Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 01/19/14

Ken Tonjes has accepted the permanent role of chief administrative officer at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center after serving as interim CAO since August 2013. Tonjes has served the community as PeaceHealth Ketchikan’s chief financial officer for more than 12 years. Tonjes, a certified public accountant with a master’s of business administration degree, brings 23 years of service at PeaceHealth to this new position. Tina Grovier has been appointed office managing partner of the Stoel Rives LLP Anchorage office. Grovier succeeds Jim Torgerson, who is returning to full-time practice, concentrating primarily on commercial and environmental litigation on behalf of Alaska Native corporations and natural resource businesses. Grovier is one of only three Alaska women currently serving as OMP of the Alaska office of a national law firm. Her appointment was effective Jan. 1. During her 19-year career she has helped secure federal and state permits for the first non-conditional state right-of-way for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, Alaska’s first heap leach facility, Alaska’s first third-party natural gas storage facility and Anchorage’s first commercial-grade wind farm. Christine V. Williams of the Perkins Coie Anchorage office has been promoted to partner. She is a member of the government contracts, litigation and construction practices. Williams has a subspecialty in the Small Business Administration’s Section 8(a) Program and speaks nationally on this subject and government contracts throughout the year. She teaches Government Contracting at the master’s level for Alaska Pacific University as part of its Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program. Michael Collins has joined UIC Construction Services LLC as HSE Manager. In his role Collins will ensure regulatory compliance, accident prevention, spill response, and the implementation of project safety and health programs for the five construction companies of UICCS which include: Kautaq Construction LLC, SIKU Construction LLC, Rockford Corp., UIC Construction LLC, and UIC First Nations Construction Services. Most recently he served as the Safety Manager for the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Prior to that, he was the HSE Manager at CH2M Hill for the Denali Alaska Gas Pipeline Project. Collins has bachelor’s degrees in geology and science education from Oregon State University along with construction and general industry safetyand& health specialist certificates from the University of Washington. UIC Construction Services is a holding company of Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corp., an Alaska Native corporation, of Barrow.  Peter R. Reckmeyer is the new senior vice president and chief legal officer for NANA Development Corp. Reckmeyer has more than 24 years of legal experience. For eight years, he served as senior corporate counsel of NANA, where he advised the corporation and its subsidiaries on a wide array of legal matters, including acquisitions, internal reorganization, commercial disputes, government contracting, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Before joining NDC, Reckmeyer gained extensive experience as a transactional, regulatory and litigation attorney. He worked as special counsel for Heller Ehrman, LLP in Anchorage; as in-house counsel for Sybron Laboratory Products Corporation in Portsmouth, N.H.; and as an environmental attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee, Wis.  He holds a juris doctor from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, where he was a moot court champion, and a bachelor of science in geology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Lori Davey is the new general manager for Fairweather LLC. Davey will be responsible for directing all of Fairweather’s business activities and overseeing the company’s expansion and management of Deadhorse Aviation Center. A member of the Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies, Fairweather LLC is a 38-year-old Alaskan company and a leader in providing remote medical, aviation, logistics and scientific support services to Alaska’s natural resource industry. A lifelong Alaskan and resident of Anchorage, Davey joined Fairweather in 2012 as director of business development. Prior to joining Fairweather, Davey owned and served as president of Motznik Information Services, a data service company founded in 1974 that provides highly-targeted information searches for key Alaskan industries. Davey graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992 and earned an MBA in 1998. Davey was selected as one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the Alaska Journal of Commerce in 2010. Col. Gary Folger was named as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Folger replaces Joe Masters who resigned in October. An Athabascan born in Anchorage, Folger is a retired colonel with the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Folger, 55, began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a fish and wildlife aide with the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection in Cantwell. After graduating from the Public Safety Academy in 1981, he served as a State Trooper in Fairbanks. In 1991 he was transferred to King Salmon, and was promoted in 1995 to the rank of corporal, and then to the rank of sergeant in 1997. Folger was promoted to lieutenant in 1998 and transferred to Juneau to become the “A” Detachment commander for FWP before transferring to Fairbanks as the detachment commander. In March of 2007, he was promoted to the rank of colonel and oversaw the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Folger was also a pilot and boat operator while serving with the Department of Public Safety. He retired from the department in May of 2013.

