Movers and Shakers 06/23/13

June 20, 2013


Wendy Shem has recently joined AT&T as an account executive, business markets. She holds a master’s degree in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, has 14 years of experience in pharmaceutical sales and has lived in Alaska for 16 years. Samantha Jones was just promoted to mobility account manager, wholesale at AT&T. She has five years of experience in telecom having worked as a retail sales consultant, an assistant store manager at the Wasilla location, and most recently, as a field service manager supporting the business market retail accounts. Matthew Hemmer has recently joined AT&T as a member of the signature accounts team. Hemmer began his telecom career more than 12 years ago providing voice, data, wireless, hosting and software solutions to major customers in Alaska, most recently handling oil and gas, Native corporation and local government accounts.

Anchorage Museum recently hired Alison Gazay as marketing and public relations manager. Gazay coordinates museum marketing and promotional activities focusing on tourism and marketing to groups. Gazay has more than 17 years experience in travel and tourism and has worked as Charlotte Sales Manager for Coach America–Carolinas and as group and conference services manager for All Alaska Tours Inc. She has a master’s degree in international studies and a post-graduate degree in tourism from the University of Otago in New Zealand.

McDowell Group has hired Peter McClung to serve as the firm’s senior health economist. McClung will be based in the firm’s Anchorage office, but will serve clients throughout the state. Prior to joining McDowell Group, McClung served as a health economist for the British Columbia Medical Association. In that capacity, he analyzed the B.C. health system to advise and support funding allocations which would benefit both patients and providers. Originally from Canada, McClung earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Waterloo and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Manitoba.

Kathryn Dodge is the new economic development specialist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Dodge will develop and deliver programs for Alaska small businesses and entrepreneurs and work with other agencies and organizations on statewide economic development. Most recently, Dodge served as policy research director at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks. Previously, she worked for eight years as the economic development specialist for the Fairbanks North Star Borough and 15 years in various positions at Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Dodge, who has lived in Alaska for 40 years, holds a doctorate in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate Institute.


Wells Fargo has named Chris Horton as a principal business relationship manager for its Alaska Commercial Banking Group. Horton rejoins Wells Fargo with 16 years of banking experience in Alaska, including 13 years helping Alaskan businesses succeed financially. He began his career with Wells Fargo predecessor National Bank of Alaska as a management trainee, and he graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in 2010. Todd Allen has been named employee benefits senior account executive for Wells Fargo Insurance in Alaska. Allen has more than 35 years of experience providing human resource solutions and managing employee benefits, health and wellness plans. He holds a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and he is a Certified Compensation Professional.

Rebecca Brower has been named UIC Foundation Administrator at Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. Brower will be responsible for administering the UIC Foundation which includes performing a variety of duties associated with the coordination, awarding of disbursements and financial aid assistance programs for UIC shareholder recipients.

Journalist Mark Trahant will serve as the 20th Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The position brings nationally known journalists to teach courses and speak to students, journalists and the public in Alaska. Trahant has been reporting about Indian Country since the 1970s. He’s been an editor, a reporter, a columnist, a TV correspondent and an author of several books. He’s also a Twitter poet, writing a daily news poem under the handle @newsrimes4lines. Trahant most recent book is “The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars, about Sen. Henry M. Jackson. Trahant was recently awarded a fellowship to the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy. For the past three years, he has been an editor in residence at the University of Idaho, School of Journalism and Mass Media. He was a 2009 Kaiser Media Fellow, writing about health care reform with the focus of its impact on Indian Country. He’s also been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska native village. He is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and is a former president of the Native American Journalists Association. Trahant will teach Information Gathering and Global Media and Communications Systems this fall and Multimedia Journalism and Enterprise Reporting in the spring.

Todd Fortun has joined the Anchorage office of AECOM, as an air quality scientist, supporting AECOM’s Alaska air quality permitting and compliance team. Fortun has a master’s degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from St. Cloud State University. Prior to joining AECOM, Fortun was a project chemist supporting Alaska remediation projects for Jacobs Engineering. He will also support AECOM’s Alaska remediation program and associated project chemistry requirements.

06/20/2013 - 10:24am