Movers and Shakers for Feb. 9
Chugach Government Solutions LLC promoted Kathleen Grimes to senior vice president of operations support. Grimes will serve as chief of staff over general and administrative support service functions. Grimes began her government contracting career with CGS more than 25 years ago. Then, she was the finance director for the start-up contract for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Alaska Job Corps Center. Within CGS, Grimes garnered additional experience by taking on new roles among new service areas, such as Base Operations support. Grimes leveraged this experience in her most recent position as vice president of finance. Grimes holds an MBA from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Corissa Lickingteller recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a senior marketing coordinator in the firm’s Marketing Group. Lickingteller will be responsible for supporting the firm’s marketing and communication initiatives, including preparation and coordination of proposals, resumes, special events, charity events, social media activities, sub-consultants and vendors, presentations, marketing collateral, content pieces, and web site development and maintenance. She has a bachelor’s degree in professional and technical communications from Montana Technical University.
PDC Engineers announced several promotions. Craig Ranson, PLS, was promoted from senior associate to principal. With PDC’s recent shift to a four-market-sector model of operations, Ranson, who started at PDC in 2003, has also been selected to lead the firm’s land development services division. Mechanical engineer Roger Smith, PE, has been promoted to senior associate. Smith, having 25 years of experience as a mechanical engineer, began his career with Murray &Associates in Juneau and continued there following the firm’s acquisition by PDC in 2016. Smith has been a project manager for mechanical systems on a wide variety of new and renovated facility projects throughout Southeast Alaska, each with more than $1 million in mechanical construction. Daniel McBride has been promoted to associate at PDC Engineers. McBride started at PDC Engineers in 2006 as a structural CADD technician.
Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribe of Alaska announced the promotion of Will Ware to chief of Project Development. He will oversee current projects such as Tlingit &Haida’s Cultural Immersion Park, land development of the Kowee Creek subdivision, and startup of the Tribe’s new construction company Southeast General Contractors. He’ll also provide broad oversight of the Tribal Transportation and Business and Economic Development departments, as well as the Tribe’s social enterprises: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Little Eagles and Ravens Nest, Sacred Grounds cafés, Sacred Shine Auto Detailing, and Smokehouse Catering. Ware served more than six years as Tribal Transportation manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Tribal Transportation department, which administers the Tribal Transportation Program for Tlingit &Haida and the Organized Village of Saxman. He previously served as the chair for both the Inter-Tribal Transportation Association and National Congress of American Indians Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and as a member of the Alaska Marine Highway Reform Project Steering Committee, Governor’s Community and Public Transportation Advisory Board and Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council.
Megan Watson has been promoted to relationship officer with KeyBank’s Commercial Banking Division, where she supports two of the division’s highest-producing relationship managers in the Alaska market. Previously she served as a KeyBank relationship manager, where she was named as the top performer in her market during her first quarter. Watson has also held roles as an assistant branch manager for Northrim Bank and funding liaison for Honor Finance LLC.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that president and CEO Geoff Lundfelt has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. The appointment lasts three years, effective Jan. 1. The CDIAC represents credit unions, banks and thrift institutions of various sizes. The council provides input to the FRB’s senior management on a variety of topics, including economic and banking conditions, regulatory policies, payment issues and other issues of interest to community depository institutions. Lundfelt brings more than 21 years of financial industry expertise to the council.
Goldbelt Inc. has appointed Michael Harbour to serve as its new chief financial officer, replacing Kathy Moran who exited the corporation in August. Harbour joined the corporation in January 2019 as deputy CFO and brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in finance and accounting. Harbour has held leadership positions at various government contractors for the past 11 years and has extensive background in corporate and operational finance in industries including professional services, information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and manufacturing. He is a graduate of Averett University with a bachelor’s degree in business Finance and is a certified public accountant.
The Denali Commission announced the hiring of Laurie Orell as a program manager. She will lead the development of a new violence prevention grant program in collaboration with the United States Department of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime. This program will build capacity and enhance victim services in rural Alaska. Prior to joining the Denali Commission, Orell served as the senior health analytics consultant for McDowell Group, an Alaska-based research and consulting company, for nearly eight years. She served six years working at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Alaska Native Epidemiology Center and Southcentral Foundation as an epidemiologist and researcher, respectively. Orell has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in anthropology and Latin American studies, a master’s of public health degree from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in geographic information systems from Pennsylvania State University. She is also a certified professional in public health. Erik Obrien joined the Denali Commission in November 2019 as program manager developing projects related to health facilities, housing, broadband, and economic &workforce development. Prior to coming to the Denali Commission, Obrien was an economic developer for the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference. Obrien has already stood up a statewide economic development partnership with the state and regional economic development organizations and is now positioning the agency to support statewide broadband efforts by collaborating with stakeholders at federal, state, and local levels. Obrien has degrees in global logistics management and management information systems from UAA.