Movers & Shakers 05/08/16
Mollie Shackleford has been appointed as an architectural business information modeling specialist at McCool Carlson Green. Shackleford graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004 with a bachelor of architecture degree. In 2008 she began to focus on BIM education, eventually teaching Revit with an Autodesk reseller and consulting with architects in BIM implementation. For the past 5 years she has focused in construction technology, having worked for two large general contractors, including DPR Construction. McCool Carlson Green has also appointed Melissa Grieve, NCIDQ, ASID, CDT as an interior designer to expand the firm’s interior design department. Grieve has eight years of professional interior design experience and is currently working on renovations at Alaska Regional Hospital. As the immediate past president of the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, Grieve supports the growth of her local interior design community. She is an advocate for sustainable change in the built environment and has recently become a member International Living Future Institute.
RIM Architects founder and president/CEO Larry S. Cash was elected to fellowship by the 2016 College of Fellows Jury of The American Institute of Architects. Each year, the Jury of Fellows elevates a select number of AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Cash was nominated last fall by the AIA Alaska chapter and its local contingent of fellows. The AIA Fellowship program elevates architects with proven significant contribution to architecture, society, and standard of excellence in the profession. Out of a total AIA membership of approximately 88,000, there are fewer than 3,200 members distinguished with this honor. Cash will receive his Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony in May at the national AIA Convention 2016 in Philadelphia.
Kevin Eischens, PLS, CFedS, has joined WHPacific’s Anchorage office as a professional land surveyor. He comes to WHPacific with over 20 years of experience in surveying. His projects have ranged from water treatment facilities and fire station design to aerial and topographic surveys. Eischens is a licensed professional and surveyor in Alaska, and he has a bachelor’s degree in surveying and mapping from University of Alaska Anchorage.
Matanuska Electric Association held its 2016 Annual Membership Meeting and Board Election on April 26. Rresults are as follows: Susitna East District, Robert Doyle (Incumbent); Susitna West District, Bill Kendig.
Jennifer Thompson was honored with the University of Alaska Anchorage Journalism and Public Communications Alumni Award on April 29. Thompson is the principal partner and president/CEO of Thompson & Co. Public Relations, which has offices in Anchorage, New York City and Houston. She personally handles the firm’s most high-level projects, including coordination for national media such as Bravo’s “Top Chef,” NBC’s “Today,” and “Cooking with Paula Deen.” Thompson is an active mentor of young professionals and employs several UAA journalism and public communications graduates. Thompson graduated from UAA in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications. She began her career as a public relations intern at Bernholz & Graham in 1999, and went from intern to president in just seven years. Three years later, Thompson purchased the agency, and rebranded it to reflect the change of ownership. In 2015 PR News magazine named Thompson one of the nation’s top women in public relations. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and she sits on the boards of UAA’s Celebrity Chef Invitational and the Public Relations Society of America’s Counselors Academy.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Kathleen McConnell to its team as a program officer leading the Healthy Foundations for Families focus area. McConnell is responsible for working with the program team to design and implement strategic initiatives to advance the foundation’s goals and vision. This includes reviewing and approving funding recommendations; providing project and grantee technical assistance; and interacting with other grant-makers, not-for-profit leaders and public and private stake holders whose work intersects with that of the foundation. She was previously employed by the Northwest Arctic Borough in Kotzebue as assistant to the mayor, economic development director, and personnel officer. She also previously worked for NANA Development Corp. and Southcentral Foundation. McConnell earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.