Movers and Shakers for March 25
Sarah Howard was promoted to curator at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. She will oversee all animal husbandry, exhibitory development, permitting, program development, animal management, and the development of animal care staff. Having worked for AWCC for eight years, Howard has immersed herself in all aspects of animal care, the organization, and building relationships with partners and supporters. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she double majored in wildlife management and ecology, and biology with a minor in captive wildlife management.
Four members were elected to Doyon Ltd.’s 13-member board of directors. Elected with three-year terms ending in 2021 were Christopher Simon, Erica Frankson, Walter “Wally” Carlo and Jennifer Fate Velaise. The re-elected board members will join existing board members Shirley Cleaver, Jerry Isaac, Georgianna Lincoln, Esther McCarty, Brian Ridley, Sonta Hamilton Roach, Pollock “PJ” Simon, Jr., Orie G. Williams, and Miranda Wright. Shareholder of the year award recipients were Doyon Citizen of the Year Rhonda Pitka of Beaver; Daaga’ Community Service awardee Marjorie Attla of Galena; and Elders of the Year Hannah Paul Solomon, Lina Demoski of Anvik and the late Hudson Sam of Huslia.
Seven First National Bank Alaska bankers were appointed senior vice president reporting to members of the bank’s 10-person executive management team: Karl Heinz, Dustin Hofeling, Brent Kimball, Patty Miller, Chad Steadman, Craig Thorn and Stacy Tomuro. Heinz, the combined regional branch manager for Glennallen, Kenai, Kodiak, Soldotna and Valdez, joined the bank in 2003 and today is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Hofeling , the IT Systems and Support director, joined the bank in 2011. In charge of the bank’s core processing systems and technical support, Hofeling has played an integral role in the development of the bank’s online banking solutions. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA. Controller Kimball has more than 30 years of banking experience and vast knowledge of bank operations, financial management and regulatory requirements. Kimball is responsible for the accurate reporting of the bank’s financial information to the bank’s board of directors, shareholders, managers and the public. He also oversees financial forecasting, strategic planning and vendor and insurance management. Miller, the Human Resources Director, arrived at the bank with more than 27 years of experience in HR. Her work has helped First National to earn Best Place to Work two years in a row (2016 and 2017) as voted on by Alaska Business Monthly readers. Director of Corporate Lending Steadman’s increased leadership role includes more involvement assisting the bank’s executive management team all while expertly specializing in commercial underwriting and lending. Since 1984, Regional Branch Manager Thorn has played an integral role in meeting the banking needs of Alaskans in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Based at the Wasilla Branch, he oversees branch and lending operations and at the bank’s branches in Eagle River and Palmer. Based at the Dimond Branch in Anchorage, Specialty Lending Director Tomuro began working in the financial industry nearly 32 years ago and joined First National in 2001. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School.
McDowell Group added to the firm’s health care and economics staff with the recent hiring of Rachael DeMarce, Sylvia Craig, and Paul Strickler. DeMarce previously worked at SouthEast Regional Health Consortium enhancing financial performance and operational alignment. She holds a master of public health from Columbia University. Her professional experience also includes implementing Sealaska Heritage Institute’s education programs. Craig worked for the Alaska Injury Prevention Center, leading the design, implementation, and evaluation of local and statewide injury prevention efforts. She holds a master of public health from San Diego State University. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health in San Diego. Strickler’s recent experience with the State of Alaska includes forecasting non-petroleum revenue sources, maintaining the Alaska Community Database, and contributing to the Fuel Price Report and Revenue Sources Book. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from University of Utah.
Spencer Wilson has joined Key Private Bank as a relationship manager with the Alaska team. Prior to joining KeyBank, Wilson served as a financial advisor managing a core group of clients and their families, as well as businesses and nonprofits, offering specialized advice as a designated expert on alternative investments, including private placements. Wilson served in the Navy for more than five years and holds a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy.