Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 11/24/13

Four artists will spend eight-week residencies in the Lower 48 as the first Alaskans to participate in the new Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program. They are: artist and educator Jimmy Riordan, who will serve his residency at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio; Playwright, poet and director Arlitia Jones, who will serve her residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, Calif.; Inupiaq visual artist Gretchen Sagan, who will serve her residency at Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M.; and textile artist Maria Shell, who will serve her residency at McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, N.C. The Artist Residency Program is one element of the Foundation’s Arts & Culture Initiative, a major commitment to the arts in Alaska. The initiative, started in 2003, is designed to strengthen cultural institutions across the state, encourage the development of new work by creative artists, and increase public access to and participation in cultural experiences. USKH Inc. recently named Dale Smythe as new principal of the employee-owned company, which has seven offices in Alaska and Pacific Northwest. He joined USKH in 2001 after graduating from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture. Smythe is a native of Anchorage, graduating from Service High School and is the Anchorage regional architecture manager. Among his recent projects are several rural school projects, the renovated Big Lake Elementary School and the Eielson Air Force Base Physical Fitness Center renovation project, which was selected as the Honor Award winner for Facility Design in the 2009 U.S. Air Force Design Awards Program. Angela Rodell was appointed as the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue after serving as acting commissioner since Aug. 7. Rodell has served the State of Alaska since September 2011 as the state treasurer and deputy commissioner of Revenue. She was responsible for debt management, cash management, and portfolio management, including the trust funds for the Alaska Retirement Management Board. She oversaw more than $49 billion in the state’s General and Reserve Funds, the Public Employee Retirement System Trust Account, the Teachers Retirement System Trust Account, and the Defined Contribution System Accounts. Rodell was instrumental in helping the state achieve a general obligation rating of AAA from both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. Prior to her service with the State of Alaska, Rodell was the senior vice president for First Southwest, advising on debt for nine states and multiple state agencies. Rodell received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Marquette University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kentucky. Quinlan Steiner was reappointed as the director of the state Public Defender Agency. Steiner, a fourth-generation Alaskan, has worked at the agency since 1998 and has served as the public defender since 2005. He earned his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, after graduating from Seattle University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. As director, Steiner oversees the Public Defender Agency, which includes approximately 170 attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and other support staff. The agency maintains 13 offices statewide, and provides constitutionally mandated legal representation to indigent clients in criminal, juvenile delinquency, child in need of aid, and involuntary commitment matters Steve Decker is the new executive director for Family Outreach Center for Understanding Special Needs Inc. FOCUS serves individuals from Palmers to Anchorage, with infant learning, adult habilitation, and supported employment. Decker comes from a background of managing a statewide charity in California, where he was responsible for bringing a $11.8 million Medicare Innnovation Award to his agency. Credit Union 1 promoted Community Engagement and Education Manager Chrissy Bell to senior communications manager. Bell started her career at Credit Union 1 in 2010 as the community engagement director. Wth more than 10 years experience working in the non-profit community, specifically in fundraising and marketing, she quickly streamlined the credit union’s community outreach efforts and led the charge for one of our biggest years in fundraising and volunteerism in credit union history, increasing community service efforts by more than 50 percent. Bell is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in English and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center is pleased to announce that Kimberly Cohen has joined its practice as executive director. Cohen brings more than 20 years of experience in community health executive leadership to ANHC. She will lead ANHC’s mission of providing accessible affordable care while continuing its focus on becoming a fully certified patient centered medical home in 2014. ASRC Energy Services Inc. promoted Steve Gasser as the general manager for the company’s Fabrication and Construction division. Gasser will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of North Slope construction group, and the Anchorage and Kenai fabrication facilities. Gasser is a graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned a master’s degree in engineering science management. In addition, he is a certified Project Management Professional with 15 years of project management experience. Prior to his new role, Gasser was manager of projects, engineering manager, and engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction manager. He has been with AES since 2008. Stacey G. Hoffman of Moving Mountains Services LLC has recently been elected as vice president of the Business Networking International group Money Makers as well at the treasurer of the Alaskan WildBird Rehabilitation Center. Hoffman was also recently inducted into the Susitna Rotary Club.

Movers & Shakers 11/17/13

Tammy GrayBrad KeiferLigia Lutan Tammy Gray and Brad Kiefer have been hired at Northrim Bank and Ligia Lutan has been promoted to assistant vice president. Gray has been hired as assistant vice president, branch manager at Northrim Bank’s West Anchorage Branch. Her career in banking has spanned 25 years and she specialized in business and real estate lending and was most recently at Key Bank in Eagle River. Kiefer has been hired as a vice president, commercial lender. He joins Northrim Bank with 10 years in banking as a commercial loan officer and 14 years as a licensed insurance agent. Kiefer has an associate’s degree in Insurance Service and commercial lending diploma from the American Bankers Association. Lutan has been promoted to assistant vice president, construction loan administrative officer. She has been with Northrim Bank for more than nine years. She spent one year with Credit Administration and has been with Construction Lending for the past eight years. She holds a bachelor of laws from the University of Bucharest. Lutan completed the American Bankers Association national commercial lending program and received Northrim Bank’s Customer Service First Award in 2012. The Anchorage Board of REALTORS has awarded the following honors: Judy Rosenberg of Jack White Real Estate was recognized as the REALTOR of the Year. A life-long Alaskan, Rosenberg has served her profession as chair of the Professional Standards Committee, and is the immediate past-president of Alaska MLS. Bev Rude of Alaska Multiple Listing Service was awarded the REALTOR Affiliate of the Year. Born in Alaska, Rude has been with Alaska MLS for 10 years and serves as business development and operations manager. Officers of the Anchorage Board of REALTORS for 2014 are: President Mike Rasmussen, Rasmussen Properties; President-elect Ron Day, Keller Williams Realty; Secretary-treasurer Mark Masley, RE/MAX Dynamic Properties; Past-president D’Ette Owen, Keller Williams Realty. Directors for 2014 are: Laura Dufour, RE/MAX Dynamic Properties; Erin Eker, Jack White Real Estate; Debbie Higbee, RE/MAX Dynamic Properties; Cody Keim, RE/MAX Dynamic Properties; Eva Loken, Jack White Real Estate; Debbie Mumma, Keller Williams Realty; Scott Myers, Jack White Real Estate; and Denny Wood, Keller Williams Realty. The Alaska Chamber named Nicole Schuh Alaska Business Week program director in October. Prior to joining the Chamber, Schuh worked at the Alaska Aviation Museum as operations manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a master’s degree in science in recreation from the University of Idaho. ABW gives high school students hands-on learning opportunities that explore their leadership skills and future career choices, while learning about the world of business. ABW simulates a business environment, immersing students in scenarios faced daily by business owners. Students are broken up into different “companies” which compete against each other. A team of business executives works directly with students throughout the week, advising and coaching each company in its pursuit of a winning strategy. Dr. Elliot Bruhl is the new medical director at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka as of Sept. 30. Bruhl worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital for eight years, from 1998 to 2006. He was a physician and medical director for Sitka’s Mountainside Family Healthcare in 2007-08. When he returned to SEARHC in 2009, Bruhl worked as a family physician and served as Chief of Services Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Bruhl earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, and completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Bruhl also holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and a master’s degree in hydrology from the University of Idaho School of Mines in Moscow. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium added three providers to the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. Dr. Matt Taintor, MD, is not new to SEARHC, but has made the move from the SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka to ELMC in Juneau. Taintor’s specialties are pediatrics and internal medicine and will be filling a six-month vacancy as the clinic’s new pediatrician. Taintor earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and he completed a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at the University of Utah. He also holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Before he completed medical school, Dr. Taintor lived in Juneau where he worked with Juneau Youth Services and spent time as a fly-fishing guide. SEARHC also added two new physicians to the organization: Dr. Jessica Porter and Dr. Keegan Jackson. Porter’s specialty is family medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of California Davis where also did her family medicine and obstetrics residencies. SEARHC can now offer cesarean sections to patients that require it in Juneau instead of referring to a private practice physician in town. Jackson’s specialty is also family medicine and she earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. She did her residency with Duluth Family Medicine Residency in Duluth, Minn. Jackson’s medical interests are geriatric medicine, women’s health and preventative medicine. The Alaska Railroad Corp. named Chief Mechanical Officer Doug Engebretson as chief operating officer, a position left vacant when former COO Bill O’Leary was promoted to president and CEO on Nov. 1. Engebretson’s promotion was effective Nov. 8. A third-generation railroader with more than three decades of railroading experience, Engebretson joined the Alaska Railroad in 1984, just as the federally owned railroad was preparing to be purchased by the State of Alaska. Engebretson has extensive expertise with the mechanical aspect of train operations, beginning with his certification as a carman (railcar mechanic) in 1980, following a three-year apprenticeship at the Burlington Northern Railroad in Montana. After five years with BN from 1977-1982, Engebretson moved to Fairbanks and the following year joined the Alaska Railroad as a journeyman carman. Engebretson’s was promoted to Fairbanks Terminal supervisor in 1986. In 1990, he transferred to Anchorage to become car operations manager, a position he held until 2006. He also served as mechanical capital project manager from 2001-02. In 2006, Engebretson joined the senior management team as director of mechanical maintenance, and at the beginning of 2010, he was named CMO.

