Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 5/31/15

Kaulitz named Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist Anchorage artist Garry Kaulitz has been named the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist. The $40,000 award, announced May 19, recognizes an artist with stature and a history of creative excellence. Kaulitz is the 12th Alaskan artist to receive the award and he joins a prestigious list of previous winners including Peggy Shumaker (2014), Teri Rofkar (2013), Kes Woodward (2012), Ray Troll (2011), John Luther Adams (2010), Nathan Jackson (2009), Ronald Senungetuk (2008), Rie Munoz (2007), Delores Churchill (2006), John Haines (2005) and Sylvester Ayek (2004). “Foremost, Garry Kaulitz describes himself as a practicing artist who specializes in the visions that dance in his head,” said Diane Kaplan, Rasmuson Foundation president. Kaulitz’ works have been exhibited internationally, nationally and regionally. He has received numerous awards, grants and residencies and is represented in many private, public and museum collections. Kaulitz is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he taught from 1993 to 2014. Since retiring last year, he has been conducting workshops and managing a co-op print shop. His current work deals with the juxtaposition of biographical reflections and the human form with mind frictions and fictions. Before coming to Alaska, he was owner and master printer at a press in his name and taught at The Louisville School of Art, University of Louisville and University of Indiana. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition to the Distinguished Artist Award, Rasmuson Foundation also awarded 25 Project Grants (worth up to $7,500 each) and 10 Fellowships (worth up to $18,000 each). These artists were chosen from more than 300 applicants, whose applications were judged by an esteemed national panel of artists and arts leaders. A complete list of award recipients is attached. This year’s winners represent 12 different communities across Alaska: Anchorage, Chevak, Eagle River, Fairbanks, Glennallen, Haines, Juneau, Ketchikan, Port Alsworth, Sitka, Skagway and Talkeetna. The list of all fellows and grant winners can be found at rasmuson.org. Bettina Chastain, Sisi Cooper and Bruce Dougherty were elected to the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. The two candidates receiving the most votes, Chastain and Cooper, were elected to four-years terms. Dougherty was elected to a special one-year term created by a recent resignation from the board. Chastain is a self-employed executive and engineering consultant. Cooper is a project engineer with Doyon Anvil, first elected to the board in 2012. Dougherty is a health program manager with the State of Alaska. Janet Reiser was elected board chair, Susan Reeves was elected vice-chair, Cooper was elected treasurer and Dougherty was elected secretary. Sarah Erkmann, external affairs manager for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, has successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR professional designation. The program aims to improve the practice of public relations by assessing competence in 60 areas of knowledge, skills and abilities associated with the profession. The examination is designed for public relations professionals with five to seven years of job experience and/or a bachelor’s degree in a communication field. Erkmann has been with AOGA for three years, and has worked in public relations for more than 15 years. Carlile driver Danny Radcliffe of Fairbanks was named Grand Champion for the second year in a row at the Alaska Trucking Association’s 2015 Truck Driving Championships. Radcliffe had the best cumulative score in three testing categories, and also placed first in the 5-axle flat bed competition. Carlile driver Kenny Jones was recognized as the Alaska Truck Driving Association’s 2015 Driver of the Year. A “Geezer” category, for more mature and retired drivers, was won by Carlile co-founder John McDonald. Jones has logged more than 3.5 million miles throughout a 45-year career, more than 1 million miles accumulated since 1996. Jones was inducted in the Carlile 1 Million Mile Club in 2007, and is also a member of the Caterpillar 1 Million Mile Club. This is his second recognition as the Alaska Trucking Association’s Driver of the Year, having won the award first in 2000. First place winners in all categories will move on to the National Truck Driving Championships in St. Louis later this summer. Brad Hinkes of Carlile also took first place in the 5-axle tanker category. Richard Hall was hired as hospital administrator for Arctic Slope Native Association, effective May 11, at the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital. Hall is a registered nurse and has a master’s degree in business administration with an engineering background. He has 25 years of health care experience with 15 of those years in leadership positions. Hall has worked with medical and emergency room staff and has lead nursing in large hospital facilities, including the Alaska Native Medical Center facility in Anchorage, Alaska. Dale Patrick has joined the R&M Consultants Inc. Anchorage office Earth Sciences Department as a geologist in March. Patrick has three years of geology experience, and spent six field seasons as a field geologist working at drilling operations for both hardrock and sediments at several locations in Alaska. Since joining R&M, Patrick has been involved with the Statewide Materials Site Inventory for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He has been working on status updates and location maps for miscellaneous materials sites in rural villages and along the Steese and Seward Highways for this project. Patrick has bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. April Counceller has been selected as the executive director of Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum by the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation, effective May 11. A member of the Sun’aq Tribe, Counceller grew up in Larsen Bay and Kodiak, graduating from Kodiak High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and American civilization from Brown University, and then completed a master’s degree in rural development through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her research was supported by a prestigious Truman Scholarship, and led to a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary program in language planning and indigenous knowledge systems, awarded by UAF in 2010. Counceller interned at the museum as both a high school and college student, and then became the manager of the museum’s Alutiiq language programs. She held this position for more than a decade, successfully designing, funding, and implementing numerous projects to preserve and share Alutiiq speech and traditions. For the past two years, Counceller has been working as an assistant professor of Alaska Native studies at Kodiak College, where she built an Alutiiq studies program, taught courses, and mentored students. Steve Potter has accepted the position of Northern Region Maintenance chief for the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. Potter has served as Northern Region Maintenance and Operations manager since 2012. Potter has more than 28 years of experience in maintenance with the department. He started his career as a seasonal equipment operator in 1985 and has held positions as crew foreman, station foreman, statewide heavy equipment operator training coordinator and the Fairbanks district maintenance superintendent. In 2007 Potter was selected to establish the Statewide Heavy Equipment Operator Training program.

Movers & Shakers 5/24/15

Credit Union 1 announced several promotions. Steven Rampke has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s South Anchorage Branch. Originally hired in 2006, Rampke began as a teller and was later promoted to the positions of senior teller, assistant branch manager and most recently, branch manager of the credit union’s Mountain View Branch, the position he held prior to this promotion. Carlene Arendash has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Eagle River Branch. Originally hired in 2005, Arendash began as a teller and later held the positions of member service representative, senior teller, loan processor, assistant branch manager and most recently, branch manager of the credit union’s Downtown Branch, the position she held prior to this promotion. Kelly Smith has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Mountain View Branch. Originally hired in 2005, Smith began as a teller and later held the positions of member services assistant, member service officer, and most recently, branch manager of the credit union’s Eagle River Branch, the position he held prior to this promotion. Tara Pednault-McAdoo has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Midtown Branch. Originally hired in 2010, Pednault-McAdoo began as a teller and was later promoted to the positions of senior teller, member service supervisor and most recently, assistant branch manager, the position she held prior to this promotion. Tiarra Gustin has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Downtown Branch. Originally hired in 2007, Gustin began as a teller and was later promoted to the positions of accountant, member service officer, member service representative, member service supervisor and most recently, assistant branch manager, the position she held prior to this promotion. Carlile has promoted Julie Sanchez to regional sales manager.  Based out of Tacoma, Wash., Sanchez will oversee the Lower 48 sales team with a target to maintain and build strong customer relationships, grow revenue and deliver logistics solutions for key accounts. Sanchez joined Carlile in May 2014 as a senior client manager based at the corporate headquarters in Anchorage. Prior to Carlile, she spent two years at Alta Logistics and four years at Totem Ocean Trailer Express from 2008–12.  Both organizations belong to the Saltchuk group of companies, which purchased Carlile in 2013. Sanchez’s history also includes experience as a project scheduler for Knik Construction Co., Inc., in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, managing project schedules for the Department of Defense, and logistics coordination at several levels. Sanchez holds both an master’s degree in global supply chain management and an MBA from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. has named this year’s recipients of its Atigun Awards, which annually honor innovative work, exciting projects and shining-star professionals along the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. At 4,739 feet, Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range is the highest elevation scaled by TAPS. The following is a summary of the people and efforts being honored with Atigun Awards. Environment: Flood response at Sag River and Beaver Brook; Health and Safety: Scott Smith, Valdez Marine Terminal Utility Supervisor, and the Power Vapor Facility Team; Innovation: Robotic in-line inspection tool team; Integrity: Julia Redington, Area Project Manager, based in Anchorage; Teamwork: Hal Eppley, Material Coordinator, Eppley, based in Fairbanks; Professional of the Year Awards: Jerry DeHaas Sr., Discipline Engineer Advisor, Fairbanks/Pump Station 1 and Kim Kortenhof, Senior Pipeline Compliance Coordinator, Fairbanks; Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Frichtl, retired Senior Discipline Engineering Advisor, Anchorage. Katie Chan joined the Anchorage office of R&M Consultants Inc. as a graphic designer in March 2015. Chan has four years of graphic design experience. Prior to joining R&M, she was a multimedia graphic designer for a nationally syndicated television show where she worked in motion, print and website mediums. She is experienced in marketing, videography, website design and maintenance, information graphics, user interface, photography, advertising, animation, branding and business systems. Chan has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from California State University Sacramento and an associate’s degree in web design/liberal arts from Sierra College/Rocklin.

