Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 03/25/12

Dr. Steve Guevara, Psy.D has been hired as a behavioral health clinician at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Division office in Craig. Guevara will work with the SEARHC Community Family Services program and will complement the services provided by the behavioral health clinicians at the SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock. Guevara earned a doctorate of clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University campus in Chicago. He also holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He completed his internship and post-doctoral training with the Institute for Child and Family Health in Miami, Fla. He also completed a practicum with the Family Service and Mental Health Center of Cicero, Ill., while he was studying for his doctorate. Guevara’s health interests include neuropsychology, psychoanalysis and child/family psychology. Timothy Maudsley is the new president of Alaska USA Insurance Brokers. Maudsley has 20 years of insurance industry experience including underwriting, operations, sales and management at large regional insurance agencies. He is also active in the insurance industry serving as a member of the Commercial Insurance Committee for IBA West and as a member of regional advisory councils for Safeco, Chubb Cornerstone and CNA. He also served on the advisory board to the Center for Insurance Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Maudsley earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from the University of Redlands. He will assume his new role April 2. Sandra Velleca of WHPacific has been elected to the Construction Specifications Institute board of directors as institute director from the Northwest Region. Velleca has been a CSI and Northwest Region member for 30 years. She is a Fellow in CSI and is a certified construction specifier and certified construction contract administrator. Owned by NANA Development Corp., WHPacific is an architectural and engineering consulting firm with offices in Alaska, and in six states throughout western U.S. Jeff Arndt has been hired as a behavioral health clinician with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Division Gunaanastí Bill Brady Healing Center/Déilee Hít Safe Harbor House adult residential substance abuse treatment programs in Sitka. Arndt holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. Before moving to Sitka, he served as a counselor and executive director for Alaska Human Services, an outpatient substance abuse program in Anchorage. Arndt also formerly lived in Kotzebue and has worked in Latin America. Before entering the counseling field, Arndt spent two decades as a wood turner and sculptor. Kevin Saxby was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court yesterday. Saxby’s appointment fills another of the three vacancies on the bench due to the appointment of Judge Sharon Gleason to the United States District Court, as well as the creation of two additional positions by the Alaska Legislature. Saxby has practiced law in the Attorney General’s Office since 1989, first in the commercial section, and then in the natural resources section since 1992. In addition to his work as an assistant attorney general, his 26-year legal career includes work at Bradbury Bliss and Riordan in Anchorage. Prior to his law career, Saxby also worked in the forestry and construction industries. He earned a bachelor’s degree in forest management from Colorado State University and a juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming College of Law. Lia Patton of Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. has been promoted to vice president/director in the audit department. Patton was raised in San Francisco and moved to Alaska in 1995.  She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting. Prior to joining Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., Patton worked in the banking industry for eight years. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2005, Lia began overseeing the Employee Benefit Plan Services Group of Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. and currently oversees approximately 25 employee benefit plan audit engagements. Four Doyon, Ltd. board of directors incumbents were re-elected at the recent shareholders meeting. Elected were Michael Fleagle, Jennifer Fate, Christopher Simon and Walter “Wally” Carlo. Each seat is for a three-year term, ending in 2015. The re-elected members join existing board members Andrew Jimmie, Georgianna Lincoln, Josephine Malemute, Esther McCarty, Victor Nicholas, Cheryl Silas, Teisha Simmons, Orie G. Williams and Miranda Wright. All board members are Doyon shareholders. Theresa Carte, Ph.D., has been named administrator of Cordova Community Medical Center effective April 8. Carte comes to Cordova from Providence Health & Services Alaska in Anchorage, where she has served as director of Operational Excellence since 2005. In her prior role, she was responsible for designing and implementing process improvements throughout Providence’s Alaska Region. She is highly skilled in managing people and projects that reduce variation, create efficient processes and achieve results. Prior to joining Providence, Theresa worked for Avery Dennison, a medical supply manufacturer, in process improvement and research-and-development roles. Carte earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in macromolecular science and engineering, all from Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the American Chemical Society. Rodel Bulaong has been promoted to retail sales branch manager at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union’s Tikahtnu branch. Bulaong has been with Denali Alaskan for five years, starting as a Branch Specialist and working towards his latest position as Branch Sales Supervisor at the Financial Center. In 2011 he completed Magellan’s Supervisory Skills course, a series of modules designed to educate supervisors on different leadership philosophies and methods for managing employees. The Tikahtnu branch opened March 1 of this year and is located at the Tikahtnu Commons in East Anchorage.

Movers & Shakers 03/18/12

Steve Edwards was recently promoted to communications manager for USKH Inc. Edwards has been with USKH since 2009, formerly as a marketing specialist in the Corporate Marketing and Communications Department. Prior to joining USKH, he worked at the Anchorage Daily News for nine years. He has more than 25 years of experience in communications-related work. In addition to handling the firm’s public relations, including media relations and corporate communication, Edwards will continue to work on proposal preparation. Edwards has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant. Cathy Easter was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Easter’s appointment will fill one of three vacancies on the bench caused by the appointment of Judge Sharon Gleason to the United States District Court as well as the creation of two additional positions by the Alaska Legislature. Easter is currently a district court judge in Anchorage, where she has served since 2008. Prior to that, she practiced primarily in criminal defense with the Office of Public Advocacy and the Alaska Public Defender Agency for more than 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Seattle University and a juris doctorate from the University of San Diego. Rhonda Alexander has been promoted to manager of Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union’s Member Contact Center. As manager, she oversees the Contact Center’s 17 employees, based in Anchorage, and is responsible for developing a positive sales and service environment through member transactions, new account openings and member problem resolution. Alexander has been with Denali Alaskan for more than five years. Prior to her promotion she was the contact center supervisor and, more recently, the contact center assistant manager. Alexander is also an ambassador for Denali Alaskan’s Balance Program, a free financial fitness program that provides information to help members achieve their financial goals. The Alaska Community Foundation named the following officers to its 2012 board of directors. Susan Behlke Foley was named as chair of the board. Foley is an attorney with Foley & Foley and has been active in philanthropic and charitable organizations throughout her career. Blythe Campbell was named vice chair. Campbell is the senior vice president of marketing at Northrim Bank and has extensive knowledge of the nonprofit sector as a corporate grantmaker, consultant and policymaker. Kris Norosz was named secretary. Norosz is the government affairs manager for Icicle Seafoods and also serves on several nonprofit boards statewide, including the Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Marine Conservation Alliance, Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Airlines Community Advisory Board. Bernie Washington was named treasurer. Washington is the chief financial officer at Alaska Public Telecommunications Inc. and currently serves on the governance boards at Bean’s Café and the Foraker Group. Angela Cox was named first vice chair. Cox is the vice president of administration at Arctic Slope Native Association and has served as the acting director of the Arctic Slope Community Foundation. Carla Beam assumed the role of past chair after serving as chair from 2009 to 2010. Beam is the vice president of university relations for the University of Alaska statewide system, and is also the president of the UA Foundation. Other ACF board members include Leo Bustad, Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center; Morgan Christen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit; Kathryn Dodge, Cold Climate Housing Research Center; Rick Nerland, Nerland Agency; Alex Slivka, McKinley Capital Management; Lane Tucker, Stoel Rives; and Don Zoerb, Mat-Su Health Foundation. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce announces the following 2012 inductees into the Anchorage Athena Society: Susan Anderson, president/CEO, CIRI Foundation; Carol Butler, owner, Butler & Butler; Barbara Gruenstein, municipal clerk, Municipality of Anchorage; Josie Hickel, vice president, human resources and administration, Pebble Ltd. Partnership; Noelle Kompkoff, staff attorney, Tatitlek Corp.; Julie Millington, vice president, Patron Services, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts; Anne Reed, owner, Read Systems; Julie Saupe, CEO, Visit Anchorage; Colleen Starring, president, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company; Janet Weiss, vice president, resource, BP; Dr. Hope Wing, naturopathic physician (retired). These 11 women will be recognized for their professional excellence, commitment to the community, and encouragement the leadership potential of women during the 18th Annual Anchorage Athena Society luncheon held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on April 2 at the Dena’ina Center. Paul Olson was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Olson’s appointment fills another of the three vacancies on the bench due to the appointment of Judge Sharon Gleason to the United States District Court, as well as the creation of two additional positions by the Alaska Legislature. Olson is currently serving as a district court judge in Anchorage, having been appointed in 2010, and has served as an acting district court judge and magistrate prior to his appointment. Olson has practiced law in Alaska for 34 years, including experience in private practice and work as an assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general. He also served as a hearing examiner for the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. Olson earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Olaf College and a juris doctorate from the South Texas College of Law. Mary Ann Pruitt has joined the Associated General Contractors of Alaska and will become assistant executive director to replace the retiring Monty Montgomery. Pruitt joins AGC following a career in marketing and media representation as well as head of her own sales and marketing business. Pruitt begins work at AGC in April. Pruitt comes to AGC from Morris Communications and the Anchorage Media Group where she was senior account executive. She was responsible for business development and coordination of radio advertising for a variety of businesses. Prior to that she worked for KTVA Channel 11 overseeing all marketing activities.

