Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 12/13/15

Richard Collins has been appointed University of Alaska Fairbanks associate vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. Collins is a professor of atmospheric sciences. He joined UAF in 1994 as a research faculty member in the Geophysical Institute. Since that time he has served as a faculty member in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Atmospheric Sciences, and as an associate director of the Geophysical Institute.

Movers & Shakers 12/06/15

Dani Crosby was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Crosby will replace Judge Michael Spaan, who retired at the end of November after serving on the Anchorage Superior Court since 2007. Raised in Sitka, Crosby has practiced law for nearly 20 years, focusing on employment issues, complex business disputes, and family law matters. For the past two years, she has worked as a private practice attorney for Dani Crosby Law Office Inc. Prior to that, Crosby was an attorney at Ashburn & Mason P.C.

Movers & Shakers 11/29/15

Jillanne Inglis was appointed as Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the Municipality of Anchorage. Inglis will facilitate the full implementation of the ADA within the municipality as well as monitor compliance with the laws in the areas of physical accessibility and municipal services.

Movers & Shakers 11/22/15

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. President Adm. Tom Barrett, U.S. Coast guard (ret.), joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. He previously served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the first administrator of the U.S. Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration, directing the agency’s national safety programs for hazardous materials and liquid, natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous liquid pipelines. Prior to that, Barrett served 35 years in the U.S.

Movers & Shakers 11/15/15

Wells Fargo has named Adam Anderson and Leslie Dahl as Juneau business relationship managers. They will focus on meeting the unique financial needs of business owners and managers in Juneau and helping their businesses succeed financially. Anderson brings 10 years of title industry experience in Alaska to his role with Wells Fargo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Colorado State University. Anderson serves in the community as a Juneau Chamber of Commerce and Ducks Unlimited member.

Movers & Shakers 11/08/15

David Ridge, director, marine operations, for Crowley Maritime Corp., was presented with the 2014 Thomas Crowley award, the company’s highest honor, at a recent ceremony at the company’s Anchorage office. The exclusive employee recognition program was created in 1985 and only 60 of the company’s more than 5,300 employees have received the award symbolized by a limited edition bronze sculpture, which depicts company founder Thomas Crowley ferrying goods to and from ships on San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s.

Movers & Shakers 11/01/15

PND Engineers Inc. has selected Wade Lundberg, P.E., to be a principal in the firm. Lundberg has 15 years of professional engineering experience, joining PND’s Anchorage office in 2000 and transitioning to its Seattle office in 2007. This summer, he relocated to Houston to help establish PND’s newest branch office. Lundberg has been involved in multiple infrastructure projects in both Alaska and the Lower 48 for resource development and aviation facilities, with particular expertise in design of facilities on permafrost in Arctic Alaska.

Movers & Shakers 10/25/15

Jason Langen, PLS, has joined the R&M team as the land survey manager. Langen is a graduate of Huntington College and has more than 13 years of experience as a Professional Land Surveyor. He has worked on various projects throughout Alaska and his background includes construction surveying, bathymetric surveying, cadastral surveying, boundary surveys, topographic surveys, GPS surveys, project management, quantity calculations, and QA/QC procedure development just to name a few.

Movers & Shakers 10/18/15

Crowley Maritime Corp. has awarded Crowley Scholarships to four University of Alaska Fairbanks students: Allyson Wukovich, Isaac Peacock, Ashley Johnson and Gabriel Smith. Chosen for their academic achievements and meeting other scholarship criteria, each received $2,500 toward tuition from Crowley. Preferences for Crowley-funded UAF scholarships are given to students from rural Alaska from Crowley-served communities throughout the state. Wukovich, who is from Nome, is working toward a biology major with a concentration in cell and molecular biology.

