Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 23

Kevin Henderson assumed the duties of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District’s Equal Employment Opportunity manager in December 2019. Prior to retiring from active duty from the Army in June 2018 as a Sergeant First Class, Henderson served as the U.S. Army Alaska’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention Operations Manager/Non-Commissioned officer-in-charge and Lead Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. In that role, he trained and provided services to more than 10,000 soldiers, their families and Department of Defense civilians. During his 25 years in the Army, Henderson was stationed at Illeshiem, Germany; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; serving as a Human Resources Specialist and maintaining the SHARP and SARC duties in several of those stations. He is a certified John Maxwell team coach, trainer, and speaker. Henderson is a DiSC behavioral consultant. He holds an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner Mary Siroky is retiring again and Rob Carpenter will fill the deputy commissioner position effective Feb. 10. Carpenter has extensive legislative and budget experience. For the past 20 years, Carpenter has worked as a senior fiscal analyst with the Legislative Finance Division. In this role he focused on transportation operating and capital budgets. Carpenter has a degree in business administration, finance from the University of Oregon and an associate’s degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. Siroky will remain with DOT through May 1 and will work on special projects and to assure a smooth deputy commissioner transition. First National Bank Alaska announced several recent hires. Herbert Davis brings a master’s degree in capital markets and more than three decades of banking and management experience to his role as a commercial lending officer and assistant vice president at the Golden Valley Branch. With a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering and more than 23 years of information technology experience, Todd Naliboff was named Network Services manager and appointed vice president. Joe Donahue was named commercial loan officer and vice president. The Sitka Branch added Shauna Thornton as branch manager with nearly 10 years in banking and branch management. Thornton has a master’s in public administration and is currently working towards obtaining her Ph.D. The Alaska Railroad Corp. is promoting Sean Mesloh to become chief mechanical officer, effective March 1. The current CMO is 36-year railroad veteran Don Freestone, who retires Feb. 28. Mesloh began his railroad career nearly two decades ago in December 2000, when he was hired as a mechanical laborer in the Anchorage Car Shop. Within months, he began an apprenticeship, progressing through carmen apprentice levels, learning to maintain freight and passenger railcars. In January 2004, he earned full carman status. By 2006, Mesloh was promoted to mechanical supervisor, overseeing work on railcars, locomotives and heavy equipment. In this role, he gained three more years of hands-on shop experience. In 2008, Mesloh moved to Fairbanks as general mechanical supervisor. In late 2015, he was promoted to director of Fairbanks Operations, responsible for terminal and train functions on the railroad’s north end. Mesloh returned to Anchorage in November 2019 to accept ARRC’s manager of motive power and equipment position. Mesloh earned an associate’s degree in fire science and hazardous material control from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chris Brown has been selected to fill the position of executive director for Consumer Lending at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Brown has more than 25 years of industry experience, including 12 years with Ford Motor Credit Co. He has been employed with Alaska USA since 2017, most recently as senior vice president, special credits.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 16

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the promotion of John Hawkins Jr. to Tribal Transportation manager. Hawkins will manage the day-to-day operations of the Tribal Transportation Department, which administers the Tribal Transportation Program for Tlingit &Haida and the Organized Village of Saxman, and collaborates with other Tribal entities and local, state and federal agencies to determine needs and priorities for transportation systems. Tlingit &Haida currently has approximately 236 miles of official TTP roads, 19 miles of roadways and 0.2 miles of parking lot inventoried. Hawkins first joined Tlingit &Haida in 2004 as a shared employee for the Native Land and Resources and Self Governance departments and later transferred to the Tribal Family &Youth Services Department. For the last five years, he has worked for the Tribal Transportation Department. Hawkins will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in April. Matson promoted Jennifer Tungul to director of Alaska Terminal Operations, a new, senior-leadership position created to support the growth of Matson’s operations in Alaska. Tungul has worked in Alaska’s transportation and logistics industry for two decades, with a 17-year tenure between the former Horizon Lines and Matson. Most recently, Tungul served as general manager of Matson’s Dutch Harbor and Akutan operations, responsible for terminal, marine, garage, warehouse and equipment operations. In her new position, Tungul is responsible for effective and efficient terminal operations in Anchorage, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor and Akutan, as well as managing and developing team members, managing labor relations and overseeing process-improvement projects. Lucinda Mahoney was appointed commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, effective Feb. 4. Mahoney has 30 years of broad experience in the areas of consulting, treasury, debt management, investment management, accounting, budgeting, and business development. Mahoney is the owner of Value Solutions LLC, from which she operates as a business consultant and investment manager. She formerly served as the chief financial officer for the Municipality of Anchorage, and as the executive director of the Arctic Slope Regional Development shared services center. Prior to that, Mahoney was a director with KPMG LLP, managing its business consulting practice in Alaska. She received her bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Texas, her MBA from the University of Alaska, and received certification from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Mike Barnhill, who was appointed acting commissioner of the Department of Revenue in December, will now serve as the department’s deputy commissioner. Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced that shareholder and former board director Charles E. Fagerstrom as CEO effective Feb. 5. Born and raised in Nome, Fagerstrom is Iñupiaq, with family roots in Nome and the Bering Strait region. Fagerstrom holds a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Seattle Pacific University, a master’s degree in health services administration and planning from the University of Hawaii, and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado. During his 25-year career, he has been an executive in the healthcare field with organizations ranging in size from $20 to $500 million in annual revenues. Most recently, he was the Health director of Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association. Ben Coleman and Alex Brown recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. Coleman is a planner in the firm’s Planning Department and Brown is a geologist in R&M’s Earth Sciences Department. A former Matanuska-Susitna Borough planner, Coleman has three years of experience in transportation and land use planning, plan and conditional use permit review, data analysis, feasibility studies, and stakeholder and agency coordination. He has a bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies from Crown College, a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University, and is an AICP Candidate. Brown originally joined R&M in May 2019 as a materials technician in the firm’s Materials Laboratory. In this role, he provided field inspections, materials testing, sample logging, density testing, and gradation and concrete testing for airport and highway improvement projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 9

