Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 02/21/16

Dave Pfeifer, who took on the responsibility of Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp., or UIC, Commercial Operations as its new senior vice president last August, is now additionally overseeing the UIC Government Services business. Pfeifer holds a master’s degree in Construction and Real Estate from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. In addition, he received his bachelor’s degree in Real Estate Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. His background includes positions with the National Bank of Alaska, Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, and Providence Alaska Medical Center. He also served as president of real estate development for Cook Inlet Region, Inc.   Doris Hugo-Shavings has been promoted by Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. as the chief of staff for UIC Commercial Operations. She was originally hired by UIC in the fall of 2015 as the director of strategy. Prior to joining UIC, Hugo-Shavings worked at Shell Exploration & Production Company for nearly 10 years in public relations, community affairs, operations and social performance. Hugo-Shavings holds two bachelor’s degrees in strategic communication and political science from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and a master’s degree in business administration from the Michael G. Foster School of Business, at the University of Washington. She was born and raised in Barrow.   Keith Burke joins Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. Oil and Gas Support Services as its new manager. Burke brings several years of oil and gas experience from Alaska’s North Slope and Sakhalin, Russia. He has more than 30 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry, he’s worked for Alyeska Pipeline Services Co., Alaska Support Industry Alliance, Natchiq Sakhalin LLC, and CCI INC. His previous work included: managing operations and maintenance of the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline and Terminal; creating a joint-venture between an Alaska Native corporation subsidiary and Russia-based corporations securing high-value industry support contracts; and providing services to environmental, construction, oilfield and government sectors. Most recently, Keith worked in the health and intellectual property industries developing business systems and processes to improve day-to-day efficiencies and effectiveness.   Jack Ferguson Associates announced the addition of Allison Nyholm and Wyatt Perry, as partner and associate respectively. Nyholm’s experience with federal and state legislative and regulatory issues spans two decades. Nyholm most recently worked for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, where she handled budget, transportation and appropriations issues. Previously, she was a policy adviser at the American Petroleum Institute, specializing in federal oil and gas royalty regulation, and a consultant on energy development projects. Originally from Soldotna, Nyholm received a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Alaska Southeast. While working in the D.C. office for Alaska Govs. Wally Hickel, Frank Murkowski and Sarah Palin, Nyholm earned master’s degrees in public policy and business administration. Perry, a finance and economics specialist, previously served as a special assistant to the Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue under former Gov. Sean Parnell and current Gov. Bill Walker, where he acted as the project leader on developing fiscal initiatives to address Alaska’s budget deficit. Also from Alaska, Perry was born and raised in Anchorage and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage with a double major in finance and economics.   R&M Consultants, Inc. added Emily Benitti to its Anchorage office as an environmental specialist in January. She will be responsible for ongoing regulatory compliance, permitting, environmental baseline monitoring, Phase I and II environmental site assessments, general contaminated sites work, NEPA impact analysis, SWPPP implementation and other related environmental services in support of highway, street, airport, site development, waterfront and other infrastructure projects. Bentti has more than eight years of environmental and public involvement experience. Since joining R&M she has been preparing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits for the Yakutat Ocean Cape Dock Fender System Repairs, and preparing USACE permits and writing agency coordination letters for the Valdez Harbor Municipal Harbor Improvements. Bentti has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and regional planning from Washington State University.   Charles “Chuck” Collins has been selected to manage KeyBank’s Mendenhall branch. Collins has more than 25 years of financial service and sales management experience. He is a long time local businessman and attended Kansas State University. Collins is a former Chamber of Commerce president and Juneau Economic Development Council executive director.  

