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This week in Alaska

Lots going on this week. Here's a who's who of the movers and shakers in Alaska, for the week ending Dec. 10.

Gov. Bill Walker made seven appointments to the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board. The seven newly appointed and re-appointed ATMB members include: Bernie Karl, Chena Hot Springs Resort (newly appointed); Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau (newly appointed); Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises (re-appointed); James Minton, Visit Anchorage (re-appointed); Kori Goertz, Premier Alaska Tours (newly appointed, filling a vacant seat with one-year left on term); Linda Springmann, Holland America Line (newly appointed); Ruth Rosewarne Kimerer, RK Consulting (newly appointed).

James Harris has been named Alaska Teacher of the Year for 2017, Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson announced Dec. 6 at a ceremony in Soldotna. The Alaska Teacher of the Year may be called upon to speak at education conferences and participate in various statewide education working groups, and is a member of Commissioner Johnson’s teacher advisory group. The Alaska Teacher of the Year is the state’s nominee for national Teacher of the Year. Harris, a 12-year professional, has taught English at Soldotna High School for seven years. A published writer, editor, and college educator, he chairs the English department and professional development at his school, and coaches youth hockey. Stephanie Cronin has been named Alternate Alaska Teacher of the Year for 2017. She will serve as Alaska Teacher of the Year if Harris is named national Teacher of the Year. Cronin has taught mathematics and engineering at Seward High School for 17 of her 19 years in the profession.

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that Rochelle Marshall has been selected for the position of senior vice president, marketing. Marshall has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience, with the last 11 years leading the Business Marketing department at GCI

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced recipients of the 2016 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Awards. Mary Ehrlander, professor of history and director of the Arctic and northern studies program, received the teaching award; David Newman, professor of physics, received the research award; and Laura Conner, research assistant professor of science education, received the service award. All three were honored at a reception Dec. 5. Ehrlander, recipient of the teaching award, began her college career when she already had children of her own, an experience that shapes her now as a professor. Ehrlander received her bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in northern studies from UAF, and went on to earn a master’s degree and a doctorate in government from the University of Virginia. The research award is the second Usibelli Award for Newman, who won for teaching in 2015. Newman joined the UAF faculty in 1998 after working for five years as a Wigner Fellow and then research scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Newman’s research has made significant contributions to several questions in physics, including plasmas, fusion and chaos theory. Newman has a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctorate in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Conner won the service award for her work to encourage all age groups — but particularly middle-school girls — to learn about science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, or STEAM. In addition to many outreach activities, she directs the Changing Alaska Science Education program with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, through which educators learn how to teach STEAM. Conner has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Colorado Boulder, two master’s degrees from Montana State University and the University of Washington, and a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona.

RIM Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Dave McVeigh, AIA NCARB, was promoted to president. In McVeigh’s new role he will work in tandem with the executive team to implement RIM’s strategic plan and guide growth through a primary focus on business development. This year marks a significant career milestone for McVeigh as he also celebrates 30 years with the firm. Over the past 30 years, McVeigh has contributed significantly to the growth of RIM’s footprint, providing leadership to design staff, taking initiative to manage multiple office locations from the ground up, and establishing long-term relationships.

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium welcomed three new providers to the Ethel Lund Medical Center. Dr. Kathy Wollner, M.D., Dr. Vanessa Herring, D.O., and Alyssa Condon, P.A.-C each recently joined the staff at the Consortium’s Juneau primary care clinic. Wollner received her bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C, graduating magna cum laude. She earned her medical degree at Rush Medical College in Chicago where she graduated with honors. Wollner did her Family Medicine Residency at Swedish Medical Center’s Cherry Hill campus in Seattle. A doctor of osteopathic medicine, Herring received a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Agnes Scott College in Georgia. She then earned her doctor of osteopathy from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida and did her residency at the Central Washington Family Residency Program in Yakima, Wash. Condon, a physician assistant, comes to SEARHC after spending several years working for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. in Bethel. She graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree and earned her master’s of physician assistant studies from A.T. Still University–Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa.

The following were elected to serve as the executive board of directors for the Associated General Contractors of Alaska at its annual general member and board of directors meeting held at the Captain Cook Hotel on Nov. 12: Dan Hall, Knik Construction Co., Inc., president; Jim St. George, STG Inc., vice president; Cuauhtemoc “Rod” Rodriguez, Coldfoot Environmental Services, Inc., secretary; Chris Reilly, Rain Proof Roofing, treasurer; Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving, contractor at large; Dana Pruhs, Pruhs Corp., immediate past president.

12/09/2016 - 8:51am