Movers & Shakers 5/17/15

Alaska USA Mortgage Company has recognized its top producing mortgage loan originators for 2014 by inducting them into the President’s Club, a group of originators who close $30 million or more in loans during a calendar year. This year’s honorees are Jeff Stanford, Kristin Harding and Colleen Harrington Baer of Anchorage; and Ken Scott and Rhonda Johnson of the Kenai Peninsula. Combined, the five originators closed more than 700 transactions totaling more than $176 million in 2014. All have been President’s Club members in previous years. Stanford has been a President’s Club honoree for eight straight years. Harding has been inducted a total of two years, and Harrington Baer a total of six years. Scott works in Kenai, and joined the company seven years ago. He has been a President’s Club honoree every year. Johnson works in the Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer offices, and has been a President’s Club member for the past eight years. Shana Medcoff has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the Credit Union 1 Soldotna Branch. Originally hired in 2012, Medcoff began as a teller and was later promoted to the positions of member service officer and most recently, assistant branch manager, the position she held prior to this promotion. Credit Union 1 also announced the promotion of long-time employee Victoria Worley to account recovery 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 and most recently, branch manager of the credit union’s Midtown Branch. Spc. Rahjee Hajj, representing the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, fought his way through the demanding Best Warrior Competition April 28 through May 1 to become USARAK’s Soldier of the Year. Hajj, from Fullerton, Calif., joined the Army in February 2013. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., graduating as a Cavalry Scout and reporting to Fort Wainwright for his first duty station. Sgt. Cooper Hall, representing the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, earned the title of USARAK NCO of the year. Hall, from White Springs, Fla., is no stranger to the Best Warrior Competition, having won in the Soldier of the Year category last year. Hall joined the Army in August 2012 and graduated Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as a Cannon Crew Member, and was later assigned to Fort Wainwright as his first duty station. Hajj and Hall will next compete in the U.S. Army Pacific Best Warrior Competition in Hawaii later this summer. Winners from the USARPAC competition will compete for Army Soldier and NCO of the Year honors in Virginia against soldiers from 13 other major commands, in the fall. Livingston Slone Inc., an Anchorage-based, full-service architectural firm, announced that senior staff members Robert Meyer and Scott Veerman are now part of the ownership team. Together with founding Principals Tom Livingston and Don Slone, Meyer and Veerman will share in operational, administrative, financial and business development responsibilities. They will also continue to be engaged in design and project management. Meyer was hired by Livingston Slone in 1999 to provide laboratory planning and design for the firm. He earned his bachelor’s of architecture technology and associate’s degrees in construction management from the University of Cincinnati. Veerman, who was hired by Livingston Slone in 1998, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a registered architect in Alaska and Colorado, a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International. Rick Caulfield has been selected to replace John Pugh as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast. Caulfield has been a part of the University of Alaska for more than 30 years. He began his higher education teaching career in 1985 at the university’s Bristol Bay Campus. He became a full professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as part of the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development. His research interests took him to Greenland, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, and Russia. He has published two books and numerous other professional publications and served on national and international science steering committees and boards, including the NSF Oceans-Atmosphere-Ice Interactions Scientific Committee, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and the University of the Arctic. Caulfield earned a Ph.D. in development studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, a master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and bachelor’s degrees in political science and natural resources from the University of California-Berkeley. Rich Greer has joined AECOM’s Anchorage Alaska office as a senior biologist. Greer has over 25 years of worldwide experience examining environmental impacts of development on fish and wildlife populations and their habitat. His areas of expertise include wildlife biology, arctic development, oil & gas, the National Environmental Policy Act, compliance, and World Bank/International Finance Corporation standards. In this role, he will be responsible for developing federal, state, and international environmental assessments of oil & gas and manufacturing facilities, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/National Environmental Policy Act pipeline environmental impact statements, natural resource damage assessments, oil spill response, and wetland assessment and restoration. He will also support ecological risk assessments and mitigation regarding threatened and endangered wildlife and plants. North Slope surveying company F. Robert Bell and Associates hired Kyle Griffiths as business manager in the Anchorage office. He has more than 15 years of experience in business and finance, and has contributed to several publications including Corporate Sustainability: Integrated Performance and Reporting as well as Financial Services Firms: Governance, Regulations, Valuations, Mergers and Acquisitions. Griffiths has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University, and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Memphis. Mark A. Johnston has been appointed as the new chief financial officer of Municipal Light & Power, replacing former officer Richard Miller who retired on April 30, 2015. Johnston joined the utility in September 2013 as the Finance projects manager and also took on the role of Regulatory Affairs manager in 2014. In these roles, he provided key oversight of accounting, regulatory issues and costs related to ML&P’s George M. Sullivan Plant 2 generation replacement project. Before joining ML&P, Johnston most recently worked as the senior vice president of Insurance Operations for Alaska USA Insurance Brokers. Johnston has also held executive and management level finance positions at the Alaska Public Utilities Commission, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Alaska Railroad 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. First National Bank Alaska appointed Lauren Caraghar to the position of Human Resources officer. Caraghar is part of the team responsible for recruiting, hiring and welcoming candidates for a wide range of bank positions. She joined First National in 2013. First National promoted long-time banking expert Diana Morlan to Cash Management manager. Having worked the last 15 years at the bank, Morlan will continue to lend her expertise to business customers. She will also be responsible for training and developing the bank’s cash management professionals. Teresa Powell will lean on her 25-plus years of banking experience after being appointed the bank’s newest senior Business Development officer. She works closely with business customers from all over the state, and specializes in helping medical professionals. Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has selected her first group of summer interns. They are Jenna Dreydoppel of North Pole; Tasha Boyer of Chugiak; Denae Benson and Grant Ackerman of Fairbanks; Claire Landis and Holly O’Brien of Ketchikan; Jasper MacNaughton of Juneau; Justin Dahlgren of Soldotna, Anthony Lekanof of Sitka; and Kelsey Colligan of Wasilla. Murkowski also welcomed two Alaskan college students to serve as this summer’s intern coordinators. Annie Dietderich and Tavish Logan, both of Anchorage, will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski’s staff. Dietderich attends St. Lawrence University in New York and is majoring in government and communications. Logan attends Queens University in Ontario, Canada, and is majoring in political science. Michelle Morrow O’Brien of Ketchikan has received Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women’s prestigious Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award in honor of her community service. O’Brien is the host and producer of several local TV shows, and her efforts have resulted in increased sales, product awareness and net account growth for her station. The Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award is presented annually to distinguished alumnae of Pi Beta Phi who exhibit excellence and outstanding leadership in their career or volunteer service to their communities. Bruce Bustamante has been appointed as president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Over the past few years, Bustamante has worked as the president and CEO of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, vice president of community and public affairs for Princess Cruises, interim Visitor and Convention Bureau Director for Lincoln City, Ore., and most recently was the interim president at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

Movers & Shakers 5/10/15

Suzanne Downing has been named the Alaska Republican Party communications director. Downing joins the Alaska GOP after serving as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell, and is the former editor of the Juneau Empire. Her background includes working on the staff of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the director of his faith-based initiative, Compassion Florida. She is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and Oregon State University. Erica Jensen, PE, of CRW Engineering Group LLC was recognized as the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Alaska Section. Since her employment with CRW in 2005, Jensen has obtained her Professional Engineer license and acquired her PTOE (Professional Traffic Operations Engineer) certificate. Jensen is a project engineer and project manager and involved in the design and engineering of roads, trails, transit stops, site plans, and school site improvements throughout Anchorage. Jensen graduated summa cum laude from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and a master’s degree in 2009 in engineering management. Michael Orr has been appointed president of Sitnasuak Native Corp. effective May 18. Orr joins Sitnasuak from Wells Fargo Bank’s Global Banking unit in Seattle, where he served as vice president and senior relationship manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Orr was born in Nome and raised throughout Western Alaska. He is Siberian Yupik, originally from St. Lawrence Island. Orr will serve as Sitnasuak’s “ambassador” and, in cooperation with the chairman and CEO, represents Sitnasuak to shareholders, other Native corporations, Tribes and other organizations in the Native, regional and state-wide communities, social and political organizations and local, state and federal agencies and public bodies. The Alaska Community Foundation, in partnership with Alaska Airlines, Rasmuson Foundation and The Foraker Group announced the ten winners of the inaugural 2015 Rural Leader Getaway: Andy Schroeder, Executive Director of Island Trails Network in Kodiak; James G. James, Tribal Administrator of Native Village of Tununak; Lisa Busch, Executive Director of Sitka Sound Science Center; Melanie Bahnke, President of Kawerak, Inc. in Nome; Nick Andrew, Tribal Administrator of Native Village of Marshall; Pearl Brower, President of Ilisagvik College in Barrow; Thomas Olemaun, Executive Director of Native Village of Barrow; Zach Brink, Executive Director of Orutsararmiut Native in Bethel; Cheri Smith, Executive Director of The LeeShore Center in Kenai; Random Drawing Recipient: Angela Calcaterra, Director of Behavioral Health at The Arc of Anchorage. Fred Barlow, Ph.D., has been named dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Engineering, effective July 15. Barlow comes to UAA from the University of Idaho at Moscow where he’s served in various roles — including professor and chair — in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2006. Barlow also served as the director of the University of Idaho’s Next Generation Microelectronics Research Center. He also held the Micron Endowed Professorship in Microelectronics, an endowed position created through his work with the Micron Foundation. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Idaho, Barlow held teaching and/or research positions at the University of Arkansas, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Emory University. Barlow earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Professional Growth Systems welcomed Jen Jarvis to their consulting team. Jarvis joins PGS from her recent work as Health Center Manager of Planned Parenthood of Anchorage, which she lead after spending several years with Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Her specialty is organizational transformation, developed during her years at Planned Parenthood. Greg Solomon has joined Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. as the new marketing and communications manager. He will be based out of Anchorage, and is part of UIC’s Marketing and Communications Department. Solomon has more than 20 years of experience in the advertising and marketing fields, and also 15 years in the information technology industry. Solomon is also a veteran of the United States Air Force. His academic credentials include attendance to the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as studying the Arts at Incarnate Word College in Texas. Theresa Phillips-Guim has UIC as the new Human Resource director. She has more than 15 years of experience in human resource management to include recruitment, employee relations, policy development, Alaska Native/diversity hire programs, employee relocations, regulatory compliance, training programs, succession planning, compensation and benefits programs and EEO/ Affirmative Action. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, human resource management from Wayland Baptist University, also a UCLA Executive Human Resources Program Certification.

