Movers and Shakers for July 7
The Mat-Su Health Foundation has hired Victoria Flint as grants manager and Omari Richins as community health fellow. Flint came to the foundation from the Mat-Su Borough School District, where she served most recently as ed tech coordinator and previously as an instructional coach. She is a veteran of the United States Navy and holds two master’s degrees from Walden University: one in industrial and organizational psychology and one in literacy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Richins joined the foundation as community health fellow to assist in the areas of evaluation and research. Richins will play a key role in completing the foundation’s 2019 community health needs assessment, and he will also oversee evaluation of programs including Behavioral Health in Schools, Youth 360 and High Utilizer Mat-Su. He has experience as a community initiatives assistant planner with WellFlorida Council, Inc. and as a rural health advocacy and policy intern with Suwannee River Area Health Education Center. Richins earned a master of public health degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa.
KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, announced two new managers in the firm’s Anchorage office. Anna Shcheglyuk was promoted to audit manager. Shcheglyuk brings five years of accounting experience with a variety of organizations, including utilities and Alaska Native corporations. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in accounting and her master of business administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Andrew Cornelius was promoted to audit manager. Cornelius provides audit and accounting advisory services to several types of companies including Alaska Native corporations, telecommunications, and transportation companies as well as governmental entities. He joined KPMG in 2014 after earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Montana State University.
BDO USA LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, announced that Joy Merriner has been admitted as the office assurance managing partner of its Anchorage office beginning July 1. BDO is the largest accounting firm in Alaska, with more than 80 local professionals and staff, providing assurance, tax, and advisory services to companies of all sizes. Merriner currently serves on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board of directors Executive Committee as its chair-elect and she graduated from the BDO Leadership Institute in 2016. Merriner replaces Jim Hasle, who will continue working for BDO in a regional support role.
Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp. announced that Don Gray has been appointed by the UIC board of directors to fill a vacant seat for a one-year term Gray joins Beverly Jo Shontz Eliason, Charles D. N. Brower, and Nagruk Harcharek, who were elected to the board at the recent annual meeting. He begins serving as a director immediately and the seat he is filling will be up for election at the 2020 Annual Shareholder’s Meeting.
Former Superior Court Judge Michael Corey has joined the law firm Brena, Bell & Walker. Prior to handling both civil and criminal dockets in Anchorage, Corey amassed 28 years of experience in civil litigation representing local governments, corporations, and individuals throughout Alaska. Corey also handles complex product liability and insurance contract disputes. Corey received his degree in geology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and earned his juris doctorate from the University of San Diego.
Rachael Wasson, an Ahtna shareholder, has been promoted to procurement specialist with Ahtna Environmental Inc. Chad Faverty has been promoted to contracts administrator with Ahtna Environmental Inc. Faverty is an Ahtna shareholder and has been an Ahtna employee for three years. Melissa Taylor has been promoted by Ahtna Global LLC to the position of project assistant I. She is an Ahtna shareholder and has been with Ahtna for nine years. Rachel Thompson, CF APMP, has achieved Foundation Certification through the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Thompson is a proposal manager with Ahtna Global LLC and has a bachelor’s degree in language studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Ahtna Environmental announced the addition of environmental engineer Baley Lenhart. Lenhart is experienced with structural design including high‐end residential, log and timber‐frame designs, as well as steel and concrete construction. He is experienced at overseeing environmental investigations, remediation and removal actions, field surveys, and contaminated site sampling and monitoring. He has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Wyoming Laramie. Ahtna Environmental has added site superintendent Mitchell Webber to its team. Webber has more than 33 years of experience overseeing all phases of multi-million-dollar construction projects. His experience includes projects such as the initial phase of a rocket launch facility, complex laboratory, learning centers, and detention facilities. Ahtna shareholder Rodney Lengele has been hired as a remote sensing specialist for Ahtna Solutions LLC. Lengele interned last summer with Ahtna’s Corporate Communications Department and with Ahtna Engineering Services.