Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 10/06/13

Petro Star Inc., a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp., recently appointed Mark John to vice president-business development and marketing. Joining John in the new group are Orval Holmes, director of business development; Nicole Stewart, marketing and communications manager; and Angelene Faulkner, community economic development specialist. John has served Petro Star for 13 years. Prior to joining the company, he specialized in new business development in refinery related industries and he will retain responsibility for the company’s aviation sales. Holmes has been with Petro Star for more than 27-years. Previously, Stewart was the marketing manager for Petro Star’s Sourdough Fuel division in Fairbanks. She will be bringing her 12 years of expertise in public relations and marketing to the corporation as a whole. Faulkner is Petro Star’s first community economic development specialist. Her ties to the community of Anaktuvuk Pass will be key to Petro Star’s efforts to expand economic opportunities in the village. Don Castle has been appointed to vice president-sales and operations. In addition to his leadership of Petro Star’s marine and heating fuel divisions, he will now oversee the company’s retail and lubricant divisions. At the Fairbanks based Sourdough Fuel division, Doug Richmond, who has been with the company for 31 years, has accepted the new position of director–Sourdough Fuel sales and operations. Advancing to Sourdough Fuel as retail sales and operations manager is Greg Machacek. In addition, Lynette Taylor has been promoted to retail operations supervisor. Both Machacek and Taylor have 12 years of experience in the company’s retail group. Franklin Roppel and Clay Porter were reappointed to the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. board of directors. Roppel, of Wrangell, retired after 20 years as general manager of Alaska Pulp Corp. Prior to his work with Alaska Pulp Corp., he served as the first president of Sealaska Timber Corp. He is also the former sawmill manager of Ketchikan Pulp Co. where he worked from 1959 to 1980. Porter, of Anchorage, has more than 30 years of experience in architectural design and construction, and is the co-founder of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. He is also the current president of NCP Architects and Planners and NCP Design/Build Ltd. A former president of the Alaska Homebuilders Association, Porter holds a master’s degree in architecture from the Catholic University of America and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Auburn University. He is currently vice-chair of the board. Stephen Trimble of URS Corp. was recently honored with the University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni of Distinction Emerging Leader Award. UAA describes the nominees as alumni who have made a significant impact on their industry or profession or contributed to the community, and have strived to make a difference in the lives of others. Trimble, Alaska mining and power business line leader, was nominated in the Emerging Leader Category. Trimble serves as a political appointee on three commissions for the State of Alaska: the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission, Alaska Minerals Commission, and the Alaska Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee. He also serves as a Trustee for the Nature Conservancy, as Chair of the UAA Geological Sciences Advisory Board, Co-Chair of the UAA College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Board, and President of the Gold Cord Development Corporation. Trimble was also honored as an Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 award winner in 2013. Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, the local nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, announced Eric Persson as the new secretary for the Board of Trustee leadership for fiscal year 2013-14. As a lifelong Alaskan born in Anchorage, Persson has served in many foreman, supervisory and managerial positions in the construction industry for more than 35 years. He is co-owner and principal of Meridian Systems Inc., a building automation/energy management and controls company in Anchorage that works closely with the U.S. Air Force, Army and National Guard, as well as many private entities, in developing and implementing energy efficiency strategies and utility cost savings. Laurie Lyons and Sasha Loyd joined Denali Alaskan Home Loans as a senior loan originators. Lyons will be originating loans at the main Denali Alaskan Home Loans office located at 471 W. 36th Avenue, Suite 110 in Anchorage. Lyons has more than eight years in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining the Denali Alaskan Home Loans team, Lyons worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Loyd will also be originating loans at the main Denali Alaskan Home Loans office in Anchorage. Loyd has more than eight years in the mortgage industry. Prior to joining the Denali Alaskan Home Loans team, Loyd worked for Residential Mortgage. Loyd holds an associate’s degree in business. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced a change in her Alaska leadership team, with current State Director Miles Baker departing to become the Director of Government Relations and External Affairs for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and Murkowski veteran Kevin Sweeney returning to run her state operations and outreach efforts. Baker was appointed Murkowski’s state director in October 2012 after serving as her finance and economic policy advisor in Washington, D.C. after spending eight years as senior budget and appropriations staff to the Senate Finance Committee and chief of staff to Sen. Bert Stedman of Sitka. A former U.S. Marine, Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s in business administration from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Sweeney began working for Senator Murkowski in 2005 as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. He later became press secretary and then communications director before returning to the state and being elevated to state director. Prior to joining her team, Sweeney worked as the special assistant to the president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, communications director for the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and as a legislative liaison for the Alaska Department of Education. He is a graduate of Cornell University. Sweeney will begin Nov. 11.

MacArthur fellow focused on immigration, military issues

Attorney Margaret Stock is the most recent Alaskan to be named a MacArthur Fellow. But at first, the 51-year-old thought the Sept. 3 call informing her about the honor might be a joke. That thought was fleeting, and as she talked to a MacArthur representative, she realized the award and the $625,000 “Genius grant” were genuine. Stock, who has worked for Cascadia Cross Border Law’s Anchorage office since it opened July 1, has lived in Alaska since 1986, and practiced law here since 1993. She’s also retired from a 28-year career in the Army Reserve, which included a three-year active duty stint at Fort Richardson that originally brought her to Alaska. “I was given a choice of three places — Panama, Korea or Alaska, and I picked Alaska,” Stock said. The award recognizes the work she has done in combining her military background with immigration law, and influencing immigration and military policy. Stock was recognized largely for her work on projects relating to military recruiting, citizenship and legal assistance for military members and families with immigration issues. Stock’s work included a project called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest, or MAVNI, that worked to enable the Army to recruit people in the United States legally, even if they didn’t have a green card. After realizing that the Army was self-limiting its recruit pool with the green card requirement, Stock brought it to the attention of the Secretary of the Army in the fall of 2007, and eventually helped develop a pilot program to recruit other legal residents. She worked on the project in active-duty status for short, part-time stints for the better part of her final years of service. During some of that time, she was also teaching at West Point. “It was a totally crazy couple of years of working on this project,” Stock said. Stock’s work on it ended when she retired from the reserves in June 2010. That retirement is required after 28 years of service. Stock called the MAVNI the “most creative thing I’ve ever done in my professional career.” Stock said the project brought tangible benefits to the U.S., including saving money and giving the military a higher-quality pool to recruit from. In the pilot program, the recruits had higher average test scores and degree attainment than their native-born peers joining the Army, which increased the service’s quality marks, Stock said. The recruits have included the 2012 U.S. Army Soldier of the Year, and a winner of the Marine Corps Marathon. “There were a whole lot of them like that, superstar types,” Stock said. Although not every recruit was a good fit, “most of the people were exceptionally terrific candidates for the army,” she said. Some Alaskans also joined through the program, including students studying at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and the children of small business owners, whose parents were here legally because of their businesses, but who no longer had a claim to stay in the U.S. once they reached adulthood. “As an attorney, its just a cool thing professionally to think of something that no one else has thought of,” Stock said. Stock’s other projects also reflect her ability to think creatively about what the military needs and how to improve immigration law. She also founded a pro bono legal assistance program, called the AILAMAP, or the American Immigration Lawyers Association Military Assistance Program, and getting the Army, and then other branches of service to integrate the citizenship process into basic training. The U.S. has long offered military service members citizenship, but previously there was no set policy for when it happened. Stock realized this, determined that it could be done more efficiently at basic training, and made that happen. Stock said her work isn’t done. The MacArthur Fellow designation comes with a $625,000 no-strings-attached award, which Stock said she’ll use to continue advocating for immigration and military issues. Next, she wants to improve how military families are treated in the immigration process, work to help banished veterans, and help enable young people who immigrated to the U.S as children join the service. Military families, which can include spouses or dependents who are not citizens, are treated differently throughout the country. In Anchorage, Stock said the local Citizenship and Immigration Services office does a great job of helping families. But that’s not the case everywhere. Once, an office in the Midwest even refused to change an immigration status for a National Guard member, saying that wasn’t a branch of military service. “I want to spend a lot of time trying to advocate for that,” Stock said. Changing the climate nationwide will likely require a policy from the top. Although Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano detailed a possible policy in a letter, but it was not made official, so it’s not followed. “It takes a top down policy,” Stock said. Stock’s path to immigration law, and eventually combining that with military policy, began with a call from Alaska Legal Services when she was a young lawyer. “I got into immigration law because of this pro bono case,” Stock said. Alaska Legal Services asked her to take on a pro bono immigration case — it was supposed to be a short, 10-hour, case — because she had taken an immigration law course in law school. She won the case, but it took much longer than expected, about 400 hours, and the time spent working on it piqued her interest in immigration law. Then, she worked on several military-related cases. After Sept. 11, Stock said she began getting inundated with immigration questions, and the specialty took off.  “Things got a lot more difficult for immigrants serving in the military,” Stock said. An interest in history has also helped foster that work. Stock knew, as a student of history including research on her own family, that the U.S. has historically been dependent on immigrants to help provide the military workforce in times of war. Today, that’s at an all time low. History also helped with the naturalization program. Stock knew that in the past, soldiers became citizens at basic training. Her work helped restore that practice. The MacArthur Foundation recognizes a class of about 20 to 25 fellows each year. Past Alaskan recipients of the award include Katherine Gottlieb in 2004, Sven Haakanson in 2007 and Jill Seaman in 2009. There have been 873 awardees since the program began in 1981. She spent about three years in active duty based at Fort Richardson, and then was released to go to law school at Harvard. By the time Stock left for the east coast, she had met her husband in Alaska, and planned to return. She came back for summers while in law school, and returned once she completed school. She spent the remainder of her career in the reserves in Alaska, and retired from the Army reserve in 2010. Retired reserve members do not receive retirement pay until later in life, but do receive some military benefits, like the ability to shop on post, Stock said. Stock has worked as an attorney for much of her career, although she has done additional stints of active duty to teach at West Point and work on projects for the military, including those for which she was honored. Although she had to spend time Outside for some of that work, she maintained a home in Alaska and her family stayed here. “I love Alaska,” she said.

