Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 06/08/14

Matt Steele has been hired by the Alaska Aerospace Corp. as vice president of business development as it expands within the commercial aerospace industry and diversifies its business services. Steele joins AAC with 34 years of experience in aerospace business development. Most recently, he was director of business development for ATK Launch Services. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from Kent State University in 1980, and an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix in 2004. Steele will be based in Salt Lake City, Utah, to maintain and develop customer relationships. LonganMasterman Sara Longan of Anchorage and Steve Masterman of Fairbanks have been appointed directors in the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Longan has been appointed director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting. She has worked for the state more than nine years, most recently as deputy director of the permitting office, where she was responsible for the permitting and administration of large-scale oil and gas, transportation, and clean energy projects. Prior to that, she was the policy and legislative advisor in the Division of Oil and Gas. Longan earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Natural Resources and a Master of Science in ecotoxicology from Oklahoma State University. Longan also holds a doctorate in public health with a special focus on health, safety, and environment. Masterman has been appointed director of the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. He joined the division in 2013 as division operations manager and since November served as acting director. He has worked for the State of Alaska for the past 10 years. Masterman arrived in Alaska in 1983 and has 20 years of experience in the mineral industry, including generative exploration in Alaska, near-mine exploration in Peru and mine geology in Nevada. In 2004, he joined the Alaska Department of Transportation where he managed the Northern Region’s Engineering Geology program. Masterman earned a bachelor’s degree in mining geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, and a master’s degree in geological engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Seven attorneys in the Stoel Rives LLP Anchorage office have been selected by Chambers and Partners as leading U.S. lawyers.  They are: John D. Kauffman, Corporate/M&A; Joseph J. Perkins Jr., Jonathan E. Iversen and Tina M. Grovier, Energy, Natural Resources  & Regulated Industries; Renea I. Saade, Labor & Employment; S. Lane Tucker, Litigation: Construction; James E. Torgerson, Litigation: General Commercial. BryantHemmilaSaidiDenslinger Four individuals have joined The Wilson Agency. Jolene Bryant joins The Wilson Agency as an employee benefits advisor. Her previous experience is with a third party administrator, carrier and brokerage firm and she is licensed in property and casualty and life and health through the Alaska Division of Insurance. Ben Hemmila, having worked in several capacities of leadership, is now transitioning from his recent experience as a regional consultant and vice president of marketing in Minnesota to join The Wilson Agency as a business development executive. Hemmila graduated from Northwestern College with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is currently pursuing his MBA at Liberty University. Sara Saidi joins as marketing coordinator. Before moving to Anchorage she worked at a multicultural advertising agency. She graduated with both a bachelor’s degree in Spanish for International Service and master’s degree in business analysis from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Marc JJ Denslinger will work as an associate analyst. He is a recent graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He will assist our staff with claims reporting and analysis. Five lawyers in the international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP Anchorage office were ranked by Chambers and Partners in its annual survey, Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014.  Dorsey Partners Robert Bundy, Jahna Lindemuth and Spencer Sneed were ranked in the Litigation: General Commercial practice area. Partners Michael Mills, Richard Rosston and Sneed were ranked in the Corporate/M&A practice area, with Mills and Sneed also separately ranked in the Corporate/M&A: Bankruptcy practice area. Rosston was also separately ranked in the Real Estate practice area. In all, the five Dorsey Anchorage lawyers received a total of nine individual rankings, including four rankings of Band 1, a Senior Statesman ranking for Bundy and a Star Individual ranking for Rosston. Ron Kieswether of Anchorage has been promoted to the president of Carlile Transportation. Kieswether joined Carlile last October as chief operating officer focused on operations including logistics, less than truckload operations, trucking and safety. His expanded role will include setting strategic direction for Carlile’s Alaska and Lower 48 business and overseeing all operations for the company. Kieswether has more than 30 years experience in the transportation industry. Prior to joining Carlile, Ron was vice president of operations for Oak Harbor Freight Lines in Auburn, Wash. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Portland State University in Oregon. Six Davis Wright Tremaine Alaska attorneys in five practice areas were recognized as leaders in their fields by the 2014 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The Alaska attorneys are: Barbara Simpson Kraft, Jon S. Dawson and Joseph Reece; Corporate/M&A (Band 1); Mike Jungreis, Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries; Gregory Fisher, Robert K. Stewart, Alaska, Labor & Employment (Band 1); Dawson, Alaska, Litigation: General Commercial; Simpson Kraft, Dawson, Reece, Alaska, Real Estate (Band 1).

Movers & Shakers 06/01/14

Four Anchorage-area high school seniors have been awarded $4,000 scholarships and are among 25 winners of the BP Principals and Commissioner Scholarship program statewide. Since 1985, BP has awarded nearly $3.5 million to more than 750 Alaska students who have excelled in academics and community service. The 2014 BP Principals and Commissioner scholarship winners are: Mackenzie French, A.J. Dimond High School; Ia Thao, Bartlett High School; Rachel Johnston, Grace Christian School; and Sijo Smith, Chugiak High School. Kim Butler has been hired as an associate financial planner at Alaska Permanent Capital Management. She will work directly under Cathie Straub, CFP, and Laura Bruce, CFP, in the newly formed Wealth Management for Individuals division and will provide technical assistance and client service support as she works towards completing her Certified Financial Planner certification. Butler is currently finishing her master’s degree in financial planning.  She graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s of business administration in finance. Prior to accepting this position she worked as a paralegal in the office of David Shaftel and as a Registered Representative at Charles Schwab & Co. Ivy Schultz recently joined URS as a geographic information systems analyst with four years of experience in GIS including collecting, managing, processing, and presenting data for a variety of successful projects. In her role as a GIS analyst, Schultz is responsible for data management, analysis, and cartography to support business processes. This includes post processing field data, quality assurance and control, geo-processing, and creating maps. She attended Alaska Pacific University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Janet Reiser, Jim Henderson and Harry Crawford were elected to the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. As the two candidates receiving the most votes in the 2014 election, Reiser and Henderson were elected to 4-year terms, while Crawford was elected to a 3-year term. Reiser is the director of business and resource development for the Aleut Corp. Henderson is a principal with new American Financial Group in the financial services industry. Crawford is a former Alaska state legislator, retired iron worker and a small-real-estate developer. All three were incumbents. In all, 12.5 percent of the 68,583 Chugach members of record voted, with 37.5 percent of the votes cast electronically via the Internet or phone. Reiser was elected board chair, Susan Reeves was elected vice-chair, Henderson was elected secretary and Sisi Cooper was elected treasurer. Effective June 1, 2014, shareholder Monica James will be the new chief operating officer for Calista Corp. James joins the Calista executive team after serving several years in Yulista Holding, LLC Calista’s largest holding company. James served as the chief financial officer and then vice president of business operations and administration for the Alaska Aerospace Corp. Her journey with Calista Corp. began at Yulista Holding, as the vice president of business strategy before becoming its president and CEO. Originally from Alakanuk, she graduated from Bethel Regional High School. Josh Herren will become the new president and CEO of Yulista Holding. Herren previously worked as the company’s executive vice president and COO. Paul May, the current director of finance, is being promoted to executive vice president and COO for Yulista Holding. Z. Daniel Graham is the new Bering Straits Native Corp. vice president of corporate development. Prior to joining BSNC, he served as president and CEO of Ahtna Engineering Services, Ahtna Technical Services Inc. and Ahtna Support and Training Services Inc. Graham joins the Company with more than 19 years of experience in managing government and private sector engineering, construction, remediation and service contracting work. He is a registered professional civil engineer and is a Certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. Graham received an Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Villanova University. Scott Bohne, a principal with RIM Architects LLC, has passed the Certified Construction Contract Administrator exam and can add CCCA to his list of accreditations. Bohne joined RIM Architects in 1989 and has been a principal since 2001. With 32 years of Alaskan architectural experience, he created and manages the firm’s Building Envelope & Science Technology Studio, providing forensic, repair and replacement solutions for roofs, doors, windows and exterior envelope issues for hundreds of projects. He is also RIM Architects’ specialist for projects completed under term contracts, including for the State of Alaska and Anchorage School District. Bohne earned both a bachelor of science in architecture and a bachelor of architecture from North Dakota State University. He is the Chair of the Municipality of Anchorage Board of Building Examiners and Appeals, and sits on the Bidding Review Board.

Movers & Shakers 05/25/14

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council elected new board officers for the year ending in May 2015. The newly elected executive committee includes: President Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez; Vice President Thane Miller, representing Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp.; Treasurer Jim Herbert, from the City of Seward; and Secretary Cathy Hart, representing the Alaska Wilderness Recreation and Tourism Association. The three members at-large are: Pat Duffy, representing the Alaska Chamber, Andrea Korbe from the City of Whittier, and Stephen Lewis representing the City of Soldovia. Asaaluk Irelan is the new branch manager of the Credit Union 1 Nome location. Irelan, a long-time resident of Nome, has more than eight years of experience in the banking and finance industry. From 2009 through 2013, Irelan worked for Credit Union 1 as assistant branch manager of its Nome location. The Northrim BanCorp board of directors promoted Latosha M. Dickinson to chief financial officer, effective immediately. Joe Schierhorn, who has served as CFO since 2001, will now devote his time exclusively to being the chief operating officer. Prior to joining Northrim in 2006, Dickinson was a senior audit associate and audit associate with KPMG, working in the Anchorage offices for four years. She earned her master’s of accountancy and bachelor’s of science in accounting degrees from the University of Montana and is a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking. In 2013, Dickinson earned the Wharton Leadership Certificate from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Brendan Gerdts of Bartlett High School in Anchorage is the winner of the 2014 United States Institute of Peace National Peace Essay Contest for Alaska and has earned a $1,000 academic scholarship. Gerdts’s essay, “Peace Through Unity: Bridging the Gap Between the Security Sector and the Public,” examined how security sector reform contributes to sustainable peace. Jean Lapp has joined Denali Alaskan Home Loans as a senior loan originator. Lapp will be originating loans at the main Denali Alaskan Home Loans office located at 471 W. 36th Avenue, Suite 110 in Anchorage. Lapp has more than 20 years in the financial industry, most recently as a mortgage loan originator. In addition to originating mortgage loans, Lapp brings her experience in all aspects of the mortgage process including escrow, lending, processing and funding. Kelly McLain has joined the account services team at Gere Donovan Creative, a multidisciplinary design and communications firm with offices in Anchorage, Alaska and Portland, Ore. Prior to joining Gere Donovan Creative, Kelly was the research director and an assistant dean at the University of Alaska Anchorage. With a master’s degree in English and a bachelor’s degree in journalism, McLain has previously been involved in a variety of writing projects across Alaska and Oregon including work for the official Alaska vacation guide, the Alaska Dispatch, Anchorage Daily Planet and The Bend Bulletin.

