Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 08/24/14

Ashley Brinkman has been promoted to the position of communications manager in the Credit Union 1 corporate communications department. Originally hired in July 2008, Brinkman began as a teller and subsequently held the positions of member service representative, marketing coordinator, financial education coordinator, financial education specialist, senior education specialist and community engagement and education supervisor. In October 2013, Brinkman was promoted to communications supervisor, the position she held prior to this promotion. Don Gray has joined UIC as the new director of QHSET responsible for the administration of UIC’s Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental and Training programs. Gray is a seasoned QHSET professional with 15 years’ of experience leading various operating units across North America. Most recently, he served as the vice president of QHSET with ASRC Energy Services. Gray currently chairs the industry advisory board for the University of Alaska and has served on the board of directors for Volunteers of America and the Alaska Workers Compensation Board. Gray has a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and an associate’s degree in applied science emergency medical services from Davenport College in Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition, he completed the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership. Karlin Nageak Itchoak has recently joined UIC as the new director of legal affairs. He will conduct legal research and draft and review business agreements, legal filings and consult with subsidiaries and departments on risk management and complex legal issues. His background includes positions as a judicial law clerk for the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, and a Deputy Magistrate for the Alaska Court System. Most recently, Itchoak was the Alaska Arctic Rural & Indigenous Program director for the Institute of the North. There he helped implement the “We The People of Alaska” program. Itchoak received a double major in political science and Alaska Native studies from University of Alaska Fairbanks and received his juris doctorate from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Wash. Joshua Weinstein has been promoted to president of Northrim Benefits Group effective Aug. 6. Weinstein was formerly Northrim Benefits Group’s senior vice president, employee benefits consultant. Bruce Moore will remain on as an advisor and chairman of Northrim Benefits Group. Weinstein graduated from Alaska Pacific University in 2000 with a degree in education and psychology. He served as the technology coordinator for the Nome Public School District between 2000 and 2002, working with the district and students to create a vision for technology in furthering the education process. After returning to Anchorage in 2002, Weinstein joined ICL Financial Services to assist with various special projects. As the benefits arm of the company grew and expanded, Northrim Benefits Group was formed and Weinstein worked directly with the new Northrim Benefits Group as a lead producer, largely responsible for the agency’s growth in terms of services offered, profitability, and number of client accounts under management. Landis Pennock has joined URS as marketing coordinator. Pennock recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing and in management. The U.S. Department of State has confirmed Gov. Sean Parnell’s nomination of Stefanie Moreland as Alaska’s representative to the Pacific Salmon Commission. Moreland was recently appointed deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. She previously served as a special assistant for fish, wildlife, ocean, and Arctic policy in the Office of the Governor, as a fisheries staffer for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and as an economist for both ADFG and the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Moreland fills a vacancy created by the retirement of long-serving Pacific Salmon Commissioner David Bedford. The Pacific Salmon Commission implements the treaty between Canada and the United States that provides for the international conservation and harvest sharing of Pacific salmon. Parnell also appointed Ben Mohr to serve as a special assistant with a portfolio that includes fish and game, as well as access issues for hunters, fishermen and non-consumptive users. Mohr’s focus will be on outreach to constituents and coordinating across departments on issues such as land access. He will add capacity to the team that includes ADFG Commissioner Cora Campbell, Deputy Commissioner Moreland, and other senior department and governor’s office staff to advise on fisheries, wildlife, and land access matters. Longtime Fairbanks attorney Andy Harrington has joined University of Alaska System legal team as associate general counsel. Harrington has practiced law in Fairbanks for 33 years, serving in a variety of different positions, including serving more than 25 years with the Alaska Legal Services Corp., and most recently serving as senior assistant attorney general in the state Department of Law. He joined UA in late July and replaces former UA associate general counsel Larry Zervos, who retired in March. Harrington received his degree from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude. His first job out of college was clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court. During his career with Alaska Legal Services, he was a staff attorney, a supervising attorney and served eight years as the non-profit agency’s statewide director. At the state attorney general’s office, he worked in the Commercial and Fair Business Practices Section. Builders Choice welcomed Gretchen Kenney as the inside sales manager at their Anchorage headquarters. Kenney is returning to a company where she has more than five years of history, having started as a purchasing director in 2005. She began her professional career in 1998 with Hilton Hotels, where she held several positions and quickly developed a reputation for quality work and friendly, positive interactions with coworkers, vendors, and customers. At Builders Choice she has worn a variety of hats ranging from office manager to sales coordinator. She most recently spent three years as the executive director at the Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association. All told, she has more than 16 years of professional business and client relations experience. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District selected Bruce Sexauer as the new chief of the civil works branch effective Aug.10. Sexauer previously served as the district’s chief of the planning section as well as the lead planner and project manager on multiple studies, including the Alaska Deep Draft Arctic Port Study and Alaska Baseline Erosion Assessment, which was honored with the Corps of Engineers Planning Achievement Award in 2009. He began his Corps career in 1993 with the Seattle District where he served in many capacities, including hydraulic engineer, project manager, plan formulator and program manager. Sexauer transferred to the Alaska District as a senior planner in 2003. His Corps civil works planning experience has included project formulation for ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, navigation and recreation. He is well versed in the Corps Emergency Management programs through planning and implementing multiple levee rehabilitation projects. Sexauer earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington in 1992, completed the Seattle District Leadership Development Program in 1999 and graduated from the Corps Planning Associates Program in 2003.

Movers & Shakers 08/17/14

Kirsten Swanson has joined RIM Architects as marketing assistant. She graduated from UAA in 2014 with dual bachelor of business administration degrees in marketing and management. While earning her degrees, she worked as a freelance professional photographer and provided marketing and event coordination for Davis Constructors & Engineers and for the American Cancer Society in Seattle. Jason Arnold of RIM Architects has earned his Construction Document Technologist accreditation through the CDT Program. As he continues to work toward achieving his Alaska Architecture license, Arnold has provided a variety of services for RIM, including design assistance, contract administration, construction documentation, building specifications and project production assistance. He has worked on numerous projects for RIM’s Building Envelope & Science Technology Studio, which provides forensic, repair and replacement solutions for roofs, doors, windows and exterior envelope issues. Prior to joining RIM, Arnold served in the U.S. Army for 10 years. As an Army Resources Sergeant with several deployments to Iraq, he gained a deep understanding of the administrative, logistical and organizational needs required for large entities to perform successfully. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University. Northrim Bank has promoted four officers: Debbie Bolton, training and development officer; Jeanine Lillo, vice president, controller; Judy Schnese, assistance vice president, audit supervisor; and Linda Uttech, vice president, facilities manager. Bolton has more than 10 years of experience in banking and has been with Northrim Bank for almost five years. She started at the Wasilla Financial Center as a personal banker and was promoted to branch supervisor. She holds an associate’s degree in science from Weber State University. Lillo has been with Northrim Bank for more than 11 years as the assistant controller and controller. Prior to joining Northrim Bank, she worked at Reeve Aleutian Airways. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer information systems from Emporia State University. Schnese has more than 25 years banking experience and joined Northrim Bank five years ago. Prior to starting at Northrim, she worked for First Interstate Bank, National Bank of Alaska, and then Wells Fargo. Schnese holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and also is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Financial Services Auditor. Uttech has been with Northrim Bank for two years. Prior to joining Northrim, she worked as the facilities manager at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel, with more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry. In 2013, Uttech was awarded Northrim Bank’s President’s Award. Tony Cange is the new CEO of Seldovia Native Association Inc., the Alaska Native village corporation for Seldovia. Cange was most recently the President of Aleut Real Estate LLC, the lands and real estate arm of The Aleut Corp. Prior to that, he was senior business analyst for Koniag Development Corp., the operating arm of the Koniag Inc. Cange is a lifelong Alaskan and serves as a director of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and as a Director on the Municipality of Anchorage Platting Board. He was a 2011 recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 award. Luke Hoffmann has joined URS Corp. as a staff geologist. Hoffmann recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with his bachelor’s degree in geology. For the last 14 years, he has held various positions in Alaska, all pertaining to remote fieldwork. Hoffmann’s areas of expertise include environmental geology and mineral exploration. Anne French is the new vice president of marketing and sales Huna Totem Corp. As the first person to occupy this position, French will lead brand development, marketing and sales for the company. She will be responsible for developing the company’s brand in a way that is integral to its future growth and that is consistent with its vision and values. French brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing and brand innovation to her new role. She is a brand strategy executive with a proven record for increasing sales and profit performance across a broad range of businesses, including Procter & Gamble Co., Clorox, the software company Intuit, and Foote, Cone & Belding, an advertising agency. Most recently French led innovation development for a variety of clients, including Colgate-Palmolive, Hormel Foods Corporation, Del Monte Foods and Georgia-Pacific LLC, a paper company. She’s also consulted for Facebook, GoPro and General Electric. Wells Fargo has named Phillip Izon as an Anchorage small business specialist based at the 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd. location in midtown. Izon has three years of financial services experience in Alaska, serving customers as a teller, personal banker, and small business relationship manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage. While attending UAA, Izon helped form a financial literacy program for students. He currently serves as an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals committee member. Karen Kassik-Michelsohn of Michelsohn and Daughter Construction Inc. was elected external vice president for the American Institute of Building Design at its 2014 National Convention located in Columbus, Ohio. AIBD is an international association for the Residential Design industry and is based in Washington, D.C. She will hold the national office for a term of one year. Kassik-Michelsohn was also awarded the prestigious “Designer of the Year” nomination for her years of service as liaison to the National Association of Home Builders and the homebuilding industry. Kassik-Michelsohn has been designing Custom Homes and Remodeling for more than 25 years and is both a remodeling design and aging-in-place design specialist. She has been featured in many publications and the “Today” show promoting the need for accessible and multi-generational housing. Michelsohn and Daughter Construction Inc. is a full-service design/build construction company located in Anchorage since 1978. The Alaska Workforce Investment Board has named Daniel Domke the David G. Stone Secondary Vocational Training Administrator of the Year for significantly improving and promoting career and technical education. Nominations for the prestigious awards come from an Alaska business or industry. Domke is career and technical education director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, but served as principal of Hutchison High School in Fairbanks when AWIB selected him. Dr. Karen Schmitt has been appointed the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Alaska Southeast. Schmitt is returning to UAS from a position as dean at University of Alaska Anchorage. Previously she served as UAS dean in the schools of Management and Career Education. She replaces Dr. Marsha Sousa who returned to UAF in Fairbanks after four years in Juneau. Schmitt’s academic background includes a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, a master’s degree in geology from the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand and a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Schmitt was Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate student and received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship while at Columbia. In addition to her recent university leadership roles in Alaska, she served as assistant dean of the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, as senior research geologist for Exxon Production Research, and as marine projects coordinator with ITT Antarctic Services. Vickie Williams is taking on the position of interim dean, School of Management. Williams is a longtime accounting faculty member at UAS. Prior to UAS, she was employed with Citicorp in New York and with Arthur Andersen and Co. She is taking on this interim role while the university begins a search for a permanent Management dean. The previous dean, John Blanchard, is returning to his original position as assistant professor of accounting while also maintaining an active presence working with community and industry partners. Pete Traxler will be expanding his role as associate dean for Juneau Programs within the UAS School of Career Education. Traxler is assistant professor of construction technology at the UAS Technical Education Center near downtown Juneau.

Movers & Shakers 08/10/14

Aimee M. Devaris will serve as director of the Alaska region for the National Weather Service, one of six in the nation. Devaris began her National Weather Service career as an intern at the weather service office in Kodiak in 1994. She worked through the ranks as a forecaster and became a warning coordination meteorologist at the forecast office in Juneau. She moved to Anchorage in 2001 to assume programmatic responsibilities at the regional headquarters office. In 2005, Devaris moved to weather service headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., to serve as the chief of the performance branch, where she was in charge of quality assurance. She was then chosen as executive officer for the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services where she led the service’s national budget planning activities. Her selection as deputy director to Alaska region brought her back in 2008. Devaris graduated from the University of Alaska in Anchorage with a master’s degree in engineering and science management and a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University. GMW Fire Protection Inc. announced the appointment of Todd Heesch as president and Karen Todd as sales and marketing manager. Heesch has served as general manager of GMW since 2009 and in 2013 purchased the company. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1997. He was registered as a professional engineer in 2003. Heesch arrived in Alaska in 1999, as a staff mechanical engineer for PDC Inc. and subsequently became a project manager for Superior Plumbing and Heating before joining GMW. Todd has served for 16 years as service representative in the fire protection industry. She arrived in Anchorage in 2010 where she qualified for the Pinnacle Award for fiscal 2011-12 (top 10 percent sales of the company) with Simplex Grinnell before joining GMW. She has nearly 30 years experience providing customer service to corporate clients. Carolyn Thompson has joined Umiaq LLC as the new office manager in Barrow and Terri Mitchell has been promoted to the manager for Umiaq’s newly formed Environmental Department. The Umiaq Barrow office manager is the primary point of contact with the North Slope Borough’s Planning Department for all Umiaq related NSB permitting and zoning issues. As a previous program manager for the North Slope Borough Public Works Department, Thompson participated in the early stages of development of the RELI/AHFC Weatherization Program. In her recent position as senior project manager for WHPacific, Carolyn represented the North Slope Borough under a Professional Placement contract with CIPM. Mitchell holds a master’s degree in environmental policy and management with honors and has more than 14 years of experience providing environmental documentation and permitting for bathymetric surveys in the arctic, telecommunication infrastructure, airports, roadways, wind towers, material sites and fuel tank farms. Umiaq’s Environmental Department provides the expertise to support Alaska and Arctic operations through the development of oil spill response plans, emergency response plans, incident management expertise, NEPA documentation, and permit packages for the most challenging of projects.  Current projects include the Arctic Fibre Project, a fiber optic line running from Tokyo to London through the Northwest Passage, Alaska LNG, response planning support for Shell and the Point Thomson Project. Naomi DuCharme has joined URS Corp. as a field camp manager. She brings more than 12 years of experience in management, facilitating, and customer service. DuCharme holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage in physical education with an emphasis in outdoor leadership and administration. The University of Alaska Anchorage Office of Alumni Relations and the UAA Alumni Association announced the recipients of the 2014 Alumni of Distinction awards. These three distinguished UAA alumni will be honored for their outstanding contributions to their chosen fields and community at the 5th annual Green & Gold Gala on Sept. 27 at the Alaska Airlines Center on UAA’s campus. They are: Ted Trueblood, Alumni of Achievement Award (master’s degree, civil engineering, 1980), president, Tryck Nyman Hayes Inc. (retired), past president, UAA Alumni Association; Cristy Hickel, Alumni Humanitarian Award (bachelor’s degree, physical education, 1986; master’s degree, interdisciplinary studies, 1989), program director, Sports Programs for Youth Development, Education & Recreation; Virginia Groeschel, Alumni Emerging Leader Award (bachelor’s degree, civil engineering, 2006), aviation design engineer, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities; President, College of Engineering Alumni Chapter. Scott Vierra has joined North Star Terminal and Stevedore Co LLC in their equipment services division. He will work with general contractors and corporations that will need stevedore and crane rental services in the future. He has been an Alaskan resident for nearly 30 years and brings 14 years of professional business-to-business experience that has included selling equipment and fleet vehicles throughout the state of Alaska. WHPacific Inc. announced the addition of Benjamin Lloyd and Travis Holmes as civil engineers in training to the company’s Anchorage office. Lloyd and Holmes will be working with WHPacific’s transportation group on civil and surface transportation projects. The growth of WHPacific’s transportation team in Anchorage will allow the company to better serve clients on projects for Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaskan Native Villages, and various city roadway design and construction projects throughout Alaska. Lloyd graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University in 2013 and is currently working on his master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He also successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Holmes also successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and is a recent graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Prior to joining WHPacific, he worked as a public works engineering intern at Fairbanks North Star Borough and provided traffic data analysis for the Municipality of Anchorage Project Management and Engineering Department.

Movers & Shakers 08/03/14

Wells Fargo has named Patti Bozzo as Alaska commercial real estate lending manager and Claire Hoffman senior commercial real estate industry specialist. Bozzo leads a team of five commercial real estate industry specialists and business associates focused on meeting the specialized financial needs of Alaska developers and contractors. Bozzo has been with Wells Fargo for 24 years, joining the company as a teller in Northern California. For the last 13 years she has worked as a business relationship manager and commercial real estate industry specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University in Sacramento. Hoffman has been with Wells Fargo for nine years, serving Alaska customers in Anchorage, Homer, and most recently in Fairbanks as a business relationship manager. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and she is a graduate of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce’s leadership program. The Society for Marketing Professional Services Alaska Chapter recently awarded two 2014 Build Business Conference Grants to Leah Boltz of Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. and Monica Bradbury of Dowl HKM. Both recipients received $500 to assist in attending the 2014 Build Business Conference. Boltz is the director of marketing and business development for Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. She has nine years of experience in marketing and business development for the architectural, engineering and construction industry and has been an active member of SMPS Alaska since its inception in 2011. Bradbury is the Alaska North Pacific Division Marketing Manager for Dowl HKM and has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and business development. Michael Corey was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Corey, of Anchorage, has been an Alaska resident for more than 34 years, and has practiced law for 28 years. He has been in private practice since 1985, first with Wuestenfeld & Corey LLC, and most recently, since 2013, at Jermain, Dunnagan, & Owens PC. Corey is a member of the American Bar Association, Anchorage Bar Association, Alaska Bar Association, and past member of the Alaska Bar Ethics Committee. He received a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. Tux Seims has recently joined URS Corp. as an environmental and infrastructure intern. Seims is currently en route to receiving his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has experience in ocean mariculture, assisting with building/designing structures based on coastal needs, and water sampling. His current duties at URS include supporting engineering efforts, Donlin transportation analysis, supporting marketing pursuits, and construction management support. Former Mat-Su Regional Medical Center board member Craig Thorn was recently selected as the 2014 recipient of the Bert Hall Award for Commitment to the Health of the Community, and Mat-Su Health Foundation board member Benjamin Olmedo received international recognition with his selection for a 2014 REAL Award. The Bert Hall Award is presented annually by the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors to an individual who consistently exemplifies commitment to improving the health and wellness of people in the Mat-Su Borough. Thorn was a board member and later board chair of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, and he served in that role until he recently resigned to pursue other interests. He previously served on the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors, where he also was elected chair. Thorn is a lifelong Alaskan with a long history of community service, including as past president of the Palmer Chamber of Commerce and the Palmer Rotary Club, and as a board member of United Way of Mat-Su. The REAL Awards program was created by Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition to celebrate the contributions of healthcare workers who save lives every day around the world. Olmedo was one of only 26 awardees in 10 different categories from 13 countries, and he was the only physician assistant recognized. Olmedo, who joined the MSHF board 2013, is a primary care physician assistant with Southcentral Foundation and serves patients at the Chickaloon Village Health Clinic in Chickaloon and the Valley Native Primary Care Center in Wasilla.  He is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of captain and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Naval Commendation Medal for contributions made during operations in Afghanistan.

Chef Dixon tabbed for Great American Seafood Cook-off

Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute chose Chef Mandy Dixon to represent the State of Alaska at the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans on Aug. 2. A lifelong Alaskan, Dixon is the chef and owner of La Baleine Café, a seaside café on the Homer Spit. She also serves as Within the Wild Adventure Company’s pastry chef. “Mandy is a talented chef,” said ASMI’s Communications Director Tyson Fick. “We already know she cooks well under pressure. We’re certain she’ll be a strong contender in this competition.” Dixon will proudly represent Alaska in the annual cook-off that brings 19 chefs from across the country together to compete for the title of “best seafood chef in the nation.” Each chef will utilize ingredients from their home states. The cook-off is held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and is open to the public. Other chefs will represent the states of Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Cook-off judges include Ben Pollinger, executive chef of Oceana restaurant in New York City; Kris Moon, senior director of strategy and development for the James Beard Foundation; Barbara Mathias, co-publisher and vice president of Food Arts magazine; Brian West, chef-instructor at CIA-San Antonio and Susie Selby, owner of Selby Winery. “For the competition, I’ll be making an Alaska seafood ramen bowl with king crab beignets as a nod to the New Orleans locale,” Dixon said. “This dish has the ability to show Alaska’s diverse seafood and culture through the techniques and its ingredients.” Dixon’s homemade ramen noodle dish tied her for second place in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held in Anchorage in 2013. While Dixon grew up cooking alongside her mother, Chef Kirsten Dixon, at the family’s wilderness lodges, she completed her formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, Calif. After working in restaurants for the next four years, she enrolled in the intensive pastry program at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif., in 2006. During school and following her graduation, she worked as a pastry chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group in Yountville, Calif., before returning to the family business in Alaska in 2010. Dixon is the co-author alongside Chef Kirsten Dixon, of “The Tutka Bay Lodge Cookbook — Coastal Cuisine from the Wilds of Alaska,” which will be released in October 2014. She was the food stylist for the second edition of “The Winterlake Lodge Cookbook,” published in October 2012.

Air Guardsman receives Silver Star for valor under fire

Master Sgt. Roger Sparks was awarded the Silver Star for his actions during a fierce firefight with insurgents in Afghanistan’s Watapur Valley Nov. 14, 2010. Responding to a call to retrieve combat casualties in support of Operation Bulldog Bite, Sparks and a 212th combat rescue officer, Capt. Koaalii Bailey, descended from helicopter via hoist under enemy fire. Upon touchdown they were both blown off their feet by a rocket-propelled grenade, and Sparks instructed the flight crew via radio not to lower any more personnel due to the high volume of fire. Under fire from three directions, the pair began communicating with nearby Coalition aircraft to direct air strikes against insurgent positions. Making contact with forces on the ground, they then began to consolidate the wounded and provide treatment. “Despite the threat of continued enemy fire and with no concern for his personal safety, Master Sgt. Sparks immediately began administering lifesaving procedures with his limited supply of first-aid gear,” the citation reads. “When he exhausted his medical supplies, he improvised using belts, t-shirts or boot strings in a desperate attempt to keep his patients alive … he feverishly triaged chest wounds, punctured lungs, shattered hips, fist-sized blast holes, eviscerated stomachs and arterial bleeders with extremely limited medical supplies and only the light of the moon piercing the darkness.” “Sergeant Sparks exhibited extraordinary resolve, calm and heroism under constant enemy fire for nearly five hours, which resulted in four American lives being saved and four casualties being returned to their families with honor and dignity,” the citation continues. “Through his extraordinary heroism, superb Airmanship and resolve in the face of the enemy, Master Sgt. Sparks reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.”

Movers & Shakers 07/27/14

William A. Earnhart has been promoted to senior attorney at Wohlforth, Brecht, & Cartledge. Earnhart’s practice focuses on labor and employment law, litigation and appeals and municipal law. The firm is based in Anchorage and clients include banks, trust companies, investment banks, securities issuers, corporations, various enterprises, non-profit corporations, rural Alaska communities, municipalities and state agencies. Jake Austin and Gretchen Meyers of R&M Consultants Inc. have received their professional licensure in land surveying from the State of Alaska. They both passed the Principles of Surveying exam and the Alaska Land Surveying Exam. Austin initially joined R&M in 2006. He is a senior land surveyor in R&M’s Geomatics Department and has traveled extensively throughout Alaska performing design, GPS and boundary surveys. Recent projects include surveying and mapping services for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Central Region Fall Flood Repairs, Seward Highway Milepost 25.5-26, Sterling Highway Rehabilitation and Hooper Bay Airport Improvements. Austin is nearing completion of a bachelor’s degree in geomatics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Meyers joined R&M in 2010 and is a senior land surveyor in the firm’s Geomatics Department. She has six years of experience in land surveying. During her time at R&M, Gretchen has worked extensively in Airspace Obstruction Chart Surveys and Airport Airspace Analysis for Airport GIS development throughout Alaska. Recent projects include the Alaska Railroad Corp. Seward Marine Terminal Expansion, Seward Highway Milepost 25.5-26, Sterling Highway Rehabilitation and Seward Highway Right of Way Study. Gretchen holds a bachelor’s degree in geomatics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mark Kimerer, principal landscape architect at Bettisworth North, recently completed Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership and Executive Advancement Program. Kimerer became a partner at Bettisworth North in January 2014 and brings 21 years of experience in landscape architecture. He leads the firm’s landscape architecture department of three and oversees human resources and professional development for the firm. Kimerer is an advocate for community building through pro bono projects, including volunteering his time to the Peirce Park Living Lab Project in Fairbanks and helping to create a campus master plan for Winterberry School in Anchorage. Kimerer’s notable landscape architecture projects at Bettisworth North include the Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks, the Valdez Middle School in Valdez and the Spenard Road Reconstruction Project in Anchorage.

Movers & Shakers 07/20/14

Larry Brummer recently joined URS as a project contract/procurement specialist. With more than 18 years of experience in both the government environment and the commercial sector, Brummer will predominantly focus on procurement and subcontract management. Mark Trahant will return to the University of Alaska Anchorage as the Atwood Chair of Journalism, a prestigious position that invites nationally known journalists to teach courses and reach out to the Alaska public. Trahant spent 2013–14 in residence at the university, where he taught several courses, including Multimedia Journalism. During the year, he worked on a book about austerity, a subject he also blogs about at marktrahant.org. Trahant has embraced social media such as Twitter and video blogging, but he is just as adept at long-form journalism. He’s been an editor, reporter, columnist, TV correspondent and author of several books, including “The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars,” about Sen. Henry M. Jackson. Trahant completed a fellowship at the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy. He was a 2009 Kaiser Media Fellow, writing about health care reform and its impact on Indian Country. He’s also been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska Native village. He is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and former president of the Native American Journalists Association. Trahant has been covering Indian Country since the 1970s. He is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Trahant is also the chairman of the board of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and a former columnist at The Seattle Times. He has been publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho; executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune; a reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix; and has worked at several tribal newspapers. Lori Davey, Bruce Harland and Gail Schubert have been selected to participate in the initial meeting of the Arctic Economic Council. Davey is the general manager for Fairweather LLC; Harland is the vice president business development for Crowley Marine Services Inc.; and Schubert is the president and CEO of Bering Straits Native Corp. The AEC is intended to foster sustainable development, including economic growth, environmental protection and social development in the Arctic. During Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-15), the Arctic Council states and Indigenous Permanent Participant organizations worked together to facilitate the creation of the AEC. In response to a request from the Minister of the Arctic Council, the Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, and the recommendation of the U.S. Department of State, the Alaska Chamber worked collaboratively with the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission co-chairs to select three representatives to participate in the initial meeting of the AEC. Chuck Greene, vice president community and regional affairs for NANA Development Corp. was named as an alternate. David Mayberry was appointed to an at-large seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Mayberry, of Anchorage, is a long-time Alaskan and experienced oil and gas attorney. He has been an attorney in private practice for 15 years and most recently worked as counsel for Crowell & Moring LLP. Mayberry holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a juris doctorate and Natural Resources and Environmental Law Certificate from Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law. Russell Dick, Wilson Hughes and Gary Wilken were reappointed to the board of directors for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and Alaska Energy Authority. Dick, of Juneau, is the president and CEO of Haa Aaní LLC, a subsidiary of Sealaska Corp., established to expand the regional economy by fostering new and sustainable industries, specifically in rural communities. Dick earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Hughes, of Anchorage, is a 40-year Alaskan currently serving as president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Wireless Network LLC. He previously served as chief operating officer of GCI from 1991 until 2013. Hughes has more than 40 years of experience as an executive, engineer and project manager in the communications, engineering, and construction industries in Alaska. Hughes received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and a master’s degree in science and engineering management from the University of Alaska. Wilken, of Fairbanks, is a retired Alaska legislator and small business owner. He represented Fairbanks and Fort Wainwright in the Alaska Senate from 1997–2008. Wilken also owned Husky Foods, Fairbanks Distributors, and Great Alaskan Food Co., all wholesale food distribution companies. Wilken earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University. Douglas Blumer was appointed to the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank board of directors. Blumer, of Anchorage, is the Alaska sales manager for NC Power Systems and has been a commercial fisherman for 15 years. He grew up in the farming business and currently owns and manages two family farms. Blumer is one of two director seats appointed by the governor. Susan Smith and Kathleen Liska were reappointed to the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas. Since 2003, Smith, of Chokosna, has been chair of Residents of the Wrangells, a McCarthy-based organization of Alaskans with private land inholdings in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. A former substitute teacher and employee of the Chitina Native Corporation, she now works as an artist crafting jewelry, weaving quilts and sewing furs. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the State University of New York at Brockport. Liska, of Anchorage, is the executive director of Increase Alaska. She writes a bi-monthly newsletter, “The Alaska Statesman,” which informs the public of current topics that impact Alaska. Formerly, she has helped coordinate events for the Federation of Community Councils. She has also been a volunteer for the Downtown Soup Kitchen. A third-generation Alaskan, Liska has a family history of politics and enjoys staying actively involved in Alaska issues by providing research, events, and networking opportunities through multiple platforms.

