Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 01/25/15

Seven Alaska nonprofit leaders have been selected for the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation. The recipients come from five communities across the state and include professionals in arts, and health and social services. They are: Guy Adams, Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority, Kotzebue; Marie Carroll, Arctic Slope Native Association, Barrow; Nancy Harbour, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage; Marcia Howell, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, Anchorage; Laurie Kari, Mat-Su Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network dba Family Promise Mat-Su, Wasilla; Rebecca Shields, Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center, Kodiak; Pauline Smith, Alaska Literacy Program, Anchorage. Sarah Dybdahl will join Huna Heritage Foundation as the executive director on Feb. 9. Huna Heritage Foundation, the non-profit arm of Huna Totem Corp., exists to perpetuate Huna Tlingit culture and promote education for present and future generations of Huna Tlingit shareholders and descendants. Dybdahl has worked at Sealaska Corp. and Sealaska Heritage Institute since 2000, most recently as the administrative director of Sealaska Heritage Institute. She brings a wealth of experience managing grants, cultural projects and events; facilitating federal and state-funded projects; and establishing long-term organizational plans. She’s been on Klawock Heenya Corp.’s board of directors since 2010. Dybdahl grew up in Klawock, and is from the Taakw.aaneidi clan. New hires Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office include Ephraim Froehlich, Garrett Boyle, Phillip Dodd, and U.S. Air Force Major Taona Enriquez. They fill vacancies created by recent departures among her staff. The senator also announced that she is promoting her Legislative Director Kate Williams to become her deputy chief of staff. Froehlich returns to Murkowski’s office as a legislative assistant. A recent graduate of the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law, Ephraim previously worked in Murkowski’s office as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent. Boyle joins Senator Murkowski’s office as a legislative assistant. Boyle attended Seattle University as an undergrad and recently graduated from Tulane University School of Law before opening a small law practice in Texas. Garrett was raised in several location across Alaska, including Ouzinkie, Unalakleet, and Seward. Dodd will serve as a legislative correspondent, and interact with Alaskans inquiring about various legislation under consideration by the U.S. Senate. Dodd received his bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Vanderbilt University, and is from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Enriquez joins the Murkowski team as a Military Fellow after a serving as Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. In addition to having family who previously lived in Juneau, the New Mexico-raised Enriquez also served in Bagram, Afghanistan with the 56th Combat Search and Rescue Unit and the Guardian Angels from the 212th Rescue Squadron of the Alaska National Guard. Elizabeth “Liz” Pifke Hodes has been promoted from associate to partner at the Davis Wright Tremaine LLP office in Anchorage. Hodes is an experienced litigator who focuses largely on labor and employment matters. She counsels employers on how to prevent workplace disputes and comply with laws governing hiring and terminations, leaves of absence, payment of wages and overtime, personnel policies, and a wide array of other employment issues. Mackenzie Kalmbach, contracts administrator with Bristol Bay Resource Solutions LLC, is now a Certified Federal Contracts Manager, obtained through the National Contract Management Association. Kalmbach passed a rigorous exam to earn the certification, which shows that she has a high level of training, experience and knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The exam covers contract management competencies in the areas of pre-award, acquisition planning and strategy, post-award, specialized areas and business. Jeff Prater has been hired by SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital as hospital administrator. He began work at the consortium on Jan. 13. Prater fills a position held by Interim Administrator Noel Rea, who has been an integral part in the management of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital over the past 18 months. Prater has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, with extensive experience in hospital settings. He comes to SEARHC from Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow where he served as hospital administrator. Greg Cashen and Joe Thomas have been appointed deputy commissioners of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Cashen, a lifelong Alaskan, most recently served as administrative services director for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. Before joining AGDC, Cashen spent nearly eight years with the Department of Labor, including serving as assistant commissioner under Commissioner Click Bishop. Cashen also served as executive director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, the 26-member board that provides policy oversight of state and federally funded job training and vocational education programs. Cashen graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. Thomas, born and raised in Fairbanks, served as a member of the Alaska Senate from 2007 to 2013. In that capacity, he served as co-chair of the Education Committee, served on the Finance Committee and served as chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Labor and Workforce Development. He also served as chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee and vice-chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee. Thomas began his career working as a general laborer out of Laborers’ Local 942 in Fairbanks, where he later served as a business agent and as business manager/secretary-treasurer for 23 years. He was a longtime trustee on the Alaska Laborers’ Health and Security Fund. Laura O’Neill, vice president of finance for RIM Architects, was recently named senior vice president/chief financial officer for the firm. O’Neill joined RIM in 2007 as accounting manager and head of administration for RIM’s Anchorage location, transitioning to controller for all four RIM locations and corporate operations prior to accepting the CFO position.

Movers & Shakers 1/18/15

Julie M. Morman has been named the new senior vice president and chief operating officer for Doyon Ltd., the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska. Morman was previously the general manager for 3M’s United States Atlantic and Pacific Branches serving Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Since 1995, Morman worked in various engineering and management capacities for 3M. Morman holds a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in chemical engineering and a master’s of business administration from the University of Minnesota. She is the founder of Smart Girls Rock!, serves on several boards including Society of Women Engineers, Dimond Engineering Academy, Montana State University College of Engineering Advisory board, and volunteers her time with Junior Achievement. The Alaska Center for Ear, Nose and Throat, a group medical practice in Anchorage, announced the additions of Staci Johnson and Jennifer Lemert as advanced nurse practitioners, and Loduska Schook and Elise Blomfield as new registered nurses at Faces, ACENT’s medical spa and laser center. Johnson earned a master’s degree in nursing from Allen College in 2008. After working in an ICU, cardiac catheterization lab and labor/delivery, she spent two years as a traveling registered nurse. Over the past five years Johnson has practiced at the Anchorage Women’s Clinic, and has been an instructor to nurse practitioner students at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Ball State. Lemert graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing at Baltimore in 1991. She spent five years working in surgical oncology at the National Institutes of Health, and in emergency departments as temporary nursing staff. After graduating from Georgetown University with a Master of Science as a family nurse practitioner, she has since worked in orthopedic, urgent care, emergency department and otorhinolaryngology/facial plastic specialty areas. Schook earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgia Southern University in 2003. She began her career in emergency medicine, later transitioning to critical care as a flight nurse after moving to Alaska in 2009. She became a certified emergency nurse in 2012 and is currently an advanced cardiovascular life support, pediatric life support and basic life support instructor. Blomfield comes to ACENT with a diverse background, having experience in real estate and hospitality in addition to nursing.Born and raised in Anchorage, she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing with a bachelor’s in nursing and minor in psychology. Blomfield has also studied Botox and filler techniques at the National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. The NAACP Anchorage installed new officers Jan. 10. Officers installed were: Wanda V. Laws, President; Kevin McGee, 1st Vice President, Michael Bronson, 2nd Vice President, Dexter Antoine, Treasurer; Darrell Hess, Assistant Treasurer; Andrea Antoine, Secretary, and Ashleigh Gaines, Assistant Secretary. Members-at-large are: Joseph Guidry, John Youmans, Virginia Lee-Anderson, Celeste Hodge, Cal Williams, Donna Brooks, Hattie Gardner, Simon Brown, Rev. William Greene, Rev. Jesse Mitchell, Rev. Darryl Huff, Alicia Stewart, James Jackson, Valarie Henderson-Smith, Edward Wesley and Tony Nakazawa. Karen Griffin joins The Alaska Community Foundation as chief financial officer. Griffin’s diverse professional background encompasses private industry accounting in the fields of petroleum, agriculture and law. In addition, Griffin has volunteered with multiple nonprofit organizations providing accounting and financial support, including time spent serving meals in shelters, providing school supplies, clothing, holiday meals and gifts to families in need. Keith Torrance has joined UIC UMIAQ as an associate environmental geologist within the newly-formed Environmental Division. Torrance is a Certified Professional Geologist, a Chartered Geologist, a European Geologist, and an Environmental Professional for environmental site assessment. He has a diverse background that includes work on mining and remediation projects throughout Alaska, North America and Europe over a career spanning 25 years. A native of Scotland, Torrance has worked in the United States since 1989 and has been an Alaska resident since 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Glasgow, a master’s degree in environmental engineering and was awarded a Ph.D. in 2012 for research on the mobility of arsenic and other toxic metals in surface water impacted by mine sites in Alaska. He is also a part-time Adjunct Professor within the geology department at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where he teaches environmental geology UIC Design, Plan, Build announced Clayton Arterburn has been named UIC Construction’s general manager. UIC DPB is headquartered in Anchorage and is a subsidiary of Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. A life-long resident of Willow, Arterburn holds a bachelor of science in construction management from Central Washington University. Prior to being appointed general manager he has worked for UICC for nine years, most recently as a senior project manager. With more than 23 years of construction industry experience, he began in the field working his way through college as a laborer, operator and carpenter. His portfolio includes large-scale civil, residential, commercial, marine, and industrial projects. Jerry Evans has joined Explore Fairbanks as public relations manager. Jerry, who was born and raised in Fairbanks, is a 30-year veteran of Fairbanks broadcasting and media, and was recently inducted into The Alaska Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame. Prior to his first stint in radio, he spent four years as a military photographic specialist. Wells Fargo has named Justin Penny and Mark Sabata senior business relationship managers and Jennifer Hile senior treasury specialist for its Alaska Commercial Banking Group. Hile, who has worked for Wells Fargo Alaska for 11 years, began her career with a college internship in the company’s wealth management group. She has served as a personal banker, investment management associate, private banker, and business relationship manager. Hile holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is currently studying to earn the Certified Treasury Professional designation. Penny has been with Wells Fargo for six years. He joined the company as a teller in northern Michigan, and he has served Alaska customers as a mobile personal banker and business relationship manager in Sitka. Most recently, he served as a Global Banking associate based in Seattle. Penny holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Northern Michigan University. Sabata has 11 years of financial services experience, including eight years serving Wells Fargo customers in Alaska and Nebraska. He spent the last four years as a business relationship manager based at Wells Fargo’s Huffman location. He also has served as a store manager in Juneau and personal banker in Nebraska. Sabata earned a master’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University and bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Nebraska. Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young added Paula Conru to his Washington, D.C., office to serve as executive assistant and scheduler. Conru, a 20-year Alaska resident, comes to Young’s office with years of experience in public policy and community relations in both the public and private sectors. She most recently served as scheduler for former Gov. Sean Parnell’s 2014 reelection campaign. She has previously worked as the executive assistant for Parnell, in addition to serving in the Alaska State Legislature as a legislative aide focused on budget policy and constituent relations. She is a graduate of Georgetown University. Senator Dan Sullivan today announced additional staff hires for his U.S. Senate offices in Alaska and Washington, D.C. Kathlene Rowell will serve as State Director, Mike Fleagle as Alaska Deputy Chief of Staff, and Paul “Otto” Feather as Senior Advisor for Military and Veterans’ Affairs and Mat-Su Regional Director. Washington, D.C., hires include Peter Henry as Legislative Director, Robyn Engibous as Deputy Chief of Staff, Ryan Ringel as Director of Administration and Technology and Liz Banicki as Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Rowell, of Palmer, previously served as special assistant to Sullivan on his campaign as well as at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Fleagle, of Anchorage, joins Sullivan’s office from the Municipality of Anchorage, were he served as superintendent. Feather, of Meadow Lakes, is a 31-year veteran, and most recently worked as road manager and veterans outreach coordinator on Sullivan’s campaign. Engibous, of Anchorage, previously served as finance director on Sullivan’s campaign. Henry, of Washington, D.C., most recently served as a professional staff member on the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works focusing on surface transportation issues. Ringel of Alexandria, Va,. joins Sullivan from Sen. Mike Crapo’s (R-Idaho) office. Banicki of Eagle River, most recently served as statewide field director on Sullivan’s campaign. She returns to Capitol Hill after having previously worked in the office of Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young. Banicki is a graduate of the University of Portland, and is a two-time Fulbright Scholarship grantee to Germany and Austria.

Movers & Shakers 01/11/15

ASRC Energy Services Inc. announced Scott Selzer as senior vice president, chief operating officer effective Dec. 19, 2014. Selzer began his career with AES in 2006 as a chemical technician and inventory specialist delivering chemicals and maintaining inventory on the North Slope. He was promoted to business unit manager–AES BP Alaska in 2009, business unit manager–AES CPAI Alaska in 2011 and became general manager of operations and maintenance of AES in 2012. Selzer has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including operations and maintenance of oil rigs in Southwest Kansas where he began his career. His experiences led him to design, construct, and operate his own petroleum distribution business in Kansas which grew to encompass a multi-state distribution network. His previous positions include director of manufacturing and engineering at Blue Rhino/Ferrell Gas, operations manager for CIC on the North Slope, and operations manager for Carlile Transportation Systems. He attended Hesston College in Kansas with an emphasis on aviation. NANA Regional Corp. Inc., announced the appointment of Jens Beck as the company’s new chief financial officer effective Dec. 4, 2014. Beck will also serve as CFO of NANA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, NANA Development Corp. Prior to his new position, Beck served as CFO and senior vice president at Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Energy Services. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of financial leadership positions including senior auditor of public accounting for KPMG where he obtained his CPA certification for Alaska. Beck holds a bachelor’s degree of economics from Phillips University of Marburg and a bachelor’s of business administration in accounting and finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Sheldon Fisher was appointed commissioner of the Department of Administration and Mike Hanley was re-appointed as commissioner of the Department of Education Fisher recently worked as chief operating officer at McKinley Capital Management LLC in Anchorage. Prior to McKinley, Fisher spent 15 years in the telecommunications industry both in the Lower 48 and in Alaska. Fisher worked for six years at Alaska Communications, where he served as senior vice president of sales and product marketing. Fisher earned an economics degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Yale University. Hanley holds two degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage: a master’s in educational leadership and a bachelor’s in K-8 education. Hanley has served as commissioner of the Department of Education since 2011. Prior to serving the state, Hanley worked for the Anchorage School District for 14 years as a teacher and six years as a principal. R&M Consultants Inc. announced the retirement of Frank Rast and John Magee, effective Dec. 31, 2014. Rast joined R&M in 1989 as a project engineer. Over the past 25 years, he worked on a variety of civil engineering projects, with a focus on site design, airports and utilities. Rast was involved in the employee purchase of R&M from its founding partner in 2002. He assumed management of the firm’s Engineering Department in 2005, and served as the firm’s principal civil engineer until his retirement. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1978, which led to a 35-year career in civil engineering, planning, design and construction administration. Magee joined R&M as a senior project engineer in 1993. Over the past 20 plus years, John worked on a variety of civil engineering projects with a focus on industrial projects such as hydroelectric facilities, dams, fuel tank farms and mining support facilities. Magee was a shareholder at R&M and served as the firm’s group manager of industrial engineering until his retirement. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1965, and obtained licensure in civil engineering in Alaska and Washington. Teressa Saaiman joins Northrim Bank in Juneau as the branch manager for the Juneau Financial Center. She moved to the U.S. in 2000 and started working for First National Bank of Alaska as a teller. She moved to Wells Fargo in 2005 and became the branch manager for all Juneau branches in 2011. Saaiman holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from South Africa. GeoNorth has appointed Jonathan Heinsius to the newly created position of director of sales, federal programs. Heinsius has more than 18 years of direct, hands-on experience in the geospatial and remote sensing industry. In 1996, Heinsius began his career in the remote sensing industry providing technical support and services to U.S. federal and international customers for Core Software Technology, a provider of geospatial catalog and archiving systems. His responsibilities at the time included the implementation, operation, and management of a network of remote sensing, data acquisition systems installed at more than 15 ground receiving stations worldwide. Heinsius eventually became sales manager to the U.S. intelligence community for TerraGo Technologies, a provider of desktop and server software designed to increase accessibility and distribution of complex, geospatial products and solutions to GIS and non-GIS users alike. In May 2010, Heinsius joined Intermap Technologies as director of sales, and was tasked with managing Intermap’s U.S. federal business, including its defense and intelligence clients. Heinsius received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. ABC of Alaska has announced its board of directors for 2015. Officers are: Chair Jon Boone with Northstar Electric, Treasurer James Easton with Watterson Construction, Immediate Past Chair Serena O’Donnell with Willodell Enterprises, and 2015 Incoming Chair Darrin Koloski with Samson Electric. Directors serving on the board include Ron Neffendorf with Alaska Air Balancing, Paul Kovach with Spenard Builder Supply, Dave Eckroth with Parker, Smith, & Feek, Russ Lowney with Osborne Construction, Randy Johnson with Polar Supply and Matt Klebs with Klebs Mechanical Inc. Hope Community Resources, Alaska’s leading non-profit, disability service agency, announced the promotion of Roy T. Scheller, Ph.D., to executive director. Scheller joined the team at Hope more than 36 years ago, bringing with him a background in Anthropology and work in the field of intellectual disabilities in both New York and Massachusetts. He played a key role in developing Hope’s corporate culture and service delivery standards. Scheller has held many positions with Hope, starting in direct support and eventually serving as Hope’s deputy executive director. He has been primarily involved in the internal management of the organization as well as overseeing the growth and development of the agency on a state, national and international level.

Movers & Shakers 12/28/14

Walker continues filling cabinet Gov. Bill Walker announced the names of two new appointments and one reappointment to his cabinet. Walker announced the appointment of Heidi Drygas as Department of Labor Commissioner, Darwin Peterson as legislative director and the retention of Larry Hartig as Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner. “I am thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to my team,” said Governor Walker. “Each provides a unique skillset and perspective that will serve them well in their positions.” Heidi Drygas, Walker’s pick for commissioner of Department of Labor, has a long history working on issues involving employment law and labor relations. Most recently, she spent nearly 10 years as the General Counsel for the Alaska District Council of Laborers. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Drygas received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her juris doctor from the Willamette University College of Law. “Heidi has a great deal of experience in labor relations, and I am certain that she will be a great asset to our administration,” Walker said. “With such high demand for good paying jobs across the state, it’s absolutely essential to have leaders like Heidi looking out for our workforce.” Heidi is also an active member of Alaska’s food writers’ community, with a local blog, Chena Girl Cooks. Darwin Peterson, Walker’s newly appointed legislative director, has worked in the Alaska Legislature nearly 20 years, most recently as the chief of staff for Sen. Bert Stedman. Peterson spent most of his legislative career working in the Senate Finance Committee, and served as the deputy legislative director for Gov. Frank Murkowski. “Darwin is well-respected throughout the Alaska Legislature, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge about our state government,” Walker said. “I am pleased to welcome him as our new Legislative Director and look forward to working with him in the years to come.” Hartig has served as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation since 2007, and has also served as a trustee on the board of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. since 2009. Prior to joining the State of Alaska, Hartig spent more than 20 years as a private practice attorney, working primarily on environmental, natural resource, and commercial matters. “I am pleased Larry will continue to serve the state as Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner,” Walker said. “His commitment to public service, and longstanding knowledge of environmental and natural resource issues, make him a great asset to the people of Alaska.”   Law firm Pradell and Associates announced Katlyn Haas has joined the firm as a secretary/receptionist. Haas recently graduated from University of Victoria in Canada. She has previously worked for Haas & Spigelmyer in Homer. Rasmuson Foundation has elected a new member to its board of directors and hired two new staff. Kris Norosz of Petersburg was elected to a three-year term, beginning Jan. 1. Norosz is director of government affairs at Icicle Seafoods Inc., a position she has held since 1996. A resident of Petersburg since 1978, Norosz has worked in fisheries for more than 30 years. She was a fisheries biologist and technician for the state, fished commercially in Southeast and Bristol Bay for 10 years and was executive director of two fishing associations. Her community work includes service on the boards of the Alaska Community Foundation and the Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She also serves on Alaska Airlines Community Advisory Board and the Marine Conservation Alliance Board, and was appointed by the Alaska Legislature to the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. Zulie Mason joined the staff as events coordinator. She has many years of experience in the Alaska nonprofit sector. After graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a public communications degree, Mason worked for Visit Anchorage, the membership-based marketing organization for the Municipality of Anchorage. She also owned a small business for six years.  Kelsey Potdevin is the new graduate fellow at the Foundation. Originally from Juneau, Kelsey recently returned to Alaska after completing her master’s in history at the University of Iowa. Potdevin has a bachelor’s in history from Colby College. Between college and graduate school, Potdevin coached swimming, was assistant sergeant-at-arms in the Alaska State Senate, taught English in Corsica and interned at the Alaska State Museum and the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Northrim BanCorp, the holding company for Northrim Bank, announced Joe Beedle will become president and CEO of the holding company, in addition to continuing to serve in these positions for the bank, effective Jan. 1. Marc Langland, one of Northrim’s founders, will remain chairman of the board of directors for the company and the bank. GeoNorth LLC announced Michael McCarthy as the company’s new general manager. McCarthy will largely be responsible for growing GeoNorth’s traditional business and marrying it with the company’s recently acquired remote sensing capabilities. McCarthy began his career as an international management consultant where he worked on behalf of many industry-leading technology companies. In 2003, he was hired by DigitalGlobe to help submit its eventual winning bid for the U.S. government’s Enhanced View Program which led to DigitalGlobe designing, building and launching three successful new satellites from 2005-present. Over his 10-year career at DigitalGlobe, McCarthy was instrumental in building the company’s commercial business. His contributions included constructing its long-term contractual relationship with Google; leading the company’s first-ever technology acquisition in 2006, and helping prepare for the company’s successful IPO in 2006. After 15 years of service to Coffman Engineers, Senior Mechanical Engineer Bill McElroy has announced his retirement. Throughout his career, McElroy has worked on hundreds of projects, from hangars to healthcare facilities, universities to airports, and everything in between. Some of his early work included designing mechanical systems for Expo 74’, the environmental-themed World’s Fair, providing him with the unique opportunity of working on major projects in downtown Spokane during an important time for the city. His extensive knowledge of mechanical engineering and understanding of working in a variety of different environments made him an invaluable member of the Coffman team and his commitment to the company was greatly appreciated by his coworkers and managers. The University of Alaska Southeast announced the appointment of Vickie Williams as the new dean of the School of Management. She replaces John Blanchard, who served as dean for three years and who has returned to a faculty role. The School of Management offers associate and bachelor’s degrees in business and accounting and also offers the online master’s degree in Public Administration online throughout the state. Williams is a highly-qualified UAS faculty member whose academic qualifications include MBA, CPA, and CGMA degrees and credentials plus extensive public- and private-sector experience in business and accounting. Williams’ service as a faculty member at UAS dates back to 1995. She is a tenured faculty member in accounting and previously served as chair of the UAS accounting program. Previously she served as treasurer of the City and Borough of Juneau and as an accountant with both Citicorp and Arthur Andersen of New York City. The Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc., or RurAL CAP, announced that Jacqueline Dailey of Juneau was re-elected president of the board of directors. Dailey, representing the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood, has extensive human resources experience.

