Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 12/07/14

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

Movers & Shakers 11/30/14

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

Movers & Shakers 11/23/14

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

Movers & Shakers 11/16/14

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

Movers & Shakers 11/09/14

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

Movers & Shakers 11/02/14

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

Movers & Shakers 10/26/14

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

Movers & Shakers 10/19/14

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

Movers & Shakers 10/12/14

Builders Choice welcomed Charles Benshetler as the business development manager at their Anchorage headquarters. He will also be working with their Vermillion, S.D., facility. He began his professional career in Houston, Texas, in 1989 serving in various roles for PVF suppliers in the oilpatch. The last 11 years were spent with Ferguson Inc. in Alaska as the sales manager serving the oil and gas, mining, EPC, and general/mechanical contractor community. Builders Choice, established in 1996, is Alaska’s leader in superior modular construction and manufacturer of engineered building components; they also provide full service building material and lumber yards in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Soldotna. First National Bank Alaska has a new escrow manager and two new branch managers. Escrow Manager Michelle Frain brings almost 20 years of First National experience to her new position. By working in multiple bank work areas in that time, Frain’s banking knowledge and expertise is vast. Born and raised in Alaska, Frain is a member of the American Mortgage Bankers’ Association and sits on the Alaska Vocational Technology Education Center advisory board. Jodie McCarty is the branch manager at the Eastchester Branch in Midtown Anchorage. Another banking veteran with more than 20 years experience, she joined First National in 2011 and moved over from the bank’s Dimond Branch. Joe Steger is the branch manager at the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Steger was born and raised in Alaska. His banking career began almost 15 years ago. Denali OB-GYN Clinic is expanding its highly trained, specialized team with the addition of its newest member, Sandy Mahoney, a board certified family nurse practitioner. Mahoney specializes in caring for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies and delivering babies in a hospital setting. She has a special interest in nutrition, disease prevention and wellness counseling. Mahoney earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her career includes more than a decade of providing primary care for adults and she has called Alaska home for more than 20 years. Alaska State Forester Chris Maisch was honored for his work during the past year as president of the National Association of State Foresters. Maisch, who has served as director for the Alaska Division of Forestry since 2005, was presented with a plaque for his efforts during the NASF annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 26. During Maisch’s tenure, the U.S. Congress reviewed multiple pieces of legislation dealing with the topic of working forests and the role of federal forest management. To that end, Maisch traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to discuss NASF’s proposed reforms to federal forest management. Established in 1920, the NASF is a non-profit organization comprised of the directors of forestry agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Maisch had previously served as the NASF’s vice president and was on the board of directors from 2010 until his appointment as president last year.

Movers & Shakers 10/05/14

MSI Communications has added account managers Jeremy Hayes and Kari Sellars and audio/visual editor Jamin Conn. Born and raised in Anchorage, Hayes graduated from Service High School. He went on to graduate from UNLV with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration with a minor in public relations. Upon graduation, he promptly returned to Alaska and began working in healthcare administration. Since leaving the healthcare industry in 2008, Hayes has worked at advertising and marketing agencies, producing work for some of Alaska’s largest and most respected corporations. Sellars is a lifelong Alaskan with nearly 10 years of experience in tourism marketing and event planning. Prior to joining MSI, she represented the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute working on its national consumer/public relations account. She is a University of Alaska Anchorage graduate in journalism and public communications. Conn comes to MSI from the movie industry, where he worked on TV shows like “Deadliest Catch” and several Hollywood feature films. Born and raised in Wasilla, he has manned a camera in subzero temps on the North Slope and while hanging out of a moving helicopter high above Cook Inlet. NANA Management Services hired Patrick Lamboy as the vice president of sales. In his new position, Lamboy provides direction and oversight for NMS sales and company-wide business development efforts. With 23 years of sales and sales leadership experience, Lamboy most recently worked as a regional sales director of Sodexo USA. His background includes directing regional and national accounts and reorganizing and developing sales divisions, with a special focus in healthcare technology and pharmaceuticals. Lamboy earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Phoenix. Joseph Levesque, principal of Levesque Law Group LLC, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in the practice areas of Litigation–Municipal and Municipal Law. Levesque has been included in the Best Lawyers publication for at least the past five years and has been providing legal services to Alaskan municipalities for more than 20 years. The Salvation Army Alaska Division recently welcomed Major Sherry McWhorter as new administrator of the Clitheroe Center. The assignment represents a return to Alaska for the longtime officer, who has more than 20 years’ past professional experience in the state. McWhorter last served in Alaska as the Divisional Social Services Secretary from 2000 to 2008. She also served as Emergency Services Director for The Salvation Army in Fairbanks from 1988 to 1991. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee, and a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. Most recently, McWhorter served as Divisional Secretary for Social Services at The Salvation Army’s Southern California Division in Long Beach, Calif., from 2009 to 2014. McWhorter has also served three international appointments for The Salvation Army — in Russia, Rwanda, and the Republic of Georgia — experiences that moved her deeply. The Salvation Army Clitheroe Center, which includes an Outpatient office on East 6th Avenue, and a Residential Facility at Point Woronzof, provides affordable, professional treatment services to adults addicted to alcohol or other drugs. Lisa Gentry has joined KeyBank in Fairbanks as a business banking relationship manager and vice president. In her new role, she is responsible for business development and customer service delivery in Fairbanks. Gentry has more than 15 years of financial service and sales management experience. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a former Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 award recipient and a Leadership Fairbanks graduate. She is currently a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board, president of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association, and serves on the Downtown Rotary board of directors. Classic Alaska Trading Co., (Army Navy, Big Ray’s and Mack’s Sports Shop) has hired Lori Ellis as the new corporate sales director. Ellis brings more than 25 years of distinguished experience in business development, team management, corporate relationship management, and retail buying and sales management with such companies as Nordstrom’s and Alaska USA. Lori was also named one of Alaska’s Top 40 under 40 as the Owner/ President of Picadilly Flowers in 2007.  Ellis has chosen to promote Brian Hoshiko to assistant corporate sales director. Hoshiko has been with the Army Navy corporate sales department since January 2007. He is currently pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering with the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jonathan Redfearn has been promoted to corporate relations. Redfearn has been with Classic Alaska since February 2008. He has held various positions, including the assistant work wear buyer/ merchandiser, and most recently the assistant boot buyer. He will serve as a point of contact for incoming inquires related to new corporate relationships and will be responsible for preparing and delivering presentations to potential business partner onsite and at trade show forums. Jonathan is pursuing a degree in global logistics management, currently in his second year.