Movers and Shakers 2/14/16

Darrell Friess and Margaret Nelson each captured the Top Producer Award for earned commissions in 2015, announced Broker Molly Friess of Alaska Real Estate Alliance Darrel Friess is owner and founder of Alaska Real Estate Alliance and Nelson is a sales associate. Dave Kemp was named the Central Region Director for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Kemp has 11 years of public service with the department. Most recently he served as director for Statewide Facilities where he showed exemplary performance of managing the programming, design and construction phases of public facility capital improvement projects across Alaska. As an efficiency and cost-saving measure, Kemp will continue to oversee Statewide Facilities in his new role. Kemp will also continue to serve as the department’s Facilities Maintenance Shared Services project director. This project consists of a multi-departmental working group tasked with creating efficiencies to reduce costs and better manage State of Alaska public facilities. Kemp is a licensed professional engineer and project management professional. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and civil engineering. Explore Fairbanks recently announced the election results and appointments of its 2016 Board of Directors. Executive Officers are: Matt Divens, Chair, Holland America Princess Alaska-Yukon; Dustin Adams, Past Chair, Regency Fairbanks Hotel; Kory Eberhardt, Chair Elect, A Taste of Alaska Lodge; Andy Anger, Treasurer, University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College; and Irene Meyer, Secretary, GoNorth Alaska Travel Center. Board members are: Communications Chair Jason Avery, Pioneer Park, Parks and Recreation, Fairbanks North Star Borough; Tourism Chair Mok Kumagai, Aurora Borealis Lodge; Meetings & Conventions Chair Patricia Silva, Westmark Hotel & Conference Center; Visitor Services & Partnership Development Chair Buzzy Chiu, Premier Alaska Tours; Audit Chair Kathy Hedges, Arctic Circle Trading Post; Public Policy Advisory Chair Andy Anger, University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College; Debbie Mathews, Expressions in Glass; Becky Kunkle, Wedgewood Resort, Fountainhead Hotels; Ashley Bradish, Gold Dredge 8 and Riverboat Discovery; Bruce LaLonde, Alaska Railroad; and Ralf Dobrovolny, 1st Alaska Outdoor School. Alaska Center for Ear, Nose & Throat welcomed Dr. Kaylyn Hum as the newest member of the practice. Hum is a certified audiologist, recognized by both the Academy of Audiology and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Hum earned her clinical doctorate in audiology from the University of Utah in 2013. She is most passionate about pediatric audiology, including evaluations, amplification, Auditory Brainstem Response testing and bone conduction amplification. Prior to joining ACENT, she practiced at Alaska Native Medical Center. Julie Griffith and Katey Clem have been promoted to retail sales branch managers by Denali Federal Credit Union: Griffith at the Credit Union’s Wasilla branch, and Clem at the South Anchorage Walmart branch. Griffith has spent nearly seven years at Denali FCU, most recently as the assistant branch manager at the Wasilla branch. She had worked at National Bank of Alaska’s VISA department for six years, and owned her own car dealership prior to joining the credit union. Clem has more than five years’ experience at Denali prior to assuming her new position, most recently as the assistant branch manager at the South Anchorage Walmart branch. She is an active member of Business Networking International, currently serving on the membership Committee. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Alaska Anchorage. Justin Shaw, PE, has joined the R&M Consultants Inc. Anchorage office. Shaw joined R&M’s Engineering Department as a project engineer in October 2015. As part of R&M’s Water Resources Group, he is responsible for hydrologic and hydraulic analysis and design of water resources, roadway, airport, site development, and hydropower projects. Shaw has more than five years of experience in water resources engineering. He has worked on numerous hydrologic, hydraulic, and erosion control projects for public and private sector clients, including the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Department of Natural Resources, and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. He is experienced in creating H&H models, analyzing natural and man-made drainage systems, generating flood mitigation measures, and performing sedimentation and erosion studies. His work has focused on one- and two-dimensional modeling of riverine and coastal environments. Since joining R&M, Shaw has worked on a culvert replacement project near Galena to replace the existing, deteriorated drainage structure within limited right-of-way. He is also working on the Little Goldstream project near Nenana to replace an older bridge with a fish passable culvert. Shaw has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska.

