Movers and Shakers for July 8
Carla Baxley, PE, joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a senior project engineer in our Airport Engineering Group. Baxley brings 17 years of Alaskan engineering experience to the R&M team, with 12 of those years at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities serving as a designer, project engineer and manager on aviation and roadway projects in rural and urban Alaska. Her aviation experience includes engineering design for modifications or relocations of existing runways, taxiways, aprons, access roads, navigational aids, approach systems, signing and lighting. She has managed more than 60 aviation and highway design projects, giving her extensive experience with FAA and FHWA regulations, policies and procedures. Since joining R&M, she has been working on the Alaska Airlines Terminal Upgrades in Kotzebue, and reviewing ALPs for the New Stuyahok and Kalskag airports. Baxley has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska.
Kirsten Kinegak-Friday has joined the Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP office in Anchorage. Kinegak-Friday focuses her practice on Alaska Native and corporate law and civil litigation. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Stanford University in 2005 and her juris doctor from UCLA School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the Alaska State Bar and U.S. District Court, District of Alaska. Kinegak-Friday, a member of the 2015 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40, is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and co-chairs the Alaska Native Law Section. She is a member of the Anchorage Association of Women Lawyers and previously served on the Board of the Anchorage Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. She has served on the Boards of the Alaska Native Professional Association and the Alaska Native Justice Center.
Stonebridge Companies — a Denver-based, privately owned, innovative hotel owner, operator and developer — promoted Brittney Johnsen to general manager of its Home2 Suites by Hilton Anchorage/Midtown hotel. She previously served as guest service manager of its Embassy Suites by Hilton in Anchorage.
Jon Isaacs has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the Institute of the North. Isaacs is a senior planner with AECOM in Anchorage. He has broad expertise in environmental and social impact assessments, community planning, transportation studies, economic and socioeconomic analysis and public participation methodologies. Prior to his election as chairman, Isaacs has served on the board of the Institute of the North since 2014.
Patrick Anderson has been named the CEO of Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc., or RurAL CAP. He brings with him over 30 years of management and executive experience in leading, guiding and supporting companies with innovative strategies for growth, quality improvement and process efficiency. Most recently, Anderson served as Tribal Health director of the Sophie Trettevick Indian Health Clinic located in Neah Bay, Wash. Anderson has dedicated the past 15 years of his life to improving Alaska Native health care and a variety of other services. Anderson graduated from Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1975 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1978. He has been a licensed attorney in the state of Alaska for 40 years. He has served as Parliamentarian for the Alaska Federation of Natives and the National Congress of American Indians. Additionally, Anderson has served as a board member for Sealaska Corp., the Alaska Native Justice Center, commissioner for the Alaska Native Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission, and is currently president of the Native American Children’s Alliance.