Movers & Shakers 01/12/14

John Binder has been appointed deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities effective Jan. 7. Binder will oversee the State of Alaska international airport system, which includes Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Fairbanks International Airport, and the Division of Statewide Aviation, which encompasses the 252 state owned rural airports. Binder joined the department in June 2013 as the operations manager for the Division of Statewide Aviation. He previously worked as a systems analyst planner for the National Airspace Defense Program and served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 2012 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering, a master’s degrees in space systems and aeronautical sciences. Harold Houston Sr. of Juneau has been elected president of the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. board of directors. Houston, an Alaska Native leader representing the Tlingit Haida Central Council Indians of Alaska, will serve his first term as RurAL CAP’s board president. Houston has served three years as a member of the RurAL CAP Board including a term as secretary/treasurer. Houston is a graduate of Hoonah High School, is a certified home inspector and holds a current six-pack guiding license. Steve Longley of Nome was reelected vice president, and Jacqueline Dailey of Juneau was elected secretary/treasurer. Dr. Marius Maxwell has founded the new Arctic Spine clinic in Anchorage. Chief neurosurgeon Maxwell studied at Cambridge University, Oxford University and Harvard Medical School, and brings more than two decades of experience in the field of neurosurgery to Alaska. Maxwell specializes in treating spine conditions such as chronic neck or back pain; bulging, collapsed or degenerative discs; sciatica; failed back surgeries; arthritis of the spine; lumbar spinal stenosis, and also manages the entire spectrum of cranial conditions such as brain tumors and skull fractures. Maxwell has successfully performed more than 10,000 surgeries and is board certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He is the sole expert reviewing neurosurgeons to the Board of Medicine for the state of Alaska and has traveled and practiced neurosurgery all over the world. Michael Pawlowski was named deputy commissioner for strategic finance at the Alaska Department of Revenue. Pawlowski currently serves as petroleum fiscal systems advisor to the commissioner. A lifelong Alaskan, Pawlowski graduated from Alaska Pacific University. He previously worked for Alaska Permanent Capital Management Co., the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, and as an aide specializing in oil and gas, energy, and finance issues for the Alaska Legislature. Pawlowski will lead special projects and teams within the department. Pamela Leary has been chosen to lead the Treasury Division as the state treasurer. She had served as state comptroller since 2007. Leary began her career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse and became a partner in the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. After moving to Alaska, Leary owned and operated a business before reentering the accounting profession with the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is a certified public accountant in the State of Alaska. Leary was recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2013 for her work in creating a transparent accounting system of the state’s $49 billion portfolio comprised of general funds, budget reserves and retirement trust accounts. Michael E. Kreger, a partner in Perkins Coie’s Construction and Real Estate practice group, has been named by Best Lawyers as Anchorage Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014. “Lawyers of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. In addition to the Lawyer of the Year award, Kreger was also listed in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America for Litigation-Construction. Kreger represents parties in complex construction claims and disputes, including state and federal litigation, and is on the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Construction Neutrals. He joined Perkins Coie in 1984 following a federal clerkship in Anchorage.  Eric Gettis will be joining the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium as the new director of Practice Management beginning Jan. 13. Gettis has more than 20 years of healthcare leadership and has gained broad and varied experience with Lourdes Health Network during his service to the System. Since 2008, he has served as their director of Physician Practices where he had oversight for 120 employees and 37 physicians in clinics providing urgent care, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, ENT, GI, general surgery, obstetrics, urology, pulmonology and neurology services. During his tenure with Lourdes Health Network he has managed outpatient mental health and adult ambulatory service as well as his most recent Practice Management post.   The Public Relations Society of America, Alaska Chapter, elected new board members for 2014. The newly elected board members and officers include Heather Cavanaugh, APR, president; Heidi Embley, president-elect; Sandra Yi-Fuller, secretary; Angela Gonzalez, treasurer; Sarah Erkmann, board (two-year term); Kristin Helvey, APR, board (two-year term); Amy Slinker, board (two-year term); and Michelle Renfrew, APR, board (one-year term). Board members with remaining terms in 2014 include JJ Harrier; Cassidy Davis; Michelle Egan, APR; Gary Scott, ethics officer; Nance Larsen, APR, Assembly delegate; and Amy Jennings Burnett, assembly delegate. Thompson & Co. Public Relations recently expanded its Anchorage and New York teams with the addition of Megan Alletson, Emily McLaughlin and Tara Nokelby who were hired as account coordinators. In addition, the agency promoted Bri Gordon to junior account executive and Emily Kurn to art director and junior account executive. Alletson, born and raised in Alaska, recently earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona with a minor in sociology. Alletson first started at Thompson & Co. Public Relations as a summer intern while still in college and was hired as a full-time account coordinator at the agency’s New York office upon her graduation. McLaughlin and Nokelby joined Thompson & Co.’s Anchorage team as interns in early fall 2013. Nokelby holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass. McLaughlin earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Both have recently been hired as full-time account coordinators in the Anchorage office. Gordon and Kurn have risen through the agency ranks. Since joining Thompson & Co. in July 2011 as an account coordinator, Gordon has worked primarily on the agency’s State of Alaska Tourism account coordinating and chaperoning numerous press trips; planning the annual Alaska Media Road Show in Santa Barbara; copywriting and mastering the agency’s press list. Kurn joined the agency in February 2013 as an account coordinator and soon began contributing to new business efforts by designing winning RFPs as well as client newsletters, collateral materials and logos. Kurn also manages social media content, writes and edits press releases and coordinates numerous client events.

