Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 08/04/13

Ginger George-Smith has been hired as spokesperson and director of resource development and marketing at NeighborWorks Anchorage. George-Smith joins NeighborWorks Anchorage from Standing Together Against Rape, where she worked as the director of development and marketing and events coordinator for nine years. Ginger was awarded an Alaska State Legislative Citation by the 27th Alaska State Legislature for her positive work in Alaska. She has more than 30 years experience in fundraising and resource development in Anchorage with a degree from Colorado State University. Effective July 23, Sherri McKay-Highers was appointed chief financial officer and vice president, finance and administration for Chugach Electric Association. Prior to this appointment, McKay-Highers was serving as manager, budget and financial reporting, guiding Chugach’s financial planning and reporting responsibilities. She has worked at Chugach for more than 15 years and has held various accounting management positions. Strategies 360 announced the hire of integrated marketing expert Sally Bock. She’ll lead the creative division, which includes award-winning graphic designers, digital and social media experts, SEO specialists, advertising producers, account managers, and website developers. Previously, Bock was a senior vice president at Pyramid Communications, where she oversaw creative service and digital teams. With deep experience in health care, education, arts, philanthropy and more, she has worked with clients including the Anchorage Museum, Alaska Federation of Natives, Seattle Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, and the University of Puget Sound. American Fast Freight Inc. has hired Mike Bevers as senior vice president, strategic initiatives. Prior to joining American Fast Freight, Bevers most recently held the position of director of supply chain-purchasing for Darigold. Bevers is a Seattle native and attended Washington State University for his undergraduate degree and he received his master’s in business administration from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington Seattle. Bevers is a member of the Tacoma Transportation Club, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and has served as a guest lecturer for a number of transportation associations. At a special meeting held on July 23, the Bering Straits Native Corp. board of directors selected Lee Michael Ryan, vice president of Ryan Air Inc., to fill the board seat previously held by the late Martha Anagick Aarons. He will serve a two-year term on the Board. Ryan is the chief pilot for Ryan Air, where he has been employed since 1994. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and also attended Northern Arizona University. He was born and raised in Unalakleet, and is the son of BSNC shareholder Wilfred “Boyuck” Ryan and his wife Victoria. In 2009, Mr. Ryan was recognized by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Journal of Commerce as a “Top 40 Under 40”  professional. He currently serves as chairman of the State of Alaska Aviation Advisory Board. Northrim Bank has promoted Jessie Giamona, Bryann Hanks and Heidi Roesler. Giamona has been promoted to assistant vice president, training and development manager. She has been with Northrim since June 2011. Jessie is a 2013 Anchorage Society for Human Resources board member and recently obtained her Professional in Human Resources certification. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in human resources management. Hanks has been promoted to consumer and small business lender at the Small Business Center. She has been with the bank as a loan administrative assistant since August 2012. She has 13 years of banking experience to include more than five years branch experience, one year as a deposit compliance officer and more than seven years in lending as an administrative assistant and assistant cashier. Along with her banking career, she has over four years of related accounting experience. Roesler has been promoted to vice president, human resources talent manager. She has worked at the bank for more than 10 years and has worked as an assistant compliance officer, human resources officer, professional development officer and loan collateral specialist. Heidi holds a master’s of business administration and a master’s of public administration. She also has the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute and is working on her Certified Compensation Professional certificate.

Movers & Shakers 07/28/13

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce announced the 16 finalists for the 2013 Gold Pan Awards in four categories listed below. Able Body Shop, Rene Haag (Blaine’s Art Supply), Leverette Hoover (Siemens Industry) and Peter Mulcahy (URS Corp.) are finalists in the Distinguished Community Service by an Individual, Organization or Small Business category. Fred Meyer, Kendall Auto Group, Millennium Alaskan Hotel and Neeser Inc.
are finalists in the Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business or Organization category. Cornerstone General Contractors, Green Alaska Solutions LLC, Northern Air Cargo and USTravel are finalists in the Business Excellence category. Nick Brorson (Sockeye Business Solutions), Ryan Cropper (Able Body Shop), Chris Dunn (Integrity Roofing & Windows) and Dr. Helena Wisniewski (University of Alaska Anchorage) are finalists in the Entrepreneurial Excellence category. The Volunteer of the Year Award will be announced at this year’s Gold Pan Awards Sept. 13 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. Tickets for the 56th annual Gold Pan Awards are now on sale. Cost is $50 per member, $70 for non-members. Member tables of 20 for $500. Deadline to RSVP is by 5 p.m. Sept. 6. AMC Engineers announced the promotion of Keith Confer to principal. Confer is an award winning electrical engineer with 19 years of design experience for public facilities throughout Alaska. He has received multiple lighting awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America for his work on the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport C Concourse Expansion, the UAA/APU Consortium Library, and the ANC Terminal Connector. Confer has been with AMC since 1996 and has worked on a wide variety of projects across the state. He is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer, a certified Electrical Inspector by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, and a Construction Specification Institute Certified Construction Documents Technologist.  Gideon Garcia has joined CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation as chief operating officer. Garcia has worked with Holland America Tours and HAP-Alaska/Yukon, based in Alaska, since 1997 and has held several positions with increasing responsibility. Having completed his master’s in business administration at the University of Fairbanks, he brings substantial experience managing departments with 500 seasonal employees and a proven leadership ability in operations to his leadership role at CATC. Roberta Caenepeel has joined CIRI Alaska Tourism as sales manager. Caenepeel has been selling CATC products for the past 11 years via Royal Celebrity Tours and more recently, Visit Anchorage. Knowing our organization so well, she is a perfect fit to represent Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, Seward Windsong Lodge and Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge globally. CATC is the umbrella company for Alaska Heritage Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, and Seward Windsong Lodge. Lottie Michael, senior vice president and associate broker of Commercial Real Estate Alaska LLC, has been recognized and honored by the National Association of Realtors with REALTOR® Emeritus status at the 2013 Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo. Michael has maintained her membership in the National Association of Realtors for more than 40 years. She holds the NAR designation of Certified Commercial Investment Manager and is current president of the Alaska CCIM Chapter. Michael joined Commercial Real Estate Alaska LLC in December 2012 after many years with Bond, Stephens & Johnson. In 2012 Lottie receivied the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. Troy A. Johnson has been named vice president of business development at Glacier Services Inc., an oil and gas professional services firm headquartered in Anchorage specializing in automation, instrumentation, and control systems. Of Aleut decent, Johnson most recently served as president of Doyon Emerald and CEO of the Aleut Corp. before joining GSI. As an Alaska registered professional engineer and with a master’s in business administration, Johnson brings more than 20 years of experience in the technical and commercial aspects of engineering consultation work to GSI.

Movers & Shakers 07/21/13

The University of Alaska has hired Bill Bieber as director of the Mining and Petroleum Training Service, or MAPTS. Bieber started July 1. He replaces Dennis Steffy, who recently retired after running MAPTS since the university created it in 1979. MAPTS has offices in Soldotna, Juneau and Anchorage, which serve the entire state. MAPTS is one of the university’s premiere workforce training programs, having trained more than 100,000 students in everything from underground mine safety to oil and gas drilling technology. Alaska Native Medical Center recently appointed Dr. C. David Hightower as the new service chief of orthopedics. Hightower, a member of the Cherokee Nation, has worked at ANMC for the past year. In his new role, Hightower is responsible for clinical supervision and leadership of providers assigned to the Orthopedics Department. Hightower earned his doctorate degree in 2007 from the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he also completed the orthopedic surgery residency program. Originally from Anchorage, he joined ANMC in 2012 as an orthopedic surgeon. Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. has hired four interns to their Fairbanks and Anchorage offices. Alaskan Michael Levison returns to Bettisworth North in Fairbanks after completing a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Montana State University. He is studying at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in preparation for pursuing a master’s degree in architecture. Ian Patrick also hails from Alaska and joins the Fairbanks office as a student of the Rhode Island School of Design and will complete his bachelor’s degree in architecture in three years. Rebecca Rorabaugh is a returning intern to the Anchorage office and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in architecture from Dartmouth College. Camille Mahan joins the landscape architecture team in Anchorage, recently completing a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture at Purdue University. Mahan is from Illinois and completed a previous internship in Burlington, Vt. Pioneer Natural Resources’ Alaska Asset Team was awarded the company’s Silver Wrench Award for overcoming many challenges in 2012 yet delivering superb operational performance and an outstanding safety and environmental record to boot. The team was honored at Pioneer’s ninth annual Wrench Award ceremony after the Wrench Committee toured facilities and met with employees to hear about recent work on the North Slope. Operationally, the team executed the North Slope’s largest hydraulic fracture stimulation on its N-1 well utilizing a lower-48 style completion technique. Additionally, the team considerably improved its overall up-time by upgrading equipment and implementing new procedures and enhanced training. These efforts boosted Pioneer Alaska’s production in 2012, exceeding their goal by 13 percent. Most importantly, the team succeeded in all of their accomplishments while meeting or exceeding goals for environmental incidents: zero OSHA recordable injuries and 25 percent reduction in reportable spills. Azia Weisz, born and raised in Tok, joined the Fine Point team as an account manager in the spring of 2013 after graduating with a double major in Management and Marketing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Fine Point is a marketing agency in Alaska that specializes in results-based targeted marketing. Fine Point specialize in reaching consumers with the media that they most use today including search engines, social media, and websites. Randy Robertson will be new Cordova’s city manager, beginning Aug. 5. After the departure of previous Cordova city manager, Mark Lynch, in November, the Cordova City Council hired Don Moore as Interim City Manager. Under his leadership, Cordova has continued to move forward with the Cordova Center project, property tax software update, and upgrade of the North Fill shipyard. Originally from Ohio, Mr. Robertson has over seven years of city manager experience. Most recently, Robertson served the community of Vestavia Hills, Ala., which, during his tenure, was recognized as Alabama’s “Safest City” and selected in 2013 as one of the International City/County Management Association’s “Local Governance Cities.” In addition to his years of service in the role of city manager, Robertson has held senior civilian positions with the U.S. Army, to include Chief of Staff of the largest military installation in the U.S. at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Prior to his civilian service, Robertson served for 20 years as an Officer in the U.S. Army. Mr. Robertson holds Masters degrees in Public Administration, Urban Planning, and Strategic Planning in addition to a certificate in Business Administration from Boston University and has served as Adjunct Faculty at several universities and colleges. “After a long and thorough process, City Council has made an excellent choice in hiring Mr. Robertson. His experience, leadership skills, and positive attitude will serve him well as we strive to move Cordova forward. I am excited to work with Mr. Robertson over the next few years to ensure we maintain our industry and infrastructure,” said Cordova Mayor Jim Kacsh. Moe Zamarron, Cordova Public Works Director, will serve as Acting City Manager until Mr. Robertson’s arrival in August.

