Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers & Shakers 03/16/14

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

Movers & Shakers 03/09/14

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

Movers & Shakers 03/02/14

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

Movers & Shakers 02/23/14

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

Movers & Shakers 02/16/14

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

Movers & Shakers 02/09/14

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

Movers & Shakers 02/02/14

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

Movers & Shakers 01/26/14

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

Movers & Shakers 01/19/14

Ken Tonjes has accepted the permanent role of chief administrative officer at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center after serving as interim CAO since August 2013. Tonjes has served the community as PeaceHealth Ketchikan’s chief financial officer for more than 12 years. Tonjes, a certified public accountant with a master’s of business administration degree, brings 23 years of service at PeaceHealth to this new position. Tina Grovier has been appointed office managing partner of the Stoel Rives LLP Anchorage office. Grovier succeeds Jim Torgerson, who is returning to full-time practice, concentrating primarily on commercial and environmental litigation on behalf of Alaska Native corporations and natural resource businesses. Grovier is one of only three Alaska women currently serving as OMP of the Alaska office of a national law firm. Her appointment was effective Jan. 1. During her 19-year career she has helped secure federal and state permits for the first non-conditional state right-of-way for a North Slope natural gas pipeline, Alaska’s first heap leach facility, Alaska’s first third-party natural gas storage facility and Anchorage’s first commercial-grade wind farm. Christine V. Williams of the Perkins Coie Anchorage office has been promoted to partner. She is a member of the government contracts, litigation and construction practices. Williams has a subspecialty in the Small Business Administration’s Section 8(a) Program and speaks nationally on this subject and government contracts throughout the year. She teaches Government Contracting at the master’s level for Alaska Pacific University as part of its Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program. Michael Collins has joined UIC Construction Services LLC as HSE Manager. In his role Collins will ensure regulatory compliance, accident prevention, spill response, and the implementation of project safety and health programs for the five construction companies of UICCS which include: Kautaq Construction LLC, SIKU Construction LLC, Rockford Corp., UIC Construction LLC, and UIC First Nations Construction Services. Most recently he served as the Safety Manager for the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineering Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Prior to that, he was the HSE Manager at CH2M Hill for the Denali Alaska Gas Pipeline Project. Collins has bachelor’s degrees in geology and science education from Oregon State University along with construction and general industry safetyand& health specialist certificates from the University of Washington. UIC Construction Services is a holding company of Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corp., an Alaska Native corporation, of Barrow.  Peter R. Reckmeyer is the new senior vice president and chief legal officer for NANA Development Corp. Reckmeyer has more than 24 years of legal experience. For eight years, he served as senior corporate counsel of NANA, where he advised the corporation and its subsidiaries on a wide array of legal matters, including acquisitions, internal reorganization, commercial disputes, government contracting, corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Before joining NDC, Reckmeyer gained extensive experience as a transactional, regulatory and litigation attorney. He worked as special counsel for Heller Ehrman, LLP in Anchorage; as in-house counsel for Sybron Laboratory Products Corporation in Portsmouth, N.H.; and as an environmental attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee, Wis.  He holds a juris doctor from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, where he was a moot court champion, and a bachelor of science in geology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Lori Davey is the new general manager for Fairweather LLC. Davey will be responsible for directing all of Fairweather’s business activities and overseeing the company’s expansion and management of Deadhorse Aviation Center. A member of the Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies, Fairweather LLC is a 38-year-old Alaskan company and a leader in providing remote medical, aviation, logistics and scientific support services to Alaska’s natural resource industry. A lifelong Alaskan and resident of Anchorage, Davey joined Fairweather in 2012 as director of business development. Prior to joining Fairweather, Davey owned and served as president of Motznik Information Services, a data service company founded in 1974 that provides highly-targeted information searches for key Alaskan industries. Davey graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992 and earned an MBA in 1998. Davey was selected as one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the Alaska Journal of Commerce in 2010. Col. Gary Folger was named as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Folger replaces Joe Masters who resigned in October. An Athabascan born in Anchorage, Folger is a retired colonel with the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Folger, 55, began his law enforcement career in 1979 as a fish and wildlife aide with the Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection in Cantwell. After graduating from the Public Safety Academy in 1981, he served as a State Trooper in Fairbanks. In 1991 he was transferred to King Salmon, and was promoted in 1995 to the rank of corporal, and then to the rank of sergeant in 1997. Folger was promoted to lieutenant in 1998 and transferred to Juneau to become the “A” Detachment commander for FWP before transferring to Fairbanks as the detachment commander. In March of 2007, he was promoted to the rank of colonel and oversaw the Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Folger was also a pilot and boat operator while serving with the Department of Public Safety. He retired from the department in May of 2013.