Movers & Shakers 12/21/14

Johnson named publisher of MPG-Alaska Rona Johnson has been named publisher of Morris Publishing Group Alaska, encompassing the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Alaskan Equipment Trader and the Chugiak-Eagle River Star weekly newspaper. The appointment was announced by Les Simpson, regional publisher for Morris Publishing Group LLC, and publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News. “With Rona’s leadership and the great staff of the MPG Anchorage products, I’m excited about what the team will be able to accomplish,” Simpson said. Johnson will start work in the publisher’s post Jan. 5, 2015. “We are very pleased to have Rona on board with our MPG Anchorage properties,” said William S. Morris III, Chairman and CEO of Morris Communications Co. LLC. “Her background in business and community publications will be a great asset to our operations as we serve the community in many ways.” Johnson’s media career began at Agweek magazine where she held several positions including reporter and editor. She has held editorial positions at the Grand Forks Herald (N.D.), BBI International and most recently served as special publications manager for Forum Communications. “I look forward to working with Morris Publishing Group and the staff at MPG Alaska,” Johnson said. “I have been in journalism for nearly 25 years and my enthusiasm for the industry is just as strong today as it was when I started. It is especially exciting with the advent and growth of social media and digital publications.” Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota. She is active in her community, having served as a board member for Valley Health in Grand Forks, and has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She regularly speaks about journalism at events, job fairs and classroom programs throughout the North Dakota region. Alaska Journal of Commerce 2014 Top Forty Under 40 awardees Travis Gilmour and Slavik Boyechko have recently launched “Video Dads,” a new production company focusing on inspirational video storytelling for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. Gilmour and Boyechko previously worked at Alaska Public Media, where they produced the Emmy-nominated series “Indie Alaska.” When they’re not shooting videos for Alaska clients, the “Video Dads” are traveling around the country producing short documentaries for a new PBS web series, “Indie America.” Jens Laipenieks has been promoted to director of operations for ASTAC, the telecommunications provider in the North Slope Borough. Laipenieks joined the company in 2010 as sales/business development manager and was responsible for product development, strategic planning and business sales. In his new role, Laipenieks will be responsible for overseeing the efforts of engineering and operations to optimize the customer experience, support our increasing sales efforts and fulfill the company’s five-year broadband buildout plan filed with the Federal Communications Commission. Alaska USA Mortgage Company Assistant Vice President Kathy Petty has been recognized as Affiliate of the Year by the Anchorage Board of Realtors. The Anchorage Board of Realtors recognizes one affiliate member annually who has provided outstanding contributions to the board and the Anchorage real estate community. Sitka-based Alaskan Dream Cruises recently hired two new executives including Russell Dick as CEO. Dick was also recently named by former Gov. Sean Parnell to the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board, an advisory board that will make recommendations for the state’s tourism marketing strategies. The former president and CEO of Haa Aaní LLC, a subsidiary of Sealaska Corp., Dick serves as chairman of the board of directors for Huna Totem Corp. He holds a master’s of science in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business; a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University; and a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan. Additionally, Peter Butz joins the executive team as operations manager, bringing decades of small-ship cruise line experience to Alaskan Dream Cruises. After extensive travels as an expedition leader with Lindblad Travel and Special Expeditions, Butz spent 25 years serving as the vice president of fleet operations and chief operating office of Lindblad Expeditions. He managed the growth of Lindblad Expeditions’ fleet to six vessels deployed in global operations, including Antarctica, Galapagos, the Arctic and Alaska. RSA Engineering, Inc., an Alaskan mechanical and electrical consulting design firm specializing in cold climate design, announces a change in management. Mack W. Bergstedt, who served as president for the past seven years, has retired after 28 years at RSA. The company’s board of directors has elected Timothy E. Hall as the new President of RSA Engineering. Hall has more than 27 years of experience and will lead RSA to continued success and growth. Roger L. Weese has been promoted to vice president and a principal electrical engineer. Weese will support Hall in leading the electrical department at RSA. Mark R. Frischkorn will remain as vice president and will continue to lead the Mechanical Department. The Aleut Corp., one of the 12 Alaska Native Regional corporations, selected Matt Fagnani as its next CEO. Currently the executive director of Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, Fagnani assumed his role in mid-November. Fagnani joins Aleut Corp. as a recognized leader with more than 25 years experience in the resource, oil and gas, and government industries. He holds leadership positions on some of Alaska’s most critical boards, including the National 8(a) Association. Previous to The Aleut Corp., Fagnani obtained senior leadership executive roles with the NANA Corp. family of companies, NorthStar Gas LLC, Pebble Limited Partnership and WorkSafe. Northrim Bank promoted Mark Edwards to senior vice president, commercial loan unit manager and bank economist, and hired Amanda Jensen as assistant vice president, loan support services manager. Edwards has been with Northrim Bank for the past seven years. 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. A lifelong Alaskan, 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. Jensen joins Northrim Bank after spending 15 years in loan servicing at First National Bank of Alaska. She will lead the loan support services team as the previous manager, Sharon Wright, retires in early 2015. A lifelong Alaskan, Jensen grew up in Soldotna and moved to Anchorage after high school. The Public Relations Society of America Alaska Chapter has elected new leadership for 2015. The board, led by incoming President Heidi Embley, oversees the chapter’s professional development seminars, the annual CommEx conference and awards program for Alaska’s public relations practitioners and communicators. The Alaska Chapter’s 2015 leadership team is: President Heidi Embley, Anchorage School District; President-Elect Sandra Yi, Shell Alaska; Secretary Michelle Renfrew, APR, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Treasurer Angela Gonzalez, RurAL CAP; Past President Heather Cavanaugh, APR, Alaska Communications. Board members are: Hannah Blankenship, Alaska Communications; Amy Burnett, ConocoPhillips; Sarah Erkmann, Alaska Oil and Gas Association; Kristin Helvey, APR, Helvey Communications; Ginger Houghton, Providence Health and Services Alaska; Josh Niva, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.; Amy Slinker, Pfeffer Development and Alaska National Guard; Ethics Officer Michelle Egan, APR, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.; Assembly Delegates Meadow Bailey, APR, Alaska Department of Transportation and Nance Larsen, APR, Fellow PRSA, Carlile Transportation Systems. The Rotary International Board of Directors has awarded Alaskan Bill Hopper with a 2014-15 Service Above Self Award. It’s one of Rotary International’s highest honors, recognizing Rotarians who truly embody Rotary’s motto of “service above self.” Hopper has been an active member of Anchorage Downtown Rotary for 32 years and has perfect attendance. Hopper has served on numerous Rotary committees including as District Governor and President of his club. He is a major donor to The Rotary Foundation and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Hopper has helped make Rotary conferences happen, handled finances for the District, led Leadership Academies and supported the youth exchange program. He also has been a key leader in the development of Rotary in Eastern Russia and Siberia. As District Governor in 2009-10, Bill spent nearly three months visiting clubs in Russia, as well as visiting all the clubs in Alaska and Yukon, Canada. Rotary District 5010 received the “North Star Award for International Excellence” from Alaska’s Governor in 2009, in part to Bill’s work in Russia. Outside of Rotary, Hopper worked for Wilder Construction Company for 37 years, retiring in 2008. The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award announced that Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, president and CEO of Southcentral Foundation, is the recipient of 2015 Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award. Under her leadership, Southcentral started using Baldrige concepts and tools in 2004. Since that time, Gottlieb views it as her role to champion their use at every level, with improvements being made in a systematic, mission-driven way. SCF’s achievements were recognized in 2011 with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award, the only national quality award that carries the Presidential seal. When Gottlieb assumed her leadership role, SCF had 100 employees and three programs. Today, she leads 1,800 employees in a complex healthcare delivery system that supports more than 80 programs and serves a geographical area stretching over 100,000 square miles across Southcentral Alaska.

Movers & Shakers 12/14/14

Beth Rose joins The Alaska Community Foundation as vice president of philanthropy and external relations. Rose brings more than 25 years of development, non-profit management, and public relations skills to her job and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She has previously served as UAA assistant vice chancellor for development; UAA senior development officer; executive director of Alaska Junior Theater; communications director for the Alaska Humanities Forum; and account manager for Northwest Strategies. Rose earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Santa Cruz, a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a masters of public administration from the University of Washington. Penny Gage joins The Alaska Community Foundation as program officer of initiatives. Gage was born and raised in the communities of Pelican and Sitka in southeast Alaska and is a Sealaska shareholder. Gage gained experience in the nonprofit sector through service as a community health volunteer in Nicaragua with the U.S. Peace Corps and as a grant maker at the Rasmuson Foundation. Through work and school she has visited villages and cities in Alaska from Kotzebue to Ketchikan. Her previous work experience with the Alaska State Legislature, a U.S congressional committee, and the private sector in the oil and gas industry gives her a broad, multi-sectorial perspective. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Spanish and communications from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master’s degree in foreign service with a certificate in international business from Georgetown University. Cheryl Evans joined CRW Engineering Group LLC as the director of communications. Evans is a long-time resident of Alaska and holds a bachelor of business management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Her broad background in executive administration and human resources management brings a wealth of experience in effective management of people and process, as demonstrated in various infrastructure-building organizations throughout Alaska over the last 15 years including the Alaska Railroad Corp., Shoreside Petroleum and Fairweather LLC. University of Alaska Fairbanks alumna and lifelong Alaskan Kate Ripley has been named the new UAF alumni relations director. She will also serve as the executive director of the UAF Alumni Association. Prior to accepting her new position at UAF, Ripley served as the public affairs director at UA statewide for the last decade. She came to the university system after nearly 15 years as a print and radio journalist and public relations consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in Northern Studies from UAF. Dave Pfeifer joins UIC as the president of UIC Design Plan Build Division. He is responsible for UIC’s group of design, engineering, environmental, municipal services and construction companies focused in Alaska and the Western United States. Pfiefer holds a master’s degree in construction and real estate from the University of Denver and a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. In addition, he received his bachelor’s degree in real estate business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Pfiefer’s background includes positions with the National Bank of Alaska, the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, and the Providence Alaska Medical Center. Most recently, Dave was the president of Real Estate and Development, for Cook Inlet Regional Inc. Kathleen Zinn Dunkelberger has joined UIC as the president of Oil & Gas Support and Marine Services. Dunkelberger will oversee UIC’s group of oil and gas, and marine companies and departments in Alaska and the Western United States. Dunkelberger’s professional experience is rooted in the scientific, marine, and oil and gas industries. Her background includes positions with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., ASRC Energy Services, Alaska and KZD Energy Associates. Mario Gamboa has joined UIC as the new director of marketing and communications. His responsibilities include developing and managing UIC’s community outreach and communications. Gamboa received his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Eastern New Mexico University. After he graduated from college he got his start with UIC in 1996. He also has worked for the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. for 12 years as a manager of shareholder communications, and served as the president and chairman of Tundra Tours Inc. from 2000 to 2004. Gamboa is also a small business owner of a mobile software publishing company, Greater Than Sound LLC. ACE Air Cargo has named Vicki Anderson as their director of sales, overseeing all aspects of marketing at the company. Anderson joined ACE in 2005. During her nine years with the company, she has served as a customer service representative, supervisor of customer service, and manager of customer service and passenger charters. She moved to Anchorage from Williston, N.D., in 1989. Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Richard Porter to its board of directors. Porter is the executive director of the Knik Tribe in Wasilla and has spent the last 20 years in the areas of environmental health and tribal work. He worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a senior Tribal coordinator, and Department of Defense as a program manager mitigating environmental impacts on lands due to the DOD. Porter also serves on the Alaska Forum on the Environment, Mat-Su Council on Aging, Alaska Native Brother Hood Camp 89, Yak-tat Kwaan and The Southcentral Foundation’s Valley Native Primary Care Center Joint Operating Board. He graduated from Yakutat High School 1992, earned several certificates in the area of environmental health, and attended the University of Arizona to study environmental sciences. Old Harbor Native Corp. announced that Joe Merrill has been promoted to serve as the company’s Vice President of Tourism. Old Harbor Native Corp. is the parent company of Denali Properties and operates the Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel, which are located just outside the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. Merrill brings 40 years experience in the Alaska tourism industry to the position. His career began at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau in 1972. Since then, he has overseen and managed nine hotel properties in Sitka, Fairbanks, Tok and Anchorage.

Movers & Shakers 12/07/14

PND staff engineer earns fish disposal system patent PND Engineers, Inc. Staff Engineer and University of Alaska Anchorage graduate Alexandra West, EIT, has been awarded U.S. Patent 8,833,682 B2 for a water-powered fish carcass disposal system, an innovation inspired by growing up on the Kenai Peninsula among fishermen, salmon, and wildlife. West designed a system that floats in a body of water, grinds fish carcasses into pieces, and returns them to the water. The goal is to decrease human-bear interactions by more thoroughly disposing of fish remains that otherwise attract dangerous predators to populated river areas. The patent was awarded on Sept. 16, 2014. With this achievement, West also becomes the first student to earn a place on UAA’s Patent Wall of Fame, located in the UAA Administration Building, established by the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Helena Wisniewski to celebrate innovation, invention and entrepreneurship. “I am very proud of Ms. West,” said Dr. Wisniewski. “She exemplifies the ideal student who applied her talent beyond her classroom studies. She observed a need and invented a device that will benefit fishermen and the environment, with the potential to contribute to the economy. I look forward to inducting her as the first student into the UAA Patent Wall of Fame.” West grew up on the Kenai Peninsula, the daughter of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge manager. “As I grew up, I became aware of some of the environmental issues U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other agencies were working on associated with fish waste disposal along the Russian River at Cooper Landing,” she said. In major fishing zones — such as the Russian River — fishermen often discard fish carcasses, either whole or in parts, along the banks or into the rivers. Even carcass parts discarded into the rivers can ultimately wind up on river banks after they are caught in eddy currents and slower currents. Carcasses have a potent smell and create an attractant for large predators, such as bears, which has led to numerous dangerous human-bear encounters. The Russian River Interagency Coordination Group (RRICG), comprised of state, federal and tribal entities, has long campaigned to alleviate the problem by encouraging anglers to utilize hand grinders stationed along the banks, removing riverside fillet tables, suggesting that fish remains be chopped into small pieces for disposal, or having the anglers pack their catch out in one piece. Over the years, these options have been deemed fairly unsuccessful. In 2011, in fulfillment of UAA’s Honors College curriculum, West was required to complete a senior undergraduate thesis related to her civil engineering major. “I looked into a sustainable and easy option for fish waste disposal that would keep the salmon’s important nutrients in the ecosystem,” West said. “This solution involved a device comprised of a floating paddlewheel and grinder system, powered by the current, and attached to the bank via cables and a slide leading from a fillet table down to a hopper enclosing the grinder.” Alternatively, the system can be operated using a generator to translate paddle wheel rotation into electricity to power a commercial grinder. “People could fillet their catch and toss the remainder of the fish down the slide to be ground up into tiny pieces and discharged back into the stream,” West said. West created sketches and a conceptual design of the device, and was approached by Dr. Wisniewski to pursue a patent. She filed her provisional application in June 2012, and filed for the patent in June 2013. UAA paid for the initiation process, attorney fees, and patent upkeep. “This grinder system could eventually benefit the fishing community and waterways in Alaska and other areas with abundant fisheries by removing unnecessary attractants to bears and keeping the important marine nutrients from our salmon in the ecosystem,” West said. West has continued her interest in water resources and fish habitat at PND working on hydrology and fish habitat projects throughout the state. She is currently completing her master’s thesis project at UAA focusing on improved hydraulic modeling of fish passage culverts. The full-service law firm Garvey Schubert Barer has added attorney Peter A. Sandberg to its Anchorage office. Sandberg’s primary areas of practice are in real estate class actions, commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation and professional liability litigation. Sandberg is originally from Alaska where he was born and raised, and returned after graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law. He has handled cases ranging from unfair trade practices class action suits to disputes regarding the discovery and disclosure of building defects. Wells Fargo has named Jeff Tickle and Todd Thompson as commercial real estate industry specialists focused on meeting the specialized financial needs of Alaska developers and contractors. Thompson has 12 years of experience with Wells Fargo, serving commercial real estate customers in Utah. He joined the company as an intern for Wells Fargo’s Regional Commercial Banking Office in Salt Lake City. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tickle has been with Wells Fargo in Alaska for seven years, serving customers as a personal banker, home mortgage consultant, and private mortgage banker. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he was a member of UAA’s finance club. Northrim Bank has hired of three new loan officers: Jason Criqui, vice president, commercial loan officer; Annette DeLong, vice president, residential construction loan unit manager; and Trevor Bradford, assistant vice president, consumer and small business loan manager. Criqui brings more than 15 years experience in banking throughout Alaska and Kansas to Northrim Bank. He started his Alaska banking career at National Bank of Alaska and Wells Fargo in Southeast Alaska and joins Northrim from First National Bank Alaska. Criqui holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in biology and business. A long time Alaskan, DeLong has more than 35 years banking experience. DeLong is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Bradford joins Northrim Bank with more than 11 years of banking experience. He has an extensive background of community and relationship banking from Alabama. Bradford holds a bachelor’s of business degree from Faulkner University. Col. Matthew McFarlane relinquished command of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division to Col. Scott A. Green in a change of command ceremony Nov. 26. McFarlane has served as the commanding officer since December 2012. He will be moving on to serve as Executive Officer to the Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. McFarlane led the brigade during a period of high operational tempo, with paratroopers from the brigade’s six battalions deploying on more than 100 missions to more than 20 countries. Green comes to the Spartan Brigade after recently graduating with a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Penn. Green served as commander of the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, from August 2010 to February 2013 and deployed the battalion to the Kunar and Nuristan Provinces of Afghanistan in 2012. Some other assignments and positions Green has held include the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (Stryker) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He also served as an Observer/Trainer and Chief of the Movement and Maneuver War-fighting Function for Operations Group Alpha for the Battle Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Coffman Engineers promoted Skip Bourgeois to vice president of marketing. Bourgeois has a total of nine years of marketing experience within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. He started with Coffman Engineers in 2008 as the marketing coordinator of their Anchorage office. In 2010, he was promoted to the Anchorage office marketing manager and in 2012 he was promoted to corporate marketing manager, reflecting a new position of corporate marketing oversight within the company. He currently serves as a committee member on the Society for Marketing Professional Services 2015 Striving for Excellence Awards as well as a programs committee member for the SMPS 2015 Pacific Regional Conference. In 2011, he served as founding president of SMPS Alaska Chapter and has since served in several other board positions. Meg Nordale of GHEMM Co. in Fairbanks has been elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for 2015 at the association’s annual meeting in mid-November. Nordale will serve for the next calendar year along with the executive board composed of Dana Pruhs, Pruhs Corporation, Anchorage, vice president; Dan Hall, Knik Construction, Anchorage, secretary; Jim St.George, STG, Inc., Anchorage, treasurer; Mike Swalling, Swalling Construction, Anchorage, contractor at-large; Teri Gunter, SENCO, Anchorage, associate member; and Kevin Welker, Kiewit Building Group, Omaha, Neb., immediate past president. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital hired general surgeon Dr. Patricia McPherson. She began work at the consortium on Dec. 1, and will be filling a position that has been vacant for quite some time. McPherson earned her medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and comes to SEARHC from her position as a surgeon at Claremore Indian Hospital in Claremore, Okla. She did her internship and residency at East Tennessee State University, which functions within three healthcare systems at four hospitals, (two tertiary referral/Level I trauma centers, a 114-bed Veterans Affairs Hospital, and a 348-bed community hospital). Dr. McPherson is new to Southeast Alaska, but she is not new to the state; she received her two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she graduated with honors.

