Movers and Shakers for March 5
The Alaska Workforce Investment Board presented the David G. Stone awards to K-12 and postsecondary education professionals who have made significant contributions to career and technical education or apprenticeship in Alaska. The K-12 Career and Technical Education Instructor/Administrator of the Year is Adrienne Voss, a school nurse, who teaches the Personal Care Attendant curriculum at King Career Center in Anchorage, and is a trainer for Alaska Core Competencies, a training program tailored specifically to direct service providers in health and human services fields. The Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Instructor/Administrator of the Year is Wendell Whistler, who is the Apprentice Coordinator at the Kornfeind Training Center, a labor-management electrical apprenticeship training center in Fairbanks. Whistler has provided training opportunities to many Alaskans in the electrical industry and has increased the number apprenticeships in underrepresented and hard to serve populations. The Employer of the Year is Kaladi Brothers Coffee, which has invested time, money and energy in a partnership working with the diverse, high-risk youth population at McLaughlin Youth Center. What began as a paid vendor training evolved to Kaladi Brothers donating their training services for free. Volunteers share their expertise and support, including attendance at award ceremonies for the youth engaged in the program. Many youth participating in the training obtain barista positions in the facility as well as with other employers in the community.
University of Alaska Fairbanks assistant professor Andrew McDonnell, with the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, received a five-year, $750,000 Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. The NSF program is designed to support teacher-scholars who effectively integrate research and education. McDonnell’s project will also aim to educate Alaskans about ocean sciences and what it means to be an oceanographer. McDonnell will use underwater cameras to measure the sizes, concentrations and types of particles and zooplankton in ocean water. This research has implications for how carbon is transported to and stored in different parts of the ocean. McDonnell will create a museum exhibit for the Alaska Sea Life Center focused on the important microscopic world of particles and plankton that are not always seen by aquaria curators and visitors alike. The exhibit will also include information about what ocean scientists do and how they collect samples and data at sea. It will display different sampling technology, as well as videos and photos that illustrate how oceanographers work, especially in the oceans around Alaska. McDonnell’s project also seeks to bring the knowledge displayed in this exhibit to Alaska Native communities with the hope that he can inspire children growing up on Alaska’s coastline to consider oceanography as a career choice.
Don Porter, PE, has been named group manager of Utilities and Nicole Knox, PE, has been promoted to group manager of Site Development at R&M Consultants, Inc. Porter has been with R&M for 27 years and was formerly group manager of Site Development. Porter’s experience includes serving as project manager and/or project engineer for a variety of utility, site development, airport and road improvement projects for public and private clients throughout Alaska. Porter recently completed civil engineering design for the Kipnuk K-12 School Renovation and Valdez Harbor Uplands. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska. . Knox has worked in R&M’s Site Development Group since 2005 and was ready to advance into the group manager position. Over the past 11 years, Knox’s focus has been working on large and small site development projects throughout the state. She was the senior project engineer for site and drainage design for the Alaska Airlines Center on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. She is currently leading civil design for the Anchorage Museum Expansion, as well as two new facilities for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Eielson Air Force Base. Knox holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UAA and is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska.
The Alutiiq Museum has hired Jeffrey Garcie as its development assistant, a new staff position. Half of his time will be spent as the museum’s representative to the Digital Inclusion Corps, a federally funded pilot program promoting computer literacy skills and broadband infrastructure in remote communities. He will spend one year helping Kodiak Islanders learn computing skills to facilitate Internet use. The Alutiiq Museum is one of five sites in the United States participating in the Digital Inclusion Corps, an initiative linked to President Obama’s ConnectALL broadband initiative. Additionally, Gracie will assist the museum with community engagement. His duties will include stewardship of the museum’s members and sponsors, as well as administrative support for development work and daily business. Garcie began working part time this month, and will become a fulltime member of the museum’s team in May. Garcie studied biology and anthropology in college and worked as a custom furniture builder before joining the U.S. Coast Guard in 2009. He was stationed in Kodiak in 2012, where he was a member of a helicopter aircrew. He will retire from the Coast Guard this spring. Gracie is a ceramic artist and a leather crafter, and owns Kodiak Leather Works.
Stoel Rives LLP partner S. Lane Tucker has been elected president of the Federal Bar Association, Alaska Chapter. Tucker is a partner of Stoel Rives LLP, with 30 years of experience in federal government contracts, Small Business Administration matters, white collar prosecution and defense, construction and civil litigation. She represents clients throughout the United States and more than a dozen Alaska Native Corporations. Named among Alaska Super Lawyers since 2011, Tucker also has earned praise in Chambers USA’s annual survey of America’s best attorneys for business for her government contracting and construction litigation experience. She is the Alaska section chair of the Public Contracts Section of the American Bar Association, is the Alaska representative for the ABA’s Small Business Committee, and is the founder and chair of the Alaska Bar Public Contracts Law Section. Prior to entering private practice, Tucker served as the civil chief for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage.