Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for March 11

Bill Renfrew was appointed executive vice president at First National Bank Alaska after more than 35 years as regional manager in Fairbanks. A third-generation banker, a second-generation First National banker and the bank’s chief financial officer since 2013, Michele Schuh was promoted and appointed executive vice president. Schuh brings more than 35 years of finance and accounting experience to the CFO position. She directs the bank’s financial reporting, shareholder relations, property, investment management and trust services departments. Schuh is a graduate of Anchorage’s Dimond High School, the University of Washington and the Pacific Coast Banking School. David Stringer was appointed executive vice president. Head of the Special Credits and Participation Loans Division, the third-generation native of Juneau and University of Alaska graduate worked his way through the bank’s management associate program in the ‘70s while serving in the Alaska National Guard. Stringer is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. He has served in various areas of the bank, including Kodiak and Seward. In charge of the bank’s Retail Banking and Cash Management Division, Ryan Strong was promoted to chief banking officer and appointed executive vice president. Also the bank’s chief risk officer, Strong began his financial services career as a management trainee at First National. He soon moved up to commercial loan officer and then to manager of bank branches in Palmer and Fairbanks. His strong leadership skills and real estate knowledge led him to the position of president and CEO of an Alaskan title insurance agency, expanding it into new markets and within existing ones. Iain Brown, PLS, was hired by PND Engineers Inc. as a senior land surveyor and will be heading up the survey department. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in geomatics, with a survey emphasis, from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has six years of surveying experience, and brings expertise in right-of-way, drone mapping, and photogrammetry. His surveying experience includes topographical design, differential leveling, as-built, and hydrographic survey. He has experience conducting surveys for Alaska Division of Lands and the Federal Aviation Administration. Brown’s past project experience has primarily involved survey work for oil and gas companies, as well as rural road and bridge work for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the ENSTAR Gas Line in Homer. Kendra Spencer was brought on as an accounting technician for the firm. Spencer has 10 years of Alaska accounting experience, including seven years with Era Helicopters and 2½ years with Ravn Alaska as the administrative assistant for the Maintenance Department. Bettisworth North Architects and Planners hired architect Mike Griffith, who has 27 years of architectural design, project management, and construction administration experience in Alaska. Griffith holds a bachelor’s of architecture degree from the University of Idaho and studied arctic engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is certified in construction documents technology. RE/MAX Dynamic Properties welcomes four new licensees. Josh Patton has spent most of his career in the field of human resources and recruitment, and has served as the HR and recruiting manager for various Alaska Native organizations in Anchorage. Patton holds a bachelor’s dgree from Wayland Baptist University. Svetlana Drews was born and raised in Uzbekistan. Drews, who is fluent in English and Russian, worked in customer service and bookkeeping at a Publishing House for 16 years in Uzbekistan, and has been self-employed for 13 years in Anchorage. Whitney Meade is originally from Jefferson, Ga., and moved to Anchorage in 2016. Meade attended Valdosta State University where she studied business management. Meade has worked as a business development manager for a car dealership, and a licensed insurance producer for the state of South Carolina. Lisa Wright is a lifelong Alaskan originally from Kodiak Island. Wright has spent many years working for Providence Hospital in healthcare finance and is pursuing a new career in real estate sales. Credit Union 1 promoted Davina Napier, previously senior vice president of lending, to chief lending officer. Napier, who has more than 20 years of lending experience in Alaska as well as a diploma from the Western CUNA Management School and a bachelor’s degree in management, has held a multitude of past lending positions within Credit Union 1, including consumer loans manager, assistant vice president of consumer loans, vice president of consumer loans and SVP of lending.

Movers and Shakers for March 4

First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors recently appointed many of its top bankers to new or expanded roles on the executive management team. In addition to her duties and role as board chair, Betsy Lawer is now the bank’s CEO. As a third-generation Alaskan banker, Lawer grew up with many of Alaska’s business and community leaders. She learned the banking business literally at her father’s knee, earned her economics degree from Duke University, and returned in 1974 to work her way up to the leadership position she holds today. Lawer previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Board of Directors and their Audit Committee. She has served on the Smithsonian National Board since 2008. Doug Longacre was named FNBA’s new president. Longacre’s grandparents mined the gold fields north of Fairbanks in 1902 and were original First National shareholders. The West Anchorage High graduate worked his way through college doing construction work before joining the bank in 1974. Working in the fishing industry and as a construction worker before joining First National in the early 1980s, Charlie Weimer was promoted to chief commercial lending officer and appointed executive vice president. Weimer joined the bank’s management associate program, working in Anchorage before finding a permanent home on the Kenai Peninsula in 1984, where he served many years as senior regional manager and most recently as the Branch Lending Administrator. Not far removed from her 40-year employment anniversary with FNBA, Cindi Buzitis was promoted to chief compliance officer and appointed executive vice president. In addition to serving on the executive management team, she is also the Bank Secrecy Act officer and oversees the bank’s Support/Corporate Compliance division. Cheri Gillian was promoted to chief administrative officer and appointed executive vice president. She oversees the bank’s Human Resources and Corporate Communications division. An Alaskan for 40-plus years, Gillian has spent most of those years marketing and promoting Alaska products and services, including more than two decades at First National managing broad internal and external communications initiatives that have led to a strong corporate culture and well-respected bank brand. Chief Information Officer Phil Griffin was appointed to executive vice president. Griffin began his banking career in the early 1980s after graduating from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He arrived in Alaska after holding CIO positions in California and Nevada. Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative has made some recent hires and promotions. Brian DeMarco, PMP, was hired in February 2017 as senior project manager and in January promoted to director of wireless networks. With more than 16 years of telco project management and network engineering experience, he will lead ASTAC’s wireless network team of eight providing operational oversight, technical direction, and project planning and management across the organization. Nate Yaskell, AC, PMP, was hired in January 2018 as project manager. A lifelong Alaskan, he holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from UAA and brings five years of construction management and project engineering experience in rural communities across the North Slope. He will be responsible for overall planning, direction and execution of projects relating to our facilities, fiber and wireless networks. Brandon Bowden was hired in January 2018 as project manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies and master’s degree in project management from UAA. A third generation Alaskan, Bowden brings five years of construction management experience around Alaskan and six years of Alaska Army National Guard experience. Hank Hutchison, PMP, was hired in January 2018 as senior wireless systems analyst. A lifelong Alaskan, he holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UAA and brings more than five years of project and data analytics experience. Terraca Goolsby was hired in October 2017 as senior systems analyst. Ashlee Bobbitt was hired in June 2017 as customer service manager. A lifelong Alaskan, she brings over 11 years of customer service and management experience, including eight in the telco industry. Faith Martineau has joined the Alaska Department of Natural Resources as executive director of the department’s Office of Project Management and Permitting. Martineau has led interdepartmental teams and worked with local, state and federal agencies on large development projects. As a subject matter expert, Martineau has worked with numerous stakeholders to highlight Alaska-specific issues regarding compensatory mitigation. She comes to DNR from Caelus Energy LLC and previously worked for SLR International Corp. and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Martineau is a member of the Alaska Association of Professional Landmen and was appointed in 2017 to the BLM Alaska Resource Advisory Council. Steve Buckley has joined the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Mining, Land and Water as its Mining Section chief. Buckley most recently was general manager of minerals for Sealaska Corp. and previously was a senior exploration geologist with NANA. Buckley owned a natural resource consulting business in Whitefish, Montana for approximately 15 years. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the University of Montana (Missoula) and was appointed in 2017 to the Alaska Minerals Commission.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 25