Movers & Shakers 07/14/13

Stephen Welch has been named mall manager at Anchorage Fifth Avenue Mall. Welch most recently served as the mall manager at Gulf View Square in Port Richey, Fla. Prior to that, he began his career with Simon Property Group in 2009 at Greenwood Park Mall and then moved on to Lake Square Mall, Lenox Square, Anderson Mall and finally landed at Gulf View Square. PND Engineers Inc., has hired five new employees in its Anchorage office. Lisa Baughman was hired as environmental scientist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a concentration in environmental science from Cameron University. Corey Roche, Matthew Wasson and Ryan Zhang were hired as a staff engineers. Roche is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Wasson holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine and brings several years of civil design and land surveying experience.  Zhang recently completed a master’s degree in civil engineering at UAA and will focus on geotechnical work. Tara Sanders was hired as an accounting technician. Sanders is a graduate of the University of Alaska Southeast with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting and has more than 10 years of Alaskan accounting experience. Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association and APICDA Joint Ventures Inc., and APICDA Co., announced the hiring of Hugh Pelkey as fleet manager, effective June 24, responsible for vessel fleet owned by APICDA Vessels Inc., and working with APICDA’s partner vessel managers. Pelkey transitions from his role as board director for both the APICDA and APICDA Joint Ventures Inc. companies, where he represented the community of Akutan. Pelkey is a fourth generation crab, salmon and longline commercial fisherman. His business enterprises include owning the F/V High Roller, owning and operating a commercial dive service, and ferrying pilots for the Alaska Marine Pilots Association to and from merchant vessels. The National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations has named Cook Inlet Housing Authority’s Pesident and CEO Carol Gore as their newest member. Gore was one of 10 new members of the committee announced by the U.S. Census Bureau, giving Alaska a national voice on census data and housing issues. Gore will help the committee measure the effects of cultural patterns and evaluate the statistical needs of especially hard-to-count populations that exist in Alaska and across the country. These populations pose challenges for the Census Bureau as it tries to produce an accurate representation of the country’s people in order to provide relevant information for federal, state and local governments along with businesses and industries that increasingly rely on precise statistics. Linda Leary has accepted the vice president, commercial development position with TOTE Logistics Inc., Carlile’s parent company. Her new role will be overseeing the Sales and Marketing Department of Carlile, TOTE Logistics Inc. and Spectrum. She will continue to be based in Anchorage. Geoffrey Hawtrey has accepted the vice president, support services position with TOTE Logistics Inc. He will be working with the Carlile, TOTE Logistics, Inc. and Spectrum IT Departments to develop and implement strategies, policies and initiatives, He was most recently with Saddle Creek Corp., a 3PL warehouse and transportation company in Lakeland, Fla. Hawtrey will be based in Federal Way, Wash. Jeff Palmer has accepted the controller position with TOTE Logistics Inc. and joins the company from Menlo. He will be located in Anchorage for the next six months and then working out of Federal Way. John Armstrong has accepted the vice president, logistics position for Carlile Transportation Systems Inc. He joins Carlile from sister company Alta Logistics, where he was the director of logistics. Armstrong and his team will be working out of the Tacoma office. Gene Carlson has accepted the vice president, trucking operations position with Carlile Transportation Systems Inc. He previously held the position of vice president of special projects for Carlile. In his new position, Carlson will be overseeing the Heavy Haul, Equipment Repair and Maintenance, Line Haul and Bulk departments. Carlson will be based in Anchorage. Jessica Stine of the engineering firm of Livingston Slone Inc. has earned the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Certificate.  The NCIDQ Certificate is a professional credential awarded to designers who demonstrate their competency and understanding in all areas of interior design. Stine holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and is working toward professional registration as an architect. She has been with Livingston Slone since 2011 and is currently involved in projects for the Copper River Native Association, Blood Bank of Alaska and UAA School of Engineering. Jordan Bailly has joined Livingston Slone as intern architect. Bailly, a lifelong Alaskan and graduate of South High School, has previously worked two summers as an intern for Livingston Slone. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in May and is now pursuing professional registration in Alaska. Bailly is currently assisting in the completion of the Construction Documents for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s new Engineering and Industry Building. Alaska USA is announced promotions to its executive management team. Geoff Lundfelt has been promoted to chief operations officer. Lundfelt has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions during his 15 years with Alaska USA, most recently serving as executive director of retail financial services. Lundfelt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Jerry Reed has been promoted to chief lending officer. Reed joined Alaska USA in 2008 as executive director of mortgage and real estate lending, and has more than 25 years of lending experience in commercial, mortgage, and consumer lending. Reed holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, and a master’s degree in business administration degree from the University of Maryland.

Movers & Shakers 07/07/13

Kimberli Laasch and Vicki Myers recently joined First National Bank Alaska as a mortgage loan originator and the South Center Branch manager respectively. Laasch brings more than 10 years of mortgage experience to the bank’s Home Loan Center. Myers has a bank management background of more than 12 years and customer service experience that goes back 25 years. Ryan McCourt has joined Spark Design LLC as an intern-architect. McCourt earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan in 2008 and is currently working towards architectural licensure. Previously, he was employed at Kumin Associates Inc. working on such projects as Anchorage’s Fire Station No. 5 in Spenard and the Valley Center for Arts and Learning in Palmer. USKH Inc. is the sixth-highest rated Multidiscipline Architecture/Engineering Firm to Work For in the country. Awards were announced June 20, at the Best Firms to Work For conference in Chicago, sponsored by ZweigWhite. Rankings were made based on the results of a comprehensive survey of workplace practices and an independent survey of employees. To qualify for the Multidiscipline award, firms provide a minimum of two disciplines. USKH, an employee-owned firm that has been in business for more than 40 years, offers architecture; civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, and environmental engineering; planning; landscape architecture; and surveying. USKH was the highest-ranked Alaska-based firm in any of five categories (multidiscipline, architecture, civil engineering, structural engineering and environmental). Will Baynard, Katie Bender and Daryl Lowe have been hired at Northrim Bank, while Veronica Pillans and Reynold Udarbe were recently promoted. Baynard accepted the position of commercial lender. His focus will be on commercial and industrial loans, primarily working with ANCSA corporations. Previously he was in-house counsel for Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union. He has a law degree from Case Western Reserve University and a master’s degree in international commerce and Policy from George Mason University. Bender accepted the position of community and public relations officer. A graduate of West High, she was raised in Anchorage and has and a master’s degree in public administration from University of Alaska Anchorage. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Portland. She brings nine years of experience in communications, marketing and fundraising, most recently for the American Red Cross of Alaska. Pillans has been promoted to the consumer and small business lender at the Small Business Center. She has been with the bank as a loan administrative assistant since August 2012 and has eight years of banking experience to include seven years with First National Bank as a personal banker as well as an administrative assistant in both the Legal and Home Loan Center. Udarbe has been promoted to branch manager at our Huffman Branch. He has been the assistant manager at Huffman since he started with the bank almost two years ago. He has seven years of financial institution experience most recently as a client service manager with Key Bank and has a master’s degree in organizational management. A graduate of Bartlett High School and UAA’s Business Administration program, Lowe began his banking career with National Bank of Alaska in 1995 as a management trainee. He has worked as a loan officer in Dillingham, a branch manager in Glennallen and most recently as the senior business relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Wasilla. Dr. Patti Paris has been hired by the Alaska Native Medical Center as its new service chief of the ANMC Emergency Department. Paris will direct the professional, administrative and educational activities of the ED, ANMC’s busiest department. She will also provide strategic leadership and direction for all aspects of the department, which saw more than 57,000 patient visits in 2012. Tina Grovier has joined the Anchorage office of Stoel Rives LLP as a partner in the Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group. She brings 18 years of experience in natural resources and energy law. During her career, Grovier has helped secure federal and state permits for Alaska’s first heap leach facility, Alaska’s first third-party natural gas storage facility, the first non-conditional state right-of-way for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, and Anchorage’s first commercial-grade wind farm. Her clients include Alaska Native corporations, public utilities and oil, natural gas and mining companies. She frequently represents pipeline and telecommunications carriers and refuse services companies before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska and state courts. In addition, She has broad appellate, litigation, arbitration and commercial transaction experience. Since 2008, Grovier has been selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Alaska by Chambers USA in the area of “Environment, Natural Resources and Regulated Industries.” Sealaska tribal member shareholder Alysha Guthrie of Sitka has been selected as the 2013-14 board youth advisor. The position was established in 2009 by the Sealaska board as an opportunity to help young Native leaders gain valuable board training and knowledge of Sealaska’s operations. Guthrie is a full-time student at Durango, Colo., and is seeking a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She is currently participating in the Sealaska summer internship program. Guthrie succeeds Madeline Soboleff-Levy, who served as the 2012-13 board youth advisor.

Movers & Shakers 06/30/13

MSI Communications has added Account Manager Amy Guse and Web Director Bryan Meshke to its staff. Born in Anchorage and schooled in Kentucky, Guse most recently managed the national public relations account for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Her other major accounts included Providence Health and Services Alaska, the Alaska Marine Highway System, AT&T, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and Era Alaska. Meshke has spent nearly a decade at local advertising agencies, where he designed and developed sites for NANA, Bristol Bay Native Corp., Matanuska Telephone Association and the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., among others. Before coming to MSI Communications, Meshke ran his own company, providing web design and development to Alaska businesses and other designers. Raised in Seattle, Meshke has lived in Alaska for 15 years and has bachelor’s degrees in business administration and in fine arts. Bettisworth North Architects and Planners Inc. named Leah Boltz director of marketing and business development for the firm. Boltz comes to the firm with six years of professional services marketing at CRW Engineering Group LLC and a degree in journalism and public communications, business and professional writing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Boltz is also co-founder and president of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Alaska chapter. University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has presented awards to four outstanding UA employees for exceptional service. The recipients of the annual Staff Make Students Count award for 2013 are: Gabrielle Hazelton, administrative assistant for the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences; Abby Kosmos, program assistant for University of Alaska Southeast’s Ketchikan Campus Workforce Development; Zlata Lokteva, administrative assistant at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s School of Engineering; and Michael O’Brien, an attorney at the UA System’s general counsel office. The United Fishermen of Alaska announced the election of Jerry McCune of Cordova District Fishermen United as president. McCune will be joined by Paul A. Shadura II of Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association as vice president, and Lindsey Bloom of Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Association as the new Fish Farm and Environmental Committee chair. Bruce Wallace will hold the past president seat on the Executive Committee. The three new Executive Committee members will complement existing Executive Committee members Kathy Hansen of Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance (Secretary/Treasurer), Duncan Fields of Cape Barnabas, Inc. (Administration Chair), Stephanie Madsen of At-sea Processors Association (National Chair), Brian Lynch of Petersburg Vessel Owners Association (Subsistence Chair), Mark Gleason of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers and Kevin Adams (co-Chairs PR/Membership), Bruce Schactler (Marketing Chair), and Gary Fandrei of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (Enhancement Chair). Also taking effect on June 15 are new at-large board representatives Clay Bezenek of Ketchikan and Victor Jones of Cordova, joining Adams and Schactler, who were both re-elected to UFA at-large board seats. Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young announced the names of his 2013 summer interns working in his Washington, D.C., and Anchorage offices. Caitlin Loyd, of Anchorage, attends the University of Pennsylvania, where she is double majoring in philosophy, politics, and economics and classical studies. Loyd is a graduate of West High School, and is currently working in Young’s Washington. Deborah Castillo, from Anchorage, is a recent high school honors graduate of Anchorage Christian Schools, and will be attending the University of Alaska Anchorage in the fall to study biology.  Castillo will work out of Young’s Anchorage office. Liz Banicki, a resident of Eagle River, graduated from the University of Portland in 2010 with a double major in political science and German studies. Upon completion of her internship in Young’s Washington office, Banicki will be relocating to Austria on her second Fulbright Scholarship to teach English. Alicia Amberg joined the Alaska Miners Association staff in April 2013 as projects manager. She partners closely with the executive director to structure and lead effective teams, campaigns, and publications to help achieve AMA’s mission. Prior to AMA, she served as marketing and operations director for an educational nonprofit in Anchorage from 2009 to 2013 and volunteers for several community organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho in both public relations and organizational communication, and is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Make-A-Wish Alaska has recently hired Hannah Moderow as the administrative and program coordinator at the Anchorage office. Moderow has worked as a freelance writer and editor in Anchorage for the past six years, during which time she ghost wrote “Born to Mush,” the biography of 2012 Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey. Moderow also served as an adjust professor in Developmental English at University of Alaska Anchorage. Moderow earned her bachelor’s degree in English and art history from Cornell University and her master’s degree in fine arts in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Dana Seagars recently joined URS as a senior marine mammal biologist with more than 38 years of experience in marine mammal studies and National Environmental Policy Act compliance. Seagars has been involved with marine mammal research and management in Alaska, California, and Russia. A 25-year Alaska resident, Seagars has participated in a wide range of marine mammal research and management projects including population assessment, contaminant studies, Section 7 consultations, incidental take regulations, Marine Mammal Protection Act permit reviews, as well as various Endangered Species Act issues. Mr. Seagars’ experience includes projects involving Steller sea lions, ice seals, walrus, and Cook Inlet beluga whales.    

Movers and Shakers 06/23/13

June 20, 2013 ShemJonesHemmer Wendy Shem has recently joined AT&T as an account executive, business markets. She holds a master’s degree in Forensic Science from Virginia Commonwealth University, has 14 years of experience in pharmaceutical sales and has lived in Alaska for 16 years. Samantha Jones was just promoted to mobility account manager, wholesale at AT&T. She has five years of experience in telecom having worked as a retail sales consultant, an assistant store manager at the Wasilla location, and most recently, as a field service manager supporting the business market retail accounts. Matthew Hemmer has recently joined AT&T as a member of the signature accounts team. Hemmer began his telecom career more than 12 years ago providing voice, data, wireless, hosting and software solutions to major customers in Alaska, most recently handling oil and gas, Native corporation and local government accounts. Anchorage Museum recently hired Alison Gazay as marketing and public relations manager. Gazay coordinates museum marketing and promotional activities focusing on tourism and marketing to groups. Gazay has more than 17 years experience in travel and tourism and has worked as Charlotte Sales Manager for Coach America–Carolinas and as group and conference services manager for All Alaska Tours Inc. She has a master’s degree in international studies and a post-graduate degree in tourism from the University of Otago in New Zealand. McDowell Group has hired Peter McClung to serve as the firm’s senior health economist. McClung will be based in the firm’s Anchorage office, but will serve clients throughout the state. Prior to joining McDowell Group, McClung served as a health economist for the British Columbia Medical Association. In that capacity, he analyzed the B.C. health system to advise and support funding allocations which would benefit both patients and providers. Originally from Canada, McClung earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Waterloo and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Manitoba. Kathryn Dodge is the new economic development specialist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Dodge will develop and deliver programs for Alaska small businesses and entrepreneurs and work with other agencies and organizations on statewide economic development. Most recently, Dodge served as policy research director at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks. Previously, she worked for eight years as the economic development specialist for the Fairbanks North Star Borough and 15 years in various positions at Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Dodge, who has lived in Alaska for 40 years, holds a doctorate in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate Institute. HortonAllen Wells Fargo has named Chris Horton as a principal business relationship manager for its Alaska Commercial Banking Group. Horton rejoins Wells Fargo with 16 years of banking experience in Alaska, including 13 years helping Alaskan businesses succeed financially. He began his career with Wells Fargo predecessor National Bank of Alaska as a management trainee, and he graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in 2010. Todd Allen has been named employee benefits senior account executive for Wells Fargo Insurance in Alaska. Allen has more than 35 years of experience providing human resource solutions and managing employee benefits, health and wellness plans. He holds a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and he is a Certified Compensation Professional. Rebecca Brower has been named UIC Foundation Administrator at Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. Brower will be responsible for administering the UIC Foundation which includes performing a variety of duties associated with the coordination, awarding of disbursements and financial aid assistance programs for UIC shareholder recipients. Journalist Mark Trahant will serve as the 20th Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The position brings nationally known journalists to teach courses and speak to students, journalists and the public in Alaska. Trahant has been reporting about Indian Country since the 1970s. He’s been an editor, a reporter, a columnist, a TV correspondent and an author of several books. He’s also a Twitter poet, writing a daily news poem under the handle @newsrimes4lines. Trahant most recent book is “The Last Great Battle of the Indian Wars, about Sen. Henry M. Jackson. Trahant was recently awarded a fellowship to the Rockefeller Bellagio Center in Italy. For the past three years, he has been an editor in residence at the University of Idaho, School of Journalism and Mass Media. He was a 2009 Kaiser Media Fellow, writing about health care reform with the focus of its impact on Indian Country. He’s also been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in an Alaska native village. He is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and is a former president of the Native American Journalists Association. Trahant will teach Information Gathering and Global Media and Communications Systems this fall and Multimedia Journalism and Enterprise Reporting in the spring. Todd Fortun has joined the Anchorage office of AECOM, as an air quality scientist, supporting AECOM’s Alaska air quality permitting and compliance team. Fortun has a master’s degree in environmental chemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a bachelor’s degree in meteorology from St. Cloud State University. Prior to joining AECOM, Fortun was a project chemist supporting Alaska remediation projects for Jacobs Engineering. He will also support AECOM’s Alaska remediation program and associated project chemistry requirements.