Movers & Shakers 01/12/14

John Binder has been appointed deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities effective Jan. 7. Binder will oversee the State of Alaska international airport system, which includes Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Fairbanks International Airport, and the Division of Statewide Aviation, which encompasses the 252 state owned rural airports. Binder joined the department in June 2013 as the operations manager for the Division of Statewide Aviation. He previously worked as a systems analyst planner for the National Airspace Defense Program and served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 2012 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering, a master’s degrees in space systems and aeronautical sciences. Harold Houston Sr. of Juneau has been elected president of the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc. board of directors. Houston, an Alaska Native leader representing the Tlingit Haida Central Council Indians of Alaska, will serve his first term as RurAL CAP’s board president. Houston has served three years as a member of the RurAL CAP Board including a term as secretary/treasurer. Houston is a graduate of Hoonah High School, is a certified home inspector and holds a current six-pack guiding license. Steve Longley of Nome was reelected vice president, and Jacqueline Dailey of Juneau was elected secretary/treasurer. Dr. Marius Maxwell has founded the new Arctic Spine clinic in Anchorage. Chief neurosurgeon Maxwell studied at Cambridge University, Oxford University and Harvard Medical School, and brings more than two decades of experience in the field of neurosurgery to Alaska. Maxwell specializes in treating spine conditions such as chronic neck or back pain; bulging, collapsed or degenerative discs; sciatica; failed back surgeries; arthritis of the spine; lumbar spinal stenosis, and also manages the entire spectrum of cranial conditions such as brain tumors and skull fractures. Maxwell has successfully performed more than 10,000 surgeries and is board certified with the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. He is the sole expert reviewing neurosurgeons to the Board of Medicine for the state of Alaska and has traveled and practiced neurosurgery all over the world. Michael Pawlowski was named deputy commissioner for strategic finance at the Alaska Department of Revenue. Pawlowski currently serves as petroleum fiscal systems advisor to the commissioner. A lifelong Alaskan, Pawlowski graduated from Alaska Pacific University. He previously worked for Alaska Permanent Capital Management Co., the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, and as an aide specializing in oil and gas, energy, and finance issues for the Alaska Legislature. Pawlowski will lead special projects and teams within the department. Pamela Leary has been chosen to lead the Treasury Division as the state treasurer. She had served as state comptroller since 2007. Leary began her career as an auditor with Price Waterhouse and became a partner in the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. After moving to Alaska, Leary owned and operated a business before reentering the accounting profession with the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is a certified public accountant in the State of Alaska. Leary was recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2013 for her work in creating a transparent accounting system of the state’s $49 billion portfolio comprised of general funds, budget reserves and retirement trust accounts. Michael E. Kreger, a partner in Perkins Coie’s Construction and Real Estate practice group, has been named by Best Lawyers as Anchorage Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014. “Lawyers of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. In addition to the Lawyer of the Year award, Kreger was also listed in the 2014 Best Lawyers in America for Litigation-Construction. Kreger represents parties in complex construction claims and disputes, including state and federal litigation, and is on the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Construction Neutrals. He joined Perkins Coie in 1984 following a federal clerkship in Anchorage.  Eric Gettis will be joining the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium as the new director of Practice Management beginning Jan. 13. Gettis has more than 20 years of healthcare leadership and has gained broad and varied experience with Lourdes Health Network during his service to the System. Since 2008, he has served as their director of Physician Practices where he had oversight for 120 employees and 37 physicians in clinics providing urgent care, family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, ENT, GI, general surgery, obstetrics, urology, pulmonology and neurology services. During his tenure with Lourdes Health Network he has managed outpatient mental health and adult ambulatory service as well as his most recent Practice Management post.   The Public Relations Society of America, Alaska Chapter, elected new board members for 2014. The newly elected board members and officers include Heather Cavanaugh, APR, president; Heidi Embley, president-elect; Sandra Yi-Fuller, secretary; Angela Gonzalez, treasurer; Sarah Erkmann, board (two-year term); Kristin Helvey, APR, board (two-year term); Amy Slinker, board (two-year term); and Michelle Renfrew, APR, board (one-year term). Board members with remaining terms in 2014 include JJ Harrier; Cassidy Davis; Michelle Egan, APR; Gary Scott, ethics officer; Nance Larsen, APR, Assembly delegate; and Amy Jennings Burnett, assembly delegate. Thompson & Co. Public Relations recently expanded its Anchorage and New York teams with the addition of Megan Alletson, Emily McLaughlin and Tara Nokelby who were hired as account coordinators. In addition, the agency promoted Bri Gordon to junior account executive and Emily Kurn to art director and junior account executive. Alletson, born and raised in Alaska, recently earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona with a minor in sociology. Alletson first started at Thompson & Co. Public Relations as a summer intern while still in college and was hired as a full-time account coordinator at the agency’s New York office upon her graduation. McLaughlin and Nokelby joined Thompson & Co.’s Anchorage team as interns in early fall 2013. Nokelby holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations from Suffolk University in Boston, Mass. McLaughlin earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Both have recently been hired as full-time account coordinators in the Anchorage office. Gordon and Kurn have risen through the agency ranks. Since joining Thompson & Co. in July 2011 as an account coordinator, Gordon has worked primarily on the agency’s State of Alaska Tourism account coordinating and chaperoning numerous press trips; planning the annual Alaska Media Road Show in Santa Barbara; copywriting and mastering the agency’s press list. Kurn joined the agency in February 2013 as an account coordinator and soon began contributing to new business efforts by designing winning RFPs as well as client newsletters, collateral materials and logos. Kurn also manages social media content, writes and edits press releases and coordinates numerous client events.

Movers & Shakers 01/05/14

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council recently appointed Heath Hilyard, executive director of the SouthEast Alaska Guides Organization to represent the Southeast Alaska guided recreational fishing sector to the council’s Advisory Panel Hilyard has been with SEAGO since May of 2011. Previously, he was committee aide to the Alaska State House Resources Committee and later helped establish He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was selected as a 2013 recipient of Alaska Journal of Commerce Top 40 Under 40 award.  The Anchorage Economic Development Corp. board of directors elected a new board chair, vice chair and secretary/treasurer at its annual board of directors meeting in November. Tim Vig, president of USKH, was elected as the AEDC board chair for 2014. Mike Prozeralik, president of kpb architects, was elected as vice chair and Jim Hasle, managing partner for BDO USA LLP, was elected as the new secretary/treasurer. AEDC welcomed one new investor to the board of directors, Gregory Cerbana, director of public relations for Weidner Apartment Homes, and renewed ExxonMobil Production Company (Kimberly J. Fox), Totem Ocean Trailer Express (George Lowry) and Wells Fargo Bank N.A. (Joe Everhart) as members of the board. Northern Air Cargo appointed Elaine Nisson as a new representative to the board. Reed Christensen, currently vice president and general manager at Dowland-Bach, became president and general manager of the company on Jan. 1. He succeeds co-founder and long time president Lynn Johnson, who will become chairman of the board. Dowland-Bach was founded in 1975 to develop failsafe wellhead shutdown systems at the Prudhoe Bay Oilfield. It now produces a wide range of systems in styles and models to suit its customers’ needs. In recognition of its international trade, Dowland-Bach received the 2013 Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence. Christensen joined Dowland-Bach in 1995 as controller. He became general manager in 1998 and vice president in 2009. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting with a business minor and master’s degree in accounting information systems, both from Brigham Young University. Christensen came to Alaska as a staff accountant in the audit department of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Judy Dougherty has been appointed acting director for the Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority today following the departure of Executive Director Andrew Niemiec. She has previously served as the Authority’s deputy executive director for Project Development. Dougherty joined the Knik Arm Crossing project in 2011 after a 20-year career as a professional engineer in the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Prior to joining KABATA, Dougherty served as the Central Region Highway Design Group Chief, in which she was responsible for the delivery of the state and federal highway program throughout Southcentral Alaska in excess of $150 million dollars annually. John Binkley was reappointed to the board of directors of the Alaska Railroad Corp. Binkley, of Fairbanks, has more than 30 years of experience in the tourism and transportation industry. He is the president of the Alaska Cruise Association, and former chief executive officer of Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8. Binkley also served in the Legislature as a senator and representative. He is reappointed to a seat for the fourth judicial district.

