Movers and Shakers 9/9/2012

Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls–Clubs Alaska recognized six youth heroes as part of the 2012 Summer of Heroes program. Alaska Communications presented each hero with a $1,500 scholarship during a ceremony at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on Sunday, Aug. 26. This year’s honorees are (from left) Shaylee Rizzo of Kenai, Stacey Garbett of Fairbanks, Regan Fitzgerald of Anchorage (represented by her mother, Laura Fitzgerald), Keefer Brown of Wasilla, Julia Gebert of Anchorage and Courtney Stroh of Kenai. Read the winners’ full biographies at

State Sen. Cathy Giessel is being appointed to the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. Alaska House Rep. Bob Herron made the announcement during an Arctic Caucus meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, in June. Giessel is a member of the Arctic Caucus, a subcommittee of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region. The Arctic Policy Commission was created by the Legislature in 2012 for the purpose of putting Alaska in a leadership role in the development of a nationwide comprehensive Arctic Policy. Giessel is one of three senators who have been appointed to serve on the Commission.

Tim Dillon of Seldovia is the new president of the board of directors for Arctic Winter Games Team Alaska. Dillon has been a member of the Team Alaska Board of Directors since 2007. Dillon is the City Manager of Seldovia, and brings more than three decades of experience in the sports and entertainment field. He served as general manager at the 2006 Arctic Winter Games on the Kenai Peninsula, which is still considered one of the most successful events in the 30-year history of the games. Born and raised in the New Jersey area with a master’s degree in administration, Dillon came to Alaska in 1992, and held the role of Athletic Director and Vice Chancellor of University of Alaska Anchorage until 1999. He has chaired or attended to 14 different NCAA committees, including the NCAA council, and is the past president of the Pac West Conference.

Carol C. Fraser has been appointed general manager of the Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage. Fraser brings 20 years of hotel management and destination marketing — specializing in Alaska — to Millennium Hotels and Resorts. Prior to Millennium Hotels and Resorts, Fraser served as regional director of sales and marketing for ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, Alaska; was part owner of Aspen Hotels of Alaska before its acquisition; and has been honored with a number of awards and honors — including the highest recognitions from the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association and the Alaska Travel Industry Association. Fraser has lived in Alaska for 29 years.

Donald Stiles was appointed to the Fishermen’s Fund Advisory and Appeals Council. Stiles, of Nome, is a commercial fisherman and high school basketball coach. Stiles is a member of the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp., former chair of the Siu Alaska Corp., and is a former fisheries specialist with Kawarek Inc.’s fisheries department. Stiles also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Chris Stark was appointed and Mark Vinsel was reappointed to the Board of Forestry. Stark, of Fairbanks, is a biologist specializing in fisheries research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He also works with the Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association and owns his own fisheries research consultancy. Stark holds a master’s degree in fisheries science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana. Vinsel, of Juneau, has been executive director of the United Fishermen of Alaska since 2004, after serving as the industry advocacy group’s office manager from 2000-04. He served as chairman of the Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission and chairman of the Alaska Fishing Industry Relief Mission. Vinsel earned a bachelor’s degree in design and industry from San Francisco State University.

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