Nathan Hagar is Ahtna Environmental Inc.’s newest geologist based in the Fairbanks office. Hagar attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering. While attending UAF, he worked as a Student Research Assistant for the Institute of Northern Engineering, performing geologic mapping in the Yukon and Central Brooks ranges. Hagar will be a field team lead for projects such as the installation and startup of an air sparge/soil vapor extraction system at Fort Wainwright and will be sampling various contaminated media at Fairbanks sites and in Tanana. Martin Molyneux has joined AEI as a senior project manager as part of its construction team based in Anchorage. Molyneux has 27 years of experience in Alaska and California managing megaprojects with values of more than $5 billion on Alaska’s North Slope, as well as performing operational work involving major facilities, pipelines, sealifts and fabrication. Molyneux has a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Colorado. Justin Dunn has joined AEI as a senior project manager in Anchorage. He has an extensive background in commercial vertical construction throughout the state of Alaska, and has worked on projects from the North Slope to Kodiak Island. His experience includes federal, municipal, and private construction, which has increased his versatility and ability to manage different types of projects. Dunn has an associate’s degree in small business management from WyoTech in Laramie, Wyo. Marty Walker was hired by AEI as a site superintendent based out of the firm’s Anchorage office. Walker has 22 years of civil construction including an extensive background with equipment operation. Walker has supervised projects for federal, state, municipal, and private clients, such as ice-road construction on Alaska’s North Slope under extreme weather conditions across sea ice, a new four- lane road and bridge for the 48th Avenue expansion in Anchorage, and the Port of Anchorage 20-acre expansion, which involved the hauling and placing of 1 million yards of fill material. Wayne Johnson was hired as senior superintendent for the AEI Anchorage office. Johnson has 30 years of experience in all phases of the construction industry including providing comprehensive project supervision, quality control, safety management, and project administration throughout Alaska, including in remote locations. He has extensive experience with military, state and commercial clients.
U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan announced that Dana Herndon has been hired as their Juneau delegation representative. As the senators’ representative, Herndon will assist constituents in Juneau and other communities in Southeast Alaska. Herndon will replace Connie McKenzie, who served in this position for the delegation after nearly 15 years. A Juneau resident, Herndon owned Higher Image Management, a full-service marketing agency based in Juneau. Previously, Herndon worked for the Juneau Economic Development Council to help increase economic opportunities for Alaska. She has also served as a public relations specialist as well as a media relations and project manager.
Shelley Byrd is the new vice president of marketing strategy for Credit Union 1. Since 2000, Byrd has worked in various levels of Alaskan marketing as an account executive, ad agency team member, executive committee member and more. She also previously served as a media planner and media director in Oregon and received her BBA in marketing from Boise State University. Byrd will be responsible for the internal and external communication of Credit Union 1’s brand, products and services while overseeing its in-house marketing team.
Southcentral telecom provider MTA announced the following promotions. Jared Lindman was promoted to director of Product Management at MTA. Since joining MTA, Lindman has organized and improved MTA’s Business Solutions product suite. In 2018, Lindman launched Business Amplifier and redesigned MTA’s business internet plans, repositioning MTA in the business community from internet provider to technology partner. Jacki Webb was promoted director of Marketing and External Communications at MTA. In this role, Webb will ensure brand consistency across all channels driving brand awareness and loyalty. Matt Langhoff was promoted to vice president of Administrative Services at MTA. He has been with MTA for more than 15 years in human resources. In the past two years, he has led the transition of the HR department from traditional HR to Administrative Services to also include risk management, fleet and facilities, warehouse operations and the project management office. Diana Escobar was promoted to Project Management Office manager. During her 15-year tenure with the organization, Escobar has worked in various departments and for the last eight in the PMO department.
Architect and interior designer Carel Nagata, CDT/CCCA, NCIDQ, has joined Stantec as an associate and senior architect with the firm’s Buildings group in Anchorage, Alaska. Nagata will apply her 20 years of experience to serve and grow the firm’s Buildings practice in Alaska, with a focus on multi-family housing, education, planning and development. Nagata brings a combination of architecture and real estate experience. In addition to a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, Nagata earned her master of real estate and construction management degree from the University of Denver. Since 2005, she has worked for both architecture firms and real-estate developers in Alaska. Her real estate experience includes time spent with Cook Inlet Housing Authority and Cook Inlet Region Inc. Nagata’s project design experience consists of commercial and multi-family residential architectural design, including space planning, tenant improvements, interior design, and construction administration. Since joining Stantec, she has worked on a variety of projects, including the new Homer Police Station and several EPA Brownfield grant projects in Kodiak, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Anchorage.
First National Bank Alaska announced several personnel moves. Rick Flake was named Corporate Services director. He will oversee special credits for the bank. A graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage, Flake brings 30 years of local banking expertise to First National. New Lending Unit Team Leader I and Vice President Shin Suzuki will manage an experienced team of corporate lenders and oversee commercial and real estate loans. Suzuki has 16 years of experience in the local banking industry. Michael Musgrove joined the bank as loan officer II and was appointed assistant vice president. Musgrove has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Southeast and more than 20 years of experience in local banking. Matthew Ezell will utilize his decade of banking and real estate experience as First National’s newest mortgage loan originator III and loan officer. Ezell is the current president of the Alaska Mortgage Bankers Association and an active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Anchorage. He has been honored as a past “Affiliate of the Year” by the Anchorage Home Builders Association, where he has also served on the board. Assistant Vice Presidents Ligia Lutan and Sheila Lomboy have each been promoted to loan officer III and appointed vice president.
The American Red Cross of Alaska announced last month that Buddy Custard, president and CEO of the Alaska Maritime Prevention &Response Network, has assumed the role of chair for the Red Cross of Alaska board of directors. His current term will run through July 1, 2020. Custard possesses extensive knowledge and expertise working maritime operations from both the public and private sectors, including serving with the U.S. Coast Guard for more than 30 years and as a senior manager with Shell Exploration &Production Co. for more than three years while it was operating in the U.S. Arctic and Alaska Outer Continental Shelf. During his career in the Coast Guard, Custard attained the position of Chief of Staff for the Alaska region before retiring in 2012. Custard was preceded by John Moore, ExxonMobil Alaska’s senior advisor for public and government affairs, who ended his tenure as board chair on Jan. 8 prior to taking on a new role as field operations manager, public and government affairs and regional operations for ExxonMobil PNG Limited in Papua New Guinea. Custard joined the board in June 2015 after attending the Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast that year, and is one of three board members who serves in Southeast Alaska. For the remainder of fiscal year 2019, Custard is joined by Secretary Joseph Gerace, proprietor of Dimond Chevron. Gerace has been a Red Cross board member since early 2016.