Movers & Shakers 12/29/13

Curtis Thayer was named acting commissioner for the Department of Administration. Thayer currently serves as deputy commissioner for Administration and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Becky Hultberg. As deputy commissioner, Thayer is responsible for the Divisions of Administrative Services, General Services, Personnel and Labor Relations, DMV, Enterprise Technology Service, Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, and Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. Thayer also served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, where he was responsible for the Divisions of Banking & Securities, Insurance, Corporations, Business and Professional Licenses, Community and Regional Affairs, and Economic Development. Prior to his service with the State of Alaska, Thayer worked for ENSTAR Natural Gas Co., and the Alaska Gas Producers Pipeline Team. He also spent several years in Washington, D.C., working for Rep. Don Young and the Committee on Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives, and later worked with Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski. Koniag has hired Seattle business executive Elizabeth M. Perry, Ph.D., as its CEO. Perry comes from SWCA Environmental Consultants, a national firm she joined in 2002 and where she is currently vice president of the Pacific West region, which includes operations in Alaska. Perry will begin her new post at Koniag on March 1, 2014. As vice president, Pacific West Region, she oversees operations and profit and loss responsibility in 13 offices across the Western States and territories; roughly half of SWCA’s 650 employees and $71 million in revenues. Perry has professional education and training in anthropology, past experience working with Native Tribes in the Lower 48, and more recent experience working with Native communities in rural Alaska and Kodiak. Haley Hatch has joined Kenai Fjords Tours as Marine Passenger Services assistant manager in Seward. Hatch brings six years of seasonal experience to the position, most recently in the groups department. She also has several years of experience in the Kenai Fjords Tours’ office including lead supervisor for the front desk. Hatch grew up in Seward which attests to her great knowledge of the local area. She worked at Kenai Fjords Tours during the summers while attending college at University of Alaska Fairbanks. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication in 2012. Currently, Hatch is working this winter with groups and wholesale customers and will assist with hiring, training and managing the Kenai Fjords Tours front desk team for 2014. CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. is the umbrella company for Alaska Heritage Tours, Kenai Fjords Tours, Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge, Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge, and Seward Windsong Lodge. The Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development recently promoted Kevin Anselm to Director of the Division of Banking and Securities. She is based in Anchorage. Anselm holds a Juris Doctor and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Willamette University School of Law in Salem, Ore. She has extensive experience in the world of finance and securities regulation, including serving as the division’s Operations Manager and Enforcement and Securities Chief. AT&T has appointed Kerry Emery as government account manager in the Business Integrated Solutions division in Anchorage. In her new role, she will be responsible for all government, education and medical mobility accounts. Born and raised in Wasilla, Emery has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and most recently worked for AT&T as a business account manager in the Small Business Mobility group. The Alaska Judicial Council announced that it has hired Susanne DiPietro to be its executive director effective at the end of January. DiPietro is currently employed as a judicial education coordinator for the Alaska Court System where she has worked since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, DiPietro worked as a staff attorney for the Judicial Council. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Northwestern University School of Law. DiPietro replaces Larry Cohn, who is retiring, and who served as the Council’s executive director for more than 12 years.

Movers & Shakers 12/22/13

First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors recently made several appointments to officer positions. Denise Brown Robinson was named corporate marketing director and appointed vice president. As a lifelong Alaskan, Brown Robinson brings more than a decade of local branding and integrated marketing experience to First National. Richard McCrorie was appointed compliance officer. He’s worked in numerous banking areas since 1981, including audit, financial analysis and underwriting. Sami Eisenman was appointed to loan officer at the Homer Branch. A graduate of First National’s Management Associate program, she is currently working as interim branch manager of the Sitka Branch. Also a Management Associate program graduate, Craig Bisgard was named loan officer. He worked full time while earning his business degree and interned for an independent investment manager before joining the bank. Mark Lonheim was appointed loan officer at the Kodiak Branch. Having lived and worked in Kodiak for 15 years, he’s created many a long-term relationship with commercial and consumer customers. Kyle Gray was named branch manager of the Haines Branch. He’s another graduate of the bank’s Management Associate program. Tammy Krison was appointed mortgage loan originator at the corporate headquarters in Anchorage. Efren Larranaga was appointed mortgage loan originator at the Johansen Branch in Fairbanks. A former realtor, Larranaga learned the unique aspects of the Fairbanks housing market and how best to help homebuyers and sellers. In Glennallen, Lisa Neff was appointed to branch manager of the Glennallen Branch. She’s been a part of the branch since 2007. Linda Leary will join the Alaska Communications management team as senior vice president, sales. Leary will lead Alaska Communications’ top line growth. She brings to the company more than 25 years of leadership and sales experience in the state, most recently serving as president of Carlile Transportation Systems, Alaska’s largest asset-based trucking and logistics company. Leary has extensive experience in leadership roles in Alaska, and currently serves as chair of the Alaska Railroad board of directors, and as a director on the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Michael J. Petersen has been hired as general manager for Alaska Longline Co. LLC effective Dec. 9. Peterson will be based in the Seattle office. Petersen has extensive experience in the waters of the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands, Gulf of Alaska, and Washington and Oregon coasts. Alaska Longline Co. operates the Prowler Fisheries fleet made up of four steel-hull longline vessels. The Prowler, Bering Prowler, Ocean Prowler and Arctic Prowler fish for Pacific cod, sablefish (black cod) and turbot. The company has offices in Petersburg and Seattle. Bristol Alliance of Companies President and CEO Joe Terrell will retire at the end of the year. Travis Woods, who previously led Bristol Engineering Services Corp., a member of the Bristol Alliance, was named as Terrell’s replacement by Jason Metrokin, president and CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corp., Bristol’s parent company. John Blees was named chief operating officer of Bristol Engineering Services Corp. and will manage the daily operations of the engineering group. Blees has been with Bristol for more than 10 years. Woods will remain as the service line’s CEO. Terrell came to Bristol in 1996, just two years after the formation of the first company that is now Bristol Engineering Services Corp. Under his leadership, Bristol has grown to eight companies with more than 300 employees and offices across the country, providing a broad array of construction, engineering, and range and unexploded ordnance response work, as well as an expanded line of environmental and remediation work. Woods joined Bristol 18 years ago, and was among Bristol’s first employees. He has been involved in civil and environmental engineering design and project management since 1995. Dr. Peter Marbarger recently merged his practice with the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute. Marbarger has been practicing in Alaska for more than 32 years as a surgeon and will perform vascular surgical procedures at Providence Hospital and Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. As a general and vascular surgeon, Marbarger will operate on blood vessels, including techniques for aneurysm repairs in conjunction with the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute’s vascular intervention physicians. Marbarger is originally from Elmhurst, Ill. He graduated from University of Illinois Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at State University of New York Health Sciences Center.

