Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 20

The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. announced Lynn Rust Henderson, who is vice president of sales and service for Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, is now chair of AEDC’s board of directors. Joining her on the board’s executive team are BP Alaska Head of Control David Knapp as vice chair; Northrim Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer Michael Huston as secretary and treasurer; Vice President of Operations for the Hotel Captain Cook Raquel Edelen as as immediate past board chair; and DOWL Vice President of Alaska Operations Steve Noble as at-large executive committee member. Four new Alaska business leaders will join AEDC’s 15-member board of directors. New members include: Furniture Enterprises of Alaska President Dave Cavitt; Bering Straits Native Corp. Senior Vice President and CFO Laura Edmondson; Signature Flight Support General Manager Marty Bettis; and Capital Management Benefits Corp. Director Garret Wong. Ahtna Environmental Inc. hired Matthew White, PE, CIH, whose responsibilities will include directing and managing environmental scientists, chemists, industrial hygienists, and environmental inspectors for the goal of applying OSHA, EPA, and USACE regulations for workplace safety and environmental compliance. White is a Certified Industrial Hygienist with more than 30 years of professional experience. White has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Bob Allen joins Ahtna Engineering Services LLC as a senior environmental engineer. Allen has 30 years of professional experience and has been involved in all phases of contaminated site management including site investigations, feasibility studies, and remedial design. He earned his master’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University. MTA announced the appointment of Alaska business and real estate veteran Ken Kincaid to its board of directors. Kincaid, a 35-year MTA member, has most recently served on the board for the Mat-Su Health Foundation, where he was brought on to help navigate the complex purchase of an additional ownership stake in the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. He serves on MSHF’s committees for Governance, Program, CEO Evaluation, and is the chair of its Finance committee. Since joining in 2012, MSHF’s long-term investments, investments from joint ventures, and grants to the community have more than doubled. Kincaid previously worked for 18 years at the Anchorage office of commercial real estate appraisal company Shorett &Riely, which later became Kincaid &Riely after he became the sole proprietor. Kincaid has also served on the Alaska Board of Real Estate Appraisers, the Mat-Su Borough Board of Equalization and numerous church and school leadership boards. Mark Corsentino was appointmented as the new general manager of the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility. Corsentino will replace Brett Jokela, who is retiring after serving as AWWU’s GM for six years. Corsentino has worked for AWWU since 2007. He served as project management engineer and supervisor from 2007-16, and as director of Operations and Maintenance since 2016. In his most recent position, Corsentino led and managed 95 employees, served as a member of AWWU’s leadership team, and was instrumental in the development and execution of the utility’s strategic plan. Corsentino holds a master’s degree in civil engineering and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University. He has more than 18 years of professional experience in the industry. He begins full-time as GM of AWWU in early February. The Alaska Chamber announced the hiring of Albert Fogle as vice president, where he will focus on advocacy, legislative issues, as well as operations and financial management. Before joining the chamber, Fogle worked for RISQ Consulting as an employee benefits and business consultant. He is a licensed life and health insurance producer and past president of the Alaska Association of Health Underwriters. Prior to RISQ, Albert served in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Team Leader and Communications Operator where he supervised deployment logistics valued in excess of $2 million under security access controls. His years of military service include a tour in Iraq. Fogle has a bachelor’s of business administration degree in finance, with a minor in criminal justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Fogle replaces Ben Mulligan, who recently left the Chamber to serve as the deputy commissioner for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Long-time Alaska fisheries analyst Rachel S. Baker will join the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as deputy commissioner beginning Feb. 1. Also joining the department is Rachel Hanke who started work as legislative liaison earlier this month. Baker brings 15 years of experience as an analyst and policy advisor in state and federal fisheries management to her role at the department. She began her fisheries career in 2003 as an economist with ADFG. She joined the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2008 where she most recently worked as Supervisory Fishery Management Specialist in Silver Spring, Md. She will be based in Juneau. As deputy commissioner she will represent the state’s interests in federal fisheries management issues, including representing the department with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council on behalf of the commissioner. She will also coordinate state and federal fisheries policies and management programs to benefit the state and Alaska’s coastal communities. Hanke started at the department on Jan. 7. She worked in the Legislature for five years prior to joining the ADFG. Her background includes stints as staff to Sen. Peter Micciche and Rep. Kurt Olson. The RSA board of directors has elected Roger Weese as the new president. Channing Lillo has been promoted to vice president and principal electrical engineer. Mark Frischkorn will remain as vice president and principal mechanical engineer, and will continue to lead the Mechanical Department. Tim Hall, who has served as president for the past four years, will remain a principal electrical engineer and will continue to work on a part-time basis.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 13

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced four executive level positions within the organization. Wayne Bailey has been selected to fill the new position of executive vice president and chief experience officer. Bailey has more than 25 years of experience with Alaska USA in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as chief lending officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado Boulder. Scott Hansen has been selected for the position of chief lending officer. Hansen has more than 40 years of consumer lending and collection experience, and has been with Alaska USA for more than 13 years, most recently as executive director, Consumer Lending. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah. Jessica Graham has been promoted to fill the position of chief risk officer, general counsel. Graham has more than 15 years of in-house corporate law experience, most recently as senior vice president, general counsel. Graham also clerked for the Chief Justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, holds a degree in law from the Law School of Duke University, and has served on the board of the Alaska Bar Association. Maria Quick has been selected for the position of senior vice president, Accounting and Treasury. Quick has more than 13 years of industry experience, and most recently held the position of manager, Finance and Accounting. Quick is a licensed CPA with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northwest Nazerene University. Legislative advocacy veteran Thor Stacey was named director of National Federation of Independent Businesses Alaska. For the past six years, Thor Stacey has been the director of government affairs for the Alaska Professional Hunters Association and has also led legislative initiatives for Trident Seafoods, Alaska Air Carriers Association, Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation, and IPOP Mining. A lifelong Alaskan, Stacey served in the United States Marine Corps under Col. and Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. A graduate of AJ Diamond High School in Anchorage, he later attended the University of Alaska Southeast to study political science and government, Stacey also studied in the aviation maintenance program of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the promotion of Helene Bennett to Tribal Operations and Self Governance manager. Bennett previously served as the executive assistant to Tlingit and Haida’s Chief Operating Officer Ken Truitt. In her new role, Bennett will provide administrative support to and oversight of the Tribe’s Bureau of Indian Affairs Self Governance programs, provide support to compact communities in compliance with applicable regulations and fiscal policies, and oversee the day to day administrative functions of the Tribal Operations department. Bennett will also manage all facets of Tribal Assembly in collaboration with the Office of the President. She joined Tlingit and Haida’s workforce full-time in 2010 with the Head Start department, she later transitioned to the Native Lands and Resources Department before accepting a position in Tribal Operations in 2014. Prior to this, Bennett worked for the City and Borough of Juneau’s Parks &Recreation Department and the Juneau Police Department. Perkins Coie announced that Sarah Gillstrom of its Anchorage office has been promoted to partner. Gillstrom is a member of Perkins Coie’s Litigation practice. Gillstrom’s practice focuses on construction law and commercial litigation in both federal and state courts. In addition to representing clients in breach-of-contract litigation, she has experience assisting clients — including owners, contractors, and design professionals — in construction disputes. Gillstrom also drafts and negotiates construction agreements, and represents clients in real estate transactions and litigation.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 6

