Movers and Shakers for Oct. 10
The Southcentral Foundation board of directors selected April Kyle as its president and CEO. She has been serving as interim president and CEO since August 2020. Her career with Southcentral Foundation spans two decades. Prior to her year as interim president and CEO, Kyle was a member of Southcentral Foundation’s vice president of behavioral services division. Kyle has been part of building Southcentral Foundation’s Nuka System of Care. She was one of the first graduates of Southcentral Foundation’s Executive Leadership Experience, as well as a member of the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program’s inaugural class at Alaska Pacific University and the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Top Forty Under 40 class of 2013. She received her MBA from the University of Washington.
Alaska Native Science &Engineering Program Assistant Director Dr. Michele Yatchmeneff recently accepted a position as the executive director of Alaska Native Education and Outreach for University of Alaska Anchorage. In her role as ANSEP’s assistant director, Yatchmeneff has been a faculty advisor to more than 2,500 students in ANSEP’s longitudinal model of education. Yatchmeneff was the first Alaska Native female engineering professor in UAA’s Department of Civil Engineering. She is currently an associate professor in the department where she has spent the past six years as a researcher. Yatchmeneff’s work has earned awards from the National Science Foundation and other distinguished research organizations. Before earning her bachelor’s degreein civil engineering, master’s degree in engineering management and doctorate in engineering education, Yatchmeneff began her STEM education as an ANSEP student.
Paula Vrana was appointed commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration. Vrana has served as deputy commissioner of the department since January 2019. Acting Commissioner Amanda Holland is retiring after 30 years of state service. Vrana practiced law at the law firm of Brena, Bell &Clarkson and has served as the CEO of Copper River Native Association as well as executive director of Hospice of Anchorage.
Alexandra Hoyt has been promoted to project manager II with Ahtna Engineering Services LLC. Hoyt joined Ahtna in 2013 as an environmental scientist/biologist. Hoyt holds a master’s degree in geography: environment, society, and development from the National University of Ireland Galway and a bachelor’s degree in community and environmental studies (minor business administration), from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H. Justin Dunn has been promoted to program manager with Ahtna Environmental Inc’s construction services division. Dunn has more than 14 years in the industry and joined AEI in February 2019 as a senior project manager. Ahtna Solutions LLC. announced the addition of Senior Proposal Manager Michelle McGarry. With more than 15 years of proposal management experience, McGarry has led proposal teams across the U.S. Ranging from a few contributors to more than 20 writers, graphic artists, word processors, cost estimators, subject matter experts, senior leadership, and team members, winning over $500 million in new contract awards. Ahtna Global Inc. has added Proposal Coordinator Chase Quinn. Prior to this role, she was with HDR Engineering for four years as a project coordinator assisting on environmental, water and transportation projects. Ahtna Engineering Services LLC. hired Proposal Coordinator Connor Weiss. Weiss is a Washington State University graduate with degrees in management information systems and marketing. Before starting his position as proposal coordinator in the fall 2020, he worked for Ahtna in the field as a laborer on projects in Metlakatla and Shemya Island. Ahtna Environmental Inc. hired Marketing and Communications Manager Katy Kless. She has worked in marketing for 16 years and 11 years in the A/E/C industry. Ahtna Engineering Services LLC. hired Marketing &Communications Manager Laura Reishus. She has more than eight years of experience handling simultaneous graphic design projects and managing marketing campaigns from conception to completion. Prior to joining AES, Reishus served as the Development Director for Habitat for Humanity. Ahtna Global announced Jacob Henkel has joined its construction division as a senior project engineer. Based in the Anchorage office, Henkel has worked as a project engineer for both Alaska Frontier Constructors and Granite Construction Co. and as a heavy equipment operator the 10 years prior.