Movers & Shakers 03/11/12

N. Claiborne Porter has been named the 2011 Certified Graduate Remodeler of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders in recognition of his efforts to raise awareness of this educational designation for remodelers. Porter is president of NCP Design/Build Ltd. and the principal of NCP Architects and Planners, both based in Anchorage. A member of the Anchorage Home Builders Association, Porter has more than 30 years of experience in remodeling and single-family home construction. He has been honored as the NAHB Remodeler of the Year and has twice been named the Builder of the Year by the Alaska State Home Building Association. Porter also holds NAHB’s Certified Green Professional designation and is approved to teach several NAHB courses. Certified Graduate Remodelers must have at least five years of experience in remodeling and must successfully meet specific educational requirements. CGRs also must meet continuing education requirements to keep their designations current. Porter and other leading industry professionals were recognized at NAHB’s Designation Achievement Reception held recently at the 2012 International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla. Diane J. Thompson recently changed positions at AT&T and is now an account manager 2 in the Signature Client group. She will be responsible for working with Alaska Native corporations. Thompson most recently worked for AT&T as an account manager 2 in the Small Business group and has 16 years of experience in telecommunications. Betsy Woolley was honored with the National Lend Lease Incident and Injury Free Employee Excellence Award for Leadership in Collaboration and Partnerships. The award recognizes exceptional working partnerships of lend lease employees and community organizations. Woolley is employed by North Haven, a lend lease community, based in Fairbanks. The Pebble Partnership has expanded its executive team with the addition of Rejean Carrier as chief operating officer. Carrier will lead the Pebble Partnership operations and technical program, reporting to Pebble Partnership CEO John Shively. Carrier’s key responsibilities will include providing leadership for developing, designing, permitting, and constructing a project. Carrier’s duties will also include developing partnerships for power, port and road infrastructure aspects. Carrier, a geological engineer, has 35 years of experience leading large-scale global mineral development and infrastructure projects. Most recently, Carrier was the site director and deputy project director for Koniambo Nickel in New Caledonia, responsible for the management for the construction of a $5 billion nickel metallurgical plant. Prior to that, Carrier worked for SNC Lavalin as a senior vice president, construction division and project manager for the Aluminum Division in Qatar, as well as the set-up of a new business unit in Abu Dhabi. Carrier started his career with Bechtel, where he worked in planning, cost control and contract administration, after graduating from the University of Laval in Quebec, with a bachelor’s degree geological engineering. Bristol Bay Native Corp. announced the promotion of April Ferguson to senior vice president and general counsel, Jeffrey Sinz to senior vice president and chief financial officer, and L. Tiel Smith to vice president land and regional operations. Ferguson has worked at BBNC for nearly 15 years and most recently was vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer for the corporation. She is a shareholder of BBNC, Choggiung Ltd., and a member of Curyung Tribal Council. She holds a degree in linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a JD from Harvard Law. Sinz joined BBNC in 2007 as vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining BBNC, Sinz served as chief fiscal officer for the municipality of Anchorage. His responsibilities at BBNC include accounting and financial reporting, treasury, financial planning and budgeting, tax planning and compliance, risk management, and oversight of all financial activities of the corporation and its subsidiaries. Sinz holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Smith is has worked as the land and resources manager since 2004. He is a BBNC and Choggiung Ltd. shareholder, and a member of Curyung Tribal Council. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University. Prior to joining BBNC he worked at Bristol Bay Area Health Corp. and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to train and manage the first telemedicine units to Bristol Bay villages. Smith served as a BBNC subsidiary board member to Vista International Operations. In his new role, Smith remains committed to maintaining the balance between land development and culture preservation. BBNC is an Alaska Native regional corporation for the Bristol Bay region.

Sno-way! Mother Nature pounds city streets, budgets

Snow ain’t free. It costs a lot of money to remove and pile up the vast amounts of snow that Mother Nature has blessed (some would say cursed) much of Alaska with this winter. The state’s and several cities’ snow removal budgets are busted, tallying well above the usual costs set aside to keep up with nature’s weather-related smack downs. The National Weather Service reports higher than normal snowfall for many areas throughout the state. Some storms have made national news, like when the snow reached the rooftops in Cordova. What doesn’t make the headlines is just how individual cities are having to find the money to pay for work to deal with those unexpected snow levels. Anchorage has received more than 108 inches of snow through Feb. 24, close to the 132-inch record set in the 1950s and well above the 74-inch seasonal average. And more snow was in the forecast in the early days of March. The municipality says that if all the removed snow were piled into a five-acre lot, it would reach 250 feet – about the height of a 28-story office building. The J&L Towers building in midtown Anchorage is 14 stories high. That’s a lot to clean up, and that doesn’t count what plow crews have moved off the roads, creating those head-high snowberms off to the sides. With labor, overtime, contractual services, fuel and everything else, Anchorage is looking at clean-up costs of $8.1 million between October and Feb. 12. Last year’s costs were only $4.9 million and that covered October through April. The municipality’s six dump sites are filling up, although officials say there is still plenty of room. “They are at a capacity greater than I’ve seen in over 20 years of working here,” said Dan Southard, public works superintendent. The city is currently exploring an unusual tactic by examining an ordinance to expedite the permitting process for private dump sites. Cheryl Frasca, director of office of management and budget, said there is sufficient money in the budget for the extra, unforeseen costs. Adjustments will have to be made to next winter’s amounts during the annual budget amendment process in April. Frasca said the issues will be addressed to try to avoid shortfalls in next winter’s funding. This can be addressed through a number of measures in April, such as the mill rates for property taxes. And while Anchorage has seen twice as much snow than normal, some places have been even hit harder. In a much-publicized event, Cordova was hit with 278 inches – 23 feet – as of Jan. 31. Cordova normally sees 56 inches in a given winter. City Manager Mark Lynch said all the costs associated with this winter’s pummeling aren’t yet compiled, and could take a month or so. He does know the costs were well above the budget. The city has easily spent at least $500,000 so far this year; the normal snow removal budget is only $25,000. “Beyond that, we really don’t know totals,” he said. The state is currently assessing the damage and costs in Cordova. Lynch said the Federal Emergency Management Agency was supposed to come in late February to make an assessment and the U.S. Small Business Administration may be able to offer some business assistance. Nearby Valdez has been hit with 377 inches rather than the normal of 241 inches. Almost half of that came down in December alone. Valdez street foreman Terry Larson said the city went $720,000 over budget on removal this season. Although the city was prepared, the snow dumps are filling up. Larson said some residents have been panicking though, and hiring contractors that use the city dumps, a tactic that is legal. Juneau has experienced almost twice as much snow as normal at this point, according to the National Weather Service. A Juneau official could not be reached but radio station KINY reported the city has spent at least $50,000 in snow removal overtime and material costs, stretching the budget already. City Manager Rod Swope told KINY the city will need to request a supplemental appropriation if the funds cannot be found in the existing budget. Ice more than snow bollixed things up in Nome. The city made national news with its winter drama involving an unprecedented mission to get vital fuel into the iced-off city after severe winter storms prevented the usual barge delivery. Vitus Marine LLC chartered the Russian tanker Renda to deliver the 1.3 million gallons of fuel with the charter costs running between $10,000 and $15,000 each day from mid-December through early February. Typical fuel costs for the ships were also up to $10,000 each day. Vitus Marine CEO Mark Smith said that other variable costs for compliance, port calls, insurance and oil spill response regulations, response and prevention measures have direct costs to the mission that don’t get reflected in that daily rate. “This was definitely the way to deliver fuel. There’s no question it was way less expensive than flying it in,” he said. The cost of the Healy, the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker that cleared the way for the Renda, was not available, but a Coast Guard spokesman said the costs were already accounted for in its regular operating budget. Nome officials said the snow removal budget likely will surpass $90,000 this year, about $9,000 above the budgeted amount. And that’s assuming there’s not another big storm. The story in Fairbanks is different than most, however. The Interior city has seen only 38 inches of snow, compared to the typical 54 inches. But that doesn’t mean its work crews have been spared any headaches. The city’s was hit with an especially strong, and long cold front — notable even for Fairbanks. The cold actually kept snow removal equipment locked up for long stretches, thus slowing down the snow removal schedule. Mike Schmetzer, Fairbanks public works director and city engineer, said the equipment isn’t used in very cold temperatures, minus 30 degrees or colder, and that put the city about five weeks behind in removal. Fairbanks is used to little snow falling at once, a few inches at a time. Recently, the city got hit with about 9 inches of snow in one swoop. Fairbanks general foreman Brad Carlson said the vehicles are still finishing up with what’s left on the ground, and more is snow likely in early spring. Schmetzer said the lack of total snowfall sort of balances out the costs of not removing it as quickly, and so costs are right on track where they should be for a typical winter. Even with winter’s worst behind us, maintenance is still going on. Dump sites have had to get creative in making room, even running heavy machinery across the tops to compress things down a bit. “We’re still hauling day and night,” Anchorage’s Southard said. Come springtime, all those piles will turn into something else, something many are not looking forward to. Southard said this will all be a lot of water to deal with before long.

Movers & Shakers 03/04/12

Thomas McAleer has joined the Viad’s Travel and Recreation Group as vice president of Alaskan Park Properties Inc. McAleer will be responsible for managing the Denali Backcountry Lodge, Denali Cabins, Denali Backcountry Adventure sightseeing operation, the Anchorage Denali Express Motorcoach Service and Alaska Denali Tours. Jesse K. Frederick has become a principal Enterprise Engineering Inc. Frederick is a registered professional mechanical engineer who joined EEI in 2004. He has nine years of experience specializing in design and assessment of commercial and military fuel piping systems. Frederick’s expertise is in refined product distribution system design and piping integrity management, with specialization in high-level engineering and analysis of pipelines, including hydraulic performance and transient surge analysis. Credit Union 1 has made four major promotions: Deborah Casey as the senior vice president of lending, Davina Napier as the vice president of consumer loans, Brian Welch as the member assistance manager and Brody Patton as account recovery manager. Casey has more than 20 years experience, which includes heading CU1’s Member Assistance Department since 1995. Napier, with more than 16 years of lending experience, has spent a majority of her career as the manager and then assistant vice president of consumer lending for CU1. Welch, a CU1 employee for more than 17 years, has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Anchorage and multiple certifications from both the Alaska Credit Union League and CUNA. Welch was previously CU1’s account recovery manager. Patton, with six years of prior financial institution collection experience, has worked at CU1 since 2009. He has held various positions within the Member Assistance Department, most recently as an account recovery representative. John Hood and Chad Alonso of AMC Engineers have passed the Construction Specifications Institute’s Certified Document Technologist examination. Certification is awarded to individuals who have advanced knowledge and professional expertise in the preparation and evaluation of specifications and drawings and construction contract administration. Hood is working on the new UAA Sports Arena, Blood Bank of Alaska, UAF Engineering Building and Cordova Community Center.  He also providing construction contract administration and commissioning on the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory. Alonso is currently working on the UAA Science Building Remodel, Blood Bank of Alaska, fire alarm replacement for 10 Matanuska-Susitna Borough schools, various ANC term jobs, and the construction contract administration on the McDonald Center Expansion in Eagle River. The Alaska Workforce Investment Board has recognized instructors from Delta and Fairbanks, and an administrator from Anchorage, for their contributions to career and technical education. Gary Hall of Delta was named Secondary CTE Instructor of the Year, John Plutt of Fairbanks was named Postsecondary CTE Instructor of the Year and Rick Rios of Anchorage was named Secondary CTE Administrator of the Year. Hall has spent more than 30 years in the construction trades industry and teaching. In 2002 he was a driving force in implementing a Construction Trades program at Delta High School. Plutt has been an apprentice and journeyman instructor for Local 375 Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee for 13 years. He assists in providing apprentice outreach by attending career fairs and visiting high schools. Rios helped develop two career academies within the school district – the Constructions Academy and Health Career Academy – that are providing more, and better qualified, students interested in two of Alaska’s major industries. Dr. J. Russell “Russ” Bowman has been promoted to the position of medical director for SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Community Health Care Services.  Bowman most recently has been serving as deputy medical director for Community Health Care Services. Bowman, who holds the rank of Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, joined the SEARHC staff in June 2007 when he became the clinical medical director for the Haines Health Center following his transfer from the U.S. Coast Guard to the USPHS Commissioned Corps. Before joining SEARHC, Bowman spent six years as director of the U.S. Coast Guard-Air Station Sitka medical clinic. Bowman also has extensive experience working in emergency medicine, having served as a flight surgeon for 18 years combined with both the U.S. Army National Guard in West Virginia and with the U.S. Coast Guard in Virginia and Alaska. Bowman earned a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences in Kansas City, Mo. In August 2007, he earned a master’s degree in health administration degree from the University of Washington and in December 2008 he received his certified physician executive credential. He completed a residency in family medicine at Marshall University and a fellowship in emergency medicine at the Charleston Area Medical Center and West Virginia University.