Movers and Shakers 2/07/16

Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council Director of Programs Donna Schantz has been promoted to the position of executive director. Schantz replaces Mark Swanson, who retired from the council last November. Since then, Schantz has served as acting executive director. Schantz joined the council staff in 1999 and has served as director of programs since 2001. She is a graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. Schantz previously served as acting executive director in 2009 after the departure of long time Executive Director John Devens. Notable accomplishments include her recognition by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2015 for her exceptional professionalism, positive demeanor, open communications and contributions in support of the Prince William Sound Subarea Committee, and her work towards the passage of legislation for dual escorts in Prince William Sound under her leadership in 2010. Schantz served as an elected member of the Valdez City Council from 2012-14. Dean Williams was appointed as commissioner of the Department of Corrections. Williams conducted an administrative review of the department, and identified key areas for improvement in policies and procedures. Williams spent more than 30 years working in the state’s justice system. He worked for 12 years as a juvenile justice officer, five years for the Department of Law and 14 years as Division of Juvenile Justice superintendent overseeing various facilities throughout the state. Jenifer Burris was selected as the Alaska National Guard Spouse of the Year. Her bio can be found here: In 2013, Military Spouse magazine expanded the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year program by introducing an installation echelon. Nominations are now aggregated at the base (Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy), district (Coast Guard), and state level (National Guard). Voters then elected a base level winner at each of these installations. The Base Level Spouses of the Year represent the best of the base, and are a key component in the grass roots level of communication in the military community. On Feb. 1, Thompson & Company Public Relations opened an office in Houston, Texas, creating the third location for the nationally-recognized firm. The firm promoted Liz Baker to vice president, and she will lead the Gulf Coast office in her new role. Baker joined the agency as a senior account manager in 2012 after moving to Anchorage with agency experience from her home state of South Carolina. She brings an expertise in account planning and business development to the Thompson & Co. team. The new office will serve the agency’s current clients who have operations or partners along the Gulf Coast and will also present new business opportunities for Thompson & Co. As the fourth largest city in the country, Houston offers new leads in the health care industry with the largest medical center in the world and is headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies.

Movers and Shakers 1/31/16

R&M Consultants Inc. named Len Story, PLS as the firm’s new CEO and Bret Coburn as chief financial officer, effective Jan. 1. This is a planned change as laid out in the firm’s succession plan. Story joined R&M in 1979, as a survey technician. Over the past 37 years, he has worked his way up, filling roles as party chief, senior land surveyor, Surveying and Mapping Department manager, vice president, chief operating officer (2008-2015) and now CEO. In conjunction with assuming the CEO role, he was also voted President of R&M’s board of directors. Coburn served as R&M’s CEO with responsibility for oversight of the firm’s administrative and financial functions from 2002 to 2014. He is moving into the CFO position at R&M and will continue to be responsible for financial matters at the firm, and providing oversight of the firm’s accounting and administrative staff. Coburn was recently voted vice president of R&M’s board. Prior to joining R&M, Coburn worked for the St. George Tanaq Corp. in various positions, ending his 19-year tenure as the corporation’s CEO. His professional experience includes more than 30 years of involvement in professional services, land development, construction and finance. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced several promotions within her Washington, D.C., office at the beginning of the second session of the 114th Congress. These movements in her personal office include Michael Pawlowski, Nathan Bergerbest, Garrett Boyle and Karina Petersen. Pawlowski, currently the deputy chief of staff, will begin transitioning into the role of chief of staff. Pawlowski joined Murkowski’s team on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee in December 2014. Before that, he served as Alaska’s Deputy Commissioner of Revenue. Pawlowski will replace Ed Hild, who has served as Chief of Staff since 2011. Mr. Hild will be leaving the Senate after over 20 years of service. Bergerbest, currently senior counsel and legislative assistant, has been promoted to the role of deputy chief of staff. Bergerbest has served as senior counsel to Murkowski since 2003 handling the national security, foreign relations, judiciary, Alaska public lands, Indian Affairs, public safety and federal civil service portfolios at various times over the past 12 years. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California and a master of public health degree from Harvard University. Boyle, who joined the office last year as Legislative Assistant handling health care, environmental, and rural development policy issues, will take over the role of legislative director. Boyle received his bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law. Prior to joining Senator Murkowski’s staff, he ran his own business dealing with oil and gas and patent law issues, and served as an extern in the Eastern District of Louisiana while in law school. Petersen, who has served as Murkowski’s Alaska communications director for a year and a half, has been promoted to the role of communications director and will lead the senator’s communications efforts in both Washington, D.C., and Alaska. Previously, Petersen worked as the media relations coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization that provides aid to victims of war, disaster, and disease in over 100 countries. Prior to that, she was a reporter and weekend anchor at KTVA CBS 11 News in Anchorage for over two years. Petersen holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism in radio-television news from the University of Missouri. First National Bank Alaska announced two appointments, bringing a new branch manager to the Federal Branch and a new officer to the Trust Department. A 15-year banking veteran, Krissi Estrada takes over as branch manager at the Federal Branch in Downtown Anchorage. Adam Sikorski joined First National’s Trust Department with 12 years of investing experience. He was born and raised in Alaska. As a trust officer, Sikorski will rely on his trust and investment knowledge to assist customers in building customized, tax-efficient portfolios. Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Veronica Pillans, assistant vice president loan officer-Small Business Center, and the hiring of Bruce Tretzen, vice president relationship manager-Northrim Funding Services. Pillans has over 10 years banking and lending experience. She began her banking career at First National Bank Alaska in 2005 and joined the Northrim team in 2012. She is currently a loan officer with Northrim’s Small Business Center. A lifelong Alaskan, Pillans holds a Small Business Degree from University of Alaska Anchorage and completed the Banking and Finance program through American Bankers Association in 2015. Tretzen joins the Northrim Funding Services team with 17 years of commercial lending experience, nine of which in the asset based lending industry. He is a former business owner who studied accounting and business at Edmonds College and the University of Washington. He is a lifelong resident of Washington State and enjoys traveling. The Wilson Agency LLC has recently hired Ron Devon to fill the position of retirement plan and financial services account strategist, and Jennifer Prowell for the position of Support Services manager. Devon joins The Wilson Agency with a strong background in business, having been a small business owner for most of his career. Prior to joining TWA, he worked with investors to provide them with financial planning services. His current role will focus on providing employers with the support they need to build a long term retirement strategy. Prowell brings years of IT experience to The Wilson Agency in her role as Support Services manager. This is a new position which has come about as a result of the recent merger of The Wilson Agency and Albers & Company, located in Tacoma, Wash. ConnectHR, The Wilson Agency’s human resource services division, has also had the need to grow its employee base. The company recently hired Mary Anne Aadnesen for the position of HR services senior partner, in addition to hiring a part-time employee and an intern.