Movers & Shakers 09/28/14

Leyla Arsan has been promoted to office director for SWCA Environmental Consultants' Anchorage office. Previously office lead, she will continue to manage Alaska operations and staff and be responsible for the growth and diversification of business lines and geographic reach in the state. Arsan has 12 years of experience in fisheries and aquatic science, including aquatic resource assessments and habitat surveys, biological monitoring, fish passage assessment, Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations, and stream ecology. She has worked in freshwater, estuarine, and marine areas throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining SWCA as a biologist in 2007, Arsan worked as a research assistant at Oregon State University’s Center for Fish Disease Research, where she developed risk assessment models for the potential introduction and establishment of fish pathogens and non-native species into the state of Alaska. She was also a research assistant for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Arsan holds a master’s degree in fisheries and aquatic science from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Prescott College in Arizona. Wendy Lindskoog accepted the League of Railway Industry Women 2014 Outstanding Woman of the Year Award during the league’s annual conference opening session Sept. 22 in Montreal. Lindskoog was recognized for her tenured service as a senior manager and executive for the Alaska Railroad Corp., which hired her in 2009 as the external affairs manager. Since then, Lindskoog has been promoted repeatedly, and currently serves as vice president of business management and corporate affairs. The award is presented to a woman who has improved the rail industry through her work in a leadership role within a professional railway field. The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the UAF Alumni Association will honor Frank Paskvan with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Paskvan received the award Sept. 26 during the Nanook Rendezvous awards dinner at the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge. Paskvan is a third-generation Alaskan who followed his father’s footsteps to the UAF College of Engineering and Mines. He received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering in 1985 and has worked for BP and ARCO for 26 years in Alaska and Jakarta, Indonesia, as a reservoir engineer, mentor-coach and team manager. He led BP’s research into Alaska’s viscous and heavy oil developments and now leads development planning for the Prudhoe Bay area. The association will also honor six other alumni during the awards dinner. The 2014 Alumni Achievement Awards for Business and Professional Excellence will go to C.B. McNeil, ’59, attorney and retired Montana judge; Jeff Roach, ‘87, a brigade commander for the Alaska Army National Guard; and John Power, ‘88 and ‘98, a volcano seismologist and scientist-in-charge at the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The Alumni Achievement Award for University Support will go to Gene Therriault, ’80 and ‘83, a former legislator who now serves as deputy director for statewide energy policy development at the Alaska Energy Authority. The Alumni Achievement Award for Community Support will be awarded to Lynda Sather, ’98, a longtime public relations professional whose career has included work for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. The William R. Cashen Service Award will be presented to Tania Clucas, ’95 and ’08, whose volunteer work with the UAF Alumni Association dates back to her time as an undergraduate student. Clucas is currently a doctoral student and works as the education, outreach and diversity manager for the university’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. Effective Sept. 16, Becky Hultberg has taken on the role of president/CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. Hultberg replaces Karen Perdue who retired after four years as president/CEO. Hultberg, 40, joined ASHNHA in January as senior vice president after stepping down as commissioner of the Department of Administration for Gov. Sean Parnell, where she oversaw the state’s active employee and retiree health plans. She previously served as special assistant and press secretary for Gov. Frank Murkowski, as a staff assistant for the Alaska Congressional delegation and as regional director of communications and marketing for Providence Health & Services Alaska. Coffman Engineers, a mid-sized, multidiscipline engineering firm, promoted C. Dan Stears to vice president. Stears, a principal of the Anchorage office Corrosion Department, has more than 30 years of experience in pipeline, tank farm, and marine facilities corrosion control, including more than 25 years of experience managing and supervising corrosion control and multidiscipline activities. He is technically competent in cathodic protection and coatings activities, proficient at preparing and administering construction documents and contracts, and efficient at planning, coordinating and supervising contractors and consultants. Stears is familiar with state and federal regulations and industry standards and recommended practices for coatings, cathodic protection, and inspection of pipelines, tanks and marine structures. Cynthia Gough has accepted the role of operations administrator for Providence Health & Services Alaska effective Sept. 21. As area operations administrator, Gough will oversee Behavioral Health Services, critical access hospitals, long-term and transitional care, assisted living facilities, Providence Imaging Center and select joint venture operations. Gough has served Providence as director of Behavioral Health Services since 2004. Gough earned a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master of science in counseling psychology from the University of La Verne. She also earned specialty certification as a nurse executive, further preparing her for this broad portfolio of services. Gough replaces Susan Humphrey-Barnett who is retiring after 23 years with Providence. Randy Williams, P.E., has joined the NORTECH Energy/Mechanical Engineering team. Williams has 20 years of Alaska experience performing HVAC design, energy efficiency strategy and analysis, and building commissioning to support NORTECH’s mission of providing comprehensive and sustainable environmental, energy, health and safety services throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to being a professional mechanical engineer, Williams is ASHRAE-certified in Commissioning and Building Energy Assessment and will provide third-party commissioning, energy assessment and modeling, and design and management of energy efficiency upgrades to building owners, designers, and contractors.

