Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 4/26/15

Credit Union 1 promoted Chrissy Bell from senior communications manager to vice president of communications and culture. Originally hired as the community engagement director in 2010, Bell came to the credit union with more than 10 years’ experience working in the non-profit community, specializing in fundraising and marketing. She is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in English and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. Since 2013, Bell has served as the credit union’s senior communications manager. During her tenure at CU1, Bell has streamlined the credit union’s community outreach efforts and led the charge for record-breaking year-over-year fundraising and volunteerism efforts, increasing community service and fundraising activity by more than 150 percent. CU1 also hired Michael McElligott as the new facilities manager. With 20 years of experience in the facilities industry, McElligott brings his extensive building maintenance and engineering knowledge to the credit union. A U.S. Army veteran, McElligott holds an associate’s degree in stationary engineering and has been awarded LEED AP Operations and Maintenance credentials from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough selected Bill Gamble as its new director of Emergency Services, effective April 20. Gamble has been the Fire Chief for the West Lakes Fire Department since 2003 and began serving the borough as an on call responder in 1990. Gamble was also an air traffic controller for 26 years with the Federal Aviation Administration. Gamble will be overseeing some 537 employees in the Emergency Services Department, mostly on call responders but also full time responders. Central Mat-Su Fire Department alone is the second-largest department in the state. Gamble has had extensive training including at the National Fire Academy and FEMA. He is a certified EMT, a rescue technician and firefighter. Kat Rockwell has re-joined the AECOM Anchorage office after transferring from the AECOM Portland office as a certified project administrator. Rockwell has four years of experience in project administration and controls within the consulting industry, including more than three years of experience in federal contracting and FAR-compliant procurements. Her various responsibilities have included maintaining up-to-date contract files for each project, preparing status reports for project managers, and maintaining accurate written records of contract actions, modifications and change orders. Additionally, she has been responsible for review and processing weekly/monthly financials which includes revenue recognition of all office projects, confirming that billing rates are in place and that project managers are aware of their project’s financial status. Ahtna, Inc. announced Matt Block has joined the company as corporate counsel and will be based out of the Ahtna Anchorage office. Block has been practicing as a business lawyer and litigator in Alaska since 2005. Recently, Block has worked on issues confronting Alaska Native Tribes and on helping startup companies manage their legal affairs. He is the current co-chair of the Business Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association. PND Engineers Inc. made two hires at its Anchorage office. Angela Chenery joined the firm as a staff accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University. She has more than 15 years of accounting experience and is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and project accounting activities. Chad Ringler, E.I.T., was hired as a staff civil engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering as well as a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Alaska Anchorage. His primary responsibilities include civil design and permitting. Tawnya Brummett is the new Tongass Deputy Forest Supervisor, effective June 14. Brummett currently serves as the District Ranger on Superior Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest. Brummett received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology/communications from Stephen F. Austin University and holds extensive fire credentials, inclusive of journey level agency administrator. She began her Forest Service career in 1997 as a lookout tower employee and continued on as an initial attack firefighter on the Gila National Forest in 1998. She has served as a wildland firefighter with the Silver City Hotshots, a fire crewmember and wilderness firefighter on the Gila National Forest, and a district wildlife biologist on both the Gila and Angelina/Sabine national forests. Randy Williams, PE, has joined the PDC Inc. Engineers Anchorage mechanical department. Williams is a senior mechanical engineer with more than 23 years of design experience in Alaska. Williams has provided engineering services and managed numerous projects of various sizes and complexity throughout the state. He also has broad experience with building HVAC and plumbing systems for health care facilities, commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential projects. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado, as well as a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is certified through ASHRAE in both Commissioning Process Management and Building Energy Analysis.

Movers & Shakers 4/19/15

Dr. Markus Horning has been appointed Science director of the Alaska SeaLife Center effective July 13. He will succeed Dr. Tuula Hollmén, who has chosen to return to a full time research position at the Center following five years as Science director. Horning is currently an associate professor at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. He has conducted research at the Alaska SeaLife Center since its opening, most recently collaborating with Dr. Jo-Ann Mellish on a long-term study into the life history of Steller sea lions that recently theorized on the impact of predation by sleeper sharks. Horning holds a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Bielefeld and Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology at Seewiesen, Germany. Following postdoctoral research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography he was a scientist at Texas A&M University for 10 years. He has authored nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications and his research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, North Pacific Research Board, Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center, North Pacific Fisheries Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Amanda Cotea is now a realtor at Monica Dallas Realty in Fairbanks. Cotea has worked for Monica Dallas Realty since summer 2014. In six months, she obtained her real estate sales license and has been promoted to office manager. She was born in Fairbanks, and her mother and grandmother had careers in real estate across the country. KPMG LLP has named Elizabeth Stuart as managing partner of its Anchorage office, effective April 1. Stuart grew up in Alaska and has more than two decades of experience in public accounting, including 19 years in KPMG’s Anchorage office. She also completed a rotational assignment in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice in KPMG’s national office in New York. She joined KPMG in 1994 and was admitted to the partnership in 2009. Stuart succeeds Michael Hayhurst, who was named managing partner of KPMG’s Boise office. Stuart is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage and she serves on its College of Business and Public Policy Advisory Board. She is also a board member of Habitat for Humanity-Anchorage and Junior Achievement of Alaska. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed to practice in Alaska and New York. The Tatitlek Corp. announced that Martin Hanofee has been confirmed as the organization’s new president. Hanofee, formerly senior vice president of Operations, has held his previous position with the company since March 2009. Hanofee holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of West Haven (Conn.). Three individuals were selected for awards during the Alaska Pharmacists Association February Annual Convention in Anchorage. John McGilvray, a clinical pharmacist with the Southcentral Foundation Primary Care Center Pharmacy in Anchorage, received the Distinguished Alaskan Pharmacist Award. Brittany Keener, a clinical pharmacist with the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award, presented annually by Pharmacists Mutual. Henry Marin, a pharmacy technician supervisor with Costco in Anchorage, received the Pharmacy Technician Award. The Alaska Pharmacists Association annually awards scholarships to Alaskan students actively pursuing careers in pharmacy based on their achievements and service to their profession and community. Ashley Holombo of Juneau, enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Campbell University in North Carolina, was selected for the 2015 Francis C. Bowden Memorial Scholarship. Leslie Echols of Eagle River, enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, was selected for the 2015 Pharmacy Technician Scholarship. Applications for Spring 2016 scholarships will be available Fall 2015 at

Movers & Shakers 4/12/15

Northrim BanCorp, Inc., the holding company for Northrim Bank, announced that its board of directors promoted executive and senior officers of Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp, Inc., effective March 26. Joe Schierhorn is now president, chief operating officer of Northrim Bank while retaining his title as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Northrim BanCorp. Joe Beedle will remain CEO of Northrim Bank and president and CEO of Northrim BanCorp. Latosha Frye is now executive vice president, chief financial officer for both Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp. Michael Martin is now executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for both Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp. Steve Hartung remains executive