Movers & Shakers 01/24/16

Alaska USA Mortgage Company Senior Mortgage Loan Originator Catherine Donaldson has been recognized as Affiliate of the Year by the Greater Fairbanks Board of Realtors. The board annually recognizes one affiliate member who has provided outstanding contributions to the board and the Fairbanks real estate community. Donaldson has been a resident of Fairbanks since 1983. She started her career in the financial industry more than 28 years ago and has experience managing all aspects of the mortgage loan process including originating, processing, underwriting and closing. Wells Fargo has named Jess Sarsfield as a business relationship manager serving customers in Homer and the southern Kenai Peninsula. He will focus on meeting the unique financial needs of business owners and managers in the southern Kenai Peninsula and helping their businesses succeed financially. Sarsfield joined Wells Fargo three years ago as an assistant store manager in Denver, Colo. He has spent the past two years serving as a store manager in Juneau and Craig on Prince of Wales Island. Sarsfield earned a bachelor’s degree in international business management from Brigham Young University in Hawaii. Sarsfield originally hails from England, and he is a certified scuba dive instructor. University of Alaska Fairbanks atmospheric chemistry professor Catherine Cahill is the new director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration. Cahill has worked with unmanned aircraft at UAF since 2006. She has extensive experience developing payloads and conducting remote sensing, wildlife monitoring and emergency response activities. Cahill recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she worked for 19 months as a congressional fellow for the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. She received the 2013 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Service Award for helping the public and government officials understand air pollution across Alaska, especially in Fairbanks. One of Cahill’s first actions was to move ACAUSI’s offices to the Akasofu Building onto the Fairbanks campus, to facilitate collaborations with UAF researchers, natural hazard experts and emergency responders. Cahill replaces Marty Rogers, who will continue to serve as ACUASI’s business director. The center will also have a new director of its Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex: John Nevadomsky. He replaces Ro Bailey, who retired this month. ACUASI is part the UAF Geophysical Institute. Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. announced the hiring of Jamie Boring as the new executive director. As executive director, Boring directs the actions of ADP staff and board to support and strengthen the organizations purpose of assuring a vibrant downtown. Additionally, Boring leads ADP’s multiple facets of operations including maintenance, security, membership, events, public policy and marketing for Downtown. Boring is a lifelong Alaskan who is passionate about the success of downtown. Having been a business owner in the Downtown Improvement District and board member of ADP, he is aware of the challenges and unique opportunities that face downtown. Boring has a strong background in all facets of construction, development and finance and served in the United States Marine Corps.  

