Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 07/17/16

Altman, Rogers & Co. CPAs, announced that Sasha Barcheski has been promoted to audit manager in Anchorage. Barcheski recently received her CPA license from the State of Washington. Her wealth of experience includes working with nonprofit and governmental organizations throughout Alaska. Barcheski graduated from Western Washington University in June of 2011. Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union announced that President and CEO Mike Lombardino will retire effective Dec. 31 and Anthony Rizk, an internal candidate, has been named as successor. Rizk assumed the role of president as of June 1 and will gain the title of CEO upon Lombardino’s departure. Lombardino has been the credit union’s president and CEO since 2002. Under Lombardino’s oversight, SoAFCU has enjoyed over a decade of stable growth and success in serving its members during some of the most challenging times in the financial industry. SoAFCU has grown from $65 million in total assets to the current level of around $150 million in total assets. Pamela Kauveiyakul joined Anchorage Economic Development Corp. as business and economic development director and Allison Meyers was hired as operations coordinator. As business and economic development director, Kauveiyakul will be responsible for creating and executing strategies to help grow and diversify Anchorage’s economy. Kauveiyakul holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and communications from Loyola University New Orleans. She brings a wealth of experience from leadership positions across different sectors, including positions at BP Exploration, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and Camp Fire USA Alaska Council. As operations coordinator, Meyers will execute the day-to-day operations of the AEDC offices and assist the vice president with human resources and accounting duties. She will also support division directors in driving AEDC’s key strategic initiatives and visions. Meyers is a lifelong Alaskan and hails from Bethel. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in investment finance. Meyers came from a long line of entrepreneurs and owned her first business at the age of 17.  

Movers & Shakers 07/10/16

Dr. Karen Carey joined the University of Alaska Southeast last week as provost. Carey earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from University of Cincinnati. She comes to UAS from the California State University Channel Islands, in Ventura, where she served as the dean of Arts & Sciences. In that role she was responsible for strategic planning and student learning as well as managing academic programs with more than 200 faculty. As UAS Provost, Dr. Carey collaborates with faculty to support the teaching, research, and service missions of UAS and also serves as the academic liaison with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and University to maintain UAS’ accreditation, and is responsible for ensuring compliance with applicable standards and reporting expectations. Chancellor Rick Caulfield selected Carey after a year-long national search process. University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has appointed Dana L. Thomas as interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Thomas will begin on Aug. 14, succeeding outgoing UAF Interim Chancellor Mike Powers, and will end his term on June 30, 2017. Johnsen nominated Thomas on June 6 after reviewing nearly a dozen applications. Thomas was born and raised in Fairbanks and is an alumnus of UAF. He was the statewide vice president of academic affairs and research from 2012-14. Thomas served six years as chair of UAF’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He is recognized for his interdisciplinary research on the design and analysis of studies assessing food and habitat selection by animals. In 2005, Thomas received the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award. From 2006-12, Thomas served as UAF’s vice provost and accreditation liaison officer.  

Movers & Shakers 07/03/16

The University of Alaska Anchorage named Denise Runge as dean of UAA’s Community & Technical College. She brings an expertise in community and industry partnerships and more than 25 years of higher education experience to her new role. CTC offers career and technical education programs closely aligned with Alaska’s core industries, including aviation, construction, hospitality, occupational safety, and oil and gas. Runge earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Alabama. Most recently she worked at UAA’s campus in Prince William Sound, where she served as associate director of academic affairs and taught business and public administration. Her work experience includes leadership and teaching positions at Helena (Mont.) College, Oglethorpe (Ga.) University and the University of Southern Mississippi. KPMG LLP has promoted Melissa Jay and Jenna Maurer to audit manager in the firm’s Anchorage office. Jay provides audit services to several types of clients including state government entities, not-for-profit organizations, Alaska native corporations, and private companies. She was raised in Alaska and joined KPMG in 2011 after earning a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah. Maurer’s audit experience includes serving Alaska native corporations, employee benefit plans, not-for-profit organizations, mining, and fisheries. She was born and raised in Alaska and joined KPMG in 2011 upon completing her master’s degree in accounting from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Two University of Alaska graduates recently joined the R&M Consultants Inc. team. Corey Prewett, EIT, CESCL, joined R&M’s Site Development Group in May 2016 as a staff engineer. He provides civil engineering support on site development projects, including schools, universities, harbors and other facilities. His responsibilities include AutoCAD drafting on building sites, including grading and drainage; submittal reviews; specification creation; and report review. Before graduating in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Prewett served as president for the Institute of Transportation Engineers, UAA Chapter and the American Society of Civil Engineers, UAA Chapter. His previous experience includes working as a traffic analyst for the Municipality of Anchorage and as a construction intern for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Since joining R&M, Prewett has been responsible for submittal reviews for the DOT&PF
SWPF Class V Injection Well Closure project, AutoCAD work for different UAA projects, and grading, specification review and AutoCAD drafting for the F-35 Eielson Earth Covered Magazines project. Robert Colles, EIT, CESCL, joined R&M in May 2016 as staff engineer in our Airport Engineering Group and is responsible for providing civil engineering design support for airport and utility projects. Colles previously worked with R&M as an intern in our materials laboratory for the past two summers before being hired full-time after graduation from the University of Fairbanks Alaska with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Since joining R&M full-time, Colles has worked on the Baronoff Booster Station Well Survey project and will be assisting with the Dillingham Runway Rehabilitation Design Services project. Greg Solomon was promoted to director of marketing and graphic design with Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. as of May 23. Solomon started with UIC in March 2015 as the manager of marketing and communications in the Anchorage Calais office with UIC’s Marketing and Communications. As well as assisting with event planning and promotions, networking and media relations, Solomon will also be managing departmental staff and taking a larger role in assisting Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Mario Gamboa with on-going corporate marketing goals. Solomon has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising and marketing fields, and also 15 years in the IT industry. His work has been showcased by companies like, BP Exploration Alaska, Northern Air Cargo, the Alaska Chamber and Providence Alaska Medical Center. Solomon is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. His academic credentials include attendance at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.  As well as, studying the Arts at Incarnate Word College and San Antonio College in Texas. The University of Alaska Anchorage named Denise Runge as dean of UAA’s Community & Technical College. She brings an expertise in community and industry partnerships and more than 25 years of higher education experience to her new role. CTC offers career and technical education programs closely aligned with Alaska’s core industries, including aviation, construction, hospitality, occupational safety, and oil and gas. Runge earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Alabama. Most recently she worked at UAA’s campus in Prince William Sound, where she served as associate director of academic affairs and taught business and public administration. Her work experience includes leadership and teaching positions at Helena (Mont.) College, Oglethorpe (Ga.) University and the University of Southern Mississippi. KPMG LLP has promoted Melissa Jay and Jenna Maurer to audit manager in the firm’s Anchorage office. Jay provides audit services to several types of clients including state government entities, not-for-profit organizations, Alaska native corporations, and private companies. She was raised in Alaska and joined KPMG in 2011 after earning a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah. Maurer’s audit experience includes serving Alaska native corporations, employee benefit plans, not-for-profit organizations, mining, and fisheries. She was born and raised in Alaska and joined KPMG in 2011 upon completing her master’s degree in accounting from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Two University of Alaska graduates recently joined the R&M Consultants Inc. team. Corey Prewett, EIT, CESCL, joined R&M’s Site Development Group in May 2016 as a staff engineer. He provides civil engineering support on site development projects, including schools, universities, harbors and other facilities. His responsibilities include AutoCAD drafting on building sites, including grading and drainage; submittal reviews; specification creation; and report review. Before graduating in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Prewett served as president for the Institute of Transportation Engineers, UAA Chapter and the American Society of Civil Engineers, UAA Chapter. His previous experience includes working as a traffic analyst for the Municipality of Anchorage and as a construction intern for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Since joining R&M, Prewett has been responsible for submittal reviews for the DOT&PF
SWPF Class V Injection Well Closure project, AutoCAD work for different UAA projects, and grading, specification review and AutoCAD drafting for the F-35 Eielson Earth Covered Magazines project. Robert Colles, EIT, CESCL, joined R&M in May 2016 as staff engineer in our Airport Engineering Group and is responsible for providing civil engineering design support for airport and utility projects. Colles previously worked with R&M as an intern in our materials laboratory for the past two summers before being hired full-time after graduation from the University of Fairbanks Alaska with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Since joining R&M full-time, Colles has worked on the Baronoff Booster Station Well Survey project and will be assisting with the Dillingham Runway Rehabilitation Design Services project. Greg Solomon was promoted to director of marketing and graphic design with Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. as of May 23. Solomon started with UIC in March 2015 as the manager of marketing and communications in the Anchorage Calais office with UIC’s Marketing and Communications. As well as assisting with event planning and promotions, networking and media relations, Solomon will also be managing departmental staff and taking a larger role in assisting Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Mario Gamboa with on-going corporate marketing goals. Solomon has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising and marketing fields, and also 15 years in the IT industry. His work has been showcased by companies like, BP Exploration Alaska, Northern Air Cargo, the Alaska Chamber and Providence Alaska Medical Center. Solomon is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. His academic credentials include attendance at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.  As well as, studying the Arts at Incarnate Word College and San Antonio College in Texas.

