Movers and Shakers for Aug. 19
BDO USA LLP announced that Bikky Shrestha has been admitted to the firm’s partnership responsible for leading audits. Previously, Shrestha was an assurance director in the firm’s Anchorage office. Shrestha has more than 13 years of experience in public accounting. He manages audits of Alaska Native corporations, Alaska Native Tribal organizations, school districts, governmental organizations and closely held corporations. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is also the board secretary of the Asian Alaskan Cultural Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with emphasis in accounting from Western Oregon University.
Wells Fargo has named Becky More as Alaska community relations consultant. She will oversee the company’s Alaska charitable contributions program, employee giving campaign, and volunteer engagement efforts. More re-joins Wells Fargo with seven years of experience in the nonprofit sector, leading fundraising and donor development programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, Alaska Pacific University, and AWAIC (Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis). Previously, she served Wells Fargo customers and team members in Alaska as a personal banker, service manager, and learning and development specialist. More holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University and Certified Fundraising Executive professional designation. Mary Michaelsen has been named Wells Fargo At Work program manager for Alaska. The Wells Fargo At Work program supports the financial health of customers and communities in Alaska through the delivery of free money management tools and education offered as an employee benefit for companies. Michaelsen has more than 10 years of financial services experience in Alaska, Iowa, and Louisiana. Most recently, she worked at Denali Federal Credit Union as its member call center manager. She served as a Wells Fargo personal banker while attending college at Iowa State University, and she was a Navy Federal Credit Union branch manager in Louisiana. Michaelsen earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Iowa State University, and she is pursuing a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Alaska Pacific University.
Credit Union 1 promoted Faye Lindsay to branch manager of its Downtown Branch in Anchorage. Lindsay was initially hired in 2011 as a teller, and she has also held the positions of member service officer, member service supervisor and assistant branch manager at the credit union prior to this promotion.
Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Jesse Parr as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families manager. Parr will oversee the daily management of the TANF department, which provides financial assistance to families while emphasizing work participation, education, family stability and responsibility to increase self-sufficiency and gainful employment for Alaska Natives and American Indians in Southeast Alaska. He will also be responsible for the budget development and monitoring processes, preparation of required financial and narrative reports, implementation of policies and procedures, and the successful use of the Tribal DTM client data management system. Parr has a bachelor’s degree in tourism and commercial recreation from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
The Alaska Superintendents Association named Fairbanks North Star School District Superintendent Dr. Karen Gaborik as Alaska’s 2019 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 32nd year, pays tribute to a school system’s top leader who exemplifies effectiveness, knowledge, leadership, ethics, and commitment. Gaborik is starting her fifth year as superintendent of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. She has been a teacher, administrative intern, principal and an assistant superintendent. She is also the current President of the Alaska Superintendents Association. ASA will advance Gaborik’s candidacy to the 2019 National Superintendent of the Year program. All state Superintendents of the Year will be honored in February at the 2019 AASA National Conference on Education in Los Angeles.