Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 20

Alaska Communications announced promotions of Laurie Butcher and Diedre Williams. Butcher will serve as chief financial officer and Williams as senior vice president of operations and people matters. Butcher has been with the company since 1997 and has served in several leadership roles, most recently as senior vice president, finance. She guides the effective planning, monitoring and maintenance of the company’s financial health. Williams has been with the company since 2003, most recently serving as vice president, human resources. Williams leads employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits and employee development programs. PDC Engineers announced that Senior Structural Engineer Amy Mestas has been recognized as 2018 Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers 8. This title is Mestas’ second Engineer of the Year award for 2018, the first being awarded by a panel of judges made up of representatives from the engineering society chapters of Alaska earlier in the year. ASCE’s Region 8 is made up of Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory. The region includes nearly 14,000 members. In addition to Mestas’ professional accomplishments, leadership abilities, and community involvement through coaching high school volleyball, she was also instrumental in Anchorage, Alaska’s recovery following the Nov. 30, 2018, earthquake. She led structural assessments throughout the Municipality of Anchorage for months following the event and has served as an advocate for future earthquake preparedness. Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Jessica Gallagher to Public Relations and Editorial director. In her new role, Gallagher will be responsible for developing and directing upper-level creative and corporate content across all brand communications. She will act as the spokesperson of Credit Union 1 to media and other outlets and will implement strategies that are intended to uphold a positive public image for the credit union. Gallagher joined the credit union in 2008 as a part-time teller before transitioning to the in-house marketing team. She has since held the positions of marketing coordinator, communications specialist and senior communications specialist charged with cultivating and strengthening the credit union’s brand voice across all channels. Originally from northern Wisconsin, Gallagher holds a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and a master’s degree in English and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies has named Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter as national chair of its Employment and Training Committee. The Employment and Training Committee develops legislative priorities for Congress and is a forum for states to share information and solutions for emerging workforce development issues. Sen Dan Sullivan announced that Greg Bringhurst has been hired as his Fairbanks regional director and rural advisor. Bringhurst will replace Leslie Hajdukovich, who served in this position for the last 4½ years. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Bringhurst was most recently the director of public policy and government affairs at Cook Inlet Housing Authority. He has also worked as a legislative assistant for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., as a legislative aide in the Alaska Legislature, and for the Tanana Chiefs Conference. Bringhurst is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 13

Dave Weber was named Ducks Unlimited’s Regional Director of the Year for his outstanding efforts as a staff member in Region 1, an area that encompasses the West Coast and Alaska. Weber, a resident of Anchorage, covers the state and works with local volunteer committees hosting fundraisers for the 82-year-old conservation organization. Credit Union 1 has announced the promotion of longtime employees Shane Gustin and Brooke Johnson to the roles of assistant vice presidents of Operations. In these new roles, Gustin and Johnson will be responsible for the strategic direction of Credit Union 1’s branch network. They will also oversee service level goals and initiatives and the continued development and oversight of the credit union’s physical security. During his past 25 years with Credit Union 1, Gustin has held various management positions within the credit union, and he most recently served as regional branch manager. Gustin is currently enrolled in Western CUNA Management School. Johnson joined Credit Union 1 in 2010 with previous credit union experience. She has also served in various management roles at CU1, most recently as regional branch manager. Jeremy Price was appointed to the public commissioner seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Price grew up in Salcha and worked at Salcha Electric for 10 years. He has worked in a wide range of public policy roles, including in areas of oil and gas policy, for Rep. Don Young, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the American Petroleum Institute, the Alaska chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and currently as Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s deputy chief of staff. Price was also designated as AOGCC chair, effective Oct. 7. He is subject to legislative confirmation in accordance with AS 31.05.005-170. BDO USA LLP announced the promotion of James Doughty and Jake Kolipano to assurance partners. Previously, Doughty and Kolipano served as directors and have both been with the Anchorage office for more than 13 years. On July 1, Joy Merriner was named assurance office managing partner. Merriner previously served as assurance partner and has been with the Anchorage office for 17 years. They join Kevin Van Nortwick, tax office managing partner, Bikky Shrestha, assurance partner, and Chad Estes, tax partner in leading more than 80 professionals locally. Collectively, the group has more than 90 years of experience serving Alaskan businesses and the community. In recognition of decades of service to survivors of domestic violence, Attorney General Kevin Clarkson presented Theresa Hillhouse with the Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service at the opening ceremonies of Domestic Violence Action Month. For 10 years, this award has honored an attorney who has dedicated a portion of their career to assisting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since 2003, Hillhouse has personally represented clients in 10 pro bono cases through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Hillhouse began her legal career in Anchorage, focusing on employment, labor, and public law. While working in Anchorage as an assistant municipal attorney, she became involved with ANDVSA undertaking pro bono cases. In Sitka while municipal attorney, she often staffed the ANDVSA hotline in addition to her casework. The number of hours she has donated pales in comparison to the impact she has had on the lives of her clients. Though retired from state and local government practice, she is of counsel at Gilman &Pevehouse. The Alaska SeaLife Center added six new members to its board of directors for three-year terms. Kate Consenstein is the principal and owner of Rising Tide Communications in Anchorage. She specializes in public relations, campaign development, strategic communications, branding, integrated messaging, content creation, social media, and freelance writing. Consenstein is a graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Joshua Kindred is the regional solicitor for the Alaska Region for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior to that, Kindred was the Assistant District Attorney for the State of Alaska and Environmental Counsel for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Willamette University College of Law. Scott Meszaros is the City Manager for the City of Seward. He is a career public management sector employee with 26 years of service. He has extensive experience with land use and rapidly growing communities. Meszaros is a Certified Public Manager from the International City Managers Association and a Certified Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Roslyn Mitchell is a senior account manager for Matson Alaska. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of transportation and logistics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University. Brian Pinkston is the founder and president of Bright Road Wealth Management in Anchorage. He has worked in the financial industry for more than 22 years. He is a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Darryl Schaefermeyer returns to the board after a 23-year hiatus during which he served as general manager and Operations director for the Alaska SeaLife Center. Schaefermeyer previously worked as a staff assistant to the late Sen. Ted Stevens and was also the City Manager for the City of Seward. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University. Bering Straits Native Corp. shareholders elected five board of directors members at its 2019 annual meeting on Oct. 5 in Nome. Incumbents Gail R. Schubert, Charles “Chuck” Fagerstrom, Louis “Louie” Green Jr. and Eugene F. Asicksik were reelected and Cynthia “Cindy” Towarak Massie was newly elected to the board. Directors serve three-year terms.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 6

Jenna Krohn and Brett Watts have recently joined the firm of Hughes White Colbo Wilcox &Tervooren LLC as associate attorneys. Jenna Krohn graduated from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minn., where she twice made Dean’s list and interned at the Municipality of Anchorage. She also worked full-time in human resources while attending law school. After graduating in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, Brett Watts practiced criminal law both the prosecution and defense side, immigration law, family law, and general litigation. Watts left immigration law to spend more time in the courtroom, and now his practice focuses primarily on family law and litigation. Hughes White Colbo Wilcox &Tervooren LLC was founded in 1939, as Davis &Renfrew in Anchorage. The firm focuses on litigation, product liability, insurance law, environmental law, condemnation and eminent domain, employment law and family law. Alaska Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Scott Howard was promoted at a ceremony Sept. 18 in the National Guard armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, after holding the rank of colonel for three years. Howard is commander of the Alaska Air National Guard and assistant adjutant general-Air for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. After joining the Air Force, Howard spent seven years enlisted as an air surveillance technician. His first tour was at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., followed by a tour at Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Germany. At this point, Howard had earned his bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and was working on his master’s of aeronautical science. He was prompted by officers within his unit to commission, and went directly to Officer Training School after his tour in Germany. After commissioning as a second lieutenant, Howard was assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., before he was sent to the 611th Air Control Squadron in Alaska. He was in the 611th for approximately two years when he decided to transfer to the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing. Chris Hamey joins Residential Mortgage as chief financial officer with 15 years of experience in accounting and audit through his career in Alaska. Hamey was born and raised in Juneau before moving to Anchorage to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage. Most recently he was the Accounting manager at Chugach Alaska Corp. He has also worked for Klondike Advertising, Inlet Petroleum Co. and KPMG. Hamey holds bachelor’s degrees in English and accounting, both from UAA. Ahtna Inc. announced Lori A. Kropidlowski, CF APMP, recently achieved Foundation Certification through the Association of Professional Management Professionals. Kropidlowski is the Business Development and Marketing manager with Ahtna Environmental and has more than 25 years of architecture/engineering/construction specific sales and marketing experience. She also holds her certification as a Certified Professional Services Marketer through the Society of Marketing Professional Services. Kropidlowski serves on the boards of directors for both the Society of Military Engineers and the National Association of Women in Construction. Jason Sellars joins Ahtna Environmental Inc. as a site supervisor. Sellars has been an Alaskan resident for 25 years, the last 23 years in construction throughout Alaska. His main accomplishments have been directly involved in approximately 75 percent of the building and installation of all the wind turbines in the state. Sellars was the site foreman in over 40 self-standing terrestrial communication towers, linking western Alaska to the rest of the world with telemedicine and high speed internet. Ahtna Engineering Services LLC hired Marlena “Marty” Brewer as senior chemist. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in biomolecular research, environmental laboratory analysis, environmental consulting, and working in an environmental regulatory capacity. Marty holds a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas. First National Bank Alaska announced several recent hires, appointments and promotions. Senior Vice President Karl Heinz was promoted to senior regional manager and will now oversee bank operations in Fairbanks. Heinz joined the bank in 2003 and previously led First National branches in Eagle River, Glennallen, Haines, Kenai, Kodiak and Valdez. With 15 years of financial experience, Tim Redder joined First National as regional branch manager lending and was appointed vice president. Redder is based out of the Kenai Branch and will oversee operations on the Kenai Peninsula and in Kodiak. Vice President and Loan Officer Mike Frost was promoted to branch manager lending of the Soldotna Branch. Stephanie Daniels was promoted to Cash Management support manager and appointed assistant vice president. Daniels has 17 years of banking experience. Business Development Representative Debra Davies was appointed Business Development officer and will continue expanding and developing new customer relationships in the bank’s Escrow Unit.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 29