Movers & Shakers 05/18/14

Kim Black joins the Arctic Branding & Apparel team after spending the last 15 years in specialty healthcare sales, marketing and management. Her most recent experience was as the marketing director for an occupational health and rehabilitation department. In this position she became familiar with the safety needs of Alaskan workers and the importance of providing equipment, clothing and training to protect them from injury. The University of Alaska Fairbanks announced recipients of the 2014 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching, Research and Service Awards on May 6. Joseph Thompson, associate professor of philosophy and humanities in the College of Liberal Arts, received the teaching award; Roger Ruess, professor of biology at the UAF Institute of Arctic Biology and College of Natural Science and Mathematics, received the research award; and Elena Sparrow, research professor and education outreach director at the International Arctic Research Center, received the service award. All three were honored at a reception at the UA Museum of the North. Thompson joined the university in 1999 and has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, from introductory philosophy to core humanities classes to advanced senior thesis. His student evaluations have been consistently stellar. Thompson has three philosophy degrees: a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ruess joined the faculty at UAF in 1989, after postdoctoral and faculty positions at Syracuse University and two years as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Science Foundation. Ruess is an ecologist whose work, which focuses on the boreal forest, has been funded with almost continuous support from the National Science Foundation. Ruess earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine and a doctorate in biology from the University of North Dakota. Sparrow has served the university since 1985 and has become internationally recognized for her work to share science with elementary and secondary school students. Her work with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment program, also known as GLOBE, has helped engage scores of students and teachers as citizen scientists. Sparrow holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of the Philippines, a master’s degree in soil microbiology from Cornell University and a doctorate in agronomy-soil microbiology from Colorado State University. Dustin Baugham recently joined URS as a project administrator with six years of experience in administrative and management support. Baugham’s responsibilities include billing, project controls, and subcontractor compliance. Neal Smith recently joined URS as an environmental scientist with two years of experience. Smith provides technical studies and environmental support, including National Environmental Policy Act support, environmental site assessment and Marine Mammal Protection Act support, Section 404 and Section 10 permit applications, water quality studies, and discharge monitoring and compliance support with Environmental Protection Agency and Alaska Department of Conservation water quality standards. Smith received a bachelor’s degree in aquatic biology from Bemidji State University and a master’s degree in environmental science from Alaska Pacific University. Edmund (Ned) Gaines recently joined URS as a cultural heritage specialist/applied anthropologist with 15 years of experience in all aspects of cultural resource management and sociocultural impacts analysis. Gaines has served as project director/principal investigator responsible for leading archaeological survey, excavation, lab analysis, technical report preparation, and consulting with various state and federal agencies. He also has experience in stakeholder engagement, paleontology, subsistence, database management, GPS, GIS, cartography, geomorphology, soil science and laboratory analyses. Two LifeMed Alaska professionals have received the distinguished designation of Certified Medical Transport Executive by the Association of Air Medical Services. Colt Connolly, director of ground operations, and Scott Williamson, director of flight operations, were both honored for receiving the CMTE designation at the AAMS–Medical Transport Leadership Institute graduation banquet last week.  The two men join LifeMed Alaska colleagues Jared Sherman, Glenn Stevens and Tim Nixon, along with approximately 300 other individuals worldwide who currently hold the CMTE credential. Tim Cudney has been appointed as the director of the Fairweather LLC Deadhorse Aviation Center at Prudhoe Bay. DAC is a multi-faceted aviation facility operated by Fairweather to support oil field operations on the North Slope, as well as offshore oil and gas exploration and development activities and U.S. military operations in the Alaska Arctic. Arriving in Alaska in 1978 after working in Colorado and Wyoming for the National Outdoor Leadership School and Outward Bound as a climbing instructor, Cudney accepted a position operating several remote fly-out hunting and fishing lodges in Bristol Bay. From 1997 to 2013 Cudney was employed by Era Helicopters, where he advanced from Denali Park helicopter base manager to director of business development for the Million Air/Era fixed-base operation in Anchorage. In 2013, Cudney joined Fairweather as the interim facility manager of DAC. R&M Consultants Inc. has added three staff members to its Anchorage office. Justin Rich, GISP joined R&M in March 2014 as a GIS specialist in the GIS Group. Rich has five years of experience in GIS, including analyzing and interpreting remote sensing imagery and vector data; developing algorithms for running spatial analysis; creating spatial databases; and processing GPS data. He spent the last three years as a Research Technician at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Rich has a master’s degree in geology from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, and a bachelor’s degree in geosciences from the University of Southern Maine. Chris Fell, LG joined R&M in April 2014 as a senior geologist in our Earth Sciences Department. Fell has 10 years of experience performing environmental and geotechnical services for private and public clients. Since joining R&M, he has been involved in the Alaska Stand-Alone Pipeline Material Program: Prudhoe Bay to Cook Inlet. Fell has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Josh Phares joined R&M in April 2014 as an IT systems administrator. He has 15 years of experience in IT and has a strong background in user support, driving upgrade projects and instituting process improvements. Phares is knowledgeable in Macintosh OS X; Windows XP and 7; Citrix Secure Access Client; Norton and Symantec AntiVirus; Inter-tel Phone System; Heat and BOSS Work Ticketing System; Web Design Usability Testing; and Enterprise Imaging Software.

Movers & Shakers 05/11/14

Monica Kane, assistant provost at University of Alaska Anchorage, has joined the Best Beginnings board of directors. Kane has been at UAA since 1996. Best Beginnings is a nonprofit advocate for early learning in Alaska. It is the statewide umbrella for Imagination Library, promotes and supports local early childhood partnerships, and produces and distributes materials and information about early learning. Rada Khadjinova has joined Fugro Pelagos as Alaska division manager. In this role, she serves as the focal point for all Fugro activities in the state, coordinating with other Fugro companies to deliver clients a complete range of survey, geotechnical, and subsea services. Khadjinova is a certified project management professional with 23 years of experience, the last seven of which have been in the area of engineering and environmental project management. She also holds graduate certification in environmental regulation and permitting from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in international relations from Troy State University. Originally from Russia, Khadjinova has lived and worked in Anchorage since 1993. Joseph Murry has been promoted to senior relationship manager with KeyBank in Alaska and Eric Hamilton has joined KeyBank in Juneau as business banking relationship manager and assistant vice president. In Murry’s new role, he is responsible for developing new business and delivering service to large commercial clients throughout the State of Alaska. Murry joined KeyBank in 2009, following 12 years of commercial banking in Milwaukee, Wis. He was recognized recently for outstanding performance by being named to KeyBank’s 2013 Signature Circle. A graduate of the University of St. Thomas and the Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colo., he currently serves as president of the Anchorage Library Foundation Board of Trustees. Hamilton brings to Key more than five years of experience in banking and insurance and hails from Craig, which is located on Prince of Wales Island, and his Tlingit and Haida ancestors were among the founders of Craig. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Concordia University, in Portland, Ore. Northrim Bank is adding six assistant vice presidents, or AVP, and officers from Southeast Alaska as part of the merger between Alaska Pacific Bank and Northrim completed in April. AVP Lending Branch Manager in Juneau Willy Dodd is a lifelong Juneau resident and has worked for at Alaska Pacific Bank for seven years. Dodd has a bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting from California State University Fullerton. AVP Lending Branch Manager in Ketchikan Marc Guevarra has worked in banking since 2001 and joined Alaska Pacific Bank in 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration-accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. AVP Electronic Business Services Manager Lisa Martin started her career in banking 20 years ago as a teller at a savings bank in Massachusetts. Before moving to Alaska to work for Alaska Pacific Bank, Lisa worked in credit unions and savings banks in Arizona, Washington and Oregon. She settled in Juneau 10 years ago. Assistant Branch Manager in Ketchikan Gerlie Monta-Guevarra started her career in banking with Wells Fargo in 2000. She moved to Alaska Pacific Bank in 2005. AVP Loan Administrative Officer in Juneau Tammi Whistler has over 31 years experience in the banking industry, all of which have been in Southeast Alaska. She started at BM Behrends Bank before moving to Alaska Pacific Bank. Assistant Branch Manager in Juneau Vern Williams has over 13 years of banking experience. He started as a teller at Alaska Pacific Bank in 2000. Three First National Bank Alaska branches have new managers. Syl Fowlis was appointed branch manager at the Federal Branch in downtown Anchorage. Originally from Gambia, Fowlis has worked in banking for more than a decade with roles as a teller, personal banker, business development officer and branch manager. Bill Kaltschnee is the branch manager at the South Center Branch in midtown Anchorage. He’s spent more than 19 years working in Anchorage’s financial industry, including the last three at First National. Karlyn Moyer is the branch manager at the Muldoon Branch in East Anchorage. An Air Force veteran, Moyer previously held the same position at the Federal Branch and first joined First National in 1997. Lia Patton has joined the board of trustees for Make-A-Wish Alaska, the nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Patton is an assurance director of the Anchorage office of BDO USA, LLP, and leads their audits of Native Corporation entities, employee benefit plans, and alternative investments. Patton graduated with a bachelor of business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Mel Sheldon, long-serving chairman of the Tulalip Tribes, has joined Strategies 360 as senior vice president of Native American affairs. As the former chairman of the Tulalips, Sheldon oversaw the tribal government of one of the most powerful and influential tribes in the country in the 15 years he served on the board with five as tribal chair. Previously, he has worked as a commercial fisherman in Puget Sound and Bristol Bay. After high school graduation Sheldon immediately enlisted in the U.S. Army serving a tour of duty in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Chugach Alaska Corp. has hired Melanie Osborne as its new corporate general counsel. Prior to joining Chugach, Osborne was vice president and deputy general counsel at Nana Development Corp., She has garnered more than 12 years of experience with Alaska Native corporations, including serving as vice president and general counsel for Ahtna  Inc. and providing counsel to various ANCs as an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller and Munson LLP. Osborne holds a law degree from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in justice and psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers & Shakers 05/04/14