Movers & Shakers 06/16/13

Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp., the Alaska Native village corporation for Barrow, elected three new board members at its 40th Annual Meeting of Shareholders on June 1. New board members are: Herman L. Ahsoak, Anthony E. Edwardsen and Beverly J. Shontz Eliason. Officers elected are: Chairman Price E. Brower, Vice Chair Grant B. Thompson Jr., President Edwardsen, Vice President David M. Leavitt Jr., Treasurer Ned T. Arey Sr., Corp. Secretary Shontz Eliason, directors Forrest D. Olemaun, Ahsoak and Richard Ungarook Sr. Barbara Bigelow has joined Providence as administrator of Providence Valdez Medical Center, effective Aug. 5. Bigelow’s background spans nearly 30 years in leadership roles at hospitals across Alaska, including PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, Wrangell Medical Center and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She joins Providence from PeaceHealth Ketchikan, where since 2008 she has served as regional vice president. During her tenure, Ketchikan Medical Center was named among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association. Bigelow earned a bachelor’s degree in health information management from Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and a master’s degree in business organizational management from the University of La Verne in California. She is also a licensed nursing home administrator and a registered health information administrator. Karen Giltz, store director of the Palmer Fred Meyer, was named Director of the Year for her district, which encompasses all 11 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska. Among the qualifications Giltz met or exceeded are the store’s sales goals; customer satisfaction as tallied on customer surveys; goals for training employees in safety procedures and reducing accidents at the store; goals for employee satisfaction surveys and undercover shopping surveys. Giltz’s store has been accident free for 580 days. Giltz, who has been in Alaska for 17 years, has been director of the Palmer store for three years. She has been with Fred Meyer for 19 years, having started as a courtesy clerk in Idaho Falls, Idaho. TerraSond Limited announced the promotion of Brian Busey and Capt. Rich Hendren. The Palmer-based company produces precision land and marine geospatial surveys. Busey is now vice president, business development and Hendren is vice president, operations. During his seven years with TerraSond, Busey served in various roles of increasing responsibility, most recently as vice president, operations. Busey is an ACSM certified hydrographer, has 20 years of industry experience, and served 23 years in the Canadian Navy. Hendren functioned as TerraSond’s HSE & Quality director, joining the company in October 2012 after serving as director, operations integrity at CPD Alaska. His experience and qualifications include 30 years of U.S. Navy service, U.S. Merchant Marine Master, a bachelor’s degree from Regents College and a master’s degree in human relations from the University of Oklahoma. Valerie Webb and Victor Apodaca have joined the PDC Fairbanks office. Serving as a senior civil engineer, Apodaca brings more than 29 years of experience in the design and project management of airfields, roadways, as well commercial and industrial sites. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a registered civil engineer in Alaska as well as three other states. Prior to joining PDC, Apodaca worked for another local design firm and also served as a civilian contractor that was embedded with the 401st AFSB providing design and inspection services on Army bases throughout Afghanistan. Webb will serve as PDC’s lead environmental analyst. She has more than 13 years of experience, most recently involving environmental coordination in the gold exploration industry. Prior to that, she worked for a local environmental consulting firm performing a range of environmental duties including oil spill response planning, compliance investigations, and monitoring of contaminated sites across Alaska. She is also skilled with the application of GIS, which will complement PDC’s extensive work in that area. Brian E. Skinner has been promoted to the position of vice president of freight services for Sourdough Express. Skinner joined Sourdough Express 10 years ago as the manager of business development and was soon promoted to general manager. Sourdough Express is a full service trucking company serving Alaskans since 1898.

Movers and Shakers 06/09/13

Paula Cullenberg will be the new director of Alaska Sea Grant, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, starting in July 2013. Ginny Eckert, University of Alaska Fairbanks fisheries associate professor, also will join Alaska Sea Grant as associate director for research. Cullenberg replaces retiring director David Christie, who has led Alaska Sea Grant since 2008. Cullenberg takes the helm after serving as Alaska Sea Grant associate director since 2007, and as Marine Advisory Program leader since 2004. MAP is Alaska’s marine resource extension program with fourteen faculty members living and working in nine coastal communities. In 2010, Cullenberg led a community-based effort that resulted in legislative funding for six MAP agents located in Nome, Dillingham, Unalaska, Kodiak, Cordova and Ketchikan. Cullenberg also serves as co-chair of the state’s Fisheries, Seafood and Maritime Initiative. Prior to leading MAP, Cullenberg directed the North Pacific Fishery Observer Training Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and was the Bristol Bay MAP agent. She is a 30-year Alaska resident and participates in the Bristol Bay setnet fishery with her family. Suzan Rolland has joined aeSolutions as manager of quality and will be based in the Anchorage office. As aeSolutions’ manager of quality, Rolland will drive the planning, development and control of a Quality Management System across all office locations to deliver even greater value to process safety clients throughout the country. Two new junior engineers have also joined aeSolutions in Anchorage. Kenneth Larsen, a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, has joined the company as a SIS FEL specialist. Urvashi Curran, who recently earned her master’s degree in chemical engineering from Lamar University, has joined their process risk management team as a junior process safety engineer. Ridenour Stump Geserick Tim Ridenour has been promoted from associate to principal of RIM Architects. Ridenour has 19 years of experience in architectural design and general contracting, and project coordination from design through construction. His projects include the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, numerous projects for Providence Alaska Medical Center, and new Target stores in Anchorage and Wasilla. Ridenour earned a master’s and a bachelor’s degree of architecture from Montana State University. Brian Stump has rejoined RIM Architects after being away for three years, working on residential projects. Previously, Stump worked for RIM Architects for five years as an intern-architect, making significant contributions to projects such as the Alaska Dance Theatre, CITC-Non-Profit Center, and 14-story JL Tower. He is now a registered architect in Alaska and has a bachelor’s degree of architecture from Washington State University. Matt Geserick has joined RIM Architects as a Level I design assistant. He earned a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in architecture and from the University of Idaho. He interned at a studio in Rome, Italy, and also served internships at architectural and construction firms. He is pursuing professional architectural registration. Michelle Gallagher of RIM Architects was recognized for her contributions to the Society of American Military Engineers during the SAME 2013 Pacific and Northwest Joint Engineer Training Symposium held this past February in Anchorage. Gallagher received the SAME Regional Vice President’s Medal for her outstanding service to the society. Her membership with SAME began in 2005, while pursuing the Anchorage Post’s BG Benjamin B. Tally Scholarship as a student at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. Gallagher graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Oregon, and returned to Anchorage to pursue a career in architecture. This past February, Gallagher completed a year of service on the planning committee for the SAME 2013 Pacific and Northwest JETS. The Symposium concluded with the Post’s Annual Banquet, where Michelle was sworn in as the new Junior Vice President of the SAME Anchorage Post. She joined RIM Architects LLC in 2008 and is an intern architect. Five lawyers in the Dorsey & Whitney LLP Anchorage office were ranked by Chambers and Partners in its annual survey: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013. Dorsey Partners Robert Bundy, Jahna Lindemuth and Spencer Sneed were ranked in the Litigation: General Commercial practice area. Partners Michael Mills, Richard Rosston and Sneed were ranked in the Corporate/M&A practice area, with Mills and Sneed also separately ranked in the Corporate/M&A: Bankruptcy practice area. Rosston was also separately ranked in the Real Estate practice area. In all, the five Dorsey Anchorage lawyers received a total of nine individual rankings, including five rankings of Band 1 and a Senior Statesman ranking for Bundy. In addition to this individual recognition, Dorsey Anchorage received more Band 1 rankings, the highest ranking available, for its practice groups than any other firm in Alaska. Dorsey Anchorage’s Litigation: General Commercial, Corporate/M&A, Corporate/M&A-Bankruptcy, and Real Estate practice groups all received Band 1 rankings from Chambers. Kevin Adams has been named chairman of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute board of directors. This is the first time a commercial fisherman has held this position in over a decade. Adams has over 38 years of commercial fishing experience in Bristol Bay. He has an extensive background in seafood marketing and has served as an advocate for commercial fishermen throughout the State. Adams was originally appointed to the ASMI board of directors as the Harvester representative by Gov. Frank Murkowski in 2004. The ASMI Board unanimously elected him chairman during their May 9 meeting in Anchorage. Chairman Adams will replace outgoing Chairman Joe Bundrant of Trident Seafoods. Adams has served as the United Fishermen of Alaska at-large board representative since 2011 and was recently elected to his second two-year term. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Northern Region is announced David J. Miller has accepted the position of Maintenance & Operations director. Miller is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ petroleum engineering program, and has more than 33 years of experience in the public and private sectors in Ft. Wainwright and Fairbanks. As Maintenance & Operations director, he will oversee more than 400 staff including superintendents, foremen, equipment operators and building maintenance specialists who respond to approximately 370,000 square miles.  

Movers & Shakers 06/02/13

Nancy Dahlstrom has been selected as the new executive director for Serve Alaska, the state’s service corporation in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. Serve Alaska includes the AmeriCorps programs and its sub-grantees who operate throughout the state with volunteers who help students learn to read, mentor at-risk youth, provide health services, build homes for low-income families, and help nonprofits recruit volunteers. Recently the director of Gov. Sean Parnell’s Anchorage office, Dahlstrom also served as special assistant on issues pertaining to the Departments of Revenue and Military and Veteran’s Affairs. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has added Allison Nyholm to her legislative team in Washington, D.C Nyholm will focus on appropriations, transportation and aviation matters — particularly those unique to Alaska’s skies. Raised in Soldotna, Nyholm joins Murkowski’s office after working on Alaska-specific policies for the better part of a decade, including five years for the State of Alaska as the associate director for the Office of the Governor in Washington, D.C., where she directed the state’s federal appropriations process. Nyholm will serve as Murkowski’s legislative assistant responsible for appropriations, surface transportation, aviation and water project infrastructure. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, and received her master’s degree in public policy and master’s degree in business administration from the George Washington University and University of North Carolina respectively. Nyholm is also an FAA certified private pilot. MSI Communications has hired Amy Guse as account manager and Bryan Meshke as web director. Born in Anchorage and schooled in Kentucky, Guse’s career spans more than a decade of public relations and marketing in x. She managed the national PR account for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and has overseen significant accounts such as Providence Health and Services Alaska, the Alaska Marine Highway System, AT&T, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. and Era Alaska. Meshke has spent nearly a decade at local ad agencies, where he designed and developed sites for NANA, Bristol Bay Native Corp., Matanuska Telephone Association and the Anchorage Economic Development Corp., among others. Before coming to MSI Communications, Mashke ran his own company, ten6design, providing web design and development to Alaska businesses and other designers. Raised in Seattle, Bryan has lived in Alaska for 15 years. He Has two bachelor’s degrees, one in business administration and another in fine arts. Stoel Rives LLP attorneys James E. Torgerson, Joseph J. Perkins, Jr. and Tina Grovier of the firm’s Anchorage office have been selected as leading U.S. lawyers by independent legal research team Chambers and Partners. Torgerson and Perkins are ranked in the Band 1 level for Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries, and Litigation: General Commercial respectively. Grovier is ranked Band 2 in the area of Natural Resources & Regulated Industries. The Anchorage office also received recognition as being among the best in Alaska in the areas of general commercial litigation and environment, natural resources and regulated industries. Attorneys Thomas M. Daniel, Eric B. Fjelstad, Bradford G. Keithley and Michael E. Kreger in the Anchorage office of Perkins Coie have been selected as leading U.S. lawyers by independent legal research team Chambers and Partners. Daniel, Fjelstad and Kreger were named to the Band 1 level for, Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries, and Construction fields, respectively. Keithley was named to Band 2 for Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries. The Alaska office of Perkins Coie was ranked in Band 1 for Environment, Natural Resources & Regulated Industries, and in Labor and Employment. It received a Band 3 ranking for General Commercial Litigation.

