Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 12

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association hired Andy Wink as executive director. As an economist specializing in the Alaska seafood industry, Wink brings nearly a decade of expertise in analyzing seafood market trends and the effects of development efforts to the RSDA. His past work with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and many other industry groups will lend a broad perspective to the mission of the BBRSDA. Wink has been a valued partner to the BBRSDA for years as the lead author of the sockeye market report series. RE/MAX Dynamic Properties added Gary Kutil, an award-winning realtor with more than 25 years of experience in real estate sales. He began his career at Jack White Real Estate where he received awards and recognitions including Associate of the Year, President’s Circle, Leading Edge Society, Hall of Fame and Top Producer. The company also added Cheryl Myers, who has a background in sport and orthopedic physical therapy. She is expanding her career path to include real estate sales. Myers is an active member and past president of the Downtown Rotary Club and a member of the ATHENA Society. University of Alaska Fairbanks Vice Chancellor for Research Larry Hinzman has been elected president of the International Arctic Science Committee. IASC is an international scientific organization that was formed in 1990 to encourage and facilitate cooperation throughout the Arctic research community. The nongovernmental institution, which includes representatives from 23 countries, promotes scientific cooperation and gives advice to the Arctic Council and other organizations on Arctic science issues. IASC champions critically important research programs that are either too big for any single nation to undertake or that require international collaboration to be successful. Hinzman has a long history as an Arctic researcher. A professor of civil and environmental engineering, he previously served as the director of UAF’s International Arctic Research Center and has conducted long-term hydrological and meteorological studies in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada and Russia. Hinzman was elected IASC president last month during the IASC Council meeting in Davos, Switzerland, succeeding Susan Barr of Norway. His four-year term as president runs through 2022. Taylored Restoration has hired Bob Manwaring as business development director. Manwaring was most recently CEO of the Alaska Association of Realtors. Previous positions include four years as business development officer for Stewart Title of Alaska and 14 years as customer relations liaison with Alaska Multiple Listing Service Inc. Taylored Restoration has branches in Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks and provides their services statewide. Thompson &Co. Public Relations has expanded its offices in Anchorage and Houston. Sami Jo Bailey joined the Anchorage office as an account coordinator in June and Stephanie Giacometti joined the team as a digital marketing specialist based in the Houston office in early July. Bailey grew up in Palmer and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and a double minor in journalism and criminal justice. While earning her degree, she worked as a media assistant and also as an intern at GCI. She is an account coordinator at Thompson &Co. PR’s Anchorage office, where she assists on multiple accounts including the Alaska Tourism Industry Association. Giacometti was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and later moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business. She interned in digital marketing while earning her degree and gained experience after college in product development and marketing. Based in Houston, Giacometti is currently working on the digital account team leading client brand and digital marketing strategies. Ephraim Froehlich joined Gov. Bill Walker’s administration as senior advisor on fish and game and as the deputy director for state and federal relations. Froehlich will be based in Juneau, where he was born and raised and graduated from Juneau Douglas High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in government at Dartmouth College. Froehlich worked for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., before getting his juris doctor at the University of Maryland School of Law with a concentration in environmental law. He returned to Murkowski’s D.C. office as lead policy advisor on fisheries, wildlife, maritime transportation, ports and harbors, environmental change, and the Arctic. Barbara Blake, also known by her Haida name of Wáahlaal Gidáak, has worked on fish and game issues for the administration since 2014, and is moving up to become Walker’s director of Native and rural affairs. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that Kellie Donnelly, who currently serves as the deputy chief counsel for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will succeed chief counsel Patrick McCormick, who has left the for an opportunity in the private sector. Lucy Murfitt will be promoted to deputy chief counsel and Isaac Edwards will be promoted to special counsel. Donnelly came to Capitol Hill in 1994 and shortly thereafter joined the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as majority counsel. She left to serve as counsel at the Department of the Interior and then spent several years in the private sector before joining the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 2003. She has since served the committee in a number of roles, most recently as deputy chief counsel since 2009. Murfitt is currently senior counsel and public lands and natural resources policy director for the committee. She previously spent eight years as senior counsel to former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and the Republican Whip, handling the energy, environment, and natural resources portfolio. She has also worked at the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University as its director of policy and partnerships. A veteran, Murfitt served as an environmental attorney during her time in the U.S. Army. Edwards, who was born and raised in Homer, began his career on Capitol Hill working for former Sen. Frank Murkowski in 1997. He became Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s legislative director in 2003, and moved to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to serve as counsel in 2009. Prior to today’s promotion, he held the title of senior counsel, focusing primarily on Arctic, territorial, and international energy issues. Matt Woods, EIT, has joined the environmental group at Shannon &Wilson’s Anchorage office as an environmental engineering staff IV. Woods has five years of previous experience preparing spill prevention and countermeasure plans, storm water pollution prevention plans, and SARA Title 3; and conducting site investigation and remediation projects. Current Shannon &Wilson projects include site characterization and cleanup activities, and providing regulatory compliance support. Woods has a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University. Schylar Healy has joined Shannon &Wilson’s Anchorage office technical staff as an environmental scientist. Previous professional experience includes serving as a wetlands mapping specialist and wetlands ecology technician in Fairbanks, and GIS field technician in California. Healy is a 2015 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in geographic science, and is a member of the Alaska Native Plant Society.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 5

Calista Corp. added Noelle Kompkoff in the legal department and Russ Slaten in corporate communications. Kompkoff arrives at Calista as associate counsel with more than 10 years of experience in Alaska Native law and corporate law. Prior to joining Calista, Kompkoff worked as in-house counsel for The Tatitlek Corp. She earned her juris doctor from Willamette University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Western Washington University. Slaten joins Calista as the communications coordinator with more than 10 years of communications experience in journalism, marketing and public relations. At Calista, he creates content for web and print, coordinates media coverage, and assists in creating the communications calendar. Slaten was most recently serving as the communications manager at Catholic Social Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ahtna Inc. announced several new hires and promotions within its subsidiaries. Greg Jarrell joins Ahtna Engineering Services Inc. with 21 years of professional business management and project execution experience throughout Alaska. As the new Alaska regional director, Jarrell will manage all Alaska business operations for AES and its subsidiaries, Ahtna Environmental Inc., and Ahtna Global LLC. Jarrell earned his master’s degree in geologic engineering from South Dakota’s School of Mines and Technology and his bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Montana in Missoula. Lori Kropidlowski, CPSM, CPS/CAP, has been promoted to business development manager at Ahtna Environmental Inc. Kropidlowski has 26 years of experience in business development and marketing and is a certified professional services marketer through the Society of Marketing Professional Services. Ahtna Global LLC added Jeremy Blei, PE, to the role of senior program manager responsible for overseeing the firm’s extensive portfolio of work with the Federal Aviation Administration. Blei’s professional background includes 20 years of professional engineering and consulting experience, primarily in Alaska. He has managed and delivered all phases of environmental remediation projects including initial site design, remedial investigation, treatability and feasibility studies, O&M, and remedial action/construction. Born and raised in Alaska, Blei earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. In addition, there are two promotions within Ahtna Global LLC. After four years of successfully managing construction programs at Ahtna, Ron DesGranges has been promoted to director of construction. DesGranges has 19 years of project management, construction, and estimating experience for a wide array of both horizontal and vertical construction projects in Alaska. He has supervised a multitude of large and small projects with annual budgets of up to $500 million. Daniel Caldwell has been promoted to construction manager and estimator. Caldwell has 21 years of construction experience where he has managed major mixed-use commercial, civil, environmental, and infrastructure development projects throughout local and remote areas of Alaska, the contiguous United States, and Canada requiring logistics management expertise. Credit Union 1 hired Chad Bostick as its new chief financial officer. Bostick joins Credit Union 1 with 10 years of experience in the credit union industry, specifically within the Alaska Credit Union League. He previously served as the CFO and audit manager at Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, and before joining the Alaska credit union movement, Bostick was an audit and assurance professional at Deloitte LLP in Minneapolis. Bostick has earned the credit union industry designations of certified innovation executive from the Credit Union Executive Society, certified enterprise risk management expert from Credit Union National Association, and certified credit union investment professional from CUNA. He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting. He is also currently pursuing an MBA from USD. Credit Union 1 promoted Cassie Magwire to Member Services Support manager at its headquarters in Anchorage. Magwire was initially hired in December 2006 as a teller at CU1’s Eagle River Branch. Since then she has also held the positions of senior teller, member service representative, assistant branch manager, branch manager of CU1’s Downtown Branch, Abbott Branch and most recently DeBarr Branch. CU1 promoted Anna Phommalinh to branch manager of its DeBarr Branch in Anchorage. Phommalinh, who was hired by Credit Union 1 in 2011, has previously served as teller, senior teller, member service officer, accountant and member service supervisor. Prior to her promotion, she held the position of assistant branch manager at the credit union’s DeBarr Branch. Brandon Ousley was hired as CEO of Anchorage Fracture &Orthopedic Clinic. He has nearly a decade of experience in healthcare administration and serving patients. Ousley previously headed the administration at a private primary care practice, which saw massive expansion in the services and care provided to patients during his tenure. Before graduating from Alaska Pacific University with an MBA in health services, Ousley began his work in healthcare as a pharmaceutical sales executive. After earning his degree, he worked as a systems analyst at Providence Alaska Medical Center, later moving on to work in executive healthcare management for the next seven years. Ousley joins Anchorage Fracture &Orthopedic Clinic after five years as the CEO of Medical Park Family Care in Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for July 22

