Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 3/01/15

Gerad Godfrey was appointed senior advisor on Rural Business and Intergovernmental Affairs. Godfrey currently serves as the director of Corporate Affairs for Afognak Native Corp. He also serves on FirstNet’s Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based organization with a congressional mandate to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. For the past 13 years, Godfrey has chaired Alaska’s Violent Crimes Compensation Board, having been appointed by Alaska’s last three governors. In this capacity he serves as a volunteer lobbyist on crime victims’ rights legislation in Juneau. He has also held seats on a number of boards and committees, including the Alaska Chamber board of directors, the Alaska Native Village CEO Association’s Legislative Committee, and the Alaska Federation of Natives Media & Election Committee. Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington welcomed Linda Warford as the new Wish Assist and Administrative Coordinator. In this position, she will work with wish kids from other Make-A-Wish chapters who wish to come to Alaska. Warford is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in human services, as well as an associate of art from Santa Barbara City College in California. Hannah Moderow’s position has shifted. Previously regional and communications coordinator, she has transitioned into the role of communications and marketing coordinator, regional markets (Alaska and Eastern Washington). Moderow has been working for Make-A-Wish Alaska since 2013. Alaska Permanent Capital Management announced accomplishments of Associate Financial Planner Kim Butler, CFP, and Investment Analyst William Cox, CMA. Butler has earned her designation as Certitifed Financial Planner practitioner. Butler will be the third staff member of the Wealth Management for Individuals division to earn the credential. She will specialize in retirement planning, financial organization after the loss of a loved one and reorganization after divorce with an emphasis on women’s finances. Cox, has earned the Certified Management Accountant designation from the Institute of Certified Management Accountants. Cox will assist the investment committee in the management of the funds of state and local governments, native corporations, foundations and endowments. Great Northern Engineering, a subsidiary of Old Harbor Native Corp., announced the hire of CEO Gawain Brumfield. Brumfield joins GNE after serving in a wide variety of roles including: pipeline construction manager for the ExxonMobil Development Co. Point Thompson project, and construction manager for the meter stations and production/injection multi-well pads on the Tengiz, Kazakhstan, Future Growth Project. He has both international and domestic experience with construction management, construction/field engineering, project engineering, design engineering, survey, construction supervision, general superintendent, QA/QC, client turnover, commissioning, refurbishment construction, pipeline integrity, geographical information systems, hydraulics, risk assessment, and project documentation for onshore and offshore oil and gas production facilities. PDC Inc. Engineers has recently expanded staff in their Fairbanks office. Staff joining the mechanical department includes Mark Frame, PE, and Jason Colquhoun, PE, LEED AP.  The electrical department adds Michael Smith, EIT, while the environmental department added Erica Betts. The structural department welcomes Natasha Kuchitskaya, EIT, and the admin department welcomes Malia Shoults. PDC Inc. Engineers also announced several promotions and new additions to its leadership group.  Robert Posma, PE, and Patrick Reinhard, PE, have advanced to become principals of the firm, the pinnacle within PDC’s leadership structure. Posma has 30 years with PDC, is a Principal Electrical Engineer, and works from the firm’s Anchorage office. He is also a registered fire protection engineer. Reinhard has 27 years with the firm and is the Principal Structural Engineer based out of PDC’s Fairbanks office. He has specialized experience in the areas of building structural evaluations, seismic design, and facility design. Additionally, Amy Mestas, PE, has advanced to the position of senior associate working with PDC’s Anchorage structural group. Mestas has 10 years of structural experience, all with PDC. In addition to being a registered structural engineer, she is also a civil engineer and a LEED Green Associate. New additions to the leadership team include Heather Estabrook, PE, and Lori Kropidlowski, CPSM, both working from the firm’s Anchorage office. Estabrook is a registered civil engineer with more than 14 years of experience. She is also a registered environmental engineer. Kropidlowski is the firm’s marketing director and has over 30 years of experience marketing professional A/E/C services in Alaska. She is one of four Certified Professional Service Marketers in the Alaska. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium added Mary Crann, RN, MSN, OCN, as the new clinic administrator at the Haines Health Center. She comes to SEARHC from the Calaway Young Cancer Center at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colo. Crann also spent a portion of her career working at prestigious institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Crann has experience as a clinical nurse manager in an ambulatory setting and was member of the leadership team responsible for all strategic planning for a rapidly expanding new cancer center. Along with a master’s degree in nursing and an oncology specialty certification, she also has experience in patient centered physician practice, nursing systems, risk management, patient and staff education, and quality improvement processes with more than seven years of progressive leadership experience. She began her employment with SEARHC in late 2014.

Movers & Shakers 2/22/15

Michelle Pearson, a senior GIS analyst with AECOM, was appointed director of the Alaska Miners Association Anchorage Branch. AMA is composed of more than 1,800 members that come from seven statewide branches: Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan/Prince of Wales, and Nome. In her role as Anchorage Director for AMA, Pearson will guide administrative and policy decisions for the AMA statewide staff and help further the mission of public outreach about Alaska’s mining industry. She is on the convention planning committee where she has been involved in coordinating technical training courses since 2004.  She will serve as Director for a two-year term, upon which she is eligible for reelection. Amara Sanguni of Juneau was named one of Alaska’s top two youth volunteers of 2015 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Sanguni was nominated by Girl Scouts of Alaska in Anchorage. A seventh-grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School, Sanguni works on a variety of events each year to raise money for the Helping Hands food pantry in Juneau. Fundraisers include a Halloween carnival, assisting with food sales at Juneau’s Gold Rush Days and Fourth of July celebration, wrapping Christmas gifts, and selling tickets for an annual dinner and auction. Over the past year she has helped generate nearly $24,000, enabling Helping Hands to distribute nearly 100,000 pounds of food to people in need. As a state honoree, Amara will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join the top honorees from each state and the District of Columbia for four days of national recognition events. The National Association of Athletic Development Directors named Tlisa Northcutt of University of Alaska as Fundraiser of the Year. Northcutt is UAA’s associate athletic director for development, and she led the fundraising campaign for the university’s new Alaska Airlines Center. She has worked at UAA for 15 years in various capacities including donor relations, special event coordination and university advancement. She is a founding member of Alaska Women’s Giving Circle, and serves on the Alaska Children’s Trust board of directors. She is a 1995 graduate of UAA with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communication. Northcutt will be honored June 16 at a national convention in Orlando, Fla. Sam Albanese has been selected as the new meteorologist-in-charge of the National Weather Service forecast office in Anchorage. Albanese replaces retiree Bob Hopkins. Before accepting the meteorologist-in-charge position, Albanese served for 12 years as the forecast office’s warning coordination meteorologist. He began his 28-year career with the National Weather Service in Alaska as an intern at the weather service office in Yakutat in November 1986, where he spent a year before transferring to the weather service office in Valdez. In 1990, he joined the forecast office in Anchorage as a developmental forecaster and in 2013 served as acting chief of the Environmental and Scientific Services Division of the National Weather Service Alaska Region. Albanese earned a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from the State University of New York at Oneonta in May 1986. Matthew Daggett has been appointed president of NANA Management Services. NMS is jointly owned by NANA Development Corp. and Sodexo USA, and provides a range of outsourcing services to public and private clients in the petroleum, health care, education and telecommunications industries. Daggett joins NMS after serving as senior vice president of Operations with Afognak Native Corp. since 2009. Prior to joining Afognak, Daggett served in key management roles for Chugach Alaska Corp. where he gained significant experience with customer service and operational performance. Daggett also worked for two global companies, Bechtel Corporation and Raytheon, where he supported client projects for the U.S. Department of Energy and AT&T. RIM Architects has opened a new office in Palmer in addition to its existing office in Anchorage, established in 1986. The new office enables the firm to become part of the growing Mat-Su community, engage with local leaders, contribute to local economy, and provide local design services with boots-on-the-ground staff. James Dougherty, the managing principal for the Anchorage office, will also be managing principal for the Palmer office. Two of the other RIM Anchorage principals are also taking turns working out of the Palmer office.

Movers & Shakers 2/15/15

The Alaska SeaLife Center is proud to announced the 2015 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources. Al Burch will receive the prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award. The late Gov. Walter J. Hickel and his wife Ermalee endowed this award for 10 years to recognize an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the management of Alaska’s coastal and ocean resources over a period of 20 years or more. Starting as a shrimp dragger in Seward, Burch has fished Alaskan waters for more than 55 years and serves on numerous national and international fishing boards. Since 2002, he has represented the Kodiak Island Borough on the board of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council. He is a founding member of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and served 30 years on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel. He recently retired as the Executive Director of the Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association, a non-profit group representing approximately 40 bottom-fish vessels out of Kodiak. He was inducted into the United Fishermen of Alaska’s Seafood Hall of Fame in 2009. Ahtna Inc. announced Timothy F. Gould, PE, as the new vice president of subsidiary companies Ahtna Environmental Inc. and Ahtna Engineering Services LLC. He will be based out of the Anchorage office. Gould brings to Ahtna a wealth of skills, industry knowledge, and extensive work experience, including multiple roles directing, managing, and overseeing facilities, energy, environmental and transportation projects for federal, state, and local governments. Gould also holds Alaska licenses in civil and environmental engineering. Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Senior Business Analyst Rod Nibbe and Senior Programmer/Analyst Jessica Austin to its Anchorage branch. Nibbe has a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University, a master’s degree in geophysics and a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin. His most recent expertise is in systems biology, although he has legacy experience as a geophysical analyst and software developer. Austin has more than five years of software development experience with skills in Java, JavaScript, Python, C++, shell scripting, XML, SQL, Android SDK, and iOS. She has an master’s degree in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University and has her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Christine Dahl, partner at Otter Creek Partners, a registered investment advisor located in Ketchikan, has been authorized as of Dec. 31, 2014 by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the Certified Financial Planner and CFP designation marks. Dahl is one of only 70 Certified Financial Planners who have been awarded this prestigious designation in Alaska and one of only two located in Ketchikan, both at Otter Creek Partners. In recognition for consistently superior customer service, Tanana Chiefs Conference honored University of Alaska Fairbanks Allied Health student, April Maynard with their “Health Services Above and Beyond Award.” Maynard is the medical assistant for TCC’s Upper Tanana Health Center. Maynard is taking distance education classes under a Department of Labor Grant to complete her certificate and associate’s of applied science degree from the UAF Community & Technical College’s Allied Health Medical Assistant program. Steven Hatter and Mike Neussl have been appointed deputy commissioners of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Hatter previously acted as DOT deputy commissioner of Aviation from 2011 to 2014. He most recently worked for RLG International Consulting with ConocoPhillips and CH2M HILL. Hatter served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, retiring from the active duty rank of Colonel. He holds a master’s in international relations, a master’s in national security policy and a master’s in project management. Neussl previously served two years at DOT as deputy commissioner for Marine Operations between 2011 and 2012. A former U.S. Coast Guard Captain, Neussl retired in 2010 after 30 years of service, and amassed over 5,100 helicopter flight hours. Neussl was a 1998 NASA Space Shuttle Mission Specialist finalist. He holds a master’s in engineering with an aeronautical focus. Bob Manwaring has been hired as the new CEO for the Alaska Association of Realtors, effective Jan. 15. Manwaring has served the Alaska real estate community for the last 18 years, first as customer relations liaison with Alaska Multiple Listing Service Inc. and most recently as a business development officer with Stewart Title of Alaska. Terry Snyder of Palmer is Alaska’s new volunteer state president for AARP. Snyder had 20-year career in tourism as a travel consultant, human resources director, vice president of operations and as a sub-contractor with her own thriving travel constituency of a large businesses and personal travel clientele. During her long career in the travel and hospitality industry she was able to build a strong network of colleagues, business customers and friends. From 2000–04, she co-owned and operated Big Lake Lodge. Solstice Advertising added Copywriter Elyse Delaney to its team. Delaney joins Solstice with a broad range of disciplines including social media, blogging and account management, garnered from her previous work at a local agency. Delaney’s advertising experience began on the University of Idaho’s selective advertising team, winning campaigns for Glidden Paint through Walmart, as well as an interactive and strategic campaign for Mary Kay where she served as co-captain and account executive. Delaney also served as vice president for her university’s advertising club and holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising. Anna Johnson of Seward Windsong Lodge has been recognized as the Guest Services Manager of the Year. Johnson was recognized at the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association at the annual Stars of the Industry Event Jan. 24.  This award is open to any Alaska hospitality employees and is voted on by peers in the industry.  David Hobbie is the new chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District Regulatory Division. In this position, Hobbie provides oversight of the Corps’ second-largest regulatory division in the nation with responsibility for all permitting activities in Alaska. He has extensive experience with the Corps and has been employed at six different districts as a park ranger, project manager and within emergency management operations. Hobbie is based at the Alaska District’s headquarters located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage. Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has added Elizabeth Moore as employment and training manager and Grace Singh as special assistant to the president. Moore returned to Alaska after spending the past two years managing the funds for a non-profit charter school in Caldwell, Idaho. Moore is Yupik and was born in Dillingham and raised in the Bering Sea village of Quinhagak. Singh holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in journalism from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Singh was born and raised in Fairbanks and is a Steven’s Village tribal member. Margaret MacKinnon has been named acting director of Assessment and Accountability.  MacKinnon has served the department for more than 30 years, including 25 years as a teacher in the former Alyeska Central School. She is a certified teacher and administrator in Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in math education from the University of South Carolina, a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University in New Jersey, and an education leadership certificate from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