Movers & Shakers 05/26/13

AMC Engineers has hired mechanical engineer Grant Birmingham and accountant Cory Crawford. Grant is a University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. As part of the ASHRAE Undergraduate Senior Project, he participated in building an Air Duct Simulator on the UAA campus. Grant is currently working on the King Career Center Remodel, the Dena’ina Health and Wellness Clinic, and Service High School Renewal. Crawford graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He has more than 2.5 years of experience in accounting and previously worked for the Municipality of Anchorage and Kiewit Infrastructure. Dr. Roland Torres has been appointed Clinical Director for the Alaska Native Medical Center Department of Neurosurgery. Prior to joining ANMC, Torres was a clinical associate professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University Medical Center, where he was also a site director for the Neurosurgery Residency Training Program. He served as the chief of neurosurgery and director of neurotrauma at Stanford’s Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, Calif. Prior to that, he held several positions at the State University of New York, including: director of Neurosurgical Step-down Unit, director of Neurotrauma and Critical Care and director of Neuro-Oncology and assistant professor of neurosurgery. Executive Chef Erik Slater of Resurrection Roadhouse Restaurant, Seward Windsong Lodge and Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents in the inaugural edition of Best Chefs America. This is the first-ever peer review guide of U.S. chefs, who were chosen after extensive interviews between their fellow chefs and Best Chefs America analysts. Slater has been showcased in the informative and exquisitely produced 386-page coffee table book that was released on March 1. University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus Associate Professor of Marine Biology Jan Straley became the first Sitka resident in 18 years to be honored with the University of Alaska’s Meritorious Service Award during the UAS Sitka Campus graduation ceremony on May 3. The award is given by the University of Alaska Board of Regents and honors “evidence of significant public, academic, volunteer or philanthropic service to the MAU (major administrative unit) or one of its community campuses, or to an Alaska community.” Straley holds a bachelor’s degree in fisheries from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in biological oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has studied whale population dynamics, feeding ecology, human interactions and the social structure of large whales. Her research includes working with the fishing industry to minimize interactions between sperm and killer whales and Alaska longline fisheries. Straley has been with the UAS Sitka Campus since 1994, and also serves as associated faculty with UAF. David Gillespie and Susan Reeves were elected to three-year terms on the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. Gillespie is the CEO of The Aleut Corp. Reeves is an attorney and the managing member of Reeves Amodio. She has served on the board since 2010. Immediately after the annual meeting, the board met to elect new officers to serve for the next year. Janet Reiser was elected board chair, Reeves was elected vice-chair, Jim Henderson was elected secretary and Sisi Cooper was elected treasurer. Annaleah Ernst of Nikiski and Aidan Bobbitt of Unalaska have been named Alaska’s 2013 Presidential Scholars by the U.S. Department of Education. They will be invited to attend the program’s national recognition weekend in Washington, D.C., in June, and receive medallions. Presidential Scholars have demonstrated leadership, scholarship, contributions to school and community, and outstanding accomplishments in the arts, sciences, humanities and other fields. Longtime Alaska educator James A. Seitz of Anchorage has been named executive secretary of the Alaska Professional Teaching Practices Commission. He will replace Patricia Truman, who retires effective May 31. Seitz has more than 35 years of education experience in Alaska. He taught secondary mathematics in the Anchorage School District; served as department chair; sat on mathematics curriculum committees at the school, district and state levels; and served on the gifted and talented advisory committee for the district. He was employed by the University of Alaska Anchorage as the professional development school coordinator for the Alaska Partnership for Teacher Enhancement. He also coordinated the University of Alaska Anchorage Master of Arts Teaching Program. Seitz holds the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, among other awards. Seitz holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in gifted and talented education from the University of Denver.

Movers & Shakers 05/12/13

Krista Phillips, a principal with RIM Architects LLC, was one of three women honored by the National Women in Construction Alaska Chapter on March 6, at the Constructive Women Awards Dinner in Anchorage. Phillips was honored by her peers for her longevity in, mentorship within, and overall dedication to the design and construction industry. Phillips joined RIM Architects in early 2005 and became a principal of the firm in 2008. She has more than 21 years of experience in architecture, is responsible for the hiring and talent management of RIM’s Alaska architectural staff, and assisting other RIM offices with recruiting and talent management. Her professional experience includes practice in a wide variety of firm settings within the United States, Europe and Australia. She holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kentucky. Caroline Huntley has been promoted to marketing officer for Northrim Bank. A marketing and economics graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage, she began with Northrim in 2007 as a marketing assistant. She became the marketing and web specialist in 2008 and was promoted to marketing analyst in 2009 as her role in bank research expanded. Huntley was the lead on the recent update of the bank website, coordinating with multiple vendors to implement the changeover. Her new position will include market research, managing the bank’s website, product launches and developing and managing marketing programs and campaigns. Ten-year-old Karen Nickoli has been chosen as the 2013 Alaska Champion in the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program. Nickoli spent more than a year at The Children’s Hospital at Providence and finally returned home in March. Life took an abrupt turn when Karen and her family received her diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Far from her Yup’ik Eskimo home in Russian Mission, Nickoli stayed at Providence Hickel House, a hospitality home in Anchorage funded in part by CMN Hospitals. She needed frequent blood and platelet transfusions and oral chemotherapy. Relatives sent subsistence foods like salmon and moose for her to eat when treatment made other foods taste bad. CMN Hospitals helped fund educators to keep Nickoli and her sisters caught up in school throughout the year. Finally, around Thanksgiving 2012, she was in remission. She returned to her small village, where she was able to get back to her favorite pastime — catching caterpillars. She also enjoys fishing, being around animals, and snowmachining. Cathy Frost has been named corporate HSET program manager at Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. Frost will be responsible for the administration of UIC’s health, safety, environmental and training programs, as well as providing guidance, support, and monitoring of related subsidiary program compliance with Corporate requirements. She has more than 14 years of experience in her field. Frost obtained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in leadership from Northern Arizona University. Chugach Alaska Corp. has appointed Randi Jo Gause as its new senior corporate communications manager. She replaces long-time corporate communications specialist Beth Welty. Gause will be responsible for establishing and implementing Chugach’s internal and external corporate communication strategies. Gause served most recently as the public relations and marketing manager for the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, and worked in CAC’s business development unit for more than three years. She also gained experience working with a variety of Alaska Native organizations at local advertising firm MSI Communications, earning two Public Relations Society of America awards for her work in 2008. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations from University of Utah. Maj. Mark J. DeRocchi is the new deputy commander for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and assumes responsibility for managing the organization’s programs throughout Alaska. He also directs operations during emergency contingencies. Previously, DeRocchi was the operations officer for the 92nd Engineer Battalion at Fort Stewart, Ga., and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from 2012-13. From 2008-10, he served as an instructor, assistant professor and executive officer for the civil and mechanical engineering department at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He earned master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2008 and in engineering management in 2002 from the University of Missouri. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1998 from the U.S. Military Academy and was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has received various medals, citations, ribbons and unit awards, including the Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. Senior Engineer Paul Kendall has been promoted to principal with PND Engineers Inc. Kendall is a registered professional engineer with more than 10 years of engineering experience in Alaska. He has recently served as civil design manager on several large projects including the Akutan Airport Design-Build project for the Alaska Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highways Deweyville to Neck Lake Road project on Prince of Wales Island. Kendall has been with PND since 2005. PND Designer Roger Crandy received his AutoCAD Civil 3D Professional Certification and was promoted to Drafting Department coordinator. Crandy was hired at PND in 1997 and has 23 years of professional experience in drafting and graphic design, including 3-D renderings and modeling for architecture and engineering design.

