Movers and Shakers for Feb. 14
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced the selection of six new executives and two promotions. Elizabeth Rense Pavlas has been promoted to chief operations officer. Pavlas has more than 10 years of experience with Alaska USA in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as executive director, Retail Financial Services. Patrick Cosgrove has been selected to fill the position of chief lending officer. Cosgrove joins Alaska USA Federal Credit Union with more than 25 years of credit union experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Shannon Conley has been promoted to executive director, Retail Financial Services. Conley has worked for Alaska USA for more than 15 years and most recently held the position of senior vice president, branch administration. Doug Horner has been promoted to fill the role of senior vice president, IM Operations. Horner has been with Alaska USA performing information management duties for more than eight years, most recently as the vice president, IM Operations. Peter Caldwell has been selected to fill the vice president, Accounting role at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Caldwell joins the credit union with more than 25 years of accounting experience as a CPA in the financial services industry and has overseen accounting and reporting functions for multiple investment entities totally more than $1 billion in revenue. Katie Schwab has been selected to fill the position of vice president, Personnel. Schwab rejoins Alaska USA Federal Credit Union with a wealth of experience in the human resource field, including previous experience as the manager, Personnel for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. June Gardner has been promoted to the recently created role of vice president, Consumer Compliance. Gardner has more than 19 years of industry experience and has worked for Alaska USA for the last five years. She was a recipient of the Alaska Journal Top Forty Under 40 award for demonstrating professional excellence. Roland Pilapil has been promoted to the recently created position of vice president, Branch Administration, Southwest Region which is a role that will support branches in Arizona and the High Desert region of California. Pilapil has been with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union since 2005 and has held positions of increased responsibility since that time.
Kootznoowoo Inc., the Alaska Native village corporation for the community of Angoon, announced that Deborah J. Atuk has joined Kootznoowoo as its new president and CEO. Atuk replaces Hal Dreyer who came to Kootznoowoo in April of 2017 as a consultant tasked with evaluating the organization’s strengths and weaknesses. Dreyer will continue to work with the corporation in a consulting role during the executive transition and to further the development of the Thayer Creek Hydro project. Prior to joining Kootznoowoo, Atuk served as a portfolio specialist and institutional relationship manager since 2016 for SkyView Investment Advisors LLC in New York City where her focus was on serving the needs of Alaska Native and American Indian clients. Previously, she was the treasurer of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina and director of Business Development at the Colville Tribal Federal Corp. in Eastern Washington. Atuk also serves as treasurer of the board of directors for Bering Straits Native Corp. Originally from Nome, Atuk is Iñupiaq and earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Cori Mills will serve as the new Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Law. Mills started with the department in 2012 as legislative liaison and public outreach coordinator for the Civil Division. She spent eight years in that role where she honed her legislation skills, worked on budget and fiscal issues, and served as special assistant under two former Attorneys General. In May 2019, she transitioned to the elections attorney position in the Labor and State Affairs Section until becoming supervisor of that section in August 2020.
Shannon &Wilson, Inc., a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm, announced that Kyle Brennan, PE, has been promoted to office manager of the Anchorage location. Brennan, a geotechnical engineer and vice president of the firm, brings expertise in geological and geotechnical engineering for projects throughout Alaska. His extensive experience includes road and rail infrastructure; pedestrian walkways, trails and bridges; pavement analysis and remediation; utilities and power generation/distribution; new building development; and airports and seaports. He has provided multiple geotechnical engineering services for roads, embankments and buildings damaged during the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. Brennan earned a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has been with Shannon &Wilson, Inc. for 20 years. Brennan is the vice chair of the Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission; a member of the Society of American Military Engineers; past president of the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies; and serves on the board of directors for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.