Movers & Shakers 09/29/13

At the Dena’ina Center Sept. 13, 16 of Anchorage’s business best were honored during the 56h annual Anchorage Chamber Gold Pan Awards. The evening ended with four recipients taking home awards in two categories: community service and entrepreneurial/business excellence. The 2013 Gold Pan Award Recipients are: Chris Dunn, Integrity Roofing & Windows (Entrepreneurial Excellence); Cornerstone General Contractors (Business Excellence); Peter Mulcahy, URS Corp. (Distinguished Community Service-Individual, Small Business/ Organization); Fred Meyer (Distinguished Community Service-Large Business/ Organization); Michele Gruber, Alarm Protection Alaska (Anchorage Chamber Ambassador of the Year); George Vakalis, Municipality of Anchorage (Anchorage Chamber Volunteer of the Year). Read more about the winners at anchoragechamber.org. Larry Macknicki was named as the Matanuska-Susitna information technology director in September. Macknicki is a current borough employee who has a diverse background with more than 15 years of IT related experience in both the public and private sector. Carol G. Mills, a Silicon Valley veteran, will join the Alaska Communications board of directors. Mills brings more than 30 years experience in the enterprise software and technology sector to the Alaska Communications board of directors. Mills also serves on the board for Xactly Corporation, a cloud-based incentive compensation and performance management solutions company. She previously served on the boards of Adobe Systems, Blue Coat Systems and Tekelec Corporation. Prior to these roles she served in leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard, Acta Technology and Juniper Networks. She holds a master’s in business administration from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College. Julie Crotts has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Anchorage-based USTravel. Crotts started her career in the travel industry 28 years ago. USTravel also has a regional headquarters in Seattle and subsidiary companies Visions Meeting & Event Management, Air Fulfillment Services, TravelUS and Explore Tours. Nancy Dodge of Eagle River has been awarded Ambassador of the Month by the international disaster relief organization ShelterBox. Dodge, one of two ambassadors in Alaska, was selected from a group of more than 350 ShelterBox USA Ambassador volunteers nationwideSince joining the Ambassador team in March, Dodge has organized 19 fundraisers and events — seven in August alone — ranging from church presentations, a demonstration for an 8th grade class, to a group wearing ShelterBox gear during a 10K race

Movers & Shakers 09/22/13

Tracy Vanairsdale, managing partner of Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc., joined 24 other local leaders in graduating this summer from the Leadership Fairbanks Program sponsored by the Great Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. The eight-month program is designed to strengthen local community members’ leadership skills through theory, networking, and mentoring. Vanairsdale’s class included senior managers as well as newly emerging leaders from public agencies, non-profit organizations, the financial sector and other private companies.  Five lawyers in the Dorsey & Whitney LLP Anchorage office have been named Alaska Super Lawyers. They are: Robert C. Bundy (white collar crime, general litigation); Jahna M. Lindemuth (business litigation, professional liability defense, appellate); Michael R. Mills (bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, mergers and acquisitions, business litigation); Richard M. Rosston (mergers and acquisitions, real estate, corporate); and Spencer C. Sneed (business litigation, energy and natural resources, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights). Sarah Obed is the new Doyon Ltd. vice president of external affairs, and Richard “RC” Woodson is the new vice president of information technology. Obed, who has worked at Doyon for two years, was promoted from her previous position as government relations director. In this role, Obed is responsible for representing Doyon Ltd. on a wide range of matters before federal, state, and local governments, and reviewing and analyzing legislative issues. Obed holds a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. Woodson, who was promoted from his previous role at Doyon as a director to vice president of IT, has been an Alaska resident for more than a decade. Woodson spent 22 years in the Air Force maintaining and developing logistics information systems, during which he earned a master’s degree in Information Technology Management. After retiring from the military, Woodson began his public sector career at First National Bank Alaska, serving as chief information officer and head of the bank’s Information Technology Division. Gov. Sean Parnell announced his appointments to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board of directors. Parnell appointed Albert “Al” Bolea, John Burns, Dave Cruz, Drue Pearce, Richard “Dick” Rabinow, Commerce Commissioner Susan Bell and Labor Commissioner Dianne Blumer to the board. Bell has served as Commerce commissioner since July 2010 and Blumer was appointed Labor commissioner in September 2012. Bolea, of Big Lake, has worked on almost every level within the oil and gas industry for nearly 40 years. He is a distinguished adjunct professor of leadership at the University of Alaska College of Business and Public Policy, a member of the college’s advisory board, and a member of the leadership development committee. Bolea has served as the chairman of Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., the chief executive officer of Dubai Petroleum in the United Arab Emirates, and is a retired BP Alaska executive. Burns, a lifelong Alaskan from Fairbanks, is a former attorney general for the State of Alaska. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, teaching graduate and undergraduate business law courses. Burns currently works for Burns & Associates. Cruz, of Palmer, is a lifelong Alaskan who has been involved in construction and resource development since 1976. He is the president of Cruz Construction, Cruz Energy Services, and Cruz Marine — firms specializing in heavy civil construction, remote camp construction, oil field services, and construction support. Cruz has served on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Port Commission, the boards of the Resource Development Council for Alaska and Associated General Contractors, and is a member of the Alaska Support Industry Alliance.  Pearce, of Anchorage, served in the Alaska Legislature for 17 years, presiding as Senate president for two terms. In 2006, she was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the first federal coordinator for Alaska natural gas transportation projects. Pearce is currently the president of Spill Shield of Anchorage and is a senior policy advisor at Crowell & Moring, LLP. Rabinow has an extensive background and leadership in the petroleum industry. He worked for ExxonMobil for 34 years, serving in numerous posts, including president of ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. Rabinow was the president and CEO of Longhorn Pipeline Partners before becoming president of The Rabinow Consortium, LLC where he currently works as a consultant to the pipeline industry nd serves on industry and government panels.

Movers & Shakers 09/15/13

Lane Powell Shareholders Brewster H. Jamieson and Michael J. Parise were named as 2013 “Alaska Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers magazine, in the areas of general litigation and business/corporate, respectively. This is Parise’s fourth year and Jamieson’s fifth year to be named as “Alaska Super Lawyers.” No more than 5 percent of Alaska attorneys are given this honor. University of Alaska Anchorage alumnus Andrew Romerdahl will serve as the first Weidner Chair in Business Management for 2014. In 2011, Dean Weidner, founder and owner of Weidner Property Management, pledged $3 million to establish an endowed chair in UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy; Weidner also gave $1 million to create an emphasis in real estate and property management within the Bachelor of Business Administration finance degree. The Weidner Chair in Business Management will help the college expand its programs to meet the changing demand of the business community and provide opportunities to hire exceptional professors or professionals in a particular field of study. Romerdahl is a lifelong Alaskan, who grew up in Anchorage and attended East Anchorage High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University in economics and Spanish and a master of business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2008. Romerdahl recently joined Providence Health and Services as the Director of Real Estate and Construction for the Alaska Region. He is a licensed real estate professional in both Alaska and Oregon. Romerdahl is also a certified general real estate appraiser, and holds the prestigious MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. He has a decade of commercial real estate experience in Alaska, and has worked at Pacific Tower Properties/PTP Management, Pfeffer Development, Reliant Advisory Services and Pacific Realty. Romerdahl is the immediate past president of the UAA Alumni Association board of directors. He is also the immediate past president of the Building Owners and Manager’s Association Anchorage, and is on their board of directors. Jason Stutes, PhD, has been promoted to associate marine ecologist, and is now Hart Crowser’s Anchorage office manager. Stutes has supported Hart Crowser projects involving nearshore permitting, baseline studies, and environmental restoration for seven years. Adrienne Stutes also based in Anchorage, has been promoted to project marine scientist and is technical lead for many projects evaluating the effects of environmental chemistry and contamination on freshwater and marine natural resources.  She has supported these types of projects at Hart Crowser for five years. The Bristol Bay Native Corp. Education Foundation board has announced the hire of BBNC shareholder Greta L. Goto to fill the position of executive director. After more than 13 years, executive director Luanne Pelagio is retiring this fall. Goto began her new position on Sept. 9 and will work alongside Pelagio during a transition period. Goto earned her master of business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her undergraduate degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. She brings with her more than 10 years of professional experience in strategic planning, development, grant program and budget management, and advocacy and constituency building. Goto worked as projects manager, Office of Academic Affairs, Workforce Program at the University of Alaska Statewide for the past three years and is owner of GLG Consulting. She is an alumna of the BBNC Education Foundation and served on the Foundation board from 2006 to 2009. Bob Heinrich, vice president of finance for ConocoPhillips Alaska, was seated as board chair at the Anchorage Chamber’s Sept. 6 board meeting with Janelle Pfleiger of RE/MAX Dynamic Properties accepting his nomination as chair-elect. 
Julie Anderson with the Alaska Energy Authority accepted the vice chair position while Bill O’Leary of the Alaska Railroad Corporation will stay on as the board’s secretary/treasurer. Newly elected officers include Melissa Reiser (First National Bank Alaska) and Tim Thompson (Alaska Airlines) while Eden Lovejoy (Yourbusinesslifestyle.com), Sandra Heffern (EHD Enterprises), Anne Reed (Read Systems), Bruce Bustamante (Princess Tours), Mike Hayhurst (KPMG), Colleen Starring (ENSTAR Natural Gas Co.), Greg Mattson (BP), Chris Clifford (Wells Fargo), and Susan Jensen (Bayshore) will continue their service on the board. The board also confirmed the appointment of newest board members, Art Clark (Art Clark–Broker) and Joy Merriner (BDO USA, LLP) while Rochelle Marshall (GCI), J.R. Wilcox (Cook Inlet Energy), Andy Coon (Alaska Communications), Andy McLeod (KTUU), Jan Seglem (ExxonMobil), Robert Honeycutt (Providence Medical Center), Richard Watts (Safeway), Marti Buscaglia, (Anchorage Daily News), Randy Cunningham (Klebs Mechanical) and Matt Thiel (Hickel Investment Co.) will continue their terms. Ex-Officio board members confirmed include Col. Davis (US Army, Alaska, Fort Richardson), Col. Duffy (US Air Force, Elmendorf), Col. Kerrigan (Alaska Army National Guard), Bill Evans (Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans & Filippi) Ed Graff (Anchorage School District), Rashmi Prasad (College of Business and Public Policy at UAA), Bill Popp (Anchorage Economic Development Corp.), Tom Williams (BP), Julie Saupe (Anchorage Convention Visitor’s Bureau), Christopher Schutte (Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd.), Chris Birch (Anchorage Assembly) and George Vakalis (Municipality of Anchorage). Jessica Stine has joined Spark Design LLC as an intern architect. Stine graduated with honors from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. In 2013 she received her NCIDQ certification and will soon be sitting for the architectural licensing exams. Stine’s professional experience has encompassed a wide range of projects types including corporate, healthcare, retail, nonprofit, residential, and graphic design.