Wells Fargo named Colby Swenor as an Anchorage business relationship manager. He will focus on meeting the unique financial needs of business owners and managers in Anchorage and helping them succeed financially. Swenor has nine years of financial services experience in Alaska. He has served as a consumer credit manager and branch manager for Wells Fargo Financial and licensed relationship manager for KeyBank. Swenor is a graduate of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership and Executive Advancement program. Jim Wood, Alaska’s Principal Broker for Coldwell Banker Commercial Intermountain (CBCI), was recognized as Number One Sales Professional in the state of Alaska for CBCI, globally. Jim focuses his business in the retail, office, industrial and development sectors of commercial real estate. Dannah Johnston, a senior deckhand and valued employee of Kenai Fjords Tours, was awarded the Alaska Vocation and Technical Education Center’s 2013/2014 Peter McNeal Scholarship. This memorial scholarship, funded by Brice Marine, is in honor of Peter McNeal, a valued crewman of the Tug SamB. Dannah was chosen for this award based on her scholastic aptitude, dedication to safety and maritime professionalism. Her demonstration of attitude, skill and command presence made her stand out among her peers. Dannah has submitted her application for her USCG Master’s license and is awaiting its approval. She is currently working as an instructor on field trips for Kenai Fjords Tours’ Marine Science Explorer Program The 2014 Anchorage BP Teachers of Excellence are: Adam Ahonen, Robert Service High School, life skills, grades 9-12; Geep Baranow, Alpenglow Elementary School, music; Michelle Carton, Highland Tech Charter School, language arts, grades 6-11; Betsy Connell, Girdwood K-8 School, resource, grades K-8; Laurel DePalatis, South Anchorage High School, chemistry; Jessica Frick, Ravenwood Elementary School, fourth grade; Lori Miller, Gruening Middle School, computer technology, grades 7-8; Marie Miller-Russell, Aquarian Charter School, kindergarten and first grade; Thomas V. Shelley, A. J. Dimond High School, Junior Reserve Officers’ training; Deborah Svendsen, Mount Spurr Elementary School, first grade. These teachers were honored at an award reception in Anchorage April 28. This was a record year for BP Teachers of Excellence with 1,400 nominations, and the 10 Anchorage teachers are among 33 Alaska educators being honored as part of the 2014 program. USTravel announces the promotion of Elizabeth Nerland to Director of Marketing. In this key role, Nerland provides strategic leadership for business growth and brand development for USTravel Companies. Nerland oversees marketing programs, content development, public relations initiatives and advertising strategy. Nerland has been with USTravel since March 2012. She has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and corporate communication. Nerland has an M.B.A. from University of Alaska Anchorage as well as a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A in Corporate Communications from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Northrim Bank welcomes vice presidents from Southeast Alaska to the Northrim family. John Blasco, Cheryl Fellman, Nicchia Leamer and Tom Sullivan join Northrim from Alaska Pacific Bank as part of the recent merger between the two institutions. Blasco has more than 10 years banking experience and has been with Alaska Pacific Bank for the past 6 years. He has a B.S. in Finance from Linfield College and an M.B.A. from the University of Alaska Southeast. Blasco is currently vice president, commercial loan officer in Juneau. Fellman has 17 years of experience in banking and has been with Alaska Pacific Bank for 10 years. She has worked for banks in Wash., Mass. and Honduras, where she was a Peace Corps Volunteer/Small Business Adviser. Fellman is the vice president Regional Sales & Services Manager in Juneau. Leamer has been with Alaska Pacific Bank for nearly 14 years. Before starting at APB, Leamer was at First National Bank Alaska for 8 years. Prior to the merger announcement, Leamer ran the mortgage department at APB. She is currently the vice president Lending Branch Manager in Sitka. Leamer holds a B.L.A. from the University of Alaska Southeast. Sullivan has been with Alaska Pacific Bank for 26 of his 28 years in banking. He is a graduate of Iowa State University and holds a B.S. in Business Administration. He also graduated from the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School. Sullivan is currently the vice president Commercial Lending Unit Manager in Juneau. Three Alaska high school students mentored by teachers in the Talk Story, Write Story writing program have been chosen as Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients for the 2014 – 15 academic year. The Association of Alaska School Boards sponsors the Talk Story, Write Story creative workshops for teachers. Mary Pingayak and Kyla Fermoyle, both from Chevak, and Martina May Brown from Ketchikan, were chosen from more than 52,000 applicants. Only 1000 recipients are chosen annually from around the nation to receive the scholarship. Bering Straits Native Corporation has announced Krystal Nelson as its new chief operating officer. Nelson joins the company with many years of expertise in leading 8(a) operations, finance and business development. Prior to joining BSNC, she served as vice president and chief operating officer of four of Ahtna Inc.’s leading subsidiaries. BSNC’s former chief operating officer Kurt Hermes is now BSNC’s new chief administrative officer. In his new role, Hermes will have primary day-to-day responsibility for planning, implementing, coordinating, and monitoring all administrative business activities of BSNC and its family of companies. He will work with a broad range of stakeholders, including subsidiary personnel, clients and employees. Sen. Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her first session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C. office. Lyndsey Brollini, Nicole Eldred, and Mckenzie Stepovich of Anchorage; Dierdre Creed of Kotzebue; Emily Hartley of Talkeetna; Austin Ramsay of Ketchikan; Alfonso Sitenga of Homer; Michaela Spaulding of Fairbanks; Rachel Tougas of Seward; and Maria Villa of North Pole will serve from June 2-27. Murkowksi also welcomes two Alaskan college students to serve as this summer’s intern coordinators. Kendall Eilo of Anchorage and Benjamin Gilman of Kenai will supervise and counsel summer interns in partnership with members of Murkowski’s staff. Eilo is a senior at the University of Colorado pursing a degree in Communications. Gilman is a senior at the University of St. Thomas pursing a degree in Psychology.

Movers & Shakers 04/27/14

Sara Chambers has joined the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development as the newly appointed Director of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing. Chambers assumed her new role March 27. As director, she will oversee the Division’s mission to ensure that competent, professional and regulated commercial services are available to Alaska consumers. Prior to her appointment, and since 2011, Chambers has been responsible for leading the division’s professional licensing section. Chambers’ previous experience includes owning a small business, serving as a City and Borough of Juneau Assembly member, and she is a former Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 recipient. Debra O’Gara is the new executive director of The Healing Hand Foundation. O’Gara will be working closely with the board of directors with its fundraising campaigns and increasing access for Alaskan Natives to unfunded healthcare services.  The Healing Hand Foundation, formerly known as The SEARHC Foundation, was formed in 2001 to help fill the funding gap in health care services for Southeast Alaskan Native people. Visit Anchorage recognized service to Anchorage visitors, the community and Alaska’s tourism industry at the 27th annual Seymour Awards Banquet on April 11, 2014. Named for Anchorage’s moose mascot Seymour, each of the awards recognizes an individual, group or business demonstrating excellence in product or service, contributing exceptionally to the visitor industry and Visit Anchorage’s programs or enhancing Anchorage’s image as a visitor destination. Husband and wife team Liz and Larry Dotson were recognized as Volunteers of the Year: Downtown. Together the couple devoted 450 hours of volunteer time to helping in the downtown visitor information center. Bob and JoAnn Berna won as Volunteers of the Year: Airport, for their 260 hours of volunteering at the visitor center inside Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Six long-time volunteers in Anchorage’s visitor centers were inducted into the President’s Circle. This year’s inductees included Jan Wilson with 26 years volunteering; Arlene Schillereff, 28 years; Mary Todd, 28 years; Doris Carey, 29 years; Gwen Christianson, 29 years; and Charlotte Gill, who has volunteered in the visitor information centers for 31 years. The Alaska Oil and Gas Association announced that Kate Blair has joined AOGA as Committee and Projects Coordinator.  Blair joins the AOGA team after spending the last eight years as a specialty pharmaceutical representative covering the state of Alaska. She also spent some time in New York as a Training Manager, during which she provided training to representatives across the United States. Prior to moving to Alaska, Kate was a Division 1 women’s college hockey coach at both the University of Maine and Mercyhurst University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Science from Mercyhurst University. Kate’s initial duties will be to provide assistance to several of AOGA’s committees, and will staff the organization’s Cook Inlet Task Group and the Offshore Committee/Arctic policy body. Bering Straits Native Corporation has announced the promotion of BSNC shareholder Miriam Aarons to director of corporate communications. In her new role, Aarons is responsible for brand management, public relations, coordinating media communications and helping oversee BSNC’s charitable giving efforts. Aarons formerly served as BSNC’s corporate communications manager. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a field concentration in International Relations from Columbia University in New York City. She is a member of the Alaska Native Heritage Center’s Development Committee.

Movers & Shakers 04/20/14

Cris Rosemond is the new executive chef at Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, which is owned by CIRI Alaska Tourism. Rosemond graduated from culinary school in 1996, and has garnered 18 years of professional experience by working in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Thailand and Italy. His culinary abilities enriched the dining experiences at establishments such as Pazzo Ristorante and The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Ore.; Scalas’s Bistro in San Francisco; and the Jonathan Club of Los Angeles. Rosemond arrives in Talkeetna most recently from the exclusive Birnam Wood Country Club in Montecito, Calif. Van Sanders has joined the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as the membership engagement coordinator. Sanders held positions in a variety of companies and industries from Statewide Petroleum Services to Information Insights in the Anchorage area before, and while, completing an undergraduate degree of philosophy at University of Alaska Anchorage. In his new role, Sanders will provide education to members of the Anchorage Chamber to make sure they have access to all of their benefits to enhance their overall membership experience. Melissa Wanamaker has joined American Heart Association and its division, the American Stroke Association, in Anchorage as business development director–Heart Walk and will be responsible for the annual signature fundraising event for the AHA. She will oversee sponsorship, community participation, and management of the event, a non-competitive 5K slated for Sept. 13, 2014, with a fundraising goal of $145,000. She will also promote and roll out the AHA’s corporate wellness initiatives under the “My Heart. My Life.” program in Anchorage. Wanamaker joins the AHA with many years of experience in community relations, public affairs, fundraising, and project management with ConocoPhillips Alaska and the American Red Cross. Kari Skinner has joined the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall as its new director of marketing and business development. Born and raised in Anchorage, Skinner brings several years of business, marketing and customer service experience to her new role. Before joining the 5th Avenue Mall management team, Skinner was a marketing manager at for 3½ years, leading their promotional programs. Before that, Skinner was an information manager at Nordstrom Fashion Place in Murray, Utah, where she was instrumental in helping employees become better sales people and teaching new technology management. Skinner graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and earned her MBA from University of Utah. Catherine Reese, who was born and raised in Anchorage, has been promoted to general manager for Midnight Sun Home Care. Reese has worked with the organization since August 2008, when she was hired as a receptionist. She was eventually promoted to staffing director and then took over as director of community outreach, in July 2013. Midnight Sun Home Care provides direct, in-home care to seniors and those with disabilities or in need of transition care. The company currently serves more than 80 families in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. Ben Heckert is the new Credit Union 1 member assistance manager. With an associate’s degree in applied business, Heckert brings his varied foreclosure and bankruptcy portfolio-management experience to the Member Assistance Department. He also has more than a decade of experience performing title research and analysis for real estate title companies and lenders engaged in the purchase, refinance, or default process. In his new position, Heckert will be responsible for managing the credit union’s consumer and real estate loan delinquencies as well as overseeing liquidation of repossessed collateral by overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Member Assistance Department.

Movers & Shakers 04/13/14

Todd Allen is the new Carlile Transportation Systems Inc. vice president of human resources, effective March 31. Allen joins Carlile from Wells Fargo Insurance Services where he held the position of senior account executive, in Anchorage, and was responsible for providing employee benefit account management services to clients. Allen received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill. He has more than 15 years of human resources experience from various roles prior to joining Carlile. Sue Aspelund has been chosen to take over as executive director of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, which represents the commercial salmon driftnet fleet of Bristol Bay. For the last six years, Aspelund served as deputy director in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries. In that role, she coordinated the department’s work with the Alaska Board of Fisheries, oversaw communications with the public and the legislature, developed and managed complex budgets, and represented ADFG on multiple boards and commissions. Prior to being named deputy director, she served for six years as a fisheries policy advisor to the commissioner of the department. From 1998 to 2003 she served as executive director of Cordova District Fishermen United, the non-profit that represents Copper River and Prince William Sound fishermen. Aspelund takes the handoff from longtime executive director Bob Waldrop, who served since the organization’s inception. Linda C. Thomas has been named to the Northrim BanCorp Inc. board of directors, effective immediately. Thomas brings to Northrim 37 years of management and accounting experience in a broad range of businesses in Alaska. Currently, she serves as chief operations officer and vice president for the Alaskan Brewing Co. She was formerly the deputy director for the State of Alaska Division of Energy, an audit manager with Deloitte & Touche International (previously Touche Ross and Laventhol & Horwath), an accountant with Robinson & Sinz, CPAs, and a pension supervisor with the Alaska Electrical Trust Funds. Thomas earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Program Examiner, appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Rasmuson Fisheries Research Center board members selected six fellowship recipients for the 2014-15 academic year at their March 18 meeting. The awards, totaling $233,169 this year, include full tuition and a stipend to support graduate student research that contributes to the scientific or applied knowledge base of Alaska’s marine waters and resources. Three new recipients were chosen for the coming year: Patrick Barry, Emily Lescak and Benjamin Williams. Barry is a fisheries doctoral student in Juneau with faculty advisor Anthony Gharrett. His research project is “Fine-scale genetic structure of a salmon population: A prelude to tests of hatchery-wild interactions and an evaluation of the efficacy of genetic analysis on natural fish populations.” Lescak is a fisheries doctoral student based in Anchorage with faculty advisor Andres Lopez. Her research project is “Genetic basis for contemporary evolution in wild populations that experience dramatic changes to their environment.” Williams is a fisheries doctoral student in Juneau with faculty advisor Gordon Kruse. His research project is “Implications of variability in reproductive biology on management of the fishery for walleye pollock, Gadus chalcogrammus, in the Gulf of Alaska.” Additionally, the board awarded continued funding to three students: Michael Courtney, Thomas Farrugia and Charlotte Regula-Whitefield. Courtney is a fisheries master’s student in Fairbanks with advisor Andrew Seitz. He is studying the “Dispersal patterns and summer ocean distribution of adult Dolly Varden from the Wulik River, Alaska, evaluated using satellite telemetry.” Farrugia is a fisheries doctoral student in Fairbanks, also with faculty advisor Seitz. His research focuses on “Developing a bioeconomic model of the skate fishery in the Gulf of Alaska.” Regula-Whitefield is a marine biology doctoral student in Fairbanks with advisor Sarah Hardy. Her research project is “Nutrition and reproduction in the California red sea cucumber: Applications for commercial fishery management and aquaculture.” Wells Fargo has named Tim Redder as Kenai Peninsula Business Banking manager.  He leads a team of eight business associates and relationship managers in Homer, Kenai and Soldotna. Redder has been with Wells Fargo for 10 years after he joined the company as a consumer loan underwriter for Wells Fargo Financial in South Dakota. He moved to Alaska in 2006 as a senior credit manager before joining the Kenai Peninsula Business Banking team as a business relationship manager in July 2007. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from South Dakota State University.

Movers and Shakers 4/6/2014

Alaska Communications has added Hannah J. Blankenship to its marketing and corporate communications team as associate manager, corporate communications, effective March 24. Blankenship will manage media relations, internal communications and community relations. Blankenship comes from the public sector, most recently serving as an information officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Northern Region, in Fairbanks, where she was born and raised. She received her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Idaho. Brett Merboth of Nome was recently awarded the Alaska Air Carriers Association Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarship, underwritten by Crowley Maritime Corp.’s petroleum distribution group in Alaska. Merboth has been accepted to the University of Alaska Anchorage Aviation Technology Center. Merboth is the youngest member in a long line of aviators including his grandparents, Dick and Joyce Galleher, who owned Munz Northern Airlines based in Nome. The airline flew groceries, freight, Alaska residents and state tourists between the surrounding villages with the slogan “Flying the arctic before it’s paved!” At 14 years old, Merboth decided that he wanted to be an aviation mechanic and has since gained 10 years of experience in the mechanical and metal fabrication skills furthering his skills mainly in auto body shops. He also worked for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities out of Nome for two summers. MartinMillerCooper Northrim Bank promoted three individuals to serve on its management team. Jim Miller was promoted to administrative senior vice president, and Larry Cooper and Michael Martin were promoted to senior vice president. Miller, ASVP senior credit officer, has been with Northrim Bank for 17 years, but started his banking career in 1974 when he was a part-time teller while attending school. Miller worked as a commercial loan officer at Northrim for about 11 years before helping establish the Loan Quality Assurance Department in 2008. For the past three years, he has been the senior credit officer at the bank and joins four others as an administrative senior vice president. Cooper, SVP commercial loan unit manager, joined Northrim Bank in December 2013 and brings more than 25 years of banking experience from across Alaska and more than 10 years in a senior management role. He has a wide range of expertise form working with various Alaskan industries and Native corporations. Martin, SVP commercial loan unit manager and in-house counsel, has been with Northrim Bank since August 2011. Martin has been licensed to practice law in Alaska since 1996 and has worked in Alaska banking since 1995, when he started at First National Bank Alaska. He has also developed and taught courses in Law and Banking at Alaska Pacific University, Pacific Coast Banking School, and the American Institute of Banking. AndersonEdwardsHanley First National Bank Alaska’s Board of Directors recently appointed three bankers to officer positions. Matthew Anderson was appointed trust officer and brings more than 18 years of professional trust and investment knowledge to the bank. Ryan Edwards was named loan officer and appointed vice president. With more than 14 years of banking experience, Edwards specializes in medical and industrial business banking. Ken Hanley, who has more than 15 years of banking experience, was named loan officer and appointed assistant vice president at the Dimond Branch. Julie Hasquet has joined the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific board of directors, effective February 2014. Since 2012, Hasquet has been the director, government and public affairs for BP Alaska. She began her professional career as a broadcast journalist and worked as a TV news reporter and anchor for 17 years. Following that, she worked for a newly-elected Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich, who later became a U.S. senator. She served as his press secretary for nine years. She currently chairs the Leadership Council for the American Lung Association in Alaska and is deeply committed to the organization’s mission to ensure each person can breathe clean air. Both of her parents died in 2001 of smoking-related cancers, and both of her daughters have struggled with asthma. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and film. The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce announced the following 2014 inductees into the Anchorage ATHENA Society: Ella Anagick, owner, Law Office of Ella Anagick; Michele Brown, President and CEO, United Way of Anchorage; Heather Cavanaugh, director of corporate communications, Alaska Communications; Joy Chavez Mapaye, associate professor, Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Alaska Anchorage; Kathy Day, owner, Kathy Day Public Relations Virtual; Julie Decker, director and CEO, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center; State Sen. Anna Fairclough, Alaska State Legislature; Abbe Hensley, executive director, Best Beginnings Inc.; B.G. Catherine Jorgensen, Alaska National Guard; Jana Latham, owner, Arctic Rose Gallery and Art Center; Marilyn Romano, regional vice president, Alaska Airlines. The 10 women were recognized during the Annual Anchorage ATHENA Society luncheon held March 31 at the Dena’ina Center. GeoNorth announced the hiring of several new personnel as additions to their staff of on and off site managers and developers. James Wortley, with more than 20 years of database design, development, and management experience, has joined GeoNorth as their new senior programmer/analyst. Wortley as a master’s degree in electrical engineering from John Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington. Wortley operates remotely out of GeoNorth’s Fairbanks location. Sean Merritt, operating remotely out of Bozeman, Mont., has recently accepted the position of senior programmer/analyst. Merritt has 10 years of experience with various state government agencies throughout Alaska, a host of utility organizations including natural gas companies and telecommunications firms, railroad companies and gas pipeline companies. Merritt has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Alaska Anchorage. One of GeoNorth’s most recent new hires, Joshua Tester, with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the UAA, joined GeoNorth as a web application developer. The AMATS Freight Advisory Committee welcomes Phillip Price. Price is the chair and a professor for the Department of Logistics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Price has more than 30 years of experience in university instruction and professional training. He began his career in logistics and management instruction with the Irish Industrial Training Authority, both setting up and delivering a wide range of logistics and management-related programs across Ireland. He then served as senior lecturer and director of the Management Development Unit at the University of North London. Finally, just before joining the University of Alaska Anchorage, he was an associate professor of logistics and MBA director at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics, and Strategic Planning as part of a European Union initiative to develop an MBA program in post-Soviet Central Asia. Kathleen Frederick has been appointed as the chief administrative law judge. The chief administrative law judge oversees the Office of Administrative Hearings and carries out statutory duties created to support improvement of executive branch adjudication processes. Frederick, of Palmer, has practiced law for 30 years. She currently is an attorney for the State of Alaska Office of Elder Fraud and Assistance. Frederick previously worked as an associate attorney at Baxter Bruce & Sullivan PC, and also as a managing attorney with Frederick & Associates, specializing in corporate law, real estate law, Alaska Native law, employment law, and mediation. She is a board member for the Palmer Museum and has served as a commissioner for the Alaska Public Offices Commission, and the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. Frederick received a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, a juris doctorate from Villanova School of Law, and a certificate of mediation from Pepperdine University. The Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to workforce development, announced that Matthew Fagnani has accepted the position of executive director. He has more than 22 years of business management, development, and executive leadership experience. Before joining APICC, Fagnani was the vice president of business development at Pebble Limited Partnership in Anchorage. Prior to his position at Pebble Partnership, he was vice president of operations for NMS Workforce Solution Division; and President of WorkSafe Inc.

