Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 10/12/14

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

Movers & Shakers 10/05/14

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

Movers & Shakers 09/28/14

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

Movers & Shakers 09/21/14

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

Movers & Shakers 09/14/14

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

Movers & Shakers 09/07/14

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

Movers & Shakers 08/31/14

The American Red Cross of Alaska announced several personnel moves. Celia Jackson was promoted to disaster program manager for the Tanana Valley District. She has five years of emergency response and incident management experience in government, volunteer and non-profit organizations. Jackson is also pursuing an master’s degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a focus on community resilience and disaster preparedness. Julie Reich is the new chief development officer for the Alaska Region.  Reich is a long-time Alaskan whose professional achievements include team and national awards from her days in hotel sales and spa operations. In her new role, she and her team will be in charge of overall fundraising for Alaska. Lori Wilson is now the community relations manager for the Tanana Valley District. She was previously with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska for six years as the development director in Fairbanks. Andrew Bogar is the new disaster program specialist for the Tanana Valley District. Bogar has a strong operational background in the armed forces and is currently pursuing a degree in Emergency Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His prior experience includes managing and training teams for the Alaska National Guard, international interagency collaboration with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, equipment inventory and maintenance, and certifications in ICS and project management. Exie Hutcheson has been hired as the service to the armed forces coordinator for the Tanana Valley District. A former Red Cross volunteer, she is now responsible for all ARC related activities at Fort Wainwright, Fort Greeley, Eielson AFB and Clear AFB. Armenia Kreinbrink has been promoted from administrative assistant to donor relations coordinator. Kreinbrink has been with the Red Cross for three years and has invested much time in honing her administrative, volunteer management, customer service and office management skills. She is a graduate of Alaska Career College and Laguna College in the Philippines. Lane Powell Shareholder Michael J. Parise was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization. Parise concentrates his practice in commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, complex loan transactions, real estate, bankruptcy, loan restructuring, maritime vessel financing, business litigation, foreclosures and litigation under the Uniform Commercial Code. He also represents parties in negotiations and litigation concerning oil and gas exploration financing, mining lease and royalty agreements, and timber sale and logging contracts. Vicky Dunlap is the new president of Ahtna Support and Training Services LLC, a subsidiary of Ahtna Inc. Dunlap is a long-time Ahtna employee, having been with the Ahtna family of companies since 2006 when she was first hired by Ahtna Development Corp. In 2008, she became the vice president of business administration for ASTS, a position she held until March of this year when she was asked to be interim president. Financial Advisor Joe Sheehan from First Command Financial Service’s Fairbanks office was named the New Advisor of the Year at the company’s annual Advisor conference, held this year in San Francisco. Sheehan also achieved membership to the company’s prestigious Pinnacle Medallion Club and was named to the company’s Advisor “Dream Team” for exemplifying company values, providing outstanding service to his clients and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to helping them pursue their financial goals. Originally from Delta Junction, Alaska, Sheehan served more than 23 years in the U.S. Army before completing his last assignment at Fort Wainwright in 2003 as the Inspector General for Alaska. He then served as a federal contractor and in federal civil service, as well as in various program/project management, national security and private industry roles before joining First Command in 2012. Dr. Amy Murphy, DO, has joined Providence Medical Group Brain Injury Services. Murphy is skilled in caring for patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, concussions and patients in need of cognitive rehabilitation and specialized medical care. Murphy was born in Latrobe, Pa., and earned her doctorate in osteopathic medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as a fellowship in brain injury medicine at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital/Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She recently co-wrote a chapter for a new e-book detailing practice guidelines for brain injury medicine for physicians in the U.S. and Europe and is currently on an expert panel for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, helping to establish a toolbox and guidelines for non-traumatic concussion management. Dr. Jared R. Kirkham, M.D., is the newest doctor to join the team of expert physicians at Alaska Spine Institute, located at 3801 University Lake Dr. in Anchorage. Kirkham’s training is quite vast, including a health and fitness certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, personal training for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary weight loss program at the PRO Sports Club in Bellevue, Wash., and the conducting of research on the use of new imaging studies to detect arthritis of the spine. He has also lectured on a variety of topics including the use of platelet-rich plasma for chronic tendinitis. Kirkham earned his doctorate of medicine from the University of Washington. He completed his internship in medicine and surgery at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Utah. While in residency, he performed sports physicals for local high schools and provided physician coverage for local events such as the Salt Lake Marathon.

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.

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