Movers and Shakers for April 18
Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced two judicial appointees to the Superior and District courts in Fairbanks. Maria Pia L. Bahr has been appointed to the Fairbanks District Court. Bahr has been an Alaska resident for 5½ years, and has practiced law for 30 years. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 1990 and is currently the Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Opinions, Appeals &Ethics section in Anchorage. Trisha Haines has been appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. Haines has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 9 years. She graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2010, and is currently a staff attorney for the Court of Appeals in Anchorage, and resides in Fairbanks.
Drey Antonio, EIT, recently joined R&M Consultants, Inc. as a staff engineer in the firm’s Airport Engineering Group. Drey’s experience includes working as an engineering intern with the Municipality of Anchorage’s Project Management and Engineering Department. In this role, Drey assisted in gathering ramp and sidewalk data for the City’s ADA compliance plan; completing an ArcGIS database catalog of all ADA ramps and sidewalks; inspecting project sites and locations; and surveying waterways and streams for environmental compliance. He is knowledgeable in AutoCAD, Math CAD and Risa3D. Since joining R&M, Drey has been supporting design efforts for the Bethel Airport Main Runway Reconstruction, Chefornak Airport Rehabilitation, Kipnuk Airport Rehabilitation and Antarctica Palmer Station Pier Replacement projects. Drey has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds his engineer-in-training certificate.
Baird, an employee-owned, international wealth management, asset management, investment banking/capital markets and private equity firm, announced that The Rixse Todd Group has joined the firm’s wealth management office in Anchorage. The Rixse Todd Group is a two-person team that oversees $200 million in assets under management. Baird’s Private Wealth Management business encompasses more than 1,300 financial advisors serving clients from more than 160 locations in 33 states and has client assets of more than $215 billion.
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. a sovereign endowment that manages over $75 billion on behalf of all current and future generations of Alaskans, has recently added Chirag H. Shah as senior portfolio manager and Nader Sohraby as senior associate to its $13-billion Private Equity and Special Opportunities team. Shah has more than 15 years of industry experience globally, including 10 years leading private equity fund investments and co-investments at DB Private Equity and GE Asset Management. He started his career in investment banking at Citi/Salomon Smith Barney in New York and Singapore. Shah is also actively engaged in the broader PE community, serving as an advisory board member of the Hicks, Muse, Tate &Furst Center for Private Equity Finance at The University of Texas at Austin and involved with SEO’s Alternatives Investments program, which is focused on improving opportunities in the alternatives industry for traditionally underrepresented communities. He holds an MBA and BBA from The University of Texas. Sohraby has five years of investment banking experience, most recently at J.P. Morgan in New York, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital formation across the healthcare industry. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he worked in investment banking at Citi in New York. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in its Global Investment Research division.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska announced that Jillian Lush has accepted the position of CEO after a decade of leading Sprout Family Services in Homer, where the core mission is to promote the healthy development of children in partnership with families and community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska currently serves more than 300 youth throughout Alaska between the ages of 6 to 16, with 200 more on the waiting list. Lush earned a master’s of social work from Washington University in St. Louis, and participated as a fellow in the Parent Infant Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program, now housed at University of California Davis. For the past several years, she has helped lead a team of six Homer-area non-profits in building a network committed to leading with a trauma-informed approach.