Movers and Shakers 11/10/13

  Joshua Michael Kindred has joined Alaska Oil and Gas Association as regulatory and legal affairs manager. Raised in Anchorage, Kindred is a seasoned legal professional with years of experience in the state, most recently as the Violent Crimes supervisor for the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office. Kindred also his prior experience in civil litigation and worked as a law clerk for Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz of the Oregon Supreme Court. Kindred graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kindred received his juris doctor from Willamette University College of Law. He has been a member of the Alaska Bar Association since 2005. Lori DaveyPhil JamesKaren King The Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy in Alaska announced the election of three new trustees: Lori Davey, Phil James and Karen King. Davey is a life-long Alaskan who is originally from Tok. She is director of business development for Fairweather LLC, which offers services to mining, oil and gas industries. Davey graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992 and earned an MBA in 1998. She was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 award by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Journal of Commerce in 2009. Philip James of Fort Collins, Colo., began volunteering for the Conservancy 30 years ago. Since then he has served as a trustee in Alaska, Nebraska and Colorado, while also serving on the organization’s national board of governors. James is a former executive with ConAgra Inc., served as Colorado wildlife commissioner, and is the recipient of the Conservancy’s Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award. King is president and CEO of Spawn Ideas Inc. in Anchorage. King joined Spawn, formerly Nerland Agency, in 1999 and led the team that created the “Big Wild Life” brand for the city of Anchorage, the “Amazing Stories Being Written Every Day” brand for the University of Alaska Anchorage and the brand and strategy for The Salmon Project’s “Salmon Love” campaign. Ken Rosenstein has been appointed solicitor general for the State of Alaska, effective Oct. 28. Rosenstein demonstrated his legal skills as a key member of the team looking into how the state handles post-conviction DNA testing. District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne was the case dealing with that matter, and Rosenstein was one of two Department of Law lawyers who personally argued and won the Osborne case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Rosenstein has handled hundreds of cases during his more than 20 years with the Department of Law Criminal Appeals Unit. Matthew Shuckerow has joined Rep. Don Young’s Washington, D.C., office, as press secretary. He joins Young’s office following the departure of Mike Anderson, who recently returned to Alaska to join the Dan Sullivan for Senate campaign as communications director. Following nearly three years of service in Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s D.C. office, Shuckerow served as Murkowski’s press secretary, and before that as her legislative correspondent, intern coordinator, staff assistant and college intern. Born in Kodiak and raised in Anchorage, Shuckerow is a graduate of A.J. Dimond High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, where he studied journalism. Taylor Thompson of Anchorage was promoted to press secretary for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her Capitol Hill office. Thompson will fill the vacancy created by her predecessor Matthew Shuckerow departing to serve as Rep. Don Young’s press secretary. Thompson was born and raised in Anchorage and after graduating from West, she attended Gonzaga University in Washington State where she received a bachelor’s degree in political science and was also a member of the women’s rowing team. As a member of the Murkowski office Thompson has held the position of intern, staff assistant, legislative correspondent and assistant to the chief of staff. Credit Union 1 Vice President of Branch Operations Lorraine Bennett has been promoted to senior vice president of branch operations. A 30-year industry expert, Bennett has veteran experience with branch operations at Credit Union 1. Bennett was originally hired in October 1983, giving her the distinction of being the second longest tenured employee at Credit Union 1. Over the past three decades, she has held several positions at the credit union, ranging from ATM clerk to branch manager to AVP, VP and now SVP of branch operations. Bennett began her career as an ATM expert in the Lower 48, moving to Alaska after the launch of the AK Option Network. She has since become certified as a Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist and is working toward her credentials as a Certified Fraud Examiner.  