The Alaska Resource Education board of directors named Ella Ede as the organization’s executive director. Ede comes to ARE with more than 25 years’ experience in Alaska resource industries. She brings experience in mining as well as oil and gas, most recently as stakeholder engagement manager for Statoil Alaska. Ede is a long-time supporter of ARE as a volunteer and board member. Residential Mortgage has promoted four individuals to the senior management team following President and CEO Roger Aldrich’s retirement at the end of 2017. Steve Aldrich assumed the position of president and chief operating officer, and George Porter has transitioned to the role of CEO. Denise Long filled the newly created senior vice president, chief mortgage operations officer position, and Katrina Ortega is the new senior vice president, underwriting &processing. Aldrich has been at Residential Mortgage since its inception in August 1998, serving as the executive vice president until this promotion. Porter, an Air Force veteran, spent 14 years in public accounting and 12 years in the mortgage business before joining Residential Mortgage in 2004. He previously held the position of chief operating officer at the company. Long has been with Residential Mortgage since 2005 and was previously the senior vice president, underwriting. Ortega will manage the company’s 20-plus underwriters and processors in her new role. She has been with Residential Mortgage since 2001, previously holding the positions of mortgage loan underwriter and processor before being promoted to vice president, processing in 2016. Architects Alaska announced the promotion of Michael Henricks, AIA, and Steve Henri, AIA, to principal. Henricks received his master’s degree from the University of Washington. He moved to Anchorage and joined Architects Alaska in 2002. Henri received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon. He has more than 18 years of architectural design experience and joined Architects Alaska in 2011. Ted Mala, formerly with NANA Management Services as the senior director of business development, has joined Dwell Realty, specializing in residential, commercial real estate. He was appointed to the Alaska Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Sean Parnell in 2011. Mala’s family is originally from Alaska and he is a NANA shareholder. He was previously licensed to sell real estate in California.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 18

The Alaska Railroad has promoted Director of Project Management Brian Lindamood to vice president, Engineering, effective Jan. 31. He moves into the VP position vacated in January, when Clark Hopp became chief operating officer. The Engineering VP oversees the evaluation, planning and construction of the railroad’s infrastructure. This includes engineering, bridge maintenance and construction, and capital project management. Lindamood has led the railroad’s Project Management Department since January 2012. He joined ARRC in June 2006 as a capital projects manager. Prior to the Alaska Railroad, Lindamood held senior positions in several national engineering firms (including Hanson-Wilson Inc. and TranSystems Corporation) specializing in railway design and operational analysis. Jason Clifton, principal designer at Bauer/Clifton Interiors in Juneau, has been named vice president of the 2018 national board of directors for the Interior Design Society, where he will serve a two-year term in the position. Clifton, along with 12 other volunteer board members, meet monthly via teleconference to provide financial oversight and strategic direction to the executive director who manages the association on behalf of the board. Clifton became a member of the IDS board in 2016 when he was elected as the national secretary/treasurer, after a two-year term on the organization’s Marketing Committee. Midnight Sun Home Care has named Luz Cruz staff director. Cruz brings more than five years of experience in the home health care industry, previously serving as a lead scheduler with Midnight Sun Home Care and Ebenezer Home Care’s office manager. Cruz will be responsible for hiring, training, supervising and retaining caregivers. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors will present the 2018 Sen. Ted Stevens Leadership Award to Ashlyn McCain at the annual TAPS Honor Guard Gala on March 6 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The TAPS Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award is presented annually to a surviving family member who lost a loved one serving in the armed forces. The award recognizes an individual who has taken their experience and demonstrated outstanding leadership on behalf of other military survivors. One of four children, McCain was 15 years old when her father, Army Sgt. 1st Class Johnathan “Bryant” McCain, was killed while serving in Afghanistan. Now 21, the Alaskan has participated in every aspect of the services TAPS offers to those grieving their military loved one. She has travelled internationally with TAPS to represent American survivors to peers overseas; she has become a mentor for young surviving children; she has volunteered with Team TAPS and teams4TAPS; and she has spoken in schools and communities to inspire citizens about service and sacrifice. Following the Army National Guard plane crash in 1992 that took the life of his friend, Army Brig. Gen. Tom Carroll, Stevens delivered the eulogy at his funeral. Two years later, Sen. Stevens helped Bonnie Carroll found TAPS in Alaska as the national nonprofit organization offering comfort and care to anyone grieving the death of someone who served in the armed forces. The Mat-Su Health Foundation has promoted Vandana Ingle to program officer. Ingle oversees MSHF’s efforts in the area of workforce development. She manages the foundation’s academic and vocational scholarship programs. She also manages the Target Wellness grant program. Ingle was hired by the foundation in 2016 as a program associate. Prior to that she served as director of development and communication at Frontline Mission. She earned a master’s degree in communications media for children from SNDT College, India, a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, and a bachelor’s degree in commerce/banking and finance from the University of Poona, India. Great Alaskan Holidays announced the appointment of Kurt Marquardt as the newest member to the organization’s sales and finance team. Marquardt is an experienced sales and finance professional in the RV sales and service industry, joining Great Alaskan Holidays after several years with ABC Motorhome Sales and Service. Marquardt also has an extensive background in the construction industry, working primarily with base projects at JBER, as well as projects tied back to the State of Alaska. Marquardt is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., calling Alaska his home now since 1980. He is also an experienced commercial fisherman, residing in Homer for more than 24 years.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 11

KeyBank has named a number of new local branch managers across Alaska. In their respective roles, they will be responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as providing financial services, including investments and mortgages, to both small business and consumer clients. The new branch managers are: Drew Snow-Behrends, Juneau; Eric Hamilton, Juneau Mendenhall (8800 Glacier Highway); Samantha Heilman, East College in Fairbanks; Esteban Trujillo, South Anchorage Branch; Darcie Morgan, Eagle River; and Thomas Daly, Soldotna. GCI has Jim Steele hired as director of GCI Government, within GCI’s Government, Healthcare &Education team. In his new role, Steele will be responsible for the GCI Government program and will lead business development, provide strategic management, and generate new revenues sources. Steele joins the GCI team with more than 25 years of technology experience in a number of IT leadership roles in the state, most recently as the deputy chief information officer with the State of Alaska. Alyeska Resort has promoted Michael Gray to director of Rooms, Sam Hondel to assistant Food and Beverage director and Kristyn Orwig to Revenue manager. Gray came to Alyeska from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts following his formal training and education from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland. Gray has worked at the resort for seven years serving in positions in both accounting and in the front operations departments. He was formerly the head of VIP Services and director of Revenue management. He has instituted and developed most of the effective reporting practices that are in place today and has elevated the customer service standards for Resort VIP guests. Having transitioned to Alyeska from Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Orwig has been with Alyeska Resort since 2012 serving in a key role critical to successful operations of Alyeska’s reservations department. Hondel has worked for Alyeska Resort since 2013 across all dining outlets including the Pond Café, Aurora Bar &Grill and Sitzmark Bar &Grill. Dr. Brad Myrstol has been appointed director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. Myrstol, who has been interim director since August 2017, is also director of the Alaska Justice Information Center and has been with the Justice Center as a faculty member since 2009. Previously he worked at the Justice Center as a research professional from 2002-06. Myrstol received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Indiana University in 2006. He has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on a variety of Alaska justice topics. While at UAA, Myrstol has received more than $1 million in research funding from sources including the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, as well as Alaska state and local agencies. Steve O’Donnell has joined Dwell Realty. A licensed general contractor, O’Donnell has owned Willodell Enterprises Inc. for the past 30 years, specializing in commercial tenant improvements. O’Donnell’s focus will be new home sales and office/retail leasing. Daniel George, a former state legislative aide and lifelong Alaskan, has joined Dwell Realty as a licensee specializing in residential sales. George got his start in the business nearly 15 years ago, working in new home construction for John Hagmeier Homes, and began investing in rental properties soon after. George will continue his public service in community council activities.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 4

Jodie Gatti, Nazune Menka and Ravynn Aklasiaq Nothstine will serve as the 11th cohort of fellows in the First Alaskans Institute Public Policy Fellowship. This fellowship is based in the Alaska legislative and executive branches. They will be immersed in the state lawmaking process, contributing their capacity to their host offices and deepening their understanding of Alaska’s issues. Gatti (Haida/Tlingit) grew up in Ketchikan and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has held an internship with the State of Alaska Department of Revenue. She will serve in the office of Rep. Dan Ortiz, D-Ketchikan. Menka (Koyukon Athabascan/Lumbee) was born and raised in Anchorage and Chistochina. She graduated from East Anchorage High School in 1997. In 2016, Nazune transferred from Seattle University School of Law to the James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona where she is the recipient of the Williams Achievement Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program. Her work experience includes clerking at Rosette, LLP, an Indian law firm in Washington, D.C., and the Native American Rights Fund in Anchorage. She is placed in the office of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Nothstine (Iñupiaq/Yup’ik) was born and raised in Anchorage and after graduating from West High School, she attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She was involved in the Native Americans at Dartmouth, an organization where she served on the executive board during her senior year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences. Credit Union 1 has promoted Chief Operating Officer James Wileman to president/CEO. Prior to joining the credit union in 2010, Wileman served as CEO of Alps Federal Credit Union in Sitka for four years. He holds a degree in business administration with a management emphasis, and in 2007, he graduated from Western Credit Union National Association Management School. Wileman joined Credit Union 1 as manager of its Mountain View Branch in 2010. In 2012, he was promoted to oversee all CU1 branches. In 2014, Wileman joined the credit union’s senior management team. In May 2015, his position expanded to vice president of Member and Administrative Services and then to senior vice president of operations before being promoted to chief operating officer of the credit union in 2016. Nellie Edmund of Alakanuk is the recipient of thread’s 2018 Cindy Harrington Heart &Mind award. Edmund is the teacher director at Alakanuk Head Start and has taught over three generations of Head Start children in her 40-year career. Edmund, after 25 years of experience in Head Start, earned her associate’s degree in early childhood in December 2005. She helped her staff persevere after Alakanuk Head Start caught fire in 2014, and is highly respected by the parents in her village. Edmund is the fourth recipient of the annual Cindy Harrington Heart &Mind Award, an award that highlights an individual currently employed in the field of early care and learning who exhibits strength of character, commitment to excellence, professional determination, and has an impassioned spirit. Harrington was one of the founding mothers of early childhood work in Alaska, as well as a member of thread’s board of directors until her untimely passing in May of 2014. Five Alaska banking experts were appointed or promoted to new positions inside First National Bank Alaska. Katie Harman is the Matanuska-Susitna Valley’s newest mortgage loan originator at the bank’s Wasilla Branch. In her first role with First National, Melanie Hosch brings more than 23 years of banking experience with her as branch manager of the Parkway Branch in east Anchorage. Hosch will be responsible for business development, consumer loans, branch operations and customer service. Assistant Vice President Ligia Lutan is a new addition to Corporate Lending’s loan officer team at the bank’s corporate headquarters in Midtown Anchorage. Lutan brings residential market information and economic analysis knowledge with her to First National. Vice President Jenny Mahlen has spent 24 years at First National, working intently with customers throughout Interior Alaska. Today, she’s the branch manager of the Golden Valley Branch in Fairbanks. Mahlen graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School last year after completing a rigorous three-year program. In her second stint as a First National banker, Assistant Vice President Veronica Pillans brings more than 13 years of experience to her work as loan officer. Now operating out of the Wasilla Branch, Pillans first worked for the bank from 2005-12. Sunny Jenkins has joined The Wilson Agency, Albers &Company and ConnectHR as marketing administrator for all three companies in Alaska and Washington state. She has more than 17 years of business administration support and marketing. A native of Alaska, she has spent 21 years in the Seattle area with most of her career in the software business, initially with a small company as a marketing coordinator then moving on to the corporate world supporting executives at Microsoft and Starbucks for the last 10 years.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 28

Leslie R. Need has become a partner in the law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP in its Anchorage office. Need previously clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Roberts and Alaska Superior Court Judge Vanessa White, and worked at the Alaska Attorney General’s Office in the Child Protection Section. Need focuses her practice on municipal, Alaska Native, environmental and natural resources law representing business and individual clients as both plaintiff and defense. Need received her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and her juris doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, American Bar Association and Anchorage Bar Association. Resource Data, a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Chad Millen as senior programmer/analyst at its Juneau office. Millen, who recently relocated from New York to Juneau, has his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and his MBA from The State University of New York at Buffalo. For the past 16 years he worked for HSBC Bank USA as consultant and project manager. He has experience in leading front-end development teams and in digital channels solutions including web, internet banking, ATMs and mobile applications. Andy Hall is the new executive director at Alaska Geographic. Hall is a lifelong Alaskan born in Sitka, where his father was a historian and later a park superintendent. An accomplished author (“Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak,” Dutton 2014) and former editor and publisher of Alaska magazine, Hall has dedicated his life to exploring, writing about, and supporting Alaska’s wild places. He served on Alaska Geographic’s board of directors for nine years, the last two as chairman. Beverly K. Wooley joined the American Lung Association Mountain Pacific Regional board of directors. A graduate of Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, Wooley has more than 30 years of public health experience in Alaska. Her career highlights include serving as the director of the Alaska Division of Public Health from 2007-09 and as director of the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services from 2003-07. Mostly retired now, she is a longtime advocate for the right to clean air for all people. Wooley joined the American Lung Association Alaska Leadership board in 2014. Max D. Holmquist has joined Jermain, Dunnagan &Owens PC as an associate. Holmquist’s practice focuses on commercial and labor and employment law. Prior to joining the firm Holmquist worked as an associate for an Alaskan criminal defense firm. He worked primarily on cases prosecuted by the Municipality of Anchorage and the District Attorney’s Office. After graduating law school, Holmquist served as a law clerk for the Alaska State District Court in Anchorage. Holmquist earned his law degree from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 21

The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center hired Sara Harriger as the new executive director. Harriger brings to the position extensive experience in public diplomacy, management of multi-stakeholder projects, and cross-cultural collaboration. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she previously served as a Foreign Service Officer and speaks French, Japanese, and Arabic. She began her duties in December. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed five individuals to executive level positions. Rachel Norman has been selected for the new position of chief administration officer. Norman has been with Alaska USA for more than 24 years, most recently as senior vice president, human resources. Norman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. Brenda Lind has been promoted to the position of vice president, personnel. Lind has been with Alaska USA for more than 27 years, most recently as manager, personnel. Clinton Hess has been selected to fill the position of vice president, financial analysis. Hess has been with Alaska USA for more than 12 years, most recently as manager, financial analysis. Hess holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska, and a master’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University. Athar Nazir has been promoted to the new position of vice president, special credits operations. Nazir has been with Alaska USA for six years, most recently as manager, special credits operations and administration. Nazir holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in finance. Leisa DeYarmon has been selected to fill the new position of vice president, special credits collections. DeYarmon has been with Alaska USA for five years, most recently as special credits operations manager. The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Jeremy Field as regional administrator for SBA Region X — also known as the SBA Pacific Northwest Region — which serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Field spent the past nine years in Pocatello, Idaho as the regional director and state grant coordinator for U.S. Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the Alaska USDA Farm Service Agency state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs. Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. Additional appointees will be named at a later date. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include: Committee Chair Scott Mugrage, Delta Junction; Joe Orsi, Juneau; Richelle Plummer, Matanuska Valley; Al Poindexter, Kenai Peninsula Jake Metcalfe was named executive director of ASEA/AFSCME Local 52, the largest union in Alaska, on Jan. 1. Metcalfe is a fourth-generation Alaskan born and raised in Juneau and brings a wide range of workplace representation to his new position. After law school, Metcalfe was appointed Bethel District Attorney, supervising one of Alaska’s busiest criminal prosecution offices. For the last 20 years, Metcalfe has served and represented Alaska workers. Between 1997 and 2008, he served as associate and general counsel for IBEW Local 1547. Most recently, he represented Alaska state and municipal police employees as executive director of the Public Safety Employees’ Association Local 803.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 14

Altman Rogers &Co. announced its acquisition of Daniel, Hewko &Tharp CPAs. Effective Jan. 1, the newly combined firms will continue to be known as Altman Rogers &Co. Founded in 1991, Altman Rogers has been providing audit, tax planning and preparation services, accounting, and management advisory services to State and Local Governments, School districts, Non-profits organizations, Native corporations and individuals. Established in 1981, Daniel, Hewko &Tharp CPA’s is recognized for its broad range of expertise in all areas of taxation as well as its experience in accounting services and management consulting. Bruno Kelpsas was appointed to serve as the regional administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Northwest Arctic Region, effective Jan. 2. As the Northwest Arctic Regional Administrator, Kelpsas will oversee all of GSA’s operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, including management of federal real estate and information technology. He will also be responsible for an inventory of 508 government-owned or leased buildings, and overseeing approximately 428 employees. Kelpsas has a long record of information technology modernization in both the public and private sectors. He has more than 16 years of global level experience in IT, including blockchain, cybersecurity and cloud technologies. Kelpsas received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Ross Timm, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined Stantec in its Anchorage office. He has more than a dozen years of in-state industry experience serving both public and private clients. Timm will provide senior design leadership for a variety of building projects. Since joining Stantec, Timm has focused on health care facility renovations, commercial multi-family residential and Alaska Court System building envelope upgrades. He has project experience across Alaska from Anchorage to the Aleutians and the North Slope. His experience includes projects of a variety of scopes and sizes, including schools, fire stations, Federal Aviation Administration and medical office buildings. In addition to his Alaska experience, Timm has worked on projects in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona. Timm is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. He earned a master’s degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 7