Movers & Shakers 02/26/12

Lauri Strauss of kpb architects has relocated to the firm’s Everett, Wash., office. Strauss is a senior project manager and kpb architects’ sustainability and LEED coordinator. She is currently the executive secretary on the board for the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, a past director of the Cascadia Green Building Council, chair of the Green Building Track planning team for the Alaska Forum on the Environment, and a juror for the International Living Future Institute’s Living Aleutian Home Design Competition. Strauss is the project manager for the $28 million Alakanuk School and the design project manager for the $34 million Battle Command Training Center at Fort Richardson, JBER, both currently under construction. John Aho, chairman of the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, has been selected to receive the 2012 lifetime achievement award in seismic risk reduction from the Western States Seismic Policy Council. The council noted Aho’s 35 years of public- and private-sector leadership in earthquake engineering and seismic risk reduction. Aho was instrumental in the formation of the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, created by the Alaska Legislature in 2002, and has served as its chairman since 2005. The commission’s recent work includes assisting the Department of Education and Early Development with new procedures to use capital funds for safety evaluation, prioritization and rehabilitation of schools with the highest earthquake risks. The commission is also partnering with the Kodiak Island Borough on an effort to develop an earthquake planning scenario for the Kodiak area. The National Society of Marketing Professional Services formed an Alaska chapter in 2011 and has elected its first board of directors. They are: Skip Bourgeois (UIC Construction Services), president; Leah Boltz (Bettisworth North Architects and Planners), president-elect; Cheryl Jemar (USKH), treasurer; Jessica Taft (Enterprise Engineering), secretary; Andrea Story (R&M Consultants), director of membership; Louis Gire (PCL Construction Services), director of programs; Shannon Kinsey (ECI/Hyer Architecture and Interiors), director of communications; Crystal Barnes (McCool Carlson Green Architects), director of sponsorship; and Don Love (Architects Alaska), director of scholarships. Attorney Scott J. Gerlach was admitted as the newest shareholder in Delaney Wiles Inc. Gerlach joined Delaney Wiles Inc. as an associate attorney in June 2008. His practice focuses on business and commercial law, complex litigation, natural resources, health care law, and medical malpractice defense. Gerlach received his juris doctor from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, cum laude, in 2007 and he is admitted to practice in both state and federal courts in Alaska. Bart Dean has recently joined AT&T as a member of the Alaska Signature Accounts Team based in Anchorage. Dean began his telecom career in Alaska more than 30 years ago selling phone systems to oil and gas customers and has continued to provide voice, data and wireless solutions to major customers in the Pacific Northwest, most recently handling federal and tribal government accounts in Washington and Idaho. The Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards Committee presented awards to five organizations and individuals who have made significant contributions to awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources. This year’s award winners include: Kurt Byers and the Alaska Sea Grant Education Services staff received the award for Ocean Literacy. Byers has led the national award-winning Alaska Sea Grant Education Services team since 1988. Deborah Mercy will receive the Ocean Media Award for excellence in journalism that has raised public awareness of Alaska’s oceans. Mercy has been a commercial fishermen, an Anchorage television reporter and, for the last 25 years, video producer for the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Jan Straley of the University of Alaska Southeast was awarded the Marine Research Award. Straley has studied the behavior and population dynamics of large whales in the North Pacific for more than 30 years. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council was recognized with the Ocean Stewardship and Sustainability Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to the management of Alaska’s coastal and ocean resources over a period 25 years or more was posthumously awarded to Caleb Pungowiyi and accepted by his wife, Gladys Pungowiyi. Originally from the village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, Caleb Pungowiyi spent much of his life working for Alaska Native groups and other organizations on the management and science of marine resources, including work on subsistence, Native issues, ecosystem health, climate change, and education. Benjamin Burgener has been named Wells Fargo Soldotna store manager and Steve Manley as a business relationship manager focused on helping central Kenai Peninsula business customers. Burgener has five years of financial services experience as a Wells Fargo store manager, service manager, personal banker and teller in Wyoming and Utah, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Brigham Young University. Manley is a lifelong Kenai Peninsula resident with eight years of experience in accounting and financial management, including six years as an accountant and controller for Central Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Miles Baker, a former Alaska Legislature aide and a current member Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Washington, D.C. staff, was named legislative assistant for tourism. Raised in Alaska, Baker will now assist Murkowski on tourism-related matters, in addition to his current responsibilities on economic policy. Nearly 2 million visitors travel to Alaska every year, providing $3.4 billion in direct and indirect spending, $200 million in state and local tax revenues, and about 40,000 jobs for Alaskans.

Girls Scouts pave way to future scientists

Jania Tumey has had a keen mind for science since longer than she can remember, and she’s only 12. But Tumey has a not-so-secret weapon she’s been using to make the most of her interest. Tumey has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten. She’s now in sixth grade at Rogers Park Elementary School in Anchorage. She’s planning on getting into biology once she reaches high school. But she’s not waiting until then. She participated in the Girl Scouts of Alaska’s recent Women of Science and Technology Day, which provides young ladies access to scientific professionals for some hands-on learning. These professional women come from diverse scientific backgrounds, including engineering, health care, chemistry and veterinary science. And a recent report from the Girl Scout Research Institute states these are interests shared by most girls Tumey’s age. Girls Scouts are well known for their must-have cookies, but the nonprofit organization offers several programs and hands-on learning opportunities for young girls beyond hawking cookies once a year. “I think being a Girl Scout gives you a lot more opportunities like going to the Women in Science event,” Tumey said. “I probably wouldn’t have been interested in science if I had not been to Women in Science.” Apparently, this is a common theme. The report states that while most women are interested in science, technology, engineering and math — referred to in industry and education standards as STEM — women are still underrepresented in these fields. The study finds that 74 percent of high school girls nationwide are interested in STEM fields, yet still are not encouraged enough to enter such fields. It also states that girls interested in these fields tend to be high achievers and are more confident, with many wanting to make a difference in the world. Girl Scouts of Alaska communications manager Anne Gore said the girls, once they gain interest, generally will continue these interests through college. “We were really excited to see this come out and what it does is sort of confirms what we observed in girls being interested in science and math,” Gore said. “We’ve seen other studies that say girls aren’t interested, but this shows they are.” Marge Stoneking, CEO for Girl Scouts of Alaska, said two major things stood out to her in the report. One is that what their work in girls-only STEM projects are working. “Because we now see an increased interest in STEM by girls, and that’s not been found in studies to date,” she said, referring to studies outside the organization. She said the focus over of such studies over the past 10 years has been about how to get girls interested in STEM, while this shows that the Girl Scouts involvement has worked and they are already interested. “And what were doing specifically in Girl Scouts with the Women in Science program in connecting women scientists with girls is particularly effective in helping us get to the next level, which would be having more girls or women go into STEM careers,” Stoneking said. The other thing that struck her was that the demand for STEM jobs, particularly in engineering and technology, won’t be able to be met by men alone. She said this goes nationwide, but is especially true in Alaska. She said she finds it significant that in a natural resource state like Alaska, college students can get a variety of engineering and science degrees, yet many companies still have to look elsewhere to fill engineering jobs. “And so here we have this whole untapped resource of girls who are interested in STEM if we can get them to the next level to choose STEM careers,” Stoneking said. The issue lies in perceived gender barriers that prevent girls from turning science or technology that’s already in their interests into careers. The report states that girls really are interested in math and science, which goes against past studies that stated girls who do well academically are still not interested in these areas. Gore said the study highlights that these girls may be interested in STEM, but may choose other careers that they know more about. She said this may also factor into girls having to work harder than men in STEM fields, which may be a factor in their career decisions. The Women of Science and Technology Day is a program that has combated such discouragement by giving the girls a realistic idea that females in science and math can do these things. The girls themselves connect well to the presenters, asking them what their jobs are like and what it took to get there Tumey said the women she’s met seem really good at their professions and they look happy doing it. “Girls Scouts is using this to focus that there are women who are succeeding in these fields,” Gore said. Of course, what’s a Girl Scout event without fun being involved? Tumey experienced agriculture and moose studies, but one of the most memorable was building structures out of paper, only they had to be strong enough to support a person. “I think it taught us a lot of different jobs that we could have,” she said. “If you love animals or if you love building.” Though she has time to decide, Tumey thinks she’ll opt toward the building part, perhaps architecture, but she hasn’t ruled out marine biologist since she enjoys working with animals. In fact, she’s working on a science project on ocean acidification for both a school fair and a state science fair. Tumey’s been going to the event for several years, which is good for her since, as she says, she’s really serious about her science projects and goes beyond the Girl Scouts to enhance her interests. She’s met scientists through her mother’s reporting work with Reuters. Alice Michaelson, 14, always knew women were involved in such work, but said she knew it by assumption. She never got to see them in action until the Scouts. Michaelson is in eighth grade at Goldenview Middle School, also in Anchorage, and has also been in Girl Scouts since kindergarten and has attended the event for several years. This time, she got to learn about scuba diving and bird treatment. It left an impression, as she said she’s definitely been considering going into a scientific field after this. If anything else, she said it sounds fun. Women of Science and Technology Day takes place in communities both large and small across the state each year and reaches more than 2,0000 girls while involving about 200 women in the science-based professions. This event itself is growing too. The Anchorage day hosted an unprecedented 120 professionals, more than the 77 volunteer presenters last year. Stoneking said STEM is particularly significant focus for girls in the fourth- through eighth-grade ages because that’s an age when many tend to drop out of Scouts, but is also the timeframe when many become interested in their futures and begin eliminating career options. Girl Scouts are for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade, with different participation levels that are appropriate for different age groups.