Movers & Shakers 11/30/14

Nance Larsen is the new corporate director of communications and marketing for Carlile Transportation Systems. Larsen brings an extensive resume of experience to Carlile that includes developing numerous public relations and fundraising campaigns and communication plans for several industry sectors including, mining, travel and tourism, government and non-profit groups. She has more than 30 years experience in communications, marketing, public relations and advertising. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University. Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union has named Stephanie Haydn business financial services manager and Casey Kirkeby business financial services officer as part of its expanded Member Business Financial Services Department. Haydn and Kirkeby will focus on creating and maintaining relationships with Credit Union business members; the department provides a full range of deposit and account services to local businesses as part of an organized financial program designed to assist businesses development. Haydn’s prior experience in finance included work at Wells Fargo and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. She’d also served as the director of development for two Alaska organizations before joining Denali Alaskan. Kirkeby brings more than eight years of experience in the hospitality and travel industry in Alaska to the Credit Union, and serves on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Council. Karen A. Scoggins is the new chief nursing officer for Central Peninsula Hospital. Scoggins has more than 25 years of health care experience and is a strong leader who will oversee all aspects of the nursing program at CPH. Scoggins comes to CPH from Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was the CNO for the 200-bed hospital. She was responsible for operation oversight of inpatient nursing, emergency services, behavioral health and cardiovascular services. Scoggins earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing as well as a master’s degree in business administration, all from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, she holds certifications in nurse executive–board certified and registered cardiovascular invasive specialist. Angela Greene was named to the Barrow Superior Court. Greene, of Nome, currently is the supervising public defender for the Alaska Public Defender Agency for Nome and Kotzebue. Greene previously worked as a public defender in Bethel and Barrow. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, CINA Court Improvement Project, and Indian Child Welfare Act subcommittee. She previously volunteered with the Lion’s Club in Bethel, Arctic Outreach Programs with the U.S. Coast Guard, and local food bank programs. Greene received a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a juris doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She replaces Judge Michael Jeffery, who is retiring. Richard Irwin and Donna Erickson were reappointed to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Irwin, of Anchorage, has been a pastor of Anchorage City Church for the past decade. He is also a co-founder of Beacon Hill. Irwin has served as a member of the Anchorage Mayor’s Homelessness Leadership Team and Alaska’s anti-domestic violence and sexual assault initiative work group. Erickson, of Unalakleet, is a village agent for Bering Air, Inc. She served on the Bering Sea Women’s Group board of directors for two terms and was a safe home provider for 25 years. Erickson is a board member for Unalakleet Evangelical Covenant Church, former group leader for Family Wellness Warriors, past member of InterAct Ministries of Alaska Policy Council, past parent member for RuralCAP Headstart Program Child Development Policy, and former member of the Advisory Education Committee for the Bering Straits School District. Charles Gorman was appointed to the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Gorman, of Anchorage, is a vocational rehabilitation specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a board member for the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and participates in an entertainment band that actively reaches out to the homeless and alcohol recovery communities. Gorman received a master’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is appointed to a beneficiary seat. Renee Duncan was appointed to the Alaska Humanities Forum board of directors. Duncan, of Soldotna, is a property and casualty producer with Country Financial. She also is the Alaska Women Unlimited director for the Assemblies of God and a member of the Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity. Duncan has served as a member with the Faith Based Community Initiative, Kenai Peninsula Emergency Food and Shelter Board, Women of Impact Board, and Soldotna Republican Precinct. Duncan is also active in the arts, having performed before large audiences in both local and foreign countries, including government dignitaries and royalty. Duncan received an associate degree in humanities from Northwest College. She is appointed to a public seat. Francine Harbour was appointed to the Alaska Mental Health Board. The board serves as a state planning and coordinating body for federal and state laws relating to mental health services for persons with mental disorders.
Harbour, of Anchorage, is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She previously worked as an attorney practicing real estate, business, administrative, and non-profit law. Harbour received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University, a juris doctorate from University of Puget Sound School of Law, and is currently obtaining a master’s degree in community public health from Southern New Hampshire University. She is appointed to a consumer seat. 
 Greg Loudon and Lincoln Bean, Sr., were appointed and Allen Hippler was reappointed to the Alaska Health Care Commission. Loudon, of Anchorage, is a principal employee benefits practice leader with Parker, Smith & Feek. He previously worked as an employee benefits manager with Alaska USA Insurance Brokers. Loudon currently serves as a board member with New Song Covenant Church. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Whitworth College. Bean, of Kake, is chairman of the Alaska Native Health Board. He has served as a member of the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance and Alaska’s SHARP Program. Bean was vice-chair of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and served for 30 years as a board member with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation. Hippler, of Anchorage, is the vice president of Northrim Bank. He previously worked as the chief financial officer of Faulkner Walsh Constructors and was a vice president with First National Bank of Alaska. While living in Bethel, Hippler was a member of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce and the City of Bethel Finance Committee. He was a recipient of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2009. Hippler received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas. He is reappointed to a seat representing a statewide chamber of commerce. 
 Casey Cook was appointed, and Thomas Vaden and George Vakalis were reappointed to the Alaska State Emergency Response Commission. Cook, of Wasilla, is the emergency manager for the Mat-Su Borough Department of Emergency Services. He previously worked as a public assistance officer for the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Cook is a graduated paramedic from Aurora North Emergency Medical Service Academy. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. Vaden, of Nome, has worked as a health aide trainer for the Norton Sound Health Corporation since 1999. From 1985 to 1999, he worked as a correctional officer with the State of Alaska. Active in his community, Vaden has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a substitute teacher for the Nome School District, a CPR instructor and trainer for Norton Sound Regional Hospital, and an emergency medical services provider for the Nome Volunteer Ambulance Service. He has served as a captain in the U.S. Army. Vaden received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ouachita Baptist University. Vakalis, of Anchorage, is the municipal manager for the Municipality of Anchorage and the former garrison commander for the U.S. Army in Alaska. He has also worked as the assistant superintendent for the Anchorage School District. Vakalis holds master’s degrees in public administration and personnel management, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is also an inductee into the U.S. Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. Vakalis is reappointed to a seat reserved for a member of a local emergency planning committee. Members of the Alaska Travel Industry Association were appointed to the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board. Senate Bill 194, recently signed into law by Gov. Sean Parnell, creates a board that will make recommendations for tourism marketing strategies that are in the public interest, including an Alaska destination tourism marketing campaign.
The new members are: Jonathan Faulkner, president, Land’s End Resort, Van Gilder Hotel in Seward, and Kenai Landing;
Deborah Hansen,
director of marketing and sales, Pike’s Waterfront Lodge; Karen Harris, president, Alaska Bed and Breakfast Association of Alaska and owner, Alaska Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast; Russell Dick,
CEO, Alaskan Dream Cruises; Chuck Baird,
director of corporate group development, Waterfall Group; James Minton, vice president of communications, Visit Anchorage; Charlie Ball, president, Holland America-Princess Alaska Yukon; Colleen Stephens, president, Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises; Bob Dindinger,
CEO, Alaska Travel Adventures, Inc. Bruce LaLonde, director of guest services and passenger marketing, Alaska Railroad Corporation; Bill Pedlar, president, Knightly Tours; Ruth Banaszak, brand and marketing manager, Huna Totem Corporation; Ryan Binkley, president, Riverboat Discovery; Gideon Garcia, CEO, CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation; Patti Mackey, president and CEO, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau; Dennis McDonnell, president, Alaska Coach Tours; Kathy Hedges, marketing coordinator, Northern Alaska Tour Company; Mark Weakland, general manager, The Hotel Alyeska.

Movers & Shakers 11/23/14

John Bruce, a math teacher at Romig Middle School in Anchorage, was named Alaska Teacher of the Year 2015 at a presentation Sunday at the annual conference of the Association of Alaska School Boards in Anchorage. The Alaska award is given by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development as part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Lee Butterfield, a teacher of English and electronic media at South Anchorage High, was named Alternate Teacher of the Year 2015. The other finalists were Ruth Segler of North Pole and Erika Schneider of Dillingham. Bruce has taught for 12 years, 10 in his present position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master of arts in teaching from Alaska Pacific University. In his career, Bruce has taught at-risk students and students in a highly gifted program. Butterfield, the Teacher of the Year alternate, holds a bachelor’s degree in English teaching from the University of Montana. He has taught for six years. Butterfield served in the Army and was stationed in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. The Anchorage NAACP recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to four graduating seniors from Anchorage High Schools. Kathryn Treder graduated from West Anchorage High School and is going to Stanford University. Estrada Bernard graduated from South High and is going to Stanford as well. Shantina Gillion, formerly at West, matriculated at the University of Alaska. Joshua Reed entered Norfolk State University in Virginia. RSA Engineering, Inc. welcomes three new team members. Laurel Chappel joined RSA in the summer of 2014 as the office manager. Chappel holds a MBA and brings 10 years of accounting experience. Brian Player, P.E. has joined RSA as a professional mechanical engineer and will work out of RSA’s Wasilla office. With more than 21 years of experience in the engineering field, Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and is a licensed building energy assessment professional. Shawn Hansen has joined RSA as an electrical staff engineer and will work out of RSA’s Wasilla office. Hansen is a recent graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced a number of changes to her Alaska state staff. Althea St. Martin, a long-time Murkowski aide and Fairbanks fixture, is retiring and will be replaced by James Parrish. Meanwhile, Murkowski’s Ketchikan representative Sonia Henrick is moving to Anchorage take on additional responsibilities. With the departure of Henrick from Ketchikan, Murkowski will evaluate her state branch office structure to maintain her solid constituent service in Southeast Alaska and the rest of the state. Parrish comes to Murkowski’s office after having worked at Carlile Transportation Systems for four years in Fairbanks; he also worked for Sens. Murkowski and Ted Stevens in their Washington, D.C., offices starting in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University. John Parrott, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Manager, has been presented the Airport Executive of the Year award by the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. The award is given to the airport management professional who has demonstrated superior performance in all areas of their position. Parrott has been with the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport since 1998, taking over the Airport Manager’s position in 2008. He has been critical in progress at the airport, leading the effort to brand the Alaska International Airport System as the world’s “Aeronexus,” highlighting its unique position to connect over 90 percent of the industrialized world. Amy Walters Limeres, Adam W. Cook and Aaron D. Sperbeck have become members of Birch Horton Bittner Cherot and William T.M. Baynard has joined the firm. Walters Limeres joined the firm in 2009. Walters Limeres’ comprehensive employee benefits practice emphasizes the regulation of qualified retirement plans, designing retirement and welfare benefit plans, and advising private and public employers concerning employee benefits regulatory compliance and taxation issues. Cook joined the firm in 2007. Originally from Anchorage, Cook worked for the Alaska State Legislature and as a clerk for Alaska Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay before joining the firm. Cook’s litigation practice includes federal contracting, contract disputes, bid protests, construction law, and general litigation. He has also worked in appellate matters before the Alaska Supreme Court. He has represented clients before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Maritime Commission. Sperbeck joined the firm in 2010 after serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Anchorage for several years. Sperbeck has a diversified law practice, primarily focused on private, multi-party litigation including insurance defense, municipal law, as well as administrative board and appeal hearings in both state and federal jurisdictions. Baynard joined the firm in July 2014. Baynard’s practice focuses on corporate formation, real estate and commercial transactions, as well as banking and commercial finance. Prior to joining Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot, Mr. Baynard has worked as a commercial loan officer and as in-house counsel for a federal credit union.

