Movers and Shakers Feb 9 2009
Thomas Turner has been selected to join the select member group of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp./Sagemark Consulting as part of the firm’s Sagemark Consulting - Private Wealth Services program, which focuses on clients with high net worth. Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp., a broker/dealer and registered investment advisor, is a nationwide fee-based financial planning firm specializing.
Bonnie Maxwell and Shawn Wendling have joined the staff of Chugach Electric Association in Anchorage. Maxwell is the manager of customer service. She came to Chugach from the Anchorage Daily News, where she was the classified call center manager. Wendling, who has been at Chugach since 2001, was recently named manager of substation operations. He moved to the substation department from his position as project engineer in the transmission services area of the engineering division. Wendling started working at Chugach in 2001. Chugach is the largest electric utility in Alaska, providing power throughout the Railbelt.
Camille Cohen, an operations administration manager for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, is the credit union’s 2008 manager of the year, and Della Throp, Alaska Option senior quality assurance analyst, is the credit union’s employee of the year. Cohen began her career with Alaska USA in 2003 as a member services supervisor and was promoted to her current position in August 2007. She serves as the senior manager supporting service automation and improvements for all Alaska USA branches as well as the member service center. Throp has the primary responsibility for testing, certification, troubleshooting and problem resolution for the Alaska Option ATM and POS network. Award recipients are chosen based on their proficiency, professionalism, dedication, consistency of performance, initiative and their contribution to Alaska USA’s service and financial goals.
David W. Karp has been named president and chief executive officer of Anchorage-based Northern Air Cargo. Karp has served as the company’s chief operating officer for the past three years. This announcement represents the final step in a transition plan that has been in place since Saltchuk purchased Northern Air Cargo in 2006. Karp is responsible the for oversight of Northern Air Cargo and its subsidiaries, including its air cargo, aircraft maintenance, air charter and ground service divisions.
Melody Price-Youts is the new director of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s Division of Behavioral Health. The new division provides full-service psychiatry, clinical psychology and behavioral health clinician services in communities in Southeast Alaska. Before her promotion, Price-Youts was the division’s acting director. Price-Yonts holds a master’s degree in social sciences from Xavier University. She grew up in Haines. Prior to her arrival at SEARHC, Price-Yonts was an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army, and also worked in health care management positions with government and private health care organizations in the Cincinnati area.
Katrina Moss has joined the staff of Hattenburg Dilley and Linnell LLC, an Anchorage consulting firm specializing in civil, environmental, transportation and geotechnical engineering, surveying and construction management. Moss is a senior transportation planner with 15 years of transportation planning and environmental coordination experience. She previously worked as a community planner for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Alaska region airports division in Anchorage and as a transportation planner for central region state of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Mark Swenson, who joined HDL in 2004, has obtained his Alaska professional engineer license. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Union College in New York. Ryan Norkoli, who joined HDL in 2006, has obtained his Alaska professional engineer license. He has a degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University, plus extensive experience in geological studies, construction administration, hydrological studies and remediation design.
Elvi Gray-Jackson has begun her job as finance manager for the city of Akutan in the municipality’s Anchorage office. As the former director of the Anchorage Assembly’s budget and legislative office, a senior policy and budget analyst, director of joint internal projects for Municipal Light and Power, and manager of operations for the Alaska Railbelt Energy Authority, Gray-Jackson brings a wealth of expertise in accounting and budgeting to her new post, the Aleutians East Borough said in its recent newsletter. Gray-Jackson also serves as Anchorage’s liaison to the National League of Cities and has received the highest level of certification of achievement with that national organization.
Ted Meyer has joined the staff of Aleutians East Borough as the community development coordinator. Meyer’s previous experience includes serving as development planner for the Native village of Afognak in Kodiak, and as the senior transportation planner for Kawerak in Nome. He has extensive experience writing transportation and local economic development plans for rural Alaska communities, and in grant writing.
David R. Wallace has been appointed to serve as a judge on the Anchorage District Court. Wallace, an Anchorage attorney, fills the seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Sigurd E. Murphy. Wallace has practiced law for more than 20 years, working with Pentlarge Law Group in Anchorage since 2003. He has also served as assistant district attorney in Sitka and for the Anchorage Violent Crimes Unit for five years. He earned a law degree from the University of Arizona in 1987.
