Movers & Shakers 6/3/12

The Alaska Support Industry Alliance, in partnership with the Alaska Journal of Commerce has announced the winners of their newly created annual scholarship competition. They are: Tavish Logan, Anchorage, first place, $1,500; Teresa Kennedy, Wasilla, second place, $750; Lauren Heyano, Anchorage, third place, $250; Abby Clark, Anchorage, honorable mention. The winners submitted essays discussing their interpretation of Article 8, Section 2 of the Alaska State Constitution, which states: “The legislature shall provide for the utilization, development and conservation of all natural resources belonging to the State, including land and waters, for the maximum benefit of its people.” A panel of five judges from the Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Alliance reviewed 22 essays submitted by students ages 16 to 18. Essays will be published in the July 1 Oil & Gas Reporter issue of the Alaska Journal of Commerce and in the 30th Anniversary of the Alliance’s Meet Alaska program in January 2013. The essays can be read on the Alliance website at


Attorney Kelly M. Helmbrecht has been hired by Anchorage law firm Brena, Bell & Clarkson. Helmbrecht is a lifelong Alaskan who received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of San Diego and her juris doctor cum laude from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. While in law school, she was awarded the Cali Award for outstanding legal research, Witkin Award for highest ranking student, and Jefferson Medal for the highest grade in several classes. The firm also hired attorney Matthew C. Clarkson. Clarkson is a lifelong Alaskan who received his bachelor’s degree in biological studies from the University of Alaska and his juris doctorate from Washington University St. Louis School of Law. During law school, Clarkson was named on Washington University’s Dean’s List on several occasions. Clarkson received the Best Brief Award in the Environmental Moot Court Competition, the Cali Award for the top grade in Environmental Litigation, and Washington University’s Judge Amandus Brackman Moot Court Award for excellence in moot court competitions.


Robin O. Brena of Anchorage law firm Brena, Bell & Clarkson has been selected as a featured speaker by the Institute for Professionals in Taxation at its 2012 annual Property Tax Symposium. The IPT is an educational association serving more than 4,400 tax professions. The 2 ½-day property tax symposium is designed to assist participants in acquiring a better understanding of the ad valorem tax field. His presentation will concern the ad valorem taxation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. Brena, Bell & Clarkson was recently named a Fortune 500 “Go-To Law Firm for Commercial Litigation.” Brena, Bell & Clarkson’s selection will be published in the spring issue of “Litigation” and distributed with “The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel” magazines to over 190,000 readers.


Alex Ortiz has been hired to serve as scheduler in Rep. Don Young’s Washington D.C., office. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Ortiz worked for the late Sen. Ted Stevens as a legislative correspondent for two years. As Young’s scheduler, Ortiz will maintain Young’s personal schedule as well as answering constituent requests for general information, tours and flags. Ortiz is a 2003 graduate of Ketchikan High School.


Halle Hutchison has joined Alaska Airlines as managing director of brand and marketing communications. Hutchison will oversee Alaska Airlines’ product marketing, sponsorships, advertising and promotions. Hutchison comes to Alaska Airlines from Expedia, where she served as senior director of brand marketing. Prior to that, she served in a similar capacity at T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless. Hutchison earned a bachelor’s degree from Evergreen State College and has completed executive training at Northwestern University.


Ramon Wallace is the new Credit Union 1 staff development manager. In his new position, Wallace will be responsible for creating, implementing and evaluating organizational development and training programs, utilizing both e-learning and classroom environments while incorporating adult learning principles. Wallace holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Warren Wilson College. He has presented at the annual conferences for the Association of Science and Technology Centers and United States Ombudsman Association, as well as working in and presenting to over thirty remote Alaskan villages from Metlakatla to Barrow. He has designed, developed and taught a broad range of seminars and lessons working with native corporations, major Alaska oil and construction companies and state and local organizations as a teacher, recruiter, facilitator and mediator.


Laura Yellig has joined CPD Alaska LLC as vice president, highway petroleum sales. CPD Alaska the petroleum transportation, distribution and sales unit of Crowley Maritime Corporation in Alaska. Yellig will be responsible for overseeing Crowley’s petroleum sales and distribution business along the interior Alaska highway system, which includes eight terminal locations, including Anchorage, Valdez and Fairbanks, and direct delivery to 49 retail service stations. Prior to joining Crowley, Yellig worked at Shell Oil Products where she led the wholesale sales and operations business in the Northwest including the direct-to-wholesale market strategy transition, spearheaded the implementation of a national automated inventory management, and centralized dispatch operation for Shell’s more than 5,000 direct delivered service stations. She also led the retail operations support group and pipeline joint ventures business for Shell during her 18-year tenure. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration–operations management from New Mexico State University and a master’s of business administration from Rice University in Houston.


Kevin Patterson has accepted an offer to lead Anchorage Opera in the role of executive director. Patterson will assumed his role with the organization June 1. A passionate evangelist for the power of arts to stimulate creativity and innovation in communities, he has been associated with companies on the national and regional level including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Opera Grand Rapids and Austin Lyric Opera. His unique style as an artistic director and producer in using art as a catalyst for meaningful communication has won praise from critics both nationally and internationally. Patterson has been a frequent guest lecturer and panelist at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Texas and at Opera America National Conferences.

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