Movers & Shakers 09/21/14

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

Movers & Shakers 09/14/14

Mariethez Quezon was promoted to retail sales branch manager at the Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union Minnesota Branch. In this role, she is responsible for managing member service, branch operations, training staff, and working with members on a day to day basis. Prior to assuming this new position, Quezon worked in the Credit Union’s Minnesota Branch as a retail assistant branch manager as well as a senior financial service officer. She brings more than 16 years of financial experience. Tom Garrett, PE has joined the R&M Consultants Inc. Anchorage office. Garrett joined R&M’s Surface Transportation Group as a senior project engineer in June 2014. He has 15 years of experience in civil engineering design in Alaska, and has spent the last 13 years as a civil and transportation engineer. As a senior project engineer, he has been responsible for publishing design study reports, construction plans, engineering cost estimates and project specifications. He has worked on site development, road reconstruction and resurfacing, grading and drainage plans, retaining wall design, and utility main extension projects. Since joining R&M, he has been working primarily on the Fairview Loop Road Resurfacing project. Garrett has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska. Marc Frutiger, PE, of R&M Consultants Inc. has passed the Professional Traffic Operations Engineer exam, earning his PTOE certification. The PTOE certification is administered by the Transportation Professional Certification Board, Inc., an autonomous certification body affiliated with the Institute of Transportation Engineers. This certification provides recognition of the requisite knowledge, skill and ability in the specialized application of traffic operations engineering. Frutiger is a project engineer in R&M’s surface transportation group. He has more than nine years of experience in transportation and utility design, in Alaska, Wyoming, and in his native country of Switzerland. An employee of R&M from 2004 to 2008, Marc returned to the R&M team in February 2013. Recent projects he has been involved with include the Seward Highway MPt 100-105 (Indian to Bird Creek) Improvements, Eklutna River Bridge Replacement and the Ketchikan-Mill, Mission and Stedman Streets Reconstruction. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska and Wyoming.  Wayne Bailey has been promoted to chief lending officer. Alaska USA. Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. He joined Alaska USA 20 years ago as a financial analyst. In his time with Alaska USA, Bailey has risen through the ranks, holding the positions of vice president of financial planning and analysis, senior vice president of financial planning and analysis and chief risk officer. Lindsey Vorachek has been promoted to the position of process risk management group manager for aeSolutions’ Alaska office. Vorachek graduated from Montana State University with her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and joined aeSolutions in 2011 as a member of the process risk management group. She was responsible for scribing and leading Process Hazard Analysis meetings and managing clients within Alaska. Sally Marinucci has been appointed as business developer Fairweather LLC. A member of the Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies, Fairweather is a 38-year-old Alaskan company providing remote medical, aviation, logistics and scientific support services to Alaska’s natural resource industry. A native of Anchorage, Marinucci earned a degree in business administration from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Returning to Anchorage in 2013 to pursue a career change in the health care industry, Marinucci accepted an administrative position with the neonatal intensive care unit at Providence Hospital. In May 2014, Marinucci joined Fairweather as business developer. KeyBank Commercial Banking Relationship Manger Chris Yelverton of Anchorage has graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School. This year’s graduating class consisted of 209 executives representing 29 states, territories and other countries. Ten were from KeyBank. The students attended courses encompassing risk management, financial performance and leadership to gain an executive-level understanding of the business of banking. For 76 years, the prestigious Pacific Coast Banking School has partnered with the University of Washington Graduate School of Business to provide this three-year graduate-level program to more than 10,000 members of the financial services community. Graduates attended a two-week resident session each August on the University of Washington campus, as well as completed seven inter-session written assignments, including an original management thesis. AGDC announces additions, staff promotions The Alaska Gasline Development Corp. announced additions to its senior management team and organizational changes to accommodate recently enacted legislation which broadens the corporation’s mission and authority. Senate Bill 138 gave AGDC the primary responsibility for developing the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas export project on the State’s behalf, and retained its responsibility for continuing to advance the in-state alternative, the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project. • Leslie “Fritz” Krusen has been named vice president, Alaska LNG, with primary technical and project management responsibility for AGDC’s participation in the Alaska LNG export project. Krusen will be joining AGDC following a 36-year career with ConocoPhillips, most recently as chief facilities engineer in their Houston office. He brings 25 years of specific LNG experience to the position, including six years as head engineer at Conoco’s Kenai LNG plant and four years as Project Manager for Alaska Gas Commercialization. • Bruce Tangeman has joined AGDC as vice president, administration and finance. Tangeman is the former Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Revenue, where among other responsibilities he managed the State’s Tax Division and was integrally involved in Alaska oil and gas tax policy. During the past year, he has been a lead member of the state team negotiating the Alaska LNG project. Tangeman also has worked as chief financial officer for Doyon Utilities, corporate budget officer for the Alaska Railroad Corp. and as a fiscal analyst with the State of Alaska’s Legislative Finance Division. • Kathy Day has joined AGDC as communications director. Day has more than 25 years of public relations experience in Alaska. She owned her own PR firm for 14 years, was director of public relations at a leading Anchorage-based PR agency for 10 years and is a former television and radio journalist. • Greg Cashen has joined AGDC as administrative services director. Cashen has more than 15 years of service with the State of Alaska. He was special assistant and assistant commissioner for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, a former executive director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board and most recently, performance review project manager with the Alaska Division of Legislative Audit. In conjunction with these new hires, AGDC President  Dan Fauske announced the following staff promotions: • Joe Dubler, formerly corporate vice president and chief financial officer, has been named vice president commercial operations with overall responsibility for business development, commercial operations and gas marketing. • Frank Richards, P.E., formerly director, pipeline engineering, is now vice president, engineering and program development with overall responsibility for design, engineering, environmental, regulatory, project management and construction planning. • Miles Baker, formerly director of external affairs and government relations, is now vice president, external affairs and government relations with overall responsibility for corporate communications, public relations, media, stakeholder engagement and government relations.

