Movers and Shakers for Sept. 17
Global infrastructure firm AECOM has hired Matt Narus to support its Alaska operations as a senior project manager. Narus holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and an executive master’s of business administration degree from the University of Washington. Narus comes to AECOM after most recently working at the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority as a project manager.
Adam Leggett has joined Stantec in its Anchorage office as the Alaska Native Program manager, focusing on developing business relationships with Alaska Native corporations and organizations. Leggett has 10 years of experience working for a variety of Alaska businesses, including oil and gas companies and Alaska Native businesses. Since joining Stantec, Leggett has been working on expanding Stantec’s diversity and inclusion program by ensuring that Alaska Native recruitment is integrated into Stantec’s hiring efforts. He serves as a liaison working with the Stantec federal team to facilitate partnerships with Alaska Native organizations to pursue government contracting opportunities. Leggett is a council trustee for the Native Village of Eklutna and serves on the scholarship committee for Eklutna Inc. He holds an MBA from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Florida State University. He served four years in the U.S. Navy as a cryptologic technician.
Current Department of Administration Commissioner Sheldon Fisher was appointed as Department of Revenue Commissioner on Sept. 7, effective immediately. Deputy Commissioner Leslie Ridle will serve as interim commissioner of Administration until the governor names a new appointment. Fisher replaces Randy Hoffbeck, who retired Aug. 17. Prior to Fisher’s December 2014 appointment as commissioner of Administration, he worked as chief operating officer at McKinley Capital Management LLC in Anchorage. Fisher also spent 15 years in the telecommunications industry both in the Lower 48 and in Alaska. He worked for six years at Alaska Communications, where he served as senior vice president of sales and product marketing. Fisher earned an economics degree from Brigham Young University and a law degree from Yale University.
PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new hires in its Anchorage office. Bill Jamison, P.E., first joined PND in 2003, and is now rejoining the team with his expertise in marine design, structural bridge design, and construction inspection. Jamison is a lifelong Alaskan with several years of practical construction experience including contract development, bid phase support, construction inspection, and cost estimating. He graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and is an Alaska-registered professional engineer. Rachael McKinney was brought on as the firm’s marketing coordinator. McKinney holds a master’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University. In addition to her background in writing and editing, she has experience in graphic design, computer programming, and strategic communication. Before joining PND, McKinney served one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA for a local nonprofit in Anchorage. She will assist the team in proposal development and procurement efforts.
Heidi Hansen will join the Department of Natural Resources as a deputy commissioner starting Sept. 18. Hansen, an attorney, was born and raised in Alaska and has extensive experience in energy and natural resources policy and law. She most recently worked for the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as counsel, focusing on issues including mining, energy, mitigation, land use and Alaska Native issues. At DNR she will be responsible for direct management of the divisions of Mining, Land and Water; Forestry; Agriculture; Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and Support Services; and the Office of Project Management and Permitting. Prior to joining the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Hansen worked for the U.S. Army as associate deputy general counsel and as special advisor to the assistant secretary for the Army. She also was an attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Anchorage and Washington, D.C., and served on temporary detail for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and subsequently the Department of State, in Baghdad, Iraq. Hansen earned her juris doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.
Northrim Bank Vice President and Commercial Loan Unit Manager Jim Culley recently graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School. Culley has been with Northrim Bank in Fairbanks for five years, and has more than 21 years of banking experience throughout Alaska. Northrim has two additional officers currently enrolled in the three-year program at PCBS: Jason Criqui, vice president, commercial loan unit manager, (in his first year) and Kelly McCormack, vice president, commercial loans, (in his second year). In Northrim’s 27-year history, more than a dozen employees have graduated from PCBS and Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Michael Martin is a long time professor at PCBS.
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Miller and Monkman LLP announced that two of its Alaska partners have been recognized as among the “2018 Best Lawyers in America” in the 24th Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Anchorage partner Lloyd B. Miller was named the “2018 Native American Law Lawyer of the Year.” Juneau partner Richard D. Monkman was named as a “Best Lawyer” in Native American Law, and was named as a “2017 Distinguished Attorney” by the Martindale-Hubbell firm. The firm also announced that Kendri M. M. Cesar has been named a partner in the Juneau office. Cesar recently successfully argued an important tribal sovereignty case before the Alaska Supreme Court. Sonosky Chambers is a law firm founded in 1976 devoted to representing Native American interests across the United States. The firm is based in Washington, DC, and has offices in Anchorage, Juneau, San Diego and Albuquerque.