Movers & Shakers 06/19/16
Communications volunteer Dave Stroh is the 2016 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Communications Award, one of the top honors given to volunteers in the Western States Affiliate, which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. Stroh’s award was presented during the AHA’s volunteer awards dinner in Los Angeles on June 6. The Communications Award recognizes outstanding communications efforts by an individual volunteer working to promote the positioning of the American Heart Association and its efforts to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Stroh has been the voice of the AHA in the state for more than 28 years. He promotes AHA events on-air, emcees the Anchorage Heart Run and Heart Walk events, develops public service announcements and serves as an AHA ambassador to all seven of Alpha Media’s Alaska radio stations.
Anna Rosenberg and Francy Bennett have joined the Denali Federal Credit Union staff as a marketing officers. Rosenberg is responsible for coordinating the marketing efforts for Denali branches, Investment Services, Youth Programs (Kids Prospector Club, Teen Power, and Up & Coming), School Business Partnership, and special event planning. Bennett is responsible for coordinating the marketing efforts for Denali Home Loans, Card Services (Visa), Business Services and Business Lending. She is the BALANCE coordinator, a financial literacy program that provides information to help Denali members achieve their financial goals. Bennett also staffs the Social Responsibility Committee and co-chairs Denali’s philanthropic and outreach committee called Community Counts. Prior to Rosenberg’s employment with Denali, she worked in Phoenix, Ariz., as a marketing coordinator for a nation-wide rental property company. Rosenberg received her bachelor’s degree in hotel restaurant management from Northern Arizona University. Prior to Bennett’s employment with Denali, she worked for eight years in business advocacy organizations, one as vice president of the Alaska Chamber. She also worked for more than 10 years in advertising. She received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Cornell University.
The University of Alaska Anchorage named Ralph Townsend to lead the Institute of Social and Economic Research starting in August. He brings an expertise in the economics of fisheries and nearly 30 years of higher education experience to his new role. Townsend earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Most recently he worked as Winona (Minn.) State University’s dean of liberal arts. His work experience includes serving as chief economist for the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries, and economics professor and department chair at the University of Maine. Townsend is the president of the International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade.