Movers and Shakers 2/28/16
Denali Federal Credit Union has promoted Lily Li to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Dale Fosselman to chief corporate development officer. Li most recently served as the Credit Union’s chief operating officer, and previously worked as senior VP of central operations, and as vice president, internal audit and compliance. Prior to joining Denali, Li was involved in accounting and auditing with the Municipality of Anchorage, KPMG and several Alaska banks. She is a CPA and a NAFCU Certified Compliance Officer. She received a degree in management science from Alaska Pacific University and an accounting degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She earned a master’s degree in global finance from Alaska Pacific University. Fosselman, who was promoted from the senior VP corporate development position, supervises Denali’s Credit Union Service Organizations. These entities are for-profit subsidiaries of the Credit Union, and include Denali Alaskan Insurance, and two analytics subsidiaries: Denali Analytics and Deep Future Analytics. Fosselman received a bachelor’s degree in organizational administration and a master’s of business administration degree from Alaska Pacific University. He has held the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter qualification and Certified Credit Union Executive credential.
Associate Financial Planner Kailie Abascal has joined Alaska Permanent Capital Management. Abascal attended the University of Washington, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in international studies and in Spanish language and literature. During her time at UW, she studied abroad in Cienfuegos, Cuba, and Quito, Ecuador, and fell in love with the cultures and history of Latin America. Upon graduating, Abascal moved to Oaxaca, Mexico, where she earned the Teacher of English to Speaker of Other Languages certification, and worked as an Instructional Supervisor at Berlitz Language Center. She lived and worked in Mexico for nearly three years, before moving back to the United States to pursue her master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University on a full scholarship.
Andrew Niemiec, PE, has joined Stantec as transportation manager in its Anchorage office. He has more than 28 years of in-state project development experience, spending most of his professional career working for the State of Alaska in a variety of capacities. He is an associate of the firm. At Stantec, Niemiec will provide senior design leadership and management for a variety of transportation projects. He will manage Stantec staff working on transportation projects based out of Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla and Juneau. Niemiec was the executive director of the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority for more than six years. Additionally, he worked with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in its Nome, Anchorage and Fairbanks offices. Niemiec is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a charter member of Alpha Kappa Chi, the civil engineering honor society.
Nolan Klouda, executive director of the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer, a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. With more than five years of economic development experience, Klouda has led a variety of initiatives to help create jobs in Alaska, including a current effort to develop a five-year strategic plan for economic development on the Kenai Peninsula.
After more than 38 years working in almost all areas of the organization, Cindi Buzitis was promoted to senior vice president at First National Bank Alaska. In addition to serving as one of First National’s 11 senior vice presidents on the executive management team, she’s also its Bank Secrecy Act and Bank Operations support manager. In Buzitis’ current position, she manages the bank’s Corporate Compliance, Customer Support, Deposit Services, Manual and Review units. Buzitis joined First National as a mini proof clerk in January 1977. She spent subsequent years on multiple tasks like installing the bank’s first ATMs and played an instrumental role in the 1997 conversion to a new software and hardware mainframe.
Colleen Harrington Baer of Alaska USA Mortgage Company has been promoted to regional vice president for Alaska, California, and Washington. She began her career with Alaska USA in 2000 as a manager of special credits and transitioned to mortgage lending in 2003. In 2012, Baer was promoted to assistant vice president of the West Abbott office. Baer has been in finance for more than 20 years and involved with Rotary since 1998.
The Arc of Anchorage board of directors announced the appointment of Barbara Rodriguez-Rath to serve as CEO of The Arc of Anchorage. With several decades of experience in social services and most recently, her previous service as The Arc’s chief operating officer, Rodriguez-Rath begins her role as CEO for the organization that serves Alaskans who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. Rodriguez-Rath has worked in the field of health and human services for over 20 years and is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in social work and holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 1995 she began her career in Fairbanks working with youth in residential facilities designed to provide support for individuals experiencing severe emotional disturbances.