from the UAA. Sands recently served as the proposal compliance manager at BSNC. PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new hires in its Anchorage office. Carlos Perreira was hired as IT systems administrator. Previously, Perreira was the Operations director for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, where he was responsible for IT and financial duties. Perreira has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and experience as both an IT support specialist and a designer/drafter. He has more than 13 years of AutoCAD 2D and 3D experience, GIS experience, and has worked in design of oil and gas facilities including housing facilities, pipeline stations, modules and more. Claire Ellis, EIT, has worked in the engineering field since she was in high school and completed her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage last month. She joined PND part-time in March and is now a full-time status staff engineer focused on general civil engineering. She has previous intern experience with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, reviewing submittals for public and community drinking water systems, and with Holler Engineering, working on a range of water, wastewater, and soils testing and design elements. Colton Jessup, LSIT, earned a bachelor’s degree in geomatics from the UAA in 2017. Jessup is a lifelong Alaskan from Kotzebue who previously worked for Red Dog Mine operations as a technical intern, and later as a full-time mine/survey technician. In that role, he provided survey services for mining activities, support for GPS systems, and construction monitoring. Most recently, Jessup worked for Bell &Associates on the North Slope. Justin Lobdell, EIT, brings several years of experience in residential construction and earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UAA this spring. Lobdell started working part-time for PND in April and has since joined the Palmer office full-time, supporting the structural team. Kannon Lee, EIT, has joined PND’s geotechnical group. He is originally from New Mexico, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is currently completing a master’s in geotechnical engineering from the UAA. He came to Alaska in 2012 to work as grants administrator for the Igiugig Village Council. More recently, he worked for Jacobs Engineering in Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for June 2

Eric Gettis has been promoted to vice president of clinics for the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Gettis will have system-wide responsibility for creating standard operating procedures and uniform processes to improve access to care at specialty and primary care clinics and ensure alignment of patient and provider satisfaction. Gettis previously held the position of SEARHC’s director of practice management. He has a master’s degree in counseling and guidance and a bachelor’s degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Before joining SEARHC, he held multiple management positions at Lourdes Health Network, including director of physician practices. Thrively Digital, Alaska’s oldest and largest digital agency, has hired Eric Fullerton as its new director of account strategy. Fullerton, formerly vice president and director of marketing for the Alyeska Resort, brings a wealth of experience to the position. He’s spent more than 25 years in the ski, travel, tourism and hospitality industries, and has a proven track record in marketing, sales and technology. Fullerton has an MBA from Phoenix University in the areas of internet, traditional and electronic marketing. Ahtna Netiye’ LLC announced that Eric McLaurin has joined the company as the new vice president of business development. McLaurin will be responsible for identifying strategic business opportunities and fostering strong industry relationships. McLaurin has a military background and brings more than 28 years of federal business development experience across engineering, construction, base operations and support, facility management, environmental, disaster recovery and information technology programs. He has directed business units of varying sizes with staff located throughout the U.S. and at international sites. McLaurin holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University of Baton Rouge and is a professional engineer and registered environmental manager. United Fishermen of Alaska announced the hiring of Scott Kelley as executive administrator effective in June. Kelley, a Juneau resident, brings vast experience in commercial fisheries as the former director of Commercial Fisheries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Kelley is replacing retiring UFA employee Mark Vinsel who has worked for UFA for 18 years in several capacities, including executive director. UFA is the statewide commercial fishing umbrella association, representing 35 member organizations from fisheries throughout Alaska. The U.S. Small Business Administration Alaska District Office announced ChemTrack Alaska Inc. as the Alaska Woman-Owned Business of The Year. Carrie Jokiel is the president of ChemTrack, an 8(a) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business specializing in environmental engineering, remediation services, spill management, emergency response, and construction. Jokiel is a well-known business advocate at both the federal and state levels. She champions for small businesses and women-owned businesses through her community involvement, participation in hearings to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and through her mentorship to many Alaskan businesses. Jokiel is a graduate from the SBA Emerging Leaders program. She was also a member of the 2014 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40. Chugach Electric Association Inc. members re-elected Bettina Chastain and Harold Hollis to the utility’s board of directors. Election results were announced May 21 at the annual meeting. Of Chugach’s 69,320 members of record, 6,719, or 9.7 percent, cast ballots. Chastain was first elected to the board in 2015. Hollis was appointed in July 2018, after former director Sisi Cooper resigned. The board elected new officers May 22. Chastain was re-elected chair; Susan Reeves was reelected vice chair; Stuart Parks was reelected secretary; and Rachel Morse was reelected treasurer. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that Bryce Deeney has been selected for the position of vice president, payments. Deeney brings extensive experience to the new position, having previously worked as vice president of integrated payments for a software payments company. At Alaska USA, Deeney will focus on the continued development of the credit union’s money movement platforms, such as credit and debit cards, bill pay, and peer-to-peer payments.