Movers & Shakers 01/05/14

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council recently appointed Heath Hilyard, executive director of the SouthEast Alaska Guides Organization to represent the Southeast Alaska guided recreational fishing sector to the council’s Advisory Panel Hilyard has been with SEAGO since May of 2011. Previously, he was committee aide to the Alaska State House Resources Committee and later helped establish ProsperityAlaska.org. He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was selected as a 2013 recipient of Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 award.  The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. board of directors elected a new board chair, vice chair and secretary/treasurer at its annual board of directors meeting in November. Tim Vig, president of USKH, was elected as the AEDC board chair for 2014. Mike Prozeralik, president of kpb architects, was elected as vice chair and Jim Hasle, managing partner for BDO USA LLP, was elected as the new secretary/treasurer. AEDC welcomed one new investor to the board of directors, Gregory Cerbana, director of public relations for Weidner Apartment Homes, and renewed ExxonMobil Production Company (Kimberly J. Fox), Totem Ocean Trailer Express (George Lowry) and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. (Joe Everhart) as members of the board. Northern Air Cargo appointed Elaine Nisson as a new representative to the board. Reed Christensen, currently vice president and general manager at Dowland-Bach, became president and general manager of the company on Jan. 1. He succeeds co-founder and long time president Lynn Johnson, who will become chairman of the board. Dowland-Bach was founded in 1975 to develop failsafe wellhead shutdown systems at the Prudhoe Bay Oilfield. It now produces a wide range of systems in styles and models to suit its customers’ needs. In recognition of its international trade, Dowland-Bach received the 2013 Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence. Christensen joined Dowland-Bach in 1995 as controller. He became general manager in 1998 and vice president in 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a business minor and master’s degree in accounting information systems, both from Brigham Young University. Christensen came to Alaska as a staff accountant in the audit department of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Judy Dougherty has been appointed acting director for the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority today following the departure of Executive Director Andrew Niemiec. She has previously served as the Authority’s deputy executive director for Project Development. Dougherty joined the Knik Arm Crossing project in 2011 after a 20-year career as a professional engineer in the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Prior to joining KABATA, Dougherty served as the Central Region Highway Design Group Chief, in which she was responsible for the delivery of the state and federal highway program throughout Southcentral Alaska in excess of $150 million dollars annually. John Binkley was reappointed to the board of directors of the Alaska Railroad Corp. Binkley, of Fairbanks, has more than 30 years of experience in the tourism and transportation industry. He is the president of the Alaska Cruise Association, and former chief executive officer of Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8. Binkley also served in the Legislature as a senator and representative. He is reappointed to a seat for the fourth judicial district.