Cassi Campbell was hired as Blueprint Alaska’s first account executive. Campbell will work for the agency’s clients in a variety of capacities, including managing social media, writing and editing content, providing event support, and media relations. Campbell, a born-and-raised Alaskan, graduated from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications with concentrations in broadcast journalism and psychology in 2011 and is scheduled to complete her master’s degree in strategic communications in December 2019 from Purdue University. Her professional work experience brings unique industry knowledge to the firm after working with Matanuska Electric Association from 2012-19 and the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Matanuska Susitna College from January-September 2019. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner John Binder was appointed chair of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. As deputy commissioner of Aviation, Binder leads Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports, along with 237 state owned airports across Alaska. NASAO is dedicated to representing the interests of the states and the public before policymakers at the federal level. NASAO works closely with the Department of Transportation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Samantha Cherot was appointed as Alaska Public Defender, filling the position vacated in April by Quinlan Steiner. She will serve a term of four years upon legislative confirmation. Cherot has been an Alaska resident for 32 years, and has practiced law for nearly 12 years. She graduated from California Western School of Law in 2007, and most recently worked as an assistant public defender in Anchorage. Craig Campbell was appointed to the business owner/manager seat on the Alaska Railroad Corp. board of directors, effective Sept. 11 through Oct. 3, and reappointed Oct. 3 through Oct. 3, 2024. Campbell has an extensive background in both the public and private sector, with 35 years of aerospace experience in the U.S. Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard, culminating as the Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard, retiring in 2009 at the rank of lieutenant general and simultaneously becoming Alaska’s 10th lieutenant governor. Campbell has more than 15 years of aviation consulting experience, both in the U.S. and internationally. He served as president and CEO for Alaska Aerospace for seven years, and currently serves as president for Aurora Launch Services. Retired Col. John “Jack” Anthony was appointed to the aerospace industry seat on the board of directors of the Alaska Aerospace Corp., effective Sept. 11 through July 1, 2022. Anthony has nearly 41 years of space research, engineering, operations, leadership, program management, and education experience during his career. He has 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, retired in the grade of colonel, and also has experience working with the National Reconnaissance Office and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He currently supports the National Space Defense Center as a part-time advisor and serves on the Aurora Launch Services Board of Directors. Rasmuson Foundation announced three new staff members and recognized an existing staff member with a career development opportunity. Tristan Agnauraq Morgan was hired as momentum fellow. She is participating in a partnership between Philanthropy Northwest and Rasmuson Foundation to prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Morgan grew up in Anchorage and attended University of Alaska Anchorage where she studied art and professional writing. While in college, Morgan interned with ASRC Energy Services, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. After graduating in December 2017, Morgan began work as a human resources coordinator with Denali Family Services, where she also helped organize art and indigenous youth events with the direct service staff working with children and adolescents. Josh Hemsath was hired as program fellow. Hemsath is participating in a separate two-year fellowship with the program team, our grantmaking arm. He brings more than 10 years of experience with nonprofits in Alaska and around the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in the Anchorage area and holds a bachelor’s degree in community health from Montana State University and a master’s of public administration from the University of Washington. For the last six years, Hemsath represented Pride Foundation in Alaska as its regional philanthropy officer, the sole staff member in the state. Allison Macanga was hired as administrative assistant. She moved to Anchorage from New Jersey in 2016 and previously worked in New York City and Philadelphia, with experience in radio, video, and television production, including casting for a wide variety of reality TV shows. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in screen studies from Monmouth University. Momentum fellow and external affairs associate Emily Kwon will take part in the Philanthropy Northwest Momentum program over the next two years to help her develop further as a professional in philanthropy. Kwon studied biological sciences at Arizona State University, where she became involved with the Asian Pacific American community including the Asian Chamber of Commerce. She joined the Foundation staff in 2017 as a communications intern and recently was promoted to serve as an associate on the external affairs team. Keli Hite McGee has been appointed as administrator at The Surgery Center of Fairbanks, effective Oct. 7. Most recently, Hite McGee served as chief human resources officer at the University of Alaska. Hite McGee’s background includes more than 20 years in communication, human resources, training and coaching, change management and leadership consulting with work in industries ranging from healthcare and higher education to private, state and federal organizations. Her career started as Golden Valley Electric Association’s organizational development officer, providing change management facilitation, followed by CEO of Hites Organizational Leadership &Training, where she worked with executives and organizations in the private and public sector to manage and implement change. Past healthcare roles included serving as CEO of Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute and as interim administrator for Anchorage Women’s Clinic. She has lived in Alaska for more than 25 years in communities throughout the state and is a graduate of University of Alaska Fairbanks. Chris Yelverton was promoted to senior payments advisor with KeyBank Alaska’s Enterprise Commercial Payments Group. Yelverton joined KeyBank in December 1998 as a teller and has held several positions in the retail division including [email protected] relationship manager and area retail leader. Yelverton joined the Commercial Banking team in August 2013 and most recently served as a Relationship Manager. A lifelong Alaskan, Yelverton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 22

