Movers & Shakers 04/24/16
Ben Bobowski, the acting superintendent for Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, has been selected as the new superintendent at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Bobowski has been the chief of resource stewardship at Rocky Mountain since October 2007. He began his NPS career in 1998 as a student employee and completed graduate work at Utah State University during his tenure.
At Wrangell-St. Elias, Bobowski, 48, will manage America’s largest national park area, 13.2 million acres. The park, which stretches east of the Copper River to the Canadian border, sees about 75,000 visitors a year. Bobowski earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University focused on forestry and wildlife management, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Utah State University focused in range science.
Sandon Fisher has joined the law firm Manley & Brautigam PC as an associate attorney. Fisher’s practice focuses on business and estate planning, entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, transactional law, and estate and probate matters. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government and his law degree from Liberty University in Virginia. His prior work was with the Alaska Office of the Governor, the Alaska Department of Law, and the Juneau Economic Development Council. He was admitted to the Alaska Bar in December 2015.
Elaine Phillipps has been appointed to serve as the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity-Anchorage. Phillipps, a lifelong Alaskan, brings more than 12 years of nonprofit experience to HFHA. She served as executive director for Muscular Dystrophy of Alaska and was a co-founder and executive director of Love INC Anchorage. Most recently she was the Major Gifts director at United Way of Anchorage.
Colleen Huston was hired as senior vice president, sales, in Anchorage by Residential Mortgage. Huston joins Residential Mortgage with 26 years of experience in banking/mortgage lending, 24 years working in Alaska. Most recently, she was the regional VP for Alaska USA Mortgage. Huston is a U.S. Army veteran, where she served as a Military Intelligence agent. She attended the University of Nevada-Reno and holds an associate’s degree from Pierce County College in business management. Huston has served on the board of directors for Mat-Su Regional Hospital and is a former vice president of the Mortgage Bankers Association.
Robin Mason was hired aas a programmer/analyst for Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system, and IT consulting firm. Mason has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and in addition has several certifications including MCSE, MCT, CCNP and CAN, as well as ArcGIS I & II training. Most recently Mason worked as an IT Specialist with the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. in Juneau. She also has experience as a senior network engineer.
Cindy Cevasco was hired by Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union for its top management team and will operate out of the Gillam branch in Fairbanks. Cevasco joins Spirt of Alaska after five years with True North Federal Credit Union, serving as the credit union’s senior manager for the Fairbanks market. Previous to that, Cevasco was the business development officer with Northrim Bank from 1997 to 2011, administrative assistant/assistant manager with First National Bank from 1988 to 1997 and began her career working for Bank of the North and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. In 2012 she won the coveted Leadership ASTRI award from True North FCU for exemplifying their corporate vision of attitude, service, teamwork, resilience and initiative. She was awarded the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce’s George Nehrbas award in 2011 for outstanding volunteer contributions in the community. She is Customer First Service award recipient from Northrim Bank in 2000 and as early as 1983 she was given the Community Commanders award; the highest award given to non-military personnel for work accomplishments on a military post.
Elizabeth David has been promoted to the position of BSA/operations manager at Credit Union 1 headquarters. Originally hired in 1998 as a teller, David later held positions as senior teller and assistant branch manager at the credit union’s University Branch in Fairbanks, the position she held prior to this promotion. In her new position, David will be responsible for operations in risk management, quality control and investigation while ensuring compliance of state and federal regulations and internal policies.
The Society for Marketing Professional Services Alaska Chapter recently awarded its 2016 Continuing Education Scholarship to Michelle Laudert of AMC Engineers. This $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Laudert to assist her in attending the SMPS Pacific Regional conference in Palm Springs, Calif. She is the marketing director at AMC and is responsible for managing the firm’s proposals, project opportunities, database, website development and maintenance, branding, and event planning coordination.
First National Bank Alaska promoted Jason Brown as its newest loan officer and Michelle Wamack to product support manager in the bank’s new Credit Services Section. Brown joined the bank’s Management Associate Program in January 2015 after working many years in civil construction. First hired as a Sitka Branch teller in 2005, Wamack responds to all credit and debit fraud claims and disputes. Her new duties include printing and delivering cards on time, handling requests from commercial card administrators, posting payments accurately, reconciling network billing and regularly updating online credit card banking.