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski made three additions to her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff: Suzanne Cunningham as senior policy advisor for oil and gas, Diana Nielsen as a legal fellow, and Tonya Parish as press assistant. Cunningham joins the committee after serving for the past five years in the Alaska Senate as chief-of-staff for state Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, and as a senior advisor for the Alaska Senate Rules Committee. She will focus primarily on oil and natural gas issues for the committee. Prior to her roles in the State Senate, Cunningham worked as the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alaska and in marketing for the Port of Anchorage. Cunningham is originally from Anchorage and earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. Nielsen joins the committee as part of a fellowship established through Columbia University School of Law’s Social Justice Initiative. She recently finished her juris doctor at Columbia University School of Law and a master of international affairs with a concentration in energy and resource management at Columbia University School of International Public Affairs. Prior to that she worked at ACO Investment Group as an investment analyst and previously worked for several years overseas in a variety of roles with the United Nations, Deloitte Consulting, and the Burmese Environmental Working Group. Nielsen is originally from Granite Bay, Calif., and also has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. Parish joins the committee after working as a researcher and administrative aide at David Parish and Associates LLC, based in Juneau. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a minor in psychology. Parish was also the founder and event coordinator for the Erik Peterson Memorial Run, served as a legislative aide for the Office of Alaska State Senate Finance Co-Chair Anna MacKinnon, and interned at Early Warning Labs LLC, the Resource Development Council, and the office of state Sen. Meyer. Rachel Morse has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. Morse is replacing Janet Reiser, who resigned from the board after 10 years of service to take the job of executive director of the Alaska Energy Authority. Most recently, Morse was assistant vice chancellor for Alumni Relations at the University Alaska Anchorage. She has also served as development director for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc., and executive director at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center. Morse has an MBA from UAA. Brandon Brefczynski will join the Alaska Oil and Gas Association AOGA as its new external affairs manager. He replaces Sarah Erkmann Ward, who recently announced plans to launch her own company, Blueprint Alaska. Raised in Fairbanks, Brefczynski has years of experience in the state Legislature, most recently as Finance Committee aide for Rep. Steve Thompson of Fairbanks. Brefczynski has worked for Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole; former Rep. Doug Issacson of North Pole; and former Sen. Bill Stoltze of Chugiak. Brefczynski also served at the Department of Environmental Conservation as Commissioner Larry Hartig’s legislative liaison. Brefczynski graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in political science. Alaska USA Mortgage Company Mortgage Loan Originator Steven Kihn received the Associate of the Year award from the Anchorage Home Builders Association. The award is given to individuals that display a proven track record of hard work and dedicated service to the home building industry. AHBA is a non-profit, member-driven organization that promotes policies that make housing a national priority.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 24

Jennifer Thompson, owner and president/CEO of Thompson &Co. Public Relations, will open a new public affairs agency called Blueprint Alaska on Jan. 1, 2018. Thompson has hired longtime public relations professional and registered Alaska lobbyist Sarah Erkmann Ward, APR, to serve as Blueprint Alaska’s president/CEO. Blueprint Alaska will focus on influencing public policy and opinions, building and maintaining relationships with the public, and finding common ground with stakeholders. The agency will also assist clients in navigating the challenges that occur when diverse interests of business, government, politics, and media intersect. Ward, a seasoned communications professional, most recently at Alaska Oil and Gas Association, was named the Public Relations Society of America Alaska Chapter’s “Communicator of the Year” in 2017. She is also accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America. The Senate Democratic Caucus hired Noah Hanson, Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner’s long-time chief of staff, as its new press secretary. Hanson will be replacing Jeanne Devon who will be leaving the position for new opportunities in her writing career. Hanson will be transitioning into the new job in January. Hanson has been Gardner’s chief of staff for the past 10 years, and caucus staff for the past three. Mike O’Hare of Chugiak is the new regional administrator for FEMA Region 10, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and the 271 federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native villages within the region. Prior to joining FEMA, O’Hare served nearly 10 years with the State of Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, most recently as the director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. O’Hare also previously also served the State of Alaska as acting deputy commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. O’Hare has a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University graduating from Southampton College in 1984, and completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Education Program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2012. Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Kimberly Martus as the Tribe’s new Tribal Appellate Court Administrator. The newly created position is funded by a grant recently awarded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Justice Support. Working with Tlingit &Haida’s Judiciary Committee and Tribal Court judges, Martus will design, build capacity, and implement the first unified tribal appellate court system in Southeast Alaska. Martus has served in several tribal court related capacities and her most recent work involved designing and developing tribal code development training curricula whereby she authored a chapter on “Incorporating Indigenous Law and Custom into Modern Tribal Codes.” She is a member the Tongva Tribe, a descendant of the Cupeno Tribe (coyote clan) and Yaqui Tribes. She grew up in and out of Indian Country and holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies from Evergreen State College. Chugach Alaska Corp appointed Josie Hickel as its president of Chugach Commercial Holdings, effective Dec. 8. In her new role, Hickel is responsible for directing Chugach’s portfolio of commercial businesses and land development strategy. Hickel is a Chugach shareholder with more than three decades of experience working in Alaska for a range of commercial companies. Since joining Chugach in 2016 as senior vice president of Energy and Resources for CCH, she has achieved a number of milestones within the division. Hickel facilitated Chugach’s Bering River coal rights transaction and carbon offset project; and has helped stabilize energy services companies in a challenging economic environment. She was inducted into the Athena Society in 2012 for outstanding leadership in both business and community service. Hickel has a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources. She also holds certifications in both Senior and Global Professional of Human Resources. First National Bank Alaska’s Board of Directors recently appointed or promoted five employees to new roles. With more than 10 years of banking experience, Rachel Carlson is the new branch manager at the U-Med Branch near the University of Alaska Anchorage. Carlson previously worked as a teller, customer service representative and personal banker. After more than a year spent managing two other Anchorage-area branches, Krissi Estrada is the new branch manager at the downtown Main Branch. Carlson and Estrada and will each be responsible for business development, consumer loans, branch operations and customer service at their branches. Paula Grau was appointed vice president and is the new Cash Management administrator. In her role, Grau oversees the Cash Management Sales and Support units, the team behind the bank’s merchant services, Corporate MasterCard business and treasury management services for large commercial customers. After spending nine years with First National, including seven years in mortgage lending, loan officer Mike Scott has transferred to the Dimond Branch as part of the bank’s corporate lending unit. He’s now responsible for developing and maintaining business banking relationships and help companies build on opportunities through lending. In her position as senior mortgage underwriter and loan officer, Dawnette Starr will help customers secure the loans by examining and analyzing loan documentation to ensure accuracy and completeness and that each loan meets market and company standards. Starr has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 17