Movers and Shakers for May 26

Tanya Kaquatosh has been named the new senior vice president of administration for Doyon Ltd., the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska. Kaquatosh has worked for the Doyon family of companies for the last 10 years. Kaquatosh comes to Doyon from Doyon Utilities, where she served as the director of regulatory affairs. She has her bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University, and her MBA from Arizona State University. She is also a graduate of the 2014 Doyon Leadership Training Program. The Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals announced that Frank Hauser has been named as Alaska’s 2019 Principal of the Year. Hauser has been the school principal of Robert Service High School in Anchorage for three years and a school administrator for 15. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska and received his master’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. As Alaska’s Principal of the Year, Hauser will be representing Alaska at the national level. All state Principals of the Year will be recognized at the Principals Institute from Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Washington, D.C. One of Hauser’s proudest accomplishments at Service was the recent recognition by Special Olympics and ESPN as one of 30 Unified Champion Schools for inclusive practices in the nation and the first banner school in the state of Alaska. Bering Straits Native Corp. announced several key appointments within the company’s subsidiary management team. Jørg Jensen has been named vice president of Global Precision Systems LLC, a wholly-owned BSNC subsidiary. Jensen joined BSNC in 2015 and has more than 20 years of operational and management experience managing multi-million dollar programs in government and corporate sectors within the United States and abroad. Jensen was born and raised in Alaska and after graduating from the United States Military Academy, he served in Southwest Asia as an Army officer. Jensen formerly served as Program Manager and Engineer for Raytheon, for whom he led international teams in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and South Korea. He earned an MBA degree from the University of Liverpool and a bachelor’s degree in management and system engineering from the United States Military Academy West Point. Jacob Gum has been named vice president of Eagle Eye Electric LLC, a wholly-owned BSNC subsidiary. His passion for leadership management in the niche market of high-value contract acquisition and administration has led him to devote 19 years of experience to the design/build construction industry, including 13 years of experience in the healthcare design and construction industry. This includes multiple projects in Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and other U.S. and international endeavors. In the last five years, Gum has successfully managed more than 30 projects valued at over $140 million in both the federal and private construction markets. Gum holds a bachelor’s degree in technical management as well as an associate’s degree in electrical theory. Bill Pate has been named vice president of Bering Straits Logistics Services LLC, a wholly-owned BSNC subsidiary. Pate has been with BSNC since 2010 in various positions. Previously responsible for construction, he now oversees contracts including facilities maintenance/support and labor services. DCI Engineers, a civil and structural engineering firm, announced a promotion in its Anchorage office. Jeff Sizemore has been promoted to CAD manager in DCI’s Anchorage office. Some of his most notable projects include the Hyatt House, located just south of Downtown Anchorage, and 100 East Ocean Boulevard, a 30-story concrete tower in Long Beach, Calif. Although he initially enrolled in video production at the Art Institutes in Los Angeles and Seattle, Sizemore decided to pursue a different career path, leading to more than 20 years in residential framing, modular construction, truss design and wall panel design. Nearly 15 of those years he’s dedicated to drafting, which have included a variety of project types and markets. Karen Hoeft has been appointed as First National Bank Alaska’s Glennallen Branch manager. She will be responsible for business development, closing loans, branch operations and customer service at the Glennallen Branch. A financial expert with more than eight years of experience at the bank, Hoeft originally retired in 2013, only to come back in 2018 as the Operations supervisor at FNBA’s Valdez Branch. Hoeft also held the Glennallen Branch manager position from 2007 until 2013.

