Movers & Shakers for Jan. 22
Lt. Col. Penny Bloedel has been named the new deputy commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District. She assumed duties Jan. 1, 2017. Bloedel manages the Alaska District’s resources, manpower and programs, annually executing military construction, civil works and environmental programs throughout Alaska. She also directs emergency operations during disaster contingencies. She was previously assigned to the 1st Infantry Division from 2011 to 2014 at Fort Riley, Kan. She deployed to Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom; and to Iraq from 2008-09 and in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She received a master’s degree in geography in 2016 from Kansas State University; a master’s degree in geology and geophysics in 2006 from Missouri University of Science and Technology; and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science in 2000 from the U.S. Military Academy, from where she also received her commission into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Holland & Hart announced today the addition of Kyle W. Parker and John C. Martin as partners, along with the opening of an office in Anchorage. The 500-lawyer firm has the largest environmental law practice in the country, according to Law360. Joining the firm, effective Jan. 17, are: Kyle Parker, John Martin, Tali Birch Kindred, Jon Katchen, Sarah Bordelon and Drue Pearce. Parker has spent his entire legal career in Alaska counseling clients in the energy and natural resource industries with regard to securing approval for and the implementation of major resource development and energy projects at the state and federal level, from project permitting to negotiating complex agreements. Martin is a Wyoming native who has practiced and worked in federal government agencies in Washington, D.C. His natural resources and environmental litigation practice focuses on complex, cutting edge Clean Water Act, wildlife, offshore oil and gas, and public lands issues on behalf of clients in extractive industries. Martin represents clients in administrative proceedings before the Interior Board of Land Appeals and the Environmental Protection Agency, and at all levels of court, including several U.S. Courts of Appeals. Birch Kindred focuses on environmental and natural resource permitting and litigation, natural resource project development, state and federal rulemakings, environmental compliance, and commercial litigation. Birch Kindred brings extensive industry and government experience having served as an Assistant District Attorney for the State of Alaska and in-house counsel at Shell Exploration & Production Inc. Katchen focuses on natural resources project development, defense of governmental and citizen enforcement actions, financing associated with Alaska’s oil and gas production tax credits, and complex commercial litigation. Katchen also counsels investors and resource development companies regarding economic development opportunities in Alaska. Bordelon focuses on environmental permits for major resource and development projects. Sarah also litigates environmental and natural resource matters, participates in proposed state and federal rulemakings, advises clients on environmental compliance and enforcement matters, and conducts environmental due diligence on conventional and renewable energy projects. Pearce joins the firm as a senior policy advisor. She provides strategic legislative and regulatory advice to a wide variety of natural resources, manufacturing, and energy clients as they navigate government relations, as well as legal and regulatory issues at the various state and federal agencies with jurisdiction over resource development projects. Pearce brings a wealth of experience on energy, environment, economic security, and natural resources issues in North America, and specifically in Alaska and Canada.
Secretary of the U.S. Army Eric Fanning on Jan. 12 presented U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan with the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service Award, which recognizes a member of Congress for their distinguished work in the accomplishment of the Army’s mission. The award reads in part that Sullivan’s “advocacy and steadfast support for increased end strength and resourcing was instrumental in ensuring the Army is best positioned to meet the challenges of the future. His exceptional contributions were integral to the Army receiving the necessary resources to support combat, sustain the all-volunteer force and improve the quality of life for Soldiers, Civilians and Families. He vigorously supported Army efforts and worked diligently to overcome the fiscal and political challenges inherent in supporting our national security priorities. His proven leadership, advice, and extraordinary insight into legislative matters produced a record of notable accomplishments that helped make the Army stronger and more resilient.”