Movers & Shakers 11/03/13

The Anchorage Alaska Bed and Breakfast Association hosted its fourth annual awards dinner in Anchorage on Sept. 24 to honor all its Associate/Travel partners and to confer awards in eight areas. Winners for the 2013 season are: Best Alaska Experience-Alaska Native Heritage Center; Best Tour Experience-Phillips Cruises and Tours; Best Dining Experience-Spenard Roadhouse; Best Customer Service-Glacier Brewhouse; Innovative Approach to Making Guests Feel Special-Anchorage Trolley Tours; Best Business to Business Service in Support of Tourism–The Alaska App; Rookie of the Year, New Member-Sam Wasson Photography. Mara E. Michaletz has joined the firm Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot. Michaletz’s litigation practice focuses on complex business, construction, and insurance disputes. Prior to joining the firm, Michaletz was a prosecutor at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office for six years. Ms. Michaletz clerked for the Hon. Peter Michalski of the Anchorage Superior Court after receiving her J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006. While attending law school, Michaletz studied abroad in the Netherlands and at Uppsala University, Sweden. Michaletz graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College. Adrienne Little has been named commercial lines sales executive for Wells Fargo Insurance in Alaska. She will work with Alaska businesses to provide consultation on existing insurance services and secure coverage such as commercial property and casualty, professional and product liability, and workers’ compensation. Little has 16 years of insurance industry experience in Alaska, managing accounts for companies in the transportation, healthcare, construction and nonprofit fields. Her professional training includes Liberty Northwest Insurance’s Commercial Lines School, and she is studying to earn a Certified Insurance Counselor designation from the National Alliance for Insurance Education. Caroline Storm has joined the Bezek Durst Seiser team of architects, designers, and planners. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Caroline received a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1998 and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in 1992 from the University of Waterloo. Additionally, she holds credentials as a LEED AP BD & C green building design professional. Storm has been providing architectural design services in Alaska since 2002 and brings with her an expertise in healthcare facilities design. Gov. Sean Parnell presented the 2013 Shirley Demientieff Award to H. Sally Smith at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks. The award, presented each year at AFN, is given by the governor for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children. A Yu’pik from Dillingham, Smith has served as a health care advocate and leader for 45 years. Born in Clark’s Point, Smith has worked tirelessly in Alaska and across the world to improve the health of Alaska Natives and Native Americans. She has dedicated her life to establishing culturally and scientifically appropriate cancer clinical research for Alaska Native people. Smith serves on the board of directors for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and has previously chaired the National Indian Health board of directors. Rick Fox has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of Alaska operations for The Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies. Fox will be responsible for leading all ECO vessel activities in the Arctic, as well as overseeing the operation of Chouest affiliates Fairweather, LLC, Deadhorse Aviation Center, Tulugaq, LLC and VDOS, LLC (Virtual Data Operations Support). The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions Freight Advisory Committee has added Col. Kendra S. Mathews and Municipality of Anchorage Port Director Richard Wilson to the Freight Advisory Committee. Mathews is the Director for Logistics (J4), Alaskan Command, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. She directs Alaskan Command Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard logisticians in formulating and executing joint and combined plans for the deployment and sustainment of over 200,000 combat personnel in the Pacific, Southwest Asia, and North American theaters. Wilson oversees the movement of goods into and out of the Port of Anchorage with emphasis on planning and implementing improvements targeting stimulate intermodal transportation while supporting economic development and port operations.