Movers & Shakers 10/11/15

Penny Gage has joined The Institute of the North as Deputy Director. She was formerly at The Alaska Community Foundation. Gage is originally from Sitka and is a member of Sitka Tribe of Alaska and a Sealaska shareholder. Her prior experience includes work with U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua, the Alaska State Legislature, Rasmuson Foundation, a U.S congressional committee, and two international petroleum companies’ Washington, DC offices.

Movers & Shakers 10/04/15

Jon Zufelt, Ph.D., P.E., a senior hydraulic engineer in HDR’s Anchorage office, has received the American Society of Civil Engineers 2015 Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering. Zufelt received the award during the 16th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering recently held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Movers & Shakers 9/27/15

A.J. “Joey” Merrick II of Eagle River was appointed to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board of directors. Merrick has a long history with Laborers’ Local 341, beginning as a laborer apprentice in 1989. Since then, he has served as a general foreman, business agent and president, and now the union organization’s secretary-treasurer. He has more than 15 years of experience as a foreman in construction specific to Alaska’s pipeline industry. Dave Cruz of Palmer was re-appointed to the AGDC board.

Movers & Shakers 9/20/15

Dr. Deena Paramo of Wasilla has been appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. Paramo has extensive experience in Alaska’s education system, and is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Mat-Su Borough School District. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, an elementary school principal, and several years as a teacher in both Glennallen and the Mat-Su.

Movers & Shakers 9/13/15

Bering Straits Native Corp. announced the awardees of its 2015 Young Providers Award as Heather Jackson of Shaktoolik and Nick Hanson of Unalakleet. The Young Providers Award honors young people from the BSNC region who contribute on a daily basis to the health and wellbeing of their families, communities and culture. This year, the BSNC Board of Directors has chosen to posthumously honor the late Herbie Nayokpuk and Sinrock Mary by presentation of the awards. Jackson and Hanson will be honored at the 2015 BSNC Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Oct.

Movers & Shakers 9/06/15

ANSEP alums achieve tenure-track positions

Two Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program alumni will make history at the University of Alaska Anchorage as the first tenure-track Alaska Native engineering faculty members. Both Michele Yatchmeneff and Matt Calhoun recently earned their doctorates in engineering and will begin teaching engineering courses during the fall semester of 2015 to develop the next generation of STEM industry professionals in Alaska.

Movers & Shakers 8/30/15

Nina Kemppel is the new president and CEO of the Alaska Community Foundation, and will join ACF in mid-October. Kemppel comes to ACF from serving as president and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum since 2012. Before joining the Alaska Humanities Forum, Kemppel was principal at the Coraggio Group, a West Coast strategy and organizational change firm in Portland, Ore. She also spent four years in Boston at a global management-consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, where she worked with several Fortune 500 companies as well as nonprofit organizations.

Movers & Shakers 8/23/15

Cary Deck, a professor of economics at the University of Arkansas and the director of its Behavioral Business Research Laboratory, will serve as the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Rasmuson Chair of Economics for the 2015-16 academic year. Within UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy, Deck will work with faculty to promote research and teaching excellence. He will engage students in the classroom and will advise them on undergraduate research projects.

Movers & Shakers 8/16/15

Marleanna Hall is the new executive director of Resource Development Council for Alaska Inc. Prior to this appointment, Hall was a projects coordinator for RDC, and formerly the Development Director for the Alaska Mineral and Energy Resource Education Fund (now Alaska Resource Education). She previously worked at Tesoro Alaska Company and the Arc of Anchorage. Hall has a bachelor’s degree in business management–administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers 08/09/15


Movers & Shakers 8/02/15

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington announced the 2015 winners of the Alaska Business of the Year Torch Awards: CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp., Alaska Large Business of the Year; The Wilson Agency, Alaska Medium Business of the Year; Hogins Plumbing & Heating, Alaska Small Business of the Year. This year’s Alaska judges included Brenda Hanson, Maureen Haggblom, Archana Mishra and Kevin Turkington.  The Torch Award winners will be honored at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Monday Forum on Aug.


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