Movers and Shakers for May 19

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council elected officers at its annual board meeting in Valdez from May 2-3. Officers will serve from May 2019 to May 2020. The elected executive committee is comprised of: President Robert Archibald, representing the City of Homer; Vice President Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez; Treasurer Wayne Donaldson, representing the City of Kodiak; and Secretary Bob Shavelson, representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition. Three Members-at-Large are: Peter Andersen, representing Chugach Alaska Corp.; Thane Miller, representing Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp.; and Rebecca Skinner, representing the Kodiak Island Borough. Rasmuson Foundation announced three new hires for external affairs program officer and two program officers on the Foundation’s grantmaking team. They bring more than six decades of work experience with expertise in the arts, child welfare and community collaboration. Vaughnetta J. Barton is the new external affairs program officer. Barton joined Rasmuson Foundation in March 2019 with more than 30 years of experience in nonprofits with a focus on community partnerships and strengthening organizations. She has held senior leadership positions in early learning, mentoring and welfare-to-work. Her most recent position launched the University of Washington School of Social Work’s prevention-based project, Communities in Action. At Philanthropy Northwest, a close partner, she developed its fundraising strategy. She is an alum of the Puget Sound-area’s Leadership Tomorrow. Tanya Dumas was hired as a program officer. Dumas also joined in March with more than 15 years of experience in programs designed to help children, families and communities thrive. Most recently, she served as director of operations for the Indian Child Welfare team at Casey Family Programs, a national operating foundation. Before that, Dumas worked as a corporate litigator in San Francisco and devoted pro-bono time to cases addressing education, voting rights and more. She also is an alum of Leadership Tomorrow and earlier served as a VISTA volunteer, coordinating an early childhood literacy program in two rural Oregon schools. Enzina Marrari was also hired as a program officer. Marrari joined the foundation in February after 15 years of working for government and nonprofit organizations in Alaska. Marrari, a practicing artist, previously served as curator of public art for the Municipality of Anchorage. She also has worked as grants manager for Access Alaska, director of education for Planned Parenthood of Alaska and adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She currently serves on the Municipal Arts Advisory Commission and as board chair for Momentum Dance Collective. In 2018, Marrari was recognized as one of Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40 emerging leaders by the Alaska Journal of Commerce. AMC Engineers announced that Ken Ratcliffe was named president effective May 1. Ratcliffe is a principal electrical engineer and has been with AMC for 27 years, serving as a vice president for the past seven years. Ratcliffe has been involved with numerous highly successful projects including the State of Alaska Library, Archives and Museum, University of Alaska Anchorage Engineering and Industry Building, UAA Health Science Building, Dimond High School, and Dr. Katherine and Dr. Kevin Gottlieb Building; all received illumination awards. As past president, Pat Cusick will remain at AMC full time. Tom and Sheila Barrett were awarded United Way of Anchorage’s prestigious Tocqueville Society Community Service Award at a reception held at the home of Carolyn and David Johnston on April 24. Celebrating the Barretts’ commitment to community were nearly 50 of Anchorage’s philanthropic leaders and generous Tocqueville Society members who each give $10,000 or more annually to create long-lasting changes by tackling our community’s most serious issues. Last year, United Way of Anchorage’s Tocqueville Society, which represents approximately 1.6 percent of the donor base, contributed more than 30 percent of total campaign revenues. The Alaska Army National Guard formally welcomed its new commander in a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on May 8. Brig. Gen. Joseph Streff relinquished command of the organization to Brig. Gen. (Alaska) Charles Knowles during the ceremony presided over by Brig. Gen. (Alaska) Torrence Saxe, adjutant general for Alaska and commissioner of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Knowles was born in Alaska, and started his career as an enlisted soldier with the Alaska Army National Guard in 1987 during his junior year of high school. He went on to graduate from Wasilla High School the following year. After completing the State Officer Candidate Program in 1991, he received his commission as an infantry officer in 1995. Knowles has bachelor’s and occupational education in business administration degree from Wayland Baptist University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in March 2019, while he was the land component commander of the Alaska Army National Guard. Pat Hoxie has joined Sitnasuak Native Corp. as the new vice president of contract administration and compliance. Hoxie brings more than 30 years of experience in federal contracting and more than 20 years of experience with Alaska Native corporations. His education background is in accounting and finance. He had previously served as the vice president of finance for an international government contractor, and as the director of contracts and compliance for Doyon Ltd.

Movers and Shakers for May 12

Amanda Moser was hired as the new executive director of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership Ltd., effective April 29. Moser comes to Anchorage Downtown Partnership having served the Municipality of Anchorage working in areas of elections and serving as the Deputy Municipal Clerk. Through her tenure, she managed and administered all aspects of Anchorage’s municipal elections for 122 precincts. Moser was a major factor of creating and successfully implementing the Vote by Mail project for Anchorage. Moser has also worked for the State of Alaska where she developed and implemented strategy and messaging, including planning and organizing logistics for Alaskan business leaders traveling to Asia for Opportunity Alaska: China Trade Mission. Moser brings with her a wealth of volunteerism and community engagement experience including but not limited to: Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40; Parlor in the Round Song Board; Institute of the North; United Way Emerging Leaders Advisory Council; Blood Bank of Alaska, 5-gallon donor to present; Lead North Advisory Council; Engage Anchorage; and, Alaska Women’s Giving Circle, and more. Coffman Engineers Inc. announced leadership changes to the mechanical engineering department. The commercial mechanical department is led by Brent Little, PE, and the industrial mechanical department is led by Trevor Buron, PE. Little and Buron are both principals and owners of the firm. Under Jeff Gries’ leadership the mechanical department has more than doubled over the last 15 years. As vice president of oil and gas services, Gries, PE, remains responsible for the development of Coffman’s oil and gas services throughout our company. Little has more than 15 years of mechanical design experience and has been with Coffman for a decade. He was born and raised in Eagle River and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University. Little leads a commercial mechanical engineering department of 10 staff and specializes in engineering for federal, corrections, utilities, education, and healthcare projects. Buron has 14 years of experience, all of which have been with Coffman. He was born in Fairbanks, raised in Healy and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho. Buron leads the industrial mechanical engineering department of 12 staff and specializes in industrial facility engineering, pipeline design, and all aspects of implementing in-line inspections, integrity assessments, and repairs of oil and gas pipelines. Stantec recently added three team members to its Environmental Services group in Alaska, expanding in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Wasilla. Victor Ross, Steve Reidsma and Zach Baer join the 22-person Alaska environmental team, adding more than 75 years of collective project experience. Ross, Reidsma and Baer come to Stantec from another Alaska environmental firm, greatly expanding Stantec’s Environmental Services experience, with a particular focus on wetlands, baseline data collection, and permitting for mining and transportation projects. As a team, Reidsma, Ross and Baer have conducted baseline wetlands data collection and permitting around the state. They have completed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering permitting for major Alaska projects, including the Donlin Gold Project; Kivalina Evacuation Road; Cape Blossom to Kotzebue Road; and expansions at Fort Knox, Pogo, and Red Dog mines. Ross is a senior associate and senior regulatory specialist working from Stantec’s Wasilla office. He has 40 years of experience, most of it in Alaska, working for private firms and both the USACE and the Bureau of Land Management. He has been involved in key decision documents and permits for USACE and BLM, including mineral exploration, placer and hard rock mines, oil and gas, sand and gravel, airports, and roads. He is a 20-year member of the Alaska Miners Association and has worked on some of the state’s major mine projects—Red Dog, Fort Knox, True North, Pogo, and Kensington. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Reidsma is a senior wetland scientist working from the Fairbanks office. He has more than 25 years of Alaska natural resources experience and leads teams conducting natural resource baseline and permitting work for small retail developments to larger transportation, mining and pipeline projects. Reidsma has completed wetland field delineations, functional assessments, and preliminary jurisdictional determination reports for projects throughout Alaska. He has conducted wildlife surveys, recreation management, reclamation and remediation work, and fisheries and wildlife management as the former environmental manager at Fort Wainwright. He is an Army veteran. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Baer is an environmental scientist and professional wetland scientist with 12 years of experience. He will work from the Anchorage office. Baer has focused on vegetation mapping, exotic and rare plant surveys and identification, stream characterization and monitoring, groundwater hydrology monitoring, GIS analysis, and other state and federal environmental permitting throughout his career. He earned bachelor’s degrees in both biological sciences and natural resources management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kuna Engineering added Michael Willmon, BSEE, PE, CEM, as electrical engineering manager in the company’s Anchorage office. Willmon brings 27 year of experience in telecommunications, site design and construction. In this role, Willmon oversees the Anchorage office’s electrical projects and pursuits, as well as managing a team of electrical engineers and designers. Prior to joining Kuna, Willmon worked at GCI for 17 years as a project engineer including work on their terrestrial microwave network.

Movers and Shakers for May 5

Ken McCarty and John Sturgeon were confirmed as new trustees of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority on April 17. McCarty of Anchorage, currently in private practice as a licensed marriage and family therapist, brings more than 35 years of professional experience as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, administrator and in special needs education to the board. He has direct experience in providing marital family therapy, adolescent treatment, residential treatment and substance abuse/prevention treatment; including helping beneficiaries with opioid and alcohol addiction through medication assisted treatment. McCarty has served as the President of the Alaska Association of Marital Family Therapists, a member of the State of Alaska Marital Family Therapy Licensing Board and was an adjunct professor in the psychology department for National University in Redding, California. He has also worked as adjunct staff to the University of Alaska, Anchorage, with the Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program to provide counselor training across Alaska. Sturgeon of Anchorage has an extensive background in forestry having worked for the U.S. Forest Service as the State Forester for the Alaska Division of Forestry and in the private forestry sector. He also formerly served as the CEO of Ouzinkie Native Corp. Sturgeon has served as a trustee for PNW Medical University and the Nature Conservancy of Alaska, and as a director on the Board of Forestry, Alaska Forest Association, the Wild Sheep Foundation and the Resource Development Council. He was awarded the Governor’s Conservationist of the Year Award in 2017. Elaine Kroll was named Cash Management and Anchorage Branch Administration director for First National Bank Alaska and was also appointed as senior vice president at the state’s largest, locally owned community bank. A graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia and the Pacific Coast Banking School, Kroll has earned the designation of Certified Treasury Professional and spent 24 years building her local banking experience. Cornerstone General Contractors announced that Macen Kinne and Mack Conn have joined the team as project managers. Kinne brings 29 years of experience in construction, starting off in the trades then later joined the Carpenter’s Union. Kinne has experience working on both government and private sector projects including defense infrastructure, oil and gas, industrial, and commercial. He also owned and operated a residential general contracting business that specialized in remodel, environmental, and demolition work before serving as a superintendent for a large company on many rural Alaska projects. Conn joins Cornerstone with more than 15 years in construction. Conn’s professional career has focused on large, commercial multi-family wood-framed facilities in Alaska, Colorado, North Dakota, and Idaho. Like Kinne, Conn also started out in the trades and owned his own framing company. In his role’s prior to joining Cornerstone, Conn served as a superintendent, general superintendent, and construction manager for major subcontractors and developers. Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative Inc. announced Stacy Marshall was hired as the director of customer experience. Marshall brings more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. She most recently worked as the director of business sales for Alaska Communications over the commercial and healthcare vertical. Prior to that she held various leadership roles within the organization to include sales operations, retail, contact center, and was the key stakeholder in driving process improvement. Marshall will work with the executive team to meet and exceed customer expectations and retention goals across the North Slope. DOWL announced the addition of Alaska Aviation Manager Melissa Osborn, AAE, ACE, to its Fairbanks office. She brings extensive U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Transportation Security Administration compliance expertise to the firm and will grow DOWL’s Alaska aviation services including TSA and FAA compliance. Osborn has been in aviation for more than 20 years having previously held positions as an airport operations superintendent at Fairbanks International Airport, an airport safety and security officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region, an operations officer at FAI, and a load planner for Alaska Airlines, Lufthansa, and Cargolux. Osborn brings valuable project management experience, having initiated and led a variety of short- and long-term airport planning programs throughout her career. She is an active member of several professional organizations and is an Accredited Airport Executive.