Movers & Shakers 07/13/14

Harry W. Need IV has been hired as the director of gift planning for the University of Alaska Foundation. Need joins UA with seven years of development experience, most recently as a development officer responsible for facilitating major gifts to the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Arts and Sciences. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2001, completed Leadership Anchorage in 2008, and earned an MPA with dual emphases in policy analysis and public management from UAA in 2013. He earned a fundraising executive certification through CFRE International in 2013 and was recognized as a “Top Forty under 40” professional by the AK Journal of Commerce in 2014. Latosha Frye  has bee promoted to chief financial officer for Northrim BanCorp. effective May 16. Frye takes over from Joe Schierhorn, who has served as CFO since 2001. He will devote his time to being the chief operating officer for Northrim Bank. Frye has been with Northrim Bank since 2006 when she was hired as assistant vice president, lead accountant for financial reporting. She was promoted to assistant controller in 2008 and in 2009 was promoted to vice president, controller of financial reporting. Before joining Northrim Bank, Frye was with KPMG LLP where she was a senior audit associate. Frye holds a masters of accountancy and bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana. She is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking and has earned the Wharton Leadership Certificate from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Frye is a certified public accountant with the State of Alaska. Northrim Bank hired of Allen Hippler as vice president, construction loan officer and promoted Barb Ervin to vice president, core applications group manager. Allen joins Northrim from Faulkner Walsh Constructors, where he was the chief financial officer. He has more than 12 years of experience in the banking and financial industry after starting his career at First National Bank Alaska. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas. Ervin was within the Information Technology Department. She has been with Northrim Bank for more than 12 years and has more than 30 years of experience in banking and investments. She was most recently the vp, branch administration manager at Northrim. She attended the Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wis., graduating in 2012. She was the winner of the 2006 Northrim Bank President’s Award. MacNamara (Mac) Shoulders recently joined URS as a biologist with more than 30 years of experience specializing in managing interdisciplinary environmental programs, designing field studies and permitting for oil and gas, and other civil projects. He has broad experience in permitting projects in Alaska and an in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations including: National Environmental Policy Act, ESA, Marine Mammals Protection Act, Migratory Bird Species Act, State of Alaska Fish and Game regulations, and State of Alaska Water Quality regulations. As a major component of these projects, Shoulders has conducted scoping, permitting and project management, and compliance management with Alaskan communities and regulatory agencies. He also has experience as a project manager for ensuring environmental compliance during large civil construction projects. Jolene John has been hired as the new U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Alaska West Area Manager effective July 14. The West Area covers the Lake and Peninsula Borough; Bristol Bay Borough; Dillingham census area; Bethel and Wade-Hampton census areas; Nome census area; and the Northwest Arctic Borough. John comes from the village of Toksook Bay/Nunakauyaq, on Nelson Island, a member of the Nunakauyarmiut Tribe and grew up as a Yup’ik speaker. She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks earning a bachelor’s degree in rural development, with an emphasis in community organization and service. Jolene also completed a Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Health under the School of Business, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Gavin Graham has been named a Wells Fargo Anchorage small business specialist based at the Benson Boulevard location in Midtown. Graham joined Wells Fargo in October 2013 as a management trainee. He has three years of financial services experience in Alaska. Graham, a South Anchorage High School graduate, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from DePauw University in Indiana. Upon college graduation, he served as an intern conducting research for Anchorage Economic Development Corp. Jacqueline Dailey of Juneau was recently elected president of the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. board of directors. Dailey, representing the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood, will serve her first term as RurAL CAP’s board president. She previously served as the secretary/treasurer on the RurAL CAP board. Steve Longley of Nome continues to serve as vice president and Margaret Roberts of Kodiak was elected secretary/treasurer.

Movers & Shakers 07/06/14

URS Corp. announced the promotion of Whaley Braham to marketing manager for the company’s Anchorage office. Braham is a lifelong Alaskan and holds a marketing degree with a minor in environmental studies from Western Washington University. She has more than 12 years of experience in marketing, product development, sales, business analysis, and business development. Elizabeth Appleby joined URS as an environmental planner with eight years of professional experience, including two years spent in Alaska. She recently earned a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of Minnesota after previously completing a bachelor’s degree in biological aspects of conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shannon Vivian has recently joined URS Corp. as technical editor.  Vivian brings more than 30 years of document production, general office management, and technical editing experience to the URS team. Her expertise includes word processing, technical editing, research, data entry, graphics work, and preparation of data deliverables and reports. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced the names of her second session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C., office in July. For the second session running July 7 to Aug. 1, Murkowski selected Rebecca Carney-Braveman and Sarah Pherson of Fairbanks; Annika Graham and Evyn Ysais of North Pole; Izabella Powers of Juneau; Diane Murph of Petersburg; Amber Vernon of Unalaska; Nathan Sidell of Palmer; Marcus Gamble of Eagle River; and Samuel Ortiz of Ketchikan. Kendall Eilo of Anchorage and Benjamin Gilman of Kenai will continue as intern coordinators, supervising and counseling the summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski’s staff. Eilo is a senior at the University of Colorado pursing a degree in communications. Gilman is a senior at the University of St. Thomas pursing a degree in psychology. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced that its Haines Dental Clinic will soon benefit from two permanent dentists. After nearly two years without a permanent dentist, Dr. Alex DeYoung and Dr. Lucia Nascimento will both be transferring from SEARHC’s Dental Clinic in Juneau to the organization’s Dental Clinic in Haines. They will begin seeing patients in mid-July. Nascimento is a general dentist and is currently the deputy chief in Juneau, and has been with the organization since 2008. She received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee and completed a two-year residency, in addition to performing outreach in the Dominican Republic and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines before coming to SEARHC. DeYoung recently completed his residency after having earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry. He also volunteered extensively while in Richmond, Va., participating in the Mission of Mercy Dental Service Project where he served as a coordinator, as well as Give Kids a Smile and Caritas; all free dental clinics. Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Senior Vice President of Branch Operations Lorraine Bennett to senior vice president of risk management. Bennett was originally hired in October 1983, giving her the distinction of being the longest-tenured employee at Credit Union 1. Bennett began her career as an ATM expert in the Lower 48, moving to Alaska after the launch of the Alaska Option network. She has since become certified as a bank secrecy act compliance specialist and is working toward her credentials as a certified fraud examiner. Credit Union 1 also promoted of Branch Member Services Manager James Wileman to a member of the senior management team. Prior to coming to the credit union in 2010, Wileman served as the CEO of Alps Federal Credit Union in Sitka for four years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a management emphasis, and in 2007, he graduated from Western Credit Union National Association Management School. Mike Gordon has been named president of Denali Alaskan Insurance, a full-service brokerage offering commercial and personal lines of insurance. Formerly the brokerage’s general manager, he is responsible for all operational aspects of the insurance brokerage and its 14 employees in his role as president. Gordon has nearly 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, beginning in 1986 as a claims examiner in Arizona. He moved to Alaska in 1989 as a claims adjuster, and has experience as a producer for local branches of national brokerages.  Prior to joining Denali Alaskan Insurance in 2009, he worked at Wells Fargo Insurance Services, where he focused on small commercial business insurance accounts.  

Movers & Shakers 06/29/14

Bill Tart, an internationally recognized leader and expert in unmanned aerial systems, joins ASRC Federal as director of the unmanned aerial systems strategic initiative. Tart has more than 24 years of experience supporting and leading various U.S. Air Force programs, initiatives and squadrons. Prior to joining ASRC Federal, Tart served as the Air Force director of remotely piloted aircraft division at the Pentagon, where he spearheaded UAS programs. For his service, Tart has been awarded the Bronze Star, Defense Superior Service, Legion of Merit, and Air Medals. Tart, a prolific speaker at think tanks and academic institutions, has been published three times and consistently named one of the Air Force’s top airpower strategists and commanders at the group and squadron levels. The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association announced the promotion of Pat Rogan to President of Cannon Fish Company, APICDA’s sales and marketing company. Rogan was the vice president of retail sales for Cannon Fish and has extensive experience within the seafood industry. He replaces Pete Cannon, founder of Cannon Fish. APICDA acquired Cannon Fish, a seafood value-added processing and marketing company based in Seattle, in August 2013. Cannon Fish was founded in 1991. Cannon, who will become semi-retired, will remain connected to the company as a consultant. The United Fishermen of Alaska, the largest statewide commercial fishing industry trade association representing 36 member organizations, announced the re-election of Jerry McCune of Cordova District Fishermen United as President. New Executive Committee members are: Chip Treinen of Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance as vice president; Chad See of Freezer Longline Coalition as secretary and treasurer; Ian Pitzman of United Cook Inlet Drift Association as the at-large Executive Committee member; Bob Kehoe of Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association as co-Administration chair; Dale Kelley of Alaska Trollers Association as Fish Farm and Environmental committee chair; and Steve Reifenstuhl of Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association who will serve as the new Subsistence chair. Steve Ribuffo has been appointed by Mayor Dan Sullivan as director of the Port of Anchorage, effective June 1. Ribuffo had been deputy director at the port since August 2007 and served briefly as interim port director during the transition from Gov. Bill Sheffield to Richard Wilson in 2012. He is a Certified Port Executive and has master’s degrees in business administration and logistics management. Before joining the Municipality, he retired as a colonel after 30 years of active duty with the Air Force. Bryce Hyslip has joined the Municipality of Anchorage as communications manager for Mayor Sullivan. Prior to his appointment, Hyslip specialized in communications and marketing for Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska. Hyslip graduated magna cum laude in 2013 and received the distinction of Outstanding Graduate from the Journalism and Public Communications Department of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Matanuska Electric Association named Julie Estey director of public relations. Estey’s career in Alaska includes serving as the executive director of the Yukon Quest annual sled dog race, as well as the director of development for the University of Alaska Museum of the North. In 2009, she was recruited to become the business director for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power, an energy research group at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In this capacity, Estey led all non-research related activities including business management, budgeting and planning, outreach and public relations, community relations and business development. Estey earned a bachelor’s of business administration magna cum laude in both marketing and organizational behavior, along with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is an Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 award recipient. Credit Union 1 promoted Tiffany Beka to the position of consumer loan manager in the Consumer Loans Department. Originally hired in January 2004, Beka began as a teller and subsequently held the positions of senior teller, member services assistant, consumer loan officer, consumer loan administration manager and branch manager. In September 2012, Beka was promoted to sales and service manager in the Consumer Loans Department, the position she held prior to this promotion. Nathan Hale, Eric Froelich and Jared Barak have joined RIM Architects as design assistants, providing comprehensive design team support on numerous projects. Hale has 12 years of experience in architectural design and construction. Previously, he was a project manager for the U.S. Air Force in Anchorage and worked for design firms in Anchorage and Detroit. He is proficient in Revit and has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is actively pursuing architectural licensure in Alaska. Froelich has bachelor’s degrees in architecture and environmental design from North Dakota State University, with a minor in interior design. Prior to several years of work experience at Alaskan architecture firms, he gained certification as a kitchen and bath designer for a firm in North Dakota. He also specialized in roof and floor truss designs for a structural component production firm in Minnesota. Barak has experience working for architecture and engineering firms in Alaska and construction companies in Alaska and Oregon. He has a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Oregon, with a prior two years as a mechanical engineering major at another university. Barak earned LEED GA accreditation (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Green Associate) from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2014. KeyBank has promoted Cutter Ragusa to manage its Fairbanks main branch. He joined KeyBank earlier this year as a personal banker with more than 10 years of sales and customer service experience. Ragusa served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2008 and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 1/25 SBCT Brigade Support Battalion stationed out of Fort Wainwright. He currently serves in the Army Reserves with the 297th Engineer Company.

