Movers and Shakers

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Movers & Shakers 7/26/15

The First National Bank Alaska board of directors recently elected Lucy Mahan to the position of vice chair. A licensed professional counselor with offices in Anchorage and Homer, Mahan resides in Homer where her family fishes commercially. She graduated from Anchorage’s West High and earned degrees from the University of Colorado and Alaska Pacific University. Mahan owns and facilitates Transitional Counseling LLC. She is the sister of bank President and Board Chair Betsy Lawer and daughter of the late D.H.

Movers & Shakers 7/19/15

The following realtors were awarded the Graduate, Realtor Institute, or GRI, designation by the Alaska Association of Realtors on June 19. These realtors were awarded the designation after completing more than 67 hours of classroom instruction and examinations, covering subjects such as contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance and risk reduction. They are: Andrea Gribbin, Jack White Real Estate, Anchorage; David Johnson, RE/MAX Dynamic of the Valley, Wasilla; Yvonne Lee-Kuehn, Lee Realty, LLC, Wasilla.

Movers & Shakers 7/12/15

Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced the names of her second session summer interns made up of recent high school graduates who will work in her Washington, D.C., office from July 6-31.

Movers & Shakers 7/05/15

AECOM announced several personnel moves at its Anchorage office. Tux Seims has joined the office as an engineer in training; Suz Kyzer has joined the office after transferring from the firm’s Seattle operation; Bryan Strong has joined the office as a wetlands biologist; and Dr. Elizabeth Bella has joined the office as a senior ecologist. Seims was an intern at URS Corp. in the summer of 2014, shortly before URS combined with AECOM.

Movers & Shakers 6/28/15

Jason Walsh has been appointed to lead the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Office, effective June 1. Walsh directs the office tasked with developing and maintaining large-diameter oil and gas pipeline right-of-way leases and lease compliance efforts for multiple pipelines, including the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Walsh, a lifelong Alaskan, has a wide breadth of experience in natural resource management.

Movers & Shakers 6/21/15

Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton of Bauer/Clifton Interiors in Juneau received seven 2014 Interior Design Society Designer of the Year Awards on May 20 in Fort Myers, Fla. For the designed spaces, judges took into account client needs, functionality, aesthetic, craftsmanship, obstacles, budget, and specification. Bauer and Clifton placed in the following categories: 1st place, Kitchens $50K & Under; 2nd & 3rd places, Kitchens $50K & Above; 1st place, Baths $30K & Above; 1st & 2nd places, Bedrooms $30K & Above; and 1st place, Foyers.

Movers & Shakers 6/14/15

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced recipients of the 2015 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service awards. David Newman, professor of physics, received the teaching award; Hajo Eicken, professor of geophysics, received the research award; and Pat Holloway, professor of horticulture, received the service award. All three will be honored at a reception this fall.

Movers & Shakers 6/07/15

Former Alaska Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer has joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. As mayor of Juneau, a state representative and lieutenant governor, Ulmer served as an Alaska elected official for 18 years. She previously worked as legal counsel to the Alaska Legislature, legislative assistant to Gov. Jay Hammond, and Director of Policy Development for the state. She was the first chair of the Alaska Coastal Policy Council and served for more than 10 years on the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission.

Movers & Shakers 5/31/15

Kaulitz named Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist

Movers & Shakers 5/24/15

Credit Union 1 announced several promotions. Steven Rampke has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s South Anchorage Branch. Originally hired in 2006, Rampke began as a teller and was later promoted to the positions of senior teller, assistant branch manager and most recently, branch manager of the credit union’s Mountain View Branch, the position he held prior to this promotion. Carlene Arendash has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Eagle River Branch.

Movers & Shakers 5/17/15

Alaska USA Mortgage Company has recognized its top producing mortgage loan originators for 2014 by inducting them into the President’s Club, a group of originators who close $30 million or more in loans during a calendar year. This year’s honorees are Jeff Stanford, Kristin Harding and Colleen Harrington Baer of Anchorage; and Ken Scott and Rhonda Johnson of the Kenai Peninsula. Combined, the five originators closed more than 700 transactions totaling more than $176 million in 2014.

Movers & Shakers 5/10/15

Suzanne Downing has been named the Alaska Republican Party communications director. Downing joins the Alaska GOP after serving as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell, and is the former editor of the Juneau Empire. Her background includes working on the staff of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the director of his faith-based initiative, Compassion Florida. She is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and Oregon State University.

Movers & Shakers 5/03/15

BP names Teachers of Excellence

The BP Teachers of Excellence program honored 32 Alaska teachers honored this year.  Celebrating its 20th year in 2015, the program attracted about 1,200 nominations.

“We are thrilled to recognize those teachers who make a lasting impact on the next generation of Alaskans by educating our children and who make our communities better places to live,” said Janet Weiss, BP Alaska regional president. “BP is honored to continue supporting this great program. It’s another way we are showing our commitment to Alaska.”

Movers & Shakers 4/26/15

Credit Union 1 promoted Chrissy Bell from senior communications manager to vice president of communications and culture. Originally hired as the community engagement director in 2010, Bell came to the credit union with more than 10 years’ experience working in the non-profit community, specializing in fundraising and marketing. She is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in English and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. Since 2013, Bell has served as the credit union’s senior communications manager.

Movers & Shakers 4/19/15

Dr. Markus Horning has been appointed Science director of the Alaska SeaLife Center effective July 13. He will succeed Dr. Tuula Hollmén, who has chosen to return to a full time research position at the Center following five years as Science director. Horning is currently an associate professor at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. He has conducted research at the Alaska SeaLife Center since its opening, most recently collaborating with Dr.

Movers & Shakers 4/12/15

Northrim BanCorp, Inc., the holding company for Northrim Bank, announced that its board of directors promoted executive and senior officers of Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp, Inc., effective March 26. Joe Schierhorn is now president, chief operating officer of Northrim Bank while retaining his title as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Northrim BanCorp. Joe Beedle will remain CEO of Northrim Bank and president and CEO of Northrim BanCorp.

Movers & Shakers 4/05/15

The University of Alaska Anchorage named Samuel Gingerich to its top academic administrative position. He brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to his new role as UAA’s provost. Gingerich has served as UAA’s interim provost since January. Most recently, Gingerich worked as South Dakota University System’s vice president for academic affairs. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Montana State University and worked as a professor and researcher prior to his various senior leadership appointments.

Movers & Shakers 3/29/15

Jenna Germer has joined the Anchorage office of R&M Consultants Inc. as an environmental specialist in February. Prior to joining R&M, Germer worked as a geologist technician on the North Slope. She was involved with tundra and drill site remediation projects and was responsible for core logging bore holes and taking core stability samples. Since joining R&M, she has been working on the University of Alaska Anchorage Arena Cooling Wells project, performing site sampling and working on applications for water rights.

Movers & Shakers 03/22/15


Jada Nowling has been promoted to ad director at Morris Publishing Group-Alaska. In her new position, Nowling will supervise the ad sales team at the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Chugiak-Eagle River Star and the Alaskan Equipment Trader.

Movers & Shakers 03/15/15

Chris Poulsen, civil engineer at R&M Engineering Inc., recently passed the Professional Engineers exam, earning his P.E. license in the state of Alaska. Poulsen joined the R&M team in May 2013, and has eight years of experience working on public and private civil engineer and survey projects. Poulsen is a graduate of Utah State University and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering.


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