Movers & Shakers 5/03/15

BP names Teachers of Excellence The BP Teachers of Excellence program honored 32 Alaska teachers honored this year.  Celebrating its 20th year in 2015, the program attracted about 1,200 nominations. “We are thrilled to recognize those teachers who make a lasting impact on the next generation of Alaskans by educating our children and who make our communities better places to live,” said Janet Weiss, BP Alaska regional president. “BP is honored to continue supporting this great program. It’s another way we are showing our commitment to Alaska.” The winners, broken down by area are as follows. Anchorage: Sarah L. Afoa, Gladys Wood Elementary School; Heather Beck, Goldenview Middle School; Lee Butterfield, South Anchorage High School; Jennifer Childress, AJ Dimond High School; Tommy Heinrich Jr., AVAIL High School; Jacqueline Hoover, Rabbit Creek Elementary School; David A. Kinder, Chugiak High School; Minoo Minaei, Rogers Park Elementary School; Patti L. Paiz, Rabbit Creek Elementary School; Scott L. Shumway, Central Middle School of Science. Kenai Peninsula: Jake Doth, Nikiski Middle High School; Shannon Adair Dwyer, Skyview Middle School; Judy Gonsalves, West Homer Elementary School; James Harris, Soldotna High School; Matthew Widaman, Kenai Central High School. Fairbanks: Amy E.M. Brown, Hutchison High School; Natasha Carlson, West Valley High School; James Gilbert, Joy Elementary School; Jeannie James, Joy Elementary School; Harvey Kurzbard, Pearl Creek Elementary School; Olga Napolilli, Randy Smith Middle School. Mat-Su: Jennifer Bleicher, Cottonwood Creek Elementary School; Jason Froehle, American Charter Academy; Blake Livingston, Wasilla High School; Lukis Nighswonger, Iditarod Elementary School; Lois Randall, Meadow Lakes Elementary School. Outlying Districts: Robin Lindley Child, Bering Strait Schools; Mary Jean Duncan, Angoon Elementary School; Matthew Hunter, Mt. Edgecumbe High School; Lisa Leeper, Anvil City Science Academy; Rebecca McKennett, Tanalian School; Marleen Moffitt, Mt. Eccles Elementary School. Each BP Teacher of Excellence will receive a $500 gift card and a $500 matching grant to their school. Former Alaska Attorney General Michael Geraghty has joined the law firm Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP based in its Anchorage office. During his 36-year career he has been involved in numerous complex cases, and has tried cases to verdict throughout Alaska, including Kenai, Barrow, Dillingham, Fairbanks and Anchorage. He has appeared before the Alaska Supreme Court in matters ranging from sovereign immunity, insurance bad faith, and administrative law, to attorney-client privilege, OSHA regulations, contract claims, shareholder disputes, products liability, and premises-landowner liability. Geraghty served as Alaska’s Attorney General from 2012-14; prior to his appointment, he was a partner in the Anchorage law firm DeLisio Moran Geraghty & Zobel PC, with a practice devoted exclusively to litigation and appeals before state and federal courts. Geraghty earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Santa Clara. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Hawaii. Rasmuson Foundation announced the selection of four artists from the Lower 48 who will each spend eight weeks this fall at arts organizations in Alaska as part of the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program. Amy Casey, a painter from Cleveland, Ohio, will be in residence at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. Kimi Eisele is a writer and performance artist from Tucson, Ariz., who will be in residence at the Island Institute in Sitka. Samantha Hill, an interdisciplinary artist from Chicago, was nominated by McColl Center for Art + Innovation for a residency at the Anchorage Museum. Cannupa Hanska Luger works mainly in ceramic mixed media and resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He will be in residence at the Native Art Center at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Rasmuson Foundation launched the Artist Residency Program in 2013, which sends four Alaska artists to the Lower 48 and brings four Lower 48 artists to Alaska each year for 60-day residencies. Two researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are among 17 scholars selected as the inaugural cohort of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Arctic Initiative. Gwen Holdmann, an energy researcher at the UAF Alaska Center for Energy and Power, and Tamara Harms, a biologist at the UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics and UAF Institute of Arctic Biology, will join their colleagues from eight Arctic nations next month in Iqaluit, Canada, for the launch of their 18-month appointments. Holdmann and Harms were selected from among a pool of more than 100 applicants from the United States and the seven other Arctic Council nations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden. Danny Rauchenstein, PE, LEED-AP, of PDC Inc. Engineers has been promoted to Mechanical Department manager overseeing a staff of 15. Rauchenstein joined PDC in 2001, and is a senior associate of the firm. He has more than 18 years of experience as a mechanical engineer and is also an Alaska-registered fire protection engineer. His design experience includes ventilation, heating, plumbing, controls, fire protection and fuel systems, as well as utilidor and plant design. He also has a broad level of experience in the energy field including waste heat recovery, oil and gas development, and energy studies. Greggory Olson has been appointed as the district attorney for the Fairbanks office. Olson plans to transfer to his new position on June 1. Olson has worked for the Department of Law for more than 15 years. His experience includes working as the district attorney in Bethel from 1999-2004, as an assistant district attorney in Sitka from 2004-07, and most recently as an assistant attorney general in the rural prosecution unit for the Office of Special Prosecutions. In addition to his experience at the Department of Law, Olson worked approximately eight years as a police officer. Five of those years were spent with the North Slope Borough Police Department, where he worked his way up to deputy police chief. In this role, he supervised civilian and police staff in Alaska’s third largest police department. Dr. Keith J. Hamilton of Soldotna and John T. Harmon of Palmer were confirmed to the State Board of Education & Early Development Hamilton holds a seat for the public at large. Harmon holds the seat for the Third Judicial District. Both members’ terms will expire March 1, 2020. Hamilton holds an associate’s degree from Everett Community College in Washington state, a bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Seattle Pacific University, and a master’s degree in Divinity and doctorate in youth and family culture from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. He is the founding and current president of Alaska Christian College in Soldotna. Harmon holds a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College in New York, a master’s degree in education from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, and a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University. He has practiced law and served as a president of Charter College in Alaska. Harmon is now the principal and a teacher at Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Anchorage. First Lady Donna Walker announced the recipients of the 2015 First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards who will be recognized during a luncheon at the Governor’s House on May 14. Started by First Lady Bella Hammond in 1975, the First Lady Volunteer of the Year Awards recognizes Alaskan volunteers who have displayed an extraordinary personal commitment to volunteer service, and have made a major impact on their community or state. The 2015 Volunteer of the Year Recipients are: Anna Tadgue Frank, Fairbanks; Diane Peterson, Anchorage; Lani Strong Hotch, Klukwan; Scott Fergusson, Auke Bay; Pamela Orme, Anchorage; Julie Robinson and David Nielson, Anchorage. Robert Sidro has been promoted to executive chef Millennium Alaskan Hotel. Sidro began his career at the hotel in 1989 as a dishwasher and was promoted to prep cook, line cook, then lead cook. After two other opportunities took him away from the hotel, he finally settled back at the Millennium in 2011 and is here to stay. The Millennium Alaskan Hotel’s culinary team consists of executive chef Sidro, eight line and prep cooks and 25 culinary support staff to prepare meals for their three restaurants.

Movers & Shakers 4/26/15

Credit Union 1 promoted Chrissy Bell from senior communications manager to vice president of communications and culture. Originally hired as the community engagement director in 2010, Bell came to the credit union with more than 10 years’ experience working in the non-profit community, specializing in fundraising and marketing. She is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in English and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. Since 2013, Bell has served as the credit union’s senior communications manager. During her tenure at CU1, Bell has streamlined the credit union’s community outreach efforts and led the charge for record-breaking year-over-year fundraising and volunteerism efforts, increasing community service and fundraising activity by more than 150 percent. CU1 also hired Michael McElligott as the new facilities manager. With 20 years of experience in the facilities industry, McElligott brings his extensive building maintenance and engineering knowledge to the credit union. A U.S. Army veteran, McElligott holds an associate’s degree in stationary engineering and has been awarded LEED AP Operations and Maintenance credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough selected Bill Gamble as its new director of Emergency Services, effective April 20. Gamble has been the Fire Chief for the West Lakes Fire Department since 2003 and began serving the borough as an on call responder in 1990. Gamble was also an air traffic controller for 26 years with the Federal Aviation Administration. Gamble will be overseeing some 537 employees in the Emergency Services Department, mostly on call responders but also full time responders. Central Mat-Su Fire Department alone is the second-largest department in the state. Gamble has had extensive training including at the National Fire Academy and FEMA. He is a certified EMT, a rescue technician and firefighter. Kat Rockwell has re-joined the AECOM Anchorage office after transferring from the AECOM Portland office as a certified project administrator. Rockwell has four years of experience in project administration and controls within the consulting industry, including more than three years of experience in federal contracting and FAR-compliant procurements. Her various responsibilities have included maintaining up-to-date contract files for each project, preparing status reports for project managers, and maintaining accurate written records of contract actions, modifications and change orders. Additionally, she has been responsible for review and processing weekly/monthly financials which includes revenue recognition of all office projects, confirming that billing rates are in place and that project managers are aware of their project’s financial status. Ahtna, Inc. announced Matt Block has joined the company as corporate counsel and will be based out of the Ahtna Anchorage office. Block has been practicing as a business lawyer and litigator in Alaska since 2005. Recently, Block has worked on issues confronting Alaska Native Tribes and on helping startup companies manage their legal affairs. He is the current co-chair of the Business Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association. PND Engineers Inc. made two hires at its Anchorage office. Angela Chenery joined the firm as a staff accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University. She has more than 15 years of accounting experience and is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and project accounting activities. Chad Ringler, E.I.T., was hired as a staff civil engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering as well as a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Alaska Anchorage. His primary responsibilities include civil design and permitting. Tawnya Brummett is the new Tongass Deputy Forest Supervisor, effective June 14. Brummett currently serves as the District Ranger on Superior Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest. Brummett received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology/communications from Stephen F. Austin University and holds extensive fire credentials, inclusive of journey level agency administrator. She began her Forest Service career in 1997 as a lookout tower employee and continued on as an initial attack firefighter on the Gila National Forest in 1998. She has served as a wildland firefighter with the Silver City Hotshots, a fire crewmember and wilderness firefighter on the Gila National Forest, and a district wildlife biologist on both the Gila and Angelina/Sabine national forests. Randy Williams, PE, has joined the PDC Inc. Engineers Anchorage mechanical department. Williams is a senior mechanical engineer with more than 23 years of design experience in Alaska. Williams has provided engineering services and managed numerous projects of various sizes and complexity throughout the state. He also has broad experience with building HVAC and plumbing systems for health care facilities, commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential projects. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado, as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is certified through ASHRAE in both Commissioning Process Management and Building Energy Analysis.

Movers & Shakers 4/19/15

Dr. Markus Horning has been appointed Science director of the Alaska SeaLife Center effective July 13. He will succeed Dr. Tuula Hollmén, who has chosen to return to a full time research position at the Center following five years as Science director. Horning is currently an associate professor at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. He has conducted research at the Alaska SeaLife Center since its opening, most recently collaborating with Dr. Jo-Ann Mellish on a long-term study into the life history of Steller sea lions that recently theorized on the impact of predation by sleeper sharks. Horning holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Bielefeld and Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology at Seewiesen, Germany. Following postdoctoral research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography he was a scientist at Texas A&M University for 10 years. He has authored nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, North Pacific Research Board, Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center, North Pacific Fisheries Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Amanda Cotea is now a realtor at Monica Dallas Realty in Fairbanks. Cotea has worked for Monica Dallas Realty since summer 2014. In six months, she obtained her real estate sales license and has been promoted to office manager. She was born in Fairbanks, and her mother and grandmother had careers in real estate across the country. KPMG LLP has named Elizabeth Stuart as managing partner of its Anchorage office, effective April 1. Stuart grew up in Alaska and has more than two decades of experience in public accounting, including 19 years in KPMG’s Anchorage office. She also completed a rotational assignment in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice in KPMG’s national office in New York. She joined KPMG in 1994 and was admitted to the partnership in 2009. Stuart succeeds Michael Hayhurst, who was named managing partner of KPMG’s Boise office. Stuart is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage and she serves on its College of Business and Public Policy Advisory Board. She is also a board member of Habitat for Humanity-Anchorage and Junior Achievement of Alaska. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Alaska and New York. The Tatitlek Corp. announced that Martin Hanofee has been confirmed as the organization’s new president. Hanofee, formerly senior vice president of Operations, has held his previous position with the company since March 2009. Hanofee holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of West Haven (Conn.). Three individuals were selected for awards during the Alaska Pharmacists Association February Annual Convention in Anchorage. John McGilvray, a clinical pharmacist with the Southcentral Foundation Primary Care Center Pharmacy in Anchorage, received the Distinguished Alaskan Pharmacist Award. Brittany Keener, a clinical pharmacist with the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, presented annually by Pharmacists Mutual. Henry Marin, a pharmacy technician supervisor with Costco in Anchorage, received the Pharmacy Technician Award. The Alaska Pharmacists Association annually awards scholarships to Alaskan students actively pursuing careers in pharmacy based on their achievements and service to their profession and community. Ashley Holombo of Juneau, enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Campbell University in North Carolina, was selected for the 2015 Francis C. Bowden Memorial Scholarship. Leslie Echols of Eagle River, enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, was selected for the 2015 Pharmacy Technician Scholarship. Applications for Spring 2016 scholarships will be available Fall 2015 at www.alaskapharmacy.org