John Novak was appointed as the Anchorage District Attorney. Novak has worked in the Criminal Division of the Department of Law since 1990 and has worked on everything from homicide cases, to handling federal prosecutions as a Special Assistant to the United States Attorney, to advising the Department of Public Safety. Novak’s career has taken him all across the State to prosecute crimes, including Anchorage, Kenai, Palmer, Seward, Bethel, Dillingham, Naknak, and Unalaska. He has also supervised both the drug and violent crimes units during his tenure and pitched in as Acting District Attorney for the Palmer District Attorney’s office. Novak replaces Richard Allen, who has taken a job with the Palmer District Attorney’s office. Col. Torrence Saxe was appointed to serve as the new commissioner of the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and to serve as the adjutant general for the Alaska National Guard. As commissioner and adjutant general, Saxe will be responsible for nearly 4,400 personnel in four state divisions, and the National Guard, which is organized within the DMVA. DMVA’s divisions include Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Veterans Affairs, Alaska Military Youth Academy, Air and Army National Guard, Naval Militia, State Defense Force and Administrative Services. Saxe most recently served as commander of the Alaska Air National Guard, presiding over 2,300 Air Guardsmen in the Joint Forces Headquarters Air staff and two wings, located at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage and Eielson Air Force Base near Fairbanks. LifeMed Alaska, an Alaska-based ground and air ambulance service with base locations in Anchorage, Bethel, Dutch Harbor, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer and Soldotna, announced that Russell L. Edwards has joined the company as CEO. As a former Army MEDEVAC pilot and Alaska Air National Guard rescue helicopter pilot with the 210th Rescue Squadron, Edwards has led teams in the safe and effective conduct of flight operations that resulted in safe evacuation of hundreds in Alaska, the Lower 48, and during multiple overseas deployments. His comprehensive understanding and application of pertinent military and civilian regulations, crew resource management, and team leadership has resulted in multiple awards for rescue operations, including an Air Medal for Heroism for leading a flight of two HH-60s in the rescue of a wounded Special Forces officer in the mountains of Afghanistan. Edwards will retire from the Alaska Air National Guard in the fall of 2019 as a lieutenant colonel.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 30

Bering Straits Native Corp. announced two promotions within the company’s senior management team. Krystal Nelson was promoted to senior vice president/chief operating officer and Dan Graham was promoted to senior vice president. Nelson joined BSNC in 2014 following a successful 18-year career working in public and private business sectors managing federal, state and municipal contracts. Her experience includes management of multi-million dollar programs and projects, union negotiations and managing more than 1,200 personnel. Graham joined BSNC in 2014 after nearly 20 years managing projects for the public and private sector in construction, remediation and service work. His background includes management and operational responsibility for large multi-million dollar international programs, implementing strategic plans and policies and facilitating corporate marketing and business development. PDC Engineers announced several promotions. Utilities Market Sector lead Karen Brady was promoted to the position of principal engineer. She has been with PDC for 17 years. Angela Smith, lead engineer of PDC’s Aviation group (within the firm’s Transportation Market Sector), has been promoted to the position of senior associate. Smith has 17 years of industry experience and has been with PDC for two of those years. PDC Business Development Director and Planner Pat Cotter was promoted to the position of senior associate. Cotter has been with PDC Engineers for nine years and has served as an associate for the past six years. He leads the firm’s planning group in its Land Development Services Market Sector and has filled the role of Business Development director for the past two years. As a key leader in PDC’s Highway group within its Transportation Market Sector, Anne Nelson has been promoted to the position of associate. Nelson has worked with PDC for 12 years as a civil engineer and has earned her PE while at the firm. Kevin Puustinen, a senior civil engineer in PDC’s Utilities Market Sector, has been promoted to the position of associate. Puustinen has had his professional engineering license since 2010 and has performed and managed civil engineering design and construction assignments throughout Southeast Alaska. He also serves on PDC’s Operations committee. Randy Williams has been promoted to the position of associate. Williams joined PDC in 2015 as a senior mechanical engineer and commissioning agent and has been the lead mechanical engineer on several projects and the project manager for other multi-discipline work.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 23

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center added Dr. Michelle Oakley to its animal care staff. Oakley will perform veterinary duties including diagnosis, assisting in treatments, and researching medical conditions of AWCC’s resident animals. Oakley joined AWCC with 18 years of experience as a veterinarian, having previously worked at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve and the Calgary Zoo. She has been the star of the popular reality TV show “Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet” and has been a visiting veterinarian at AWCC for several years. GCI, Alaska’s largest technology company, recently promoted Heather Handyside to vice president of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement within the company’s Legal and Policy Department. Handyside, who joined GCI in 2015, will continue to serve as the company’s primary spokesperson. Handyside will continue to work closely with the GCI Marketing team to coordinate the company’s philanthropy and volunteer programs, which donates more than $2 million to Alaska organizations each year and provides more than 32,000 hours of paid volunteer time annually to its 2,200 employees statewide. Handyside brings 20 years of government, non-profit and private sector communications experience into her new position. Alex Hofeling has been selected as the next vice president and general manager for TOTE Maritime’s Alaska office and operations. In this role, Hofeling will oversee both the Anchorage and Fairbanks offices. Hofeling has been with TOTE Maritime since September 2013. He began his time with TOTE as a regional sales manager and was promoted to director of marketing in 2016. Before TOTE, Hofeling worked for Coastal Transportation and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Hofeling will be the face of TOTE in Alaska and work closely with the Port of Alaska, labor partners, customers and community partners. Hofeling will succeed Grace Greene who was promoted to President of TOTE Maritime Alaska in August 2018. In recognition of his extraordinary efforts to support Alaska’s non-profit community, the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals has named GCI Senior Vice President of Consumer Services Paul Landes as the organization’s 2018 Outstanding Philanthropist. The Outstanding Philanthropist award is “presented to the individual or family who has demonstrated exceptional civic responsibility by providing ongoing and major financial support, together with effective leadership, to community-wide major fundraising projects,” according to the AFP Alaska Chapter. While Landes has a history of dedicated service to organizations that support Alaskans, his selfless commitment to the non-profit community this year has eclipsed all of his previous efforts. Since the death of Jim Balamaci in early 2018, Landes has helped launch a $2 million endowment supporting Special Olympics Alaska, where Balamaci served as president and CEO. Also with his leadership, dozens of business executives and the community at-large came together to raise more than $1 million at the Covenant House Alaska Sleep Out. GCI donates more than $2 million to Alaska organizations each year and provides more than 32,000 hours of paid volunteer time to its 2,200 employees statewide.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 16