Movers & Shakers 12/29/13

Curtis Thayer was named acting commissioner for the Department of Administration. Thayer currently serves as deputy commissioner for Administration and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Becky Hultberg. As deputy commissioner, Thayer is responsible for the Divisions of Administrative Services, General Services, Personnel and Labor Relations, DMV, Enterprise Technology Service, Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, and Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. Thayer also served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, where he was responsible for the Divisions of Banking & Securities, Insurance, Corporations, Business and Professional Licenses, Community and Regional Affairs, and Economic Development. Prior to his service with the State of Alaska, Thayer worked for ENSTAR Natural Gas Co., and the Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team. He also spent several years in Washington, D.C., working for Rep. Don Young and the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later worked with Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski. Koniag has hired Seattle business executive Elizabeth M. Perry, Ph.D., as its CEO. Perry comes from SWCA Environmental Consultants, a national firm she joined in 2002 and where she is currently vice president of the Pacific West region, which includes operations in Alaska. Perry will begin her new post at Koniag on March 1, 2014. As vice president, Pacific West Region, she oversees operations and profit and loss responsibility in 13 offices across the Western States and territories; roughly half of SWCA’s 650 employees and $71 million in revenues. Perry has professional education and training in anthropology, past experience working with Native Tribes in the Lower 48, and more recent experience working with Native communities in rural Alaska and Kodiak. Haley Hatch has joined Kenai Fjords Tours as Marine Passenger Services assistant manager in Seward. Hatch brings six years of seasonal experience to the position, most recently in the groups department. She also has several years of experience in the Kenai Fjords Tours’ office including lead supervisor for the front desk. Hatch grew up in Seward which attests to her great knowledge of the local area. She worked at Kenai Fjords Tours during the summers while attending college at University of Alaska Fairbanks. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication in 2012. Currently, Hatch is working this winter with groups and wholesale customers and will assist with hiring, training and managing the Kenai Fjords Tours front desk team for 2014. CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. is the umbrella company for Alaska Heritage Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, and Seward Windsong Lodge. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development recently promoted Kevin Anselm to Director of the Division of Banking and Securities. She is based in Anchorage. Anselm holds a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Ore. She has extensive experience in the world of finance and securities regulation, including serving as the division’s Operations Manager and Enforcement and Securities Chief. AT&T has appointed Kerry Emery as government account manager in the Business Integrated Solutions division in Anchorage. In her new role, she will be responsible for all government, education and medical mobility accounts. Born and raised in Wasilla, Emery has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and most recently worked for AT&T as a business account manager in the Small Business Mobility group. The Alaska Judicial Council announced that it has hired Susanne DiPietro to be its executive director effective at the end of January. DiPietro is currently employed as a judicial education coordinator for the Alaska Court System where she has worked since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, DiPietro worked as a staff attorney for the Judicial Council. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Northwestern University School of Law. DiPietro replaces Larry Cohn, who is retiring, and who served as the Council’s executive director for more than 12 years.