Darren Franz was appointed Anchorage commercial lending officer and executive vice president at First National Bank Alaska. Franz joins FNBA with 27 years of local banking experience. During his banking career, Franz has successfully overseen the management of retail and business banking in 16 different Alaska communities with broad geographic, economic and cultural diversity. Sherilee Keopuhiwa joins the FNBA Cash Management team as senior business development officer with 23 years of banking experience. Luke Thomas brings a wide-range of banking experience gained throughout Alaska to his new position as a loan officer for FNBA in Anchorage. Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced Richard Strutz is serving as interim CEO effective Sept. 9. Strutz is very familiar with SNC after serving as CEO from April 2015 to May 2017. Strutz had a 43-year career at Wells Fargo and its predecessor, National Bank of Alaska. He spent 20 of those years as the company’s CEO in Alaska. In recognition of his business accomplishments, he was inducted to the Junior Achievement of Alaska’s Business Hall of Fame in 2017. Anchorage-based telecommunications company Quintillion named Jim Voelker, an entrepreneurial veteran in the telecom industry, to its board of directors. Quintillion built and operates a subsea and terrestrial high-speed fiber optic cable system that spans the Alaskan Arctic and connects to the lower 48 and is developing plans to expand to international markets. Voelker has worked with leading companies in telecom, data, fiber optic, internet and cloud industries as chairman, CEO, president or board member. Voelker co-founded and led the development of Lighthouse eDiscovery in 2007 and today serves on the board of directors of a global market leader in this segment of the cloud industry. Before that, he served as chairman and CEO of Infospace, now Blucora. Voelker was also President of Nextlink Communications through their multi-billion dollar IPO. Nextlink is now XO Communications and was recently purchased by Verizon. Voelker previously served in various executive level roles with US Signal and SP Telecom and has served on numerous private equity/venture-backed and public boards over the past 20 years, including 360 Networks, Comdisco and Blucora. Anchorage Fracture &Orthopedic Clinic has recently grown to include 14 providers with the addition of fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon Dr. Patricia Fox and fellowship-trained foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rabun Fox. Starting Sept. 16, both providers will be available to see patients in Anchorage and in Eagle River. This fall, both providers will also be available at the practice’s new South Anchorage location. As a fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon, Patricia Fox specializes in treating all injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Her surgical expertise includes arthroscopy, nerve repair and reconstruction, wrist and small joint fusion and replacement, fracture care and microsurgery as well as elbow and shoulder replacement. As one of the area’s only fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons, Rabun Fox provides the highest level of expertise for foot and ankle care, including flatfoot deformity, sports and overuse injuries and fracture management. He offers advanced surgical care utilizing the latest in minimally invasive and arthroscopic techniques. Additionally, he has trained extensively on total ankle replacements and provides the most up-to-date options for his patients with ankle arthritis. Patricia Fox is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She later underwent additional specialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery through a fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center. Rabun Fox earned his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the LSU Health Sciences Center, followed by a foot and ankle surgery fellowship training at the Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University. Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Maria Boucher to Member Assistance manager. In her new role, Boucher will be responsible for managing the credit union’s collection efforts of both current and charged-off accounts and loans. During her past 12 years with Credit Union 1, Boucher has held various positions within the Member Assistance team, including supervisor, assistant manager and now manager. She has received the credit union’s coveted Zip Zabor Award as well as the Super Volunteer of the Year Award for her philanthropic efforts. Boucher is also a Certified CUNA Financial Counselor. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the promotion of Jodie Gatti to Social Enterprise manager. Gatti will be responsible for the development, implementation, coordination and promotion of the Tribe’s existing social enterprises (Sacred Grounds Café, Sacred Shine Auto Detailing, Smokehouse Catering and the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall). She’ll also work closely with Tlingit &Haida’s Business &Economic Development department to evaluate self-sustaining business opportunities with a social development impact that can provide employment opportunities to tribal citizens. Gatti previously worked as the Tribe’s Business &Economic Development coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has held internships with Department of Revenue and First Alaskans Institute.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 15

Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall is the newest member of The Alaska Club board of directors. Randall, a longtime member of The Alaska Club, will bring her unique and extensive perspective on training, physical fitness and personal health to the management team. Randall is an internationally recognized athlete who grew up in Alaska. She has raced for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, is a three-time Overall World Cup Sprint Champion and an Olympic gold medalist. Randall is a voice for athletes as an International Olympic Committee member and a United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee board member. She is involved with Healthy Futures and Fast and Female, two organizations that promote healthy lifestyles to youth. Darren Franz was named Anchorage commercial lending officer and executive vice president at First National Bank Alaska. Franz joins First National with 27 years of local banking experience. During his banking career, Franz has successfully overseen the management of retail and business banking in 16 different Alaska communities with broad geographic, economic and cultural diversity.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 8

Credit Union 1 promoted Victoria Worley to Risk and Compliance manager. Originally hired in 2004, Worley began at the credit union as a teller and has since held various positions such as consumer loan processor, branch manager, account recovery manager, and most recently, member assistance manager. Worley will be responsible for the daily oversight of the credit union’s compliance in regulatory and policy matters, vendor management, file maintenance, enterprise risk management, and policy management programs. Tom Hoffer has been appointed Bethel District Attorney effective Aug. 21 following former Bethel District Attorney Steve Wallace’s appointment to the Kodiak Superior Court. He previously worked in the Bethel District Attorney’s Office from 2008-12. Hoffer has been practicing law for 15 years. He recently returned to Alaska to work in the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office after taking some time off to focus on other areas of law. John Golick has joined UIC as general manager of the Rockford Corp. Golick has nearly 30 years of experience in general and mechanical construction. His leadership roles inside of the industry have included overall management, estimating, business development and marketing. Golick has previously worked at SKW Eskimos, Inc.; Alaska Mechanical, Inc. and various other mechanical and general construction companies. Golick graduated from Dimond High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Coffman Engineers Inc. hired Richard “Rick” Harvey, FPE at its Anchorage office. Harvey brings to Coffman more than 30 years of experience in fire protection engineering, mechanical engineering, and project management of government and industrial projects including both new facility design and renovation of existing systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a registered fire protection engineer in Alaska and Alberta, Canada, and is also a registered mechanical engineer in Alaska. Harvey’s background includes serving as fire protection engineer in responsible charge for clients in Alaska and Canada. He has provided program management of the fire protection program for the Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska. Northrim Bank announced several new hires: Timothy Breeden as commercial loan officer-Wasilla; Rana Hill as corporate secretary; Megan Liska as technical development manager; Wolf Toller as training manager; and Scotty Watkins as commercial lending team lead-Fairbanks. Breeden joins Northrim with 15 years of experience in the financial industry, 10 of those years as a lender. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Wayland Baptist University. Hill comes to Northrim Bank with more than 25 years of experience working with public and private companies with an emphasis on SEC filings and board of directors and shareholders’ meetings. Liska joins Northrim Bank with more than 16 years of experience in the financial industry. During her time at Alaska USA she developed policy, procedure, training and other materials for systems and front line related processes. Toller comes to Northrim Bank with 15 years of experience in the financial industry, 12 of that in training. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University. Toller is ISSP certified (Integrity Selling for Service Professionals) and is an active volunteer with The Reality Foundation. Watkins joins Northrim Bank with more than 13 years of experience in the financial industry. He has worked in banking in both Nome and Fairbanks. Watkins holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and an MBA from the University of Alaska Southeast. Anita Halterman joined the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees after being appointed in August. Halterman, currently working as an account executive for a risk management firm, is an Eagle River resident who brings more than 30 years of experience working in federal, state and local government to the board. Halterman has a master’s degree in business administration and spent most of her career working for the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. She also served as chief of staff in the Legislature. There are seven trustees that oversee the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Trustees are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature to five-year terms.

Movers and Shakers for Sept. 1

Ash Grove Cement Co. hired Jay Barringer as Technical Sales representative. Barringer will work from the Bellevue sales office and his assigned territory will cover Alaska. Ash Grove Cement supplies cement to concrete producers and construction projects in many areas of Alaska. Barringer comes to Ash Grove following a successful career as an officer in the U.S. Navy. During his tenure, he completed several tours, most recently as the Operations Officer for Regional Support Organization, Pacific Northwest in Everett, Wash. Prior to that he was the First Lieutenant onboard the USS Cape St. George, followed by an assignment as the first Damage Control Assistant for the new commissioned USS Ralph Johnson. Great Alaskan Holidays, Alaska’s largest RV rental, sales, and service business headquartered in Anchorage, hired Maddy Herrin as a service writer. As a service writer, Herrin is responsible for the coordination of customer RV repair and service needs with the company’s entire sales, production and technical teams. Prior to joining Great Alaskan Holidays, Herrin held a similar position with Kendall Ford in Anchorage Bobby Alexander, chairman of the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union board of directors, has been inducted into the Defense Credit Union Council’s Hall of Honors. The Hall of Honors was established in 2000 as a way of acknowledging credit union leaders, volunteers, and staff for their significant contributions throughout the year. Most notably, it recognizes individuals who epitomize the DCUC’s philosophy of “Serving Those Who Serve Our Country.” Alexander has served on the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union board of directors since 1996, and has held the rank of chairman of the board since 2001. In addition to his considerable service to the credit union, he has an extensive service record with the U.S. Army. Alexander’s service includes two tours to Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group, where he was selected to be the noncommissioned officer in charge of the group’s financial section. During his time in the military, Alexander received numerous awards and commendations, and even after retiring from the U.S. Army, he returned to serve in a civilian capacity. He maintains his military connection through volunteer efforts, including as a board officer with the Association of the U.S. Army AUSA Last Frontier Chapter. Credit Union 1 announced the selection of Elizabeth Nerland as its new Marketing manager. Nerland brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications to her new role, primarily in business-to-business service industry fields. Nerland is also currently an adjunct professor at University of Alaska Anchorage in its marketing degree program, where she teaches courses such as marketing media analytics, branding and content marketing, and marketing research. She has bachelor’s degrees in marketing and corporate communications from Duquesne University, and she also has an MBA from the University of Alaska.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 25