Movers & Shakers 09/08/13

Grant R. Todd and Scott M. Kendall, both of Anchorage, have joined the board of directors of Best Beginnings. Todd is Principal CPA with Altman, Rogers & Co. CPAs. Kendall is a shareholder attorney with Holmes, Weddle and Barcott, P.C. Best Beginnings is a nonprofit advocate for early learning in Alaska. It is the statewide umbrella for Imagination Library, promotes and supports local early childhood partnerships, and produces and distributes materials and information about early learning. Christopher Chambos and Linda Uttech have been recently promoted to assistant vice presidents at Northrim Bank. Uttech was promoted to assistant vice president, assistant facilities manager. She recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with Northrim after joining the bank with 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She worked as the director of property operations and project manager for the Hilton Anchorage. Chambos has been promoted to assistant vice president, branch manager of the Jewel Lake Branch. Chambos brings nine years of banking experience to the position, two of which were most recently spent as the assistant manager at the Jewel Lake branch. Southcentral Foundation Board Member Dr. Terry Simpson and SCF President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb have been recognized by the National Indian Health Board for their impact on improving health care. These prestigious awards are presented to individuals who have improved Alaska Native and American Indian health. Simpson and Gottlieb received Regional Impact Awards at NIHB’s 30th Annual Consumer Conference in Denver on Aug. 28. Lexus L. Martin and Kristine M. Oria were awarded scholarships from the Aero Femme Nonprofit Organization & Scholarship Fund. Aero Femme founder and director Ariel Talen-Keller awarded the two $250 aviation scholarships Aug. 30 at the Alaska Military Youth Academy graduation ceremony. These aviation scholarships are in a series of scholarships offered to academy graduates. Aero Femme was founded in 2010 to encourage and educate women of all ages to be involved in all types of aviation. Credit Union 1 announced that Shawna Manes has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the CU1 South Anchorage Branch. Manes has been with Credit Union 1 since 2006, while also working toward her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has experience as a senior teller, member service supervisor, and assistant branch manager for the credit union. CU1 also announced Victoria Worley has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the Midtown Branch in Anchorage. Worley has been with Credit Union 1 for nine years. She has experience as a teller, consumer loan clerk, consumer loan processor, assistant branch manager and branch manager. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Michele Harmeling to its team and promoted Magen James to director of programs and events. Harmeling joined the Anchorage Chamber earlier this summer as its membership development coordinator. Harmeling is a graduate of both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Eastern Washington University. A lifelong Alaskan, she has worked in nonprofit, outreach and volunteer management roles at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts, Sound Salmon Solutions (Everett, Wash.), the Northwest Watershed Institute (Port Townsend, Wash.) and the North Olympic AmeriCorps team (Port Angeles, Wash.). James has worked in the customer service industry since she was 12, joining the Anchorage Chamber in 2011 as its membership events coordinator. In this role, James has been instrumental in the success through organizing the Anchorage Chamber’s annual Military Appreciation Week events, Gold Pan Awards, ATHENA Society Luncheon, Annual Train Ride, monthly Business After Hours, and Speed Networking. In her new role, James will be key in developing new programs and events, such as the Military Unit Adoption Program, Young Entrepreneurs Academy, and planning the Anchorage Chamber Centennial Program. Originally from Fairbanks, James attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated in May 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She’s currently working towards her MBA at Alaska Pacific University.

Movers & Shakers 08/25/13

AT&T announced the promotion of Immanuel (Manny) Lewis to sales manager, business markets in the Business Integrated Solutions group in Anchorage. Lewis joined AT&T in 2008 as a college hire account executive and was most recently an account manager in the Government, Education, Medical module in the BIS group. In his new position he will oversee wireline sales for medium-sized organizations. Pamela Leary, Alaska State Comptroller, received the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 2013 Outstanding CPA in Government Impact Award. Leary has been nationally recognized for her work in creating a transparent accounting of the State’s $49 billion portfolio comprised of general funds, budget reserves and retirement trust accounts. Her work has been essential in allowing the state to actively manage its funds in a time of market volatility. Leary’s contributions are a credit to the sound financial management of the State. Leary has been with the Alaska Department of Revenue since 2007. International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced that five lawyers in the firm’s  Anchorage office were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. In addition, two have been named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Lawyers of the Year. The Best Lawyers’ 2014 Lawyers of the Year are Robert C. Bundy, Anchorage Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Richard M. Rosston, Anchorage Real Estate Law. Bundy was also named Best Lawyer for commercial litigation, criminal defense: non-white-collar, criminal defense: white-collar, litigation–antitrust, litigation–environmental. Rosston was also named Best Lawyer for corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, and real estate law. Jahna Lindemuth was named Best Lawyer for medical malpractice law–defendants. Michael R. Mills was named Best Lawyer for bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights-insolvency and reorganization law. Spencer C. Sneed was named Best Lawyer for litigation-bankruptcy. The American Medical Association Foundation awarded the Arthur N. Wilson, MD Scholarship to Kirsten Jorgensen, of Juneau. Jorgensen is a first-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Jorgensen will receive a $5,000 scholarship to help defray medical school expenses. Jorgensen grew up in Juneau and graduated as the valedictorian of Juneau-Douglas High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, where her honors thesis focused on public health delivery via ships to rural Alaska from 1945 to 1956. Jorgensen served as a peer health exchange volunteer in public high schools in Boston and she recently completed an internship with Partners in Health in Peru. After medical school, Jorgensen aspires to work as a physician in rural Alaska to improve primary care delivery and positively impact health outcomes for women and children. Established by a bequest of Dr. Wilson, a distinguished resident of Ketchikan, the award highlights the critical role of rural physicians in their communities. Russell Dick, Crystal Nygard, and Dana Pruhs were appointed to the board of directors for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and Alaska Energy Authority. The governor’s appointments will serve on both boards. Dick, of Juneau, is the president and CEO of Haa Aaní LLC, a subsidiary of Sealaska established to expand the regional economy by fostering new and sustainable industries, specifically in rural communities. He also serves as Huna Totem Corp.’s board chair. 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. Nygard, of Wasilla, is the co-founder and CEO of the Mat-Su Business Alliance, and owner of Managing Recruiters of Palmer. She previously owned Tutka LLC, a full service environmental consulting firm specializing in Alaska logistics for the oil and gas industry, manufacturing, and exploration companies. She is a professional business graduate of the AJI Network and earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Western Washington University. Pruhs, of Anchorage, is a lifelong Alaskan and the owner of Pruhs Construction, Quality Sand and Gravel, Meridian Investments, and Harr Technologies. Pruhs currently serves on the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board, the Municipality of Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Associated General Contractors of Alaska Board of Directors. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil and transportation engineering from California Polytechnic State University. Vern Stockwell and Becky Gardner of the Stockwell Farm in Palmer have been selected by the Alaska agricultural community as the 2013 Farm Family of the Year. They were honored at the Alaska State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 22. Stockwell Farm sells its produce at multiple different farmers markets in Anchorage and is notable for its eight different varieties of carrots, 18 different varieties of potatoes, sweet onions, colored cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, strawberries and more. Gardner’s dandelion jelly, ginger-rhubarb jam and other prepared food products are famous amongst her friends. Stockwell and Gardner partner with Colony Next Step — part of a school district program in the Mat-Su that serves young adult students with disabilities — to provide vocational training on their farm. Stockwell grew up on a 600-acre farm in South Dakota and has been a member of the Mat-Su Chapter of the Farm Bureau for many years, most recently serving as treasurer of the organization. Six lawyers from the Anchorage office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of Alaska Super Lawyers published by Thomson Reuters Legal. Only five percent of the lawyers in Alaska are named to this list. They are Jon S. Dawson: business/corporate, business litigation, intellectual property; Gregory S. Fisher: employment and labor, appellate; Barbara Simpson Kraft: real estate, business/corporate, land use/zoning; David W. Oesting:  business litigation, bankruptcy and creditor/debtor rights, environmental; Joseph L. Reece: business/corporate, real estate; Robert K. Stewart Jr.: employment and labor, government contracts, general litigation.

