Movers and Shakers for Aug. 25
First National Bank Alaska announced the appointments of a new business support manager and a vice president/loan officer. Kara Blake returns to FNBA as business support manager in the Wealth Management Operations Unit. Blake first arrived at FNBA as a teller in 2004, then worked her way to overseeing Northern Lights and Main branches as branch manager. Paul Beer joins the bank as loan officer and vice president. Beer brings 30 years of banking experience to the Wasilla Branch where he will help small business owners in the Mat-Su Valley with their deposit and lending needs.
Cornerstone General Contractors announced that Senior Project Manager Jonathan Hornak was named partner effective this past Jan. 1. Hornak started his career with Cornerstone in 2008 as an intern on the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic project. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009, he joined Cornerstone as a full-time employee. Over the last decade, Hornak has served in nearly every role that Cornerstone offers and has become an expert in healthcare facilities after managing numerous projects within the Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Spine Institute, and Providence Alaska Medical Center, Providence Valdez Medical Center, and Alaska Regional Hospital. More recently, he was inducted into the 2019 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40.
The Alaska Superintendents Association announced Yukon-Koyukuk School District Superintendent Kerry Boyd as Alaska’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 33rd year, pays tribute to a school system’s top leader who exemplifies leadership for learning, personal and organizational communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Boyd is starting her 12th year as superintendent of the Yukon-Koyukuk School District but has been a part of the district since 2005. Her district, which covers the area of Washington state, has 16 sites, and she personally visits each community several times throughout the year. Boyd has been an officer in the Alaska Superintendents Association for seven years, and serves on the Alaska Council of School Administrators board. She has been the Coalition for Education Equity president and has been a statewide leader in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act as well as serving on several statewide policy committees. ASA will advance Boyd’s candidacy to the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year program. All state Superintendents of the Year will be honored in February at the 2020 AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, Calif.
The law firm of Birch Horton Bittner &Cherot announced that attorneys Michael Schwarz and Matt Widmer have joined the firm. Schwarz joined the firm in January after practicing with a prominent law firm based in Westchester County, N.Y., for 13 years. Schwarz has represented and counseled clients in a wide variety of matters including: real estate, land use and zoning, municipal law, environmental law, foreclosure (commercial and residential), contracts, commercial disputes, and business torts. In addition, Schwarz has represented national and regional title insurance underwriters in connection with coverage matters, and has also served as defense counsel for underwriters’ insureds. Widmer joined the firm in November 2018, bringing more than 13 years of civil and criminal litigation experience throughout Alaska. Widmer began his legal career in private practice in Bethel. After five years, he moved to Anchorage where he worked for the Office of Public Advocacy and the Public Defender Agency, handling felony-level offenses, parole, and post-conviction relief. Widmer graduated from William &Mary Law School.