Movers & Shakers 4/12/15

Northrim BanCorp, Inc., the holding company for Northrim Bank, announced that its board of directors promoted executive and senior officers of Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp, Inc., effective March 26. Joe Schierhorn is now president, chief operating officer of Northrim Bank while retaining his title as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Northrim BanCorp. Joe Beedle will remain CEO of Northrim Bank and president and CEO of Northrim BanCorp. Latosha Frye is now executive vice president, chief financial officer for both Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp. Michael Martin is now executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for both Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp. Steve Hartung remains executive vice president at both Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp, and moves to lead Corporate Development and Affiliate Relations. Northrim Bank’s board of directors promoted several senior managers effective March 26: Audrey Amundson to executive vice president, organizational development and planning; Jay Blury to senior vice president, marketing and communications director; Ben Craig to executive vice president, chief information officer; Jim Miller to executive vice president, chief credit officer; and Lynn Wolfe to executive vice president, chief administrative officer. The Anchorage ATHENA Society inducted 10 new members into their organization at its annual luncheon March 30 and named Carolyn Jones this year’s Award Recipient. The inductees were:  Kristi Acuff, owner, Acuff & Associates; Jennifer Bundy-Cobb, VP Sales & Client Service, The Wilson Agency; Julie Hasquet, Director, Government & Public Affairs, BP Exploration (Alaska); Barbara Jones, Anchorage Municipal Clerk; Alison Kear, CEO, Covenant House Alaska; Stephanie Kesler, Senior Technologist, GCI; Hilary Morgan, CEO, YWCA Alaska; Jackie Purcell, Chief Meteorologist, KTUU; Dr. Robyn Rehmann, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership Program, UAA; and Cindy Shake, Public Affairs Specialist, AECOM. The 22nd Anchorage ATHENA Society Leadership Award Recipient Jones is primarily known for her volunteer humanitarian work through Rotary International. Also, she spent 23 years with the Alaska Attorney General’s Office primarily representing the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights. Cari-Ann Ketterling was named executive director of the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium. Ketterling was chosen after a statewide search and selection process was conducted by the APICC board of directors. Ketterling has more than 20 years of leadership experience in Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University, and a certificate of nonprofit management from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Prior to her appointment as executive director, she held several positions at APICC, including program coordinator, manager, and deputy director. The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. recently promoted Brooke Taylor to communications assistant director and hired Bridgette Coleman as business and economic development assistant director. Taylor joined AEDC in 2014 as communications coordinator. She brings more than 10 years of experience working in public relations, media outreach and public outreach to her new position. Coleman, who earned a bachelor degree in business administration, business management and marketing from University of Alaska Anchorage, began her career with AEDC as an intern in the summer of 2014. Geoff Lundfelt has been promoted to Alaska USA executive vice president, chief operations officer. Lundfelt has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions during his 17 years with Alaska USA, most recently serving as chief operations officer. Lundfelt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lundfelt will befilling the position previously held by Robert Rylander who recently retired after a 40-year career with Alaska USA.  Jodi Meyer was named branch manager of the First National Bank Alaska Juneau Regional Branch. Myers, who has 18 years of banking experience, will be responsible for business development, lending, customer service and branch operations when the branch opens this fall at the corner of 10th and Glacier Avenue. Torsten Mayrberger, Aaron Lewis, and Mark Kobylinski of PND Engineers Inc. earned professional engineer licenses with the State of Alaska. Mayrberger joined the firm in 2010, working in the field of geotechnical engineering. Mayrberger holds a Ph.D. and master’s degrees in civil engineering (geotechnical) from Michigan Tech University and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska. He has 12 years of geotechnical engineering experience and his specialties include advanced triaxial testing and in-situ instrumentation. Lewis has three years of experience in geotechnical engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering (geotechnical) from the University of Idaho. Lewis has experience as a field geotechnical engineer, including work on large oil and gas projects in Australia and Alaska’s North Slope. Kobylinski has been employed with the firm for more than five years and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University. His primary responsibilities include civil, structural and marine design, condition inspection, and construction quality assurance inspection. He holds welding inspection and corrosion inspection certifications.

Movers & Shakers 4/05/15

The University of Alaska Anchorage named Samuel Gingerich to its top academic administrative position. He brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to his new role as UAA’s provost. Gingerich has served as UAA’s interim provost since January. Most recently, Gingerich worked as South Dakota University System’s vice president for academic affairs. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Montana State University and worked as a professor and researcher prior to his various senior leadership appointments. Roger Wilson has accepted the position of general manager of UIC Oil & Gas Support. Wilson will be responsible for oversight of daily operations as well as pursuing innovative business growth strategies within the thriving Arctic oil and gas industry. Wilson boasts a career spanning 26 years in North Slope materials management and logistics, including 17 years in management positions. He also brings strong safety culture and environmental stewardship and is a life-long Alaskan. Roger was raised in Barrow and has a strong reverence for the Iñupiat culture and the land. Clyde Cossette has accepted the position of Health, Safety, Environment and Training manager at UIC Design, Plan, Build. Prior to joining the UIC Design, Plan, Build team, Cossette spent nearly a decade working on the Kuparuk oilfield, performing in a variety of health and safety-based capacities. Most recently, he served as generalf, where he managed a team of 70 employees. Cossette holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota and has earned a number of health and safety certifications throughout a career spanning nearly 30 years. Rachel Kenshalo has accepted the position of director of Marketing and Communications. Kenshalo is a life-long Alaskan and a graduate of the University of Alaska. Prior to joining UIC, she was Operations director at Northwest Strategies, a full service communications firm in Anchorage, where she served a number of clients, including several Alaska Native organizations. She brings 15 years of experience in communications and marketing. She has also been a freelance writer for more than 10 years. Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board of directors Chair Janelle Pfleiger announced the appointment of Bruce Bustamante as the Interim President of the organization. Bustamante over the past few years has worked as the president and CEO of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, vice president of Community and Public Affairs for Princess Cruises and most recently was the interim Visitor and Convention Bureau Director for Lincoln City, Ore. Todd Montalbo has joined Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., as a financial advisor, and opened new office in Juneau. Montalbo will be part of AGP Wealth Advisors, an Ameriprise private wealth advisory practice. AGP Wealth Advisors is headed by CEO Randall Linde, who has been recognized as a Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisor for four years running. Montalbo has been a financial advisor for seven years, following 10 years as a small business owner. PDC Inc. Engineers has added Angela M. Smith, PE, as a senior aviation engineer to its Anchorage civil team. Smith has managed airport paving, lighting, taxiway, apron and nav-aid design projects nearly continuously during her 16 years of practicing civil engineering in Alaska. She has an in-depth understanding of federal-aid project needs, poor soils, pavement, and structural section design. Smith also offers her extensive knowledge of FAA planning and design requirements. The American Institute of Architects announced that longtime Fairbanks architect Charles “CB” Bettisworth was elevated to its prestigious “College of Fellows.” The 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects has elevated 147 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of 85,000, there are more than 3,200 members distinguished with this honor. Bettisworth was principal in charge on many notable and award-winning Alaska projects including the TCC Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (2013), Fairbanks International Airport Improvements (2009), Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center (2009), Denali Elementary School (2007), Birch Hill Ski Building (2003), Rabinowitz State Courthouse (2012), Fairbanks Marriott Springhill Suites (2001), and the Southeast Alaska Visitor Information Center (1995). He is well known in the profession for his outstanding mentoring and support to two generations of intern architects. Bettisworth has served on many Alaska boards and commissions including the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission, Local Boundary Commission for the State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs, Board of the Alaska Professional Design Council, American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter/Northern Section Chair, Fairbanks Rotary, Golden Heart Community Foundation, Junior Nordics Organizing Committee, Chair for Event Fund Raising and the Fairbanks Downtown Association Board of Directors. R&M Consultants Inc. announced Christine Gibbs has earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer designation. The CPSM certification is administered by the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the only marketing organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. There are currently six CPSMs in Alaska, including two at R&M. Gibbs joined R&M in January 2012. She is a senior marketing coordinator with more than six years of experience in business-to-business marketing, including strategic planning, graphic design, website design, and public communications. Since joining R&M, Gibbs has successfully led the proposal effort for many of R&M’s current projects including the City of Houston Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision, the City of Seward Northeast Harbor Fish Cleaning Station project, and the Homer Deep Water Dock Expansion Feasibility Study. She is also responsible for external communications and supports the firm’s many marketing initiatives. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Drema Fitzhugh has joined Hawk Consultants LLCS as business development manager. She will be focused on securing new clients and new employees and maintaining relationships with our current clients. She comes to Hawk with 17 years of experience in oil and gas business development and marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston. She will be based in the Anchorage office. At an event at the Hilton New York, GCI executive Tina Pidgeon was recognized by Multichannel News as a 2015 Wonder Woman, an award that was given to 13 influential women nationwide from cable operations, technology, programming and media sales. Pidgeon, GCI’s general counsel, chief compliance officer and senior vice president of governmental affairs, is well known in the communications industry for her expertise in a wide range of services and issues, including retransmission consent, universal service and wireless network competition. In 2014, she was included in Multichannel News’ “Women to Watch” list. Sen. Dan Sullivan opened his Fairbanks office and announced Leslie Hajdukovich as his special assistant for the Interior. An active member in the Fairbanks community, Hajdukovich most recently served as a statewide co-chair of the “Vote No on 1” campaign. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Hadjukovich also served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board from 2005-2011, including three years as President. PND Engineers Inc., announce the following new employees in its Anchorage office. Ingrid Martin Cogdill joined the firm as marketing manager. Ingrid, a former news journalist, has extensive engineering industry marketing experience and formerly worked as PND’s marketing director from 2000 to 2008. Cogdill holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Rachelle Branstetter was hired as marketing associate. Branstetter is a recent University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English rhetoric. Jake Kopplow, E.I.T., joined PND as a staff civil engineer. Kopplow holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Idaho State University and has several years of hands-on experience in construction and engineering, including construction project management and field engineering. 