Movers & Shakers 10/27/13

American Fast Freight Inc. has promoted Ron Moore to company sales manager for the state of Alaska. Prior to becoming the sales manager of Alaska, Moore was a transportation consultant with American Fast Freight. Moore was born and raised in Wasilla and attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Moore carries a wide range of experience to this management role as he spent time working with the Charlotte Hornets NBA team prior to moving back to Alaska. He has worked for the last 13 years in the transportation business and joined American Fast Freight in 2011. The 2013 Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. The Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony recognizes and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors as well as their contributions to the larger community. The awardees are: Indra Arriaga, senior consultant, Information Insights; Pamela Bergmann, regional environment officer-Alaska, U.S. Department of the Interior; Jan Cawvey, community volunteer; Barb Dexter, secondary teacher specialist, Title 1 Child in Transition Program/Homeless Project; Raquel Edelen, vice president, The Hotel Captain Cook; Lucy Hansen, president, Polynesian Association of Alaska; Allison Mendel, owner, Mendel & Associates, Inc.; Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, senior director, Intergovernmental Affairs, ANTHC; Patricia Redmond, director, League of Women Voters of Anchorage; Elaine Schroeder, counselor/psychologist. The 2013 Women of Achievement Awards/Purse Auction will be Dec. 5, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center Discovery Theater. Alaska State Forester and Director of the Division of Forestry Chris Maisch has been appointed to serve as president of the National Association of State Foresters. Maisch has served on the NASF board of directors since 2010 and was most recently the organization’s vice president. He was elected to his new post, which has a one-year term, at the NASF annual meeting held the last week of September in Virginia. The American Heart Association and its division the American Stroke Association announced Kristin Willersdorf as regional director for the organization’s Anchorage Division. Willersdorf will be responsible for engaging the community and sponsors in the Go Red For Women campaign, which aims to stop heart disease in women, and the Alaska Heart Run, an annual 5K race. Willersdorf has a background in marketing and retail, and most recently worked for the corporate headquarters for Coach in New York City. She has also been involved with non-profit organizations on a personal level. Janet Bartels has been promoted to executive director for Alaska. Bartels was the development director in Fairbanks for more than 10 years and consistently set national benchmarks for fundraising and volunteer management within the organization. As executive director, Bartels will oversee fundraising and operations for the AHA/ASA in Anchorage and Fairbanks. In Fairbanks, Meadow Bailey, APR, is the new development director for AHA/ASA. Bailey will be overseeing major campaigns in the region, including Go Red For Women and the annual Fairbanks Heart Walk, and will be responsible for donor cultivation in support of the priority initiatives by the association.  Bailey is a long-time resident of Fairbanks with extensive experience in media and public relations. Most recently she served as an Information Officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation, and is adjunct faculty of public speaking at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Katherine Gordinier, has joined the Aleut Corp. as an accountant. Originally from Mobile, Ala., she most recently worked for the Energy Transfer Company in San Antonio as a treasury accountant. She’s currently in her last class before she graduates with her MBA. With 10 years of experience in accounting, Margaret Sealock has joined the Aleut Corp. as its senior accountant. She graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2009 and most recently worked for Ahtna Inc. Sustainable Design Group LLC has hired Ryan King, a recent landscape architecture graduate from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and minors in sustainability and classical cultures. King has more than five years of experience in landscape architecture, land planning and design construction with a background in visual rendering and a thorough understanding of the design process.