Jimmie Rogers, CHSP, has joined Sitnasuak Native Corp. subsidiary companies Bonanza Fuel LLC and Nanuaq LLC in the new role of risk and safety manager. Rogers has more than 30 years of Alaskan-based experience leading safety, security, risk management and emergency management disciplines. He is a board credentialed, certified healthcare safety professional (masters’ level); certified environmental and safety compliance officer; and certified emergency, disaster and security manager, with a bachelor’s degree in business management. Past positions include chair of the Northwest Arctic Public Safety Commission, member of the Matanuska Susitna Borough Local Emergency Planning Committee, and member of the Alaska Safety Advisory Council representing industry. Kristi Schoenleber was appointed as First National Bank Alaska trust officer, joining Operations Manager Shannon Smith as recent additions to the bank’s Investment Management and Trust Services Department. Schoenleber, born and raised in Alaska, brings more than 25 years of experience in investment management and trust services to FNBA. Prior to joining the bank, Schoenleber was a licensed financial consultant at the country’s third-largest bank, working with corporations, Tribal governments, and high-net-worth clients. Most recently, she was an analyst for an international bank with a focus on large corporate clients, foreign currency, and wealth management. As trust officer, Schoenleber will help customers develop and grow their wealth and estate plans. Smith’s path to the department’s operations manager position led through the FNBA Audit Department. She worked as an internal auditor with experience in trust operations. In her new role, Smith will serve as an additional resource for customers, in addition to their primary relationship officer. Resource Data, a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Patrick Schmidt as a GIS programmer/analyst to its Anchorage office. Schmidt graduated summa cum laude from Middlebury College in Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in geography, and has just relocated to Anchorage from Vermont. He recently worked as a GIS intern for Vermont Legal Aid in Burlington, Vt. Resource Data has also hired Jacqueline Hall as a GIS programmer/analyst at the Anchorage office. Hall has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from San Diego University and has completed GIS certification courses at Mesa Community College. She has a background in data management, technical document writing, GIS and environmental policy. Most recently she worked as an archaeologist for LSA Associates Inc. for six years. Residential Mortgage hired Tawni S. Layne Laxa and Amy Miller as senior mortgage loan originators at its Calais Street office in Anchorage. Laxa, a certified military home specialist, brings 16 years of mortgage industry experience to Residential Mortgage. From 2007-17, she worked at Alaska USA Mortgage Co. as an assistant vice president and senior mortgage loan originator. Most recently, Laxa comes from Prime Lending where she was a senior mortgage loan originator. Laxa graduated from the University of Southern Colorado-Pueblo, now Colorado State University-Pueblo, with bachelor’s degrees in criminology and sociology. Miller has 20 years of experience in mortgage lending, including 10 years as a senior mortgage loan originator at Alaska USA Mortgage Co. Miller specializes in first-time homebuyer, conforming, VA, FHA, RD and HUD184 loans and joins the Residential Mortgage team from Prime Lending. Patricia “Pat” Thayer, based in Fairbanks for HDR, was given the Frank C. Balfour Professional of the Year award during the International Right of Way Association’s recent 64th International Education Conference. HDR also has Alaska offices in Anchorage and Palmer. IRWA works to elevate ethics, learning and a standard of excellence within its membership community. The Frank C. Balfour Professional of the Year award, named after IRWA’s founder, honors professionals who have demonstrated exemplary support to the association based on outstanding contributions made through leadership positions in the chapter, regional and international levels; fulfillment of educational courses and activities; participation in association regional and international activities; and achievement of IRWA professional designations.

Movers and Shakers for July 15

Mark Swearingin is joining Ravn Air Group’s new leadership team as senior vice president of maintenance. Swearingin has held leadership positions with major airlines and air transport companies for the past 37 years. Prior to joining Ravn, Swearingin was vice president, technical operations, for Atlas Air Cargo, where he was responsible for all technical operations and supply chain activities for the world’s largest 747 passenger and cargo airline, serving 432 cities and 123 countries. Previously, he held similar positions at Midwest Airlines, US Airways, and Northwest Airlines. Prior to Atlas, Swearingin served as executive vice president, technical services, for Air Canada, a $600 million aircraft maintenance business with 2,200 employees and global customer base. While at Air Canada, he developed business strategies and operational efficiencies that saw a $24 million annual profit on the heels of an $18 million annual loss. United Way of Anchorage announced the addition of three staff, including two for its leadership team. Dawn Griffiths has joined as chief financial officer and will oversee all the financial activities, information technology, human resources, and general administrative needs of the organization. Griffiths most recently ran her own firm, DMG Executive Consulting, based in Mill Valley, Calif. She brings almost 30 years of consulting and management experience in accounting, sales, strategic planning, business start-ups, efficiencies and investor relations, from Montreal to San Francisco. Griffiths is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and also attended the University of Georgia and Harvard Business School. Cassandra Stalzer has been named senior director of communications and marketing. In 2017, she founded her own communications firm, Brainspace Creative, working on client needs from sales to marketing technology. Before that, Stalzer worked for eight years in communications at the Rasmuson Foundation, two of those as vice president, where she helped develop communications projects ranging from a campaign to raise awareness of Alaska’s budget shortfall to a journalism partnership on the costs of alcohol abuse. Stalzer holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. Frank Gerjevic joined United Way as a communications director. Gerjevic is a veteran of almost 40 years at the Anchorage Daily News, where he worked as sports editor, reporter, copy editor, columnist and editorial writer. A graduate of Denison University, he will concentrate on writing, editing and media relations. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center announced the departure of its founder, Mike Miller and his wife, Kelly Miller, and the promotion of Dianna Whitney to executive director. Whitney joined the AWCC team in September 2016 and brings over a decade of management and operations experience to her new assignment. Prior to working at the wildlife center, she was the vice president and general manager of the ski area at Alyeska Resort. Whitney has an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Alaska and is a Kenai Resource Advisory Commissioner and Visit Anchorage Board Member. She holds certifications in outdoor emergency care, swift water rescue, Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead, OSHA general construction and OSHA construction safety and health. Mike Miller started Big Game Alaska in 1993, as a for-profit. The operation became the non-profit Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in 1999. His determination, dedication and passion for wildlife turned the wildlife center into one of the top-rated tourist destinations in the state of Alaska. One of his most important contributions to conservation was his decade-long role with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in rearing, and then releasing, 130 wood bison back into western Alaska. Kelly Miller served as the director of education, creating the Bison in a Box program, animal-themed field trips and her famous porcupine presentations and scavenger hunts. Gov. Bill Walker appointed three Superior Court judges who will serve in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Kenai. Thomas Temple will join the Fairbanks Superior Court. He has practiced law in Alaska for more than 16 years, after serving in the Marines during the Gulf War and working his way through college and law school at George Mason University. Temple has been in private practice in Fairbanks since 2004, with a focus on criminal defense and civil litigation. He has tried cases across Alaska, from Unalaska to Utqiaġvik. Amy Mead will join the Juneau Superior Court. After graduating from Tulane University Law School, she began her career as a law clerk in Ketchikan, working her way up to become the city’s Assistant District Attorney. She moved to Juneau to work in private practice, spent time working on Medicaid issues for Alaska’s Attorney General, and became the city’s Municipal Attorney in 2013, heading the second largest municipal law department in the state. Lance Joanis will serve on the Kenai Superior Court. Joanis graduated from law school at the University of Idaho College of Law and immediately moved to Bethel to take the bar. He has worked for the Alaska Department of Law as an Assistant District Attorney in Anchorage and Kenai, a District Attorney in Bethel and Kenai, and as the Assistant Attorney General in Kenai’s Child Protection Section since 2011.