Movers & Shakers 03/30/14

Sathurin Ouannou has joined KeyBank in Alaska as branch manager of the Fairbanks East College Key Center branch. In his new role, he is responsible for day-to-day operations as well as providing financial services, including investments and mortgages, to both small business and consumer clients. He brings to Key more than 13 years of experience in financial services. Sathurin is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston. Kevin M. Cuddy has joined the Anchorage office of Stoel Rives LLP as Of Counsel in the Litigation Group. Cuddy has experience before state and federal courts in a wide array of general commercial litigation matters, ranging from breach of contract and tort claims to environmental and oil and gas matters to complex insurance disputes. He has also handled mediations and arbitrations in Alaska. Before joining Stoel Rives, Cuddy was with Feldman Orlansky & Sanders in Anchorage and Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. He is a graduate of Duke University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude) and Bowdoin College (summa cum laude). Anchorage Superior Court Judge William F. Morse was appointed presiding judge of the trial courts in the Third Judicial District. The appointment is effective April 15. Judge Morse replaces Presiding Judge Sen K. Tan, who retires on July 1, 2014. Morse was appointed to the Superior Court in Anchorage in 2002. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from Lewis and Clark. He worked as an assistant public defender, assistant attorney general, and associate general counsel for the IBEW Local 1547. For seven years he presided over a therapeutic court, a collaborative program to monitor and assist probationers with alcohol and substance addictions. He presides over the Probationer Accountability with Certain Enforcement court, a multi-agency program designed to provide a rapid response to probationers with alcohol or other substance abuse problems. He has been a member of the Appellate Rules Committee for fifteen years. He is the chair of the Governance Committee of the Lynx project, the court system’s implementation of electronic filing and the transition to an electronic records. Steve Brown is the new Credit Union 1 vice president of real estate lending. Brown has more than 20 years of financial institution experience. Beginning as a teller, he entered a management training program and spent time in Barrow, Kotzebue, and Nome before beginning his lending career in Anchorage. Initially specializing in consumer lending, he gained experience in home mortgage origination and underwriting before transitioning to small-business lending, commercial and industrial financing, and commercial real estate lending. He has most recently specialized in residential acquisition and development lending, providing tract, subdivision and housing development throughout Anchorage and the Valley. The Northrim BanCorp Inc. board of directors appointed Karl Hanneman to serve on its board. Hanneman brings to Northrim 33 years of experience in the mining industry in Alaska as a manager, mining engineer, mine operator and entrepreneur. The last three years he has served as general manager for the Livengood Gold Project, a large gold deposit in interior Alaska that has transitioned from the exploration drilling stage and is now proceeding through project design and feasibility study. Formerly he worked for Teck Resources Inc., where he served as director of corporate affairs, and Alaska regional manager for the Pogo Gold project. Currently, he serves as the governor’s appointee to the Alaska Minerals Commission, as a director for the Resource Development Council, a director for the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and a director for Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. Hanneman earned a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, graduating magna cum laude, from the University of Alaska and was the recipient of the Joel Wiegert Award for the Outstanding Graduating Senior Male for the class of 1979.

Movers & Shakers 03/23/14

Jason Hartz, an experienced environmental litigator, has joined the Anchorage office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Hartz comes to the firm from the U.S. Department of the Interior, where he served as an attorney for seven years, first in Washington, D.C., with the Office of the Solicitor, and then in Anchorage, with the Office of the Regional Solicitor. At DOI, he developed significant experience in water rights and navigability matters, quiet title actions, and Tribal law. Hartz received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Gonzaga University and his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. He clerked with the Hon. Alexander Byrner of the Alaska Supreme Court and with the Oregon Department of Justice. Andrew DeNittis has joined URS as an IT coordinator with seven years of experience working in the information technology field.  As IT coordinator His technical expertise includes Windows Operating System Environment, computer hardware/software installation and maintenance, LAN/WAN/wireless networking, OSI/TCP/IP/firewalls, and troubleshooting. Previously, DeNittis was employed with CGI as an engineering technician, task manager, and training development specialist. Alaska Clean Seas has named Ken Linderman as operations manager with responsibility for Arctic onshore and offshore response operations. Linderman has served as the planning and development manager for the last 12 years managing the health, safety, and environmental programs, spill response training, and research and development efforts. His efforts contributed to the significant recent accomplishment of ACS achieving two million hours without a lost time accident. Linderman has been with ACS for 23 years fulfilling various roles and has worked in the oil spill prevention and response industry for more than 30 years. Linderman will make his transition to operations manager in June. Don Habeger has been appointed as the new deputy commissioner at the Department of Administration, filling a vacancy left by current Commissioner Curtis W. Thayer. He leaves his current post as director of the Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing in the Department Commerce, Community and Economic Development held since July 2010. There, Habeger managed an division of 84 employees with an annual budget more than $12 million. Before state service Habeger had extensive experience in government and community relations, having served as director and regional vice president of government relations for a major cruise line. Habeger also worked for Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska, a subsidiary of Southeast Stevedoring Corp., as port manager in Juneau. He moved to Juneau in 1979, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from North Central University in Minnesota and completed studies in the University of Alaska Southeast’s Masters of Public Administration program. Rachel Langtry of Credit Union 1 has been promoted to senior vice president of Administration and Communications. Originally hired as a marketing associate in 2005, Langtry has her bachelor’s degree in business marketing and came to the credit union with previous marketing and financial institution experience. Since 2009, Langtry has served as the credit union’s vice president of Marketing and Communications. During her tenure in senior management, her marketing and outreach efforts have resulted in strong growth for the credit union, with membership increasing over 35% in the past four years. In her new role, Langtry will be responsible for the credit union’s overall internal and external communications programs, managing general administration of the credit union in support of executive management, and contributing to the development and implementation of short and long-term goals and objectives. Tom Panamaroff has been appointed president of Koniag Inc. Panamaroff is Alutiiq and grew up in Kodiak. He is a Koniag shareholder and has served as interim president of Koniag for the past year. He began his career at Koniag in 2000 and has served as corporate affairs manager and vice president, business operations. In 2005, he became president of Koniag Development Corp., a position he held until last year. As president, Panamaroff will split his time between Kodiak and Anchorage and will oversee shareholder relations, regional affairs, and lands and natural resources.

Movers & Shakers 03/16/14

Northrim Bank has hired Adam Baxter as assistant vice president, lending quality assurance officer, and Amanda LeDesma as assistant vice president, 36th Avenue branch manager. Baxter joins Northrim from Denali State Bank where he was a credit analyst. Prior to his start in banking, Adam worked as a staff accountant in Fairbanks. Baxter has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/biochemistry from University of Alaska Fairbanks and is working on completing his MBA at UAF. LeDesma comes to Northrim Bank from KeyBank, where she was a branch manager. She has been in banking for 11 years and holds her Series 6 and 63 securities licenses. LeDesma has a bachelor’s degree of business administration from the University of Alaska Southeast and is currently in the MBA program at Colorado State University. R&M Engineering Principal and Vice President Mark Pusich, P.E., was recognized by his peers as the 2013 Outstanding Engineer of the Year for the Juneau branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers at the annual Engineers Banquet. Pusich was selected for his outstanding civil engineering achievements and dedication to the profession for the past 28 years within the communities of Juneau and Southeast Alaska. He was also recognized as being active in the community through youth coaching and various volunteer groups. Ever Alquiza-Cordero joined Denali Alaskan Home Loans as a loan originator. Alquiza-Cordero will be originating loans at the main Denali Alaskan Home Loans office located at 471 W. 36th Ave., Suite 110 in Anchorage. Alquiza-Cordero has more than 17 years in the financial industry. Prior to joining the Denali Alaskan Home Loans team, Alquiza-Cordero worked for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Bettisworth North named Mark Kimerer, ASLA, PLA, its newest partner and principal landscape architect on Jan. 1. Kimerer leads the firm’s landscape architecture department of three and will oversee human resources and professional development for the firm. Kimerer’s project experience ranges from large-scale site planning and Complete Streets design to accessible playground design, low-impact development, civic park facility improvements and native plant revegetation techniques. He brings 21 years of experience in landscape architecture and 15 years as a licensed landscape architect. He began practicing in Alaska in 2004 at Land Design North, joining Bettisworth North in 2010. Kimerer’s notable landscape architecture projects at Bettisworth North include the Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks, the UAA Kenai Peninsula College Student Housing in Soldotna and the Spenard Road Reconstruction Project in Anchorage. Rob Sorensen has joined SIKU Construction LLC as superintendent for the Facility Services Group in the Pacific Northwest office, announced SIKU General Manager Bill Polis. SIKU’s Facility Services Group provides cost savings and added value to a wide range of clients by using proven facilities technology and implementing best practices. Sorensen has more than 20 years construction and facilities experience, most recently with Jody Miller Construction of Tacoma, Wash. SIKU Corp. LLC is one of five construction companies of the holding company UIC Construction Services, which includes Kautaq Construction, LLC; Rockford Corp.; UIC Construction LLC; and UIC First Nations Construction Services LLC. Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. is the Alaska Native village corporation of Barrow. Parnell names members of Medicaid reform group Gov. Sean Parnell named nine Alaskans to serve on the Medicaid Reform Advisory Group, which was created by the governor to bring in stakeholders and craft a proposal for meaningful reforms to the state’s Medicaid program. Specifically, the group will engage stakeholders such as  physicians, specialists, pharmacists, dentists, the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, community health centers and other non-profit health care providers, behavioral health providers, tribal health leaders, veterans affairs, insurers, and constituents. Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Bill Streur will chair the group. The group’s final report must be submitted to the Legislature for approval no later than Nov. 15, and be ready for inclusion in the governor’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal. Parnell named Renae Axelson, Sen. John Coghill, Dr. Ilona Farr, Sandra Heffern, Rep. Pete Higgins, Kenai Mayor Mike Navarre, Gene Peltola, John Torgerson and Kevin Turkington to the working group. • Axelson, of Anchorage, is a licensed nurse who has been an involved member of Alaska’s health care community for the last 30 years. She currently serves as the compliance officer for Geneva Woods Pharmacy. Axelson has served as an advisory board member at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. • Coghill, of Fairbanks, has served in the Alaska Senate since 2009. He previously served as a state representative since 1999. Born in Fairbanks and raised in Nenana, Coghill served in the U.S. Air Force. He is a small business owner. • Farr, of Anchorage, is a practicing physician and owner of Alaska Family Medical Care. Farr serves on the Blue Cross Physicians Advisory Board and Geneva Woods Homeowners Association. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, and American Association of Physicians and Surgeons. • Heffern, of Anchorage, is the owner of Effective Health Design Enterprises. She previously served as the chief executive officer of Ready Care, and as program director for ASSETS, an organization that provides supported employment and living services for individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness. • Higgins, of Fairbanks, was elected to the Alaska House of Representatives in 2012. He is a dentist with offices in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Wasilla. Higgins attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and earned his DDS from Creighton University. • Navarre, of Soldotna, is the mayor of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1984-1996. Navarre earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Eastern Washington University. • Peltola, of Bethel, retired this year as CEO of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. YKHC serves about 50 surrounding villages in Western Alaska. Peltola oversaw construction of five primary care clinics in the region, and during his tenure YKHC replaced more than 30 health clinics. He was the recipient of the Alaska Federation of Natives’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006; Indian Health Service’s Chief Executive Officer of the Year in 2007; and the Healthy Alaska Natives Foundation Luminary President’s Award in 2009. • Torgerson, of Soldotna, is the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District. He has held numerous public positions in his career, including state senator for eight years, Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly member for five years, acting deputy commissioner of the Alaska Marine Highway System, deputy commissioner of aviation, and acting director and business manager of the Alaska Division of Agriculture. Torgerson has also served as president of the Alaska Municipal League. • Turkington, of Anchorage, is the founder and president of Midnight Sun Home Care, which provides non-medical, in-home care to aging adults. A 46-year resident of Alaska, Turkington is an active community member, and board representative for numerous local and national senior and business organizations, including Older Persons Action Group, Mable T. Caverly Senior Services, and the Mayor’s Senior Citizen Advisory Committee.

Movers & Shakers 03/09/14

Safety engineer Ann Lindsey has been named vice president of Arctic Branding & Apparel’s new Safety Division. Lindsey, chairwoman of the Governor’s Alaska Safety Advisory Council and 2012 National Association of Professional Women’s “Woman of the Year,” has been a health, safety and haz-mat consultant, educator and communication advisor for more than 25 years. Certified in environment and health and safety training, with an associate degree in hazardous materials management, Lindsey’s credentials range from overseeing a Haz-Mat response team for Petroclean in Pennsylvania to managing projects as a site health and safety supervisor in Utah, Oklahoma and Ohio for VFL Technology. In Alaska, Lindsey served as a safety coordinator for the Municipality of Anchorage’s Maintenance and Operations division. She is a member of and heavy equipment operator for the Alaska Local 302 Operating Engineers Union. Lindsey most recently worked as a contract safety professional for Alaska Interstate Construction and Beacon OHSS. She served as president of the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers in 2012. SDG Landscape Architects and Land Planners have added Charlene Johnson and Karen Keesecker. Johnson specializes in local, state, and federal regulatory permitting, project planning, wetland delineation, functional assessment, bald eagle survey, water resource evaluation, APDES planning and CESCL inspection. She brings more than 10 years of experience balancing responsible growth and economic development and natural resource management by helping projects through the regulatory system and assisting through construction to ensure compliance. Keesecker specializes in natural resources management, wetland biology, land use regulations and permitting. She has more than 20 years experience in the biology field specializing in wetland delineations, functional assessments and mitigation; biological surveys and watershed analysis. She has expertise in land use planning, local codes and regulations, platting and zoning, watershed management  and agency coordination from her work at the Municipality of Anchorage, administering the General Permit and both Coastal and Wetlands Management Plans. Christine Williams will join the Bering Straits Native Corp. executive management team. As Vice President and General Counsel, Williams will oversee all legal matters of BSNC and its subsidiaries. Williams has more than 10 years of corporate legal experience. She joins BSNC from Perkins Coie, an international law firm where she served as partner, representing clients in Alaska and the Lower 48 with a special focus on government contracts, complex litigation, mediation, arbitration and litigation and construction law. Williams earned a Juris Doctorate from the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska in 1997. Amanda Robb recently joined URS as a project assistant providing administrative support. Robb assists project managers with administrative and accounting tasks for multiple and concurrent projects. Sean Nelson has joined Bristol Industries LLC, as a senior project manager. Nelson’s focus will be on business development, managing subcontractors and supervising vertical construction projects from the proposal stage through development. Nelson graduated from Colorado State University and recently completed the University of Washington Construction Management program. He has 24 years of professional experience in electrical construction work, and a long history working in the industry. Nelson has worked as a subcontractor on major Bristol projects such as the Eielson Chapel Center at Eielson Air Force Base and the F-22 Utilities Infrastructure project at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Karen Matthias has been officially recognized by the Government of Canada upon her appointment as Honorary Consul of Canada in Alaska. Originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Matthias is an Anchorage-based consultant who provides advocacy and advice to clients in resource development and transportation. A Canadian diplomat for 16 years, Matthias came to Anchorage in 2004 to open Canada’s first consulate in Alaska. During her five years as the Canadian Consul, she worked with Alaskans to strengthen Canada-U.S. relations, specifically on Arctic issues, NORAD, border security, and responsible resource development. She traveled extensively in the state, connecting with government and elected officials, Alaskan Native leaders, businesspeople, academics, and journalists. Alaska Air National Guard promoted Col. Timothy O’Brien, assistant adjutant general-Air of the Alaska National Guard and commander of the Alaska Air National Guard, to the rank of brigadier general at a ceremony located at the Arctic Warrior Events Center. O’Brien’s career in the military started when he enlisted in the California Air National Guard in 1985 while attending Graduate School at California State University East-Bay in Hayward, Calif. His career would take him from California to Alaska, where in 1992 he joined the Alaska Air National Guard as a fulltime pilot with the 210th Rescue Squadron of the 176th Wing. Throughout the next 10 years, O’Brien would be credited with 109 lives saved while flying rescue missions over Alaska, as well as participate in numerous combat deployments such as Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Provide Comfort and Desert Storm. Randy Williams has received his Commissioning Process Management Professional certification from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers Inc. Williams has been involved with several large scale and very challenging commissioning projects in the past few years, including Providence Alaska Medical Center’s Generations (M Tower) project, Alaska Statewide Library Archive Museum in Juneau, UAA Alaska Airlines Center, UAA Health Science Building, Kodiak Competitive Swimming Pool and the Gateway Aquatic Center in Ketchikan. Williams joined AMC in 1996 and is a registered professional mechanical engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado-Boulder and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. GCI Senior Vice President and General Counsel Tina Pidgeon has been named to the 2014 class of “Women to Watch” by the publication Multichannel News, which annually recognizes 12 women from across the media and telecommunications industry “whose ongoing contributions are emblematic of the vital roles they will continue to play in the industry’s future.” Pidgeon was nominated for her contributions to several innovative GCI initiatives, including the TERRA network, which has brought broadband service to some of Western Alaska’s most remote communities, and the creation of the Alaska Wireless Network, which allows GCI to compete more effectively against Outside wireless providers. She will join the 2014 class at an awards event in New York on March 25. David De Gruyter was appointment as director of the State Pipeline Coordinator’s Office. De Gruyter began his new job at the pipeline office on Feb. 24. A former Alaskan, De Gruyter has a wide breadth of experience in pipeline management in the United States and abroad. From his previous years in Alaska, David has significant knowledge and experience dealing with TAPS right of way issues and North Slope pipeline operations. De Gruyter returns to Alaska from Oklahoma, where he had been working for the past year as the Keystone XL Pipeline project manager responsible for U.S. Gulf Coast facilities construction. Previous to that, he played a leadership role in pipeline projects located in Columbia, South America, Louisiana and Alaska. While based in Alaska, De Gruyter worked on the TAPS Right-of-Way Renewal Project on behalf of the TAPS owners, and before that, he was a business unit leader for BP Pipelines (Alaska), where he worked on issues involving the company’s common carrier pipeline business. De Gruyter received his master’s degree in geology from Ohio State University.

