Movers and Shakers for Feb. 5
Explore Fairbanks recently announced the election results and appointments of its 2017 board of directors. Executive officers are: Kory Eberhardt, Chair, A Taste of Alaska Lodge; Kathy Hedges, Treasurer, Arctic Circle Trading Post; Matt Divens, Past Chair, Holland America Princess Alaska-Yukon; Irene Meyer, Secretary, GoNorth Alaska Travel Center; and Andy Anger, Chair Elect, University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College, who will also serve as Public Policy Advisory Chair. Additional board members are: Communications Chair Jason Avery, Pioneer Park, Parks and Recreation, Fairbanks North Star Borough; Meetings and Conventions Chair Patricia Silva, Westmark Hotel and Conference Center; Tourism Chair Becky Kunkle, Wedgewood Resort, Fountainhead Hotels; Visitor Services and Partnership Development Chair Buzzy Chiu, Premier Alaska Tours; Audit Chair Ashley Bradish, Gold Dredge 8 and Riverboat Discovery; Nominations Chair Ralf Dobrovolny, 1st Alaska Tours; Bobby Wilken, HooDoo Brewing Company; Bruce LaLonde, Alaska Railroad; Scot Baer, Golden North Motel; and Lei Guo, Skylar Travel. Ex Officio members are: Andrew Gray, Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly representative, and Jerry Norum, Fairbanks City Council representative.
Aleesha Towns-Bain was hired as the executive director of the Bristol Bay Native Corp. Education Foundation. Towns-Bain comes to the BBNC Education Foundation from the Rasmuson Foundation, where she most recently served as the vice president and chief operating officer. She has also served as interim executive director of the Alaska Children’s Trust, and editor of the Colorado-based Crested Butte News. A graduate of Bristol Bay Native Corp.’s Training Without Walls Program and the Council on Foundations Career Pathways Program, Towns-Bain has emerged as one of Alaska’s top philanthropic leaders. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and Native American studies from The Evergreen State College, and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She will begin her new role in May 2017.
Plastic surgeon Cindy Wei, MD, will begin offering regular visiting clinics at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in late February. Wei practices with Seattle Plastic Surgery as well as providing care through Swedish Medical Center. Wei attended medical school at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and then completed a comprehensive plastic surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. As a resident she took a special interest in cancer reconstruction as well as cosmetic surgery. Wei went on to complete two fellowships: one in reconstructive microsurgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and the second in aesthetic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Wei looks forward to offering patients in southern Southeast Alaska a broad range of plastic surgery services including: cosmetic surgery of the face and body such as breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck, arm/thigh lift, facelift, liposuction and more; skin cancer/Mohs reconstruction; removal of moles, lumps and bumps; scar revision; wound reconstruction; non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers. Most simple and moderately-complex reconstructive procedures will be performed at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in Ketchikan. Complex procedures and high-risk patients will be cared for in Seattle. Wei begins seeing patients in Ketchikan Feb. 27 and 28.
Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Aubrey Campbell as a business analyst and Shaun Wilson as a project manager/senior analyst in Anchorage. Campbell has more than five years of progressive experience in projects for IT, systems and business process improvement, including new implementation and upgrades. Campbell’s background is in marketing, healthcare administration, writing, and graphic design, and she has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa. Most recently, Campbell worked as an administration assistant for Municipal Light &Power, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in project management. Wilson has a bachelor’s of business administration in management information systems from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Previously Wilson worked at GeoNorth starting as a senior programmer and worked his way up to a project manager.
Nancy Johnson was named general manager of KTUU Channel 2 and KYES Channel 5. Johnson is a veteran broadcaster who has been with KTUU Channel 2 since 1981 and has served as the station’s general sales manager since 2011. During her tenure, which saw Channel 2 News become Alaska’s most-watched news source, Johnson also managed programming and marketing. In 2015 Johnson was inducted into the Alaska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the industry. Early in her career, Johnson worked in radio and studied journalism before finding her home in television. Johnson’s term as general manager will begin on March 1. She takes over from Northern Lights Media’s outgoing General Manager Andy MacLeod, who announced earlier this month that he will leave KTUU in March after more than 30 years to run a start-up content development business, Northern Lights Originals. MacLeod will serve as a consultant to KTUU to assist with the implementation of certain long-term initiatives that began under his leadership. Northern Lights Media parent company Gray Television also announced the appointment of Chris Fry as general manager of Fairbanks-based KTVF, KXD and KFXF, and DeeDee Caciari as station manager and general sales manager of those same Fairbanks stations.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that Steve Larson has been promoted to the position of executive director, mortgage and real estate lending. He previously held the position of senior vice president, mortgage finance and servicing. Larson joined Alaska USA in 2012 with more than 16 years of accounting and business management experience. Prior to his time at Alaska USA, he served as vice president, controller and business manager of NORCON Inc.