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.