2015 Top Forty Under 40 announced

The Alaska Journal of Commerce is proud to announce the 2015 class of the Top Forty Under 40. A committee of Journal management selected the 2015 class from nearly 160 individuals and more than 230 total nominations. “In my third year involved in the Top 40 selection this is easily the most individuals and total nominations we have had to choose from,” said Managing Editor Andrew Jensen. “This year had 40 more individuals — an entire class in and of itself — than were nominated in 2014. The decisions were in some cases very difficult and even though it makes our jobs harder we encourage everyone to continue to nominate the best and brightest of Alaska. It is heartening to know how many fine young professionals are working to make this state great.” In addition to Anchorage, winners hail from Kodiak, Barrow, Bethel, Fairbanks, Southeast and the Mat-Su Valley. The 2015 Top Forty Under 40 class will be honored April 3 at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the event will run from noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $50 and are available by contacting Michelle Ditmore at (907) 275-2178 or [email protected] Event sponsorship opportunities are also available by contacting [email protected] 2015 Top Forty Under 40 winners: Joe Bell, 34, CEO, Keller Williams Realty, Alaska Group, Anchorage Logan Birch, 35, Director of Treasury, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Anchorage Luke Blomfeld, 31, Principal/Senior Project Manager, Davis Constructors, Anchorage Jay Blury, 36, VP, Marketing & Communications Director, Northrim Bank, Anchorage Pearl Kiyawn Nageak Brower, 34, President, Ilisagvik College, Barrow Charity Carmody, 39, President, Beacon Hill/State Farm, Anchorage Deantha Crockett, 33, Executive Director, Alaska Miners Association, Anchorage Joey Crum, 36, President, Northern Industrial Training, Wasilla Dr. Nicole Cundiff, Director Northern Leadership Center, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management, Fairbanks Jason Davis, 36, President, Turnagain Marine Construction, Anchorage Heidi Embley, 37, Executive Director of Communications, Anchorage School District, Anchorage June Gardner, 33, Operations Systems Manager, Alaska USA FCU, Anchorage Darrell Garrison, 36, Superintendent, Bethel Youth Facility, Bethel Clare Gauster, 31, Principal, Ravenwood Elementary School, Eagle River Krista Jean Gonder, 34, Owner, Alaska Tags & Titles, Wasilla Jennifer Haney, 26, President, Peak 3 Technical Services Magen James, 29, Programs/Events Director, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Katherine Jernstrom, 30, Anchorage, and Brit Szymoniak, 28, Sitka, owners/co-founders, The Boardroom Dr. Katherine Johnson, 38, Ophthalmologist/Owner, Mountain View Medical Center, Fairbanks D.K. Johnston, 31, Filmmaker, Tri-Seven Pictures, Anchorage Kirsten Kinegak-Friday, 32, Associate General Counsel, Calista Corp., Anchorage Nolan Klouda, 30, Executive Director, University of Alaska Center for Economic Development, Anchorage Charlie Kozak, 39, EVP/CFO, Arctic Slope Regional Corp., Anchorage Zoi D. Maroudas-Tziolas, 35, President, Bambino’s Baby Food, Anchorage Capt. Andrew Merrill, 39, Acting Captain of VPSO Program, Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage Amanda Moser, 32, Deputy Clerk, Municipality of Anchorage Glenna L. Muncy, 39, Parking Services Director, University of Alaska Anchorage Ric Nelson, 31, Chair, Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education Natasha Pineda, 36, Program Officer, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Anchorage Gordon Pullar Jr., 29, Business Associate, Koniag Inc., Anchorage Tracy Runyan-Traylor, 38, Associate Nurse Executive, Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage Ginessa Sams, 28, Deputy Behavioral Health Director, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Kisha Smaw, 35, Owner/CEO, Hearts and Hands of Care Inc. Lea Souliotis, 37, Global Well Supply Chain Manager, BP Alaska, Anchorage Lindsey Spinelli, 31, Account Executive, Porcaro Communications, Anchorage Brandon Spoerhase, 32, Commercial Broker, Jack White Commercial, Anchorage Dr. Anna Stevens, 39, Clinical Psychologist, Kodiak Area Native Association, Kodiak Alexa Tonkovich, 33, International Program Director, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Juneau Steve Wackowski, 33, Operations Manager, Tulugaq II, Anchorage Wally Ward, 30, Senior Facility Development Engineer, ConocoPhillips, Anchorage

Movers & Shakers 2/08/15

Gov. Bill Walker submitted the names of four Alaskans to be appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents: Andy Teuber of Kodiak, Sheri Buretta of Anchorage, John Davies of Fairbanks and Lisa Parker of Soldotna. The appointees will replace four current regents whose terms expired Feb. Teuber has served as the chairman and president of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium for seven years. He holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. Buretta of Anchorage is the chairman of the Chugach Alaska Corp. board of directors. She holds an associate’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska and an associate’s degree in business from Gulf Coast Community College in Florida. Davies. a former member of the Alaska House of Representatives, has a long career in public service, including 10 years in the Alaska Legislature and seven years on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly. For the past 12 years he has worked as a Researcher at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks, where he carries out research on public policy related to energy efficient building techniques for cold climates. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Reed College, and Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Parker is currently the external affairs and government relations manager for Apache Corp. Parker, a lifelong Alaskan, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from The American University in Washington, D.C. The North Star Group announced that Heather Arnett is now the principal advisor for Advocacy, based in Anchorage. Arnett became an NSG associate in January 2014. She served as the CEO of the Association of Alaska Housing Authorities, which advocates nationally and within Alaska, and also was executive director of YWCA Anchorage. Arnett has worked extensively with elected officials and their staff members in Washington, D.C., and Juneau, advocating for job creation, affordable housing, employment training and social improvement programs. She earned a master of public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Larry Phyfe is the new chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District Environmental and Special Projects Branch. In this position, is responsible for the oversight of all project management planning and execution for environmental, humanitarian assistance, international and interagency support programs in Alaska and the Asia-Pacific region. He is a registered project management professional, contracting officers’ representative and holds an advanced facility engineering certification from the Defense Acquisition University.

Movers & Shakers 02/01/15

The Wilson Agency President and CEO Lon Wilson has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau of Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington. BBB is a non-profit dedicated to advancing marketplace trust by ensuring high ethical standards for businesses. In addition to the BBB, Wilson is chairman of the board for the UBA Board of Directors representing the West region, a board member for the Providence Health and Services Community Ministry Board, a member of the Anchorage Downtown Rotary former Chairman of the Anchorage Economic Development Council. His appointment to the BBB board of directors will last for three years. Anchorage based Northern Aviation Services recently appointed Dave Squier to chief operating officer of the company. Squier previously held the position of vice president of Cargo Services of Anchorage based subsidiary Northern Air Cargo. In his new capacity Squier will have oversight of cargo and ground operations at both NAC and Honolulu-based subsidiary, Aloha Air Cargo. Northern Air Cargo also recently hired Sami Glascott for the position of chief operating officer. Glascott previously served as director of sales for NAC and formerly president and CEO of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and regulatory affairs manager at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. Glascott holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Foraker Certificate in non-profit management and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Colorado College. Bryan Powell has been promoted to middle market relationship manager and vice president with KeyBank in Alaska. Powell has been with KeyBank for 13 years, and has more than 25 years of banking industry experience. During that time, Powell has held positions in retail, operations and commercial banking. At KeyBank, he has been a branch manager and middle market credit underwriter. He attended the University of Alaska Anchorage and Strayer University, majoring in finance. Michael McCambridge and Olivia Dehner have joined the aeSolutions process safety engineering team in Anchorage. McCambridge joins aeSolutions as a safety instrumented systems specialist, and will be working on designing and optimizing safety instrumented systems critical to the process safety lifecycle. McCambridge graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, has held several internships for local companies, and brings a year of experience as an automation specialist. Dehner joins the company as a process risk management specialist, and will be assisting with the completion of process hazard analysis studies for clients throughout the state. She recently graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and her previous experience includes internships within the process industry. Marc Luiken has been appointed as commissioner of Department of Transportation. Luiken served as Department of Transportation commissioner from December 2010 to October 2012. Prior to that, he served as the department’s deputy commissioner of aviation from June to December 2010. Luiken currently works as a leadership and performance coach with RLG International, a Vancouver, British Columbia-based company. He has worked with ConocoPhillips on oil production in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. Luiken is a retired Air U.S. Air Force colonel, who served as vice commander at Elmendorf Air Force Base from October 2008 to May 2010. Luiken’s military career took him to bases in Hawaii, Florida and Japan. Gregory Stuckey has been hired as the new U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Community Programs Director effective Dec. 29. Stationed in the Palmer State Office, Stuckey will provide leadership and oversight to the Community Facilities grant and loan programs for Alaska. Stuckey has extensive experience working with both the rural communities and the federally recognized Tribes in Alaska. He lived and raised his three children for five years in Haines where he had the pleasure of serving as the Tribal Administrator for Chilkoot Indian Association. He then moved his family to Palmer and worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the next five years as the Administrator Advisor for the Office of Native American Programs. Stuckey attended the University of Texas where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and attended Walden University and earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He is also a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute. Karlin Itchoak has been named new chief administrative and legal officer for Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp. Karlin’s background includes positions such as the judicial law clerk for the Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court and the deputy magistrate for the Alaska Court System. In addition, he served as a Tribal law specialist for Kawerak Inc., and as a government specialist for the Department of Commerce. Most recently, Karlin was the Alaska Arctic Rural & Indigenous Program Director for the Institute of the North. Karlin attended Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Washington. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate in 2003.

Movers & Shakers 01/25/15

Seven Alaska nonprofit leaders have been selected for the 2015 Rasmuson Foundation. The recipients come from five communities across the state and include professionals in arts, and health and social services. They are: Guy Adams, Northwest Inupiat Housing Authority, Kotzebue; Marie Carroll, Arctic Slope Native Association, Barrow; Nancy Harbour, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, Anchorage; Marcia Howell, Alaska Injury Prevention Center, Anchorage; Laurie Kari, Mat-Su Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network dba Family Promise Mat-Su, Wasilla; Rebecca Shields, Kodiak Women’s Resource and Crisis Center, Kodiak; Pauline Smith, Alaska Literacy Program, Anchorage. Sarah Dybdahl will join Huna Heritage Foundation as the executive director on Feb. 9. Huna Heritage Foundation, the non-profit arm of Huna Totem Corp., exists to perpetuate Huna Tlingit culture and promote education for present and future generations of Huna Tlingit shareholders and descendants. Dybdahl has worked at Sealaska Corp. and Sealaska Heritage Institute since 2000, most recently as the administrative director of Sealaska Heritage Institute. She brings a wealth of experience managing grants, cultural projects and events; facilitating federal and state-funded projects; and establishing long-term organizational plans. She’s been on Klawock Heenya Corp.’s board of directors since 2010. Dybdahl grew up in Klawock, and is from the Taakw.aaneidi clan. New hires Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office include Ephraim Froehlich, Garrett Boyle, Phillip Dodd, and U.S. Air Force Major Taona Enriquez. They fill vacancies created by recent departures among her staff. The senator also announced that she is promoting her Legislative Director Kate Williams to become her deputy chief of staff. Froehlich returns to Murkowski’s office as a legislative assistant. A recent graduate of the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law, Ephraim previously worked in Murkowski’s office as a staff assistant and legislative correspondent. Boyle joins Senator Murkowski’s office as a legislative assistant. Boyle attended Seattle University as an undergrad and recently graduated from Tulane University School of Law before opening a small law practice in Texas. Garrett was raised in several location across Alaska, including Ouzinkie, Unalakleet, and Seward. Dodd will serve as a legislative correspondent, and interact with Alaskans inquiring about various legislation under consideration by the U.S. Senate. Dodd received his bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Vanderbilt University, and is from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Enriquez joins the Murkowski team as a Military Fellow after a serving as Aide-de-Camp to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. In addition to having family who previously lived in Juneau, the New Mexico-raised Enriquez also served in Bagram, Afghanistan with the 56th Combat Search and Rescue Unit and the Guardian Angels from the 212th Rescue Squadron of the Alaska National Guard. Elizabeth “Liz” Pifke Hodes has been promoted from associate to partner at the Davis Wright Tremaine LLP office in Anchorage. Hodes is an experienced litigator who focuses largely on labor and employment matters. She counsels employers on how to prevent workplace disputes and comply with laws governing hiring and terminations, leaves of absence, payment of wages and overtime, personnel policies, and a wide array of other employment issues. Mackenzie Kalmbach, contracts administrator with Bristol Bay Resource Solutions LLC, is now a Certified Federal Contracts Manager, obtained through the National Contract Management Association. Kalmbach passed a rigorous exam to earn the certification, which shows that she has a high level of training, experience and knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. The exam covers contract management competencies in the areas of pre-award, acquisition planning and strategy, post-award, specialized areas and business. Jeff Prater has been hired by SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital as hospital administrator. He began work at the consortium on Jan. 13. Prater fills a position held by Interim Administrator Noel Rea, who has been an integral part in the management of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital over the past 18 months. Prater has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, with extensive experience in hospital settings. He comes to SEARHC from Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow where he served as hospital administrator. Greg Cashen and Joe Thomas have been appointed deputy commissioners of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Cashen, a lifelong Alaskan, most recently served as administrative services director for the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. Before joining AGDC, Cashen spent nearly eight years with the Department of Labor, including serving as assistant commissioner under Commissioner Click Bishop. Cashen also served as executive director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board, the 26-member board that provides policy oversight of state and federally funded job training and vocational education programs. Cashen graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University. Thomas, born and raised in Fairbanks, served as a member of the Alaska Senate from 2007 to 2013. In that capacity, he served as co-chair of the Education Committee, served on the Finance Committee and served as chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Labor and Workforce Development. He also served as chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee and vice-chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee. Thomas began his career working as a general laborer out of Laborers’ Local 942 in Fairbanks, where he later served as a business agent and as business manager/secretary-treasurer for 23 years. He was a longtime trustee on the Alaska Laborers’ Health and Security Fund. Laura O’Neill, vice president of finance for RIM Architects, was recently named senior vice president/chief financial officer for the firm. O’Neill joined RIM in 2007 as accounting manager and head of administration for RIM’s Anchorage location, transitioning to controller for all four RIM locations and corporate operations prior to accepting the CFO position.

Movers & Shakers 1/18/15

Julie M. Morman has been named the new senior vice president and chief operating officer for Doyon Ltd., the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska. Morman was previously the general manager for 3M’s United States Atlantic and Pacific Branches serving Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Since 1995, Morman worked in various engineering and management capacities for 3M. Morman holds a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in chemical engineering and a master’s of business administration from the University of Minnesota. She is the founder of Smart Girls Rock!, serves on several boards including Society of Women Engineers, Dimond Engineering Academy, Montana State University College of Engineering Advisory board, and volunteers her time with Junior Achievement. The Alaska Center for Ear, Nose and Throat, a group medical practice in Anchorage, announced the additions of Staci Johnson and Jennifer Lemert as advanced nurse practitioners, and Loduska Schook and Elise Blomfield as new registered nurses at Faces, ACENT’s medical spa and laser center. Johnson earned a master’s degree in nursing from Allen College in 2008. After working in an ICU, cardiac catheterization lab and labor/delivery, she spent two years as a traveling registered nurse. Over the past five years Johnson has practiced at the Anchorage Women’s Clinic, and has been an instructor to nurse practitioner students at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Ball State. Lemert graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing at Baltimore in 1991. She spent five years working in surgical oncology at the National Institutes of Health, and in emergency departments as temporary nursing staff. After graduating from Georgetown University with a Master of Science as a family nurse practitioner, she has since worked in orthopedic, urgent care, emergency department and otorhinolaryngology/facial plastic specialty areas. Schook earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Georgia Southern University in 2003. She began her career in emergency medicine, later transitioning to critical care as a flight nurse after moving to Alaska in 2009. She became a certified emergency nurse in 2012 and is currently an advanced cardiovascular life support, pediatric life support and basic life support instructor. Blomfield comes to ACENT with a diverse background, having experience in real estate and hospitality in addition to nursing.Born and raised in Anchorage, she graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing with a bachelor’s in nursing and minor in psychology. Blomfield has also studied Botox and filler techniques at the National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, Ariz. The NAACP Anchorage installed new officers Jan. 10. Officers installed were: Wanda V. Laws, President; Kevin McGee, 1st Vice President, Michael Bronson, 2nd Vice President, Dexter Antoine, Treasurer; Darrell Hess, Assistant Treasurer; Andrea Antoine, Secretary, and Ashleigh Gaines, Assistant Secretary. Members-at-large are: Joseph Guidry, John Youmans, Virginia Lee-Anderson, Celeste Hodge, Cal Williams, Donna Brooks, Hattie Gardner, Simon Brown, Rev. William Greene, Rev. Jesse Mitchell, Rev. Darryl Huff, Alicia Stewart, James Jackson, Valarie Henderson-Smith, Edward Wesley and Tony Nakazawa. Karen Griffin joins The Alaska Community Foundation as chief financial officer. Griffin’s diverse professional background encompasses private industry accounting in the fields of petroleum, agriculture and law. In addition, Griffin has volunteered with multiple nonprofit organizations providing accounting and financial support, including time spent serving meals in shelters, providing school supplies, clothing, holiday meals and gifts to families in need. Keith Torrance has joined UIC UMIAQ as an associate environmental geologist within the newly-formed Environmental Division. Torrance is a Certified Professional Geologist, a Chartered Geologist, a European Geologist, and an Environmental Professional for environmental site assessment. He has a diverse background that includes work on mining and remediation projects throughout Alaska, North America and Europe over a career spanning 25 years. A native of Scotland, Torrance has worked in the United States since 1989 and has been an Alaska resident since 2010. He has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Glasgow, a master’s degree in environmental engineering and was awarded a Ph.D. in 2012 for research on the mobility of arsenic and other toxic metals in surface water impacted by mine sites in Alaska. He is also a part-time Adjunct Professor within the geology department at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where he teaches environmental geology UIC Design, Plan, Build announced Clayton Arterburn has been named UIC Construction’s general manager. UIC DPB is headquartered in Anchorage and is a subsidiary of Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. A life-long resident of Willow, Arterburn holds a bachelor of science in construction management from Central Washington University. Prior to being appointed general manager he has worked for UICC for nine years, most recently as a senior project manager. With more than 23 years of construction industry experience, he began in the field working his way through college as a laborer, operator and carpenter. His portfolio includes large-scale civil, residential, commercial, marine, and industrial projects. Jerry Evans has joined Explore Fairbanks as public relations manager. Jerry, who was born and raised in Fairbanks, is a 30-year veteran of Fairbanks broadcasting and media, and was recently inducted into The Alaska Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame. Prior to his first stint in radio, he spent four years as a military photographic specialist. Wells Fargo has named Justin Penny and Mark Sabata senior business relationship managers and Jennifer Hile senior treasury specialist for its Alaska Commercial Banking Group. Hile, who has worked for Wells Fargo Alaska for 11 years, began her career with a college internship in the company’s wealth management group. She has served as a personal banker, investment management associate, private banker, and business relationship manager. Hile holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is currently studying to earn the Certified Treasury Professional designation. Penny has been with Wells Fargo for six years. He joined the company as a teller in northern Michigan, and he has served Alaska customers as a mobile personal banker and business relationship manager in Sitka. Most recently, he served as a Global Banking associate based in Seattle. Penny holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Northern Michigan University. Sabata has 11 years of financial services experience, including eight years serving Wells Fargo customers in Alaska and Nebraska. He spent the last four years as a business relationship manager based at Wells Fargo’s Huffman location. He also has served as a store manager in Juneau and personal banker in Nebraska. Sabata earned a master’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University and bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Nebraska. Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young added Paula Conru to his Washington, D.C., office to serve as executive assistant and scheduler. Conru, a 20-year Alaska resident, comes to Young’s office with years of experience in public policy and community relations in both the public and private sectors. She most recently served as scheduler for former Gov. Sean Parnell’s 2014 reelection campaign. She has previously worked as the executive assistant for Parnell, in addition to serving in the Alaska State Legislature as a legislative aide focused on budget policy and constituent relations. She is a graduate of Georgetown University. Senator Dan Sullivan today announced additional staff hires for his U.S. Senate offices in Alaska and Washington, D.C. Kathlene Rowell will serve as State Director, Mike Fleagle as Alaska Deputy Chief of Staff, and Paul “Otto” Feather as Senior Advisor for Military and Veterans’ Affairs and Mat-Su Regional Director. Washington, D.C., hires include Peter Henry as Legislative Director, Robyn Engibous as Deputy Chief of Staff, Ryan Ringel as Director of Administration and Technology and Liz Banicki as Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Rowell, of Palmer, previously served as special assistant to Sullivan on his campaign as well as at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Fleagle, of Anchorage, joins Sullivan’s office from the Municipality of Anchorage, were he served as superintendent. Feather, of Meadow Lakes, is a 31-year veteran, and most recently worked as road manager and veterans outreach coordinator on Sullivan’s campaign. Engibous, of Anchorage, previously served as finance director on Sullivan’s campaign. Henry, of Washington, D.C., most recently served as a professional staff member on the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works focusing on surface transportation issues. Ringel of Alexandria, Va,. joins Sullivan from Sen. Mike Crapo’s (R-Idaho) office. Banicki of Eagle River, most recently served as statewide field director on Sullivan’s campaign. She returns to Capitol Hill after having previously worked in the office of Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young. Banicki is a graduate of the University of Portland, and is a two-time Fulbright Scholarship grantee to Germany and Austria.

Movers & Shakers 01/11/15

ASRC Energy Services Inc. announced Scott Selzer as senior vice president, chief operating officer effective Dec. 19, 2014. Selzer began his career with AES in 2006 as a chemical technician and inventory specialist delivering chemicals and maintaining inventory on the North Slope. He was promoted to business unit manager–AES BP Alaska in 2009, business unit manager–AES CPAI Alaska in 2011 and became general manager of operations and maintenance of AES in 2012. Selzer has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including operations and maintenance of oil rigs in Southwest Kansas where he began his career. His experiences led him to design, construct, and operate his own petroleum distribution business in Kansas which grew to encompass a multi-state distribution network. His previous positions include director of manufacturing and engineering at Blue Rhino/Ferrell Gas, operations manager for CIC on the North Slope, and operations manager for Carlile Transportation Systems. He attended Hesston College in Kansas with an emphasis on aviation. NANA Regional Corp. Inc., announced the appointment of Jens Beck as the company’s new chief financial officer effective Dec. 4, 2014. Beck will also serve as CFO of NANA’s wholly-owned subsidiary, NANA Development Corp. Prior to his new position, Beck served as CFO and senior vice president at Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Energy Services. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of financial leadership positions including senior auditor of public accounting for KPMG where he obtained his CPA certification for Alaska. Beck holds a bachelor’s degree of economics from Phillips University of Marburg and a bachelor’s of business administration in accounting and finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Sheldon Fisher was appointed commissioner of the Department of Administration and Mike Hanley was re-appointed as commissioner of the Department of Education Fisher recently worked as chief operating officer at McKinley Capital Management LLC in Anchorage. Prior to McKinley, Fisher spent 15 years in the telecommunications industry both in the Lower 48 and in Alaska. Fisher worked for six years at Alaska Communications, where he served as senior vice president of sales and product marketing. Fisher earned an economics degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Yale University. Hanley holds two degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage: a master’s in educational leadership and a bachelor’s in K-8 education. Hanley has served as commissioner of the Department of Education since 2011. Prior to serving the state, Hanley worked for the Anchorage School District for 14 years as a teacher and six years as a principal. R&M Consultants Inc. announced the retirement of Frank Rast and John Magee, effective Dec. 31, 2014. Rast joined R&M in 1989 as a project engineer. Over the past 25 years, he worked on a variety of civil engineering projects, with a focus on site design, airports and utilities. Rast was involved in the employee purchase of R&M from its founding partner in 2002. He assumed management of the firm’s Engineering Department in 2005, and served as the firm’s principal civil engineer until his retirement. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1978, which led to a 35-year career in civil engineering, planning, design and construction administration. Magee joined R&M as a senior project engineer in 1993. Over the past 20 plus years, John worked on a variety of civil engineering projects with a focus on industrial projects such as hydroelectric facilities, dams, fuel tank farms and mining support facilities. Magee was a shareholder at R&M and served as the firm’s group manager of industrial engineering until his retirement. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1965, and obtained licensure in civil engineering in Alaska and Washington. Teressa Saaiman joins Northrim Bank in Juneau as the branch manager for the Juneau Financial Center. She moved to the U.S. in 2000 and started working for First National Bank of Alaska as a teller. She moved to Wells Fargo in 2005 and became the branch manager for all Juneau branches in 2011. Saaiman holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from South Africa. GeoNorth has appointed Jonathan Heinsius to the newly created position of director of sales, federal programs. Heinsius has more than 18 years of direct, hands-on experience in the geospatial and remote sensing industry. In 1996, Heinsius began his career in the remote sensing industry providing technical support and services to U.S. federal and international customers for Core Software Technology, a provider of geospatial catalog and archiving systems. His responsibilities at the time included the implementation, operation, and management of a network of remote sensing, data acquisition systems installed at more than 15 ground receiving stations worldwide. Heinsius eventually became sales manager to the U.S. intelligence community for TerraGo Technologies, a provider of desktop and server software designed to increase accessibility and distribution of complex, geospatial products and solutions to GIS and non-GIS users alike. In May 2010, Heinsius joined Intermap Technologies as director of sales, and was tasked with managing Intermap’s U.S. federal business, including its defense and intelligence clients. Heinsius received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. ABC of Alaska has announced its board of directors for 2015. Officers are: Chair Jon Boone with Northstar Electric, Treasurer James Easton with Watterson Construction, Immediate Past Chair Serena O’Donnell with Willodell Enterprises, and 2015 Incoming Chair Darrin Koloski with Samson Electric. Directors serving on the board include Ron Neffendorf with Alaska Air Balancing, Paul Kovach with Spenard Builder Supply, Dave Eckroth with Parker, Smith, & Feek, Russ Lowney with Osborne Construction, Randy Johnson with Polar Supply and Matt Klebs with Klebs Mechanical Inc. Hope Community Resources, Alaska’s leading non-profit, disability service agency, announced the promotion of Roy T. Scheller, Ph.D., to executive director. Scheller joined the team at Hope more than 36 years ago, bringing with him a background in Anthropology and work in the field of intellectual disabilities in both New York and Massachusetts. He played a key role in developing Hope’s corporate culture and service delivery standards. Scheller has held many positions with Hope, starting in direct support and eventually serving as Hope’s deputy executive director. He has been primarily involved in the internal management of the organization as well as overseeing the growth and development of the agency on a state, national and international level.