Movers & Shakers 06/26/16

Keni Lynn Campbell has been appointed public information officer for the University of Alaska Southeast effective June 17. Campbell replaces Katie Bausler, who will be leaving UAS due to a reorganization of marketing and public relations functions to reduce costs. In addition, Campbell will continue in her role as special assistant to the chancellor. DCI Engineers, a civil and structural consulting engineering firm, has added staff in its Anchorage office. Jeremy Ryan, P.E., joined the firm as a new associate at the Anchorage office. He brings more than 10 years of structural engineering experience in technical design, construction administration, and project management. His past experience includes commercial, residential, parking, educational, government, and industrial building projects. He is a licensed civil and structural engineer in both Alaska and California. Sava White, EIT, joined DCI as a structural project engineer. Originally from Homer, White has experience in the commercial and residential sectors, and in environmental remediation engineering. Upon joining the firm, he was assigned to the Kloosterboer Dock Extension project, as well as residential and commercial projects in Anchorage. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. Michael Johnson has been appointed commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development, effective July 1. Johnson has served in the Copper River School District as superintendent, school principal, district curriculum and staff development director, elementary teacher, and special education program assistant. During his tenure as its principal, Glennallen Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Johnson also is a recipient of the prestigious Milken Educator Award. Johnson holds a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts in teaching degree in elementary education from Columbia International University, and a doctorate of philosophy in education and intercultural studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kelly Cates and Charlotte Regula-Whitefield, graduate students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will head to Washington, D.C., next year as 2017 Knauss Marine Policy Fellows. Cates, a master’s degree student in fisheries at the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, has been studying humpback whales to create baseline data for future management decisions. Regula-Whitefield, also a fisheries student at SFOS, said her doctoral research relates to the concerns of coastal communities. Cates and Regula-Whitefield will join other fellows in the capital in November 2016 for interviews and placement in the executive or legislative branch of the federal government, and will begin their fellowships in February 2017. Huna Totem Corp. shareholder and Board of Directors Chair Russell Dick will become CEO on Oct. 1. A member of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan and Eagle moiety, Dick was elected to the Huna Totem board of directors in 2002 and has served as board chair since 2008. Dick has served as CEO of Alaskan Dream Cruises, a private, Tlingit-owned small ship cruise line, and as the president and CEO of Haa Aaní, LLC, a subsidiary of Sealaska Corp. He’s served as the vice chair of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board since 2013. He holds a master’s of science in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business; a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University; and a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from the University of Phoenix.

Movers & Shakers 06/19/16

Communications volunteer Dave Stroh is the 2016 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Communications Award, one of the top honors given to volunteers in the Western States Affiliate, which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Stroh’s award was presented during the AHA’s volunteer awards dinner in Los Angeles on June 6. The Communications Award recognizes outstanding communications efforts by an individual volunteer working to promote the positioning of the American Heart Association and its efforts to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Stroh has been the voice of the AHA in the state for more than 28 years. He promotes AHA events on-air, emcees the Anchorage Heart Run and Heart Walk events, develops public service announcements and serves as an AHA ambassador to all seven of Alpha Media’s Alaska radio stations. Anna Rosenberg and Francy Bennett have joined the Denali Federal Credit Union staff as a marketing officers. Rosenberg is responsible for coordinating the marketing efforts for Denali branches, Investment Services, Youth Programs (Kids Prospector Club, Teen Power, and Up & Coming), School Business Partnership, and special event planning. Bennett is responsible for coordinating the marketing efforts for Denali Home Loans, Card Services (Visa), Business Services and Business Lending. She is the BALANCE coordinator, a financial literacy program that provides information to help Denali members achieve their financial goals. Bennett also staffs the Social Responsibility Committee and co-chairs Denali’s philanthropic and outreach committee called Community Counts. Prior to Rosenberg’s employment with Denali, she worked in Phoenix, Ariz., as a marketing coordinator for a nation-wide rental property company. Rosenberg received her bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant management from Northern Arizona University. Prior to Bennett’s employment with Denali, she worked for eight years in business advocacy organizations, one as vice president of the Alaska Chamber. She also worked for more than 10 years in advertising. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cornell University. The University of Alaska Anchorage named Ralph Townsend to lead the Institute of Social and Economic Research starting in August. He brings an expertise in the economics of fisheries and nearly 30 years of higher education experience to his new role. Townsend earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Most recently he worked as Winona (Minn.) State University’s dean of liberal arts. His work experience includes serving as chief economist for the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries, and economics professor and department chair at the University of Maine. Townsend is the president of the International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade.  

Movers & Shakers 06/12/16

Angela Bradford of Northrim Bank has been promoted to assistant vice president, loan compliance assistant manager. Bradford joined Northrim Bank in December 2014 as the loan and CRA compliance associate. She came to Northrim with more than 12 years of experience of branch operations with BBVA Compass in Montgomery, Ala. Bradford has attended the ABA National Compliance School in San Diego, Calif. She is highly engaged in the community and volunteers for Salvation Army’s McKinnell House, Covenant House, Junior Achievement Alaska and Northrim’s School Business Partner, Fairview Elementary School. Dr. Charla Brown, assistant professor of human resource management at University of Alaska Southeast, has been named a regional recipient of the 2016 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching excellence in the classroom. Brown will be honored, along with other regional recipients, at ACBSP Annual Conference 2016, June 17-20 in Atlanta. She will receive a medallion and a $250 check. Two International Teaching Excellence Award recipients will be announced at a special Salute to Regions luncheon, one from a baccalaureate/graduate degree-granting institution and one from an associate degree-granting institution. As a regional recipient, Brown is now a candidate for the international award. Chris Linford has opened a mechanical engineering practice in South Anchorage.  The company, Chris Linford Consulting Engineer, provides consultation and design services of commercial HVAC/plumbing mechanical systems throughout Alaska, California and Washington. Linford is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has been a registered professional engineer since 1978. Jennifer Bernard has joined the Credit Union 1 board of directors. Bernard is a business professional with more than 18 years of experience in business development, management, sales, marketing, leadership and education. She has served on the credit union’s Supervisory Committee since 2012. Bernard received her bachelor’s degree in organizational management and her master of business administration degree from Alaska Pacific University. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in public policy and administration.

