Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 11/15/15

Wells Fargo has named Adam Anderson and Leslie Dahl as Juneau business relationship managers. They will focus on meeting the unique financial needs of business owners and managers in Juneau and helping their businesses succeed financially. Anderson brings 10 years of title industry experience in Alaska to his role with Wells Fargo. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Colorado State University. Anderson serves in the community as a Juneau Chamber of Commerce and Ducks Unlimited member. Dahl has 34 years of experience working in the financial services industry in Juneau, including service as chief lending officer for Alaska Pacific Bank. She is actively involved in the Glacier Valley Rotary Club, serving as co-chair of the Pillars Speaker Series. Dahl is a Juneau Douglas High School graduate and former head coach of the award-winning JDHS dance team. Jeff Roach has been appointmented as airport manager of Fairbanks International Airport, with an official start date of Nov. 12. Roach has a career of more than 30 years of aviation experience in Alaska, most recently as Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region Planning Manager, Aviation and Highways, where he was responsible for planning and programming for more than 100 airports. The Wilson Agency recently hired Cherie Hendrix for the position of senior advisor of national accounts. Hendrix will be providing strategic support for developing and implementing employee benefits plans for large, national accounts. Hendrix is a top industry expert with more than 16 years of experience in the benefits industry. Her experience includes benefit program strategy, health care reform guidance, financial analysis, account management and customer service. Prior to joining The Wilson Agency, she worked as principal and senior consultant for Mercer Health and Benefits where she focused on mid-sized to large employers with benefit plans ranging from 200 to more than 15,000 employees, multi-state employers and professional services companies.

Movers & Shakers 11/08/15

David Ridge, director, marine operations, for Crowley Maritime Corp., was presented with the 2014 Thomas Crowley award, the company’s highest honor, at a recent ceremony at the company’s Anchorage office. The exclusive employee recognition program was created in 1985 and only 60 of the company’s more than 5,300 employees have received the award symbolized by a limited edition bronze sculpture, which depicts company founder Thomas Crowley ferrying goods to and from ships on San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s. Crowley’s Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley Jr., the grandson of the company’s founder, presented the award before more than 70 employees and senior leaders who had gathered from around the world for the event. Included in the audience were two past recipients of the coveted award, Bruce Harland, vice president, marine solutions, and Craig Tornga, vice president, government relations. Ridge, a 30-year Crowley employee, was selected for the award because of his reputation for high performance. He works tirelessly to coach his team in Valdez and consistently exceeds customer expectations. He also has been credited for positively engaging with the Valdez vessel crews to continually improve performance and advance the local safety culture. Alaska Rep. Charisse Millett was honored with the Foundation for Government Accountability’s 2015 Legislator of the Year Award Oct. 26 for her leadership in the state to stand up to abuses of executive power. Millett rallied her fellow legislators to challenge Gov. Bill Walker when he abused his power by raiding a mental health trust fund to subvert the legislative process and the state’s separation of powers. Millett is one of a handful of state leaders being recognized from around the country for their work in 2015, and they are the first group of legislators to be honored with this annual award. The U.S. Commercial Service appointed Debbie Franklin as director of the Anchorage-based Alaska U.S. Export Assistance Center to help Alaska firms begin or expand their exporting operations. Franklin is a Certified Global Business Professional with 19 years of international sales and marketing experience. She previously directed the International Trade Center at the Iowa Small Business Development Center where she trained and counseled small businesses on international finance, marketing and global logistics and helped identify export opportunities. The Alaska U.S. Export Assistance Center are ready to help Alaska firms succeed internationally by providing a range of services including: counseling on export mechanics and the development of an export strategy; market intelligence on best export prospects, market conditions, legal and cultural issues and more; matchmaking services to identify qualified foreign distributors and arrange meetings with these pre-screened contacts in the target market; and background reports on potential distributors, agents and partners. Six Alaskans have been appointed to fill vacancies on the 15-member Bureau of Land Management Alaska Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land management issues. Each are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Stanley Foo of Eagle River and Gary Morrison of Wrangell were appointed as representatives of energy and mineral interests. Pollack (PJ) Simon, Jr. of Allakaket will represent environmental organization interests and Mark Billingsley of Fairbanks will represent dispersed recreation. Brennan Cain of Anchorage will represent Alaska Native interests and John Hopson, Jr., the Mayor of Wainwright, will represent elected government officials. All six appointee’s terms commenced on Oct. 2 and will continue for three years. First National Bank Alaska and its Board of Directors recently promoted four banking experts, announced the move to a different position for another and welcomed a new branch manager for the Main Branch in downtown Anchorage. Monica Barton and Mike Scott bring years of experience to the bank’s Mortgage Loan Department. A longtime regional manager in Wasilla, Barton is now First National’s mortgage loan origination manager and was also appointed vice president. After spending the last several years as a mortgage loan originator, Scott is now a regional mortgage manager. A banker for more than 13 years, Ruth Alphin was named branch manager at the Parkway Branch in East Anchorage after spending more than a year working at both the Northern Lights and U-Med branches as an operations supervisor. Xavier Flint returned to the bank as the new branch manager at Main Branch. He previously worked at First National for three years (2010-13). As a business development representative in the Escrow Department, Ervin Hetemi will be a key player in developing relationship-building strategies to assist customers. He started his banking career in 2008 and joined First National as a personal banker last year. In Kodiak, veteran banking expert Mark Lonheim takes over as branch manager. Lonheim started in banking in 1997 and joined First National in 2013.

Movers & Shakers 11/01/15

PND Engineers Inc. has selected Wade Lundberg, P.E., to be a principal in the firm. Lundberg has 15 years of professional engineering experience, joining PND’s Anchorage office in 2000 and transitioning to its Seattle office in 2007. This summer, he relocated to Houston to help establish PND’s newest branch office. Lundberg has been involved in multiple infrastructure projects in both Alaska and the Lower 48 for resource development and aviation facilities, with particular expertise in design of facilities on permafrost in Arctic Alaska. Joe Mathis with NANA became the Petroleum Club of Anchorage board president for 2015-16 at its 57th annual meeting and board elections Oct. 21, succeeding Lynn C. Johnson with Dowland-Bach. Also elected were officers Michael Faust with Conoco-Phillips as vice president; Jeremy Albright with Welltec as treasurer and Deidre Gross of Global Marine as secretary. The membership elected six directors to the board. For two-year terms: Paul Mazzolini of Hilcorp, Eric Wieman of Peak Alaska and Lennie Dees of Alaska Department of Revenue. One-year terms were Eileen Simmons of Artic Catering, Tom Hendrix of Carlile and Tom Redmond of Solsten. The annual meeting attendees recognized Harvey Doughtery as the oldest past President at age 84 years. Members also recognized Ron Trevithick for his outstanding service and support to the club over this past year. He is not only a past board member but a financial consultant for the club. The following were elected to serve as Officers on the 2016 Alaska Association of Realtors board of directors. President: Dave Somers, Somers and Associates, Fairbanks; president-elect: Devon Thomas, Century 21 Realty Solutions, Wasilla; vice president: Ava Anderson, Jack White Real Estate, Anchorage; secretary/treasurer: Don McKenzie, Re/Max Dynamic Properties, Anchorage; past president: Angie Tallant, Somers and Associates, Fairbanks; directors-at-large: Michael Droege, Century 21 Realty Solutions, Anchorage, and Anneliese Cooper, Core Real Estate Group, Eagle River. Gov. Bill Walker has appointed the state attorney general to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board. Craig Richards is replacing Larry Hartig, who is commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Hartig was appointed to the board in 2009. In a statement, Walker said he appointed Richards because of his extensive financial experience. Among other things, Walker noted that Richards practiced in the fields of public finance and project development for much of his career and that he has a Master of Business Administration from Duke University. The corporation’s board consists of six members appointed by the governor. It sets policy for the corporation. By law, two of the board members must be heads of principal state departments: the Revenue commissioner and another cabinet member chosen by a governor.

Movers & Shakers 10/25/15

Jason Langen, PLS, has joined the R&M team as the land survey manager. Langen is a graduate of Huntington College and has more than 13 years of experience as a Professional Land Surveyor. He has worked on various projects throughout Alaska and his background includes construction surveying, bathymetric surveying, cadastral surveying, boundary surveys, topographic surveys, GPS surveys, project management, quantity calculations, and QA/QC procedure development just to name a few. In his new role at R&M, Langen will be responsible for the general oversight and development of the R&M Survey Department. Dawn Kimberlin has been promoted to vice president of marketing and communications for NANA Management Services. NMS, the fifth-largest private employer in Alaska, has provided services to the North Slope for 40 years. Kimberlin started with NMS as director of marketing, Lodging Division, in 2009, and moved to director of marketing, Food and Facilities Management Division. She most recently served as director of marketing and communications for the company, managing strategic projects across NMS’ five divisions. After beginning her marketing communications career at NANA Development Corp. in 1999, Kimberlin worked as an account manager at an advertising agency, community relations manager at CIRI, and public relations manager at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Kimberlin earned an MBA from Alaska Pacific University and bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2012, she received a Native American 40 Under 40 Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Kimberlin is a shareholder of NANA Regional Corp. Inc. and Doyon Limited. The Alaska Travel Industry Association, Alaska’s statewide professional trade association for businesses and individuals involved in the visitor industry, announced its 2015 Visitor Industry Awards recipients presented during the annual ATIA Convention in Juneau. The winners are: Alyeska Award, Alaska Airlines Magazine Alaska; Chuck West Award, Alaska Skylar Travel; Denali Award, Clark Mishler; Lifetime Achievement Award, Ann Campbell; Spirit of Alaska Award, Holland America Line; Stan Stephens Stewardship Award, Kirk Hoessle; Visitor Industry Hall of Fame Award, Mary Helen Stephens. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has appointed Cook Inlet Region, Inc. President and CEO Sophie Minich to the Seattle Branch board of directors, effective Sept. 1. CIRI’s business lines include energy development, oilfield and construction services, real estate, and tourism and hospitality. CIRI is Southcentral Alaska’s largest private landowner with approximately 1.3 million acres. Other land holdings are located in Texas, Arizona, California and Hawaii. CIRI has approximately $1 billion in assets. Minich joined CIRI in 1993, shortly after graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in finance. She has held various positions of increasing responsibility and was appointed to her current position in January 2013. Minich is on the board of the Anchorage Economic Development Council as well as a Trustee of Alaska Regional Hospital, and CIRI Elder’s Trust. Poldine Carlo of Fairbanks was presented the 2015 Shirley Demientieff Award at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage. Born in Nulato in 1920, Poldine Carlo was raised by her grandparents, Joseph and Anna Stickman. Throughout her life, she has been a true Koyukon Athabascan culture bearer, passing on the language and native values that are deeply important to her. In 1978, Poldine wrote “Nulato: An Indian Life on the Yukon”, which tells the story of her life as a young Athabaskan woman growing up in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Poldine is the proud mother of eight children and many grandchildren, and at the age of 94, attends every board meeting for the Fairbanks Native Association, Doyon Ltd., and Denakkanaaga. Wells Fargo is honoring Romig Middle School math teacher John Bruce as 2015 Alaska Teacher of the Year on its 116 ATMs across the state. From now through Nov. 4, Wells Fargo’s ATMs will feature a screen congratulating Bruce with details about his teaching achievements. Paddy Coan, GRI, CRS, manager of the Wasilla branch of Jack White Real Estate, was named the recipient of the Alaska Association of Realtors “2015 Realtor of the Year” award at the AAR State Convention in Homer on Sept. 30. This distinguished award is given annually to the individual who has displayed a strong sense of realtor spirit, leadership qualities with local, state and national associations of realtors and involvement in civic activities. KPMG LLP has promoted Daniel Mitchell to managing director of its Anchorage office. A member of the audit practice, Mitchell specializes in providing audit and accounting services to Alaska Native corporations and financial institutions. Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage. He leads KPMG’s Anchorage office recruiting efforts and works extensively with the UAA Schools of Business and Management and career offices. Bryan Uher has been appointed interim director of the Interior Alaska Campus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Uher, IAC’s administrative manager, replaces Teisha Simmons, who is leaving for a position at Tanana Chiefs Conference. A search will be launched this spring for a full-time director. Uher has been with IAC for 14 years. He started as a student assistant at the age of 18. He has worked in program coordination, student services oversight, technology support and partnership development. He graduated from UAF with an associate degree in applied business (marketing) and a bachelor’s degree in rural development. He is pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast and attending Leadership Fairbanks through the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. The recipients for the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year, William A. Egan Alaskan of the Year and North Star Award were announced on Oct. 14 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual Awards Gala in Fairbanks. Date-Line Digital Printing is the recipient of the Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year award. The Fairbanks-based partnership of Geoff Welch and Travis Lewis exemplify the community commitment of Alaska small businesses. Date-Line is notable for the “Thanks Fairbanks” program, sharing thousands of free Thank You cards with Fairbanks community. The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is the recipient of the Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year award. Established in 1954 and predating statehood, the Kenai Chamber is an active advocate on business issues effecting local community and the state. Charles “CB” Bettisworth is the recipient of the celebrated and prestigious William A. Egan Alaskan of the Year award. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Bettisworth has inspired a new generation of architects. The Chamber presents the North Star Award to an individual or organization in Alaska who actively develops and pursues the betterment of all Alaska residents. The Chamber presented this rare honor to outgoing Alaska Chamber President and CEO Rachael Petro.

Movers & Shakers 10/18/15

Crowley Maritime Corp. has awarded Crowley Scholarships to four University of Alaska Fairbanks students: Allyson Wukovich, Isaac Peacock, Ashley Johnson and Gabriel Smith. Chosen for their academic achievements and meeting other scholarship criteria, each received $2,500 toward tuition from Crowley. Preferences for Crowley-funded UAF scholarships are given to students from rural Alaska from Crowley-served communities throughout the state. Wukovich, who is from Nome, is working toward a biology major with a concentration in cell and molecular biology. After graduation, she’s interested in working at a hospital lab to identify risk and prevention of certain disorders. In addition to her studies, Wukovich is an intern at the Norton Sound Regional Hospital laboratory. Peacock, from Kotzebue, is a criminal justice major going into his sophomore year at UAF. Upon graduation, he is interested in staying in the Kotzebue area and serving his community as a police officer. Johnson is a junior from Bethel, and is a rural development major. She attended the Rural Alaskans Honor Institute in 2012 and is interested in working in a job that benefits Alaska and its rural communities. Smith, from Nome, is a freshman working towards a degree in wildlife biology and conservation. In addition to his studies, he works for the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. as a fisheries technician. After his time at UAF, Smith plans to stay in Alaska and become a wildlife biologist for Alaska Department of Fish and Game. John Frison, an airfield maintenance mechanic at Fairbanks International Airport, was awarded the National Association of State Aviation Officials Most Innovative State Award for his design of “Yeti,” a snow and ice crusher. As airports across the nation adapt to changing climates, the team at FAI came up with a unique idea to improve the removal of ice and compacted snow. Frison took the idea behind commercial icebreakers and designed an icebreaking machine named the Yeti. The Yeti fractures ice on runways and taxiways by creating pockets in the ice allowing deicing chemicals to access the underlying asphalt faster. Not only does the Yeti crush ice and snow more efficiently, but it costs the state nearly 50 percent less to manufacture than it would cost to purchase a similar commercial product. Delta Fettes has joined AECOM’s Anchorage office as a project management specialist to support financial and contractual project requirements. Fettes has 16 years of experience in project accounting and coordination. She is a versatile professional with diverse skills in maintaining vendor, client and executive relationships, as well as in collaboration, analysis and management. Most recently, she performed project accounting and coordination for an Alaska Native corporation in Alaska. In this role, she will be responsible for supporting environmental, engineering, planning and permitting projects in Alaska. Hattenburg Dilley & Linnell Geotechnical Department continues to broaden its geotechnical and geological expertise with several recent additions. Doug P. Simon, PE is a professional civil engineer and leads the Geotechnical Department. Simon holds a master’s degree in geological engineering and has 14 years of geotechnical engineering and hydrogeology experience. David S. Crotsley, a professional geologist with a background in engineering geology, recently joined HDL. Crotsley holds a bachelor’s degree in geology. He brings eight years of experience conducting investigations for bridges, roadways, tunnels, buildings, reclaimed mine sites, and other civil works projects. John Fritz has 40 years of geological experience specializing in material source studies, and holds a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences. Fritz has extensive experience in permit acquisition for materials sites, and in the investigation and resolution of slope stability failures in rock cuts, soil slopes, and streambank erosion and stabilization. Prior to joining HDL, Fritz served as regional geologist for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Central Region. Vernon D. Pate, EIT, performs geotechnical analysis and recommendations on projects throughout Alaska since joining HDL in 2011. Pate holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.  Pate designs piles and helical piers, as well as conducts slope stability analysis for various projects. He also performs inspection and construction materials testing, and trains inspectors to perform material testing. Jeremy Dvorak, EIT, recently joined HDL as an engineering assistant, and holds a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering. Dvorak brings a background in geotechnical engineering and geology conducting geotechnical investigations for buildings, communication towers, and roadways. Lorie M. Dilley, PhD, PE, CPG, earned her doctorate in geology with her thesis on “Fluid Inclusion Strategraphy, A New Method of Geothermal Reservoir Assessment.” Dilley is currently focused on services as a principal investigator on federal geothermal projects. She continues to provide quality control reviews, and serves as a geotechnical specialist for the department. Last week the Alaska Support Industry Alliance held its annual meeting and board elections at the Hotel Captain Cook. Pete Stokes with Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska became the Alliance board president for 2015-16 and the membership elected six directors to the board. Nick Karnos with Lynden International and Brad Osborne with NANA Oilfield Services ran as incumbents and were reelected to the board. The membership elected four new board members, including Kelly Droop with CH2M, Cathy Duxbury with Udelhoven Oilfield Systems Service, Dale Kissee with CONAM Construction Company, and Tom Walsh with Petrotechnical Resources of Alaska. Earlier in the week, the Fairbanks Chapter of the Alliance also elected Genevieve Schok with Flowline as their representative to the statewide board. All directors elected will serve a three-year term.

Movers & Shakers 10/11/15

Penny Gage has joined The Institute of the North as Deputy Director. She was formerly at The Alaska Community Foundation. Gage is originally from Sitka and is a member of Sitka Tribe of Alaska and a Sealaska shareholder. Her prior experience includes work with U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua, the Alaska State Legislature, Rasmuson Foundation, a U.S congressional committee, and two international petroleum companies’ Washington, DC offices. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Spanish and communication from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a master of science in foreign service degree with a certificate in international business from Georgetown University. Matt Stone, PE, has advanced to become a principal of PDC Inc. Engineers. He is the youngest person to achieve this status. Stone joined PDC in 2002 and has 17 years of civil engineering and management experience. He has managed the civil department since 2012 and in 2015 he took responsibility for PDC’s business development endeavors. Stone was recognized in 2013 as one of the top 15 professionals, 40-years-old or younger, working in the civil engineering industry in the United States. Craig Knight, PLS, was selected as an associate and is the newest addition to PDC’s leadership team. He is based out of the firm’s Fairbanks office but provides services statewide. Knight has more than 23 years of experience in surveying, engineering, GIS, and he possesses a high degree of technical competence with AutoCad, ArcGIS, and RTK GPS. Prior to joining PDC, Knight owned and operated a 30-person multi-office firm that provided GIS, CAD, and professional surveying services. YWCA Alaska announced Nancy Martinez as a new dedicated staff member for the Alaska Veterans Organization for Women program. Martinez is an Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who served in the United States Army. Martinez is a Master’s Level Clinical Counselor committed to serving the community and honoring and empowering fellow women veterans. As a new member of YWCA Alaska’s staff, she will be working diligently to connect women veterans to local services, help them navigate government resources, and provide opportunities for Alaska women veterans to meet and support one another. STEELFAB, Alaska’s largest locally owned steel fabricator, announced that Ron Doshier has accepted the position of strategic business development manager to further develop the company’s expanding client services and focus on fostering new relationships within the Alaska oil and gas, mining, construction and contracting communities. Doshier brings almost 40 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, specializing in field-intervention operations for BP Alaska and Orbis Engineering. Prior to that, Doshier served in Field, District and U.S. Operations and Business Development positions with Baker Hughes divisions. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Pamela Vitt was appointed as the command chief warrant officer for the Alaska Army National Guard effective Sept. 1, bringing with her vast experience and 25 years of military service. Vitt was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in 1990 after graduating from Colorado State University with her bachelor’s degree in natural resource management. During her six years of active-duty service she served as a platoon leader and executive officer for U.S. Army Alaska’s 23rd Aviation Intermediate Maintenance at Ft. Wainwright. Vitt transferred to the Alaska Army National Guard, converting to a chief warrant officer 2 in 1997. She began her National Guard career by flying the UH-1 Huey helicopter as a maintenance pilot, switching to the UH-60 Black Hawk in 1998. Notably, Vitt served as both company and battalion aviation safety officer for the past seven years and deployed to Kosovo in 2003 and 2008 supporting peacekeeping and peace enforcement missions. The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute, a leading provider of cardiovascular care in Alaska, recently announced the addition of Dr. Jonathan R. McDonagh, M.D., to its team of cardiovascular physicians. McDonagh comes to the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute after completing two fellowships with the University of Michigan’s Medical Center. McDonagh received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Middlebury College in 1995. In 2001, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He then completed his residency at the University of Washington in 2005. Afterward, he relocated to Alaska, where he practiced in Soldotna for five years before heading to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to complete fellowships in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology. With the addition of McDonagh, who will be based in the clinic’s main office in Anchorage, the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute grows to a team of 25 specialty cardiologists at six locations across the state.

Movers & Shakers 10/04/15

Jon Zufelt, Ph.D., P.E., a senior hydraulic engineer in HDR’s Anchorage office, has received the American Society of Civil Engineers 2015 Harold R. Peyton Award for Cold Regions Engineering. Zufelt received the award during the 16th International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering recently held in Salt Lake City, Utah. ASCE presented the award to Zufelt for his 32 years of contributions to cold regions engineering through research, publications and design on hydrology, hydraulics, ice engineering and climate change in cold regions and his participation through ASCE and numerous other organizations. Zufelt spent 30 years with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory at Hanover, N.H., and Fort Richardson, Alaska. He served as research hydraulic engineer, civil engineer, branch chief and technical director in charge of business development in the business areas of environmental quality and infrastructure. He also served for two years as the U.S. Army Alaska Science advisor. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and serves as the editor of the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. Christina Magill, M.D. is now serving patients of all ages in the Kenai/Soldotna area at the new Alyeska Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and ENT office located in the Katmai Oncology Clinic at 247 North Fireweed St., Suite B in Soldotna. Magill will be available to see patients monthly, and appointments are now being accepted for the first clinic, which will be held Oct. 9. A limited number of appointments are available, and interested patients are encouraged to schedule early by calling 907.561.1421. Dr. Magill provides specialist care for all areas of the head, neck and face, utilizing the most advanced, state-of-the-art treatments. She offers comprehensive ear, nose and throat evaluation and treatment in addition to head and neck surgery. She also performs nose, ear, eyelid and sinus procedures. Magill is a double board-certified surgeon in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), head and neck surgery, and facial plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. She attained her medical degree from the University of Washington, and completed her surgical subspecialty residency at Washington University in St. Louis. She has completed fellowships in regenerative medicine and microsurgery, as well as facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Wells Fargo has named Elaine Kroll as senior treasury specialist for its Alaska Commercial Banking Group. Kroll will provide Alaska’s largest business customers with treasury management solutions and guidance to meet their short-term and long-term financial needs. Kroll is a 20-year Wells Fargo veteran, most recently serving as Anchorage community banking district manager. She is a recent graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School where she was honored with a citation for her dissertation on employee retention. Kroll holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from State University of New York Fredonia College. Nate Stogsdill has been named senior commercial real estate industry specialist for Wells Fargo. He will focus on meeting the specialized financial needs of Alaska developers and contractors. Stogsdill has 14 years of financial services industry experience, including seven years with Wells Fargo in Alaska. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 58th annual Gold Pan Awards gala on Sept. 18. The winners are: Ryan Cropper (Able Body Shop), Distinguished Community Service by an Individual, Organization or Small Business; CRW Engineering, Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business or Organization; DOWL, Business Excellence; Katie Inman (Anchorage Yoga), Entrepreneurial Excellence; Lennel White, Volunteer of the Year Award. Linda Winters of Alaska USA Mortgage Company has been promoted to assistant vice president of the Eagle River office. Winters has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry in Alaska, including seven years as a senior mortgage loan originator at Alaska USA Mortgage Company in Anchorage. Winters holds a degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound. Fairweather LLC and Edison Chouest Offshore announced the appointment of Linda Leary as the new president of Fairweather LLC and the Deadhorse Aviation Center LLC. A long-time Alaskan, Leary brings more than 30 years of logistics and sales experience, formerly serving as the president of Carlile Transportation Systems and senior vice president of Alaska Communications. Leary is active in several leadership roles throughout Alaska. She currently chairs the Alaska Railroad board of directors and serves on the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors. Leary holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in global supply chain management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. First National Bank Alaska announced vice presidents Luke Fanning and Stacy Tomuro as two of the most-recent graduates of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Part of a graduating class of 229 banking professionals from 31 states, Fanning and Tomuro first started the rigorous program at “the Premier National Graduate School of Banking” in August 2013. PCBS has partnered with the University of Washington for 77 years. In the three-year program, graduates attended a two-week resident session each August on campus, completed seven inter-session written assignments and authored an original management thesis. Fanning is based in Juneau as First National’s Southeast Regional Manager. Tomuro works at Anchorage’s Dimond Branch. He’s a team leader in the bank’s Corporate Lending Division. Last month, First National bankers Karl Heinz and Jenny Mahlen started the PCBS program. The MTA board of directors announced the hiring of Michael C. Burke as MTA’s new CEO at their board meeting on Sept. 23. Burke had been serving as MTA’s interim CEO since the retirement departure of Greg Berberich in July of this year. Burke, a local Alaskan, brings to the company more than 31 years of professional consulting and senior management experience with telecommunications and other utility companies. Burke served on the Alaska Exchange Carriers Association Board of Directors, Alaska Exchange Carrier Association Tariff and Rate Development Committee, and was the Alaska Broadband Task Force Peer Reviewer. Burke attended Seattle University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration specializing in accounting and is an Alaskan CPA.

Movers & Shakers 9/27/15

A.J. “Joey” Merrick II of Eagle River was appointed to the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board of directors. Merrick has a long history with Laborers’ Local 341, beginning as a laborer apprentice in 1989. Since then, he has served as a general foreman, business agent and president, and now the union organization’s secretary-treasurer. He has more than 15 years of experience as a foreman in construction specific to Alaska’s pipeline industry. Dave Cruz of Palmer was re-appointed to the AGDC board. Cruz is the President of Cruz Companies, which specializes in oil field services, heavy civil construction, remote camp construction, tug and barge operations, and a variety of other construction support activities. The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the UAF Alumni Association honored author Sherry Simpson with the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award Sept. 25 during an awards luncheon. Simpson’s most recent book, “Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska,” won the 2015 John Burroughs Medal, putting her in the company of John McPhee, Peter Matthiessen, Aldo Leopold, Barry Lopez, Richard Nelson and many other internationally known natural history writers. Simpson grew up in Juneau. At UAF, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1986 and a master’s degree in creative writing in 1995. Her career has included many years as a staff reporter and freelance writer for newspapers and other media outlets in the state. She was a contributing editor to Alaska Magazine. She has also authored several travel books and two essay collections. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies. Simpson is a professor of creative writing in the master’s program at UAA and a faculty mentor in the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association honored seven other alumni during its Sept. 25 awards luncheon. The Alumni Achievement Awards, given in three categories, recognize outstanding work by graduates and former students of UAF. The 2014 Alumni Achievement Awards for Business and Professional Excellence will go to Vicki McConnell, ’95, executive director of the Geological Society of America, and Rockne Wilson, ‘69 and Sandra Wilson, ‘72, partners in Wilson & Wilson CPAs in Fairbanks. The Alumni Achievement Awards for University Support will go to Libby Eddy, ’92, who retired from her position as registrar and director of admissions after 28 years with UAF, and longtime university advocate Ann Ringstad, ‘06, who has held several different positions at UAF and UA. The Alumni Achievement Award for Community Support will be go to educator and volunteer Toni Mallott, ’72. Mallott is a former Alaska Federation of Natives Citizen of the year and is married to Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. The William R. Cashen Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to UAF, its alumni and students, will be presented to DeShana York, ‘95, a lifetime member of the UAF Alumni Association. York has served on the boards of the association and of its Southcentral chapter. She is the director of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service’s Anchorage district office and regularly advocates for UAF in her community and with lawmakers in Juneau. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Brix Hahn to its team as its event coordinator. Hahn comes to the Anchorage Chamber from Alaska Dispatch News where she worked as their social media coordinator. This fourth generation Alaskan studied journalism, justice and German at the University of Oregon and University of Alaska Fairbanks, and has worked for several other news outlets around the state including the Nome Nugget and KSUA TV Productions. She is a former intern of Sen. Lisa Murkowski. In her current role, Hahn is responsible for providing networking and education opportunities to membership through the coordination and implementation of events. She will work directly with business owners and corporate partners, securing sponsorships for and evaluating all events and programs for relevancy to the mission and for proposing new events and programs to meet member demands. Sitnasuak Native Corp., the Nome- based Native corporation promoted shareholder employee Rebecca Neagle to Shareholder Relations manager, effective Sept. 14. Her role within the corporation will include the facilitation of communication among shareholders, the Shareholder Relations Department and various agencies, providing assistance in person, by phone and through written correspondence. She will also represent Sitnasuak to the general public during conferences, events, and corporate functions. Debra J. Austin, Senior Registered Client Associate, joined The Legacy Group with more than 29 years of financial industry experience providing quality client service. Austin has a degree in business administration management from Alaska Pacific University. She has worked in the financial services area in Anchorage since 1993. Matanuska Electric Association Inc. has promoted Michael Mann to the position of plant manager of the Eklutna Generation Station. Prior to this promotion, Mann served as EGS Operations supervisor and was an integral part of the successful startup and operations of the plant. Prior to joining MEA in 2013, Mann held management positions in several large power plants across the U.S., including a large nuclear power plant. As plant manager he will oversee all aspects of the EGS power plant, including maintenance and operations of the 171mW facility. Giovanna Gambardella, AIA, NCARB, has joined Stantec Inc. as a senior architect in its Anchorage office. She has more than 14 years of in-state industry experience serving both public and private clients. Gambardella’s experience will expand the firm’s regional capabilities. At Stantec, Gambardella will provide senior design leadership for a variety of building projects. She has project experience from Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea and the North Slope. Originally from Italy, Gambardella has a unique background in multiple building types, including higher education, libraries, schools, medical office buildings, senior housing and multi-family residences. In addition to her Alaska experience, Gambardella has worked on projects in Maine, Guam, Italy and the Netherlands. Gambardella, an award-winning designer, graduated magna cum laude at the University of Architecture in Genova, Italy, and attended the Escola Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in Barcelona, Spain, with a European scholarship program.

Movers & Shakers 9/20/15

Dr. Deena Paramo of Wasilla has been appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. Paramo has extensive experience in Alaska’s education system, and is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Mat-Su Borough School District. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, an elementary school principal, and several years as a teacher in both Glennallen and the Mat-Su. In addition to her career in education, Paramo serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the Education Commission of the United States, the University of Alaska College Advisory Board, the Foraker Group Governing Board, and the Alaska Association of School Administrators. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage, an education doctorate from the University of Oregon, and has obtained National Superintendent Certification. Erin Kirkland, publisher of the popular family travel website AKontheGO, and author of the guidebook “Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children” has joined the information site About.com as their Alaska Expert. Kirkland will be in charge of creating online content for About.com’s Alaska section, telling the state’s unique stories through cultural, recreational, historical, and industry-related destinations and attractions. Her selection represents the first time About.com has secured an Alaska resident as its Expert for the travel and tourism website. The only family travel journalist based in Alaska, Kirkland’s work regularly appears in the Alaska Dispatch News, and she is a contributor for KTVA 11’s Daybreak, in addition to working on her second book, due out in December 2016. She lives in Anchorage with her husband, James, and son, Owen. The University of Alaska Foundation has selected University of Alaska Anchorage’s Tim Doebler as recipient of the 2015 Edith R. Bullock Prize. Doebler is program director of UAA’s Culinary Arts, Hospitality/Dietetics and Nutrition department and has been a faculty member for more than 25 years. The recognition includes $15,000, which can be used as the recipient sees fit and is the single largest award presented by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees each year. The North Pole graduate attended the Culinary Institute of America and the State University of New York, before returning to Alaska to earn his master’s degree from UAA. He has been a faculty member with the Culinary, Hospitality, and Nutrition Department since 1988 and became the program director three years later. Laurie Downing was named title manager of Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency. Downing has more than 30 years of residential and commercial title and escrow experience. Born in Alaska, she has worked in Anchorage and the Valley, and has been approved as an instructor by the Alaska Real Estate Commission. The 2015 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. The Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony recognizes and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors as well as their contributions to the larger community. This event celebrates the achievements and community dedication of ten extraordinary women. In its 26th year, it now represents an Academy of 311 women who have shaped our last 26 years and will continue to shape the next 26 years as we work to eliminate racism and empower women in Alaska. The 2015 awardees are: Pita Benz, Pita Benz L-A-B, LLC; Kelly Droop, Director of Infrastructure, CH2M; Honorable Sharon Gleason, U.S. District Court of Alaska judge; Dr. Joanie Mayor Hope, physician and managing partner, Alaska Women’s Cancer Care; Barbara Jones, municipality clerk, Municipality of Anchorage; Alison Kear, executive director, Covenant House Alaska; Dr. Joy Chavez Mapaye, associate professor, journalism and communication, UAA; Barbara Norton president and owner, Geneva Woods Midwifery & Birth Center; Sally Smith, chair, Bristol Bay Area Health Corp.; Cathie Straub, owner, Alaska Permanent Capital Management.

Movers & Shakers 9/13/15

Bering Straits Native Corp. announced the awardees of its 2015 Young Providers Award as Heather Jackson of Shaktoolik and Nick Hanson of Unalakleet. The Young Providers Award honors young people from the BSNC region who contribute on a daily basis to the health and wellbeing of their families, communities and culture. This year, the BSNC Board of Directors has chosen to posthumously honor the late Herbie Nayokpuk and Sinrock Mary by presentation of the awards. Jackson and Hanson will be honored at the 2015 BSNC Annual Meeting of Shareholders on Oct. 3 in Nome at the Mini Convention Center. Jackson, a 20-year-old basketball enthusiast, was taught and embraces the subsistence way of life by providing for her family and the Elders year-round in her village. A young role model, Jackson encourages others to live a drug-free lifestyle. Jackson will receive the award honoring Sinrock Mary, the Queen of Reindeer, who overcame incredible personal hardship and discriminatory laws against women and Alaska Native people to become a successful business woman. Hanson, who competed on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior,” is an active community member and suicide prevention advocate. As a positive role model, motivational speaker and Native Youth Olympic, basketball and volleyball coach, Hanson embraces traditional activities and relishes the role as a mentor of young people. Hanson will receive the award honoring Herbie Nayokpuk, also known as the Shishmaref Cannonball, who was an avid and well-known Iditarod musher. Annie Reeves has joined the Anchorage Public Library as community relations coordinator. Reeves has a bachelor’s degree in communications-public relations and a law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law. Kyle Campbell is the new finance aide for Rep. David Guttenberg, D-Fairbanks. Campbell grew up in the Goldstream Valley and has been involved in local Fairbanks community organizations for most of his life. Campbell has worked as a wilderness guide and science educator throughout the state and has earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2009, Campbell received the Brina Kessel Medal for Excellence in Science from the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics for his undergraduate research on birds from Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Mike Coffey has been named Southcoast Region Director for Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The Southcoast Region covers Southeast Alaska, Kodiak Island, the Alaska Peninsula, Aleutian Chain, and the Pribilof Islands.Coffey has over 30 years of maintenance, operations, design and construction experience with DOT. He exits his current role within the department as the chief of statewide maintenance and operations. Coffey has held a versatile range of positions at the department, including design engineer in Southeast Alaska, project engineer in Southcentral Alaska, Homer area maintenance and operations superintendent, and Northern Region maintenance manager. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental resources engineering from Humbolt State University. Rhonda Johnson, formerly of Alaska USA Mortgage, has joined Cornerstone Home Lending Inc. as a branch manager in Kenai, reporting to Regional President Dean Johnson. She will expand Cornerstone’s presence in the Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer markets.  Tom Maloney is the new CEO of Ahtna Netiye’ Inc. Maloney is a long-standing Alaskan with more than 25 years of executive-level experience including developing corporate strategies, business development, risk management and other key leadership roles. Maloney most recently served as Alaska area manager and Government Affairs director for CH2M; one of Alaska’s largest private employers. He also led the board of the Resource Development Council for two terms on strategic issues affecting the health of Alaska’s economy including oil and gas, mining, tourism, fishery and forestry sectors. First National Bank Alaska recently promoted two banking experts and appointed two others to new positions. Jeff Livingston is First National’s newest loan officer. He joined the bank in July 2014 and previously worked in all aspects of branch management. A First National banker since 2006, Jennifer Matthews was appointed a business development officer. Aili Peyton joins Matthews with her appointment to business development officer. Peyton is an experienced banker with a family deeply rooted in the banking business. Her great-great grandfather opened an independent community bank in Minnesota in 1902, and her father still runs it today. The bank promoted John Schaff to mortgage lending director. Owner of a degree in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California-Davis, Schaff started his banking career 13 years ago as a mortgage loan originator. He’s worked in bank branch environments and as part of a national real-estate company. He transitioned into mortgage loan origination management in 2007.

Movers & Shakers 9/06/15

ANSEP alums achieve tenure-track positions Two Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program alumni will make history at the University of Alaska Anchorage as the first tenure-track Alaska Native engineering faculty members. Both Michele Yatchmeneff and Matt Calhoun recently earned their doctorates in engineering and will begin teaching engineering courses during the fall semester of 2015 to develop the next generation of STEM industry professionals in Alaska. “We’re proud of how far Michele and Matt have come,” said ANSEP Founder and Vice Provost Dr. Herb Ilisaurri Schroeder. “They exemplify the ideal ANSEP students. Their experiences, first as students and later as staff, speak volumes about the long-term impact ANSEP can have and also make them uniquely qualified to encourage other Alaskans to pursue STEM education and careers.” Dr. Yatchmeneff is a Unangax (Aleut) woman who grew up living a traditional subsistence lifestyle in rural villages along Alaska’s Aleutian chain. She discovered her love of engineering in high school while attending an engineering camp at the University of Denver, and began to immerse herself in several camps and internships. While working toward her undergraduate degree at UAA, Yatchmeneff participated in the ANSEP University Success component. After earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering at UAA, she began working in Alaska’s construction and engineering industry, specializing in water and sewer projects in remote villages across the state. Throughout her school and work experiences, Yatchmeneff felt that there was an ongoing negative stereotype that came with her Alaska Native heritage. As a result, she returned to ANSEP in 2007 as deputy director, with the goal of motivating other Alaska Native students to earn STEM degrees and join her in combating those stereotypes. Yatchmeneff recently earned her Ph.D. in engineering education from Purdue University. “ANSEP students inspire me every day because they are knocking down barriers they don’t even realize exist,” said ANSEP Assistant Professor of Engineering Yatchmeneff. “I’m looking forward to helping students learn to navigate the university and getting them excited about their undergraduate engineering degrees.” Calhoun is an Athabaskan Indian from Homer and has been involved with ANSEP since 1999. After meeting ANSEP Founder Schroeder, Calhoun was inspired to pursue an engineering degree at UAA while participating in the ANSEP University Success component. In 2002, he was one of the first ANSEP students to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. From there, Calhoun was employed as a project engineer for three years before returning to ANSEP as a regional director in 2006. Calhoun actively recruited students for ANSEP pre-college components before going outside to earn his master’s in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. This year, Calhoun earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “I truly believe Alaska needs more homegrown scientists and engineers, and I want to be part of making that happen at ANSEP and at UAA,” said ANSEP Assistant Professor of Engineering Calhoun. “Having more Alaska students with degrees is key to having a voice in the projects and research that will build Alaska’s future.” Both Yatchmeneff and Calhoun are now tenure-track faculty members at UAA. During the fall semester, Yatchmeneff will teach Introduction to Engineering as well as two sections of Engineering Economic Analysis and Operations. Calhoun will teach Introduction to Engineering as well as Properties of Materials and its corresponding lab. The two will also continue their work at ANSEP, serving as assistant engineering professors to Dr. Schroeder. ANSEP’s longitudinal model begins at the middle school level and continues through high school and into college undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs. Yatchmeneff and Calhoun are among 146 ANSEP scholarship recipients that have graduated from the University of Alaska with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. There are currently more than 1,500 students in the ANSEP pipeline.   Lane Powell Attorneys Brewster H. Jamieson, Michael J. Parise and Peter C. Partnow were named as 2015 “Alaska Super Lawyers” by Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers magazine, in the areas of General Litigation, Business/Corporate, and Labor and Employment, respectively. This is Parise’s sixth year and Jamieson’s ninth year being named as “Alaska Super Lawyers.” Special recognition goes to Peter Partnow who was named an “Alaska Super Lawyer” for the first time. Thomson Reuters performs the polling, research and selection for Super Lawyers in a process designed to identify lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 5 percent of Alaska attorneys are given this honor. Mark Johnston was appointed as general manager of Municipal Light and Power. Johnston previously served as acting general manager and CFO. Johnston has also held executive and management level finance positions at the Alaska Public Utilities Commission, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Alaska Railroad Corp., and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nevada and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Alaska since 1996. Hal Hart was appointed as the new director of the Anchorage Development Services Department. The Planning and Development Services divisions will return to department–level status to increase accountability and coordination among departments. Hart most recently worked as Juneau’s Community Development director, where he promoted streamlining regulations to increase affordable housing and advanced Juneau’s economic development plan. He has also worked as a city planner in Woodinville, Wash. Hart obtained a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Eastern Washington University. Chugach School District Superintendent Dr. Bob Crumley has been selected by his peers as Alaska’s 2016 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 29th year, pays tribute to a school system’s top leader who exemplifies effectiveness, knowledge, leadership, ethics, and commitment. Crumley became the superintendent for the Chugach School District on July 1, 2005 and has successfully served for 10 years in this position making him one of the longest continually serving superintendents in the State of Alaska. He has had national and state recognition with the following awards:  2009 Alaska Performance Excellence Award; 2001 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Excellence in Education; and the 2000 New American High School Award. ASA will advance Crumley’s candidacy to the 2016 National Superintendent of the Year program knowing that he is highly respected by his colleagues, board members and constituents throughout Alaska. All State Superintendents of the Year will be honored in February at the 2016 AASA National Conference on Education in Phoenix, Ariz. R&M Consultants Inc. is pleased to announce Christopher Fell, LG, CPG, a senior geologist in the Earth Sciences Department, has earned his Certified Professional Geologist certification. The CPG certification is administered by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, an association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession. Fell has 11 years of experience performing environmental and geotechnical projects for private and public clients. He is currently the project and field lead for projects investigating the environmental impacts of subsurface contamination in several small Southeast Alaska communities, is performing field inspection and reporting on the status of unstable slopes along the Dalton Highway, and providing geologic/GIS quality control and assurance for terrain unit mapping in Southcentral and Northern Alaska. Fell has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Victor Perri-Jimenez joined the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce in mid-August as its engagement membership coordinator. Perri-Jimenez came to Anchorage from the Dominican Republic in 2009. He has worked for the past three years as an international student assistant and as an education opportunity specialist at the University of Alaska Anchorage and as a departmental student coordinator for the Department of Politics and International Affairs at the London University in the United Kingdom. He held an internship with KTUU, and worked for Diálogo Newspaper in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications and is currently finishing his thesis to obtain a master’s degree in International Studies and Affairs from the London University.

Movers & Shakers 8/30/15

Nina Kemppel is the new president and CEO of the Alaska Community Foundation, and will join ACF in mid-October. Kemppel comes to ACF from serving as president and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum since 2012. Before joining the Alaska Humanities Forum, Kemppel was principal at the Coraggio Group, a West Coast strategy and organizational change firm in Portland, Ore. She also spent four years in Boston at a global management-consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, where she worked with several Fortune 500 companies as well as nonprofit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business. Prior to her business career, Kemppel had an international Nordic ski racing career spanning 13 years that included a record-breaking 18 U.S. National Championships. She competed in four Olympic Winter Games and in 2002 skied to what was then the highest Olympic finish in history by an American woman in the 30-km classical race. Kemppel has also won the Mount Marathon race nine times, eight consecutively. In 2009, she was elected to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Northrim Bank hired Jean McKnight as senior vice president, senior Commercial Loan Unit manager, and Jenn Ludden as assistant vice president, Electronic Banking Operations manager. McKnight joins the Northrim team with 38 years in the financial industry. She was most recently with First National Bank Alaska were she was vice president and team leader in the Corporate Lending Division. McKnight has also worked for KeyBank where she was a senior business relationship manager, and Rainer Bank/Security Pacific Bank as a corporate lending manager. She has lived in Anchorage for nearly 30 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University. Ludden joins Northrim Bank with 11 years in the financial industry. Prior to moving to Alaska, she worked at Bank of America in a variety of positions starting as a teller and working her way to management. Ludden holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Arizona. Karen Linnell has been hired as project manager of the Copper River-Ahtna Inter-Tribal Resource Conservation District. She will be based out of the Ahtna office building in Glennallen. Linnell brings to Ahtna 12 years of experience in project management and cost control. Karen has spent the last two years as Tribal Administrator for Cheesh’na Tribal Council. Linnell recently served on Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s Transition Team as the chair of the Wildlife Committee. Dr. Paula Martin has been hired as campus director of the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. Currently, Martin serves as assistant director for Academic Affairs and associate professor at UAA’s Kenai Peninsula College, a role she has held since 2008. Martin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in entomology in 1993. She taught at Emory University, where she led its Human and Natural Ecology program. She then accepted an opportunity to create a new department, Environmental Science and Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania. Williams Scotsman, a North American supplier of workforce accommodations, modular space and storage solutions, announced the appointment of Craig Pester to the position of area manager in Alaska. In this newly created role, Pester will provide leadership for the company’s ongoing growth in the Alaskan market with a focus on modular facility leasing, as well as its newly introduced Stayover Lodge offering. Pester, a native of New Zealand, has established an accomplished career in senior management roles with Aramark, Hampton Inn and Westin, while working in markets ranging from Australia, Alaska and most recently, the Pacific Northwest. WHPacific named Director of Transportation Louis Bassler as Project Manager of the Year. In fiscal year 2015, Bassler handled projects ranging in contract size from $9,000 to more than $500,000 with a combined project portfolio of nearly $8 million. Bassler is the director of Transportation for WHPacific in Alaska, who has been with the company for 19 years. He has more than 30 years of engineering, project management, and construction management experience on public and private projects in Alaska. He specializes in road projects and highway, pathway, and boardwalk projects requiring specialized arctic and subarctic design and construction expertise. His experience includes improving safety, reducing traffic congestion, and improving vehicle access.

Movers & Shakers 8/23/15

Cary Deck, a professor of economics at the University of Arkansas and the director of its Behavioral Business Research Laboratory, will serve as the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Rasmuson Chair of Economics for the 2015-16 academic year. Within UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy, Deck will work with faculty to promote research and teaching excellence. He will engage students in the classroom and will advise them on undergraduate research projects. Deck’s research uses controlled laboratory experiments to investigate a wide array of topics from risk taking to choice overload. His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Federal Trade Commission, and has been published in leading journals, including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, and Review of Economic Studies, among others. Dan Nichols is the new WHPacific Facilities Director in the company’s Anchorage office. Nichols has more than 10 years licensed experience in civil and arctic engineering and project management. In this role, Nichols oversees the Anchorage offices’ architectural, electrical, and mechanical projects. Previous to WHPacific, Nichols worked as a civil engineer and project manager for Dowl Engineering in Anchorage. Nichols’ past project experience includes projects in Emmonak, Kotzebue, Gukana, Selawik, Bethel and Red Dog Mine. Nichols is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mitch Jackson, formerly a commercial banker with Wells Fargo, was hired as the commercial sales and leasing associate for Carlton Smith Company in Juneau. Jackson comes to the Carlton Smith Company with more than five years as a banker, including three years as a commercial relationship manager with Wells Fargo in Anchorage and, since 2012, in Juneau. Jackson is a member of the Juneau Economic Development Council board of directors, the Juneau Downtown Business Association, and the Gastineau Rotary Club. The Carlton Smith Company is in its 25th year as Southeast Alaska’s only real estate brokerage dedicated to commercial sales and leasing. Arctic IT announced the addition of Mary Gasperlin to their team as an account executive. In her new role, Gasperlin will work with Alaska companies to find solutions to their IT needs with a focus on TotalCare, Arctic IT’s managed service. With more than two decades of business development and sales experience in the Alaska market, Gasperlin’s career includes growing market share for a Fortune 500 company doing business in Alaska, executing a revenue growth plan for companies that provided multi-year, multi-million dollar service contracts, and a long career in the aviation industry. Gasperlin is a long-time Alaskan resident and supports many business and non-profit organizations. Mel “Hutch” Hutchison, a 35-year veteran of the electric utility industry, has joined ARECA Insurance Exchange as the insurance company’s new director of Loss Control effective Aug. 17. Originally from Reno, Nevada, Hutchison began his career in the electric industry as a high voltage lineman in the United States Air Force from 1980 to 2000. Following his retirement from the military, Hutchison took his skills to Chugach Electric Association, the state’s largest electric cooperative. While at Chugach, Hutchison worked as a safety specialist, manager of revenue metering, manager of maintenance and operations, and manager of safety and industrial hygiene. Hutchison most recently worked for Homer Electric Association as the systems operations supervisor. He also has numerous industry-related certifications that will assist him with his work at AIE.

Movers & Shakers 8/16/15

Marleanna Hall is the new executive director of Resource Development Council for Alaska Inc. Prior to this appointment, Hall was a projects coordinator for RDC, and formerly the Development Director for the Alaska Mineral and Energy Resource Education Fund (now Alaska Resource Education). She previously worked at Tesoro Alaska Company and the Arc of Anchorage. Hall has a bachelor’s degree in business management–administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2010 she completed the Leadership Anchorage program through the Alaska Humanities Forum, as well as the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership and Executive Advancement Program in 2012. In addition to the new executive director, the RDC executive committee appointed the 2015-16 board of directors. New members to the board are Monica James (Calista Corp.), Joey Merrick (Laborers Local 341), Christy Resler (Schlumberger), Rick Rogers and Doug Vincent-Lang. Mathew Hurbi joined Ukpeagvik iñupiat Corp. as the as the new assistant controller in the Anchorage office. Hurbi is experienced in public accounting, serving businesses and entities with revenues ranging into the billions. He has performed extensive audit work with Alaska Native corporations throughout the state, including three Native village corporations within the Arctic region. He also has experience in telecommunications, financial services, and local/state governments; providing auditing services for financial statements, grant compliance, ANCSA 7(i) revenues, and employee benefit plans. Hurbi was born and raised in Fairbanks, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He previously worked for KPMG an international audit, tax and professional advisory firm that has offices worldwide and in Anchorage. While at KPMG he earned his Certified Public Accountant license. Kristina Baiborodova joins Ukpeagvik iñupiat Corp. as the new director of Arctic business relations in the Anchorage office. Baiborodova was born and raised in the northernmost town in Russia: Pevek, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. She attended high school in the small Anadyr airport village, Shakhterskiy, administrative center of the region, which is across the Bering Strait from Nome. After graduating high school with honors Baiborodova was accepted to Moscow State University but attended for only three weeks before an opportunity presented itself to continue her education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2005, Kristina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management and aviation technology. She went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration degree in 2008. For the past 10 years, Baiborodova has been working at the Institute of the North as an Arctic projects manager and Russian Federation liaison. During that time she managed and developed international education programs and projects and provided support for many Arctic organizations. Emily Cross is returning to Ukpeagvik iñupiat Corp. as the executive secretary to the president and UIC board of directors. Cross was recently appointed to the Koahnic Broadcast Corp. board of directors, whose mission is to be the leader in bringing Native voices to Alaska and the nation.  She is also in her fourth year on the executive committee of the American Cancer Society. Gloria Chythlook joins Ukpeagvik iñupiat Corp. as the as the new senior proposal and grant writer in the Anchorage office. A life-long Alaskan and Bristol Bay commercial fisherman, Chythlook was raised in the village of Aleknagik, she attended the University of Alaska and studied natural sciences and the Minority Medical Education Program at the University of Washington. Chythlook has more than 15 years of experience in grant writing, program delivery, and non-profit administration. She served on the board of directors of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Western Alaska Salmon Alliance and Turnagain Arm Health Center, and is a Sequoyah Fellow in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Thompson & Co. Public Relations has hired former NBC-affiliate reporter Abby Cooper as account executive and Sydney Brusewitz as account coordinator, and promoted Nikkie Viotto and Emily McLaughlin to junior account executives. In their new roles, each will work for a variety of the agency’s clients including managing social media, writing press releases and pitching media. A former NBC-affiliate news reporter, Cooper spent more than six years with KTUU Channel 2 News in Anchorage, serving in various roles during that time, including weekend anchor, producer and multi-media journalist. Brusewitz graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations in 2012 and Hawaii Pacific University with a master’s in communications in 2014. After moving to Anchorage in May 2015 for an internship with Thompson & Co., she was hired as an account coordinator at the agency. Viotto started at the agency in spring 2014 as an account coordinator. In her new role as junior account executive, she will continue to manage social media, write and pitch media for clients such as Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, GCI and the Alaska Railroad. McLaughlin came to the agency as an intern in the fall of 2013, quickly working her way to account coordinator before her promotion to junior account executive. She writes, researches and pitches media and implements social media strategies for clients such as Shell, Bristol Bay Area Health Corp., Alaska Nurses Association and Anchorage Police Department Employees Association. The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute has added Dr. Scott Ebenhoeh, D.O., to its team of cardiovascular physicians. Ebenhoeh comes to AHVI with nearly six years of experience in the medical field and will be based at AHVI’s main Anchorage clinic. He received a bachelor’s degree in 2002 from Michigan State University, where he then continued his studies and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Since graduating in 2009, Ebenhoeh did his postgraduate fellowship training in internal medicine and cardiology at Michigan State University’s Garden City Hospital campus outside of Detroit. Since 2012, Ebenhoeh has also been providing full-patient care in the telemetry and intensive care units at Garden City Hospital and at Detroit Medical Center hospital during his Cardiology fellowship training. Ebenhoeh joins a team of 23 specialty cardiologists at AHVI. With six locations in the state, AHVI is currently expanding its team to meet an increased demand for its services. Jessica Koloski of R&M Consultants Inc. has earned her Certified Administrative Professional designation. The CAP certification is administered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals, and is the only recognized professional certification in the administrative profession that encompasses all areas of the office. Koloski is an administrative assistant at R&M. She has been with the firm for seven years and is responsible for front desk operation, including publication and advanced word processing, report production, maintaining business equipment and supplies, boosting morale, welfare and recreation. Safeco Insurance has awarded three Alaska USA Insurance Brokers agents with Awards of Excellence for 2015. Alaska-based recipients include Anchorage’s Cathy Hoaks, corporate manager of personal insurance, who received her ninth straight award, and Juneau’s Robin Faulk, senior personal insurance sales agent, who received her fourth straight award. Safeco’s Award of Excellence celebrates and rewards individuals with superior underwriting skills. Agents must meet strict criteria, including membership in Safeco’s Premier Partner Program, appointment tenure, and loss ratio requirements. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced today he is bringing on a new team to lead the municipality’s finance and IT team. Robert Harris will be the chief fiscal officer and Alden Thern will be the Deputy CFO. Thern brings 15 years of experience at the Anchorage School District, most recently as the executive director of contract administration and the director of student nutrition. He has also served on multiple IT system implementations, focusing on process improvement and cost efficiencies. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in business and an emphasis in finance and international management. As deputy CFO for the Municipality, Thern will assume primary responsibility for the SAP/Kronos software update within the municipality.

Movers and Shakers 08/09/15

Reed Mike Reed has joined ASRC Energy Services LLC as senior vice president, chief financial officer, effective June 16. Reed comes to AES with global management experience, most recently as the vice president of finance at National Oilwell Varco, a worldwide provider of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production operations, oil field services, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry across six continents. In this position, Reed was responsible for financial oversight of the Africa, the Middle East and India geographic regions including but not limited to cost controls, corporate governance, internal controls, process re-engineering, and other change management initiatives. Reed has 26 years of finance and accounting experience with 20 years in the energy sector. Reed has an MBA from Rice University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron. Beckham Jim Beckham has been appointed as deputy director of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Oil and Gas, effective July 21. Beckham has a bachelor’s degree in marine science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and more than 30 years of professional leadership, management, and operational experience in the public and private sectors. Beckham has a background in the technical aspects of Alaska oil and gas issues in the downstream products and transportation sectors, as well as extensive commercial negotiation experience. Additionally, Beckham has more than 10 years of advanced level professional experience in environmental damage recovery. Dahl Erik Dahl has joined AECOM’s Anchorage office as a senior environmental engineer. Dahl has more than six years of worldwide experience in environmental fieldwork management, field sample collection, laboratory and field analytical testing, air emissions modeling, report writing, data qualification, remediation system design and construction and risk assessments. His primary area of expertise includes soil and groundwater remediation at remote federal sites. In this role at AECOM, he will be responsible for developing remedial alternatives in remedial investigations/feasibility studies documents, overseeing environmental fieldwork at remote sites, and performing risk assessments. He will also support proposal development and ensure that client satisfaction is maintained. Webb Nathaniel Webb has joined AECOM’s Anchorage office as a senior chemist. Webb has more than 17 years of experience with remedial investigations and actions throughout Alaska and the Pacific region. His efforts have aided in the successful closure of many polychlorinated, biphenyl and petroleum contaminated sites. In this role, he will be responsible for developing a chemistry program to support federal, oil and gas, and mining clients. Cogger Corinne Cogger has joined AECOM’s Anchorage office as an environmental scientist. Her responsibilities at AECOM include contributing to project documents, fieldwork support and coordination, as well as the collection, analysis and documentation of field data. Cogger has approximately two years of experience in contaminated sites fieldwork and document production. During her career, Cogger has held the position of field lead for groundwater sampling and supply well sampling, for which she coordinated site logistics and field personnel. She also has experience with the coordination of a military munitions response program. Prior to her position at AECOM, Cogger also wrote and edited a range of deliverable documents, including site assessments, work plans and site characterization reports. Along with writing and formatting documents, Cogger’s contributions to deliverables regularly involved creating and editing geographic information system figures. Cogger has assisted in the update of a client’s health, safety and environment program by performing a worksite analysis, conducting a chemical inventory, implementing an online safety data sheet database, and working towards a stronger “safety culture.” She has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Humboldt State University.   Jody Karcz is the new Public Transit director for the Municipality of Anchorage.  During her 30-year tenure with Anchorage’s Public Transportation Department, she has held many positions, including: Rideshare coordinator, senior planner, superintendent of Operations and Maintenance, and director. Ortiz Lymari Ortiz has joined AECOM’s Anchorage office as a contracts and procurement lead for the Alaska LNG Project. Ortiz has more than 20 years of experience and specialized qualifications in project management, auditing and supply management. Most recently, she performed contract compliance audits for a major oil company in Alaska. In this role, she will be responsible for working on the Alaska LNG Project, responsible for ensuring compliance with the Alaska LNG subcontracting and procurement plan. Cory Quarles has been appointed Alaska Production Manager for ExxonMobil Production Co., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corp. Quarles joined ExxonMobil in 1998 and has since held various technical and supervisory positions in the U.S. In 2010, he was named asset manager for the Beryl offshore platforms in the U.K. In 2012, he was assigned operations technical engineering manager for ExxonMobil’s subsidiary in eastern Canada to oversee a multi-disciplined technical organization. Quarles was appointed global facilities engineering manager of ExxonMobil Production Company in 2014, with responsibility for providing specialized engineering support to producing oil and gas facilities worldwide. Quarles is a native of Houston, Texas, and holds a chemical engineering degree from Texas A&M University.  

Movers & Shakers 8/02/15

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington announced the 2015 winners of the Alaska Business of the Year Torch Awards: CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp., Alaska Large Business of the Year; The Wilson Agency, Alaska Medium Business of the Year; Hogins Plumbing & Heating, Alaska Small Business of the Year. This year’s Alaska judges included Brenda Hanson, Maureen Haggblom, Archana Mishra and Kevin Turkington.  The Torch Award winners will be honored at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Make it Monday Forum on Aug. 17. Katie Reeves has joined CIRI Alaska Tourism as lodging sales manager. A graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Katie brings to CATC experience in negotiations, presentations, TV and video production, and strong writing skills. Her recent work experience has been with Connect Alaska and the State of Alaska Division of Economic Development over the past three years. She is also an experienced Olympic Trials swimmer and triathlete, published author and on-air anchor/reporter Producer for Channel 11 in both Fairbanks and Anchorage.  Rob Luis has accepted the position of Construction Division general manager at UIC Design Plan Build. Luis will work with company managers to oversee operations for three UIC-owned construction firms: UIC Construction, Rockford Corp. and Kautaq Construction. Prior to joining the UIC Design Plan Build team, Luis most recently served as division manager for Sunland Construction in Colorado. There, he led project teams constructing oil and gas distribution lines and was responsible for approximately $100 million in project revenue. Luis holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a master’s degree in business administration from Keller Graduate School. The University of Alaska Southeast announced the appointment of Ketchikan Campus Director Dr. Priscilla Schulte as UAS Interim Provost for the coming academic year. A search for a permanent Provost is slated to commence in August. Schulte will begin her new assignment on Aug. 9. She is expected to remain in the role through the 2015-16 academic year with a hope that a new provost will be on board in early summer 2016.  Schulte will remain Ketchikan Campus Director but she will move to Juneau for the duration of this assignment. She will continue to return to Ketchikan periodically over the course of the academic year. Herman G. Walker Jr. was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Walker will replace Judge Philip Volland, who is retiring on Aug. 31 after serving on the Anchorage Superior Court for more than 12 years. An Alaska resident of 23 years and a practicing attorney of 22 years, Walker has worked in both private practice and the public sector throughout Alaska. For the past 15 years, he has been a partner at Limón & Walker, where he has represented injured parties, criminal defendants, corporations, and family law litigants. Walker has also worked for the Office of Public Advocacy and the State Public Defender Agency. He received a bachelor degree in political science from Arizona State University, and a juris doctor from the University of Wyoming College of Law. Matson Inc. announced that Kenny Gill, previously senior director of operations for Horizon Lines’ Alaska division, has been promoted to the position of Vice President, Alaska. In his new role, Gill has management responsibility for all Matson operations in Alaska, including terminal operations, customer service, sales, and financial performance of the company’s terminals in Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. Gill’s appointment follows Matson’s May 29, 2015, acquisition of the Alaska operations of Horizon Lines and subsequent retirement of Marion Davis, Horizon’s vice president and general manager for Alaska. As senior director of operations for Horizon since 2009, Gill was responsible for overseeing and coordinating operations at the company’s terminals in Tacoma, Anchorage, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. Gill holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University, an MSA in accountancy from Bentley College Graduate School of Business and an MBA from the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business. The Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy in Alaska announced the election of four new trustees. The board elected Joe Marushack, John Springsteen, Bob Waldrop, and T. Henry Wilson at its recent meeting in Talkeetna. Marushack is president of ConocoPhillips Alaska. Previously, he served as president of ConocoPhillips Canada, where he managed the company’s oil sands and Canadian Arctic developments, and as president of the company’s Asia Pacific and Middle East operations. Springsteen is the executive director of Anchorage Industrial Development and Export Authority. Before joining AIDEA, he worked for global audit, tax and advisory firms Grant Thornton LLP, PwC, and Deloitte and with the management consulting firms Bridge Strategy Group and The Chicago Group. Waldrop is the former executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association. He is a founder and past vice president of NorQuest Seafoods, served as special assistant to Alaska Gov. Jay Hammond, and has served as a business consultant for clients across Alaska. Wilson is a lawyer, pilot and part owner of the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. He currently works as a pilot for Rust’s Flying Service. As an assistant attorney general for the natural resources section for the state of Alaska, he played a role in fisheries law and policy.

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. Cuddy, the renowned Alaskan pioneer and banker who died earlier this year. Joining Mahan on the board are Lawer, Dr. Maurice Coyle, Perry Eaton, Margy Johnson, Jane Klopfer, Loren H. Lounsbury and Fran Ulmer. Jennifer Bolding is replacing Dana Reese as operations manager for Webb’s Consulting & Management Services Inc. Bolding, who is an Alaska resident for the past six years originally from Seattle, is excited about making the Anchorage Market & Festival, Bear Paw Vendor Court, Holiday Food & Gift Festival, Arts & Crafts Emporium and Christmas Village even better for Alaskans and visitors alike. Rep. Bob Herron was elected chair of the Arctic Caucus at the 25th Annual Summit of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, or PNWER, in Big Sky, Mont., on July 13. The Arctic Caucus, a working group within PNWER, is a partnership of public and private sector members from Alaska, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. The partnership aims to provide a forum to share information, discuss issues of mutual concern, identify areas for collaboration between the three jurisdictions, and provide Arctic-relevant input to other PNWER working groups. Herron has been active in the Arctic Caucus since 2010 and recently served as co-chair of the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. He also chairs the House Economic Development, Tourism, & Arctic Policy Committee and has passed nine pieces of Arctic-related legislation in recent years, including HB 1, Alaska’s Arctic Policy. After three years as the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District, Col. Christopher Lestochi relinquished his duties to Col. Michael Brooks during a July 16 change of command ceremony. Brooks, a native of Alabama, became the 27th commander of the district during the event at the district’s headquarters. He is the former deputy chief and engineer planner for the Domestic Operations Division at U.S. Northern Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. Brooks will now oversee a multimillion-dollar program that provides engineering, construction, planning, contracting, real estate, emergency operations, environmental and regulatory services to the military, federal, state and local governments, as well as to the public in Alaska. Additionally, he will oversee the district’s support to U.S. Pacific Command’s Humanitarian Assistance program and the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program. University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble announced UA Regent Mike Powers as University of Alaska Fairbanks Interim Chancellor. Powers has been an executive at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for nearly three decades, first as chief financial officer and, for the past 20 years as CEO. He retired from FMH on July 1.

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. Jason Carlson has been promoted to Camp Services vice president of operations for NANA Management Services, or NMS. NMS Camp Services, a division of NMS, provides services to people living and working in remote camps like the North Slope and Red Dog Mine. Services include food service; housekeeping, janitorial, and laundry services; water and wastewater services; billeting; commissary management; and facilities maintenance and management. NMS Camp Services also manages the BP Building in midtown Anchorage. NMS is the fifth-largest private employer in Alaska and has provided services to the North Slope for 40 years. Most recently, Carlson served as director of operations and provided oversight to Red Dog, Eni, Badami, Nixon Fork, PGI, Veritas, Dahl Creek, Bornite, Hilcorp, and Alyeska Camps/Contracts. Prior to working with NMS, Carlson held several positions with Alaska Airlines, including operations and customer service. He holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University. Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz named Andrew Halcro as the new director of the Anchorage Community Development Authority. ACDA is part of the mayor’s plan to aggressively develop downtown and other areas of Anchorage. Prior successful ACDA projects include developments in Mountain View and Government Hill. Halcro grew up in Anchorage, attended local public schools and the University of Alaska Anchorage. For the last 30 years he has managed extensively in the private sector, including roles as the CEO of Avis Rent a Car of Alaska, and most recently as the President of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. He is a former two-term Republican state legislator representing Sand Lake, and is currently chair of the 90% by 2020 education initiative and is a past board member of AEDC, Visit Anchorage, Anchorage Downtown Partnership and School Business Partnership. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that Michael Pawlowski will serve as deputy chief of staff for Coordination of Alaska and Washington, D.C. Affairs beginning Aug. 3. He will join Kate Williams, who serves as deputy chief of staff coordinating Murkowski’s legislative priorities. Pawlowski joined Murkowski’s personal office after spending six months working as senior energy policy advisor in the Senate Energy Committee. A graduate of Alaska Pacific University, Pawlowski has also worked for the Alaska Permanent Capital Management Co., the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, the Alaska State Legislature and as the deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue. Erickson Inc., a global provider of aviation services, named Michael Williams as the company’s Alaska regional manager. Erickson is expanding its presence in the Alaskan market and has created this leadership position to directly serve local customers. Williams will direct day-to-day activities for all Alaska operations from Erickson’s Merrill Field Hanger in Anchorage and will promote future expansion in the region. The company currently has facilities in Anchorage, Nome and Deadhorse. Erickson has more than 50 years of experience serving Alaska, and currently operates locally supporting customers in the areas of firefighting, oil and gas operations support, cargo and passenger transport, and power line transmission aerial support. Before entering private industry, Williams served in the United States Air Force as a structural engineering specialist. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering business management from the University of Texas-Arlington, and attended the United States Air Force Academy.

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. Murkowski selected Kellie Chong of Fairbanks; Cassandra Adams and Gwendolyn Ranniger of Ketchikan; Malia Walters of Healy; Christian Escalante of Unalaska; Katlin Bowers, Taylor Sheldon, and Alexander Wong of Anchorage; Max Blust of Juneau; and Steven Murphy of Palmer. Annie Dietderich and Tavish Logan, both of Anchorage, will continue as intern coordinators, supervising and counseling the summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski’s staff. Dietderich attends St. Lawrence University in New York and is majoring in government and communications. Logan attends Queens University in Ontario, Canada, and is majoring in political science. Anthony Christianson of Hydaburg has received the 2015 Susan Ruddy Community-Based Conservation Award from the Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Christianson leads the natural resources program at the Hydaburg Cooperative Association, a federally recognized Tribe on Prince of Wales Island. Under his leadership, the Tribe has led numerous science projects to ensure the long-term health of the local tradition of collecting and harvesting wild foods. In 2001, Christianson developed the Hetta Lake Sockeye Salmon Stock Assessment Study. In this unique project, Tribal members are working as hands-on managers of the fishery and operating a remote field station, which allows them to closely monitor fish populations. This study has been the driving force behind the rebuilding of the Hetta sockeye salmon run. Christianson also led the Hydaburg traditional ecological knowledge project, which systematically collected information from Tribal members in a series of interviews about the places most important for local subsistence harvests. John A. “Jay” Gibbons III and Laura Emerson were elected to three-year terms of the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors at a meeting July 1. Both are grandchildren of Elmer Rasmuson. Gibbons, of Greenwich, Conn., is founder and managing partner of Swanson River Capital Partners LP, an investment management firm based in Greenwich. Previously, he spent 11 years at Trust Company of the West, the last three years as managing director and co-portfolio manager of the Value Added and Value Opportunities strategies. Earlier in his career, Gibbons was an equity analyst at Odin Partners LP, Merrill Lynch and Co., and Bear, Stearns and Co. He began his career at BayBanks, Inc. He received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.A. in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College. Emerson was born and raised in Anchorage, where she lives with her husband and two young children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature in 1996 from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. Emerson has worked in a range of jobs, including janitorial, retail, banking and as a video editor. She currently teaches yoga. Emerson serves on the Anchorage Museum Board of Directors and previously served on the board of Cyrano’s Theatre Company. The Bureau of Land Management has new district managers for the BLM Alaska Anchorage and Fairbanks District offices. Mark Spencer is the new BLM Anchorage District Manager. Spencer joins BLM Alaska from BLM Nevada, where he served as field manager at BLM’s Red Rock Canyon and Sloan Canyon National Conservation Areas. Prior to that, he was field manager for the Pahrump (Nevada) Field Office. He also served as state planning and environmental coordinator for BLM New Mexico. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has a master of planning degree from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University. Geoff Beyersdorf is the new BLM Fairbanks District Manager. Beyersdorf served most recently as the Lewistown field manager in central Montana. He began his BLM career as the subsistence biologist for the Anchorage Field Office in 2008 and completed the National Training Center Emerging Leaders Program in 2010. Prior to his time with BLM, Beyersdorf spent 16 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska where he served as a pilot-biologist. Beyersdorf began his federal career in Oregon working as a biological technician for the U.S. Forest Service. His graduate studies were conducted at Humboldt State University in wildlife biology, with an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in wildlife research. Erin Coughlin Hollowell is the new executive director of 49 Writers. Hollowell’s administrative background includes working with the Kachemak Bay Writing Conference and Friends of the Homer Public Library as well as coordinating the 2012 Alaska Arts and Culture Conference. Hollowell is the recipient of the Alaska Literary Award (2014); Connie Boochever Award (2013); Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship (2013); and the author of Pause, Traveler a collection of poems published by Red Hen Press (2013). In its fifth year, 49 Writers supports the artistic development of writers, fosters a statewide writing community and builds an audience for literature throughout Alaska. PND Engineers Inc. announced two professional achievements in its Anchorage office. Matthew Wasson earned a professional engineer, or P.E., license in Alaska. Wasson is a civil engineer and land surveyor with six years of experience throughout Alaska and the contiguous United States. His expertise includes Arctic road and pad design, construction administration, estimating, field inspection, project planning, gravel mine site development, and field surveying. Wasson holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine College of Engineering and has been employed full time with PND since 2013. Steven Halcomb recently passed the California Geotechnical Engineer, or G.E., exam. The G.E. requires an additional eight-hour exam beyond the Professional Engineering exam. Halcomb joined PND in 2010. He holds master’s degrees in civil and Arctic engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage and P.E. licenses in both Alaska and California.

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. He returns to AECOM after receiving a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His experience includes ocean mariculture, assisting with building/designing structures based on coastal needs, and water sampling. Kyzer has 24 years of experience performing contract administration on a variety of contracts for many federal and state agencies, including the Washington State Department of Transportation, U.S. Navy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as various municipalities. Her responsibilities include contract implementation and compliance ensuring all administrative conditions of a contract are performed. She also performs project financial-tracking assistance by providing weekly reports to project managers, updates project specific tracking reports, provides clients with projections of financial expenditures, and earned-value data. Strong will support the AECOM Alaska office in various wetland project efforts. He has 10 years of field experience in Alaska as a wetland ecologist, hydrologist and soil scientist. Among his areas of expertise are wetland determinations, soil genesis, plant identification and ecology, and wetland restoration and monitoring. Strong graduated with a bachelor’s degree in natural resource science from the University of Maryland. Bella has 15 years of applied ecology and regulatory experience with public lands agencies and private industry. Prior to her position at AECOM, Bella was most recently an ecologist with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Previously she studied invasions patterns as a postdoctoral scholar with the Bio-Protection Research Centre at Lincoln University, New Zealand. She has a Ph.D. in ecology from UC-Davis focusing on invasive species biology, an master’s degree in forestry from the University of Montana, and a dual bachelor’s degree in forestry and biology from SUNY-ESF. Matt Waldron has been named executive vice president, general counsel, for Arctic Slope Regional Corp., effective immediately. Waldron has served as senior corporate counsel for ASRC since June 2013 and has provided insightful, practical legal support, analysis and advice across the ASRC family of companies. He has also taken a leadership role in a variety of projects important to the corporation to include legal oversight and support for the successful acquisition of Little Red Services. Before joining ASRC, Waldron worked as a corporate associate in law firms in Texas and Washington, D.C., providing legal guidance on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings and other financial matters. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his service during a year-long deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Waldron received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. ASRC Energy Services LLC made several personnel announcements. Treg Taylor has joined the AES Legal Department as a corporate staff attorney. Taylor will focus his efforts on contracting and proposal development and will work closely with the supply chain/contracting team. Prior to AES, Taylor worked for McKinley Capital Management where he was an in-house attorney for seven years. Prior to that Treg worked as an associate attorney for Delisio Moran Geraghty & Zobel. Ann Lindsey, CSP, CET, has joined AES’ QHSET Department as HSE director. Lindsey has more than 26 years of experience with various organizations in the field of Health, Safety, and Environmental services. SHe started her career in 1989 and earned her degree in Hazardous Materials Management. Lindsey is past president of the Alaska Chapter of the ASSE and was appointed by the Governor to the Alaska Safety Advisory Council representing industry. Martin Molyneux has joined AES as general manager of the Anchorage Fabrication Facility and Construction. Molyneux has more than 27 years experience in engineering, procurement, construction and operations management in Alaska’s Arctic oilfield development including executing capital projects with values of over $5 billion as well as operational work involving major facilities, pipelines, sealifts and fabrication. He comes to AES from ConocoPhillips Alaska where he was the Greater Prudhoe Bay BP, Point Thomson Exxon & Alyeska Pipeline Assets (GPA) Project Manager. Doreen Jack has joined AES as director, Shareholder Programs, and Human Resources Department. Jack has more than 15 years experience in human resources management and will be responsible for planning, implementing and managing the shareholder engagement strategy and career development programs, including the Paannaq Program. She previously served as director, Human Resources and Shareholder Programs, and returns to AES from Fluor where she was the Alaska content manager/HR representative for the Point Thomson project. Assistant Vice President and Loan Officer Daryl Lowe, a Mat-Su Valley banker and resident for more than 13 years, has joined First National Bank Alaska’s Wasilla Branch. Lowe started his banking career in 1995 and previously worked in Dillingham and Glennallen before moving to the Mat-Su. Steve Wadleigh has become a shareholder in the firm Altman, Rogers & Co. Wadleigh recently became a CPA in Alaska. Wadleigh joined the firm in 1998 and his experience includes working with non-profit and governmental organizations throughout the state. Wadleigh is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Governmental Finance Officers Association. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Vanguard University in California, where he graduated with honors.

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