Movers & Shakers 12/28/14

Walker continues filling cabinet Gov. Bill Walker announced the names of two new appointments and one reappointment to his cabinet. Walker announced the appointment of Heidi Drygas as Department of Labor Commissioner, Darwin Peterson as legislative director and the retention of Larry Hartig as Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner. “I am thrilled to welcome these talented individuals to my team,” said Governor Walker. “Each provides a unique skillset and perspective that will serve them well in their positions.” Heidi Drygas, Walker’s pick for commissioner of Department of Labor, has a long history working on issues involving employment law and labor relations. Most recently, she spent nearly 10 years as the General Counsel for the Alaska District Council of Laborers. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Drygas received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her juris doctor from the Willamette University College of Law. “Heidi has a great deal of experience in labor relations, and I am certain that she will be a great asset to our administration,” Walker said. “With such high demand for good paying jobs across the state, it’s absolutely essential to have leaders like Heidi looking out for our workforce.” Heidi is also an active member of Alaska’s food writers’ community, with a local blog, Chena Girl Cooks. Darwin Peterson, Walker’s newly appointed legislative director, has worked in the Alaska Legislature nearly 20 years, most recently as the chief of staff for Sen. Bert Stedman. Peterson spent most of his legislative career working in the Senate Finance Committee, and served as the deputy legislative director for Gov. Frank Murkowski. “Darwin is well-respected throughout the Alaska Legislature, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge about our state government,” Walker said. “I am pleased to welcome him as our new Legislative Director and look forward to working with him in the years to come.” Hartig has served as commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation since 2007, and has also served as a trustee on the board of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. since 2009. Prior to joining the State of Alaska, Hartig spent more than 20 years as a private practice attorney, working primarily on environmental, natural resource, and commercial matters. “I am pleased Larry will continue to serve the state as Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner,” Walker said. “His commitment to public service, and longstanding knowledge of environmental and natural resource issues, make him a great asset to the people of Alaska.”   Law firm Pradell and Associates announced Katlyn Haas has joined the firm as a secretary/receptionist. Haas recently graduated from University of Victoria in Canada. She has previously worked for Haas & Spigelmyer in Homer. Rasmuson Foundation has elected a new member to its board of directors and hired two new staff. Kris Norosz of Petersburg was elected to a three-year term, beginning Jan. 1. Norosz is director of government affairs at Icicle Seafoods Inc., a position she has held since 1996. A resident of Petersburg since 1978, Norosz has worked in fisheries for more than 30 years. She was a fisheries biologist and technician for the state, fished commercially in Southeast and Bristol Bay for 10 years and was executive director of two fishing associations. Her community work includes service on the boards of the Alaska Community Foundation and the Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy. She also serves on Alaska Airlines Community Advisory Board and the Marine Conservation Alliance Board, and was appointed by the Alaska Legislature to the Alaska Arctic Policy Commission. Zulie Mason joined the staff as events coordinator. She has many years of experience in the Alaska nonprofit sector. After graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a public communications degree, Mason worked for Visit Anchorage, the membership-based marketing organization for the Municipality of Anchorage. She also owned a small business for six years.  Kelsey Potdevin is the new graduate fellow at the Foundation. Originally from Juneau, Kelsey recently returned to Alaska after completing her master’s in history at the University of Iowa. Potdevin has a bachelor’s in history from Colby College. Between college and graduate school, Potdevin coached swimming, was assistant sergeant-at-arms in the Alaska State Senate, taught English in Corsica and interned at the Alaska State Museum and the Sealaska Heritage Institute. Northrim BanCorp, the holding company for Northrim Bank, announced Joe Beedle will become president and CEO of the holding company, in addition to continuing to serve in these positions for the bank, effective Jan. 1. Marc Langland, one of Northrim’s founders, will remain chairman of the board of directors for the company and the bank. GeoNorth LLC announced Michael McCarthy as the company’s new general manager. McCarthy will largely be responsible for growing GeoNorth’s traditional business and marrying it with the company’s recently acquired remote sensing capabilities. McCarthy began his career as an international management consultant where he worked on behalf of many industry-leading technology companies. In 2003, he was hired by DigitalGlobe to help submit its eventual winning bid for the U.S. government’s Enhanced View Program which led to DigitalGlobe designing, building and launching three successful new satellites from 2005-present. Over his 10-year career at DigitalGlobe, McCarthy was instrumental in building the company’s commercial business. His contributions included constructing its long-term contractual relationship with Google; leading the company’s first-ever technology acquisition in 2006, and helping prepare for the company’s successful IPO in 2006. After 15 years of service to Coffman Engineers, Senior Mechanical Engineer Bill McElroy has announced his retirement. Throughout his career, McElroy has worked on hundreds of projects, from hangars to healthcare facilities, universities to airports, and everything in between. Some of his early work included designing mechanical systems for Expo 74’, the environmental-themed World’s Fair, providing him with the unique opportunity of working on major projects in downtown Spokane during an important time for the city. His extensive knowledge of mechanical engineering and understanding of working in a variety of different environments made him an invaluable member of the Coffman team and his commitment to the company was greatly appreciated by his coworkers and managers. The University of Alaska Southeast announced the appointment of Vickie Williams as the new dean of the School of Management. She replaces John Blanchard, who served as dean for three years and who has returned to a faculty role. The School of Management offers associate and bachelor’s degrees in business and accounting and also offers the online master’s degree in Public Administration online throughout the state. Williams is a highly-qualified UAS faculty member whose academic qualifications include MBA, CPA, and CGMA degrees and credentials plus extensive public- and private-sector experience in business and accounting. Williams’ service as a faculty member at UAS dates back to 1995. She is a tenured faculty member in accounting and previously served as chair of the UAS accounting program. Previously she served as treasurer of the City and Borough of Juneau and as an accountant with both Citicorp and Arthur Andersen of New York City. The Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc., or RurAL CAP, announced that Jacqueline Dailey of Juneau was re-elected president of the board of directors. Dailey, representing the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood, has extensive human resources experience.

Movers & Shakers 12/21/14

Johnson named publisher of MPG-Alaska Rona Johnson has been named publisher of Morris Publishing Group Alaska, encompassing the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Alaskan Equipment Trader and the Chugiak-Eagle River Star weekly newspaper. The appointment was announced by Les Simpson, regional publisher for Morris Publishing Group LLC, and publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News. “With Rona’s leadership and the great staff of the MPG Anchorage products, I’m excited about what the team will be able to accomplish,” Simpson said. Johnson will start work in the publisher’s post Jan. 5, 2015. “We are very pleased to have Rona on board with our MPG Anchorage properties,” said William S. Morris III, Chairman and CEO of Morris Communications Co. LLC. “Her background in business and community publications will be a great asset to our operations as we serve the community in many ways.” Johnson’s media career began at Agweek magazine where she held several positions including reporter and editor. She has held editorial positions at the Grand Forks Herald (N.D.), BBI International and most recently served as special publications manager for Forum Communications. “I look forward to working with Morris Publishing Group and the staff at MPG Alaska,” Johnson said. “I have been in journalism for nearly 25 years and my enthusiasm for the industry is just as strong today as it was when I started. It is especially exciting with the advent and growth of social media and digital publications.” Johnson has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota. She is active in her community, having served as a board member for Valley Health in Grand Forks, and has participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She regularly speaks about journalism at events, job fairs and classroom programs throughout the North Dakota region. Alaska Journal of Commerce 2014 Top Forty Under 40 awardees Travis Gilmour and Slavik Boyechko have recently launched “Video Dads,” a new production company focusing on inspirational video storytelling for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals. Gilmour and Boyechko previously worked at Alaska Public Media, where they produced the Emmy-nominated series “Indie Alaska.” When they’re not shooting videos for Alaska clients, the “Video Dads” are traveling around the country producing short documentaries for a new PBS web series, “Indie America.” Jens Laipenieks has been promoted to director of operations for ASTAC, the telecommunications provider in the North Slope Borough. Laipenieks joined the company in 2010 as sales/business development manager and was responsible for product development, strategic planning and business sales. In his new role, Laipenieks will be responsible for overseeing the efforts of engineering and operations to optimize the customer experience, support our increasing sales efforts and fulfill the company’s five-year broadband buildout plan filed with the Federal Communications Commission. Alaska USA Mortgage Company Assistant Vice President Kathy Petty has been recognized as Affiliate of the Year by the Anchorage Board of Realtors. The Anchorage Board of Realtors recognizes one affiliate member annually who has provided outstanding contributions to the board and the Anchorage real estate community. Sitka-based Alaskan Dream Cruises recently hired two new executives including Russell Dick as CEO. Dick was also recently named by former Gov. Sean Parnell to the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board, an advisory board that will make recommendations for the state’s tourism marketing strategies. The former president and CEO of Haa Aaní LLC, a subsidiary of Sealaska Corp., Dick serves as chairman of the board of directors for Huna Totem Corp. He holds a master’s of science in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business; a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University; and a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting from the University of Phoenix. He is a member of the Tlingit Kaagwaantaan clan. Additionally, Peter Butz joins the executive team as operations manager, bringing decades of small-ship cruise line experience to Alaskan Dream Cruises. After extensive travels as an expedition leader with Lindblad Travel and Special Expeditions, Butz spent 25 years serving as the vice president of fleet operations and chief operating office of Lindblad Expeditions. He managed the growth of Lindblad Expeditions’ fleet to six vessels deployed in global operations, including Antarctica, Galapagos, the Arctic and Alaska. RSA Engineering, Inc., an Alaskan mechanical and electrical consulting design firm specializing in cold climate design, announces a change in management. Mack W. Bergstedt, who served as president for the past seven years, has retired after 28 years at RSA. The company’s board of directors has elected Timothy E. Hall as the new President of RSA Engineering. Hall has more than 27 years of experience and will lead RSA to continued success and growth. Roger L. Weese has been promoted to vice president and a principal electrical engineer. Weese will support Hall in leading the electrical department at RSA. Mark R. Frischkorn will remain as vice president and will continue to lead the Mechanical Department. The Aleut Corp., one of the 12 Alaska Native Regional corporations, selected Matt Fagnani as its next CEO. Currently the executive director of Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, Fagnani assumed his role in mid-November. Fagnani joins Aleut Corp. as a recognized leader with more than 25 years experience in the resource, oil and gas, and government industries. He holds leadership positions on some of Alaska’s most critical boards, including the National 8(a) Association. Previous to The Aleut Corp., Fagnani obtained senior leadership executive roles with the NANA Corp. family of companies, NorthStar Gas LLC, Pebble Limited Partnership and WorkSafe. Northrim Bank promoted Mark Edwards to senior vice president, commercial loan unit manager and bank economist, and hired Amanda Jensen as assistant vice president, loan support services manager. Edwards has been with Northrim Bank for the past seven years. Prior to that, he was the director of the Office of Economic Development for the State of Alaska and economist for the Department of Revenue. A lifelong Alaskan, Edwards has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. He received Northrim Bank’s President’s award in 2010. Jensen joins Northrim Bank after spending 15 years in loan servicing at First National Bank of Alaska. She will lead the loan support services team as the previous manager, Sharon Wright, retires in early 2015. A lifelong Alaskan, Jensen grew up in Soldotna and moved to Anchorage after high school. The Public Relations Society of America Alaska Chapter has elected new leadership for 2015. The board, led by incoming President Heidi Embley, oversees the chapter’s professional development seminars, the annual CommEx conference and awards program for Alaska’s public relations practitioners and communicators. The Alaska Chapter’s 2015 leadership team is: President Heidi Embley, Anchorage School District; President-Elect Sandra Yi, Shell Alaska; Secretary Michelle Renfrew, APR, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Treasurer Angela Gonzalez, RurAL CAP; Past President Heather Cavanaugh, APR, Alaska Communications. Board members are: Hannah Blankenship, Alaska Communications; Amy Burnett, ConocoPhillips; Sarah Erkmann, Alaska Oil and Gas Association; Kristin Helvey, APR, Helvey Communications; Ginger Houghton, Providence Health and Services Alaska; Josh Niva, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.; Amy Slinker, Pfeffer Development and Alaska National Guard; Ethics Officer Michelle Egan, APR, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.; Assembly Delegates Meadow Bailey, APR, Alaska Department of Transportation and Nance Larsen, APR, Fellow PRSA, Carlile Transportation Systems. The Rotary International Board of Directors has awarded Alaskan Bill Hopper with a 2014-15 Service Above Self Award. It’s one of Rotary International’s highest honors, recognizing Rotarians who truly embody Rotary’s motto of “service above self.” Hopper has been an active member of Anchorage Downtown Rotary for 32 years and has perfect attendance. Hopper has served on numerous Rotary committees including as District Governor and President of his club. He is a major donor to The Rotary Foundation and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Hopper has helped make Rotary conferences happen, handled finances for the District, led Leadership Academies and supported the youth exchange program. He also has been a key leader in the development of Rotary in Eastern Russia and Siberia. As District Governor in 2009-10, Bill spent nearly three months visiting clubs in Russia, as well as visiting all the clubs in Alaska and Yukon, Canada. Rotary District 5010 received the “North Star Award for International Excellence” from Alaska’s Governor in 2009, in part to Bill’s work in Russia. Outside of Rotary, Hopper worked for Wilder Construction Company for 37 years, retiring in 2008. The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award announced that Dr. Katherine Gottlieb, president and CEO of Southcentral Foundation, is the recipient of 2015 Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award. Under her leadership, Southcentral started using Baldrige concepts and tools in 2004. Since that time, Gottlieb views it as her role to champion their use at every level, with improvements being made in a systematic, mission-driven way. SCF’s achievements were recognized in 2011 with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award, the only national quality award that carries the Presidential seal. When Gottlieb assumed her leadership role, SCF had 100 employees and three programs. Today, she leads 1,800 employees in a complex healthcare delivery system that supports more than 80 programs and serves a geographical area stretching over 100,000 square miles across Southcentral Alaska.

Movers & Shakers 12/14/14

Beth Rose joins The Alaska Community Foundation as vice president of philanthropy and external relations. Rose brings more than 25 years of development, non-profit management, and public relations skills to her job and is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She has previously served as UAA assistant vice chancellor for development; UAA senior development officer; executive director of Alaska Junior Theater; communications director for the Alaska Humanities Forum; and account manager for Northwest Strategies. Rose earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Santa Cruz, a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a masters of public administration from the University of Washington. Penny Gage joins The Alaska Community Foundation as program officer of initiatives. Gage was born and raised in the communities of Pelican and Sitka in southeast Alaska and is a Sealaska shareholder. Gage gained experience in the nonprofit sector through service as a community health volunteer in Nicaragua with the U.S. Peace Corps and as a grant maker at the Rasmuson Foundation. Through work and school she has visited villages and cities in Alaska from Kotzebue to Ketchikan. Her previous work experience with the Alaska State Legislature, a U.S congressional committee, and the private sector in the oil and gas industry gives her a broad, multi-sectorial perspective. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Spanish and communications from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master’s degree in foreign service with a certificate in international business from Georgetown University. Cheryl Evans joined CRW Engineering Group LLC as the director of communications. Evans is a long-time resident of Alaska and holds a bachelor of business management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Her broad background in executive administration and human resources management brings a wealth of experience in effective management of people and process, as demonstrated in various infrastructure-building organizations throughout Alaska over the last 15 years including the Alaska Railroad Corp., Shoreside Petroleum and Fairweather LLC. University of Alaska Fairbanks alumna and lifelong Alaskan Kate Ripley has been named the new UAF alumni relations director. She will also serve as the executive director of the UAF Alumni Association. Prior to accepting her new position at UAF, Ripley served as the public affairs director at UA statewide for the last decade. She came to the university system after nearly 15 years as a print and radio journalist and public relations consultant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in Northern Studies from UAF. Dave Pfeifer joins UIC as the president of UIC Design Plan Build Division. He is responsible for UIC’s group of design, engineering, environmental, municipal services and construction companies focused in Alaska and the Western United States. Pfiefer holds a master’s degree in construction and real estate from the University of Denver and a master’s in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota. In addition, he received his bachelor’s degree in real estate business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Pfiefer’s background includes positions with the National Bank of Alaska, the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, and the Providence Alaska Medical Center. Most recently, Dave was the president of Real Estate and Development, for Cook Inlet Regional Inc. Kathleen Zinn Dunkelberger has joined UIC as the president of Oil & Gas Support and Marine Services. Dunkelberger will oversee UIC’s group of oil and gas, and marine companies and departments in Alaska and the Western United States. Dunkelberger’s professional experience is rooted in the scientific, marine, and oil and gas industries. Her background includes positions with the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., ASRC Energy Services, Alaska and KZD Energy Associates. Mario Gamboa has joined UIC as the new director of marketing and communications. His responsibilities include developing and managing UIC’s community outreach and communications. Gamboa received his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Eastern New Mexico University. After he graduated from college he got his start with UIC in 1996. He also has worked for the Arctic Slope Regional Corp. for 12 years as a manager of shareholder communications, and served as the president and chairman of Tundra Tours Inc. from 2000 to 2004. Gamboa is also a small business owner of a mobile software publishing company, Greater Than Sound LLC. ACE Air Cargo has named Vicki Anderson as their director of sales, overseeing all aspects of marketing at the company. Anderson joined ACE in 2005. During her nine years with the company, she has served as a customer service representative, supervisor of customer service, and manager of customer service and passenger charters. She moved to Anchorage from Williston, N.D., in 1989. Mat-Su Health Foundation recently welcomed Richard Porter to its board of directors. Porter is the executive director of the Knik Tribe in Wasilla and has spent the last 20 years in the areas of environmental health and tribal work. He worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a senior Tribal coordinator, and Department of Defense as a program manager mitigating environmental impacts on lands due to the DOD. Porter also serves on the Alaska Forum on the Environment, Mat-Su Council on Aging, Alaska Native Brother Hood Camp 89, Yak-tat Kwaan and The Southcentral Foundation’s Valley Native Primary Care Center Joint Operating Board. He graduated from Yakutat High School 1992, earned several certificates in the area of environmental health, and attended the University of Arizona to study environmental sciences. Old Harbor Native Corp. announced that Joe Merrill has been promoted to serve as the company’s Vice President of Tourism. Old Harbor Native Corp. is the parent company of Denali Properties and operates the Grande Denali Lodge and the Denali Bluffs Hotel, which are located just outside the entrance to Denali National Park and Preserve. Merrill brings 40 years experience in the Alaska tourism industry to the position. His career began at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau in 1972. Since then, he has overseen and managed nine hotel properties in Sitka, Fairbanks, Tok and Anchorage.

Movers & Shakers 12/07/14

PND staff engineer earns fish disposal system patent PND Engineers, Inc. Staff Engineer and University of Alaska Anchorage graduate Alexandra West, EIT, has been awarded U.S. Patent 8,833,682 B2 for a water-powered fish carcass disposal system, an innovation inspired by growing up on the Kenai Peninsula among fishermen, salmon, and wildlife. West designed a system that floats in a body of water, grinds fish carcasses into pieces, and returns them to the water. The goal is to decrease human-bear interactions by more thoroughly disposing of fish remains that otherwise attract dangerous predators to populated river areas. The patent was awarded on Sept. 16, 2014. With this achievement, West also becomes the first student to earn a place on UAA’s Patent Wall of Fame, located in the UAA Administration Building, established by the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies Dr. Helena Wisniewski to celebrate innovation, invention and entrepreneurship. “I am very proud of Ms. West,” said Dr. Wisniewski. “She exemplifies the ideal student who applied her talent beyond her classroom studies. She observed a need and invented a device that will benefit fishermen and the environment, with the potential to contribute to the economy. I look forward to inducting her as the first student into the UAA Patent Wall of Fame.” West grew up on the Kenai Peninsula, the daughter of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge manager. “As I grew up, I became aware of some of the environmental issues U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other agencies were working on associated with fish waste disposal along the Russian River at Cooper Landing,” she said. In major fishing zones — such as the Russian River — fishermen often discard fish carcasses, either whole or in parts, along the banks or into the rivers. Even carcass parts discarded into the rivers can ultimately wind up on river banks after they are caught in eddy currents and slower currents. Carcasses have a potent smell and create an attractant for large predators, such as bears, which has led to numerous dangerous human-bear encounters. The Russian River Interagency Coordination Group (RRICG), comprised of state, federal and tribal entities, has long campaigned to alleviate the problem by encouraging anglers to utilize hand grinders stationed along the banks, removing riverside fillet tables, suggesting that fish remains be chopped into small pieces for disposal, or having the anglers pack their catch out in one piece. Over the years, these options have been deemed fairly unsuccessful. In 2011, in fulfillment of UAA’s Honors College curriculum, West was required to complete a senior undergraduate thesis related to her civil engineering major. “I looked into a sustainable and easy option for fish waste disposal that would keep the salmon’s important nutrients in the ecosystem,” West said. “This solution involved a device comprised of a floating paddlewheel and grinder system, powered by the current, and attached to the bank via cables and a slide leading from a fillet table down to a hopper enclosing the grinder.” Alternatively, the system can be operated using a generator to translate paddle wheel rotation into electricity to power a commercial grinder. “People could fillet their catch and toss the remainder of the fish down the slide to be ground up into tiny pieces and discharged back into the stream,” West said. West created sketches and a conceptual design of the device, and was approached by Dr. Wisniewski to pursue a patent. She filed her provisional application in June 2012, and filed for the patent in June 2013. UAA paid for the initiation process, attorney fees, and patent upkeep. “This grinder system could eventually benefit the fishing community and waterways in Alaska and other areas with abundant fisheries by removing unnecessary attractants to bears and keeping the important marine nutrients from our salmon in the ecosystem,” West said. West has continued her interest in water resources and fish habitat at PND working on hydrology and fish habitat projects throughout the state. She is currently completing her master’s thesis project at UAA focusing on improved hydraulic modeling of fish passage culverts. The full-service law firm Garvey Schubert Barer has added attorney Peter A. Sandberg to its Anchorage office. Sandberg’s primary areas of practice are in real estate class actions, commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation and professional liability litigation. Sandberg is originally from Alaska where he was born and raised, and returned after graduating from the University of Colorado School of Law. He has handled cases ranging from unfair trade practices class action suits to disputes regarding the discovery and disclosure of building defects. Wells Fargo has named Jeff Tickle and Todd Thompson as commercial real estate industry specialists focused on meeting the specialized financial needs of Alaska developers and contractors. Thompson has 12 years of experience with Wells Fargo, serving commercial real estate customers in Utah. He joined the company as an intern for Wells Fargo’s Regional Commercial Banking Office in Salt Lake City. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Tickle has been with Wells Fargo in Alaska for seven years, serving customers as a personal banker, home mortgage consultant, and private mortgage banker. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he was a member of UAA’s finance club. Northrim Bank has hired of three new loan officers: Jason Criqui, vice president, commercial loan officer; Annette DeLong, vice president, residential construction loan unit manager; and Trevor Bradford, assistant vice president, consumer and small business loan manager. Criqui brings more than 15 years experience in banking throughout Alaska and Kansas to Northrim Bank. He started his Alaska banking career at National Bank of Alaska and Wells Fargo in Southeast Alaska and joins Northrim from First National Bank Alaska. Criqui holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in biology and business. A long time Alaskan, DeLong has more than 35 years banking experience. DeLong is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Bradford joins Northrim Bank with more than 11 years of banking experience. He has an extensive background of community and relationship banking from Alabama. Bradford holds a bachelor’s of business degree from Faulkner University. Col. Matthew McFarlane relinquished command of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division to Col. Scott A. Green in a change of command ceremony Nov. 26. McFarlane has served as the commanding officer since December 2012. He will be moving on to serve as Executive Officer to the Commanding General of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. McFarlane led the brigade during a period of high operational tempo, with paratroopers from the brigade’s six battalions deploying on more than 100 missions to more than 20 countries. Green comes to the Spartan Brigade after recently graduating with a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Penn. Green served as commander of the 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado, from August 2010 to February 2013 and deployed the battalion to the Kunar and Nuristan Provinces of Afghanistan in 2012. Some other assignments and positions Green has held include the Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (Stryker) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. He also served as an Observer/Trainer and Chief of the Movement and Maneuver War-fighting Function for Operations Group Alpha for the Battle Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Coffman Engineers promoted Skip Bourgeois to vice president of marketing. Bourgeois has a total of nine years of marketing experience within the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. He started with Coffman Engineers in 2008 as the marketing coordinator of their Anchorage office. In 2010, he was promoted to the Anchorage office marketing manager and in 2012 he was promoted to corporate marketing manager, reflecting a new position of corporate marketing oversight within the company. He currently serves as a committee member on the Society for Marketing Professional Services 2015 Striving for Excellence Awards as well as a programs committee member for the SMPS 2015 Pacific Regional Conference. In 2011, he served as founding president of SMPS Alaska Chapter and has since served in several other board positions. Meg Nordale of GHEMM Co. in Fairbanks has been elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for 2015 at the association’s annual meeting in mid-November. Nordale will serve for the next calendar year along with the executive board composed of Dana Pruhs, Pruhs Corporation, Anchorage, vice president; Dan Hall, Knik Construction, Anchorage, secretary; Jim St.George, STG, Inc., Anchorage, treasurer; Mike Swalling, Swalling Construction, Anchorage, contractor at-large; Teri Gunter, SENCO, Anchorage, associate member; and Kevin Welker, Kiewit Building Group, Omaha, Neb., immediate past president. SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital hired general surgeon Dr. Patricia McPherson. She began work at the consortium on Dec. 1, and will be filling a position that has been vacant for quite some time. McPherson earned her medical degree at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, and comes to SEARHC from her position as a surgeon at Claremore Indian Hospital in Claremore, Okla. She did her internship and residency at East Tennessee State University, which functions within three healthcare systems at four hospitals, (two tertiary referral/Level I trauma centers, a 114-bed Veterans Affairs Hospital, and a 348-bed community hospital). Dr. McPherson is new to Southeast Alaska, but she is not new to the state; she received her two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she graduated with honors.

Movers & Shakers 11/30/14

Nance Larsen is the new corporate director of communications and marketing for Carlile Transportation Systems. Larsen brings an extensive resume of experience to Carlile that includes developing numerous public relations and fundraising campaigns and communication plans for several industry sectors including, mining, travel and tourism, government and non-profit groups. She has more than 30 years experience in communications, marketing, public relations and advertising. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arizona State University. Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union has named Stephanie Haydn business financial services manager and Casey Kirkeby business financial services officer as part of its expanded Member Business Financial Services Department. Haydn and Kirkeby will focus on creating and maintaining relationships with Credit Union business members; the department provides a full range of deposit and account services to local businesses as part of an organized financial program designed to assist businesses development. Haydn’s prior experience in finance included work at Wells Fargo and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. She’d also served as the director of development for two Alaska organizations before joining Denali Alaskan. Kirkeby brings more than eight years of experience in the hospitality and travel industry in Alaska to the Credit Union, and serves on the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Council. Karen A. Scoggins is the new chief nursing officer for Central Peninsula Hospital. Scoggins has more than 25 years of health care experience and is a strong leader who will oversee all aspects of the nursing program at CPH. Scoggins comes to CPH from Portsmouth Regional Hospital in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was the CNO for the 200-bed hospital. She was responsible for operation oversight of inpatient nursing, emergency services, behavioral health and cardiovascular services. Scoggins earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing as well as a master’s degree in business administration, all from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, she holds certifications in nurse executive–board certified and registered cardiovascular invasive specialist. Angela Greene was named to the Barrow Superior Court. Greene, of Nome, currently is the supervising public defender for the Alaska Public Defender Agency for Nome and Kotzebue. Greene previously worked as a public defender in Bethel and Barrow. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, CINA Court Improvement Project, and Indian Child Welfare Act subcommittee. She previously volunteered with the Lion’s Club in Bethel, Arctic Outreach Programs with the U.S. Coast Guard, and local food bank programs. Greene received a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a juris doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She replaces Judge Michael Jeffery, who is retiring. Richard Irwin and Donna Erickson were reappointed to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Irwin, of Anchorage, has been a pastor of Anchorage City Church for the past decade. He is also a co-founder of Beacon Hill. Irwin has served as a member of the Anchorage Mayor’s Homelessness Leadership Team and Alaska’s anti-domestic violence and sexual assault initiative work group. Erickson, of Unalakleet, is a village agent for Bering Air, Inc. She served on the Bering Sea Women’s Group board of directors for two terms and was a safe home provider for 25 years. Erickson is a board member for Unalakleet Evangelical Covenant Church, former group leader for Family Wellness Warriors, past member of InterAct Ministries of Alaska Policy Council, past parent member for RuralCAP Headstart Program Child Development Policy, and former member of the Advisory Education Committee for the Bering Straits School District. Charles Gorman was appointed to the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Gorman, of Anchorage, is a vocational rehabilitation specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a board member for the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and participates in an entertainment band that actively reaches out to the homeless and alcohol recovery communities. Gorman received a master’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is appointed to a beneficiary seat. Renee Duncan was appointed to the Alaska Humanities Forum board of directors. Duncan, of Soldotna, is a property and casualty producer with Country Financial. She also is the Alaska Women Unlimited director for the Assemblies of God and a member of the Central Peninsula Habitat for Humanity. Duncan has served as a member with the Faith Based Community Initiative, Kenai Peninsula Emergency Food and Shelter Board, Women of Impact Board, and Soldotna Republican Precinct. Duncan is also active in the arts, having performed before large audiences in both local and foreign countries, including government dignitaries and royalty. Duncan received an associate degree in humanities from Northwest College. She is appointed to a public seat. Francine Harbour was appointed to the Alaska Mental Health Board. The board serves as a state planning and coordinating body for federal and state laws relating to mental health services for persons with mental disorders.
Harbour, of Anchorage, is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She previously worked as an attorney practicing real estate, business, administrative, and non-profit law. Harbour received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University, a juris doctorate from University of Puget Sound School of Law, and is currently obtaining a master’s degree in community public health from Southern New Hampshire University. She is appointed to a consumer seat. 
 Greg Loudon and Lincoln Bean, Sr., were appointed and Allen Hippler was reappointed to the Alaska Health Care Commission. Loudon, of Anchorage, is a principal employee benefits practice leader with Parker, Smith & Feek. He previously worked as an employee benefits manager with Alaska USA Insurance Brokers. Loudon currently serves as a board member with New Song Covenant Church. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Whitworth College. Bean, of Kake, is chairman of the Alaska Native Health Board. He has served as a member of the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance and Alaska’s SHARP Program. Bean was vice-chair of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and served for 30 years as a board member with the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Corporation. Hippler, of Anchorage, is the vice president of Northrim Bank. He previously worked as the chief financial officer of Faulkner Walsh Constructors and was a vice president with First National Bank of Alaska. While living in Bethel, Hippler was a member of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce and the City of Bethel Finance Committee. He was a recipient of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2009. Hippler received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Dallas. He is reappointed to a seat representing a statewide chamber of commerce. 
 Casey Cook was appointed, and Thomas Vaden and George Vakalis were reappointed to the Alaska State Emergency Response Commission. Cook, of Wasilla, is the emergency manager for the Mat-Su Borough Department of Emergency Services. He previously worked as a public assistance officer for the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Cook is a graduated paramedic from Aurora North Emergency Medical Service Academy. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Alaska Pacific University. Vaden, of Nome, has worked as a health aide trainer for the Norton Sound Health Corporation since 1999. From 1985 to 1999, he worked as a correctional officer with the State of Alaska. Active in his community, Vaden has also been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a substitute teacher for the Nome School District, a CPR instructor and trainer for Norton Sound Regional Hospital, and an emergency medical services provider for the Nome Volunteer Ambulance Service. He has served as a captain in the U.S. Army. Vaden received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ouachita Baptist University. Vakalis, of Anchorage, is the municipal manager for the Municipality of Anchorage and the former garrison commander for the U.S. Army in Alaska. He has also worked as the assistant superintendent for the Anchorage School District. Vakalis holds master’s degrees in public administration and personnel management, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is also an inductee into the U.S. Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. Vakalis is reappointed to a seat reserved for a member of a local emergency planning committee. Members of the Alaska Travel Industry Association were appointed to the Alaska Tourism Marketing Board. Senate Bill 194, recently signed into law by Gov. Sean Parnell, creates a board that will make recommendations for tourism marketing strategies that are in the public interest, including an Alaska destination tourism marketing campaign.
The new members are: Jonathan Faulkner, president, Land’s End Resort, Van Gilder Hotel in Seward, and Kenai Landing;
Deborah Hansen,
director of marketing and sales, Pike’s Waterfront Lodge; Karen Harris, president, Alaska Bed and Breakfast Association of Alaska and owner, Alaska Garden Gate Bed and Breakfast; Russell Dick,
CEO, Alaskan Dream Cruises; Chuck Baird,
director of corporate group development, Waterfall Group; James Minton, vice president of communications, Visit Anchorage; Charlie Ball, president, Holland America-Princess Alaska Yukon; Colleen Stephens, president, Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises; Bob Dindinger,
CEO, Alaska Travel Adventures, Inc. Bruce LaLonde, director of guest services and passenger marketing, Alaska Railroad Corporation; Bill Pedlar, president, Knightly Tours; Ruth Banaszak, brand and marketing manager, Huna Totem Corporation; Ryan Binkley, president, Riverboat Discovery; Gideon Garcia, CEO, CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation; Patti Mackey, president and CEO, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau; Dennis McDonnell, president, Alaska Coach Tours; Kathy Hedges, marketing coordinator, Northern Alaska Tour Company; Mark Weakland, general manager, The Hotel Alyeska.

Movers & Shakers 11/23/14

John Bruce, a math teacher at Romig Middle School in Anchorage, was named Alaska Teacher of the Year 2015 at a presentation Sunday at the annual conference of the Association of Alaska School Boards in Anchorage. The Alaska award is given by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development as part of a nationwide program sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Lee Butterfield, a teacher of English and electronic media at South Anchorage High, was named Alternate Teacher of the Year 2015. The other finalists were Ruth Segler of North Pole and Erika Schneider of Dillingham. Bruce has taught for 12 years, 10 in his present position. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master of arts in teaching from Alaska Pacific University. In his career, Bruce has taught at-risk students and students in a highly gifted program. Butterfield, the Teacher of the Year alternate, holds a bachelor’s degree in English teaching from the University of Montana. He has taught for six years. Butterfield served in the Army and was stationed in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. The Anchorage NAACP recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to four graduating seniors from Anchorage High Schools. Kathryn Treder graduated from West Anchorage High School and is going to Stanford University. Estrada Bernard graduated from South High and is going to Stanford as well. Shantina Gillion, formerly at West, matriculated at the University of Alaska. Joshua Reed entered Norfolk State University in Virginia. RSA Engineering, Inc. welcomes three new team members. Laurel Chappel joined RSA in the summer of 2014 as the office manager. Chappel holds a MBA and brings 10 years of accounting experience. Brian Player, P.E. has joined RSA as a professional mechanical engineer and will work out of RSA’s Wasilla office. With more than 21 years of experience in the engineering field, Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and is a licensed building energy assessment professional. Shawn Hansen has joined RSA as an electrical staff engineer and will work out of RSA’s Wasilla office. Hansen is a recent graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced a number of changes to her Alaska state staff. Althea St. Martin, a long-time Murkowski aide and Fairbanks fixture, is retiring and will be replaced by James Parrish. Meanwhile, Murkowski’s Ketchikan representative Sonia Henrick is moving to Anchorage take on additional responsibilities. With the departure of Henrick from Ketchikan, Murkowski will evaluate her state branch office structure to maintain her solid constituent service in Southeast Alaska and the rest of the state. Parrish comes to Murkowski’s office after having worked at Carlile Transportation Systems for four years in Fairbanks; he also worked for Sens. Murkowski and Ted Stevens in their Washington, D.C., offices starting in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University. John Parrott, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Manager, has been presented the Airport Executive of the Year award by the Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives. The award is given to the airport management professional who has demonstrated superior performance in all areas of their position. Parrott has been with the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport since 1998, taking over the Airport Manager’s position in 2008. He has been critical in progress at the airport, leading the effort to brand the Alaska International Airport System as the world’s “Aeronexus,” highlighting its unique position to connect over 90 percent of the industrialized world. Amy Walters Limeres, Adam W. Cook and Aaron D. Sperbeck have become members of Birch Horton Bittner Cherot and William T.M. Baynard has joined the firm. Walters Limeres joined the firm in 2009. Walters Limeres’ comprehensive employee benefits practice emphasizes the regulation of qualified retirement plans, designing retirement and welfare benefit plans, and advising private and public employers concerning employee benefits regulatory compliance and taxation issues. Cook joined the firm in 2007. Originally from Anchorage, Cook worked for the Alaska State Legislature and as a clerk for Alaska Superior Court Judge Patrick McKay before joining the firm. Cook’s litigation practice includes federal contracting, contract disputes, bid protests, construction law, and general litigation. He has also worked in appellate matters before the Alaska Supreme Court. He has represented clients before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Federal Maritime Commission. Sperbeck joined the firm in 2010 after serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Anchorage for several years. Sperbeck has a diversified law practice, primarily focused on private, multi-party litigation including insurance defense, municipal law, as well as administrative board and appeal hearings in both state and federal jurisdictions. Baynard joined the firm in July 2014. Baynard’s practice focuses on corporate formation, real estate and commercial transactions, as well as banking and commercial finance. Prior to joining Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot, Mr. Baynard has worked as a commercial loan officer and as in-house counsel for a federal credit union.