Movers & Shakers 12/22/13

First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors recently made several appointments to officer positions. Denise Brown Robinson was named corporate marketing director and appointed vice president. As a lifelong Alaskan, Brown Robinson brings more than a decade of local branding and integrated marketing experience to First National. Richard McCrorie was appointed compliance officer. He’s worked in numerous banking areas since 1981, including audit, financial analysis and underwriting. Sami Eisenman was appointed to loan officer at the Homer Branch. A graduate of First National’s Management Associate program, she is currently working as interim branch manager of the Sitka Branch. Also a Management Associate program graduate, Craig Bisgard was named loan officer. He worked full time while earning his business degree and interned for an independent investment manager before joining the bank. Mark Lonheim was appointed loan officer at the Kodiak Branch. Having lived and worked in Kodiak for 15 years, he’s created many a long-term relationship with commercial and consumer customers. Kyle Gray was named branch manager of the Haines Branch. He’s another graduate of the bank’s Management Associate program. Tammy Krison was appointed mortgage loan originator at the corporate headquarters in Anchorage. Efren Larranaga was appointed mortgage loan originator at the Johansen Branch in Fairbanks. A former realtor, Larranaga learned the unique aspects of the Fairbanks housing market and how best to help homebuyers and sellers. In Glennallen, Lisa Neff was appointed to branch manager of the Glennallen Branch. She’s been a part of the branch since 2007. Linda Leary will join the Alaska Communications management team as senior vice president, sales. Leary will lead Alaska Communications’ top line growth. She brings to the company more than 25 years of leadership and sales experience in the state, most recently serving as president of Carlile Transportation Systems, Alaska’s largest asset-based trucking and logistics company. Leary has extensive experience in leadership roles in Alaska, and currently serves as chair of the Alaska Railroad board of directors, and as a director on the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Michael J. Petersen has been hired as general manager for Alaska Longline Co. LLC effective Dec. 9. Peterson will be based in the Seattle office. Petersen has extensive experience in the waters of the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Gulf of Alaska, and Washington and Oregon coasts. Alaska Longline Co. operates the Prowler Fisheries fleet made up of four steel-hull longline vessels. The Prowler, Bering Prowler, Ocean Prowler and Arctic Prowler fish for Pacific cod, sablefish (black cod) and turbot. The company has offices in Petersburg and Seattle. Bristol Alliance of Companies President and CEO Joe Terrell will retire at the end of the year. Travis Woods, who previously led Bristol Engineering Services Corp., a member of the Bristol Alliance, was named as Terrell’s replacement by Jason Metrokin, president and CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corp., Bristol’s parent company. John Blees was named chief operating officer of Bristol Engineering Services Corp. and will manage the daily operations of the engineering group. Blees has been with Bristol for more than 10 years. Woods will remain as the service line’s CEO. Terrell came to Bristol in 1996, just two years after the formation of the first company that is now Bristol Engineering Services Corp. Under his leadership, Bristol has grown to eight companies with more than 300 employees and offices across the country, providing a broad array of construction, engineering, and range and unexploded ordnance response work, as well as an expanded line of environmental and remediation work. Woods joined Bristol 18 years ago, and was among Bristol’s first employees. He has been involved in civil and environmental engineering design and project management since 1995. Dr. Peter Marbarger recently merged his practice with the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute. Marbarger has been practicing in Alaska for more than 32 years as a surgeon and will perform vascular surgical procedures at Providence Hospital and Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. As a general and vascular surgeon, Marbarger will operate on blood vessels, including techniques for aneurysm repairs in conjunction with the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute’s vascular intervention physicians. Marbarger is originally from Elmhurst, Ill. He graduated from University of Illinois Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at State University of New York Health Sciences Center.