Movers & Shakers 02/19/12

Patrick W. Duke has been named the new senior vice president and chief financial officer for Doyon Ltd., the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska. Duke was previously the CFO at Cook Inlet Region Inc. Prior to that, he spent 13 years working in various financial and accounting roles at Sealaska Corp. in Juneau. Duke is a Sealaska and Ahtna shareholder. Duke holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Gonzaga University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Joanna Reed, traffic records research analyst with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facility’s Alaska Highway Safety Office will join the Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals Executive Board in October. Trina Landlord has been appointed as the new executive director of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation board of directors. Before joining ANAF, Landlord worked as a liaison with the Alaska Humanities Forum. She was the communications coordinator for the Alaska Marketplace, an economic development initiative of the Alaska Federation of Natives modeled after the World Bank Development Marketplace. Her work on Alaskan issues earned her a fellowship at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, with top leaders from across the globe. She has also worked at the former Alaska House, a cultural embassy in New York City. She has worked at the U.S. Department of the Interior in addition to consulting and freelance writing with clients such as Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, First Alaskans Institute and Shell Exploration and Production Co. Jerry Covey has been named interim president/CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum. Covey has a long career in public education, leadership development, planning and organizational quality improvement and community service. Covey previously served Alaska as commissioner of education under Gov. Walter Hickel. He also has served on several boards, including two terms on the board of directors of the Alaska Humanities Forum, Alaska Permanent Fund, and D.A.R.E. Alaska. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Alaska Performance Excellence Foundation.  The Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau announced the election and appointments of its 2012 board of directors. Executive officers are: Buzzy Chiu, chair, Bridgewater Hotel; Matt Atkinson, chair elect, Northern Alaska Tour Co.; Terese Kaptur, secretary, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival; Matt Divens, treasurer, HAP Alaska-Yukon; and Suzy Fischer, past chair, Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8. Board members are: Irene Fuchs Meyer, GoNorth Alaska Travel Center; Angelika Krinner, Arctic Travelers Gift Shop; Robert Hawkins, Alaska Aerofuel; Mok Kumagai, Aurora Borealis Lodge; Mary Richards, All Seasons Bed & Breakfast Inn; June Rogers, Fairbanks Arts Association; Dustin Adams, Regency Fairbanks Hotel; Patricia Silva, Westmark Hotel & Conference Center; Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge; Paul Brown, Santa Claus House. Ex-Officio members are: John Davies, Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly representative; and Lloyd Hilling, Fairbanks City Council representative. Chester D. Gilmore, David A. Monroe and Devin W. Quackenbush have joined the law firm of Clapp Peterson Tiemessen Thorsness & Johnson LLC. A former member, Scott Hendricks Leuning, is also rejoining the firm. Leuning, Gilmore and Quackenbush practice in the Anchorage office. Monroe is in the firm’s Fairbanks office. The firm represents clients statewide and concentrates is practice on the representation of businesses, individuals and professional entities with an emphasis on litigation, representation of professionals, product manufacturers, political entities and employers. Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Energy Services promoted Joireen Cohen to HSET director. AES also promoted Erick Schmidt to HSET loss prevention manager. For the past 18 months, Cohen was the HSET loss prevention manager. She is a certified Occupational Health and Safety Technologist with more than 20 years of experience handling workers’ compensation claims in the oil and gas and health care industries. Cohen is pursuing a master’s degree in risk management/insurance, has a bachelor’s degree in technology, and an associate’s degree in occupational safety and health. Schmidt has more than 17 years of construction experience, with 11 in the oil and gas industry. He managed the Anchorage Fabrication Facility’s Safety and Health Program since 2008, and in 2011 his responsibilities expanded to include managing the Nikiski Operations’ Safety and Health Program. Schmidt is pursuing a master’s degree in project management, has a bachelor’s degree in technology, and an associate’s degree in occupational safety and health. Carla Williams was appointed director of quality for ASRC Energy Services Inc. Williams previously served as a quality technical writer and engineering quality manager in her six years with AES, and has more than 30 years of oil and gas industry experience. Williams will manage audits, policies, procedures, performance measures, customer quality, corrective and preventive action programs, and promote ISO 9001:2008 requirements. Shanna Davidson was named supply chain manager for ASRC Energy Services Inc. Davidson comes to ASRC Energy Services with more than 20 years of experience in contracting, procurement, and supply chain management. Most recently, she held the position of category/PSCM specialist with BP Exploration Alaska. Davidson holds a master certificate in supply chain management from Arizona State University, and degrees in marketing, and in business with a management emphasis from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kathleen Zinn was hired as business unit manager of Independents for ASRC Energy Services Inc. She has also accepted the chair of the Operations and Maintenance Safety Steering Committee, whose mission is to further AES’s commitment to safety. Zinn comes to AES after serving as the senior director of Valdez operations for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., where she directed operations and maintenance of the Valdez Marine Terminal and the ship escort/response vessel system with a $120 million annual budget and more than 500 employees and contractors. Copper Valley Telecom has filled key management positions. Mitch Vieu has been promoted to senior manager for telecom operations and Shilah Butler has been promoted to senior manager for affiliate operations. Vieu will be responsible for all of the company’s wireline operations, telecommunications network, and engineering. Butler will have responsibility for CVT’s affiliate wireless and internet companies, quality control, and plant records. Mark Shorten has been promoted to the Glennallen plant superintendent. Chris Mishmash has assumed the daily management of Copper Valley Wireless facilities and operations in addition to his current responsibilities for the company’s maintenance and purchasing activities. Tabitha Gregory has been promoted to chief customer relations officer. Sheila Reiswig has been promoted to customer service supervisor. Sue Moeller has transferred from Copper Valley’s Customer Service Department to the Engineering Department.

Movers & Shakers 02/12/12

Stig Colberg was named chief financial officer of Cook Inlet Region Inc. Colberg joined CIRI in 2008 and was the company’s chief business development officer. He now heads CIRI’s Finance and Accounting Department and Business Development Department. Prior to joining CIRI, Colberg was a partner at the Silicon Valley law firm of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP, where he focused on the organization of investment partnerships and structuring private investments and merger and acquisition transactions. Before practicing law, Colberg worked as a management consultant in San Francisco and Shanghai, advising multinational corporations on their investments, operations and market strategies in the greater China region. Colberg earned a juris doctor with distinction from Stanford Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s in Asian studies. Southeast Alaska physician Dr. David O. McCandless was hired by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center. McCandless spent 20 years as a family practitioner with the Alaska Island Community Services Tideline Clinic in Wrangell, where he served as medical director from 2004 to 2007. McCandless recently worked part-time for AICS, and also did locums work around the region including with the SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and Haines Health Center. He also has been medical director with Southeast Region Emergency Medical Services. McCandless earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his medical doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. He completed a residency in family medicine at The Washington Hospital in Washington, Pa. N. Claiborne Porter has been named the 2011 Certified Graduate Remodeler of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders in recognition of his efforts to raise awareness of this educational designation for remodelers. Porter is president of Anchorage-based NCP Design/Build Ltd. and the principal of NCP Architects and Planners. A member of the Anchorage Home Builders Association, Porter has more than 30 years of experience in remodeling and single-family home construction. He has been honored as the NAHB Remodeler of the Year and has twice been named the Builder of the Year by the Alaska State Home Building Association. James Dunn has been appointed executive director of Connect Alaska. Dunn will lead the nonprofit’s mission of creating jobs and new economic opportunities across the state through expanded telecommunications. Dunn has been involved in telecommunications in rural Alaska for more than 25 years. In that time he has worked with tribal governments, rural local exchange carriers, Internet service providers, and retail customers throughout the state to secure broadband connectivity. Dunn has also served as the CEO and president of an Alaskan native village corporation. He is a licensed attorney and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame will induct 16 new members March 1 at the Anchorage Loussac Library Wilda Marston Theatre. The Class of 2012 includes: Audrey Aanes, advocate for people who experience disabilities; Gretchen Bersch, professor emeriti of the University of Alaska Anchorage; Connie Boochever, contribution to the arts in Alaska; Carolyn Floyd, leadership in education and for creating the Kodiak Community College; Wilda Hudson, leader on a three of Anchorage’s governing bodies and the League of Women Voters; Carolyn Jones, making a difference through laws that make more opportunities for all Americans and for giving hope and change through Rotary; Louise Kellogg, achievements in dairy farming, philanthropy and education; Ellen Paneok, the first Alaska Native woman commercial and Bush pilot; Sharon Richards, leader in community, education and non-profit efforts; Irene Rowan, Alaska Native activist and leader; Lisa Rudd, advocacy for civil and women’s rights; Susan Ruddy, leader in conservation and community development; Hannah Solomon, leadership and mentorship in Alaska Native concerns; Pauline Utter, political activism and women’s rights’ advocacy; Rosita Worl, passing the positive attributes of the Tlingit culture to youth; Leonie von Zesch, extraordinary efforts to provide dental services to Alaska Native people in northwestern Alaska in the 1920s. Michele R. Susie has been hired as an advanced registered nurse practitioner at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Klukwan Health Center and Haines Health Center. Susie will work half of her hours in Klukwan and at the Haines Health Center. She also will provide services in Tenakee Springs. Susie earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in nursing from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner. Susie previously worked as a nurse practitioner and community health aide/practitioner program supervisor for the SEARHC Kake Health Center from 2007 to 2009. Before returning to Alaska, Michele provided primary health care and emergency services at the Pioneer Medical Center and Clinic in Big Timber, Mont. Wayne Zigarlick has been appointed general manager at the Coeur Alaska Kensington Gold Mine. Zigarlick has more than 20 of mine-metallurgical experience working for Echo Bay and Kinross in Canada and in the U.S. Before joining Coeur, he served as operations manager at Kinross Gold’s Kettle River/Buckhorn operation in Northeast Washington. He has also has worked as a mill operator, metallurgical technician, plant metallurgist, general mill foreman and mill manager. Zigarlick has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Lethbridge. Jonathan “J.R.” Eker has been named as the chief estimator, and Josh Hart has been named as the quality control manager, for Granite Construction’s Alaska region. Eker has more than 20 years of field and estimating experience in grading, asphalt paving, materials processing and quality control in Alaska. He joined Granite Construction in 2004 and has worked as a dispatcher, project superintendent and project manager. Eker holds a degree in business management and management information systems from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Hart joined Granite in 2005 and has worked on multiple projects across the state of Alaska in a project engineering role. Hart has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming and holds a professional engineering license in Alaska. Barbara Searls has been hired as chief financial officer of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Searls has been serving as interim CFO since January, and she previously served as SEARHC’s vice president of finance and administration from 2002 to 2006. In addition to her previous experience at SEARHC, she also has been CFO for the Central Council of Tlingít and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and CFO for Sealaska Corp. She also was vice president and corporate controller at United Bank of Alaska. She worked as a staff accountant for Sealaska Corp. in Juneau, and with accounting firms in Texas and Arizona. Searls earned a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Hawaii and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California School of Business. A member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70, she also is a past-president who served three years as president of the organization and is a delegate for the Tlingít and Haida Community Council of the City and Borough of Juneau. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Human Resources Director Matthew Ione has been promoted to chief administrative officer. Ione has served as interim CAO since December. He was hired by SEARHC as a senior generalist in human resources and was promoted to director of human resources in 2010. He holds an associate’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in science studies from Wayland Baptist University of Plainview, Texas. He holds a Professional in Human Resources credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute and has 18 years of experience primarily working in the human resources field in Alaska and Oregon. Much of that time has been spent working with the Alaska Tribal Health System, as well as in the education, information technology and oil field/facilities services industries. The Arctic Slope Regional Corp. board of directors appointed Eddie Ahyakak to its open at-large seat. Ahyakak grew up in Barrow, attended IỊisaġvik College and moved to Fairbanks to work as an operator with UIC in 1998. Currently, he works for ARSC subsidiary Petro Star Inc. as an operator at the North Pole refinery. Current board member and Barrow resident Patsy Aamodt was selected to serve as corporate treasurer, along with her current title of first vice president. Aamodt was first elected to the board in 1998, and has served on a variety of committees. Allan Skinner was presented with a certificate for 50 years of federal service by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District Commander Col. Reinhard W. Koenig. Skinner joined the Alaska District’s Permitting Section as an environmental protection specialist in 1974 after several years as a federal ranger for the National Park Service and the Corps of Engineers in the Lower 48. During his 38 years in Alaska, Skinner has seen the Alaska District’s regulatory staff grow from a seven-person section in the Operations Branch to a Regulatory Division with more than 40 people. Bill Pryor has been hired as sales manager for Totem Ocean Trailer Express. Pryor brings a broad range of transportation and management experience; most recently, as executive vice president of Retail for Cinram, a media distribution company that he helped found in 2001. He has also worked at UPS Supply Chain Logistics and Agility Logistics. Pryor was born in Fairbanks and grew up in Seattle.