Movers & Shakers 09/07/14

William “Matt” Tisher has joined Ahtna Inc. as chief financial officer. Tisher joins Ahtna from Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corp., an Alaska Native village corporation with $300 million in revenues and more than 40 subsidiaries. While at UIC, he performed at the executive level providing internal and external financial reporting, planning, budget development, business plans, due diligence on investments, banking compliance, and relationships with banks and external auditors. Prior to UIC, Matt was the CFO at Adak Fisheries and Coastal Villages Regional Fund. GCI announced today the promotion of Duncan Whitney and Susannah Scholl. Whitney was promoted to vice president for product management and Scholl to vice president for information and technology. Whitney joined GCI in 1993 and has worked in many business departments within the company including IT, commercial marketing and Internet services. Most recently, Whitney served as vice president of data services in product management and as a program manager for GCI’s Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial Initiative, a program that will enable GCI to provide gigabit cable modem service in Anchorage by next year. Whitney earned his bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University and holds an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Scholl has been with GCI since 2002 and until her promotion was employed as director of business services in IT, overseeing a wide range of important issues including data security, compliance, systems integration, video Cost Of Goods Sold management and strategic financial planning. Scholl holds a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University as well as an MBA from the University of Washington.  Cynthia Trapp has joined UMIAQ LLC as an associate scientist in the Environmental Department. Trapp has more than 16 years of experience in the petroleum industry with expertise in emergency response and management, regulatory compliance and stakeholder engagement. Most recently Trapp was engaged in Shell Canada Ltd. Emergency Response Stakeholder Database and public safety initiatives, as well as with BP Exploration (Alaska)’s incident management plan harmonization initiative. Glenn Cravez has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work as a mediator. Cravez has mediated in Anchorage and throughout Alaska for the past 25 years. Leah Boltz, director of marketing and business development for Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc., and Cynthia Oistad, a project manager for Arcadis U.S Inc., earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer in July 2014. They are among a growing number of professionals to be certified by the Society for Marketing Professional Services, which advocates for, educates and connects leaders in the design and building industry. CPSMs are recognized as having the experience and knowledge to generate profitable business in the architectural, engineering, and construction marketplace. To achieve this designation, certification candidates must meet educational and experience requirements, pass a rigorous written examination, and pledge to abide by the CPSM Code of Ethics. The process validates the individual’s mastery of and ability to apply critical business development knowledge in an industry that values certification. St. Mary’s School District Superintendent Dr. David Herbert has been selected by Alaska Superintendents Association as Alaska’s 2015 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 28th year, pays tribute to a school system’s top leader who exemplifies effectiveness, knowledge, leadership, ethics, and commitment. Herbert became the superintendent for the St. Mary’s School District on July 1, 2005, and has successfully served for nine years as the School District superintendent making him one of the longest continually serving superintendents in the state of Alaska. In St. Mary’s, he guides a top performing school district, one that considers the needs of all students while envisioning the future that all graduates will encounter as they move beyond high school. Herbert has been an energetic, professional, and fully involved member of ASA. He has been very active at the state policy level and in legislative/policy issues. During this time he has been an executive board member of ASA, president of ASA, an executive board member of ACSA, president of ACSA, a member of the Mt. Edgecumbe Board as a representative for ASA, a member of the Superintendent of the Year Selection Committee for ASA, facilitator of the ASA Executive Director Selection Committee, and served as a member of the AASB/ASA Legislative Initiative Forum. ASA will advance Herbert’s candidacy to the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year program. All state Superintendents of the Year will be honored in February at the 2015 AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, California. Christy Shilling has been hired as a business development officer for Stewart Title of Alaska. Shilling comes to Stewart Title of Alaska with a background in real estate and commercial insurance. She has extensive customer service experience and has worked as an account executive marketing and selling commercial insurance for eight years. She also has approximately two years of real estate and escrow experience.

Movers & Shakers 08/31/14

The American Red Cross of Alaska announced several personnel moves. Celia Jackson was promoted to disaster program manager for the Tanana Valley District. She has five years of emergency response and incident management experience in government, volunteer and non-profit organizations. Jackson is also pursuing an master’s degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a focus on community resilience and disaster preparedness. Julie Reich is the new chief development officer for the Alaska Region.  Reich is a long-time Alaskan whose professional achievements include team and national awards from her days in hotel sales and spa operations. In her new role, she and her team will be in charge of overall fundraising for Alaska. Lori Wilson is now the community relations manager for the Tanana Valley District. She was previously with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska for six years as the development director in Fairbanks. Andrew Bogar is the new disaster program specialist for the Tanana Valley District. Bogar has a strong operational background in the armed forces and is currently pursuing a degree in Emergency Management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His prior experience includes managing and training teams for the Alaska National Guard, international interagency collaboration with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, equipment inventory and maintenance, and certifications in ICS and project management. Exie Hutcheson has been hired as the service to the armed forces coordinator for the Tanana Valley District. A former Red Cross volunteer, she is now responsible for all ARC related activities at Fort Wainwright, Fort Greeley, Eielson AFB and Clear AFB. Armenia Kreinbrink has been promoted from administrative assistant to donor relations coordinator. Kreinbrink has been with the Red Cross for three years and has invested much time in honing her administrative, volunteer management, customer service and office management skills. She is a graduate of Alaska Career College and Laguna College in the Philippines. Lane Powell Shareholder Michael J. Parise was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization. Parise concentrates his practice in commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, complex loan transactions, real estate, bankruptcy, loan restructuring, maritime vessel financing, business litigation, foreclosures and litigation under the Uniform Commercial Code. He also represents parties in negotiations and litigation concerning oil and gas exploration financing, mining lease and royalty agreements, and timber sale and logging contracts. Vicky Dunlap is the new president of Ahtna Support and Training Services LLC, a subsidiary of Ahtna Inc. Dunlap is a long-time Ahtna employee, having been with the Ahtna family of companies since 2006 when she was first hired by Ahtna Development Corp. In 2008, she became the vice president of business administration for ASTS, a position she held until March of this year when she was asked to be interim president. Financial Advisor Joe Sheehan from First Command Financial Service’s Fairbanks office was named the New Advisor of the Year at the company’s annual Advisor conference, held this year in San Francisco. Sheehan also achieved membership to the company’s prestigious Pinnacle Medallion Club and was named to the company’s Advisor “Dream Team” for exemplifying company values, providing outstanding service to his clients and demonstrating an ongoing commitment to helping them pursue their financial goals. Originally from Delta Junction, Alaska, Sheehan served more than 23 years in the U.S. Army before completing his last assignment at Fort Wainwright in 2003 as the Inspector General for Alaska. He then served as a federal contractor and in federal civil service, as well as in various program/project management, national security and private industry roles before joining First Command in 2012. Dr. Amy Murphy, DO, has joined Providence Medical Group Brain Injury Services. Murphy is skilled in caring for patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries, concussions and patients in need of cognitive rehabilitation and specialized medical care. Murphy was born in Latrobe, Pa., and earned her doctorate in osteopathic medicine at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as a fellowship in brain injury medicine at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital/Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She recently co-wrote a chapter for a new e-book detailing practice guidelines for brain injury medicine for physicians in the U.S. and Europe and is currently on an expert panel for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, helping to establish a toolbox and guidelines for non-traumatic concussion management. Dr. Jared R. Kirkham, M.D., is the newest doctor to join the team of expert physicians at Alaska Spine Institute, located at 3801 University Lake Dr. in Anchorage. Kirkham’s training is quite vast, including a health and fitness certification from the American College of Sports Medicine, personal training for a comprehensive, multidisciplinary weight loss program at the PRO Sports Club in Bellevue, Wash., and the conducting of research on the use of new imaging studies to detect arthritis of the spine. He has also lectured on a variety of topics including the use of platelet-rich plasma for chronic tendinitis. Kirkham earned his doctorate of medicine from the University of Washington. He completed his internship in medicine and surgery at the Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Utah. While in residency, he performed sports physicals for local high schools and provided physician coverage for local events such as the Salt Lake Marathon.