RE/MAX Dynamic Properties added Betsy Mehler and David Matthys to its real estate sales team. Mehler, a fourth-generation Alaskan, has worked with a variety of real estate brokerages throughout Anchorage. Matthys, who was born in the Congo and lived in Belgium, came to Alaska in 2008 and worked in the fitness industry. Michelle Boutin has joined the law firm Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP in its Anchorage office. Boutin focuses her practice on bankruptcy, collections and creditors’ rights, civil litigation, and construction law. She received a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a juris doctor from Hamline University School of Law. Boutin is a member of the Alaska Bar Association (current chair of the Bankruptcy Section), the Anchorage Bar Association (past officer and president, and current member of the Real Estate Section), and past attorney representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She is admitted to practice to the Alaska State Bar, Federal District Court, District of Alaska, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Alaska Energy Authority board of directors appointed Janet Reiser as executive director, effective Jan. 2, 2018. Reiser comes to AEA with more than three decades of Alaska experience in energy management, engineering, construction and telecommunications. She is currently the Chugach Electric Association board chair; her resignation from that position will be effective Dec. 31. Reiser has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Alaska Railroad has named Vice President of Engineering Clark Hopp as chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2018, when current COO Doug Engebretson retires. The COO oversees rail transportation, engineering, mechanical, safety and grant administration functions. Hopp has led the railroad’s Engineering Department since February 2013. He joined the railroad in 2001 as a capital projects manager, and in 2003, he became manager, civil projects. In 2011, Hopp was promoted to director of Special Projects, overseeing the two mega rail extension projects: Port MacKenzie Rail Extension and Northern Rail Extension, Phase One. Before joining the railroad, Hopp worked for Transystems Corp., a nationwide engineering consulting firm based in Nebraska. From 1995 to 2001, Hopp provided project management services to Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. He earned a degree in construction engineering technology from Iowa Western College. Sen. Dan Sullivan appointed Renée Limoge Reeve to serve as his state director based in his Anchorage office. Reeve comes to Sullivan’s office from the Alaska Support Industry Alliance, where she served as deputy director. Reeve is a graduate of the University of Vermont and holds a degree in political science and English. Reeve has worked in numerous capacities in the Alaska State Legislature, as press secretary for former Alaska Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell, and as a senior research analyst for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Trilogy Metals Inc. announced the appointment of William “Willie” Iggiagruk Hensley to the company’s board of directors. Hensley was born in Kotzebue, attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated with a degree in political science from George Washington University. Hensley significantly contributed to the settlement of Alaska’s Native claims with the United States federal government. While attending graduate school in Fairbanks, Hensley wrote a seminal research paper for Judge Jay Rabinowitz titled “Alaska Native Land Claims: The Primary Issue”, which outlined the historical land rights of Alaska Natives, arguing for a just settlement of the issue. Hensley was elected to the House of Representatives after graduation and then served four full terms as senator and two further terms through an appointment by Gov. Steve Cowper. Hensley was a founder of NANA, served for 20 years as a director, became the head of NANA Development Corp. and finally President of NANA Regional Corp. He was a founder of the Alaska Federation of Natives and served as director, executive director, president and co-chair. Trilogy Metals Inc. is a metals exploration company focused on exploring and developing the Ambler mining district located in northwestern Alaska. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed two new executives. Jessica Graham has been selected to fill the new position of senior vice president, general counsel. Graham comes to Alaska USA with 14 years of in-house corporate law experience, most recently as general counsel/chief compliance officer for Koniag Native Corp. Graham also clerked for the chief justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Graham holds a law degree from the Law School of Duke University and has served on the board of the Alaska Bar Association. Tom Newins has been selected to fill the position of chief operations officer. Newins comes to Alaska USA with more than 25 years of executive-level credit union experience, including President/CEO of a credit union with more than $1 billon in assets. Newins holds a degree in accounting from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and graduated with honors from the Western CUNA Management School.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 10

Northrim Bank hired Ervin Hetemi as small business lender and promoted Micah Scott to associate vice president, BSA (Bank Secrecy Act) and Deposit Compliance manager. Hetemi joins Northrim Bank with nearly 10 years of experience in banking. He has worked for various financial institutions in Alaska, including positions in the branch and business development. Hetemi is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Scott has been with Northrim Bank since 2006, where she has worked in retail banking in operations and sales and joined the Compliance Department in 2013. The Alaska Support Industry Alliance board of directors approved executive committee members at its November meeting. Three incumbents were reelected to the board: Adam Crum with Northern Industrial Training; Wyche Ford with Fluor; Ben Schoffmann with Kakivik Asset Management and CCI Industrial. Reed Christensen with Dowland-Bach, who previously served on the board, was elected for another term. Greg Miller with Cruz Companies, Dave Myers with Alaska Crane, and Scott Odell with Halliburton were elected to fill out the remaining three seats. All directors elected will serve a three-year term. Ford will serve as Alliance board president for 2017-18. The remainder of the Executive Committee is as follows: Patrick Walsh, NW Consulting, vice president of government affairs; Tom Walsh, Petrotechnical Resources Alaska, vice president of industry relations; Schoffmann, Kakivik Asset Management &CCI Industrial, vice president of public affairs; Genevieve Schok, Flowline Alaska, secretary/membership chair; Cathy Duxbury, Udelhoven Oilfield System Services, treasurer; Scott Davis, Davis Block &Concrete, at-large. Rep. Don Young hired Murphy McCollough to serve as press secretary and spokesman in his Washington, D.C., office. Murphy, a Texas native who most recently worked as deputy press secretary for Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, arrives following the departure of Matthew Shuckerow, who recently left to serve as deputy communication director for Sen. Dan Sullivan. Prior to moving to Washington, Murphy worked as a legislative aide in the Texas State Legislature. Murphy is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is currently completing her master’s in strategic public relations from George Washington University. Credit Union 1 hired Joseph Martin as its new BSA (Bank Secrecy Act) manager. Prior to joining Credit Union 1, Martin managed complex anti-money laundering investigations in order to mitigate reputational and compliance risk. He also conducted sanctions and illicit finance investigation as a certified anti-money laundering specialist with counter-terrorist finance designations, and he has helped build and enhance due diligence investigations for top-tier financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Martin will also oversee compliance with the U.S. sanctions programs that are administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the US Department of the Treasury. Martin served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and he holds his master’s degree in Middle East studies with a bachelor’s degree in international studies, minoring in Arabic. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game honored the 2018 Advisory Committee Excellence in Service Award winners recognizing outstanding contributions in service to communities, fish and wildlife, and regulatory process by Fish and Game Advisory Committee members across the state. The 2018 awardees are: James Charles, Lower Kuskokwim AC; Raymond Oney, Coastal Lower Yukon AC; Don Quarberg, Delta AC; Barbara Carlson, Stony-Holitna AC; Tim McDonough, Upper Lynn Canal AC. Coffman Engineers hired Rob Wasserman, SE, PE, for the Structural Engineering Department as a senior project manager, and Natsuko Ito as an administrative assistant. Wasserman is a registered civil engineer and structural engineer in Alaska with more than a decade of professional experience working on petroleum facilities and refineries, structural engineering and design and construction management projects throughout Alaska, Washington, California, Utah and Wyoming. Ito was born and raised in Alaska and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Ito has worked in a variety of industries that included guiding visitors in Alaska’s Arctic, working road construction on the Dalton Highway, and managing a small acupuncture clinic in Anchorage. Quintillion has named Timothy Leybold as chief financial officer. Leybold began his career as a CPA with an international accounting firm and holds an MBA in finance. He has more than 25 years of financial leadership experience and was previously CFO for Till Capital Ltd., ICO Global Communications, Port Blakely Cos., and RLC Industries. Quintillion has completed the Alaska portion of its international Quintillion Subsea Cable System, which went live Dec. 1, bringing high speed internet capacity to the northern Alaska communities of Utqiagavik, Wainwright, Point Hope, Nome and Kotzebue. The system has been servicing the oil and gas industry in Prudhoe Bay and Deadhorse since April 2017.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 3

Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey R. Dillingham became U.S. Army Alaska’s top noncommissioned officer in an assumption of responsibility ceremony Nov. 21 at the Buckner Physical Fitness Center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Dillingham entered the Army in November 1991 and attended Infantry Basic Training at Fort Benning, Ga. He has held a variety of positions throughout his career, ranging from section sergeant to his previous position as command sergeant major for First Army Division West at Fort Hood, Texas. His overseas assignments include six combat tours in Afghanistan and four tours in Iraq. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with “V” device, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Valorous Unit Award, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Army Service Ribbon. University of Alaska Anchorage alumna and graduate student Samantha M. Mack is the first student from the UA to receive a prestigious U.S. Rhodes Scholarship. Mack received her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in 2016, with majors in political science and English and a minor in Alaska Native studies, and will receive her master’s degree in English with an emphasis on literary theory in May. An Aleut woman from a remote village in the Aleutian Islands, her family brought her to Anchorage as a young girl for better educational opportunities. She has excelled across disciplines as she brings the lenses of indigeneity and feminism to issues in the development of Western democratic traditions. Her work in Alaska Native studies and political theory reflects her strong interests in equity, respect for different patterns of life, and the prevention of the degradation of nature. Mack is one of 32 students selected for the American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2018 that will commence studies at Oxford University in October 2018. She was selected from a pool of 866 candidates nominated by their colleges and universities. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has hired Megan Carr, Ph.D., as the supervisor of the Alaska Region’s Resource Evaluation office, where she will supervise a team of about 20 geologists and geophysicists. Carr is a Certified Professional Geologist and comes to BOEM with more than 15 years of experience in the environmental sciences, geological sciences and academia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology, with focus on hydrologic modeling, from Baylor University; and master’s degree in environmental science with focus on soils and natural resource management, also from Baylor. Her Ph.D. is in geophysics from the University of Tennessee, with her dissertation concentrating on how to quantitatively combine data sets for improved subsurface imaging and discriminating targets of interest. Ravn Air Group announced that Derek Shanks, a seasoned airline and travel industry executive, will join the ranks of Ravn’s new leadership team, effective Dec. 4. Shanks will be joining the company as its first-ever chief commercial officer, responsible for leading the airline’s commercial team and all aspects of Ravn’s sales, marketing, network planning and distribution efforts. Shanks brings more than 25 years of experience that has involved every kind of customer, from tourists and travel agents to business travelers and cargo shippers. He began his career at British Airways and his most recent airline role was chief commercial officer of Air Mauritius, the national airline of Mauritius, which he and others took from a loss-making carrier to profitability by implementing a new commercial strategy that grew the airline and its revenue, added successful new routes and introduced new customer products. Northrim BanCorp Inc. announced it hired Jed Ballard to be chief financial officer following the voluntary transition of Latosha Frye to senior vice president, corporate accounting manager. Ballard is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked for KPMG for 16 years in Alaska and Slovakia. He is currently a senior manager in KPMG’s Anchorage office. Ballard has extensive experience in financial reporting in a wide range of industries, particularly those that make up the backbone of the Alaska economy including real estate, petroleum and natural resource contractors, construction, mining, fisheries, industrial manufacturing, hospitality and tourism. Ballard also has been on the accounting team for multiple acquisitions; including the due diligence process, application of accounting standards, and business valuations. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in business administration and a major in accounting. DOWL announced the addition of Denise L. Michels to its Anchorage office as a senior project manager. As the former mayor of Nome, and most recently director of Transportation for Kawerak, Michels brings 18 years of proven success at managing civic, nonprofit, tribal, and private business projects to the firm.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 26

Jermain, Dunnagan &Owens P.C. announced three attorneys have joined the firm. Scott J. Gerlach has 10 years of experience in both business and commercial transactions and civil litigation. Gerlach earned his law degree from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, cum laude, and his undergraduate degree from Campbellsville University. Robert A. Royce has joined the firm expanding the firm’s labor, employment and employee benefit trust practice. He has been practicing law in Alaska for over 30 years. Royce is a former Administrative Law Judge and a former Senior Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska, where he represented the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the Alaska Department of Labor and the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights. Royce graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego and received his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego. He clerked for Chief Judge James M. Fitzgerald, U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska after graduating law school. C. Cody Tirpak joined the firm in September. Tirpak’s practice focuses on civil litigation and commercial law. As a defense litigator, he has represented both individual and corporate clients in cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic injury, premises liability, real property disputes, environmental contamination, and contract disputes. After graduating law school, Tirpak served as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael D. Corey of the Alaska Superior Court in Anchorage. Tirpak earned his law degree from University of South Carolina and his undergraduate degree from Clemson University. R&M Consultants, Inc. appointed three new members to its board of directors: Kim Nielsen, PE, Bill Preston, PLS, GISP and Tim Grier, PE. Nielsen is a senior waterfront engineer with more than 24 years of waterfront and environmental engineering experience in Alaska. She joined R&M in 2011 to lead the firm’s Waterfront Engineering Group. Nielsen holds a bachelor’s degree in ocean engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology. Preston is R&M’s vice president of the Geomatics Department. He has more than 17 years of experience in land surveying and mapping in Alaska. Preston joined R&M in 2000 as a college intern and graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in geomatics. Grier is R&M’s group manager of Surface Transportation. He has 27 years of civil engineering experience managing and designing a broad range of highway and related transportation projects, including the past 10 years with R&M. Grier holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority announced the hiring of Wyn Menefee as executive director of the Trust Land Office. Menefee has been serving as the acting executive director since Sept. 1. The Trust Land Office is charged with generating revenue and managing the Trust’s nearly one million acres of land categorized in the following classes: forestry, materials and minerals, real estate, energy, program-related investments, and land. In fiscal year 2017, the TLO produced nearly $12 million in revenue. The revenue generated by the land office is then reinvested or available for the Trust to utilize for grants. In fiscal year 2018, the Trust anticipates granting nearly $18 million to state agencies, nonprofits, tribal organizations, providers, and individual beneficiaries across Alaska. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross named the Southcentral Foundation as one of the 2017 recipients of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Baldrige Award is a Presidential-level honor, recognizing exemplary practices among American organizations and businesses including an unceasing drive for radical innovation, thoughtful leadership, and administrative improvement. Southcentral Foundation won its first Baldrige Award in 2011. It is a nonprofit, health care organization owned, managed, and driven by Alaskan Native “customers-owners” who live within a 107,000-square-mile area, including 55 villages reachable only by plane. Its unique health care delivery system combining mind, body and cultural measures of wellness produces 90th-percentile rankings for screenings such as diabetes, cardiovascular health and cervical cancer, as well as numerous other health care outcomes and quality measures. The Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 and is not given for specific products or services. Since the first group was recognized in 1988, 118 awards have been presented to 110 organizations (including eight repeat winners). At its annual awards dinner Nov. 11, the Associated General Contractors of Alaska named Rep. Don Young as a member of the “Hard Hats” in recognition of “outstanding service to fellow Alaskans and the Alaska construction industry.” Xavier Schlee, Alaska Basic Industries was named the Stan Smith Volunteer of the Year Award winner for his hard work on the Technology Committee, his instrumental work with getting the AGC Podcasting Series up and running and his work on the CIPF Social Media Steering Group. AGC-Alaska also elected a new executive members of the board of directors: Jim St. George, president; Cuauhtemoc “Rod” Rodriguez, vice president; Chris Reilly, secretary; Sarah Lefebvre, treasurer; Gary Klebs, contractor-at-large; Lynne Seville, associate member; Dan Hall, past president. The winners for AGC-Alaska Excellence in Safety and Excellence in Construction awards follow. Excellence in Safety, Building Division: Cornerstone General Contractors Inc. Excellence in Safety, Heavy Division: Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. Excellence in Safety, Specialty Division: American Marine Corp. Excellence in Safety, Highway Division: Brice Inc. Excellence in Safety, Individual: Tom Ulrich, American Marine Corp. Meeting the Challenge of a Job, Under $3 million Vertical Construction: Roger Hickel Contracting Inc. for Asplund WWTF Screens Rehabilitation & Hot Water Upgrades Meeting the Challenge of a Job, Between $3 million-$8 million Vertical Construction: Cornerstone General Contractors Inc. for Alaska Airlines Kodiak Airport Upgrades Meeting the Challenge of a Job, Over $8 million Vertical Construction: Davis Constructors & Engineers Inc., Anchorage Museum Expansion Meeting the Challenge of a Job, Under $3 million Transportation, Marine, Heavy, Earthmoving: Turnagain Marine Construction, Kodiak Channel Transient Float Meeting the Challenge of a Job, Between $3 million-$8 million Transportation, Marine, Heavy, Earthmoving: Tutka LLC, Roche Moutonne Creek Bridge No. 1519 Replacement Dalton Highway MP 265 Meeting the Challenge of a Job, Over $8 million Transportation, Marine, Heavy, Earthmoving: QAP, Spenard Road Reconstruction Phase II Excellence in Construction Award for a Specialty Contractor: Vertical Construction: KLEBS Mechanical Inc., Riverview at the Bluffs (Design/Build) Excellence in Construction Award for a Specialty Contractor: Transportation, Marine, Heavy, Earthmoving: STG Inc., GCI TERRA Ring Closure Sustainability in Construction Award: Orion Marine Group, UniSea Seafood Waste Dredging

