Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 01/10/16

Dan Javes was named director of operations for NMS Food & Facilities Management, a division of NANA Management Services, the fifth-largest private employer in Alaska with more than 40 years of experience in the North Slope oil and gas industry. Javes will oversee operations in the education sector, at Fairbanks International Airport and restaurants operated by NMS Food & Facilities Management—The Varsity at the Alaska Airlines Center and MUSE Restaurant at Anchorage Museum. Operations for education clients include venues at the University of Alaska Anchorage and food services provided for K-12 schools. Most recently Javes was director of operations for Gate Gourmet, overseeing catering and facilities management at San Francisco International Airport. There, his achievements include implementing a safety culture that halved accidents, increased labor productivity and improved compliance with audits. Javes previously worked for NANA Services LLC for six years and held positions as president and vice president of operations for the global provider of federal and commercial services. He also has 15 years of experience with Sodexo/Marriott. Credit Union 1 employee Holly Tabaczka has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Midtown Branch. Originally hired in 2007 as a teller, Tabaczka later held the positions of member services representative, consumer loan processor, member service supervisor and assistant branch manager at the credit union’s Midtown Branch, the position she held prior to this promotion. In her new position, Tabaczka will oversee the branch’s standards for quality in providing service to its members, while ensuring compliance of state and federal regulations and internal policies. The Alaska Support Industry Alliance announced Hans Rodvik as its new external affairs coordinator. Rodvik was born in Anchorage, and is a lifelong Alaskan. He majored in political science and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree. During the 2014 legislative session he worked for Alaska Senate Majority Leader Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, as a legislative intern. Following that session, he worked as part of the Anchorage field team on the successful Vote No On One campaign. In the fall of 2014 he joined Americans for Prosperity Alaska, working as a field associate during the U.S. Senate race. In January, before graduating from UAA, Rodvik joined AFP-AK full time as field director. As field director, he worked to advance free market policies and limited government by organizing grassroots campaigns, using cutting edge technology, and effectively engaging elected officials. Each summer for the past seven years, Rodvik has also commercial fished for sockeye salmon; three years in Cook Inlet and four years in Bristol Bay. Rodvik joined the Alliance in 2015. Altman, Rogers & Co., CPA’s announced that Katherine Stachow, CPA, and Yulia Ellsworth, CPA, have been promoted to the position of manager. Stachow is a licensed CPA by the State of Alaska and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the Alaska Society of CPAs. Stachow joined Altman, Rogers & Co. in June 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree in professional accountancy and public administration. She graduated from Carroll College in May 2009. Ellsworth is a licensed CPA by the State of Alaska and joined Altman, Rogers & Co. in July 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in professional accountancy from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She also has a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics and international business from Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok, Russia. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in May 2011. 

Movers & Shakers 01/03/16

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Lisa Noland to its team as the director of marketing and business development. In this position Noland will work to increase membership and improve marketing programs at the chamber along with working in the area of administration. She joined the Anchorage Chamber in early December from The Arc of Anchorage where she most recently served as chief marketing officer. Prior to The Arc of Anchorage, Noland worked with Community Connections Inc. in Ketchikan, and has owned and managed two successful small businesses. Noland holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Pacific Union College and a masters of public administration with emphasis in non-profit management and leadership from Walden University. True North Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Lauren Culp has been selected to attend Crash the GAC by The Cooperative Trust and Credit Union National Association and represent the Alaska Credit Union League. Crash the GAC will bring young credit union professionals together, running a tailored program alongside the main event and allowing for mentor sessions with key individuals; previously from the likes of National Credit Union Foundation, Credit Union National Association, Filene Research Institute and CUNA Mutual Group. All Crashers receive a complimentary registration to attend GAC, from Credit Union National Association. Bran Pollard, civil engineer at R&M Engineering Inc., has earned his professional engineers license in the state of Alaska by meeting the comity requirements as established by the state’s professional licensing board. Pollard joined the R&M team in August 2014, and has more than 13 years of experience working on public and private civil engineering projects. Pollard is a graduate of San Diego State University and holds a bachelor’s of applied science in civil engineering and has been a licensed P.E. in the state of California since 2010. The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. announced that Jacqueline Dailey of Juneau was re-elected president of the board of directors. Dailey, representing the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp, has extensive human resources experience. In addition to the election of Dailey as board president, Ted Angasan of South Naknek representing the Bristol Bay Native Association was reelected vice president, and Margaret Roberts of Kodiak, representing the Kodiak Area Native Association, was reelected secretary/treasurer. The Arc of Anchorage announced the appointment of Gwendolyn Lee Zaavodnick to serve as interim CEO of The Arc of Anchorage. With decades of experience in social services, Zaavodnick previously served The Arc of Anchorage as the executive director for 12 years. She will provide leadership to the organization until The Arc’s board of directors select a new CEO in 2016. Zaavodnick assumes the role on Jan. 4. She succeeds the previous CEO Dr. Mary Van Haneghan, who served The Arc until December 21, 2015. Rasmuson Foundation has elected a new member to its board of directors and reorganized its management team, resulting in several promotions and one new hire. Jason Metrokin was elected to the board. Metrokin is president and CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corp. and chairs the ANCSA Regional Association, which represents the presidents and CEOs of the 12 Alaska-based Native regional corporations. Deborah Bitney recently joined the Foundation as vice president and chief administrative officer. Bitney has 30 years of experience as an administrator in a wide range of sectors. Most recently, she was administrative services director for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp., where she worked to establish AGDC as an independent corporation of the State of Alaska. Previously, she was director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend Division. Sammye Pokryfki has been promoted to senior vice president. Program Officer Aleesha Towns-Bain has been promoted to vice president and chief operating officer. Communications Director Cassandra Stalzer has been promoted to vice president of communications.