Northrim BanCorp Inc. announced that Aaron M. Schutt has been appointed to the board of directors, effective immediately. Schutt is currently president and CEO of Doyon Ltd., an Alaskan Native regional corporation and one of the state’s largest land owners. In 2004, Schutt was named as a recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Top Forty Under 40 award. After graduation from Stanford Law School, Schutt clerked for Alaska Supreme Court Justice Alexander Bryner. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Stanford University, and graduated with honors as an S. Town Stephenson scholar from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Leaders of five Alaska nonprofit organizations received 2019 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Awards. They will have three to six months in the coming year to unplug from demanding jobs to rest, reflect and rejuvenate. The awards, for $40,000 each, help cover the leader’s salary and costs of travel and other experiences during the time away. Each must commit to returning to their job for at least a year. Research shows that sabbaticals usually lead to much longer commitments to nonprofit work. The new awardees are as follows. Alicia Andrew, president and tribal administrator, Karluk IRA Tribal Council, has worked for the tribal council more than 30 years, a demanding position that allows for little personal time. Kay Clements, general manager, Lynn Canal Broadcasting–KHNS in Haines, helped found a community radio station in Marin County, Calif., back in 1995 and has worked in community radio ever since and in Haines since 2011. Lainie Dreas, executive director, Alaska Junior Theater, has worked 22 years for performing arts organizations including 12 as head of Alaska Junior Theater. Mary Middleton, executive director, Stone Soup Group, provides support and resources for families caring for children with special needs. She has worked 25 years for nonprofits while raising children including a son with autism. Tara Riemer, president and CEO of the Alaska SeaLife Center, has worked 15 years for the center including six as CEO. The Anchorage office of global architecture, engineering, and consulting firm Stantec recently expanded its team supporting the oil and gas industry in Alaska. Joining team are William Cobb, PE, and Jenny Iwinski. Additionally, Nick Arnold, PE, was promoted to project manager. Cobb is a senior mechanical engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, working on both onshore and offshore facilities. He has focused on drilling engineering, surface facility engineering, pipeline engineering and project management. He is a U.S. Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in both mechanical and civil engineering. Iwinski joins Stantec as its projects control lead for petroleum work. She has more than 10 years of experience in the Alaska oil and gas industry, working on projects ranging in value from $1 million to $8 billion. She has worked on projects with multiple oil and gas clients, including Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., ConocoPhillips Alaska, BP and the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Arnold joined Stantec in 2017 as a project engineer, and in his new project management role, he is responsible for the delivery of a wide variety of projects for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. He has 10 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and is a registered project management professional. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho. Northrim Bank announced two new hires and two promotions. New hires are Glenn Schmitz, Cybersecurity Program manager and Kristi Dent, consumer lender. Promotions are Anita DeVore, vice president, regional sales and service manager, and Maia Hernandez, associate vice president, branch manager float team. Schmitz joins Northrim Bank with 24 years of IT and cybersecurity experience with the U.S. Air Force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology management from Trident University International. Schmitz is the current president of the local International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium Chapter. Dent comes to Northrim Bank after working at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union for the past nine years. She has worked in consumer lending for three years and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Western Governor’s University. DeVore has been with Northrim Bank for more than 14 years. She has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry. DeVore holds a Series 65 securities license as an investment advisor representative for Northrim Investment Services. She received Northrim’s President’s Award in 2013. Hernandez joined Northrim Bank in 2015 and has 11 years of experience in the industry, starting as a teller and advancing to a business banker, and float manager. She is a first generation immigrant and moved to Alaska from the Philippines in 2002. Anchorage-based telecommunications company Quintillion has named Michael J. “Mac” McHale, Jr. as chief revenue officer, responsible for guiding business growth as the company evolves into the next phases of its international fiber project. McHale comes to Quintillion after 16 years as principal at Expansion Services LLC, a telecom manage- ment and advisory services company based in Scottsdale, Ariz. During his 30-year career McHale has held senior management and “C” level positions in some of the most recognizable U.S. telecommunications/technology companies including IBM, Teleport Communications Group, Metropolitan Fiber Systems/MFS Communications, XO Communications, Hawaiian Tel and Innovative Communications. Quintillion’s subsea fiber optic cable system has been serving the northern Alaska communities of Utqiagvik, Wainwright, Point Hope, Kotzebue and Nome since Dec. 1, 2017. As a carrier’s carrier, Quintillion provides Gig-E bandwidth services enabling high speed broadband products and capabilities to consumers, businesses and government clients in these communities.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 9

Ahtna Inc. announced several new hires within its subsidiaries. Ahtna Global LLC hired Rachel Thompson as proposal manager. Thompson’s professional background includes more than 17 years of experience in marketing, business development, proposal writing, technical editing, and project coordination. More than 10 of those years have been spent in Alaska supporting the environmental, engineering, and energy industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in language studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and is a member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Michael Records, MS, EIT, joined Ahtna Environmental Inc. as an environmental engineer. With both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Records has seven years of professional experience, primarily in Alaska. His duties include support of environmental and construction work including site investigations, remediation, compliance, and demolition. Denise Yancey joins Ahtna Environmental Inc. as the proposal coordinator for the business development department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an associate degree in electronics systems technology from the Community College of the U.S. Air Force. Yancey has been professionally published many times, has more than 20 years of experience in the field, and has lived in Alaska for 33 years. She is a member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska promoted Frances Andrews to Tribal Court administrator. Frances joined the Tribal Court in July 2017 to serve as the lead clerk of the court. Prior to joining Tlingit and Haida’s Tribal Court, she served as the registered agent clerk for Hoffman and Blasco and also held various positions at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Frances is in her final year of school and will be receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from the University of Alaska Southeast. In her new role, Frances will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Tribal Court, including case flow management; supervision of Tribal Court personnel; developing and implementing policies and procedures, statutes and other governing documents pertaining to the Tribal Court; maintaining the Tribe’s law library containing decisions rendered from the Tribal Court; developing the Tribal Court’s annual budget; and completing required reporting on all grants administered by the Tribal Court. Great Alaskan Holidays, Alaska’s largest RV rental, sales, and service business headquartered in Anchorage, has hired Kevin Linkenhoker as a full-time member of its vehicle maintenance technician team. Linkenhoker has more than six years of relative technical experience, and is a graduate of South Anchorage High School.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 2

Francy Bennett joined the Anchorage Home Builders Association as executive officer, effective Nov. 26. Bennett is a lifelong Alaskan who grew up in small villages in Western Alaska. She has worked in the marketing and advertising industry for more than 30 years. Her positions have included working as the communications director for (now AK Headlamp), development director for YWCA Alaska and vice president of the Alaska Chamber. Nikki Giordano, AHBA’s former executive officer, is leaving Alaska to become the executive officer at the Northern Colorado Home Builders Association. Giordano served as AHBA’s executive officer for six years and has been with the association for more than 11 years. After seven years of serving as Director of Human Resources for Koniag Government Services, Denise Bailey will be promoted to chief administrative officer. Bailey joined KGS in August 2011 as senior HR manager for the Government Services sector of companies. In this role, Bailey initially provided HR services such as HR consultancy, policy development, program development and implementation pertaining to all functions within the HR organization. Bailey increasingly self-assumed the responsibility of working with other Koniag family departments to drive corporate strategic projects in support of the sector and overall business plans. In her new position, Bailey will continue performing her current role while taking on new responsibilities, including the oversight of contracts and security for KGS. Prior to joining KGS, Bailey served in senior leadership roles for Washington Management Group and FedSources, which were Koniag subsidiaries acquired by Deltek in 2011. She directed and managed financial, HR and administrative activities and policies. Bailey has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of Human Resources and operations. Bailey obtained her bachelor of business administration from James Madison University and is a certified senior professional in human resources. The Associated General Contractors-Alaska elected a new executive board of directors on Nov. 10 during its annual conference. They are: Cuauhtemoc Rodriguez, Coldfoot Environmental Services Inc., president; Chris Reilly, Rain Proof Roofing, vice president; Sarah Lefebvre, Exclusive Paving, secretary; Gary Klebs, KLEBS Mechanical Inc., treasurer; Regina Daniels, Davis Block &Concrete, contractor-at-large; Lynne Seville, Parker, Smith &Feek Inc., associate member; James St. George, St. George Consulting, immediate past president.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 25