Movers & Shakers 08/24/14

Ashley Brinkman has been promoted to the position of communications manager in the Credit Union 1 corporate communications department. Originally hired in July 2008, Brinkman began as a teller and subsequently held the positions of member service representative, marketing coordinator, financial education coordinator, financial education specialist, senior education specialist and community engagement and education supervisor. In October 2013, Brinkman was promoted to communications supervisor, the position she held prior to this promotion. Don Gray has joined UIC as the new director of QHSET responsible for the administration of UIC’s Quality, Health, Safety, Environmental and Training programs. Gray is a seasoned QHSET professional with 15 years’ of experience leading various operating units across North America. Most recently, he served as the vice president of QHSET with ASRC Energy Services. Gray currently chairs the industry advisory board for the University of Alaska and has served on the board of directors for Volunteers of America and the Alaska Workers Compensation Board. Gray has a bachelor’s degree in health care administration and an associate’s degree in applied science emergency medical services from Davenport College in Grand Rapids, Mich. In addition, he completed the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership. Karlin Nageak Itchoak has recently joined UIC as the new director of legal affairs. He will conduct legal research and draft and review business agreements, legal filings and consult with subsidiaries and departments on risk management and complex legal issues. His background includes positions as a judicial law clerk for the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, and a Deputy Magistrate for the Alaska Court System. Most recently, Itchoak was the Alaska Arctic Rural & Indigenous Program director for the Institute of the North. There he helped implement the “We The People of Alaska” program. Itchoak received a double major in political science and Alaska Native studies from University of Alaska Fairbanks and received his juris doctorate from Gonzaga Law School in Spokane, Wash. Joshua Weinstein has been promoted to president of Northrim Benefits Group effective Aug. 6. Weinstein was formerly Northrim Benefits Group’s senior vice president, employee benefits consultant. Bruce Moore will remain on as an advisor and chairman of Northrim Benefits Group. Weinstein graduated from Alaska Pacific University in 2000 with a degree in education and psychology. He served as the technology coordinator for the Nome Public School District between 2000 and 2002, working with the district and students to create a vision for technology in furthering the education process. After returning to Anchorage in 2002, Weinstein joined ICL Financial Services to assist with various special projects. As the benefits arm of the company grew and expanded, Northrim Benefits Group was formed and Weinstein worked directly with the new Northrim Benefits Group as a lead producer, largely responsible for the agency’s growth in terms of services offered, profitability, and number of client accounts under management. Landis Pennock has joined URS as marketing coordinator. Pennock recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing and in management. The U.S. Department of State has confirmed Gov. Sean Parnell’s nomination of Stefanie Moreland as Alaska’s representative to the Pacific Salmon Commission. Moreland was recently appointed deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. She previously served as a special assistant for fish, wildlife, ocean, and Arctic policy in the Office of the Governor, as a fisheries staffer for Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and as an economist for both ADFG and the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Moreland fills a vacancy created by the retirement of long-serving Pacific Salmon Commissioner David Bedford. The Pacific Salmon Commission implements the treaty between Canada and the United States that provides for the international conservation and harvest sharing of Pacific salmon. Parnell also appointed Ben Mohr to serve as a special assistant with a portfolio that includes fish and game, as well as access issues for hunters, fishermen and non-consumptive users. Mohr’s focus will be on outreach to constituents and coordinating across departments on issues such as land access. He will add capacity to the team that includes ADFG Commissioner Cora Campbell, Deputy Commissioner Moreland, and other senior department and governor’s office staff to advise on fisheries, wildlife, and land access matters. Longtime Fairbanks attorney Andy Harrington has joined University of Alaska System legal team as associate general counsel. Harrington has practiced law in Fairbanks for 33 years, serving in a variety of different positions, including serving more than 25 years with the Alaska Legal Services Corp., and most recently serving as senior assistant attorney general in the state Department of Law. He joined UA in late July and replaces former UA associate general counsel Larry Zervos, who retired in March. Harrington received his degree from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude. His first job out of college was clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court. During his career with Alaska Legal Services, he was a staff attorney, a supervising attorney and served eight years as the non-profit agency’s statewide director. At the state attorney general’s office, he worked in the Commercial and Fair Business Practices Section. Builders Choice welcomed Gretchen Kenney as the inside sales manager at their Anchorage headquarters. Kenney is returning to a company where she has more than five years of history, having started as a purchasing director in 2005. She began her professional career in 1998 with Hilton Hotels, where she held several positions and quickly developed a reputation for quality work and friendly, positive interactions with coworkers, vendors, and customers. At Builders Choice she has worn a variety of hats ranging from office manager to sales coordinator. She most recently spent three years as the executive director at the Alaska Hotel & Lodging Association. All told, she has more than 16 years of professional business and client relations experience. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District selected Bruce Sexauer as the new chief of the civil works branch effective Aug.10. Sexauer previously served as the district’s chief of the planning section as well as the lead planner and project manager on multiple studies, including the Alaska Deep Draft Arctic Port Study and Alaska Baseline Erosion Assessment, which was honored with the Corps of Engineers Planning Achievement Award in 2009. He began his Corps career in 1993 with the Seattle District where he served in many capacities, including hydraulic engineer, project manager, plan formulator and program manager. Sexauer transferred to the Alaska District as a senior planner in 2003. His Corps civil works planning experience has included project formulation for ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, navigation and recreation. He is well versed in the Corps Emergency Management programs through planning and implementing multiple levee rehabilitation projects. Sexauer earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington in 1992, completed the Seattle District Leadership Development Program in 1999 and graduated from the Corps Planning Associates Program in 2003.

