Movers & Shakers 08/14/16
Rich Kleinleder of AECOM was selected as a recipient of the 2015 National Marine Fisheries Service Team Member of the Year award. Team Member of the Year award recipients are honored for their outstanding contributions in advancing the NMFS mission. Kleinleder was recognized by his peers in the program management, scientific and technical category. Kleinleder is a senior biologist who has more than 35 years of experience with all aspects of wildlife research throughout Alaska. Since 2009, he has served as project manager for the NMFS Regional Fisheries Science Center Environmental Compliance Project. In this role, Kleinleder is responsible for coordinating with each of the six regional Fisheries Science Centers and numerous other NMFS offices and contractors to develop programmatic environmental assessments and applications for letters of authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act for each center.
Katie Bausler was hired as Bartlett Regional Hospital’s Community Relations director. She replaces Jim Strader, who retired after seven years directing internal and external communication. Bausler most recently served eight years as Public and Media Relations director at the University of Alaska Southeast Juneau campus. She brings more than 25 years work experience as a broadcast and social media producer, public information officer, spokesperson, event coordinator, press liaison, writer, emcee, host and guest on commercial and public radio and television.
Eric B. Fjelstad, a partner in the Perkins Coie Environment, Energy & Resources practice and managing partner of the Anchorage office, has been named president of the board of directors of the Resource Development Council of Alaska for the 2016-2017 term. Fjelstad was named to the position on June 30 at the 41st Annual RDC Membership Luncheon held at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. Fjelstad leads Perkins Coie’s Alaska environmental and resources practices. His work focuses on oil and gas, mining, project development, litigation and strategic counseling for industrial projects. He earned his juris doctor from the Lewis & Clark Law School and received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.
Cara Rude (formerly Mazurek), director of Interior Design for McCool Carlson Green, has become an associate principal of the firm. Rude has 13 years of interior design experience. Educated at The Art Institute of Portland and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in interior design with high honors, she currently serves as the president-elect for the American Society of Interior Designers, Alaska Chapter, member and ambassador presenter for the International Living Future Institute, and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction. During her tenure with MCG, she has exemplified the MCG principles with her leadership on projects such as the Anchorage Museum Expansion, Gladys Wood Elementary School, and the Alaska Airlines Hangar.
Lauren Driscoll has been appointed MTA’s director of Community Development. Driscoll comes to MTA from the Matanuska Susitna Borough, where she served as chief of planning for the past four years. Driscoll was recently elected to the MTA Board of Directors. She has stepped down from that position, and was replaced by Nicholas Begich, III. She received her bachelor’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Driscoll had been with the Mat-Su Borough since 2006, beginning her career as a planner, ultimately becoming the chief of planning in 2012. Her accomplishments include receiving honors as the 2014 Planner of the Year for the state of Alaska; and serving as president of the Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association, a role she started in 2012 and holds today. Begich, CEO and Founder of FarShore Partners and DashFire, has been involved in advising and guiding dozens of technology and communications startup firms. His business, FarShore Partners, has delivered web, mobile, and eCommerce technology solutions to hundreds of clients across the globe. FarShore presently employs about 150 people globally. Through Dashfire, Begich has invested in more than 40 technology-supported startups in the past five years. A graduate of Baylor University, he earned his master’s degree in business administration at Indiana University. He has an extensive background in operations and management, as well as finance and business growth.
Mark Parrott, PE, has joined Stantec’s Fairbanks office as a senior mechanical engineer. He has more than a dozen years of in-state industry experience. Parrott’s experience includes design and construction support throughout northern and interior Alaska, primarily focused on commercial and public buildings, utilities and power plant support systems. At Stantec, Parrott will focus on military and utility projects. Since joining Stantec, he has worked on projects for the City of Homer, Doyon Utilities and the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Parrott earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and his master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; and the National Fire Protection Association.