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This week in Alaska

Here's a who's who of the movers and shakers in Alaska, for the week ending Dec. 3.

GCI’s Tina Pidgeon has been named one of Cablefax: The Magazine’s 2016 “Most Powerful Women in Cable.” The list honors women who are driving innovation at the companies where they work and for the cable industry as a whole. As general counsel, senior vice president of governmental affairs and chief compliance officer, Pidgeon is a member of GCI’s eight-person executive team and has helped position the company as a leader in the telecommunications industry. Pidgeon oversees all of GCI’s legal, policy and advocacy strategies and manages a department of 25 employees who are responsible for the company’s contract negotiations, regulatory efforts and compliance programs. She is the founding executive member and visionary behind the GCI Women’s Network, a forum for peer-to-peer networking, training and discussion for GCI employees. Pidgeon has more than 20 years of experience in the cable industry and is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications and the Federal Communications Bar Association. She joined GCI in 2003 after practicing law with the firm Drinker Biddle, where she represented clients, including GCI, before the FCC and state regulatory commissions. 

Justin Facey joined the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as the Tribe’s child support attorney. He replaces Madeline Soboleff-Levy who accepted a new position with Central Council as general counsel. Facey will represent the Tribe in paternity and child support cases, including establishing, modifying and enforcing child support orders. Facey received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder and his juris doctor from the University of Idaho, College of Law where he received the Service with Distinction designation for his work defending indigent clients. Facey’s legal background includes working in trial-level and appellate defense cases. He formerly served as a legal intern and attorney for the Office of the Public Defender in Colorado, legal researcher for a private law firm, and president of Flatirons Investigations.

Salesperson Stacey Klukluk has joined the Denali Real Estate Anchorage office. Klukluk is originally from Oregon but has lived in Anchorage for several years. Her background is primarily in the travel industry and works with the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. travel management office. Klukluk will be focusing on residential real estate with an emphasis on providing excellent customer service to home buyers and sellers.

Bering Straits Native Corp. announced it has hired attorney Craig Richards as its vice president and general counsel. Richards has more than 16 years of legal experience. Prior to joining BSNC, Richards served as Alaska Attorney General from 2014 to 2016, and subsequently provided legal counsel on oil and gas issues to the State of Alaska under contract. Richards holds an MBA degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a juris doctor degree from Washington & Lee University. He earned a bachelor’s science degree from the University of Virginia.

Matt Knell was recently promoted to branch manager at Charles Schwab’s branch in Anchorage. He was previously a financial consultant at the Anchorage branch. Knell joined Schwab in 2014 and has 14 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Schwab, Knell worked in production and management roles in private banking, retail banking and insurance. Knell earned his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is an accredited Asset Management Specialist and holds FINRA Series 7, 9, 10, and 66 licenses. Lindsey Sawicki was recently promoted to financial consultant at the Charles Schwab branch in Anchorage. She was previously an associate financial consultant for Charles Schwab in Anchorage. Sawicki joined Schwab in 2014 and has more than seven years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Schwab, Sawicki worked in retirement planning for public, non-profit sector employees, and was a producer in retail banking and insurance. Sawicki earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies from University of Alaska, Anchorage. She is an accredited Asset Management Specialist and a Certified Retirement Counselor and holds FINRA Series 6, 7, 63, and 65 licenses.

The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. recently hired Sean Carpenter to fill its communications director position. Carpenter will lead AEDC’s efforts and overall strategy in developing and implementing external communications including marketing, public relations, social media as well as managing the organization’s online presence. Carpenter received his degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He brings experience as marketing manager at Alaska Public Media to his position at AEDC.

Nick Straka, PE, has joined Stantec’s Anchorage office as a civil engineer, working in the firm’s aviation group. He has more than a dozen years of industry experience designing airports, roadways and utilities. Straka has most recently worked in Hawaii, but is returning to Alaska, where he worked for a decade all across the state including important projects in Akutan, Anatuvuk Pass, Bethel, Homer and Skagway. Since joining Stantec, Straka has focused mostly on two projects for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and at Aniak Airport. Straka earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering and from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a registered professional engineer in Alaska and Hawaii.


12/09/2016 - 8:52am