Movers and Shakers for May 23
Kayla Green has joined United Way of Anchorage as director of People and Culture. This is a new position that demands sound business judgment with people skills and a practical passion for equity, diversity, inclusion, and access both at work and in the wider community. Most recently, Green has worked as a human resources and business development consultant and as a realtor with Keller Williams in Eagle River. She has worked as a daily operations manager and health benefit enrollment specialist at Southcentral Foundation. She also worked as a supervisor and trainer and mental health specialist at North Star Behavioral Health. Green serves as first vice president of the Anchorage chapter of the NAACP and is a member of the State of Alaska Board for Marriage and Family Therapy. Green earned a master’s degree in human resources at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2011.
Toast of the Town LLC announced Martha Keele as chief operating officer and co-owner. Keele previously served as the managing director at Toast of the Town, producing more than 80 virtual events last year. She replaces co-founder Carrie Shephard, who is transitioning to a consulting role with the company in order to concentrate on her passion of community development. Shephard recently accepted a role as manager of The Nave, focused on community, culture and art. With this new ownership transition, the leadership team at Toast of the Town brings more than 40 years of collective event experience to the Alaska event industry, continuing its commitment to grow in the talent and capabilities it provides to companies, nonprofit organizations and the state of Alaska. Keele joined Toast of The Town in 2020 with more than 15 years of hospitality and event experience. She is responsible for organizational growth, overseeing the event logistics team and strategic fundraising consulting. She has extensive nonprofit and government advocacy experience at both the local and national level, and has organized events ranging from 20-person fly-in conferences to 1,500-person award-winning galas.
The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council has elected officers who will serve from May 2021 to May 2022. The executive committee is comprised of: President Robert Archibald, representing the City of Homer; Vice President Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez; Treasurer Wayne Donaldson, representing the City of Kodiak; and Secretary Bob Shavelson, representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition. Three Members-at-Large are: Ben Cutrell, representing Chugach Alaska Corp.; Robert Beedle, representing the City of Cordova; and Rebecca Skinner, representing the Kodiak Island Borough.
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority announced the addition of Dona Keppers as chief financial officer and Tiffany Janssen as Commercial Finance director. Serving in a shared services role, Keppers is the CFO for AIDEA and its sister agency, the Alaska Energy Authority. Keppers has worked in Alaska’s energy sector with specialized experience leading finance, accounting, and tax teams within Alaska’s state government. Prior to joining AIDEA and AEA, she served as the Alaska Deputy Commissioner of Revenue, AK LNG Project Executive Sponsor, Tax Division Chief Economist and Audit Master. Tiffany Janssen has more than 15 years of experience managing commercial lending teams across Southeast, Southcentral and Interior Alaska. Janssen specializes in asset‐based lending working with small‐ to large‐sized businesses with expertise in partnering with third parties to customize financial structuring for large capital projects. As Commercial Finance director, Tiffany oversees AIDEA’s commercial finance function, including the Loan Participation Program, Business and Export Assistance Program, loan administration, loan servicing, and other real estate owned portfolios. Prior to joining AIDEA, Tiffany was the Commercial Lending manager for Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union.
Brock Anundson has been named as the director of athletics for the Alaska Nanooks. Anundson was selected from a pool of four finalists after a national search led by Athletics Staffing and Consultants. He will start his new position on July 12. Anundson currently is the assistant director of athletics for internal operations and events at Black Hills State University in South Dakota, where he is responsible for overseeing administrative operations and multiple athletic facilities on the campus. He previously served as the program coordinator for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and worked for four seasons in stadium operations for the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Anundson is a former hockey student-athlete, playing four seasons with the University of Minnesota Crookston, where he still holds the record for career scoring. He signed with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL for the 2005-06 season before beginning his professional career in athletics administration. He has a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate in education leadership and innovation from Arizona State University.