Movers & Shakers 08/18/13

Alaska USA announced two additions to its executive team. Debbie Ingle has been hired as executive director of mortgage and real estate lending. Ingle has 25 years of experience in mortgage lending, including underwriting, branch operations management, and sales management. She previously served as senior vice president, division manager for GreenPoint Mortgage with responsibility for $15 billion in annual production and most recently as national client services and production manager for Byte Mortgage Software. Brian Wolf has been hired as executive director of retail financial services. Wolf has been in the financial services industry for more than 15 years, with experience in investment management, business lending, and retail branch operations. He previously worked for Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC Bank USA. Most recently, he served as senior vice president & district retail leader for KeyBank in both Alaska and western Washington. Wolf earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MBA from New York University. Larry Cash was appointed to the board of trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Cash, of Anchorage, is the president and CEO of RIM Architects with offices in Anchorage, Guam, Hawaii, and San Francisco. He serves on the board of directors for Northrim Bank, the Alaska Pacific University board of trustees, University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College Advisory Board, University of Alaska College of Fellows, and the American Institute of Architects. Cash is the recipient of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Gold Pan Award for “Distinguished Community Service by an Individual.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Auburn University, and is appointed to an at-large seat. Schneider Structural Engineers announced the promotion of Nick Choromanski to the position of associate of effective August 2013. Choromanski has been with the company since 2007. The Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute recently welcomed a new cardiologist, Dr. Yiming Wu, to its team of physicians. Wu brings with him a new set of skills and experience and is the recipient of a number of notable medical awards. This new addition to the staff enables the institute to continue offering even more services to Alaskans that save them from having to travel to the Lower 48 for treatments. Douglas Kossler was appointed to the Alaska Court of Appeals. Kossler will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Joel Bolger to the Alaska Supreme Court. Kossler, of Anchorage, is the appellate unit supervisor for the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, the unit that represents the State in felony criminal and selected misdemeanor matters before the Alaska Court of Appeals and the Alaska Supreme Court. He formerly worked as an associate attorney for Gilmore & Doherty handling criminal defense. Kossler also served at the Alaska Public Defender Agency representing parents in child-in-need-of-aid cases and juveniles in delinquency actions. He serves on the Appellate Rules Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the University of Alaska Anchorage Paralegal Studies Certificate Program. Kossler earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary and a juris doctorate from the Temple University School of Law. Kristy Bernier has joined Bradley Reid + Associates as management supervisor. Bernier will oversee advertising and public relations projects for two major Bradley Reid clients, ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. and Arctic Slope Regional Corp., and serve as a link between the clients and Bradley Reid’s staff of creative professionals. Bernier’s experience includes 26 years of marketing and design work, including nearly a decade as an award-winning designer for the Anchorage Daily News, followed by stints at the Frontiersman Newspaper and Alaska Newspapers. Since 2005, she has worked as a community and public relations specialist at Matanuska Telephone Association in Palmer, where she handled corporate philanthropy and represented MTA throughout the community. Yoshikuni Ogawa has been named a member of the 2013 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Co.  Members of the Executive Council are among the most successful of New York Life’s elite sales force of 12,250 licensed agents. Ogawa has been a New York Life agent since 2007, and is associated with New York Life’s Alaska General Office in Anchorage. In June, he was awarded the 2013 Governor’s North Star Award for International Excellence from Gov. Sean Parnell. Matt Kropke was hired as director of real estate development at NeighborWorks Anchorage. Kropke joins NeighborWorks Anchorage after serving as the executive director for Safe Harbor Inn. He has been working in leadership roles in the Anchorage nonprofit sector since 2004 and recently completed the master in public administration program at University of Alaska Anchorage. RSA Engineering Inc. announced four new hires. Jacob Clark joined RSA in the spring as a mechanical staff engineer after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Anthony Sharp has joined RSA as an AutoCAD technician. Sharp specializes in building information modeling and also serves as an AutoCAD drafter for RSA.  Karma Torres joined RSA as the marketing director in May 2013. Torres graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall of 2012 and earned a double major in marketing and management. Jonathan Drake has joined RSA as an electrical staff engineer.  Drake recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Bezek Durst Seiser announced that Bryce Hamels recently earned his accreditation as a registered professional architect in Alaska. A BDS specialist in construction administration, Hamels brings more than eight years of architectural experience to his work. He holds a master’s degree in architecture and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Texas Tech University. He joined BDS in 2010 and his projects include the University of Alaska Fairbanks Margaret Murie Life Science Building, Veterans Administration Hospital Kitchen Expansion on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and University of Alaska Anchorage MAC Housing Renewal.

Movers & Shakers 08/11/13

Hattenburg Dilley & Linnell Engineering Consultants announced several new hires and professional achievements. Wesley Oistad has achieved his Professional Engineering License in civil engineering. Oistad is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a minor in mathematics. He has more than nine years of combined construction, construction administration, and civil project design experience. Nick Oliveira has been a part of HDL’s Anchorage engineering team for five years and also recently received his Professional Engineering License in civil engineering. He is a graduate of the UAA with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Oliveira is a roadway designer with more than five years of roadway design experience leading design teams on projects throughout the Anchorage Bowl. Angela M. Smith has joined HDL as a senior aviation engineer. Smith has more than 13 years of experience providing engineering, planning, and environmental services on numerous critical and challenging aviation projects throughout Alaska. She is a graduate of the UAA with bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Prior to joining HDL, she was an aviation design squad leader with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. Casey Witt recently joined HDL as a civil engineer for the firm’s Palmer office. Witt has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Portland State University and is licensed as a professional civil engineer in Alaska and Washington and as a professional land surveyor in Washington. Witt has more than 12 years of experience designing roads, public utilities, hydrology projects, and surveying in Alaska and Washington. Doug P. Simon has joined HDL as a senior geotechnical engineer for the firm’s Anchorage Office. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science in geological engineering with a double major in geology. Simon has 12 years experience on geotechnical, geologic, and hydrogeology challenges for transportation, mining and development projects. Simon will manage the firm’s geotechnical engineering group. Shawn Hull recently joined HDL as a civil engineer for the firm’s Palmer office. Hull has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UAA and is a licensed professional civil engineer. Hull is a roadway designer with over 14 years of highway design experience leading design teams on multi-million dollar projects in Alaska and Washington. Ryan Gilbert was hired as the director of operations at NeighborWorks Anchorage. Gilbert joins NeighborWorks Anchorage from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Small Business Development Center where he worked as an international trade specialist. Prior to that Gilbert was executive director of Chanlyut, a social enterprise connected to Cook Inlet Tribal Council. Gilbert is also managing partner of Alaska Consulting Group. American Fast Freight Inc. has hired Jake Nyman, the former creative director at Olive Group Design of Seattle, to take over marketing duties that were filled by former vice president of marketing Mike Schuller. Nyman will be bringing more than 10 years of creative marketing and communications experience with him to AFF. Previously, Nyman was the web coordinator and editor for Salem Communications in Los Angeles and guest relations representative with Paramount Pictures. Nyman holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Washington State University and a master’s degree in Electronic Business. Bettisworth North Architects & Planners Inc. welcomes back lifelong Alaskan Kluane Weibel to the Fairbanks office as a summer intern. As an undergraduate student in architecture, Weibel spent six weeks in Rome participating in a design studio that emphasized thoughtful design and the values of building inhabitants. Currently, she is completing her final year of a master’s degree in architecture at Montana State University in which her thesis proposes developing a multi-generational residential housing option for northern Alaskan villages. PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new employees and professional achievements in its Anchorage and Palmer offices. Ellen Hamel and Chad Malone were hired as senior engineers. Hamel is a registered professional structural engineer in Alaska and holds a professional civil engineer license in Wisconsin. She holds a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tufts University. Malone is a graduate of Montana State University and brings 12 years of experience in civil and structural design on a wide range of projects. Michael Beauvais completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and was promoted to staff engineer focusing on structural engineering design. He is a lifelong Alaskan and a recent graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kara Raber was hired as accounts payable and payroll technician. Raber has an associate degree in accounting from UAA and more than three years of accounting and payroll experience. David Bentti earned a Professional Engineer registration in Alaska and was promoted to senior engineer. Bentti holds a master of engineering degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah. He has been with PND since 2010, focusing on structural engineering projects. Joe Jacobson began his new role as Division of Economic Development director on Aug. 1. He will be based in Juneau. In his work with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Jacobson directed overseas seafood marketing efforts across 21 countries. His experience with ASMI began in 2008 as the Asia coordinator. Prior to that, Jacobson was with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Office of Agricultural Affairs in Beijing from 2006 through 2007. A graduate of Alaska Pacific University, he completed his master’s degree in international relations at the City College of New York, focusing on frontier economic development.

Movers & Shakers 08/04/13

Ginger George-Smith has been hired as spokesperson and director of resource development and marketing at NeighborWorks Anchorage. George-Smith joins NeighborWorks Anchorage from Standing Together Against Rape, where she worked as the director of development and marketing and events coordinator for nine years. Ginger was awarded an Alaska State Legislative Citation by the 27th Alaska State Legislature for her positive work in Alaska. She has more than 30 years experience in fundraising and resource development in Anchorage with a degree from Colorado State University. Effective July 23, Sherri McKay-Highers was appointed chief financial officer and vice president, finance and administration for Chugach Electric Association. Prior to this appointment, McKay-Highers was serving as manager, budget and financial reporting, guiding Chugach’s financial planning and reporting responsibilities. She has worked at Chugach for more than 15 years and has held various accounting management positions. Strategies 360 announced the hire of integrated marketing expert Sally Bock. She’ll lead the creative division, which includes award-winning graphic designers, digital and social media experts, SEO specialists, advertising producers, account managers, and website developers. Previously, Bock was a senior vice president at Pyramid Communications, where she oversaw creative service and digital teams. With deep experience in health care, education, arts, philanthropy and more, she has worked with clients including the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Federation of Natives, Seattle Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, and the University of Puget Sound. American Fast Freight Inc. has hired Mike Bevers as senior vice president, strategic initiatives. Prior to joining American Fast Freight, Bevers most recently held the position of director of supply chain-purchasing for Darigold. Bevers is a Seattle native and attended Washington State University for his undergraduate degree and he received his master’s in business administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington Seattle. Bevers is a member of the Tacoma Transportation Club, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and has served as a guest lecturer for a number of transportation associations. At a special meeting held on July 23, the Bering Straits Native Corp. board of directors selected Lee Michael Ryan, vice president of Ryan Air Inc., to fill the board seat previously held by the late Martha Anagick Aarons. He will serve a two-year term on the Board. Ryan is the chief pilot for Ryan Air, where he has been employed since 1994. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and also attended Northern Arizona University. He was born and raised in Unalakleet, and is the son of BSNC shareholder Wilfred “Boyuck” Ryan and his wife Victoria. In 2009, Mr. Ryan was recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Journal of Commerce as a “Top 40 Under 40”  professional. He currently serves as chairman of the State of Alaska Aviation Advisory Board. Northrim Bank has promoted Jessie Giamona, Bryann Hanks and Heidi Roesler. Giamona has been promoted to assistant vice president, training and development manager. She has been with Northrim since June 2011. Jessie is a 2013 Anchorage Society for Human Resources board member and recently obtained her Professional in Human Resources certification. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in human resources management. Hanks has been promoted to consumer and small business lender at the Small Business Center. She has been with the bank as a loan administrative assistant since August 2012. She has 13 years of banking experience to include more than five years branch experience, one year as a deposit compliance officer and more than seven years in lending as an administrative assistant and assistant cashier. Along with her banking career, she has over four years of related accounting experience. Roesler has been promoted to vice president, human resources talent manager. She has worked at the bank for more than 10 years and has worked as an assistant compliance officer, human resources officer, professional development officer and loan collateral specialist. Heidi holds a master’s of business administration and a master’s of public administration. She also has the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute and is working on her Certified Compensation Professional certificate.