Lynden Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jim Jansen, Cook Inlet Region Inc. President Margie Brown, former Alaska Club President Andrew Eker and First Alaskans Institute Chairman Willie Hensley have been named to the Junior Achievement of Alaska Business Hall of Fame. The four were to be inducted Jan. 30into hall of fame in ceremonies at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Laureates are selected based on their direct impact on furthering the success of Alaska business, support and commitment to Junior Achievement’s programs, and commitment to Alaska business.
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich has named several people to his staff. Bob King is a legislative assistant. King will concentrate on fisheries, the Coast Guard, Arctic policy and other issues under the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. King covered fishery issues for years as a radio reporter in Bristol Bay, and served as press secretary for former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles. He has also written extensively on fisheries history and policy issues for trade publications and other outlets. John Richards, most recently the senior commerce counsel to West Virginia Sen. John Rockefeller, has joined the staff as legislative director. Richards has more than 10 years experience in the Senate serving as the principal advisor to Rockefeller on energy, environment, homeland security, judiciary and transportation issues. He will oversee Begich’s legislative agenda and staff, and will focus on Commerce Committee issues, the economic recovery package, energy, climate change and funding for Alaska needs. Maj. James DeLapp, an engineer officer in the U.S. Army, has been selected as a military fellow. Fellows are paid for and provided by their respective military branches to serve the senator and his constituents. DeLapp, who has served in combat and operational tours in Croatia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, will work with Begich on military issues in connection with his position on the Committee on Armed Services. John Vezina, Matt Payne-Funk, Bruce Scandling, Diane DiSanto, Meagan Foster, James Feldman, Amanda Clausen, Peter Featherly-Bean, C.W. Floyd and Schawna Thoma also have joined the Begich staff in Washington D.C. Vezina, director of scheduling, previously worked for a San Francisco-based lobbying firm, for former Gov. Knowles as intergovernmental affairs liaison for the Corporation for National Service. Payne-Funk, administrative director, has worked on Capitol Hill for over 20 years, most recently for Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. Scandling, a legislative assistant covering health care reform, No Child Left Behind/education and social services, most recently was a health policy planner in the Alaska Division of Public Health. DiSanto, a legislative correspondent and constituent relations assistant covering health, social services and immigration, has served as a special assistant to the Alaska commissioner of Health and Social Services and to the mayor of Anchorage. Foster, a legislative correspondent, worked four sessions in the Alaska Legislature, including two as a finance committee aide for Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage. Feldman, special projects assistant, has served as a special assistant in the Anchorage mayor’s office and as a legislative aide to Gara. Clausen, an executive assistant, worked on Alaska campaigns for Knowles and Begich. Featherly-Bean, staff assistant, is a recent graduate of the Yukon-Kuskokwim School District and worked on Begich’s Senate campaign. Floyd, special assistant on military and veterans affairs, is a retired career Army Vietnam veteran, who served the last five years as the military and veterans liaison in the Anchorage mayor’s office. Thoma, special assistant on community and legislative affairs, served as the deputy director of the Anchorage Office of Economic and Community Development for four years and as chief of staff for Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage, for five years.
Iva GreyWolf has been hired as director of the Southeast Area Health Education Center in Sitka, opened recently by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. The center, one of six such regional sites, is focused on strengthening Alaska’s health care workforce. GreyWolf has a doctorate in philosophy in professional scientific psychology from Utah State University, a master’s degree in special education from the University of South Dakota, and a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation and related services from the University of Montana Billings. She is a licensed psychologist, a nationally certified addictions counselor and a certified clinical supervisor
John Lackey, an electrical engineer, has joined the staff of AMC Engineers in Anchorage. Lackey is currently working on the new Alaska Department of Public Safety Statewide Services Crime Laboratory, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Operations Center and Terminal Connector, and the Palmer State Office Building Renovation. Lackey holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer engineering, plus a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University.
