Movers and Shakers for April 16
Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced the promotion of SNC shareholder Cameron Piscoya as the director of human resources effective March, 26. Piscoya was identified in 2014 to participate in a succession plan to learn all aspects of human resources with the ultimate goal of being promoted to lead the department with the planned retirement of Richard Dyson.
Alaska’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault has hired L. Diane Casto to be the organization’s new executive director. Casto currently serves as the Behavioral Health Policy Advisor in the Department of Health and Social Services, and brings a background of community engagement, advocacy and prevention with her to the position. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Central Washington University, and an MPA from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Prior to her current position, Casto served as deputy commissioner for the Department of Corrections, focusing on positive community re-entry; and as the Prevention and Early Intervention manager in the DHSS Behavioral Health Division. She also served as the director of the state’s Office of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the Director of the Alaska Division of Family and Youth Services, and the Director of the Resource Center for Parents and Children in Fairbanks. She assumes her new responsibilities on May 1.
William Price joined RSA Engineering Inc. in March 2017 as a mechanical staff engineer II, and Cheyenne Alabanzas has joined RSA as a mechanical staff engineer. Price graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Price brings more than 12 years of experience and specializes in power plant design, water treatment systems, and heat recovery systems. Alabanzas graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Both will work in the Anchorage office.
Pearl-Grace Pantaleone has joined RIM as a marketing coordinator in the Alaska office. She will be responsible for marketing in Alaska as well as other firm-wide initiatives. Pantaleone has almost three years of experience in the architecture/engineering/construction industry. Previously, Pantaleone was the marketing and public relations coordinator at a surveying and engineering firm, managing all proposals and communications. Prior to joining the A/E/C industry, she came from a background in journalism and broadcast news. She was born and raised in Alaska, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Jon Bittner was appointed the Alaska state executive director of the Small Business Development Center. Bittner comes to the SBDC from the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., where he served as the corporation’s vice president. While at AEDC, Bittner oversaw day-to-day operations and project development. He was also responsible for the creation of the Alaska Entrepreneur Week, the Alaska Hackathon, Pitch on Train Competition and the Anchorage Maker Faire. In addition to his work at AEDC, Bittner has also served as the deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. In 2015, Bittner was named to the Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by the Development Counsellors International. The International Economic Development Council named Bittner the Young Economic Development Professional of the Year in 2014. That same year, Bittner was selected to Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.