Movers & Shakers 12/15/13

SDG LLC, announces the appointment of Principal Landscape Architect Luanne Urfer to the Alaska State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors appointed by Gov. Sean Parnell. With more than 35 years of experience, she will be representing the discipline of landscape architecture for the state. SDG is also announced the addition of Ryan King, a recent landscape architecture graduate from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture and minors in sustainability and classical cultures. King has more than five years of experience in landscape architecture, land planning and design construction. Sen. Lisa Murkowski promoted Kate Williams to legislative director in Washington, D.C. Williams will fill the vacancy created by Tara Shaw’s departure to run the policy operations of Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. Born and raised in Juneau, Williams has risen from front desk staffer for Sen. Ted Stevens to eventually becoming his legislative director. After Stevens left office, Williams practiced law in Anchorage, worked for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association and then joined Murkowski’s Energy Committee team as the oil and gas counsel. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, received an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and got her law degree from the University of San Diego. The Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle announced Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union President and CEO Robert Teachworth has been elected to the organization’s 2013 Board of Directors. He was elected to a four-year term, commencing Jan. 1, 2014, and ending Dec. 31, 2017. Teachworth was elected to serve as the Seattle Bank’s member director from Alaska. He has more than 38 years of financial institution experience, including 24 years as a CEO. He served as chair of the Credit Union League for eight years and holds two master’s degrees, in business administration and in global finance, from Alaska Pacific University. Sandy Beitel West, a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in human resources and finance, has joined NANA Development Corp. as senior vice president, human resources. She spent 28 years with BP, where she led the Alaska human resources function and served as a member of the Alaska Leadership Team for 10 years, then served as director of human resources for BP’s Houston-based Exploration & Production Technology Inc. In 2010, she returned to Anchorage to serve as director of human resources for Ukpeagvik Iñupiat Corp. and then as vice president of human resources for Koniag, Inc. Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Manager John Parrott is the newly elected president of the board of The Northwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives.  Fairbanks International Airport Manager Jesse VanderZanden has also joined the NWAAAE board. The NWAAAE is composed of airports throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada and works on issues of common concern such as unfunded mandates, increasing regulations, and how to remain competitive in a changing marketplace. Parrott has been a board member with NWAAAE since 2009 and has previously served as the NWAAAE’s secretary/treasurer and first vice president. A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and instructor pilot, Parrott has worked for the State of Alaska at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for the last 15 years. He holds a master’s degree in aeronautical sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Wells Fargo has named Jennifer Bonham, Clark Follows, David Harrington, Andrew Johannes and Anna Sandefur as small business specialists. Bonham serves small business customers in the Mat-Su from Wells Fargo’s Wasilla Main store. She has been with Wells Fargo for 12 years, serving Alaska customers as a business associate. She graduated from the Career Academy for Business Management in 2004. Follows joins Wells Fargo as a small business specialist serving Anchorage customers from Wells Fargo’s Benson store. He has 17 years of experience in pharmaceutical and biotechnology sales. Follows earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Harrington, a lifelong Alaskan, joins Wells Fargo as a small business specialist serving Anchorage customers from Wells Fargo’s Russian Jack store. He has 15 years of consumer and real estate lending experience in Alaska. Johannes, a former small business owner, serves Anchorage small business customers from Wells Fargo’s Northern Lights and C Street store. He joined Wells Fargo in October 2011 as a management trainee, serving customers throughout Alaska as a mobile personal banker. Johannes holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. Sandefur serves South Anchorage small business customers from Wells Fargo’s Huffman store. Sandefur, a Houston High School graduate, has helped Mat-Su customers succeed financially for two years as a teller and personal banker. Moda Health has promoted two of its Alaska team members and added a new representative to the team. Angela Fraser, formerly a supervisor, is now an account executive in sales and account services for the insurance company’s Anchorage office. Fraser has been with Moda Health for more than 15 years, working in both medical claims and customer service. She has a bachelor’s degree in geography from Portland State University. Lauren Young, formerly an individual and community representative, is now a large group service representative. Young has worked with Moda Health for five years in the company’s Anchorage office, filling a variety of sales and service roles. She is a 20-year resident of Anchorage. Bob Satterthwaite is joining Moda Health for the first time as a sales representative. Satterthwaite is a longtime Alaskan who’s worked in health insurance since 1988. Over the years, he’s contributed to product development, service management and group and individual sales.