Movers and Shakers for July 8

Carla Baxley, PE, joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a senior project engineer in our Airport Engineering Group. Baxley brings 17 years of Alaskan engineering experience to the R&M team, with 12 of those years at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities serving as a designer, project engineer and manager on aviation and roadway projects in rural and urban Alaska. Her aviation experience includes engineering design for modifications or relocations of existing runways, taxiways, aprons, access roads, navigational aids, approach systems, signing and lighting. She has managed more than 60 aviation and highway design projects, giving her extensive experience with FAA and FHWA regulations, policies and procedures. Since joining R&M, she has been working on the Alaska Airlines Terminal Upgrades in Kotzebue, and reviewing ALPs for the New Stuyahok and Kalskag airports. Baxley has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska. Kirsten Kinegak-Friday has joined the Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP office in Anchorage. Kinegak-Friday focuses her practice on Alaska Native and corporate law and civil litigation. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Stanford University in 2005 and her juris doctor from UCLA School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the Alaska State Bar and U.S. District Court, District of Alaska. Kinegak-Friday, a member of the 2015 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40, is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and co-chairs the Alaska Native Law Section. She is a member of the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers and previously served on the Board of the Anchorage Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. She has served on the Boards of the Alaska Native Professional Association and the Alaska Native Justice Center. Stonebridge Companies — a Denver-based, privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer — promoted Brittney Johnsen to general manager of its Home2 Suites by Hilton Anchorage/Midtown hotel. She previously served as guest service manager of its Embassy Suites by Hilton in Anchorage. Jon Isaacs has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Institute of the North. Isaacs is a senior planner with AECOM in Anchorage. He has broad expertise in environmental and social impact assessments, community planning, transportation studies, economic and socioeconomic analysis and public participation methodologies. Prior to his election as chairman, Isaacs has served on the board of the Institute of the North since 2014. Patrick Anderson has been named the CEO of Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc., or RurAL CAP. He brings with him over 30 years of management and executive experience in leading, guiding and supporting companies with innovative strategies for growth, quality improvement and process efficiency. Most recently, Anderson served as Tribal Health director of the Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Clinic located in Neah Bay, Wash. Anderson has dedicated the past 15 years of his life to improving Alaska Native health care and a variety of other services. Anderson graduated from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1975 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1978. He has been a licensed attorney in the state of Alaska for 40 years. He has served as Parliamentarian for the Alaska Federation of Natives and the National Congress of American Indians. Additionally, Anderson has served as a board member for Sealaska Corp., the Alaska Native Justice Center, commissioner for the Alaska Native Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission, and is currently president of the Native American Children’s Alliance.

Movers and Shakers for July 1

Julianne Curry, a fourth-generation family fisherman and an advocate for the Alaska seafood industry, has been named public affairs manager for Icicle Seafoods Inc. Based in Petersburg, Curry will focus on regulatory and policy matters, government and community relations and will work collaboratively with her Alaska seafood colleagues on strategic planning efforts. Curry has served as the executive director and lobbyist for United Fishermen of Alaska and as the executive director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association. Most recently she consulted on a variety of fisheries related issues at both the state and federal level. She is the chair of the Communications Committee at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and is a member of its Salmon Committee. She has been a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel, a board member of United Fishermen of Alaska and the National Seafood Marketing Coalition while also participating on the Halibut Coalition Steering Committee. Michelle Toohey has joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff. Murkowski also named four interns who are assisting the committee with various projects this summer: Alexandra Bender, Selia Butler, Kaiwi Eisenhour, and Michael McCambridge. Toohey joins the communications team as senior writer and advisor after working as an independent public affairs consultant in Alaska for the past three years. Prior to that she was chief of staff for former Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and deputy press secretary for former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. Toohey also served as the director of public relations and advocacy at the American Lung Association of Alaska, and as a legislative aide for seven years in the Alaska State Legislature. Toohey is originally from Anchorage and earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Central Washington University. Bender, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Northeastern University School of Law. She graduated with honors from Boston College with a bachelor’s degrees in environmental geoscience and in economics. Bender is originally from Snohomish, Wash. Butler, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Regent University School of Law. She graduated with honors from Thomas Edison State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and English. Butler is from Kenai. Eisenhour, a college intern, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Weber State University. He was born in Alaska and raised in Anahola, Kauai in Hawaii, where he graduated in 2015 from Kapaa High School. McCambridge, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Harvard Law School. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor in mathematics. McCambridge is from Anchorage and graduated from West Anchorage High School in 2008. Dean Cimmiyotti, PLS, has joined Stantec in its Anchorage office as the firm’s Alaska survey manager. He has more than 40 years of in-state experience serving both public and private clients. Cimmiyotti has more than 25 years of project management experience, including project planning, cost estimating, quality control, and interdepartmental coordination. In addition to surveying, Dean has extensive background in photogrammetry and lidar acquisition and mapping. Past clients include the Alaska Department of Transportation &Public Facilities, Matanuska Susitna Borough, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., ConocoPhillips, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the Municipality of Anchorage. Cimmiyotti is a registered professional land surveyor in both Alaska and Florida. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors. Matt Emerson is the new president of PDC Engineers. He enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks at age 28, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and promptly accepted a position with Loftus Engineering Associates in Fairbanks. Loftus eventually merged with FPE/Roen Engineering, and the joint owners at the time, deciding any further combinations of names might prove a bit too verbose, instead chose a new name: P for plan, D for design, and C for construct. Soon after the merger, Emerson took a short hiatus from Alaska to obtain his master’s degree at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Upon his return, he settled in Anchorage to start a PDC structural department there. Emerson is taking over for Royce Conlon, who is retiring after 27 years with PDC and the last six as president. 3-Tier Alaska Corp. has merged with Northland Surveying &Consulting, combining 70-plus years of land surveying experience for thousands of customers across the interior of Alaska and rural villages across the state. Jim Ringstad, the founder of 3-Tier Alaska, Corp, along with Richard Heieren, the founder of Northland Surveying &Consulting (formerly RCH Surveys), have merged their two companies under the new leadership of Jim’s son, Nick Ringstad, who was born and raised in Alaska, and will retain the 3-Tier Alaska name. Both were founded more than 35 years ago in Fairbanks. 3-Tier Alaska brings two licensed professional engineers to the new organization to offer complementary civil engineering-related design services to Northland’s deep land surveying expertise. Additionally, Northland brings three licensed professional land surveyors to bolster 3-Tier Alaska’s land surveying knowledge. While Jim Ringstad and Heieren will remain with the merged company, the day-to-day operations will be run by Nick Ringstad, a registered professional engineer in the states of Alaska and Washington, who worked for his father for the past 20 years. Historically, the two companies have accomplished nearly 1,000 jobs per year with services in civil engineering and land surveying consultancy and design. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center announced the appointment of two returning members to its board of directors. Returning to the board as honorary members are Chris von Imhof and Laura McLaughlin. Von Imhof was instrumental in transitioning the former Big Game Alaska into the renamed nonprofit AWCC, and served as its first board president. He is also a former CEO of Alyeska Resort, a founding Director of Girdwood Inc., and was president of the Alaska Visitors Association. McLaughlin is an elementary school teacher in Anchorage. She and her family moved to Alaska in 2008 from Massachusetts where she ran a sheep and chicken farm.

