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