vice president at both Northrim Bank and Northrim BanCorp, and moves to lead Corporate Development and Affiliate Relations. Northrim Bank’s board of directors promoted several senior managers effective March 26: Audrey Amundson to executive vice president, organizational development and planning; Jay Blury to senior vice president, marketing and communications director; Ben Craig to executive vice president, chief information officer; Jim Miller to executive vice president, chief credit officer; and Lynn Wolfe to executive vice president, chief administrative officer. The Anchorage ATHENA Society inducted 10 new members into their organization at its annual luncheon March 30 and named Carolyn Jones this year’s Award Recipient. The inductees were:  Kristi Acuff, owner, Acuff & Associates; Jennifer Bundy-Cobb, VP Sales & Client Service, The Wilson Agency; Julie Hasquet, Director, Government & Public Affairs, BP Exploration (Alaska); Barbara Jones, Anchorage Municipal Clerk; Alison Kear, CEO, Covenant House Alaska; Stephanie Kesler, Senior Technologist, GCI; Hilary Morgan, CEO, YWCA Alaska; Jackie Purcell, Chief Meteorologist, KTUU; Dr. Robyn Rehmann, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership Program, UAA; and Cindy Shake, Public Affairs Specialist, AECOM. The 22nd Anchorage ATHENA Society Leadership Award Recipient Jones is primarily known for her volunteer humanitarian work through Rotary International. Also, she spent 23 years with the Alaska Attorney General’s Office primarily representing the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights. Cari-Ann Ketterling was named executive director of the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium. Ketterling was chosen after a statewide search and selection process was conducted by the APICC board of directors. Ketterling has more than 20 years of leadership experience in Alaska. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University, and a certificate of nonprofit management from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Prior to her appointment as executive director, she held several positions at APICC, including program coordinator, manager, and deputy director. The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. recently promoted Brooke Taylor to communications assistant director and hired Bridgette Coleman as business and economic development assistant director. Taylor joined AEDC in 2014 as communications coordinator. She brings more than 10 years of experience working in public relations, media outreach and public outreach to her new position. Coleman, who earned a bachelor degree in business administration, business management and marketing from University of Alaska Anchorage, began her career with AEDC as an intern in the summer of 2014. Geoff Lundfelt has been promoted to Alaska USA executive vice president, chief operations officer. Lundfelt has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions during his 17 years with Alaska USA, most recently serving as chief operations officer. Lundfelt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Lundfelt will befilling the position previously held by Robert Rylander who recently retired after a 40-year career with Alaska USA.  Jodi Meyer was named branch manager of the First National Bank Alaska Juneau Regional Branch. Myers, who has 18 years of banking experience, will be responsible for business development, lending, customer service and branch operations when the branch opens this fall at the corner of 10th and Glacier Avenue. Torsten Mayrberger, Aaron Lewis, and Mark Kobylinski of PND Engineers Inc. earned professional engineer licenses with the State of Alaska. Mayrberger joined the firm in 2010, working in the field of geotechnical engineering. Mayrberger holds a Ph.D. and master’s degrees in civil engineering (geotechnical) from Michigan Tech University and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska. He has 12 years of geotechnical engineering experience and his specialties include advanced triaxial testing and in-situ instrumentation. Lewis has three years of experience in geotechnical engineering and a master’s degree in civil engineering (geotechnical) from the University of Idaho. Lewis has experience as a field geotechnical engineer, including work on large oil and gas projects in Australia and Alaska’s North Slope. Kobylinski has been employed with the firm for more than five years and holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota State University. His primary responsibilities include civil, structural and marine design, condition inspection, and construction quality assurance inspection. He holds welding inspection and corrosion inspection certifications.