Chugach Government Solutions LLC promoted Kathleen Grimes to senior vice president of operations support. Grimes will serve as chief of staff over general and administrative support service functions. Grimes began her government contracting career with CGS more than 25 years ago. Then, she was the finance director for the start-up contract for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Alaska Job Corps Center. Within CGS, Grimes garnered additional experience by taking on new roles among new service areas, such as Base Operations support. Grimes leveraged this experience in her most recent position as vice president of finance. Grimes holds an MBA from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Corissa Lickingteller recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a senior marketing coordinator in the firm’s Marketing Group. Lickingteller will be responsible for supporting the firm’s marketing and communication initiatives, including preparation and coordination of proposals, resumes, special events, charity events, social media activities, sub-consultants and vendors, presentations, marketing collateral, content pieces, and web site development and maintenance. She has a bachelor’s degree in professional and technical communications from Montana Technical University. PDC Engineers announced several promotions. Craig Ranson, PLS, was promoted from senior associate to principal. With PDC’s recent shift to a four-market-sector model of operations, Ranson, who started at PDC in 2003, has also been selected to lead the firm’s land development services division. Mechanical engineer Roger Smith, PE, has been promoted to senior associate. Smith, having 25 years of experience as a mechanical engineer, began his career with Murray &Associates in Juneau and continued there following the firm’s acquisition by PDC in 2016. Smith has been a project manager for mechanical systems on a wide variety of new and renovated facility projects throughout Southeast Alaska, each with more than $1 million in mechanical construction. Daniel McBride has been promoted to associate at PDC Engineers. McBride started at PDC Engineers in 2006 as a structural CADD technician. Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribe of Alaska announced the promotion of Will Ware to chief of Project Development. He will oversee current projects such as Tlingit &Haida’s Cultural Immersion Park, land development of the Kowee Creek subdivision, and startup of the Tribe’s new construction company Southeast General Contractors. He’ll also provide broad oversight of the Tribal Transportation and Business and Economic Development departments, as well as the Tribe’s social enterprises: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Little Eagles and Ravens Nest, Sacred Grounds cafés, Sacred Shine Auto Detailing, and Smokehouse Catering. Ware served more than six years as Tribal Transportation manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Tribal Transportation department, which administers the Tribal Transportation Program for Tlingit &Haida and the Organized Village of Saxman. He previously served as the chair for both the Inter-Tribal Transportation Association and National Congress of American Indians Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and as a member of the Alaska Marine Highway Reform Project Steering Committee, Governor’s Community and Public Transportation Advisory Board and Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council. Megan Watson has been promoted to relationship officer with KeyBank’s Commercial Banking Division, where she supports two of the division’s highest-producing relationship managers in the Alaska market. Previously she served as a KeyBank relationship manager, where she was named as the top performer in her market during her first quarter. Watson has also held roles as an assistant branch manager for Northrim Bank and funding liaison for Honor Finance LLC. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that president and CEO Geoff Lundfelt has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. The appointment lasts three years, effective Jan. 1. The CDIAC represents credit unions, banks and thrift institutions of various sizes. The council provides input to the FRB’s senior management on a variety of topics, including economic and banking conditions, regulatory policies, payment issues and other issues of interest to community depository institutions. Lundfelt brings more than 21 years of financial industry expertise to the council. Goldbelt Inc. has appointed Michael Harbour to serve as its new chief financial officer, replacing Kathy Moran who exited the corporation in August. Harbour joined the corporation in January 2019 as deputy CFO and brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in finance and accounting. Harbour has held leadership positions at various government contractors for the past 11 years and has extensive background in corporate and operational finance in industries including professional services, information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and manufacturing. He is a graduate of Averett University with a bachelor’s degree in business Finance and is a certified public accountant. The Denali Commission announced the hiring of Laurie Orell as a program manager. She will lead the development of a new violence prevention grant program in collaboration with the United States Department of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime. This program will build capacity and enhance victim services in rural Alaska. Prior to joining the Denali Commission, Orell served as the senior health analytics consultant for McDowell Group, an Alaska-based research and consulting company, for nearly eight years. She served six years working at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Alaska Native Epidemiology Center and Southcentral Foundation as an epidemiologist and researcher, respectively. Orell has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in anthropology and Latin American studies, a master’s of public health degree from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in geographic information systems from Pennsylvania State University. She is also a certified professional in public health. Erik Obrien joined the Denali Commission in November 2019 as program manager developing projects related to health facilities, housing, broadband, and economic &workforce development. Prior to coming to the Denali Commission, Obrien was an economic developer for the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference. Obrien has already stood up a statewide economic development partnership with the state and regional economic development organizations and is now positioning the agency to support statewide broadband efforts by collaborating with stakeholders at federal, state, and local levels. Obrien has degrees in global logistics management and management information systems from UAA.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 2

Carla Baxley, PE, has been promoted to group manager of Airport Engineering at R&M Consultants Inc. Baxley has 18 years of Alaska engineering experience, with 12 of those years at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities serving as a designer, project engineer and manager on aviation and roadway projects. She joined R&M in 2018 as a senior project manager. Her experience includes managing more than 60 aviation and highway design projects, giving her extensive experience with FAA and FHWA regulations, policies and procedures. She is currently managing several DOT airport projects that will enhance airport safety and prolong the infrastructure’s design life, including the Newtok Airport Relocation, Ekwok and New Stuyahok Airport Resurfacing, and Nome Airport Operating Settlement Repair-Stage II. Baxley has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska. Perkins Coie announced its new partner class of 2020 that includes Elena Romerdahl of the Anchorage office. Romerdahl is a member of the Environment and Natural Resources practice focused on oil, gas and mining issues; project development and finance; state and federal permitting; litigation; enforcement actions and administrative appeals concerning environmental and natural resource issues; utility rate and tariff matters; environmental compliance counseling; contaminated site investigations; due diligence and title review for natural resource deals; commercial agreements for resource projects; and occupational safety and health issues. United States Artists has named its 2020 USA Fellows including two from Alaska: Delores Churchill of Ketchikan and Lani Strong Hotch of Klukwan. They are among the 50 artists across 10 disciplines who each received an unrestricted $50,000 cash award to honor their creative accomplishments and support their artistic and professional development. Hotch first began weaving when she was 17, inspired by her family’s weaving history and the desire to keep her Native Tlingit culture alive. She is skilled in weaving and textiles, making bags, leggings, headdresses, dance bibs, button blankets and other regalia. Hotch worked with students at Klukwan School for many years teaching Tlingit language, cultural arts, Alaska Native history and subsistence skills. In addition to weaving, Hotch makes beaded jewelry and enjoys incorporating weaving patterns into her beadwork. She is a 2010 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award recipient. Churchill began learning traditional Tsimshian weaving in 1972 from her mother, Selina Peratovich, and master weavers Flora Matthew and Brenda White. She is a renowned basket weaver, a recipient of multiple awards with multiple exhibitions to her name. Churchill has taught basketry and basket design at the University of Alaska Southeast, across the United States and in Europe. Her expertise is sought all over the country for lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Churchill has taught multiple apprentices, helping to keep her art form and the Northwest Coast culture alive. She is a 2006 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist and a 2018 Individual Artist Award recipient. The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts board of directors announced that President and Chief Operating Officer Nancy Harbour will retire effective Jan. 31 and will be succeeded by Codie Costello, who is anticipated to assume the role in February. Harbour has been the organization’s president and COO since 1997, first joining ACPA as the director of development when the doors opened in 1988. In 2005, Costello moved to Alaska from New York, where she worked with The Pearl Theatre as the director of marketing. Upon her arrival in Alaska, she started working with ACPA as director of development before joining Alaska Dance Theatre as executive director in 2009. Costello went on to work as director of business development with Spawn Ideas in 2012 before rejoining ACPA as vice president, strategic development and communications in the summer of 2018. Costello received a master’s degree in directing from the Actors Studio in New York City and her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts, management from San Jose State University. The Copper Valley Electric Association board of directors named Travis Million as CEO. He succeeds John Duhamel, who will step down as CEO effective March 1, after having served as CEO for roughly five of his 10 years with the cooperative. Million came to CVEA in 2008 as a member of the board of directors before joining staff as the manager of power generation in 2011. He currently holds the position of chief operating officer. During his time with the co-op, Million has completed many significant projects; two that stand out the most are the technical oversight of the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project, and rebuilding the CVEA Safety Program and culture. Million has more than 20 years of experience in the power system and electric utility industry. Prior to working for CVEA, Million worked for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and was the power engineer at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project, or HAARP. He has education in electrical engineering, business management and finance. The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee selected Pat Pitney from Juneau as the new director of the Division of Legislative Finance, effective Jan. 27. Pitney will replace longtime Director David Teal, who retired last month after holding the position since 1997. Pitney was director of the Office of Management and Budget under former Gov. Bill Walker, where she was responsible for developing the annual budget proposals and guiding them through the legislative process. Prior to that, Pitney was vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Pitney holds an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, an engineering degree from Murray State University, and won an Olympic gold medal during the 1984 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Olympic champion in air rifle for women.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 26

Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced two staff promotions on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Brianne Miller to be deputy staff director of Energy and Lucy Murfitt to be deputy staff director of Natural Resources. Miller’s portfolio includes the Department of Energy, with a particular focus on energy innovation, basic science research, and climate change. She initially joined ENR to work for Murkowski in 2015 and previously worked for Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, when he was chairman of ENR’s Energy Subcommittee. Miller also worked on a variety of energy-related issues for Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas. Miller’s service on Capitol Hill began in the offices of Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., and Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., when he chaired the House Republican Conference. Murfitt, who is also deputy chief counsel for ENR, provides legal advice and strategy for federal land management and other resource-related issues within the committee’s jurisdiction. Prior to joining ENR in 2013, Murfitt worked as senior legislative counsel to former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., handling the energy, environment, and natural resources portfolio. She has also worked at the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University as its director of policy and partnerships. A veteran, Murfitt was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. As a JAG, Murfitt supervised the Army’s administrative environmental litigation. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced Brent Mulvaney as its new Tribal child support attorney. Serving in this capacity, Mulvaney will represent the Tribal Child Support Unit in its interactions with tribal and state courts and work on the implementation and development of law and policy that will best serve the interests of tribal children. Mulvaney received a juris doctor of law from Seattle University School of Law in 2019 and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Washington and an associate’s degree in philosophy from Edmonds Community College. Mulvaney previously served as a legal intern for the Administrative Law Clinic at the Seattle University School of Law, writer and executive editor for the American Indian Law Journal and judicial clerk for the Tulalip Tribal Court. Volunteers of America Alaska announced seven new board members in 2020 including Paul Landes, senior vice president of consumer services at GCI, who will serve as this year’s board chair. Joining him are Carmela Warfield, business owner and real estate investor, who will serve as vice chair; Donald Winchester, former partner at Vend Alaska, retired, who will serve as secretary; Heather Handyside, vice president of corporate communications and community engagement at GCI; Andy Lohman, area president at iHeart Media; Lynn Rust Henderson, VP Alaska group market, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska; and Michael Schmidt, senior marketing manager at GCI. VoA Alaska has provided programs and services to Alaskans since 1981, including adolescent treatment services, housing supports, and prevention, among others. The full list of 2020 board members include: Landes; Warfield; treasurer: Audrey Lance, manager of audit and taxation, Thomas Head &Greisen; Winchester; Handyside; T’Shalla Baker, senior business specialist, Wells Fargo; Lester “Skeet” Black, client service executive, Zenith American Solutions; Amanda Estes, director of client services, Northwest Strategies; Cynthia Franklin, senior counsel, Carlson Law; Henderson; Taryn Link, probation officer IV, State of Alaska Department of Corrections; Andy Lohman, area president, Alaska, iHeart Media; and Schmidt. Neil Steininger was named director of the Office of Management and Budget, effective Jan. 21. Steininger earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of Nevada Reno. Steininger has held various roles at OMB through the past five years, serving as budget analyst, chief budget analyst, and most recently as the Administrative Services director for the Department of Education and Early Development. His state experience includes the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and the Permanent Fund Dividend Division, he previously worked in the private sector as an analyst. The Anchorage Home Builders Association announced its 2020 board of directors and advisory board members. Board members help lead AHBA’s advocacy and charity work efforts. They also bring continuing education opportunities to members and facilitate the Home Show. They are: Eric Visser, president, Visser Construction; Kyle Mirka, past president, Allen &Petersen; Cody Lee, vice president, Grayling Construction; Brandon Marcott, treasurer, Triad Engineering; Jason Dial, secretary, Rain Proof Roofing; Karen Kassik-Michelson, director, Michelson and Daughter Construction, Inc.; Christina Cope-Henrickson, director; Pete Nolan, director, Alaska Chamber; Darren Williams, director, Spenard Builders Supply; Moises Gutierrez, director, MGJ Building Group; Chappie Cook, director, Cook Construction; Jim Dunlap, director, Dunlap Builders; Brandon Snodgrass, director, First National Bank Alaska. Advisory Board: Clai Porter, NCP Design/Build Ltd.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 12

Allison Bendis of Klondike Promotions has earned the certification of Master Advertising Specialist administered by Promotional Products Association International, the largest international not-for-profit association for more than 15,000 members of the $21-plus billion promotional products industry. The MAS certification requires completion of and current CAS Certification, a minimum five years of experience in the promotional products industry, additional MAS level course curriculum, industry service and passing a comprehensive exam. PPAI industry certification is acquired through a combination of: required certification classes, demonstrated years of employment in the industry, education, industry contributions and a successful demonstration of expertise. Certification is maintained through continuing education to ensure current knowledge and leading-edge professional skills. PND Engineers announced two new Alaska-registered professional civil engineers: Nathan Harris and Logan Imlach. Both are University of Alaska Anchorage graduates and received their PE designations in December. Harris joined PND in in September 2015, shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Since then, he has gained significant experience in transportation design, estimating, heavy civil construction inspection and contract administration. He worked previously for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, first as an intern and then as an engineering assistant. Imlach joined PND in August 2018 and has performed structural design primarily on marine and oil and gas industry projects, including North Slope construction. Imlach’s previous work with other Alaska engineering firms ranged from small civil projects to project management during the construction of two extended reach drilling rigs on the Slope, and planning, permitting and designing both gravel and paved roads. Logan received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2010.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 5