Movers and Shakers for June 24

Mark McGeorge has joined Ravn Air Group as vice president, safety, security and compliance. McGeorge, an experienced pilot, military commander, and training expert, will be taking the reins from John Marshall, who will focus on his role as Ravn’s chief operating officer. McGeorge has nearly 30 years of experience in aviation, flying operations, safety, and compliance. In addition to being a former colonel and F-15 instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force, McGeorge also has extensive instructor, academic, and simulator experience. Prior to joining Ravn, McGeorge was the director of safety, assistant facility security officer, project manager and combat aviation training expert for a local Alaska-based company based in Palmer. He has also held positions as deputy Operations Group commander and chief of Exercises and Flying Training in the Air Force. Recognizing her ongoing contributions to the Global Health and Social Medicine Department at Harvard Medical School, Southcentral Foundation President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb has been reappointed as a visiting scientist. Gottlieb was first appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Center for Primary Care in 2015. The GHSM Department applies social science and humanities research to constantly improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of health care policies locally and worldwide. Under Gottlieb’s direction and guidance, SCF, a two-time winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, has become a global leader among health care organizations, recognized for its Nuka System of Care. Gottlieb serves as a director on the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Board of Directors and the Alaska Native Medical Center Joint Operating Board and on the leadership team of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiative. Jamie Acton was appointed as director of the Public Transportation Department, effective July 2, and Natasha Pineda as Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, effective July 9, for the Municipality of Anchorage. Acton has worked for the municipality in various capacities since 2005, first as a recreation programmer for Parks and Recreation and later as mobility planner for the PTD. She currently serves as a senior transportation planner for the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions. Pineda comes to the municipality from the State of Alaska, where she currently serves as a deputy health official with the Department of Administration. Prior to joining the state, Pineda worked for the municipality as the community and family services division manager at DHHS. Pineda also served as a program officer for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and as a program coordinator for the state Division of Behavioral Health. Troy Nesset of KPB Architects has obtained his professional registration for architecture in the state of Alaska. Nesset received a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s of architecture degree from Montana State University. Nesset is involved in a wide variety of projects for various clients throughout the state including Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. and First National Bank Alaska. Todd Shenk joined the Rasmuson Foundation as a senior program officer. Shenk worked from 1995 to 2002 for Denali Education Center including as education director. He then turned to Covenant House Alaska, where he worked from 2003 to 2005 as youth enrichment coordinator and developed an internship program for at-risk youth with the Anchorage mayor’s office. Shenk spent the next 12 years, from 2005 to 2017, with Seattle-based Casey Family Programs filling positions that drew on his technical, research and analytical skills. He managed grant portfolios and built relationships with groups including Native Americans in Philanthropy and Funders Together to End Homelessness. From 2011 to 2014, he served as a Casey Senior Fellow on loan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most recently, Shenk ran a consulting business based in Seattle that stretched to Alaska and work on youth homelessness. Col. Matthew W. Brown assumed command of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from outgoing commander Col. Kevin J. Lambert in a June 21 ceremony. Brown graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant in 1997. His past assignments include assistant operations officer, Bradley platoon leader, support platoon leader, and battalion logistics officer in 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry at Camp Able Sentry, Macedonia, and Schweinfurt, Germany. He then served as a division operations officer in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., and in Kuwait and Iraq. Subsequently assigned to 3d Brigade, he commanded C Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom IV. Following redeployment, he served as an exercise plans and operations officer in the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following battalion command, he attended the Joint Advanced Warfighting School and subsequently served as the Senior Advisor to the 205th Afghan National Army Corps in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Former Gov. Sean Parnell has joined the Holland &Hart Anchorage office. Parnell brings more than 30 years of combined public service and legal expertise. Parnell’s public service career includes serving from 2009-14 as Alaska’s governor. Parnell also served as lieutenant governor and is a former Alaska state senator and representative. As an attorney, Parnell’s decades-long experience in commercial transactions, natural resources, and litigation was developed in private practice, as in-house counsel, as director of state government relations for a major oil company, and in government service. At Holland &Hart, Parnell will continue serving his existing Alaska business clients, as well as new clients in energy and infrastructure development.

Movers and Shakers for June 17

Pearl-Grace Pantaleone is the new business development and marketing manager for Cornerstone General Contractors Inc. Pantaleone joins Cornerstone after almost four years in the architecture/engineering/construction industry, previously serving as a marketing coordinator for engineering and architectural firms. Prior to joining the industry, she came from a background in journalism and broadcast news. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has held various community board positions, including serving as the current communications director for the Society of Marketing Professional Services Alaska Chapter. Jodie Hettrick was appointed the new Chief for the Anchorage Fire Department, effective immediately. Hettrick has been serving as acting chief since former Chief Denis LeBlanc retired in May. Hettrick joined AFD in 2012 and served as the assistant fire chief until 2015, when she was promoted to deputy fire chief. As deputy chief, Hettrick was responsible for the day-to-day management and operations for the department. Prior to coming to AFD, Hettrick worked for the State of Alaska’s Division of Fire and Life Safety, the Alaska Building Science Network, Cominco Alaska, Inc., the Valdez Fire Department, and the Central Mat-Su Fire Department. Hettrick is the first female fire chief for the Anchorage Fire Department.  

Movers and Shakers for June 10

John Binder, deputy commissioner of Aviation for the Alaska Department of Transportation &Public Facilities, and Fairbanks International Airport Manager Jeff Roach have been awarded the distinction of Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. As deputy commissioner of Aviation, Binder leads Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports along with 240 state owned airports across Alaska. To qualify for the distinction, Binder and Roach had to successfully complete three phases of the accreditation process: pass a 180-item multiple-choice examination, fulfill a writing requirement, and demonstrate, in the final interview by a panel of AAEs, his knowledge of airport management, business administration, and general transportation economics. By fulfilling all the requirements leading to the title of Accredited Airport Executive, The two join a select group of individuals who have earned the designation in the more than six decades of the accreditation program’s existence. At present, fewer than 10 percent of AAAE’s members throughout the country are active accredited airport executives. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority announced three hires effective June 4. Eric Boyer is joining the Trust to focus on workforce related initiatives and to expand its behavioral health capacity. Boyer has more than 20 years in youth and family community behavioral health and most recently has been with the Alaska Training Cooperative providing critical training and technical assistance to organizations across Alaska. Travis Welch is joining the Trust to extend its work on criminal justice initiatives. Welch joins the Trust with more than 10 years of law enforcement experience, most recently serving as the Chief of Police for the North Slope Borough. Autumn Vea has 10 years of experience with the statewide behavioral health system in the Department of Health and Social Services and most recently with the Department of Corrections. Her knowledge and skills will be an asset to the Trust and its beneficiaries. Vea will work closely with Senior Evaluation and Planning Officer Michael Baldwin to perform a continuous review and analysis of internal data and policy functions. Sailing Inc. of Seward announced that Captain Randy Altermatt was named an American Sailing Association “Outstanding Instructor of the Year” for 2017. He was among a national roster of 964 sailing instructors who were eligible for consideration of this annual award, determined by student survey submissions in his 2017 classes. He was ranked in the top 20 instructors nationally. Altermatt has a background in education, with a Master’s Degree in Public School Administration. He retired from a career as teacher and principal from the Mat-Su School District in 2000. He immediately started teaching sailing in Seward at Sailing, Inc. He has a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License and Instructor Endorsement from ASA. In 2010, he received an endorsement as an ASA Instructor Evaluator. He has since trained new sailing instructors out of the Sailing Inc. Sailing Academy. Altermatt and his wife Deborah Altermatt own and operate Sailing Inc., which offers ASA sailing instruction from basic to advanced levels. It is the only certified sailing program in Alaska. Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Nicole Pintsch to assistant vice president-assistant controller and Danicia Shiryayev to assistant vice president-small business loan officer. Pintsch has been with Northrim Bank since 2007 and has 13 years of experience in banking. She started as the accounting specialist and has worked her way up through the ranks of the Accounting Department at Northrim. Pintsch holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She volunteers as an instructor with Junior Achievement of Alaska. Shiryayev has been with Northrim since 2016 and has 10 years of experience in the banking industry. She is also the chair of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group and a member of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board.