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 19

Pat Leary was recently hired as the new senior vice president of Technical Services for Sitnasuak Applied Technologies LLC based in Anchorage, a subsidiary of Sitnasuak Native Corp. Leary started this position on Oct. 23. The primary focus of work will be “remote” supervisory control and data acquisition, information technology network and physical security, and general IT system operations and maintenance. Leary is from Anchorage and retired from the U.S. Navy as a Captain in 2012. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics with a concentration in oceanography, and a master’s degree in systems technology, space systems operations from the Naval Postgraduate School. His U.S. Navy assignments ranged from serving as the U.S. Northern Command as C3 Branch Chief and Command Architecture Division Chief, serving the USS Nimitz as the Combat Systems Officer including support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and serving the Naval Postgraduate School as the director of the Information Professional Center of Excellence. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal (4), Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal (2). In addition, his civilian professional experiences have included the director of Cyber Technologies for Trabus Technologies, and senior program manager of Cyber Security for Epsilon Systems Solutions Inc. Bryan Scoresby was appointed as the new state executive director for the USDA Alaska Farm Service Agency, effective Oct. 30. Scoresby has a master’s degree in agribusiness management from Brigham Young University and began his career with the USDA in 1987. In 1992, he came to Alaska to serve as a district director for FSA. Most recently, he has worked in the mortgage business for the past 21 years. The Farm Service Agency serves farmers, ranchers and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs. The agency offers farmers a strong safety net through the administration of farm commodity and disaster programs. The American Red Cross of Alaska recognized the outstanding efforts of Anchorage volunteer David Williams, who received the Bob Hassmiller Excellence in Disaster Services Award in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 25 at the Leadership Awards Reception and Dinner at the American Red Cross National Headquarters. This new national-level award has been established to recognize a volunteer who has made an impact on the American Red Cross, the community and the individuals the Red Cross serves in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, or recovery. Williams was nominated for the award by Red Cross of Alaska Regional Disaster Officer Kelley McGuirk. Williams has been volunteering with the Red Cross at the chapter, regional, and national levels for 18 years serving in roles including disaster action team captain, job director, as part of the national Casework and Recovery team, as an advanced instructor in Disaster Cycle Services, as a master instructor in Volunteer Services, and as a regional disaster officer volunteer partner. United Fishermen of Alaska hired Frances Leach as its executive director effective Jan. 5, 2018. Leach, a Juneau resident, was raised in a commercial fishing family in Ketchikan. UFA is the statewide commercial fishing umbrella association, representing 34 member organizations from fisheries throughout Alaska and its offshore waters.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 12

Sue Brogan has been promoted to chief operating officer at United Way of Anchorage. She will continue her leadership of the Health Impact portfolio, and of Alaska 2-1-1, a statewide information and referral system for health and social services, and its potential to provide other services in client assistance and navigation. Brogan previously was vice president, income and health impact and community engagement. Brogan has worked in the nonprofit sector for 35 years, starting her United Way career in 1996. She has been on the faculty of Foraker Group since 2001. Certified in Volunteer Administration in 1995, Brogan served as a founding member of the Volunteer &Employee Engagement Council (United Way Worldwide) and the University of Alaska Anchorage Center for Community Engagement &Learning. Dr. Monica Gross has joined United Way of Anchorage as the vice president for community impact, education and income. Gross is responsible for United Way’s roles in 90% by 2020 and supporting children and youth, the Anchorage Community Plan to End Homelessness, and improving financial stability for Anchorage residents. Gross has more than 20 years of experience as a practicing pediatrician. She has also consulted on projects involving health system strategy and innovation, community collaboration, and program development, implementation and evaluation. Gross received a medical degree from the University of Washington Medical School, completed her pediatric residency at the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree in public health from the University of California Los Angeles. She was recognized in 2016 as an Ashoka Changemakers Children’s Wellbeing Leader to Watch. Northrim Bank hired Joe Gelione as vice president, Commercial Loan Unit manager and promoted Annie Her to associate vice president, branch manager. Gelione joins Northrim Bank with 30 years of experience in the financial sector and has worked in banking in Alaska for more than 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, from Stockton University. Her has been with Northrim Bank for more than four years and has 11 years of experience in the financial industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resource management, from Portland State University. Lindsay Prunella joined the Mat-Su Health Foundation as program coordinator for R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Children with Kindness). R.O.C.K. Mat-Su is a cross-sector collaborative working to promote family resilience and reduce child maltreatment in the Mat-Su Borough. Prunella was previously the director of a coalition created to help youth make healthy choices, and as a prevention specialist in Michigan. She also worked for Alaska Community Island Services as a prevention specialist focused on reducing adult heavy and binge drinking and youth alcohol consumption. Prunella holds a master’s degree in social work from Loyola University with concentrations in alcohol and drug counseling and school social work. She also earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in interdisciplinary studies. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed three individuals to fill executive positions within the organization. Joel Swanson has been selected to fill the position of senior vice president, branch administration. Swanson brings more than 17 years of professional experience, including 10 years with Alaska USA. Most recently he served as vice president, Electronic Services. Sonya Watkins has been promoted to the position of vice president, Branch Administration, Alaska Region. Watkins has worked for Alaska USA for more than 23 years, primarily serving in positions of branch and area management. Most recently she served as area vice president, South Anchorage. Elizabeth Rense Pavlas has been selected to fill the position of vice president, Electronic Services. Pavlas has worked for Alaska USA for nine years in positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently she has served as Card Products manager. The Aleut Corp. board of directors appointed Thomas Mack as its new president and CEO effective immediately. The board recently consolidated the positions of president and CEO into one to better align shareholder and business activities. Mack has served as TAC’s president since 2006. Mack was raised in King Cove, located on the tip of the Alaska Peninsula, and is an original shareholder of both The Aleut Corp. and King Cove Corp. He earned a master of business administration degree at Alaska Pacific University, a master’s degree from Western Oregon University and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Mack also completed numerous executive leadership programs at Stanford University, the University of Chicago Booth and Harvard University. Long-time Alaskan and retired Major Gen. Mark Hamilton will join the Pebble Partnership project as executive vice president of External Affairs. Hamilton is also president emeritus of the University of Alaska. Hamilton will begin work immediately this fall, and expects to connect with political, business, community and Alaska Native leaders throughout the state to better understand their views and consider their advice as the Pebble Project advances into permitting. An Alaska resident for more than 20 years, Hamilton spent 31 years with the U.S. Army, including successful negotiations in Somalia and in the United Nations, leading toward peace in El Salvador. He has been awarded the military’s highest peacetime award, the Joint Distinguished Service Medal and was recognized by The National Association Of Scholars for “resolute Leadership in Defense of Intellectual Freedom in Higher Education.”

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 5

Denali Home Loans has promoted Jeffrey Hase to production manager after serving as senior mortgage loan originator since 2009. In this new position, Hase will oversee all MLO origination as well as processing. Hase will continue to originate loans while also filling the production manager position. Hase has been a mortgage loan originator in Alaska since 2003. He previously worked for retail, correspondent, and wholesale lending with other lenders, including Liberty Financial Group, Countrywide and Bank of America. Kimberly A. Zeren has joined Denali Federal Credit Union’s Home Loans Department as a senior mortgage loan originator where she is responsible for guiding her clients through the transaction, from prequalification to the close of sale. Zeren has been in the mortgage field for more than 25 years, part of that time at Wells Fargo Mortgage as well as operating her own mortgage business in Scottsdale, Ariz. for 10 years. Aileen Dimmick has joined the Denali Home Loans staff as a senior mortgage loan originator. Prior to Dimmick’s employment with Denali, she worked in Residential Mortgage as a mortgage loan originator and a loan processor. She also worked for Alaska USA’s Mortgage Department as an originator assistant. In total, Dimmick has 15 years in the mortgage lending industry. Dimmick is certified for Veterans’ Affairs, Housing and Urban Development 184 and Rural Development loan programs. She is currently listed as an Alaska Housing Finance Corp. “featured lender.” The Alutiiq Museum has promoted Lauren McCausland to the position of project specialist. McCausland moved to Kodiak with her husband two years ago and began working as a temporary assistant in the museum’s gallery. Now, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Kodiak College, and helping the museum to implement its educational programs. Her duties include managing the museum’s traveling educational boxes, assisting with the development of publications, and supporting Alutiiq language documentation projects. Ahtna Inc. promoted Timothy F. Gould, PE, to president of subsidiary Ahtna Engineering Services LLC. Gould has served as the vice president of AES and Ahtna Environmental Inc. since 2014. Gould’s experience spans 27 years in the consulting and construction markets with responsibilities nationwide and in the Pacific region. He has managed business operations and development for design-build facilities, environmental studies and remediation, and energy projects for federal, state, and local governments. He is a registered civil and environmental professional engineer and earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Gould is a past president of the Society of American Military Engineers Alaska Chapter Anchorage Post and currently holds a seat on their scholarship fund board of directors. Joe Beedle is retiring from his position as chairman of the board of Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp Inc. effective Jan. 2, 2018, and will be succeeded by Joe Schierhorn as chairman of the board of the bank and the company. Schierhorn is a charter employee of the bank and started his Northrim career as vice president, commercial loan officer and regulatory compliance manager in 1990. He was promoted first to senior vice president then elevated to executive vice president and chief financial officer, chief operating officer and finally president and CEO of the bank.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 29

