Movers & Shakers 07/24/16
Goldbelt Inc. announced Elliot “Chuck” Wimberly as the president and CEO after serving six months as the interim in that role. Wimberly has served as a senior vice president since 2010 and was Goldbelt’s interim President and CEO in 2011. Wimberly has 10 years of experience as a senior executive with Alaska Native corporations. In his career, Wimberly served as the vice president of corporate development and government relations for the Southern Ute Tribe as part of their GF Private Equity Group in Durango, Colo. Additionally, Wimberly has more than 20 years of experience in government service, having retired from the U.S. intelligence community. The shareholders elected three directors to the board: incumbent board member Trudy Skan, Lisa-Marie Ikonomov and Derek Duncan. Joseph Kahklen was elected chair of the board and Andrea Cadiente-Laiti was elected vice chair. Skan was elected corporate secretary and Randy Wanamaker was elected treasurer.
Eric Veach, chief of natural and cultural resources at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, has been selected as superintendent at Kenai Fjords National Park. Veach has been in his current assignment since 2006 and has held multiple acting positions with higher level responsibilities. Veach has been responsible for a $2 million resources budget and diverse staffing devoted to specific disciplines ranging from archeology to fisheries in America’s largest national park. Most recently, Veach served in a detail as superintendent of Wrangell St. Elias with the responsibility for day-to-day management of the park and a $5 million budget. Veach worked intensively to initiate development of a Backcountry and Wilderness Stewardship Plan for the nation’s largest wilderness area. He also oversaw planning for future rehabilitation of the Kennecott Mill site. Veach has also recently served as the acting deputy superintendent at Denali National Park, and as superintendent at Katmai National Park and provided key leadership during critical transitional periods. Veach holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries science from Oregon State University. Prior to working in Wrangell-St. Elias, he worked as a fisheries biologist for a number of national forests, including the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Payette National Forest in Idaho, as well as for the Nez Perce Tribe in Oregon.
Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Joe Moran to associate vice president, loan officer III and the hiring of Danicia Shiryayev as small business loan officer. Moran joined Northrim Bank in February 2013 and has been a key member of the Construction Lending department since March 2015. He started his banking career at First Bank in Ketchikan where he held several positions before he moved back to Anchorage. Moran has a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Portland and is working to complete his MBA at Alaska Pacific University. Shiryayev joins Northrim Bank with more than seven years of experience in the banking industry, most recently at KeyBank in Anchorage. She has also worked for Cook Inlet Housing Authority and Wells Fargo.
Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Gary Tancik as a senior programmer/analyst at its Anchorage Branch. Tancik previously lived in Colorado and worked for Travelport as senior systems engineer for 18 years leading teams and designing travel and rail ticketing systems and more.
Col. Steven deMilliano took command of the 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard during a change-of-command ceremony on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on July 12,. DeMilliano took over from outgoing commander Col. Blake Gettys, who relinquished control to deMilliano after serving as the 176th Wing’s commander since 2014. Most recently, deMilliano served as the vice director of operations at Headquarters North American Aerospace Defense Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
Longtime Chugach Electric Association senior manager Lee Thibert has been named CEO. Thibert replaces Brad Evans, who retired as CEO in mid-July after serving eight years in that role. Thibert began working at Chugach in 1987 and has held a variety of senior management positions; most recently serving as senior vice president, strategic development and regulatory affairs. During his long career with the utility he has been responsible for a number of important divisions including regulatory, engineering, operations, telecommunications, power production, and power control & fuel supply. Born in Minnesota, Thibert has a bchelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University.
The Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute recently appointed Robert T. Craig III as its CEO, overseeing operations for the company’s six locations statewide, effective July 18. Craig joins the Alaska Heart & Vascular Institute team from Missouri, with more than 20 years of professional experience as an executive leader in the health care industry. Craig holds a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University in Kansas as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southeast Missouri State University. He began his career in the medical field in 1990 as the chief of ambulatory care at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kansas City following three years as a platoon leader and tactical control officer in the U.S. Army. Since then, Craig has managed regional operations for various health care entities in several states to include Missouri and Kansas. For the past 14 years, Craig served as the principal of Comprehensive Professional Resources, LLC, where he oversaw the expansion of multiple health systems and opening of seven new health care practices.