Movers & Shakers 08/21/16
The Alaska Army National Guard’s 38th Troop Command welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony at Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Aug 7. Col. Joseph Streff, (middle) commander of the Alaska Army National Guard, presided over the ceremony where Lt. Col. Wayne Don (left) took command of the unit. Don has served more than 22 years in the Army, nine of which were with the Alaska Army National Guard. He has served in a number of command and staff assignments, most recently as commander of the 103rd Civil Support Team, where he led a multi-component unit of Army and Air Guard chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialists. Don also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as a staff officer in support of Mongolian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. Col. Jeffrey Roach (right), commander of 38th Troop Command since 2012, has served more than 30 years in the Alaska Army National Guard. His next assignment will be director of logistics for the joint staff.
The board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Alaska elected J. Michael Johnson and Greta Schuerch as two new trustees. Johnson, of Alamo, Calif., is former executive vice president and group head of Wells Fargo’s Corporate Banking Group. He has more than 35 years of experience in finance, commercial real estate, investment management and capital markets. He also serves on the The Nature Conservancy’s California Leadership Council. Greta Schuerch of Kiana, Alaska, is external and government affairs liaison for NANA Development Corp. Her professional experience includes roles with the Alaska State Legislature, Inuit Circumpolar Conference, the Alaska Humanities Forum and the North Slope Borough. She has comprehensive knowledge of rural issues and extensive experience in Northwest Arctic Borough communities.
Phavana Kovin was recently named First National Bank Alaska’s newest loan officer by the board of directors. In her appointed position, Kovin will focus on loan processing and underwriting. Experienced in lending, administrative and operational aspects of banking, Kovin first joined First National as a teller in 2007. Three years later, she was promoted to the bank’s Mortgage Lending Department.
Century 21 Realty Solutions announced that Realtor Vahn Ki has joined their roster of professional real estate agents serving the Mat-Su Borough Area. Vahn has lived in Alaska for 23 years, specifically in the Mat-Su Valley.
After five years as president and CEO of ASRC Energy Services, Jeff Kinneeveauk has tendered his resignation effective Aug. 19. Concurrent with Kinneeveauk’s resignation, ASRC announced a series of subsidiary management changes. Doug Smith, president and CEO of Little Red Services and ASRC Construction Holding Co. will assume the role of president and CEO of AES effective Aug. 19. Prior to being the CEO of LRS and ACHC, Smith was a vice president and business unit manager of AES. Joe Curgus, the long-time vice president of operations for LRS will take over as president and CEO of LRS concurrent with Smith’s transition to AES. Curgus has been an essential member of the LRS team for more than 30 years and has played a critical role in the successful transition of the company into the ASRC family of companies. Brady Strahl, the current president of ASRC SKW, will take over as president and CEO of ACHC. Strahl has been with the ACHC family of companies since 2009. Strahl graduated from Gonzaga University in 2003 and was an Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 under 40 award recipient in 2008.