Movers & Shakers 9/20/15
Dr. Deena Paramo of Wasilla has been appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. Paramo has extensive experience in Alaska’s education system, and is currently the Superintendent of Schools for the Mat-Su Borough School District. She has previously served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, an elementary school principal, and several years as a teacher in both Glennallen and the Mat-Su. In addition to her career in education, Paramo serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the Education Commission of the United States, the University of Alaska College Advisory Board, the Foraker Group Governing Board, and the Alaska Association of School Administrators. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University, a master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage, an education doctorate from the University of Oregon, and has obtained National Superintendent Certification.
Erin Kirkland, publisher of the popular family travel website AKontheGO, and author of the guidebook “Alaska on the Go: Exploring the 49th state with children” has joined the information site About.com as their Alaska Expert. Kirkland will be in charge of creating online content for About.com’s Alaska section, telling the state’s unique stories through cultural, recreational, historical, and industry-related destinations and attractions. Her selection represents the first time About.com has secured an Alaska resident as its Expert for the travel and tourism website. The only family travel journalist based in Alaska, Kirkland’s work regularly appears in the Alaska Dispatch News, and she is a contributor for KTVA 11’s Daybreak, in addition to working on her second book, due out in December 2016. She lives in Anchorage with her husband, James, and son, Owen.
The University of Alaska Foundation has selected University of Alaska Anchorage’s Tim Doebler as recipient of the 2015 Edith R. Bullock Prize. Doebler is program director of UAA’s Culinary Arts, Hospitality/Dietetics and Nutrition department and has been a faculty member for more than 25 years. The recognition includes $15,000, which can be used as the recipient sees fit and is the single largest award presented by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees each year. The North Pole graduate attended the Culinary Institute of America and the State University of New York, before returning to Alaska to earn his master’s degree from UAA. He has been a faculty member with the Culinary, Hospitality, and Nutrition Department since 1988 and became the program director three years later.
Laurie Downing was named title manager of Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency. Downing has more than 30 years of residential and commercial title and escrow experience. Born in Alaska, she has worked in Anchorage and the Valley, and has been approved as an instructor by the Alaska Real Estate Commission.
The 2015 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. The Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony recognizes and honors women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors as well as their contributions to the larger community. This event celebrates the achievements and community dedication of ten extraordinary women. In its 26th year, it now represents an Academy of 311 women who have shaped our last 26 years and will continue to shape the next 26 years as we work to eliminate racism and empower women in Alaska. The 2015 awardees are: Pita Benz, Pita Benz L-A-B, LLC; Kelly Droop, Director of Infrastructure, CH2M; Honorable Sharon Gleason, U.S. District Court of Alaska judge; Dr. Joanie Mayor Hope, physician and managing partner, Alaska Women’s Cancer Care; Barbara Jones, municipality clerk, Municipality of Anchorage; Alison Kear, executive director, Covenant House Alaska; Dr. Joy Chavez Mapaye, associate professor, journalism and communication, UAA; Barbara Norton president and owner, Geneva Woods Midwifery & Birth Center; Sally Smith, chair, Bristol Bay Area Health Corp.; Cathie Straub, owner, Alaska Permanent Capital Management.