Movers and Shakers for June 3

Bristol Bay Industrial Fuels LLC has selected Sean P. Thomas, PMP, RES, as senior vice president, chief operating officer. He will assume oversight of Bristol Alliance Fuels, an Alaska-based distributor of fuel products to commercial and residential customers in the Dillingham area of the Bristol Bay region. Thomas comes to the organization with deep experience in the Western Alaska fuel market as the former vice president of Crowley Fuels’ marine division. A former Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 award recipient, Thomas graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an MBA. He also holds a master’s degree in marine resource management from Texas A&M University, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Notre Dame. Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced that Vera Eggerman has joined Sitnasuak Applied Technologies LLC based in Anchorage as the new proposal manager, effective May 8. She oversees all applied technologies company proposals with federal and commercial customers. Eggerman has more than 20 years of experience in business development and marketing, with a primary focus on developing and managing competitive bids ranging in value from $5 million to $250 million. She brings valuable experience with Alaska Native corporations, including Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Calista Corp., and Bering Straits Native Corp. Eggerman has an associate’s degree in business administration and is originally from Emmonak. Alaska Regional Hospital CEO Julie Taylor has joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. Taylor arrived at Alaska Regional in December 2013. Before then, she was the CEO of West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell, Idaho. Prior to that, Taylor was the chief operating officer at The Medical Center of Aurora in Denver. Kelley Groth has joined Evergreen Business Capital as senior vice president and sales manager. Groth was most recently the senior vice president and Small Business Administration portfolio manager at Banner Bank, successor to AmericanWest Bank, where she was the manager of the SBA Department since 2012. Based out of Washington state, Groth will oversee all activity of Evergreen’s 504 sales activity in Alaska and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. With more than 15 years of small business lending experience specializing in sales, credit administration, and portfolio management, she is a graduate of Lewis-Clark State College, the Washington Banker’s Executive Development Program and a recipient of the Washington State SBA Financial Services Advocate of the Year award. Evergreen Business Capital has been originating loans in Alaska since 2002. Chugach Electric Association members re-elected Jim Henderson and elected Rachel Morse to the utility’s board of directors. Henderson and Morse will serve four-year terms. Of Chugach’s 68,822 members of record, 6,789, or 9.9 percent, cast ballots in the 2018 election. Henderson was first elected to the board in 2011 and re-elected in 2014. Morse was appointed to the board in December to fill a position left vacant when then-Chair Janet Reiser stepped down after serving for 10 years. First Alaskans Institute announced three new hires and a promotion. Inuuteq Stotts was hired as indigenous and governmental affairs strategist; Kacey Purruq Qunmigu Hopson as indigenous knowledge advocate to advance the work of FAI’s Alaska Native Policy Center; and Jacqui Igluguq Lambert as assistant to the president/CEO. Prior to FAI, Stotts worked with the Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat in the role of research and project assistant. Prior to this role, he worked as an anthropologist for ASRC Energy Services doing archaeology research and documentation and stakeholder engagement in the North Slope area. Stotts holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied anthropology with experience in project management, qualitative research, and advancing cross-cultural communications through facilitating public information sessions. Hopson was born and raised in Utqiagvik and Anchorage and graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis. Hopson recently served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer at FAI where she was focused on helping to diversify and increase the long-term sustainability of the organization. Prior to FAI, she was a Summer Policy Associate with the Environmental Equity team at the Greenlining Institute, where she developed her skills in race equity advocacy and public policy research. Lambert grew up in Kotzebue and has roots in Kiana and Noorvik. She studied psychology at the University of Idaho and is the owner of EsquiMedia, which runs The Qargizine, a quarterly print publication aimed to promote knowledge and pride of Alaska Native cultures within today’s generations. Prior work experience includes working as a production artist with Northwest Strategies, language nest assistant in the Native Village of Kotzebue and Arctic youth representative for the Indigenous Peoples’ Center for Documentation. Elizabeth Uyurucian David has been promoted to finance director. Born and raised in Bethel with an extensive career within the financial institution industry, David recently joined FAI as finance manager. She graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks last month with an MBA focused on general management. NANA Regional Corp. recently appointed four individuals to new positions within the family of companies. In addition to the employees listed below, John Hendrix will step in to the role of president of NANA’s Commercial Group. Hendrix most recently served as Gov. Bill Walker’s chief oil and gas advisor. Harold Hollis has been selected for the new position of vice president, engineering and construction within NANA’s Commercial Group. Hollis will be accountable for Kuna Engineering in addition to NANA Construction. Jay Hermanson has been selected to lead Kuna Engineering as the operations manager. Hermanson has worked within NANA companies for 14 years in various roles including director of energy and infrastructure, energy and resources project manager, and business development manager. Fred Elvsaas has been selected as the general manager for NANA Construction. Elvsaas, a lifelong Alaskan from Seldovia, has been with the company since 2009 and has 18 years of oilfield construction and fabrication experience. Märit Carlson-Van Dort has been hired as the director of external and government affairs for NANA. Carlson-Van Dort has extensive background in external affairs including regional engagement, client relations and engaging with legislative and regulatory bodies.

Movers and Shakers for May 27

The University of Alaska Southeast announced that Dr. Thomas Thornton has been selected as the new Dean of Arts &Sciences. He will also serve as UAS vice provost for research and sponsored programs. He replaces Dr. Paula Martin, who has served as the interim dean of the school since summer 2017. As dean, Thornton will provide leadership for the school and its four departments: Business and Public Administration, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. He will assume his new role in Juneau on July 1. Thornton earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Swarthmore College and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Washington. He previously lived in Juneau and taught at UAS. He currently is an associate professor and senior research fellow at University of Oxford in the United Kingdom where he has worked in the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment. He is also a fellow of the Global Diversity Foundation’s Global Environmental Summer Academy in Bern, Switzerland. Thornton has been involved in numerous projects involving anthropology and human ecology, including many in Alaska. His book, Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’u: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land, won a 2012 Alaska Historical Association award. In previous Alaska research he has collaborated with a number of Southeast Alaska tribes and organizations, including Sealaska Heritage Institute, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, and the Southeast Native Subsistence Commission. He has published over 70 works in his fields of study. Nicole Knox, PE, R&M Consultants Inc. group manager of Site Development, was inducted into the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Engineering Alumni Hall of Fame on May 4. Over her 15-year engineering career, Knox has made many significant contributions to the field. After growing up in Anchorage and earning her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UAA in 2004, Knox worked as an engineering intern at ASCG Inc. during school and then moved to R&M shortly after graduating. She steadily progressed from staff engineer, to project engineer, to senior project engineer and became a shareholder of the company in 2012. She was promoted to group manager of Site Development for R&M in 2017. Her work includes large and small public and private site development projects throughout Alaska, each with their own unique challenges. Notable projects include the Anchorage Museum Expansion, UAA Alaska Airlines Center, Fire Station No. 5 and Downtown Soup Kitchen. Resource Data Inc. hired Alvin Morris as systems engineer at its Anchorage office. Morris is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Most recently he worked as a logistics analyst for Lynxnet and previously worked as a systems analyst for SAVA Workforce Solutions. Resource Data also hired Cynthia Cantrell as an accounts payable/accounts receivable specialist at its Anchorage office. Cantrell has a background working as a bookkeeper and office manager. Most recently she worked as an office manager for Hall Quality Homes in Palmer and prior to that she also worked as a financial aid officer for Charter College in Wasilla. Cody Gauer was appointed president and CEO of Peak Oilfield Service Company, effective April 9. Gauer is 13-year veteran of the upstream oil and gas industry, of which the last 10 have been spent in the heart of Alaska’s oil patch. He previously served as the production manager for Eni Petroleum’s Arctic offshore assets and held multiple positions at ConocoPhillips Alaska, including senior production engineer and planning analyst for their Colville and Kuparuk River Units. Prior to relocating to Alaska, Gauer spent time in Wyoming and Texas working the fields for Encana, a leading North American energy producer. Gauer graduated with honors from Montana Tech with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. Shirley Marquardt was appointed executive director of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Marquardt previously served as mayor and City Council member of Unalaska for 22 consecutive years. During the past 38 years, she has worked for two shore plants, the At-Sea Processors fleet, two fisheries logistics companies, and an Alaskan-owned and operated marine transportation company. She served on the Aleutian Island Risk Assessment Advisory Panel, the Alaska Marine Pilot Board, the Marine Transportation Advisory Board and the American Seafoods Community Advisory Board. Marquardt also served as President of the Alaska Municipal League, President of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, and President of the Unalaska Senior Center board. She is currently vice president of the Aleutian Island Waterways Safety Committee, and the director of Boards and Commissions for the State of Alaska. Marquardt will start in early June. Nils Andreassen was hired as the executive director of the Alaska Municipal League beginning this summer. Andreassen comes to the league’s office in Juneau from his position at the Institute Of The North, where he works with Arctic nations and organizations. As executive director of AML, he will communicate with 165 municipalities and 12 affiliates, advocate for them with state government and at the legislature, and represent Alaska’s local governments in national organizations including the National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities.