Movers & Shakers 05/05/13

The 2013 recipients of the First Lady’s Volunteer of the Year Awards were chosen by an executive committee of Alaskan community members. They are: Earline Smith, Juneau: For more than two decades, volunteer and mentor Smith, 92, has given countless hours to the youth at the Johnson Youth Center in Juneau. Steve Fishback, Anchorage: Fishback makes volunteer contributions to the design and construction of Camp Fire Alaska campsite facilities, and through his leadership of volunteer work crews to keep these construction projects on schedule. Patricia Myers, Fairbanks: Myers is an informal “auntie” for youth who are pursuing a second chance at the Fairbanks Youth Facility. She visits the detention center weekly, where she mentors and leads students toward transformation and personal development. William Gaines, Anchorage: Gaines is known to his students and football players in the Anchorage area as “Coach Wiz.” He devotes countless hours to the Alaska South Central Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading program, which he helped launch, as well as the Boys and Girls Club, where he also coaches. Dr. Robyn Rehmann, Anchorage: Rehmann is recognized not only for being a long-time educator in the Anchorage School District, but for her decades of volunteerism, helping women in need, the homeless, and those with disabilities or special needs throughout the community. Richard Groff, Cordova: Serving for more than 40 years as a volunteer firefighter in the communities of Ketchikan and Cordova, Groff makes public safety and disaster response his core mission. Terrence T. Jason Shanigan, Anchorage: As an Alaska State Trooper, Shanigan embodies the Trooper motto: “Loyalty, Integrity, Courage.” This Aleut leader instills positive values in those whose lives he touches. He is known for his dog-mushing trips to rural communities to address the issues of suicide, sexual assault, and substance abuse. The volunteers will be recognized at a luncheon and ceremony on May 10. Tania Smallenberg, immunization nurse coordinator with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Immunization Program, was named the 2013 Alaska Childhood Immunization Champion in recognition of her outstanding efforts to promote childhood immunization throughout Alaska. Smallenberg is recognized for her work building and refining the structure of the ANTHC Immunization Coordinators Program. Her collaboration with Alaska Public Health Nursing, rural and urban immunization providers, and health care policy makers, combined with her appreciation of and attention to Alaska’s diverse cultural identities, have improved access to vaccination across the state. Paul Dillahay has been named president and CEO of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Federal. Dillahay is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of driving growth and organizational success. Dillahay previously served as ASRC Federal’s chief operating officer and had principal responsibility for day-to-day operations of ASRC Federal subsidiaries and the company’s Shared Services Center. Prior to joining ASRC Federal in 2011, Dillahay was president and COO of USIS. He previously spent seven years in finance and operations at Lockheed Martin, where he led a broad business line providing support to the defense and intelligence community. Dillahay succeeds Ken Asbury, who left ASRC Federal to pursue other interests. Ben W. Colson has been named the 2013 BP Teacher of the Year for the Anchorage School District. The honor as BP Teacher of the Year was announced at the celebration at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Colson teaches social studies at SAVE High School. For the past decade he has taken students to Washington, D.C., with the Close Up program, a trip that for many will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see our nation’s capital and government at work. By promoting student involvement in community service efforts he helps build a sense of pride in his students as they integrate themselves into the community where they will become productive members. Tom Mayer is the new director of the Division of General Services for the Alaska Department of Administration and Jason Soza is the new chief procurement officer for the division. Both began their new roles May. 1. Mayer has worked in procurement for the State since 2002. Mayer managed the Central Purchasing Program and Procurement Officer Certification Training Program, supervised the contracting officer group, facilitated division outreach programs to other State departments and conducted numerous high-level, multi-agency procurements. Soza developed and implemented the Task Order Procurement System, co-led a rural outreach program to educate rural Alaskans on the benefits of statewide contracts which won a national award, played an instrumental role in procurement reform legislation, and contributed to soliciting and awarding some of the most complex and highly visible contracts for the State of Alaska. Full-service ad agency Bradley Reid + Associates announced the promotions of Jason Smith and Jontue Hollingsworth and the hiring of Janice Wright as an account supervisor. Smith has been named creative director of Bradley Reid. Smith has been with the agency since 2006 as an art director, creating print ads, branding campaigns and marketing materials for many of the agency’s clients, including ConocoPhillips Alaska, the Pebble Partnership, the Alaska Permanent Fund, CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp.  and Alaska Public Media. He received a BFA degree in design from Utah State University at Logan. Hollingsworth will become associate creative director. Hollingsworth joined Bradley Reid as an Art Director and has been a key designer for the firm. His work includes designing a new logo for the Alaska Marine Highway; design of this year’s Arctic Slope Regional Corp. annual report; and art direction for photo and video shoots. He is a graduate of the Visual Communication and Design program at the University of Nebraska. Wright will oversee advertising and public relations projects and serve as a link between clients and Bradley Reid’s staff of creative professionals. Wright brings more than 25 years of media sales to her new job. She spent nearly 15 years at KTVA Channel 11 as an outside sales person, followed by 10 years at GCI developing marketing strategies and branding on 54 channels in 18 markets statewide.

Movers & Shakers 04/28/13

Amber Frizzell has joined Alaska Permanent Capital Management, or APCM, as client relations manager. Frizzell holds bachelors’ of business management and international business from Whitworth University. She brings eight years of community and customer relationship building experience from her work with non-profits and Tribal governments. APCM is a locally-owned and operated investment manager in Alaska, with nearly $3 billion in assets under management and advisement. Local business leaders are working with the March of Dimes to prevent preterm birth and give more babies a healthy start in life.  GCI’s Martin Cary, vice president and general manager of managed broadband services and Marina Cottini, vice president, commercial sales and marketing for GCI are co-chairs for the Signature Chefs Auction. The auction features 12 Anchorage chefs including lead chef Jens Nannestad, owner of Southside Bistro. Claire Marie has joined Bald Mountain Air Service, or BMAS, as director of safety. She advises management on all aviation safety and security, and also represents BMAS at industry aviation safety or security committees and during regulatory safety meetings with the Aviation Safety Council of Alaska, Federal Aviation Administration and others. Marie is a life-long Alaskan. Her past work experience includes serving as a liaison officer and chief of the Joint Operations Center/Interagency Coordinator at the Department of Defense-U.S. Air Force at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, or JBER. She also has worked for the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, as a transportation security specialist for TSA and as a DOD contractor. Marie received her master’s degree in security studies in 2010 from Naval Postgraduate School. She also has a bachelor’s degree in management studies from the University of Maryland, and has completed other safety-related and training courses. James Fields of Glennallen has been sworn in as a member of the State Board of Education & Early Development. Fields will serve a five-year term in a seat reserved for the regional educational attendance areas, which are the school districts in the unorganized borough. Fields owns The Hub of Alaska and Homestead Supply as well as other buildings in the Glennallen area, and serves as the head high school boys basketball coach and president of the Copper River School Board. He and his family enjoy being foster parents.

Movers & Shakers 4/21/13

Heather Savery has joined Homer, Alaska-based Maritime Helicopters, Inc. as the organization’s accounting manager. Her background includes almost 15 years of accounting experience working for public accounting, not-for-profit, government defense contracting, and privately owned companies, most recently in the Washington, D.C. area. Gregory Galik is the new Board Chairman for the World Trade Center Alaska Board of Directors. Galik’s appointment follows the resignation and completion of term by past Board Chairman Rick Pollock. Galik is a veteran of the board, having originally joined the organization in 2001. His business, Alaska Brands Group, is an exporter of glacial water to markets in North America, Asia and Europe. Galik is a true Alaskan, who grew up on homesteads in McGrath and Fairbanks. He is a graduate of Alaska Pacific University, with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. He is a recent University of Alaska Alumni of the Year Award holder in entrepreneurship and business. The Department of Law announced that James Scott will replace Dave Brower as Juneau district attorney. Scott is currently an assistant district attorney in the Ketchikan District Attorney’s Office. He has worked for the department in that capacity since 1999. Prior to that, he worked in Illinois as a prosecutor and in private practice. Brower will retire from state service effective April 30. Brower has been with the Department of Law for nearly 22 years, working in both the criminal and civil divisions. He also worked for the state as an officer in the Department of Corrections. R&M CONSULTANTS, INC., or R&M, has added four staff members to its Anchorage office. John Daley, PE joined R&M in January 2013 as a senior project engineer in the Waterfront Engineering Group. Daley has 20 years of experience in project management, engineering design, construction, and inspection. He has managed and participated in a wide variety of civil and waterfront projects including roadways, water and wastewater pipelines, docks, harbors, and breakwaters, including Seward D Float Harbor, Homer Port System 5 Improvements and Kodiak Ferry Terminal and Dock Improvements. Daley holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Coastal and Marine) and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a professional engineer registered in Alaska and Washington. Former R&M employee Marc Frutiger, PE moved back to Alaska and rejoined R&M as a project engineer in the Surface Transportation Group in February 2013, after working abroad for a few years. Marc has eight years of experience in civil engineering. He has worked on surface transportation and utility projects in Alaska, Wyoming, and Switzerland. Frutiger has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska and Wyoming. Abe Schmidt joined R&M in January 2013 as a geologist in the Earth Sciences Department. Schmidt’s previous experience includes geological, botanical, and ecological research, as well as mining operations inspections. Prior to joining R&M, he spent several summers as an intern for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. At R&M, Schmidt has worked on the Bethel Youth Facility and DOT&PF Statewide Materials Site Inventory, Site Inspections and Geological Investigations. He holds a joint Bachelor of Science in Geosciences from University of Montana/University of College Cork. Janek Wierzbicki, PE joined R&M’s Surface Transportation Group as a project engineer in November 2012. Originally from Alaska, Wierzbicki recently returned to Anchorage from Toronto, Canada. He has more than nine years of experience in civil engineering. Wierzbicki holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and is currently working on his Master of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a professional civil engineer registered in Alaska and Utah.