PDC Engineers announced the following promotions and a new hire. Christine Swanson, PE, FPE, CFPS, has been promoted to an associate of the company. Swanson is a registered fire protection engineer and leads PDC’s fire protection services. She has more than 20 years of fire protection and life safety engineering experience and has written extensively on the topic. A graduate of Bradley University, Swanson joined PDC in 2016. Eric Bridgman, PE, is now an associate with the firm. Since joining PDC’s electrical team in 2010, Bridgman has worked on projects including electrical system repairs on Wake Island, new projects at Fort Greely, and on-going projects at Eielson Air Force Base. Bridgman works at the PDC office in downtown Palmer. He has a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. Jason Colquhoun, PE, LEED AP, is PDC’s newest associate. He is a registered mechanical and fire protection engineer and certified as a Level 1 thermographer. He has also been an adjunct professor with the Community and Technical College at University of Alaska Fairbanks teaching mechanical and electrical drafting for the past several years. Colquhoun is a UAF graduate with more than 10 years of experience and joined PDC in 2014. Cody Kreitel, PE, has joined the firm as a geotechnical engineer in the Anchorage office. Kreitel received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from BYU and a master’s degree in arctic engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage. He has worked on a wide variety of projects across Alaska and has extensive field experience in remote locations. Richard Allen was appointed as the new Anchorage District Attorney starting Nov. 6. Allen will replace Clint Campion, who resigned earlier this fall. Allen began his career in Alaska as an assistant district attorney in the Palmer District Attorney’s Office in 2004. He spent seven years prosecuting serious, violent cases in the Matanuska-Susitna valley. In 2011, Allen was appointed as director of the Office of Public Advocacy within the Department of Administration. As the OPA director, Allen oversaw 15 sections covering elder fraud prosecutions, child protection representation, public guardianship and criminal defense. Allen supervised more than 150 attorneys and 75 non-attorney positions. Office of Public Advocacy Deputy Director Chad Holt will serve as Acting Director of OPA until a director is selected by the Department of Administration. Chris Andrews has joined Denali Federal Credit Union Investment Services, available through CUSO Financial Services, LP, as a financial advisor. Andrews is responsible for creating, developing and executing short and long term financial strategies customized to meet client needs. Andrews will also coordinate with members to review portfolios in order to evaluate an investments performance toward achieving financial goals. Additionally, Andrews will be hosting monthly seminars that are complimentary to Denali’s members, which focus on various financial topics. Prior to Andrews’ employment with CFS at Denali, he worked at Valic as a financial advisor where he advised nearly 1,500 clients, delivered plan reviews for qualified plans, and recommended investment solutions appropriate for each individual client. He also worked at Wells Fargo where he built and provided personal service to individual investors. Andrews is Series 7 and 66 licensed and a health and variable insurance licensed professional, with almost 10 years of experience as a financial advisor. Attorney F. Steven Mahoney became a shareholder with Manley &Brautigam, PC as of Feb. 1. An attorney since 1986 and with the Manley &Brautigam firm Of Counsel for the past 10 years, Mahoney holds an accounting degree and is a certified public accountant. His practice focuses on income tax and property tax controversy resolution, non-profit law, and entity formation/governance, limited liability companies, partnerships, and corporations.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 22

William “Bill” D. Falsey will step into the role of municipal manager for the Municipality of Anchorage effective Nov. 1. Mike Abbott, who has served as municipal manager for the Berkowitz administration since 2015, will join the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority as its CEO. Falsey is a graduate of Dimond High School, Stanford University and Yale University Law School. He served most recently as municipal attorney. Prior to that appointment, Bill was a partner at Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans and Fillipi, a principal at FoxKiser, and the deputy chief of staff for the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior. Falsey was also a member of the 2017 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40. Ben Walker has been named the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year. Walker has spent his 11-year career at Romig Middle School in the Anchorage School District where he teaches seventh grade science, as well as applied technology, robotics, and media technology. He serves on the school’s social and emotional learning committee, organizes STEM Career Day, and helps organize the MathCOUNTS program. Walker was the 2013 Alaska Awardee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Whitman College and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Stephen Hodgson will join the Pebble Partnership project as senior vice president of engineering and project director and James Fueg will join the project as vice president of permitting. Hodgson, P.E., will lead Pebble’s engineering and project development team, with responsibility for all aspects of project design, engineering and financial studies and regulatory compliance. He will be supported by Fueg, PMP, CPG, who assumes responsibility for all aspects of the project’s regulatory permitting team and process, including management of environmental and socioeconomic studies, liaison with federal and state agencies and active management of Pebble’s forthcoming environmental impact statement process. Hodgson is a professional engineer with more than 40 years of experience in consulting, project management, feasibility-level design and implementation, and mine operations at some of the most significant mineral development projects in the world, including the Pine Point zinc mine in northern Canada, the Red Dog zinc mine in Alaska, Antamina in Peru, and the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia. Hodgson has led the engineering group at Northern Dynasty and Hunter Dickinson Inc. since 2005, has played a central role on the engineering team for Pebble for more than a decade, and was part of the Cominco team that evaluated the Pebble deposit in the early 1990s. Fueg is a geologist and a geophysicist with more than 25 years of experience in mineral exploration and resource development, including more than 20 years working in Alaska. He was most recently seconded from Barrick Gold Corporation to serve as Technical Services Manager for the Donlin Gold Project in western Alaska, where he played a leadership role managing the permitting process for a project expected to receive a final record of decision in 2018. The First Alaskans Institute announced two promotions and two new hires. Joy Gudáang’láa Demmert (Haida/Tlingit) was promoted to Indigenous Operations manager and Colin Tass’aq Atauciq McDonald (Yup’ik) was promoted to Sustainability coordinator. Demmert joined FAI in 2015 as the Organizational Advancement coordinator and was promoted to Indigenous Operations manager this year. She works with the Indigenous operations team to advance our administrative capacity from a values-based position. She belongs to the Káat nay- st/Yahkw ’Láanaas (Shark House/Middle Town People) Clan, was born and raised in Ketchikan and received her bachelor’s degree in accounting University of Alaska Anchorage. McDonald joined FAI in 2015 as a Sustainability assistant and was promoted to Sustainability coordinator this year. He was born and raised in Bethel and holds a bachelor’s degree in rural development with an emphasis in rural community business and economic development. Karla Booth has been hired as the Indigenous Leadership Continuum director. She began her position with FAI at the 2017 FAI Elders &Youth Conference. Booth is from the Raven clan, moved to Anchorage in 2000 to attend the UAA, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Alaska Native Literature and a minor in Alaska Native Studies. From 2004-17, she had the honor supporting the transition of and serving as an advocate for Alaska Native, Native American, and rural students as the UAA Alaska Native &Rural Outreach Program Coordinator and Cama-i Room Coordinator. Angela Gonzalez was hired as the Indigenous Communications manager in August. Prior to FAI, Angela was the communications coordinator at the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. for nearly 10 years. She was the former membership director at KNBA 90.3 FM. Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Tulsa. She received the 2016 Bruce Pozzi Chapter Service Award from PRSA-Alaska Chapter.


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