Movers & Shakers 08/17/14

Kirsten Swanson has joined RIM Architects as marketing assistant. She graduated from UAA in 2014 with dual bachelor of business administration degrees in marketing and management. While earning her degrees, she worked as a freelance professional photographer and provided marketing and event coordination for Davis Constructors & Engineers and for the American Cancer Society in Seattle. Jason Arnold of RIM Architects has earned his Construction Document Technologist accreditation through the CDT Program. As he continues to work toward achieving his Alaska Architecture license, Arnold has provided a variety of services for RIM, including design assistance, contract administration, construction documentation, building specifications and project production assistance. He has worked on numerous projects for RIM’s Building Envelope & Science Technology Studio, which provides forensic, repair and replacement solutions for roofs, doors, windows and exterior envelope issues. Prior to joining RIM, Arnold served in the U.S. Army for 10 years. As an Army Resources Sergeant with several deployments to Iraq, he gained a deep understanding of the administrative, logistical and organizational needs required for large entities to perform successfully. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University. Northrim Bank has promoted four officers: Debbie Bolton, training and development officer; Jeanine Lillo, vice president, controller; Judy Schnese, assistance vice president, audit supervisor; and Linda Uttech, vice president, facilities manager. Bolton has more than 10 years of experience in banking and has been with Northrim Bank for almost five years. She started at the Wasilla Financial Center as a personal banker and was promoted to branch supervisor. She holds an associate’s degree in science from Weber State University. Lillo has been with Northrim Bank for more than 11 years as the assistant controller and controller. Prior to joining Northrim Bank, she worked at Reeve Aleutian Airways. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer information systems from Emporia State University. Schnese has more than 25 years banking experience and joined Northrim Bank five years ago. Prior to starting at Northrim, she worked for First Interstate Bank, National Bank of Alaska, and then Wells Fargo. Schnese holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and also is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Financial Services Auditor. Uttech has been with Northrim Bank for two years. Prior to joining Northrim, she worked as the facilities manager at the Hilton Anchorage Hotel, with more than 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry. In 2013, Uttech was awarded Northrim Bank’s President’s Award. Tony Cange is the new CEO of Seldovia Native Association Inc., the Alaska Native village corporation for Seldovia. Cange was most recently the President of Aleut Real Estate LLC, the lands and real estate arm of The Aleut Corp. Prior to that, he was senior business analyst for Koniag Development Corp., the operating arm of the Koniag Inc. Cange is a lifelong Alaskan and serves as a director of the Anchorage Downtown Partnership and as a Director on the Municipality of Anchorage Platting Board. He was a 2011 recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 award. Luke Hoffmann has joined URS Corp. as a staff geologist. Hoffmann recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with his bachelor’s degree in geology. For the last 14 years, he has held various positions in Alaska, all pertaining to remote fieldwork. Hoffmann’s areas of expertise include environmental geology and mineral exploration. Anne French is the new vice president of marketing and sales Huna Totem Corp. As the first person to occupy this position, French will lead brand development, marketing and sales for the company. She will be responsible for developing the company’s brand in a way that is integral to its future growth and that is consistent with its vision and values. French brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing and brand innovation to her new role. She is a brand strategy executive with a proven record for increasing sales and profit performance across a broad range of businesses, including Procter & Gamble Co., Clorox, the software company Intuit, and Foote, Cone & Belding, an advertising agency. Most recently French led innovation development for a variety of clients, including Colgate-Palmolive, Hormel Foods Corporation, Del Monte Foods and Georgia-Pacific LLC, a paper company. She’s also consulted for Facebook, GoPro and General Electric. Wells Fargo has named Phillip Izon as an Anchorage small business specialist based at the 301 W. Northern Lights Blvd. location in midtown. Izon has three years of financial services experience in Alaska, serving customers as a teller, personal banker, and small business relationship manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage. While attending UAA, Izon helped form a financial literacy program for students. He currently serves as an Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals committee member. Karen Kassik-Michelsohn of Michelsohn and Daughter Construction Inc. was elected external vice president for the American Institute of Building Design at its 2014 National Convention located in Columbus, Ohio. AIBD is an international association for the Residential Design industry and is based in Washington, D.C. She will hold the national office for a term of one year. Kassik-Michelsohn was also awarded the prestigious “Designer of the Year” nomination for her years of service as liaison to the National Association of Home Builders and the homebuilding industry. Kassik-Michelsohn has been designing Custom Homes and Remodeling for more than 25 years and is both a remodeling design and aging-in-place design specialist. She has been featured in many publications and the “Today” show promoting the need for accessible and multi-generational housing. Michelsohn and Daughter Construction Inc. is a full-service design/build construction company located in Anchorage since 1978. The Alaska Workforce Investment Board has named Daniel Domke the David G. Stone Secondary Vocational Training Administrator of the Year for significantly improving and promoting career and technical education. Nominations for the prestigious awards come from an Alaska business or industry. Domke is career and technical education director for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, but served as principal of Hutchison High School in Fairbanks when AWIB selected him. Dr. Karen Schmitt has been appointed the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Alaska Southeast. Schmitt is returning to UAS from a position as dean at University of Alaska Anchorage. Previously she served as UAS dean in the schools of Management and Career Education. She replaces Dr. Marsha Sousa who returned to UAF in Fairbanks after four years in Juneau. Schmitt’s academic background includes a Ph.D. in geological sciences from Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, a master’s degree in geology from the University of Otago in Aotearoa/New Zealand and a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Schmitt was Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate student and received a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship while at Columbia. In addition to her recent university leadership roles in Alaska, she served as assistant dean of the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, as senior research geologist for Exxon Production Research, and as marine projects coordinator with ITT Antarctic Services. Vickie Williams is taking on the position of interim dean, School of Management. Williams is a longtime accounting faculty member at UAS. Prior to UAS, she was employed with Citicorp in New York and with Arthur Andersen and Co. She is taking on this interim role while the university begins a search for a permanent Management dean. The previous dean, John Blanchard, is returning to his original position as assistant professor of accounting while also maintaining an active presence working with community and industry partners. Pete Traxler will be expanding his role as associate dean for Juneau Programs within the UAS School of Career Education. Traxler is assistant professor of construction technology at the UAS Technical Education Center near downtown Juneau.

Movers & Shakers 08/10/14

Aimee M. Devaris will serve as director of the Alaska region for the National Weather Service, one of six in the nation. Devaris began her National Weather Service career as an intern at the weather service office in Kodiak in 1994. She worked through the ranks as a forecaster and became a warning coordination meteorologist at the forecast office in Juneau. She moved to Anchorage in 2001 to assume programmatic responsibilities at the regional headquarters office. In 2005, Devaris moved to weather service headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., to serve as the chief of the performance branch, where she was in charge of quality assurance. She was then chosen as executive officer for the Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services where she led the service’s national budget planning activities. Her selection as deputy director to Alaska region brought her back in 2008. Devaris graduated from the University of Alaska in Anchorage with a master’s degree in engineering and science management and a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Texas A&M University. GMW Fire Protection Inc. announced the appointment of Todd Heesch as president and Karen Todd as sales and marketing manager. Heesch has served as general manager of GMW since 2009 and in 2013 purchased the company. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky in 1997. He was registered as a professional engineer in 2003. Heesch arrived in Alaska in 1999, as a staff mechanical engineer for PDC Inc. and subsequently became a project manager for Superior Plumbing and Heating before joining GMW. Todd has served for 16 years as service representative in the fire protection industry. She arrived in Anchorage in 2010 where she qualified for the Pinnacle Award for fiscal 2011-12 (top 10 percent sales of the company) with Simplex Grinnell before joining GMW. She has nearly 30 years experience providing customer service to corporate clients. Carolyn Thompson has joined Umiaq LLC as the new office manager in Barrow and Terri Mitchell has been promoted to the manager for Umiaq’s newly formed Environmental Department. The Umiaq Barrow office manager is the primary point of contact with the North Slope Borough’s Planning Department for all Umiaq related NSB permitting and zoning issues. As a previous program manager for the North Slope Borough Public Works Department, Thompson participated in the early stages of development of the RELI/AHFC Weatherization Program. In her recent position as senior project manager for WHPacific, Carolyn represented the North Slope Borough under a Professional Placement contract with CIPM. Mitchell holds a master’s degree in environmental policy and management with honors and has more than 14 years of experience providing environmental documentation and permitting for bathymetric surveys in the arctic, telecommunication infrastructure, airports, roadways, wind towers, material sites and fuel tank farms. Umiaq’s Environmental Department provides the expertise to support Alaska and Arctic operations through the development of oil spill response plans, emergency response plans, incident management expertise, NEPA documentation, and permit packages for the most challenging of projects.  Current projects include the Arctic Fibre Project, a fiber optic line running from Tokyo to London through the Northwest Passage, Alaska LNG, response planning support for Shell and the Point Thomson Project. Naomi DuCharme has joined URS Corp. as a field camp manager. She brings more than 12 years of experience in management, facilitating, and customer service. DuCharme holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage in physical education with an emphasis in outdoor leadership and administration. The University of Alaska Anchorage Office of Alumni Relations and the UAA Alumni Association announced the recipients of the 2014 Alumni of Distinction awards. These three distinguished UAA alumni will be honored for their outstanding contributions to their chosen fields and community at the 5th annual Green & Gold Gala on Sept. 27 at the Alaska Airlines Center on UAA’s campus. They are: Ted Trueblood, Alumni of Achievement Award (master’s degree, civil engineering, 1980), president, Tryck Nyman Hayes Inc. (retired), past president, UAA Alumni Association; Cristy Hickel, Alumni Humanitarian Award (bachelor’s degree, physical education, 1986; master’s degree, interdisciplinary studies, 1989), program director, Sports Programs for Youth Development, Education & Recreation; Virginia Groeschel, Alumni Emerging Leader Award (bachelor’s degree, civil engineering, 2006), aviation design engineer, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities; President, College of Engineering Alumni Chapter. Scott Vierra has joined North Star Terminal and Stevedore Co LLC in their equipment services division. He will work with general contractors and corporations that will need stevedore and crane rental services in the future. He has been an Alaskan resident for nearly 30 years and brings 14 years of professional business-to-business experience that has included selling equipment and fleet vehicles throughout the state of Alaska. WHPacific Inc. announced the addition of Benjamin Lloyd and Travis Holmes as civil engineers in training to the company’s Anchorage office. Lloyd and Holmes will be working with WHPacific’s transportation group on civil and surface transportation projects. The growth of WHPacific’s transportation team in Anchorage will allow the company to better serve clients on projects for Alaska Department of Transportation, Alaskan Native Villages, and various city roadway design and construction projects throughout Alaska. Lloyd graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University in 2013 and is currently working on his master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He also successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Holmes also successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and is a recent graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Prior to joining WHPacific, he worked as a public works engineering intern at Fairbanks North Star Borough and provided traffic data analysis for the Municipality of Anchorage Project Management and Engineering Department.

