Movers & Shakers 12/13/15

Richard Collins has been appointed University of Alaska Fairbanks associate vice chancellor for research and director of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. Collins is a professor of atmospheric sciences. He joined UAF in 1994 as a research faculty member in the Geophysical Institute. Since that time he has served as a faculty member in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Atmospheric Sciences, and as an associate director of the Geophysical Institute. Collins’ teaching is primarily focused on undergraduate laboratory classes in engineering and science, most recently teaching laboratory science by distance. His research is primarily focused on Arctic meteorology and remote sensing based on observations from the Lidar Research Laboratory at Poker Flat Research Range. His most recent project was the MTeX rocket investigation. Collins earned his bachelor’s degree from the National University of Ireland, his master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and his doctorate from the University of Illinois. He began his new position Oct. 4.

Mary Michaelsen has been named Member Contact Center Outbound manager at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union. In this role, she is responsible for developing the Outbound department’s sales and service support to members, and conducting new member audits through multiple communication channels. Prior to assuming this position, Michaelsen worked at Navy Federal Credit Union. She has more than seven years of experience in the financial industry, and an additional two years of experience in call center operations, at the Iowa State University Foundation. She is an Iowa State University graduate, with a major in communications studies and a minor in journalism and mass communications. The Member Contact Center assists members across the world through a 24/7 call center, as well as fax, internet and mobile channels.

The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. has welcomed Moira Sullivan as the new director for the Live.Work. Play. Initiative. The AEDC initiative is to make Anchorage the No. 1 city in America by 2025. Sullivan will continue the work of former director Archana Mishra whose three-year tenure made a lasting impact on the Anchorage community. Sullivan is a fifth-generation Alaskan who joins AEDC following two years working for the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. In her former position, Sullivan focused primarily on issues of community development and access to capital for small businesses, first as a policy adviser in the Office of Capital Markets, and most recently as the communications manager for the Small Business Lending Fund and State Small Business Credit Initiative programs. Sullivan earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in finance from Trinity College in Dublin.

The Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Director of Finance Christopher J. Emond to its team. Emond oversees all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for the organization, in conjunction with the executive director, board of directors, and finance and audit committees of the board. He plays a key role in the organization’s overall strategy development and implementation; serves as the management liaison to the MSHF board finance and audit committees; and supports joint venture planning and management. He also oversees key operating functions of the organization including accounting, legal and compliance, human resources, IT, physical plant asset management, and grant management function. Emond came to the Mat-Su Health Foundation from his previous role as director of treasury at Alaska Communications. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Houston and serves as an officer on the board of directors for the Alaska E-Health Network.

Lon Wilson, President and CEO of The Wilson Agency, succeeded Donna Albers as president of Tacoma, Wash.-based Albers & Company at the end of November. The changes are part of the long-planned merger, completed last August, of the two growing independent regional benefits, human resource and financial service companies. Wilson and Albers & Company founder Steve Albers envisioned the merger before Steve passed away in 2012. Jennifer Bundy-Cobb, a 20-year veteran of The Wilson Agency becomes director of Health and Welfare Services and a principal in the merged organization. She will integrate day-to-day management of Albers & Company’s H&W Division into her responsibilities. Wilson and Bundy-Cobb have offices in both Anchorage and Tacoma. Steve Albers’ wife Donna Albers and his brother Jeff Albers continued the merger planning after Steve’s passing with the goal of giving Albers’ employees additional growth opportunities and the clients continued service from the best people possible. Donna will continue her support of her local Tacoma community organizations and remain invested in the company’s ongoing success. Jeff Albers will carry on the 30-year Albers legacy and will continue to head up the merged firm’s retirement and financial services division.

Credit Union 1 has promoted Kelly Smith to the position of regional branch manager. Originally hired in 2005, Smith began as a teller and later held the positions of member services assistant, member service officer, branch manager of the Eagle River Branch and most recently, branch manager of the credit union’s Mountain View Branch, the position he held prior to this promotion. In his new position, Smith will be responsible for analyzing and assessing branch operations, security, growth and services. He’ll provide direct feedback to branches on operations and procedures. Smith’s new position will also allow him to ensure senior branch staff coverage and scheduling are managed with maximum efficiency.

Michael Noone will assume the role of TOTE Maritime Alaska president on Jan. 1. Noone joined TOTE Maritime Alaska as chief operating officer in August 2013, bringing 28 years of experience in the shipping and logistics field. As COO, he has been responsible for creating strategic and operating plans for sales, pricing and operations. Noone received his bachelor’s degree from Wagner College and is certified by some of the nation’s top executive programs in Logistics, including the SMEAL College of Business Administration at Penn State University and the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. He also earned certifications in Advance Management from INSEAD, in Strategic Planning and Implementation from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and is a past Steering Committee Member at the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Noone’s predecessor John Parrott, who has served as the company’s president since 2009, will join TOTE’s sister company, Foss Maritime as chief operating officer, where he will be responsible for the oversight of Foss’s key operating divisions.

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