Movers & Shakers 07/28/13

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce announced the 16 finalists for the 2013 Gold Pan Awards in four categories listed below. Able Body Shop, Rene Haag (Blaine’s Art Supply), Leverette Hoover (Siemens Industry) and Peter Mulcahy (URS Corp.) are finalists in the Distinguished Community Service by an Individual, Organization or Small Business category. Fred Meyer, Kendall Auto Group, Millennium Alaskan Hotel and Neeser Inc.
are finalists in the Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business or Organization category. Cornerstone General Contractors, Green Alaska Solutions LLC, Northern Air Cargo and USTravel are finalists in the Business Excellence category. Nick Brorson (Sockeye Business Solutions), Ryan Cropper (Able Body Shop), Chris Dunn (Integrity Roofing & Windows) and Dr. Helena Wisniewski (University of Alaska Anchorage) are finalists in the Entrepreneurial Excellence category. The Volunteer of the Year Award will be announced at this year’s Gold Pan Awards Sept. 13 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. Tickets for the 56th annual Gold Pan Awards are now on sale. Cost is $50 per member, $70 for non-members. Member tables of 20 for $500. Deadline to RSVP is by 5 p.m. Sept. 6. AMC Engineers announced the promotion of Keith Confer to principal. Confer is an award winning electrical engineer with 19 years of design experience for public facilities throughout Alaska. He has received multiple lighting awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for his work on the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport C Concourse Expansion, the UAA/APU Consortium Library, and the ANC Terminal Connector. Confer has been with AMC since 1996 and has worked on a wide variety of projects across the state. He is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer, a certified Electrical Inspector by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and a Construction Specification Institute Certified Construction Documents Technologist.  Gideon Garcia has joined CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation as chief operating officer. Garcia has worked with Holland America Tours and HAP-Alaska/Yukon, based in Alaska, since 1997 and has held several positions with increasing responsibility. Having completed his master’s in business administration at the University of Fairbanks, he brings substantial experience managing departments with 500 seasonal employees and a proven leadership ability in operations to his leadership role at CATC. Roberta Caenepeel has joined CIRI Alaska Tourism as sales manager. Caenepeel has been selling CATC products for the past 11 years via Royal Celebrity Tours and more recently, Visit Anchorage. Knowing our organization so well, she is a perfect fit to represent Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Seward Windsong Lodge and Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge globally. CATC is the umbrella company for Alaska Heritage Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, and Seward Windsong Lodge. Lottie Michael, senior vice president and associate broker of Commercial Real Estate Alaska LLC, has been recognized and honored by the National Association of Realtors with REALTOR® Emeritus status at the 2013 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo. Michael has maintained her membership in the National Association of Realtors for more than 40 years. She holds the NAR designation of Certified Commercial Investment Manager and is current president of the Alaska CCIM Chapter. Michael joined Commercial Real Estate Alaska LLC in December 2012 after many years with Bond, Stephens & Johnson. In 2012 Lottie receivied the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. Troy A. Johnson has been named vice president of business development at Glacier Services Inc., an oil and gas professional services firm headquartered in Anchorage specializing in automation, instrumentation, and control systems. Of Aleut decent, Johnson most recently served as president of Doyon Emerald and CEO of the Aleut Corp. before joining GSI. As an Alaska registered professional engineer and with a master’s in business administration, Johnson brings more than 20 years of experience in the technical and commercial aspects of engineering consultation work to GSI.

Movers & Shakers 07/21/13

The University of Alaska has hired Bill Bieber as director of the Mining and Petroleum Training Service, or MAPTS. Bieber started July 1. He replaces Dennis Steffy, who recently retired after running MAPTS since the university created it in 1979. MAPTS has offices in Soldotna, Juneau and Anchorage, which serve the entire state. MAPTS is one of the university’s premiere workforce training programs, having trained more than 100,000 students in everything from underground mine safety to oil and gas drilling technology. Alaska Native Medical Center recently appointed Dr. C. David Hightower as the new service chief of orthopedics. Hightower, a member of the Cherokee Nation, has worked at ANMC for the past year. In his new role, Hightower is responsible for clinical supervision and leadership of providers assigned to the Orthopedics Department. Hightower earned his doctorate degree in 2007 from the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he also completed the orthopedic surgery residency program. Originally from Anchorage, he joined ANMC in 2012 as an orthopedic surgeon. Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. has hired four interns to their Fairbanks and Anchorage offices. Alaskan Michael Levison returns to Bettisworth North in Fairbanks after completing a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Montana State University. He is studying at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in preparation for pursuing a master’s degree in architecture. Ian Patrick also hails from Alaska and joins the Fairbanks office as a student of the Rhode Island School of Design and will complete his bachelor’s degree in architecture in three years. Rebecca Rorabaugh is a returning intern to the Anchorage office and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in architecture from Dartmouth College. Camille Mahan joins the landscape architecture team in Anchorage, recently completing a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at Purdue University. Mahan is from Illinois and completed a previous internship in Burlington, Vt. Pioneer Natural Resources’ Alaska Asset Team was awarded the company’s Silver Wrench Award for overcoming many challenges in 2012 yet delivering superb operational performance and an outstanding safety and environmental record to boot. The team was honored at Pioneer’s ninth annual Wrench Award ceremony after the Wrench Committee toured facilities and met with employees to hear about recent work on the North Slope. Operationally, the team executed the North Slope’s largest hydraulic fracture stimulation on its N-1 well utilizing a lower-48 style completion technique. Additionally, the team considerably improved its overall up-time by upgrading equipment and implementing new procedures and enhanced training. These efforts boosted Pioneer Alaska’s production in 2012, exceeding their goal by 13 percent. Most importantly, the team succeeded in all of their accomplishments while meeting or exceeding goals for environmental incidents: zero OSHA recordable injuries and 25 percent reduction in reportable spills. Azia Weisz, born and raised in Tok, joined the Fine Point team as an account manager in the spring of 2013 after graduating with a double major in Management and Marketing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Fine Point is a marketing agency in Alaska that specializes in results-based targeted marketing. Fine Point specialize in reaching consumers with the media that they most use today including search engines, social media, and websites. Randy Robertson will be new Cordova’s city manager, beginning Aug. 5. After the departure of previous Cordova city manager, Mark Lynch, in November, the Cordova City Council hired Don Moore as Interim City Manager. Under his leadership, Cordova has continued to move forward with the Cordova Center project, property tax software update, and upgrade of the North Fill shipyard. Originally from Ohio, Mr. Robertson has over seven years of city manager experience. Most recently, Robertson served the community of Vestavia Hills, Ala., which, during his tenure, was recognized as Alabama’s “Safest City” and selected in 2013 as one of the International City/County Management Association’s “Local Governance Cities.” In addition to his years of service in the role of city manager, Robertson has held senior civilian positions with the U.S. Army, to include Chief of Staff of the largest military installation in the U.S. at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Prior to his civilian service, Robertson served for 20 years as an Officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Robertson holds Masters degrees in Public Administration, Urban Planning, and Strategic Planning in addition to a certificate in Business Administration from Boston University and has served as Adjunct Faculty at several universities and colleges. “After a long and thorough process, City Council has made an excellent choice in hiring Mr. Robertson. His experience, leadership skills, and positive attitude will serve him well as we strive to move Cordova forward. I am excited to work with Mr. Robertson over the next few years to ensure we maintain our industry and infrastructure,” said Cordova Mayor Jim Kacsh. Moe Zamarron, Cordova Public Works Director, will serve as Acting City Manager until Mr. Robertson’s arrival in August.