Movers & Shakers 08/03/14

Wells Fargo has named Patti Bozzo as Alaska commercial real estate lending manager and Claire Hoffman senior commercial real estate industry specialist. Bozzo leads a team of five commercial real estate industry specialists and business associates focused on meeting the specialized financial needs of Alaska developers and contractors. Bozzo has been with Wells Fargo for 24 years, joining the company as a teller in Northern California. For the last 13 years she has worked as a business relationship manager and commercial real estate industry specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University in Sacramento. Hoffman has been with Wells Fargo for nine years, serving Alaska customers in Anchorage, Homer, and most recently in Fairbanks as a business relationship manager. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and she is a graduate of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce’s leadership program. The Society for Marketing Professional Services Alaska Chapter recently awarded two 2014 Build Business Conference Grants to Leah Boltz of Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. and Monica Bradbury of Dowl HKM. Both recipients received $500 to assist in attending the 2014 Build Business Conference. Boltz is the director of marketing and business development for Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. She has nine years of experience in marketing and business development for the architectural, engineering and construction industry and has been an active member of SMPS Alaska since its inception in 2011. Bradbury is the Alaska North Pacific Division Marketing Manager for Dowl HKM and has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and business development. Michael Corey was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Corey, of Anchorage, has been an Alaska resident for more than 34 years, and has practiced law for 28 years. He has been in private practice since 1985, first with Wuestenfeld & Corey LLC, and most recently, since 2013, at Jermain, Dunnagan, & Owens PC. Corey is a member of the American Bar Association, Anchorage Bar Association, Alaska Bar Association, and past member of the Alaska Bar Ethics Committee. He received a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. Tux Seims has recently joined URS Corp. as an environmental and infrastructure intern. Seims is currently en route to receiving his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has experience in ocean mariculture, assisting with building/designing structures based on coastal needs, and water sampling. His current duties at URS include supporting engineering efforts, Donlin transportation analysis, supporting marketing pursuits, and construction management support. Former Mat-Su Regional Medical Center board member Craig Thorn was recently selected as the 2014 recipient of the Bert Hall Award for Commitment to the Health of the Community, and Mat-Su Health Foundation board member Benjamin Olmedo received international recognition with his selection for a 2014 REAL Award. The Bert Hall Award is presented annually by the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors to an individual who consistently exemplifies commitment to improving the health and wellness of people in the Mat-Su Borough. Thorn was a board member and later board chair of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, and he served in that role until he recently resigned to pursue other interests. He previously served on the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors, where he also was elected chair. Thorn is a lifelong Alaskan with a long history of community service, including as past president of the Palmer Chamber of Commerce and the Palmer Rotary Club, and as a board member of United Way of Mat-Su. The REAL Awards program was created by Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition to celebrate the contributions of healthcare workers who save lives every day around the world. Olmedo was one of only 26 awardees in 10 different categories from 13 countries, and he was the only physician assistant recognized. Olmedo, who joined the MSHF board 2013, is a primary care physician assistant with Southcentral Foundation and serves patients at the Chickaloon Village Health Clinic in Chickaloon and the Valley Native Primary Care Center in Wasilla.  He is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, where he attained the rank of captain and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Naval Commendation Medal for contributions made during operations in Afghanistan.

Chef Dixon tabbed for Great American Seafood Cook-off

Gov. Sean Parnell and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute chose Chef Mandy Dixon to represent the State of Alaska at the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans on Aug. 2. A lifelong Alaskan, Dixon is the chef and owner of La Baleine Café, a seaside café on the Homer Spit. She also serves as Within the Wild Adventure Company’s pastry chef. “Mandy is a talented chef,” said ASMI’s Communications Director Tyson Fick. “We already know she cooks well under pressure. We’re certain she’ll be a strong contender in this competition.” Dixon will proudly represent Alaska in the annual cook-off that brings 19 chefs from across the country together to compete for the title of “best seafood chef in the nation.” Each chef will utilize ingredients from their home states. The cook-off is held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and is open to the public. Other chefs will represent the states of Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Cook-off judges include Ben Pollinger, executive chef of Oceana restaurant in New York City; Kris Moon, senior director of strategy and development for the James Beard Foundation; Barbara Mathias, co-publisher and vice president of Food Arts magazine; Brian West, chef-instructor at CIA-San Antonio and Susie Selby, owner of Selby Winery. “For the competition, I’ll be making an Alaska seafood ramen bowl with king crab beignets as a nod to the New Orleans locale,” Dixon said. “This dish has the ability to show Alaska’s diverse seafood and culture through the techniques and its ingredients.” Dixon’s homemade ramen noodle dish tied her for second place in the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off, held in Anchorage in 2013. While Dixon grew up cooking alongside her mother, Chef Kirsten Dixon, at the family’s wilderness lodges, she completed her formal training at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, Calif. After working in restaurants for the next four years, she enrolled in the intensive pastry program at the Culinary Institute of America in St. Helena, Calif., in 2006. During school and following her graduation, she worked as a pastry chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group in Yountville, Calif., before returning to the family business in Alaska in 2010. Dixon is the co-author alongside Chef Kirsten Dixon, of “The Tutka Bay Lodge Cookbook — Coastal Cuisine from the Wilds of Alaska,” which will be released in October 2014. She was the food stylist for the second edition of “The Winterlake Lodge Cookbook,” published in October 2012.


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