Movers & Shakers 09/08/13
Grant R. Todd and Scott M. Kendall, both of Anchorage, have joined the board of directors of Best Beginnings. Todd is Principal CPA with Altman, Rogers & Co. CPAs. Kendall is a shareholder attorney with Holmes, Weddle and Barcott, P.C. Best Beginnings is a nonprofit advocate for early learning in Alaska. It is the statewide umbrella for Imagination Library, promotes and supports local early childhood partnerships, and produces and distributes materials and information about early learning.
Christopher Chambos and Linda Uttech have been recently promoted to assistant vice presidents at Northrim Bank. Uttech was promoted to assistant vice president, assistant facilities manager. She recently celebrated her one-year anniversary with Northrim after joining the bank with 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She worked as the director of property operations and project manager for the Hilton Anchorage. Chambos has been promoted to assistant vice president, branch manager of the Jewel Lake Branch. Chambos brings nine years of banking experience to the position, two of which were most recently spent as the assistant manager at the Jewel Lake branch.
Southcentral Foundation Board Member Dr. Terry Simpson and SCF President/CEO Dr. Katherine Gottlieb have been recognized by the National Indian Health Board for their impact on improving health care. These prestigious awards are presented to individuals who have improved Alaska Native and American Indian health. Simpson and Gottlieb received Regional Impact Awards at NIHB’s 30th Annual Consumer Conference in Denver on Aug. 28.
Lexus L. Martin and Kristine M. Oria were awarded scholarships from the Aero Femme Nonprofit Organization & Scholarship Fund. Aero Femme founder and director Ariel Talen-Keller awarded the two $250 aviation scholarships Aug. 30 at the Alaska Military Youth Academy graduation ceremony. These aviation scholarships are in a series of scholarships offered to academy graduates. Aero Femme was founded in 2010 to encourage and educate women of all ages to be involved in all types of aviation.
Credit Union 1 announced that Shawna Manes has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the CU1 South Anchorage Branch. Manes has been with Credit Union 1 since 2006, while also working toward her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has experience as a senior teller, member service supervisor, and assistant branch manager for the credit union. CU1 also announced Victoria Worley has been promoted to the position of branch manager at the Midtown Branch in Anchorage. Worley has been with Credit Union 1 for nine years. She has experience as a teller, consumer loan clerk, consumer loan processor, assistant branch manager and branch manager.
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Michele Harmeling to its team and promoted Magen James to director of programs and events. Harmeling joined the Anchorage Chamber earlier this summer as its membership development coordinator. Harmeling is a graduate of both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Eastern Washington University. A lifelong Alaskan, she has worked in nonprofit, outreach and volunteer management roles at the Alaska Center for Performing Arts, Sound Salmon Solutions (Everett, Wash.), the Northwest Watershed Institute (Port Townsend, Wash.) and the North Olympic AmeriCorps team (Port Angeles, Wash.). James has worked in the customer service industry since she was 12, joining the Anchorage Chamber in 2011 as its membership events coordinator. In this role, James has been instrumental in the success through organizing the Anchorage Chamber’s annual Military Appreciation Week events, Gold Pan Awards, ATHENA Society Luncheon, Annual Train Ride, monthly Business After Hours, and Speed Networking. In her new role, James will be key in developing new programs and events, such as the Military Unit Adoption Program, Young Entrepreneurs Academy, and planning the Anchorage Chamber Centennial Program. Originally from Fairbanks, James attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated in May 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She’s currently working towards her MBA at Alaska Pacific University.