Movers & Shakers 12/08/13

Matthew Christian was appointed to the Fairbanks District Court. Christian has served as magistrate and master in Kenai since 2007. Christian previously worked in Fairbanks as an assistant district attorney, and as a private practitioner at Borgeson and Burns PC. He is a member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association and former member of the International Right of Way Society. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UAF and a juris doctorate with honors from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. William “Billy” Strickland, who has served as the Alaska School Activities Association board of directors presiden for the past three years, has been chosen by the ASAA board as the organization’s next executive director. Strickland was selected by the Board of Directors to succeed Gary Matthews, who will be retiring on July 3, 2014, after serving as ASAA executive director for the past 21 years. Strickland will be the ninth director in the 57-year history of ASAA. Strickland has been involved in high school activities since 1989 when he began his educational career in Kipnuk as a high school teacher, boys and girls basketball coach, student council advisor, Native Youth Olympics coach, and student activity bookkeeper. In 1990 he moved to Bethel to teach Business Education and Social Studies, coached boys basketball for 11 years and Native Youth Olympic for three years. He took the position of dean of students at Bethel High School in 2001 and currently holds that position. Bering Straits Native Corp. shareholder Kevin Ivanoff has been promoted to senior director, information technology. Ivanoff formerly served as BSNC’s senior systems administrator, the position he held when he joined BSNC in 2008. Ivanoff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administrative management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kevin Welker, Kiewit Building Group, was elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for 2014 at the association’s annual meeting in Anchorage in November. Welker will serve for the next calendar year along with the executive board composed of Meg Nordale, Ghemm Co., Fairbanks, vice president; Dana Pruhs, Pruhs Corporation, Anchorage, secretary; Dan Hall, Knik Construction, Anchorage, treasurer; Mike Swalling, Swalling Construction, Anchorage, contractor at large; Kelly Layman, Marsh and McLennan, Anchorage, associate member; and John Eng, Cornerstone General Contractors, Anchorage, immediate past president. GCI recently announced J.J. Harrier as commercial marketing manager. Prior to joining GCI, Harrier was vice president and communications director for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, where he was employed since 2008. Before joining the Anchorage Chamber, Harrier was features editor for the Frontiersman, the Mat-Su Valley’s newspaper. He has a background in print journalism, writing numerous features articles for the Anchorage Press and outside freelance projects. Harrier studied journalism and public communications at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 2001. Nathaniel Peters was appointed to the Bethel District Court. Peters served in Bethel with the Alaska Public Defender Agency from 2003–06, and has served in Palmer since 2008. Peters clerked in the Palmer Superior Court as well as serving as deputy magistrate. He later worked for the Alaska Public Defender Agency in Bethel and then moved to Ireland, where he worked in a civil law practice before returning as an assistant public defender in Palmer. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Truman State University and a juris doctorate with honors from Ohio Northern University. JoEllen Hanrahan has been named the deputy commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, stepping up from the Administrative Services Director position, effective Nov. 22. Hanrahan is responsible for overseeing the department’s regulatory and consumer protection entities: Banking and Securities; Insurance; Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing; the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. She will be located in Juneau. Moving to the state in 1980, her long public service career in Alaska includes time with the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Environmental Conservation. She was born in Elmira, N.Y., and holds a degree from Ithaca College.

Movers & Shakers 12/01/13

Crowley Maritime Corp. recently awarded four scholarships to University of Alaska Fairbanks students Alexandra Bateman, Gabrielle Bragg, Diloola Erickson and Kimberly Greenway. These students were chosen for their outstanding academic records and having met other scholarship criteria. They each received $2,500 toward tuition. Preferences for Crowley-funded UAF scholarships are given to Alaska Natives from Crowley-served communities throughout the state. Bateman, a native of Kodiak, is currently enrolled in the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and working towards a bachelor’s degree in fisheries, with a minor in rural development. Bragg is double-majoring in biology and fisheries also at the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Erickson, enrolled in UAF’s Rural Alaska Honors Institute, or RAHI, is currently working on her mechanical engineering degree and has already completed two internships with ExxonMobil in Anchorage and Houston. Greenway, also a student of the RAHI, grew up in Fairbanks and attended high school in Galena. After graduating from the Galena Interior Learning Academy, she transitioned to UAF to begin working toward a degree as a medical assistant. The Anchorage Museum Association board of directors has named Julie Decker as director of the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Decker, former Anchorage Museum chief curator, replaces James Pepper Henry, who took a director position at Phoenix’s Heard Museum in August. Decker served as interim director following Pepper Henry’s departure. She will serve as both chief executive officer of the nonprofit AMA and director of the city-owned museum. Before joining the museum as chief curator in 2011, Decker curated numerous major exhibitions at the Anchorage Museum, including “Andy Warhol: Manufactured,” “Quonset: Metal Living for a Modern Age,” “John Hoover: Art and Life” and an annual series of exhibitions in the museum’s former children’s gallery. She previously owned and ran Decker/Morris Gallery in Anchorage and was an instructor for the University of Alaska. She holds a Ph.D. in contemporary art history, criticism and management from Union Institute and University and a master’s degree in arts administration from Golden Gate University. Her work as an artist has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions throughout Alaska and is in the Anchorage Museum collection. Devon Thomas, associate broker, ABR, GRI, with Team Rogers RE/MAX Dynamic of the Valley in Wasilla was named the recipient of the 2013 REALTOR of the Year awarded by the Valley Board of REALTORS. Christi Erwin, senior escrow officer at First American Title in Wasilla, was named the recipient of the 2013 Affiliate of the Year awarded by the Valley Board of REALTORS. Wende Wilber has been hired by Anchorage firm ECI/Hyer. Wilber graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1992 with a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. She has been working with multi-disciplinary architectural, engineering, and construction teams for more than two decades. She holds professional certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners, Institute of Transportation Engineers, International Association for Public Participation, and American Montessori Society. She is currently providing code compliance, land use and site planning, permitting, and space programming services for the City of Wasilla’s new Library and Alaska Geological Materials Center, and grant assistance for the City of Nome’s Richard Foster Building. David Ziemer, AIA, of RIM Architects has achieved Project Management Professional accreditation. Ziemer becomes the first within RIM Architects to earn this credential. At the same time, David also achieved LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) BD+C accreditation administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ziemer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Michigan and has 15 years of professional architectural experience. During his 12 years with RIM, David has provided project management for the National Park Service under successive term contracts, including renovation and structural stabilization work at the historic old Mill Building at Kennecott Copper Mine in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and evaluations of over 50 Kennecott Mine buildings for seismic upgrades. He is also Project Manager for the Huna Tribal House at Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, and completed projects within the Katmai, Denali, Kenai Fjords and Glacier Bay National Parks. ASRC Energy Services recently promoted Suege Omnik, PE to process engineering supervisor for the company’s engineering and professional services division. Omnik will manage the process engineering department as well as will provide her technical expertise in the construction of new well testing units that are employed by the AES well testing group. Omnik graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. From 2004 to 2006, Omnik interned at AES and began working full time for the company as a process engineer after graduating from college. She is a member of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. Dennis Teitzel has been named Bureau of Land Management Glennallen Field Manager. Teitzel comes to BLM-Alaska from the BLM’s Montana State Office. Teitzel joined the BLM at the Butte Field Office following a 30-year military career. Teitzel received a great deal of his natural resource management experience working as the Range Management Officer for 6 years on the Twentynine Palms Marine Corp Air Ground Combat Center in the Mojave Desert. The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that on the 10th anniversary of the Go Red For Women movement, all of the past Fairbanks luncheon chairs are joining together to serve as co-chairs for the 2014 event. Patrice Case, Jo Heckman, Joan Johnson, Jo Kuchle, Shelby Nelson, Marilyn Romano, Cherie Solie, Terry Strle and Lisa Sundborg will all co-chair this year’s Fairbanks Go Red For Women Luncheon. More than 700 people attend the sell-out event in Fairbanks each year. The 2014 luncheon is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 14, from 11:15 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Carlson Center. Melvin Kewan, owner of Mel’s Residential Repair in Anchorage, has been awarded the 2013 Alaska Federation of Natives President’s Small Business Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo. It was presented on Oct. 26 during the AFN convention at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks. Wells Fargo presented Kewan with $1,000 and two beaded ivory pendants made by Sugpiaq artist Doug Inga. Kewan was born in Afognak and raised in Port Lions on Kodiak Island. After graduating high school, Kewan attended the Technical College in Sheldon, Iowa, where he received his Certificate in Carpentry. He has worked in the property maintenance field since 1986. Today he owns and operates Mel’s Residential Repair in Anchorage. Kewan has expanded his carpentry business with a focus on hiring Alaska Natives who want to learn the trade. He serves on the Kita Development Corp. Board of Directors so he can help create jobs and teach others in Port Lions how to grow their own business.