Movers and Shakers 04/14/13

Scott Bell has been promoted to traffic manager for Bradley Reid + Associates. Bell graduated from Dimond High School before pursuing artistic work in Portland. He returned to Alaska in 2012 and started with Bradley Reid as a graphic artist and assistant traffic manager. In his new role as traffic manager, he will help manage the workload of the art department while coordinating with various publications and broadcast stations. Northrim Bank has announced several staff changes. Ellen Izer was promoted to senior vice president human resources. She joined Northrim in fall 2011 as vice president human resources with approximately 20 years of experience with First National Bank Alaska. Jay Blury has been promoted to vice president, marketing and communications director. Born and raised in Fairbanks, he has worked in a growing marketing management capacity at Northrim Bank for seven years. Zachary Hays, a commercial fisheries lending expert, moved from the Wasilla Financial Center to become the vice president, small business and consumer loan manager. He has been with Northrim since May o2011 and has seventeen years of banking experience with National Bank of Alaska, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Mhay Sy has become vice president, lending quality assurance officer. She joined Northrim Bank in 2007 as the first member of the Loan Quality Assurance Group and has since established the Builder Ranking report, Commercial Real Estate stress test and Large Borrowers report. Kelly McCormack has accepted the role of assistant vice president, commercial loan officer IV. A life-long Alaskan and third generation banker, he joined Northrim in 2005. Missie Yost and Todd Heverling, have been hired. Yost joined the bank as vice president of branch administration operations manager. She comes to Northrim with 28 years of banking experience at First National Bank Alaska, Key Bank, N.A. and Security Bank in Oregon. Heverling accepted a position as a small business loan officer. Born and raised in Anchorage, he has been in the banking industry since 1994 and comes to Northrim from First National Bank where he served as a business development officer for 16 years.

Movers and Shakers 04/07/13

Rachel Lauesen has been named staff attorney at Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. Lauesen earned her law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School and has been admitted to the Alaska Bar Association, the Federal District Court for the District of Alaska, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Wes Harvey has been named corporate quality programs manager for UIC. Harvey has more than 20 years of experience in the field of environmental and quality management. Prior to joining UIC, Harvey worked for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and served as quality manager for Olgoonik Development LLC. He also obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Kansas.   Longtime journalist Ed Bennett has joined Bradley Reid + Associates, Inc. as a copywriter/editor. He previously served as manager of assignments and web content at KTUU Channel 2 News. Besides television, Bennett’s career includes writing and editing for radio, weekly and daily newspapers, telecommunications and the web. His accomplishments include co-founding “Alaska Review,” Alaska’s first statewide television news magazine; organizing two dozen “Net Days” which wired Anchorage schools for the Internet, while working as senior communications specialist for what is now Alaska Communications. He has also been business editor for the Anchorage Times and managing editor for the Alaska Journal of Commerce. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and an MBA with an emphasis on telecommunications management, both from Alaska Pacific University.   Matt Olson of AMC Engineers has passed the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering exam. Olson is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Since joining AMC Engineers in 2006, his work includes the preparation of heating and cooling load calculations, equipment selection, piping and duct system design, construction documents preparation, site investigations and evaluation of existing HVAC and plumbing systems, and construction contract administration support. He is currently working on the UAA Engineering and Industry Building, the UAF Engineering Building, the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai, and the State of Alaska Library, Archives, and Museum project in Juneau.   Greg Johnson, Marc Dunne and Michael McElligott have joined Jack White Commercial after the firm Bond, Stephens, and Johnson dissolved. Johnson will replace former Jack White broker Gregg Gunnarson. Gunnarson has been with the company since 1984 and broker since 2001. He is shifting away from the day-to-day responsibilities but will continue to work for Jack White Commercial. Johnson has more than 26 years of commercial real estate experience in the Anchorage market, and 20 years as partner and owner of Bond, Stephens, and Johnson. Dunne, CCIM, associate broker, is a life-long Alaskan and has been a commercial real estate broker in Anchorage since 1994. He was the top-producing broker for Bond, Stephens and Johnson from 2005 to 2012. McElligott, MBA, associate broker, is also a life-long Alaskan and has been a licensed Realtor for 16 years. He specializes in commercial real estate sales, leasing, investment and analysis.   Northrim Bank has announced staff changes at the Fairbanks Financial Center. A 31-year resident of Fairbanks, Tammy Kosa has become vice president, regional sales and service manager. A graduate of Lathrop High School and UAF School of Management with a BBA in international business, she has 20 years of banking experience and holds both an Alaska Life/Health Insurance License and a Series 65 Investment License through Northrim Investment Services. Delores Siah brings more than 15 years of banking experience with Bank of America and Key Bank to her position as assistant vice president, branch sales manager. She spent the latter part of her time at Key Bank extensively travelling the state, visiting branches in Dutch Harbor, Juneau, Ketchikan and Kodiak. William “Bill” Staley joins Northrim Bank as vice president, commercial loan officer. He began his career in the financial services industry in 2000 with American Express in Phoenix, where he remained until 2005. He went on to become a commercial lender with Key Bank for two years and then Wells Fargo for six years, where he was also a senior relationship manager. A graduate of Lathrop High School and UAF, he also holds an MBA from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and an MSIM in IT from ASU. Jim Culley accepted a position as vice president, commercial loan officer. He grew up in Fairbanks, graduated from high school in St. Jacob, Ill., and returned to Fairbanks to attend UAF where he obtained his BBA in business finance with an emphasis on accounting and financial markets. He began his banking career in 1994 with National Bank of Alaska and transitioned to Wells Fargo as vice president, senior business relationship manager with their merger.   Lynne Burkwist has been promoted to account recovery manager in the Credit Union 1 Member Assistance Department. Burkwist has worked in the Alaska finance industry for several decades and has previous experience as a loan officer, branch manager, and in her current area of account recovery. Her duties will include ensuring courteous, professional service for Credit Union 1 members in need of account recovery assistance.   Rose Ann Zumstein has been hired as PET’s Veterinary Hospital administrator in Anchorage. She has 23 years of experience in health care operations and administration and began her job Jan. 7. For the past six years, Rose Ann has served as Administrator for Alaska Sleep Clinic’s four locations and worked with employees, doctors, and medical professionals in the Anchorage, Palmer, Fairbanks and Soldotna areas. Before being recruited to Alaska in 2006, she was supervisor for the Neuro-diagnostics and Sleep Disorders Center at the Northwest Medical Center in Springdale, Ark., for three years. Prior to that she was the director and clinical research coordinator for the Sleep Disorders Institute at St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, Calif., and Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center, Mission Viejo, Calif., for seven years.   Anna M. Johns has been hired as broker for CENTURY 21, Freedom Realty, with offices in Soldotna and Kenai. She owned and operated her company, Preferred Realty & Management, until joining Century 21 Freedom Realty on March 22. Her experience encompasses residential real estate, commercial real estate, land sales and property management. She will be the Broker in Charge of the Century 21 Freedom Realty operation and will be assisted by Fred Braun, who remains as associate broker in charge of the Century 21 Freedom Realty, Kenai office. Johns attended Parks School of Business, attended Kenai Peninsula College and has 36 years of property management experience.   Richard Rinehart Jr. has been selected to fill an open seat on the 13-member Sealaska board of directors. Rinehart fills a board term that will end at the Sealaska annual meeting in 2013. Clarence Jackson Sr. of Kake previously held the seat. After the passing of Jackson in January, Sealaska followed a process to fill the vacant seat that allowed for open submissions from shareholders. Rinehart has a master’s degree in business administration from Portland State University. He is a certified management accountant and financial manager. He worked at Sealaska as chief financial officer and corporate controller between 2003 and 2009. He currently serves as a managing member at Raven Potlatch Real Estate in Bellevue, Wash.   Malinda Chase has been hired as the new language revitalization program director for the Doyon Foundation. Chase lives in Fairbanks with her 17-year-old daughter, Deenaalee, however her home is Anvik, where she is an enrolled tribal member. Chase comes to the Foundation from the Association of Interior Native Educators, where she continues to serve as the volunteer executive director, working with the AINE board on educational initiatives that support Interior Alaska Native educators and students. Chase has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Wellesley College in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in cross-cultural studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.   Leslie R. Need has joined the Anchorage office Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP as an associate attorney. Need will focus her practice on Alaska Native law, civil litigation, corporate law, and municipal law.  She previously worked as a law clerk for U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Roberts, the Alaska Attorney General’s office and the Honorable Vanessa White of the Alaska Superior Court. Need received her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law. Landye Benne  

Movers & Shakers 03/31/13

Dr. Paul Franke, M.D., has been appointed as chief medical officer for the Alaska Native Medical Center. Prior to joining ANMC, Franke held various hospital leadership roles. He served as the vice president of medical affairs at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care in Iowa where he was in charge of quality services, case management and the medical staff office, in addition to driving risk management initiatives. He also served as the chief medical officer at the Fremont-Rideout Health Group in California and director of the Hospitalist Program at the Great Falls Clinic in Montana. Franke became interested in medicine after receiving a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Louisville. Franke completed graduate studies at the Emory University School of Public Health, followed by a medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a Business of Health Care certificate program at Johns Hopkins University. Cameron “Cam” M. Leonard, most recently Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Alaska Department of Law, has joined the Anchorage office of Perkins Coie in the firm’s Environment, Energy & Resources practice group.  As Senior Assistant AG, Leonard was lead counsel for the State of Alaska in two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation v. EPA, a Clean Air Act dispute arising at the Red Dog Mine; and Coeur Alaska Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, a Clean Water Act case over the permitting of the Kensington Mine. Leonard earned his juris doctorate from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Ecology Law Quarterly and where he won the American Jurisprudence Award, Administrative Law (1982) and the American Jurisprudence Award, Torts (1981).  He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University. In addition to his legal practice, Leonard served on the Alaska Legal Services Board of Directors and was Alaska’s civil law representative to, and past chair of, the Western States Hazardous Waste Project, an EPA-sponsored regional network of twelve western states and Canadian provinces. Colby J. Swenor has joined KeyBank in Alaska as a retail relationship manager at the South Anchorage branch. Swenor joined Key in 2011 and has more than seven years of financial industry knowledge and experience. He is a former branch manager for Wells Fargo Financial in the Anchorage area. An avid outdoorsman, Swenor has been a coach with the Northstar Hockey Association and the Laura Stamm Power Skating Clinics. He is also currently working on the planning committee for the Golf Tournament of Awesomeness that will be benefitting the AWAIC shelter this year. Charles Lean was reappointed and Kathleen Liska was appointed to the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas in Alaska. Lean, of Nome, has more than 30 years of experience as a fisheries biologist in Western Alaska. He currently works for the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. as a director for the fisheries research and development program. He has received numerous awards including the U.S. National Park Service Star Award and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Commercial Fisheries Meritorious Service Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Liska, of Anchorage, currently runs operations for Increase Alaska. She writes a bi-weekly newsletter, The Alaska Statesman, which informs the public of current topics that impact Alaska. Formerly, she has helped coordinate events for the Federation of Community Councils and for Wind Walkers International. Ronald Bressette, Gerry Hope, Joshua Howes and Daniel Kelly were reappointed to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board. Bressette, of Juneau, is currently an Alaska Branch Agent for the International Order of Masters, Mates & Pilots. Bressette is a United States Coast Guard Master and First Class Marine Pilot. He has worked on all levels of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Bressette holds a bachelor’s in resources management from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry. Hope, of Sitka, is a transportation manager for the Sitka Tribe and past president of Sitka Camp, Alaska Native Brotherhood. He is a current member and past president of Sitka Tribal Council and the Sitka Chamber of Commerce. Howes, of Anchorage, is president of Premier Alaska Tours and formerly worked for Holland America. He is a member of the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he previously served as chair. He graduated magna cum laude with a master’s degree in global supply chain management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds a bachelor’s in international business from Alaska Pacific University. Kelly, of Ketchikan, is general manager for Alaska Marine Trucking. He is a current board member for SEAPRO and a former member of Ketchikan Gymnastics Club, Holy Name School and Girl Scouts of America. Andrew Craig was appointed to the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute Advisory Board. Craig, of Cordova, has been a commercial fisherman since 1999. He is also a member of Salvage Master for Alaska Marine Response LLC, specializing in pollution control and marine casualty response. He currently serves as a board member for Cordova District Fisherman United. Craig was a former field environment coordinator for a remote oil exploration project in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources-fisheries from Cornell University.