First National Bank Alaska announced the appointments of a new business support manager and a vice president/loan officer. Kara Blake returns to FNBA as business support manager in the Wealth Management Operations Unit. Blake first arrived at FNBA as a teller in 2004, then worked her way to overseeing Northern Lights and Main branches as branch manager. Paul Beer joins the bank as loan officer and vice president. Beer brings 30 years of banking experience to the Wasilla Branch where he will help small business owners in the Mat-Su Valley with their deposit and lending needs. Cornerstone General Contractors announced that Senior Project Manager Jonathan Hornak was named partner effective this past Jan. 1. Hornak started his career with Cornerstone in 2008 as an intern on the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic project. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009, he joined Cornerstone as a full-time employee. Over the last decade, Hornak has served in nearly every role that Cornerstone offers and has become an expert in healthcare facilities after managing numerous projects within the Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Spine Institute, and Providence Alaska Medical Center, Providence Valdez Medical Center, and Alaska Regional Hospital. More recently, he was inducted into the 2019 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40. The Alaska Superintendents Association announced Yukon-Koyukuk School District Superintendent Kerry Boyd as Alaska’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 33rd year, pays tribute to a school system’s top leader who exemplifies leadership for learning, personal and organizational communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Boyd is starting her 12th year as superintendent of the Yukon-Koyukuk School District but has been a part of the district since 2005. Her district, which covers the area of Washington state, has 16 sites, and she personally visits each community several times throughout the year. Boyd has been an officer in the Alaska Superintendents Association for seven years, and serves on the Alaska Council of School Administrators board. She has been the Coalition for Education Equity president and has been a statewide leader in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act as well as serving on several statewide policy committees. ASA will advance Boyd’s candidacy to the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year program. All state Superintendents of the Year will be honored in February at the 2020 AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, Calif. The law firm of Birch Horton Bittner &Cherot announced that attorneys Michael Schwarz and Matt Widmer have joined the firm. Schwarz joined the firm in January after practicing with a prominent law firm based in Westchester County, N.Y., for 13 years. Schwarz has represented and counseled clients in a wide variety of matters including: real estate, land use and zoning, municipal law, environmental law, foreclosure (commercial and residential), contracts, commercial disputes, and business torts. In addition, Schwarz has represented national and regional title insurance underwriters in connection with coverage matters, and has also served as defense counsel for underwriters’ insureds. Widmer joined the firm in November 2018, bringing more than 13 years of civil and criminal litigation experience throughout Alaska. Widmer began his legal career in private practice in Bethel. After five years, he moved to Anchorage where he worked for the Office of Public Advocacy and the Public Defender Agency, handling felony-level offenses, parole, and post-conviction relief. Widmer graduated from William &Mary Law School.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 18

The Mat-Su Health Foundation has announced leadership changes for R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness). Kathryn Swartz will serve R.O.C.K. Mat-Su’s interim director for the next six months, and Lindsay Prunella has been promoted to the position of operations manager. Swartz comes to R.O.C.K. Mat-Su from her permanent position with the Mat-Su Health Foundation where she serves as special assistant to the CEO and board liaison. Swartz was previously a consultant for the World Bank. She received a Ford Foundation Social Justice fellowship and worked for the Cultural Heritage and Education Institute in Fairbanks. She earned a master’s degree in international development studies and anthropology from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology and Spanish from Kalamazoo College. Prunella has been with the R.O.C.K. Mat-Su staff since 2017 and was recently promoted to operations manager. Prunella was previously R.O.C.K. Mat-Su’s program coordinator. Prior to that she was employed as director of a community coalition and prevention specialist in Michigan. She was also a behavioral health clinician and coalition coordinator at Alaska Community Island Services in Wrangell. Prunella earned a master’s degree of social work from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in interdisciplinary studies. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has named two new directors. Megan Rider is the new domestic marketing director and Ashley Heimbigner is the new communications director. Rider joined ASMI in 2013, working with the international program, and most recently served as the domestic marketing manager. Prior to joining ASMI, the lifelong Alaskan worked in the Office of the Governor, as well as for a lobbying firm. The domestic marketing program is responsible for executing strategic Alaska Seafood promotions with foodservice and retail partners across the United States. Rider was named interim domestic marketing program director in November 2018. Heimbigner joined ASMI in January of 2018 as international marketing specialist. Prior to joining ASMI, Heimbigner worked as tourism and sales manager at Visit Anchorage, and also held the communications manager position at Alaskan Brewing Co. in Juneau. As communications director, Heimbigner will oversee the brand and messaging priorities of the whole organization, act as a spokesperson to press and trade media, and manage ASMI’s domestic consumer public relations, in-state and fleet communications. Heimbigner replaces Jeremy Woodrow, who was named executive director in June of this year. Mat-Su Health Foundation Vice President of Programs Dr. Melissa Kemberling has been selected for the prestigious Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship. This national program is conducted by Grantmakers for Effective Organization. It is a 10-month peer cohort program for senior executives who are responsible for developing and guiding key change efforts in their organizations. In her role as vice president of programs, Kemberling oversees grants, scholarships, and community systems change, and manages research and evaluation for the Mat-Su Health Foundation. She began her career as a pediatric physical therapist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston City Hospital in Massachusetts, as well as working in local schools. Kemberling holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Tulane University and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. During graduate school she worked as an education director at a Head Start Program in northern Manhattan and was a Center for Women in Policy Fellow at SUNY Albany. Her career in public health began with international work evaluating HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Central America, as well as health clinics in Trinidad and Tobago. When she first arrived in Alaska she taught in the Sociology Department at UAA. She also spent six years at the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center at ANTHC where she served as the senior epidemiologist.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 11

Northrim Bank announced new hires and the promotion of a variety of employees. Paula Duracinski was promoted to Facilities manager; Mark Edwards was promoted to executive vice president, chief credit officer and bank economist; Jaime Kissner was hired as vice president, commercial loan officer; James Larson was hired as special credits officer; Stephanie Love was promoted to Marketing and Sales manager; Andy Ray was promoted to Facilities maintenance manager; and Mhay Sy was promoted to vice president, loan servicing and special credits manager. Duracinski has been with Northrim Bank for more than 19 years. The majority of her time has been in the Facilities department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hawaii. In 2016, Duracinski was honored with the President’s Award. Edwards has been with Northrim Bank since 2007. Prior to that, he was the director of the Office of Economic Development for the State of Alaska and economist for the Department of Revenue. Edwards has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. He received Northrim Bank’s President’s award in 2010. Kissner joins Northrim with 15 years of experience in the financial industry, including three years in retail management, 10 years in commercial lending, and two years as a licensed financial advisor. He holds bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University, as well as Series 7 and 66 security licenses. Larson comes to Northrim Bank with six years of experience in the financial industry. He has worked at institutions in Alaska and Nevada. Larson attended the University of Alaska Anchorage. Love has been with Northrim Bank and Residential Mortgage for the past three years and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. Ray has been with Northrim Bank for more than four years. Prior to his work at Northrim, he has held management positions in construction and customer service. Ray holds a master’s degree in project management from University of Alaska Anchorage. Sy has been with Northrim for 13 years and has 21 years of experience in the financial industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Credit Union 1 promoted Kelly Smith to Friction Free Finance manager. Originally hired in 2005, Smith began as a CU1 teller and later held numerous positions such as member service officer, branch manager, regional branch manager and roaming branch manager, the position he held prior to this promotion. In his new position, Smith will be responsible for continuing to expand the credit union’s unique Friction Free Finance program as new dealerships are added that fit the organization’s “people first” values. The National Federation of Independent Businesses announced that Emily Carlson is the new senior media manager for 11 states, including Alaska. Carlson grew up in has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. After moving to Alaska, she was an anchor and reporter at KTVA in Anchorage. She was nominated for an Emmy award for her work on a half-hour special about how a subsistence challenge transformed a community in rural Alaska. She was honored by the Alaska Broadcasters Association for a special about opioid abuse and also won numerous awards from the Alaska Press Club. Alaska Humanities Forum announced that George Martinez has been hired as its new director of Leadership Programs. In this role, Martinez will be the lead for Leadership Anchorage and he will oversee leadership programming across the organization. Martinez comes to the Forum from the Municipality of Anchorage where he has spent the past four years as Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, focusing on economic development, youth development, education, and diversity. Leadership Anchorage is one of the Forum’s flagship programs, entering its 23rd year this fall. The 8-month-long program brings together a diverse, cross-sector cohort each year for experiential learning designed to guide participants in developing the skills, knowledge, perspective, and networks needed to be effective and compassionate leaders for the city and state. First Alaskans Institute, a statewide Alaska Native nonprofit focused on advancing Alaska Natives for the next 10,000 years, announced that Barbara ‘Wáahlaal Gíídaak Blake (Haida/Tlingit/Ahtna Athabascan) has recently been hired as Alaska Native Policy Center director. She earned her master’s degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks in rural development, focused on fisheries development in rural Alaska. She also has a bachelor’s degree in rural economic development, as well as an associate’s degree in Tribal management from UAF. She also has a certificate in Tribal governmental business law from Seattle University. Evergreen Business Capital announced the promotion of Theo Ransum to associate vice president/loan officer. In addition to administering Evergreen’s SBA Community Advantage Program, Ransum will now also take the lead on connecting Alaskan small businesses with access to capital under Evergreen’s SBA 504 Loan Program. Since 2016, Ransum has served as Evergreen’s programs loan officer, where he educated small businesses on the benefits of the Community Advantage Program that helps entrepreneurs receive funding to start or expand their business. In May 2019, Theo was awarded with the SBA Alaska District Director Award for his dedication to the education and empowerment of small businesses throughout the state.