Movers & Shakers 11/24/13

Four artists will spend eight-week residencies in the Lower 48 as the first Alaskans to participate in the new Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program. They are: artist and educator Jimmy Riordan, who will serve his residency at Zygote Press in Cleveland, Ohio; Playwright, poet and director Arlitia Jones, who will serve her residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, Calif.; Inupiaq visual artist Gretchen Sagan, who will serve her residency at Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, N.M.; and textile artist Maria Shell, who will serve her residency at McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, N.C. The Artist Residency Program is one element of the Foundation’s Arts & Culture Initiative, a major commitment to the arts in Alaska. The initiative, started in 2003, is designed to strengthen cultural institutions across the state, encourage the development of new work by creative artists, and increase public access to and participation in cultural experiences. USKH Inc. recently named Dale Smythe as new principal of the employee-owned company, which has seven offices in Alaska and Pacific Northwest. He joined USKH in 2001 after graduating from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture. Smythe is a native of Anchorage, graduating from Service High School and is the Anchorage regional architecture manager. Among his recent projects are several rural school projects, the renovated Big Lake Elementary School and the Eielson Air Force Base Physical Fitness Center renovation project, which was selected as the Honor Award winner for Facility Design in the 2009 U.S. Air Force Design Awards Program. Angela Rodell was appointed as the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue after serving as acting commissioner since Aug. 7. Rodell has served the State of Alaska since September 2011 as the state treasurer and deputy commissioner of Revenue. She was responsible for debt management, cash management, and portfolio management, including the trust funds for the Alaska Retirement Management Board. She oversaw more than $49 billion in the state’s General and Reserve Funds, the Public Employee Retirement System Trust Account, the Teachers Retirement System Trust Account, and the Defined Contribution System Accounts. Rodell was instrumental in helping the state achieve a general obligation rating of AAA from both Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. Prior to her service with the State of Alaska, Rodell was the senior vice president for First Southwest, advising on debt for nine states and multiple state agencies. Rodell received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Marquette University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kentucky. Quinlan Steiner was reappointed as the director of the state Public Defender Agency. Steiner, a fourth-generation Alaskan, has worked at the agency since 1998 and has served as the public defender since 2005. He earned his law degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, after graduating from Seattle University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. As director, Steiner oversees the Public Defender Agency, which includes approximately 170 attorneys, investigators, paralegals, and other support staff. The agency maintains 13 offices statewide, and provides constitutionally mandated legal representation to indigent clients in criminal, juvenile delinquency, child in need of aid, and involuntary commitment matters Steve Decker is the new executive director for Family Outreach Center for Understanding Special Needs Inc. FOCUS serves individuals from Palmers to Anchorage, with infant learning, adult habilitation, and supported employment. Decker comes from a background of managing a statewide charity in California, where he was responsible for bringing a $11.8 million Medicare Innnovation Award to his agency. Credit Union 1 promoted Community Engagement and Education Manager Chrissy Bell to senior communications manager. Bell started her career at Credit Union 1 in 2010 as the community engagement director. Wth more than 10 years experience working in the non-profit community, specifically in fundraising and marketing, she quickly streamlined the credit union’s community outreach efforts and led the charge for one of our biggest years in fundraising and volunteerism in credit union history, increasing community service efforts by more than 50 percent. Bell is a graduate of University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in English and holds a Certified Fund Raising Executive designation. The Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center is pleased to announce that Kimberly Cohen has joined its practice as executive director. Cohen brings more than 20 years of experience in community health executive leadership to ANHC. She will lead ANHC’s mission of providing accessible affordable care while continuing its focus on becoming a fully certified patient centered medical home in 2014. ASRC Energy Services Inc. promoted Steve Gasser as the general manager for the company’s Fabrication and Construction division. Gasser will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of North Slope construction group, and the Anchorage and Kenai fabrication facilities. Gasser is a graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he earned a master’s degree in engineering science management. In addition, he is a certified Project Management Professional with 15 years of project management experience. Prior to his new role, Gasser was manager of projects, engineering manager, and engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction manager. He has been with AES since 2008. Stacey G. Hoffman of Moving Mountains Services LLC has recently been elected as vice president of the Business Networking International group Money Makers as well at the treasurer of the Alaskan WildBird Rehabilitation Center. Hoffman was also recently inducted into the Susitna Rotary Club.

