Movers and Shakers for Oct. 1
Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that former staff member Leila Kimbrell is returning to serve as her new state director and Hannah Ray was hired as press secretary. Kimbrell is a lifelong Alaskan who received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and her law degree from Willamette University College of Law. She has practiced law in Alaska for the past decade, most recently with the Alaska-based law firm of Birch Horton Bitter &Cherot. She served as a policy advisor to Murkowski in her Washington, D.C., office from 2013-15. Ray has her bachelor’s degree in communication in public relations from the University of Central Arkansas Honor College. She previously served as the community events manager for the American Cancer Society in Anchorage. During her tenure at ACS, she worked in communities across the state to help manage events and develop patient services for cancer patients in rural Alaska.
Gov. Bill Walker appointed Michael Franciosi and Kari McCrea to the Anchorage District Court. Franciosi currently serves as Glennallen Magistrate Judge and Superior Court Master, where he has provided coverage for Valdez, Cordova and other areas in the Third Judicial District since 2014. Prior to that, he was in a private general practice of both criminal and civil law for 23 years, including pro bono assistance to victims of domestic violence. Franciosi graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 1991. McCrea has practiced law for more than 15 years, and currently serves as a Magistrate Judge/Standing Master in Anchorage Superior Court. She graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in 2001 and clerked for U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge John M. Mason before taking a position with the Minnesota State Board of Public Defense. Prior to her current position, McCrea worked for nine years as a trial lawyer with the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Bethel, where she also served as a supervising attorney.
First National Bank Alaska recently named five new branch managers. Julie Aloysius returns to FNBA at the Dimond Branch more than 20 years after starting her career as a teller at the bank. Ryan Bargelski was appointed branch manager at the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He’s worked for First National as a teller, branch support representative and operations supervisor. Jason Brown takes over at the Kuskokwim Branch in Bethel. Almost three years after helping open the bank’s U-Med Branch, Kippy Lane will now manage the South Center Branch in Midtown Anchorage. She has worked for the bank for more than 26 years, including time in Anchorage, Bethel and Kenai. With more than nine years of banking experience, Danielle Nicklos made the move to the Muldoon Branch from the North Star Branch. Nicklos previously worked as a teller, customer service representative, personal banker and operations supervisor.
The Society for Marketing Professional Services Alaska Chapter announced the appointment of its 2017-18 board of directors. Joining the board this year are Pearl-Grace Pantaleone, and returning in new positions are Christine White, Monica Bradbury, Sarah Hall, Alyssa Golden, Michelle Laudert, Rose Hanson, Rob Culbertson, Kate Hostetler, Katy Kless and Cynthia Oistad. White, the senior marketing coordinator at R&M Consultants, sits on the board as past president. Bradbury, marketing manager at DOWL, will serve as this year’s president. Hall, the marketing coordinator at R&M Consultants, was appointed president-elect. Golden, administrative officer and marketing coordinator at Bettisworth North, continues in her second year as secretary. Having been in the industry for five years, Laudert joined the chapter in 2014 and soon became the assistant treasurer. Pantaleone, marketing coordinator for RIM, was appointed communications director. Hanson, communications specialist at CRW Engineering Group LLC, will serve as the chapter programs director, helping to create the monthly luncheons and various activities for the organization. Culbertson is currently the marketing director for Architects Alaska, and is seated on the board as the education director for the second year in a row. Hostetler, marketing manager at Coffman Engineers, is this year’s new sponsorship director. Kless, communications and marketing specialist at PDC Engineers, is the membership director. Oistad, Alaska business development and communications at Arcadis, has been a part of the industry for over 14 years and joined the chapter in 2013.
The 2017 University of Alaska Anchorage Alumni of Distinction awards will be honored at the university’s Homecoming Breakfast on Oct. 13 at Lucy Cuddy Hall on UAA campus. They are: Kaladi Brothers Coffee owner Tim Gravel (Class of 1990), Alumni of Achievement Award; Clark Middle School Principal Cessilye Williams (Class of 2002), Alumni Humanitarian Award; Claremont Evaluation Center Senior evaluation fellow Michelle Sloper (Class of 2008), Alumni Emerging Leader Award.