Movers & Shakers 8/30/15
Nina Kemppel is the new president and CEO of the Alaska Community Foundation, and will join ACF in mid-October. Kemppel comes to ACF from serving as president and CEO of the Alaska Humanities Forum since 2012. Before joining the Alaska Humanities Forum, Kemppel was principal at the Coraggio Group, a West Coast strategy and organizational change firm in Portland, Ore. She also spent four years in Boston at a global management-consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, where she worked with several Fortune 500 companies as well as nonprofit organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business. Prior to her business career, Kemppel had an international Nordic ski racing career spanning 13 years that included a record-breaking 18 U.S. National Championships. She competed in four Olympic Winter Games and in 2002 skied to what was then the highest Olympic finish in history by an American woman in the 30-km classical race. Kemppel has also won the Mount Marathon race nine times, eight consecutively. In 2009, she was elected to the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.
Northrim Bank hired Jean McKnight as senior vice president, senior Commercial Loan Unit manager, and Jenn Ludden as assistant vice president, Electronic Banking Operations manager. McKnight joins the Northrim team with 38 years in the financial industry. She was most recently with First National Bank Alaska were she was vice president and team leader in the Corporate Lending Division. McKnight has also worked for KeyBank where she was a senior business relationship manager, and Rainer Bank/Security Pacific Bank as a corporate lending manager. She has lived in Anchorage for nearly 30 years and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University. Ludden joins Northrim Bank with 11 years in the financial industry. Prior to moving to Alaska, she worked at Bank of America in a variety of positions starting as a teller and working her way to management. Ludden holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Arizona.
Karen Linnell has been hired as project manager of the Copper River-Ahtna Inter-Tribal Resource Conservation District. She will be based out of the Ahtna office building in Glennallen. Linnell brings to Ahtna 12 years of experience in project management and cost control. Karen has spent the last two years as Tribal Administrator for Cheesh’na Tribal Council. Linnell recently served on Alaska Gov. Bill Walker’s Transition Team as the chair of the Wildlife Committee.
Dr. Paula Martin has been hired as campus director of the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus. Currently, Martin serves as assistant director for Academic Affairs and associate professor at UAA’s Kenai Peninsula College, a role she has held since 2008. Martin earned her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in entomology in 1993. She taught at Emory University, where she led its Human and Natural Ecology program. She then accepted an opportunity to create a new department, Environmental Science and Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania.
Williams Scotsman, a North American supplier of workforce accommodations, modular space and storage solutions, announced the appointment of Craig Pester to the position of area manager in Alaska. In this newly created role, Pester will provide leadership for the company’s ongoing growth in the Alaskan market with a focus on modular facility leasing, as well as its newly introduced Stayover Lodge offering. Pester, a native of New Zealand, has established an accomplished career in senior management roles with Aramark, Hampton Inn and Westin, while working in markets ranging from Australia, Alaska and most recently, the Pacific Northwest.
WHPacific named Director of Transportation Louis Bassler as Project Manager of the Year. In fiscal year 2015, Bassler handled projects ranging in contract size from $9,000 to more than $500,000 with a combined project portfolio of nearly $8 million. Bassler is the director of Transportation for WHPacific in Alaska, who has been with the company for 19 years. He has more than 30 years of engineering, project management, and construction management experience on public and private projects in Alaska. He specializes in road projects and highway, pathway, and boardwalk projects requiring specialized arctic and subarctic design and construction expertise. His experience includes improving safety, reducing traffic congestion, and improving vehicle access.