Movers and Shakers for Feb. 28
Daniel Fenza was appointed president and chief operating officer of Chugach Alaska Corp., effective March 1, 2021. He will succeed Sheri Buretta, who will remain Chugach’s chairman of the board and interim CEO. Fenza has a 20-year tenure with the corporation’s largest government contracting business, Chugach Government Solutions and most recently served as vice president of Business Intelligence and Innovation, during which he pioneered technology transformation efforts designed to reduce costs and streamline efficiencies for the organization. Prior to that, he advanced through a variety of operations and subsidiary president roles. He has a bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology.
GCI announced additions to the company’s leadership team with the promotion of William Wailand to senior vice president; Heather Handyside to chief communications officer; Duncan Whitney to chief product officer; Holly Henningsen to vice president of Consumer Sales and Operations; Manoj Manoharan to vice president of Internet and Business Products; and Tyler Samples to vice president of Business Finance and Administration. Wailand will lead strategic negotiations with major customers, vendors and telecommunication partners inside and outside the state. Wailand formerly served as GCI’s vice president of Corporate Development and associate general counsel, and has worked for the company for seven years. He brings 15 years of business and legal experience to his new role. Handyside will continue in her role as GCI spokesperson and as co-executive sponsor of GCI Gives, the company’s philanthropy program. Before joining GCI in 2015, Handyside worked as emergency manager and deputy municipal manager for the Municipality of Anchorage and as press secretary for former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich. Whitney will continue to lead GCI’s product strategy and development functions for both Business and Consumer segments. Whitney has been with GCI for 28 years in a diverse set of roles including leading the product organization since 2015. He has served on the Cable Labs Technical Committee, an industry group made up of chief technology officers from large U.S. and international operators, since 2014. Henningsen will be responsible for Consumer customer service, sales and operations. She will oversee several key customer-facing groups including Consumer Call Center and Technical Support, Combined Service Delivery, Consumer Debt Collections, and Quality Assurance. Henningsen has been with GCI for more than 25 years. Manoharan will lead product management and development functions focused on GCI Business and consumer internet services. Manoharan’s experience includes a diverse set of roles managing and growing products over the last decade within the cable and telecommunications sector. Samples will lead the finance team for the GCI Business Division which includes financial planning and analysis, billing, and collections. He brings 12 years of finance, operating and accounting experience to his new role, having served for five years as both vice president of the Tourism Division and director of corporate development at Air Methods, a privately held health care services company, as well as seven years with KPMG.
Deborah Vo has joined Rasmuson Foundation as a program officer. She most recently worked as special assistant for rural affairs to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Vo was born and raised in St. Mary’s on the Lower Yukon River and started her career as her hometown’s first female city manager. She also served as a Tribal administrator, a health planner facilitating tribal management of statewide Alaska Native health services, and executive director of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, a former statewide advocacy group for Alaska’s 229 federally recognized tribes. Vo also worked for two companies in the Community Development Quota program that channels investments from fisheries into jobs, education and other benefits in 65 Western Alaska communities, and she managed rural energy planning for the Alaska Energy Authority. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University.
Cornerstone announced two new hires: Jordyn High as an accountant and Kyler Dias as a project manager. High brings several years of experience in the Alaskan construction industry, including work for both general and specialty contractors. She earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is currently working towards her MBA. Dias joins Cornerstone with more than a decade of Alaska construction experience. His professional career has focused on large federal and commercial projects as a civil engineer, project manager, estimator, and quality control manager. He will be responsible for leading Cornerstone’s efforts in federal contracting opportunities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage.