Movers and Shakers 04/29/12
Margaret Nelson has joined UIC Construction Services as business development/marketing manager. Nelson has extensive business and management experience in Alaska. Most recently she served as senior vice president of corporate development for Calista Corp. and was president/CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center during its development and opening. An Alaska Native from Southeast Alaska, she studied business administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage and obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Visit Anchorage recognized nine exceptional contributions to the visitor industry and the community as a whole at the 25th annual Seymour Awards Banquet on April 13. Award winners include: Mary and Buzz Rohlfing, the proprietors of Bear Square, won Member Contribution to the Bureau; SMG/Anchorage Convention Centers won the Member Contribution to the Visitor Industry for their meeting services; Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers Co-op secured the Seymour award for Community Organization; David Green, master furrier won Member of the Year; Laile Fairbairn won the All Alaskan Award; Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and his office won Meeting Planner of the Year for their help in securing the 2013 National Secretary of State’s Annual meeting in Anchorage; Holiday Vacations won Tour Operator of the Year; Sandra Knight won Volunteer of the Year–Downtown, and Anne Smith won Volunteer of the Year–Airport. Longtime Visit Anchorage volunteers Doris Carey, Gwen Christianson, Charlotte Gill, Arlene Schillereff and Mary Todd were honored with a new award called the President’s Circle. The award recognizes the outstanding service and longevity of some of Visit Anchorage’s most dedicated volunteers. Each has worked in the Visitor Information Centers for more than 25 years.
University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Margaret Darrow is set to embark on a five-year study of water that remains liquid at subfreezing temperatures in frozen ground. Darrow’s work is being funded by an award from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program, also known as CAREER. She hopes her work will lead to better predictions of frost heaving and permafrost’s response to climate change. The research stands to have innumerable applications to construction and planning in Alaska and other circumpolar regions. The project will begin Sept. 1. Other UAF researchers who have received CAREER awards include: Marvin Schulte, Zhongguo John Ma, William Simpson, Bert Boyer, Hong Liang, Anna Berge and Kristin O’Brien.
Thompson & Co. Public Relations announced the promotion of Tara Stevens to account manager and the addition of account executive Janette Sherman and account coordinator Catalina Myers. Stevens joined Thompson & Co. in 2007 as an intern and after spending a year in the agency’s New York office, she returned to Alaska and steadily increased her expertise and role within the agency. Prior to joining the agency, Stevens worked for Teach for America in New York. She graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and creative writing. Sherman hails from Bend, Ore., and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in public relations and a minor in news editorial and political science. Myers joined Thompson & Co. in 2011, assisting in all aspects of client work from writing and distributing press releases, to conducting research and generating content for social media accounts. Before joining the agency, Myers was at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union and worked in their marketing department. She graduated from Southern Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications.
Frank Richards has joined Alaska Gasline Development Corp. as the pipeline engineering manager. Richards recently served as the deputy federal coordinator, in the Office of the Federal Coordinator, working on Alaska natural gas transportation projects. Richards will direct the performance of a multidisciplinary pipeline engineering team for AGDC. Richards is a registered professional engineer with 25 years of Alaskan project management experience. He brings broad engineering, management, budget and legislative experience to the AGDC project. Richards spent more than 10 years in the private sector working on large-scale projects in Alaska and he spent 19 years with Alaska Department of Transportation.