Movers & Shakers 3/29/15

Jenna Germer has joined the Anchorage office of R&M Consultants Inc. as an environmental specialist in February. Prior to joining R&M, Germer worked as a geologist technician on the North Slope. She was involved with tundra and drill site remediation projects and was responsible for core logging bore holes and taking core stability samples. Since joining R&M, she has been working on the University of Alaska Anchorage Arena Cooling Wells project, performing site sampling and working on applications for water rights. She has also been involved in the West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade and Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Material Site Program. Germer has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Elaina Spraker will serve as regional director of Sen. Dan Sullivan’s Kenai Peninsula office. Spraker, of Soldotna, has served in a variety of nonprofit, government and school district organizations during her decades of service in the Kenai Peninsula community. An avid outdoorswoman, Spraker will also continue to serve as the clinic director for the Women on Target/Teens on Target Firearm Training, a National Rifle Association sponsored training program for women and adolescents. Christopher Monfor has been named president and CEO of Salamatof Native Association Inc., effective immediately. Monfor, 41, has most recently been the area sales manager for NC Machinery’s CAT Rental Store Division, which sells and leases Capterpillar equipment to companies in the oil and gas, construction and general commercial industries. Monfor received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland in marketing, history and criminology. A shareholder of both SNAI and Cook Inlet Region Inc., Monfor was born and raised in Kenai and has served on the SNAI Board of Directors since 2009. Dave Miller has been named the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region Director. Miller has served as Northern Region Maintenance and Operations Director since 2013. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ petroleum engineering program. Miller has more than 35 years of maintenance, operations and construction experience in the public and private sectors. Miller worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Facilities Services for seven years, first as the director of maintenance and then design and construction. Most recently, he was a senior project manager at ARCADIS-US, where he worked on projects such as the Fairbanks International Airport Terminal Development Program and the Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center. Miller’s official first day as regional director was March 16. Five new members have been appointed to the Alaska SeaLife Center board of directors. Ed Graff has been superintendent of the Anchorage School District since 2013. He began his teaching career in 1991 at Gladys Wood Elementary School and has worked in the Anchorage School District ever since. Originally from Minnesota, Graff has lived in several Alaska towns and villages, including Hooper Bay and Savoonga. Glenn Reed, president of Pacific Seafood Processors Association, was born in Seward and grew up in Moose Pass. As president of PSPA since 1999, Reed now lives in Seattle, spending a great deal of time traveling between Seattle and Alaska for fishing industry meetings. Reed is a board member of the North Pacific Marine Science Foundation, North Pacific Fisheries Research Foundation, and SeaShare. Terry Lauck of ConocoPhillips is the Director of Permits, Sciences and Regulatory Advocacy for ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. His group is responsible for securing environmental/regulatory permits associated with exploration and production operations for ConocoPhillips in Alaska, in addition to the associated wildlife, ecosystem, and cultural studies. Lauck has been employed by ConocoPhillips for nearly 27 years, having worked in Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, California, and Oklahoma (twice), before transferring to Alaska in August 2014. Dan Graham, of PacRim Coal LP, has been the project manager of the Chuitna Coal Project since 2009. Graham moved to Alaska in 1983 to study mining engineering at UAF and play hockey; he has worked in Alaska’s mining industry ever since. Daniel M. White, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and also heads the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. A registered professional engineer, White has been Director of the Institute of Northern Engineering since July 2006. He has conducted research on drinking water protection, development and treatment, and has spent considerable time in rural villages and remote locations in Alaska pursuing issues related to freshwater in the Arctic. Fairbanks District Attorney J. Michael Gray has been appointed the new District Attorney for the Bethel office. Gray received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University in 1977 and his law degree from The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary in 1981. He began his legal career as a Legal Services Corp. attorney in rural southern Virginia. He began his career with the Alaska Department of Law on June 28, 1995, as a prosecutor in Kodiak. He soon rose through the ranks and became the District Attorney in Kodiak in 1998. Ten years later, he moved from Kodiak to head up the office in Fairbanks. Gray plans to take over as District Attorney in Bethel on April 1. The recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Conservationist of the Year award are Nick and Karen Steen of Wasilla, who were recognized for their three decades of dedication to conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat in Southcentral Alaska. The Steens were instrumental in forming a local chapter of The Ruffed Grouse Society in 1992 to blend local sportsmen’s efforts with the Alaska wildlife management program. Largely due to their efforts between 1993 and their retirement from RGS in 2012, more than $450,000 was raised to improve habitat for grouse and other wildlife. The chapter also funded graduate students, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs, and wildlife management and research. Additionally, Nick Steen coordinated efforts between sportsmen and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to fund successful transplants of ruffed grouse from interior Alaska to the Matanuska Valley in the 1980s and to the Kenai Peninsula in the mid-1990s.

Movers & Shakers 03/22/15

 Nowling Jada Nowling has been promoted to ad director at Morris Publishing Group-Alaska. In her new position, Nowling will supervise the ad sales team at the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Chugiak-Eagle River Star and the Alaskan Equipment Trader. “I am excited to fill this position with someone who is trusted and respected within the communities we serve,” said MPG-Alaska Publisher Rona Johnson. “She is also an excellent sales representative and has many years of experience in the media business.” Nowling has been a sales representative with MPG-Alaska for a little more than a year. Prior to that, she was the national and agency account executive for seven years at Anchorage Daily News and circulation director for nine years at Dunn County News in Menomonie, Wis. Nowling lives in Anchorage with her husband, Jody. They have three daughters, Jessa Stephens of Ohio, Jenna Nowling and Joleesa Stepetin both of Anchorage, and five grandchildren. Vecera Patricia Vecera, an experienced labor/employment lawyer, has joined the Anchorage office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as counsel. Vecera defends private and public employers in a full range of employment disputes and is also known for her labor law expertise. She joins DWT after spending 15 years at the Anchorage-based firm of Turner & Mede, P.C. Vecera defends employers in breach of contract, wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination and wage and hour claims; provides day-to-day employment-related counseling; oversees and conducts investigations into issues of harassment and other workplace misconduct; and represents clients in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and grievance arbitration proceedings, including appearing before the National Labor Relations Board and the Alaska Labor Relations Board. Brownlee Jessie Brownlee has recently joined AECOM as a wetland biologist. Brownlee has three years of experience conducting and assisting in jurisdictional wetland determinations and wetland and vegetation mapping throughout the state of Alaska. Brownlee brings her experience in working with various governmental agencies including the U.S. Forest Services, National Park Services, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to the AECOM team. Brownlee is currently involved in wetland and vegetation mapping along a proposed gas pipeline route. Brownlee will also be a field lead for the 2015 summer field season and will assist in post field quality control mapping. DiMarchi Jack DiMarchi, CPG, has joined Stantec as its Alaska mining sector leader. With more than 25 years of industry experience, DiMarchi will develop Alaska-specific mining opportunities, while expanding the firm’s regional and North American-wide capabilities. He is based in the Fairbanks office. DiMarchi joins Stantec after serving as the large mine project manager for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources where he managed the environmental permitting process for Alaska’s hard rock mines. He coordinated permitting activities for the Red Dog, Pogo, Fort Knox mines and several advanced exploration projects for the state. Earlier in his career, he was integral to the team that defined the Pogo gold deposit and then participated in the underground development, construction and commissioning of the mine; and he was the first chief mine geologist.   Jenifer Burris, a criminal justice auditor with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, was chosen as the Alaska National Guard spouse of the year by Military Spouse magazine. Burris was selected after being nominated by her husband, Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Burris, of the 176th Air Defense Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard. Alongside full-time employment with the state and her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in counseling, Burris volunteers her off-time with organizations that focus their efforts on military service members, veterans, and their families, including Forget Me Not; Partners in Care; and the Coalition for Service Members, Veterans and Families. Burris’s volunteer position as key mentor spouse for her husband’s unit is where she feels she is able to make the greatest impact. Burris lends her time assisting 176th ADS spouses with anything that they may need — whether it is to learn how to cook, prepare household budgets, bake cakes and goodies for their children’s birthday parties, babysit, or drop off a meal to families with newborn children. This is the second year that Military Spouse magazine has expanded its annual spouse of the year award to include base, state and district-level recognition. The overall winner for the 2015 Military Spouse of the Year, who will be selected from more than 170 bases, posts and Coast Guard districts, will be revealed at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 8.   Earl Stewart is the new Tongass Forest Supervisor. His reporting date has not yet been determined; however, he is expected to report in early May. Stewart comes to Alaska from the U.S. Forest Service’s Southwestern Region, and is the Forest Supervisor for the Coconino National Forest based in Flagstaff, Ariz. Stewart graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology in 1985 and worked for the Oklahoma’s Department of Wildlife Conservation as a biologist. He joined the Forest Service in 1991 and has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of positions on six national forests in three different regions before coming to the Tongass.

Movers & Shakers 03/15/15

Chris Poulsen, civil engineer at R&M Engineering Inc., recently passed the Professional Engineers exam, earning his P.E. license in the state of Alaska. Poulsen joined the R&M team in May 2013, and has eight years of experience working on public and private civil engineer and survey projects. Poulsen is a graduate of Utah State University and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Molly Logelin of RIM Architects has earned professional registered architectural licensure in the state of Colorado. Logelin joined RIM in 2006 and has served as an architectural intern while earning certification as a Construction Document Technician and Revit Architecture Professional. She will pursue Alaska architectural licensure at the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects quarterly meeting in May 2015. Logelin has played a key role on many RIM projects, including the International & C Street Office Building and the Winterberry Charter School, both in Anchorage, and the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow. LeathersDavid Northrim Bank announced the hiring of Bradley Leathers, branch manager for Northrim’s Sitka Branch and the promotion of Leary David, branch manager for the bank’s Huffman Branch. Leathers began his banking career in 2007 with Wells Fargo in Ketchikan. There he served as assistant to the district president providing administrative support to 11 retail branches. Most recently, he was the branch manager for Wells Fargo in Skagway. Leathers joins Northrim with a wealth of knowledge of Southeast Alaska. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. David has worked at Northrim Bank since 2006, where he started as a teller at the Midtown Financial Center. He has been a personal banker, branch specialist, branch supervisor, and assistant manager during his time at Northrim. David holds a degree in marketing management from San Beda College, Philippines. The Wilson Agency is proud to announce that Vice President and Senior Employee Benefits Advisor Jennifer Bundy-Cobb has been chosen as a 2015 inductee for the Anchorage ATHENA Society. The ATHENA Society is an international organization dedicated to encouraging the potential of women as valued members and leaders of the business community. Bundy-Cobb, along with nine other women from the Anchorage business community will be inducted into the organization during the annual Anchorage ATHENA Society Luncheon on March 30 at the Dena’ina Center. Bundy-Cobb was awarded this nomination due to her commitment promoting and mentoring women. The Athena award was also based on her extensive credentials and accomplishments as a leader in our business community, to include having served on the board of several organizations and receiving prestigious awards, such as the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 in 2003 and the Alaska Association of Health Underwriters, Bob Hagen Award in 2010. InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, announced that David Hale has been appointed to its national board. Hale is president, founder and owner of Hale & Associates Inc., a Trusted Choice independent insurance agency in Fairbanks. Hale joined an insurance company team in 1986 that would later become Willis of Alaska. He rose through the ranks to president/CEO and when Willis left Alaska in 2007, Hale founded Hale & Associates. He has served as president of the Alaska Independent Agents & Brokers for two separate terms and is the Big “I” national state director from the Last Frontier state. Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Marian Taylor to the position of Procurement Center Representative for the Area VI Office of Government Contracting, which includes the state of Alaska. Taylor takes over for Marichu Relativo, who is the Deputy District Director for SBA’s Alaska District Office. Taylor has held a variety of government positions throughout her career all with military installations across Alaska, including Forts Wainwright and Richardson, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the Regional Contracting Office Alaska. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director for the Office of Small Business Programs at the Army Contracting Command, Fort Wainwright. Ahtna Inc. and family of companies announced David O’Donnell has joined the Ahtna team as president of Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Corp. O’Connell will be based out of the Ahtna Anchorage office. O’Connell brings to Ahtna 25 years of experience in the management of civil construction, operation and maintenance organizations. He has spent the last 10 years as vice president and general manager over civil construction for the Bristol Alliance of Companies, an Alaska Native owned corporation with more than $150 million in revenues. WagonerHolley Two staff members from the Alaska Division of Insurance were recently recognized for their expertise in insurance regulation, as recipients of the 2014 National Association of Insurance Commissioners Insurance Regulator Professional Designation Program. Regulations Specialist Chip Wagoner received the Professional in Insurance Regulation designation, and Investigator John Holley received his Associate Professional designation. An NAIC designation signifies that a regulator has mastered a broad range of regulatory competencies. The Interior Gas Utility board of directors elected a new board chair and vice chair March 3. Vice Chair Mike Meeks was elected as the chair, and Frank Abegg was elected as the vice chair. Their terms began immediately. The IGU board was faced with electing new leadership positions after Chair Bob Shefchik officially resigned to be the team lead for the Interior Energy Project. His resignation was accepted at the March 3 meeting and took effect immediately. Christine V. Williams, who most recently served as vice president and general counsel of the Bering Straits Native Corp., has joined the Anchorage office of the national law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as a partner. Also joining the firm’s Seattle office are Lisa Marchese and three other partners from Dorsey & Whitney, who represent some major Alaska-based clients. The group will enhance the firm’s government contracting, litigation and construction practices. Before joining the Bering Straits Native Corp., Williams was a partner at Perkins Coie LLP in Anchorage (2009-14) and an attorney at Patton Boggs LLP, also in Anchorage (2005-09). At both firms, Williams practiced with the government contracting and/or construction groups.  

