Movers and Shakers for Aug. 12
The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association hired Andy Wink as executive director. As an economist specializing in the Alaska seafood industry, Wink brings nearly a decade of expertise in analyzing seafood market trends and the effects of development efforts to the RSDA. His past work with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and many other industry groups will lend a broad perspective to the mission of the BBRSDA. Wink has been a valued partner to the BBRSDA for years as the lead author of the sockeye market report series.
RE/MAX Dynamic Properties added Gary Kutil, an award-winning realtor with more than 25 years of experience in real estate sales. He began his career at Jack White Real Estate where he received awards and recognitions including Associate of the Year, President’s Circle, Leading Edge Society, Hall of Fame and Top Producer. The company also added Cheryl Myers, who has a background in sport and orthopedic physical therapy. She is expanding her career path to include real estate sales. Myers is an active member and past president of the Downtown Rotary Club and a member of the ATHENA Society.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Vice Chancellor for Research Larry Hinzman has been elected president of the International Arctic Science Committee. IASC is an international scientific organization that was formed in 1990 to encourage and facilitate cooperation throughout the Arctic research community. The nongovernmental institution, which includes representatives from 23 countries, promotes scientific cooperation and gives advice to the Arctic Council and other organizations on Arctic science issues. IASC champions critically important research programs that are either too big for any single nation to undertake or that require international collaboration to be successful. Hinzman has a long history as an Arctic researcher. A professor of civil and environmental engineering, he previously served as the director of UAF’s International Arctic Research Center and has conducted long-term hydrological and meteorological studies in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada and Russia. Hinzman was elected IASC president last month during the IASC Council meeting in Davos, Switzerland, succeeding Susan Barr of Norway. His four-year term as president runs through 2022.
Taylored Restoration has hired Bob Manwaring as business development director. Manwaring was most recently CEO of the Alaska Association of Realtors. Previous positions include four years as business development officer for Stewart Title of Alaska and 14 years as customer relations liaison with Alaska Multiple Listing Service Inc. Taylored Restoration has branches in Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks and provides their services statewide.
Thompson &Co. Public Relations has expanded its offices in Anchorage and Houston. Sami Jo Bailey joined the Anchorage office as an account coordinator in June and Stephanie Giacometti joined the team as a digital marketing specialist based in the Houston office in early July. Bailey grew up in Palmer and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and a double minor in journalism and criminal justice. While earning her degree, she worked as a media assistant and also as an intern at GCI. She is an account coordinator at Thompson &Co. PR’s Anchorage office, where she assists on multiple accounts including the Alaska Tourism Industry Association. Giacometti was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and later moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business. She interned in digital marketing while earning her degree and gained experience after college in product development and marketing. Based in Houston, Giacometti is currently working on the digital account team leading client brand and digital marketing strategies.
Ephraim Froehlich joined Gov. Bill Walker’s administration as senior advisor on fish and game and as the deputy director for state and federal relations. Froehlich will be based in Juneau, where he was born and raised and graduated from Juneau Douglas High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in government at Dartmouth College. Froehlich worked for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., before getting his juris doctor at the University of Maryland School of Law with a concentration in environmental law. He returned to Murkowski’s D.C. office as lead policy advisor on fisheries, wildlife, maritime transportation, ports and harbors, environmental change, and the Arctic. Barbara Blake, also known by her Haida name of Wáahlaal Gidáak, has worked on fish and game issues for the administration since 2014, and is moving up to become Walker’s director of Native and rural affairs.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that Kellie Donnelly, who currently serves as the deputy chief counsel for the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, will succeed chief counsel Patrick McCormick, who has left the for an opportunity in the private sector. Lucy Murfitt will be promoted to deputy chief counsel and Isaac Edwards will be promoted to special counsel. Donnelly came to Capitol Hill in 1994 and shortly thereafter joined the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as majority counsel. She left to serve as counsel at the Department of the Interior and then spent several years in the private sector before joining the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 2003. She has since served the committee in a number of roles, most recently as deputy chief counsel since 2009. Murfitt is currently senior counsel and public lands and natural resources policy director for the committee. She previously spent eight years as senior counsel to former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and the Republican Whip, handling the energy, environment, and natural resources portfolio. She has also worked at the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University as its director of policy and partnerships. A veteran, Murfitt served as an environmental attorney during her time in the U.S. Army. Edwards, who was born and raised in Homer, began his career on Capitol Hill working for former Sen. Frank Murkowski in 1997. He became Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s legislative director in 2003, and moved to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee to serve as counsel in 2009. Prior to today’s promotion, he held the title of senior counsel, focusing primarily on Arctic, territorial, and international energy issues.
Matt Woods, EIT, has joined the environmental group at Shannon &Wilson’s Anchorage office as an environmental engineering staff IV. Woods has five years of previous experience preparing spill prevention and countermeasure plans, storm water pollution prevention plans, and SARA Title 3; and conducting site investigation and remediation projects. Current Shannon &Wilson projects include site characterization and cleanup activities, and providing regulatory compliance support. Woods has a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University. Schylar Healy has joined Shannon &Wilson’s Anchorage office technical staff as an environmental scientist. Previous professional experience includes serving as a wetlands mapping specialist and wetlands ecology technician in Fairbanks, and GIS field technician in California. Healy is a 2015 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va., with a bachelor’s degree in geographic science, and is a member of the Alaska Native Plant Society.