Credit Union 1 announced Mark Burgess as its new chief technology officer. Prior to joining Credit Union 1, Burgess served as vice president of Customer Success for SilverCloud, a technology organization with which he helped various nationwide credit unions manage their policies and procedures. During his tenure with SilverCloud he also managed customer interactions, created the SilverCloud Customer Success division, and helped grow the company from six employees to 50. Previously, Burgess managed IT and infrastructure for a consulting agency that worked with non-profits who serve at-risk populations. Burgess also brings experience with lab and computer management at Southern New Hampshire University to his new position with Credit Union 1. Dr. Preston M. Simmons, DSc., Providence Health and Services Alaska’s chief operating and administrative officer, will serve as CEO beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Simmons brings more than 30 years of health care executive leadership experience to the position. He has served as a leader within Providence since 2007 in a variety of roles, including chief executive officer of Providence’s Northwest Washington Region in Everett and chief operating and administrative officer of its Western Washington Region in Seattle. PHSA’s current CEO, Bruce Lamoureux, announced his retirement Nov. 14 and will remain with the organization through June 2019 to ensure a smooth transition. Lamoureux has served Providence Alaska since 2006 and has been instrumental in building and enhancing care and services while increasing access, especially for those who are poor and vulnerable. Before joining Providence, Simmons served as a senior associate administrator for the University of Washington Medical Center. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer of a rural hospital in the Samaritan Health System in Page, Ariz. He also served in senior leadership roles at Stevens Healthcare in Edmonds, Wash., and Ballard Community Hospital in Seattle. Simmons holds a doctor of science in health care leadership from the University of Alabama Birmingham, and a master’s in health administration from the University of Washington. He is a clinical professor for the university’s Department of Health Services and is board certified in health care management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 18

The Alaska Chamber announced 12 new members of its board of directors. Cory Baggen, vice president for Samson Tug &Barge, will continue to serve as chair of the 2019 board of directors. The new members are: Kari Ann Baker, attorney at the Law Office of Charles Evens; Richard Berkowitz, director of operations at the Transportation Institute; Damian Bilbao, VP, Commercial Ventures at BP Exploration Alaska; Larry Cooper, chief financial officer at TDX/Tanadgusix Corp.; Darlene Gates, President, ExxonMobil Alaska; Aleashia Huber, personal banker II/bank officer at Wells Fargo; Elaine Kroll, VP and senior industry specialist at Wells Fargo; Pam Long, broker/owner of Haines Real Estate; Robin Moore, sales &marketing manager at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center; Lucas Parker, project manager at Kuchar Construction; Deenie Robertson, Barge Division manager at Petro 49, Inc./Petro Marine Services; Tim Sullivan, manager of External Affairs at the Alaska Railroad. The Matanuska Telephone Association Inc. board of directors has selected Thomas Newman to fill a vacant seat. Previous MTA board member George Trabits resigned to pursue business opportunities. Newman’s professional experience includes surveying on and offshore, software development, project management and corporate management. As a founder and leader of TerraSond Limited, he has grown the company from three partners and a few part-time staff working solely in Alaska to a multinational company that has performed projects in 28 countries, with offices in several U.S. states and foreign subsidiaries. Newman has direct experience with a wide variety of technology for both land and marine surveys and has incorporated the latest technology available through three decades for surveying, positioning vessels at sea, and measuring the depth and character of the ocean. Newman has an MBA from the University of Washington; a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska and an associate’s degree from Anchorage Community College. Other members of MTA’s board are Catherine Fosselman, chief governance officer; Roxie Mayberry, secretary; Nicholas Begich III, director; and Larry Wiget, director. PDC Engineers recently hired Morgan Miller to serve as its new Proposal Specialist. Miller brings four years of A/E/C experience to PDC. She will soon be completing her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage and has ambitions of attainting her masters in project management, both of which having a focus on sustainable and economic development in Alaska. PDC has worked extensively throughout Alaska, serving over 250 communities, as well as globally, reaching Antarctica and Greenland. PDC specializes in the facilities, transportation, utilities, and land development services markets.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 11

Kevin O’Neal-Smith was hired by The McDowell Group as an economic analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He also studied international economics and Southeast Asian trade at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. McDowell Group was recently recognized as Alaska Chamber’s Bill Bivins Small Business of the Year. The research and consulting firm has a staff of 19 located in Anchorage, Juneau, and Bellingham, Wash. GCI Business hired Aaron Helmericks as the senior director of Projects and Engineering. Helmericks brings a wide range of experience to the position with more than 15 years of oil and gas, telecom, and IT design and operations. He was most recently the CIO for Caelus Energy. He will oversee the Projects and Engineering teams formally known as GCI Industrial Telecom. With offices in Deadhorse and Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, GCI Business employs more than 100 professional telecommunication engineers, project managers and technicians to support the full lifecycles of industrial projects and remote operations. Koniag Inc. General Counsel Peter Boskofsky was recently named a 2018 “Native American 40 Under 40” awardee by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in recognition of his excellent work as a lawyer and his community service efforts. He also serves as vice president of the Koniag Education Foundation Board, co-chairs the Alaska Native Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association and volunteers for the Alaska Color of Justice. He earned a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawai’i. Before working at Koniag, he served as an attorney at Afognak Native Corp. and Alutiiq LLC. He was recognized along with the other awardees during an October 29-30 event at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Okla. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nnounced the appointment of Dr. Robert Foy as the new Science and Research director for NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau, effective Nov. 11. In this role, he will oversee the agency’s work to monitor the health and sustainability of fish, marine mammals, and their habitats across nearly 1.5 million square miles of water surrounding Alaska. He will direct scientific research to support and sustain some of the world’s most valuable marine resources, including commercial fisheries for Alaska pollock, red king crab, and sablefish in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. He will also oversee agency research in the Aleutians, a 1,200-mile long island chain full of marine life, and in the Arctic Ocean, home to marine mammals including bowhead and beluga whales, and bearded and ringed seals. As Center Director, Foy will oversee nearly 500 employees and a number of facilities, including the main facility in Seattle, research laboratories in Juneau and Kodiak, Alaska, and Newport, Ore., and field stations in Little Port Walter, St. Paul Island, and St. George Island. Foy will assume his new role on November 11, 2018. Foy holds graduate degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Ph.D. in oceanography and master’s degree in fisheries) and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 4