Kristi Williams joined Calista Corp. as the Government Relations manager this summer. Prior to her employment with Calista, Williams owned a consulting firm in Anchorage that specialized in Alaska Native Tribal advocacy. Williams was born in Fairbanks and is of Athabascan descent. In 2012, she became a member of the District of Columbia Bar, becoming the first licensed attorney for her Tribe. Having served as legislative and policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and at the Department of Interior, she is well informed on Alaska Native and American Indian issues. She has expertise in land planning, government-to-government consultation, small business and economic development issues, strategic planning, negotiations, as well as legislative and appropriations advocacy. Williams completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley and received a juris doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law where she also completed the Indian Law Certificate Program. Calista Corp. also hired Walter Featherly as general counsel, effective Jan. 1. He currently serves as executive partner of the law firm Holland &Knight in Anchorage. He regularly counsels executives and boards of directors on matters related to corporate law and governance, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, government contracting, labor and employment, finance, and real estate. Featherly has also assisted Alaska Native corporations and tribal-owned businesses to navigate the laws and regulations of the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) subcontracting and teaming opportunities. Featherly earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in New Mexico, and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School. Featherly is no stranger to the Calista region. He moved to Kwethluk in 1966 with his parents, who taught in Kwethluk for one year. The next year, his family moved to Akiachak, where they stayed for four years. Featherly will be succeeding Kyle Smith, who has announced that he has accepted a position as general counsel of Intrepid Potash Inc., based in Denver. Ahtna Netiye’ LLC announced the promotion of Roy Tansy, Jr. to chief operating officer. An Ahtna shareholder, Tansy has held positions with the Ahtna family of companies dating back 30 years. He brings more than 20 years of executive management experience in operations, business development, strategic planning and corporate leadership. His professional background has included management of construction, oil and gas, facilities management and security companies. Tansy currently sits on the boards of the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Alaska Chamber. Tansy is originally from the Ahtna village of Cantwell and a member of the Caribou (Udzisyu) clan. Holland &Knight announced that Christopher Slottee has been elevated to partner from senior counsel in its Anchorage office effective Jan. 1. Slottee is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section. He is highly experienced in matters related to Alaska Native corporations, including settlement trusts, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, corporate governance and government contracting, having served as vice president and general counsel for an ANC. Slottee received a juris doctor degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis &Clark College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. PND Engineers Inc. announced two hires. Kristoff Nystrom, EIT, relocated from Fairbanks to Anchorage this past fall after 2½ years with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Division of Design and Construction, performing project management and design. Nystrom is from Washington state and is a 2016 graduate of UAF with a focus on civil and structural engineering. After graduating, he volunteered with Engineering Ministries International, where he worked on the design of a hospital in and traveled to the Dominican Republic with a team of architects and engineers. Initially, Nystrom will assist with site planning and road design. Conrad Smith, EIT, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and worked most recently for Albert A. Webb Associates in Riverside, Calif., on site drainage, master plans, and storm water modeling projects. His long-term interest is in structures, and he is currently working in the Palmer office assisting with structural design.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 29

Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced recent additions to her staff on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Grace Jang as communications director, Chris Griffin as a staff assistant, and Alexander Jackstadt as a staff assistant. In addition, Tonya Parish has been promoted to press secretary. Jang is a former journalist with 17 years of both print and television news experience, including KTVA and KTUU in Anchorage. She served as press secretary, communications director, and deputy chief of staff to former Gov. Bill Walker. Griffin, who joined the committee’s non-designated staff in August 2018, was promoted to staff assistant on the majority staff. He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Griffin is from Anchorage. Jackstadt joined the committee in May as an intern, and was hired to serve as a staff assistant. He 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. Jackstadt is from Anchorage, and graduated from East Anchorage High School in 2012. Parish joined the committee in 2017 and served as press assistant and deputy press secretary before being promoted to press secretary. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a minor in psychology. She is also from Anchorage. Bering Straits Native Corp. announced that Doug Smith has joined BSNC as vice president. Smith will help identify and develop strategic opportunities for business development. Smith has specialized in the Alaska oil and gas and construction industries for more than 25 years. He currently serves as the chairman of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. and on the boards of the Resource Development Council and Alaska Support Industry Alliance. Smith holds a bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 22

First Alaskans Institute announced the hiring of Melissa Silugngataanit’sqaq Borton as Indigenous Advancement Director. Silugngataanit’sqaq was born on Kodiak Island and has ties to Chignik Lagoon in the Bristol Bay Region. She spent the past 25 years working in the Koniag region helping her people, beginning with the Kodiak Area Native Association in the Social Services Department programs for village Elders, youth, wellness, behavioral health, tribal operations and Village Public Safety Officers. After working at KANA, she became the Tribal Administrator for the Native Village of Afognak, where she led the Tribe’s development and operations for over 14 years. Silugngataanit’sqaq serves as the Kodiak Villages representative on the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors. She has also served as a school board member and as a member of the historic Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council for the State of Alaska under former Gov. Bill Walker. Compassionate Directions announced that Dr. Stewart McDonald has accepted the position of executive director effective Dec. 2. In the past 27 years, Stewart has been a special education teacher, grant and assessment administrator, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. He has lived and worked across Alaska, including Kodiak, Soldotna, and the North Slope Borough. McDonald most recently served as the North Slope Borough School District superintendent. Prior to that, McDonald served as the superintendent for the Kodiak Island Borough School District for nine years. McDonald holds a doctor of education with a specialization in educational leadership and management from Capella University in Minneapolis, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a bachelor’s degree in special education, severe emotional disturbance, and specific learning disabilities from University of North Florida. McDonald replaces Aaron Clements, who led Compassionate Directions for six years. Benjamin Linford has been appointed president of Linford of Alaska Wholesale Foods Inc. Born and raised in Anchorage, Linford graduated from West High School and has a bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Chicago. He has worked as a quantitative analyst and portfolio manager for major investment firms in Anchorage and Seattle, including McKinley Capital, Russell Investments, and currently with Empirical Wealth Management. The Anchorage Home Builders Association announced Shawn Hays is the organization’s new executive officer. Hays joins AHBA with more than a decade of leadership in government and the nonprofit sector. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Hays has been an Anchorage resident since 1997. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s of public administration with an emphasis on organizational management. Cornerstone General Contractors announced the hire of David LaMont as a cost estimator/project manager. LaMont brings more than 37 years of experience in Alaskan federal, municipal, and oil field construction. His estimating and project management experience encompasses a wide range of military, industrial, and commercial building projects including water treatment plants, military hangers, multi-family housing, and higher-education facilities. Before joining Cornerstone, LaMont served as a pipefitter, welder, and heavy equipment operator before transitioning to cost estimation at several Alaskan construction companies. Lynn Rust Henderson, vice president of the Alaska Group Market for Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, will serve another term as chair of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp. board of directors. Filling out the board’s executive team as officers are Michael Huston, executive vice president and chief lending officer for Northrim Bank, as vice chair; Steven Noble, vice president of Alaska operations for DOWL, as secretary/treasurer; Raquel Edelen, vice president of operations for Hotel Captain Cook, as immediate past chair; and Julie Taylor, CEO of Alaska Regional Hospital, as at-large member. New member Walter Featherly, executive partner at Holland and Knight LLP, will join the 15-member board of directors this year. Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Rebecca Sparks to vice president of Risk, Compliance and Back Office Support. In her new role, Sparks will be responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive compliance and risk program in accordance with NCUA rules, regulations and statutory requirements. She will also oversee all areas of the credit union’s compliance, risk management and back office support functions as a member of Credit Union 1’s senior management team. Sparks has more than 22 years of experience at Credit Union 1. She started in the organization’s branch system in 1997 before moving to the accounting department and working her way up progressively through roles in finance, accounting and back office operations. She most recently served as the credit union’s back office operations manager. University of Alaska Fairbanks alumna Amy Steiner, PE, a senior geotechnical engineer at PND Engineers Inc., joined the board of directors for the UAF College of Engineering and Mines Advisory and Development Council. Steiner graduated from UAF with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2012. She received a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from Delft University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands, in 2016. She has worked for PND since January 2017, providing geotechnical engineering analysis, design, and recommendations for multiple projects across Alaska, including the North Slope.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 15

McKinley Capital Management Chief Compliance Officer Deborah Lamb was recently named the recipient of the Joan Hinchman Award from the National Society of Compliance Professionals. The award is given to an individual who displays a strong commitment to excellence and distinguishes themselves as a key figure in the compliance community. Among the best in her industry, Lamb is the seventh person nationwide to earn the award, joining a small and distinguished group of professionals who strive to enhance the compliance profession. Lamb began her career on Wall Street 45 years ago, before compliance was a recognized specialty in the finance industry. The Securities and Exchange Commission began requiring investment companies and advisers to have written compliance procedures and a chief compliance officer to administer those policies in 2004. Mike Barnhill was named acting commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, effective Dec. 3. Barnhill currently works as Director of Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. Barnhill has a record of public service with the State of Alaska spanning two decades. He is a former deputy commissioner in both the Departments of Revenue and Administration and served as an assistant attorney general in the Department of Law. He graduated cum laude from Cornell Law School where he was editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and history from the College of Wooster. Perkins Coie announced that Michael O’Brien has joined the firm in Anchorage as a senior counsel in the growing Labor &Employment practice. O’Brien’s practice focuses on employment issues affecting the workplace and on conducting workplace investigations. He also possesses in-depth knowledge of Title IX and other education laws that impact both the K-12 and post-secondary school environments. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, O’Brien was an associate general counsel for the University of Alaska system. O’Brien received his juris doctor and master’s degree from Vermont Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montana. He also holds an master’s degree from St. John’s College. Rebecca Windt Pearson was named general counsel for GCI, succeeding Tina Pidgeon. For the past two years, Pearson has served as the municipal attorney for the Municipality of Anchorage. She served as GCI senior director of real estate and land use counsel from 2015-17, and was previously a shareholder at Ashburn and Mason PC and a law clerk for Judge Morgan Christen, then an Alaska Supreme Court justice. She earned her juris doctor from Yale Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and was one of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty under 40 in 2018. For close to a decade, Pidgeon has guided many GCI strategic and advocacy initiatives and during that time, she launched GCI’s first women’s professional development organization. Her contributions to GCI and the telecommunications industry have earned her numerous business honors, including Multichannel News’ Wonder Woman Award and multiple Cablefax awards. Pidgeon will remain in her role through the end of the year and continue to advise GCI through April 15, 2020. Pearson begins her new role on Feb. 1, 2020. The Municpality of Anchorage announced the forthcoming departures of Municipal Attorney Rebecca Windt Pearson and Chief of Staff Ona Brause. Deputy Municipal Attorney Dee Ennis will serve as acting municipal attorney beginning Feb. 1. Ennis has served in the MOA’s Department of Law for more than 10 years and has previous experience leading the department as acting municipal attorney. Brause, who has been a member of the Berkowitz Administration for 4½ years, served as deputy chief of staff for Mayor Ethan Berkowitz from 2015-17, and was promoted to chief of staff in 2017. Jason Bockenstedt, who has served as deputy chief of staff for Berkowitz since 2017, will assume the role of chief of staff in January. Prior to joining the mayor’s staff two years ago, Bockenstedt served as the public information officer for the MOA’s Department of Project Management and Engineering for two years. He also worked as the manager of federal and state government affairs for GCI, and served as deputy staff director and as a professional staff member on the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee for almost 10 years. Bockenstedt earned a juris doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Tom Stokes was appointed director of the Division of Oil &Gas on Dec. 3, following two months in which he served as acting director. His division employs approximately 99 people. Before stepping into the director’s role, Stokes served the department as the State Pipeline coordinator. He had previously worked 28 years at Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. including director of the Valdez Marine Terminal and director of compliance. Betsy Smith has been selected as the new director of R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness). R.O.C.K. Mat-Su is a collaborative of community members joining together to promote family resilience and reduce child maltreatment. Smith began her work with R.O.C.K. Mat-Su in 2017 and most recently has been serving in two part-time R.O.C.K. Mat-Su positions: Upper-Su Community coordinator and Trauma Sensitive Schools fellow. She served as executive director of Northern Susitna Institute from 2014-18 and prior to that held a variety of positions in program management and environmental education. Smith earned a master of education degree in environmental education from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in biology from College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 8

Coffman Engineers Inc. hired Senior Project Manager Jason Moncrieff to its Anchorage Project Management group. Moncrieff holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University. Moncrieff is experienced managing both large- and small-scale multi-discipline projects for multiple client markets. Projects have included large scale drill site remediation, pipeline replacement, generator controls upgrades, erosion control, plant design and road design. Jason had the opportunity to design and manage many oil and gas development projects on the North Slope over the past 15 years. He is a licensed civil engineer in Alaska and a Project Management Professional. Coffman Engineers also announced that Zack Wright obtained American Petroleum Institute 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector certification in September. Wright also holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a NACE certified CP Technician. The API 653 certification allows Wright to perform and oversee tank inspection activities, including repair recommendations, oversight of non-destructive testing per applicable codes, and prepare inspection reports for clients. Wright has already put his certification to use by supporting Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. on both an ongoing API 653 tank inspection and future planning for four API 653 tank inspections. His certification also helped obtain new work with the North Slope Borough developing API 653 tank inspection, API 570 piping inspection, and CP Monitoring programs for their eight fuel storage tank farms as part of a three-year program.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 1