Movers and Shakers for May 20

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has selected three individuals to fill executive level positions. Scott Cherktow has been selected for the position of senior vice president, IM Applications. Chertkow has worked at Alaska USA for more than 10 years, most recently as vice president, IM Operations. Doug Horner has been selected for the position of vice president, IM Operations. Horner has worked at Alaska USA for more than six years, most recently as Anchorage Data Center Manager. Shannon Conley has been selected for the position of senior vice president, Branch Administration. Conley has worked for Alaska USA for more than 12 years, most recently as Dealer Loan Center manager. The Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals announced Michael Angaiak, principal of Anne Wien Elementary School in Fairbanks, as its 2018 National Distinguished Principal. Angaiak was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals. Angaiak has a graduate bachelor’s degree from University of Notre Dame, and a teaching certificate and master degree from University of Alaska Anchorage. He has been a principal for eight years, serving as principal of Anne Wien Elementary School for the past five. Angaiak, a Yup’ik Alaskan Native, has previously been recognized as an outstanding principal by both the Fairbanks Principals’ Association and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Christine White, CPSM, has been promoted to communications manager at R&M Consultants Inc. White first joined R&M’s Marketing Department as a marketing coordinator in January 2012. As the communications manager, she is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of firm communications, public relations and content marketing programs. White has more than nine years of business‐to‐business marketing, including strategic planning, public communications, graphic design, website design and proposal preparation. She has also led the proposal efforts for many of R&M’s current projects, including the Big Lake Pedestrian Study, the Midtown Corridor Improvements: Denali Street Area-Benson to Tudor Road project, and most recently, the 2018 Statewide Hazardous Waste and Environmental Services Term Agreement with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. White has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and currently serves on the board as the immediate past president. MSI Communications announced several personnel changes. Art Director Tara Storter was promoted to associate creative director, a role in which she will share responsibility for crafting and overseeing the agency’s creative work alongside Creative Director Jim Coe. Storter has long been one of MSI’s leading graphic designers, having created some of its most visible work during her 10 years at the agency. Account Executive Ashley Brinkman was promoted to account manager after a year and a half with the agency. As an account manager, Brinkman now works directly with clients to develop and implement multi-media communication plans. Keith Baxter was hired in the role of account executive. He will assist the client-services team in managing daily projects and creating long-term advertising and public relations plans. Born and raised in Soldotna, Baxter is an alum of University of Alaska Anchorage. For the past seven years, he has been the director of member relations for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. Dylan Faber joined MSI in March as an account coordinator. He will support to the client-services team in day-to-day management of accounts and projects. A graduate of Northeastern University, Faber spent the last two years as a special assistant to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Brady Siegel was hired as MSI’s new administrative assistant. Born and raised in Palmer, Siegel graduated from University of Georgia last May, then returned to Alaska.

Movers and Shakers for May 13

United Fishermen of Alaska has posthumously named Michael Bangs of Petersburg as its Fisherman of the Year for 2018. Bangs was an industry leader in the development of the roe-on-kelp and dive fisheries in Southeast Alaska and former president of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association. He had been Chair of the Southeast Regional Subsistence Advisory Council and served on that body since 2003, and also served on the Petersburg Fish and Game Advisory Committee. He passed away at his home in February. Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Jeremy Frank as a programmer/analyst at its Juneau office. Frank has his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois-Springfield, his master’s degree in library science and information management from Emporia State University, and his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Montana State University. Most recently he worked as a programmer for the State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game in Juneau. Alaska Air Group’s board of directors named Max Tidwell vice president of safety and security for Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines. Tidwell was most recently the FAA division manager for Air Carrier Safety Assurance, with offices in Atlanta and Miami. He has held multiple roles at the FAA over his 22-year career, including as manager for Seattle, where he worked with Alaska Airlines. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in aviation management. He is a 30-year veteran of the Air Force and currently serves as command chief for the Washington Air National Guard, providing mission-ready personnel and equipment for a wide array of Department of Defense missions. Tidwell succeeds Tom Nunn who will continue to serve as Alaska Airlines vice president of safety until his retirement in June 2018, capping a 10-year career with the airline.

Movers and Shakers for May 6

Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Chuck Heath as a business development and marketing specialist for its corporate office in Anchorage. Heath has his bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho. He most recently worked for CH2M and has worked with the Anchorage School District in the past as well. Heath is also a board member for Alaska Resource Education and the Alaska Minerals Commission. YWCA Alaska hired Barbara Swenson as CEO following the departure of Hilary Morgan in January. Swenson will be taking over for Shirley Pittz, who has been serving as interim CEO. Swenson joins YWCA Alaska with over 20 years of experience leading high-performance teams in a variety of industries. Her background includes 13 years with Hilton Hotels, where she managed teams of 25 to 150 in several U.S. locations, including Chicago, New York, San Antonio and Anchorage. In 2006 Swenson joined Chenega Corp. and managed their three award-winning Anchorage hotel properties until they were sold in 2014. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning and workforce development, employee relations, and change management. John Torgerson of Soldotna has been appointed as the Denali Commission interim federal co-chair. This appointment comes following a letter the delegation recently sent to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, requesting an interim federal co-chair as the administration moves through the process of vetting candidates to fill the vacancy left by Joel Neimeyer on April 20. Torgerson will serve as interim federal co-chair until the vacancy is filled. Torgerson has served in the U.S. Army, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and the Alaska Senate. He’s also served as president of the Alaska Municipal League, as special assistant to the Department of Transportation commissioner, acting commissioner of the Marine Highway System and as the acting director of the Alaska Vocational Technical Education Center. Yoshi Ogawa, an agent for the New York Life Insurance Co. in Anchorage, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certified financial planner and CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP board certification and renewal requirements. Ogawa has worked at New York Life since 2007, and is associated with New York Life’s Alaska General Office in Anchorage. Ogawa is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Alaska District Export Council and U.S. Japan Council. He received a bachelor’s degree in international business from Arizona State University and a post graduate certificate from American Graduate School of International Management. He also holds a Chartered Financial Consultant designation and a Chartered Life Underwriter designation by the American College. Jason Dinneen was hired as the Alaska Marine Conservation Council’s new executive director. Dinneen spent college summers set netting in Cook Inlet, stick picking along the Beaufort Sea coast, and working on the Exxon Valdez oil spill. With more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in Alaska, Dinneen has directed a variety of organizations including the Alaska Small Business Development Center as well as overseeing the marketing efforts for Allen Marine’s boat building, tourism and retail operations.

Movers and Shakers for April 29

Schwabe, Williamson &Wyatt has opened an office in Anchorage and hired three maritime attorneys to bolster its transportation, ports and maritime industry group to 29 attorneys for one of the largest maritime teams among Pacific Northwest full-service firms. Bert Ray joins Schwabe as a shareholder and will lead the Anchorage office. Ray has practiced in Anchorage for most of his 30-year career and has extensive maritime experience as well as a diverse general litigation practice that includes environmental, maritime, commercial, insurance, securities, malpractice and white collar criminal matters. He practices extensively in state and federal courts, as well as in commercial arbitrations and before administrative agencies. Ray regularly represents clients in casualty responses and also has significant experience representing clients in natural resource damage assessments conducted by state and federal agencies. Zach Berne joins Schwabe as an associate in the Anchorage office. His practice focuses on maritime, environmental, insurance and securities matters. Zach works on all manner of maritime matters, from injury accidents and fatalities to collisions to claims for reimbursement from the National Pollution Funds Center. Shannon &Wilson, an employee-owned geotechnical and environmental engineering firm with offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Palmer employing more than 50, announced two new additions to its board of directors: Meg Strong, LG, LHG, vice president, and Bob Mitchell, PE, PEng, vice president. A geologist/hydrogeologist and group leader of the Environmental Department, Strong has more than 27 years of experience managing, investigating, and providing strategy for environmental issues for corporations and municipalities. Having joined Shannon &Wilson in 1997, Mitchell specializes in geotechnical and geotechnical earthquake engineering for design and build and design projects across North America.