Movers & Shakers 12/15/13

SDG LLC, announces the appointment of Principal Landscape Architect Luanne Urfer to the Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell. With more than 35 years of experience, she will be representing the discipline of landscape architecture for the state. SDG is also announced the addition of 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. Sen. Lisa Murkowski promoted Kate Williams to legislative director in Washington, D.C. Williams will fill the vacancy created by Tara Shaw’s departure to run the policy operations of Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. Born and raised in Juneau, Williams has risen from front desk staffer for Sen. Ted Stevens to eventually becoming his legislative director. After Stevens left office, Williams practiced law in Anchorage, worked for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and then joined Murkowski’s Energy Committee team as the oil and gas counsel. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and got her law degree from the University of San Diego. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle announced Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union President and CEO Robert Teachworth has been elected to the organization’s 2013 Board of Directors. He was elected to a four-year term, commencing Jan. 1, 2014, and ending Dec. 31, 2017. Teachworth was elected to serve as the Seattle Bank’s member director from Alaska. He has more than 38 years of financial institution experience, including 24 years as a CEO. He served as chair of the Credit Union League for eight years and holds two master’s degrees, in business administration and in global finance, from Alaska Pacific University. Sandy Beitel West, a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in human resources and finance, has joined NANA Development Corp. as senior vice president, human resources. She spent 28 years with BP, where she led the Alaska human resources function and served as a member of the Alaska Leadership Team for 10 years, then served as director of human resources for BP’s Houston-based Exploration & Production Technology Inc. In 2010, she returned to Anchorage to serve as director of human resources for Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. and then as vice president of human resources for Koniag, Inc. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Manager John Parrott is the newly elected president of the board of The Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.  Fairbanks International Airport Manager Jesse VanderZanden has also joined the NWAAAE board. The NWAAAE is composed of airports throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada and works on issues of common concern such as unfunded mandates, increasing regulations, and how to remain competitive in a changing marketplace. Parrott has been a board member with NWAAAE since 2009 and has previously served as the NWAAAE’s secretary/treasurer and first vice president. A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and instructor pilot, Parrott has worked for the State of Alaska at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for the last 15 years. He holds a master’s degree in aeronautical sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Wells Fargo has named Jennifer Bonham, Clark Follows, David Harrington, Andrew Johannes and Anna Sandefur as small business specialists. Bonham serves small business customers in the Mat-Su from Wells Fargo’s Wasilla Main store. She has been with Wells Fargo for 12 years, serving Alaska customers as a business associate. She graduated from the Career Academy for Business Management in 2004. Follows joins Wells Fargo as a small business specialist serving Anchorage customers from Wells Fargo’s Benson store. He has 17 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales. Follows earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Harrington, a lifelong Alaskan, joins Wells Fargo as a small business specialist serving Anchorage customers from Wells Fargo’s Russian Jack store. He has 15 years of consumer and real estate lending experience in Alaska. Johannes, a former small business owner, serves Anchorage small business customers from Wells Fargo’s Northern Lights and C Street store. He joined Wells Fargo in October 2011 as a management trainee, serving customers throughout Alaska as a mobile personal banker. Johannes holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. Sandefur serves South Anchorage small business customers from Wells Fargo’s Huffman store. Sandefur, a Houston High School graduate, has helped Mat-Su customers succeed financially for two years as a teller and personal banker. Moda Health has promoted two of its Alaska team members and added a new representative to the team. Angela Fraser, formerly a supervisor, is now an account executive in sales and account services for the insurance company’s Anchorage office. Fraser has been with Moda Health for more than 15 years, working in both medical claims and customer service. She has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Portland State University. Lauren Young, formerly an individual and community representative, is now a large group service representative. Young has worked with Moda Health for five years in the company’s Anchorage office, filling a variety of sales and service roles. She is a 20-year resident of Anchorage. Bob Satterthwaite is joining Moda Health for the first time as a sales representative. Satterthwaite is a longtime Alaskan who’s worked in health insurance since 1988. Over the years, he’s contributed to product development, service management and group and individual sales.

