Movers & Shakers 01/22/12

First Choice Health has named Michael Burns as vice president, third party administrative sales. His primary responsibility will be marketing TPA services to select Northwest employer organizations that self-fund their employee health plans. Burns’ role will include development of broker and consultant relationships. Burns joined First Choice Health in 2007 after a successful term with Spokane-based Physician Hospital Community Organization. He has expert-level knowledge of the self-funding and the stop loss reinsurance marketplace. Burns received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington in 1991 and earned a master’s in business administration at Gonzaga in 2002.

James Minton is the new vice president of communications for Visit Anchorage. Minton most recently served as director of membership and communications with the Alaska Travel Industry Association and also held communications and marketing roles at a major cruise line as well as sales and management positions at hotels in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. Apart from ATIA, Minton’s time in the visitor industry includes work at Holland America Line on Alaska product and sales and as an independent tourism marketing and communications consultant. He has also worked in hospitality, with sales and management roles at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel.

Fanny Ryland has been hired as retail sales branch manager at Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union’s Juneau branch. Ryland has been in the banking industry for the last seven years, working in management and member service for Denali Alaskan before joining a local bank, and returns to the Denali Alaskan FCU after being away for three years.

Brian Erdrich, advanced nurse practitioner, has joined myHealth Clinic LLC. Erdrich joins the clinic after 13 years of working at Providence Alaska Medical Center. A provider of immediate and family care, he also has completed specialized training and brings relevant experience in cardiac medicine. Erdrich is originally from San Antonio, Texas, and in 1990 began his career as a registered nurse. His experience caring for critically ill and open heart surgery patients brought him to Alaska in 1999 to work in the Adult Critical Care Unit at Providence Alaska Medical Center. After 20 years in critical care, Erdrich completed the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2011, earning a master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium diabetes nurse case managers Lisa Schwartz, RN, of the Haines Health Center and Julie Sturtevant, RN, of the Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock, recently earned Certified Diabetes Educator credentials. Schwartz earned a practical nursing certificate from Sheridan Vocation Center in Hollywood, Fla., and graduated with an associate’s degree in nursing from Marian University in Indianapolis. Sturtevant earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore. She worked as a medical/surgical nurse and psychiatric care nurse for six years at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton and was a night mental health nurse supervisor for more than 10 years at Eastern Oregon Hospital and Training Center in Pendleton.

Erica Coady, who has a doctorate in clinical psychology, has joined the Providence Behavioral Medicine Group. Coady specializes in neuropsychology, which is the study of brain function related to mental processes and behaviors. Coady is skilled in conducting neuropsychological evaluations of patients with traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, strokes, epilepsy, movement disorders and dementia. Coady was raised in Fairbanks and Nome. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle and completed her neuropsychology fellowship training at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at University of California Los Angeles and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Los Angeles.

James R. Johnsen has been named senior vice president of human resources and process transformation Alaska Communications. Prior to joining Alaska Communications, Johnsen served as senior vice president of administration at Doyon Ltd., an Alaska Native regional corporation. Before that he spent 12 years at the University of Alaska, where he served in several executive roles including vice president of administration, vice president of faculty and staff relations, chief of staff and director of labor relations. Johnsen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Robert Moats recently passed the Alaska Real Estate Broker’s Exam to become an associate broker for Western Enterprises Inc. Moats began his career working in the construction and maintenance divisions for Western. He elevated through the ranks to become a licensed salesperson to practice real estate in 2006, and was a property manager for more than 45 buildings in the area. Moats is also a member of the Western Enterprises board of directors.

Three Alaska nonprofit leaders have been selected for the 2012 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program They are: Nancy Haag, executive director, Standing Together Against Rape; Jill Hodges, executive director, Alaska Brain Injury Network; and Susan Musante, Soteria-Alaska and CHOICES. The Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program supports nonprofit leaders in time away from the job. The program’s goal is to retain top-quality leaders in the sector by providing three- to six-month opportunities for rest, reflection and rejuvenation. The next postmark deadline to apply for a Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical is Oct. 1, 2012.

Pat Cusick has been appointed president of AMC Engineers. Cusick has more than 30 years of experience providing electrical engineering, design, commissioning and construction contract administration for construction projects in Alaska. He has been with AMC for more than 28 years and has led the electrical engineering group since 2004. Cusick has been project manager and lead electrical engineer on some of AMC’s largest projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Past President Boyd Morgenthaler now serves as vice president and Sandy Houlihan continues to serve as secretary/treasurer. AMC has added Ken Ratcliffe and David Shumway to the board of directors.

Lori Davey has been hired as director of business development for Fairweather LLC to help promote its growing business in oil field services, and Cheryl Evans was hired as human resources manager for all Fairweather companies in Alaska. Davey owned and operated Motznik Information Services for the last eight years and recently sold to Tatitlek Corp. She has bachelor’s degree and a master’s in business administration from University of Alaska Anchorage. Evans graduated with a bachelor’s degree in of business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Michael C. Geraghty was appointed to serve as Alaska’s attorney general. Geraghty, a partner with DeLisio, Moran, Geraghty & Zobel PC of Anchorage, succeeds John Burns, who stepped down on Jan. 2. Geraghty joined the firm that currently bears his name in 1979, focusing on complex litigation and trial work before state and federal courts. Geraghty is a commissioner with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He is also a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation. He was selected in Best Lawyers in America in the specialties of construction law and personal litigation and recognized as a Superlawyer by Washington Law & Politics magazine. Geraghty received his law degree from Santa Clara University in California in 1978. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawaii in 1974.

01/19/2012 - 8:30am