Movers & Shakers 4/05/15

The University of Alaska Anchorage named Samuel Gingerich to its top academic administrative position. He brings more than 30 years of higher education experience to his new role as UAA’s provost. Gingerich has served as UAA’s interim provost since January. Most recently, Gingerich worked as South Dakota University System’s vice president for academic affairs. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Montana State University and worked as a professor and researcher prior to his various senior leadership appointments. Roger Wilson has accepted the position of general manager of UIC Oil & Gas Support. Wilson will be responsible for oversight of daily operations as well as pursuing innovative business growth strategies within the thriving Arctic oil and gas industry. Wilson boasts a career spanning 26 years in North Slope materials management and logistics, including 17 years in management positions. He also brings strong safety culture and environmental stewardship and is a life-long Alaskan. Roger was raised in Barrow and has a strong reverence for the Iñupiat culture and the land. Clyde Cossette has accepted the position of Health, Safety, Environment and Training manager at UIC Design, Plan, Build. Prior to joining the UIC Design, Plan, Build team, Cossette spent nearly a decade working on the Kuparuk oilfield, performing in a variety of health and safety-based capacities. Most recently, he served as generalf, where he managed a team of 70 employees. Cossette holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota and has earned a number of health and safety certifications throughout a career spanning nearly 30 years. Rachel Kenshalo has accepted the position of director of Marketing and Communications. Kenshalo is a life-long Alaskan and a graduate of the University of Alaska. Prior to joining UIC, she was Operations director at Northwest Strategies, a full service communications firm in Anchorage, where she served a number of clients, including several Alaska Native organizations. She brings 15 years of experience in communications and marketing. She has also been a freelance writer for more than 10 years. Anchorage Chamber of Commerce board of directors Chair Janelle Pfleiger announced the appointment of Bruce Bustamante as the Interim President of the organization. Bustamante over the past few years has worked as the president and CEO of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, vice president of Community and Public Affairs for Princess Cruises and most recently was the interim Visitor and Convention Bureau Director for Lincoln City, Ore. Todd Montalbo has joined Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., as a financial advisor, and opened new office in Juneau. Montalbo will be part of AGP Wealth Advisors, an Ameriprise private wealth advisory practice. AGP Wealth Advisors is headed by CEO Randall Linde, who has been recognized as a Barron’s Top 100 Independent Financial Advisor for four years running. Montalbo has been a financial advisor for seven years, following 10 years as a small business owner. PDC Inc. Engineers has added Angela M. Smith, PE, as a senior aviation engineer to its Anchorage civil team. Smith has managed airport paving, lighting, taxiway, apron and nav-aid design projects nearly continuously during her 16 years of practicing civil engineering in Alaska. She has an in-depth understanding of federal-aid project needs, poor soils, pavement, and structural section design. Smith also offers her extensive knowledge of FAA planning and design requirements. The American Institute of Architects announced that longtime Fairbanks architect Charles “CB” Bettisworth was elevated to its prestigious “College of Fellows.” The 2015 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects has elevated 147 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows. Out of a total AIA membership of 85,000, there are more than 3,200 members distinguished with this honor. Bettisworth was principal in charge on many notable and award-winning Alaska projects including the TCC Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center (2013), Fairbanks International Airport Improvements (2009), Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center (2009), Denali Elementary School (2007), Birch Hill Ski Building (2003), Rabinowitz State Courthouse (2012), Fairbanks Marriott Springhill Suites (2001), and the Southeast Alaska Visitor Information Center (1995). He is well known in the profession for his outstanding mentoring and support to two generations of intern architects. Bettisworth has served on many Alaska boards and commissions including the Fairbanks North Star Borough Planning Commission, Local Boundary Commission for the State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs, Board of the Alaska Professional Design Council, American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter Board of Directors, American Institute of Architects Alaska Chapter/Northern Section Chair, Fairbanks Rotary, Golden Heart Community Foundation, Junior Nordics Organizing Committee, Chair for Event Fund Raising and the Fairbanks Downtown Association Board of Directors. R&M Consultants Inc. announced Christine Gibbs has earned her Certified Professional Services Marketer designation. The CPSM certification is administered by the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the only marketing organization dedicated to creating business opportunities in the A/E/C industry. There are currently six CPSMs in Alaska, including two at R&M. Gibbs joined R&M in January 2012. She is a senior marketing coordinator with more than six years of experience in business-to-business marketing, including strategic planning, graphic design, website design, and public communications. Since joining R&M, Gibbs has successfully led the proposal effort for many of R&M’s current projects including the City of Houston Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision, the City of Seward Northeast Harbor Fish Cleaning Station project, and the Homer Deep Water Dock Expansion Feasibility Study. She is also responsible for external communications and supports the firm’s many marketing initiatives. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Drema Fitzhugh has joined Hawk Consultants LLCS as business development manager. She will be focused on securing new clients and new employees and maintaining relationships with our current clients. She comes to Hawk with 17 years of experience in oil and gas business development and marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Houston. She will be based in the Anchorage office. At an event at the Hilton New York, GCI executive Tina Pidgeon was recognized by Multichannel News as a 2015 Wonder Woman, an award that was given to 13 influential women nationwide from cable operations, technology, programming and media sales. Pidgeon, GCI’s general counsel, chief compliance officer and senior vice president of governmental affairs, is well known in the communications industry for her expertise in a wide range of services and issues, including retransmission consent, universal service and wireless network competition. In 2014, she was included in Multichannel News’ “Women to Watch” list. Sen. Dan Sullivan opened his Fairbanks office and announced Leslie Hajdukovich as his special assistant for the Interior. An active member in the Fairbanks community, Hajdukovich most recently served as a statewide co-chair of the “Vote No on 1” campaign. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Hadjukovich also served on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board from 2005-2011, including three years as President. PND Engineers Inc., announce the following new employees in its Anchorage office. Ingrid Martin Cogdill joined the firm as marketing manager. Ingrid, a former news journalist, has extensive engineering industry marketing experience and formerly worked as PND’s marketing director from 2000 to 2008. Cogdill holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Rachelle Branstetter was hired as marketing associate. Branstetter is a recent University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English rhetoric. Jake Kopplow, E.I.T., joined PND as a staff civil engineer. Kopplow holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Idaho State University and has several years of hands-on experience in construction and engineering, including construction project management and field engineering. 