Tallak "Tuck" Maakestad has joined WHPacific as director of survey. Maakestad is a professional land surveyor and certified federal surveyor with more than 30 years of experience in estimating, contracting, managing and production of large and complex land surveying projects from start to finish. He has won awards for platting excellence at the annual Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference. WHPacific Inc., formerly ASCG Inc., is an architecture-engineering firm.
McKie Campell, Chuck Kleeschulte, Isaac Edwards, Robert Dillon, Anne Johnson and Brian Hughes have been named by Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski to the staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Campbell, the committee’s Republican staff director, has extensive government and private-sector experience working on natural resources issues. Kleeschulte, an aide for the Alaska congressional delegation for 18 years, previously handled Alaska energy issues for Murkowski out of her personal office. Edwards, also moving from the senator’s personal office, has served as Murkowski’s legislative director since 2003. Dillon, a former journalist, has been named communications director for the energy committee, while Johnson has joined the committee staff as minority press secretary. She previously served as Murkowski’s deputy press secretary. Hughes will remain on the energy panel as a legislative aide, focusing on policy related to oil, natural gas and alternative fuels. He first came to the Senate as an intern for former Sen. Ted Stevens and went on to serve as his speechwriter before joining the energy committee in September 2007.
Cindy Fields and Brenda Schultz have joined Rulien Whitlock & Associates LLC. Fields is a certified public accountant with more than 15 years of accounting experience. Schultz is a certified public accountant with over 10 years experience in corporate and partnership taxation. Before joining the firm, both Fields and Schultz worked for an international accounting firm.
Larry Stinson, C. Keith Campbell, Jeffrey W. Davis, Jay Butler, Valerie Davidson, Wayne Stevens, Ryan Smith, Linda Hall, Rep. Wes Keller and Sen. Donald Olson have been named to the Alaska Health Care Commission. Stinson, of Palmer, is an anesthesiologist and co-owner of Advanced Pain Centers of Alaska. Campbell, of Seward, is a retired hospital administrator and national leader of the American Association of Retired Persons. Davis has served nine years as president of Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska. Butler is the chief medical officer for the state of Alaska. Davidson is senior director of legal and inter-governmental affairs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage. Stevens, of Juneau, is president and chief executive officer of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. Smith, of Soldotna, is chief executive officer of the Central Peninsula General Hospital. Hall, of Anchorage, is director of the state Division of Insurance. Keller, of Wasilla, represents the Wasilla area, and is co-chair of the House Health, Education and Social Services Committee. Olson represents Northwest Alaska, and is a physician, commercial pilot and reindeer herder.
Stephen Blanchett, Bob Concienne, John Parrott and James Pepper Henry have joined the board of the Anchorage Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for 2009. Blanchett. owner of Alaska Native Entertainment by Pamyua, elected to a three-year term. Concienne, vice president of Aramark Parks and Resorts, was appointed to a one-year term. Parrott, deputy director of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, was appointed advisor to the board, and Henry, director of the Anchorage Museum, was elected to a three-year term. Other additions and appointments to the board include Yael Kaufman, president of Alaska Channel, reelected to a three year term; Maggie Kelly, director of Alaska Operations for Royal Celebrity Tours, reelected to a three year term; Char McClelland, president of Alaska Destination Specialists, reelected to a three-year term; Doug Thompson, director of SouthCentral and Interior operations for Princess Tours, appointed to a one-year term; and Raquel Edelen, director of operations for The Hotel Captain Cook, appointed to fill a two-year elected vacant position. New ACVB board officers include Josh Howes, vice president of safety and operations for Premier Alaska Tours Inc., chairman of the board; Randy Becker, captain of Seward Fishing Club, vice chairman; Steve Silverman, vice president of marketing, sales and service for Alaska Railroad Scenic Rail Tours, sitting as immediate past chairman of the board; Maggie Kelly, treasurer; and John Woodbury, owner of Coast Magazine/Alaska Adventure Media, elected as secretary.
Geoff Lundfelt, of Anchorage, has been promoted to senior vice president of branch administration, and Cindy Frey, of Seattle, to vice president of branch administration for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Lundfelt’s post includes overall management and supervision of branch administration and retail sales. He has more than 10 years of experience with Alaska USA. Fry is responsible for the management and supervision of the Seattle and Whidbey Island areas, which include three regions and 17 branches.