Movers and Shakers for Aug. 4

R&M Consultants Inc. announced new professional designations for three employees. Taryn Oleson recently earned her American Institute of Certified Planners designation through the American Planning Association’s professional institute. The AICP certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planner’s qualifications. Oleson has been with R&M since 2014 and specializes in land use, transportation and community planning, and is experienced in educating diverse publics on a wide range of issues and technical projects. Since joining R&M, she has provided land use planning, community involvement and steering committee facilitation for the City of Houston’s Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision. Other projects include the Big Lake Pedestrian Improvements Study, Muldoon Park Master Plan Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions Travel Demand Model Update. Joe Horazdovsky received his professional engineering license. He passed the Principles &Practice of Engineering Exam, gaining his Alaska license in Civil Engineering. Over the past five years, Joe has gained a wide variety of experience working on transportation, waterfront and construction administration projects. As part of R&M’s Surface Transportation team, he has participated in pavement rehabilitation and new road construction projects, including the Seward Highway MP 100-105 Improvements, West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade and Peger Road Resurfacing. R&M’s newest Professional Land Surveyor David Brock successfully passed the required exams for licensure, including the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Professional Surveying Examination and Alaska Land Surveying Examination. Brock joined R&M as a Survey Technician in 2012. Since joining the R&M team, he has worked as an instrument person, field surveyor and party chief, and supported a variety of airport, road, utility and harbor projects throughout Alaska. Recent projects Brock has been involved in include the West Romig Middle School Improvements, Chugach Foothills Northeast Connector and Sterling Highway MP 45 to 60. Alaska telecom and technology company MTA announced that Jessica Gilbert has been promoted to Public Relations manager, a new role for the company. She had previously served as marketing specialist, where she was a leader in MTA’s business growth and customer experience strategy. In her new role, she will manage MTA’s public image, develop partnerships and engage with the various communities that the company serves. She will also manage the MTA Foundation, which provides donations throughout the community and scholarships to students with the goal of pioneering technological growth throughout the MTA serving area. Bering Straits Native Corp. announced that Mary L. Pate has joined BSNC as vice president and general counsel. Pate brings many years of experience in legal matters, corporate governance, litigation, commercial transactions, Native and employment law, risk management and compliance. Pate joins BSNC from NANA where she served as vice president and deputy general counsel. At NANA, Pate oversaw all commercial subsidiary legal matters and risk management. Prior to her work at NANA, Pate worked as a partner for Honigman Miller Schwartz &Cohn LLP. Pate earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her juris doctorate from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.

Movers and Shakers for July 28

Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy announced his selections to fill Alaska Superior Court judgeships in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Brent Bennett has been appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. Bennett has been an Alaska resident and practiced law for 13 years. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, and is currently the supervising attorney of the Office of Public Advocacy, Fairbanks Defense Section. Earl Peterson has been appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. Magistrate Judge Peterson has been an Alaska resident for more than eight years, and has practiced law for 23 years. He graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1995, and is currently a magistrate judge in Fairbanks. Peter Ramgren has been appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Magistrate Judge Ramgren has been an Alaska resident for 17 years, and has practiced law for over 21 years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997 and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage. Maj. Gen. Peter B. Andrysiak assumed command of U.S. Army Alaska in a ceremony at Pershing Field on July 16. Andrysiak will replace retiring USARAK commanding general, Maj. Gen. Mark J. O’Neil. Andrysiak returns to Alaska from Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Army Pacific. He previously commanded USARAK’s 2nd Engineer Brigade at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, including a combat rotation to Afghanistan in 2015. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of Texas, and a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College. Andrysiak was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy and has led a career spanning more than 29 years. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He has earned the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab. Alaska Family Services Inc. announced that longtime Mat-Su Valley health professional Desiré Shepler has accepted the position of president and CEO. Shepler was chosen from a national field of applicants to lead one of Alaska’s largest nonprofits, serving more than 12,000 Alaskans annually with programs and services focused on the family. Shepler comes to AFS from the Mat-Su Health Foundation, where she has served since 2013, most recently as Director of “Raising Our Children with Kindness” (R.O.C.K) Mat-Su. As a student working on her associate’s degree in human services from Matanuska-Susitna College, Shepler completed her practicum hours at Alaska Family Services’ domestic violence shelter. She earned a master’s of public health degree and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both at University of Alaska Anchorage. Shepler also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from The Foraker Group. Shepler, who was named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2018, replaces Donn Bennice, who retired as president/CEO in April after leading AFS for 17 years. Vitus Energy LLC (Vitus Marine) has hired Jessica Pestrikoff as human resources manager, Charlotte Long as inventory manager and Jonathan Bloomquist as controller. Pestrikoff has more than 12 years of administrative experience, with eight in the HR field. She came to Vitus from Chugach Alaska Services where she was the staffing program manager working directly with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to provide contingent staff to support their field operations. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage in marketing and management. She is a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional as well as a Professional of Human Resources. Long joined Vitus Energy with more than 20 years of inventory/sales/accounting experience. Most recently she served as the sales representative for 40 Western Alaska Villages at JB Gottstein. She has two bachelor’s degrees in business and logistics management from the UAA. Bloomquist has a master’s of accounting degree, as well as two bachelor’s degrees from Central Washington University. He comes to Vitus from Vigor Marine where he served as the corporate finance manager with more than 10 years of experience. Wasilla resident Sammye Pokryfki has joined the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors. Pokryfki is a lifelong Alaskan who has lived in the Mat-Su Borough for more than 36 years. She was senior vice president at the Rasmuson Foundation until 2017, where she worked for 12 years. Currently she works as a consultant and adjunct faculty member in the University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College. Previously, Pokryfki was executive director of United Way Mat-Su and Denali KidCare rural outreach coordinator for Chugiak Children’s Service. She has also served as a volunteer leader on nonprofit boards, government boards and commissions, blue ribbon committees, and in soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, faith communities, mentoring programs, recreational events, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Pokryfki holds a master’s degree in social work and two bachelor’s degrees, one in social work and one in English literature, all from UAA. Lebron McPhail, who joined the MSHF board in 2016, was chosen as vice chair. The Alaska Trucking Association has announced top management changes effective Aug. 1. Lifelong Alaska resident and business leader Robert Shake has been named the new executive director of the 300-member association, and Joe Michel was named deputy director. After serving ATA for 13 years, Aves Thompson will officially retire as executive director on July 31. Thompson had spent 24 years regulating commercial vehicles for the state of Alaska and retired as division director of commercial vehicle enforcement in the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He also served as chief and director of Weights and Measures and was presented a lifetime achievement award from the National Conference on Weights and Measures. He chaired the AMATS Freight Advisory Committee and served on the Port of Alaska Commission, the UAA Advisory Boards for the Engineering, Logistics and Diesel Schools as well as the Governor’s Road and Highway Advisory Board. Shake brings nearly 40 years of commercial finance and management experience to ATA having held executive management positions in commercial banks, credit unions and the commercial insurance industry. A graduate of Colorado College with a degree in business administration, he has served on and held leadership positions on various boards and commissions including Providence Alaska Foundation, Municipal Light &Power, World Trade Center Alaska and Boys and Girls Club Alaska. Michel, the newly appointed deputy director, has more than a decade of experience in Alaska State Government. He has worked in the governor’s office and both the House and Senate of the Alaska Legislature. He has coordinated the capital budget for the House of Representatives and the operating budget for DOTPF.