Movers & Shakers 06/22/14

Jenna Mason has joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office as her new press assistant. Mason graduated last month from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a bachelor’s degree in government and politics. She attended South Anchorage High School and has previous experience interning in Mayor Dan Sullivan’s office for two summers as assistant to the communications director. She joined Murkowski’s office in September 2013 as a college intern and began working part-time as staff assistant in March 2014. Van Le of R&M Consultants Inc. has passed the American Institute of Certified Planners exam. This certification provides recognition of a mastery of the principles, skills, knowledge and experience essential for a professional planner. Le joined R&M in 2013 as a senior transportation and land use planner. She has more than 11 years of planning experience in all aspects of local and regional planning and is a former Municipality of Anchorage Land Use Planner. Recent projects she has been involved with include master planning for the Valdez Municipal Harbor, the Eklutna River Bridge Replacement and the West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade. She holds a master’s degree in environmental sciences from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in urban geography from the University of British Columbia. Barat M. LaPorte has joined the firm Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP as a partner in its Anchorage office. LaPorte practices in the firm’s commercial litigation group. She counsels clients on a broad range of issues related to complex civil litigation, e-discovery, natural resources, environmental law, government investigations, complicated financial and commercial disputes and consumer products. David Froster, Daniel King and Joshua Gray were hired as staff civil engineers at PND Engineers Inc.  Froster holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.  King holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in civil engineering at UAA.  Gray earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University and has experience in general civil utility design and construction inspection. Michael Beglin and Ethan Perry earned Alaska Professional Engineer registrations and were promoted to senior engineers. Beglin holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from St. Martin’s University. He has been with PND since 2009, focusing on structural design and inspection of bridges and marine facilities.  Perry recently completed his master’s degree in civil engineering, as well as a graduate certificate in port and coastal engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He specializes in hydrologic studies and hydraulic and coastal design projects. Northrim Bank announced the promotion of four officers. Gerlie Monta-Guevarra has been promoted to assistant vice president, branch manager in Ketchikan; Catalina Haney and Fejie Monta-Carangang have both been promoted to assistant branch managers in Juneau; and Lori Downing has been promoted to assistant branch manager in Sitka. Monta-Guevarra has 14 years of bank operations experience. She began her banking career with Wells Fargo prior to joining Alaska Pacific Bank/Northrim Bank. She directly oversees the branch operations for both the Ketchikan Financial Center and the Tongass Branch. Haney brings 18 years of bank operations experience to her new position. Prior to joining Alaska Pacific Bank/Northrim Bank 13 years ago, she worked for Bank of America and First National Bank Alaska. Monta-Carangang started her banking career eight years ago with Alaska Pacific Bank/Northrim Bank. Downing began her banking career six years ago when she joined Alaska Pacific Bank/Northrim Bank in Sitka. Christie E. Artuso is the 2013-2014 Volunteer of the Year for the American Heart Association’s Western States Affiliate.  Artuso was recognized for her distinguished commitment to the organization’s mission at an award ceremony on June 9 in Los Angeles. Artuso is the director of the Neuroscience Division at Providence Alaska Medical Center and is a champion for Get With the Guidelines–Stroke, a quality improvement program by the AHA. Artuso advocates for the administration of research-based stroke therapies and continuing to educate health professionals in stroke care. This year she served as the chair of the planning committee for the AHA’s stroke workshop in Alaska and co-presented on telestroke at the event. Artuso volunteers for the AHA in many other significant ways: as a spokesperson for the organization in Alaska, including serving as a speaker at various events; as a committee member and donor for Go Red For Women. Kevin McNeal and Ian Comer of Door Tech LLC in Palmer have been designated as Certified Commercial Rolling Door Systems Technicians by the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation.  IDEA Commercial Rolling Door Systems Technician Certification is available to individuals who can document training and demonstrate a high degree of knowledge and expertise in the installation and service of commercial rolling door systems. The program was created by IDEA in 2005 to promote safety, product qualify, and facility security, among door and access systems technicians.

Movers & Shakers 06/15/14

Two Bureau of Land Management-Alaska volunteers were honored, one as the BLM’s National Lifetime Achievement Award winner and another as the National Youth Volunteer. Verna Pratt received the 2014 BLM Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award for her work over the last 20 years at Campbell Tract. Over the last two decades, Pratt has provided expert advice on plant species at the facility. She led the first inventory of plants at Campbell Tract in 1993 and mentored other volunteers on native plant species. She was instrumental in turning a newly constructed Campbell Creek Science Center in 1996 from a building surrounded by construction grade soil and fields of weeds into the thriving gardens that exist today to showcase Alaska’s native wildflowers. Volunteer Mark Kreider was presented with the BLM’s first-ever Making a Difference Youth Award. He serves primarily as a maintenance technician with the Anchorage District Facilities Branch, working on a variety of facilities and landscaping projects, in all weather conditions and situations. Kreider served more 1,000 hours of time over the last year, and taught hundreds of kids how to pan for gold during this year’s Outdoor Week program and was instrumental in helping to prepare for the Iditarod Ceremonial Start at Campbell Tract. The Chancellor’s and Dean’s List for the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus Spring 2014 semester has been announced. Angela M. Craft was named to the Chancellor’s List, and Braden L. Shoemaker, Madalyn A. Campbell, Nastasha E. Robidou, Anastasia S. Anisimova, Chaix J. Johnson and Ryan J. McCutcheon were named to the Dean’s List. The University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus serves approximately 1,140 students. Brian O’Dowd, PE, Morgan Welch, PE, Matt Majoros, PE and Brian Mullen, PE, of R&M Consultants Inc. have received their professional licensure. They each passed the Principles & Practice of Engineering Exam, gaining their Alaska licenses in civil engineering. O’Dowd has been with R&M since 2010. He is a project engineer in the firm’s Construction Administration Department and has been involved with CA for transportation and airport projects throughout Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Welch joined R&M in 2010 and is a project engineer in the firm’s Surface Transportation Engineering Group. Welch holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Majoros has been with the firm since 2009. He is a project engineer within R&M’s Airport Engineering Group and has five years of engineering design experience, nearly all of which has focused on airport improvement projects. Majoros holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UAA. Mullen has been with R&M since 2011. He is a geotechnical engineer in R&M’s Earth Sciences Department and has more than five years of experience in geotechnical investigations and drafting recommendations. Mullen holds a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Missouri University of Science. During MTA’s annual meeting business meeting, two directors were elected to serve on the MTA Board. Winning a three-year seat was incumbent Catherine Fosselman with 2,516 votes. Winning a two-year term with 2,510 votes was incumbent Earl P. Lackey. As decided by a special board meeting immediately following the election, Lackey will serve as the chief governance officer of the MTA board of directors. Fosselman will serve as secretary of the board. Rounding out the five-person board are Al Strawn, George Trabits and Larry Wiget. The Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. hired Corrine O’Neill to serve as the supportive housing division director. O’Neill is responsible for managing the agency’s Supportive Housing Division, which includes Homeward Bound, Community Bound, Anchorage Homeless Outreach Program and Housing First. O’Neill has worked in the field of homelessness and affordable housing for more than 10 years. She was formerly employed by Anchorage Community Mental Health Services where she managed outreach programs, transitional housing programs, and permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless and seriously mentally ill. O’Neill holds a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis with a concentration in social and economic development. Mike Gordon has been named president of Denali Alaskan Insurance. Formerly the brokerage’s general manager, he is responsible for all operational aspects of the insurance brokerage and its 14 employees. Gordon has nearly 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, beginning in 1986 as a claims examiner in Arizona. He moved to Alaska in 1989 as a claims adjuster, and has experience as a producer for local branches of national brokerages. Prior to joining Denali Alaskan Insurance in 2009, he worked at Wells Fargo Insurance Services, where he focused on small commercial business insurance accounts. Mellisa Welle and Donald Shoopman, Jr. have been named retail sales branch managers at Denali Alaskan’s Eagle River Walmart and Tikahtnu Commons branches, respectively. Welle has been a Denali Alaskan employee for more than five years, working within the credit union’s operations department. She had been the branch sales supervisor at Denali Alaskan’s City Hall Branch prior to her promotion. Shoopman has been with Denali Alaskan for two years, most recently serving as the branch sales supervisor at the Tikahtnu branch. Prior to joining Denali Alaskan, he spent two years working at a bank in Alaska. Five Anchorage-based FedEx Express drivers placed among the top finishers at the 2014 Alaska State Truck Driving Championship held recently in Anchorage. Kitiona Afusia earned his first state title after finishing first in the Straight Truck class. Rebecca Nelson captured first place in the Step Van class for her first state title. Doug Rickel finished second in the 3-Axle class. Completing the sweep in the Step Van class were Airnoy Keodouangdy and Cathryn Bailey with their second- and third-place finishes, respectively. Afusia and Nelson will go on to compete at the American Trucking Associations’ 2014 National Truck Driving Championships, known as the “Super Bowl of Safety,” Aug. 12-16 in Pittsburgh. In addition, each state winner will be recognized by FedEx as part of its safe driving initiative, The Chairman’s Challenge. Josh Stewart has joined Sen. Mark Begich’s staff as the deputy press secretary. He will be based in Begich’s Washington, D.C., office.