Movers & Shakers 07/14/13

Stephen Welch has been named mall manager at Anchorage Fifth Avenue Mall. Welch most recently served as the mall manager at Gulf View Square in Port Richey, Fla. Prior to that, he began his career with Simon Property Group in 2009 at Greenwood Park Mall and then moved on to Lake Square Mall, Lenox Square, Anderson Mall and finally landed at Gulf View Square. PND Engineers Inc., has hired five new employees in its Anchorage office. Lisa Baughman was hired as environmental scientist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a concentration in environmental science from Cameron University. Corey Roche, Matthew Wasson and Ryan Zhang were hired as a staff engineers. Roche is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Wasson holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine and brings several years of civil design and land surveying experience.  Zhang recently completed a master’s degree in civil engineering at UAA and will focus on geotechnical work. Tara Sanders was hired as an accounting technician. Sanders is a graduate of the University of Alaska Southeast with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and has more than 10 years of Alaskan accounting experience. Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association and APICDA Joint Ventures Inc., and APICDA Co., announced the hiring of Hugh Pelkey as fleet manager, effective June 24, responsible for vessel fleet owned by APICDA Vessels Inc., and working with APICDA’s partner vessel managers. Pelkey transitions from his role as board director for both the APICDA and APICDA Joint Ventures Inc. companies, where he represented the community of Akutan. Pelkey is a fourth generation crab, salmon and longline commercial fisherman. His business enterprises include owning the F/V High Roller, owning and operating a commercial dive service, and ferrying pilots for the Alaska Marine Pilots Association to and from merchant vessels. The National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations has named Cook Inlet Housing Authority’s Pesident and CEO Carol Gore as their newest member. Gore was one of 10 new members of the committee announced by the U.S. Census Bureau, giving Alaska a national voice on census data and housing issues. Gore will help the committee measure the effects of cultural patterns and evaluate the statistical needs of especially hard-to-count populations that exist in Alaska and across the country. These populations pose challenges for the Census Bureau as it tries to produce an accurate representation of the country’s people in order to provide relevant information for federal, state and local governments along with businesses and industries that increasingly rely on precise statistics. Linda Leary has accepted the vice president, commercial development position with TOTE Logistics Inc., Carlile’s parent company. Her new role will be overseeing the Sales and Marketing Department of Carlile, TOTE Logistics Inc. and Spectrum. She will continue to be based in Anchorage. Geoffrey Hawtrey has accepted the vice president, support services position with TOTE Logistics Inc. He will be working with the Carlile, TOTE Logistics, Inc. and Spectrum IT Departments to develop and implement strategies, policies and initiatives, He was most recently with Saddle Creek Corp., a 3PL warehouse and transportation company in Lakeland, Fla. Hawtrey will be based in Federal Way, Wash. Jeff Palmer has accepted the controller position with TOTE Logistics Inc. and joins the company from Menlo. He will be located in Anchorage for the next six months and then working out of Federal Way. John Armstrong has accepted the vice president, logistics position for Carlile Transportation Systems Inc. He joins Carlile from sister company Alta Logistics, where he was the director of logistics. Armstrong and his team will be working out of the Tacoma office. Gene Carlson has accepted the vice president, trucking operations position with Carlile Transportation Systems Inc. He previously held the position of vice president of special projects for Carlile. In his new position, Carlson will be overseeing the Heavy Haul, Equipment Repair and Maintenance, Line Haul and Bulk departments. Carlson will be based in Anchorage. Jessica Stine of the engineering firm of Livingston Slone Inc. has earned the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Certificate.  The NCIDQ Certificate is a professional credential awarded to designers who demonstrate their competency and understanding in all areas of interior design. Stine holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is working toward professional registration as an architect. She has been with Livingston Slone since 2011 and is currently involved in projects for the Copper River Native Association, Blood Bank of Alaska and UAA School of Engineering. Jordan Bailly has joined Livingston Slone as intern architect. Bailly, a lifelong Alaskan and graduate of South High School, has previously worked two summers as an intern for Livingston Slone. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in May and is now pursuing professional registration in Alaska. Bailly is currently assisting in the completion of the Construction Documents for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s new Engineering and Industry Building. Alaska USA is announced promotions to its executive management team. Geoff Lundfelt has been promoted to chief operations officer. Lundfelt has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions during his 15 years with Alaska USA, most recently serving as executive director of retail financial services. Lundfelt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Jerry Reed has been promoted to chief lending officer. Reed joined Alaska USA in 2008 as executive director of mortgage and real estate lending, and has more than 25 years of lending experience in commercial, mortgage, and consumer lending. Reed holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a master’s degree in business administration degree from the University of Maryland.

Movers & Shakers 07/07/13

Kimberli Laasch and Vicki Myers recently joined First National Bank Alaska as a mortgage loan originator and the South Center Branch manager respectively. Laasch brings more than 10 years of mortgage experience to the bank’s Home Loan Center. Myers has a bank management background of more than 12 years and customer service experience that goes back 25 years. Ryan McCourt has joined Spark Design LLC as an intern-architect. McCourt earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 2008 and is currently working towards architectural licensure. Previously, he was employed at Kumin Associates Inc. working on such projects as Anchorage’s Fire Station No. 5 in Spenard and the Valley Center for Arts and Learning in Palmer. USKH Inc. is the sixth-highest rated Multidiscipline Architecture/Engineering Firm to Work For in the country. Awards were announced June 20, at the Best Firms to Work For conference in Chicago, sponsored by ZweigWhite. Rankings were made based on the results of a comprehensive survey of workplace practices and an independent survey of employees. To qualify for the Multidiscipline award, firms provide a minimum of two disciplines. USKH, an employee-owned firm that has been in business for more than 40 years, offers architecture; civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering; planning; landscape architecture; and surveying. USKH was the highest-ranked Alaska-based firm in any of five categories (multidiscipline, architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering and environmental). Will Baynard, Katie Bender and Daryl Lowe have been hired at Northrim Bank, while Veronica Pillans and Reynold Udarbe were recently promoted. Baynard accepted the position of commercial lender. His focus will be on commercial and industrial loans, primarily working with ANCSA corporations. Previously he was in-house counsel for Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union. He has a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in international commerce and Policy from George Mason University. Bender accepted the position of community and public relations officer. A graduate of West High, she was raised in Anchorage and has and a master’s degree in public administration from University of Alaska Anchorage. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Portland. She brings nine years of experience in communications, marketing and fundraising, most recently for the American Red Cross of Alaska. Pillans has been promoted to the consumer and small business lender at the Small Business Center. She has been with the bank as a loan administrative assistant since August 2012 and has eight years of banking experience to include seven years with First National Bank as a personal banker as well as an administrative assistant in both the Legal and Home Loan Center. Udarbe has been promoted to branch manager at our Huffman Branch. He has been the assistant manager at Huffman since he started with the bank almost two years ago. He has seven years of financial institution experience most recently as a client service manager with Key Bank and has a master’s degree in organizational management. A graduate of Bartlett High School and UAA’s Business Administration program, Lowe began his banking career with National Bank of Alaska in 1995 as a management trainee. He has worked as a loan officer in Dillingham, a branch manager in Glennallen and most recently as the senior business relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Wasilla. Dr. Patti Paris has been hired by the Alaska Native Medical Center as its new service chief of the ANMC Emergency Department. Paris will direct the professional, administrative and educational activities of the ED, ANMC’s busiest department. She will also provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the department, which saw more than 57,000 patient visits in 2012. Tina Grovier has joined the Anchorage office of Stoel Rives LLP as a partner in the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group. She brings 18 years of experience in natural resources and energy law. During her career, Grovier has helped secure federal and state permits for Alaska’s first heap leach facility, Alaska’s first third-party natural gas storage facility, the first non-conditional state right-of-way for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, and Anchorage’s first commercial-grade wind farm. Her clients include Alaska Native corporations, public utilities and oil, natural gas and mining companies. She frequently represents pipeline and telecommunications carriers and refuse services companies before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and state courts. In addition, She has broad appellate, litigation, arbitration and commercial transaction experience. Since 2008, Grovier has been selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Alaska by Chambers USA in the area of “Environment, Natural Resources and Regulated Industries.” Sealaska tribal member shareholder Alysha Guthrie of Sitka has been selected as the 2013-14 board youth advisor. The position was established in 2009 by the Sealaska board as an opportunity to help young Native leaders gain valuable board training and knowledge of Sealaska’s operations. Guthrie is a full-time student at Durango, Colo., and is seeking a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She is currently participating in the Sealaska summer internship program. Guthrie succeeds Madeline Soboleff-Levy, who served as the 2012-13 board youth advisor.

Movers & Shakers 06/30/13

MSI Communications has added Account Manager Amy Guse and Web Director Bryan Meshke to its staff. Born in Anchorage and schooled in Kentucky, Guse most recently managed the national public relations account for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Her other major accounts included Providence Health and Services Alaska, the Alaska Marine Highway System, AT&T, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and Era Alaska. Meshke has spent nearly a decade at local advertising agencies, where he designed and developed sites for NANA, Bristol Bay Native Corp., Matanuska Telephone Association and the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., among others. Before coming to MSI Communications, Meshke ran his own company, providing web design and development to Alaska businesses and other designers. Raised in Seattle, Meshke has lived in Alaska for 15 years and has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and in fine arts. Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. named Leah Boltz director of marketing and business development for the firm. Boltz comes to the firm with six years of professional services marketing at CRW Engineering Group LLC and a degree in journalism and public communications, business and professional writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Boltz is also co-founder and president of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Alaska chapter. University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has presented awards to four outstanding UA employees for exceptional service. The recipients of the annual Staff Make Students Count award for 2013 are: Gabrielle Hazelton, administrative assistant for the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences; Abby Kosmos, program assistant for University of Alaska Southeast’s Ketchikan Campus Workforce Development; Zlata Lokteva, administrative assistant at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Engineering; and Michael O’Brien, an attorney at the UA System’s general counsel office. The United Fishermen of Alaska announced the election of Jerry McCune of Cordova District Fishermen United as president. McCune will be joined by Paul A. Shadura II of Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association as vice president, and Lindsey Bloom of Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association as the new Fish Farm and Environmental Committee chair. Bruce Wallace will hold the past president seat on the Executive Committee. The three new Executive Committee members will complement existing Executive Committee members Kathy Hansen of Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance (Secretary/Treasurer), Duncan Fields of Cape Barnabas, Inc. (Administration Chair), Stephanie Madsen of At-sea Processors Association (National Chair), Brian Lynch of Petersburg Vessel Owners Association (Subsistence Chair), Mark Gleason of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers and Kevin Adams (co-Chairs PR/Membership), Bruce Schactler (Marketing Chair), and Gary Fandrei of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (Enhancement Chair). Also taking effect on June 15 are new at-large board representatives Clay Bezenek of Ketchikan and Victor Jones of Cordova, joining Adams and Schactler, who were both re-elected to UFA at-large board seats. Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young announced the names of his 2013 summer interns working in his Washington, D.C., and Anchorage offices. Caitlin Loyd, of Anchorage, attends the University of Pennsylvania, where she is double majoring in philosophy, politics, and economics and classical studies. Loyd is a graduate of West High School, and is currently working in Young’s Washington. Deborah Castillo, from Anchorage, is a recent high school honors graduate of Anchorage Christian Schools, and will be attending the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall to study biology.  Castillo will work out of Young’s Anchorage office. Liz Banicki, a resident of Eagle River, graduated from the University of Portland in 2010 with a double major in political science and German studies. Upon completion of her internship in Young’s Washington office, Banicki will be relocating to Austria on her second Fulbright Scholarship to teach English. Alicia Amberg joined the Alaska Miners Association staff in April 2013 as projects manager. She partners closely with the executive director to structure and lead effective teams, campaigns, and publications to help achieve AMA’s mission. Prior to AMA, she served as marketing and operations director for an educational nonprofit in Anchorage from 2009 to 2013 and volunteers for several community organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in both public relations and organizational communication, and is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Make-A-Wish Alaska has recently hired Hannah Moderow as the administrative and program coordinator at the Anchorage office. Moderow has worked as a freelance writer and editor in Anchorage for the past six years, during which time she ghost wrote “Born to Mush,” the biography of 2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey. Moderow also served as an adjust professor in Developmental English at University of Alaska Anchorage. Moderow earned her bachelor’s degree in English and art history from Cornell University and her master’s degree in fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Dana Seagars recently joined URS as a senior marine mammal biologist with more than 38 years of experience in marine mammal studies and National Environmental Policy Act compliance. Seagars has been involved with marine mammal research and management in Alaska, California, and Russia. A 25-year Alaska resident, Seagars has participated in a wide range of marine mammal research and management projects including population assessment, contaminant studies, Section 7 consultations, incidental take regulations, Marine Mammal Protection Act permit reviews, as well as various Endangered Species Act issues. Mr. Seagars’ experience includes projects involving Steller sea lions, ice seals, walrus, and Cook Inlet beluga whales.    