The Alaska SeaLife Center welcomed four new members to its board of directors, and announced the election of two new officers: board Chair Wendy Lindskoog of BP Alaska; and Vice Chair Terry Lauck of ConocoPhillips. Terms for new members and officers began Sept. 28, 2018. The new board members will serve three-year terms. The new board members are: Josh Howes, Dr. Laura “Lu” Levoy, Dr. Herb Schroeder and Christy Terry. Howes has been the President of Premier Alaska Tours Inc. since 2010. He holds a master’s degree in global supply chain management and has studied abroad in Japan. Howes serves on various boards including the Alaska Chapter for the Red Cross, the Statewide Steering Committee for the Alaska Marine Highway Reform Project, and the Alaska Travel Industry Association. Levoy is an emergency medicine physician in Anchorage. She studied medicine at West Virginia University and East Tennessee State University. Levoy is licensed with the West Virginia Board of Medicine and the Alaska Board of Medicine. Schroeder is vice provost for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program and founder at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is the recipient of the White House 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring for outstanding mentoring efforts and providing opportunities to the local communities of indigenous people. He is the professor of engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Schroeder received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. Terry is the Seward Port Manager of the Alaska Railroad Corp. She is a former member of the Seward Chamber of Commerce Board and a former City Council member. Terry is a member of the Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators and chairs the City of Seward Port and Commerce Advisory Board. Terry is a Certified Port Executive. She was the recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty under 40 in 2012 and the Alaska Railroad’s Golden Spike Award in 2015. Northrim Bank hired Maureen Swartwood as associate vice president and branch manager; and announced the promotion of Christina Clayton to assistant branch manager and Darren Donahue to branch supervisor as the leadership of the new Eastside Community Branch. Swartwood joins Northrim Bank with 15 years of experience in the financial industry. She started as a teller and worked in various positions to become a branch manager at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Swartwood moved to Alaska after growing up in Fiji. Clayton has been with Northrim Bank since 2016 and has nearly five years of experience in the financial industry. Before joining Northrim Bank, she had more than 30 years of experience in retail sales management. Clayton holds an occupational associate’s degree in retail management. Donahue joined Northrim Bank in 2012 as a teller. Trevor Bradford is the newest addition to the Evergreen Business Capital team in Alaska. He has 16 years of experience in the finance industry, including the last four years as a commercial loan officer and small business lending manager at Northrim Bank in Anchorage. Trevor is an active board member of the Alaska Small Business Development Center and often leads meetings and lunches with small business owners educating them on many financial related topics. Providence Health &Service Alaska has named a new chief medical officer and Providence Medical Group Alaska a chief executive. Dr. Michael Bernstein, M.D., will join Providence as chief medical officer effective Nov. 12. Dr. Thomas Yetman, M.D., began serving as PMGA chief executive on Oct. 1. Bernstein comes to Alaska from Providence St. Joseph Health in Los Angeles, where he served most recently as chief medical officer of Providence Medical Foundations and president of Providence Specialty Medical Group. He earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University and completed his doctorate in medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He completed his medical residency at the University of Washington in Seattle and clinical fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. During his time in Los Angeles, Dr. Bernstein worked with more than 650 employed physicians across three medical foundations and 900 affiliated physicians in Los Angeles County. Yetman will oversee an organization that provides primary and specialty care to Alaskans and is connected to Providence Alaska Medical Center and The Children’s Hospital at Providence. With more than 30 years in health care, Yetman joins Providence Alaska from Providence Medical Group Northwest Washington in Everett, Wash., where he served as chief executive and then chief medical officer. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Yetman received his medical degree from George Washington University. Upon completion of a family practice internship at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., he spent time on active duty as part of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps at the Navy hospital in Guam. He then completed training in obstetrics and gynecology at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Portsmouth, Va.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 28

KPMG LLP announced a hire and a promotion. Mike Fink was hired as an audit senior manager. Fink brings 14 years of accounting and advisory experience with a variety of organizations, including telecommunications and Alaska Native corporations. He was born and raised in Fairbanks and earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and in finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Melissa Jay was promoted to audit senior manager. Jay provides audit and accounting advisory services to several types of clients including Alaska Native corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and oil field service companies. Jay is also active in recruiting, frequently attending events at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was raised in Anchorage and joined KPMG in 2011 after earning bachelor’s degrees in accounting and in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah. Tom Garrett, PE, has joined global engineering, architecture, and consulting firm Stantec as a senior civil engineer in the firm’s transportation group in Anchorage. Garrett will apply his 20 years of experience to serve and expand the firm’s Alaska transportation practice. Garrett’s project design experience includes site development, road reconstruction and resurfacing, grading and drainage plans, retaining wall design and utility main extensions. Since joining Stantec, he has worked on a variety of projects, including those for the state, utilities and the oil and gas industry. Garrett holds bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Ahtna Inc. announce several new hires within its subsidiaries. Ahtna Environmental Inc., welcomes David Bennett to its team as business development director. With a bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and 24 years of experience in understanding client operations, needs, planning, and project execution. Morgan Bruno, PE, joins Ahtna Engineering Services LLC as a project manager. Bruno is an environmental engineer with nine years of experience including preparation of remedial investigation/feasibility study-related documents; data evaluation; groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, and vapor intrusion sampling; geoprobe, hollow stem auger, and sonic drilling oversight; risk analysis; non-aqueous phase liquid mobility analysis; and bench-scale treatability experiments, among others. She holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering from the University of Idaho. Michael Selhay joins Ahtna Environmental Inc., as a senior construction manager with more than 18 years of construction and management experience leading all phases of construction planning and development, design coordination, and contract administration. Selhay earned a bachelor’s of science degree in construction management from Arizona State University and attended the Del E. Webb School of Construction. Selhay was the Project Manager of the Alaska Vocational Technical Center Culinary Arts Facility Project and the Dormitory Replacement project in Seward, which both won the 2011 and 2013 Alaska General Contractor’s Challenge Award for the $5 million to $15M project category. Also joining Ahtna Environmental, Inc., is Nelson Crone as the firm’s GIS specialist. He works with Global Positioning System equipment and has provided operation, ArcCollector deployment and operation, ArcPad, and other various data collection techniques for field technicians. He works with remote sensing systems performing image analysis and has worked with UAV systems creating imagery products. He has also worked with SDSFIE database creation for federal projects and has worked with EQuIS databases for environmental data. Crone has a master’s degree in GIS for development and environment from Clark University and a bachelor’s of science degree in geography and environmental studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. PND Engineers Inc. announced several hires. Javed Miandad joins the Anchorage office as a geotechnical staff engineer. He recently completed his master’s degree in geological engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he worked as a teaching assistant in the engineering geology and soil mechanics lab while conducting his master’s research on landslides in Interior Alaska. Miandad will oversee geotechnical efforts on projects and perform geotechnical explorations. Dominick Frank brings his geology background to PND’s geotechnical department. Frank received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. His background includes soils lab experience while at HDL Engineering Consultants and hydrographic survey experience gained at TerraSond. He also has experience working for construction contractors and holds AK-CESCL, OSHA, and HAZWOPER certificates. Frank will be tasked with running PND’s AASHTO-accredited Soils Material Lab and assisting with geotechnical tasks and other engineering fieldwork as necessary. Logan Imlach, EIT, was recently brought on as a structural staff engineer. Imlach graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He has 10 years of professional engineering experience, having previously worked as a construction project manager for Clark Management and as a project engineer for Parker Drilling. Imlach also worked as a design engineer for Armada Skis, where he was responsible for design and development of new ski models. His primary responsibilities with PND will include structural design for marine and oil and gas industry projects. Seth Anderson, PE, brings eight years of engineering experience to the Anchorage office. His background includes providing construction support for several major construction projects throughout Alaska — including the Akutan Airport design-build — while employed with Kiewit Infrastructure West, and working on civil projects in mining, power, and flood protection for Barr Engineering in Minnesota. Anderson’s primary responsibilities with PND will include civil design projects including road improvement design and plans and water, sewer, and stormwater system design. Andrew Reeves brings 15 years of IT experience to his position as a systems administrator for PND. His began his career as a computer repairman for a small family-owned shop when he was still in high school. He later joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for five years as a data systems and network specialist, and completing a tour of duty in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Most recently, Reeves was a systems technician for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District for three years. At PND, his responsibilities include maintaining all end-user hardware and software, and network and server hardware and software. Aaron Unterreiner has joined the Anchorage office as marketing coordinator. Unterreiner is originally from St. Louis, has a communications degree from Missouri State University, and started his career in Durango, Colo., where he worked at The Durango Herald as a sportswriter, sports editor, and news editor. Most recently, he was a copyeditor and a page designer for The McClatchy Company in Sacramento editing and designing news and sports content across all McClatchy newspapers. Unterreiner will assist in the development of competitive proposals, provide editing support to all departments, help maintain PND’s online presence, and participate in all marketing activities.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 21

