Movers and Shakers 06/09/13

Paula Cullenberg will be the new director of Alaska Sea Grant, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, starting in July 2013. Ginny Eckert, University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries associate professor, also will join Alaska Sea Grant as associate director for research. Cullenberg replaces retiring director David Christie, who has led Alaska Sea Grant since 2008. Cullenberg takes the helm after serving as Alaska Sea Grant associate director since 2007, and as Marine Advisory Program leader since 2004. MAP is Alaska’s marine resource extension program with fourteen faculty members living and working in nine coastal communities. In 2010, Cullenberg led a community-based effort that resulted in legislative funding for six MAP agents located in Nome, Dillingham, Unalaska, Kodiak, Cordova and Ketchikan. Cullenberg also serves as co-chair of the state’s Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative. Prior to leading MAP, Cullenberg directed the North Pacific Fishery Observer Training Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and was the Bristol Bay MAP agent. She is a 30-year Alaska resident and participates in the Bristol Bay setnet fishery with her family.

Suzan Rolland has joined aeSolutions as manager of quality and will be based in the Anchorage office. As aeSolutions’ manager of quality, Rolland will drive the planning, development and control of a Quality Management System across all office locations to deliver even greater value to process safety clients throughout the country. Two new junior engineers have also joined aeSolutions in Anchorage. Kenneth Larsen, a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, has joined the company as a SIS FEL specialist. Urvashi Curran, who recently earned her master’s degree in chemical engineering from Lamar University, has joined their process risk management team as a junior process safety engineer.

Ridenour Stump Geserick

Tim Ridenour has been promoted from associate to principal of RIM Architects. Ridenour has 19 years of experience in architectural design and general contracting, and project coordination from design through construction. His projects include the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, numerous projects for Providence Alaska Medical Center, and new Target stores in Anchorage and Wasilla. Ridenour earned a master’s and a bachelor’s degree of architecture from Montana State University. Brian Stump has rejoined RIM Architects after being away for three years, working on residential projects. Previously, Stump worked for RIM Architects for five years as an intern-architect, making significant contributions to projects such as the Alaska Dance Theatre, CITC-Non-Profit Center, and 14-story JL Tower. He is now a registered architect in Alaska and has a bachelor’s degree of architecture from Washington State University. Matt Geserick has joined RIM Architects as a Level I design assistant. He earned a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in architecture and from the University of Idaho. He interned at a studio in Rome, Italy, and also served internships at architectural and construction firms. He is pursuing professional architectural registration.

Michelle Gallagher of RIM Architects was recognized for her contributions to the Society of American Military Engineers during the SAME 2013 Pacific and Northwest Joint Engineer Training Symposium held this past February in Anchorage. Gallagher received the SAME Regional Vice President’s Medal for her outstanding service to the society. Her membership with SAME began in 2005, while pursuing the Anchorage Post’s BG Benjamin B. Tally Scholarship as a student at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. Gallagher graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon, and returned to Anchorage to pursue a career in architecture. This past February, Gallagher completed a year of service on the planning committee for the SAME 2013 Pacific and Northwest JETS. The Symposium concluded with the Post’s Annual Banquet, where Michelle was sworn in as the new Junior Vice President of the SAME Anchorage Post. She joined RIM Architects LLC in 2008 and is an intern architect.

Five lawyers in the Dorsey & Whitney LLP Anchorage office were ranked by Chambers and Partners in its annual survey: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013. Dorsey Partners Robert Bundy, Jahna Lindemuth and Spencer Sneed were ranked in the Litigation: General Commercial practice area. Partners Michael Mills, Richard Rosston and Sneed were ranked in the Corporate/M&A practice area, with Mills and Sneed also separately ranked in the Corporate/M&A: Bankruptcy practice area. Rosston was also separately ranked in the Real Estate practice area. In all, the five Dorsey Anchorage lawyers received a total of nine individual rankings, including five rankings of Band 1 and a Senior Statesman ranking for Bundy. In addition to this individual recognition, Dorsey Anchorage received more Band 1 rankings, the highest ranking available, for its practice groups than any other firm in Alaska. Dorsey Anchorage’s Litigation: General Commercial, Corporate/M&A, Corporate/M&A-Bankruptcy, and Real Estate practice groups all received Band 1 rankings from Chambers.

Kevin Adams has been named chairman of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors. This is the first time a commercial fisherman has held this position in over a decade. Adams has over 38 years of commercial fishing experience in Bristol Bay. He has an extensive background in seafood marketing and has served as an advocate for commercial fishermen throughout the State. Adams was originally appointed to the ASMI board of directors as the Harvester representative by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004. The ASMI Board unanimously elected him chairman during their May 9 meeting in Anchorage. Chairman Adams will replace outgoing Chairman Joe Bundrant of Trident Seafoods. Adams has served as the United Fishermen of Alaska at-large board representative since 2011 and was recently elected to his second two-year term.

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region is announced David J. Miller has accepted the position of Maintenance & Operations director. Miller is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ petroleum engineering program, and has more than 33 years of experience in the public and private sectors in Ft. Wainwright and Fairbanks. As Maintenance & Operations director, he will oversee more than 400 staff including superintendents, foremen, equipment operators and building maintenance specialists who respond to approximately 370,000 square miles.


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