Movers and Shakers for June 24
Mark McGeorge has joined Ravn Air Group as vice president, safety, security and compliance. McGeorge, an experienced pilot, military commander, and training expert, will be taking the reins from John Marshall, who will focus on his role as Ravn’s chief operating officer. McGeorge has nearly 30 years of experience in aviation, flying operations, safety, and compliance. In addition to being a former colonel and F-15 instructor pilot in the U.S. Air Force, McGeorge also has extensive instructor, academic, and simulator experience. Prior to joining Ravn, McGeorge was the director of safety, assistant facility security officer, project manager and combat aviation training expert for a local Alaska-based company based in Palmer. He has also held positions as deputy Operations Group commander and chief of Exercises and Flying Training in the Air Force.
Recognizing her ongoing contributions to the Global Health and Social Medicine Department at Harvard Medical School, Southcentral Foundation President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb has been reappointed as a visiting scientist. Gottlieb was first appointed to the faculty of the Harvard Center for Primary Care in 2015. The GHSM Department applies social science and humanities research to constantly improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of health care policies locally and worldwide. Under Gottlieb’s direction and guidance, SCF, a two-time winner of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, has become a global leader among health care organizations, recognized for its Nuka System of Care. Gottlieb serves as a director on the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Board of Directors and the Alaska Native Medical Center Joint Operating Board and on the leadership team of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100 Million Healthier Lives Initiative.
Jamie Acton was appointed as director of the Public Transportation Department, effective July 2, and Natasha Pineda as Director of the Department of Health and Human Services, effective July 9, for the Municipality of Anchorage. Acton has worked for the municipality in various capacities since 2005, first as a recreation programmer for Parks and Recreation and later as mobility planner for the PTD. She currently serves as a senior transportation planner for the Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions. Pineda comes to the municipality from the State of Alaska, where she currently serves as a deputy health official with the Department of Administration. Prior to joining the state, Pineda worked for the municipality as the community and family services division manager at DHHS. Pineda also served as a program officer for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and as a program coordinator for the state Division of Behavioral Health.
Troy Nesset of KPB Architects has obtained his professional registration for architecture in the state of Alaska. Nesset received a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s of architecture degree from Montana State University. Nesset is involved in a wide variety of projects for various clients throughout the state including Cook Inlet Housing Authority, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. and First National Bank Alaska.
Todd Shenk joined the Rasmuson Foundation as a senior program officer. Shenk worked from 1995 to 2002 for Denali Education Center including as education director. He then turned to Covenant House Alaska, where he worked from 2003 to 2005 as youth enrichment coordinator and developed an internship program for at-risk youth with the Anchorage mayor’s office. Shenk spent the next 12 years, from 2005 to 2017, with Seattle-based Casey Family Programs filling positions that drew on his technical, research and analytical skills. He managed grant portfolios and built relationships with groups including Native Americans in Philanthropy and Funders Together to End Homelessness. From 2011 to 2014, he served as a Casey Senior Fellow on loan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most recently, Shenk ran a consulting business based in Seattle that stretched to Alaska and work on youth homelessness.
Col. Matthew W. Brown assumed command of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from outgoing commander Col. Kevin J. Lambert in a June 21 ceremony. Brown graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned as an infantry second lieutenant in 1997. His past assignments include assistant operations officer, Bradley platoon leader, support platoon leader, and battalion logistics officer in 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry at Camp Able Sentry, Macedonia, and Schweinfurt, Germany. He then served as a division operations officer in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., and in Kuwait and Iraq. Subsequently assigned to 3d Brigade, he commanded C Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom IV. Following redeployment, he served as an exercise plans and operations officer in the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Following battalion command, he attended the Joint Advanced Warfighting School and subsequently served as the Senior Advisor to the 205th Afghan National Army Corps in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Former Gov. Sean Parnell has joined the Holland &Hart Anchorage office. Parnell brings more than 30 years of combined public service and legal expertise. Parnell’s public service career includes serving from 2009-14 as Alaska’s governor. Parnell also served as lieutenant governor and is a former Alaska state senator and representative. As an attorney, Parnell’s decades-long experience in commercial transactions, natural resources, and litigation was developed in private practice, as in-house counsel, as director of state government relations for a major oil company, and in government service. At Holland &Hart, Parnell will continue serving his existing Alaska business clients, as well as new clients in energy and infrastructure development.