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Statewide Airport Operations Superintendent Jeremy Worrall has been elected to the board of directors of the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives for 2018-19. The organization is made up of more than 300 aviation professionals from the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and western provinces of Canada. Its mission is to promote airports by developing, connecting, and educating aviation industry professionals. The Alaska Superintendents Association announced Andi Story of Juneau as recipient of the 2018 ASA Don MacKinnon Educational Excellence and Human Recognition Award. Story has been recognized as an outstanding school board member who has dedicated the past 15 years to public education through her service on the Juneau School District Board of Education. Story was part of a school board that established new higher standards for math and literacy, raised the credit requirements for graduation while at the same time increasing the graduation rate, increased teacher and staff professional development, improved student achievement and prepared graduates for post-secondary success. The MacKinnon Educational Excellence and Human Recognition Award was established in 1985 to recognize Don MacKinnon and his service to education in Alaska. MacKinnon was instrumental in forming a cooperative alliance among all school administrators and public education partners and was the first Executive Director of the Alaska Association of School Administrators now ASA and the Alaska Council of School Administrators. The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced its 2018 Visitor Industry Awards recipients at its annual convention in Fairbanks. Award winners are selected by visitor industry peers based on professional excellence and service to Alaska’s tourism industry. Alyeska Award: Lazy Otter Charters, Whittier; Chuck West Award: Alaska Photo Treks, Anchorage; Denali Award: Deb Hickok, Fairbanks; Lifetime Achievement Award: Dee Dee O’Brien, Anchorage; Special Recognition Award: UnCruise Adventures, Seattle; Spirit of Alaska Award: Northern Alaska Tour Co., Fairbanks; Stan Stephens Stewardship Award: Colleen Stephens, Valdez; Visitor Industry Hall of Fame Award: Steve Mahay, Talkeetna. The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced its 2018-19 board of directors on Oct. 11 at the ATIA Annual Convention in Fairbanks. The Executive Committee is: Chair Elizabeth Hall, John Hall’s Alaska Cruises &Tours; At-Large Vice Chair Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures; Southwest Past Chair Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours; Southeast Secretary/Membership Chair Holly Johnson, Wings of Alaska &Taku Glacier Lodge; Southeast Treasurer/Finance Chair Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours; Outside Marketing Chair Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier &Wildlife Cruises; At-Large Marketing Vice Chair Linda Springmann, Holland America Line; Outside Government Relations Chair Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; Outside Tourism Policy &Planning Chair Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau; Southeast President &CEO, Sarah Leonard, ATIA. The board of directors is: Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention &Visitors Bureau, Southcentral; Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Co., Far North; Dave McGlothlin, Holland America Group, Outside; Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks, Interior; John Binkley, CLIA/Alaska Cruise Association, Riverboat Discovery; At Large Josh Howes, Premier Alaska Tours, Southcentral; Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage, Southcentral; Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures, At Large; Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge, Interior; Tennelle Peterson Wise, Grande Denali LLC, Interior. Northrim Bank announced Associate Vice President Jason Gentry as the new lending branch manager in Ketchikan. Gentry joins Northrim Bank with more than six years in the financial industry and 24 years in customer service in Alaska. A longtime Alaskan, Gentry grew up in Barrow/Utqiagvik and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has received multiple awards from Carrs/Safeway for customer service and profitability and was a member of the Wells Fargo “All Star” commercial loan production club. BLM seeks nominations for citizen councils The Bureau of Land Management in Alaska is reopening the public call for nominations for 10 open positions on its citizen-based advisory council. Resource Advisory Councils provide advice and recommendations for the BLM to consider on a range of resource and land management issues. The BLM maintains 38 such chartered advisory committees located in the West. Each Council consists of 10 to 15 members from diverse interests in local communities, and they assist in the development of committee recommendations that address public land management issues. RACs are critical in assisting the BLM in continuing to be a good neighbor in communities served by the Bureau. An individual may self-nominate or nominate others to serve on a council. Nominees must be residents of Alaska and will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council’s geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. A letter of reference must accompany all nominations from any represented interests or organizations per the categories below, also a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. The 10 positions open on the RAC are in the following categories: Category one: Public land ranchers and representatives of organizations associated with energy and mineral development, the commercial timber industry, transportation or rights-of-way, off-highway vehicle use, and commercial recreation. Category two: Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations. Category three: Representatives of state, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources; representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized, Alaska Natives as appropriate to the state of Alaska; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large. A term on a RAC is for three years. As published in a notice in the Oct. 1 Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 30 days, until Oct. 31. There are six positions opening in 2018, and another four in 2019. Please send nominations by Oct. 31 to Lesli Ellis-Wouters: (907) 271-4418; [email protected]

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 14

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that Stephanie Maxwell has been promoted to the position of vice president, digital channels. She was previously manager, digital channels. Maxwell brings a wealth of experience to the position, having started with Alaska USA as a teller and accepting positions of increased responsibility over her 10-year career with the credit union. The University of Alaska Anchorage Office of Alumni Relations and the UAA Alumni Association announced the recipients of the 2018 UAA Alumni of Distinction awards. These three distinguished UAA alumni were to be honored for their outstanding contributions to their chosen fields and communities at the university’s Homecoming Breakfast on Oct. 12 at Lucy Cuddy Hall on UAA’s campus. Jason Hart, clinical practice manager, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (BBA, 2007; MBA, 2010), received the Alumni Emerging Leader Award. Since 2008, Hart has served in varying capacities with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, leading to his current position as clinical practice manager. He also serves as acting vice president of medical and multi-specialty clinics at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Hart has a long record of devoting time as a volunteer through his efforts with the Food Bank of Alaska, Alaska State Commission for Human Rights and the Alaska Military Youth Academy. Hart is also a seven-year veteran in the National Guard where he received the Excellence Award for exemplary service. He was a member of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2016. Jocelyn “Josie” Wilson, director of strategic communications, HDR Inc. (MBA, 2009) received the Alumni Humanitarian Award. Prior to her current role at architecture firm HDR, Wilson was the director of community relations and development for the Salvation Army. She is a prominent figure in the not-for-profit sector, having worked with organizations such as the Anchorage Police and Fire Chaplains, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage Petroleum Women’s Association and American Cancer Society. Wilson has received awards for her community work and leadership, including the 2017 Heart of Gold Award from the HCA Corp., the 2015 Dale Carnegie Highest Award of Achievement, and was named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2011. Jennifer Thompson, President and CEO, Thompson &Co. Public Relations, received the Alumni of Achievement Award. Thompson began her career as an intern at the Anchorage PR firm Bernholz &Graham in 1999. She worked her way to becoming president of the company in 2009 and purchased the agency in 2009, renaming it Thompson &Co. as it’s known today. Under her leadership, the firm has grown to add offices in Houston and New York City. Thompson has received numerous accolades throughout her 18-year career, including being honored as the 2016 Alumni of the Year from UAA’s Department of Journalism and Public Communications, being named one of PR News’ Top 50 Women in PR in 2015, and being inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society in 2016. In recognition of decades of service to survivors of domestic violence, Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth presented Michael Gershel with the Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service at the Domestic Violence Action Month opening ceremonies. Since the legal organizations began keeping records in 2000, Gershel has personally represented clients in seven pro bono cases through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and 14 cases through Alaska Legal Services Corp. In addition, he has often used his expertise in family law to mentor other attorneys who volunteer to work for these providers but who do not have the same level of experience. In 2003, Gershel received the Alaska Bar Association’s Pro Bono Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael is also affiliated with the Alaska Association of Collaborative Professionals. Alaska Pediatric Surgery, the state’s only locally owned, full-time pediatric surgical practice, welcomed Dr. Jarod McAteer as a new pediatric surgeon. McAteer joined the practice from a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He joins Dr. Brent Roaten and Dr. Monja Proctor and becomes the third pediatric surgeon in Alaska. Originally from Casper, Wyo., McAteer earned his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, a master of public health in epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health and a bachelor of science in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from Yale University. He completed residency at the University of Washington and a two-year research fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Most recently, McAteer completed a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. The Rasmuson Foundation hired program officer Jeff Baird as its first chief of staff to coordinate the work of the finance and administration, program, and external affairs units. Baird grew up in a suburb of Chicago and started his working life as a newspaper reporter in Minnesota and North Dakota. He went back to school in 2005 and earned his law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. He arrived in Alaska in 2008 for a yearlong judicial clerkship in the Southwestern hub in Bethel and took a second clerkship in Anchorage. He landed at the Foundation in 2011 as a program associate and until now has stayed with the program team, which handles grant-making. He became a program officer and began handling larger grants as well as other projects. He’s handled grant requests for health clinics and the Alaska Cares child advocacy center, for historic buildings and library improvements. He helped to restructure the Foundation’s arts program and is one of two program officers who leads the Foundation’s Individual Artist Awards, with 350 to 450 artists a year applying for up to 36 awards.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 7