Movers & Shakers 3/08/15

First National Bank Alaska banker Doug Longacre will lead the bank’s commercial lending operations after the board of directors recently named him executive vice president. A West Anchorage High graduate, Longacre worked his way through college doing construction before joining the bank in 1974. He has successfully worked in every aspect of lending in the bank, from the Cordova Branch to the Parkway and Eastchester branches in Anchorage. Longacre has been the Branch Loan Administrator for many years. As executive vice president, Longacre will oversee all aspects of commercial lending in First National branches in Anchorage and across Alaska, and the deposit operations of branches in Alaska communities outside Anchorage. Susan Bell joined McDowell Group in February, following five years with the State of Alaska as commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. Bell previously worked with the Alaska-based research and consulting firm, managing a wide array of projects including community development and planning, market demand assessments, feasibility studies for public and private investments, and public opinion research. As Commerce commissioner, Bell had extensive contact with community and business leaders. She served as state co-chair of the Denali Commission and as a board member for the Alaska Railroad Corp., Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Gasline Development Corp., and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. Originally from Nome, Bell currently resides in Juneau. Paul Wilkins has recently joined AECOM as a fisheries biologist. Wilkins has 17 years of experience in fisheries data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Wilkins’s role with AECOM consists of assisting as needed with projects that call for his numerous specific areas of expertise which include fisheries biology, data analysis, and field biological data collection. Cindy Shake has joined AECOM as a public affairs specialist. Shake is a versatile, award-winning communication professional named 2014 Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association, Alaska Chapter. Shake was principal of a successful graphic design firm for over 25 years. She has years of combined professional experience in marketing, business development, management, communications, and graphic design. Aside from being the director of the AECOM internship program, Shake’s responsibilities at AECOM include supporting the environmental, engineering, planning, and permitting projects in Alaska. Noa Lolofietele has recently joined AECOM as a receptionist. Lolofietele has more than five years of combined experience in management, customer service, and in various administrative positions. Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young announced the following staff changes to his Washington, D.C., staff, which includes the addition of 20-year House Natural Resources Committee staffer Bonnie Bruce and U.S. Army combat veteran Jakob Johnsen of Alaska. Bruce arrives to Congressman Young’s office after two decades on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs as a Professional Legislative staff member. Originally hired in 1995 by then-Chairman Young, Bruce has worked to develop and implement legislative policy in the areas of fisheries, marine mammals, wildlife, and insular affairs. Bruce will pick up portfolios relating to foreign affairs, telecom and trade, while continuing her work on wildlife and fisheries related activities, including the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which will be introduced by Young and passed by the House this year. Johnsen, who currently serves as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner and Legislative Liaison for the Alaska Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, is a lifelong Alaskan and former Army Officer. In his current capacity, Johnsen has worked broadly on many issues affecting Alaska’s military and homeland security presence, including force structuring, funding, and veteran affairs. A 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and combat veteran of the Iraq war, Johnsen served his country as an Army Platoon Leader and Strategic Planner. Johnsen, who will begin in Young’s office in mid-March, will focus on policy relating to military and veteran affairs, in addition to handling homeland security, immigration and banking issues. Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan announced additional legislative staff hires in his Washington, D.C., office. Erik Elam will serve as the Majority staff director of the Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Jason Suslavich and Kate Wolgemuth will both serve as legislative assistants. Elam most recently served as legislative director for Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young. In addition to the Subcommittee responsibilities, he will focus on energy, federal lands, fisheries, Coast Guard, and oceans. A graduate of the University of Dayton and George Mason University, Elam previously served in the Army National Guard as an Armor officer. Suslavich previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Rep. Young. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Suslavich will focus on military and veterans’ affairs committee work for Sullivan. Wolgemuth most recently served as an associate director of state/federal relations in the Washington, D.C., Office of former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and current Gov. Bill Walker. A graduate of Colgate University, Wolgemuth will focus on education, health care, housing and native affairs issues. First National Bank Alaska announced several personnel moves. The bank named longtime First National banker and Vice President Karl Heinz the regional branch manager in charge of the Glennallen, Kenai, Kodiak and Valdez branches. Heinz previously managed branches in Glennallen, Haines and Eagle River after completing the bank’s Management Associate program more than 12 years ago. First National hired Loan Officer Jason Feeken and appointed him assistant vice president. He’ll work out of Anchorage’s corporate headquarters and owns more than 10 years working in Alaska’s financial industry. Jennifer Matthews moved from the Wasilla Branch after being promoted to Cash Management Services specialist in Anchorage. She will work with customers to formulate the best solutions to meet their business banking needs. Moving from Deposit Services, Diane McKee is the new Parkway Branch Manager after the board promoted her to take charge of the East Anchorage branch. McKee has worked in banking for more than 17 years, including the last five in Deposit Services.

Movers & Shakers 3/01/15

Gerad Godfrey was appointed senior advisor on Rural Business and Intergovernmental Affairs. Godfrey currently serves as the director of Corporate Affairs for Afognak Native Corp. He also serves on FirstNet’s Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based organization with a congressional mandate to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. For the past 13 years, Godfrey has chaired Alaska’s Violent Crimes Compensation Board, having been appointed by Alaska’s last three governors. In this capacity he serves as a volunteer lobbyist on crime victims’ rights legislation in Juneau. He has also held seats on a number of boards and committees, including the Alaska Chamber board of directors, the Alaska Native Village CEO Association’s Legislative Committee, and the Alaska Federation of Natives Media & Election Committee. Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington welcomed Linda Warford as the new Wish Assist and Administrative Coordinator. In this position, she will work with wish kids from other Make-A-Wish chapters who wish to come to Alaska. Warford is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in human services, as well as an associate of art from Santa Barbara City College in California. Hannah Moderow’s position has shifted. Previously regional and communications coordinator, she has transitioned into the role of communications and marketing coordinator, regional markets (Alaska and Eastern Washington). Moderow has been working for Make-A-Wish Alaska since 2013. Alaska Permanent Capital Management announced accomplishments of Associate Financial Planner Kim Butler, CFP, and Investment Analyst William Cox, CMA. Butler has earned her designation as Certitifed Financial Planner practitioner. Butler will be the third staff member of the Wealth Management for Individuals division to earn the credential. She will specialize in retirement planning, financial organization after the loss of a loved one and reorganization after divorce with an emphasis on women’s finances. Cox, has earned the Certified Management Accountant designation from the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. Cox will assist the investment committee in the management of the funds of state and local governments, native corporations, foundations and endowments. Great Northern Engineering, a subsidiary of Old Harbor Native Corp., announced the hire of CEO Gawain Brumfield. Brumfield joins GNE after serving in a wide variety of roles including: pipeline construction manager for the ExxonMobil Development Co. Point Thompson project, and construction manager for the meter stations and production/injection multi-well pads on the Tengiz, Kazakhstan, Future Growth Project. He has both international and domestic experience with construction management, construction/field engineering, project engineering, design engineering, survey, construction supervision, general superintendent, QA/QC, client turnover, commissioning, refurbishment construction, pipeline integrity, geographical information systems, hydraulics, risk assessment, and project documentation for onshore and offshore oil and gas production facilities. PDC Inc. Engineers has recently expanded staff in their Fairbanks office. Staff joining the mechanical department includes Mark Frame, PE, and Jason Colquhoun, PE, LEED AP.  The electrical department adds Michael Smith, EIT, while the environmental department added Erica Betts. The structural department welcomes Natasha Kuchitskaya, EIT, and the admin department welcomes Malia Shoults. PDC Inc. Engineers also announced several promotions and new additions to its leadership group.  Robert Posma, PE, and Patrick Reinhard, PE, have advanced to become principals of the firm, the pinnacle within PDC’s leadership structure. Posma has 30 years with PDC, is a Principal Electrical Engineer, and works from the firm’s Anchorage office. He is also a registered fire protection engineer. Reinhard has 27 years with the firm and is the Principal Structural Engineer based out of PDC’s Fairbanks office. He has specialized experience in the areas of building structural evaluations, seismic design, and facility design. Additionally, Amy Mestas, PE, has advanced to the position of senior associate working with PDC’s Anchorage structural group. Mestas has 10 years of structural experience, all with PDC. In addition to being a registered structural engineer, she is also a civil engineer and a LEED Green Associate. New additions to the leadership team include Heather Estabrook, PE, and Lori Kropidlowski, CPSM, both working from the firm’s Anchorage office. Estabrook is a registered civil engineer with more than 14 years of experience. She is also a registered environmental engineer. Kropidlowski is the firm’s marketing director and has over 30 years of experience marketing professional A/E/C services in Alaska. She is one of four Certified Professional Service Marketers in the Alaska. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium added Mary Crann, RN, MSN, OCN, as the new clinic administrator at the Haines Health Center. She comes to SEARHC from the Calaway Young Cancer Center at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Crann also spent a portion of her career working at prestigious institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Crann has experience as a clinical nurse manager in an ambulatory setting and was member of the leadership team responsible for all strategic planning for a rapidly expanding new cancer center. Along with a master’s degree in nursing and an oncology specialty certification, she also has experience in patient centered physician practice, nursing systems, risk management, patient and staff education, and quality improvement processes with more than seven years of progressive leadership experience. She began her employment with SEARHC in late 2014.