Movers and Shakers for July 21

Shannon Butler, Specialty Accounts officer at Denali-A Division of Nuvision Credit Union, was recently awarded the Certified IRA Services Professional certification from the American Bankers Association. The CISP certification was designed by ABA and its strategic partner Ascensus to establish meaningful standards of knowledge and competency for IRA professionals, give formal recognition to those who meet prescribed standards, and meet professional education and development requirements. ABA Professional Certifications promote the highest standards of performance in the financial services industry by validating individuals’ knowledge and expertise. Chief Master Sgt. Teresa Renson was selected as the next command chief for the 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard. Renson has been a member of the wing for 26 years, joining the unit in 1993 as a member of the 168th Maintenance Squadron. Renson will replace Chief Master Sgt. James Wolverton, who is retiring this summer. As the 168th Mission Support Group superintendent, Renson was responsible for providing administrative and technical supervision and guidance to sustainment services, manpower and personnel, force development, human resource systems manager, customer support, career development and force management functions. As the command chief, Renson will be the senior enlisted leader for the 168th Wing. She will be responsible for advising the wing commander on all matters concerning the discipline, health, morale, welfare and mentorship of more than 800 Guardsmen, civilian personnel and their families. Isaac Stark, EIT, has joined PND Engineers Inc.’s Juneau office as a staff engineer. He recently graduated from the University of Utah with a master of science in civil and environmental engineering, with a focus in structural design and analysis. He earned his bachelor’s degree there as well. Stark has engineering experience in both Alaska and Utah. He has completed internships with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Bridge Section, and has also worked with Juneau and Salt Lake City engineering and construction companies. Taylor Mortensen, EIT, is a lifelong Alaskan and graduate of West Anchorage High School. He graduated this spring from Montana State University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. He previously interned at SECON Construction in Juneau and Houser Engineering in Bozeman, Mont., where he performed civil engineering design and inspection for mountainous environments. His main interests are in hydraulic, hydrologic, and coastal engineering. Before engineering school, Mortensen served six years in the U.S. Navy as a flight engineer on the P3 Orion aircraft, a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft. Schindler Elevator Corporation announced the appointment of Sierra Stonich to oversee sales and operations for its Alaska office, servicing Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, the Kenai Peninsula and surrounding areas. Stonich has extensive operations background and duties include anticipating the needs and priorities of customers while managing customized maintenance programs and facilitating emergency repairs. As the world’s second-largest elevator company and the largest escalator company, Schindler manufacturers, designs, and installs its own equipment and maintains, repairs, and modernizes equipment from all manufacturers. Cornerstone General Contractors hired Justin McVaney for its cost estimating team. McVaney has more than 18 years of experience in construction and will be responsible for supporting Cornerstone’s estimating operations and leveraging data analytics in estimating and contract performance. In addition, he is supporting the team in regular evaluation and optimization of competitive bidding on future projects. Before joining Cornerstone, McVaney worked as a superintendent and layout foreman in charge of vertical survey. McVaney also owned and managed his own algorithmic commodity trading firm, specializing in quantitative historical trend analysis, risk management, and allocation modeling. Alex Rasskazov has joined KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory services firm, as a new Tax Managing director in the firm’s Anchorage office. Rasskazov is returning to KPMG as a Business Tax Services managing director. He will focus on providing federal and state tax consulting and compliance services to Alaskan entities, including Alaska Native corporations, other commercial businesses, and family office operations. Rasskazov has nearly 20 years of industry experience, primarily in tax. He joins KPMG from another “Big Four” accounting firm, where he served as a lead tax director for their on-shore compliance center. Rasskazov previously served in KPMG’s Anchorage office from 2001 to 2008 and is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for July 7

The Mat-Su Health Foundation has hired Victoria Flint as grants manager and Omari Richins as community health fellow. Flint came to the foundation from the Mat-Su Borough School District, where she served most recently as ed tech coordinator and previously as an instructional coach. She is a veteran of the United States Navy and holds two master’s degrees from Walden University: one in industrial and organizational psychology and one in literacy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Richins joined the foundation as community health fellow to assist in the areas of evaluation and research. Richins will play a key role in completing the foundation’s 2019 community health needs assessment, and he will also oversee evaluation of programs including Behavioral Health in Schools, Youth 360 and High Utilizer Mat-Su. He has experience as a community initiatives assistant planner with WellFlorida Council, Inc. and as a rural health advocacy and policy intern with Suwannee River Area Health Education Center. Richins earned a master of public health degree from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tampa. KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, announced two new managers in the firm’s Anchorage office. Anna Shcheglyuk was promoted to audit manager. Shcheglyuk brings five years of accounting experience with a variety of organizations, including utilities and Alaska Native corporations. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in accounting and her master of business administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Andrew Cornelius was promoted to audit manager. Cornelius provides audit and accounting advisory services to several types of companies including Alaska Native corporations, telecommunications, and transportation companies as well as governmental entities. He joined KPMG in 2014 after earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Montana State University. BDO USA LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, announced that Joy Merriner has been admitted as the office assurance managing partner of its Anchorage office beginning July 1. BDO is the largest accounting firm in Alaska, with more than 80 local professionals and staff, providing assurance, tax, and advisory services to companies of all sizes. Merriner currently serves on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board of directors Executive Committee as its chair-elect and she graduated from the BDO Leadership Institute in 2016. Merriner replaces Jim Hasle, who will continue working for BDO in a regional support role. Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp. announced that Don Gray has been appointed by the UIC board of directors to fill a vacant seat for a one-year term Gray joins Beverly Jo Shontz Eliason, Charles D. N. Brower, and Nagruk Harcharek, who were elected to the board at the recent annual meeting. He begins serving as a director immediately and the seat he is filling will be up for election at the 2020 Annual Shareholder’s Meeting. Former Superior Court Judge Michael Corey has joined the law firm Brena, Bell & Walker. Prior to handling both civil and criminal dockets in Anchorage, Corey amassed 28 years of experience in civil litigation representing local governments, corporations, and individuals throughout Alaska. Corey also handles complex product liability and insurance contract disputes. Corey received his degree in geology from the University of Colorado Boulder, and earned his juris doctorate from the University of San Diego. Rachael Wasson, an Ahtna shareholder, has been promoted to procurement specialist with Ahtna Environmental Inc. Chad Faverty has been promoted to contracts administrator with Ahtna Environmental Inc. Faverty is an Ahtna shareholder and has been an Ahtna employee for three years. Melissa Taylor has been promoted by Ahtna Global LLC to the position of project assistant I. She is an Ahtna shareholder and has been with Ahtna for nine years. Rachel Thompson, CF APMP, has achieved Foundation Certification through the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Thompson is a proposal manager with Ahtna Global LLC and has a bachelor’s degree in language studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Ahtna Environmental announced the addition of environmental engineer Baley Lenhart. Lenhart is experienced with structural design including high‐end residential, log and timber‐frame designs, as well as steel and concrete construction. He is experienced at overseeing environmental investigations, remediation and removal actions, field surveys, and contaminated site sampling and monitoring. He has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Wyoming Laramie. Ahtna Environmental has added site superintendent Mitchell Webber to its team. Webber has more than 33 years of experience overseeing all phases of multi-million-dollar construction projects. His experience includes projects such as the initial phase of a rocket launch facility, complex laboratory, learning centers, and detention facilities. Ahtna shareholder Rodney Lengele has been hired as a remote sensing specialist for Ahtna Solutions LLC. Lengele interned last summer with Ahtna’s Corporate Communications Department and with Ahtna Engineering Services.