Movers & Shakers 03/02/14

Jenni Lefing was appointed to Serve Alaska. Lefing, of Juneau, is the program manager and community engagement educator for the Association of Alaska School Boards. She currently serves as secretary for the Juneau Commission on Sustainability. Lefing previously worked as an employment and community relations director for Southeast Alaska Guidance Association, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence. She received a bachelor’s degree in human service studies from Cornell University, and a master’s degree in sustainable community development from SIT Graduate Institute. Lefing is appointed to a seat representing educators. Diana Bline, Shelly Thomas, John Fugett and Barry Creighton were reappointed to the Alaska Mental Health Board. Bline, of Anchorage, is the director of program services for Covenant House Alaska. She previously worked as the deputy director of Hope Community Resources Inc., and as acting developmental disabilities program administrator for the Alaska Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Bline holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. Thomas, of Wasilla, is a partner and licensed counselor for Olive Tree Counseling, and clinical director for Set Free Alaska, an outpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation agency. She is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Thomas received vocational nurses training from Grossmont College in California, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in counseling from National University in San Diego, California. Fugett, of Anchorage, is in private practice at John M. Fugett LPC, and is the executive director at Consumer Driven Services LLC. He is the former director of adult services for Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, and has worked as a counselor and psychotherapist. Fugett earned a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both from Liberty University. He also served as a staff sergeant in the US Army from 1983–91. Creighton, of Kasilof, is currently the president of Ionia, Inc., a residential and consumer-run therapeutic program. He is also a board member for Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska. Creighton earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York. Ucore announced the appointment of Randall (Randy) Johnson to the company’s Advisory Board. Johnson is the President of Tyler Rental Inc., an Alaska-based enterprise with more than $50 million in assets and 75 employees, which he founded as a start-up in 1989 and subsequently grew to a multi-state enterprise.  Johnson formed Alaska Ship and Drydock to operate the Ketchikan Shipyard under contract with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in 1993. Working in conjunction with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, he guided an $80 million shipyard expansion project at ASD, including a new 2,500 ton dry-dock, upland ship berthing and an 80,000 square foot ship assembly hall and production support complex. He sold the company to Vigor Industrial in 2012, having grown it into an enterprise with annual revenues of $35 million and up to 200 employees.  In addition to Tyler and ASD, Mr. Johnson’s business operations and ownership experience includes such Southeast Alaska enterprises as Ty-matt Construction and Ketchikan Ready Mix and Quarry. Chris Bergman has returned to First National Bank Alaska’s Sitka Branch to serve as the bank’s operations supervisor. She will supervise the daily deposit activities at the branch. The bank board of directors announced Bergman’s appointment and move to the Sitka Branch, effective Feb. 16. Bergman lived with her family in Sitka for 18 years, seven of those working at the Sitka Branch. She moved to Anchorage in 2008 where she served in a branch leadership position for the past five years. Lifelong farm researcher Sig Restad was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement” Award by the Mat-Su Farm Bureau at its Annual Meeting in Palmer on Feb. 19. The Mat-Su Farm Bureau is organized to improve the economic well-being and expansion of agriculture in the Mat-Su Valley with a focus on enriching the quality of life for Alaskan farmers while advocating for fair oversight and public/community support. Restad worked as an Agriculture Extension agent in Minnesota when he received the opportunity to relocate to and work in Alaska in 1958. Restad recalled that he and his wife Carol packed their belongings and two small children into a truck and headed up the Alcan Highway the same year.  Restad worked as animal husbandman and farm manager for the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1958-62. Gov. Bill Egan appointed him as director of the state Division of Agriculture in 1962, a position he held until 1968. He returned to the University of Alaska as the Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station’s executive officer and thereafter assumed the role of assistant director.  He retired from that position in 1987 and returned to provide support at the University of Alaska’s extension campuses in Soldotna and in Mat-Su.

Movers & Shakers 02/23/14

Bob Shake has joined Denali Alaskan as the organization’s chief lending officer, where he is responsible for all lending activity within the credit union, to include indirect lending, member business lending, mortgage loans, and the VISA department, as well as loan control and loan collections. Prior to joining Denali Alaskan, Shake spent more than 20 years in senior management positions at various Alaska financial institutions. Shake graduated from West Anchorage High School, and completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The Colorado College. Four vacancies have been filled on the 15-member Bureau of Land Management Alaska Resource Advisory Council, which advises the BLM on public land management issues. Kathryn Martin of Glennallen was appointed to represent transportation and rights of way interests. E. Barrett Ristroph of Anchorage will represent environmental organization interests. Warren Olson of Anchorage was appointed to represent dispersed recreation. David Brown of Anchorage was reappointed to represent energy and minerals interests on the council. All of the appointments are for three years. Credit Union 1 Administrative Services Manager Josh Gildersleeve has been promoted to a member of the senior management team. As a member of the Senior Management team, Gildersleeve will contribute to the development and implementation of short and long-term credit union goals and objectives. He will continue to oversee all aspects of Credit Union 1 facilities, ensuring smooth and efficient operations of purchasing, building maintenance and supply delivery. Alena Averyanova recently joined URS as a project administrator with five years of experience in finance, accounting, and administrative functions. In her role as project administrator, Averyanova supports the organization in daily operations of special projects. The University of Alaska Foundation added five Alaskans to its board of trustees and elected five officers at its December 2013 annual meeting. New officers in 2014 are: Susan Anderson of Anchorage, president and CEO of The CIRI Foundation, was elected chair, while Jim Johnsen of Fairbanks, senior vice-president of human resources and process transformation with Alaska Communications, was elected vice chair. Karen Polley, owner of Stone Soup Alaska Designs in Juneau, was elected secretary. Officers will serve in their respective positions until November 2015. Trustees elected to serve through 2016 are: Cynthia Cartledge of Anchorage, shareholder of Wohlforth, Brecht, Cartledge & Brooking APC; Linda Hulbert of Fairbanks, agent for New York Life Insurance; Amy Humphreys of Seattle, Wash., president and CEO of Icicle Seafoods, Inc.; and Cary Keller of Fairbanks, medical director of Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedics Fairbanks. Eric Fox has been appointed chief operating officer of NANA Management Services. Headquartered in Anchorage, NMS provides integrated support services to public and private clients in the petroleum, health care, education, manufacturing and telecommunications industries in Alaska and the continental U.S. NMS is jointly owned by NANA Development Corp. and Sodexo USA. Fox has been with NMS since 1992, most recently serving as vice president of the Camp Management Services Division, providing strategic oversight for NMS’ remote site and staffing services. A NANA shareholder, Fox began his career with NMS as a security officer on the North Slope. He transferred to NMS’ Camp Services Division in 2004, where he held positions as operations manager and director of operations. During that time he provided oversight for operations at the Arctic Caribou Inn and the Arctic Oilfield Hotel at Prudhoe Bay, as well as operations at Red Dog Mine, the world’s largest zinc mine. In addition, Fox served as the vice president of strategic planning. Fox is a lifelong Alaskan and NANA shareholder who grew up in Fairbanks, Kotzebue and Galena. Fox was awarded NANA Shareholder of the Year in 2012.

Movers & Shakers 02/16/14

Matthew Reisterer has been appointed as chief financial officer of Matanuska Electric Association Inc. Reisterer holds a master’s of business administration from Michigan State University. Prior to joining MEA in 1999 as financial planning and regulatory affairs manager, Reisterer worked as a certified public accountant and financial analyst in Alaska. MEA promoted him to director of administration in 2007. Solstice Advertising has added client insights executives Laura Spano and Melissa Rodriguez. Spano has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University. She spent several years at the Alaska chapter of the American Red Cross as development specialist and then regional communications officer. Rodriguez spent nearly eight years at Anchorage’s Agnew Beck Consulting providing contract and project management, firm management and project and consulting services. There, she worked with organizations to secure more than $44 million for affordable housing projects, community facilities, program development and capacity-building efforts. She has led community planning, grant writing processes and program evaluation efforts as project manager for The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and Cook Inlet Housing Authority, among many others. Rodriguez has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brandeis University in Massachusetts and studied public administration at the graduate level at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Deputy Chief of Staff and family physician Dr. John Baciocco, recently earned his designation as a Certified Physician Executive by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management. He was awarded the status of CPE for educational achievements, demonstrated stature as a physician leader and experience in the field of medical management. The CPE designation indicates that a physician has achieved superior levels of professional excellence and demonstrates effective knowledge and leadership skills in areas such as management, finance, quality control, health law, ethics and communication. To earn his CPE Baciocco spent 200 hours over 4 years taking the required courses in addition to his primary commitment: treating patients, as well as additional continuing medical education courses. Anchorage-area KeyBank associates Rowena Kehr, assistant vice president and Key center manager for the Fifth Avenue Branch in Anchorage, and Phillip Izon, small business relationship manager at the Fifth Avenue Branch, have completed KeyBank’s Small Business Certification program, earning the title of “small business expert.” KeyBank launched the program to provide an accelerated level of training for associates who routinely deal with small business clients. KeyBank launched the program to provide an accelerated level of training for associates who routinely deal with small business clients. Donalene Harris-Fleagle recently joined URS as a senior rural community engagement specialist with more than 25 years of experience in rural community engagement. She has worked with tribal governments, tribal consortiums, ANCSA corporations, state and national organization/agencies and private industry on program development, infrastructure development, remediation/mitigation, health delivery systems, wildfire support, and state/national legislation. Harris-Fleagle’s technical expertise includes project development, project fundraising, project planning, project implementation, project management, and project closure. Darin Floyd has been named Wells Fargo Equipment Finance territory manager for Alaska. Floyd has been serving Wells Fargo customers in Alaska for 17 years. He started his career as a management trainee and served as a store manager and business relationship manager in Southeast Alaska before joining Wells Fargo’s Alaska Commercial Real Estate team in 2004. Floyd serves as a board member for the Building Owners & Managers Association Anchorage. He is originally from Wrangell, and he graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance. Jason Clifton, of Bauer/Clifton Interiors, received three 2013 Interior Design Society Designer of the Year Awards on Jan. 24 in Las Vegas. The Designer of the Year Awards recognize outstanding achievement in residential interior design among its members. Jason Clifton placed in three separate categories: Bathrooms $30K & Under, Living Spaces $30K & Above, and Kitchens $50K & Above. All three winning projects were home renovations located in Juneau. Clifton is a principal designer and co-owner of Bauer/Clifton Interiors with Jeremy Bauer. Jim Gill has joined MWH Global, a wet infrastructure-focused strategic consulting, environment engineering and construction services firm, as a principal hydropower engineer. Gill will provide geotechnical engineering and project development services on large hydropower projects in Alaska. Prior to joining MWH, Gill served as a senior consultant providing project management assistance on a variety hydroelectric project components in the Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks area. Gill is a registered professional engineer in Alaska, and has a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba in Canada. He is based in the Anchorage office.