Movers and Shakers 10/20/13

Sealaska announced the retirement of President and CEO Chris E. McNeil Jr. McNeil served as president and CEO for the past 12 years, and will retire within the next nine months, after a successor has been selected by Sealaska’s board of directors. McNeil will continue to lead Sealaska as its president and CEO throughout the recruitment and hiring of a new chief executive officer. Sealaska is the regional Native institution for Southeast Alaska formed in 1972 pursuant to the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. It represents more than 21,000 Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian tribal member shareholders. Prior to becoming chief executive in 2001, McNeil served as a member of Sealaska’s board of directors and as the company’s corporate secretary and executive vice president and general counsel. When McNeil was elected as CEO in 2001, Sealaska’s operations were in a difficult position. He turned around those operations, and significantly increased Sealaska’s shareholder’s equity and its permanent fund. In addition, he successfully led the enrollment of shareholder descendants and conveyance of additional shares for Elders to fruition, and brought the initially contentious Sealaska’s land bill to a point to where all major interest groups support the proposed legislation. McNeil is Tlingit and a member of the Nisga’a Nation. He is Eagle Dakl’aweidí (Killer Whale) House and his Tlingit name is Shaakakóoni. He and his wife Mary have two grown children, and two young grandchildren.   UIC shareholder Nagruk Harcharek, has been named UMIAQ science logistics manager, a Barrow based position. Harcharek will oversee field operations in support of research activities in and near Barrow. Growing up in Barrow, Nagruk actively participated in spring whaling preparations and hunts and has over 20 years of experience observing weather and ice conditions along with 15 years of experience captaining ocean and river vessels around the greater Barrow area. Harcharek’s professional experience includes more than four years as a pilot for Ryan Air transporting cargo in Northwest Alaska and most recently serving as assistant camp instructor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Barrow developing and conducting camp operations and helping incorporate Inupiaq subsistence knowledge and safety procedures into daily instruction. Harcharek earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science in 2009 from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and his Associate of Science Degree in Small Vessel Fabrication and Repair in 2006 from Honolulu Community College. BassBokarMaria-Mateo Rasmuson Foundation announced the addition of three new staff members and a new intern. Emily Bass has returned to Rasmuson Foundation as a program assistant. Bass interned with the Foundation in 2011-12 and now joins the staff to focus on Recover Alaska, a statewide collaboration to reduce the negative impacts of alcohol. Bass brings 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including grant writing and development work for Alaska nonprofits. Emily Bokar has joined Rasmuson Foundation as a communications associate. Bokar worked for President Barack Obama for five years, first as his senior scheduler in the U.S. Senate. She was an early member of the president’s web team during his first presidential election and returned to Washington to join his transition team and work on technology initiatives for the new administration. Bokar has a degree in public policy and social change with a concentration in technology from Bentley University. Claudia Maria-Mateo has joined the staff as an administrative assistant overseeing front desk operations. Maria-Mateo most recently worked for the U.S. Air Force and served as a program manager and board member for a nonprofit organization that assisted military members and their families. Maria-Mateo has a degree in organizational management with a concentration in security from the University of Phoenix. Ron Wilmot is a new program intern as he pursues a master’s degree in social work at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Wilmot works at North Star Behavioral Hospital as a direct-care staff with emotionally troubled teens and plans to work in clinical therapy. Wilmot worked as a journalist for the Anchorage Daily News and Juneau Empire. He holds adegree in psychology from the University of Oregon and is a life-long Alaskan. Wells Fargo, the nation’s second largest private student lender, presented $1,000 checks to Anchorage high school students Tyler Anderson (now attending college in Rochester, New York), Kyle Cooper and Marley Luke as winners of the company’s CollegeSTEPS sweepstakes. Wells Fargo awarded $520,000 in the form of $1,000 cash prizes to 520 students across the country to help pay for college expenses. The sweepstakes is part of the company’s College STEPS program, which provides free college planning and money management tips for high school and college students and parents, including how to find scholarships, apply for financial aid, make campus visits, save and budget, and manage student loans. Col. Keith Mallard was named acting commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Mallard currently heads the Division of Alaska State Troopers. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Joe Masters. Mallard has served with the Department of Public Safety for 16 years. He has held several positions, including Special Emergency Reaction Team operator, field training officer, and the Alaska State Trooper’s first dual purpose canine handler. In 2005, Mallard transferred into the Alaska Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Enforcement as the deputy commander. In 2006, he was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned as the commander of the ABADE, where he served until he was promoted to colonel in December of 2010. Prior to becoming an Alaska State Trooper, Mallard served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman, and worked as a deputy sheriff in Idaho and a municipal police officer in Alaska.