Movers & Shakers 06/01/16

The Alaska Trucking Association hosted its annual Truck Driving Championships on May 21 in Anchorage. The first place winners in each division will go on to the national championships. 5 Axle Day Cab: 1st, Todd Wheeler, American Fast Freight; 2nd Jesse Walker; Sourdough; 3rd, Anyelo Vasquez, Carlile. 3 Axle: 1st, Muku Afusia, Fed Ex; 2nd, Danile Baker, Carlile; 3rd, Alan Marshall, American Fast Freight. Straight Truck: 1st, Doug Rickel, Fed Ex; 2nd, Vincent Cochran; 3rd, Rebecca Nelson, Fed Ex. Sleeper: 1st, William Krenz, Carlile; 2nd, Derwin Pichardo, Weaver Bros; 3rd, Barbara Hanson, Carlile. Tanker: 1st, Jacke Sorenson, Lynden; 2nd, Brooks Armstrong, Sourdough; 3rd, Justin Walunga, Carilile. Step Van: 1st, Ron Bernier, Fed Ex; 2nd, Cathy Baily, Fed Ex; 3rd, Madeline Vea, Fed Ex. 5 Axle: 1st Charles Radcliffe, Carlile; 2nd Ryan Surian, American Fast Freight; 3rd Tanner Heisler, Lynden. Overall Winners: 1st, Dough Rickel, Fed Ex; 2nd, Charles Radcliffe, Carlile; 3rd William Krenz, Carlile. Dr. Jared R. Kirkham, M.D., specialty-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, is joining Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic June 1. As a specialty-trained physical medicine and rehabilitation expert, Kirkham’s skills include a wide variety of advanced techniques to effectively diagnose and treat injuries and physical limitations. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Kirkham completed an internship in medicine and surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. First National Bank Alaska recently announced the appointments of a new branch manager and an assistant vice president/loan officer. Jennifer Brody is the new branch manager at the Parkway Branch. She will be responsible for business development, consumer loans, branch operations and customer service at First National’s location in East Anchorage. Brody first joined First National as a teller in 2008. She excelled at numerous Anchorage branches, including a time as Parkway’s customer service representative. Equipped with more than 10 years of banking experience in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula, Sheila Lomboy was named loan officer and appointed assistant vice president. She will provide commercial banking opportunities and other services to Alaska businesses. Kate Blair has joined Tesoro as the government and public affairs manager for Alaska, based in Anchorage. Matt Gill, External Affairs Senior Manager for Tesoro, previously covered both Washington and Alaska and will now focus on Washington and Oregon. In her role, Blair is responsible for state and local government and public affairs in Alaska while working with the refining, logistics, and marketing leadership teams. She will also manage the community investment program through the Tesoro Foundation. Blair was previously the committee and projects coordinator for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and before that, a specialty representative with Pfizer. Prior to moving to Alaska 10 years ago, Blair was a Division I women’s hockey coach at both the University of Maine and Mercyhurst College. Blair holds a master’s degree from Mercyhurst College and bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.    

Movers & Shakers 05/29/16

Carven Scott has been named director of the NOAA National Weather Service’s Alaska Region in Anchorage. He started his new assignment on May 15. Beginning in December 2007, Carven served as chief of the environmental and scientific services division at the regional headquarters, successfully recasting and developing the division and enabling Alaska Region to meet current, emerging, and evolving mission requirements. In December 2015, he was selected as acting director of the region. Scott has been a National Weather Service employee for over 35 years. He served as science and operations officer at the weather forecast office in Anchorage from 1993 to 2007. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including a Department of Commerce Gold Medal in January 2015 for his work on synthetic aperture radar for ocean applications leading to operational implementation of the first automated SAR product in NOAA. In addition to his civil service with the NWS, Scott served in the military for more than 30 years, retiring as a captain in the Navy Reserve in March 2014. During his last tour he served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Reserve Headquarters Unit. Tana Smith, a mechanical EIT and NANA shareholder in WHPacific’s Anchorage office, has passed the American Petroleum Institute’s 570 Piping Inspector Exam. This exam is provided by the API through their Individual Certification Programs, which have provided the petroleum and petrochemical industry with a solid way to evaluate the knowledge of inspection personnel. Their certified inspectors are recognized all over the world as professionals that are fully capable of performing in congruence with industry acceptable standards and practices. David Robbins, a mechanical engineer in WHPacific’s Anchorage office, has just earned his Professional Engineer license in the state of Alaska. Robbins already has a P.E. license in Colorado. He has thorough design and operational experience with some of the most challenging and unique water and wastewater treatment, distribution, and collection systems from northern Alaska to New Mexico and the Marshall Islands. Robbins has worked for WHPacific for the last six years mainly on North Slope Borough, as a project manager and mechanical engineer. AECOM announced several leadership changes within its Alaska operations. Laura Young assumed the role of technical services manager. In this new role, Young will oversee engineering, geographic information system and computer-aided drafting disciplines. Young will also continue to serve as the federal business development lead for Alaska. Young joined AECOM, through legacy Dames & Moore, in 1995. Elizabeth Bella, Ph.D., was named planning group manager. In this new position, Bella will continue to manage projects and will also serve as strategic and business development lead for the planning group. Bella has 15 years of applied ecology and regulatory experience, and she joined AECOM in 2015. Joy Wakefield-Gonzalez was named business manager. In this new role, Wakefield-Gonzalez will be responsible for project management improvement, business management and financial planning. Wakefield-Gonzalez joined AECOM, through legacy firm Tryck Nyman Hayes, in 2008. MUSE Restaurant at the Anchorage Museum recently welcomed Brad Harris to its kitchen as executive chef. Harris was formally trained in traditional French cuisine at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and specializes in modern American and Italian cuisines. Harris began his career as a sous chef on an international cruise line, which allowed him to travel to dozens of countries and savor foods from all over the world. After serving in executive chef roles in various states throughout the U.S., Harris pursued his love for adventure to Alaska, where he joined the Nenana View Bar & Grille near Denali National Park and Preserve as chef de cuisine. Most recently, Harris served as executive chef at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, where he designed menus featuring locally sourced farm products in a fine-dining atmosphere. Chugach Electric Association members re-elected Bruce Dougherty and Susan Reeves to the utility’s Board of Directors. Dougherty, Reeves, and Ron Stafford ran for the two board seats to be filled for this year’s election. Dougherty and Reeves will serve four-year terms. Reeves is an attorney and Dougherty is a retired health program manager for the State of Alaska. Just over 9 percent of Chugach’s 68,937 members voted in the election. Of the votes cast, roughly 58 percent were by mail and 41 percent were cast electronically via the internet or telephone. Following the meeting, the board met to elect officers to serve for the next year. All officers were re-elected as follows: Janet Reiser, board chair; Reeves, vice-chair; Sisi Cooper, treasurer; and Dougherty, secretary. The Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank recently made two additions to its staff. Zac Hays, a lifelong Alaskan with over 15 years of commercial lending experience in Alaska, has joined CFAB’s staff as a vice president commercial loan officer. Aliesha Richards was appointed assistant vice president and will be responsible for managing accounting and human resources. Richards recently spent 15 years in similar positions in various departments within the Municipality of Anchorage.    