Movers & Shakers 06/08/14

Matt Steele has been hired by the Alaska Aerospace Corp. as vice president of business development as it expands within the commercial aerospace industry and diversifies its business services. Steele joins AAC with 34 years of experience in aerospace business development. Most recently, he was director of business development for ATK Launch Services. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Kent State University in 1980, and an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix in 2004. Steele will be based in Salt Lake City, Utah, to maintain and develop customer relationships. LonganMasterman Sara Longan of Anchorage and Steve Masterman of Fairbanks have been appointed directors in the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Longan has been appointed director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting. She has worked for the state more than nine years, most recently as deputy director of the permitting office, where she was responsible for the permitting and administration of large-scale oil and gas, transportation, and clean energy projects. Prior to that, she was the policy and legislative advisor in the Division of Oil and Gas. Longan earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Natural Resources and a Master of Science in ecotoxicology from Oklahoma State University. Longan also holds a doctorate in public health with a special focus on health, safety, and environment. Masterman has been appointed director of the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. He joined the division in 2013 as division operations manager and since November served as acting director. He has worked for the State of Alaska for the past 10 years. Masterman arrived in Alaska in 1983 and has 20 years of experience in the mineral industry, including generative exploration in Alaska, near-mine exploration in Peru and mine geology in Nevada. In 2004, he joined the Alaska Department of Transportation where he managed the Northern Region’s Engineering Geology program. Masterman earned a bachelor’s degree in mining geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, and a master’s degree in geological engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Seven attorneys in the Stoel Rives LLP Anchorage office have been selected by Chambers and Partners as leading U.S. lawyers.  They are: John D. Kauffman, Corporate/M&A; Joseph J. Perkins Jr., Jonathan E. Iversen and Tina M. Grovier, Energy, Natural Resources  & Regulated Industries; Renea I. Saade, Labor & Employment; S. Lane Tucker, Litigation: Construction; James E. Torgerson, Litigation: General Commercial. BryantHemmilaSaidiDenslinger Four individuals have joined The Wilson Agency. Jolene Bryant joins The Wilson Agency as an employee benefits advisor. Her previous experience is with a third party administrator, carrier and brokerage firm and she is licensed in property and casualty and life and health through the Alaska Division of Insurance. Ben Hemmila, having worked in several capacities of leadership, is now transitioning from his recent experience as a regional consultant and vice president of marketing in Minnesota to join The Wilson Agency as a business development executive. Hemmila graduated from Northwestern College with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is currently pursuing his MBA at Liberty University. Sara Saidi joins as marketing coordinator. Before moving to Anchorage she worked at a multicultural advertising agency. She graduated with both a bachelor’s degree in Spanish for International Service and master’s degree in business analysis from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Marc JJ Denslinger will work as an associate analyst. He is a recent graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He will assist our staff with claims reporting and analysis. Five lawyers in the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP Anchorage office were ranked by Chambers and Partners in its annual survey, Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014.  Dorsey Partners Robert Bundy, Jahna Lindemuth and Spencer Sneed were ranked in the Litigation: General Commercial practice area. Partners Michael Mills, Richard Rosston and Sneed were ranked in the Corporate/M&A practice area, with Mills and Sneed also separately ranked in the Corporate/M&A: Bankruptcy practice area. Rosston was also separately ranked in the Real Estate practice area. In all, the five Dorsey Anchorage lawyers received a total of nine individual rankings, including four rankings of Band 1, a Senior Statesman ranking for Bundy and a Star Individual ranking for Rosston. Ron Kieswether of Anchorage has been promoted to the president of Carlile Transportation. Kieswether joined Carlile last October as chief operating officer focused on operations including logistics, less than truckload operations, trucking and safety. His expanded role will include setting strategic direction for Carlile’s Alaska and Lower 48 business and overseeing all operations for the company. Kieswether has more than 30 years experience in the transportation industry. Prior to joining Carlile, Ron was vice president of operations for Oak Harbor Freight Lines in Auburn, Wash. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University in Oregon. Six Davis Wright Tremaine Alaska attorneys in five practice areas were recognized as leaders in their fields by the 2014 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The Alaska attorneys are: Barbara Simpson Kraft, Jon S. Dawson and Joseph Reece; Corporate/M&A (Band 1); Mike Jungreis, Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries; Gregory Fisher, Robert K. Stewart, Alaska, Labor & Employment (Band 1); Dawson, Alaska, Litigation: General Commercial; Simpson Kraft, Dawson, Reece, Alaska, Real Estate (Band 1).

Movers & Shakers 06/01/14

Four Anchorage-area high school seniors have been awarded $4,000 scholarships and are among 25 winners of the BP Principals and Commissioner Scholarship program statewide. Since 1985, BP has awarded nearly $3.5 million to more than 750 Alaska students who have excelled in academics and community service. The 2014 BP Principals and Commissioner scholarship winners are: Mackenzie French, A.J. Dimond High School; Ia Thao, Bartlett High School; Rachel Johnston, Grace Christian School; and Sijo Smith, Chugiak High School. Kim Butler has been hired as an associate financial planner at Alaska Permanent Capital Management. She will work directly under Cathie Straub, CFP, and Laura Bruce, CFP, in the newly formed Wealth Management for Individuals division and will provide technical assistance and client service support as she works towards completing her Certified Financial Planner certification. Butler is currently finishing her master’s degree in financial planning.  She graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s of business administration in finance. Prior to accepting this position she worked as a paralegal in the office of David Shaftel and as a Registered Representative at Charles Schwab & Co. Ivy Schultz recently joined URS as a geographic information systems analyst with four years of experience in GIS including collecting, managing, processing, and presenting data for a variety of successful projects. In her role as a GIS analyst, Schultz is responsible for data management, analysis, and cartography to support business processes. This includes post processing field data, quality assurance and control, geo-processing, and creating maps. She attended Alaska Pacific University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Janet Reiser, Jim Henderson and Harry Crawford were elected to the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. As the two candidates receiving the most votes in the 2014 election, Reiser and Henderson were elected to 4-year terms, while Crawford was elected to a 3-year term. Reiser is the director of business and resource development for the Aleut Corp. Henderson is a principal with new American Financial Group in the financial services industry. Crawford is a former Alaska state legislator, retired iron worker and a small-real-estate developer. All three were incumbents. In all, 12.5 percent of the 68,583 Chugach members of record voted, with 37.5 percent of the votes cast electronically via the Internet or phone. Reiser was elected board chair, Susan Reeves was elected vice-chair, Henderson was elected secretary and Sisi Cooper was elected treasurer. Effective June 1, 2014, shareholder Monica James will be the new chief operating officer for Calista Corp. James joins the Calista executive team after serving several years in Yulista Holding, LLC Calista’s largest holding company. James served as the chief financial officer and then vice president of business operations and administration for the Alaska Aerospace Corp. Her journey with Calista Corp. began at Yulista Holding, as the vice president of business strategy before becoming its president and CEO. Originally from Alakanuk, she graduated from Bethel Regional High School. Josh Herren will become the new president and CEO of Yulista Holding. Herren previously worked as the company’s executive vice president and COO. Paul May, the current director of finance, is being promoted to executive vice president and COO for Yulista Holding. Z. Daniel Graham is the new Bering Straits Native Corp. vice president of corporate development. Prior to joining BSNC, he served as president and CEO of Ahtna Engineering Services, Ahtna Technical Services Inc. and Ahtna Support and Training Services Inc. Graham joins the Company with more than 19 years of experience in managing government and private sector engineering, construction, remediation and service contracting work. He is a registered professional civil engineer and is a Certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. Graham received an Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Villanova University. Scott Bohne, a principal with RIM Architects LLC, has passed the Certified Construction Contract Administrator exam and can add CCCA to his list of accreditations. Bohne joined RIM Architects in 1989 and has been a principal since 2001. With 32 years of Alaskan architectural experience, he created and manages the firm’s Building Envelope & Science Technology Studio, providing forensic, repair and replacement solutions for roofs, doors, windows and exterior envelope issues for hundreds of projects. He is also RIM Architects’ specialist for projects completed under term contracts, including for the State of Alaska and Anchorage School District. Bohne earned both a bachelor of science in architecture and a bachelor of architecture from North Dakota State University. He is the Chair of the Municipality of Anchorage Board of Building Examiners and Appeals, and sits on the Bidding Review Board.