Movers & Shakers 3/29/15

Jenna Germer has joined the Anchorage office of R&M Consultants Inc. as an environmental specialist in February. Prior to joining R&M, Germer worked as a geologist technician on the North Slope. She was involved with tundra and drill site remediation projects and was responsible for core logging bore holes and taking core stability samples. Since joining R&M, she has been working on the University of Alaska Anchorage Arena Cooling Wells project, performing site sampling and working on applications for water rights. She has also been involved in the West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade and Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline Material Site Program. Germer has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Elaina Spraker will serve as regional director of Sen. Dan Sullivan’s Kenai Peninsula office. Spraker, of Soldotna, has served in a variety of nonprofit, government and school district organizations during her decades of service in the Kenai Peninsula community. An avid outdoorswoman, Spraker will also continue to serve as the clinic director for the Women on Target/Teens on Target Firearm Training, a National Rifle Association sponsored training program for women and adolescents. Christopher Monfor has been named president and CEO of Salamatof Native Association Inc., effective immediately. Monfor, 41, has most recently been the area sales manager for NC Machinery’s CAT Rental Store Division, which sells and leases Capterpillar equipment to companies in the oil and gas, construction and general commercial industries. Monfor received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland in marketing, history and criminology. A shareholder of both SNAI and Cook Inlet Region Inc., Monfor was born and raised in Kenai and has served on the SNAI Board of Directors since 2009. Dave Miller has been named the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region Director. Miller has served as Northern Region Maintenance and Operations Director since 2013. He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ petroleum engineering program. Miller has more than 35 years of maintenance, operations and construction experience in the public and private sectors. Miller worked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Facilities Services for seven years, first as the director of maintenance and then design and construction. Most recently, he was a senior project manager at ARCADIS-US, where he worked on projects such as the Fairbanks International Airport Terminal Development Program and the Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center. Miller’s official first day as regional director was March 16. Five new members have been appointed to the Alaska SeaLife Center board of directors. Ed Graff has been superintendent of the Anchorage School District since 2013. He began his teaching career in 1991 at Gladys Wood Elementary School and has worked in the Anchorage School District ever since. Originally from Minnesota, Graff has lived in several Alaska towns and villages, including Hooper Bay and Savoonga. Glenn Reed, president of Pacific Seafood Processors Association, was born in Seward and grew up in Moose Pass. As president of PSPA since 1999, Reed now lives in Seattle, spending a great deal of time traveling between Seattle and Alaska for fishing industry meetings. Reed is a board member of the North Pacific Marine Science Foundation, North Pacific Fisheries Research Foundation, and SeaShare. Terry Lauck of ConocoPhillips is the Director of Permits, Sciences and Regulatory Advocacy for ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. His group is responsible for securing environmental/regulatory permits associated with exploration and production operations for ConocoPhillips in Alaska, in addition to the associated wildlife, ecosystem, and cultural studies. Lauck has been employed by ConocoPhillips for nearly 27 years, having worked in Minnesota, Texas, Colorado, California, and Oklahoma (twice), before transferring to Alaska in August 2014. Dan Graham, of PacRim Coal LP, has been the project manager of the Chuitna Coal Project since 2009. Graham moved to Alaska in 1983 to study mining engineering at UAF and play hockey; he has worked in Alaska’s mining industry ever since. Daniel M. White, of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and also heads the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization. A registered professional engineer, White has been Director of the Institute of Northern Engineering since July 2006. He has conducted research on drinking water protection, development and treatment, and has spent considerable time in rural villages and remote locations in Alaska pursuing issues related to freshwater in the Arctic. Fairbanks District Attorney J. Michael Gray has been appointed the new District Attorney for the Bethel office. Gray received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University in 1977 and his law degree from The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary in 1981. He began his legal career as a Legal Services Corp. attorney in rural southern Virginia. He began his career with the Alaska Department of Law on June 28, 1995, as a prosecutor in Kodiak. He soon rose through the ranks and became the District Attorney in Kodiak in 1998. Ten years later, he moved from Kodiak to head up the office in Fairbanks. Gray plans to take over as District Attorney in Bethel on April 1. The recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Conservationist of the Year award are Nick and Karen Steen of Wasilla, who were recognized for their three decades of dedication to conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat in Southcentral Alaska. The Steens were instrumental in forming a local chapter of The Ruffed Grouse Society in 1992 to blend local sportsmen’s efforts with the Alaska wildlife management program. Largely due to their efforts between 1993 and their retirement from RGS in 2012, more than $450,000 was raised to improve habitat for grouse and other wildlife. The chapter also funded graduate students, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs, and wildlife management and research. Additionally, Nick Steen coordinated efforts between sportsmen and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to fund successful transplants of ruffed grouse from interior Alaska to the Matanuska Valley in the 1980s and to the Kenai Peninsula in the mid-1990s.

