Movers and Shakers for Feb. 18
The Alaska Railroad has promoted Director of Project Management Brian Lindamood to vice president, Engineering, effective Jan. 31. He moves into the VP position vacated in January, when Clark Hopp became chief operating officer. The Engineering VP oversees the evaluation, planning and construction of the railroad’s infrastructure. This includes engineering, bridge maintenance and construction, and capital project management. Lindamood has led the railroad’s Project Management Department since January 2012. He joined ARRC in June 2006 as a capital projects manager. Prior to the Alaska Railroad, Lindamood held senior positions in several national engineering firms (including Hanson-Wilson Inc. and TranSystems Corporation) specializing in railway design and operational analysis.
Jason Clifton, principal designer at Bauer/Clifton Interiors in Juneau, has been named vice president of the 2018 national board of directors for the Interior Design Society, where he will serve a two-year term in the position. Clifton, along with 12 other volunteer board members, meet monthly via teleconference to provide financial oversight and strategic direction to the executive director who manages the association on behalf of the board. Clifton became a member of the IDS board in 2016 when he was elected as the national secretary/treasurer, after a two-year term on the organization’s Marketing Committee.
Midnight Sun Home Care has named Luz Cruz staff director. Cruz brings more than five years of experience in the home health care industry, previously serving as a lead scheduler with Midnight Sun Home Care and Ebenezer Home Care’s office manager. Cruz will be responsible for hiring, training, supervising and retaining caregivers.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors will present the 2018 Sen. Ted Stevens Leadership Award to Ashlyn McCain at the annual TAPS Honor Guard Gala on March 6 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The TAPS Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award is presented annually to a surviving family member who lost a loved one serving in the armed forces. The award recognizes an individual who has taken their experience and demonstrated outstanding leadership on behalf of other military survivors. One of four children, McCain was 15 years old when her father, Army Sgt. 1st Class Johnathan “Bryant” McCain, was killed while serving in Afghanistan. Now 21, the Alaskan has participated in every aspect of the services TAPS offers to those grieving their military loved one. She has travelled internationally with TAPS to represent American survivors to peers overseas; she has become a mentor for young surviving children; she has volunteered with Team TAPS and teams4TAPS; and she has spoken in schools and communities to inspire citizens about service and sacrifice. Following the Army National Guard plane crash in 1992 that took the life of his friend, Army Brig. Gen. Tom Carroll, Stevens delivered the eulogy at his funeral. Two years later, Sen. Stevens helped Bonnie Carroll found TAPS in Alaska as the national nonprofit organization offering comfort and care to anyone grieving the death of someone who served in the armed forces.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation has promoted Vandana Ingle to program officer. Ingle oversees MSHF’s efforts in the area of workforce development. She manages the foundation’s academic and vocational scholarship programs. She also manages the Target Wellness grant program. Ingle was hired by the foundation in 2016 as a program associate. Prior to that she served as director of development and communication at Frontline Mission. She earned a master’s degree in communications media for children from SNDT College, India, a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, and a bachelor’s degree in commerce/banking and finance from the University of Poona, India.
Great Alaskan Holidays announced the appointment of Kurt Marquardt as the newest member to the organization’s sales and finance team. Marquardt is an experienced sales and finance professional in the RV sales and service industry, joining Great Alaskan Holidays after several years with ABC Motorhome Sales and Service. Marquardt also has an extensive background in the construction industry, working primarily with base projects at JBER, as well as projects tied back to the State of Alaska. Marquardt is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., calling Alaska his home now since 1980. He is also an experienced commercial fisherman, residing in Homer for more than 24 years.