Movers & Shakers December 9, 2001

PHOTO/James MacPherson/AJOC
Bruce Zalneraitis has joined Life Alaska Transplant in the new position of clinical director. Zalneraitis has nearly 25 years of tissue and organ donation experience. Zalneraitis previously worked with New England Organ Bank and Northern California Transplant Bank. Life Alaska, formed as a nonprofit donor program in 1992, is responsible for all tissue, organ, corneal and research donations in the state.

Jerry Dunn is continuing as general manager of the recently reorganized Western Alaska Village Enterprises. Dunn was appointed general manager in November 2000 to help manage the company through its financial difficulties. James Akerelrea is continuing as WAVE’s corporate business development manager. New members of the board of directors include: chairman, Earl Chase; vice chairman, Willie Attie; treasurer, Zach Ivan; secretary, Felix Hess; and assistant secretary, Archie Andrew.

Ann Chandonnet was recently appointed the business reporter at the Juneau Empire. Chandonnet worked as a feature writer for The Anchorage Times for 10 years. Chandonnet has served as the police and courts reporter for the Empire for two years.

Teresa Newins, senior manager of KPMG, was re-elected president of the YWCA of Anchorage board of directors. Other officers re-elected are: vice president, Suzanne Cherot, managing partner of Birch Horton Bittner and Cherot; secretary, Connie Ozer, community volunteer; and treasurer, Barbara Symmes, director of planning at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Directors elected to the board included: Barbara Cash, president of RIM Design; Diane Johnson, owner/exclusive agent, Allstate Insurance; Ouida Morrison, manager and equal opportunity officer of the Alaska Railroad Corp.; Marie Nash, officer director for Sen. Ted Stevens; and Cathie Straub, certified financial planner with Financial Resources Inc. Continuing board members are: Julie Alfred, development director, Anchorage Museum of History and Art; Carla Beam, associate director external affairs, BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc.; Charlotte Fox, executive director, Alaska State Council on the Arts; Deborah Gomez, facilities manager, Natchiq Inc.; Jana Hayenga, owner of Cabin Fever; Sherry Jaeger, retired, community volunteer; Lisa Keller, athlete, coach and trainer; Christine Klein, operations manager at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport; Carrie Longoria, director, SAFE City Program, Municipality of Anchorage; SanDee McDowell, owner, Chez Ritz; and Julie Millington, manager of patron services, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

The Public Relations Society of America recently bestowed the rank of fellow on Karen Cedzo at its national conference in Atlanta. Cedzo, accredited in public relations, previously served as vice chancellor of university relations at the University of Alaska. Upon retiring in 1998, Cedzo established the public relations consulting firm, Sawmill Creek Enterprises Ltd. Cedzo also was honored by the Alaska Chapter of PRSA with a reception at the University of Alaska Museum Nov. 13.

Jessica Mayer recently joined ASCG Inc.’s engineering department as a junior engineer in its airports/general civil division. Mayer, an engineer in training, has earned both a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering and a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Since joining ASCG, Mayer has worked on several aviation-related planning and design projects. Ramona Jathanha recently joined the architectural department of ASCG’s Anchorage office as a staff architect. Jathanha has been with ASCG’s Barrow office since 1994 as a project manager. Jathanha has a range of experience on architectural projects throughout Alaska.

The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce recently announced the following award winners: Youth of the Year, Christi Gibson; Citizen of the Year, Bert Hall; Educator of the Year, Barb Shogren; and Business Person of the Year, John Klapperich. New board members for 2002 are: president, Annette DeLong, Wells Fargo Bank Alaska; president-elect, Bill Moll, Valley Meineke and Lube Express; treasurer, John Klapperich, KMBQ 99.7 FM; Paddy Coan, Prudential Vista Real Estate; and Susan Price, Mat-Su Title Insurance Agency.

Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed Elmer Lindstrom deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Lindstrom of Juneau began working for the state in 1979 as an accounting technician and later as fiscal analyst for the Division of Legislative Finance. Lindstrom also served as staff to the House Finance Committee and with the Office of Management and Budget. Lindstrom has worked for the Department of Health and Social Services since 1993 and will continue as the department’s legislative liaison.

12/09/2001 - 8:00pm