Movers & Shakers 8/16/15
Marleanna Hall is the new executive director of Resource Development Council for Alaska Inc. Prior to this appointment, Hall was a projects coordinator for RDC, and formerly the Development Director for the Alaska Mineral and Energy Resource Education Fund (now Alaska Resource Education). She previously worked at Tesoro Alaska Company and the Arc of Anchorage. Hall has a bachelor’s degree in business management–administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2010 she completed the Leadership Anchorage program through the Alaska Humanities Forum, as well as the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership and Executive Advancement Program in 2012. In addition to the new executive director, the RDC executive committee appointed the 2015-16 board of directors. New members to the board are Monica James (Calista Corp.), Joey Merrick (Laborers Local 341), Christy Resler (Schlumberger), Rick Rogers and Doug Vincent-Lang.
Mathew Hurbi joined Ukpeagvik iñupiat Corp. as the as the new assistant controller in the Anchorage office. Hurbi is experienced in public accounting, serving businesses and entities with revenues ranging into the billions. He has performed extensive audit work with Alaska Native corporations throughout the state, including three Native village corporations within the Arctic region. He also has experience in telecommunications, financial services, and local/state governments; providing auditing services for financial statements, grant compliance, ANCSA 7(i) revenues, and employee benefit plans. Hurbi was born and raised in Fairbanks, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He previously worked for KPMG an international audit, tax and professional advisory firm that has offices worldwide and in Anchorage. While at KPMG he earned his Certified Public Accountant license.
Kristina Baiborodova joins Ukpeagvik iñupiat Corp. as the new director of Arctic business relations in the Anchorage office. Baiborodova was born and raised in the northernmost town in Russia: Pevek, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. She attended high school in the small Anadyr airport village, Shakhterskiy, administrative center of the region, which is across the Bering Strait from Nome. After graduating high school with honors Baiborodova was accepted to Moscow State University but attended for only three weeks before an opportunity presented itself to continue her education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2005, Kristina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management and aviation technology. She went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration degree in 2008. For the past 10 years, Baiborodova has been working at the Institute of the North as an Arctic projects manager and Russian Federation liaison. During that time she managed and developed international education programs and projects and provided support for many Arctic organizations.
Emily Cross is returning to Ukpeagvik iñupiat Corp. as the executive secretary to the president and UIC board of directors. Cross was recently appointed to the Koahnic Broadcast Corp. board of directors, whose mission is to be the leader in bringing Native voices to Alaska and the nation. She is also in her fourth year on the executive committee of the American Cancer Society.
Gloria Chythlook joins Ukpeagvik iñupiat Corp. as the as the new senior proposal and grant writer in the Anchorage office. A life-long Alaskan and Bristol Bay commercial fisherman, Chythlook was raised in the village of Aleknagik, she attended the University of Alaska and studied natural sciences and the Minority Medical Education Program at the University of Washington. Chythlook has more than 15 years of experience in grant writing, program delivery, and non-profit administration. She served on the board of directors of Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Western Alaska Salmon Alliance and Turnagain Arm Health Center, and is a Sequoyah Fellow in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
Thompson & Co. Public Relations has hired former NBC-affiliate reporter Abby Cooper as account executive and Sydney Brusewitz as account coordinator, and promoted Nikkie Viotto and Emily McLaughlin to junior account executives. In their new roles, each will work for a variety of the agency’s clients including managing social media, writing press releases and pitching media. A former NBC-affiliate news reporter, Cooper spent more than six years with KTUU Channel 2 News in Anchorage, serving in various roles during that time, including weekend anchor, producer and multi-media journalist. Brusewitz graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations in 2012 and Hawaii Pacific University with a master’s in communications in 2014. After moving to Anchorage in May 2015 for an internship with Thompson & Co., she was hired as an account coordinator at the agency. Viotto started at the agency in spring 2014 as an account coordinator. In her new role as junior account executive, she will continue to manage social media, write and pitch media for clients such as Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, GCI and the Alaska Railroad. McLaughlin came to the agency as an intern in the fall of 2013, quickly working her way to account coordinator before her promotion to junior account executive. She writes, researches and pitches media and implements social media strategies for clients such as Shell, Bristol Bay Area Health Corp., Alaska Nurses Association and Anchorage Police Department Employees Association.
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute has added Dr. Scott Ebenhoeh, D.O., to its team of cardiovascular physicians. Ebenhoeh comes to AHVI with nearly six years of experience in the medical field and will be based at AHVI’s main Anchorage clinic. He received a bachelor’s degree in 2002 from Michigan State University, where he then continued his studies and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. Since graduating in 2009, Ebenhoeh did his postgraduate fellowship training in internal medicine and cardiology at Michigan State University’s Garden City Hospital campus outside of Detroit. Since 2012, Ebenhoeh has also been providing full-patient care in the telemetry and intensive care units at Garden City Hospital and at Detroit Medical Center hospital during his Cardiology fellowship training. Ebenhoeh joins a team of 23 specialty cardiologists at AHVI. With six locations in the state, AHVI is currently expanding its team to meet an increased demand for its services.
Jessica Koloski of R&M Consultants Inc. has earned her Certified Administrative Professional designation. The CAP certification is administered by the International Association of Administrative Professionals, and is the only recognized professional certification in the administrative profession that encompasses all areas of the office. Koloski is an administrative assistant at R&M. She has been with the firm for seven years and is responsible for front desk operation, including publication and advanced word processing, report production, maintaining business equipment and supplies, boosting morale, welfare and recreation.
Safeco Insurance has awarded three Alaska USA Insurance Brokers agents with Awards of Excellence for 2015. Alaska-based recipients include Anchorage’s Cathy Hoaks, corporate manager of personal insurance, who received her ninth straight award, and Juneau’s Robin Faulk, senior personal insurance sales agent, who received her fourth straight award. Safeco’s Award of Excellence celebrates and rewards individuals with superior underwriting skills. Agents must meet strict criteria, including membership in Safeco’s Premier Partner Program, appointment tenure, and loss ratio requirements.
Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz announced today he is bringing on a new team to lead the municipality’s finance and IT team. Robert Harris will be the chief fiscal officer and Alden Thern will be the Deputy CFO. Thern brings 15 years of experience at the Anchorage School District, most recently as the executive director of contract administration and the director of student nutrition. He has also served on multiple IT system implementations, focusing on process improvement and cost efficiencies. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in business and an emphasis in finance and international management. As deputy CFO for the Municipality, Thern will assume primary responsibility for the SAP/Kronos software update within the municipality.