Movers & Shakers 02/05/12

Michael Jungreis, partner with the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has been elected as the president of the Commonwealth North board of directors for 2012. Jungreis has practiced law in Alaska since 1979. His practice is focused on natural resources, complex real property, commercial transactions, and commercial litigation. The new 2012 Commonwealth North Executive Committee will also include Tom Case, chancellor, University of Alaska Anchorage, president-elect; Michele Brown, president and CEO of United Way of Anchorage, secretary; and Meera Kohler, president and CEO of Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, treasurer. Dr. Tom Nighswander, Alaska Tribal Health Consortium and University of Washington School of Medicine, will remain on the Executive Committee as past-president. New board members include: Case of UAA and Bruce Lamoureux, chief executive, Providence Health & Services Alaska. Re-elected Board members include: Nils Andreassen, managing director, Institute of the North; Cheryl Frasca, director, Office of Management and Budget, Municipality of Anchorage; Jungreis, Kohler and Nighswander Elisha Martin has been appointed director of the Coldwell Banker Commercial Operations-Asset Services division in Alaska. An associate broker for Alaska, Martin brings more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate and holds the International Council of Shopping Center designation of Certified Shopping Center Manager. Martin joins Jim Wood, broker for Coldwell Banker Commercial in Alaska, who heads the firm’s commercial leasing and sales division. Martin formerly held positions as broker and vice president of operations for PTP Management Inc., a company that manages and leases more than 50 commercial and institutional projects of approximately 4 million square feet across Alaska. She was also general manager of the Dimond Center, Alaska’s largest retail/office complex at 728,000 square feet. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska. Grant Gephardt and Zachary Rinker of PND Engineers Inc. in Anchorage have passed their professional engineer exams and have been promoted to senior engineers. Alexandra West earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage in December 2011 and joined PND Anchorage as a staff engineer in January 2012. Gephardt passed the Alaska P.E. exam and Rinker passed the Wyoming P.E. exam. Gephardt has been with PND since completing his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2007. Rinker holds a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Wyoming and has been with PND since October 2010. West interned for PND in 2011. Erika Van Flein, formerly benefits administrator for University of Alaska Human Resources, has been named director of benefits. She replaces Mike Humphrey, who recently left the System Office to serve as executive officer for UAA Chancellor Tom Case. Brandi Berg, formerly assistant to Board of Regents’ Executive Officer Jeannie Phillips, has been named to Phillips’ post. Phillips recently accepted a position in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor’s Office. Van Flein, a lifelong Fairbanks resident, joined the university in 1990, working in University Relations at UAF. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Berg, also a longtime Fairbanks resident, joined UA in 2002, serving first at the UA Foundation and then moving to the regents’ office in 2008. Prior to joining UA she spent 19 years in the travel industry as a senior travel consultant in Fairbanks.

Movers & Shakers 01/29/12

Marie Franklin has joined Heritage Coffee Roasting Co. Franklin began her career at Heritage in 1983, then continued on to Philadelphia-based specialty roaster Old City Coffee and Seattle’s Torrefazione Italia. Most recently, Franklin served as director of sales and marketing for Portland Roasting. Portland Roasting won many honors, including of one of the industry’s highest, the prestigious “Roaster of the Year” awarded by Roast Magazine. Heritage Coffee Roasting Company was founded in 1974 as one of Alaska’s first specialty coffee roasters and now owns and operates seven unique coffee houses in Juneau. Pat Berry of Credit Union 1 has been promoted from internal auditor to chief audit executive, a vice president-level position. Berry has spent 16 years developing and implementing CU1’s internal audit programs as well as developing an Enterprise Risk Management system at the credit union. Berry has been awarded professional certifications for Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Karen Goentzel has been hired as senior escrow officer at Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency. Goentzel came to Alaska in 1978 and her first job was selling guns at Elmendorf Air Force Base. In 1979, she changed careers to finance and real estate and has been in the industry for 30 years. Penny Gage and Trevor Fulton have joined the staff of Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, for the 2012 legislative session. Gage grew up in Southeast Alaska in the communities of Pelican and Sitka. Her professional experience includes working for the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, interning with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C., and serving as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. Fulton most recently worked for the Department of Natural Resources. He also brings several years of prior experience as a legislative aide focusing on natural resources and energy policy issues. Ben Seekins was appointed to the Fairbanks District Court. Seekins is currently an assistant district attorney in Fairbanks. Seekins worked for Cook & Haugeberg as a certified public accountant, having graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s in business administration. He went on to earn his juris doctorate from Gonzaga Law, graduating summa cum laude. Seekins practiced criminal defense and civil law with Downes, MacDonald & Levengood, and has worked in the district attorney’s office since 2003. Anecia O’Carroll, Verna Nanalook-Adams, Carmell Shade and Jim Rogacki have joined Bristol Bay Native Corp. O’Carroll is a BBNC shareholder that is filling the new development officer position for the BBNC Education Foundation. Nanalook-Adams is a BBNC shareholder that joined BBNC as executive assistant earlier this month. Nanalook-Adams was previously employed as administrative land technician at BBNC. Shade is a BBNC shareholder who joined BBNC in December as communications specialist. For the past four and a half years she worked within the Ahtna family of companies in various communications, marketing and operational roles, and had an earlier career with SpecPro Inc., a BBNC subsidiary in San Antonio, Texas. Rogacki is the benefits manager at BBNC. He joined BBNC in October from Apartment Investment and Management Co. in Denver, Colo., where he was head of benefits. Peter B. Brautigam, F. Steven Mahoney and Robert L. Manley of Manley & Brautigam P.C. have each been named to the Alaska Super Lawyers list as among the top 5 percent of attorneys in Alaska. Brautigam is included in the practice areas of estate planning and probate and tax; and, Manley is included in the practice areas of estate planning and probate, tax and closely held business. Agatha Erickson has been named Sen. Mark Begich’s new rural liaison, and Air Force Maj. Leigh Hasson has been selected to serve as a military fellow in the senator’s Washington, D.C., office. Erickson is Koyukon Athabascan and a tribal member of the village of Kaltag. She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Native American Studies at Dartmouth. Erickson comes to the Begich staff after working for the Tanana Chiefs Conference since 2009, first as editor of the TCC newsletter and later as communications director. Hasson will work with Begich on military issues in connection with his service on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Prior to her fellowship, Hasson has deployed in support of Operations Northern and Southern Watch and Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. She has served as an executive officer at Wing and High Headquarters and has experience establishing the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command multinational Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as humanitarian assistance experience from a deployment to Pakistan. Kathy Dunn has been promoted to vice president of marketing and sales Alaska Travel Industry Association. For the last 12 years, Dunn has served as the director of marketing. During that time, Dunn led efforts to market and reinforce Alaska’s brand, “Alaska: Beyond Your Dream, Within Your Reach.” A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Dunn has a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with an emphasis in journalism and public relations. Dunn, a 30-year resident of Alaska, will continue her involvement with the state’s tourism marketing program in the U.S. and Canada. Dunn’s marketing background includes seven years at a full-service advertising agency in Anchorage, managing tourism-related accounts such as Era Aviation, the Alaska Railroad, and the Anchorage Organizing Committee for the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics. Orin Seybert, founder and president of PenAir, has resigned and his son, Danny Seybert, was elected to the position of chairman and CEO. Scott Bloomquist was promoted to president and Lloyd Seybert to secretary/treasurer. Dave Hall has been hired as the company’s new chief operating officer. Hall, who most recently served as general manager of Signature Flight Support in Anchorage, has held key positions over a 35-year span in the aviation industry. Other staff members promoted were: Bryan Carricaburu, VP operations; Al Orot, VP services; Melissa Anderson, VP sales and marketing; Mike Cerkovnik VP finance; Mike Bradley, VP engineering and maintenance and Brian Whilden, VP safety.

