Movers & Shakers 01/20/13

Sen. Mark Begich named Anchorage resident Robert Doehl as his new special assistant for military and veterans affairs. Doehl is replacing longtime Alaskan C.W. Floyd, who is retiring after more than eight years working for Begich, first in his capacity as mayor and later in the Senate office. A 14-year Alaska resident, Doehl recently retired as a colonel after serving as the vice wing commander of the 176th Wing of the Alaska Air National Guard. Doehl originally enlisted in the Army National Guard as an enlisted medic before being commissioned as an armor officer. His military career spanned more than 32 years. During his career, Doehl completed military pilot training; transferred to the Air Force; served in the active, reserve and National Guard components; and commanded six different units. In 2003, Doehl deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2006 and 2007, Doehl played a key role in designing the organizational structure for the consolidation of Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson. Since 2008, a substantial portion of his work has involved ensuring care and benefits are available for Airmen injured in the line of duty. While serving as a Reservist and Guardsman, Doehl also served as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice and an assistant attorney general for the State of Alaska. 

Joan Fisher has been appointed interim executive director for Bean’s Café after the passing of long-term Executive Director Jim Crockett. Crockett served Bean’s Café as Executive Director from 2001 until his passing on Nov. 29, 2012. Fisher has worked in the non-profit health care sector for more than 30 years mainly in long-term care and primary medical care. Her focus in health care has been working with and advocating for poor and vulnerable populations needing affordable and equal services. For 19 years she worked at Providence Health and Services serving as the Administrator at the Mary Conrad Center for six years and from 1998 to 2012 worked at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, Inc. as the executive director and strategic initiatives director.

Dr. Matthew Hirschfeld and Doyon Ltd. President and CEO Aaron Schutt have joined the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors. Schutt joined Doyon in 2006 and previously served as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Prior, Schutt was an attorney for the national law firms representing tribal and Alaska Native corporations in transactional and business matters. Schutt earned his law degree from Stanford Law School and a master’s in civil engineering from Stanford University. Hirschfeld is a pediatric hospitalist and medical director of Maternal Child Health Services at Alaska Native Medical Center. Hirschfeld came to Alaska in 2005 from Seattle where he completed his training in pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Hirschfeld is the newborn metabolic screening coordinator for the Alaska Native Health System. Hirschfeld earned his medical degree and Ph.D. in experimental pathology from University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from Montana State University. Schutt takes the place of departing board member Bobbi Quintavell, and Hirschfeld takes the place of Dr. Douglas Eby, whose two terms have expired.

Several staff members at the Rasmuson Foundation have been promoted to new positions. Sammye Pokryfki has been promoted to vice president of programs. Cassandra Stalzer is now communications director. Aleesha Towns-Bain has been promoted to program officer. Towns-Bain manages the Sabbatical Program and Recover Alaska, a joint initiative of Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Mat-Su Health Foundation, and the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Sharity Sommer will move into a program associate role. Previously, Sommer held the position of communications associate.

Danielle M. Ryman has been promoted to partner at Perkins Coie. Ryman is a member of the Labor & Employment practice at Perkins Coie. Her practice focuses on defense and representation of employers, as well as counsel and advice on legal issues effecting today’s workplace. She defends employers in state and federal court, and before state and federal administrative agencies. She conducts workplace investigations, defends employers in union arbitrations, and represents management in labor negotiations. She also works closely with corporate legal counsel, executive management, and HR professionals to provide guidance on employment-related legal issues.

Marcus Geist has joined USKH Inc. as an environmental analyst in the Anchorage office. Geist specializes in geographic information systems technologies. Geist has 15 years of experience. Most recently, he worked for The Nature Conservancy in Anchorage. He previously worked for the U.S. Army Alaska, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the North Carolina Division of Water Quality prior to his arrival in Alaska. Geist is a graduate of the Davidson College, and he received his master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University. Since joining USKH, Geist has worked on multiple projects, including the Kiana Airport Improvement project for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, an Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle Park along the Glacier Highway for the City and Borough of Juneau, and the Crevasse Moraine Trail Management Plan for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Andria Agli was promoted to vice president, shareholder and corporate relations in December 2012 at Bristol Bay Native Corp. The company also hired three new employees at its corporate office: Suanne Fechtmeyer, Nancy Schierhorn and Kinka Parker. Agli is a BBNC shareholder from South Naknek who has worked for the corporation since 1992. She has held a variety of positions within the executive team and currently manages all of BBNC’s external and internal communications, along with all shareholder services. She holds a master’s degree in rural development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Fechtmeyer joined BBNC in October 2012 as its corporate tax manager and brings more than 30 years of experience in tax consulting and corporate tax to her new position, and most recently was employed by KPMG. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting, both from the University of Florida. Schierhorn joined BBNC in November 2012 as its associate general counsel. Shierhorn has long term family ties to the Bristol Bay region. Prior to joining BBNC, she worked as senior counsel at Patton Boggs LLP, and spent the last three years serving ExxonMobil Corp. in its efforts to permit and build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska’s North Slope. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Puget Sound and a Juris Doctorate from Williamette University. Parker is a BBNC shareholder from Togiak who joined BBNC this month as its natural resources specialist. Prior to joining BBNC, Parker worked for First Rate Financial as a mortgage loan processor. Parker holds an associate’s degree and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in rural development.

Vanessa Norman has joined law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as an associate in the Anchorage office. Prior to law school, Norman worked with Alaska Native Tribal entities, including the federally recognized Port Graham tribe, as well as with a number of Alaska Native corporations. She also has experience working with an international trade association focusing primarily on the seafood industry.

Kim Rice has been appointed deputy commissioner of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Rice will oversee the divisions of Design and Engineering Services, Program Development, Public Facilities, Design and Construction, and Statewide Maintenance. Her office will be located in Juneau and she will spend time in Anchorage as well. Rice has been with ADOT&PF since 1977 and previously served as the central region design and construction director. Rice received her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska in 1979. She is a licensed professional engineer, and was a 2001 finalist for Alaska Engineer of the Year award.

Edward Yarmak has been named president and Eric Johnson has been named vice president of Arctic Foundations Inc. The election of new corporate officers follows the passing of company founder and long-time President Erwin “Erv” Long at age 91 during 2012. Yarmak has been employed by AFI since 1981 and is chief engineer involved with estimates, design, construction and quality control. He is a member of the ASCE and NSPE, and is the President-Elect of the United States Permafrost Association. Johnson has also been employed by AFI since 1981, starting as a production welder and has many years as the shop superintendent planning and coordinating all shop, yard, and personnel to maintain production schedules and quality. AFI has been developing, designing, fabricating, installing, and improving ground- freezing systems since its inception in the early 1970s.

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