Movers & Shakers 12/27/15

Michele Brown, President of United Way of Anchorage, has been invited to serve on the National Professional Council of United Ways, a select group of chief executive officers from across the country that focuses on identifying common challenges and solutions for the community-based member nonprofits. She will join just a handful of local United Way executives who are helping advise United Way Worldwide in setting strategy and direction for nearly 1,200 United Ways across the U.S. As President of United Way of Anchorage, Michele Brown leads efforts to mobilize people and resources to make lasting changes in community conditions. She has helped advance United Way of Anchorage as a community development organization dedicated to building the community activism, aligned services, and policies that achieve measurable change. This has led to improvement in high school graduation rates, family financial stability, and access to health care. Brown will serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2016, and ending Dec. 31, 2017. Myron Fanning joined NANA Management Services as security manager for NMS Security. The fifth-largest private employer in Alaska, NMS has provided security services for the oil and gas industry on the North Slope for 40 years. Fanning retired in 2015 from the Anchorage Police Department as Deputy Chief of Police after 23 years of service. He oversaw all administrative functions and maintenance of operations readiness for the entire department. His previous supervisory positions with APD include Deputy Chief of Administration and Crime Suppression Division Captain. Before his career in law enforcement, Fanning served almost 10 years as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. Fanning has completed many police and military training programs and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from University of North Alabama. Laura Rogers joined NANA Management Services as direct hire manager for NMS Staffing. The fifth-largest private employer in Alaska with more than 40 years of experience in the North Slope oil and gas industry, NMS provides a wide variety of support and management services. Rogers will oversee recruitment and placement of qualified professionals to fill positions in the NMS organization throughout Alaska. She has recruited talent in engineering, science, construction, project management, IT, and technical field support for employee placement businesses and corporate sourcing entities. A former investment advisor, Rogers also brings a decade of sales and marketing management experience in the hospitality industry and has coordinated North Slope oil industry projects for BP Exploration Alaska. Born and raised in France, Rogers studied liberal arts at Sorbonne University in Paris and is proficient in specialized software applications used by recruiters. She has received many awards recognizing sales achievements. Syl Fowlis took over as First National Bank Alaska’s Eastchester Branch manager after the board of directors recently announced his promotion. Originally from Gambia, Fowlis has worked in banking for more than a decade with roles as a teller, personal banker, business development officer and branch manager. He spent most of the last two years as Branch Manager of the Federal Branch in downtown Anchorage. The Eastchester Branch is located in Midtown Anchorage, near the bank’s Operations Center.

Movers & Shakers 12/20/15

Larry Gluck was hired as Northrim Bank’s AVP-lending quality assurance officer. Gluck joins Northrim Bank’s Credit Administration Department with 28 years in banking. He has most recently worked for regional and community banks in Florida and has held numerous positions in Credit Administration as credit analyst, credit officer, credit manager and senior credit officer. Gluck moved to Alaska to be closer to family. He has also worked as an internal auditor, accountant and controller while in New Jersey and Florida. Gluck holds a bachelor’s of science in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Sixteen-year-old Charles Franznick of Palmer was randomly selected to win a $25,000 scholarship account in the UA College Savings Plan and four more young Alaskans have won $2,500 scholarship accounts. All Permanent Fund Dividend applicants who answered “yes” to question number six of their PFD application were automatically entered into the annual scholarship account drawing. The PFD check-off asks residents if they would like to automatically contribute half of their dividend to their UA College Savings Plan account. The winners of the $2,500 scholarship accounts are: Andrew Gifford, age 14, Anchorage; Grace Newman, age 14, Juneau; Timothy O’Rourke, age 17, Palmer; Aaron Campbell, age 14, Wasilla. More than 13,500 residents contributed to the UA College Savings Plan through the PFD check off this year, an increase of 700 people from the prior year. The plan has seen a 71 percent increase from the number of contributors since 2009, before the giveaway began. Credit Union 1 promoted Nicki Gardepe to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Mountain View Branch. Originally hired in 1999 as a consumer loan officer, Gardepe later held the positions as the member services center assistant manager, member service center manager, credit solutions loan officer and branch assistant manager at the credit union’s Mountain View Branch, the position she held prior to this promotion. Credit Union 1 also promoted Miri Bardello to member assistance manager in its member assistance department. Bardello was initially hired in 1999 as a teller at the credit union’s Midtown Branch. Since then, she has served as a switchboard operator, member service assistant, real estate loan servicer, member service officer trainee, member service center assistant manager, assistant branch manager, and her most recent position of consumer loans assistant manager. Alaska Permanent Capital Management welcomed Kirsten Halpin to its institutional team. Halpin was hired as an investment analyst to work primarily with the Balanced Portfolio team. She earned her BBA in business administration with a concentration in finance, and MBA with a concentration in capital markets from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum are pleased to announce the eight recipients of the 2016 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities. The annual awards are co-presented by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum in coordination with the Office of the Governor. The awards ceremony will take place Jan. 28, 2016 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The 2016 awardees are — Lifetime Achievement Award: June Rogers, Fairbanks; Individual Artist Award: Pat Garley, Palmer; Arts Advocacy Award: Nancy DeCherney, Juneau; Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Alaska Native Arts and Languages: Vicki Soboleff, Juneau; Distinguished Service to the Humanities: Cyrano’s Theatre Company, Anchorage; Steve Henrikson, Alaska State Museum Curator of Collections, Juneau; Lucy “Ahvaiyak” Richards, Iñupiaq Language Instructor, Barrow. The Alaska Studies Educator of the Year is Marc Swanson, Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area Curriculum Developer, Seward.

Movers & Shakers 12/13/15

Richard Collins has been appointed University of Alaska Fairbanks associate vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. Collins is a professor of atmospheric sciences. He joined UAF in 1994 as a research faculty member in the Geophysical Institute. Since that time he has served as a faculty member in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Atmospheric Sciences, and as an associate director of the Geophysical Institute. Collins’ teaching is primarily focused on undergraduate laboratory classes in engineering and science, most recently teaching laboratory science by distance. His research is primarily focused on Arctic meteorology and remote sensing based on observations from the Lidar Research Laboratory at Poker Flat Research Range. His most recent project was the MTeX rocket investigation. Collins earned his bachelor’s degree from the National University of Ireland, his master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. He began his new position Oct. 4. Mary Michaelsen has been named Member Contact Center Outbound manager at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union. In this role, she is responsible for developing the Outbound department’s sales and service support to members, and conducting new member audits through multiple communication channels. Prior to assuming this position, Michaelsen worked at Navy Federal Credit Union. She has more than seven years of experience in the financial industry, and an additional two years of experience in call center operations, at the Iowa State University Foundation. She is an Iowa State University graduate, with a major in communications studies and a minor in journalism and mass communications. The Member Contact Center assists members across the world through a 24/7 call center, as well as fax, internet and mobile channels. The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. has welcomed Moira Sullivan as the new director for the Live.Work. Play. Initiative. The AEDC initiative is to make Anchorage the No. 1 city in America by 2025. Sullivan will continue the work of former director Archana Mishra whose three-year tenure made a lasting impact on the Anchorage community. Sullivan is a fifth-generation Alaskan who joins AEDC following two years working for the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. In her former position, Sullivan focused primarily on issues of community development and access to capital for small businesses, first as a policy adviser in the Office of Capital Markets, and most recently as the communications manager for the Small Business Lending Fund and State Small Business Credit Initiative programs. Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in finance from Trinity College in Dublin. The Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Director of Finance Christopher J. Emond to its team. Emond oversees all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization, in conjunction with the executive director, board of directors, and finance and audit committees of the board. He plays a key role in the organization’s overall strategy development and implementation; serves as the management liaison to the MSHF board finance and audit committees; and supports joint venture planning and management. He also oversees key operating functions of the organization including accounting, legal and compliance, human resources, IT, physical plant asset management, and grant management function. Emond came to the Mat-Su Health Foundation from his previous role as director of treasury at Alaska Communications. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Houston and serves as an officer on the board of directors for the Alaska E-Health Network. Lon Wilson, President and CEO of The Wilson Agency, succeeded Donna Albers as president of Tacoma, Wash.-based Albers & Company at the end of November. The changes are part of the long-planned merger, completed last August, of the two growing independent regional benefits, human resource and financial service companies. Wilson and Albers & Company founder Steve Albers envisioned the merger before Steve passed away in 2012. Jennifer Bundy-Cobb, a 20-year veteran of The Wilson Agency becomes director of Health and Welfare Services and a principal in the merged organization. She will integrate day-to-day management of Albers & Company’s H&W Division into her responsibilities. Wilson and Bundy-Cobb have offices in both Anchorage and Tacoma. Steve Albers’ wife Donna Albers and his brother Jeff Albers continued the merger planning after Steve’s passing with the goal of giving Albers’ employees additional growth opportunities and the clients continued service from the best people possible. Donna will continue her support of her local Tacoma community organizations and remain invested in the company’s ongoing success. Jeff Albers will carry on the 30-year Albers legacy and will continue to head up the merged firm’s retirement and financial services division. Credit Union 1 has promoted Kelly Smith to the position of regional branch manager. Originally hired in 2005, Smith began as a teller and later held the positions of member services assistant, member service officer, branch manager of the Eagle River Branch and most recently, branch manager of the credit union’s Mountain View Branch, the position he held prior to this promotion. In his new position, Smith will be responsible for analyzing and assessing branch operations, security, growth and services. He’ll provide direct feedback to branches on operations and procedures. Smith’s new position will also allow him to ensure senior branch staff coverage and scheduling are managed with maximum efficiency. Michael Noone will assume the role of TOTE Maritime Alaska president on Jan. 1. Noone joined TOTE Maritime Alaska as chief operating officer in August 2013, bringing 28 years of experience in the shipping and logistics field. As COO, he has been responsible for creating strategic and operating plans for sales, pricing and operations. Noone received his bachelor’s degree from Wagner College and is certified by some of the nation’s top executive programs in Logistics, including the SMEAL College of Business Administration at Penn State University and the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. He also earned certifications in Advance Management from INSEAD, in Strategic Planning and Implementation from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and is a past Steering Committee Member at the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Noone’s predecessor John Parrott, who has served as the company’s president since 2009, will join TOTE’s sister company, Foss Maritime as chief operating officer, where he will be responsible for the oversight of Foss’s key operating divisions.

Movers & Shakers 12/06/15

Dani Crosby was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Crosby will replace Judge Michael Spaan, who retired at the end of November after serving on the Anchorage Superior Court since 2007. Raised in Sitka, Crosby has practiced law for nearly 20 years, focusing on employment issues, complex business disputes, and family law matters. For the past two years, she has worked as a private practice attorney for Dani Crosby Law Office Inc. Prior to that, Crosby was an attorney at Ashburn & Mason P.C. for 14 years, where she was a leader in the firm’s litigation practice, and worked on complex matters for the State of Alaska, the University of Alaska, and other private clients. In addition to her work as an attorney, Crosby is the President of the Alaska Bar Foundation, a member of the Civil Rules Committee, and a regular volunteer with Alaska Legal Services Corp. She received a bachelor degree in English and comparative literary studies from Occidental College, and a juris doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law. Dana Pruhs of Pruhs Corporation, Anchorage, was elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for 2016 at the association’s annual meeting last month. Pruhs will serve for the next calendar year along with the executive board composed of Dan Hall, Knik Construction, Anchorage, vice president; Jim St. George, STG Inc., Anchorage, treasurer; Mike Shaw, Roger Hickel Contracting, Anchorage, secretary; Tony Johansen, Great Northwest, Fairbanks, contractor at large; Traci Johnson, Spenard Builders Supply, Anchorage, associate member; and Meg Nordale, GHEMM Company, Fairbanks, immediate past president. The Matanuska Electric Association board of directors voted unanimously to hire Tony Izzo as the new general manager. Joe Griffith, current general manager of MEA, is set to retire in January 2016 after many years in the electrical utility industry. Izzo has worked for MEA as the manager of Fuel Supply since April 2012 and brings 34 years of experience in utility operations, leadership, and regulatory relationships, including time as the CEO of ENSTAR Natural Gas. Mike Bridges is the new First National Bank Alaska property manager. Bridges has spent the last 35 years in the United States National Guard, retiring as a brigadier general. He earned numerous service awards during his military career, including the Army Bronze Star Medal and the Alaska Legion of Merit. Bridges’ primary tasks will focus on leadership of the Property Department team, which oversees statewide bank facilities maintenance, renovations, equipment and services. His leadership extends to relationship management of the broad array of vendor partners who keep the bank’s office buildings and branch locations in good order. With more than 30 properties in both urban and rural areas, the challenges of property ownership will engage Bridges’ statewide facility background gained through his prior experience. The Alaska Railroad has named Christy Terry as port manager, Seward. Terry fills the position most recently held by Louis Bencardino who will retire in January after 13 years with ARRC. Terry has worked as Seward Dock Operations Manager for ARRC since 2010 and will bring her extensive knowledge of ARRC operations in Seward to her new position. Terry’s duties will include responsibility for the overall on-site administration, management, operations, maintenance and repair, use and marketing of the Alaska Railroad Seward Docks, real estate land and other assets at the Seward Terminal Reserve as well as compliance with all federal, state and local regulations, and ARRC terminal and land use agreements. Terry moved to Alaska from California in 1991 to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1995. Terry is a Certified Port Executive through the International Association of Maritime and Port Executives and worked for the City of Seward from 2006 to 2010 serving as the Community Development Director from 2008 to 2010. She is also a recipient of the 2012 Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top Forty under 40” award. CRW Engineering Group, LLC, has expanded its IT, Electrical Engineering, and Land Surveying departments. Calli Rabe brings with her over five years of technical experience in computer systems and services to both government agencies and private industry to CRW’s IT Department. A lifelong Alaskan, she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in literature, then worked as a technical specialist for Department of Natural Resources and in the television industry before joining CRW. Corey Rogers, EIT, brings 16 years of statewide electrical engineering experience to CRW. He has lived in Alaska for over 30 years and has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and applied mathematics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ben Hron, PLS, graduated from Milwaukee Area Technical College and has 13 years of land surveying experience, including 10 years in Alaska. Bryant Burgin, LSIT, holds a bachelor’s degree in geomatics surveying from UAA, and brings with him five years of surveying experience around the state of Alaska.

Movers & Shakers 11/29/15

Jillanne Inglis was appointed as Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the Municipality of Anchorage. Inglis will facilitate the full implementation of the ADA within the municipality as well as monitor compliance with the laws in the areas of physical accessibility and municipal services. Chad Hufford, a PlanMember advisor with Veritas Wealth Management in Anchorage, has been nominated as a semifinalist for the third Elite Advisor Award, an annual recognition of excellence in the 403(b) and 457(b) retirement industry. The 2016 award is sponsored by the National Tax-Deferred Savings Association. With more than $70 million of assets under management, Veritas Wealth Management, a PlanMember Financial Center, helps more than a thousand individual and corporate clients throughout Alaska, including hospitals and school systems statewide. Deadline for Movers & Shakers is each Monday at noon. Announcements are published in the order received on a space-available basis. For information, contact Andrew Jensen at (907) 275-2165 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Movers & Shakers 11/22/15