Movers & Shakers 11/17/13

Tammy GrayBrad KeiferLigia Lutan Tammy Gray and Brad Kiefer have been hired at Northrim Bank and Ligia Lutan has been promoted to assistant vice president. Gray has been hired as assistant vice president, branch manager at Northrim Bank’s West Anchorage Branch. Her career in banking has spanned 25 years and she specialized in business and real estate lending and was most recently at Key Bank in Eagle River. Kiefer has been hired as a vice president, commercial lender. He joins Northrim Bank with 10 years in banking as a commercial loan officer and 14 years as a licensed insurance agent. Kiefer has an associate’s degree in Insurance Service and commercial lending diploma from the American Bankers Association. Lutan has been promoted to assistant vice president, construction loan administrative officer. She has been with Northrim Bank for more than nine years. She spent one year with Credit Administration and has been with Construction Lending for the past eight years. She holds a bachelor of laws from the University of Bucharest. Lutan completed the American Bankers Association national commercial lending program and received Northrim Bank’s Customer Service First Award in 2012. The Anchorage Board of REALTORS has awarded the following honors: Judy Rosenberg of Jack White Real Estate was recognized as the REALTOR of the Year. A life-long Alaskan, Rosenberg has served her profession as chair of the Professional Standards Committee, and is the immediate past-president of Alaska MLS. Bev Rude of Alaska Multiple Listing Service was awarded the REALTOR Affiliate of the Year. Born in Alaska, Rude has been with Alaska MLS for 10 years and serves as business development and operations manager. Officers of the Anchorage Board of REALTORS for 2014 are: President Mike Rasmussen, Rasmussen Properties; President-elect Ron Day, Keller Williams Realty; Secretary-treasurer Mark Masley, RE/MAX Dynamic Properties; Past-president D’Ette Owen, Keller Williams Realty. Directors for 2014 are: Laura Dufour, RE/MAX Dynamic Properties; Erin Eker, Jack White Real Estate; Debbie Higbee, RE/MAX Dynamic Properties; Cody Keim, RE/MAX Dynamic Properties; Eva Loken, Jack White Real Estate; Debbie Mumma, Keller Williams Realty; Scott Myers, Jack White Real Estate; and Denny Wood, Keller Williams Realty. The Alaska Chamber named Nicole Schuh Alaska Business Week program director in October. Prior to joining the Chamber, Schuh worked at the Alaska Aviation Museum as operations manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a master’s degree in science in recreation from the University of Idaho. ABW gives high school students hands-on learning opportunities that explore their leadership skills and future career choices, while learning about the world of business. ABW simulates a business environment, immersing students in scenarios faced daily by business owners. Students are broken up into different “companies” which compete against each other. A team of business executives works directly with students throughout the week, advising and coaching each company in its pursuit of a winning strategy. Dr. Elliot Bruhl is the new medical director at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka as of Sept. 30. Bruhl worked at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital for eight years, from 1998 to 2006. He was a physician and medical director for Sitka’s Mountainside Family Healthcare in 2007-08. When he returned to SEARHC in 2009, Bruhl worked as a family physician and served as Chief of Services Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Bruhl earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, and completed his residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. Bruhl also holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and a master’s degree in hydrology from the University of Idaho School of Mines in Moscow. The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium added three providers to the Ethel Lund Medical Center in Juneau. Dr. Matt Taintor, MD, is not new to SEARHC, but has made the move from the SEARHC S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka to ELMC in Juneau. Taintor’s specialties are pediatrics and internal medicine and will be filling a six-month vacancy as the clinic’s new pediatrician. Taintor earned his medical degree from the University of Minnesota where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and he completed a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency at the University of Utah. He also holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Before he completed medical school, Dr. Taintor lived in Juneau where he worked with Juneau Youth Services and spent time as a fly-fishing guide. SEARHC also added two new physicians to the organization: Dr. Jessica Porter and Dr. Keegan Jackson. Porter’s specialty is family medicine. She earned her medical degree from the University of California Davis where also did her family medicine and obstetrics residencies. SEARHC can now offer cesarean sections to patients that require it in Juneau instead of referring to a private practice physician in town. Jackson’s specialty is also family medicine and she earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. She did her residency with Duluth Family Medicine Residency in Duluth, Minn. Jackson’s medical interests are geriatric medicine, women’s health and preventative medicine. The Alaska Railroad Corp. named Chief Mechanical Officer Doug Engebretson as chief operating officer, a position left vacant when former COO Bill O’Leary was promoted to president and CEO on Nov. 1. Engebretson’s promotion was effective Nov. 8. A third-generation railroader with more than three decades of railroading experience, Engebretson joined the Alaska Railroad in 1984, just as the federally owned railroad was preparing to be purchased by the State of Alaska. Engebretson has extensive expertise with the mechanical aspect of train operations, beginning with his certification as a carman (railcar mechanic) in 1980, following a three-year apprenticeship at the Burlington Northern Railroad in Montana. After five years with BN from 1977-1982, Engebretson moved to Fairbanks and the following year joined the Alaska Railroad as a journeyman carman. Engebretson’s was promoted to Fairbanks Terminal supervisor in 1986. In 1990, he transferred to Anchorage to become car operations manager, a position he held until 2006. He also served as mechanical capital project manager from 2001-02. In 2006, Engebretson joined the senior management team as director of mechanical maintenance, and at the beginning of 2010, he was named CMO.

