Movers & Shakers 07/31/16
Department of Administration Commissioner Sheldon Fisher was appointed to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees. Fisher will fill a board seat reserved for one of the Governor’s cabinet members. Fisher has more than 20 years of experience in private sector management; most recently as chief operating officer for McKinley Capital Management in Anchorage. Prior to McKinley, he spent 15 years in the telecommunications industry, including six years as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Alaska Communications. Fisher holds an economics degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Yale University.
Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot announced that William A. Earnhart and Carissa D. Siebeneck have become members, Jack R. McKenna has joined the firm as an associate, and Jason M. Brandeis has become of counsel to the firm. Earnhart joined the firm’s Anchorage office in 2015 and his practice focuses on labor and employment law, commercial litigation and appeals, and municipal law. Earnhart has more than 20 years of trial experience in state and federal courts. He received his bachelor’s degree from Williamette University in 1990 and his juris doctor from University of Washington in 1994. Siebeneck joined the firm’s Washington, D.C., office in 2011. Siebeneck’s practice focuses on government contracts law, natural resources law, and alternative dispute resolution matters. She has expertise in small business government contracting and Native American Law. She received her bachelor’s degree from Marymount Manhattan College in 2000, her MPA from University of George, School of Public and International Affairs in 2002, and her juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2009. McKenna is an associate attorney with the firm’s Anchorage office. His practice focuses on civil litigation and construction law. Prior to joining the firm, McKenna was an assistant District Attorney at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office. McKenna received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkley in 2001 and his juris doctor from the University of California-Davis in 2007. Brandeis has joined Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot’s Anchorage office in an Of Counsel position. His practice focuses on advising businesses and government entites on regulation of the marijuana industry. Brandeis has extensive experience with Alaska marijuana law and policy. He has litigated cases involving the legality of marijuana in Alaska and has published several articles on this topic, including the only comprehensive history of the development of Alaska’s unique marijuana laws. His marijuana law and policy research has been cited in national and local publications and has been presented at international academic conferences. He has been recognized as “a leading scholar on the subject of marijuana laws in Alaska” by the Alaska Law Review. Brandeis is also an associate professor of Justice and Legal Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He teaches courses on the American legal system, constitutional law, and civil liberties. He received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in 1997 and his juris doctor from Vermont Law School in 2001.
PND Engineers Inc. announced several Anchorage staff professional achievements. Alexandra West and Corey Roche obtained professional engineer registrations by the State of Alaska. Both are lifelong Alaskans and graduates of the University of Alaska Anchorage with bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering. West specializes in hydrology and hydraulic projects consisting of field work (breakup and reconnaissance studies), desktop analyses, and hydraulic design of bridges, culverts, erosion control, site drainage, miscellaneous drainage structures, and fish passages. Roche’s engineering duties have been primarily in the areas of structural/ civil design, inspection, construction administration, and material testing. Prior to his engineering career he worked as a certified welder and heavy equipment operator for six years in remote Alaska. Feifei Bai recently passed the NCEES Structural Exam and now is a registered structural engineer for the State of Alaska. Bai joined PND in 2007 after earning a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She recently transferred from the firm’s Anchorage office to the new Houston location and continues to support Alaska projects. Bai currently holds professional engineer licenses in Alaska, California, and Texas.
Food Bank of Alaska welcomed Jim Baldwin as the new executive director. Baldwin most recently served for 15 years as executive director of Community Food Share in Boulder County, Colorado. Before that he was executive director at the Hawaii Foodbank. Food Bank of Alaska acquires and distributes food to people in need statewide through its 300 partner food pantries and meal programs. Last fiscal year, the organization distributed over 6.8 million pounds of food, amounting to 5.7 million meals. Food Bank of Alaska is a member of the national Feeding America network, the country’s leading anti-hunger organization.
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor Dr. Rick Caulfield was appointed to serve as Vice Chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Presidential Committee on Teacher Education. The committee is charged with advising AASCU on initiatives in public policy, both federal and state, aimed at improving teacher education and improving credibility and integrity of university education programs nationwide.
Professional Growth Systems welcomed Liz Miner to their Anchorage-based team. Miner attained a bachelor’s degree in public health from Cornell, with minors in both environmental and Latin American studies. Miner’s recent experience included work as a healthcare coverage specialist with Southcentral Foundation in Anchorage, educating customer-owners on their healthcare options and assessing eligibility for healthcare plans. She continues to volunteer with several health and social service organizations in town.