Movers & Shakers 05/22/16

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed six individuals to fill executive positions within the organization. Brian Wolf has been promoted to chief operations officer. Wolf has over 18 years of financial institution experience, with the last three years at Alaska USA. He most recently held the position of executive director, Retail Financial Services. Chad Meadows has been selected for executive director, Retail Financial Services. Chad has over 12 years of financial institution experience, most recently as vice president, Retail Delivery and Sales, for Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. Tod Miller has been promoted to the new position of senior vice president, Indirect Lending. Miller has been with Alaska USA for 26 years, most recently as vice president, Indirect Lending. Phenie Miller has been promoted to senior vice president, Branch Administration. Miller has been with Alaska USA for 30 years, and was most recently area vice president, Mat-Su Valley Area. Bob Thompson has been promoted to senior vice president, Corporate Properties and Supply. Thompson has 26 years of facilities management experience, with the last eight at Alaska USA. He was previously vice president, Corporate Properties and Supply. Chris Wilder has been selected for the position of vice president, Operations. Wilder has been with Alaska USA for 13 years, most recently as vice president, Branch Administration, Alaska Region. Prestige Care Inc. has named Paul Mattfeld as administrator of Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center in Anchorage. Mattfeld will oversee all aspects of the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, a 102-room skilled nursing care center located in east Anchorage. The center offers a comprehensive range of care solutions including 24-hour skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, a restorative program and social services, all in a home-style setting. Mattfeld has worked for Prestige Care since 2000, and most recently was the administrator at Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation in Washington state. Mattfeld holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington State University. He was named the Washington Health Care Association “Administrator of the Year” for 2015. The Rasmuson Foundation announced that Anchorage artist Don Decker has been named the 2016 Distinguished Artist. The $40,000 award recognizes an artist with stature and a history of creative excellence. Actively making art in Alaska since 1971, Decker has had 35 solo exhibitions and was included in 250 exhibitions in Alaska and juried shows in 20 states. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Museum of the North, State Museum, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank, State of Hawaii Collection, Del Mar College National Collection and Alaska Percent for Art. Decker has been an adjunct instructor of art at the University of Alaska Anchorage since 1992 and has taught 90 art courses at Alaska colleges. He earned his master of arts from The University of Guam and master of fine arts from The Vermont College of Fine Arts. Alaskan Brewing Co.’s long-time Chief Operations Officer Linda Thomas has been named the new CEO. Co-founder Geoff Larson will maintain his role as president and chair of the board, and will be sharing the “Beer Powered Beer” concept industry wide. In Thomas’ 22 years with Alaskan, she has been instrumental in developing a financially sound company, ranked in the top 1 percent of the over 4,000 breweries in the U.S. in 2015 according to the Brewer’s Association. Stoel Rives firm managing partner James E. Torgerson has been honored with the Jay Rabinowitz Public Service Award, presented by the Alaska Bar Foundation for his commitment to public service. Given each year since 2003, the award is bestowed by the board of trustees of the Alaska Bar Foundation to an individual whose life’s work has demonstrated a dedication to public service in Alaska. The award is funded through gifts from the public in honor of the late Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz. Torgerson joined Stoel Rives in 2008 as the founder and managing partner of the firm’s Anchorage office. Torgerson has helped lead efforts to ensure equal access to justice for all Alaskans, including Alaska Natives. He was appointed to represent the federal court on the Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission and served as a board member and later vice president of the Disability Law Center and today co-chairs the fundraising campaign for Alaska Legal Services, which raises money to provide civil legal assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal counsel. He co-founded Anchorage Youth Court and currently serves as one of the lawyer members of the Alaska Judicial Council. He has served on a dozen boards of directors, including the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Museum Foundation, and he currently co-chairs the endowment campaign for the Alaska Community Foundation. The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute recently expanded its team to 26 cardiovascular specialists at six locations with the addition of Dr. David Chambers, M.D., to its Soldotna office. Chambers joins the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute team from Tennessee with over 30 years of experience practicing cardiology and internal medicine. Chambers received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Austin Peay State University in 1978 and went on to earn his doctorate in physiology as well as his doctor of medicine from the University of South Alabama shortly after. Chambers then completed his internship, internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship, respectively, at Duke University Medical Center.  

Movers & Shakers 05/15/16

Prof. Bruno Kappes, director of the Anchorage Biofeedback Clinic and a 30-plus year University of Alaska Anchorage psychology professor, was recently selected by the University of Alaska Foundation Trustees as the recipient of its most prestigious award: the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. Kappes has been a pioneer in delivering psychology courses. He has taught more than 10,000 UAA students since 2000 alone. Aside from Kappes teaching duties, he has presented international lectures on the topic and also is an active researcher. His early research at UAA assisted with the protocols and medical treatment of cold-injured patients at the Thermal Unit of Providence Hospital in Anchorage. His current research focus “insanity and the death-qualified jury” has proved important in Alaska’s courtrooms as well. Kappes will receive $15,000 for his significant contribution to the university from the UA Foundation, thanks to a generous gift from Edith Bullock. Shaun Kraska, principal of West Valley High School in Fairbanks, has been selected as the Alaska Secondary School Principal of the Year by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals. Kraska has served as principal at West Valley High School for eight years. Principal Kraska shared that culture and tradition is what makes her school distinctive. Principal Kraska will be honored during the 2016 Alaska Principals Conference. The Alaska Principals conference will be held at the Anchorage Sheraton Hotel Oct. 23-25. PND Engineers Inc. announced several new hires and professional achievements in its Anchorage office. Nathan Harris, E.I.T., and Brandi Opsahl, E.I.T., recently joined the firm as staff engineers. Both are lifelong Alaskans, and both graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering. Harris brings to his position field inspection, highway design, and construction administration experience. Opsahl was an intern at PND prior to becoming a full-time employee.  She specializes in building structural design. Brenna Hughes was hired as an environmental scientist. Hughes holds a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master’s degree in science management from the University of Alaska Anchorage.  She has seven years of experience planning, permitting, and executing geophysical and hydrographic surveys in support of marine construction, resource development, and nautical charting. She has broad experience with the Alaska regulatory environment and with the logistics and permits required to implement field projects in remote environments. Timothy Peters, PND’s systems administrator, recently obtained the CompTIA Security+ certification. The Security+ credential is an internationally recognized validation of foundation-level information technology security skills and knowledge. Peters has seven years of professional IT experience and has been with PND since 2012. Ingrid Martin, marketing manager for PND, has earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer through the Society for Marketing Professional Services, which advocates for, educates, and connects leaders in the design and building industry. Candidates must meet educational and experience requirements, pass a written examination, and pledge to abide by the CPSM Code of Ethics. Martin, who rejoined PND in August 2014, had previously been the firm’s marketing manager from 2000-2008. She has an extensive background in journalism and has also worked as a federal-contracting proposal manager.  

Movers & Shakers 05/08/16

Mollie Shackleford has been appointed as an architectural business information modeling specialist at McCool Carlson Green. Shackleford graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004 with a bachelor of architecture degree. In 2008 she began to focus on BIM education, eventually teaching Revit with an Autodesk reseller and consulting with architects in BIM implementation. For the past 5 years she has focused in construction technology, having worked for two large general contractors, including DPR Construction. McCool Carlson Green has also appointed Melissa Grieve, NCIDQ, ASID, CDT as an interior designer to expand the firm’s interior design department. Grieve has eight years of professional interior design experience and is currently working on renovations at Alaska Regional Hospital. As the immediate past president of the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, Grieve supports the growth of her local interior design community. She is an advocate for sustainable change in the built environment and has recently become a member International Living Future Institute. RIM Architects founder and president/CEO Larry S. Cash was elected to fellowship by the 2016 College of Fellows Jury of The American Institute of Architects. Each year, the Jury of Fellows elevates a select number of AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Cash was nominated last fall by the AIA Alaska chapter and its local contingent of fellows. The AIA Fellowship program elevates architects with proven significant contribution to architecture, society, and standard of excellence in the profession. Out of a total AIA membership of approximately 88,000, there are fewer than 3,200 members distinguished with this honor. Cash will receive his Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony in May at the national AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia. Kevin Eischens, PLS, CFedS, has joined WHPacific’s Anchorage office as a professional land surveyor. He comes to WHPacific with over 20 years of experience in surveying. His projects have ranged from water treatment facilities and fire station design to aerial and topographic surveys. Eischens is a licensed professional and surveyor in Alaska, and he has a bachelor’s degree in surveying and mapping from University of Alaska Anchorage. Matanuska Electric Association held its 2016 Annual Membership Meeting and Board Election on April 26. Rresults are as follows: Susitna East District, Robert Doyle (Incumbent); Susitna West District, Bill Kendig. Jennifer Thompson was honored with the University of Alaska Anchorage Journalism and Public Communications Alumni Award on April 29. Thompson is the principal partner and president/CEO of Thompson & Co. Public Relations, which has offices in Anchorage, New York City and Houston. She personally handles the firm’s most high-level projects, including coordination for national media such as Bravo’s “Top Chef,” NBC’s “Today,” and “Cooking with Paula Deen.” Thompson is an active mentor of young professionals and employs several UAA journalism and public communications graduates. Thompson graduated from UAA in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications. She began her career as a public relations intern at Bernholz & Graham in 1999, and went from intern to president in just seven years. Three years later, Thompson purchased the agency, and rebranded it to reflect the change of ownership. In 2015 PR News magazine named Thompson one of the nation’s top women in public relations. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and she sits on the boards of UAA’s Celebrity Chef Invitational and the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors Academy. The Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Kathleen McConnell to its team as a program officer leading the Healthy Foundations for Families focus area. McConnell is responsible for working with the program team to design and implement strategic initiatives to advance the foundation’s goals and vision. This includes reviewing and approving funding recommendations; providing project and grantee technical assistance; and interacting with other grant-makers, not-for-profit leaders and public and private stake holders whose work intersects with that of the foundation. She was previously employed by the Northwest Arctic Borough in Kotzebue as assistant to the mayor, economic development director, and personnel officer. She also previously worked for NANA Development Corp. and Southcentral Foundation. McConnell earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.  

Movers & Shakers 05/01/16

Tracey Thomas has been promoted to the position of commercial banking relationship manager and vice president for KeyBank. In her new role, she is responsible for providing financial solutions to large commercial clients, maintaining existing client relationships and developing new business opportunities throughout Alaska. Thomas has been in the banking industry for eight years and joined Key in December 2011, serving as relationship manager for the business banking team for the past four years. Thomas has served as chair of the Key4Women committee for Alaska and was recognized as a 2014 Alaska Market Top Performer. She graduated from Western State College of Colorado. Northrim Bank promoted four bank officers to the level of senior vice president and hired a new vice president. Katie Bates was promoted to SVP, electronic delivery channel manager; Barb Ervin to SVP, core applications group manager; Heidi Moes to SVP, operations manager item processing and loan support 
services; and Linda Uttech to SVP, facilities manager. Douglas Frey was hired as vice president, security and business continuity manager. Bates joined Northrim in 2001 as a branch operations specialist. She progressed through the ranks to branch manager in 2004. Bates joined the electronic banking department and was promoted to electronic banking manager in 2007, and later was promoted to electronic delivery channel manager in 2012. She is an alumna of the Graduate School of Banking and holds numerous banking certifications. Bates received the Northrim Bank President’s Award in 2012. Ervin has been with Northrim Bank since 2002. Prior to joining the IT department, she managed significant aspects of the bank’s branch administration and operations. In 2014, she moved to the IT department as the core applications group manager. She has over 35 years of experience in banking and finance. Ervin attended the ABA National Compliance School for Deposit Compliance in 2006 and is a 2012 alumna of the Graduate School of Banking program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2005, she was awarded Northrim Bank’s President’s Award. Moes was hired at Northrim Bank in December 2001 as a loan servicer. She has been in banking for nearly 18 years, with most of her time spent in lending operations. She received the Northrim Bank President’s Award in 2012. Uttech has been with Northrim Bank since 2012, when she was hired at the assistant facilities manager and promoted to vice president in 2014. Prior to joining Northrim, Uttech worked as the director of property operations at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel, with over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry. In 2015, she managed the Lake Otis Community Branch build, Ketchikan Financial Center renovation, and the Northrim Building remodel. In 2013, Uttech received Northrim Bank’s President’s Award. Frey joins Northrim Bank after serving with the Department of Defense for the past 34 years. Most recently, he was a senior anti-terrorism and security policy analyst at the Headquarters of U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. He holds a bachelor’s degree in homeland security from American Public University.  

Movers & Shakers 04/24/16

Ben Bobowski, the acting superintendent for Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, has been selected as the new superintendent at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Bobowski has been the chief of resource stewardship at Rocky Mountain since October 2007. He began his NPS career in 1998 as a student employee and completed graduate work at Utah State University during his tenure. At Wrangell-St. Elias, Bobowski, 48, will manage America’s largest national park area, 13.2 million acres. The park, which stretches east of the Copper River to the Canadian border, sees about 75,000 visitors a year. Bobowski earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University focused on forestry and wildlife management, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Utah State University focused in range science. Sandon Fisher has joined the law firm Manley & Brautigam PC as an associate attorney. Fisher’s practice focuses on business and estate planning, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, transactional law, and estate and probate matters. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government and his law degree from Liberty University in Virginia. His prior work was with the Alaska Office of the Governor, the Alaska Department of Law, and the Juneau Economic Development Council. He was admitted to the Alaska Bar in December 2015. Elaine Phillipps has been appointed to serve as the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity-Anchorage. Phillipps, a lifelong Alaskan, brings more than 12 years of nonprofit experience to HFHA. She served as executive director for Muscular Dystrophy of Alaska and was a co-founder and executive director of Love INC Anchorage. Most recently she was the Major Gifts director at United Way of Anchorage. Colleen Huston was hired as senior vice president, sales, in Anchorage by Residential Mortgage. Huston joins Residential Mortgage with 26 years of experience in banking/mortgage lending, 24 years working in Alaska. Most recently, she was the regional VP for Alaska USA Mortgage. Huston is a U.S. Army veteran, where she served as a Military Intelligence agent. She attended the University of Nevada-Reno and holds an associate’s degree from Pierce County College in business management. Huston has served on the board of directors for Mat-Su Regional Hospital and is a former vice president of the Mortgage Bankers Association. Robin Mason was hired aas a programmer/analyst for Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system, and IT consulting firm. Mason has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and in addition has several certifications including MCSE, MCT, CCNP and CAN, as well as ArcGIS I & II training. Most recently Mason worked as an IT Specialist with the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. in Juneau. She also has experience as a senior network engineer. Cindy Cevasco was hired by Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union for its top management team and will operate out of the Gillam branch in Fairbanks. Cevasco joins Spirt of Alaska after five years with True North Federal Credit Union, serving as the credit union’s senior manager for the Fairbanks market. Previous to that, Cevasco was the business development officer with Northrim Bank from 1997 to 2011, administrative assistant/assistant manager with First National Bank from 1988 to 1997 and began her career working for Bank of the North and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.  In 2012 she won the coveted Leadership ASTRI award from True North FCU for exemplifying their corporate vision of attitude, service, teamwork, resilience and initiative. She was awarded the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce’s George Nehrbas award in 2011 for outstanding volunteer contributions in the community. She is Customer First Service award recipient from Northrim Bank in 2000 and as early as 1983 she was given the Community Commanders award; the highest award given to non-military personnel for work accomplishments on a military post. Elizabeth David has been promoted to the position of BSA/operations manager at Credit Union 1 headquarters. Originally hired in 1998 as a teller, David later held positions as senior teller and assistant branch manager at the credit union’s University Branch in Fairbanks, the position she held prior to this promotion. In her new position, David will be responsible for operations in risk management, quality control and investigation while ensuring compliance of state and federal regulations and internal policies. The Society for Marketing Professional Services Alaska Chapter recently awarded its 2016 Continuing Education Scholarship to Michelle Laudert of AMC Engineers. This $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Laudert to assist her in attending the SMPS Pacific Regional conference in Palm Springs, Calif. She is the marketing director at AMC and is responsible for managing the firm’s proposals, project opportunities, database, website development and maintenance, branding, and event planning coordination. First National Bank Alaska promoted Jason Brown as its newest loan officer and Michelle Wamack to product support manager in the bank’s new Credit Services Section. Brown joined the bank’s Management Associate Program in January 2015 after working many years in civil construction. First hired as a Sitka Branch teller in 2005, Wamack responds to all credit and debit fraud claims and disputes. Her new duties include printing and delivering cards on time, handling requests from commercial card administrators, posting payments accurately, reconciling network billing and regularly updating online credit card banking.  

