Movers and Shakers 2/14/16

Darrell Friess and Margaret Nelson each captured the Top Producer Award for earned commissions in 2015, announced Broker Molly Friess of Alaska Real Estate Alliance Darrel Friess is owner and founder of Alaska Real Estate Alliance and Nelson is a sales associate.

Dave Kemp was named the Central Region Director for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Kemp has 11 years of public service with the department. Most recently he served as director for Statewide Facilities where he showed exemplary performance of managing the programming, design and construction phases of public facility capital improvement projects across Alaska. As an efficiency and cost-saving measure, Kemp will continue to oversee Statewide Facilities in his new role. Kemp will also continue to serve as the department’s Facilities Maintenance Shared Services project director. This project consists of a multi-departmental working group tasked with creating efficiencies to reduce costs and better manage State of Alaska public facilities. Kemp is a licensed professional engineer and project management professional. He holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and civil engineering.

Explore Fairbanks recently announced the election results and appointments of its 2016 Board of Directors. Executive Officers are: Matt Divens, Chair, Holland America Princess Alaska-Yukon; Dustin Adams, Past Chair, Regency Fairbanks Hotel; Kory Eberhardt, Chair Elect, A Taste of Alaska Lodge; Andy Anger, Treasurer, University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College; and Irene Meyer, Secretary, GoNorth Alaska Travel Center. Board members are: Communications Chair Jason Avery, Pioneer Park, Parks and Recreation, Fairbanks North Star Borough; Tourism Chair Mok Kumagai, Aurora Borealis Lodge; Meetings & Conventions Chair Patricia Silva, Westmark Hotel & Conference Center; Visitor Services & Partnership Development Chair Buzzy Chiu, Premier Alaska Tours; Audit Chair Kathy Hedges, Arctic Circle Trading Post; Public Policy Advisory Chair Andy Anger, University of Alaska Fairbanks Community & Technical College; Debbie Mathews, Expressions in Glass; Becky Kunkle, Wedgewood Resort, Fountainhead Hotels; Ashley Bradish, Gold Dredge 8 and Riverboat Discovery; Bruce LaLonde, Alaska Railroad; and Ralf Dobrovolny, 1st Alaska Outdoor School.

Alaska Center for Ear, Nose & Throat welcomed Dr. Kaylyn Hum as the newest member of the practice. Hum is a certified audiologist, recognized by both the Academy of Audiology and the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Hum earned her clinical doctorate in audiology from the University of Utah in 2013. She is most passionate about pediatric audiology, including evaluations, amplification, Auditory Brainstem Response testing and bone conduction amplification. Prior to joining ACENT, she practiced at Alaska Native Medical Center.

Julie Griffith and Katey Clem have been promoted to retail sales branch managers by Denali Federal Credit Union: Griffith at the Credit Union’s Wasilla branch, and Clem at the South Anchorage Walmart branch. Griffith has spent nearly seven years at Denali FCU, most recently as the assistant branch manager at the Wasilla branch. She had worked at National Bank of Alaska’s VISA department for six years, and owned her own car dealership prior to joining the credit union. Clem has more than five years’ experience at Denali prior to assuming her new position, most recently as the assistant branch manager at the South Anchorage Walmart branch. She is an active member of Business Networking International, currently serving on the membership Committee. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Alaska Anchorage.

Justin Shaw, PE, has joined the R&M Consultants Inc. Anchorage office. Shaw joined R&M’s Engineering Department as a project engineer in October 2015. As part of R&M’s Water Resources Group, he is responsible for hydrologic and hydraulic analysis and design of water resources, roadway, airport, site development, and hydropower projects. Shaw has more than five years of experience in water resources engineering. He has worked on numerous hydrologic, hydraulic, and erosion control projects for public and private sector clients, including the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Department of Natural Resources, and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. He is experienced in creating H&H models, analyzing natural and man-made drainage systems, generating flood mitigation measures, and performing sedimentation and erosion studies. His work has focused on one- and two-dimensional modeling of riverine and coastal environments. Since joining R&M, Shaw has worked on a culvert replacement project near Galena to replace the existing, deteriorated drainage structure within limited right-of-way. He is also working on the Little Goldstream project near Nenana to replace an older bridge with a fish passable culvert. Shaw has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska.

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