Movers & Shakers 01/22/12

First Choice Health has named Michael Burns as vice president, third party administrative sales. His primary responsibility will be marketing TPA services to select Northwest employer organizations that self-fund their employee health plans. Burns’ role will include development of broker and consultant relationships. Burns joined First Choice Health in 2007 after a successful term with Spokane-based Physician Hospital Community Organization. He has expert-level knowledge of the self-funding and the stop loss reinsurance marketplace. Burns received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in 1991 and earned a master’s in business administration at Gonzaga in 2002. James Minton is the new vice president of communications for Visit Anchorage. Minton most recently served as director of membership and communications with the Alaska Travel Industry Association and also held communications and marketing roles at a major cruise line as well as sales and management positions at hotels in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. Apart from ATIA, Minton’s time in the visitor industry includes work at Holland America Line on Alaska product and sales and as an independent tourism marketing and communications consultant. He has also worked in hospitality, with sales and management roles at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel. Fanny Ryland has been hired as retail sales branch manager at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union’s Juneau branch. Ryland has been in the banking industry for the last seven years, working in management and member service for Denali Alaskan before joining a local bank, and returns to the Denali Alaskan FCU after being away for three years. Brian Erdrich, advanced nurse practitioner, has joined myHealth Clinic LLC. Erdrich joins the clinic after 13 years of working at Providence Alaska Medical Center. A provider of immediate and family care, he also has completed specialized training and brings relevant experience in cardiac medicine. Erdrich is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and in 1990 began his career as a registered nurse. His experience caring for critically ill and open heart surgery patients brought him to Alaska in 1999 to work in the Adult Critical Care Unit at Providence Alaska Medical Center. After 20 years in critical care, Erdrich completed the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2011, earning a master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium diabetes nurse case managers Lisa Schwartz, RN, of the Haines Health Center and Julie Sturtevant, RN, of the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock, recently earned Certified Diabetes Educator credentials. Schwartz earned a practical nursing certificate from Sheridan Vocation Center in Hollywood, Fla., and graduated with an associate’s degree in nursing from Marian University in Indianapolis. Sturtevant earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. She worked as a medical/surgical nurse and psychiatric care nurse for six years at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton and was a night mental health nurse supervisor for more than 10 years at Eastern Oregon Hospital and Training Center in Pendleton. Erica Coady, who has a doctorate in clinical psychology, has joined the Providence Behavioral Medicine Group. Coady specializes in neuropsychology, which is the study of brain function related to mental processes and behaviors. Coady is skilled in conducting neuropsychological evaluations of patients with traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, strokes, epilepsy, movement disorders and dementia. Coady was raised in Fairbanks and Nome. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle and completed her neuropsychology fellowship training at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at University of California Los Angeles and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Los Angeles. James R. Johnsen has been named senior vice president of human resources and process transformation Alaska Communications. Prior to joining Alaska Communications, Johnsen served as senior vice president of administration at Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native regional corporation. Before that he spent 12 years at the University of Alaska, where he served in several executive roles including vice president of administration, vice president of faculty and staff relations, chief of staff and director of labor relations. Johnsen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Robert Moats recently passed the Alaska Real Estate Broker’s Exam to become an associate broker for Western Enterprises Inc. Moats began his career working in the construction and maintenance divisions for Western. He elevated through the ranks to become a licensed salesperson to practice real estate in 2006, and was a property manager for more than 45 buildings in the area. Moats is also a member of the Western Enterprises board of directors. Three Alaska nonprofit leaders have been selected for the 2012 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program They are: Nancy Haag, executive director, Standing Together Against Rape; Jill Hodges, executive director, Alaska Brain Injury Network; and Susan Musante, Soteria-Alaska and CHOICES. The Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program supports nonprofit leaders in time away from the job. The program’s goal is to retain top-quality leaders in the sector by providing three- to six-month opportunities for rest, reflection and rejuvenation. The next postmark deadline to apply for a Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical is Oct. 1, 2012. Pat Cusick has been appointed president of AMC Engineers. Cusick has more than 30 years of experience providing electrical engineering, design, commissioning and construction contract administration for construction projects in Alaska. He has been with AMC for more than 28 years and has led the electrical engineering group since 2004. Cusick has been project manager and lead electrical engineer on some of AMC’s largest projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Past President Boyd Morgenthaler now serves as vice president and Sandy Houlihan continues to serve as secretary/treasurer. AMC has added Ken Ratcliffe and David Shumway to the board of directors. Lori Davey has been hired as director of business development for Fairweather LLC to help promote its growing business in oil field services, and Cheryl Evans was hired as human resources manager for all Fairweather companies in Alaska. Davey owned and operated Motznik Information Services for the last eight years and recently sold to Tatitlek Corp. She has bachelor’s degree and a master’s in business administration from University of Alaska Anchorage. Evans graduated with a bachelor’s degree in of business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Michael C. Geraghty was appointed to serve as Alaska’s attorney general. Geraghty, a partner with DeLisio, Moran, Geraghty & Zobel PC of Anchorage, succeeds John Burns, who stepped down on Jan. 2. Geraghty joined the firm that currently bears his name in 1979, focusing on complex litigation and trial work before state and federal courts. Geraghty is a commissioner with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He is also a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation. He was selected in Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of construction law and personal litigation and recognized as a Superlawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine. Geraghty received his law degree from Santa Clara University in California in 1978. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii in 1974.

An interview with Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes Inc., will be the keynote speaker at a sold-out 2012 Economic Forecast Luncheon hosted by the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. Jan. 25. Forbes, a Republican candidate for president in 1996 and 2000 who has long advocated a flat tax system, talked with the Journal about domestic energy policy, the race for the GOP nomination, the ‘Occupy’ movement and growing calls for tax reform. When you think of Alaska, what comes to mind? What first comes to mind is the natural resources and also the controversy about doing more exploration. Then of course if you’re sports-minded, the fishing, the tourism, the beauty of the state. As an energy producing state with federal ownership of two-thirds of its land, Alaska is greatly impacted by energy policy in DC. What do you think of the current domestic energy policy? Well, clearly this administration is anti-oil and gas. What’s amazing is despite their best efforts, the stuff is being produced in record numbers. Clearly Alaska would do well if they removed some of these unnecessary restrictions. I wish some of these folks would look at ANWR (Alaska National Wildlife Refuge). It’s not Disney World. It’s not a frolic in the park … You look at the administration’s reaction to the Keystone Pipeline. That was ready to get under way and would have started construction immediately. But they effectively — unless we get a new president — kyboshed that one. With that (60-day) deadline to issue a ruling, do you expect President Obama will veto going forward with Keystone? If he can’t find a legal way to kick it down the road past the election, I think he will kill it. In your most recent op-ed, you predicted Obama would be a one-termer and the Republicans would take over the senate in 2013. With your criticisms of the current administration, are you still optimistic about the economic and political future of the nation? I think yes. It’s going to be a turbulent year. We’re already seeing that in Europe. Greece is a disaster again, Hungary in trouble now. So that’s going to be a cloud in the sky. The U.S. economy, despite all the abuses put on it, is showing signs of life. Manufacturing is beginning to come back, employment is beginning to come back. We’re like an automobile on the open highway. We’re going 35 or 40 miles an hour when we should be going 70 or 75 miles an hour. It’s nothing to write home about. Things are starting to get better. There’s a lot of entrepreneurial energy in this country. We did a cover story a couple months ago about kids in college running businesses with $100,000 to $500,000 in revenues. Michael Dell conducted the roundtable, which was fun. I think it demonstrates that if we just create a hospitable environment, this country is ready to roar ahead. You’re best known as a candidate for advocating the flat tax. Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan got a lot of attention, almost all the Republican candidates are supporting a flat tax and President Obama has at talked about corporate tax reform. Do you think the national conversation is moving in a direction where real tax reform can happen? I think if the Republicans push the thing, there will be a mandate from the American people to make drastic changes. You got a little taste of it that it’s not just Republicans. The president’s deficit reduction commission didn’t come up with a flat tax, but did advocate taking out some of the clutter in the code and reducing rates across the board. Democrats signed on to that. So outside the White House there is a growing movement to simplify the tax code. You endorsed Rick Perry in October and have advised him on his tax proposals. Are you disappointed with how his campaign has unfolded compared to his record in Texas? It certainly got off to a rocky start with the debates and whether that was something he couldn’t overcome in Iowa, I’m hopeful he can do it in South Carolina. I think people on the campaign trail have responded well to his economic proposals. They did to (Newt) Gingrich’s, before he got carpet-bombed. (Rick) Santorum doesn’t have a flat tax, but a drastic simplification. The only one who hasn’t is (Mitt) Romney, who can’t break above 25 percent. What do you think of the circular firing squad in the GOP right now? Are you worried about the tone damaging whoever emerges? Not really. It’s very early in the process. It’s good to get the debates on the table now. We still have almost a year until November. Whoever emerges will be toughened and ready to take on an incumbent who is going to be using bazookas and flamethrowers and everything else against him. It’s good to get your footings now than to go in unprepared. There has clearly been an “anybody but Romney” sentiment among GOP voters. What do you think of the Romney and if he is the nominee do you expect the party’s will rally to support him? Most of the party will go with him if he’s the nominee. But there’s two critical areas he has to address to get any real energy from the party. One is taxation, coming up with a good simplified plan. Along those lines, he’s spoken in favor of the value-added tax. That is going to be poison. We’ve seen what that does in Europe. It only goes one direction. In England it started at 8 percent and is now at 20 percent. The Germans’ is over 20 percent, it’s everywhere you go. He’s got to get away from that. So on taxes, he’s got some work to do. The other is health care. He put in an individual mandate in Massachusetts. He says he wouldn’t do it nationwide, fine, but he hasn’t answered the question of why he did it in Massachusetts. He may say he doesn’t believe the federal government should do it, but why does he believe in that kind of a mandate in the first place? Until he comes to grips with health care, he’ll lose a critical issue against the president. What do you think of the “occupy” movement? When you compare the numbers who were involved in that, a few thousand people, and compare to the numbers in the tea party movement and then look at the coverage and the flavor of the coverage. There’s a lot of sympathy for the occupiers and very little sympathy for the tea party people. I think that says it all. The tea party citizens had a huge impact politically. The occupiers, they don’t like student debt. That they made clear. In terms of changing the system, there’s not much there.