Movers & Shakers 05/25/14

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council elected new board officers for the year ending in May 2015. The newly elected executive committee includes: President Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez; Vice President Thane Miller, representing Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp.; Treasurer Jim Herbert, from the City of Seward; and Secretary Cathy Hart, representing the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association. The three members at-large are: Pat Duffy, representing the Alaska Chamber, Andrea Korbe from the City of Whittier, and Stephen Lewis representing the City of Soldovia. Asaaluk Irelan is the new branch manager of the Credit Union 1 Nome location. Irelan, a long-time resident of Nome, has more than eight years of experience in the banking and finance industry. From 2009 through 2013, Irelan worked for Credit Union 1 as assistant branch manager of its Nome location. The Northrim BanCorp board of directors promoted Latosha M. Dickinson to chief financial officer, effective immediately. Joe Schierhorn, who has served as CFO since 2001, will now devote his time exclusively to being the chief operating officer. Prior to joining Northrim in 2006, Dickinson was a senior audit associate and audit associate with KPMG, working in the Anchorage offices for four years. She earned her master’s of accountancy and bachelor’s of science in accounting degrees from the University of Montana and is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. In 2013, Dickinson earned the Wharton Leadership Certificate from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Brendan Gerdts of Bartlett High School in Anchorage is the winner of the 2014 United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest for Alaska and has earned a $1,000 academic scholarship. Gerdts’s essay, “Peace Through Unity: Bridging the Gap Between the Security Sector and the Public,” examined how security sector reform contributes to sustainable peace. Jean Lapp has joined Denali Alaskan Home Loans as a senior loan originator. Lapp will be originating loans at the main Denali Alaskan Home Loans office located at 471 W. 36th Avenue, Suite 110 in Anchorage. Lapp has more than 20 years in the financial industry, most recently as a mortgage loan originator. In addition to originating mortgage loans, Lapp brings her experience in all aspects of the mortgage process including escrow, lending, processing and funding. Kelly McLain has joined the account services team at Gere Donovan Creative, a multidisciplinary design and communications firm with offices in Anchorage, Alaska and Portland, Ore. Prior to joining Gere Donovan Creative, Kelly was the research director and an assistant dean at the University of Alaska Anchorage. With a master’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in journalism, McLain has previously been involved in a variety of writing projects across Alaska and Oregon including work for the official Alaska vacation guide, the Alaska Dispatch, Anchorage Daily Planet and The Bend Bulletin.

Movers & Shakers 05/18/14

Kim Black joins the Arctic Branding & Apparel team after spending the last 15 years in specialty healthcare sales, marketing and management. Her most recent experience was as the marketing director for an occupational health and rehabilitation department. In this position she became familiar with the safety needs of Alaskan workers and the importance of providing equipment, clothing and training to protect them from injury. The University of Alaska Fairbanks announced recipients of the 2014 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Awards on May 6. Joseph Thompson, associate professor of philosophy and humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, received the teaching award; Roger Ruess, professor of biology at the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology and College of Natural Science and Mathematics, received the research award; and Elena Sparrow, research professor and education outreach director at the International Arctic Research Center, received the service award. All three were honored at a reception at the UA Museum of the North. Thompson joined the university in 1999 and has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, from introductory philosophy to core humanities classes to advanced senior thesis. His student evaluations have been consistently stellar. Thompson has three philosophy degrees: a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ruess joined the faculty at UAF in 1989, after postdoctoral and faculty positions at Syracuse University and two years as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Science Foundation. Ruess is an ecologist whose work, which focuses on the boreal forest, has been funded with almost continuous support from the National Science Foundation. Ruess earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a doctorate in biology from the University of North Dakota. Sparrow has served the university since 1985 and has become internationally recognized for her work to share science with elementary and secondary school students. Her work with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment program, also known as GLOBE, has helped engage scores of students and teachers as citizen scientists. Sparrow holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of the Philippines, a master’s degree in soil microbiology from Cornell University and a doctorate in agronomy-soil microbiology from Colorado State University. Dustin Baugham recently joined URS as a project administrator with six years of experience in administrative and management support. Baugham’s responsibilities include billing, project controls, and subcontractor compliance. Neal Smith recently joined URS as an environmental scientist with two years of experience. Smith provides technical studies and environmental support, including National Environmental Policy Act support, environmental site assessment and Marine Mammal Protection Act support, Section 404 and Section 10 permit applications, water quality studies, and discharge monitoring and compliance support with Environmental Protection Agency and Alaska Department of Conservation water quality standards. Smith received a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology from Bemidji State University and a master’s degree in environmental science from Alaska Pacific University. Edmund (Ned) Gaines recently joined URS as a cultural heritage specialist/applied anthropologist with 15 years of experience in all aspects of cultural resource management and sociocultural impacts analysis. Gaines has served as project director/principal investigator responsible for leading archaeological survey, excavation, lab analysis, technical report preparation, and consulting with various state and federal agencies. He also has experience in stakeholder engagement, paleontology, subsistence, database management, GPS, GIS, cartography, geomorphology, soil science and laboratory analyses. Two LifeMed Alaska professionals have received the distinguished designation of Certified Medical Transport Executive by the Association of Air Medical Services. Colt Connolly, director of ground operations, and Scott Williamson, director of flight operations, were both honored for receiving the CMTE designation at the AAMS–Medical Transport Leadership Institute graduation banquet last week.  The two men join LifeMed Alaska colleagues Jared Sherman, Glenn Stevens and Tim Nixon, along with approximately 300 other individuals worldwide who currently hold the CMTE credential. Tim Cudney has been appointed as the director of the Fairweather LLC Deadhorse Aviation Center at Prudhoe Bay. DAC is a multi-faceted aviation facility operated by Fairweather to support oil field operations on the North Slope, as well as offshore oil and gas exploration and development activities and U.S. military operations in the Alaska Arctic. Arriving in Alaska in 1978 after working in Colorado and Wyoming for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound as a climbing instructor, Cudney accepted a position operating several remote fly-out hunting and fishing lodges in Bristol Bay. From 1997 to 2013 Cudney was employed by Era Helicopters, where he advanced from Denali Park helicopter base manager to director of business development for the Million Air/Era fixed-base operation in Anchorage. In 2013, Cudney joined Fairweather as the interim facility manager of DAC. R&M Consultants Inc. has added three staff members to its Anchorage office. Justin Rich, GISP joined R&M in March 2014 as a GIS specialist in the GIS Group. Rich has five years of experience in GIS, including analyzing and interpreting remote sensing imagery and vector data; developing algorithms for running spatial analysis; creating spatial databases; and processing GPS data. He spent the last three years as a Research Technician at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Rich has a master’s degree in geology from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, and a bachelor’s degree in geosciences from the University of Southern Maine. Chris Fell, LG joined R&M in April 2014 as a senior geologist in our Earth Sciences Department. Fell has 10 years of experience performing environmental and geotechnical services for private and public clients. Since joining R&M, he has been involved in the Alaska Stand-Alone Pipeline Material Program: Prudhoe Bay to Cook Inlet. Fell has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Josh Phares joined R&M in April 2014 as an IT systems administrator. He has 15 years of experience in IT and has a strong background in user support, driving upgrade projects and instituting process improvements. Phares is knowledgeable in Macintosh OS X; Windows XP and 7; Citrix Secure Access Client; Norton and Symantec AntiVirus; Inter-tel Phone System; Heat and BOSS Work Ticketing System; Web Design Usability Testing; and Enterprise Imaging Software.

Movers & Shakers 05/11/14

Monica Kane, assistant provost at University of Alaska Anchorage, has joined the Best Beginnings board of directors. Kane has been at UAA since 1996. Best Beginnings is a nonprofit advocate for early learning in Alaska. It is the statewide umbrella for Imagination Library, promotes and supports local early childhood partnerships, and produces and distributes materials and information about early learning. Rada Khadjinova has joined Fugro Pelagos as Alaska division manager. In this role, she serves as the focal point for all Fugro activities in the state, coordinating with other Fugro companies to deliver clients a complete range of survey, geotechnical, and subsea services. Khadjinova is a certified project management professional with 23 years of experience, the last seven of which have been in the area of engineering and environmental project management. She also holds graduate certification in environmental regulation and permitting from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in international relations from Troy State University. Originally from Russia, Khadjinova has lived and worked in Anchorage since 1993. Joseph Murry has been promoted to senior relationship manager with KeyBank in Alaska and Eric Hamilton has joined KeyBank in Juneau as business banking relationship manager and assistant vice president. In Murry’s new role, he is responsible for developing new business and delivering service to large commercial clients throughout the State of Alaska. Murry joined KeyBank in 2009, following 12 years of commercial banking in Milwaukee, Wis. He was recognized recently for outstanding performance by being named to KeyBank’s 2013 Signature Circle. A graduate of the University of St. Thomas and the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colo., he currently serves as president of the Anchorage Library Foundation Board of Trustees. Hamilton brings to Key more than five years of experience in banking and insurance and hails from Craig, which is located on Prince of Wales Island, and his Tlingit and Haida ancestors were among the founders of Craig. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Concordia University, in Portland, Ore. Northrim Bank is adding six assistant vice presidents, or AVP, and officers from Southeast Alaska as part of the merger between Alaska Pacific Bank and Northrim completed in April. AVP Lending Branch Manager in Juneau Willy Dodd is a lifelong Juneau resident and has worked for at Alaska Pacific Bank for seven years. Dodd has a bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting from California State University Fullerton. AVP Lending Branch Manager in Ketchikan Marc Guevarra has worked in banking since 2001 and joined Alaska Pacific Bank in 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. AVP Electronic Business Services Manager Lisa Martin started her career in banking 20 years ago as a teller at a savings bank in Massachusetts. Before moving to Alaska to work for Alaska Pacific Bank, Lisa worked in credit unions and savings banks in Arizona, Washington and Oregon. She settled in Juneau 10 years ago. Assistant Branch Manager in Ketchikan Gerlie Monta-Guevarra started her career in banking with Wells Fargo in 2000. She moved to Alaska Pacific Bank in 2005. AVP Loan Administrative Officer in Juneau Tammi Whistler has over 31 years experience in the banking industry, all of which have been in Southeast Alaska. She started at BM Behrends Bank before moving to Alaska Pacific Bank. Assistant Branch Manager in Juneau Vern Williams has over 13 years of banking experience. He started as a teller at Alaska Pacific Bank in 2000. Three First National Bank Alaska branches have new managers. Syl Fowlis was appointed branch manager at the Federal Branch in downtown Anchorage. Originally from Gambia, Fowlis has worked in banking for more than a decade with roles as a teller, personal banker, business development officer and branch manager. Bill Kaltschnee is the branch manager at the South Center Branch in midtown Anchorage. He’s spent more than 19 years working in Anchorage’s financial industry, including the last three at First National. Karlyn Moyer is the branch manager at the Muldoon Branch in East Anchorage. An Air Force veteran, Moyer previously held the same position at the Federal Branch and first joined First National in 1997. Lia Patton has joined the board of trustees for Make-A-Wish Alaska, the nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Patton is an assurance director of the Anchorage office of BDO USA, LLP, and leads their audits of Native Corporation entities, employee benefit plans, and alternative investments. Patton graduated with a bachelor of business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Mel Sheldon, long-serving chairman of the Tulalip Tribes, has joined Strategies 360 as senior vice president of Native American affairs. As the former chairman of the Tulalips, Sheldon oversaw the tribal government of one of the most powerful and influential tribes in the country in the 15 years he served on the board with five as tribal chair. Previously, he has worked as a commercial fisherman in Puget Sound and Bristol Bay. After high school graduation Sheldon immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army serving a tour of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Chugach Alaska Corp. has hired Melanie Osborne as its new corporate general counsel. Prior to joining Chugach, Osborne was vice president and deputy general counsel at Nana Development Corp., She has garnered more than 12 years of experience with Alaska Native corporations, including serving as vice president and general counsel for Ahtna  Inc. and providing counsel to various ANCs as an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller and Munson LLP. Osborne holds a law degree from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in justice and psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers & Shakers 05/04/14

