Movers & Shakers 05/22/16
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed six individuals to fill executive positions within the organization. Brian Wolf has been promoted to chief operations officer. Wolf has over 18 years of financial institution experience, with the last three years at Alaska USA. He most recently held the position of executive director, Retail Financial Services. Chad Meadows has been selected for executive director, Retail Financial Services. Chad has over 12 years of financial institution experience, most recently as vice president, Retail Delivery and Sales, for Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union. Tod Miller has been promoted to the new position of senior vice president, Indirect Lending. Miller has been with Alaska USA for 26 years, most recently as vice president, Indirect Lending. Phenie Miller has been promoted to senior vice president, Branch Administration. Miller has been with Alaska USA for 30 years, and was most recently area vice president, Mat-Su Valley Area. Bob Thompson has been promoted to senior vice president, Corporate Properties and Supply. Thompson has 26 years of facilities management experience, with the last eight at Alaska USA. He was previously vice president, Corporate Properties and Supply. Chris Wilder has been selected for the position of vice president, Operations. Wilder has been with Alaska USA for 13 years, most recently as vice president, Branch Administration, Alaska Region.
Prestige Care Inc. has named Paul Mattfeld as administrator of Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center in Anchorage. Mattfeld will oversee all aspects of the skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, a 102-room skilled nursing care center located in east Anchorage. The center offers a comprehensive range of care solutions including 24-hour skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, a restorative program and social services, all in a home-style setting. Mattfeld has worked for Prestige Care since 2000, and most recently was the administrator at Puyallup Nursing and Rehabilitation in Washington state. Mattfeld holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Washington State University. He was named the Washington Health Care Association “Administrator of the Year” for 2015.
The Rasmuson Foundation announced that Anchorage artist Don Decker has been named the 2016 Distinguished Artist. The $40,000 award recognizes an artist with stature and a history of creative excellence. Actively making art in Alaska since 1971, Decker has had 35 solo exhibitions and was included in 250 exhibitions in Alaska and juried shows in 20 states. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Museum of the North, State Museum, Alaska Contemporary Art Bank, State of Hawaii Collection, Del Mar College National Collection and Alaska Percent for Art. Decker has been an adjunct instructor of art at the University of Alaska Anchorage since 1992 and has taught 90 art courses at Alaska colleges. He earned his master of arts from The University of Guam and master of fine arts from The Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Alaskan Brewing Co.’s long-time Chief Operations Officer Linda Thomas has been named the new CEO. Co-founder Geoff Larson will maintain his role as president and chair of the board, and will be sharing the “Beer Powered Beer” concept industry wide. In Thomas’ 22 years with Alaskan, she has been instrumental in developing a financially sound company, ranked in the top 1 percent of the over 4,000 breweries in the U.S. in 2015 according to the Brewer’s Association.
Stoel Rives firm managing partner James E. Torgerson has been honored with the Jay Rabinowitz Public Service Award, presented by the Alaska Bar Foundation for his commitment to public service. Given each year since 2003, the award is bestowed by the board of trustees of the Alaska Bar Foundation to an individual whose life’s work has demonstrated a dedication to public service in Alaska. The award is funded through gifts from the public in honor of the late Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Jay Rabinowitz. Torgerson joined Stoel Rives in 2008 as the founder and managing partner of the firm’s Anchorage office. Torgerson has helped lead efforts to ensure equal access to justice for all Alaskans, including Alaska Natives. He was appointed to represent the federal court on the Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission and served as a board member and later vice president of the Disability Law Center and today co-chairs the fundraising campaign for Alaska Legal Services, which raises money to provide civil legal assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal counsel. He co-founded Anchorage Youth Court and currently serves as one of the lawyer members of the Alaska Judicial Council. He has served on a dozen boards of directors, including the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Anchorage Museum Foundation, and he currently co-chairs the endowment campaign for the Alaska Community Foundation.
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute recently expanded its team to 26 cardiovascular specialists at six locations with the addition of Dr. David Chambers, M.D., to its Soldotna office. Chambers joins the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute team from Tennessee with over 30 years of experience practicing cardiology and internal medicine. Chambers received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Austin Peay State University in 1978 and went on to earn his doctorate in physiology as well as his doctor of medicine from the University of South Alabama shortly after. Chambers then completed his internship, internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship, respectively, at Duke University Medical Center.