Movers & Shakers 11/16/14

Josh Van Gorkom has become a shareholder of the firm Guess & Rudd P.C. Since joining Guess & Rudd in 2010, Van Gorkom has represented insurance companies, insurance brokers, banks, Native Corporations, oil and gas companies, mining companies, municipal governments, small businesses, and individuals in a broad range of litigation and administrative matters, including appeals to the Alaska Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, he works with the firm’s natural resources group on a variety of transactional matters. Van Gorkom is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and of Valparaiso University School of Law in Valparaiso, Ind. Resource Data Inc. a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired two senior GIS programmer/analysts for its Anchorage branch. Kenneth Gaines has more than 10 years of GIS experience, specifically in oil and gas services and marine sciences. Gaines skills include project management, cartography and Python programming language. Gaines has a bachelor’s degree in marine science and field biology, a master’s degree in mariculture and is completing a master’s degree in geospatial surveying engineering, all from Texas A&M University. Jason Mann has 15 years of GIS and programming experience, with proficiency in project management and computer-aided design, light detection and ranging (LiDAR) processing and .NET technologies. Mann has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Anthony Rouen has been selected to manage KeyBank’s 5th Avenue branch. Rouen joined Key in 2012 as the manager of the Palmer branch, bringing with him the experience he gained as a personal banker while at Wells Fargo. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College, and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Leadership and Executive Advancement Program. Byron Bluehorse, assistant professor of Tribal management at UAF Interior-Aleutians Campus, received the 2014 Dan Moreno Award. Each year, the Alaska Mobility Coalition presents the Dan Moreno Award at the Alaska Transit Conference. This special recognition award is given to individuals and tribal organizations for significant contributions supporting and developing tribal transportation across the state. Bluehorse administers the Alaska Tribal Technical Assistance Program Center located within UAF Interior-Aleutians Campus’ Tribal Management Program. The program is made possible by a $1.55 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Bluehorse provides onsite and distance education throughout Alaska helping tribes develop transportation resources, infrastructure, and development opportunities. An enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, Bluehorse earned a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. From 1993-97, Bluehorse served in the U.S. Marine Corps, an experience which led him to Japan, Panama and the Philippines. After receiving an honorable discharge, he returned home to New Mexico to pursue a higher education. While in graduate school, he served as an AmeriCorps volunteer where he helped to establish the University of New Mexico Tribal Service Corps. After moving to Alaska in 2005, Byron began working as a Contracts and Grants Specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. McCool Carlson Green has revised its corporate structure and announced principal architect John Weir’s move to president and CEO. Weir has worked at McCool Carlson Green for 22 years and has successfully completed a wide range of projects, including the new Alaska Airlines Center for UAA, the Mat-Su Borough’s new Valley Pathways School, and Anchorage’s first LEED Silver school, Chester Valley Elementary. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Commissioner Pat Kemp awarded four employees with the department’s inaugural Extra Mile Award, which recognizes employees who surpass expectations for exemplary public service. Chandalar maintenance camp foreman Matthew Ellingson and equipment operators Timothy Fickus, Paul Krenzke and Kevin Wood were honored for their efforts in assisting a co-worker critically injured in a fall last winter during a severe storm in Atigun Pass on the Dalton Highway. The incident occurred early in the morning of Feb. 6 as Maintenance and Operations crews prepared to open Atigun Pass. The area was experiencing 40 mph winds, snowdrifts and possible avalanches. Because of high winds and low visibility, emergency response could not reach the injured employee until daylight. For more than three hours, the four men cared for and comforted their injured co-worker. During this time, it became evident that the injuries were life threatening, and the four men performed CPR for more than 90 minutes, until emergency response was on scene. Jenna White, a physical education teacher at Orion Elementary School on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, has received a Milken Educator Award, a prestigious national recognition. White, who was honored in a surprise ceremony at her school, will receive $25,000. Orion Elementary is in the Anchorage School District. White transformed Orion’s gym into an obstacle course, adding a climbing wall and incorporating themes like the holidays, the Olympics, and the Iditarod into her lessons. With White’s help, students develop an expertise in many diverse skills such as juggling, cross-country skiing, ice-skating, fitness testing, gym hockey and Native skills. She also collaborates with the military to create activities based on real boot camp. White encourages her students to be active outside of the classroom. Recently, she organized a challenging 26-mile bike ride for fifth-graders that was so popular it’s become an annual tradition. She also organizes a very popular Staff vs. sixth-grade basketball game and involves students in numerous community fundraising activities. Two new associates have joined the Perkins Coie LLP office in Anchorage. Laura Wolff is an associate in the firm’s environment and natural resources practice. Prior to joining the firm, Wolff clerked for the Hon. Jack Smith of the Anchorage Superior Court. She received her law degree from University of Michigan Law School cum laude, where she was contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review, and received her bachelor’s degree in classical studies and English literature from Colgate University. She is also a volunteer with Challenge Alaska, a program that provides sports and recreational activities for people with disabilities. Brian Samuelson is an associate in the firm’s litigation group, focusing on labor and employment, environmental, natural resources, and general commercial issues. Prior to joining the firm, Samuelson clerked for the Hon. Morgan Christen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Hon. Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court. Samuelson received his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was articles editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Movers & Shakers 11/09/14

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce has named Brenda Hansen vice president of business development. She will oversee staff development, strategic planning, and communications while facilitating membership growth for Alaska’s largest business organization. She joined the Anchorage Chamber in 2010 as membership services coordinator and was responsible for the organization’s front office. She was promoted to membership director in 2011. Prior to joining the Anchorage Chamber, she worked for several years in the tourism and hospitality industry, including guest room management, catering, convention management, and contract negotiation. Hansen currently serves as Anchorage Chamber liaison to the Membership Committee and the Visioning Committee. She also currently participates with the Visit Anchorage’s Big Wild Life Committee. Angela Kangas has recently joined AECOM-URS as a project administrator. Ms. Kangas brings with her bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Michigan University, as well as 12 years of professional experience in the administrative, customer service, computer efficiency, and management fields. Coffman Engineers, Inc., a mid-sized, multidiscipline engineering firm, has added fire protection engineering services through the hire of senior fire protection engineers Bob Libby, P.E., FSFPE, and Byron Briese, P.E. Libby and Briese bring to Coffman Engineers nearly seven decades of collective fire protection engineering experience. Both previously served in key management and executive roles at the largest fire protection consulting engineering firm in the world. First National Bank Alaska and its board of directors recently announced several promotions and appointments. Secondary Mortgage Market Officer Tina Lynch was appointed assistant vice president. Originally from Kansas, Lynch has spent more than 15 years learning the ins and outs of the financial industry. One of her many responsibilities includes working closely with secondary market investors and housing issue groups. Kippy Mena was promoted to branch manager and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the new U-Med Branch when it opens in January near the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has worked for the bank for 23 years, including 20 years in Kenai. She’s also worked in Bethel and most recently at the South Center Branch in midtown Anchorage. Assistant Vice President Vicki Myers was promoted to Anchorage branch administrator and will work closely with the teams at branches in the state’s largest city. With a bank management background of more than 13 years and customer service experience that goes back more than 25 years, Myers joined First National in 2012. Moving from Fairbanks’ Johansen Branch to the Interior City Branch, Jutta Pence was promoted to branch manager. Employed at First National for 10 years, she was recently named the Greater Fairbanks Area Habitat for Humanity Director of Distinction award winner. Meanwhile, at the Johansen Branch, Mary Roser was promoted to operations supervisor. She’s been at First National for almost a decade. Assistant Vice President Jennifer Snodgrass recently joined First National as consumer underwriting manager. She supervises the review and underwriting decision process made on consumer loans, consumer real estate loans, Automated Clearing House and business and corporate credit cards based on credit policy. She also first worked at the bank during the summers of high school and college. After working in cash management as a business development officer, Loan Officer Matt Thon is headed back to the Dimond Branch where he first started as a personal banker in 2012. He’ll continue to work in corporate lending with customers to formulate the best solutions to meet their business banking needs. Alaska Pacific University student Tracey Mueller was recently awarded a scholarship from the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. for the 2014-15 academic year. As part of Alyeska’s robust Alaska Native Scholarship Program, this $7,500 scholarship is awarded to Alaska Native students who are pursuing education, training and development that leads towards careers on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System or other, oil industry related careers. Mueller, an MBA student at Alaska Pacific University in strategic leadership, is an Athabascan Indian born and raised in Alaska. After her initial start in college directly out of high school, Tracey decided she was simply “not ready” and began her career as a flight attendant, first with a local airline in Alaska, eventually moving on to work for an international carrier. After having the opportunity to travel and see the world, she eventually decided it was time to return to school and finish her undergraduate degree. Eleanor King, owner of King’s Diner in Kodiak, has been awarded the 2014 Alaska Federation of Natives President’s Small Business Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo. The award was presented on Oct. 25 during the AFN convention at the Dena’ina Center. Wells Fargo presented King with $1,000 and a beaded salmon skin cuff made by Sugpiaq artist June Pardue. King was born in Chignik Bay to Iver and Luba Wallin. She honed her cooking skills as a cafeteria cook for the Kodiak School District. In 1983, she and her late husband, Robert, took some college classes, learned how to operate a business, and opened a family-style restaurant called King’s Diner. King actively supports mentally handicapped youth, donates her restaurant space for local fundraisers, and sponsors youth sports teams. Walker Dunford has recently joined Schilling Commercial Real Estate LLC as a commercial associate, located at 3301 C Street, Suite 510, Anchorage. Dunford has lived in the Anchorage area off and on since 1989, graduating from Chugiak High School and the University of Alaska Anchorage. He brings more than 10 years of knowledgeable product sales, marketing, providing excellent customer service, personal banking advice, and in depth local knowledge to the commercial business community. As an associate with Schilling Commercial, Dunford will handle the purchase, sale and leasing for both owners and tenants of commercial properties and vacant land. 

Movers & Shakers 11/02/14

F. Robert Bell and Associates announced a pair of new hires to the team and that Brendan Welsh has earned his Certified Federal Surveyor certification. Alvin Hymes joins BELL as an accountant and Pearl-Grace Pantaleone joins BELL as the marketing coordinator. Hymes comes with more than 35 years of experience in accounting practices and management. Pantaleone comes with a background in journalism and broadcast news. She is a recent graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications, and has been heavily involved in the Anchorage community with reporting statewide news. Welsh is a civil engineer and land surveyor at BELL and has had more than six years’ experience with roads, schools, and other educational facilities; and residential, commercial and public works development projects. His surveying experience includes conducting topographic and boundary survey and as well as construction staking. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University. The Anchorage Museum recently hired Ann Kjera as director of human resources. Kjera has more than 10 years experience in human resources and executive-level management. A former executive director for United Way of the Tanana Valley and Hospice of the Tanana Valley in Fairbanks, Kjera also has held positions in human resources at Everts Air Cargo and Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center. She has a master’s degree in business administration and human resources management from the University of Phoenix and has earned certification in non-profit administration from The Foraker Group. Robin Dublin is the new executive director of the Alaska Botanical Garden. Dublin began her duties in late October. Most recently Dublin was executive director for the Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, where she oversaw a consortium of five partners working together to increase ocean science literacy. Prior to joining COSEE, Dublin was head of the Greenbelt Conservancy in New York City. There she oversaw the organization responsible for the 2,800-acre greenbelt, New York City’s second largest park. Dublin assumes the Botanical Garden leadership role from Julianne McGuinness, who leaves the Garden after seven years to pursue writing, consulting, and farming opportunities. Greg Kessler is now the Alaska vice president of sales for Carlile Transportation Systems. Kessler will be reporting directly to Ron Kieswether, president, and his primary responsibility will be managing and planning for the Alaska sales team out of the Anchorage office. Kessler was most recently the Alaska sales manager for Totem Ocean Trailer Express, where he oversaw all sales and pricing departments as well as Fairbanks operations and customer service. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the transportation industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University and a MBA with a finance concentration from University of Alaska Anchorage. Gene Weglinski has joined the DOWL HKM Anchorage office as a senior environmental manager. Weglinski has 25 years of experience pursuing and managing large scale inter-disciplinary environmental impact statements and environmental assessments for mining and oil and gas projects throughout Alaska. Weglinski also has extensive experience in permitting, conducting jurisdictional wetland delineations, and vegetation surveys throughout the western U.S. Weglinski has performed environmental services throughout the region include Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. This year’s recipients for the William A. Egan Outstanding Alaskan of the Year, Bill Bivin Small Business of the Year, and Local Chamber of Commerce of the Year were announced on Oct. 22 at the Alaska Chamber’s annual conference in Girdwood. Roger Burggraf is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 William A. Egan Alaskan of The Year award. In the 1950s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service brought Burggraf to Alaska where he worked as a fisheries aide before serving in the U.S. Army. He returned to Alaska in 1959 as a captain in the U.S. National Guard. After his military service, Burggraf built a career in banking until entering the mining industry in 1972. For decades, Burggraf has served Alaska, advising and advocating for resource development efforts and organizations. He is a long-standing participant in the Alaska Miners Association and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Spawn is the 2014 Bill Bivin Small Business of The Year Award recipient. The Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce is the recipient of the 2014 Local Chamber of Commerce of The Year award. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District selected Randy Bowker as the new chief of the Programs and Project Management Division effective Oct.18. In this position, Bowker operates as the highest-ranking civilian employee in the organization. He is responsible for assuring efficient and timely delivery of military, civil works, environmental and other agency construction projects valued at more than $500 million annually. He previously served as chief of the Military Branch in the Programs and Project Management Division beginning in May 2006. In that role, Bowker managed the Air Force and Army Programs. During his tenure, Bowker led the effort to provide critical military infrastructure to support the stryker brigade and aviation task force at Fort Wainwright; infantry brigade combat team and engineer brigade at Fort Richardson; and C-17 and F/A-22 aircraft at Elmendorf Air Force Base. Among the many projects designed by Bowker are the Elmendorf Joint Mobility Complex, Elmendorf Visiting Officers Quarters, Fort Wainwright Military Operations in Urban Terrain collective training facility and Fort Greely runway. He also worked on the design and construction of breakwaters at Kodiak, Ouzinki and King Cove to include erosion control at Deering. Bowker is a native of Fayetteville, N.C., and received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a master’s degree in management in 2007.