Movers & Shakers 03/24/13

Aero Femme Non-Profit Organization & Scholarship Fund announced its first two scholarship recipients earlier this month at the Alaska Military Youth Academy graduation ceremony. Mrs. Alaska United America and Aero Femme founder Ariel Talen-Keller awarded the two $250 aviation scholarships to Alaska Military Youth Academy graduates Riley Kelderman and Rachel Brewer. The Alaska Military Youth Academy had received $500 from Aero Femme for two aviation scholarships in December 2012. These two scholarships were the first in a series of new aviation scholarships offered to academy graduates. Aero Femme was founded in 2010 to encourage and educate women of all ages to be involved in all types of aviation. Physician’s Assistant Clara Scott has joined the medical practice at Alaska Family Wellness Center. Scott, who holds a master’s degree in health science and graduated from the Physician Assistant Program at Duke University in 2001 with honors, is a certified Physician’s Assistant. She is originally from Olympia, Wash., and began her medical career as a paramedic. Alaska Family Wellness Center is a full-service integrative medical clinic offering a family practice scope of services including health and cancer screenings, bioidentical hormone therapy, pediatric acute illness and wellness care, blood pressure/heart disease/cholesterol management, prolotherapy, dermatological, allergy and fibromyalgia assessments and treatment, depression and mental health counseling, and pain management with alternative medicine applications. Richard Sorge, Property Manager and Broker Associate at Pacific Rim Properties has earned the Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Sandy Shoulders has also joined Pacific Rim Properties. Bringing experience from the upper Susitna Valley, Shoulders has moved her real estate business to Anchorage, joining the team at Pacific Rim Properties who specialize in sales, leasing, and property management. In addition to Anchorage, she will also be assisting clients in Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley. Shaneill Marquez was just hired as a government mobility sales representative in the Business Integrated Solutions division at AT&T. She has more than four years of experience in telecom having worked as a retail sales consultant, finance representative, and most recently as an assistant store manager at AT&T’s Business Park Boulevard location. Liz Banicki of Eagle River has been chosen by Alaskan Congressman Don Young to represent Alaska as Cherry Blossom Princess during this year’s Cherry Blossom festival. In this role, Banicki, will represent Alaska at various festival events and participate in educational and networking activities. The princesses also attend a reception with members of Congress, participate in a panel discussion on professional careers and learn about leadership opportunities for women. She currently works as an intern in Young’s Washington, D.C., Office. Previous to her work for Young, she interned at the State Department and spent a year in Mainz, Germany, on a Fulbright Scholarship. She graduated from Chugiak High School in 2006 and the University of Portland in 2010 with a double degree in political science and German studies. In January, Joe Spink, Granite Construction Co. Alaska Region Manager, began his transition to the new role of Northwest Operating Group Business Development Manager. Granite’s Northwest Group includes Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and Utah. Spink began his career with Wilder in 1991 after graduating from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering. He received his professional engineer license in 1997. Sprink joined Granite during the acquisition of Wilder and assumed the role as the Alaska Region Manager in early 2008. He will be relocating to Granite’s Northwest Group office in Salt Lake City in 2013. Effective Jan. 5, Derek Betts became the new Alaska Region Manager. Betts was the Nevada Region construction manager and has been with Granite for 17 years, and has served in a variety of roles in Granite’s Nevada Region. Betts began his career with Granite in 1995 after graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in construction engineering management. He progressed through the ranks in Nevada and was the Carson Area & Desert Operations Manager before becoming the Public Works Manager and Construction Manager. Betts has a background in portable construction work which will serve the Alaska Region well due to the variety of remote projects in the region. 

Movers & Shakers 03/17/13

Bob Roses was appointed to the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board. Roses, of Anchorage, is a former math teacher and former member of the Alaska House of Representatives. He is also a past president of Superior Car Wash Systems of Alaska, past member of the Alaska Retirement Management Board, and past president of the Anchorage Education Association. Roses graduated from Alaska Methodist University, now known as Alaska Pacific University, with a degree in mathematics. Judge Jane Kauvar was appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. Kauvar has served the District Court in Fairbanks since 1981. In that role, she has also served temporarily as a Superior Court Judge in Fairbanks, Kenai, and Bethel. She has served as a Fairbanks Juvenile Treatment Court Judge, and currently serves as a magistrate training judge. Timothy Dooley was appointed to the Nome Superior Court. Dooley has served in private practice in Anchorage since 1993, primarily focusing on criminal, personal injury, maritime and employment law. He graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with degrees in mining and history. Dooley has worked in a variety of industries including logging, firefighting, mining, oil and gas, and commercial fishing. He earned a juris doctorate from St. Mary’s Law School. Karen Kochenbach is the new chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District regulatory division.  She assumes statewide responsibility for administering the regulatory program pursuant to Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act, Section 103 of the Marine Sanctuaries and Protection Act, and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. Kochenbach formerly served as a section chief for the Corps’ Pittsburgh District where she led a team of eight regulators responsible for processing permit actions for oil, gas and coal mining projects in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Nasson College in Maine in 1982. Four new individuals have joined their Alaska Community Foundation statewide board of directors: Penny Pedersen, Kate Slyker, Andy Teuber and Bill Sheffield. In Ketchikan, Pedersen is the executive director for PeaceHealth Medical Center. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, Pederson served on the PeaceHealth board, as well as many other boards for Alaska nonprofits. In Anchorage, Slyker is the executive vice president of client services with the Nerland Agency, a full-service advertising agency located in Anchorage. She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and English from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. In Kodiak, Teuber serves as the President and Chairman of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and as the CEO and President of the Kodiak Area Native Association. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington. In Anchorage, Sheffield has been a leader in business, government and public policy for most of the 56 years he has lived in Alaska. He served as Governor of the State of Alaska from 1982 to 1986 following a business career in which he built a company that became one of the largest private employers in Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Sheffield is the retired president and CEO of the Alaska Railroad Corp. and now serves as the vice chairman of its board. Perry Eaton and Lucy Mahan have joined First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors, the bank announced today. Eaton was born in Kodiak and grew up working on his father’s fishing boat. He lives in Anchorage and is a shareholder and director at Koniag Inc. He worked as a commercial lender for First National Bank Alaska early in his professional career, which included serving as founder and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and as an officer in various capacities at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. A licensed professional counselor who resides in Homer and has offices in Anchorage and Homer, Mahan graduated from Anchorage’s West High and earned degrees from the University of Colorado and Alaska Pacific University. Mahan owns and facilitates Transitional Counseling LLC. Becky Walters was also recently appointed Human Resources Manager by First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors. She has worked in the banking industry for more than 30 years in a number of different roles. Sue Hull of Fairbanks was sworn in as a member of the State Board of Education & Early Development at the board’s meeting in Juneau on March 7 for a five-year term. Hull is co-owner of Ben Lomond Inc., a property management and residential construction firm. She has held a seat on the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board since 2004 and currently serves as president of the Association of Alaska School Boards. Additionally, she is a past president of the Alaska PTA. Michael Lyssy has joined the Anchorage office of aeSolutions as their safety and control systems group manager. Lyssy has more than 30 years of experience consulting industrial customers in the refining, chemical, and power industries, designing and implementing improvements to their alarm management programs. Christina Magill, MD, is now serving patients of all ages in the Mat-Su Valley at her newly opened office in the Providence Health and Service Building at 2250 S. Woodworth Loop, Suite 101 in Wasilla. Magill, of Alyeska Center for Facial Plastic Surgery and ENT, provides specialist care for all areas of the head, neck and face with comprehensive ear, nose and throat evaluation and treatment in addition to head and neck surgery. She also performs nose, ear, eyelid, and sinus procedures. She is highly experienced in facial surgery, including skin cancer removal and treatment, facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and non-surgical facial rejuvenation. Magill is board-certified in otolaryngology and attained her medical degree from the University of Washington, and completed a residency in ear, nose and throat surgical subspecialty training at Washington University in St. Louis.


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