KeyBank has promoted Jesse Wolf to commercial analyst, a role in which he will assist with client and sales support to Alaska’s Commercial Bank relationship team. He has served as a branch manager since 2008. In that position, he was accountable for soliciting consumer and business accounts to grow branch profitability and was consistently honored as a top producer in Key’s Alaska district. He began his career with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union before moving to KeyBank, and held FINRA–Series 6 and Series 63 licenses. Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. named L. Tiel Smith the new chief operating officer in August. Smith brings more than 15 years of management and strategic leadership experience to the agency which works to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans. The COO is responsible for strategic planning, process improvement, and compliance, along with the agency’s accreditation maintenance through the Council on Accreditation. Prior to accepting the COO position, Smith was a consultant specializing in corporate strategic planning, land and resource management, and information technology solutions; the general manager of Bristol Alliance Fuels; and vice-president of Lands and Natural Resources at Bristol Bay Native Corp. Additionally, he served as the BBNC corporate information technology director. Originally from Dillingham, Smith is an Aleut shareholder of BBNC and Choggiung Ltd. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Nathan Dennis joinedR&M Consultants Inc. as an environmental specialist in the Environmental Services Group. His experience includes gathering environmental baseline data, Phase I and II ESAs, storm water management and field environmental services. He previously worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game where he was involved with numerous fish habitat preservation and erosion mitigation projects. His work there included gathering environmental baseline data to assist with erosion mitigation on the Talchulitna River; reviewing and editing EIS documents for the Kasilof River; and conducting fish sampling, counting and other relevant environmental baseline data about the salmon run in the Judd Lake fish weir. He also compiled ESA Phase I information and dealt with regulatory permitting restrictions for land use in that area. Since joining R&M, Dennis has supported environmental efforts for the Interior Alaska Veterans Cemetery, UAA campus well permitting, Port of Alaska and Alaska Aerospace Corp. environmental assessment reevaluation. Nathan has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Idaho. First National Bank Alaska announced several personnel moves. Pamela Keeler was named compliance senior legal counsel and appointed senior vice president. Her legal expertise is rooted in a diverse education, with a number of degrees in political science-public service, education and law from the University of California Davis, Western Washington University and University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. With more than 16 years of financial experience, Stephanie Daniels is Cash Management’s newest services specialist and was appointed business development officer. A decorated Army veteran, Rob Parrish was appointed branch manager of the Sitka Branch. A graduate of the bank’s Management Associate Program, Parrish spent time honing his financial skills in Anchorage, Bethel, Eagle River, Kenai, Palmer and Wasilla. Trust Account Administrator Amy Robinson, appointed to trust officer, has extensive knowledge in complex commercial transactions and consumer finance regulation. Aldrich CPAs + Advisors hired Lia Patton, CPA, in its Anchorage office. Patton brings with her nearly two decades of experience in audit and accounting and a unique knowledge of the Alaska business community. Patton oversees federal and State of Alaska single audits, as well as audits for Alaska Native corporations, nonprofit entities, and employee benefit plans. An Anchorage resident for more than 20 years, Patton was a partner at BDO LLP’s Anchorage office, formerly Mikunda Cottrell and Co.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 30

Elliott Bay Design Group has added Sarah Nichols as a full-time marine engineer to its Ketchikan office. Nichols will provide onsite technical engineering support to some of the firm’s major clients. Her background includes six years of project engineer and project management experience within a shipyard environment. Dick Stallone, owner of Stallones in Anchorage was recently elected to a one-year term as vice president of the NW Buyers board of directors. Founded in 1920, with a membership of more than 300 independent men’s clothing stores, NW Buyers is the oldest and largest menswear buying group in the United States. The organization is owned by its member stores and operated solely for their benefit. NW Buyers corporate offices are located in Plymouth, Minn. The 2018 YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. An independent selection committee chose to recognize the following ten women who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in their professional and personal endeavors, as well as their contributions to the larger community. Now in its 29th year, this award has been presented to more than 300 women who devoted their lives to positively impacting the community, many of whom continue to work toward eliminating racism and empowering women throughout Alaska. The 2018 Awardees are: Amy Coffman, special assistant at Municipality of Anchorage-Office of the Mayor; Col. Patricia Csànk, Commander, 673d Air Base Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson; Ella Goss, CEO of Providence Alaska Medical Center; Mary Katzke, producer and executive director of Affinityfilms; Heather Kendall-Miller, senior staff attorney at Native American Rights Fund; Lourdes “Lo” Linato-Crawford, board president at Bridge Builders of Anchorage; Beth Rose, vice president of Alaska Community Foundation; Doreen Schenkenberger, executive director of Partners for Progress; Krista Scully, Pro Bono director of Alaska Bar Association; Aliy Zirkle, Iditarod musher and owner of SP Kennels. These women will be honored at the Annual YWCA Alaska/BP Women of Achievement &Youth Awards on Nov. 7 at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts Discovery Theatre. Chip Arnold has been appointed chief operating officer of the Alaska SeaLife Center. Arnold joined ASLC 17 years ago in the IT department, but has served the Center in many ways from facilities to oiled wildlife response. Arnold was promoted to COO from his most recent position as Operations director. In this new position, Arnold will be in charge of daily ASLC operations and oversee Human Resources, Husbandry, and Operations (Life Support, Security, and Custodial). He will also continue to serve as the Dive Safety officer and manage Oiled Wildlife Response Programs.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 23