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. President Adm. Tom Barrett, U.S. Coast guard (ret.), joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. He previously served as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the first administrator of the U.S. Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration, directing the agency’s national safety programs for hazardous materials and liquid, natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous liquid pipelines. Prior to that, Barrett served 35 years in the U.S. Coast Guard where he commanded Coast Guard operations in Alaska and the North Pacific from 1999 to 2002. Other Alaska tours included Kodiak and Juneau. Barrett earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., and a juris doctor with honors from George Washington University. He is a Vietnam veteran. Joining Barrett on the board are FNBA President Betsy Lawer, Fran Ulmer, Dr. Maurice Coyle, Perry Eaton, Margy Johnson, Jane Klopfer, Loren H. Lounsbury and Lucy Mahan. Credit Union 1 announced several personnel moves. Erica Kemp was promoted to employee education manager. Kemp was initially hired in January 2003 as a full time teller I at the credit union’s Soldotna Branch. Since that time she has held the positions of teller, senior teller, member services assistant, member service officer, assistant branch manager, branch manager and lastly service and culture manager, the position she has held prior to her promotion. Shane Gustin was promoted to branch service manager in its Branch Operations Department. Gustin has been with the credit union for over 20 years. During this time, he has worked as a teller, interim collector, member services representative, assistant branch manager, member service center assistant manager, member service center manager, branch manager and regional branch manager. Victoria Worley was promoted to senior member assistance manager in its Member Assistance Department. Originally hired in 2004, Worley began as a teller and has subsequently held the positions of consumer loan clerk, consumer loan processor, assistant branch manager, branch manager, and most recently account recovery manager. Benjamin Heckert was promoted to branch manager at its Eagle River Branch. Heckert was initially hired in 2014 as the credit union’s member assistance manager, the position he has held prior to this promotion. Amy Jo Meiners, who teaches extended learning at Auke Bay Elementary and Riverbend Elementary in the Juneau School District, has been named Alaska Teacher of the Year for 2016. Frances Roberts, who teaches mathematics at Homer High School in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, has been named Alternate Teacher of the Year. The Alaska award is given by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development as part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Meiners has taught for 26 years, nine in her current position. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University. Roberts, the Teacher of the Year alternate, has taught for 22 years, all in her present position. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree from Montana State University. Roberts became an educator after a career as a meteorologist and co-owner of a sheep and cattle ranch. Morgan Vann has been selected to manage KeyBank’s Kenai branch. Vann has more than three years of financial service and sales management experience. She has been a personal banker at the Kenai branch since joining KeyBank in 2014. Vann, a long-time Kenai Peninsula resident, lives in Kenai with her husband and daughter. Craig Tornga has assumed the role of Crowley Maritime Corp. vice president of stakeholder relations for Alaska, and will coordinate with all of Crowley’s Alaska business units to leverage relevant company relationships. Tornga will relocate from Houston to Anchorage, and continue to report to Rocky Smith, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum distribution and marine services. Tornga began his career with Crowley in July 1977 as an ordinary seaman in Seattle. Over the years he held supervisory and managerial roles for the company in marine dispatch and customer service. In 1994, he was promoted to director of contract services, and in 1996 he was appointed general manager, oil industry services, and he relocated to Anchorage with his family. He later went on to manage the company’s petroleum distribution, Valdez marine services, and North Slope energy support operations. In 2011, Tornga was tapped to lead Crowley’s new marine solutions group in Houston, and earlier this year, he was appointed vice president of business development in Alaska. Tornga is a past recipient of the Thomas Crowley Award, the company’s highest honor. The Alaska Chamber selected lifelong Alaskan Curtis Thayer as president and CEO. He replaces Rachael Petro, who moved out of state after guiding the Chamber for almost five years. Thayer’s first day with the Chamber was Nov. 16. As President and CEO, Thayer will oversee the Chamber’s operations as well as work with staff to ensure Chamber programs and services run with a high degree of excellence that its membership has come to expect. Thayer brings more than 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors, and has unique qualifications, connections and perspectives that will be of great value to the diverse membership. Thayer served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration and as the deputy commissioner of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. Prior to joining state government, he was special assistant to Congressman Don Young. He also brings private-sector experience, having served on the management team of Alaska’s largest utility, ENSTAR Natural Gas, as well as with the Alaska Gas Pipeline Team. He owned his own small business and is licensed in real estate. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Thayer has served on many boards, both public and non-profit, and was selected as a “Top Forty under 40” community leader.

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.

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