Movers & Shakers 1/17/16

Long-time Alaska businessman Tom Tougas joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. Tougas’ rich history with the state’s tourism industry started in the 1970s as a tour bus driver while studying in college. Today, he owns Seward-based businesses Major Marine Tours and the 90-room Harbor 360 Hotel, and has helped manage numerous other companies throughout the years. Joining Tougas on the board are Lawer, Vice Chair Lucy Mahan, Adm. Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.) Dr. Maurice Coyle, Perry Eaton, Margy Johnson, Jane Klopfer, Loren H. Lounsbury and Fran Ulmer. Alice Crow and Cody Troseth have joined the Calista Corp. team to lead the new shareholder enrollment effort. As Shareholder Enrollment director, Crow will work with ANCSA Stock Enrollment Project Manager Cody Troseth to develop and implement a program to enroll descendants of original shareholders and people who were eligible to enroll as Calista shareholders on Dec. 18, 1971, but did not. Crow will serve as a liaison and utilize collaboration, public relations and media coverage related to the expanded Shareholder program and will team with Troseth to create and deliver an appropriate multi-channel communication plan. They will also design a plan for a shareholder services program in Bethel and Anchorage, to include ongoing enrollment, shareholder relations, proxy management, dividend processing and shareholder benefits. An original shareholder of Calista and Bethel Native corps., Maar’aq Crow is also a member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council. Her experience includes work with small, rural and urban Alaska businesses and multinational companies, as well as with regional and statewide Tribal-focused entities. She graduated from Bethel High School and holds an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Troseth is a descendant and shareholder of Calista Corp. Troseth has experience in project management, including the construction and energy sectors. Most recently, he worked on the Shell Alaska Exploration project in the Chukchi Sea. Troseth has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in project management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dave Zimmerman, Timber and Special Forest Products program manager for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Medford, Ore., was recently named the new Petersburg District Ranger. His arrival date has not yet been determined. Zimmerman worked for the Forest Service and private sector in both Juneau and Sitka for nearly two decades. In 1980, he became the first timber management assistant on the Juneau Ranger District and prior to that position he served as a supervisory forester at the Sitka Supervisor’s Officer. This was a time in the forest’s history when it was organized into three areas, which were the Ketchikan Area, Stikine Area (Petersburg) and the Chatham Area (Sitka). Zimmerman brings extensive knowledge and diverse experience to the Tongass and Petersburg Ranger District. He has worked in three regions, on five national forests, and seven ranger districts. He earned an undergraduate degree in forestry from the University of Missouri. He also attended a Forest Service-sponsored educational program called the Forest Engineering Institute at Oregon State University. Petersburg is one of 10 ranger districts located on the 16.8-million-acre Tongass. The U.S. business law firm Stoel Rives LLP announced that James E. Torgerson, a partner in the firm’s Anchorage office, has been appointed firm-wide managing partner, making him the first Alaska-based managing partner of a major law firm in U.S. history. Torgerson, whose appointment went into effect Jan. 1, 2016, succeeds Bob Van Brocklin who served as the firm’s managing partner from 2008 to 2015. Stoel Rives has nearly 400 lawyers in seven states and the District of Columbia. Torgerson joined the firm as a founder and managing partner of the Anchorage office in 2008. He also has served on the firm’s executive committee since 2012. Torgerson has helped to grow the Anchorage office to 15 attorneys representing nearly all of the Native Alaskan companies in the state. Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Chad Johnson to information technology projects manager. Johnson was initially hired in 2004. Since then, he has served as a teller, senior teller, member service assistant, member service officer, credit solutions loan officer, staff trainer, marketing writer, information technology support assistant, and his most recent position of information technology business analyst. In his new position, Johnson will be responsible for managing and tracking components of multi-departmental projects that require the Information Technology Department. He will investigate new systems and software within the organization and how they interconnect with departments, vendors and members to ensure smooth and accurate integration. Additionally, Johnson will be responsible for incorporating feedback from staff and members who use credit union systems, mapping solutions and implementing custom programming, testing and production rollouts.

Movers & Shakers 01/10/16

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

Movers & Shakers 01/03/16

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

Movers & Shakers 12/27/15

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

Movers & Shakers 12/20/15

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

Movers & Shakers 12/13/15

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

Movers & Shakers 12/06/15

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

Movers & Shakers 11/29/15

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

Movers & Shakers 11/22/15

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

Movers & Shakers 11/15/15

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

Movers & Shakers 11/08/15

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

Movers & Shakers 11/01/15

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

Movers & Shakers 10/25/15

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

Movers & Shakers 10/18/15

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

Movers & Shakers 10/11/15

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


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