Bobbie Sue Wolk, MS, PCC, BCC, owner of Rosewood Coaching, and the first International Coaching Federation executive coach in the state of Alaska, recently passed the Health and Wellness Coach Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified for Health and Wellness Coaches. The exam is provided by the Int’l Consortium of Health &Wellness Coaching in partnership with the National Board of Medical Examiners, the same board that certifies physicians. Wolk is able to establish health and wellness corporate programs, and increase participation for those companies with already established programs. Donald “Ralph” Gibbs was appointed as the new director of the Municipality of Anchorage’s Merrill Field, effective Sept. 24. Gibbs comes to the MOA from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he’s served as the director of Aviation since 2016. He has more than 30 years of experience in the field — both civilian and military — and holds an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced that Executive Council 5th Vice President Ralph Wolfe and Cultural Heritage and Education Manager Sarah Dybdahl have been selected by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development to receive the prestigious “Native American 40 Under 40” award. Wolfe was born and raised in Craig on Prince of Wales Island. He is both Tlingit and Haida and his Tlingit name is Góos’k’ and he is Eagle Frog of the Kooskadee clan. Prior to being elected to the Executive Council in 2016, Wolfe served as Tlingit &Haida’s youth representative and Sealaska’s youth advisor. Wolfe has been a Tlingit &Haida Delegate since 2014 and represents the Tribe on the United States Forest Service Sea Otter Steering Committee, Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals and Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. Dybdahl grew up in Klawock and holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Southern Oregon University. Her Tlingit name is Aanshawatk’i and she is from the Taakw.aaneidi clan. Dybdahl formerly served as the executive director of Huna Heritage Foundation as well as on the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors as the Southeast Village Representative and Native Americans in Philanthropy Board. She worked more than 15 years in various capacities for Sealaska and Sealaska Heritage Institute and currently serves on the Klawock Heenya Corporation board of directors. Alaska Executive Search announced two new hires for staffing professionals. Drew Sharp arrived in Alaska from Washington State, where he worked as a case manager and a healthcare recruiter. He earned his degree in psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz. A fourth-generation Alaskan, Stevie Collins was hired for the Mat-Su Valley. She has more than 10 years of medical experience working in multiple specialties. Tiffany Tutiakoff, president and CEO of Anchorage-based communications firm Northwest Strategies, has been named as a 2018 winner of the Native American 40 Under 40 award. Award winners will be honored at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Okla. on Oct. 29-30 at the event, “Impacting Generations: Honoring a Decade of Exceptional Service and Leadership.” Tutiakoff was named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2013.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 16

Alex Slivka was appointed as the chief fiscal officer for the Municipality of Anchorage, effective Oct. 15. Slivka comes to the municipality from McKinley Capital Management LLC, where he served in various leadership capacities. Slivka has more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry and is an active member of a number of community organizations. The Mat-Su Health Foundation has hired Colleen Andrews and Bailey Larousse to support the work of its R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness) collaborative project. Andrews is the organization’s social connections coordinator, and Larousse serves as youth leadership coordinator. Andrews is responsible for identifying, inventorying and promoting a robust and updated database of local social and recreational activities. The database is housed within Connect Mat-Su, a new community resource center network recently established by the Mat-Su Health Foundation. Andrews has previously held positions in corporate compliance, human resources and administration. She earned an associate’s degree in business management from Everest University. Larousse is an AmeriCorps member assigned to and funded by the Mat-Su Health Foundation and serves as youth leadership council coordinator for R.O.C.K. Mat-Su. She is responsible for creating a youth leadership council and managing training, enrichment, and outreach for council members. She also works to enhance collaborations with other non-profits and coalitions surrounding youth voice and issues. Larousse graduated from Mat-Su Central School in 2018 and is attending University of Alaska Anchorage. The Alaska Public Interest Research Group hired Veri di Suvero as executive director. di Suvero will focus on engaging citizens across Alaska on public interest and consumer protection issues, including net neutrality, Census 2020 and redistricting, and utility efficiency. di Suvero has worked with various community and governmental stakeholders on Alaska Native language revitalization as well as language access policy with the Welcoming Anchorage initiative. AKPIRG was founded in 1974 as a non-profit, non-partisan, citizen-oriented statewide organization focused on researching, educating, and advocating on behalf of the public interest. John Hall’s Alaska was named “Most Outstanding Small Group Tour Provider 2018” by Corporate Vision Magazine. For more than 35 years, family-owned, family-operated John Hall’s Alaska has provided an authentic Alaska experience by land, air and sea. By limiting all tours to 28 to 42 passengers, John Hall’s Alaska gains access to remote parts of the state and allow John Hall’s Alaska to cater to the individual traveler’s needs and desires. Although John Hall’s Alaska is best known for its Signature Series “Untamed Alaska,” Denali Explorer” and “Grand Slam Alaska,” tours, the company also offers group tours as part of its Alaska Highway Experience, Adventure Series and Winter Series. In response to client feedback and the growing popularity of winter travel, John Hall’s Alaska now offers two 2019 winter itineraries that include winter adventure days and up to seven nights of northern lights viewing. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has selected Sharlyn Ruyan for the position of vice president, Member Service Center. Ruyan has worked at Alaska USA for more than nine years, most recently as manager, Member Service Center. She is a graduate of the 2017 Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce Leadership program. Alaska USA Financial Planning and Investment Services’ Michael Klopfer, who has more than 15 years of experience, has earned his Certified Financial Planner designation. The CFP mark is recognized as the highest standard in personal financial planning. Investment advisors who earn the CFP have met the rigorous requirements of the CFP Board and set the standard for responsible and ethical financial planning.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 9

Veteran athletics administrator Sterling Steward has been chosen as the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ new director of intercollegiate athletics, effective Oct. 8. Steward replaces Gary Gray, who resigned as head of the Alaska Nanooks in December. Steward comes to the Nanooks after serving the past seven years as the director of athletics at Savannah State University, an NCAA Division I program in Georgia. Steward was chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants and was among four finalists who visited the UAF campus this summer. Steward earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human performance and recreation at the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to working at SSU, Steward worked in the athletics departments at Mississippi Valley State University, Alabama State University, Kentucky State University, Eastern Oregon University and Xavier University. Corey E. Cooke was appointed as the regional administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Northwest/Arctic Region. Cooke has been serving as acting regional administrator for the Northwest/Arctic Region since April 2018. As regional administrator, Cooke will continue to oversee all of GSA’s operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, including the management of federal real estate and information technology. Cooke will also be responsible for an inventory of more than 500 government-owned or leased buildings, and overseeing more than 400 employees. Cooke served in GSA’s central office as senior advisor for cyber and technology before being named acting regional administrator. Prior to joining GSA, Cooke served in several positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including as counsel and deputy parliamentarian for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and counsel on the Committee on Small Business. Cooke earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a juris doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Longtime Fairbanks resident Theresa Bakker has been named the new University of Alaska Fairbanks alumni relations director, effective Sept. 10. She will also serve as the executive director of the UAF Alumni Association. Before accepting her new position at UAF, Bakker served as the marketing and communications manager at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. She has also worked as a producer for KUAC, the public broadcasting station owned and operated by UAF, and as a journalist for a variety of print and broadcast media. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University. Bakker takes over for former alumni relations director Kate Ripley, who resigned in May.


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