Movers & Shakers 12/08/13

Matthew Christian was appointed to the Fairbanks District Court. Christian has served as magistrate and master in Kenai since 2007. Christian previously worked in Fairbanks as an assistant district attorney, and as a private practitioner at Borgeson and Burns PC. He is a member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association and former member of the International Right of Way Society. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UAF and a juris doctorate with honors from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. William “Billy” Strickland, who has served as the Alaska School Activities Association board of directors presiden for the past three years, has been chosen by the ASAA board as the organization’s next executive director. Strickland was selected by the Board of Directors to succeed Gary Matthews, who will be retiring on July 3, 2014, after serving as ASAA executive director for the past 21 years. Strickland will be the ninth director in the 57-year history of ASAA. Strickland has been involved in high school activities since 1989 when he began his educational career in Kipnuk as a high school teacher, boys and girls basketball coach, student council advisor, Native Youth Olympics coach, and student activity bookkeeper. In 1990 he moved to Bethel to teach Business Education and Social Studies, coached boys basketball for 11 years and Native Youth Olympic for three years. He took the position of dean of students at Bethel High School in 2001 and currently holds that position. Bering Straits Native Corp. shareholder Kevin Ivanoff has been promoted to senior director, information technology. Ivanoff formerly served as BSNC’s senior systems administrator, the position he held when he joined BSNC in 2008. Ivanoff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administrative management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kevin Welker, Kiewit Building Group, was elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for 2014 at the association’s annual meeting in Anchorage in November. Welker will serve for the next calendar year along with the executive board composed of Meg Nordale, Ghemm Co., Fairbanks, vice president; Dana Pruhs, Pruhs Corporation, Anchorage, secretary; Dan Hall, Knik Construction, Anchorage, treasurer; Mike Swalling, Swalling Construction, Anchorage, contractor at large; Kelly Layman, Marsh and McLennan, Anchorage, associate member; and John Eng, Cornerstone General Contractors, Anchorage, immediate past president. GCI recently announced J.J. Harrier as commercial marketing manager. Prior to joining GCI, Harrier was vice president and communications director for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, where he was employed since 2008. Before joining the Anchorage Chamber, Harrier was features editor for the Frontiersman, the Mat-Su Valley’s newspaper. He has a background in print journalism, writing numerous features articles for the Anchorage Press and outside freelance projects. Harrier studied journalism and public communications at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2001. Nathaniel Peters was appointed to the Bethel District Court. Peters served in Bethel with the Alaska Public Defender Agency from 2003–06, and has served in Palmer since 2008. Peters clerked in the Palmer Superior Court as well as serving as deputy magistrate. He later worked for the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Bethel and then moved to Ireland, where he worked in a civil law practice before returning as an assistant public defender in Palmer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and a juris doctorate with honors from Ohio Northern University. JoEllen Hanrahan has been named the deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, stepping up from the Administrative Services Director position, effective Nov. 22. Hanrahan is responsible for overseeing the department’s regulatory and consumer protection entities: Banking and Securities; Insurance; Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing; the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. She will be located in Juneau. Moving to the state in 1980, her long public service career in Alaska includes time with the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Environmental Conservation. She was born in Elmira, N.Y., and holds a degree from Ithaca College.

