Movers & Shakers 02/12/12
Stig Colberg was named chief financial officer of Cook Inlet Region Inc. Colberg joined CIRI in 2008 and was the company’s chief business development officer. He now heads CIRI’s Finance and Accounting Department and Business Development Department. Prior to joining CIRI, Colberg was a partner at the Silicon Valley law firm of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP, where he focused on the organization of investment partnerships and structuring private investments and merger and acquisition transactions. Before practicing law, Colberg worked as a management consultant in San Francisco and Shanghai, advising multinational corporations on their investments, operations and market strategies in the greater China region. Colberg earned a juris doctor with distinction from Stanford Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s in Asian studies.
Southeast Alaska physician Dr. David O. McCandless was hired by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center. McCandless spent 20 years as a family practitioner with the Alaska Island Community Services Tideline Clinic in Wrangell, where he served as medical director from 2004 to 2007. McCandless recently worked part-time for AICS, and also did locums work around the region including with the SEARHC Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and Haines Health Center. He also has been medical director with Southeast Region Emergency Medical Services. McCandless earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University, a master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his medical doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City. He completed a residency in family medicine at The Washington Hospital in Washington, Pa.
N. Claiborne Porter has been named the 2011 Certified Graduate Remodeler of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders in recognition of his efforts to raise awareness of this educational designation for remodelers. Porter is president of Anchorage-based NCP Design/Build Ltd. and the principal of NCP Architects and Planners. A member of the Anchorage Home Builders Association, Porter has more than 30 years of experience in remodeling and single-family home construction. He has been honored as the NAHB Remodeler of the Year and has twice been named the Builder of the Year by the Alaska State Home Building Association.
James Dunn has been appointed executive director of Connect Alaska. Dunn will lead the nonprofit’s mission of creating jobs and new economic opportunities across the state through expanded telecommunications. Dunn has been involved in telecommunications in rural Alaska for more than 25 years. In that time he has worked with tribal governments, rural local exchange carriers, Internet service providers, and retail customers throughout the state to secure broadband connectivity. Dunn has also served as the CEO and president of an Alaskan native village corporation. He is a licensed attorney and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
The Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame will induct 16 new members March 1 at the Anchorage Loussac Library Wilda Marston Theatre. The Class of 2012 includes: Audrey Aanes, advocate for people who experience disabilities; Gretchen Bersch, professor emeriti of the University of Alaska Anchorage; Connie Boochever, contribution to the arts in Alaska; Carolyn Floyd, leadership in education and for creating the Kodiak Community College; Wilda Hudson, leader on a three of Anchorage’s governing bodies and the League of Women Voters; Carolyn Jones, making a difference through laws that make more opportunities for all Americans and for giving hope and change through Rotary; Louise Kellogg, achievements in dairy farming, philanthropy and education; Ellen Paneok, the first Alaska Native woman commercial and Bush pilot; Sharon Richards, leader in community, education and non-profit efforts; Irene Rowan, Alaska Native activist and leader; Lisa Rudd, advocacy for civil and women’s rights; Susan Ruddy, leader in conservation and community development; Hannah Solomon, leadership and mentorship in Alaska Native concerns; Pauline Utter, political activism and women’s rights’ advocacy; Rosita Worl, passing the positive attributes of the Tlingit culture to youth; Leonie von Zesch, extraordinary efforts to provide dental services to Alaska Native people in northwestern Alaska in the 1920s.
Michele R. Susie has been hired as an advanced registered nurse practitioner at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Klukwan Health Center and Haines Health Center. Susie will work half of her hours in Klukwan and at the Haines Health Center. She also will provide services in Tenakee Springs. Susie earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in nursing from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner. Susie previously worked as a nurse practitioner and community health aide/practitioner program supervisor for the SEARHC Kake Health Center from 2007 to 2009. Before returning to Alaska, Michele provided primary health care and emergency services at the Pioneer Medical Center and Clinic in Big Timber, Mont.
Wayne Zigarlick has been appointed general manager at the Coeur Alaska Kensington Gold Mine. Zigarlick has more than 20 of mine-metallurgical experience working for Echo Bay and Kinross in Canada and in the U.S. Before joining Coeur, he served as operations manager at Kinross Gold’s Kettle River/Buckhorn operation in Northeast Washington. He has also has worked as a mill operator, metallurgical technician, plant metallurgist, general mill foreman and mill manager. Zigarlick has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Lethbridge.
Jonathan “J.R.” Eker has been named as the chief estimator, and Josh Hart has been named as the quality control manager, for Granite Construction’s Alaska region. Eker has more than 20 years of field and estimating experience in grading, asphalt paving, materials processing and quality control in Alaska. He joined Granite Construction in 2004 and has worked as a dispatcher, project superintendent and project manager. Eker holds a degree in business management and management information systems from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Hart joined Granite in 2005 and has worked on multiple projects across the state of Alaska in a project engineering role. Hart has a degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming and holds a professional engineering license in Alaska.
Barbara Searls has been hired as chief financial officer of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Searls has been serving as interim CFO since January, and she previously served as SEARHC’s vice president of finance and administration from 2002 to 2006. In addition to her previous experience at SEARHC, she also has been CFO for the Central Council of Tlingít and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, and CFO for Sealaska Corp. She also was vice president and corporate controller at United Bank of Alaska. She worked as a staff accountant for Sealaska Corp. in Juneau, and with accounting firms in Texas and Arizona. Searls earned a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Hawaii and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Southern California School of Business. A member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70, she also is a past-president who served three years as president of the organization and is a delegate for the Tlingít and Haida Community Council of the City and Borough of Juneau.
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Human Resources Director Matthew Ione has been promoted to chief administrative officer. Ione has served as interim CAO since December. He was hired by SEARHC as a senior generalist in human resources and was promoted to director of human resources in 2010. He holds an associate’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in science studies from Wayland Baptist University of Plainview, Texas. He holds a Professional in Human Resources credential from the Human Resources Certification Institute and has 18 years of experience primarily working in the human resources field in Alaska and Oregon. Much of that time has been spent working with the Alaska Tribal Health System, as well as in the education, information technology and oil field/facilities services industries.
The Arctic Slope Regional Corp. board of directors appointed Eddie Ahyakak to its open at-large seat. Ahyakak grew up in Barrow, attended IỊisaġvik College and moved to Fairbanks to work as an operator with UIC in 1998. Currently, he works for ARSC subsidiary Petro Star Inc. as an operator at the North Pole refinery. Current board member and Barrow resident Patsy Aamodt was selected to serve as corporate treasurer, along with her current title of first vice president. Aamodt was first elected to the board in 1998, and has served on a variety of committees.
Allan Skinner was presented with a certificate for 50 years of federal service by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District Commander Col. Reinhard W. Koenig. Skinner joined the Alaska District’s Permitting Section as an environmental protection specialist in 1974 after several years as a federal ranger for the National Park Service and the Corps of Engineers in the Lower 48. During his 38 years in Alaska, Skinner has seen the Alaska District’s regulatory staff grow from a seven-person section in the Operations Branch to a Regulatory Division with more than 40 people.
Bill Pryor has been hired as sales manager for Totem Ocean Trailer Express. Pryor brings a broad range of transportation and management experience; most recently, as executive vice president of Retail for Cinram, a media distribution company that he helped found in 2001. He has also worked at UPS Supply Chain Logistics and Agility Logistics. Pryor was born in Fairbanks and grew up in Seattle.