Movers and Shakers for April 28

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has selected three individuals to fill executive level positions. Elizabeth Rense Pavlas has been promoted to the position of executive director, retail financial services. She was previously senior vice president, operations. Pavlas started with Alaska USA in 2008 as a marketing manager for Retail Financial Services and has earned positions of increased responsibility throughout her 10-year career with the credit union. She has a bachelor’s of business management degree and an MBA from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is also in her final year of Western CUNA Management School. Robert McNaughton has been selected for the position of executive director, business and commercial services. McNaughton has worked at Alaska USA for 15 years, most recently as vice president, business and commercial lending. He has more than 30 years of commercial lending experience, including portfolio management, credit underwriting, and small business banking. Jeff Gregg has been selected for the position of vice president, business and commercial lending. Gregg has worked for Alaska USA for the last three years, most recently as regional vice president, commercial lending, Pacific Northwest. He has more than 28 years of commercial lending experience and has a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Central Washington University. PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new hires in its Anchorage office. Cameron Brailey, EIT, has joined PND as a staff civil engineer. Brailey has a strong background in construction, hydrology and hydraulics. He is a lifelong Alaskan and a 2016 graduate of Northern Arizona University with skills including bathymetric survey and computer modeling. Diana Linder, EIT, has joined the team as a staff structural engineer. Linder is a December 2018 graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Originally from Minnesota, Diana also has a background in water resources and environmental research. As an undergraduate student, she was president of her ASCE student chapter and volunteered with an organization to promote STEM careers with middle school girls. She participated on the Mississippi State Concrete Canoe Team for two years; both teams went on to win first place in the regional competitions and advance to the 30th and 31st Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competitions. Lifelong Alaskan Elizabeth Swan, EIT, a staff structural engineer, received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage in spring 2018. She is currently splitting her time between PND’s Anchorage and Palmer offices while working toward her master’s degree. Prior to joining PND, she interned for two summers with the Alaska Department of Transportation &Public Facilities Bridge Section, gaining experience with structures by assisting on bridge inceptions statewide. Jane Hemstreet has joined PND Engineers Inc. in Anchorage as our front desk administrative assistant. Hemstreet comes to PND from Wells Fargo, where she worked most recently with the home mortgage team, and also brings previous experience as an auto claims adjuster. Jason Hoke of Glennallen has been appointed by the Secretary of Commerce as the Denali Commission federal co-chair. Hoke will replace John Torgerson who has been serving in the role of interim federal co-chair. Hoke’s previous work experience in Alaska includes serving as Programs Director for the Ahtna Inter-Tribal Resource Commission, overseeing energy, resource and biomass projects for Ahtna and its Tribes. In addition, he worked as executive director for the Copper Valley Development Association Inc. and served as Tribal administrator for the Cheesh’Na Tribal Council. Bruce Schactler was reelected and Tyson Fick, Melanie Brown and Cynthia Wallesz were elected to the United Fishermen of Alaska board of directors as at-large members. UFA’s individual and lifetime members elect four at-large directors every two years to represent the more than 450 individual, lifetime, and crewmembers on the organization’s board. The at-large directors will serve two-year terms beginning April 15. Also taking effect on April 15 is the return of Duncan Fields to the UFA Executive Committee as administrative chair. Fick and Wallesz return to the board as elected at-large members. Fick represented the Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers group from 2017-18 and Wallesz represented United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters on the UFA board from 2015-18. Fick previously worked as communications director at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute as well as executive director at ABSC. Based in Juneau, he now fishes Southeast salmon gillnet, salmon handtroll, and Dungeness crab, and is a co-owner of Taku River Reds. Wallesz, of Petersburg, and Boise, Idaho, has been a Southeast salmon drift gillnetter for 25 years and direct marketing her family’s salmon since 1999. She has also longlined for halibut, and fished Dungeness crab in Washington, and has been active in the Petersburg Community Foundation, Chamber of Commerce, and Southeast Alaska Rainforest Wild. Since earning a master’s degree in sustainable business in 2012, she has consulted with small businesses and nonprofits to help them strategize their futures, work efficiently and meet their goals. Brown of Juneau has been fishing since 1979 in her family’s Bristol Bay setnet operation and as a crew member in Togiak herring, Kotzebue Sound and Norton Sound setnet fisheries. She is an alternate member of the Juneau Douglas Advisory Committee and in her second term on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Salmon Species Committee, and a board member of Alaska Marine Conservation Council. Schactler, of Kodiak, has fished salmon seining in Southeast and Kodiak, Tanner crab in Kodiak and Togiak, longlining for cod and halibut, and herring throughout the state. He also is the director of the Alaska Global Food Aid Program with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and national director for the National Seafood Marketing Coalition. He co-authored the UFA Marketing Plan in 2001 which led to USDA Country of Origin Labeling for seafood, USDA Trade Adjustment Assistance eligibility for fishermen, and inclusion of Alaska salmon and herring in food aid programs. Schactler has served as an at-large board member since 1993 and received the 2013 UFA Fisherman of the Year award, and will continue in his role on the Executive Committee as UFA marketing chair.