Movers & Shakers 01/15/12

The Alaska Railroad Corp. has hired Dale Wade as vice president of business development. Wade most recently served as the president of GoldStar Logistics Solutions. His past experience includes: managing director and transportation consultant for AFMS Transportation Management in Portland, Ore.; national account executive for FedEx Corp. in Anchorage; and sales manager for CF Freight in Anchorage. Wade will be taking over the position from Steve Silverstein, who retired at the end of 2011 after 16 years with the Alaska Railroad. Silverstein will continue to assist ARRC with ongoing key projects as a business development transition specialist. Four lawyers in the Alaska and Oregon offices of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP have been named to the firm’s 2012 management committee. The committee members are: Kim Dunn of Alaska, and Stuart K. Cohen, Karna R. Gustafson and Richard S. Yugler of Oregon. Landye Bennett Blumstein, with offices in Oregon and Alaska, is a regional law firm that provides legal services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. Linda Leary of Anchorage has been named to the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors. Sammye Pokryfki has been promoted to senior program officer and Aleesha Towns-Bain was promoted to senior program associate. Leary, president and co-owner of Carlile Transportation Systems, has served on a committee of the Rasmuson board since 2009. She holds a degree from the University of Maine at Orno, and a master’s degree in logistics management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She also serves as chair of the Alaska Railroad Corp. Pokryfki, who joined the staff in 2005 as a program officer, manages the foundation’s Sabbatical Program. While she is currently on loan as interim executive director at the Alaska Children’s Trust, Towns-Bain will return full-time to Rasmuson Foundation early this year. David Berube and Nancy Russell were appointed to the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee. Berube, of Anchorage, serves as the Disability Law Center of Alaska’s legal rights advocate. Prior to his work with the law center, he worked for a variety of organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Alaskans with disabilities, including ACCESS Alaska and Fairbanks Resource Agency. Berube holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and vocational arts from Fitchburg State College. Russell, of Fairbanks, is the chief operating officer and a senior vice president with Denali State Bank, where she first started her career as a loan officer more than two decades ago. Russell holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Marvin “Dean” Cox was appointed and David Hull and John Dickens were reappointed to the Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services. Cox, of Eagle River, retired in 2010 after a career in military operations. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Cox served as a navigator, weapons systems officer, plans and exercise officer, flight commander and instructor, and finished his career as the deputy chief of the Air Force Foreign Liaison Division at the Pentagon. Cox led planning for emergency services at the Pentagon in the event of any potential chemical, biological, radiological, high explosive, or nuclear attack. Hull, of Ketchikan, serves as the fire chief of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, and served in a variety of roles with the city of Ketchikan Fire Department for more than 30 years. Dickens, of Bethel, works as the safety and security manager for Grant Aviation. Dickens has also worked as a senior EMS instructor and communication technician with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. Bruce Parham and Peggy Asbury were appointed to the State Historical Records Advisory Council. Parham, of Anchorage, retired as the director of regional archives for the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration in 2011. During his career as an archivist, he has worked with the National Archives at Anchorage, the Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Boulder Historical Society, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and others. Parham earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Western State College, a master’s degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and a master’s degree in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Asbury, of Fairbanks, is the archivist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has also worked as a research aide for the North Slope Borough. Asbury holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Old Dominion University, a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin. James Hastings and Hank Bartos were appointed, and Terrance Pardee and Suellyn Wright Novak were reappointed to the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council. Bartos, of North Pole, is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, and the owner of Gold Standard Real Estate Services. Hastings, of Wasilla, is a retired soldier in the U.S. Army with 22 years of service. He is the director of recreation and cultural services for the city of Wasilla, and serves as the Alaska coordinator of the Wounded Warriors Project, the president of the Mat-Su Area-wide Veterans Council, and the director of operations for Alaska’s Healing Hearts. Novak, of Eagle River, retired from the U.S. Air Force as colonel after 32 years of service, which included command of a medical support squadron and a medical diagnostics and therapeutic squadron. She serves as president of the Alaska Veterans Museum and executive officer of the Alaska Wing of the Commemorative Air Force. Pardee, of Haines, is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army who served in Special Forces reconnaissance during the Vietnam War and retired from the Alaska Army National Guard as master sergeant with 24 years of service. He received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Alaska Distinguished Service Medal. Carvel Zimin Jr. and Randolph Romenesko were reappointed to the Denali Access System Advisory Committee. Zimin, of South Naknek, works as a village agent for Peninsula Airways and as a winter watchman for Trident Seafoods. Romenesko, of Nome, is a longtime Arctic engineer, and currently works as a project engineer with Norton Sound Health Corp. He was the Northwest Alaska district engineer for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and a civil engineer in construction and government projects across Alaska. Romenesko earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Marquette University, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University. Sharon Clark was appointed, and Debi Keith, Brenda Moore, Ramona Duby and Daisy May Barrera were reappointed to the Alaska Mental Health Board. Clark, of Nenana, worked with the Alaska Legislature for 16 years, and prior to that served as the assistant to the principal at Anderson High School. Keith, of Kenai, is a longtime member of Alaska’s health care industry and is currently working for Central Peninsula Hospital. Moore, of Anchorage, co-founded and currently serves as the faith based and community initiative consultant of Christian Health Associates, the umbrella organization for Cornerstone Clinic Medical and Counseling Center, Project Access, School Based Health at Clark Middle School, and Alaska Medical Missions. Duby, of Anchorage, has worked as executive coordinator and resident manager for the Alaska International Education Foundation since 2002. Barrera, of Bethel, has more than 30 years of experience in mental health care and counseling. She has served in numerous roles for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp., Cook Inlet Tribal Association, Association of Village Council Presidents and the Tundra Women’s Coalition. Steve Lundgren has been named president and CEO of Denali State Bank following the retirement of Jo Heckman, who will remain active as a board member. Lundgren has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including 28 years in the Fairbanks area. He joined Denali State Bank as executive vice president in 2008 and has been functioning in a transitional role since July. Lundgren formerly worked for both Mt. McKinley Bank and Key Bank. He began his career as a branch manager in Oregon after receiving his degree in finance and business administration from Oregon State University in 1978. Darla Green joined Denali Alaskan Home Loans as a senior loan originator at the Denali Alaskan Home Loans main office on 36th Avenue in Anchorage. Born and raised in Soldotna, Green has dedicated her career to the mortgage industry with more than 20 years of experience.  Previous to joining the Denali Alaskan Home Loans team, Green worked with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Col. Leon M. “Mike” Bridges took command of the Alaska Army National Guard during a special ceremony Jan. 7 at the Alaska National Guard armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, taking the colors from Brig. Gen. Julio R. “Randy” Banez, who has commanded the Alaska Army National Guard since November 2009 and will retire Feb. 1. Bridges, a career National Guardsman, has served more than 31 years in the Oregon, Washington and Alaska National Guards. Bridges has served in a number of command and staff assignments, recently serving as the deputy chief of staff for logistics for the Alaska National Guard. Bridges also deployed for a year in Iraq, serving as deputy team leader and governance advisor of an Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team in Baghdad during 2007 and 2008. Bridges was promoted to brigadier general Jan. 6.

Brewing up power: Beer maker finalizes biofuels project

Alaskan Brewing Co. has entered the final stage of a 16-year process in setting a precedent in renewable energy. The Juneau-based brewery has a new boiler to make its own malt waste a sole energy source and has been selected for nearly $500,000 in federal money to finish the job. Alaskan Brewing is in the commission and testing phases of a $1.8 million steam boiler fueled entirely by the company’s own spent grain. The grain is a protein-rich material that lends itself thoroughly with the combustion technology the company has been perfecting. The idea is that the new boiler will eliminate the brewery’s fossil fuel use in the grain drying process and displace more than half of the fuel needed to create process steam in the brew house. The brewery is currently a fairly intensive oil-related operation, currently running the grain dryer and other process heating from oil. Engineers estimate the completed boiler will help save an overall energy usage from oil and corresponding carbon emissions by more than 70 percent. This translates to a savings of nearly 1.5 million gallons of oil over the next 10 years. The boiler was actually built last year and did an initial startup toward the end of the year. Testing showed the need for additional modifications. The company currently is waiting for additional design modifications to come and engineers hope it will be back up within a few months. Brewing operations manager Brandon Smith said the entire system hopefully would be completed and running by the end of the first quarter this year and no later than the second quarter. “This fuel, nobody’s ever burned it commercially before,” he said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected Alaskan Brewing for $448,366 in Rural Energy for America Program funds to support the development. Despite being a capital city, Juneau’s demographics still qualify the brewery for a rural development grant. Alaskan Brewery communications manager Ashley Johnston said the grant would hopefully offset up to 10 percent of the overall system costs. Smith said paperwork is under way for the official approval, which will be done after the completion of the project. This grant represents the highest amount an Alaska business has been awarded from the USDA Rural Development’s business division. This has been active in Alaska for three years, during which it has approved 49 projects. USDA business and energy specialist Chad Stovall said the business division typically gets $200,000 to $250,000 a year for projects. The national office must approve anything over that amount, which was how Alaskan got its unusually high appropriation. Stovall said that eligible areas are those with populations under 50,000, qualifying all Alaska municipalities besides Anchorage. Alaskan will not accept the grant until after the project is completed, after which the money will be used to continue testing while helping mitigate some of the risks involved. Smith said that since the company is so close to the end of the project, it made more sense to wait until they can document that the entire project works successfully. He said this also shows they are as much a partner in the risk of this as the government and taxpayers. The whole thing started in 1995, when Alaskan Brewery installed a $900,000 grain dryer along with its brewhouse. The company used it to process the grain byproduct so it would make it through shipping times to be used as cattle feed in the Pacific Northwest. Shipping was necessary since there were no local farms to take the grain. About half of this byproduct was also used as a fuel source to heat the dryer itself. Engineers have spent this time learning how this product burns to get the system where it can use more than half the source, since grain burns differently than many other products. The brewery expanded on this in 2008, with the installation of a $1.7 million mash filter press to produce a finer grain with less moisture from the brewing process. The almost coarse powder makes for a better fuel source. The better fuel produced by this press inspired them to invest in a system to convert this fuel for all of its energy, expanding it beyond just heating the dryer. Studies and consulting helped bring about the conclusion to use this boiler system as its sole fuel and still be able to get enough steam to run the dryer and have enough steam left over to power other brewing operations. “The sky’s kind of the limit there,” Smith said. “It’s a very exciting thing.” The cost of shipping the waste south versus keeping it here for use also adds up. Smith said Alaskan Brewery differs from other breweries that can give spent grain away for free since there are nearby agriculture sources to make use of it. Alaskan must ship its spent grain, which builds costs in unloading what is essentially a waste product. “If you look at the value of a spent grain as a fuel in terms of the energy content in it versus its value just as a waste material, it goes from a net value of $30 a ton up to $350 a ton,” Smith said. Johnston said this project represents a huge cost for a small operation, particularly one in a unique location like Juneau. She said capital could be a big challenge even though the brewery is successful. “We are investing a lot of time and capital into our spent grain energy system, but we are confident that it will pay dividends in the future — for both the brewery and for Juneau,” she said. Adding to the uniqueness of the operation is the absence of grain used as a sole source of energy in other small businesses. “We did a patent search just to make sure we weren’t stepping on anybody’s toes and as far as we can tell we’re the only ones in the world that are going to be using spent grain as the sole fuel source for a steam boiler,” Smith said. He said other breweries in Europe have tried using it as a sole source but were unsuccessful, while others have used it as a co-fuel with other sources. “We’re certainly excited to pioneer this,” he said. “Whether we envisioned we would end up where we are today, who knows. But looking back it was certainly an integral part of it, putting in that first grain dryer.” Smith is hopeful that this process, combined with the grant, will serve as an example to other breweries.

'Coast Guard Alaska' renewed for two seasons

The series “Coast Guard Alaska” premiered on the Weather Channel in November and has already garnered at least two more seasons on the air. The show, produced by Al Roker Entertainment, follows Guardsmen from Air Station Kodiak to show what it takes to live and work in this corner of the world where extremely hazardous weather adds to both the necessity and obstacles to their rescue missions. The second season, debuting this April, will feature five 60-minute episodes. The third will have eight and is due out in October. So far, the show has produced a 95 percent increase in the same time period average from one year ago for viewers ages 25 through 54, according to Nielsen ratings. Viewership has increased 91 percent since the premiere episode. Roker said this has jumped to more than 100 percent in some time periods. The Weather Channel reports it was the fifth-highest tending show on GetGlue during the premiere episode. Roker said he thinks the realism of the show contributes to the attraction. Guardsmen go up against some crashing elements with no scripted ending. This is why Roker refers to “Coast Guard Alaska” as a documentary series rather than a reality series. “We’re just thrilled with the access the Coast Guard has given us,” he said. Bob Walker, the Weather Channel’s executive vice president and general manager of networks and content, said this feedback has made it clear that audiences are responding to the show, thus encouraging the demand for additional Alaska filming. While the first season of “Coast Guard Alaska” focused on Kodiak, the producers are exploring other areas to expand the show. Kodiak was chosen as the debut location due to its extreme weather conditions that make being a rescue pilot or swimmer there among the most dangerous jobs in the world. Some of the season was also shot in Sitka. Roker and Walker said they are looking at other future possibilities to expand the Alaska program. For now, the focus will remain on Kodiak. “I think we’re going to go where the rescues take us. Wherever that is in Alaska,” Roker said. Roker said having not one but two additional seasons greenlit and airing so close together was not ordinary but not unheard of. Walker said the show continued to grow throughout the first season’s run. This contributed to its renewal. Walker said before any show is considered for renewal, the producers must be convinced there is enough interesting content that wasn’t all covered the first time and this air station has exactly that. “This is our first show with the Coast Guard,” he said. “We think one reason it works is it shows how the elements affect people’s lives in and around this part of Alaska.” “The great thing about this program and what makes it, I think, special is that whether we’re there or not the Coast Guard is constantly going out doing rescues so we’re just tagging along for the ride and documenting it,” Roker said. Roker first came up with the idea after seeing a YouTube video of local Coast Guard rescues and was impressed by the intensity of it. A phone call later and the ball started moving. He said the exciting part for him is to simultaneously show the Coast Guard’s mission and the beauty of Alaska. “I think people are still fascinated by Alaska and we’re happy to help people get a different look at the state,” he said. Roker said the producers will decide whether to apply for the state’s film tax incentives for these next seasons. Al Roker Entertainment pre-qualified for the incentives for the first season. No amount has been awarded yet. “It’s clear to us that viewers are making ‘Coast Guard Alaska’ appointment viewing,” Bob Walker, executive vice president and general manager of networks and content for Weather Channel, said in a release. “Audiences have really responded to this inside look at life in Kodiak for these real-life heroes who risk their lives daily to save others. We feel privileged to offer viewers more opportunities to get to know these incredible men and women.”

