Movers and Shakers 11/10/13


Joshua Michael Kindred has joined Alaska Oil and Gas Association as regulatory and legal affairs manager. Raised in Anchorage, Kindred is a seasoned legal professional with years of experience in the state, most recently as the Violent Crimes supervisor for the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office. Kindred also his prior experience in civil litigation and worked as a law clerk for Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz of the Oregon Supreme Court. Kindred graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kindred received his juris doctor from Willamette University College of Law. He has been a member of the Alaska Bar Association since 2005.

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The Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy in Alaska announced the election of three new trustees: Lori Davey, Phil James and Karen King. Davey is a life-long Alaskan who is originally from Tok. She is director of business development for Fairweather LLC, which offers services to mining, oil and gas industries. Davey graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992 and earned an MBA in 1998. She was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 award by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Journal of Commerce in 2009. Philip James of Fort Collins, Colo., began volunteering for the Conservancy 30 years ago. Since then he has served as a trustee in Alaska, Nebraska and Colorado, while also serving on the organization’s national board of governors. James is a former executive with ConAgra Inc., served as Colorado wildlife commissioner, and is the recipient of the Conservancy’s Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award. King is president and CEO of Spawn Ideas Inc. in Anchorage. King joined Spawn, formerly Nerland Agency, in 1999 and led the team that created the “Big Wild Life” brand for the city of Anchorage, the “Amazing Stories Being Written Every Day” brand for the University of Alaska Anchorage and the brand and strategy for The Salmon Project’s “Salmon Love” campaign.

Ken Rosenstein has been appointed solicitor general for the State of Alaska, effective Oct. 28. Rosenstein demonstrated his legal skills as a key member of the team looking into how the state handles post-conviction DNA testing. District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne was the case dealing with that matter, and Rosenstein was one of two Department of Law lawyers who personally argued and won the Osborne case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Rosenstein has handled hundreds of cases during his more than 20 years with the Department of Law Criminal Appeals Unit.

Matthew Shuckerow has joined Rep. Don Young’s Washington, D.C., office, as press secretary. He joins Young’s office following the departure of Mike Anderson, who recently returned to Alaska to join the Dan Sullivan for Senate campaign as communications director. Following nearly three years of service in Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s D.C. office, Shuckerow served as Murkowski’s press secretary, and before that as her legislative correspondent, intern coordinator, staff assistant and college intern. Born in Kodiak and raised in Anchorage, Shuckerow is a graduate of A.J. Dimond High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, where he studied journalism.

Taylor Thompson of Anchorage was promoted to press secretary for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her Capitol Hill office. Thompson will fill the vacancy created by her predecessor Matthew Shuckerow departing to serve as Rep. Don Young’s press secretary. Thompson was born and raised in Anchorage and after graduating from West, she attended Gonzaga University in Washington State where she received a bachelor’s degree in political science and was also a member of the women’s rowing team. As a member of the Murkowski office Thompson has held the position of intern, staff assistant, legislative correspondent and assistant to the chief of staff.

Credit Union 1 Vice President of Branch Operations Lorraine Bennett has been promoted to senior vice president of branch operations. A 30-year industry expert, Bennett has veteran experience with branch operations at Credit Union 1. Bennett was originally hired in October 1983, giving her the distinction of being the second longest tenured employee at Credit Union 1. Over the past three decades, she has held several positions at the credit union, ranging from ATM clerk to branch manager to AVP, VP and now SVP of branch operations. Bennett began her career as an ATM expert in the Lower 48, moving to Alaska after the launch of the AK Option Network. She has since become certified as a Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist and is working toward her credentials as a Certified Fraud Examiner.


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