Movers and Shakers for April 22

Thomas Heinlein is the new Bureau of Land Management Anchorage District manager. Heinlein joins BLM Alaska from Colorado where he served for the past six years as BLM’s Rocky Mountain District Manager in Canon City. Heinlein has served as a field manager and acted in several positions, including associate director of the BLM National Operations Center and the deputy state director for Resources in the BLM’s Eastern States office. Prior to his time in Colorado, Heinlein worked in Alaska for the National Park Service, including serving in Nome as superintendent of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. Rachel Langtry was promoted to chief operating officer Credit Union 1. Langtry was originally hired as a marketing associate in 2005, and she has since been promoted to numerous leadership positions within the credit union, including vice president of Marketing and Communications, senior vice president of Administration and Communications, and vice president of e-Services. Langtry holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and came to the credit union with previous marketing and financial institution experience. In 2013, she was chosen to participate in Filene Research Institute’s i3 program, which gathers a select group of the most innovative, insightful and energetic credit union professionals across North America with the challenge to solve the consumer finance industry’s most complex problems. Langtry was also awarded the high honor of President’s Award at Credit Union 1 in both 2010 and 2015. Evan Mulcahy was promoted to Credit Union 1 Communications manager. Mulcahy was originally hired in 2013 as a staff trainer at the credit union, but he was soon promoted to digital communications specialist (2014) and innovation strategist (2016). His digital advertising and social media strategies resulted in Credit Union 1’s placement among The Financial Brand’s “Top 100” list of credit unions using social media. Mulcahy is a University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with a degree in economics, and he also serves as cooperative manager for the Emerging Credit Union Leaders of Alaska initiative. Recently, he was selected to attend “Crash the GAC” at the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference as a representative of Alaskan credit unions, an opportunity that allows participants to not only learn more about credit union advocacy but also network and be mentored by industry leaders. Brent Little, PE, was promoted to principal at Coffman Engineers Inc. Little is the mechanical engineering commercial lead in Coffman’s Anchorage office and has been with the company for nearly a decade. Little has more than 14 years of experience and specializes in commercial mechanical engineering for military, corrections, utilities, education, healthcare, and oil and gas projects. His work experience covers all phases of project design, from business development to final project closeout. Little started his career with the Omaha District Army Corps of Engineers and has continued to do a considerable amount of federal work at Coffman for the Department of Defense across the U.S., Pacific, and in Asia. A few of Brent’s notable Alaska projects include: Extensive Department of Defense experience including the current F35A Beddown, Eielson Air Force Base; Goose Creek Correctional Facility; and EOA Fuel Gas System Replacement at Prudhoe Bay. Little attended Colorado State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Movers and Shakers for April 15

Jerry Ingersoll was appointed the new deputy regional forester for the USDA Forest Service’s Alaska Region. As deputy regional forester, Ingersoll will help oversee management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. Ingersoll graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. After obtaining his masters, he was also a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ingersoll joined the Forest Service as a management analyst at the Pacific Southwest Research in Berkeley. He held numerous positions across the country working in planning, forestry and timber. Most recently, he served as the Forest Supervisor of the Siuslaw National Forest, a coastal temperate rainforest located on the central Oregon Coast for the past eight years. Ingersoll replaces Rebecca Nourse, who retires at the end of March after serving as Alaska Deputy Regional Forester for nearly four years. The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management honored Cliff and Rob Everts as business leaders of the year during a dinner and award ceremony on April 7. This is the first-ever father-and-son duo to be recognized with the honor, now in its 42nd year. Cliff Everts was born in Yonkers, New York, to parents who had both emigrated from Germany to New York. Cliff traveled to Anchorage, in 1943 to work for Alaska Star Airlines (now Alaska Airlines). Soon after, he moved to Fairbanks and worked for Wien Airlines for 35 years. In 1980, he founded his own enterprise, Everts Air Fuel. Cliff passed away on Dec. 7, 2017, at the age of 95. His nomination for this honor was already underway at that time, and the Everts family accepted the award in his memory. Rob Everts followed his father Cliff into the aviation business, working for the family businesses while growing up and learning to fly at the age of 14. Rob Everts earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science and became vice president of Everts Air Fuel in 1982. In 1993, he purchased Tatonduk Outfitters Ltd., a Fairbanks-based air carrier providing scheduled services to Interior Alaska’s villages, and expanded it to include large aircraft operations. Rob has continued expanding the business over the years, which now does business as Everts Air Cargo and Everts Air Alaska flying in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean Islands. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Emily Edenshaw as business and economic development director. Edenshaw holds an executive master of business administration degree in strategic leadership from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She comes to Tlingit &Haida from the First Alaskans Institute where she served as the sustainability director. She currently serves as President of Friends of ANCCS, a non-profit organization that supports the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. Edenshaw previously served as the Academic Policy Committee Vice President of the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. University of Alaska Southeast Associate Professor of Environmental Science Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar award by the American-Indonesian Exchange Foundation to expand his research on seabird migration patterns. Pyare joins colleague Dr. Heidi Pearson, who was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar award for her work finding inventive strategies for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. The Fulbright Program — which is overseen by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs — serves to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange. Tonya Gamble is now the chief financial officer for Eklutna Inc. Gamble joined the company as controller in June 2015. Prior to joining Eklutna Inc., Tonya was a Senior Tax preparer with BDO USA LLP. Gamble is a licensed certified public account and has her accounting degree through University of Alaska Anchorage and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alaska Public Media welcomed Shelly Wozniak back to the organization as the director of FM programming and on-air promotions. Wozniak previously worked at AKPM as the original host and co-producer of the award-winning program AK. Wozniak returns to radio after a decade working in professional communications and public relations in Anchorage. She most recently served as the senior director of corporate communications for NANA Regional Corp. where she was responsible for the company’s communication strategy and program implementation. Prior to her position at NANA, she served as the public relations manager for both NANA Development Corp. and the Anchorage Convention &Visitors Bureau (now Visit Anchorage). In her current role, Wozniak serves as the KSKA 91.1 FM local morning host and is responsible the on-air program schedule, digital audio development, and FM promotions and events. She takes over the helm of KSKA after the retirement of long-time Anchorage radio personality, Bede Trantina, who retired on March 5 after 39 years of service to public radio in Alaska. The Alaska Public Interest Research Group hired Jill Yordy as the organization’s executive director. Yordy will focus on revitalizing AKPIRG’s online presence and increasing citizen engagement throughout Alaska on issues related to consumer protection and transparency in government such as net neutrality, campaign finance reform, and utility efficiencies. Yordy has extensive experience throughout Alaska in nonprofit program management, grassroots advocacy, public policy, and strategic planning. She most recently served as a legislative aide for one of Alaska’s rural state legislators.