Coffman Engineers Inc. announced the promotion of Rob Wasserman, senior project manager in the Structural Engineering Department, to department manager for Anchorage’s new Project Management group. Wasserman is a licensed civil and structural engineer with nearly 13 years of experience. Over the past two years with Coffman, Wasserman has been actively involved in business development, project management, project engineering, client management, and structural design on multiple projects for our industrial oil and gas clients. He will be responsible for mentoring and providing leadership for the project management group as well as throughout our office. Coffman also added two new members to the Anchorage Electrical Engineering Instrumentation and Controls Department. Jason Vukovich is an instrumentation and controls designer with more than 10 years of engineering experience in Alaska. His project experience includes rail/truck racks, coker safety upgrade and remote un-heading, ethanol unloading and storage, refining unit sis upgrade and triconex installations, tank high level alarms, onsite small projects, and pipeline heating re-circulation. Prior to starting in the engineering and construction industry, Vukovich was a decorated officer of more than 10 years in the U.S. Army &U.S. Army Reserve. Vukovich holds a bachelor’s degree in sculptor from the University of Illinois. Ronald Pearson, PE, is a professional chemical engineer working in the Anchorage Electrical Engineering Department. Pearson holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering and mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines. Pearson has more than 13 years of engineering in the oil and gas industry. Pearson has extensive experience with both design of new and renovation of electrical systems for onshore and offshore oil and gas developments. Additional skills Pearson brings to Coffman are hydraulics, thermodynamics, heat transfer/exchanges, process modeling and simulation, piping and instrumentation design, utility design, and SCADA system development. The Alaska Supreme Court has appointed Stacey Marz of Anchorage as the new administrative director of the Alaska Court System, effective Nov. 23. She has worked for the court system for 16 years, dedicating her efforts to improve court operations to be more streamlined and to provide positive customer experiences. She has overseen the statewide operations of the Family Law Self-Help Center, a national model that provides direct assistance via the phone and website for people representing themselves in divorce and child custody cases to understand the court process and options for forms. Her work expanded to include self-help information for other civil and criminal case types, language access services, alternative dispute resolution programs, and access to justice initiatives. She has served on several Supreme Court Committees, including Civil Rules, Family Rules, Access to Justice, and the Elder Task Force. She was integral to the creation of WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders), an interdisciplinary stakeholder group to address guardianship issues. Marz is a fellow of the Institute for Court Management and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of Oregon. Marz succeeds long time Administrative Director Christine Johnson, who is retiring after nearly 30 years of service to the court system, including 10 as director. Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc., a startup that has designed and is building an unmanned Vertical Take Off and Landing Group 5 regional cargo carrier drone, announced it has added Brigadier Gen. Anthony Tata, U.S. Army (ret.), and Mike Murkowski, retired senior vice president of South American Operations for Federal Express. Murkowski retired after more than 30 years of distinguished service. During his time at the helm of their South American operations, Murkowski oversaw one of the largest growth periods for both cargo and revenue. Murkowski has a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Willamette University and a master’s degree in international business from the American Graduate School of Business. Among his many accomplishments during his 28 years in the Army, Tata was awarded the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star. He is a graduate of U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army’s Ranger School. Anthony also served as Secretary of Transportation of North Carolina from 2013-15 under Pat McCory. Tata is CEO of Tata Leadership Group, LLC and also a bestselling novelist whose subject matter focuses on military life.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 24

Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines recently appointed Rasmuson Foundation senior program officer Christopher Perez to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council representing Alaska. Perez begins his term on Jan. 1, 2020, and will serve as a member of the Advisory Council for three years. As part of the Advisory Council, Perez will advise the FHLB Des Moines Board of Directors on housing development and community lending needs throughout the bank’s district. Advisory Council members are selected for their successful experience serving housing and economic development agendas. In his role at the Rasmuson Foundation, Perez leads the housing and community economic development investments for Alaska’s largest private philanthropic organization. Perez has years of experience in affordable housing and manages more than $40 million in Foundation investments to support the development of affordable housing in Alaska. Under his leadership, the Rasmuson Foundation received the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Perez holds a master of public administration in management and finance from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. He is also a certified low-income housing tax credit compliance professional. Fred Brown was elected president of the National Labor Alliance of Health Care Coalitions in early October. NLA is a non-profit national organization of management health and welfare coalitions representing purchasers of health services, that work together to increase value in care, services and benefits for participating members and coalitions. Brown said his focus will be in three areas: strengthening ties and communication with regional coalitions and members; providing efficiency and innovative coalition plan options and delivery leading to increased organizational savings and improved care; and increasing strategic engagement in public policy efforts. Brown serves as executive director of the Pacific Health Coalition, which started in Alaska. Under his leadership over the past decade, PHC’s membership and revenue have grown more than fourfold and the organization now includes member plans throughout the Pacific Northwest. Tom Marriage, a graduate of East Anchorage High School and Willamette University, has joined the Alaska magazine and The Milepost team as associate publisher. Marriage replaces outgoing Melissa Bradley and he is responsible for generating ad sales revenue in addition to audience growth across Alaska. Marriage is a longtime resident of Anchorage and brings a wealth of digital and social media experience from Alaska Dispatch Publishing and MSI Communications. Marriage most recently worked at Pursuit-The Alaska Collection as marketing and brand experience manager. First National Bank Alaska announced several recent hires and promotions. Jen Imus joined the Johansen Branch team. Imus started at the bank as the Interior relationship manager and was appointed vice president. In her role, she will help support business development and strengthen customer relationships in the Fairbanks region. Management Associate program graduate Lydia Sobek was promoted to Loan Officer I and will work in the Corporate Lending team’s newly created Tax Unit. In addition to commercial loans, Sobek will specialize in Low-Income Housing Tax credit loans, Historical Tax Credit loans and Dino Tax Credit loans. Business Support Specialist Fitime “Tinka” Nasufi was promoted to Branch Manager I Operations of the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. At North Star, Nasufi will be responsible for daily branch operations and building and maintaining customer relationships. Quinn Anderson was promoted to Loan Officer I and will help customers with their lending needs at the U-Med Branch. Anderson joined First National in 2014 and worked as a personal banker until beginning a loan officer apprenticeship in June 2018. Great Alaskan Holidays announced the hiring of Brittany Burns as its new creative coordinator and member of the Marketing Department. A lifelong resident of Alaska, Burns was born and raised in the North Slope village of Kaktovik before taking up residence in Anchorage. She has held previous positions in employee or freelance capacities with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her primary responsibilities have been, and will be, participating in continued development and outreach via social media, branding, graphical, and advertisement design and development, and corporate videography and photography. Burns has bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and history from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a master’s degree in film studies from National University in LaJolla, Calif. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degreein digital marketing from the University of Alabama Birmingham. Calista Corp. announced the promotion of shareholder Tisha Neviq’aq Kuhns to vice president of land and natural resources. Kuhns is responsible for managing lands and resources to meet Calista’s goals for financial success and sustainable development. She provides technical advice on economic minerals, land use and stewardship, and coordination with industry and government agencies. Kuhns joined Calista in 2016 as a staff geologist after working with the Donlin Gold project for 12 years in geology and water quality baseline management. She is born and raised in Bethel and Homer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from Southern Oregon University. Kuhns is also currently enrolled in Alaska Pacific University’s graduate-level Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program. Kuhns was also recently elected to serve on the Alaska Miners Association board of directors.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 17

Dr. Math Trafton will serve as interim director at the Sitka campus of the University of Alaska Southeast once the post is vacated by Leslie Gordon. Trafton will begin his interim position Dec. 8 and the search for a permanent director of the Sitka campus will begin in January 2020. Trafton joined UAS Sitka in 2013 and is currently an associate professor of English with tenure in the School of Arts &Sciences at the Sitka Campus. He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in comparative literature, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in English-creative writing, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science, all from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Gordon will be leaving her position in early December. She has accepted a position with the Southeast Regional Health Consortium in Sitka as the director of performance improvement. Gordon joined UAS in 2006, and has worked as a full tenured professor and program director for health information management, and as assistant director of academic affairs. Gordon has been the Sitka Campus director since May of 2018. The Healing Hand Foundation announced that Desiree Jackson has been selected as the new president of their board of directors. Jackson is succeeding Joseph Kahklen who has been board president since its inception in 2001. Jackson has worked in the Alaska health care system for more than 20 years. She has held positions at the Southeast Regional Health Consortium, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and Southcentral Foundation. Currently, she is the director of Tribal Services for Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority. Jackson spent years developing curriculum and teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska, while co-authoring several books and peer-reviewed journal articles. She founded and owns Healthy Traditions Nutrition Consulting. Jackson is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and Alaska Pacific University, where she earned a Certificate in Alaska Native Executive Leadership and an executive MBA with an emphasis on strategic leadership. Since 2008, Ms. Jackson has been a registered dietitian specializing in Alaska Native traditional foods.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 10

Amy Gallaway has been named the 2020 Alaska Teacher of the Year. The Alaska Teacher of the Year is the state’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year, and serves as a member of Commissioner Johnson’s Teacher Advisory Council. Gallaway started her Alaskan career in 1993 as an archeologist in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, but it was her seasonal job as a teacher’s aide in Glennallen School that changed her life. She left archeology and earned her teacher certification from the University of Alaska in 1999, and took her first teaching job in Nuiqsut, an Inupiaq village on the Colville River. In 2002, Gallaway started working for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. She currently works at West Valley High School where she teaches history, government, and career education to 9-12 grade students. She is a teacher mentor for the national “We the People” civics program, which emphasizes critical thinking and culminates with a simulated congressional hearing with community judges. Gallaway holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ben Griese has been named the 2020 Alternate Alaska Teacher of the Year. He will serve as Alaska Teacher of the Year if Gallaway is named National Teacher of the Year. Griese has devoted 10 years to serving the communities within Southwest Region School District, most notably as a prek-12 special education teacher at “Chief” Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok. Griese teaches self-advocacy and inclusion for all students. He ensures that students with disabilities are included and successful in academic, social, athletic, and subsistence activities. Griese holds a bachelor’s degree in special education teaching from Purdue University. James Doughty and Jake Kolipano were recently promoted to partner at BDO’s Anchorage office. Doughty has extensive experience performing assurance work throughout Alaska. He serves a variety of clients across many industries, including Alaska Native corporations, government contractors, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the Anchorage Audit Quality team. Kolipano provides assurance services to Alaska Native corporations, government contractors, construction contractors, and healthcare and nonprofit entities. His responsibilities include managing to completion comprehensive assurance and consulting engagements. Russell Gingras, EIT, recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a staff engineer in the firm’s Utilities Group. Gingras will assist with planning and design of civil engineering projects, with an emphasis in utility design, such as water and sewer improvements. Gingras brings two years of civil engineering experience to R&M, with experience in both public and private utility sectors. He is experienced in construction site inspections, utility conflict review, utility waivers and permitting, feasibility reviews, and agency coordination for review and inspection of wastewater projects. A former AWWU intern, Russell is knowledgeable in Municipality of Anchorage and American Water Works Association standards and specifications. Gingras has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was also recently certified by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation as an operator for Water and Wastewater Treatment. Don Brown has joined PND’s CAD group in Anchorage. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in science and technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage, an associate’s in electronics technology from the Community College of the Air Force and an associate’s in computer science from Charter College. He retired from the Air Force, where he served as a satellite communications technician and was deployed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Storm. He has since worked as a telecommunications worker, computer assistant, electronics mechanic, network technician, AutoCad specialist, engineering technician and adjunct professor teaching Autodesk, Microsoft Office, math and safety classes. Lifelong Alaskan and University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate Levi Overbeck, PE, has joined PND’s Anchorage civil staff. Overbeck holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He spent three years at Jacobs Engineering in environmental and drainage design and modeling. One of his first assignments at PND is to bring his Bentley MicroStation experience to bear on Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and Federal Highway Administration projects. Overbeck’s educational emphasis was in arctic water resources and hydrology; he spent two summers conducting hydrology studies at remote North Slope sites. Sarah Boeckman has joined PND’s Anchorage accounting staff. As a project accountant, she will assist with project setup and reporting, billing, and project closeouts, and other accounting functions as needed. Boeckman is a lifelong Alaskan and graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting. She previously worked for Bristol Bay Industrial where she supervised project accounting and billing for Peak Oilfield Services. Stoel Rives LLP added three associate attorneys to its Anchorage office. Shannon Behm-Bleicher joins the office in the firm’s Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group; Connor Smith in the Litigation group; and Heather Twitchell in the Corporate group. Behm-Bleicher provides counsel to clients in matters of environmental compliance, land use and permitting. She received her law degree, cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law and undergraduate degree from Creighton University. From 2017-19, Behm-Bleicher served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Frank Pfiffner and to Judge Andrew Peterson of the Anchorage Superior Court. She is admitted to practice in Alaska and Nebraska. Smith represents clients in commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, and in arbitration and mediation. He received his law degree, summa cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University. Smith served as a law clerk to Justice Craig Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court, as a judicial extern to the Judge Morgan Christen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as a legal intern at Fair Work Center. He is admitted to practice in Alaska. Twitchell provides counsel on a wide range of corporate transactional matters, largely in the realm of mergers and acquisitions. She received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Before joining the legal profession, she co-owned and managed a small business, Alaska Backcountry Fishing Lodge LLC, and served as a captain and UH-60 helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. She is admitted to practice in Alaska and Wisconsin.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 3