Movers and Shakers 06/23/13

June 20, 2013 ShemJonesHemmer Wendy Shem has recently joined AT&T as an account executive, business markets. She holds a master’s degree in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, has 14 years of experience in pharmaceutical sales and has lived in Alaska for 16 years. Samantha Jones was just promoted to mobility account manager, wholesale at AT&T. She has five years of experience in telecom having worked as a retail sales consultant, an assistant store manager at the Wasilla location, and most recently, as a field service manager supporting the business market retail accounts. Matthew Hemmer has recently joined AT&T as a member of the signature accounts team. Hemmer began his telecom career more than 12 years ago providing voice, data, wireless, hosting and software solutions to major customers in Alaska, most recently handling oil and gas, Native corporation and local government accounts. Anchorage Museum recently hired Alison Gazay as marketing and public relations manager. Gazay coordinates museum marketing and promotional activities focusing on tourism and marketing to groups. Gazay has more than 17 years experience in travel and tourism and has worked as Charlotte Sales Manager for Coach America–Carolinas and as group and conference services manager for All Alaska Tours Inc. She has a master’s degree in international studies and a post-graduate degree in tourism from the University of Otago in New Zealand. McDowell Group has hired Peter McClung to serve as the firm’s senior health economist. McClung will be based in the firm’s Anchorage office, but will serve clients throughout the state. Prior to joining McDowell Group, McClung served as a health economist for the British Columbia Medical Association. In that capacity, he analyzed the B.C. health system to advise and support funding allocations which would benefit both patients and providers. Originally from Canada, McClung earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Waterloo and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Manitoba. Kathryn Dodge is the new economic development specialist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Dodge will develop and deliver programs for Alaska small businesses and entrepreneurs and work with other agencies and organizations on statewide economic development. Most recently, Dodge served as policy research director at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks. Previously, she worked for eight years as the economic development specialist for the Fairbanks North Star Borough and 15 years in various positions at Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Dodge, who has lived in Alaska for 40 years, holds a doctorate in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate Institute. HortonAllen Wells Fargo has named Chris Horton as a principal business relationship manager for its Alaska Commercial Banking Group. Horton rejoins Wells Fargo with 16 years of banking experience in Alaska, including 13 years helping Alaskan businesses succeed financially. He began his career with Wells Fargo predecessor National Bank of Alaska as a management trainee, and he graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in 2010. Todd Allen has been named employee benefits senior account executive for Wells Fargo Insurance in Alaska. Allen has more than 35 years of experience providing human resource solutions and managing employee benefits, health and wellness plans. He holds a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and he is a Certified Compensation Professional. Rebecca Brower has been named UIC Foundation Administrator at Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. Brower will be responsible for administering the UIC Foundation which includes performing a variety of duties associated with the coordination, awarding of disbursements and financial aid assistance programs for UIC shareholder recipients. Journalist Mark Trahant will serve as the 20th Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The position brings nationally known journalists to teach courses and speak to students, journalists and the public in Alaska. Trahant has been reporting about Indian Country since the 1970s. He’s been an editor, a reporter, a columnist, a TV correspondent and an author of several books. He’s also a Twitter poet, writing a daily news poem under the handle @newsrimes4lines. Trahant most recent book is “The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars, about Sen. Henry M. Jackson. Trahant was recently awarded a fellowship to the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy. For the past three years, he has been an editor in residence at the University of Idaho, School of Journalism and Mass Media. He was a 2009 Kaiser Media Fellow, writing about health care reform with the focus of 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 is a former president of the Native American Journalists Association. Trahant will teach Information Gathering and Global Media and Communications Systems this fall and Multimedia Journalism and Enterprise Reporting in the spring. Todd Fortun has joined the Anchorage office of AECOM, as an air quality scientist, supporting AECOM’s Alaska air quality permitting and compliance team. Fortun has a master’s degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from St. Cloud State University. Prior to joining AECOM, Fortun was a project chemist supporting Alaska remediation projects for Jacobs Engineering. He will also support AECOM’s Alaska remediation program and associated project chemistry requirements.

Movers & Shakers 06/16/13

Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp., the Alaska Native village corporation for Barrow, elected three new board members at its 40th Annual Meeting of Shareholders on June 1. New board members are: Herman L. Ahsoak, Anthony E. Edwardsen and Beverly J. Shontz Eliason. Officers elected are: Chairman Price E. Brower, Vice Chair Grant B. Thompson Jr., President Edwardsen, Vice President David M. Leavitt Jr., Treasurer Ned T. Arey Sr., Corp. Secretary Shontz Eliason, directors Forrest D. Olemaun, Ahsoak and Richard Ungarook Sr. Barbara Bigelow has joined Providence as administrator of Providence Valdez Medical Center, effective Aug. 5. Bigelow’s background spans nearly 30 years in leadership roles at hospitals across Alaska, including PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, Wrangell Medical Center and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She joins Providence from PeaceHealth Ketchikan, where since 2008 she has served as regional vice president. During her tenure, Ketchikan Medical Center was named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association. Bigelow earned a bachelor’s degree in health information management from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and a master’s degree in business organizational management from the University of La Verne in California. She is also a licensed nursing home administrator and a registered health information administrator. Karen Giltz, store director of the Palmer Fred Meyer, was named Director of the Year for her district, which encompasses all 11 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska. Among the qualifications Giltz met or exceeded are the store’s sales goals; customer satisfaction as tallied on customer surveys; goals for training employees in safety procedures and reducing accidents at the store; goals for employee satisfaction surveys and undercover shopping surveys. Giltz’s store has been accident free for 580 days. Giltz, who has been in Alaska for 17 years, has been director of the Palmer store for three years. She has been with Fred Meyer for 19 years, having started as a courtesy clerk in Idaho Falls, Idaho. TerraSond Limited announced the promotion of Brian Busey and Capt. Rich Hendren. The Palmer-based company produces precision land and marine geospatial surveys. Busey is now vice president, business development and Hendren is vice president, operations. During his seven years with TerraSond, Busey served in various roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as vice president, operations. Busey is an ACSM certified hydrographer, has 20 years of industry experience, and served 23 years in the Canadian Navy. Hendren functioned as TerraSond’s HSE & Quality director, joining the company in October 2012 after serving as director, operations integrity at CPD Alaska. His experience and qualifications include 30 years of U.S. Navy service, U.S. Merchant Marine Master, a bachelor’s degree from Regents College and a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. Valerie Webb and Victor Apodaca have joined the PDC Fairbanks office. Serving as a senior civil engineer, Apodaca brings more than 29 years of experience in the design and project management of airfields, roadways, as well commercial and industrial sites. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a registered civil engineer in Alaska as well as three other states. Prior to joining PDC, Apodaca worked for another local design firm and also served as a civilian contractor that was embedded with the 401st AFSB providing design and inspection services on Army bases throughout Afghanistan. Webb will serve as PDC’s lead environmental analyst. She has more than 13 years of experience, most recently involving environmental coordination in the gold exploration industry. Prior to that, she worked for a local environmental consulting firm performing a range of environmental duties including oil spill response planning, compliance investigations, and monitoring of contaminated sites across Alaska. She is also skilled with the application of GIS, which will complement PDC’s extensive work in that area. Brian E. Skinner has been promoted to the position of vice president of freight services for Sourdough Express. Skinner joined Sourdough Express 10 years ago as the manager of business development and was soon promoted to general manager. Sourdough Express is a full service trucking company serving Alaskans since 1898.

