Movers and Shakers for June 11
Dale Smythe joined Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. as a senior architect. Born and raised in Anchorage, Smythe brings 17 years of experience in support of Bettisworth North’s commitment to sustainable, comprehensive design solutions for the Alaskan environment. His dedication to meeting clients’ needs through unique facility design has resulted in award-winning designs for the Eielson Fitness Center at the Eielson Air Force Base. In the last five years, Smythe has designed and managed nearly $100 million construction dollars in rural Alaskan school projects. He was recently appointed to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Bond Reimbursement and Grant Review Committee.
Bob Cox was appointed as president and CEO of Bristol Bay Industrial Fuels, a newly-formed member company of Bristol Bay Industrial LLC. Cox is a 22-year veteran of the downstream fuel industry, having held senior management positions at Crowley Fuels and Petro Marine Services. In his new role, Cox will have executive oversight of BBI member companies, Bristol Alliance Fuels and PetroCard, and will be responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan to grow BBI’s fuels sales and distribution. Cox came to Alaska from San Francisco in 1991 after a 14-year career with the Southern Pacific Railroad to join the Alaska Railroad as vice president, operations. He holds a master’s degree in transportation engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and ocean engineering from Virginia Tech.
Terry Gryting, EIT, recently joined R&M Consultants, Inc. as a full-time staff engineer. Gryting joined R&M’s Water Resources Group in May 2017, after graduation from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. As part of this group, she will assist with water resources design, and provide hydrologic and hydraulic analysis support on roadway, street, airport, site development and hydropower projects. Gryting has worked with R&M as an intern since January 2017. She is currently working on the Seward Highway MP 17-22.5 Rehabilitation, where she has been responsible for delineating watershed basins and documenting drainage patterns, and the Kalifornsky Beach Road MP 9.6 Repairs, where she delineated the watershed basin, conducted flood frequency analyses, and assisted with culvert and riprap design. In addition to her degree from UAA, Terry has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in teaching Spanish, both from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that Morgan Griffin, Madeline Lefton and Krystal Edens have joined her staff in her Washington, D.C., office. Griffin joins the office as a legislative assistant covering healthcare policy issues. Originally from Juneau, Morgan went to Portland State University for undergraduate school and has her juris doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Superior Court Judge Phillip M. Pallenberg in Juneau and then joined the civil litigation firm Hoffman &Blasco, LLC. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Griffin served on the Board of Governors for the Alaska Bar Association as the New Lawyer Liaison and on the Juneau Human Rights Commission. Lefton joins the office as a legislative assistant handing policy issues including transportation, telecommunications, and finance. Originally from Homer, Lefton attended Dartmouth College and then worked as a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature from 2008-2011. She then attended Lewis and Clark Law School where she was editor-in-chief of the Environmental Law Review. She worked as a consultant to various private equity and development groups prior to coming to Capitol Hill. Edens joins the office as assistant to the chief of staff and intern coordinator. Edens previously worked on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and interned for Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania’s 16th District. Edens studied at the Christ for the Nations Institute and graduated from Homer High School in 2011.