The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District selected Michael Coy as the new chief of the real estate branch effective July 27. Coy is now charged with providing the planning, acquisition, appraisal, management and disposal realty services to the Army, Air Force and National Guard elements in Alaska. Other responsibilities include the leasing of recruiting facilities required for all armed services in the state. Prior to joining the Corps, Coy worked for the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron for four years. While there, he served as the chief of real property for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and its outlying properties. Coy retired from the National Guard in 2007 where he served as a dual status technician. During his tenure, his civilian job was a realty officer for the Guard while working several military occupations as well. Afterwards, he took his realty expertise to the department of public works at Fort Richardson.
PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new employees in its Anchorage office. Michael Gemmell, PE, joined the firm as a senior civil engineer. Gemmell is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and has six years of experience in construction field engineering, including scheduling, estimating, and project management. He will focus on civil/structural design and construction management and inspection for various projects throughout Alaska. Jake Maxwell, PLS, was hired as a senior land surveyor. Maxwell was recently registered as a professional land surveyor by the State of Alaska. He holds a degree in geomatics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a lifelong Alaskan with nine years of experience in field surveying, office data reduction, and drafting on a wide variety of projects statewide. Marcy Kolberg joined PND as a geologist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Western Washington University and has previous experience as a co-project geologist planning and monitoring drilling operations, core logging, and report writing for the mining industry. Her present responsibilities are managing PND’s soil testing lab, supporting field geotechnical drilling activities and providing geological support for projects.
Cindy Rombach, executive officer of the Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, has received the Small Office Honor Award from the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Home Builders. The award was presented during the annual NAHB’s 2014 Association Leadership Institute held in St. Louis. The council’s membership consists of the staff executives who manage the nearly 800 state and local home builders associations that comprise NAHB. This award, named in honor of Rachel Manley, the late executive officer of the Arrowhead Builders Association in Minnesota, is traditionally presented to an executive officer from a small association who is judged to have made exceptional accomplishments in spite of limited resources.
The Salvation Army Alaska Division Community Relations and Development Department has added Sonya Senkowsky as senior communications manager. Senkowsky has more than 24 years of multimedia communications experience, most of it in Alaska. She has published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, and created or maintained dozens of websites for Alaska writers, scientists and organizations. Her journalism and web work has been recognized with first-place awards from numerous professional associations, including the National Federation of Press Women. She has a master’s degree in journalism from University of Maryland College Park and a bachelor’s degree from La Salle University in Philadelphia.
R&M Consultants Inc. Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Andrea Story received the Society for Marketing Professional Services 2014 Chapter President of the Year Award. Storey has more than 17 years of marketing experience in the architecture/engineering industry. She has been an employee of R&M since 2005, and is responsible for the firm’s marketing and business development efforts, as well as guiding firm-wide community involvement activities. She serves on the firm’s board of directors and has been instrumental in development and advancement of R&M’s strategic plan. She holds a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and received her certification as a Certified Professional Services Marketer through the Society for Marketing Professional Services in 2001.
KeyBank’s Amanda Clayton, business banker and SBA specialist based in Anchorage, has graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School. This year’s graduating class consisted of 209 executives representing 29 states, territories and other countries. Ten were from KeyBank. The students attended courses encompassing risk management, financial performance and leadership to gain an executive-level understanding of the business of banking.
Representative David Guttenberg, D-Interior/Wade Hampton, welcomed two new staff members to his Fairbanks office. Samantha Straus began working for Rep. Guttenberg in August after returning home from a 26-month Peace Corps tour in The Gambia, West Africa. Connor MacDonald also joined Rep. Guttenberg’s team in August after interning for U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and working at the UAF Women’s Center as a student assistant to Dr. Kayt Sunwood. Originally from Arizona, Straus, 29, first came to Fairbanks in October 2010 to join UAF’s Masters International program, which enables graduate students in Natural Resource Management to combine their degree programs with volunteer environmental work in the Peace Corps. She is presently finishing her thesis on forest management in The Gambia. MacDonald, 19, was born in Seattle but has lived in Alaska practically all of his life. He is Athabascan on his mother’s side and spent much of his childhood learning the history, traditions, and practices of his maternal heritage. Connor is currently studying at UAF.
John Chapman has recently joined URS Corp. as a civil engineer with more than 45 years of diversified engineering experience. He has performed duties as design engineer, project engineer, project manager, and principal-in-charge of a wide variety of civil engineering projects. Chapman has been involved in planning, design and construction administration of water supply and distribution, waste water collection and treatment, and municipal solid waste management projects. Other areas of expertise include street, highway and drainage design, construction administration and comprehensive planning.
The 2014 YWCA Women of Achievement awardees have been selected. They are: Belinda Breaux, President, Breaux Leadership Solutions; Karen Cowart, retired, director community and public affairs, BP Alaska; Diane DiSanto, Senior Legislative Aide, Office of Sen. Mark Begich; Elvi Gray-Jackson, Anchorage Assembly Member; Aurora Johnson, Dental Therapist, Norton Sound Health Corp.–Unalakleet; Dr. Natasa Masanovic, chair of the Department of Languages, University of Anchorage Alaska; Sen. Lisa Murkowski; Phyllis Rhodes, retired, executive director, Identity Inc.; Gail Schubert, President/CEO, Bering Straits Native Corp.; Kate Slyker, executive vice president, Spawn Ideas, Arliss Sturgulewski Award Winner; Ruth Sheridan, retired/founding member, Alaskans Concerned About Latin America. These women will be honored at the 2014 Women of Achievement Awards & Purse Auction Nov. 13 from 5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Performing Arts Center Discovery Theatre. Tickets may be purchased through CenterTix starting Oct. 1.