Movers & Shakers 04/17/16

Three First National Bank Alaska banking experts were recently promoted. Wasilla Loan Officer Chris Longacre was named vice president. Anchorage lending unit team leaders Chad Steadman and Stacy Tomuro were named regional unit managers. Longacre is a lifelong Alaskan who joined First National in 2005 and an avid mountain climber who has reached the summit of the highest peak on each of all seven continents. Steadman holds a degree from Utah State University in finance with minors in financial planning and economics. He has a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU and was commercial banker of the year for his organization in 2008. He was raised in Soldotna and lives in Anchorage with his wife and four children. Tomuro was one of the 229 banking professionals from 31 states to graduate from the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School in 2015. A West Anchorage High School graduate who first called Alaska home in 1977, he began working in the financial industry nearly 30 years ago and joined First National in 2001. Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot announced that Jennifer C. Alexander and Adam W. Cook have become shareholders and Mara E. Michaletz has become a member. Alexander is a fourth-generation Alaskan, and has been associated with Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot since 2000. Alexander is a member of BHBC’s employment and municipal law groups and her practice includes representation of union and non-union employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Alexander also provides counseling to employers on day-to-day personnel matters. Cook joined the firm in 2007. Originally from Anchorage, Cook worked for the Alaska State Legislature and as a clerk for Alaska Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay before joining the firm. Cook’s litigation practice includes construction law, federal contracting, contract disputes, bid protests, municipal law, and general litigation. Michaletz joined the firm in 2013. Michaletz serves the firm’s clients in a wide variety of fields including commercial litigation, construction law, personal injury, and administrative law. In addition, she counsels clients on compliance with state and federal health care law, and her advocacy has enabled clients to achieve successful results in Medicaid audits and certificate of need litigation. Michaletz first came to Alaska to clerk for Superior Court Judge Peter Michalski after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School, and joined the firm after having practiced as a trial and supervising attorney at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office for six years. Anchorage architecture, master planning and interior design firm Kumin has added Eileen Elento to their design team as CAD Drafter. Elento’s education includes coursework at the Art Institute of Seattle, majoring in interior design. She intends to continue pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at UAA this fall, while continuing her position with Kumin. She also holds an associate of applied science in architectural & engineering technology from UAA. Her work experience includes serving as AutoCAD/Revit technician for UAA; draftsperson for Dimond Center Holdings, LLC, where she worked closely with architectural staff; and design intern for Brandt Design Group in Seattle, with a focus on residential projects. Tiffany Jackson, a member of the Aleutians East Borough School Board, won election as a director of the National School Boards Association. Jackson is the first Alaska Native/American Indian to win a seat on the national organization’s governing body. Jackson will serve a two-year term on the NSBA board as a representative from the Pacific Region, replacing Frank C. Pugh of California, who was named secretary-treasurer. She was also elected as president-elect of the American Indian/Alaska Native caucus of the national organization. Jackson is president of the Association of Alaska School Boards and is president of her local board. She resides in Sand Point. She was elected at the opening session of the NSBA 2016 Annual Conference in Boston. Bering Straits Native Corp. announced two promotions within the company’s senior management team. Richard Foster was promoted to executive vice president and Laura Edmondson was promoted to senior vice president/chief financial officer. Foster formerly served as senior vice president of Government Services and Edmondson served as chief financial officer. Foster joined BSNC as vice president of Business Development in 2004 following a 28-year career in the U.S. Air Force. Foster served as Command
Chief (Senior Enlisted Advisor) for the 3rd Wing Commander at Elmendorf Air Force Base prior to joining BSNC. Edmondson joined BSNC in 2013. She provides strategic and technical financial advice to the company and is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and reporting all financial-related activities for the company. Edmondson has more than 20 years of financial, operations and risk management experience. Prior to joining BSNC, Edmondson worked for another regional corporation for 10 years in several executive capacities, including chief financial officer and vice president of operations. Northern Air Cargo Inc. recently named Gideon Garcia as the newly selected general manager for the Anchorage based, all-cargo airline. Gideon joins NAC bringing over 22 years of Alaska travel trade and business operations experience. He has previously served as regional manager for Holland America Tours; and, most recently and more notably as chief operating officer of CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. where he managed a portfolio of five business units in Southcentral Alaska. Gideon holds a general management MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from The Evergreen State College. From 1988 to 1989, Gideon served with HHC, 119th Military Intelligence Brigade in Ft. Lewis Wash. Gideon is currently president of Anchorage East Rotary Club and Anchorage Downtown Partnership, and board member of Resource Development Council.

