Movers and Shakers for Dec. 27
Alaska Industrial Hardware, a Bering Straits Native Corp. subsidiary, announced the hire of Thuy Vo to the position of controller and the promotions of Tim Larson and Josh Sieler. Vo has more than 18 years of accounting experience with a boutique public accounting firm that specializes in Alaska Native village corporations, tribal councils and small businesses all over Alaska. A recipient of the University of Alaska Scholar’s award, Vo graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting. Larson has been promoted to director of Sales for the outside and inside sales operations of AIH and General Hardware Distributors. Larson has been with the company for nine years in outside sales focusing on key accounts and helping to grow new product lines. Prior to joining AIH, Larson worked in production at Anchorage Sand &Gravel. Larson graduated from UAA in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. Sieler has been promoted to the position of director of Store Operations. Sieler started with AIH in 2001 in an entry-level position at the Wasilla location. He progressively took on roles with increasing responsibilities. He managed the Eagle River store prior to becoming the manager of the Old Seward Highway location 2012.
Ahtna Engineering Services LLC announced that Project Manager Leslie Davis has earned her Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute of Pennsylvania. This certification is recognized globally and demonstrates her ability to manage projects and extensive knowledge of project management tools and procedures. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Arkansas Little Rock, completed graduate-level coursework at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has worked professionally in the contaminated sites field since 2012, and has been with AES at its Fairbanks Office for four years.
Dr. Bruce Schultz was appointed to serve as University of Alaska Anchorage interim chancellor, effective Jan. 4, 2021, succeeding outgoing chancellor Cathy Sandeen. Schultz currently is UAA’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, but his career in leadership roles at UAA spans nearly three decades. As vice chancellor, he led the development of a culture of assessment in student affairs, created the Military and Veterans Student Services Office, supported a multi-year transformation of UAA’s enrollment services operations, and restructured student affairs to improve effectiveness while addressing significant reductions in funding. Schultz has a bachelor’s degree in international business and German from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a master’s of education degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University. He received his doctorate in educational and organizational leadership from the University of La Verne and his doctoral dissertation was a descriptive study of freshmen adjustment to college at the University of Alaska.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation added two new employees. Shirley Kelly was hired as director of operations and Kelsey Shields as program assistant. Kelly brings a wealth of experience in human resources to the foundation. She holds master’s degree in management with a specialization in human resources from Wayland Baptist University. In her new role as program assistant, Shields serves as the primary contact for MSHF scholarship inquiries from prospective and returning applicants, training providers, universities, colleges, and the general public. She also provides support to the other members of the foundation’s program team by assisting with planning, scheduling, and implementation of convenings and other program-related events. Prior to joining MSHF, Shields worked in a variety of industries providing administrative and customer relations management support. She holds a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara
Sen. Lisa Murkowski added Kaleb Froehlich back to her team as her chief of staff succeeding Mike Pawlowski, and announced the promotion of Garrett Boyle to deputy chief of staff and chief counsel. Froehlich received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. From 2009-14, Froehlich served as senior counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Boyle received his bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law. Prior to joining Murkowski’s staff, he ran his own business dealing with oil and gas and patent law issues, and served as an extern in the Eastern District of Louisiana while in law school. Pawlowski joined the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as a senior policy advisor in 2015 after serving in various positions at all levels of state government. Pawlowski served as Murkowski’s chief of staff since January 2016. Pawlowski recently announced his intent to return to Alaska to partner with former state Sen. Jerry Mackie in a new venture, Strategy North Group.
Northrim Bank announced new officers hired in Anchorage: Bond Stewart, vice president, loan officer, commercial real estate; Kyle Hernandez, assistant branch manager, float team; Amanda Maly, consumer lender; and Jodie Stone, assistant branch manager, West Anchorage Branch. Stewart comes to Northrim Bank with 32 years of commercial and real estate lending experience throughout Alaska. He holds a bachelor of business management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Hernandez joins Northrim with nine years of experience in the financial services sector, five of which have been as a manager. He also has 14 years of experience in retail sales. Maly comes to Northrim with 15 years of experience in banking, more than 10 of those being consumer and indirect lending. Stone joins Northrim with 22 years of banking and leadership experience, working in retail banking and back office branch support.
Dr. Diane Hirshberg has been named vice president academic of the University of the Arctic, a collaborative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in and about the North. In this role Hirshberg plans to highlight some of UArctic’s exceptional academic programming, identify best practices for offering circumpolar academic opportunities and increase those collaborative offerings. Hirshberg is professor of education policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, where she contributes to two of its main research areas: Arctic communities and education. She has studied indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and the role of education in sustainable development for more than 17 years. Hirshberg currently teaches in the Master of Public Policy program at the UAA College of Business and Public Policy. Hirshberg is beginning her second term on the board of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, which serves a globally connected, diverse Arctic research community supported by government agencies, foundations, and others who share enthusiasm for Arctic research and education. She also is finishing her second term on the Council for the International Arctic Social Sciences Association. Hirshberg has a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, a master of public administration from Columbia University, and two bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley.
The Alaska Redistricting Board announced the hiring of Peter Torkelson as executive director and TJ Presley as deputy director. The Alaska Constitution delegates redistricting of Alaska House and Senate districts every 10 years to the Alaska Redistricting Board, which consists of five Alaskans appointed by the governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House and Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. The 2020 Redistricting Board Members are Melanie Bahnke of Nome, John Binkley of Fairbanks, Nicole Borromeo of Anchorage, Bethany Marcum of Anchorage and Budd Simpson of Juneau.