Movers & Shakers 11/16/14

Josh Van Gorkom has become a shareholder of the firm Guess & Rudd P.C. Since joining Guess & Rudd in 2010, Van Gorkom has represented insurance companies, insurance brokers, banks, Native Corporations, oil and gas companies, mining companies, municipal governments, small businesses, and individuals in a broad range of litigation and administrative matters, including appeals to the Alaska Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he works with the firm’s natural resources group on a variety of transactional matters. Van Gorkom is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and of Valparaiso University School of Law in Valparaiso, Ind. Resource Data Inc. a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired two senior GIS programmer/analysts for its Anchorage branch. Kenneth Gaines has more than 10 years of GIS experience, specifically in oil and gas services and marine sciences. Gaines skills include project management, cartography and Python programming language. Gaines has a bachelor’s degree in marine science and field biology, a master’s degree in mariculture and is completing a master’s degree in geospatial surveying engineering, all from Texas A&M University. Jason Mann has 15 years of GIS and programming experience, with proficiency in project management and computer-aided design, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) processing and .NET technologies. Mann has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Anthony Rouen has been selected to manage KeyBank’s 5th Avenue branch. Rouen joined Key in 2012 as the manager of the Palmer branch, bringing with him the experience he gained as a personal banker while at Wells Fargo. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Leadership and Executive Advancement Program. Byron Bluehorse, assistant professor of Tribal management at UAF Interior-Aleutians Campus, received the 2014 Dan Moreno Award. Each year, the Alaska Mobility Coalition presents the Dan Moreno Award at the Alaska Transit Conference. This special recognition award is given to individuals and tribal organizations for significant contributions supporting and developing tribal transportation across the state. Bluehorse administers the Alaska Tribal Technical Assistance Program Center located within UAF Interior-Aleutians Campus’ Tribal Management Program. The program is made possible by a $1.55 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Bluehorse provides onsite and distance education throughout Alaska helping tribes develop transportation resources, infrastructure, and development opportunities. An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Bluehorse earned a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. From 1993-97, Bluehorse served in the U.S. Marine Corps, an experience which led him to Japan, Panama and the Philippines. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home to New Mexico to pursue a higher education. While in graduate school, he served as an AmeriCorps volunteer where he helped to establish the University of New Mexico Tribal Service Corps. After moving to Alaska in 2005, Byron began working as a Contracts and Grants Specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. McCool Carlson Green has revised its corporate structure and announced principal architect John Weir’s move to president and CEO. Weir has worked at McCool Carlson Green for 22 years and has successfully completed a wide range of projects, including the new Alaska Airlines Center for UAA, the Mat-Su Borough’s new Valley Pathways School, and Anchorage’s first LEED Silver school, Chester Valley Elementary. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Pat Kemp awarded four employees with the department’s inaugural Extra Mile Award, which recognizes employees who surpass expectations for exemplary public service. Chandalar maintenance camp foreman Matthew Ellingson and equipment operators Timothy Fickus, Paul Krenzke and Kevin Wood were honored for their efforts in assisting a co-worker critically injured in a fall last winter during a severe storm in Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway. The incident occurred early in the morning of Feb. 6 as Maintenance and Operations crews prepared to open Atigun Pass. The area was experiencing 40 mph winds, snowdrifts and possible avalanches. Because of high winds and low visibility, emergency response could not reach the injured employee until daylight. For more than three hours, the four men cared for and comforted their injured co-worker. During this time, it became evident that the injuries were life threatening, and the four men performed CPR for more than 90 minutes, until emergency response was on scene. Jenna White, a physical education teacher at Orion Elementary School on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, has received a Milken Educator Award, a prestigious national recognition. White, who was honored in a surprise ceremony at her school, will receive $25,000. Orion Elementary is in the Anchorage School District. White transformed Orion’s gym into an obstacle course, adding a climbing wall and incorporating themes like the holidays, the Olympics, and the Iditarod into her lessons. With White’s help, students develop an expertise in many diverse skills such as juggling, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, fitness testing, gym hockey and Native skills. She also collaborates with the military to create activities based on real boot camp. White encourages her students to be active outside of the classroom. Recently, she organized a challenging 26-mile bike ride for fifth-graders that was so popular it’s become an annual tradition. She also organizes a very popular Staff vs. sixth-grade basketball game and involves students in numerous community fundraising activities. Two new associates have joined the Perkins Coie LLP office in Anchorage. Laura Wolff is an associate in the firm’s environment and natural resources practice. Prior to joining the firm, Wolff clerked for the Hon. Jack Smith of the Anchorage Superior Court. She received her law degree from University of Michigan Law School cum laude, where she was contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review, and received her bachelor’s degree in classical studies and English literature from Colgate University. She is also a volunteer with Challenge Alaska, a program that provides sports and recreational activities for people with disabilities. Brian Samuelson is an associate in the firm’s litigation group, focusing on labor and employment, environmental, natural resources, and general commercial issues. Prior to joining the firm, Samuelson clerked for the Hon. Morgan Christen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Hon. Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court. Samuelson received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was articles editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Movers & Shakers 11/09/14

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has named Brenda Hansen vice president of business development. She will oversee staff development, strategic planning, and communications while facilitating membership growth for Alaska’s largest business organization. She joined the Anchorage Chamber in 2010 as membership services coordinator and was responsible for the organization’s front office. She was promoted to membership director in 2011. Prior to joining the Anchorage Chamber, she worked for several years in the tourism and hospitality industry, including guest room management, catering, convention management, and contract negotiation. Hansen currently serves as Anchorage Chamber liaison to the Membership Committee and the Visioning Committee. She also currently participates with the Visit Anchorage’s Big Wild Life Committee. Angela Kangas has recently joined AECOM-URS as a project administrator. Ms. Kangas brings with her bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Michigan University, as well as 12 years of professional experience in the administrative, customer service, computer efficiency, and management fields. Coffman Engineers, Inc., a mid-sized, multidiscipline engineering firm, has added fire protection engineering services through the hire of senior fire protection engineers Bob Libby, P.E., FSFPE, and Byron Briese, P.E. Libby and Briese bring to Coffman Engineers nearly seven decades of collective fire protection engineering experience. Both previously served in key management and executive roles at the largest fire protection consulting engineering firm in the world. First National Bank Alaska and its board of directors recently announced several promotions and appointments. Secondary Mortgage Market Officer Tina Lynch was appointed assistant vice president. Originally from Kansas, Lynch has spent more than 15 years learning the ins and outs of the financial industry. One of her many responsibilities includes working closely with secondary market investors and housing issue groups. Kippy Mena was promoted to branch manager and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the new U-Med Branch when it opens in January near the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has worked for the bank for 23 years, including 20 years in Kenai. She’s also worked in Bethel and most recently at the South Center Branch in midtown Anchorage. Assistant Vice President Vicki Myers was promoted to Anchorage branch administrator and will work closely with the teams at branches in the state’s largest city. With a bank management background of more than 13 years and customer service experience that goes back more than 25 years, Myers joined First National in 2012. Moving from Fairbanks’ Johansen Branch to the Interior City Branch, Jutta Pence was promoted to branch manager. Employed at First National for 10 years, she was recently named the Greater Fairbanks Area Habitat for Humanity Director of Distinction award winner. Meanwhile, at the Johansen Branch, Mary Roser was promoted to operations supervisor. She’s been at First National for almost a decade. Assistant Vice President Jennifer Snodgrass recently joined First National as consumer underwriting manager. She supervises the review and underwriting decision process made on consumer loans, consumer real estate loans, Automated Clearing House and business and corporate credit cards based on credit policy. She also first worked at the bank during the summers of high school and college. After working in cash management as a business development officer, Loan Officer Matt Thon is headed back to the Dimond Branch where he first started as a personal banker in 2012. He’ll continue to work in corporate lending with customers to formulate the best solutions to meet their business banking needs. Alaska Pacific University student Tracey Mueller was recently awarded a scholarship from the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. for the 2014-15 academic year. As part of Alyeska’s robust Alaska Native Scholarship Program, this $7,500 scholarship is awarded to Alaska Native students who are pursuing education, training and development that leads towards careers on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System or other, oil industry related careers. Mueller, an MBA student at Alaska Pacific University in strategic leadership, is an Athabascan Indian born and raised in Alaska. After her initial start in college directly out of high school, Tracey decided she was simply “not ready” and began her career as a flight attendant, first with a local airline in Alaska, eventually moving on to work for an international carrier. After having the opportunity to travel and see the world, she eventually decided it was time to return to school and finish her undergraduate degree. Eleanor King, owner of King’s Diner in Kodiak, has been awarded the 2014 Alaska Federation of Natives President’s Small Business Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo. The award was presented on Oct. 25 during the AFN convention at the Dena’ina Center. Wells Fargo presented King with $1,000 and a beaded salmon skin cuff made by Sugpiaq artist June Pardue. King was born in Chignik Bay to Iver and Luba Wallin. She honed her cooking skills as a cafeteria cook for the Kodiak School District. In 1983, she and her late husband, Robert, took some college classes, learned how to operate a business, and opened a family-style restaurant called King’s Diner. King actively supports mentally handicapped youth, donates her restaurant space for local fundraisers, and sponsors youth sports teams. Walker Dunford has recently joined Schilling Commercial Real Estate LLC as a commercial associate, located at 3301 C Street, Suite 510, Anchorage. Dunford has lived in the Anchorage area off and on since 1989, graduating from Chugiak High School and the University of Alaska Anchorage. He brings more than 10 years of knowledgeable product sales, marketing, providing excellent customer service, personal banking advice, and in depth local knowledge to the commercial business community. As an associate with Schilling Commercial, Dunford will handle the purchase, sale and leasing for both owners and tenants of commercial properties and vacant land. 

