Movers & Shakers 03/03/13

Colin P. Fay is one of the 20 nominees for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, or ASHRAE, New Faces of Engineering recognition program, a part of National Engineers Week. Fay is a mechanical engineer and sustainability specialist, PDC Inc. Engineers, in Anchorage.

As part of the Fur Rondy Royalty tradition, the Lord & Lady Trapper duo attends official Rondy events as festival ambassadors. They are chosen by previous Lord & Lady Trappers at an annual gathering. John Carpenter is Lord Trapper. Carpenter has lived in Alaska since 1966. He spent many years in the media, and has been a pastor at Baxter Road Bible Church since 2010. He volunteers as an emcee at special events, especially activities that raise money for non-profits. Peggy McBride is Lady Trapper. She moved to Anchorage in 1975. She teaches music in the Anchorage School District. McBride’s community activities include choir director at first Congregational Church Anchorage and Master Director for Sweet Adeline’s International. Peggy is also a director for the award-winning Alaska Sound Celebration chorus; ASC is the organization that produces the Rondy Melodrama. She’s performed in or directed the melodrama for over 21 years.

AMC Engineers announces that Deborah Morales, EIT, and Tyler Corey, EIT, have passed the Alaska State Board’s Fundamental of Engineering exam. Morales was hired in May 2012 as an intern, and became a full-time employee after graduating from University of Alaska Anchorage, or UAA with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. Morales is working on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Engineering Building, the Service High School Renovation, and the Napaskiak Replacement School. Tyler was hired in September 2012.  He also has a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from UAA. Tyler is currently working on the Service High School Renovation, the King Career Center Remodel, and the UAA Engineering Parking Garage.

Heather Handyside is the new press secretary for U.S. Senator Mark Begich, in his Anchorage office. Handyside worked for the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) from 2003-2009 and served a public safety policy advisor, director of emergency management and homeland security, and deputy municipal manager and had a public policy consulting company, Drawbridge Consulting. She served as communications director for the Scott McAdams campaign in 2010 specializing in messaging and media relations. Handyside has lived in Alaska since 1994.

Bradley Reid + Associates announces Jeremy Hayes is now vice president of branding and strategy. In his new role, Hayes will expand his expertise to the branding and strategy for all Bradley Reid clients, working with the agency’s overall strategic team. Hayes graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration. He spent nearly 10 years in healthcare marketing and advertising before joining the Bradley Reid team in 2008.  Bradley Reid’s new executive vice president is Tina Lindgren. Lindgren has more than 25 years of experience in management, marketing and communications. Prior to joining Bradley Reid, she was the founding president and COO of the Alaska Travel Industry Association and the executive director of both the Alaska Visitors Association and the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council. Lindgren has served as Bradley Reid account manager, senior strategist and most recently as vice president. Tina is the past recipient of the North Star Award and has been recognized by Travel Agent Magazine as one of the country’s most powerful women in travel.

Michele Schuh is First National Bank Alaska’s new Chief Financial Officer. She is also the bank’s senior vice president. Schuh joined First National 10 years ago and now has more than 25 years of finance and accounting experience in Alaska and Oregon. A third-generation banker, Schuh is a graduate of Anchorage’s Dimond High School, the University of Washington and the Pacific Coast Banking School. In 2011, Schuh was inducted into the Anchorage ATHENA Society.

Alaska Railroad Chief Engineer/Vice President of Engineering Tom Brooks will retire in May. Clark Hopp will replace him. Hopp has experience in railroad engineering and is familiar with many railroad stakeholders, given 12 years with the Alaska Railroad. He joined ARRC in 2001 as a capital projects manager, and in 2003, he became manager of civil projects. In 2011, Hopp was promoted to director of special projects, overseeing the two mega rail extension projects — Port MacKenzie Rail Extension and Northern Rail Extension, Phase One. He earned a degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Iowa Western College and completed additional engineering coursework at the University of Nebraska. Brooks joined the Alaska Railroad in 1986 as the engineering office supervisor. The next year, he was named manager of civil engineering, marking the first of several promotions during a 27-year career. Brooks became chief engineer in 1991, adding assistant vice president of projects in 2005 and vice president of engineering in 2010.

Doug Swanson is the new business manager at Alaska Public Employees Association/AFT. Most recently employed at AFT-Wisconsin, Swanson has more than 30 years experience working for public employees.

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