Movers and Shakers 11/10/13

  Joshua Michael Kindred has joined Alaska Oil and Gas Association as regulatory and legal affairs manager. Raised in Anchorage, Kindred is a seasoned legal professional with years of experience in the state, most recently as the Violent Crimes supervisor for the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office. Kindred also his prior experience in civil litigation and worked as a law clerk for Chief Justice Paul DeMuniz of the Oregon Supreme Court. Kindred graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kindred received his juris doctor from Willamette University College of Law. He has been a member of the Alaska Bar Association since 2005. Lori DaveyPhil JamesKaren King The Board of Trustees of the Nature Conservancy in Alaska announced the election of three new trustees: Lori Davey, Phil James and Karen King. Davey is a life-long Alaskan who is originally from Tok. She is director of business development for Fairweather LLC, which offers services to mining, oil and gas industries. Davey graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1992 and earned an MBA in 1998. She was awarded the Top 40 Under 40 award by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and the Alaska Journal of Commerce in 2009. Philip James of Fort Collins, Colo., began volunteering for the Conservancy 30 years ago. Since then he has served as a trustee in Alaska, Nebraska and Colorado, while also serving on the organization’s national board of governors. James is a former executive with ConAgra Inc., served as Colorado wildlife commissioner, and is the recipient of the Conservancy’s Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Award. King is president and CEO of Spawn Ideas Inc. in Anchorage. King joined Spawn, formerly Nerland Agency, in 1999 and led the team that created the “Big Wild Life” brand for the city of Anchorage, the “Amazing Stories Being Written Every Day” brand for the University of Alaska Anchorage and the brand and strategy for The Salmon Project’s “Salmon Love” campaign. Ken Rosenstein has been appointed solicitor general for the State of Alaska, effective Oct. 28. Rosenstein demonstrated his legal skills as a key member of the team looking into how the state handles post-conviction DNA testing. District Attorney’s Office v. Osborne was the case dealing with that matter, and Rosenstein was one of two Department of Law lawyers who personally argued and won the Osborne case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Rosenstein has handled hundreds of cases during his more than 20 years with the Department of Law Criminal Appeals Unit. Matthew Shuckerow has joined Rep. Don Young’s Washington, D.C., office, as press secretary. He joins Young’s office following the departure of Mike Anderson, who recently returned to Alaska to join the Dan Sullivan for Senate campaign as communications director. Following nearly three years of service in Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s D.C. office, Shuckerow served as Murkowski’s press secretary, and before that as her legislative correspondent, intern coordinator, staff assistant and college intern. Born in Kodiak and raised in Anchorage, Shuckerow is a graduate of A.J. Dimond High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, where he studied journalism. Taylor Thompson of Anchorage was promoted to press secretary for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her Capitol Hill office. Thompson will fill the vacancy created by her predecessor Matthew Shuckerow departing to serve as Rep. Don Young’s press secretary. Thompson was born and raised in Anchorage and after graduating from West, she attended Gonzaga University in Washington State where she received a bachelor’s degree in political science and was also a member of the women’s rowing team. As a member of the Murkowski office Thompson has held the position of intern, staff assistant, legislative correspondent and assistant to the chief of staff. Credit Union 1 Vice President of Branch Operations Lorraine Bennett has been promoted to senior vice president of branch operations. A 30-year industry expert, Bennett has veteran experience with branch operations at Credit Union 1. Bennett was originally hired in October 1983, giving her the distinction of being the second longest tenured employee at Credit Union 1. Over the past three decades, she has held several positions at the credit union, ranging from ATM clerk to branch manager to AVP, VP and now SVP of branch operations. Bennett began her career as an ATM expert in the Lower 48, moving to Alaska after the launch of the AK Option Network. She has since become certified as a Bank Secrecy Act Compliance Specialist and is working toward her credentials as a Certified Fraud Examiner.  

Movers & Shakers 11/03/13

The Anchorage Alaska Bed and Breakfast Association hosted its fourth annual awards dinner in Anchorage on Sept. 24 to honor all its Associate/Travel partners and to confer awards in eight areas. Winners for the 2013 season are: Best Alaska Experience-Alaska Native Heritage Center; Best Tour Experience-Phillips Cruises and Tours; Best Dining Experience-Spenard Roadhouse; Best Customer Service-Glacier Brewhouse; Innovative Approach to Making Guests Feel Special-Anchorage Trolley Tours; Best Business to Business Service in Support of Tourism–The Alaska App; Rookie of the Year, New Member-Sam Wasson Photography. Mara E. Michaletz has joined the firm Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot. Michaletz’s litigation practice focuses on complex business, construction, and insurance disputes. Prior to joining the firm, Michaletz was a prosecutor at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office for six years. Ms. Michaletz clerked for the Hon. Peter Michalski of the Anchorage Superior Court after receiving her J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2006. While attending law school, Michaletz studied abroad in the Netherlands and at Uppsala University, Sweden. Michaletz graduated summa cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College. Adrienne Little has been named commercial lines sales executive for Wells Fargo Insurance in Alaska. She will work with Alaska businesses to provide consultation on existing insurance services and secure coverage such as commercial property and casualty, professional and product liability, and workers’ compensation. Little has 16 years of insurance industry experience in Alaska, managing accounts for companies in the transportation, healthcare, construction and nonprofit fields. Her professional training includes Liberty Northwest Insurance’s Commercial Lines School, and she is studying to earn a Certified Insurance Counselor designation from the National Alliance for Insurance Education. Caroline Storm has joined the Bezek Durst Seiser team of architects, designers, and planners. Originally from Ontario, Canada, Caroline received a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1998 and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in 1992 from the University of Waterloo. Additionally, she holds credentials as a LEED AP BD & C green building design professional. Storm has been providing architectural design services in Alaska since 2002 and brings with her an expertise in healthcare facilities design. Gov. Sean Parnell presented the 2013 Shirley Demientieff Award to H. Sally Smith at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Fairbanks. The award, presented each year at AFN, is given by the governor for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children. A Yu’pik from Dillingham, Smith has served as a health care advocate and leader for 45 years. Born in Clark’s Point, Smith has worked tirelessly in Alaska and across the world to improve the health of Alaska Natives and Native Americans. She has dedicated her life to establishing culturally and scientifically appropriate cancer clinical research for Alaska Native people. Smith serves on the board of directors for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and has previously chaired the National Indian Health board of directors. Rick Fox has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of Alaska operations for The Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies. Fox will be responsible for leading all ECO vessel activities in the Arctic, as well as overseeing the operation of Chouest affiliates Fairweather, LLC, Deadhorse Aviation Center, Tulugaq, LLC and VDOS, LLC (Virtual Data Operations Support). The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions Freight Advisory Committee has added Col. Kendra S. Mathews and Municipality of Anchorage Port Director Richard Wilson to the Freight Advisory Committee. Mathews is the Director for Logistics (J4), Alaskan Command, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. She directs Alaskan Command Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard logisticians in formulating and executing joint and combined plans for the deployment and sustainment of over 200,000 combat personnel in the Pacific, Southwest Asia, and North American theaters. Wilson oversees the movement of goods into and out of the Port of Anchorage with emphasis on planning and implementing improvements targeting stimulate intermodal transportation while supporting economic development and port operations.


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