Movers & Shakers 6/14/15

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced recipients of the 2015 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service awards. David Newman, professor of physics, received the teaching award; Hajo Eicken, professor of geophysics, received the research award; and Pat Holloway, professor of horticulture, received the service award. All three will be honored at a reception this fall. Newman joined the UAF faculty in 1998, after working for five years as a Wigner Fellow and then research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He teaches courses across the physics curriculum. Eicken arrived at UAF in 1998, after 10 years as a student and researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany. His recent work focuses on Arctic sea ice in the context of a changing Arctic and global climate and he serves as interim director of UAF’s International Arctic Research Center. Holloway first came to UAF in 1975 as a research aid at what was then the Agricultural Experiment Station. After a three-year stint at the University of Minnesota, she returned to UAF in 1982 as a lecturer and instructor. She is best known for two projects that have made their mark on the community and the state: The Georgeson Botanical Garden and Alaska’s peony industry.

Rasmuson Foundation announced that Jeff Baird has been promoted from his position as senior program associate and Roy Agloinga will join the Foundation June 22. Baird joined the Foundation in 2011. He has a law degree and bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Before joining the Foundation, Baird worked as a law clerk for the Alaska Court System in Anchorage and Bethel. Previously, he spent six years reporting for daily newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota. Baird currently serves as board president of thread, Alaska’s statewide child care resource and referral provider. Agloinga has extensive experience in nonprofit management. He served three years as COO and interim president/CEO at Norton Sound Health Corp. and was also employed as Tribal Affairs Director with Kawarek, the nonprofit regional organization in Nome. He has a bachelor’s degree in English with a teaching emphasis from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Agloinga previously served as rural director for the Municipality of Anchorage under former Mayor Mark Begich, is a current board member of Western States Arts Federation, and is a fluent Iñupiaq speaker.

Coffman Engineers announced the following promotions of new corporate leadership: Will Veelman, SE, to chairman; Dave Gardner, SE, to CEO; and Dave Ruff, PE, to president. Company founder Dave Coffman, SE, moves into a new role as “Founder and Director” of the firm. Coffman founded Coffman Engineers in 1979 and has served as CEO and Chairman since its inception. Veelman has been with Coffman Engineers for 34 years. He is a principal in the Anchorage office and works on a variety of commercial and oil and gas projects. Gardner joined Coffman Engineers in 1990 and has more than 32 years of experience as a civil/structural engineer, during which time he has largely focused on federal projects in Alaska and throughout the Pacific Rim. Gardner is a Principal and served as the Anchorage office General Manager since 2011. Ruff has been with Coffman Engineers for nearly 20 years. He is a mechanical engineer with a largely industrial focus. Ruff is a principal and served as the Spokane, Wash., office General Manager from 2007 through 2014.

Matthew Haymes, civil designer, recently joined Hanson Alaska LLC in Anchorage. He will assist with ongoing railway and roadway projects in Alaska, including the Alaska Railroad Corp.’s Port MacKenzie rail extension in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and the widening of the Glenn Highway in Anchorage. Haymes received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Melbourne.

Jun Mendoza, EIT, of CRW Engineering Group LLC completed and passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam on May 20. This exam is the first of two exams and a minimum of four years of work experience necessary to complete before becoming a Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Alaska. Jun graduated in spring 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical egineering and a minor in mathematics from the University of Alaska Anchorage. After six years in the U.S. Air Force and achieving the rank of staff sergeant, he moved his family from Las Vegas to Alaska and enrolled in the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities employees were recognized for their exceptional service to the State of Alaska during the Denali Peak Performance Awards ceremony at Centennial Hall Convention Center in Juneau. Winner of the Exceptional Performance Award–Individual is DOT Maintenance Specialist Electrician William Giltner. Honorable Mentions for DOT employees were the following: Innovation in Cost-Saving–Individual: John Frison, Mechanic, Fairbanks International Airport; Exceptional Performance–Individual: Shad Parker, Driller, Design and Engineering Services.

Resource Data Inc. has hired Mark Breunig a project manager/senior analyst to our Anchorage branch. He has more than 10 years of experience in project management and consulting in a variety of industries. Brening has a targeted focus and experience in corporate IT security audit, remediation, and compliance.

Frank Thomas “FT” Bell has returned to the firm F. Robert Bell and Associates as operations manager. Bell recently graduated from Alaska Pacific University with a master’s degree in psychology; he served as an intern at both the Alaska Human Services and Alaska Pacific University Counseling & Wellness Center for two years. Bell has eight years of experience of land surveying with F. Robert Bell in the Prudhoe Bay office as a head chainperson, instrument person and occasionally as a party chief. He has various North Slope training including: including NSTC, hazmat, hazwoper, wildlife, driving safety, manlift training, helicopter underwater escape training, and many site-specific facility training.

Rick Wolk, chief growth officer at Rosewood Coaching, has completed his Ph.D. at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom. His dissertation focused on fast-growth sustainability entrepreneurship in rural Alaska. Wolk is an executive coach, marketer and teacher whose passion is helping business owners successfully establish themselves–both economically and ecologically. Wolk is the chair of the very first Vistage Chief Executive Group recently established in Alaska. The premise of Vistage International is gaining experience through coordinated, organized peer networks of CEOs. CEOs share their personal successes and failures in a confidential setting, and work together as a group to enable their individual businesses to thrive.

Allan Hayton has been named director of Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program. Hayton, who assumed the role in late May, will lead the program, which was established in 2012 to revitalize Interior Native languages and make language-learning opportunities available to all Doyon, Limited shareholders and other interested learners. A Doyon Foundation alumnus, Hayton studied theatre and film at Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas, finishing his bachelor’s degree in 1992. He continued at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduating in spring 2013 with a master’s degree in applied linguistics. Hayton previously served on the Doyon Foundation board as vice president, and was chair of the language revitalization committee.

The Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Ray Michaelson to its team as a program officer. Michaelson came to the foundation from the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, where he held a series of management positions of increasing responsibility in the field of juvenile justice. As a program officer, Michaelson is responsible working with the program team to design and implement strategic initiatives to advance the foundation’s goals and vision. He is leading the foundation’s Healthy Minds focus area, which is aimed at supporting optimal behavioral health for Mat-Su residents. Michaelson’s hiring follows the January 2015 promotions of Dr. Melissa Kemberling to director of programs and Desiré Shepler to program officer. Kemberling leads the program team, and Shepler leads the Healthy Foundations for Families focus area.

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06/10/2015 - 1:01pm

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