Movers & Shakers 10/13/13

NANA Construction LLC has selected Sagen Juliussen to be the company’s new president. Juliussen has worked for NANA Construction since its founding in 2008, most recently as vice president of business development. Juliussen brings more than 28 years of experience to the position, including work as a vice president, owner representative, contractor and craftsman. He has been involved in many major projects in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation and mining industries. At NANA Construction, Juliussen supervised the company’s Big Lake fabrication complex and its work for Teck Alaska at the Red Dog Mine. Before joining NANA, he was a contractor for the ConocoPhillips capital projects group. Juliussen previously worked for CH2M HILL Alaska/VECO where he was responsible for estimating, schedule and proposal development for fabrication and field construction projects. He served as a general foreman, directly supervising craft personnel in the fabrication and shipping of hundreds of truckable modules. Crowley’s petroleum distribution group in Alaska has appointed Tom “TC” Craig as general manager, Southeast Alaska, and charged him with leadership of a new business group created by the recent acquisitions of local fuel distributors Anderes Oil in Ketchikan and Taku Oil Sales in Juneau. The company has also named Jim Fowler as sales manager, Southeast Alaska, and Tom Erickson as operations manager, Southeast Alaska. Both Fowler and Erickson will report to Craig and all three will be based in Ketchikan. Craig served Anderes Oil as controller for 13 years  and also handled the company’s human resources duties. His experience prior to Anderes Oil includes 10 years with Construction Machinery Inc. as the Ketchikan branch manager and later vice president of operations for the Pacific Northwest. Fowler spent seven years with Anderes Oil as operations manager where he was responsible for sales, marketing and public relations, inventory management and training. He also held marketing responsibilities for SYSCO Food of Seattle and Tongass Freight Service and was the merchandising director for Williams Inc. in Ketchikan. Erickson spent 35 years with Anderes Oil including the last 17 years as plant manager where he provided acquisition support; planning and implementation of plant upgrades and maintenance; facility security and day-to-day management of plant employees. WHPacific, Inc. is announced the addition of Nathan Bosch as environmental scientist I to the company’s Anchorage office. Bosch has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Calvin College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in environmental science at Alaska Pacific University. Previous to WHPacific, Bosch was a research assistant at Alaska Pacific University, a psychiatric treatment counselor at Alaska Children’s Services, a gas meter reader at Energy West, and special education classroom assistant for Great Falls Public Schools. He has also conducted research and performed hydrologic fieldwork for the Alaska Pacific University Eklutna Glacier Project. Susan Cushing was reappointed to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Cushing, of Homer, previously worked as a behavior health aide for the Seldovia Village Tribe and as a child care development coordinator for Chugachmiut Head Start. Now retired, Cushing is active in her community and has previously served on the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer Foundation City Grants Review Board, and the South Peninsula Hospital Board. She holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Claremont Colleges and the University of San Francisco. Michelle O’Brien was appointed to the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. O’Brien, of Ketchikan, is the producer of local television for KPU CommVision. She actively serves the community as a member of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Board of Education, Alliance for Community Media Northwest, Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce, First City Rotary, and First City Homeless Services. O’Brien is the recipient of multiple “Best of the Northwest Awards” for community involvement, empowerment, and best documentary. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hillsdale College. Doug Veltre and Jonathon Ross were reappointed to the Alaska Historical Commission. Veltre, of Anchorage, is a professor emeritus of anthropology with University of Alaska Anchorage, where he has taught full time for 33 years. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Arctic Institute of North America, the Alaska Anthropological Association, and the Alaska Historical Society. Ross, of Anchorage, is president and consultant for Tsiltan Management Group and Language Insights Ltd. He currently serves as a member for Kahtnuht’ana Development Corp., Salmatof Native Association, and is the chair for Cook Inlet Native Head Start. Ross is the former president and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling from Toccoa Falls College. Bob Purvis and Barbara Neeson were appointed to the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee. Purvis, of Sitka, is the owner of Low Vision Tech Support, providing technology and computer access training for low-vision individuals. He is a retired professor for the University of Alaska Southeast and a former substitute teacher for the Sitka School District. Purvis is a member and chair of Southeast Alaska Independent Living. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education from Western Washington University, a master’s degree in counseling from Seattle University, and a doctorate from the University of Texas. Neeson, of Anchorage, is a parent navigator for Stone Soup Group. She previously worked as a disabilities specialist for Kids’ Corps Inc. Head Start, and was the director for Clare House and Beyond Shelter. Neeson serves on the board of directors for NeighborWorks Anchorage, and is a member of the Anchorage Community Homeless Coalition and the Parent Teacher Association Bring the Kids Home Board. Nancy Norman was reappointed to the Education Commission of the States. Norman, of Juneau, is a former teacher with more than 30 years of classroom experience in both regular and special education. She has taught in all grades, mostly in Alaskan communities. Norman currently works as a private education consultant, helping superintendents, principals, and teachers improve student learning. She served as a senior presenter for the Alaska Staff Development Network; conducted professional development for school districts throughout Alaska, the Lower 48, and overseas; taught at the university level; and presented at numerous state and national conferences. Norman is the recipient of several national and state awards, including Alaska’s Teacher of the Year, the U.S. Department of Education Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, the Milken National Educator Award, and the Alaska PTA Outstanding Educator Award. Adele Daniels was appointed to the State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. Daniels, of Eagle River, is a school liaison officer for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. She serves as the military liaison for the Anchorage School District and the Anchorage School Business Partnership Advisory Board. Daniels is also a parent-to-parent program sponsor for the Military Child Education Coalition. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Columbus State University and is pursuing a master’s degree in career and technical education.

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.

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