Movers & Shakers 04/10/16

Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired James Farmer as a system engineer and Tim Marvin as a senior systems engineer. Farmer’s professional experience includes systems administration experience providing IT support and consulting services to clients. He provided technical assistance and support on a contract basis to the Tesoro Refinery in Nikiski. Marvin received an associate of applied technologies & networking from College America in Fort Collins, Colo. He has multiple technical proficiencies in servers, applications, operating systems, storage and networking. His most recent position at KeyPoint Government Solutions Inc. in Colorado was as a senior systems administrator. Marvin was responsible for design, deployment, monitoring and maintaining the complete IT system. Prior to that he directed all aspects of global technology infrastructure including implementation, testing and maintenance of 150+ servers. The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. hired Russell Read as chief investment officer. Read’s experience includes serving as the CIO to CalPERS, heading up his own private equity firm, overseeing risk and product engineering programs for Oppenheimer Funds, and serving as deputy chief investment officer for Deutsche Asset Management. Read holds a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Chicago and attended Stanford University to earn an additional master’s degree in economics as well as a Ph.D. in political economy. His first day of work will be May 9, with a starting salary of $400,000. The board of directors of PND Engineers Inc. has elected Jim Campbell, P.E., to the position of president, and Dempsey Thieman, P.E., S.E., to senior vice president. Campbell and Thieman succeed John Pickering, P.E., and Mike Hartley, P.E., respectively. Pickering, who has retired, joined PND in 1990 and served as president since 2012. Hartley, who has been with PND since 1981, assumed the role of senior vice president in 2012 and also helped lead PND through many transitions, to include expanding the firm’s reach internationally and into new market sectors. He will remain with PND in a consultant capacity, continuing to participate in several ongoing projects and providing expertise on select new efforts. PND’s board has also selected Torsten Mayrberger, P.E., Ph.D., to be a principal in the firm. Mayrberger has 15 years of professional engineering experience, and joined PND’s Anchorage office in 2009. He specializes in geotechnical investigations and deep foundation design in permafrost soils, as well as geotechnical investigations in marine and non-permafrost soils. He was also instrumental in establishing PND’s AASHTO-accredited state-of-the-practice geotechnical lab testing facility in Anchorage. The U.S. Geological Survey selected Dr. Michelle Coombs as the next scientist-in-charge of the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a cooperative program of the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. Coombs succeeds John Power, who served as AVO SIC for the past five years and will now rotate to an AVO staff geophysicist position. Following her time as an undergraduate student at Williams College in Massachusetts, Coombs traveled northwest to study at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her interest in volcanoes drew her to study the causes behind the 1953-68 eruptions of the Southwest Trident Volcano in Katmai National Park. After receiving her doctorate in geology in 2001, she began a postdoctoral position with the USGS in Menlo Park, Calif. There, she studied landslide hazards and evolution of Hawaiian volcanoes until 2004 when she returned to Alaska to join AVO. As a research geologist at AVO, Coombs participated in the responses to the 2006 and 2009 eruptions of Augustine and Redoubt in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. She has also studied the evolution and hazards of volcanoes along the expanse of Alaska’s Aleutian arc. Joseph Murry has been promoted to enterprise banker with KeyBank in Alaska, responsible for developing and managing relationships with Key’s largest commercial clients throughout Alaska. He is also responsible for partnering with KeyBanc Capital Markets in order to bring Key’s full range of investment banking and capital markets capabilities to Alaskan companies. Murry began his career with KeyBank in October 2009, following 12 years in the commercial banking industry in Milwaukee. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a bachelor’s degree in finance and The Graduate of School of Banking in Boulder, Colo.. He was recognized in 2007 by the Milwaukee Business Journal in its annual “40 under 40” ranking of local professionals. He was a recipient of KeyBank’s 2013 Signature Circle Award for Outstanding Performance and was an Alaska Market Top Performer in 2014. Bering Straits Native Corp. promoted Kevin Ivanoff to vice president of information technology. Ivanoff formerly served as BSNC’s senior director of IT. Ivanoff, a BSNC shareholder, joined BSNC in 2008 as its senior systems administrator. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administrative management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification. First National Bank Alaska Senior Vice President Charlie Weimer was named the bank’s new Branch Lending administrator. Based in First National’s Soldotna Branch, Weimer will now work closely with bank leaders in Fairbanks and the Mat-Su Valley, as well as those on the Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak, Valdez, Glennallen Bethel and Southeast Alaska. He’s helped Alaskans meet their banking goals for more than 32 years. Upon graduation, Weimer joined First National’s management associate program, working in Anchorage before finding a permanent home on the Kenai Peninsula in 1984.

Movers & Shakers 04/03/16

Northrim Bank announced the hiring of AVP Assistant Electronic Channel Delivery Manager James Beasley and VP Systems and Network Manager Ryan Caldwell. Beasley joins Northrim with nearly 10 years of electronic banking experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Caldwell joins Northrim with almost 13 years of IT experience. He worked as the Information Systems manager at JBER while he was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and was a senior project manager for a local IT company following his military service. Caldwell holds bachelor’s degrees in business management and management information systems from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in computer information systems from University of Maryland University College. He also holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification. Lauren Rocco recently joined McDowell Group’s Anchorage office as a senior analyst and project manager. Prior to joining McDowell Group, she directed the Alaska Humanities Forum’s Rose Cross-Cultural Exchange programs. Her professional experience includes conducting research for the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor; leading experiential leadership courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School; and supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program at Amundsen-Scott and McMurdo stations. Rocco holds a master’s degree in digital media and education from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Dartmouth College. Professional Growth Systems added Theo Hunt to the consulting team. Hunt attained her MBA from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2005. She has spent the last 10 years implementing process improvement and project management tools and her work recently culminated with her being awarded a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. During her tenure at Southcentral Foundation, Hunt worked on the management team that implemented a unified, campus-wide Electronic Health Record System for 36 different solutions in over 43 health care clinics, which was awarded the Project Excellence Award.  She also supported the successful site visit and the winning of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Movers and Shakers 3/27/16

Thompson & Co. Public Relations President and CEO Jennifer Thompson was inducted into the Anchorage ATHENA Society on March 21, along with 10 other members in the class of 2016. Anchorage’s most influential female leaders are invited into the society each year, chosen for their support of Anchorage’s business community and their dedication to helping business women in Anchorage. A program of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the society works to encourage the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the business community. Thompson took the reigns of Bernholz & Graham Public Relations under her mentor, ATHENA Society member Robbie Graham, and purchased the PR firm in 2009. As president and CEO of Thompson & Co. PR, she’s more than doubled the agency’s size, diversified its clients, grown the agency’s New York City office and recently opened a Houston, Texas, office. Residential Mortgage announced the hiring of Wasilla Branch Manager Gwen Greenup, and Mortgage Loan Officer Susan Fitzgerald-Brinegar. Greenup joins Residential Mortgage with 10 years of experience in mortgage lending, most recently working at Alaska USA Mortgage Co. She is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. Greenup has lived in Alaska for over 28 years, enjoying family, boating, cross-country skiing and hiking. She volunteers with the Valley Board of Realtors. Fitzgerald-Brinegar joins the Residential Mortgage team with four years of experience as a loan originator after a career in real estate. She has been in Alaska for over 20 years and is an active volunteer with Beta Sigma Phi, the Valley Board of Realtors, The Children’s Place and Homeless Connect.

Movers and Shakers 3/20/16

The Alaska Air Carriers Association scholarship, underwritten for the last four years by Crowley Fuels in Alaska, was recently awarded to Brandon Smothers, a high school senior at Interior Distance Education Alaska in Fairbanks. Smothers, a Talkeetna native, will enter University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering. Don King, senior account executive, highway sales for Crowley, presented Smothers with the $3,000 scholarship at AACA’s 50th Annual Convention in Anchorage. Smothers’ love of aviation began at the age of 12 when he joined the nationally-recognized Talkeetna Build-a-Plane program where he learned valuable skills like sheet metal fabrication and repair, riveting, electrical repair and welding, as well as project management and leadership. Soon after joining the program, he began flight training and has since logged over 50 hours. Because of his excellent work and dedication to the TBAP program, Smothers has been selected to attend multiple simulator sessions with both UPS and FedEx, and has worked as an intern for air-taxi company, K2 Aviation. He expects to complete his private pilot training this spring. The Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Jim Beck and Vandana Ingle to its team. In addition, Desiré Shepler was promoted to director of a community initiative supported by the foundation called R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness). Beck joined the foundation staff as a program officer, and he is leading the Healthy Aging focus area. He previously served as executive director of Access Alaska Inc. He holds a master’s degree in public administration with a nonprofit management concentration from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Ingle was hired as a program associate to support the foundation’s program team in implementing grant programs and other strategies to further the organization’s mission. Ingle previously 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. In her new role as director of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su, Shepler oversees a collaborative project working towards increasing family resilience and creating a culture that supports children and families, as well as reducing child maltreatment and number of Adverse Childhood Experiences Mat-Su Children experience. Prior to her promotion, Desiré was a program officer with the foundation. She holds a master of public health degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as a bachelor’s degree, also from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an associate’s degree from Mat-Su College. She received an academic scholarship from MSHF in 2010, the first such scholarship recipient who went on to employment with the Foundation. Effective Feb. 18, Bill Cohen, PLS, retired from R&M Consultants Inc., where he served as senior vice president of Geomatics since 2008. Bill Preston, PLS, GISP, has been named as the firm’s new vice president of Geomatics. The Geomatics Department includes land surveying, right of way services and geographic information systems. Preston has been with R&M since 2000 and has more than 15 years of experience in field and office work. Preston holds a bachelor’s degree in geomatics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a professional land surveyor licensed in Alaska and a certified GIS professional. Cohen joined R&M in 2008. Over his 40-year surveying career, he participated in hundreds of surveys for municipal agencies and performed surveying and mapping on many large projects throughout Alaska, including projects for Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utilities, Municipality of Anchorage, Parks and Recreation, Heritage Land Bank, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska Railroad Corporation, UAA and Anchorage School District. Anchorage Economic Development Corp. added Natasha Price as its new communications coordinator. Price joins AEDC following her role at Spirit of Youth where she was responsible for social media and communications. Born and raised in Anchorage, she earned a bachelor’s degree in languages and journalism from the University of Alaska. Price has immersed herself in the Anchorage community through service on the Anchorage Youth Development Coalition Leadership Team, the 90% By 2020 Community Will-Building team and her involvement in organizing the LovAlaska Youth Pick.Click.Give. campaign.

