Movers and Shakers for Aug. 11
Northrim Bank announced new hires and the promotion of a variety of employees. Paula Duracinski was promoted to Facilities manager; Mark Edwards was promoted to executive vice president, chief credit officer and bank economist; Jaime Kissner was hired as vice president, commercial loan officer; James Larson was hired as special credits officer; Stephanie Love was promoted to Marketing and Sales manager; Andy Ray was promoted to Facilities maintenance manager; and Mhay Sy was promoted to vice president, loan servicing and special credits manager. Duracinski has been with Northrim Bank for more than 19 years. The majority of her time has been in the Facilities department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hawaii. In 2016, Duracinski was honored with the President’s Award. Edwards has been with Northrim Bank since 2007. Prior to that, he was the director of the Office of Economic Development for the State of Alaska and economist for the Department of Revenue. Edwards has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. He received Northrim Bank’s President’s award in 2010. Kissner joins Northrim with 15 years of experience in the financial industry, including three years in retail management, 10 years in commercial lending, and two years as a licensed financial advisor. He holds bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University, as well as Series 7 and 66 security licenses. Larson comes to Northrim Bank with six years of experience in the financial industry. He has worked at institutions in Alaska and Nevada. Larson attended the University of Alaska Anchorage. Love has been with Northrim Bank and Residential Mortgage for the past three years and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. Ray has been with Northrim Bank for more than four years. Prior to his work at Northrim, he has held management positions in construction and customer service. Ray holds a master’s degree in project management from University of Alaska Anchorage. Sy has been with Northrim for 13 years and has 21 years of experience in the financial industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Credit Union 1 promoted Kelly Smith to Friction Free Finance manager. Originally hired in 2005, Smith began as a CU1 teller and later held numerous positions such as member service officer, branch manager, regional branch manager and roaming branch manager, the position he held prior to this promotion. In his new position, Smith will be responsible for continuing to expand the credit union’s unique Friction Free Finance program as new dealerships are added that fit the organization’s “people first” values.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses announced that Emily Carlson is the new senior media manager for 11 states, including Alaska. Carlson grew up in has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. After moving to Alaska, she was an anchor and reporter at KTVA in Anchorage. She was nominated for an Emmy award for her work on a half-hour special about how a subsistence challenge transformed a community in rural Alaska. She was honored by the Alaska Broadcasters Association for a special about opioid abuse and also won numerous awards from the Alaska Press Club.
Alaska Humanities Forum announced that George Martinez has been hired as its new director of Leadership Programs. In this role, Martinez will be the lead for Leadership Anchorage and he will oversee leadership programming across the organization. Martinez comes to the Forum from the Municipality of Anchorage where he has spent the past four years as Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, focusing on economic development, youth development, education, and diversity. Leadership Anchorage is one of the Forum’s flagship programs, entering its 23rd year this fall. The 8-month-long program brings together a diverse, cross-sector cohort each year for experiential learning designed to guide participants in developing the skills, knowledge, perspective, and networks needed to be effective and compassionate leaders for the city and state.
First Alaskans Institute, a statewide Alaska Native nonprofit focused on advancing Alaska Natives for the next 10,000 years, announced that Barbara ‘Wáahlaal Gíídaak Blake (Haida/Tlingit/Ahtna Athabascan) has recently been hired as Alaska Native Policy Center director. She earned her master’s degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks in rural development, focused on fisheries development in rural Alaska. She also has a bachelor’s degree in rural economic development, as well as an associate’s degree in Tribal management from UAF. She also has a certificate in Tribal governmental business law from Seattle University.
Evergreen Business Capital announced the promotion of Theo Ransum to associate vice president/loan officer. In addition to administering Evergreen’s SBA Community Advantage Program, Ransum will now also take the lead on connecting Alaskan small businesses with access to capital under Evergreen’s SBA 504 Loan Program. Since 2016, Ransum has served as Evergreen’s programs loan officer, where he educated small businesses on the benefits of the Community Advantage Program that helps entrepreneurs receive funding to start or expand their business. In May 2019, Theo was awarded with the SBA Alaska District Director Award for his dedication to the education and empowerment of small businesses throughout the state.