The Anchorage Downtown Partnership hired Mercedes Curran as office manager. Curran is a lifelong Anchorage resident and graduated in 2013 from the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Since her return home, she’s been a member in the Anchorage Concert Chorus, coach and administrator for Anchorage Youth Soccer Club, referee and secretary for Anchorage Soccer Referees Association, and singer/performer in various Alaskan bands, theatre groups, and shows. She is also the co-host of the local talk/music radio show The Summit. Col. Brian Kile assumed command of the 168th Operations Group following his tenure as director of Operations of Joint Staff at Joint Force Headquarters, Alaska National Guard, assigned at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Kile enlisted the Air National Guard in 1990 as a loadmaster with the 210th Rescue Squadron. After serving several years in this position, he was selected for the Undergraduate Pilot Training Program, which marked his transition into the officer corps. Kile has served in numerous leadership positions, including 210th Rescue Squadron Assistant Director of Operations, 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center Deputy Director, 176th Operations Group HH-60G Standardization and Evaluation Pilot, 210th Rescue Squadron Director of Operations, 210th Rescue Squadron Commander, and 176th Operations Group Deputy Commander. Col. Richard Adams assumed command of the 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, from Col. Bryan White during a change of command ceremony Oct. 20. Adams assumed command of the wing after serving as the commander of the 168th Operations Group, a position he had held since May 2018. Adams was commissioned in 1991 as a distinguished graduate through the ROTC program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2004 he transferred from the active-duty Air Force to the Alaska Air National Guard. The Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation named University of Alaska Southeast education graduate Nancy Mills as their 2019 Student of the Year. From Chignik Lagoon, Nancy Mills was the first graduate from her school to earn a bachelor’s degree. Mills earned her master of education degree in special education from UAS in 2012. She is currently working toward a second master’s degree in educational leadership from UAS. She is the secondary and special education teacher at the Chignik Lagoon School. Trilogy Metals Inc. has signed an employment agreement with James “Jim” Gowans as CEO and president on an interim basis, effective Sept. 4. Gowans was president and CEO of Arizona Mining Inc. from 2016-18 when Arizona Mining was purchased by South32 Ltd. Previously he was a senior advisor to the chairman, co-president, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Barrick Gold Corp. from 2014-15. Gowans has extensive experience in Alaska. He completed the feasibility study for the Red Dog Mine, oversaw the design and construction of that mine and then operated Red Dog for three years after commissioning. The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association announced that Jared Kosin, JD, MBA, will become the organization’s new president and CEO. Kosin currently serves as the associate administrator of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. He has worked closely with ASHNHA for seven years. Prior to his current role, he served as the executive director of the Office of Rate Review at Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services. Other past experience includes policy and legislative leadership for the Colorado Speaker of the House, and Michigan Senate Majority Leader. Kosin will succeed Becky Hultberg, who announced in August she will depart ASHNHA in December to lead the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. Kosin holds a juris doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law, an MBA from the University of New Hampshire, and a bachelor’s in English with a minor in political science also from the University of New Hampshire.

Movers and Shakers for Oct. 27

Steven J. Patin has been named chief Human Resources officer for the University of Alaska effective Oct. 25. Patin, who succeeds Keli Hite-McGee, currently is vice president at Alaska Communications overseeing all aspects of the company’s customer service functions. Patin joined Alaska Communications in 2011 and in his many roles at the company, he has managed its lean enterprise transformation, led field operations across Alaska and the Lower 48, and served as the company’s senior director of business transformation. Prior to his time at Alaska Communications, Patin enjoyed a distinguished military career in the United States Army, and retired in 2011 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served at various locations worldwide and as part of multiple contingency deployments. Patin has also served as a member of the UA Anchorage School of Nursing Community Advisory Board. He also served as professor and head of the Department of Military Science at UAF and led the expansion of the Army ROTC program at UAA in 2009. Patin has served as Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army Alaska, as a Senior Advisor to the President of the Royal Military School, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Assistant Professor/Program Director in Leadership Studies, U.S. Military Academy, West Point. Kathy Moran is the new chief financial officer for Calista Corp. in Anchorage. She began her career in public accounting before overseeing financial operations for companies in a variety of industries including Alaskan Native corporations. Most recently she served as CFO at Goldbelt Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech. Calista’s former CFO Sharon Lechner will be refocusing on Calista’s vast real estate holdings as the president of Ena Holding LLC and special projects for the Calista. Northrim Bank announced the hiring of Jonathan Tibbs as vice president, commercial loan officer-Fairbanks, and the promotion of Jason Gentry to vice president, lending branch manager-Ketchikan. Tibbs joins Northrim with more than 14 years of experience in Alaska lending. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Brigham Young University. He is also vice chair on the Education and Workforce Development Committee for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and a board member for the United Way of Tanana Valley. Gentry has been with Northrim Bank for one year and has more than seven years of experience in the financial industry. He grew up in Utqiagvik and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Stacey Frutiger, EIT recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as an environmental specialist in the firm’s Environmental Group. Frutiger brings five years of environmental consulting experience to R&M, with a broad range of experience in air quality compliance and permitting, water quality monitoring, storm water conveyance design, and soil contamination for both government agencies and private industry. She has also prepared National Environmental Policy Act documents for federally-funded projects in Anchorage and around the state; conducted air dispersion modeling; and prepared permit applicability analyses for private clients in the resource development sector. Since joining R&M, Frutiger has supported environmental efforts for the Northeast Trail Connector project in Anchorage, Camp Carroll Environmental Assessment for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the GCI Fiber Optic Project at the Port of Alaska and Alaska Marine Lines. Frutiger has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced its 2019-20 board of directors on Oct. 10 at its annual convention in Juneau. The Executive Committee is: Board Chair Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures; Southwest Vice Chair Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours; Outside Past Chair Elizabeth Hall, John Hall’s Alaska Cruises &Tours; At Large Secretary/Membership Chair Holly Johnson, Wings of Alaska &Taku Glacier Lodge; Southeast Treasurer/Finance Chair Dave McGlothlin, Holland America Group; Outside Marketing Chair Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier &Wildlife Cruises; At Large Government Relations Co-Chair Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage; Southcentral Government Relations Co-Chair Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; Outside Tourism Policy and Planning Chair Josh Howes, Premier Alaska Tours; and Southcentral President and CEO Sarah Leonard, ATIA. The rest of the board of directors are: Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention &Visitors Bureau; Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Co.; Dan Rough, Holland America Line; Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks; Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours; John Binkley, Riverboat Discovery; Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures; Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge; Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau; Tennelle Peterson Wise, Grande Denali LLC; Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer. Board elected seats are Camille Ferguson, Sitka Tribe of Alaska; Carol Fraser, Aspen Hotels; Craig Jennison, TEMSCO Helicopters; and Dale Wade, Alaska Railroad Corp. The Alaska Communications board of directors has named William “Bill” H. Bishop president and CEO. Bishop has served as Alaska Communications’ interim CEO since June 2019. He joined the company in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles, including senior vice president of customer and revenue management and chief operations officer. Bishop will also serve on the company’s board of directors. Bishop joined Alaska Communications in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles in consumer and business sales and operations, including director of retail operations, director of business and wholesale, vice president of business and wholesale, senior vice president of customer and revenue management and chief operations officer. He brings more than 25 years of telecom and business leadership experience to this role, including positions at AT&T, McCaw Communications, and a federal government logistics contracting company. Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced three new executives. Michelle Bradshaw has been selected to fill the senior vice president of IM governance position. Bradshaw is an accomplished, senior-level leader with more than 20 years of experience in technology and project management. She previously held the position of vice president, IM applications. Laura Moore has been selected to fill the position of vice president, IM applications. Moore has more than 20 years of experience in technology transformation and automation prior to joining Alaska USA as the applications group manager. Victoria Worley has been selected to fill the position of vice president, operations. Worley joins Alaska USA with more than 15 years of Alaska financial institution experience and will oversee credit union operational functions.

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.

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