Wells Fargo named Colby Swenor as an Anchorage business relationship manager. He will focus on meeting the unique financial needs of business owners and managers in Anchorage and helping them succeed financially. Swenor has nine years of financial services experience in Alaska. He has served as a consumer credit manager and branch manager for Wells Fargo Financial and licensed relationship manager for KeyBank. Swenor is a graduate of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership and Executive Advancement program. Jim Wood, Alaska’s Principal Broker for Coldwell Banker Commercial Intermountain (CBCI), was recognized as Number One Sales Professional in the state of Alaska for CBCI, globally. Jim focuses his business in the retail, office, industrial and development sectors of commercial real estate. Dannah Johnston, a senior deckhand and valued employee of Kenai Fjords Tours, was awarded the Alaska Vocation and Technical Education Center’s 2013/2014 Peter McNeal Scholarship. This memorial scholarship, funded by Brice Marine, is in honor of Peter McNeal, a valued crewman of the Tug SamB. Dannah was chosen for this award based on her scholastic aptitude, dedication to safety and maritime professionalism. Her demonstration of attitude, skill and command presence made her stand out among her peers. Dannah has submitted her application for her USCG Master’s license and is awaiting its approval. She is currently working as an instructor on field trips for Kenai Fjords Tours’ Marine Science Explorer Program The 2014 Anchorage BP Teachers of Excellence are: Adam Ahonen, Robert Service High School, life skills, grades 9-12; Geep Baranow, Alpenglow Elementary School, music; Michelle Carton, Highland Tech Charter School, language arts, grades 6-11; Betsy Connell, Girdwood K-8 School, resource, grades K-8; Laurel DePalatis, South Anchorage High School, chemistry; Jessica Frick, Ravenwood Elementary School, fourth grade; Lori Miller, Gruening Middle School, computer technology, grades 7-8; Marie Miller-Russell, Aquarian Charter School, kindergarten and first grade; Thomas V. Shelley, A. J. Dimond High School, Junior Reserve Officers’ training; Deborah Svendsen, Mount Spurr Elementary School, first grade. These teachers were honored at an award reception in Anchorage April 28. This was a record year for BP Teachers of Excellence with 1,400 nominations, and the 10 Anchorage teachers are among 33 Alaska educators being honored as part of the 2014 program. USTravel announces the promotion of Elizabeth Nerland to Director of Marketing. In this key role, Nerland provides strategic leadership for business growth and brand development for USTravel Companies. Nerland oversees marketing programs, content development, public relations initiatives and advertising strategy. Nerland has been with USTravel since March 2012. She has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and corporate communication. Nerland has an M.B.A. from University of Alaska Anchorage as well as a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A in Corporate Communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Northrim Bank welcomes vice presidents from Southeast Alaska to the Northrim family. John Blasco, Cheryl Fellman, Nicchia Leamer and Tom Sullivan join Northrim from Alaska Pacific Bank as part of the recent merger between the two institutions. Blasco has more than 10 years banking experience and has been with Alaska Pacific Bank for the past 6 years. He has a B.S. in Finance from Linfield College and an M.B.A. from the University of Alaska Southeast. Blasco is currently vice president, commercial loan officer in Juneau. Fellman has 17 years of experience in banking and has been with Alaska Pacific Bank for 10 years. She has worked for banks in Wash., Mass. and Honduras, where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer/Small Business Adviser. Fellman is the vice president Regional Sales & Services Manager in Juneau. Leamer has been with Alaska Pacific Bank for nearly 14 years. Before starting at APB, Leamer was at First National Bank Alaska for 8 years. Prior to the merger announcement, Leamer ran the mortgage department at APB. She is currently the vice president Lending Branch Manager in Sitka. Leamer holds a B.L.A. from the University of Alaska Southeast. Sullivan has been with Alaska Pacific Bank for 26 of his 28 years in banking. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration. He also graduated from the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School. Sullivan is currently the vice president Commercial Lending Unit Manager in Juneau. Three Alaska high school students mentored by teachers in the Talk Story, Write Story writing program have been chosen as Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients for the 2014 – 15 academic year. The Association of Alaska School Boards sponsors the Talk Story, Write Story creative workshops for teachers. Mary Pingayak and Kyla Fermoyle, both from Chevak, and Martina May Brown from Ketchikan, were chosen from more than 52,000 applicants. Only 1000 recipients are chosen annually from around the nation to receive the scholarship. Bering Straits Native Corporation has announced Krystal Nelson as its new chief operating officer. Nelson joins the company with many years of expertise in leading 8(a) operations, finance and business development. Prior to joining BSNC, she served as vice president and chief operating officer of four of Ahtna Inc.’s leading subsidiaries. BSNC’s former chief operating officer Kurt Hermes is now BSNC’s new chief administrative officer. In his new role, Hermes will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, coordinating, and monitoring all administrative business activities of BSNC and its family of companies. He will work with a broad range of stakeholders, including subsidiary personnel, clients and employees. Sen. Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her first session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C. office. Lyndsey Brollini, Nicole Eldred, and Mckenzie Stepovich of Anchorage; Dierdre Creed of Kotzebue; Emily Hartley of Talkeetna; Austin Ramsay of Ketchikan; Alfonso Sitenga of Homer; Michaela Spaulding of Fairbanks; Rachel Tougas of Seward; and Maria Villa of North Pole will serve from June 2-27. Murkowksi also welcomes two Alaskan college students to serve as this summer’s intern coordinators. Kendall Eilo of Anchorage and Benjamin Gilman of Kenai will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski’s staff. Eilo is a senior at the University of Colorado pursing a degree in Communications. Gilman is a senior at the University of St. Thomas pursing a degree in Psychology.

Movers & Shakers 04/27/14

Sara Chambers has joined the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development as the newly appointed Director of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. Chambers assumed her new role March 27. As director, she will oversee the Division’s mission to ensure that competent, professional and regulated commercial services are available to Alaska consumers. Prior to her appointment, and since 2011, Chambers has been responsible for leading the division’s professional licensing section. Chambers’ previous experience includes owning a small business, serving as a City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member, and she is a former Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 recipient. Debra O’Gara is the new executive director of The Healing Hand Foundation. O’Gara will be working closely with the board of directors with its fundraising campaigns and increasing access for Alaskan Natives to unfunded healthcare services.  The Healing Hand Foundation, formerly known as The SEARHC Foundation, was formed in 2001 to help fill the funding gap in health care services for Southeast Alaskan Native people. Visit Anchorage recognized service to Anchorage visitors, the community and Alaska’s tourism industry at the 27th annual Seymour Awards Banquet on April 11, 2014. Named for Anchorage’s moose mascot Seymour, each of the awards recognizes an individual, group or business demonstrating excellence in product or service, contributing exceptionally to the visitor industry and Visit Anchorage’s programs or enhancing Anchorage’s image as a visitor destination. Husband and wife team Liz and Larry Dotson were recognized as Volunteers of the Year: Downtown. Together the couple devoted 450 hours of volunteer time to helping in the downtown visitor information center. Bob and JoAnn Berna won as Volunteers of the Year: Airport, for their 260 hours of volunteering at the visitor center inside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Six long-time volunteers in Anchorage’s visitor centers were inducted into the President’s Circle. This year’s inductees included Jan Wilson with 26 years volunteering; Arlene Schillereff, 28 years; Mary Todd, 28 years; Doris Carey, 29 years; Gwen Christianson, 29 years; and Charlotte Gill, who has volunteered in the visitor information centers for 31 years. The Alaska Oil and Gas Association announced that Kate Blair has joined AOGA as Committee and Projects Coordinator.  Blair joins the AOGA team after spending the last eight years as a specialty pharmaceutical representative covering the state of Alaska. She also spent some time in New York as a Training Manager, during which she provided training to representatives across the United States. Prior to moving to Alaska, Kate was a Division 1 women’s college hockey coach at both the University of Maine and Mercyhurst University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Science from Mercyhurst University. Kate’s initial duties will be to provide assistance to several of AOGA’s committees, and will staff the organization’s Cook Inlet Task Group and the Offshore Committee/Arctic policy body. Bering Straits Native Corporation has announced the promotion of BSNC shareholder Miriam Aarons to director of corporate communications. In her new role, Aarons is responsible for brand management, public relations, coordinating media communications and helping oversee BSNC’s charitable giving efforts. Aarons formerly served as BSNC’s corporate communications manager. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a field concentration in International Relations from Columbia University in New York City. She is a member of the Alaska Native Heritage Center’s Development Committee.

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