Movers and Shakers for Feb. 4
Jodie Gatti, Nazune Menka and Ravynn Aklasiaq Nothstine will serve as the 11th cohort of fellows in the First Alaskans Institute Public Policy Fellowship. This fellowship is based in the Alaska legislative and executive branches. They will be immersed in the state lawmaking process, contributing their capacity to their host offices and deepening their understanding of Alaska’s issues. Gatti (Haida/Tlingit) grew up in Ketchikan and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has held an internship with the State of Alaska Department of Revenue. She will serve in the office of Rep. Dan Ortiz, D-Ketchikan. Menka (Koyukon Athabascan/Lumbee) was born and raised in Anchorage and Chistochina. She graduated from East Anchorage High School in 1997. In 2016, Nazune transferred from Seattle University School of Law to the James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona where she is the recipient of the Williams Achievement Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program. Her work experience includes clerking at Rosette, LLP, an Indian law firm in Washington, D.C., and the Native American Rights Fund in Anchorage. She is placed in the office of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Nothstine (Iñupiaq/Yup’ik) was born and raised in Anchorage and after graduating from West High School, she attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She was involved in the Native Americans at Dartmouth, an organization where she served on the executive board during her senior year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences.
Credit Union 1 has promoted Chief Operating Officer James Wileman to president/CEO. Prior to joining the credit union in 2010, Wileman served as CEO of Alps Federal Credit Union in Sitka for four years. He holds a degree in business administration with a management emphasis, and in 2007, he graduated from Western Credit Union National Association Management School. Wileman joined Credit Union 1 as manager of its Mountain View Branch in 2010. In 2012, he was promoted to oversee all CU1 branches. In 2014, Wileman joined the credit union’s senior management team. In May 2015, his position expanded to vice president of Member and Administrative Services and then to senior vice president of operations before being promoted to chief operating officer of the credit union in 2016.
Nellie Edmund of Alakanuk is the recipient of thread’s 2018 Cindy Harrington Heart &Mind award. Edmund is the teacher director at Alakanuk Head Start and has taught over three generations of Head Start children in her 40-year career. Edmund, after 25 years of experience in Head Start, earned her associate’s degree in early childhood in December 2005. She helped her staff persevere after Alakanuk Head Start caught fire in 2014, and is highly respected by the parents in her village. Edmund is the fourth recipient of the annual Cindy Harrington Heart &Mind Award, an award that highlights an individual currently employed in the field of early care and learning who exhibits strength of character, commitment to excellence, professional determination, and has an impassioned spirit. Harrington was one of the founding mothers of early childhood work in Alaska, as well as a member of thread’s board of directors until her untimely passing in May of 2014.
Five Alaska banking experts were appointed or promoted to new positions inside First National Bank Alaska. Katie Harman is the Matanuska-Susitna Valley’s newest mortgage loan originator at the bank’s Wasilla Branch. In her first role with First National, Melanie Hosch brings more than 23 years of banking experience with her as branch manager of the Parkway Branch in east Anchorage. Hosch will be responsible for business development, consumer loans, branch operations and customer service. Assistant Vice President Ligia Lutan is a new addition to Corporate Lending’s loan officer team at the bank’s corporate headquarters in Midtown Anchorage. Lutan brings residential market information and economic analysis knowledge with her to First National. Vice President Jenny Mahlen has spent 24 years at First National, working intently with customers throughout Interior Alaska. Today, she’s the branch manager of the Golden Valley Branch in Fairbanks. Mahlen graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School last year after completing a rigorous three-year program. In her second stint as a First National banker, Assistant Vice President Veronica Pillans brings more than 13 years of experience to her work as loan officer. Now operating out of the Wasilla Branch, Pillans first worked for the bank from 2005-12.
Sunny Jenkins has joined The Wilson Agency, Albers &Company and ConnectHR as marketing administrator for all three companies in Alaska and Washington state. She has more than 17 years of business administration support and marketing. A native of Alaska, she has spent 21 years in the Seattle area with most of her career in the software business, initially with a small company as a marketing coordinator then moving on to the corporate world supporting executives at Microsoft and Starbucks for the last 10 years.