Movers & Shakers 03/22/15

 Nowling Jada Nowling has been promoted to ad director at Morris Publishing Group-Alaska. In her new position, Nowling will supervise the ad sales team at the Alaska Journal of Commerce, Chugiak-Eagle River Star and the Alaskan Equipment Trader. “I am excited to fill this position with someone who is trusted and respected within the communities we serve,” said MPG-Alaska Publisher Rona Johnson. “She is also an excellent sales representative and has many years of experience in the media business.” Nowling has been a sales representative with MPG-Alaska for a little more than a year. Prior to that, she was the national and agency account executive for seven years at Anchorage Daily News and circulation director for nine years at Dunn County News in Menomonie, Wis. Nowling lives in Anchorage with her husband, Jody. They have three daughters, Jessa Stephens of Ohio, Jenna Nowling and Joleesa Stepetin both of Anchorage, and five grandchildren. Vecera Patricia Vecera, an experienced labor/employment lawyer, has joined the Anchorage office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as counsel. Vecera defends private and public employers in a full range of employment disputes and is also known for her labor law expertise. She joins DWT after spending 15 years at the Anchorage-based firm of Turner & Mede, P.C. Vecera defends employers in breach of contract, wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination and wage and hour claims; provides day-to-day employment-related counseling; oversees and conducts investigations into issues of harassment and other workplace misconduct; and represents clients in negotiating collective bargaining agreements and grievance arbitration proceedings, including appearing before the National Labor Relations Board and the Alaska Labor Relations Board. Brownlee Jessie Brownlee has recently joined AECOM as a wetland biologist. Brownlee has three years of experience conducting and assisting in jurisdictional wetland determinations and wetland and vegetation mapping throughout the state of Alaska. Brownlee brings her experience in working with various governmental agencies including the U.S. Forest Services, National Park Services, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to the AECOM team. Brownlee is currently involved in wetland and vegetation mapping along a proposed gas pipeline route. Brownlee will also be a field lead for the 2015 summer field season and will assist in post field quality control mapping. DiMarchi Jack DiMarchi, CPG, has joined Stantec as its Alaska mining sector leader. With more than 25 years of industry experience, DiMarchi will develop Alaska-specific mining opportunities, while expanding the firm’s regional and North American-wide capabilities. He is based in the Fairbanks office. DiMarchi joins Stantec after serving as the large mine project manager for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources where he managed the environmental permitting process for Alaska’s hard rock mines. He coordinated permitting activities for the Red Dog, Pogo, Fort Knox mines and several advanced exploration projects for the state. Earlier in his career, he was integral to the team that defined the Pogo gold deposit and then participated in the underground development, construction and commissioning of the mine; and he was the first chief mine geologist.   Jenifer Burris, a criminal justice auditor with the Alaska Department of Public Safety, was chosen as the Alaska National Guard spouse of the year by Military Spouse magazine. Burris was selected after being nominated by her husband, Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Burris, of the 176th Air Defense Squadron, Alaska Air National Guard. Alongside full-time employment with the state and her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in counseling, Burris volunteers her off-time with organizations that focus their efforts on military service members, veterans, and their families, including Forget Me Not; Partners in Care; and the Coalition for Service Members, Veterans and Families. Burris’s volunteer position as key mentor spouse for her husband’s unit is where she feels she is able to make the greatest impact. Burris lends her time assisting 176th ADS spouses with anything that they may need — whether it is to learn how to cook, prepare household budgets, bake cakes and goodies for their children’s birthday parties, babysit, or drop off a meal to families with newborn children. This is the second year that Military Spouse magazine has expanded its annual spouse of the year award to include base, state and district-level recognition. The overall winner for the 2015 Military Spouse of the Year, who will be selected from more than 170 bases, posts and Coast Guard districts, will be revealed at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 8.   Earl Stewart is the new Tongass Forest Supervisor. His reporting date has not yet been determined; however, he is expected to report in early May. Stewart comes to Alaska from the U.S. Forest Service’s Southwestern Region, and is the Forest Supervisor for the Coconino National Forest based in Flagstaff, Ariz. Stewart graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology in 1985 and worked for the Oklahoma’s Department of Wildlife Conservation as a biologist. He joined the Forest Service in 1991 and has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of positions on six national forests in three different regions before coming to the Tongass.