Movers and Shakers 06/09/13

Paula Cullenberg will be the new director of Alaska Sea Grant, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, starting in July 2013. Ginny Eckert, University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries associate professor, also will join Alaska Sea Grant as associate director for research. Cullenberg replaces retiring director David Christie, who has led Alaska Sea Grant since 2008. Cullenberg takes the helm after serving as Alaska Sea Grant associate director since 2007, and as Marine Advisory Program leader since 2004. MAP is Alaska’s marine resource extension program with fourteen faculty members living and working in nine coastal communities. In 2010, Cullenberg led a community-based effort that resulted in legislative funding for six MAP agents located in Nome, Dillingham, Unalaska, Kodiak, Cordova and Ketchikan. Cullenberg also serves as co-chair of the state’s Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative. Prior to leading MAP, Cullenberg directed the North Pacific Fishery Observer Training Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and was the Bristol Bay MAP agent. She is a 30-year Alaska resident and participates in the Bristol Bay setnet fishery with her family. Suzan Rolland has joined aeSolutions as manager of quality and will be based in the Anchorage office. As aeSolutions’ manager of quality, Rolland will drive the planning, development and control of a Quality Management System across all office locations to deliver even greater value to process safety clients throughout the country. Two new junior engineers have also joined aeSolutions in Anchorage. Kenneth Larsen, a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, has joined the company as a SIS FEL specialist. Urvashi Curran, who recently earned her master’s degree in chemical engineering from Lamar University, has joined their process risk management team as a junior process safety engineer. Ridenour Stump Geserick Tim Ridenour has been promoted from associate to principal of RIM Architects. Ridenour has 19 years of experience in architectural design and general contracting, and project coordination from design through construction. His projects include the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, numerous projects for Providence Alaska Medical Center, and new Target stores in Anchorage and Wasilla. Ridenour earned a master’s and a bachelor’s degree of architecture from Montana State University. Brian Stump has rejoined RIM Architects after being away for three years, working on residential projects. Previously, Stump worked for RIM Architects for five years as an intern-architect, making significant contributions to projects such as the Alaska Dance Theatre, CITC-Non-Profit Center, and 14-story JL Tower. He is now a registered architect in Alaska and has a bachelor’s degree of architecture from Washington State University. Matt Geserick has joined RIM Architects as a Level I design assistant. He earned a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in architecture and from the University of Idaho. He interned at a studio in Rome, Italy, and also served internships at architectural and construction firms. He is pursuing professional architectural registration. Michelle Gallagher of RIM Architects was recognized for her contributions to the Society of American Military Engineers during the SAME 2013 Pacific and Northwest Joint Engineer Training Symposium held this past February in Anchorage. Gallagher received the SAME Regional Vice President’s Medal for her outstanding service to the society. Her membership with SAME began in 2005, while pursuing the Anchorage Post’s BG Benjamin B. Tally Scholarship as a student at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. Gallagher graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon, and returned to Anchorage to pursue a career in architecture. This past February, Gallagher completed a year of service on the planning committee for the SAME 2013 Pacific and Northwest JETS. The Symposium concluded with the Post’s Annual Banquet, where Michelle was sworn in as the new Junior Vice President of the SAME Anchorage Post. She joined RIM Architects LLC in 2008 and is an intern architect. Five lawyers in the Dorsey & Whitney LLP Anchorage office were ranked by Chambers and Partners in its annual survey: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013. Dorsey Partners Robert Bundy, Jahna Lindemuth and Spencer Sneed were ranked in the Litigation: General Commercial practice area. Partners Michael Mills, Richard Rosston and Sneed were ranked in the Corporate/M&A practice area, with Mills and Sneed also separately ranked in the Corporate/M&A: Bankruptcy practice area. Rosston was also separately ranked in the Real Estate practice area. In all, the five Dorsey Anchorage lawyers received a total of nine individual rankings, including five rankings of Band 1 and a Senior Statesman ranking for Bundy. In addition to this individual recognition, Dorsey Anchorage received more Band 1 rankings, the highest ranking available, for its practice groups than any other firm in Alaska. Dorsey Anchorage’s Litigation: General Commercial, Corporate/M&A, Corporate/M&A-Bankruptcy, and Real Estate practice groups all received Band 1 rankings from Chambers. Kevin Adams has been named chairman of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors. This is the first time a commercial fisherman has held this position in over a decade. Adams has over 38 years of commercial fishing experience in Bristol Bay. He has an extensive background in seafood marketing and has served as an advocate for commercial fishermen throughout the State. Adams was originally appointed to the ASMI board of directors as the Harvester representative by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004. The ASMI Board unanimously elected him chairman during their May 9 meeting in Anchorage. Chairman Adams will replace outgoing Chairman Joe Bundrant of Trident Seafoods. Adams has served as the United Fishermen of Alaska at-large board representative since 2011 and was recently elected to his second two-year term. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region is announced David J. Miller has accepted the position of Maintenance & Operations director. Miller is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ petroleum engineering program, and has more than 33 years of experience in the public and private sectors in Ft. Wainwright and Fairbanks. As Maintenance & Operations director, he will oversee more than 400 staff including superintendents, foremen, equipment operators and building maintenance specialists who respond to approximately 370,000 square miles.  

Movers & Shakers 06/02/13

Nancy Dahlstrom has been selected as the new executive director for Serve Alaska, the state’s service corporation in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Serve Alaska includes the AmeriCorps programs and its sub-grantees who operate throughout the state with volunteers who help students learn to read, mentor at-risk youth, provide health services, build homes for low-income families, and help nonprofits recruit volunteers. Recently the director of Gov. Sean Parnell’s Anchorage office, Dahlstrom also served as special assistant on issues pertaining to the Departments of Revenue and Military and Veteran’s Affairs. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has added Allison Nyholm to her legislative team in Washington, D.C Nyholm will focus on appropriations, transportation and aviation matters — particularly those unique to Alaska’s skies. Raised in Soldotna, Nyholm joins Murkowski’s office after working on Alaska-specific policies for the better part of a decade, including five years for the State of Alaska as the associate director for the Office of the Governor in Washington, D.C., where she directed the state’s federal appropriations process. Nyholm will serve as Murkowski’s legislative assistant responsible for appropriations, surface transportation, aviation and water project infrastructure. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, and received her master’s degree in public policy and master’s degree in business administration from the George Washington University and University of North Carolina respectively. Nyholm is also an FAA certified private pilot. MSI Communications has hired Amy Guse as account manager and Bryan Meshke as web director. Born in Anchorage and schooled in Kentucky, Guse’s career spans more than a decade of public relations and marketing in x. She managed the national PR account for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and has overseen significant accounts such as Providence Health and Services Alaska, the Alaska Marine Highway System, AT&T, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. and Era Alaska. Meshke has spent nearly a decade at local ad agencies, where he designed and developed sites for NANA, Bristol Bay Native Corp., Matanuska Telephone Association and the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., among others. Before coming to MSI Communications, Mashke ran his own company, ten6design, providing web design and development to Alaska businesses and other designers. Raised in Seattle, Bryan has lived in Alaska for 15 years. He Has two bachelor’s degrees, one in business administration and another in fine arts. Stoel Rives LLP attorneys James E. Torgerson, Joseph J. Perkins, Jr. and Tina Grovier of the firm’s Anchorage office have been selected as leading U.S. lawyers by independent legal research team Chambers and Partners. Torgerson and Perkins are ranked in the Band 1 level for Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries, and Litigation: General Commercial respectively. Grovier is ranked Band 2 in the area of Natural Resources & Regulated Industries. The Anchorage office also received recognition as being among the best in Alaska in the areas of general commercial litigation and environment, natural resources and regulated industries. Attorneys Thomas M. Daniel, Eric B. Fjelstad, Bradford G. Keithley and Michael E. Kreger in the Anchorage office of Perkins Coie have been selected as leading U.S. lawyers by independent legal research team Chambers and Partners. Daniel, Fjelstad and Kreger were named to the Band 1 level for, Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries, and Construction fields, respectively. Keithley was named to Band 2 for Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries. The Alaska office of Perkins Coie was ranked in Band 1 for Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries, and in Labor and Employment. It received a Band 3 ranking for General Commercial Litigation.

Movers & Shakers 05/26/13

AMC Engineers has hired mechanical engineer Grant Birmingham and accountant Cory Crawford. Grant is a University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. As part of the ASHRAE Undergraduate Senior Project, he participated in building an Air Duct Simulator on the UAA campus. Grant is currently working on the King Career Center Remodel, the Dena’ina Health and Wellness Clinic, and Service High School Renewal. Crawford graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He has more than 2.5 years of experience in accounting and previously worked for the Municipality of Anchorage and Kiewit Infrastructure. Dr. Roland Torres has been appointed Clinical Director for the Alaska Native Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery. Prior to joining ANMC, Torres was a clinical associate professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University Medical Center, where he was also a site director for the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program. He served as the chief of neurosurgery and director of neurotrauma at Stanford’s Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. Prior to that, he held several positions at the State University of New York, including: director of Neurosurgical Step-down Unit, director of Neurotrauma and Critical Care and director of Neuro-Oncology and assistant professor of neurosurgery. Executive Chef Erik Slater of Resurrection Roadhouse Restaurant, Seward Windsong Lodge and Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America. This is the first-ever peer review guide of U.S. chefs, who were chosen after extensive interviews between their fellow chefs and Best Chefs America analysts. Slater has been showcased in the informative and exquisitely produced 386-page coffee table book that was released on March 1. University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus Associate Professor of Marine Biology Jan Straley became the first Sitka resident in 18 years to be honored with the University of Alaska’s Meritorious Service Award during the UAS Sitka Campus graduation ceremony on May 3. The award is given by the University of Alaska Board of Regents and honors “evidence of significant public, academic, volunteer or philanthropic service to the MAU (major administrative unit) or one of its community campuses, or to an Alaska community.” Straley holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has studied whale population dynamics, feeding ecology, human interactions and the social structure of large whales. Her research includes working with the fishing industry to minimize interactions between sperm and killer whales and Alaska longline fisheries. Straley has been with the UAS Sitka Campus since 1994, and also serves as associated faculty with UAF. David Gillespie and Susan Reeves were elected to three-year terms on the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. Gillespie is the CEO of The Aleut Corp. Reeves is an attorney and the managing member of Reeves Amodio. She has served on the board since 2010. Immediately after the annual meeting, the board met to elect new officers to serve for the next year. Janet Reiser was elected board chair, Reeves was elected vice-chair, Jim Henderson was elected secretary and Sisi Cooper was elected treasurer. Annaleah Ernst of Nikiski and Aidan Bobbitt of Unalaska have been named Alaska’s 2013 Presidential Scholars by the U.S. Department of Education. They will be invited to attend the program’s national recognition weekend in Washington, D.C., in June, and receive medallions. Presidential Scholars have demonstrated leadership, scholarship, contributions to school and community, and outstanding accomplishments in the arts, sciences, humanities and other fields. Longtime Alaska educator James A. Seitz of Anchorage has been named executive secretary of the Alaska Professional Teaching Practices Commission. He will replace Patricia Truman, who retires effective May 31. Seitz has more than 35 years of education experience in Alaska. He taught secondary mathematics in the Anchorage School District; served as department chair; sat on mathematics curriculum committees at the school, district and state levels; and served on the gifted and talented advisory committee for the district. He was employed by the University of Alaska Anchorage as the professional development school coordinator for the Alaska Partnership for Teacher Enhancement. He also coordinated the University of Alaska Anchorage Master of Arts Teaching Program. Seitz holds the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, among other awards. Seitz holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in gifted and talented education from the University of Denver.

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