Movers and Shakers 3/13/16
Anna Kohler has been promoted to sales executive in USI’s Commercial Insurance Division at its Anchorage office. In her new capacity, Kohler will consult organizations on risk and insurance programs and will advise them as to the best coverage for potential risks unique to their business. Kohler has been with USI as an account manager since 2014. Kohler’s background includes more than more than six years of experience in insurance and risk management, with extensive knowledge of both health and property/casualty insurance. Kohler is a graduate of Baylor University.
Denali Federal Credit Union has hired Gracia O’Connell as assistant vice president of Call Center Operations and eServices. In this role she is responsible for developing a positive sales and service environment through call center transactions, new account openings and member problem resolution, and creating effective remote access channels for members. Prior to joining Denali FCU, O’Connell worked at Alaska USA for more than 14 years, starting in their Telephone Loan Center and progressing through Consumer Lending and Compliance positions within the credit union. O’Connell is working on a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Alaska Pacific University.
Eklutna Inc., the Alaska Native village corporation for the Anchorage, Chugiak-Eagle River, and Mat-Su has announced three promotions. In January, Mary Duncan became the chief administrative officer of Eklutna. Duncan joined Eklutna in September 2004 as the accounting and office manager. In October 2007, she became the chief financial officer. Nick Francis was promoted to chief operating officer. He joined Eklutna in January 2013 as the director of Construction, Contracting & Government Affairs and oversaw Eklutna’s construction subsidiary Eklutna Services LLC. Before joining Eklutna, Inc. Francis was the senior project manager for the Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome for DOWL Engineers. While working at Eklutna, Francis successfully completed the MBA program with Purdue. In January, Noel Aspiras was promoted as the Real Estate and Land specialist for Eklutna’s Land and Real Estate departments. Aspiras joined Eklutna in April 2014 as a project intern for Eklutna’s construction subsidiary Eklutna Services LLC while finishing his construction management degree at University of Alaska Anchorage.
Karen Mansfield, commander of the Alaska Air National Guard and assistant adjutant general, was promoted from colonel to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony March 6. Mansfield served in the Alaska Air National Guard from 2000 to 2010, and returned last year for her current assignment. As the commander, she ensures the training and equipping of more than 2,000 Alaska citizen Airmen here; and at Eielson Air Force Base and Clear Air Force Station, both near Fairbanks. Mansfield is the second female member of the Alaska Air National Guard to be promoted to the rank of general.
The Arctic Slope Native Association announced Dr. Barbara Medlin has been named chief of staff for Physician Services at Simmonds Memorial Hospital for the second year in a row. Over the 25 years of her practice career, she has provided general medical care as a family practitioner, delivered more than 500 babies, provided hospital care and nursing home care, and worked in emergency rooms and urgent care clinics. Dr. Alanna Small has been named deputy chief of staff for Physician Services. Small began her employment at SSMH in 2015 as an internal medicine physician and has been integral in expanding SSMH inpatient services. After having completed her residency training and chief resident year at the Tulane School of Medicine Internal Medicine program in Louisiana, Small joined the Internal Medicine Hospitalist department at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.