Movers & Shakers 2/22/15

Michelle Pearson, a senior GIS analyst with AECOM, was appointed director of the Alaska Miners Association Anchorage Branch. AMA is composed of more than 1,800 members that come from seven statewide branches: Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan/Prince of Wales, and Nome. In her role as Anchorage Director for AMA, Pearson will guide administrative and policy decisions for the AMA statewide staff and help further the mission of public outreach about Alaska’s mining industry. She is on the convention planning committee where she has been involved in coordinating technical training courses since 2004.  She will serve as Director for a two-year term, upon which she is eligible for reelection. Amara Sanguni of Juneau was named one of Alaska’s top two youth volunteers of 2015 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Sanguni was nominated by Girl Scouts of Alaska in Anchorage. A seventh-grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School, Sanguni works on a variety of events each year to raise money for the Helping Hands food pantry in Juneau. Fundraisers include a Halloween carnival, assisting with food sales at Juneau’s Gold Rush Days and Fourth of July celebration, wrapping Christmas gifts, and selling tickets for an annual dinner and auction. Over the past year she has helped generate nearly $24,000, enabling Helping Hands to distribute nearly 100,000 pounds of food to people in need. As a state honoree, Amara will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join the top honorees from each state and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. The National Association of Athletic Development Directors named Tlisa Northcutt of University of Alaska as Fundraiser of the Year. Northcutt is UAA’s associate athletic director for development, and she led the fundraising campaign for the university’s new Alaska Airlines Center. She has worked at UAA for 15 years in various capacities including donor relations, special event coordination and university advancement. She is a founding member of Alaska Women’s Giving Circle, and serves on the Alaska Children’s Trust board of directors. She is a 1995 graduate of UAA with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communication. Northcutt will be honored June 16 at a national convention in Orlando, Fla. Sam Albanese has been selected as the new meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Anchorage. Albanese replaces retiree Bob Hopkins. Before accepting the meteorologist-in-charge position, Albanese served for 12 years as the forecast office’s warning coordination meteorologist. He began his 28-year career with the National Weather Service in Alaska as an intern at the weather service office in Yakutat in November 1986, where he spent a year before transferring to the weather service office in Valdez. In 1990, he joined the forecast office in Anchorage as a developmental forecaster and in 2013 served as acting chief of the Environmental and Scientific Services Division of the National Weather Service Alaska Region. Albanese earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the State University of New York at Oneonta in May 1986. Matthew Daggett has been appointed president of NANA Management Services. NMS is jointly owned by NANA Development Corp. and Sodexo USA, and provides a range of outsourcing services to public and private clients in the petroleum, health care, education and telecommunications industries. Daggett joins NMS after serving as senior vice president of Operations with Afognak Native Corp. since 2009. Prior to joining Afognak, Daggett served in key management roles for Chugach Alaska Corp. where he gained significant experience with customer service and operational performance. Daggett also worked for two global companies, Bechtel Corporation and Raytheon, where he supported client projects for the U.S. Department of Energy and AT&T. RIM Architects has opened a new office in Palmer in addition to its existing office in Anchorage, established in 1986. The new office enables the firm to become part of the growing Mat-Su community, engage with local leaders, contribute to local economy, and provide local design services with boots-on-the-ground staff. James Dougherty, the managing principal for the Anchorage office, will also be managing principal for the Palmer office. Two of the other RIM Anchorage principals are also taking turns working out of the Palmer office.

Movers & Shakers 2/15/15

The Alaska SeaLife Center is proud to announced the 2015 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources. Al Burch will receive the prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award. The late Gov. Walter J. Hickel and his wife Ermalee endowed this award for 10 years to recognize an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the management of Alaska’s coastal and ocean resources over a period of 20 years or more. Starting as a shrimp dragger in Seward, Burch has fished Alaskan waters for more than 55 years and serves on numerous national and international fishing boards. Since 2002, he has represented the Kodiak Island Borough on the board of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. He is a founding member of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and served 30 years on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel. He recently retired as the Executive Director of the Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association, a non-profit group representing approximately 40 bottom-fish vessels out of Kodiak. He was inducted into the United Fishermen of Alaska’s Seafood Hall of Fame in 2009. Ahtna Inc. announced Timothy F. Gould, PE, as the new vice president of subsidiary companies Ahtna Environmental Inc. and Ahtna Engineering Services LLC. He will be based out of the Anchorage office. Gould brings to Ahtna a wealth of skills, industry knowledge, and extensive work experience, including multiple roles directing, managing, and overseeing facilities, energy, environmental and transportation projects for federal, state, and local governments. Gould also holds Alaska licenses in civil and environmental engineering. Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Senior Business Analyst Rod Nibbe and Senior Programmer/Analyst Jessica Austin to its Anchorage branch. Nibbe has a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in geophysics and a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin. His most recent expertise is in systems biology, although he has legacy experience as a geophysical analyst and software developer. Austin has more than five years of software development experience with skills in Java, JavaScript, Python, C++, shell scripting, XML, SQL, Android SDK, and iOS. She has an master’s degree in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and has her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Christine Dahl, partner at Otter Creek Partners, a registered investment advisor located in Ketchikan, has been authorized as of Dec. 31, 2014 by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the Certified Financial Planner and CFP designation marks. Dahl is one of only 70 Certified Financial Planners who have been awarded this prestigious designation in Alaska and one of only two located in Ketchikan, both at Otter Creek Partners. In recognition for consistently superior customer service, Tanana Chiefs Conference honored University of Alaska Fairbanks Allied Health student, April Maynard with their “Health Services Above and Beyond Award.” Maynard is the medical assistant for TCC’s Upper Tanana Health Center. Maynard is taking distance education classes under a Department of Labor Grant to complete her certificate and associate’s of applied science degree from the UAF Community & Technical College’s Allied Health Medical Assistant program. Steven Hatter and Mike Neussl have been appointed deputy commissioners of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Hatter previously acted as DOT deputy commissioner of Aviation from 2011 to 2014. He most recently worked for RLG International Consulting with ConocoPhillips and CH2M HILL. Hatter served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, retiring from the active duty rank of Colonel. He holds a master’s in international relations, a master’s in national security policy and a master’s in project management. Neussl previously served two years at DOT as deputy commissioner for Marine Operations between 2011 and 2012. A former U.S. Coast Guard Captain, Neussl retired in 2010 after 30 years of service, and amassed over 5,100 helicopter flight hours. Neussl was a 1998 NASA Space Shuttle Mission Specialist finalist. He holds a master’s in engineering with an aeronautical focus. Bob Manwaring has been hired as the new CEO for the Alaska Association of Realtors, effective Jan. 15. Manwaring has served the Alaska real estate community for the last 18 years, first as customer relations liaison with Alaska Multiple Listing Service Inc. and most recently as a business development officer with Stewart Title of Alaska. Terry Snyder of Palmer is Alaska’s new volunteer state president for AARP. Snyder had 20-year career in tourism as a travel consultant, human resources director, vice president of operations and as a sub-contractor with her own thriving travel constituency of a large businesses and personal travel clientele. During her long career in the travel and hospitality industry she was able to build a strong network of colleagues, business customers and friends. From 2000–04, she co-owned and operated Big Lake Lodge. Solstice Advertising added Copywriter Elyse Delaney to its team. Delaney joins Solstice with a broad range of disciplines including social media, blogging and account management, garnered from her previous work at a local agency. Delaney’s advertising experience began on the University of Idaho’s selective advertising team, winning campaigns for Glidden Paint through Walmart, as well as an interactive and strategic campaign for Mary Kay where she served as co-captain and account executive. Delaney also served as vice president for her university’s advertising club and holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising. Anna Johnson of Seward Windsong Lodge has been recognized as the Guest Services Manager of the Year. Johnson was recognized at the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association at the annual Stars of the Industry Event Jan. 24.  This award is open to any Alaska hospitality employees and is voted on by peers in the industry.  David Hobbie is the new chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District Regulatory Division. In this position, Hobbie provides oversight of the Corps’ second-largest regulatory division in the nation with responsibility for all permitting activities in Alaska. He has extensive experience with the Corps and has been employed at six different districts as a park ranger, project manager and within emergency management operations. Hobbie is based at the Alaska District’s headquarters located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage. Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has added Elizabeth Moore as employment and training manager and Grace Singh as special assistant to the president. Moore returned to Alaska after spending the past two years managing the funds for a non-profit charter school in Caldwell, Idaho. Moore is Yupik and was born in Dillingham and raised in the Bering Sea village of Quinhagak. Singh holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in journalism from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Singh was born and raised in Fairbanks and is a Steven’s Village tribal member. Margaret MacKinnon has been named acting director of Assessment and Accountability.  MacKinnon has served the department for more than 30 years, including 25 years as a teacher in the former Alyeska Central School. She is a certified teacher and administrator in Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in math education from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and an education leadership certificate from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

2015 Top Forty Under 40 announced

The Alaska Journal of Commerce is proud to announce the 2015 class of the Top Forty Under 40. A committee of Journal management selected the 2015 class from nearly 160 individuals and more than 230 total nominations. “In my third year involved in the Top 40 selection this is easily the most individuals and total nominations we have had to choose from,” said Managing Editor Andrew Jensen. “This year had 40 more individuals — an entire class in and of itself — than were nominated in 2014. The decisions were in some cases very difficult and even though it makes our jobs harder we encourage everyone to continue to nominate the best and brightest of Alaska. It is heartening to know how many fine young professionals are working to make this state great.” In addition to Anchorage, winners hail from Kodiak, Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Southeast and the Mat-Su Valley. The 2015 Top Forty Under 40 class will be honored April 3 at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the event will run from noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available by contacting Michelle Ditmore at (907) 275-2178 or [email protected] Event sponsorship opportunities are also available by contacting [email protected] 2015 Top Forty Under 40 winners: Joe Bell, 34, CEO, Keller Williams Realty, Alaska Group, Anchorage Logan Birch, 35, Director of Treasury, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Anchorage Luke Blomfeld, 31, Principal/Senior Project Manager, Davis Constructors, Anchorage Jay Blury, 36, VP, Marketing & Communications Director, Northrim Bank, Anchorage Pearl Kiyawn Nageak Brower, 34, President, Ilisagvik College, Barrow Charity Carmody, 39, President, Beacon Hill/State Farm, Anchorage Deantha Crockett, 33, Executive Director, Alaska Miners Association, Anchorage Joey Crum, 36, President, Northern Industrial Training, Wasilla Dr. Nicole Cundiff, Director Northern Leadership Center, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management, Fairbanks Jason Davis, 36, President, Turnagain Marine Construction, Anchorage Heidi Embley, 37, Executive Director of Communications, Anchorage School District, Anchorage June Gardner, 33, Operations Systems Manager, Alaska USA FCU, Anchorage Darrell Garrison, 36, Superintendent, Bethel Youth Facility, Bethel Clare Gauster, 31, Principal, Ravenwood Elementary School, Eagle River Krista Jean Gonder, 34, Owner, Alaska Tags & Titles, Wasilla Jennifer Haney, 26, President, Peak 3 Technical Services Magen James, 29, Programs/Events Director, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Katherine Jernstrom, 30, Anchorage, and Brit Szymoniak, 28, Sitka, owners/co-founders, The Boardroom Dr. Katherine Johnson, 38, Ophthalmologist/Owner, Mountain View Medical Center, Fairbanks D.K. Johnston, 31, Filmmaker, Tri-Seven Pictures, Anchorage Kirsten Kinegak-Friday, 32, Associate General Counsel, Calista Corp., Anchorage Nolan Klouda, 30, Executive Director, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, Anchorage Charlie Kozak, 39, EVP/CFO, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Anchorage Zoi D. Maroudas-Tziolas, 35, President, Bambino’s Baby Food, Anchorage Capt. Andrew Merrill, 39, Acting Captain of VPSO Program, Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage Amanda Moser, 32, Deputy Clerk, Municipality of Anchorage Glenna L. Muncy, 39, Parking Services Director, University of Alaska Anchorage Ric Nelson, 31, Chair, Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education Natasha Pineda, 36, Program Officer, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Anchorage Gordon Pullar Jr., 29, Business Associate, Koniag Inc., Anchorage Tracy Runyan-Traylor, 38, Associate Nurse Executive, Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage Ginessa Sams, 28, Deputy Behavioral Health Director, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Kisha Smaw, 35, Owner/CEO, Hearts and Hands of Care Inc. Lea Souliotis, 37, Global Well Supply Chain Manager, BP Alaska, Anchorage Lindsey Spinelli, 31, Account Executive, Porcaro Communications, Anchorage Brandon Spoerhase, 32, Commercial Broker, Jack White Commercial, Anchorage Dr. Anna Stevens, 39, Clinical Psychologist, Kodiak Area Native Association, Kodiak Alexa Tonkovich, 33, International Program Director, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Juneau Steve Wackowski, 33, Operations Manager, Tulugaq II, Anchorage Wally Ward, 30, Senior Facility Development Engineer, ConocoPhillips, Anchorage