Movers & Shakers 12/01/13

Crowley Maritime Corp. recently awarded four scholarships to University of Alaska Fairbanks students Alexandra Bateman, Gabrielle Bragg, Diloola Erickson and Kimberly Greenway. These students were chosen for their outstanding academic records and having met other scholarship criteria. They each received $2,500 toward tuition. Preferences for Crowley-funded UAF scholarships are given to Alaska Natives from Crowley-served communities throughout the state. Bateman, a native of Kodiak, is currently enrolled in the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and working towards a bachelor’s degree in fisheries, with a minor in rural development. Bragg is double-majoring in biology and fisheries also at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Erickson, enrolled in UAF’s Rural Alaska Honors Institute, or RAHI, is currently working on her mechanical engineering degree and has already completed two internships with ExxonMobil in Anchorage and Houston. Greenway, also a student of the RAHI, grew up in Fairbanks and attended high school in Galena. After graduating from the Galena Interior Learning Academy, she transitioned to UAF to begin working toward a degree as a medical assistant. The Anchorage Museum Association board of directors has named Julie Decker as director of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Decker, former Anchorage Museum chief curator, replaces James Pepper Henry, who took a director position at Phoenix’s Heard Museum in August. Decker served as interim director following Pepper Henry’s departure. She will serve as both chief executive officer of the nonprofit AMA and director of the city-owned museum. Before joining the museum as chief curator in 2011, Decker curated numerous major exhibitions at the Anchorage Museum, including “Andy Warhol: Manufactured,” “Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age,” “John Hoover: Art and Life” and an annual series of exhibitions in the museum’s former children’s gallery. She previously owned and ran Decker/Morris Gallery in Anchorage and was an instructor for the University of Alaska. She holds a Ph.D. in contemporary art history, criticism and management from Union Institute and University and a master’s degree in arts administration from Golden Gate University. Her work as an artist has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions throughout Alaska and is in the Anchorage Museum collection. Devon Thomas, associate broker, ABR, GRI, with Team Rogers RE/MAX Dynamic of the Valley in Wasilla was named the recipient of the 2013 REALTOR of the Year awarded by the Valley Board of REALTORS. Christi Erwin, senior escrow officer at First American Title in Wasilla, was named the recipient of the 2013 Affiliate of the Year awarded by the Valley Board of REALTORS. Wende Wilber has been hired by Anchorage firm ECI/Hyer. Wilber graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1992 with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. She has been working with multi-disciplinary architectural, engineering, and construction teams for more than two decades. She holds professional certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners, Institute of Transportation Engineers, International Association for Public Participation, and American Montessori Society. She is currently providing code compliance, land use and site planning, permitting, and space programming services for the City of Wasilla’s new Library and Alaska Geological Materials Center, and grant assistance for the City of Nome’s Richard Foster Building. David Ziemer, AIA, of RIM Architects has achieved Project Management Professional accreditation. Ziemer becomes the first within RIM Architects to earn this credential. At the same time, David also achieved LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) BD+C accreditation administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ziemer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan and has 15 years of professional architectural experience. During his 12 years with RIM, David has provided project management for the National Park Service under successive term contracts, including renovation and structural stabilization work at the historic old Mill Building at Kennecott Copper Mine in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and evaluations of over 50 Kennecott Mine buildings for seismic upgrades. He is also Project Manager for the Huna Tribal House at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, and completed projects within the Katmai, Denali, Kenai Fjords and Glacier Bay National Parks. ASRC Energy Services recently promoted Suege Omnik, PE to process engineering supervisor for the company’s engineering and professional services division. Omnik will manage the process engineering department as well as will provide her technical expertise in the construction of new well testing units that are employed by the AES well testing group. Omnik graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. From 2004 to 2006, Omnik interned at AES and began working full time for the company as a process engineer after graduating from college. She is a member of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. Dennis Teitzel has been named Bureau of Land Management Glennallen Field Manager. Teitzel comes to BLM-Alaska from the BLM’s Montana State Office. Teitzel joined the BLM at the Butte Field Office following a 30-year military career. Teitzel received a great deal of his natural resource management experience working as the Range Management Officer for 6 years on the Twentynine Palms Marine Corp Air Ground Combat Center in the Mojave Desert. The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that on the 10th anniversary of the Go Red For Women movement, all of the past Fairbanks luncheon chairs are joining together to serve as co-chairs for the 2014 event. Patrice Case, Jo Heckman, Joan Johnson, Jo Kuchle, Shelby Nelson, Marilyn Romano, Cherie Solie, Terry Strle and Lisa Sundborg will all co-chair this year’s Fairbanks Go Red For Women Luncheon. More than 700 people attend the sell-out event in Fairbanks each year. The 2014 luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 14, from 11:15 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Carlson Center. Melvin Kewan, owner of Mel’s Residential Repair in Anchorage, has been awarded the 2013 Alaska Federation of Natives President’s Small Business Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo. It was presented on Oct. 26 during the AFN convention at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Wells Fargo presented Kewan with $1,000 and two beaded ivory pendants made by Sugpiaq artist Doug Inga. Kewan was born in Afognak and raised in Port Lions on Kodiak Island. After graduating high school, Kewan attended the Technical College in Sheldon, Iowa, where he received his Certificate in Carpentry. He has worked in the property maintenance field since 1986. Today he owns and operates Mel’s Residential Repair in Anchorage. Kewan has expanded his carpentry business with a focus on hiring Alaska Natives who want to learn the trade. He serves on the Kita Development Corp. Board of Directors so he can help create jobs and teach others in Port Lions how to grow their own business.

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.

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