Movers and Shakers for April 21

The National Association of Secondary School Principals has named Meghan Redmond, assistant principal of Chief Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok, as the 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Redmond is in her fourth year as assistant principal at Chief Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok, a K–12 school consisting of 134 students who can only access the school by boat or plane. Because the remote nature of the school limits opportunities for exposure to various careers and other robust experiences, Redmond leads the school’s quarterly exploration weeks that allow students to focus on one or two courses that help them explore careers and interests — with some exploration weeks leading to industry-based certifications. Redmond also started the Small Schools Matter group to draw attention to the needs of remote schools and recently brought students to the state capital of Juneau to advocate for funding. Driven to provide a culturally relevant education for the nearly 100 percent Yup’ik Eskimo Alaska Native population, Redmond incorporates the native language into the school. The school’s administrative team focuses on valuing teacher talent in order to retain it, evidenced by a 100 percent staff retention rate for the current school year. Redmond holds a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood and early adolescence education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She also serves on the executive board for the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals. Northrim Bank announced the promotion of a variety of employees throughout the Bank: Mark Edwards, EVP-chief credit officer and bank economist; Kari Skinner, SVP-marketing and communications director; Marc Guevarra, VP-commercial loan officer; Tammy Kosa, VP-regional market manager; Gerlie Monta-Guevarra, VP-branch manager; Aili Peyton-Jalbert, VP-commercial cash management officer; Josie Thayer, VP-commercial cash management officer; Bill Simpson, VP-collections supervisor; Katie Bender, AVP-community and public relations manager. Edwards has been with Northrim Bank since 2007. Prior to that, he was the director of the Office of Economic Development for the State of Alaska and economist for the Department of Revenue. Edwards has an MBA from Alaska Pacific University and a master’s degree from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. He received Northrim Bank’s President’s award in 2010. Skinner joined Northrim in 2017 with more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience, most recently with Simon Property Group as a director of Marketing and Business Development. She holds an MBA from the University of Utah. Guevarra has worked in banking since 2001. He joined Alaska Pacific Bank in 2007 and has been with Northrim since the merger in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kosa has been with Northrim for 15 years. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has been awarded the Northrim Way Award, Customer First Service Award, and President’s Award. Monta-Guevarra started her career in banking in 2000. She has started at Alaska Pacific Bank in 2005 and has been with Northrim since the merger in 2014. Peyton-Jalbert joined Northrim Bank in 2018 with eight years of banking experience. She holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Hawaii. Thayer has been with Northrim for more than 13 years and has 20 years of cash management experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Alaska. Simpson joined Northrim in 2007 as part of the bank’s acquisition of Alaska First Bank & Trust. He has more than 30 years of experience in banking. Simpson holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in finance from Boise State University. Bender has been with Northrim since 2013 and has more than 15 years of experience in communications and public relations. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ahtna Inc. announced several new hires and achievements within its subsidiaries. Vivian Tokar, program manager with Ahtna Environmental Inc., has earned the designation of Project Management Professional. This certification, through the Project Management Institute, requires 4,500 hours of leading and directing projects, a four-year degree, 35 hours of project management education, as well as passing a rigorous exam. Tokar has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and has managed environmental remediation projects across Alaska since joining Ahtna in 2015. Ahtna Engineering Services LLC promoted Valeriya Brand, MBA, CPCM, to the position of business manager. Brand has more than 12 years of experience providing financial and contract management including financial tracking and budget management. Brand earned a Certified Professional Contracts Management credential from the National Contract Management Association in 2016 and has an MBA; and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management. Prior to her promotion, Brand served as the firm’s contracts manager. AEI has recently hired Acery “Ace” Garcia, as one of its safety and QA/QC managers. Garcia has more than 25 years of experience working with the government, 15 years overseas. His focus primarily involves Military Munitions Response Program and environmental projects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Garcia holds an associate’s degree in occupational safety and health technology and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree. AEI’s Anchorage office hired Toni Endsley as project controls manager. Endsley has more than 15 years of experience in federal contracting performing project/program, operations, and contract management; financial analysis and budgeting; safety and hazardous material handling and transportation compliance; and marketing/business development. She holds numerous certifications including USACE CQM, HAZWOPER, and multiple various OSHA certifications. Endsley has an associate’s degree with coursework tailored towards business and finance. AES also welcomed Autumn Gould as a geologist working from the firm’s Anchorage office. Gould has more than four years of experience as a geologist in the oil and gas industry in addition to environmental remediation. She has worked on environmental projects throughout Alaska including strategic project implementation plans, preliminary assessments, site inspections, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, site characterizations, and remedial action projects. Gould has a bachelor’s degree in geology. Alaska Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy accepted the resignation of Public Defender Quinlan Steiner effective immediately and named Beth Goldstein of Anchorage as Acting Public Defender. Goldstein has more than 25 years of business management and legal experience. Goldstein’s public service consists of eight years as an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Ohio, and most recently 13 years in the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy as an assistant public advocate, deputy director, and supervisor. She received her bachelor’s degree in genetic engineering, biology, chemistry, and political science at Cedar Crest College and her juris doctorate from University of New Hampshire School of Law. With experience in both the private and public sector, her background includes regulations, administrative law, contract negotiations, fraud investigations, and legal management. Saltchuk has named David Karp as senior vice president, managing director for Alaska. Over the years Saltchuk’s family of independently operated companies in Alaska has grown to include Northern Air Cargo, Northern Air Maintenance Services, Cook Inlet Tug & Barge, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Delta Western Petroleum, Inlet Energy, Northern Oilfield Services and Carlile. Karp has been in his new role since Jan. 1. Karp previously served, for the past 11 years, as the president and CEO of Northern Aviation Services, Saltchuk’s Air Cargo line of business, which in Alaska includes Northern Air Cargo and Northern Air Maintenance Services. University of Alaska Anchorage’s Department of Journalism and Public Communication has announced that Larry Persily will serve as the new Atwood Chair of Journalism. Persily brings almost 50 years of journalism and public policy experience to his new position as the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage for the 2019-20 school year. His journalism career began in 1969 as a college newspaper reporter and continued for the next 30 years. Although he took leave from the profession periodically during the past two decades to work on public policy in federal, state and municipal government, he has returned of late to journalism to help out at the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, the Nome Nugget, Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, and writing for the Alaska Journal of Commerce on topics of critical concern to Alaskans. He also will take over as owner/publisher of The Skagway News on April 1 as he looks to help Alaska’s smaller newspapers. Deadline for Movers & Shakers is each Monday at noon. Announcements are published in the order received on a space-available basis. For information, contact Andrew Jensen at (907) 257-4271 or by e-mail at [email protected]