Movers & Shakers 03/15/15

Chris Poulsen, civil engineer at R&M Engineering Inc., recently passed the Professional Engineers exam, earning his P.E. license in the state of Alaska. Poulsen joined the R&M team in May 2013, and has eight years of experience working on public and private civil engineer and survey projects. Poulsen is a graduate of Utah State University and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering. Molly Logelin of RIM Architects has earned professional registered architectural licensure in the state of Colorado. Logelin joined RIM in 2006 and has served as an architectural intern while earning certification as a Construction Document Technician and Revit Architecture Professional. She will pursue Alaska architectural licensure at the Alaska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects quarterly meeting in May 2015. Logelin has played a key role on many RIM projects, including the International & C Street Office Building and the Winterberry Charter School, both in Anchorage, and the Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow. LeathersDavid Northrim Bank announced the hiring of Bradley Leathers, branch manager for Northrim’s Sitka Branch and the promotion of Leary David, branch manager for the bank’s Huffman Branch. Leathers began his banking career in 2007 with Wells Fargo in Ketchikan. There he served as assistant to the district president providing administrative support to 11 retail branches. Most recently, he was the branch manager for Wells Fargo in Skagway. Leathers joins Northrim with a wealth of knowledge of Southeast Alaska. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. David has worked at Northrim Bank since 2006, where he started as a teller at the Midtown Financial Center. He has been a personal banker, branch specialist, branch supervisor, and assistant manager during his time at Northrim. David holds a degree in marketing management from San Beda College, Philippines. The Wilson Agency is proud to announce that Vice President and Senior Employee Benefits Advisor Jennifer Bundy-Cobb has been chosen as a 2015 inductee for the Anchorage ATHENA Society. The ATHENA Society is an international organization dedicated to encouraging the potential of women as valued members and leaders of the business community. Bundy-Cobb, along with nine other women from the Anchorage business community will be inducted into the organization during the annual Anchorage ATHENA Society Luncheon on March 30 at the Dena’ina Center. Bundy-Cobb was awarded this nomination due to her commitment promoting and mentoring women. The Athena award was also based on her extensive credentials and accomplishments as a leader in our business community, to include having served on the board of several organizations and receiving prestigious awards, such as the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 in 2003 and the Alaska Association of Health Underwriters, Bob Hagen Award in 2010. InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom-to-career education program, announced that David Hale has been appointed to its national board. Hale is president, founder and owner of Hale & Associates Inc., a Trusted Choice independent insurance agency in Fairbanks. Hale joined an insurance company team in 1986 that would later become Willis of Alaska. He rose through the ranks to president/CEO and when Willis left Alaska in 2007, Hale founded Hale & Associates. He has served as president of the Alaska Independent Agents & Brokers for two separate terms and is the Big “I” national state director from the Last Frontier state. Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Marian Taylor to the position of Procurement Center Representative for the Area VI Office of Government Contracting, which includes the state of Alaska. Taylor takes over for Marichu Relativo, who is the Deputy District Director for SBA’s Alaska District Office. Taylor has held a variety of government positions throughout her career all with military installations across Alaska, including Forts Wainwright and Richardson, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and the Regional Contracting Office Alaska. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director for the Office of Small Business Programs at the Army Contracting Command, Fort Wainwright. Ahtna Inc. and family of companies announced David O’Donnell has joined the Ahtna team as president of Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Corp. O’Connell will be based out of the Ahtna Anchorage office. O’Connell brings to Ahtna 25 years of experience in the management of civil construction, operation and maintenance organizations. He has spent the last 10 years as vice president and general manager over civil construction for the Bristol Alliance of Companies, an Alaska Native owned corporation with more than $150 million in revenues. WagonerHolley Two staff members from the Alaska Division of Insurance were recently recognized for their expertise in insurance regulation, as recipients of the 2014 National Association of Insurance Commissioners Insurance Regulator Professional Designation Program. Regulations Specialist Chip Wagoner received the Professional in Insurance Regulation designation, and Investigator John Holley received his Associate Professional designation. An NAIC designation signifies that a regulator has mastered a broad range of regulatory competencies. The Interior Gas Utility board of directors elected a new board chair and vice chair March 3. Vice Chair Mike Meeks was elected as the chair, and Frank Abegg was elected as the vice chair. Their terms began immediately. The IGU board was faced with electing new leadership positions after Chair Bob Shefchik officially resigned to be the team lead for the Interior Energy Project. His resignation was accepted at the March 3 meeting and took effect immediately. Christine V. Williams, who most recently served as vice president and general counsel of the Bering Straits Native Corp., has joined the Anchorage office of the national law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as a partner. Also joining the firm’s Seattle office are Lisa Marchese and three other partners from Dorsey & Whitney, who represent some major Alaska-based clients. The group will enhance the firm’s government contracting, litigation and construction practices. Before joining the Bering Straits Native Corp., Williams was a partner at Perkins Coie LLP in Anchorage (2009-14) and an attorney at Patton Boggs LLP, also in Anchorage (2005-09). At both firms, Williams practiced with the government contracting and/or construction groups.  