Movers & Shakers 01/08/12

Meadow Bailey, public information officer with the Northern Region Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, has received the Accredited Public Relations credential through the Public Relations Society of America. Bailey is one of only 21 in Alaska with the APR distinction and among approximately 5,000 worldwide. The accreditation examination process tests 10 groupings of competencies and is administered by a consortium of nine leading public relations organizations. Bailey is active in PRSA, American Heart Association, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association, International Association of Government Communicators, Girl Scouts, PTA and Fairbanks Youth Soccer.

Alaska Reserve group gets early 'Red Tails' viewing

Alaska’s 477th Fighter Group can trace its roots directly to the famed Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. This heritage was honored when Lucasfilm gave select Reserve servicemen an early screening of the company’s new film “Red Tails.” About 200 current and former military members plus community leaders, students and a member of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. were treated to the special showing at the Tikhatnu movie theater in Anchorage in December. A publicity manager for Lucasfilm plus one of the movie’s actors, Marcus Paulk, accompanied their work to Alaska. “Red Tails” tells a fictionalized story inspired by the black airmen group that broke segregation and fought during World War II. It was executive produced by George Lucas and directed by Anthony Hemingway. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard. “Our 477th Fighter group is a direct descendant of the 477th Bombardment Group in which the Tuskegee Airmen were training in B-25 bombers during World War II,” said Col. Bryan Radliff, commander of the 477th. This training originated in Alabama and moved to three different locations in the upper Midwest during the war. The movie is based on the fighter squadrons at the time, one of which was the 302nd Fighter Squadron that now calls Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson home. The 477th and the 302nd were reactivated here in 2007, when the group became the Air Force Reserve Command’s first F-22 Raptor unit and the only Air Force Reserve unit in Alaska. Previous to being in Alaska, the 302nd Fighter Squadron was at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona flying F-16s. They’ve been activated in several other places throughout the years. The film only covers a small period of the Tuskegee Airmen history, namely how they earned their name “Red Tails.” “The neat takeaway from this is if you’re a fan of military history, World War II history or even racial integration and where we are today, I think this movie gives folks a nice balance of all three of those,” Radliff said. The airmen at the time faced racial discrimination, even when it came to flying alongside their white brothers-in-arms. They proved to be successful and flew more than 1,500 missions between 1943 and 1945. They painted the tails of their bomber escorts a distinctive red pattern and white pilots were soon requesting these agents because of their high skill level. While the film focuses on the broader picture of the Red Tails, the message is an important piece of military history that is not lost on its descendants. “Due to the sacrifices and the success of this organization had a he impact on the ability of the armed forces to integrate,” Radliff said. Lucasfilm selected JBER for a screening after several unit members attended the Tuskegee Airmen Inc. convention in Washington, D.C., last summer. Viewings of the trailer plus a documentary were all it took to convince them to engage Lucasfilm representatives on the JBER link and request an advance screening. Lucasfilm agreed. Alaska is not the only stop on the “Red Tails” tour. Lucasfilm spokesman Marshall Mitchell said the company has been actively screening it for military audiences to help call attention to the Tuskegee Airmen’s story. He said early screenings are a way to honor the troops today. “Sharing this film with airmen in Alaska at the 477th, at the US Air Force Academy with future warriors and leaders, and at large military gatherings goes to the heart of this film. The story has never been fully told and their contribution never fully honored,” Mitchell said. The support of the Air Force Reserve Command finally got the screening here after five months of work. “Tuskegee Airmen across the nation have received this film with both pride and humility. Finally, their story will be exposed to mainstream audiences while many of them are still alive to share firsthand accounts. Dozens of Tuskegee Airmen have attended these screenings across the country. Many others are planned during January,” Mitchell said.

Movers & Shakers January 2012

Women in the Trades program helps women see options

At 35 years old, Myla Odom of Anchorage was at a career crossroads. After years of administrative work, she wanted to explore options for more hands-on physical work. It’s a similar story for Caren Moss, 40, who also made the transition from office work to trade skills. “Construction was something I knew I wanted to try, something I knew I would enjoy instead of something just to pay the bills,” Odom said. Moss has an accounting background  and entered the program because she always liked working with her hands and saw this as a way to get more into physical work rather than accounting. Both women signed up for the Alaska Works Partnership’s Women in the Trades program. They were there mostly to get an introduction to construction-related trades, such as carpentry or electrical work. This way they could explore new future career possibilities in order to keep their options open. The program just graduated its final class of 2011. Ten of the 11 women who entered the program graduated after three weeks of construction training and another week of truck driving instruction. Women spend three to four weeks in classes to get an introduction into the world of construction. They get hands-on training in various trade skills like basic construction, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing and painting. As daily life in such trade fields mandates, they also get the right math and science instruction plus physical training. Equipment and vehicle training is part of the program, as is first aid and CPR certification. There is even training with unions like the Teamsters and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. This allowed them to receive certain certifications, which adds to their resumes when they go job hunting. Women in the Trades doesn’t confine the students to lectures. Students train with seasoned laborers to build simple structures. Odom said having such professionals as training partners was invaluable in helping shape what the students got out of the classes. Of course, all of this is all preparatory work. The idea is for these women to have the basic knowledge for learning more in on an actual job site if they choose. There is an employment assistance program to prep students to apply for such jobs or apprenticeships to start careers in the trades where they can learn more. “Obviously you can’t be a carpenter in a week,” said Alexis Cowell of AWP Apprenticeship Outreach. Cowell said the program is designed as an introduction so it can give an idea of what a trade would entail so that women can decide for themselves if it’s the right career for them. Students vary from those just starting out to those who have been in the workforce for years but want to explore other fields. Many are also single mothers who are looking for ways to make ends meet. The women in the program vary in ages and backgrounds. For example, Odom’s class, which was the one just completed, had women ranging from ages 20 to 47. Odom joined Women in The Trades to help her decide what path to go down since she’s never felt fulfilled behind a desk. She’d taken college classes and worked previously in secretarial and office work. She now works as a parts professional, inspecting vehicle engines for repair needs at Cummins Northwest. “I’m more of a doer than a paper pusher,” she said. She enjoys her job now but didn’t want to eliminate a chance to expand future paths that could consist of physical work. In the program, she got a full hands-on sample of what the physical work on a construction site would be like. She received safety and electrical training through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and IBEW. She even trained on a forklift and completed the written portion for her commercial driver’s license. Odom said it was a great experience and the hands-on exposure was something she might not have gotten to otherwise. She also felt a sense of accomplishment from the different, physical tasks. “I know what I like to do and what I enjoy, and being able to make that decision as a career life choice is important,” she said. “I want to make sure I don’t fall into the same thing.” Moss had graduated in accounting and worked in that field in Alaska and Wisconsin for renewable energy education organizations. She later decided to switch paths into weatherization and electrical work and is now a project coordinator with Alaska Building Science Network. She does weatherization for community-owned buildings and energy efficient lighting retrofits in villages as part of this job. “I was interested in doing something else but was kind of done with carpentry. It was a passion to do weatherization and still have carpentry skills,” she said. She certainly got those skills. In the program she developed her carpentry skills by building a wall and getting some steel and electrical work training. She also got certified in first aid and CPR, as well as the OSHA 10 class and commercial driver’s license permitting. “They do more than tell us what to so. We did a lot of it,” Moss said. While satisfied with her job, she also thought Women in the Trades could give her ideas for any future aspirations. She is interested in pursuing an IBEW apprenticeship. Women in The Trades started when the Fairbanks Building and Construction Trades Council asked AWP to sponsor such a training program in 2003 to help bring more women into industry jobs and apprenticeships. The training was soon employed in Anchorage and Fairbanks. However, AWP was unable to continue funding it annually. AWP Director Mike Andrews said there was never specific funding for the program but AWP was able to keep it going for many years through various funds cobbled together. This continued until 2010, when the program was included as part of the Alaska Construction Academies. “So now it has a home,” Andrews said. Classes are still scheduled as they can be. They continue to go through Alaska Construction Academies. This last one was in Anchorage in May. Cowell said the next one will hopefully take place in Fairbanks but may be done in the fall. Several graduates have gone on to apprenticeships or direct employment. Andrews said the new Fort Wainwright Hospital and Delta Ground Based Missile System hired program graduates. These projects helped earned the program the Exemplary Public Interest Contribution award from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in 2003. The award was for exemplary partnerships in getting women involved in such federal construction projects. “That training was a great success,” Andrews said. Data from the Alaska Department of Workforce Development states that 14 percent of the construction industry was made up of women in 2010. Women made up 40 percent of trade, transportation and utilities jobs that year. These numbers have varied over the years but not by much. Labor Department data shows that women made up 10 percent of construction laborers in 2003. This data set also shows women making 2.5 percent of carpenters and 3.6 percent of electricians. In 1997, women made up 3.8 percent of carpenters, 9.5 percent of construction laborers and 3.9 percent of electricians. Women also made less on average than men in these areas. They made 67 percent of men’s wages on average for construction and 57 percent of men’s earnings in trade, transportation and retail combined. Cowell said there are definitely still sexism issues in construction and other trades and that women often have to go the extra mile to prove themselves. Women also have to show they can handle the physicality demanded in such jobs. Another goal of Women in the Trades is to encourage more women to explore the fields so they realize this and can tackle such challenges. “From what I’ve seen it’s a man’s workplace so that itself is a barrier there,” Cowell said.

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