Movers and Shakers for April 15
Jerry Ingersoll was appointed the new deputy regional forester for the USDA Forest Service’s Alaska Region. As deputy regional forester, Ingersoll will help oversee management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. Ingersoll graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. After obtaining his masters, he was also a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ingersoll joined the Forest Service as a management analyst at the Pacific Southwest Research in Berkeley. He held numerous positions across the country working in planning, forestry and timber. Most recently, he served as the Forest Supervisor of the Siuslaw National Forest, a coastal temperate rainforest located on the central Oregon Coast for the past eight years. Ingersoll replaces Rebecca Nourse, who retires at the end of March after serving as Alaska Deputy Regional Forester for nearly four years.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management honored Cliff and Rob Everts as business leaders of the year during a dinner and award ceremony on April 7. This is the first-ever father-and-son duo to be recognized with the honor, now in its 42nd year. Cliff Everts was born in Yonkers, New York, to parents who had both emigrated from Germany to New York. Cliff traveled to Anchorage, in 1943 to work for Alaska Star Airlines (now Alaska Airlines). Soon after, he moved to Fairbanks and worked for Wien Airlines for 35 years. In 1980, he founded his own enterprise, Everts Air Fuel. Cliff passed away on Dec. 7, 2017, at the age of 95. His nomination for this honor was already underway at that time, and the Everts family accepted the award in his memory. Rob Everts followed his father Cliff into the aviation business, working for the family businesses while growing up and learning to fly at the age of 14. Rob Everts earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science and became vice president of Everts Air Fuel in 1982. In 1993, he purchased Tatonduk Outfitters Ltd., a Fairbanks-based air carrier providing scheduled services to Interior Alaska’s villages, and expanded it to include large aircraft operations. Rob has continued expanding the business over the years, which now does business as Everts Air Cargo and Everts Air Alaska flying in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean Islands.
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Emily Edenshaw as business and economic development director. Edenshaw holds an executive master of business administration degree in strategic leadership from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She comes to Tlingit &Haida from the First Alaskans Institute where she served as the sustainability director. She currently serves as President of Friends of ANCCS, a non-profit organization that supports the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. Edenshaw previously served as the Academic Policy Committee Vice President of the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School.
University of Alaska Southeast Associate Professor of Environmental Science Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar award by the American-Indonesian Exchange Foundation to expand his research on seabird migration patterns. Pyare joins colleague Dr. Heidi Pearson, who was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar award for her work finding inventive strategies for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. The Fulbright Program — which is overseen by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs — serves to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.
Tonya Gamble is now the chief financial officer for Eklutna Inc. Gamble joined the company as controller in June 2015. Prior to joining Eklutna Inc., Tonya was a Senior Tax preparer with BDO USA LLP. Gamble is a licensed certified public account and has her accounting degree through University of Alaska Anchorage and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alaska Public Media welcomed Shelly Wozniak back to the organization as the director of FM programming and on-air promotions. Wozniak previously worked at AKPM as the original host and co-producer of the award-winning program AK. Wozniak returns to radio after a decade working in professional communications and public relations in Anchorage. She most recently served as the senior director of corporate communications for NANA Regional Corp. where she was responsible for the company’s communication strategy and program implementation. Prior to her position at NANA, she served as the public relations manager for both NANA Development Corp. and the Anchorage Convention &Visitors Bureau (now Visit Anchorage). In her current role, Wozniak serves as the KSKA 91.1 FM local morning host and is responsible the on-air program schedule, digital audio development, and FM promotions and events. She takes over the helm of KSKA after the retirement of long-time Anchorage radio personality, Bede Trantina, who retired on March 5 after 39 years of service to public radio in Alaska.
The Alaska Public Interest Research Group hired Jill Yordy as the organization’s executive director. Yordy will focus on revitalizing AKPIRG’s online presence and increasing citizen engagement throughout Alaska on issues related to consumer protection and transparency in government such as net neutrality, campaign finance reform, and utility efficiencies. Yordy has extensive experience throughout Alaska in nonprofit program management, grassroots advocacy, public policy, and strategic planning. She most recently served as a legislative aide for one of Alaska’s rural state legislators.