Movers & Shakers 3/08/15

First National Bank Alaska banker Doug Longacre will lead the bank’s commercial lending operations after the board of directors recently named him executive vice president. A West Anchorage High graduate, Longacre worked his way through college doing construction before joining the bank in 1974. He has successfully worked in every aspect of lending in the bank, from the Cordova Branch to the Parkway and Eastchester branches in Anchorage. Longacre has been the Branch Loan Administrator for many years. As executive vice president, Longacre will oversee all aspects of commercial lending in First National branches in Anchorage and across Alaska, and the deposit operations of branches in Alaska communities outside Anchorage. Susan Bell joined McDowell Group in February, following five years with the State of Alaska as commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. Bell previously worked with the Alaska-based research and consulting firm, managing a wide array of projects including community development and planning, market demand assessments, feasibility studies for public and private investments, and public opinion research. As Commerce commissioner, Bell had extensive contact with community and business leaders. She served as state co-chair of the Denali Commission and as a board member for the Alaska Railroad Corp., Alaska Energy Authority, Alaska Gasline Development Corp., and Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. Originally from Nome, Bell currently resides in Juneau. Paul Wilkins has recently joined AECOM as a fisheries biologist. Wilkins has 17 years of experience in fisheries data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Wilkins’s role with AECOM consists of assisting as needed with projects that call for his numerous specific areas of expertise which include fisheries biology, data analysis, and field biological data collection. Cindy Shake has joined AECOM as a public affairs specialist. Shake is a versatile, award-winning communication professional named 2014 Marketer of the Year by the American Marketing Association, Alaska Chapter. Shake was principal of a successful graphic design firm for over 25 years. She has years of combined professional experience in marketing, business development, management, communications, and graphic design. Aside from being the director of the AECOM internship program, Shake’s responsibilities at AECOM include supporting the environmental, engineering, planning, and permitting projects in Alaska. Noa Lolofietele has recently joined AECOM as a receptionist. Lolofietele has more than five years of combined experience in management, customer service, and in various administrative positions. Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young announced the following staff changes to his Washington, D.C., staff, which includes the addition of 20-year House Natural Resources Committee staffer Bonnie Bruce and U.S. Army combat veteran Jakob Johnsen of Alaska. Bruce arrives to Congressman Young’s office after two decades on the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs as a Professional Legislative staff member. Originally hired in 1995 by then-Chairman Young, Bruce has worked to develop and implement legislative policy in the areas of fisheries, marine mammals, wildlife, and insular affairs. Bruce will pick up portfolios relating to foreign affairs, telecom and trade, while continuing her work on wildlife and fisheries related activities, including the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which will be introduced by Young and passed by the House this year. Johnsen, who currently serves as a Special Assistant to the Commissioner and Legislative Liaison for the Alaska Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, is a lifelong Alaskan and former Army Officer. In his current capacity, Johnsen has worked broadly on many issues affecting Alaska’s military and homeland security presence, including force structuring, funding, and veteran affairs. A 2009 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and combat veteran of the Iraq war, Johnsen served his country as an Army Platoon Leader and Strategic Planner. Johnsen, who will begin in Young’s office in mid-March, will focus on policy relating to military and veteran affairs, in addition to handling homeland security, immigration and banking issues. Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan announced additional legislative staff hires in his Washington, D.C., office. Erik Elam will serve as the Majority staff director of the Fisheries, Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, and Jason Suslavich and Kate Wolgemuth will both serve as legislative assistants. Elam most recently served as legislative director for Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young. In addition to the Subcommittee responsibilities, he will focus on energy, federal lands, fisheries, Coast Guard, and oceans. A graduate of the University of Dayton and George Mason University, Elam previously served in the Army National Guard as an Armor officer. Suslavich previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor to Rep. Young. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Suslavich will focus on military and veterans’ affairs committee work for Sullivan. Wolgemuth most recently served as an associate director of state/federal relations in the Washington, D.C., Office of former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and current Gov. Bill Walker. A graduate of Colgate University, Wolgemuth will focus on education, health care, housing and native affairs issues. First National Bank Alaska announced several personnel moves. The bank named longtime First National banker and Vice President Karl Heinz the regional branch manager in charge of the Glennallen, Kenai, Kodiak and Valdez branches. Heinz previously managed branches in Glennallen, Haines and Eagle River after completing the bank’s Management Associate program more than 12 years ago. First National hired Loan Officer Jason Feeken and appointed him assistant vice president. He’ll work out of Anchorage’s corporate headquarters and owns more than 10 years working in Alaska’s financial industry. Jennifer Matthews moved from the Wasilla Branch after being promoted to Cash Management Services specialist in Anchorage. She will work with customers to formulate the best solutions to meet their business banking needs. Moving from Deposit Services, Diane McKee is the new Parkway Branch Manager after the board promoted her to take charge of the East Anchorage branch. McKee has worked in banking for more than 17 years, including the last five in Deposit Services.

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.


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