Movers & Shakers 02/09/14

Aaron Huberman has joined the aeSolutions Process Risk Management department in their Anchorage office. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the UCLA, and has extensive experience developing and maintaining process safety management and risk management programs for clients in the oil and gas industries. Milca Fernando joined the Anchorage office as a junior engineer. Fernando is a December 2013 engineering graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and has joined the company as a SIS FEL specialist. Her internships have given her hands-on experience with North Slope infrastructure, technical writing, and quality assurance plans. She will be assisting clients with process safety services. Production artist Niki Engstrom has been added to the Solstice Advertising team. Engstrom, while at University of Minnesota, was the creative and production manager of The Minnesota Daily and led her creative team to win six national CNBAM awards, including the Best in Category for Digital Rate Card/Media Kit. She was the vice president of the campus’s AIGA chapter, and also volunteered as a mentor through the Art Buddies program, which pairs artists with inner-city children. Prior to Solstice Advertising, Engstrom spent two years at a local agency, first as a graphic designer and then as the senior web designer. Several years of freelance work polished her extensive experience in branding, print and web design. She has a bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a minor in strategic communications/advertising from the University of Minnesota. AT&T has appointed Karl Main as manager for the company’s retail store in Wasilla. Customers at AT&T’s Wasilla retail store will find round café-style “learning tables” that allow for side-by-side interactions with the AT&T retail consultant to ask questions or learn about a product or service. All retail consultants are equipped with a tablet supported by a new mobile point-of-sale system that gives ultimate flexibility for helping customers anywhere in the store. Wells Fargo has named James Harty as its first Alaska-based Small Business Administration business development officer. Harty joins Wells Fargo after one year as a relationship manager for Key Private Bank in Anchorage where he specialized in family wealth management and business succession planning. He has more than 10 years of financial services experience. He holds a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. Harty serves in the community as a youth soccer coach in Chugiak. Josh F. Hiltabiddle has joined Bristol Engineering Services Corp. as senior mechanical engineer. Hiltabiddle is a Texas Tech University graduate and a registered Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering. Hiltabiddle has 19 years of combined engineering and construction experience, including project management, facility and building surveys, Arctic cold weather engineering, and knowledge of building design with a specialty in mechanical systems. Matthew Reisterer has been appointed as chief financial officer of Matanuska Electric Association Inc. Reisterer holds an master’s of business administration from Michigan State University. Prior to joining MEA in 1999 as financial planning and regulatory affairs manager, Reisterer worked as a certified public accountant and financial analyst in Alaska. MEA promoted him to director of administration in 2007. Eric Wohlforth, partner with the law firm Wohlforth, Brecht, Cartledge & Brooking, APC, has been elected as the president of the Commonwealth North board of directors for 2014. Wohlforth is a founder of the firm and guided its public finance specialty from its beginning in 1967. He served as Alaska Commissioner of Revenue from 1970 to 1972. From 1995 to 2006 he served on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. board of trustees  and was twice elected vice chair and chair.

Movers & Shakers 02/02/14

Price Gregory and CONAM Construction are making the following staffing and organizational changes to better respond to clients needs: Robert “Bob” Stinson has been named senior vice president of Price Gregory International, Alaska Division. Stinson has 38 years of experience in Alaska, primarily with Price Gregory and CONAM Construction, where he has been instrumental in developing both companies’ roles as well-respected, long-term oil & gas/industrial construction companies. Stinson is taking over Price Gregory responsibilities from Dave Matthews who will be retiring in March. In addition to serving the oil and gas sector, he will be introducing a new Industrial Power Division in response to awards of EPC electrical power plant contracts in Alaska and Hawaii. Dale Kissee has been promoted to president of CONAM Construction Co. Kissee is a 38-year veteran in the oil and gas industry, with more than 34 years spent with the Price Gregory and CONAM companies in Alaska. Supporting Kissee are Bill Binford, CONAM’s North Slope Area manager and Mike Sheppard, CONAM’s Cook Inlet Area manager. Kenneth Yockey, P.E., has joined Price Gregory International, Alaska Division as its oil and gas construction manager.  Yockey has more than 20 years of experience as a senior corporate manager on construction projects throughout the State of Alaska, including extensive experience with the development of the North Slope oil fields. William “Bill” D. Falsey has joined Sedor, Wendlant, Evans and Filippi LLC as a member of the firm. Falsey recently returned to Anchorage from Washington, D.C., where he worked in private practice and served as an administration appointee in the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management. Prior to leaving Alaska, Falsey clerked for the Alaska Supreme Court and served on the boards of a number of civil organizations.  His practice will focus on civil litigation, administrative proceedings, and regulatory matters. Falsey received his juris doctor from Yale Law School, and is a graduate of Stanford University and Dimond High School. Amy Cook has joined Totem Ocean Trailer Express as Fairbanks manager. Cook brings more than 10 years of shipping and logistics experience in Alaska. She most recently developed and managed commercial accounts in the oil and gas, mining and construction sectors at Carlile Transportation Systems. Before that, she was the Director of Northern Air Cargo’s Fairbanks Terminal. Cook received her bachelor’s degree in English from Lehigh University where she was a member of the cross country and track teams. Her interest in transportation and logistics started when load planning and managing helispots as a wildland firefighter for the Alaska Fire Service. Molly Marler has joined the Associated General Contractors of Alaska as the assistant executive director effective Jan. 6, 2014. Marler comes to AGC from American Fast Freight where she was a transportation consultant responsible for growing and maintaining a significant account base of customers needing freight solutions to move goods and materials from the lower 48 to and throughout the state of Alaska. Marler has been connected with AGC staff and very active in the events for many years and was awarded the prestigious Stan Smith volunteer of the year award at the 2013 AGC dinner dance in November. Cindy J. Titus, P.E. has joined UMIAQ’s Engineering Department as a civil engineer and will be based in Barrow. Titus is a Colorado State University graduate and a registered Professional Engineer, in civil engineering. Titus’s experience includes 10 years engineering oversight, planning, permitting, design, and construction oversight of water and wastewater treatment facilities. Titus’s recent project experience includes the following projects: Fargo-Moorhead Area Flood Diversion Project in North Dakota, Ruth Burnett Sport Fish Hatchery in Fairbanks, North Slope Borough Wastewater Treatment Plant in Barrow and the Toolik Research Station Well House and Water Treatment System located in the Brooks Range. Curtis Thayer was named commissioner for the Department of Administration. Thayer fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Becky Hultberg. Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Thayer served as the deputy commissioner for the Department of Administration, where he was responsible for the Divisions of Administrative Services, General Services, Personnel and Labor Relations, and Motor Vehicles; Enterprise Technology Services; Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission; and the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. He currently chairs the Alaska Board of Marine Pilots. Prior to his service with the State of Alaska, Thayer worked for ENSTAR Natural Gas Company, and the Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team.

Movers & Shakers 01/26/14

David Springgate 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. Springgate has been with NANA Development Corp. since 2007, most recently serving as senior vice president of performance. Prior to joining NANA, Springgate served in key management roles for two global companies, ServiceMaster and Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Springgate also worked for Accenture, where his major consulting clients included USAA Insurance, Allstate Insurance, the Australian & New Zealand National Bank, Apache Oil & Gas, and United Airlines. While with Deloitte Consulting, his clients included AT&T Wireless and Genentech. Springgate will replace John Rense, who has served as president of NMS in an interim role since last April. Rense will return to NANA Development Corp. as senior vice president, commercial sector leader, where he will oversee NMS as well other NANA subsidiaries. Brad Langdorf is the new chief nursing officer for SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium effective Jan. 13. His responsibilities will include direct administration of Nursing Services at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, leading the Nursing Executive Council and consulting on practice, program development, quality management and budget for Mt. Edgecumbe Nursing Services. Langdorf holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is currently working on his master’s in health care administration. He has more than 25 years of healthcare experience in not-for-profit and for profit hospitals he has progressed in his career from an emergency room nurse to a director, to the CNO position. Langdorf served as CNO for over four years with LifePoint Hospitals in 50-bed and 89-bed hospitals. In his last role as CNO with Lander Regional Hospital in Wyoming, he provided care for the local Native American population and worked with Indian Health Services in the region.  Julie Taylor has joined Alaska Regional Hospital as its new CEO, replacing Annie Holt, who retired in December 2013. Taylor brings extensive national leadership experience in healthcare to Alaska Regional, most recently serving as CEO of West Valley Medical Center, a 150-bed sister hospital in Caldwell, Idaho. As one of her primary priorities at Alaska Regional Hospital, she will oversee a $50 million facility modernization project that is in its early stages and will be underway for several years. Taylor also plans to address medical tourism by ensuring that local access to quality healthcare is as easy and cost effective as possible. Taylor, who is originally from North Dakota, has master’s degrees in nursing and business administration, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Previous to her position at West Valley, she was the chief operating officer at The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado and has served in leadership positions in case management and admissions, human resources and nursing. U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced several additions to the Republican staff of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The new staff hires include Alaskans Mimi Braniff and Chelsea Thompson. Cathy Cahill is also joining the committee as a congressional fellow. Braniff, who grew up in Fairbanks and Anchorage, joins the committee after nearly three years of working at NRG Energy in Washington, D.C., where she most recently served as vice president of federal government affairs. The move marks a return to the Senate for Braniff, who previously worked as a legislative assistant for Sen. Ted Stevens, and staff counsel on the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Braniff will handle electricity, climate change, cybersecurity and Environmental Protection Agency issues for the committee. Braniff began working with the committee earlier this month. Thompson, who graduated in May from Lake Forest College with a degree in communications, joins the staff fulltime after completing a summer internship on the committee. Thompson began her new, full-time role with the committee earlier in January. Cahill comes to the committee as a congressional fellow from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Cahill, who has been a professor at UAF since 1998, focused her research on the impacts of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere. Before coming to the committee, Cahill was researching the size and composition of particulate matter entering the Arctic from Asia and elsewhere. Cahill will continue to work on issues involving the Arctic for the committee. Her portfolio will also include air quality and Alaska issues, as well as Geographical Information System  mapping. Identity, Inc., Alaska’s leading gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization, recently hired Drew Phoenix as its new executive director. Phoenix brings a lifetime of experience to Identity, having served on the organization’s board of directors since 2010 and co-chairing its Alaska PrideFest Committee. Prior to moving to Alaska in 2008, Phoenix earned his master’s degree in development management from American University and a master of Divinity from Wesley Seminary. He served for 21 years as the senior minister of several United Methodist churches in Baltimore and Bethesda, Md. In 2007, Phoenix became the first ordained minister in the United Methodist Church to come out publicly as transgender. Phoenix will replace life-long Alaskan Phyllis Rhodes, who will retire after 13 years of service to the organization.


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