Movers and Shakers for April 1

Resource Data, a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Andrew Boulton as senior systems engineer at its Anchorage branch. Boulton has his associate’s degree from Grossmont College and his CCNA Certificate and CompTIA Network+ Certificate. He recently relocated to Anchorage from Atlanta. Most recently he worked with IT Infrastructure for Source One Direct/Gemalto. The Mat-Su Health Foundation hired Andrew Romano as building superintendent responsible for management of the 46,000 square foot multi-tenant facility currently being built by the Mat-Su Health Foundation in Wasilla. Romano is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force with wealth of knowledge in facilities operations and management to the Mat-Su Health Foundation. He also has extensive experience with local nonprofit organizations including Wolverine Academy, North American Outdoor Institute, Beacon Hill and Alaska Youth and Family Network, and he and his wife have served as foster parents in the Mat-Su. Credit Union 1 promoted Chrissy Bell to chief culture officer. Having most recently served as senior vice president of communications and culture, Bell was originally hired in 2010 as the credit union’s community engagement director. Bell came to the credit union with more than 10 years of experience working in the non-profit community, specializing in fundraising and marketing. She is a lifelong resident of Alaska and University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with a degree in English. In 2016, Bell graduated from Western CUNA Management School with honors, and in 2017 she was recognized among the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40. During her time as Community Engagement Director for Credit Union 1, Bell helped streamline the credit union’s community outreach efforts and led the charge for record-breaking year-over-year fundraising and volunteerism. These efforts led to a 150 percent increase in community service and fundraising activity at the credit union. Since 2010, Bell has also served as community engagement and education manager (2012), senior communications manager (2013), vice president of communications and culture (2015) and senior vice president of communications and culture (2015). Northrim Bank announced the hiring of Todd K. Greimann as senior vice president-regional market manager for Southeast Alaska; Mike Dye as vice president-lending branch manager in Soldotna; and Gary Finch as vice president-commercial loan officer in Wasilla. Northrim has also promoted Jason Criqui, senior vice president- commercial loan manager; Adam Baxter, vice president-commercial loan officer; and Kelly McCormack, vice president-commercial loan officer. Greimann joins Northrim Bank with 33 years of experience in banking and the financial industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He began his banking career in the management training program at First National Bank Alaska, eventually becoming a VP and manager of their Homer location. Most recently, he was an executive vice president and head of wealth management at Guaranty Bank and Trust. Dye joins Northrim Bank with 15 years of experience in the financial industry in Alaska. He was most recently the CEO and CFO at Land’s End Acquisition Corp. in Homer. Dye holds a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from Missouri State University. Finch comes to Northrim Bank with 30 years of experience in the financial industry in North Carolina. He has been in Alaska for the past seven years as the CFO at Mat-Su Plastic Surgery in Palmer. Finch holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Criqui has been with Northrim Bank since 2014 and has nearly 20 years of experience in banking throughout Alaska and the Lower 48. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in biology and business. Baxter has been with Northrim Bank since 2014 when he started as a credit analyst. Baxter has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/biochemistry from UAF and an MBA from UAF. McCormack has been with Northrim for more than 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. Dr. Steve Atwater has been selected as executive dean of new Alaska College of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast effective July 1. He will have direct administrative responsibility for education programs at UAS along with statewide responsibility for enhancing coordination and alignment of all UA education programs and expanding partnerships with K-12 districts and education leaders across the state. Atwater earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Alaska. He began his Alaska career as a teacher in predominantly Alaska Native communities in western Alaska, and went on to become superintendent at both Lake and Peninsula School District and at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. He was recognized as Alaska’s Superintendent of the Year in 2013. Most recently he has served as Interim Dean of the UAF School of Education.

Movers and Shakers for March 25

Sarah Howard was promoted to curator at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. She will oversee all animal husbandry, exhibitory development, permitting, program development, animal management, and the development of animal care staff. Having worked for AWCC for eight years, Howard has immersed herself in all aspects of animal care, the organization, and building relationships with partners and supporters. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she double majored in wildlife management and ecology, and biology with a minor in captive wildlife management. Four members were elected to Doyon Ltd.’s 13-member board of directors. Elected with three-year terms ending in 2021 were Christopher Simon, Erica Frankson, Walter “Wally” Carlo and Jennifer Fate Velaise. The re-elected board members will join existing board members Shirley Cleaver, Jerry Isaac, Georgianna Lincoln, Esther McCarty, Brian Ridley, Sonta Hamilton Roach, Pollock “PJ” Simon, Jr., Orie G. Williams, and Miranda Wright. Shareholder of the year award recipients were Doyon Citizen of the Year Rhonda Pitka of Beaver; Daaga’ Community Service awardee Marjorie Attla of Galena; and Elders of the Year Hannah Paul Solomon, Lina Demoski of Anvik and the late Hudson Sam of Huslia. Seven First National Bank Alaska bankers were appointed senior vice president reporting to members of the bank’s 10-person executive management team: Karl Heinz, Dustin Hofeling, Brent Kimball, Patty Miller, Chad Steadman, Craig Thorn and Stacy Tomuro. Heinz, the combined regional branch manager for Glennallen, Kenai, Kodiak, Soldotna and Valdez, joined the bank in 2003 and today is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Hofeling , the IT Systems and Support director, joined the bank in 2011. In charge of the bank’s core processing systems and technical support, Hofeling has played an integral role in the development of the bank’s online banking solutions. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA. Controller Kimball has more than 30 years of banking experience and vast knowledge of bank operations, financial management and regulatory requirements. Kimball is responsible for the accurate reporting of the bank’s financial information to the bank’s board of directors, shareholders, managers and the public. He also oversees financial forecasting, strategic planning and vendor and insurance management. Miller, the Human Resources Director, arrived at the bank with more than 27 years of experience in HR. Her work has helped First National to earn Best Place to Work two years in a row (2016 and 2017) as voted on by Alaska Business Monthly readers. Director of Corporate Lending Steadman’s increased leadership role includes more involvement assisting the bank’s executive management team all while expertly specializing in commercial underwriting and lending. Since 1984, Regional Branch Manager Thorn has played an integral role in meeting the banking needs of Alaskans in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Based at the Wasilla Branch, he oversees branch and lending operations and at the bank’s branches in Eagle River and Palmer. Based at the Dimond Branch in Anchorage, Specialty Lending Director Tomuro began working in the financial industry nearly 32 years ago and joined First National in 2001. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School. McDowell Group added to the firm’s health care and economics staff with the recent hiring of Rachael DeMarce, Sylvia Craig, and Paul Strickler. DeMarce previously worked at SouthEast Regional Health Consortium enhancing financial performance and operational alignment. She holds a master of public health from Columbia University. Her professional experience also includes implementing Sealaska Heritage Institute’s education programs. Craig worked for the Alaska Injury Prevention Center, leading the design, implementation, and evaluation of local and statewide injury prevention efforts. She holds a master of public health from San Diego State University. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health in San Diego. Strickler’s recent experience with the State of Alaska includes forecasting non-petroleum revenue sources, maintaining the Alaska Community Database, and contributing to the Fuel Price Report and Revenue Sources Book. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from University of Utah. Spencer Wilson has joined Key Private Bank as a relationship manager with the Alaska team. Prior to joining KeyBank, Wilson served as a financial advisor managing a core group of clients and their families, as well as businesses and nonprofits, offering specialized advice as a designated expert on alternative investments, including private placements. Wilson served in the Navy for more than five years and holds a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

Movers and Shakers for March 18

Providence Health &Services Alaska has named Ella Goss, MSN, RN, as CEO of Providence Alaska Medical Center effective March 12. As CEO, Goss will oversee operations of Alaska’s largest hospital with 401 beds, nearly 3,000 caregivers and 1,000 affiliated medical staff. She brings to the role more than 25 years of clinical and administrative experience, including 20 years at Providence. Since joining Providence in 1997 as a staff nurse in PAMC’s Emergency Department, Goss has served in a variety of leadership positions, including chief flight nurse for LifeGuard, clinical manager of Emergency Services, director of Medical Staff, Risk Management and Regulatory Services, and director for the Providence Cancer Center. Prior to joining Providence, she worked in rural emergency departments in Kotzebue and Newfoundland. Goss has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Chamberlain University. She also has certification as a professional in health care risk management and health care quality. Goss succeeds Dr. Richard Mandsager, M.D., who announced his retirement in October and departs Providence at the end of April. Mandsager joined Providence as executive director of The Children’s Hospital at Providence in 2006 and has served as CEO at Providence Alaska Medical Center since 2009. The Nature Conservancy in Alaska hired Steve Cohn as Alaska state director. Cohn joins The Nature Conservancy after a distinguished 16-year career with the federal Bureau of Land Management, where he successfully served as deputy state director for resources in Alaska for five years, in addition to serving in senior BLM postings in Washington, D.C., and Arizona. Cohn holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley College of Natural Resources. Volunteers of America Alaska announced that Sherrie Wilson Hinshaw has been named the human service organization’s new president and CEO, effective March 15. She assumes leadership duties from Elaine Dahlgren who has led the organization since 1996. Upon retirement Dahlgren will end over 30 years of service to Volunteers of America Alaska. Hinshaw brings a range of experience in both the private and public sector. Her background includes extensive experience in business management, affordable housing, and behavioral health services. Hinshaw holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and management and marketing. Most recently she oversaw affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center added Herb Schroeder, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Schroeder’s emphasis will be education, research and conservation. Schroeder is founder and vice provost of ANSEP, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, the most cost-effective and successful STEM education program in the nation. ANSEP’s main goal is to effect change in the hiring process of Alaska Natives in the respective fields of science and engineering by placing students on a career path to leadership. Schroeder’s national experience and expertise in education, research and conservation will strengthen AWCC’s mission and bring the education program to a national level.


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