Movers & Shakers 11/02/14

F. Robert Bell and Associates announced a pair of new hires to the team and that Brendan Welsh has earned his Certified Federal Surveyor certification. Alvin Hymes joins BELL as an accountant and Pearl-Grace Pantaleone joins BELL as the marketing coordinator. Hymes comes with more than 35 years of experience in accounting practices and management. Pantaleone comes with a background in journalism and broadcast news. She is a recent graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications, and has been heavily involved in the Anchorage community with reporting statewide news. Welsh is a civil engineer and land surveyor at BELL and has had more than six years’ experience with roads, schools, and other educational facilities; and residential, commercial and public works development projects. His surveying experience includes conducting topographic and boundary survey and as well as construction staking. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University. The Anchorage Museum recently hired Ann Kjera as director of human resources. Kjera has more than 10 years experience in human resources and executive-level management. A former executive director for United Way of the Tanana Valley and Hospice of the Tanana Valley in Fairbanks, Kjera also has held positions in human resources at Everts Air Cargo and Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. She has a master’s degree in business administration and human resources management from the University of Phoenix and has earned certification in non-profit administration from The Foraker Group. Robin Dublin is the new executive director of the Alaska Botanical Garden. Dublin began her duties in late October. Most recently Dublin was executive director for the Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, where she oversaw a consortium of five partners working together to increase ocean science literacy. Prior to joining COSEE, Dublin was head of the Greenbelt Conservancy in New York City. There she oversaw the organization responsible for the 2,800-acre greenbelt, New York City’s second largest park. Dublin assumes the Botanical Garden leadership role from Julianne McGuinness, who leaves the Garden after seven years to pursue writing, consulting, and farming opportunities. Greg Kessler is now the Alaska vice president of sales for Carlile Transportation Systems. Kessler will be reporting directly to Ron Kieswether, president, and his primary responsibility will be managing and planning for the Alaska sales team out of the Anchorage office. Kessler was most recently the Alaska sales manager for Totem Ocean Trailer Express, where he oversaw all sales and pricing departments as well as Fairbanks operations and customer service. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the transportation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University and a MBA with a finance concentration from University of Alaska Anchorage. Gene Weglinski has joined the DOWL HKM Anchorage office as a senior environmental manager. Weglinski has 25 years of experience pursuing and managing large scale inter-disciplinary environmental impact statements and environmental assessments for mining and oil and gas projects throughout Alaska. Weglinski also has extensive experience in permitting, conducting jurisdictional wetland delineations, and vegetation surveys throughout the western U.S. Weglinski has performed environmental services throughout the region include Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. This year’s recipients for the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, and Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year were announced on Oct. 22 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual conference in Girdwood. Roger Burggraf is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 William A. Egan Alaskan of The Year award. In the 1950s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brought Burggraf to Alaska where he worked as a fisheries aide before serving in the U.S. Army. He returned to Alaska in 1959 as a captain in the U.S. National Guard. After his military service, Burggraf built a career in banking until entering the mining industry in 1972. For decades, Burggraf has served Alaska, advising and advocating for resource development efforts and organizations. He is a long-standing participant in the Alaska Miners Association and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Spawn is the 2014 Bill Bivin Small Business of The Year Award recipient. The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of the 2014 Local Chamber of Commerce of The Year award. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District selected Randy Bowker as the new chief of the Programs and Project Management Division effective Oct.18. In this position, Bowker operates as the highest-ranking civilian employee in the organization. He is responsible for assuring efficient and timely delivery of military, civil works, environmental and other agency construction projects valued at more than $500 million annually. He previously served as chief of the Military Branch in the Programs and Project Management Division beginning in May 2006. In that role, Bowker managed the Air Force and Army Programs. During his tenure, Bowker led the effort to provide critical military infrastructure to support the stryker brigade and aviation task force at Fort Wainwright; infantry brigade combat team and engineer brigade at Fort Richardson; and C-17 and F/A-22 aircraft at Elmendorf Air Force Base. Among the many projects designed by Bowker are the Elmendorf Joint Mobility Complex, Elmendorf Visiting Officers Quarters, Fort Wainwright Military Operations in Urban Terrain collective training facility and Fort Greely runway. He also worked on the design and construction of breakwaters at Kodiak, Ouzinki and King Cove to include erosion control at Deering. Bowker is a native of Fayetteville, N.C., and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a master’s degree in management in 2007.

Movers & Shakers 10/26/14

R&M Consultants Inc. has added Taryn Oleson as a planner in its Environmental and Planning Group in Anchorage. She is responsible for research and data/information compilation on transportation projects and comprehensive plans; assisting with public and agency meetings; communicating with project stakeholders; and creating project notices, documents and reports, as well as reviewing, evaluating and summarizing adopted plans and policies, including Context Sensitive Solutions for transportation projects. Oleson recently relocated to Alaska from Wisconsin. She was previously a planning, zoning and GIS intern for the Community Development Department of Menasha, Wis. She assisted with development and execution of a town-wide comprehensive plan opinion survey, assisted with presentation materials for committee meetings, and assisted with preliminary development of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.  Since joining R&M in August, Oleson has been involved in the City of Houston Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision, AMTAS Travel Demand Model, Seward Highway MP 100-105 (Indian to Bird) Improvements and the Eklutna River Bridge Replacement. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and planning from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Matt Edge, P.E., of CRW Engineering Group LLC has earned his Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certification. Certification as a PTOE is a powerful demonstration of requisite knowledge, skill and ability in the specialized application of traffic operations engineering. Edge has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental quality engineering from the University of Anchorage Alaska, with professional licenses in both civil and an environmental engineering. BP Exploration Alaska President Janet Weiss was inducted into the Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Hall of Fame on Oct. 11. Weiss brought her love for math and science, especially chemistry, to OSU when she enrolled in the chemical engineering program. Her father, Dr. Franklin Leach, was a professor of biochemistry at OSU, so Weiss grew up gaining a love for learning from her father and the university. She graduated in 1986 and began her career at ARCO, where she moved through the ranks. For the past 14 years, Weiss has worked for BP, and she has been a leader in the oil and gas industry. She currently serves as president of BP Alaska and is a published author on the Kuparuk River Field. Weiss is an active member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Board, University of Alaska Fairbanks Advisory Board and the Anchorage United Way Board. Bering Straits Native Corp. has announced the promotion of BSNC shareholder Larry Pederson to vice president of lands and natural resources. In his new role, Pederson is responsible for establishing and maintaining goals and objectives for the development of BSNC’s mineral and land resources, ensuring that all land transfer programs via ANCSA and ANILCA entitlements are obtained, and overseeing administrative functions related to meeting the goals and objectives of the Land and Resources Department. Pederson formerly served as BSNC’s land and resources manager. Pederson earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He joined the company with more than eight years of experience in environmental contracting and management. Rasmuson Foundation announced the selection of four artists from Alaska who will each spend eight weeks in residence at acclaimed Lower 48 arts organizations as part of the 2015 Artist Residency Program. Alaska artists selected for the program are: Ernestine Hayes, a writer in Juneau, will be at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program near Woodside, Calif. She will focus her energy on various ongoing fiction projects, and immerse herself in aspects of the traditions of ancient Chinese poets, contemporary American ghazals and the lyricism of oral history. Linda Lyons, a visual artist and painter in Anchorage, will be in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M., in partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts. She plans to build on her recent exploration of media outside of painting (glass, mosaic and photography) by expanding her creative skills to printmaking. Mary Matthews a visual artist and art therapist in Fairbanks, will be in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, N.C. She hopes to create a piece about the experience of disability, incorporating concepts about the connections women feel to each other and how they identify and find influences. Michael Walsh, a media artist and filmmaker in Homer, will be in residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio. He intends to make two 10-minute camera-less films (one 16mm, one 35mm) using a process he recently conceived that involves putting strips of clear film leader on 11”x14” paper and running it through a word press. Dr. John Nofsinger is the new William H. Seward Endowed Chair in Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business & Public Policy. He is one of the world’s leading experts in behavioral finance. His major teaching goal is to help students prepare for productive careers by providing meaningful educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Nofsinger has authored/co-authored 10 finance trade books, textbooks, and scholarly books that have been translated into eight languages. His book, The Psychology of Investing, is in its fifth edition and is popular with investment advisors. Nofsinger is also a prolific scholar who has published in multiple disciplines. He has published nearly 50 articles in prestigious scholarly journals and practitioner journals. He both contributes to the scholarly literature and helps bridge the gap between theory and practice among academics and practitioners. He has numerous scholarly works in all three major areas of finance: investments, corporate finance and financial markets. But he is most widely known in the area of behavioral finance and has recently been working in socially responsible finance. Hope Community Resources Inc., Alaska’s leading non-profit, disability service agency is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Bailey to chief financial officer. Bailey has more than 15 years of experience in finance, management and disability services, playing a key role in navigating the ever-changing State of Alaska billing system. Prior to becoming CFO, Bailey spent three years providing direct support as a care coordinator before he was tapped to lead Hope’s billing department. In 2009 he was promoted to Controller. Bailey also serves as Vice-President of the Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities. Cameron Morrison has been hired as CIRI Alaska Tourism’s lead reservations agent for the Anchorage reservations call center and Alaska Heritage Tours office. Morrison worked as a seasonal reservations agent in 2014 and brings to the company years of supervisory retail experience. Dan McDonald has rejoined CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. as revenue control supervisor in the Anchorage office. Dan has 20 years of history with the Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward and CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation, most recently serving as the director of marine operations for CATC. Dawn Venters has joined CIRI Alaska Tourism as sales manager for the marine division. Specifically, Venters represents Kenai Fjords Tours and Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge in the Alaska tourism market, and assists in sales for CATC’s other properties, Seward Windsong Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and Alaska Heritage Tours. Venters was previously with Visit Anchorage in the Convention Meeting Sales and Service Department and for many years prior in the Sales Department at Alyeska Resort, bringing over 18 years of Alaska tourism industry to the company.

Movers & Shakers 10/19/14

Enstar Natural Gas announced the appointment of Jared Green as president. Green brings more than 15 years of industry experience to his new role. Prior to joining Enstar, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller at AltaGas Ltd., Enstar’s parent company. He succeeds outgoing President Colleen Starring, who is assuming a new position at AltaGas as senior vice president of Canadian Utilities and CEO of Pacific Northern Gas. Headquartered in Anchorage, Enstar is a regulated public utility that delivers natural gas to approximately 137,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Southcentral Alaska, encompassing more than 57 percent of Alaska’s population. Outgoing President Dave Lawer with First National Bank Alaska passed the gavel to the Alaska Support Industry Alliance’s new president, Kevin Durling of Petroleum Equipment and Services Inc. PESI is a 35-year-old Alaskan company serving the oil and gas industry’s drilling product needs. Four incumbent board members were reelected to three year terms: Bryan Clemenz, CH2M Hill; Krista Gonder, Alaska Tags & Titles; Mark D. Nelson, ASRC Energy Services; Pete Stokes, Petrotechnical Resources Alaska. The membership also elected three new board members: Adam Crum, Northern Industrial Training; Wyche Ford, Fluor; Ben Schoffmann, Kakivik Asset Management LLC & CCI Industrial Services LLC. The Kenai Chapter of the Alliance also voted to make Scott Davis of Davis Block and Concrete their representative to the statewide board. Gene Therriault, deputy director for energy policy at the Alaska Energy Authority has been elected as vice-chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials board of directors. His previous NASEO involvement includes pressing the U.S. Secretary of Energy on the importance of Alaska natural gas exports and explaining the consequences of proposed air emissions regulations on Alaska to top EPA personnel. As deputy director of the Alaska Energy Authority policy and outreach team, Therriault oversees the implementation of the state’s energy policy, the Power Cost Equalization program, energy planning and community energy program assistance. Prior to AEA, Therriault has worked as senior policy advisor on in-state energy for Gov. Sean Parnell and served as an Alaska Legislator for 17 years including one term as president of the Alaska Senate. Retired Lt. Col. Jay Pullins will represent the Office of the Governor on the review team established to implement recommendations from the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations. Pullins will serve as the special assistant to the governor handling issues relating to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Brigadier Gen. Jon K. Mott, the assistant adjutant general for the Connecticut National Guard, is leading separate collaborative working groups in the Alaska National Guard around implementing each major recommendation in the OCI report, including sexual assault and misconduct, equal opportunity and equal employment opportunity, coordination with law enforcement, management of misconduct, command climate, and administration of justice. Pullins, 47, served for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and the Alaska National Guard, before retiring in 2011. He was the director of the Joint Operations Center at Fort Richardson, where he was responsible for Alaska National Guard’s ability to support command and control of assigned forces during domestic emergencies. Pullins also served as the flight commander for the Alaska NORAD Region. While in the Alaska National Guard, Pullins served as chief of staff for then-Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. He most recently worked as a pastor at ChangePoint Church in Anchorage. Pullins earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Oklahoma. Holly C. Wells has become a shareholder in law firm Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot. Wells joined the firm in 2008. Wells’ practice focuses primarily on Alaska municipal government and admiralty matters affecting government ports and harbors. Wells also represents Native and private corporations as well as individuals in various actions involving complex litigation, construction, contracts, and land use. Wells routinely acts as lead counsel to municipal boards and commissions regarding ethics disputes, conditional uses, variances, and other matters. She also represents government and private corporations before various federal and state boards and commissions, including but not limited to, the Federal Maritime Commission, Public Employees Retirement System and Alaska Public Offices Commission. Jerry D. Anderson is the new Ethics Committee administrator for the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics, effective Oct. 24. Anderson is currently employed as the assistant director of the Alaska Public Offics Commission and has held that position for six years. His previous experience includes operating his own law firm and working as a magistrate in both Kenai and Galena. Holly Weiss-Racine of R&M Consultants Inc. has earned her Certified Professional Geologist certification. The CPG certification is administered by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, an association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession. Weiss-Racine is an environmental specialist in R&M’s Environmental and Planning Group. She has more than eight years of experience in providing environmental and geological services. She possesses a strong knowledge of environmental standards, and regulatory agency permitting and compliance. Weiss-Racine has been responsible for NEPA document preparation, public involvement, permitting, Section 106 compliance, SWPPP review and compliance, field investigations, agency coordination and project scoping on a variety of environmentally sensitive and/or high profile transportation projects. She is currently involved with the Glenn Highway Northbound Capacity Improvements, Seward Highway MP 100-105 improvements and a Hazardous Waste and Environmental Services Term Agreement with the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. She has a bachelor’s degree in geosciences from the University of Southern Maine. She is a Qualified Cultural Resources Professional with the State Historic Preservation Office and an Alaska Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead. The Alaska Mobility Coalition is pleased to announce that it has awarded State Rep. Peggy Wilson, R- Wrangell, the 2014 AMC Legislative Award. The award is in recognition of her efforts promoting transit and transportation infrastructure in Alaska. The award was presented last week at the 2014 Alaska Transit Conference. The AMC is a private, non-profit membership organization that represents and advocates for public and community transportation in Alaska.