Movers & Shakers 10/26/14

R&M Consultants Inc. has added Taryn Oleson as a planner in its Environmental and Planning Group in Anchorage. She is responsible for research and data/information compilation on transportation projects and comprehensive plans; assisting with public and agency meetings; communicating with project stakeholders; and creating project notices, documents and reports, as well as reviewing, evaluating and summarizing adopted plans and policies, including Context Sensitive Solutions for transportation projects. Oleson recently relocated to Alaska from Wisconsin. She was previously a planning, zoning and GIS intern for the Community Development Department of Menasha, Wis. She assisted with development and execution of a town-wide comprehensive plan opinion survey, assisted with presentation materials for committee meetings, and assisted with preliminary development of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.  Since joining R&M in August, Oleson has been involved in the City of Houston Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision, AMTAS Travel Demand Model, Seward Highway MP 100-105 (Indian to Bird) Improvements and the Eklutna River Bridge Replacement. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and planning from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Matt Edge, P.E., of CRW Engineering Group LLC has earned his Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certification. Certification as a PTOE is a powerful demonstration of requisite knowledge, skill and ability in the specialized application of traffic operations engineering. Edge has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in environmental quality engineering from the University of Anchorage Alaska, with professional licenses in both civil and an environmental engineering. BP Exploration Alaska President Janet Weiss was inducted into the Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Hall of Fame on Oct. 11. Weiss brought her love for math and science, especially chemistry, to OSU when she enrolled in the chemical engineering program. Her father, Dr. Franklin Leach, was a professor of biochemistry at OSU, so Weiss grew up gaining a love for learning from her father and the university. She graduated in 1986 and began her career at ARCO, where she moved through the ranks. For the past 14 years, Weiss has worked for BP, and she has been a leader in the oil and gas industry. She currently serves as president of BP Alaska and is a published author on the Kuparuk River Field. Weiss is an active member of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association Board, University of Alaska Fairbanks Advisory Board and the Anchorage United Way Board. Bering Straits Native Corp. has announced the promotion of BSNC shareholder Larry Pederson to vice president of lands and natural resources. In his new role, Pederson is responsible for establishing and maintaining goals and objectives for the development of BSNC’s mineral and land resources, ensuring that all land transfer programs via ANCSA and ANILCA entitlements are obtained, and overseeing administrative functions related to meeting the goals and objectives of the Land and Resources Department. Pederson formerly served as BSNC’s land and resources manager. Pederson earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He joined the company with more than eight years of experience in environmental contracting and management. Rasmuson Foundation announced the selection of four artists from Alaska who will each spend eight weeks in residence at acclaimed Lower 48 arts organizations as part of the 2015 Artist Residency Program. Alaska artists selected for the program are: Ernestine Hayes, a writer in Juneau, will be at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program near Woodside, Calif. She will focus her energy on various ongoing fiction projects, and immerse herself in aspects of the traditions of ancient Chinese poets, contemporary American ghazals and the lyricism of oral history. Linda Lyons, a visual artist and painter in Anchorage, will be in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M., in partnership with Institute of American Indian Arts. She plans to build on her recent exploration of media outside of painting (glass, mosaic and photography) by expanding her creative skills to printmaking. Mary Matthews a visual artist and art therapist in Fairbanks, will be in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, N.C. She hopes to create a piece about the experience of disability, incorporating concepts about the connections women feel to each other and how they identify and find influences. Michael Walsh, a media artist and filmmaker in Homer, will be in residence at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio. He intends to make two 10-minute camera-less films (one 16mm, one 35mm) using a process he recently conceived that involves putting strips of clear film leader on 11”x14” paper and running it through a word press. Dr. John Nofsinger is the new William H. Seward Endowed Chair in Finance at the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business & Public Policy. He is one of the world’s leading experts in behavioral finance. His major teaching goal is to help students prepare for productive careers by providing meaningful educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Nofsinger has authored/co-authored 10 finance trade books, textbooks, and scholarly books that have been translated into eight languages. His book, The Psychology of Investing, is in its fifth edition and is popular with investment advisors. Nofsinger is also a prolific scholar who has published in multiple disciplines. He has published nearly 50 articles in prestigious scholarly journals and practitioner journals. He both contributes to the scholarly literature and helps bridge the gap between theory and practice among academics and practitioners. He has numerous scholarly works in all three major areas of finance: investments, corporate finance and financial markets. But he is most widely known in the area of behavioral finance and has recently been working in socially responsible finance. Hope Community Resources Inc., Alaska’s leading non-profit, disability service agency is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael Bailey to chief financial officer. Bailey has more than 15 years of experience in finance, management and disability services, playing a key role in navigating the ever-changing State of Alaska billing system. Prior to becoming CFO, Bailey spent three years providing direct support as a care coordinator before he was tapped to lead Hope’s billing department. In 2009 he was promoted to Controller. Bailey also serves as Vice-President of the Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities. Cameron Morrison has been hired as CIRI Alaska Tourism’s lead reservations agent for the Anchorage reservations call center and Alaska Heritage Tours office. Morrison worked as a seasonal reservations agent in 2014 and brings to the company years of supervisory retail experience. Dan McDonald has rejoined CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. as revenue control supervisor in the Anchorage office. Dan has 20 years of history with the Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward and CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation, most recently serving as the director of marine operations for CATC. Dawn Venters has joined CIRI Alaska Tourism as sales manager for the marine division. Specifically, Venters represents Kenai Fjords Tours and Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge in the Alaska tourism market, and assists in sales for CATC’s other properties, Seward Windsong Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge and Alaska Heritage Tours. Venters was previously with Visit Anchorage in the Convention Meeting Sales and Service Department and for many years prior in the Sales Department at Alyeska Resort, bringing over 18 years of Alaska tourism industry to the company.

Movers & Shakers 10/19/14

Enstar Natural Gas announced the appointment of Jared Green as president. Green brings more than 15 years of industry experience to his new role. Prior to joining Enstar, he was Vice President and Corporate Controller at AltaGas Ltd., Enstar’s parent company. He succeeds outgoing President Colleen Starring, who is assuming a new position at AltaGas as senior vice president of Canadian Utilities and CEO of Pacific Northern Gas. Headquartered in Anchorage, Enstar is a regulated public utility that delivers natural gas to approximately 137,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Southcentral Alaska, encompassing more than 57 percent of Alaska’s population. Outgoing President Dave Lawer with First National Bank Alaska passed the gavel to the Alaska Support Industry Alliance’s new president, Kevin Durling of Petroleum Equipment and Services Inc. PESI is a 35-year-old Alaskan company serving the oil and gas industry’s drilling product needs. Four incumbent board members were reelected to three year terms: Bryan Clemenz, CH2M Hill; Krista Gonder, Alaska Tags & Titles; Mark D. Nelson, ASRC Energy Services; Pete Stokes, Petrotechnical Resources Alaska. The membership also elected three new board members: Adam Crum, Northern Industrial Training; Wyche Ford, Fluor; Ben Schoffmann, Kakivik Asset Management LLC & CCI Industrial Services LLC. The Kenai Chapter of the Alliance also voted to make Scott Davis of Davis Block and Concrete their representative to the statewide board. Gene Therriault, deputy director for energy policy at the Alaska Energy Authority has been elected as vice-chair of the National Association of State Energy Officials board of directors. His previous NASEO involvement includes pressing the U.S. Secretary of Energy on the importance of Alaska natural gas exports and explaining the consequences of proposed air emissions regulations on Alaska to top EPA personnel. As deputy director of the Alaska Energy Authority policy and outreach team, Therriault oversees the implementation of the state’s energy policy, the Power Cost Equalization program, energy planning and community energy program assistance. Prior to AEA, Therriault has worked as senior policy advisor on in-state energy for Gov. Sean Parnell and served as an Alaska Legislator for 17 years including one term as president of the Alaska Senate. Retired Lt. Col. Jay Pullins will represent the Office of the Governor on the review team established to implement recommendations from the National Guard Bureau’s Office of Complex Investigations. Pullins will serve as the special assistant to the governor handling issues relating to the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Brigadier Gen. Jon K. Mott, the assistant adjutant general for the Connecticut National Guard, is leading separate collaborative working groups in the Alaska National Guard around implementing each major recommendation in the OCI report, including sexual assault and misconduct, equal opportunity and equal employment opportunity, coordination with law enforcement, management of misconduct, command climate, and administration of justice. Pullins, 47, served for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and the Alaska National Guard, before retiring in 2011. He was the director of the Joint Operations Center at Fort Richardson, where he was responsible for Alaska National Guard’s ability to support command and control of assigned forces during domestic emergencies. Pullins also served as the flight commander for the Alaska NORAD Region. While in the Alaska National Guard, Pullins served as chief of staff for then-Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell. He most recently worked as a pastor at ChangePoint Church in Anchorage. Pullins earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Air Force Academy and a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Oklahoma. Holly C. Wells has become a shareholder in law firm Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot. Wells joined the firm in 2008. Wells’ practice focuses primarily on Alaska municipal government and admiralty matters affecting government ports and harbors. Wells also represents Native and private corporations as well as individuals in various actions involving complex litigation, construction, contracts, and land use. Wells routinely acts as lead counsel to municipal boards and commissions regarding ethics disputes, conditional uses, variances, and other matters. She also represents government and private corporations before various federal and state boards and commissions, including but not limited to, the Federal Maritime Commission, Public Employees Retirement System and Alaska Public Offices Commission. Jerry D. Anderson is the new Ethics Committee administrator for the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics, effective Oct. 24. Anderson is currently employed as the assistant director of the Alaska Public Offics Commission and has held that position for six years. His previous experience includes operating his own law firm and working as a magistrate in both Kenai and Galena. Holly Weiss-Racine of R&M Consultants Inc. has earned her Certified Professional Geologist certification. The CPG certification is administered by the American Institute of Professional Geologists, an association dedicated to promoting geology as a profession. Weiss-Racine is an environmental specialist in R&M’s Environmental and Planning Group. She has more than eight years of experience in providing environmental and geological services. She possesses a strong knowledge of environmental standards, and regulatory agency permitting and compliance. Weiss-Racine has been responsible for NEPA document preparation, public involvement, permitting, Section 106 compliance, SWPPP review and compliance, field investigations, agency coordination and project scoping on a variety of environmentally sensitive and/or high profile transportation projects. She is currently involved with the Glenn Highway Northbound Capacity Improvements, Seward Highway MP 100-105 improvements and a Hazardous Waste and Environmental Services Term Agreement with the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. She has a bachelor’s degree in geosciences from the University of Southern Maine. She is a Qualified Cultural Resources Professional with the State Historic Preservation Office and an Alaska Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead. The Alaska Mobility Coalition is pleased to announce that it has awarded State Rep. Peggy Wilson, R- Wrangell, the 2014 AMC Legislative Award. The award is in recognition of her efforts promoting transit and transportation infrastructure in Alaska. The award was presented last week at the 2014 Alaska Transit Conference. The AMC is a private, non-profit membership organization that represents and advocates for public and community transportation in Alaska.


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