Leslie Dickson and Jennifer Henderson have been appointed to the Anchorage District Court by Gov. Sean Parnell. Dickson has maintained a private law practice in Anchorage for the last two years, primarily focusing on adoptions and representing foster youth. Her early legal career included work with the Office of Public Advocacy on delinquency, children in need of aid, and custody and guardianship issues. She also served in the district attorney’s office in Fairbanks and Anchorage, supervising the misdemeanor unit and prosecuting special assaults. Dickson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and her law degree from Northeastern University. Henderson works at the Anchorage law firm of Farley & Graves, PC, where she handles a variety of civil cases including personal injury, wrongful death, maritime, employment, malpractice, and administrative claims. She formerly worked at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office on cases in the misdemeanor, drug, and violent crimes units. She earned a bachelor’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Claremont McKenna College and her juris doctorate at Yale Law School.
Dr. Kristen Widmer, MD, has joined the medical staff at the the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. In addition to providing care for families in Sitka, Widmer will provide itinerant care for SEARHC patients living in Hoonah. Widmer earned her medical doctorate degree from the Medical School for International Health, a collaboration between the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel. She also completed a residency in family medicine at the University of New Mexico. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Prior to moving to Sitka, Widmer served as a community health aide trainer with the Norton Sound Health Corp. in Nome. Widmer is accredited as a family physician by the American Board of Family Medicine.
E. John Eng, president of Cornerstone General Contractors Inc of Anchorage was elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for 2013 at the Association’s annual meeting. Eng will serve for the next calendar year along with the executive board composed of Kevin Welker, Kiewit Building Group, Anchorage, vice president; Brian Horschel, Acme Fence Company, Anchorage, secretary; Meg Nordale, Ghemm Company, Fairbanks, treasurer; Joe Spink, Granite Construction, Anchorage, contractor-at-large; Dick Engebretson, Aurora Construction Supply, Fairbanks, associate member; and Tony Johansen, Great Northwest, Fairbanks, immediate past president.
Philip Blumstein of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP in Anchorage was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2013. He has been named a Best Lawyer in America each year since 2006. Blumstein was included in two categories: corporate law and mergers and acquisitions. He was also named last year to the 2011 Super Lawyers list for Alaska.
Ketchikan Indian Community announced the appointment of John Brown, Tribal education director at KIC, as the interim general manager while the executive search continues. Three candidates have already been interviewed for the position but no decision has yet been made. Brown has held various management positions with Ketchikan Indian Community throughout the years including housing director and economic development director. Departing general manager Debbie Patton has accepted a position with Douglas County as Deputy Health Administrator based in Roseburg, Ore. She starts her new position on Dec. 1.
Wells Fargo has named Darren Franz Alaska regional business banking manager. He will lead a team of 85 Alaska team members serving business customers from Ketchikan to Barrow. Franz has been with Wells Fargo for 20 years. He joined the company as a management trainee and served as a personal banker, business relationship manager and area president in Kodiak for 12 years. Most recently, he served as Northern Alaska area president for more than six years, leading 125 team members in Barrow, Bethel, Delta Junction, Dillingham, Fairbanks, King Salmon, Kodiak, Kotzebue, Nome and North Pole.
Lance Johnson has joined the Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union staff as vice president of internal audit. Johnson has more than 14 years of internal audit experience. Prior to joining Denali Alaskan he was the internal audit and program manager at Texas Instruments in Dallas. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree in international management from the University of Texas. He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. In addition, Johnson holds designations as a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.
Amanda Schou, buyer’s licensee with REMAX Dynamic of the Valley, The Kevin Crozier Team, recently obtained her Graduate, Realtor Institute and Accredited Buyer Representative designations. Realtors with the GRI designation have in-depth training in legal and regulatory issues, technology, professional standards, and the sales process. Accredited Buyer Representative denotes a sales associate who is qualified to provide buyer representation and is familiar with buyer brokerage and buyer agency issues. The ABR designation requires a 12-hour course, active membership in REBAC, and at least five documented transactions during the previous 18-month period where the sales associate acted as a buyer’s representative.