Movers & Shakers 10/12/14

Builders Choice welcomed Charles Benshetler as the business development manager at their Anchorage headquarters. He will also be working with their Vermillion, S.D., facility. He began his professional career in Houston, Texas, in 1989 serving in various roles for PVF suppliers in the oilpatch. The last 11 years were spent with Ferguson Inc. in Alaska as the sales manager serving the oil and gas, mining, EPC, and general/mechanical contractor community. Builders Choice, established in 1996, is Alaska’s leader in superior modular construction and manufacturer of engineered building components; they also provide full service building material and lumber yards in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Soldotna. First National Bank Alaska has a new escrow manager and two new branch managers. Escrow Manager Michelle Frain brings almost 20 years of First National experience to her new position. By working in multiple bank work areas in that time, Frain’s banking knowledge and expertise is vast. Born and raised in Alaska, Frain is a member of the American Mortgage Bankers’ Association and sits on the Alaska Vocational Technology Education Center advisory board. Jodie McCarty is the branch manager at the Eastchester Branch in Midtown Anchorage. Another banking veteran with more than 20 years experience, she joined First National in 2011 and moved over from the bank’s Dimond Branch. Joe Steger is the branch manager at the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Steger was born and raised in Alaska. His banking career began almost 15 years ago. Denali OB-GYN Clinic is expanding its highly trained, specialized team with the addition of its newest member, Sandy Mahoney, a board certified family nurse practitioner. Mahoney specializes in caring for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies and delivering babies in a hospital setting. She has a special interest in nutrition, disease prevention and wellness counseling. Mahoney earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her career includes more than a decade of providing primary care for adults and she has called Alaska home for more than 20 years. Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch was honored for his work during the past year as president of the National Association of State Foresters. Maisch, who has served as director for the Alaska Division of Forestry since 2005, was presented with a plaque for his efforts during the NASF annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 26. During Maisch’s tenure, the U.S. Congress reviewed multiple pieces of legislation dealing with the topic of working forests and the role of federal forest management. To that end, Maisch traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to discuss NASF’s proposed reforms to federal forest management. Established in 1920, the NASF is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors of forestry agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Maisch had previously served as the NASF’s vice president and was on the board of directors from 2010 until his appointment as president last year.

Movers & Shakers 10/05/14

MSI Communications has added account managers Jeremy Hayes and Kari Sellars and audio/visual editor Jamin Conn. Born and raised in Anchorage, Hayes graduated from Service High School. He went on to graduate from UNLV with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration with a minor in public relations. Upon graduation, he promptly returned to Alaska and began working in healthcare administration. Since leaving the healthcare industry in 2008, Hayes has worked at advertising and marketing agencies, producing work for some of Alaska’s largest and most respected corporations. Sellars is a lifelong Alaskan with nearly 10 years of experience in tourism marketing and event planning. Prior to joining MSI, she represented the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute working on its national consumer/public relations account. She is a University of Alaska Anchorage graduate in journalism and public communications. Conn comes to MSI from the movie industry, where he worked on TV shows like “Deadliest Catch” and several Hollywood feature films. Born and raised in Wasilla, he has manned a camera in subzero temps on the North Slope and while hanging out of a moving helicopter high above Cook Inlet. NANA Management Services hired Patrick Lamboy as the vice president of sales. In his new position, Lamboy provides direction and oversight for NMS sales and company-wide business development efforts. With 23 years of sales and sales leadership experience, Lamboy most recently worked as a regional sales director of Sodexo USA. His background includes directing regional and national accounts and reorganizing and developing sales divisions, with a special focus in healthcare technology and pharmaceuticals. Lamboy earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix. Joseph Levesque, principal of Levesque Law Group LLC, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice areas of Litigation–Municipal and Municipal Law. Levesque has been included in the Best Lawyers publication for at least the past five years and has been providing legal services to Alaskan municipalities for more than 20 years. The Salvation Army Alaska Division recently welcomed Major Sherry McWhorter as new administrator of the Clitheroe Center. The assignment represents a return to Alaska for the longtime officer, who has more than 20 years’ past professional experience in the state. McWhorter last served in Alaska as the Divisional Social Services Secretary from 2000 to 2008. She also served as Emergency Services Director for The Salvation Army in Fairbanks from 1988 to 1991. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee, and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Most recently, McWhorter served as Divisional Secretary for Social Services at The Salvation Army’s Southern California Division in Long Beach, Calif., from 2009 to 2014. McWhorter has also served three international appointments for The Salvation Army — in Russia, Rwanda, and the Republic of Georgia — experiences that moved her deeply. The Salvation Army Clitheroe Center, which includes an Outpatient office on East 6th Avenue, and a Residential Facility at Point Woronzof, provides affordable, professional treatment services to adults addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Lisa Gentry has joined KeyBank in Fairbanks as a business banking relationship manager and vice president. In her new role, she is responsible for business development and customer service delivery in Fairbanks. Gentry has more than 15 years of financial service and sales management experience. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a former Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 award recipient and a Leadership Fairbanks graduate. She is currently a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board, president of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association, and serves on the Downtown Rotary board of directors. Classic Alaska Trading Co., (Army Navy, Big Ray’s and Mack’s Sports Shop) has hired Lori Ellis as the new corporate sales director. Ellis brings more than 25 years of distinguished experience in business development, team management, corporate relationship management, and retail buying and sales management with such companies as Nordstrom’s and Alaska USA. Lori was also named one of Alaska’s Top 40 under 40 as the Owner/ President of Picadilly Flowers in 2007.  Ellis has chosen to promote Brian Hoshiko to assistant corporate sales director. Hoshiko has been with the Army Navy corporate sales department since January 2007. He is currently pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jonathan Redfearn has been promoted to corporate relations. Redfearn has been with Classic Alaska since February 2008. He has held various positions, including the assistant work wear buyer/ merchandiser, and most recently the assistant boot buyer. He will serve as a point of contact for incoming inquires related to new corporate relationships and will be responsible for preparing and delivering presentations to potential business partner onsite and at trade show forums. Jonathan is pursuing a degree in global logistics management, currently in his second year.

Movers & Shakers 09/28/14

Leyla Arsan has been promoted to office director for SWCA Environmental Consultants' Anchorage office. Previously office lead, she will continue to manage Alaska operations and staff and be responsible for the growth and diversification of business lines and geographic reach in the state. Arsan has 12 years of experience in fisheries and aquatic science, including aquatic resource assessments and habitat surveys, biological monitoring, fish passage assessment, Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations, and stream ecology. She has worked in freshwater, estuarine, and marine areas throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining SWCA as a biologist in 2007, Arsan worked as a research assistant at Oregon State University’s Center for Fish Disease Research, where she developed risk assessment models for the potential introduction and establishment of fish pathogens and non-native species into the state of Alaska. She was also a research assistant for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Arsan holds a master’s degree in fisheries and aquatic science from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Prescott College in Arizona. Wendy Lindskoog accepted the League of Railway Industry Women 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award during the league’s annual conference opening session Sept. 22 in Montreal. Lindskoog was recognized for her tenured service as a senior manager and executive for the Alaska Railroad Corp., which hired her in 2009 as the external affairs manager. Since then, Lindskoog has been promoted repeatedly, and currently serves as vice president of business management and corporate affairs. The award is presented to a woman who has improved the rail industry through her work in a leadership role within a professional railway field. The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the UAF Alumni Association will honor Frank Paskvan with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Paskvan received the award Sept. 26 during the Nanook Rendezvous awards dinner at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. Paskvan is a third-generation Alaskan who followed his father’s footsteps to the UAF College of Engineering and Mines. He received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1985 and has worked for BP and ARCO for 26 years in Alaska and Jakarta, Indonesia, as a reservoir engineer, mentor-coach and team manager. He led BP’s research into Alaska’s viscous and heavy oil developments and now leads development planning for the Prudhoe Bay area. The association will also honor six other alumni during the awards dinner. The 2014 Alumni Achievement Awards for Business and Professional Excellence will go to C.B. McNeil, ’59, attorney and retired Montana judge; Jeff Roach, ‘87, a brigade commander for the Alaska Army National Guard; and John Power, ‘88 and ‘98, a volcano seismologist and scientist-in-charge at the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The Alumni Achievement Award for University Support will go to Gene Therriault, ’80 and ‘83, a former legislator who now serves as deputy director for statewide energy policy development at the Alaska Energy Authority. The Alumni Achievement Award for Community Support will be awarded to Lynda Sather, ’98, a longtime public relations professional whose career has included work for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. The William R. Cashen Service Award will be presented to Tania Clucas, ’95 and ’08, whose volunteer work with the UAF Alumni Association dates back to her time as an undergraduate student. Clucas is currently a doctoral student and works as the education, outreach and diversity manager for the university’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. Effective Sept. 16, Becky Hultberg has taken on the role of president/CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. Hultberg replaces Karen Perdue who retired after four years as president/CEO. Hultberg, 40, joined ASHNHA in January as senior vice president after stepping down as commissioner of the Department of Administration for Gov. Sean Parnell, where she oversaw the state’s active employee and retiree health plans. She previously served as special assistant and press secretary for Gov. Frank Murkowski, as a staff assistant for the Alaska Congressional delegation and as regional director of communications and marketing for Providence Health & Services Alaska. Coffman Engineers, a mid-sized, multidiscipline engineering firm, promoted C. Dan Stears to vice president. Stears, a principal of the Anchorage office Corrosion Department, has more than 30 years of experience in pipeline, tank farm, and marine facilities corrosion control, including more than 25 years of experience managing and supervising corrosion control and multidiscipline activities. He is technically competent in cathodic protection and coatings activities, proficient at preparing and administering construction documents and contracts, and efficient at planning, coordinating and supervising contractors and consultants. Stears is familiar with state and federal regulations and industry standards and recommended practices for coatings, cathodic protection, and inspection of pipelines, tanks and marine structures. Cynthia Gough has accepted the role of operations administrator for Providence Health & Services Alaska effective Sept. 21. As area operations administrator, Gough will oversee Behavioral Health Services, critical access hospitals, long-term and transitional care, assisted living facilities, Providence Imaging Center and select joint venture operations. Gough has served Providence as director of Behavioral Health Services since 2004. Gough earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master of science in counseling psychology from the University of La Verne. She also earned specialty certification as a nurse executive, further preparing her for this broad portfolio of services. Gough replaces Susan Humphrey-Barnett who is retiring after 23 years with Providence. Randy Williams, P.E., has joined the NORTECH Energy/Mechanical Engineering team. Williams has 20 years of Alaska experience performing HVAC design, energy efficiency strategy and analysis, and building commissioning to support NORTECH’s mission of providing comprehensive and sustainable environmental, energy, health and safety services throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being a professional mechanical engineer, Williams is ASHRAE-certified in Commissioning and Building Energy Assessment and will provide third-party commissioning, energy assessment and modeling, and design and management of energy efficiency upgrades to building owners, designers, and contractors.

