Movers & Shakers 5/17/15
Alaska USA Mortgage Company has recognized its top producing mortgage loan originators for 2014 by inducting them into the President’s Club, a group of originators who close $30 million or more in loans during a calendar year. This year’s honorees are Jeff Stanford, Kristin Harding and Colleen Harrington Baer of Anchorage; and Ken Scott and Rhonda Johnson of the Kenai Peninsula. Combined, the five originators closed more than 700 transactions totaling more than $176 million in 2014. All have been President’s Club members in previous years. Stanford has been a President’s Club honoree for eight straight years. Harding has been inducted a total of two years, and Harrington Baer a total of six years. Scott works in Kenai, and joined the company seven years ago. He has been a President’s Club honoree every year. Johnson works in the Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer offices, and has been a President’s Club member for the past eight years.
Shana Medcoff has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the Credit Union 1 Soldotna Branch. Originally hired in 2012, Medcoff began as a teller and was later promoted to the positions of member service officer and most recently, assistant branch manager, the position she held prior to this promotion. Credit Union 1 also announced the promotion of long-time employee Victoria Worley to account recovery manager in its Member Assistance Department. Originally hired in 2004, Worley began as a teller and has subsequently held the positions of consumer loan clerk, consumer loan processor, assistant branch manager and most recently, branch manager of the credit union’s Midtown Branch.
Spc. Rahjee Hajj, representing the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, fought his way through the demanding Best Warrior Competition April 28 through May 1 to become USARAK’s Soldier of the Year. Hajj, from Fullerton, Calif., joined the Army in February 2013. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., graduating as a Cavalry Scout and reporting to Fort Wainwright for his first duty station. Sgt. Cooper Hall, representing the 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, earned the title of USARAK NCO of the year. Hall, from White Springs, Fla., is no stranger to the Best Warrior Competition, having won in the Soldier of the Year category last year. Hall joined the Army in August 2012 and graduated Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, as a Cannon Crew Member, and was later assigned to Fort Wainwright as his first duty station. Hajj and Hall will next compete in the U.S. Army Pacific Best Warrior Competition in Hawaii later this summer. Winners from the USARPAC competition will compete for Army Soldier and NCO of the Year honors in Virginia against soldiers from 13 other major commands, in the fall.
Livingston Slone Inc., an Anchorage-based, full-service architectural firm, announced that senior staff members Robert Meyer and Scott Veerman are now part of the ownership team. Together with founding Principals Tom Livingston and Don Slone, Meyer and Veerman will share in operational, administrative, financial and business development responsibilities. They will also continue to be engaged in design and project management. Meyer was hired by Livingston Slone in 1999 to provide laboratory planning and design for the firm. He earned his bachelor’s of architecture technology and associate’s degrees in construction management from the University of Cincinnati. Veerman, who was hired by Livingston Slone in 1998, is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a registered architect in Alaska and Colorado, a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International.
Rick Caulfield has been selected to replace John Pugh as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast. Caulfield has been a part of the University of Alaska for more than 30 years. He began his higher education teaching career in 1985 at the university’s Bristol Bay Campus. He became a full professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as part of the Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development. His research interests took him to Greenland, Denmark, Canada, New Zealand, and Russia. He has published two books and numerous other professional publications and served on national and international science steering committees and boards, including the NSF Oceans-Atmosphere-Ice Interactions Scientific Committee, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and the University of the Arctic. Caulfield earned a Ph.D. in development studies from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom, a master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and bachelor’s degrees in political science and natural resources from the University of California-Berkeley.
Rich Greer has joined AECOM’s Anchorage Alaska office as a senior biologist. Greer has over 25 years of worldwide experience examining environmental impacts of development on fish and wildlife populations and their habitat. His areas of expertise include wildlife biology, arctic development, oil & gas, the National Environmental Policy Act, compliance, and World Bank/International Finance Corporation standards. In this role, he will be responsible for developing federal, state, and international environmental assessments of oil & gas and manufacturing facilities, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/National Environmental Policy Act pipeline environmental impact statements, natural resource damage assessments, oil spill response, and wetland assessment and restoration. He will also support ecological risk assessments and mitigation regarding threatened and endangered wildlife and plants.
North Slope surveying company F. Robert Bell and Associates hired Kyle Griffiths as business manager in the Anchorage office. He has more than 15 years of experience in business and finance, and has contributed to several publications including Corporate Sustainability: Integrated Performance and Reporting as well as Financial Services Firms: Governance, Regulations, Valuations, Mergers and Acquisitions. Griffiths has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University, and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the University of Memphis.
Mark A. Johnston has been appointed as the new chief financial officer of Municipal Light & Power, replacing former officer Richard Miller who retired on April 30, 2015. Johnston joined the utility in September 2013 as the Finance projects manager and also took on the role of Regulatory Affairs manager in 2014. In these roles, he provided key oversight of accounting, regulatory issues and costs related to ML&P’s George M. Sullivan Plant 2 generation replacement project. Before joining ML&P, Johnston most recently worked as the senior vice president of Insurance Operations for Alaska USA Insurance Brokers. Johnston has also held executive and management level finance positions at the Alaska Public Utilities Commission, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Alaska Railroad and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nevada and has been a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Alaska since 1996.
First National Bank Alaska appointed Lauren Caraghar to the position of Human Resources officer. Caraghar is part of the team responsible for recruiting, hiring and welcoming candidates for a wide range of bank positions. She joined First National in 2013. First National promoted long-time banking expert Diana Morlan to Cash Management manager. Having worked the last 15 years at the bank, Morlan will continue to lend her expertise to business customers. She will also be responsible for training and developing the bank’s cash management professionals. Teresa Powell will lean on her 25-plus years of banking experience after being appointed the bank’s newest senior Business Development officer. She works closely with business customers from all over the state, and specializes in helping medical professionals.
Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has selected her first group of summer interns. They are Jenna Dreydoppel of North Pole; Tasha Boyer of Chugiak; Denae Benson and Grant Ackerman of Fairbanks; Claire Landis and Holly O’Brien of Ketchikan; Jasper MacNaughton of Juneau; Justin Dahlgren of Soldotna, Anthony Lekanof of Sitka; and Kelsey Colligan of Wasilla. Murkowski also welcomed two Alaskan college students to serve as this summer’s intern coordinators. Annie Dietderich and Tavish Logan, both of Anchorage, will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski’s staff. Dietderich attends St. Lawrence University in New York and is majoring in government and communications. Logan attends Queens University in Ontario, Canada, and is majoring in political science.
Michelle Morrow O’Brien of Ketchikan has received Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women’s prestigious Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award in honor of her community service. O’Brien is the host and producer of several local TV shows, and her efforts have resulted in increased sales, product awareness and net account growth for her station. The Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg Crest Award is presented annually to distinguished alumnae of Pi Beta Phi who exhibit excellence and outstanding leadership in their career or volunteer service to their communities.
Bruce Bustamante has been appointed as president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Over the past few years, Bustamante has worked as the president and CEO of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, vice president of community and public affairs for Princess Cruises, interim Visitor and Convention Bureau Director for Lincoln City, Ore., and most recently was the interim president at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.