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.