Movers and Shakers 3/13/16

Anna Kohler has been promoted to sales executive in USI’s Commercial Insurance Division at its Anchorage office. In her new capacity, Kohler will consult organizations on risk and insurance programs and will advise them as to the best coverage for potential risks unique to their business. Kohler has been with USI as an account manager since 2014. Kohler’s background includes more than more than six years of experience in insurance and risk management, with extensive knowledge of both health and property/casualty insurance. Kohler is a graduate of Baylor University. Denali Federal Credit Union has hired Gracia O’Connell as assistant vice president of Call Center Operations and eServices. In this role she is responsible for developing a positive sales and service environment through call center transactions, new account openings and member problem resolution, and creating effective remote access channels for members. Prior to joining Denali FCU, O’Connell worked at Alaska USA for more than 14 years, starting in their Telephone Loan Center and progressing through Consumer Lending and Compliance positions within the credit union. O’Connell is working on a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Alaska Pacific University. Eklutna Inc., the Alaska Native village corporation for the Anchorage, Chugiak-Eagle River, and Mat-Su has announced three promotions. In January, Mary Duncan became the chief administrative officer of Eklutna. Duncan joined Eklutna in September 2004 as the accounting and office manager. In October 2007, she became the chief financial officer. Nick Francis was promoted to chief operating officer. He joined Eklutna in January 2013 as the director of Construction, Contracting & Government Affairs and oversaw Eklutna’s construction subsidiary Eklutna Services LLC. Before joining Eklutna, Inc. Francis was the senior project manager for the Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome for DOWL Engineers. While working at Eklutna, Francis successfully completed the MBA program with Purdue. In January, Noel Aspiras was promoted as the Real Estate and Land specialist for Eklutna’s Land and Real Estate departments. Aspiras joined Eklutna in April 2014 as a project intern for Eklutna’s construction subsidiary Eklutna Services LLC while finishing his construction management degree at University of Alaska Anchorage. Karen Mansfield, commander of the Alaska Air National Guard and assistant adjutant general, was promoted from colonel to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony March 6. Mansfield served in the Alaska Air National Guard from 2000 to 2010, and returned last year for her current assignment. As the commander, she ensures the training and equipping of more than 2,000 Alaska citizen Airmen here; and at Eielson Air Force Base and Clear Air Force Station, both near Fairbanks. Mansfield is the second female member of the Alaska Air National Guard to be promoted to the rank of general. The Arctic Slope Native Association announced Dr. Barbara Medlin has been named chief of staff for Physician Services at Simmonds Memorial Hospital for the second year in a row. Over the 25 years of her practice career, she has provided general medical care as a family practitioner, delivered more than 500 babies, provided hospital care and nursing home care, and worked in emergency rooms and urgent care clinics. Dr. Alanna Small has been named deputy chief of staff for Physician Services. Small began her employment at SSMH in 2015 as an internal medicine physician and has been integral in expanding SSMH inpatient services. After having completed her residency training and chief resident year at the Tulane School of Medicine Internal Medicine program in Louisiana, Small joined the Internal Medicine Hospitalist department at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers 3/06/16

Shawn Uschmann has been named director of External Affairs for AT&T Alaska. Uschmann will spearhead AT&T’s legislative and community affairs initiatives throughout the state and assist with new technology deployment and infrastructure investment. Prior to his new role, Uschmann served as the AT&T sales director in Alaska, where he worked with state, federal, and enterprise business customers. Uschmann attend the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where he studied economics. He will be based at AT&T’s Anchorage office. Phil Reid has been promoted to a commercial banking relationship manager and vice president at KeyBank. In his new role, he is responsible for providing financial solutions to large commercial clients, maintaining existing client relationships and developing new business opportunities throughout the state of Alaska. Reid has more than 21 years of financial service and sales management experience. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and a former Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 award recipient. Reid is currently a member of Anchorage South Rotary, serves on the boards of both the Anchorage Community YMCA and the Community Pregnancy Center Anchorage, and serves in the Navy Reserve as a Commander. Robert “Nick” Enos, MS, CPG, has joined DOWL’s mining and environmental staff. Enos joined DOWL as a senior environmental project manager based in the Bend, Ore., office. He is a senior geoscientist and environmental professional with over 20 years of experience in the mineral industry, primarily in environmental management, permitting, project management, project development, geotechnical and environmental studies, reclamation and closure planning, and National Environmental Policy Act planning. Prior to joining DOWL, Enos was the environmental manager and permitting manager at Barrick and NovaGold’s Donlin Gold Project in Alaska. DOWL has 25 offices throughout Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Coastal Villages Region Fund announced the addition of two new team members to its community benefits staff: Lang Van Dommelen and Lena Aloysius. Van Dommelen will fill the position of community information coordinator. Having grown up in rural Alaska, Lang holds a degree in political science and environmental studies from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has worked as a research professional at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Center for Energy and Power, and Intelligent Energy Systems, a renewable energy company providing services to villages in rural Alaska, including the CVRF region. Aloysius will fill the position of community program coordinator. She grew up in Holy Cross and holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Pacific University and an education graduate degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver. Aloysius’ passion is education; she has worked as an instructor at a creative arts academy in Colorado and at Mt. Edgecumbe in Sitka where she attended high school. Most recently, she served as a shareholder outreach manager for Doyon Universal Services where she specialized in designing and implementing workforce development programs to advance the careers of shareholders. R&M’s Senior Land Surveyor John Bennett, PLS, SR/WA was inducted into the 2016 Alaska Surveying & Mapping Conference Hall of Fame. The ASMC Hall of Fame program honors the exemplary contributions of surveying and mapping professionals in Alaska. Bennett was inducted into the Hall of Fame during the ASMC’s Annual Awards Banquet on Feb. 18. Bennett is a Senior Land Surveyor at R&M and has more than 30 years of land surveying experience in Alaska. He is based in R&M’s Fairbanks office and is responsible for tasks relating to the development of surveys and plans to define existing rights of way or new ROW to be acquired by a public agency. Since joining R&M, he has worked on a variety of airport and highway mapping and title research projects for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, title research for a gas distribution system in Fairbanks, provided support to the Attorney General’s office relating to title and acquisition services, and worked on projects for private clients to resolve title and boundary conflicts. Bennett commenced his career in surveying and mapping with the Alaska Department of Highways in 1972. He spent 28 years with DOT&PF Northern Region ROW, starting as Titles and Plans supervisor and ending with almost 15 years as ROW chief

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