Movers and Shakers for Nov. 24
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines recently appointed Rasmuson Foundation senior program officer Christopher Perez to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council representing Alaska. Perez begins his term on Jan. 1, 2020, and will serve as a member of the Advisory Council for three years. As part of the Advisory Council, Perez will advise the FHLB Des Moines Board of Directors on housing development and community lending needs throughout the bank’s district. Advisory Council members are selected for their successful experience serving housing and economic development agendas. In his role at the Rasmuson Foundation, Perez leads the housing and community economic development investments for Alaska’s largest private philanthropic organization. Perez has years of experience in affordable housing and manages more than $40 million in Foundation investments to support the development of affordable housing in Alaska. Under his leadership, the Rasmuson Foundation received the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Perez holds a master of public administration in management and finance from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. He is also a certified low-income housing tax credit compliance professional.
Fred Brown was elected president of the National Labor Alliance of Health Care Coalitions in early October. NLA is a non-profit national organization of management health and welfare coalitions representing purchasers of health services, that work together to increase value in care, services and benefits for participating members and coalitions. Brown said his focus will be in three areas: strengthening ties and communication with regional coalitions and members; providing efficiency and innovative coalition plan options and delivery leading to increased organizational savings and improved care; and increasing strategic engagement in public policy efforts. Brown serves as executive director of the Pacific Health Coalition, which started in Alaska. Under his leadership over the past decade, PHC’s membership and revenue have grown more than fourfold and the organization now includes member plans throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Tom Marriage, a graduate of East Anchorage High School and Willamette University, has joined the Alaska magazine and The Milepost team as associate publisher. Marriage replaces outgoing Melissa Bradley and he is responsible for generating ad sales revenue in addition to audience growth across Alaska. Marriage is a longtime resident of Anchorage and brings a wealth of digital and social media experience from Alaska Dispatch Publishing and MSI Communications. Marriage most recently worked at Pursuit-The Alaska Collection as marketing and brand experience manager.
First National Bank Alaska announced several recent hires and promotions. Jen Imus joined the Johansen Branch team. Imus started at the bank as the Interior relationship manager and was appointed vice president. In her role, she will help support business development and strengthen customer relationships in the Fairbanks region. Management Associate program graduate Lydia Sobek was promoted to Loan Officer I and will work in the Corporate Lending team’s newly created Tax Unit. In addition to commercial loans, Sobek will specialize in Low-Income Housing Tax credit loans, Historical Tax Credit loans and Dino Tax Credit loans. Business Support Specialist Fitime “Tinka” Nasufi was promoted to Branch Manager I Operations of the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. At North Star, Nasufi will be responsible for daily branch operations and building and maintaining customer relationships. Quinn Anderson was promoted to Loan Officer I and will help customers with their lending needs at the U-Med Branch. Anderson joined First National in 2014 and worked as a personal banker until beginning a loan officer apprenticeship in June 2018.
Great Alaskan Holidays announced the hiring of Brittany Burns as its new creative coordinator and member of the Marketing Department. A lifelong resident of Alaska, Burns was born and raised in the North Slope village of Kaktovik before taking up residence in Anchorage. She has held previous positions in employee or freelance capacities with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her primary responsibilities have been, and will be, participating in continued development and outreach via social media, branding, graphical, and advertisement design and development, and corporate videography and photography. Burns has bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and history from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a master’s degree in film studies from National University in LaJolla, Calif. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degreein digital marketing from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Calista Corp. announced the promotion of shareholder Tisha Neviq’aq Kuhns to vice president of land and natural resources. Kuhns is responsible for managing lands and resources to meet Calista’s goals for financial success and sustainable development. She provides technical advice on economic minerals, land use and stewardship, and coordination with industry and government agencies. Kuhns joined Calista in 2016 as a staff geologist after working with the Donlin Gold project for 12 years in geology and water quality baseline management. She is born and raised in Bethel and Homer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from Southern Oregon University. Kuhns is also currently enrolled in Alaska Pacific University’s graduate-level Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program. Kuhns was also recently elected to serve on the Alaska Miners Association board of directors.