Movers & Shakers 05/15/16

Prof. Bruno Kappes, director of the Anchorage Biofeedback Clinic and a 30-plus year University of Alaska Anchorage psychology professor, was recently selected by the University of Alaska Foundation Trustees as the recipient of its most prestigious award: the Edith R. Bullock Prize for Excellence. Kappes has been a pioneer in delivering psychology courses. He has taught more than 10,000 UAA students since 2000 alone. Aside from Kappes teaching duties, he has presented international lectures on the topic and also is an active researcher. His early research at UAA assisted with the protocols and medical treatment of cold-injured patients at the Thermal Unit of Providence Hospital in Anchorage. His current research focus “insanity and the death-qualified jury” has proved important in Alaska’s courtrooms as well. Kappes will receive $15,000 for his significant contribution to the university from the UA Foundation, thanks to a generous gift from Edith Bullock.

Shaun Kraska, principal of West Valley High School in Fairbanks, has been selected as the Alaska Secondary School Principal of the Year by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals. Kraska has served as principal at West Valley High School for eight years. Principal Kraska shared that culture and tradition is what makes her school distinctive. Principal Kraska will be honored during the 2016 Alaska Principals Conference. The Alaska Principals conference will be held at the Anchorage Sheraton Hotel Oct. 23-25.

PND Engineers Inc. announced several new hires and professional achievements in its Anchorage office. Nathan Harris, E.I.T., and Brandi Opsahl, E.I.T., recently joined the firm as staff engineers. Both are lifelong Alaskans, and both graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering. Harris brings to his position field inspection, highway design, and construction administration experience. Opsahl was an intern at PND prior to becoming a full-time employee.  She specializes in building structural design. Brenna Hughes was hired as an environmental scientist. Hughes holds a bachelor of science degree in geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master’s degree in science management from the University of Alaska Anchorage.  She has seven years of experience planning, permitting, and executing geophysical and hydrographic surveys in support of marine construction, resource development, and nautical charting. She has broad experience with the Alaska regulatory environment and with the logistics and permits required to implement field projects in remote environments. Timothy Peters, PND’s systems administrator, recently obtained the CompTIA Security+ certification. The Security+ credential is an internationally recognized validation of foundation-level information technology security skills and knowledge. Peters has seven years of professional IT experience and has been with PND since 2012. Ingrid Martin, marketing manager for PND, has earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer through the Society for Marketing Professional Services, which advocates for, educates, and connects leaders in the design and building industry. Candidates must meet educational and experience requirements, pass a written examination, and pledge to abide by the CPSM Code of Ethics. Martin, who rejoined PND in August 2014, had previously been the firm’s marketing manager from 2000-2008. She has an extensive background in journalism and has also worked as a federal-contracting proposal manager.


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