Movers & Shakers 2/08/15

Gov. Bill Walker submitted the names of four Alaskans to be appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents: Andy Teuber of Kodiak, Sheri Buretta of Anchorage, John Davies of Fairbanks and Lisa Parker of Soldotna. The appointees will replace four current regents whose terms expired Feb. Teuber has served as the chairman and president of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for seven years. He holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. Buretta of Anchorage is the chairman of the Chugach Alaska Corp. board of directors. She holds an associate’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska and an associate’s degree in business from Gulf Coast Community College in Florida. Davies. a former member of the Alaska House of Representatives, has a long career in public service, including 10 years in the Alaska Legislature and seven years on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. For the past 12 years he has worked as a Researcher at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, where he carries out research on public policy related to energy efficient building techniques for cold climates. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College, and Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Parker is currently the external affairs and government relations manager for Apache Corp. Parker, a lifelong Alaskan, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The American University in Washington, D.C. The North Star Group announced that Heather Arnett is now the principal advisor for Advocacy, based in Anchorage. Arnett became an NSG associate in January 2014. She served as the CEO of the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities, which advocates nationally and within Alaska, and also was executive director of YWCA Anchorage. Arnett has worked extensively with elected officials and their staff members in Washington, D.C., and Juneau, advocating for job creation, affordable housing, employment training and social improvement programs. She earned a master of public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Larry Phyfe is the new chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District Environmental and Special Projects Branch. In this position, is responsible for the oversight of all project management planning and execution for environmental, humanitarian assistance, international and interagency support programs in Alaska and the Asia-Pacific region. He is a registered project management professional, contracting officers’ representative and holds an advanced facility engineering certification from the Defense Acquisition University.

Movers & Shakers 02/01/15

The Wilson Agency President and CEO Lon Wilson has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. BBB is a non-profit dedicated to advancing marketplace trust by ensuring high ethical standards for businesses. In addition to the BBB, Wilson is chairman of the board for the UBA Board of Directors representing the West region, a board member for the Providence Health and Services Community Ministry Board, a member of the Anchorage Downtown Rotary former Chairman of the Anchorage Economic Development Council. His appointment to the BBB board of directors will last for three years. Anchorage based Northern Aviation Services recently appointed Dave Squier to chief operating officer of the company. Squier previously held the position of vice president of Cargo Services of Anchorage based subsidiary Northern Air Cargo. In his new capacity Squier will have oversight of cargo and ground operations at both NAC and Honolulu-based subsidiary, Aloha Air Cargo. Northern Air Cargo also recently hired Sami Glascott for the position of chief operating officer. Glascott previously served as director of sales for NAC and formerly president and CEO of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and regulatory affairs manager at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. Glascott holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Foraker Certificate in non-profit management and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Colorado College. Bryan Powell has been promoted to middle market relationship manager and vice president with KeyBank in Alaska. Powell has been with KeyBank for 13 years, and has more than 25 years of banking industry experience. During that time, Powell has held positions in retail, operations and commercial banking. At KeyBank, he has been a branch manager and middle market credit underwriter. He attended the University of Alaska Anchorage and Strayer University, majoring in finance. Michael McCambridge and Olivia Dehner have joined the aeSolutions process safety engineering team in Anchorage. McCambridge joins aeSolutions as a safety instrumented systems specialist, and will be working on designing and optimizing safety instrumented systems critical to the process safety lifecycle. McCambridge graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, has held several internships for local companies, and brings a year of experience as an automation specialist. Dehner joins the company as a process risk management specialist, and will be assisting with the completion of process hazard analysis studies for clients throughout the state. She recently graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and her previous experience includes internships within the process industry. Marc Luiken has been appointed as commissioner of Department of Transportation. Luiken served as Department of Transportation commissioner from December 2010 to October 2012. Prior to that, he served as the department’s deputy commissioner of aviation from June to December 2010. Luiken currently works as a leadership and performance coach with RLG International, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based company. He has worked with ConocoPhillips on oil production in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Luiken is a retired Air U.S. Air Force colonel, who served as vice commander at Elmendorf Air Force Base from October 2008 to May 2010. Luiken’s military career took him to bases in Hawaii, Florida and Japan. Gregory Stuckey has been hired as the new U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Community Programs Director effective Dec. 29. Stationed in the Palmer State Office, Stuckey will provide leadership and oversight to the Community Facilities grant and loan programs for Alaska. Stuckey has extensive experience working with both the rural communities and the federally recognized Tribes in Alaska. He lived and raised his three children for five years in Haines where he had the pleasure of serving as the Tribal Administrator for Chilkoot Indian Association. He then moved his family to Palmer and worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the next five years as the Administrator Advisor for the Office of Native American Programs. Stuckey attended the University of Texas where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and attended Walden University and earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is also a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute. Karlin Itchoak has been named new chief administrative and legal officer for Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp. Karlin’s background includes positions such as the judicial law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court and the deputy magistrate for the Alaska Court System. In addition, he served as a Tribal law specialist for Kawerak Inc., and as a government specialist for the Department of Commerce. Most recently, Karlin was the Alaska Arctic Rural & Indigenous Program Director for the Institute of the North. Karlin attended Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Washington. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2003.

Movers & Shakers 01/25/15

Seven Alaska nonprofit leaders have been selected for the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation. The recipients come from five communities across the state and include professionals in arts, and health and social services. They are: Guy Adams, Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority, Kotzebue; Marie Carroll, Arctic Slope Native Association, Barrow; Nancy Harbour, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage; Marcia Howell, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, Anchorage; Laurie Kari, Mat-Su Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network dba Family Promise Mat-Su, Wasilla; Rebecca Shields, Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center, Kodiak; Pauline Smith, Alaska Literacy Program, Anchorage. Sarah Dybdahl will join Huna Heritage Foundation as the executive director on Feb. 9. Huna Heritage Foundation, the non-profit arm of Huna Totem Corp., exists to perpetuate Huna Tlingit culture and promote education for present and future generations of Huna Tlingit shareholders and descendants. Dybdahl has worked at Sealaska Corp. and Sealaska Heritage Institute since 2000, most recently as the administrative director of Sealaska Heritage Institute. She brings a wealth of experience managing grants, cultural projects and events; facilitating federal and state-funded projects; and establishing long-term organizational plans. She’s been on Klawock Heenya Corp.’s board of directors since 2010. Dybdahl grew up in Klawock, and is from the Taakw.aaneidi clan. New hires Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office include Ephraim Froehlich, Garrett Boyle, Phillip Dodd, and U.S. Air Force Major Taona Enriquez. They fill vacancies created by recent departures among her staff. The senator also announced that she is promoting her Legislative Director Kate Williams to become her deputy chief of staff. Froehlich returns to Murkowski’s office as a legislative assistant. A recent graduate of the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law, Ephraim previously worked in Murkowski’s office as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent. Boyle joins Senator Murkowski’s office as a legislative assistant. Boyle attended Seattle University as an undergrad and recently graduated from Tulane University School of Law before opening a small law practice in Texas. Garrett was raised in several location across Alaska, including Ouzinkie, Unalakleet, and Seward. Dodd will serve as a legislative correspondent, and interact with Alaskans inquiring about various legislation under consideration by the U.S. Senate. Dodd received his bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Vanderbilt University, and is from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Enriquez joins the Murkowski team as a Military Fellow after a serving as Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. In addition to having family who previously lived in Juneau, the New Mexico-raised Enriquez also served in Bagram, Afghanistan with the 56th Combat Search and Rescue Unit and the Guardian Angels from the 212th Rescue Squadron of the Alaska National Guard. Elizabeth “Liz” Pifke Hodes has been promoted from associate to partner at the Davis Wright Tremaine LLP office in Anchorage. Hodes is an experienced litigator who focuses largely on labor and employment matters. She counsels employers on how to prevent workplace disputes and comply with laws governing hiring and terminations, leaves of absence, payment of wages and overtime, personnel policies, and a wide array of other employment issues. Mackenzie Kalmbach, contracts administrator with Bristol Bay Resource Solutions LLC, is now a Certified Federal Contracts Manager, obtained through the National Contract Management Association. Kalmbach passed a rigorous exam to earn the certification, which shows that she has a high level of training, experience and knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The exam covers contract management competencies in the areas of pre-award, acquisition planning and strategy, post-award, specialized areas and business. Jeff Prater has been hired by SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital as hospital administrator. He began work at the consortium on Jan. 13. Prater fills a position held by Interim Administrator Noel Rea, who has been an integral part in the management of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital over the past 18 months. Prater has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, with extensive experience in hospital settings. He comes to SEARHC from Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow where he served as hospital administrator. Greg Cashen and Joe Thomas have been appointed deputy commissioners of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Cashen, a lifelong Alaskan, most recently served as administrative services director for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. Before joining AGDC, Cashen spent nearly eight years with the Department of Labor, including serving as assistant commissioner under Commissioner Click Bishop. Cashen also served as executive director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, the 26-member board that provides policy oversight of state and federally funded job training and vocational education programs. Cashen graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. Thomas, born and raised in Fairbanks, served as a member of the Alaska Senate from 2007 to 2013. In that capacity, he served as co-chair of the Education Committee, served on the Finance Committee and served as chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Labor and Workforce Development. He also served as chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee and vice-chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee. Thomas began his career working as a general laborer out of Laborers’ Local 942 in Fairbanks, where he later served as a business agent and as business manager/secretary-treasurer for 23 years. He was a longtime trustee on the Alaska Laborers’ Health and Security Fund. Laura O’Neill, vice president of finance for RIM Architects, was recently named senior vice president/chief financial officer for the firm. O’Neill joined RIM in 2007 as accounting manager and head of administration for RIM’s Anchorage location, transitioning to controller for all four RIM locations and corporate operations prior to accepting the CFO position.

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