Movers & Shakers 09/21/14

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District selected Michael Coy as the new chief of the real estate branch effective July 27. Coy is now charged with providing the planning, acquisition, appraisal, management and disposal realty services to the Army, Air Force and National Guard elements in Alaska. Other responsibilities include the leasing of recruiting facilities required for all armed services in the state. Prior to joining the Corps, Coy worked for the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron for four years. While there, he served as the chief of real property for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and its outlying properties. Coy retired from the National Guard in 2007 where he served as a dual status technician. During his tenure, his civilian job was a realty officer for the Guard while working several military occupations as well. Afterwards, he took his realty expertise to the department of public works at Fort Richardson.   PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new employees in its Anchorage office. Michael Gemmell, PE, joined the firm as a senior civil engineer. Gemmell is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and has six years of experience in construction field engineering, including scheduling, estimating, and project management. He will focus on civil/structural design and construction management and inspection for various projects throughout Alaska. Jake Maxwell, PLS, was hired as a senior land surveyor. Maxwell was recently registered as a professional land surveyor by the State of Alaska. He holds a degree in geomatics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a lifelong Alaskan with nine years of experience in field surveying, office data reduction, and drafting on a wide variety of projects statewide. Marcy Kolberg joined PND as a geologist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Western Washington University and has previous experience as a co-project geologist planning and monitoring drilling operations, core logging, and report writing for the mining industry. Her present responsibilities are managing PND’s soil testing lab, supporting field geotechnical drilling activities and providing geological support for projects.   Cindy Rombach, executive officer of the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, has received the Small Office Honor Award from the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Home Builders. The award was presented during the annual NAHB’s 2014 Association Leadership Institute held in St. Louis. The council’s membership consists of the staff executives who manage the nearly 800 state and local home builders associations that comprise NAHB. This award, named in honor of Rachel Manley, the late executive officer of the Arrowhead Builders Association in Minnesota, is traditionally presented to an executive officer from a small association who is judged to have made exceptional accomplishments in spite of limited resources.   The Salvation Army Alaska Division Community Relations and Development Department has added Sonya Senkowsky as senior communications manager. Senkowsky has more than 24 years of multimedia communications experience, most of it in Alaska. She has published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and created or maintained dozens of websites for Alaska writers, scientists and organizations. Her journalism and web work has been recognized with first-place awards from numerous professional associations, including the National Federation of Press Women. She has a master’s degree in journalism from University of Maryland College Park and a bachelor’s degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia.   R&M Consultants Inc. Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Andrea Story received the Society for Marketing Professional Services 2014 Chapter President of the Year Award. Storey has more than 17 years of marketing experience in the architecture/engineering industry. She has been an employee of R&M since 2005, and is responsible for the firm’s marketing and business development efforts, as well as guiding firm-wide community involvement activities. She serves on the firm’s board of directors and has been instrumental in development and advancement of R&M’s strategic plan. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and received her certification as a Certified Professional Services Marketer through the Society for Marketing Professional Services in 2001.   KeyBank’s Amanda Clayton, business banker and SBA specialist based in Anchorage, has graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School. This year’s graduating class consisted of 209 executives representing 29 states, territories and other countries. Ten were from KeyBank. The students attended courses encompassing risk management, financial performance and leadership to gain an executive-level understanding of the business of banking.   Representative David Guttenberg, D-Interior/Wade Hampton, welcomed two new staff members to his Fairbanks office. Samantha Straus began working for Rep. Guttenberg in August after returning home from a 26-month Peace Corps tour in The Gambia, West Africa. Connor MacDonald also joined Rep. Guttenberg’s team in August after interning for U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and working at the UAF Women’s Center as a student assistant to Dr. Kayt Sunwood. Originally from Arizona, Straus, 29, first came to Fairbanks in October 2010 to join UAF’s Masters International program, which enables graduate students in Natural Resource Management to combine their degree programs with volunteer environmental work in the Peace Corps. She is presently finishing her thesis on forest management in The Gambia. MacDonald, 19, was born in Seattle but has lived in Alaska practically all of his life. He is Athabascan on his mother’s side and spent much of his childhood learning the history, traditions, and practices of his maternal heritage. Connor is currently studying at UAF.   John Chapman has recently joined URS Corp. as a civil engineer with more than 45 years of diversified engineering experience. He has performed duties as design engineer, project engineer, project manager, and principal-in-charge of a wide variety of civil engineering projects. Chapman has been involved in planning, design and construction administration of water supply and distribution, waste water collection and treatment, and municipal solid waste management projects. Other areas of expertise include street, highway and drainage design, construction administration and comprehensive planning.   The 2014 YWCA Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. They are: Belinda Breaux, President, Breaux Leadership Solutions; Karen Cowart, retired, director community and public affairs, BP Alaska; Diane DiSanto, Senior Legislative Aide, Office of Sen. Mark Begich; Elvi Gray-Jackson, Anchorage Assembly Member; Aurora Johnson, Dental Therapist, Norton Sound Health Corp.–Unalakleet; Dr. Natasa Masanovic, chair of the Department of Languages, University of Anchorage Alaska; Sen. Lisa Murkowski; Phyllis Rhodes, retired, executive director, Identity Inc.; Gail Schubert, President/CEO, Bering Straits Native Corp.; Kate Slyker, executive vice president, Spawn Ideas, Arliss Sturgulewski Award Winner; Ruth Sheridan, retired/founding member, Alaskans Concerned About Latin America. These women will be honored at the 2014 Women of Achievement Awards & Purse Auction Nov. 13 from 5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center Discovery Theatre. Tickets may be purchased through CenterTix starting Oct. 1.  

Movers & Shakers 09/14/14

Mariethez Quezon was promoted to retail sales branch manager at the Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union Minnesota Branch. In this role, she is responsible for managing member service, branch operations, training staff, and working with members on a day to day basis. Prior to assuming this new position, Quezon worked in the Credit Union’s Minnesota Branch as a retail assistant branch manager as well as a senior financial service officer. She brings more than 16 years of financial experience. Tom Garrett, PE has joined the R&M Consultants Inc. Anchorage office. Garrett joined R&M’s Surface Transportation Group as a senior project engineer in June 2014. He has 15 years of experience in civil engineering design in Alaska, and has spent the last 13 years as a civil and transportation engineer. As a senior project engineer, he has been responsible for publishing design study reports, construction plans, engineering cost estimates and project specifications. He has worked on site development, road reconstruction and resurfacing, grading and drainage plans, retaining wall design, and utility main extension projects. Since joining R&M, he has been working primarily on the Fairview Loop Road Resurfacing project. Garrett has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska. Marc Frutiger, PE, of R&M Consultants Inc. has passed the Professional Traffic Operations Engineer exam, earning his PTOE certification. The PTOE certification is administered by the Transportation Professional Certification Board, Inc., an autonomous certification body affiliated with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. This certification provides recognition of the requisite knowledge, skill and ability in the specialized application of traffic operations engineering. Frutiger is a project engineer in R&M’s surface transportation group. He has more than nine years of experience in transportation and utility design, in Alaska, Wyoming, and in his native country of Switzerland. An employee of R&M from 2004 to 2008, Marc returned to the R&M team in February 2013. Recent projects he has been involved with include the Seward Highway MPt 100-105 (Indian to Bird Creek) Improvements, Eklutna River Bridge Replacement and the Ketchikan-Mill, Mission and Stedman Streets Reconstruction. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska and Wyoming.  Wayne Bailey has been promoted to chief lending officer. Alaska USA. Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He joined Alaska USA 20 years ago as a financial analyst. In his time with Alaska USA, Bailey has risen through the ranks, holding the positions of vice president of financial planning and analysis, senior vice president of financial planning and analysis and chief risk officer. Lindsey Vorachek has been promoted to the position of process risk management group manager for aeSolutions’ Alaska office. Vorachek graduated from Montana State University with her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and joined aeSolutions in 2011 as a member of the process risk management group. She was responsible for scribing and leading Process Hazard Analysis meetings and managing clients within Alaska. Sally Marinucci has been appointed as business developer Fairweather LLC. A member of the Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies, Fairweather is a 38-year-old Alaskan company providing remote medical, aviation, logistics and scientific support services to Alaska’s natural resource industry. A native of Anchorage, Marinucci earned a degree in business administration from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Returning to Anchorage in 2013 to pursue a career change in the health care industry, Marinucci accepted an administrative position with the neonatal intensive care unit at Providence Hospital. In May 2014, Marinucci joined Fairweather as business developer. KeyBank Commercial Banking Relationship Manger Chris Yelverton of Anchorage has graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School. This year’s graduating class consisted of 209 executives representing 29 states, territories and other countries. Ten were from KeyBank. The students attended courses encompassing risk management, financial performance and leadership to gain an executive-level understanding of the business of banking. For 76 years, the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School has partnered with the University of Washington Graduate School of Business to provide this three-year graduate-level program to more than 10,000 members of the financial services community. Graduates attended a two-week resident session each August on the University of Washington campus, as well as completed seven inter-session written assignments, including an original management thesis. AGDC announces additions, staff promotions The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. announced additions to its senior management team and organizational changes to accommodate recently enacted legislation which broadens the corporation’s mission and authority. Senate Bill 138 gave AGDC the primary responsibility for developing the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas export project on the State’s behalf, and retained its responsibility for continuing to advance the in-state alternative, the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project. • Leslie “Fritz” Krusen has been named vice president, Alaska LNG, with primary technical and project management responsibility for AGDC’s participation in the Alaska LNG export project. Krusen will be joining AGDC following a 36-year career with ConocoPhillips, most recently as chief facilities engineer in their Houston office. He brings 25 years of specific LNG experience to the position, including six years as head engineer at Conoco’s Kenai LNG plant and four years as Project Manager for Alaska Gas Commercialization. • Bruce Tangeman has joined AGDC as vice president, administration and finance. Tangeman is the former Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, where among other responsibilities he managed the State’s Tax Division and was integrally involved in Alaska oil and gas tax policy. During the past year, he has been a lead member of the state team negotiating the Alaska LNG project. Tangeman also has worked as chief financial officer for Doyon Utilities, corporate budget officer for the Alaska Railroad Corp. and as a fiscal analyst with the State of Alaska’s Legislative Finance Division. • Kathy Day has joined AGDC as communications director. Day has more than 25 years of public relations experience in Alaska. She owned her own PR firm for 14 years, was director of public relations at a leading Anchorage-based PR agency for 10 years and is a former television and radio journalist. • Greg Cashen has joined AGDC as administrative services director. Cashen has more than 15 years of service with the State of Alaska. He was special assistant and assistant commissioner for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a former executive director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board and most recently, performance review project manager with the Alaska Division of Legislative Audit. In conjunction with these new hires, AGDC President  Dan Fauske announced the following staff promotions: • Joe Dubler, formerly corporate vice president and chief financial officer, has been named vice president commercial operations with overall responsibility for business development, commercial operations and gas marketing. • Frank Richards, P.E., formerly director, pipeline engineering, is now vice president, engineering and program development with overall responsibility for design, engineering, environmental, regulatory, project management and construction planning. • Miles Baker, formerly director of external affairs and government relations, is now vice president, external affairs and government relations with overall responsibility for corporate communications, public relations, media, stakeholder engagement and government relations.

Movers & Shakers 09/07/14

William “Matt” Tisher has joined Ahtna Inc. as chief financial officer. Tisher joins Ahtna from Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp., an Alaska Native village corporation with $300 million in revenues and more than 40 subsidiaries. While at UIC, he performed at the executive level providing internal and external financial reporting, planning, budget development, business plans, due diligence on investments, banking compliance, and relationships with banks and external auditors. Prior to UIC, Matt was the CFO at Adak Fisheries and Coastal Villages Regional Fund. GCI announced today the promotion of Duncan Whitney and Susannah Scholl. Whitney was promoted to vice president for product management and Scholl to vice president for information and technology. Whitney joined GCI in 1993 and has worked in many business departments within the company including IT, commercial marketing and Internet services. Most recently, Whitney served as vice president of data services in product management and as a program manager for GCI’s Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial Initiative, a program that will enable GCI to provide gigabit cable modem service in Anchorage by next year. Whitney earned his bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University and holds an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Scholl has been with GCI since 2002 and until her promotion was employed as director of business services in IT, overseeing a wide range of important issues including data security, compliance, systems integration, video Cost Of Goods Sold management and strategic financial planning. Scholl holds a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University as well as an MBA from the University of Washington.  Cynthia Trapp has joined UMIAQ LLC as an associate scientist in the Environmental Department. Trapp has more than 16 years of experience in the petroleum industry with expertise in emergency response and management, regulatory compliance and stakeholder engagement. Most recently Trapp was engaged in Shell Canada Ltd. Emergency Response Stakeholder Database and public safety initiatives, as well as with BP Exploration (Alaska)’s incident management plan harmonization initiative. Glenn Cravez has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work as a mediator. Cravez has mediated in Anchorage and throughout Alaska for the past 25 years. Leah Boltz, director of marketing and business development for Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc., and Cynthia Oistad, a project manager for Arcadis U.S Inc., earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer in July 2014. They are among a growing number of professionals to be certified by the Society for Marketing Professional Services, which advocates for, educates and connects leaders in the design and building industry. CPSMs are recognized as having the experience and knowledge to generate profitable business in the architectural, engineering, and construction marketplace. To achieve this designation, certification candidates must meet educational and experience requirements, pass a rigorous written examination, and pledge to abide by the CPSM Code of Ethics. The process validates the individual’s mastery of and ability to apply critical business development knowledge in an industry that values certification. St. Mary’s School District Superintendent Dr. David Herbert has been selected by Alaska Superintendents Association as Alaska’s 2015 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 28th year, pays tribute to a school system’s top leader who exemplifies effectiveness, knowledge, leadership, ethics, and commitment. Herbert became the superintendent for the St. Mary’s School District on July 1, 2005, and has successfully served for nine years as the School District superintendent making him one of the longest continually serving superintendents in the state of Alaska. In St. Mary’s, he guides a top performing school district, one that considers the needs of all students while envisioning the future that all graduates will encounter as they move beyond high school. Herbert has been an energetic, professional, and fully involved member of ASA. He has been very active at the state policy level and in legislative/policy issues. During this time he has been an executive board member of ASA, president of ASA, an executive board member of ACSA, president of ACSA, a member of the Mt. Edgecumbe Board as a representative for ASA, a member of the Superintendent of the Year Selection Committee for ASA, facilitator of the ASA Executive Director Selection Committee, and served as a member of the AASB/ASA Legislative Initiative Forum. ASA will advance Herbert’s candidacy to the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year program. All state Superintendents of the Year will be honored in February at the 2015 AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, California. Christy Shilling has been hired as a business development officer for Stewart Title of Alaska. Shilling comes to Stewart Title of Alaska with a background in real estate and commercial insurance. She has extensive customer service experience and has worked as an account executive marketing and selling commercial insurance for eight years. She also has approximately two years of real estate and escrow experience.

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