Movers and Shakers for June 30

Perkins Coie announced that Danielle M. Ryman has been named managing partner of the firm’s Anchorage office. Ryman succeeds Eric Fjelstad, who served in the role since 2007. As a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice, Ryman works with clients on the myriad issues affecting today’s workplace, including executive employment agreements, pay equity, restrictive covenants and enforcements, privacy and internal investigations. She has extensive experience with the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Pay Act and equivalent state laws. Ryman is an experienced trial lawyer having defended cases to verdict in state and federal courts. She also serves as management-side labor counsel in collective bargaining, representation before the National Labor Relations Board, and counseling on strategic union relationships. Perkins Coie’s Anchorage office provides a wide range of legal services, and its clients include energy and natural resources projects, Alaska Native corporations and national companies doing business in Alaska. GCI’s Stephanie Nichols has recently been selected from a field of approximately 1,000 U.S. applicants for the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship for 2019-20. The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is the German Marshall Fund’s flagship leadership development program and was created in 1982 to introduce a new generation of European leaders to the United States. It now prepares leaders from both sides of the Atlantic for transatlantic relations. GMF selects fellows from all 50 U.S. States and across 39 European countries. Following a rigorous and intensive seven-month application process, Nichols was one of only 75 applicants chosen for the 2019-20 fellowship. Selected fellows engage in six months of preparation and a month of first-hand experience in several cities throughout Europe to facilitate knowledge and network opportunities for effective engagement and leadership development. As a MMF fellow, Nichols will join a network that includes notable alumni such as: President of France Emmanuel Macron; House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District Stacey Abrams; and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. The fellows’ on-site engagement in Europe includes meetings with prominent national and local European political leaders and distinguished policy makers. Blaine Jenkins has recently been hired as a full-time member of the Great Alaskan Holidays vehicle maintenance technician team. Jenkins has several years of industry experience coming to Great Alaskan Holidays from Karen’s RV and will be responsible for inspecting, maintaining, and ensuring the safe operation of Great Alaskan Holidays’ entire fleet of rental motor homes. Jenkins is currently in pursuit of his Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association certification, as well as his ASE Certification. Lani Auelua was promoted to branch manager of the Credit Union 1 University Branch in Fairbanks. Auelua began as a teller with the credit union in 2013, with previous experience in retail service and management. In her time with Credit Union 1, she has served in various roles such as senior teller, member service officer and member service supervisor. She held the position of branch manager at the credit union’s Downtown Branch in Anchorage prior to her promotion to manager of their University Branch in Fairbanks. Alaska Pediatric Oncology, the state’s first private pediatric oncology practice, opened in Anchorage last week. The new practice provides comprehensive care to children and young adults diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders. It works in close collaboration with Alaska Pediatric Surgery, offering a comprehensive team of specialists solely dedicated to pediatrics. Alaska Pediatric Oncology’s medical team — Dr. Shannon Norman, Dr. Brenda Wittman, Dr. Laura Schulz and nurse practitioner Ronda Nakoa — previously worked at Providence Medical Group Pediatric Hematology and Oncology before shifting to private practice. With the same providers and the same high-level of care, the new clinic ensures a smooth transition for patients and families. Beginning in August, the new practice will share offices with Alaska Pediatric Surgery, the only locally-owned, full-time pediatric surgical practice in the state. The collaboration will bring additional resources to patients and families and allow specialists to work more closely on their patients’ care. Alaska Pediatric Oncology is currently located at 4100 Lake Otis Parkway, Suite 314. In August, it will relocate to Suite 312. Paula Bradison, CEO and founder of Bradison Management Group LLC, recently received her Gallup Certification. Kelly Stewart of BMG is also officially a Gallup Certified Strengths Based Coach.

Movers and Shakers for June 23

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union hired Tim Woolston as its new senior vice president of marketing. Woolston joins the credit union with more than 30 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and communications industries. His previous experience includes president and owner of a marketing and public relations firm, corporate communications director, and as managing editor and anchor for Channel 2 News in Anchorage. Woolston will oversee Alaska USA’s marketing and member engagement strategies, including research and analysis, brand oversight, product and service marketing, and membership growth. Keith Champagne will take on a new role as leader of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks athletics program. Champagne, who currently serves as vice chancellor for student affairs, will assume the duties of athletics director, as well as continue to serve as the leader of UAF’s student affairs division. He will take over for Sterling Steward, who stepped down June 11. In his new role, Champagne plans to focus more on fundraising, marketing and community engagement. Champagne has a bachelor’s degree in communications public relations from Loyola University, a master’s degree in communications, training and development from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington. His doctoral work focused on intercollegiate athletics leadership and sports management. Prior to joining the leadership team at UAF, he served in a variety of athletics and student services leadership positions at Central Washington University, including chief diversity officer for intercollegiate athletics and interim athletics director. He is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute and a member of the Sports Lawyers Association. Karlin Itchoak has joined The Wilderness Society as Alaska state director and will be expanding his role as a spokesperson for our organization. Karlin has undergraduate degrees in Alaska Native studies and political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a law degree from Gonzaga University. He most recently worked for the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Native Corp. as chief administrative and legal officer. His other professional experience includes directing Alaska rural and indigenous programs at the Institute of the North; helping run the gubernatorial campaign of Ethan Berkowitz; clerking for Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander O. Bryner, producing economic development plans for the Bering Strait region while serving for the nonprofit Native corporation Kawerak Inc.; and co-founding a consulting company focused on Arctic business relations, partnerships, and diplomacy. Karlin has served as elected president of the Nome Eskimo community Tribal council. He is currently on the boards of the Alaska Center and Alaska Institute for Justice. He teaches a segment of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to federal, state and Tribal employees. Rasmuson Foundation President and CEO Diane Kaplan has received a prestigious national leadership award from Grantmakers in Health, a nonprofit that helps funders work to improve health of all people. The Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy, named after an executive who led the field for more than four decades, was presented to Kaplan June 13 in Seattle. Kaplan became the Foundation’s first employee in 1995 and since 2001 has served as president and CEO. Rasmuson Foundation last year launched an initiative to target homelessness in part through new partnerships for housing and supports designed for individuals who have been on the street. On the issue of alcohol, the foundation convened leaders in 2009 to work on how to address a problem so big. The result was Recover Alaska, which aims to reduce alcohol’s harm through public health messaging, policy changes and a shift in social norms around drinking. In 2000, the foundation worked with Tribal health partners to establish a groundbreaking dental health aide therapist program, which sends trained therapists to rural communities to provide a variety of oral health services. She currently serves on the boards of the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics, The Alaska Community Foundation, and United States Artists. Channel 2, KTUU-TV was honored with three regional Emmys, including the most prestigious award for Overall Excellence at the NATAS Northwest Regional Emmy Awards in Seattle. The category is a year-long review of the entire station and its contributions to the community. Nominees included stations serving coverage areas with a higher population than the entire state of Alaska, such as Portland and Seattle. In 2018, that meant delivering immediate coverage online following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake, and bringing television viewers some of the first aerials of the damage. A KTUU News team embedded with the military in Afghanistan to deliver a series of special reports titled Operation Afghanistan. KTUU also traveled to China for a series examining the trade relationships and economic impact between the two regions. The station’s commitment to covering Alaska includes travel throughout the state and a bureau in Juneau during the legislative sessions. While more than 22 hours of news coverage each week, KTUU is built on providing a community service. From volunteer work to participating in fundraisers for non-profits, station employees appeared at more than 85 local events last year.

Movers and Shakers for June 16

Zach Frain was appointed Mortgage Loan Originator III and loan officer at First National Bank Alaska. Frain, who worked for First National originally in 2005, returns to the bank with nearly 15 years of local mortgage lending experience. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that Spencer Nelson has joined her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff and that Abigail Hemenway has joined the committee’s non-designated staff. She also welcomed four summer interns who are assisting the committee with various projects this summer — Lauren Eckl, Kaiwi Eisenhour, Alexander Jackstadt and Nathan Solorio — and noted her appreciation for the time Samuel Burgess spent interning during the month of May. Nelson joins the committee as a professional staff member focusing on energy innovation, including nuclear energy. He comes to the committee after four years at ClearPath, where he was a policy program director. Prior to that he conducted research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Nelson has bachelor’s degrees in environmental science and quantitative biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hemenway joins the non-designated committee staff after working as an Arctic program assistant and administrative aide at the North Star Group. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Miami and is originally from Juneau. Solorio, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Willamette University. Prior to law school, he served as legislative correspondent and grants coordinator for Murkowski’s personal office in Washington, D.C. Solorio is from Anchorage and graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2015. Burgess served the committee as a legal intern in May 2019, before joining the Coast Guard’s JAG internship program for the remainder of the summer, and is pursuing a law degree at Cornell Law School. Burgess is from Anchorage and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 2016. Eckl, a college intern, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in business from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also served the Senate as a high school page in the summer of 2015. Eisenhour, a college intern, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Weber State University. This marks his second summer with the committee. Jackstadt, a college intern, attended Anchorage East High School and recently graduated with honors from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in economics and was a member of the university’s hockey team. Jeff Schramm is the new forest supervisor for the Chugach National Forest. As forest supervisor, Schramm will oversee the management of more than 5.4 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral Alaska. Schramm graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in forest management. He worked as the district ranger on the Ashley and the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forests in Utah and most recently served as the Forest Supervisor of the Ashley National Forest, where he has been instrumental in advancing the revision of the forest plan. Schramm will report to the Alaska Region in August. He replaces Terri Marceron, who retired at the end of December 2018 after serving as Forest Supervisor for eight years. Credit Union 1 announced the selection of Spencer Herrington as its new physical security officer. Herrington brings past experience in managing and operating all phases of corporate and physical security to his new role. He has previously worked in financial institutions, casinos and labor environments. Herrington has been licensed with the State of Alaska for more than 12 years in armed security; he is a certified NRA Range Instructor and a current ALICE instructor as well. He has also attended Homeland Security IED counter terrorism workshops and received training related to social engineering and counter terrorism measures. Herrington is a 1996 graduate of the Alaska Computer Institute. Credit Union 1 also announced the promotion of Mai Moua to manager of its Downtown Branch in Anchorage. Moua was initially hired by the credit union in 2005, and she has since served in several roles ranging from records clerk to teller, member service officer and more. Most recently, she held the position of assistant branch manager at the credit union’s Midtown Branch prior to her promotion. Moua also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in finance. The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors has selected Jeremy Woodrow as the new executive director. Woodrow has served as ASMI’s interim executive director since December 2018, and as communications director since 2017. As executive director, Woodrow will administer all ASMI programs and operations out of its global headquarters, located in Juneau. Before joining ASMI, Woodrow served as the communications officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He has previously worked with ASMI both as an intern in the communications program and with ASMI’s former public relations agency, Schiedermayer &Associates Alaska. Born and raised in Juneau from a commercial fishing family, he also brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the role. Woodrow holds bachelor’s degrees in public relations and advertising from Northern Arizona University. Woodrow replaces former ASMI Executive Director Alexa Tonkovich, who left ASMI in December 2018 to pursue a master’s in international business.

