Movers and Shakers for March 24
Rasmuson Foundation announced two new members of its board of directors. Eklutna Inc. CEO Curtis McQueen and Alaska Airlines Regional Vice President Marilyn F. Romano have been elected to three-year terms. McQueen joined Eklutna in February 2005 as communications and shareholder relations manager and became CEO two years later. He brings more than 32 years of experience in business, communications, project and construction management, administrative management and governmental affairs. He also previously worked in business development for his tribe, Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He serves on the boards for Great Land Trust, Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association. He also is on the advisory board for the University of Alaska Anchorage Rasmuson Chair of Economics, and he serves on a subcommittee for Associated General Contractors of Alaska. Romano started with Alaska Airlines in 2011 as the regional vice president for Alaska and added the state of Hawaii to her area of responsibility in 2016. Before working for the airline, she spent nearly two decades with the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the second largest paper in Alaska, including 11 years as publisher. She was the newspaper’s first woman top executive. Romano serves on the boards of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. and Alaska Chamber. She also serves on the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Board, is a trustee for the University of Alaska Foundation, and is vice president of the Alaska Airlines Foundation. Her contributions have brought recognition including a Top Forty Under 40 award from the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Woman of Distinction from the Farthest North Girl Scouts, and the Cashen Award for meritorious service to University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2014, she was inducted into the ATHENA Society, which honors female leaders who work to set an example for the next generation.
Meghan Carson is the newest associate financial advisor on the Alaska Permanent Capital Management private wealth team. Carson graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to that, she studied psychology and Spanish at the University of Denver and abroad in London.
Senior Financial Advisors Robert Bell, Alex Joannides and Cassie Kosinski of Wells Fargo Advisors in Alaska have been named among the top 10 Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors for 2019. Bell is based in Fairbanks and works with high-net-worth clients in Interior Alaska. He has 21 years of experience as a financial advisor, including 13 years with Wells Fargo. Joannides joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2008. He is based in Anchorage and serves high-net-worth individuals and families in Southcentral Alaska. Kosinski has 26 years of financial services experience with Wells Fargo, including 18 years as a financial advisor in Anchorage. The Forbes Best-In-State ranking algorithm is based on industry experience, interviews, compliance records, assets under management, revenue and other criteria by SHOOK Research, LLC, which does not receive compensation from the advisors or their firms in exchange for placement on a ranking. Investment performance is not a criterion.
Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has hired Elliot J. Bruhl, M.D. to assume the newly created systemwide position of vice president/chief medical officer. SEARHC created the VP/CMO position to enhance the coordination and communication of the medical staff and the rest of the Consortium. Bruhl will begin on May 6. Bruhl has accumulated leadership and management experience in both Tribal and non-Tribal healthcare and has a proven track record in developing and implementing quality improvement measures. He served as the medical director for Mountainside Clinic in Sitka from 2006-08 where, among other things, he coordinated the merger with the Moore Clinic and redesigned the physician-practice model. From 2013-15, Bruhl served as Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital’s medical director, where he supervised the full-time medical staff, served on the leadership team, recruited physicians and established a new compliance system. He is currently the medical director of the Northeast and Northwest Family Clinics of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and serves as a consulting physician in the Mayo Clinic Department of Family Medicine and as an assistant professor in the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and a master’s degree in hydrology from the University of Idaho, Bruhl earned his doctor of medicine from the University of Colorado.