BP names Teachers of the Year

BP announced the winners of the 2019 Alaska Teachers of Excellence on April 8, an award that for more than two decades has recognized the state’s top educators. This year, the group is comprised of 21 teachers that were selected from schools across Alaska. “These teachers represent the best of Alaska education, and it’s an honor to recognize them with this award,” said BP Alaska President Janet Weiss. “At BP, we’re proud to play a part in supporting their continued success and showing our ongoing commitment to the state and to creating the leaders of tomorrow.” For 24 years, the BP Teachers of Excellence program has honored K-12 teachers from public and private school districts statewide. This year, BP received hundreds of nominations for the Teachers of Excellence award and for the newly added BP Educational Allies award. The BP Educational Allies award recognizes unsung heroes in Alaska’s schools such as counselors, teacher assistants and custodians. Since the program’s inception in 1995, BP has recognized more than 750 Alaska teachers. Winning teachers receive a $500 gift card and a $500 matching grant to their school. Teachers also receive a trip to Prudhoe Bay to learn about BP’s operations and paid admission for the Alaska Resource Education’s teacher course. All teachers and educational allies will be honored at an award ceremony in late April, where the statewide BP Teacher of the Year will be announced. The 2019 BP Teachers of Excellence winners are: Anchorage School District Natasha Bergt, Huffman Elementary School Antara Brewer, AJ Dimond High School Kelly Corrigan, Robert Service High School Karen Gordon, Northwood ABC Elementary School Trena Rose, Bayshore Elementary School Fairbanks School District Jeannette Fortune, Ladd Elementary School Tanya Mendelowitz, North Pole Elementary School Rebecca Missler, North Pole High School Carolyn Soderlund, Austin E. Lathrop High School Rebecca Zaverl, Denali Elementary School Kenai Peninsula Julie Doepken, William H. Seward Elementary School Jennifer Hornung, Nikiski Middle/High School Wendy Todd, Paul Banks Elementary School Mat-Su Valley Kimberly Flinn, Goose Bay Elementary School Sara Lamont, Ron Larson Elementary School Stacy Molina, Academy Charter School Sarah Shepard, Colony High School Other Alaska School Districts Danielle Huerta, St. Mary’s School, Kodiak Candace Mudge, Denali Borough School District, Healy Jody Smothers-Marcello, Sitka High School, Sitka Gretchen Striker, Tri-Valley School, Healy