Movers and Shakers for June 9

Former intern Felipe Ruiz, EIT, recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a full-time staff engineer in the firm’s Waterfront and Structural Engineering Groups. Ruiz will be involved with civil and structural design of port and harbor development, airport and utility projects. His responsibilities include civil and structural analysis, load calculations, modeling and other upland site development associated with these projects. Prior to joining R&M, Ruiz worked as an intern at a steel erection and pre-engineered metal buildings company. He also spent five years working as a fiscal tech for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Engineering. Since joining the firm, Ruiz has worked on projects including school structure renovations and repairs, airports around the state and structural analysis for mooring dolphins at the Hoonah Cruise Dock. Ruiz received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering last month from the UAA. He also has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida. Originally born in Colombia, Ruiz moved from Florida to Anchorage to complete his civil engineering degree. Great Alaskan Holidays, Alaska’s largest RV rental, sales, and service business headquartered in Anchorage, hired Brenda Sims as a full-time member of the vehicle maintenance technician team. Already with several years of relative technical experience, Sims recently graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an associate’s degree in automotive technology. Sims is also ASE-certified as a Parts Specialist, has passed her exams for ASE certification on Electrical and Brakes, and is currently underway with her Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association certification as a registered technician. Bering Straits Native Corp. hired shareholder Lucille Sands for the newly-created position of Shareholder Development director. In this new position, Sands will actively design and implement strategies to align shareholder development with organizational goals and business needs, work to recruit shareholders and descendants for open positions, source qualified shareholders and provide ongoing review and metrics related to open positions and hiring of qualified shareholders. Sands has been employed by BSNC for many years, and has worked across many departments, which enhances her ability to assist management in meeting our commitment to shareholders and descendants. She earned an MBA from Western Governor’s University, a bachelor’s of business administration degree with a minor in Alaska Native business management from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an associate’s degree from the UAA. Sands recently served as the proposal compliance manager at BSNC. PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new hires in its Anchorage office. Carlos Perreira was hired as IT systems administrator. Previously, Perreira was the Operations director for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, where he was responsible for IT and financial duties. Perreira has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and experience as both an IT support specialist and a designer/drafter. He has more than 13 years of AutoCAD 2D and 3D experience, GIS experience, and has worked in design of oil and gas facilities including housing facilities, pipeline stations, modules and more. Claire Ellis, EIT, has worked in the engineering field since she was in high school and completed her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage last month. She joined PND part-time in March and is now a full-time status staff engineer focused on general civil engineering. She has previous intern experience with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, reviewing submittals for public and community drinking water systems, and with Holler Engineering, working on a range of water, wastewater, and soils testing and design elements. Colton Jessup, LSIT, earned a bachelor’s degree in geomatics from the UAA in 2017. Jessup is a lifelong Alaskan from Kotzebue who previously worked for Red Dog Mine operations as a technical intern, and later as a full-time mine/survey technician. In that role, he provided survey services for mining activities, support for GPS systems, and construction monitoring. Most recently, Jessup worked for Bell &Associates on the North Slope. Justin Lobdell, EIT, brings several years of experience in residential construction and earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UAA this spring. Lobdell started working part-time for PND in April and has since joined the Palmer office full-time, supporting the structural team. Kannon Lee, EIT, has joined PND’s geotechnical group. He is originally from New Mexico, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is currently completing a master’s in geotechnical engineering from the UAA. He came to Alaska in 2012 to work as grants administrator for the Igiugig Village Council. More recently, he worked for Jacobs Engineering in Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for June 2

Eric Gettis has been promoted to vice president of clinics for the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Gettis will have system-wide responsibility for creating standard operating procedures and uniform processes to improve access to care at specialty and primary care clinics and ensure alignment of patient and provider satisfaction. Gettis previously held the position of SEARHC’s director of practice management. He has a master’s degree in counseling and guidance and a bachelor’s degree in education from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. Before joining SEARHC, he held multiple management positions at Lourdes Health Network, including director of physician practices. Thrively Digital, Alaska’s oldest and largest digital agency, has hired Eric Fullerton as its new director of account strategy. Fullerton, formerly vice president and director of marketing for the Alyeska Resort, brings a wealth of experience to the position. He’s spent more than 25 years in the ski, travel, tourism and hospitality industries, and has a proven track record in marketing, sales and technology. Fullerton has an MBA from Phoenix University in the areas of internet, traditional and electronic marketing. Ahtna Netiye’ LLC announced that Eric McLaurin has joined the company as the new vice president of business development. McLaurin will be responsible for identifying strategic business opportunities and fostering strong industry relationships. McLaurin has a military background and brings more than 28 years of federal business development experience across engineering, construction, base operations and support, facility management, environmental, disaster recovery and information technology programs. He has directed business units of varying sizes with staff located throughout the U.S. and at international sites. McLaurin holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University of Baton Rouge and is a professional engineer and registered environmental manager. United Fishermen of Alaska announced the hiring of Scott Kelley as executive administrator effective in June. Kelley, a Juneau resident, brings vast experience in commercial fisheries as the former director of Commercial Fisheries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Kelley is replacing retiring UFA employee Mark Vinsel who has worked for UFA for 18 years in several capacities, including executive director. UFA is the statewide commercial fishing umbrella association, representing 35 member organizations from fisheries throughout Alaska. The U.S. Small Business Administration Alaska District Office announced ChemTrack Alaska Inc. as the Alaska Woman-Owned Business of The Year. Carrie Jokiel is the president of ChemTrack, an 8(a) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business specializing in environmental engineering, remediation services, spill management, emergency response, and construction. Jokiel is a well-known business advocate at both the federal and state levels. She champions for small businesses and women-owned businesses through her community involvement, participation in hearings to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and through her mentorship to many Alaskan businesses. Jokiel is a graduate from the SBA Emerging Leaders program. She was also a member of the 2014 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40. Chugach Electric Association Inc. members re-elected Bettina Chastain and Harold Hollis to the utility’s board of directors. Election results were announced May 21 at the annual meeting. Of Chugach’s 69,320 members of record, 6,719, or 9.7 percent, cast ballots. Chastain was first elected to the board in 2015. Hollis was appointed in July 2018, after former director Sisi Cooper resigned. The board elected new officers May 22. Chastain was re-elected chair; Susan Reeves was reelected vice chair; Stuart Parks was reelected secretary; and Rachel Morse was reelected treasurer. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that Bryce Deeney has been selected for the position of vice president, payments. Deeney brings extensive experience to the new position, having previously worked as vice president of integrated payments for a software payments company. At Alaska USA, Deeney will focus on the continued development of the credit union’s money movement platforms, such as credit and debit cards, bill pay, and peer-to-peer payments.

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