Movers and Shakers for April 14

Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced the addition of Amber Ebarb to her Washington, D.C., office as the new legislative assistant for Alaska Native, Rural, and Indian Affairs. In addition, Murkowski announced the establishment of her new healthcare team: new staff member Angela Ramponi and current staff member Annie Dietderich. Ramponi and Dietderich will cover the healthcare portfolio as legislative aides. Kennita Williams is joining Murkowski’s Fairbanks office as a regional staff assistant, and will work with Trina Bailey, who continues to serve as the Fairbanks regional special assistant. Ebarb was born and raised in Anchorage and is Tlingit (L’eeneidí clan). She has worked for the National Congress of American Indians for more than 15 years, most recently serving as the NCAI Budget and Policy Analyst. Ebarb received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Whitman College and her master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University. Ramponi is from Soldotna and previously acted as the legislative liaison and policy analyst for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development in Juneau. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree public health and biology. Dietderich was born in Anchorage, and previously served as a staff assistant in Murkowski’s office, most recently serving as a legislative correspondent. Dietderich graduated from St. Lawrence University with a bachelor’s degree in government and rhetoric communication. Williams, currently living in North Pole, came to Alaska with her family in 2014 when her husband was stationed at Eielson Air Force Base. She was the discharge specialist and victim liaison for the Eielson Air Force Base legal office from 2014 until joining Murkowski’s office. Williams brings more than 20 years of experience in the administrative and human resources field and, in 2017, was awarded the Eielson Air Force Base Spouse of the Year and Base Civilian Volunteer of the Year award. Bering Straits Native Corp. announced the promotion of Karla Grumman to chief human resources officer/associate vice president. Grumman formerly served as senior director of human resources. Grumman joined BSNC in 2017 after serving in senior HR roles at other Alaska Native corporations and commercial companies. Grumman has 27 years of broad HR experience and will lead the overall HR strategy and administration of services for the company and its subsidiaries. Alaska Deputy Attorney General Robert Henderson has resigned to taking a job with the University of Alaska, effective May 15. Upon Henderson’s departure, John Skidmore will take over as Deputy Attorney General and Paul Miovas will take over as the Criminal Division Director. Skidmore has served as the Criminal Division Director since 2011 and has been with the department for more than 20 years. Miovas is currently the Chief Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Special Prosecutions and has been a prosecutor for more than 16 years including 11 with the Department of Law. Brena, Bell &Clarkson announced that former Gov. Bill Walker will join the firm. Walker will continue his previous work providing municipal and resource and economic development assistance to Alaskans. Walker, a lifelong Alaskan, earned a business degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon and a juris doctorate degree from Seattle University School of Law. With Attorney General Designee Kevin Clarkson leaving the firm to go into public service and Walker joining the firm, the firm’s name will be changed to Brena, Bell &Walker. Alaska Communications announced William H. Bishop, senior vice president, customer and revenue management, is being promoted to senior vice president and chief operations officer as of April 9. In the newly created role reporting to President and CEO Anand Vadapalli, Bishop will assume responsibility for business operations including revenue across all market segments, customer service, network and IT. Bishop joined Alaska Communications in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles in consumer and business sales and operations, including director of retail operations, director of business and wholesale, vice president of business and wholesale, and senior vice president of customer and revenue management. He brings more than 25 years of telecom and business leadership experience to this role, including positions at AT&T, McCaw Communications, and a federal government logistic contracting company.

Movers and Shakers for April 7

Anna Henderson was appointed general manager for Anchorage Municipal Light and Power. Henderson will take over for current GM Mark Johnston, who has accepted a position in the Lower 48. Henderson has been with the municipality since 2006 and at ML&P in various roles for more than 10 years. She currently serves as the manager for the Regulatory Affairs Division, where she is responsible for overseeing a $60 million annual operating budget and a $10 million to $20 million annual capital budget. Henderson also has experience managing gas supply operations, leading negotiations in purchase and sales agreements, managing federal contracts and leading the development and approval of utility rates for ML&P. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Johnston, who has served as the general manager for ML&P since 2015, will leave the utility on April 19. Opera Fairbanks, the nation’s farthest-north professional opera company, hired Carol Wilbur as president. Wilbur has served on the board of directors of the company for several years. Founded in December 2005, Opera Fairbanks has been producing live opera and providing educational experiences to Alaskans since 2007. Wilbur has degrees in education from Michigan State University and metalsmithing and painting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she taught metalsmithing there from 2001-06. She currently maintains a private studio at Well Street Art Co. Her work has appeared in galleries across the state, and she holds several awards for her work in both painting and jewelry. The Alaska Chamber announced that its executive committee has hired Kati Capozzi as president and CEO. Capozzi most recently worked as the campaign manager for Stand for Alaska Vote No on 1, the group that worked to defeat Ballot Measure 1 in November 2018. The Vote No campaign defeated the ballot measure with 62 percent of the statewide vote. Prior to leading Stand for Alaska, Capozzi worked for five years as a communications and project manager for the Resource Development Council for Alaska. She has also worked for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and the Alaska Chamber in previous capacities. Joseph Dallaire was appointed Fairbanks District Attorney, effective May 1. Dallaire is replacing current Fairbanks District Attorney Gregg Olson, who is retiring after more than 19 years of service with the Criminal Division of the Department of Law. Dallaire, a former law clerk to Fairbanks Superior Court Judge Randy Olsen, joined the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 2007. He has prosecuted all types of matters in the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office, including complex felony matters. Since 2017, he has been the Fairbanks Deputy District Attorney, supervising the office and coordinating with law enforcement agencies and courts in Fairbanks and Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow). Dallaire is also an Alaska Police Standards Council-certified police instructor and has provided legal instruction to law enforcement throughout the state. Dallaire previously served as president of the Farthest North Chapter of the Alaska Peace Officers Association and was named its 2016 Criminal Justice Professional of the Year. He has also previously served the community as a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board of Education’s Curriculum Advisory Committee.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Movers and Shakers