Movers and Shakers for May 6
Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Chuck Heath as a business development and marketing specialist for its corporate office in Anchorage. Heath has his bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho. He most recently worked for CH2M and has worked with the Anchorage School District in the past as well. Heath is also a board member for Alaska Resource Education and the Alaska Minerals Commission.
YWCA Alaska hired Barbara Swenson as CEO following the departure of Hilary Morgan in January. Swenson will be taking over for Shirley Pittz, who has been serving as interim CEO. Swenson joins YWCA Alaska with over 20 years of experience leading high-performance teams in a variety of industries. Her background includes 13 years with Hilton Hotels, where she managed teams of 25 to 150 in several U.S. locations, including Chicago, New York, San Antonio and Anchorage. In 2006 Swenson joined Chenega Corp. and managed their three award-winning Anchorage hotel properties until they were sold in 2014. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning and workforce development, employee relations, and change management.
John Torgerson of Soldotna has been appointed as the Denali Commission interim federal co-chair. This appointment comes following a letter the delegation recently sent to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, requesting an interim federal co-chair as the administration moves through the process of vetting candidates to fill the vacancy left by Joel Neimeyer on April 20. Torgerson will serve as interim federal co-chair until the vacancy is filled. Torgerson has served in the U.S. Army, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and the Alaska Senate. He’s also served as president of the Alaska Municipal League, as special assistant to the Department of Transportation commissioner, acting commissioner of the Marine Highway System and as the acting director of the Alaska Vocational Technical Education Center.
Yoshi Ogawa, an agent for the New York Life Insurance Co. in Anchorage, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the certified financial planner and CFP certification marks in accordance with CFP board certification and renewal requirements. Ogawa has worked at New York Life since 2007, and is associated with New York Life’s Alaska General Office in Anchorage. Ogawa is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Alaska District Export Council and U.S. Japan Council. He received a bachelor’s degree in international business from Arizona State University and a post graduate certificate from American Graduate School of International Management. He also holds a Chartered Financial Consultant designation and a Chartered Life Underwriter designation by the American College.
Jason Dinneen was hired as the Alaska Marine Conservation Council’s new executive director. Dinneen spent college summers set netting in Cook Inlet, stick picking along the Beaufort Sea coast, and working on the Exxon Valdez oil spill. With more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience in Alaska, Dinneen has directed a variety of organizations including the Alaska Small Business Development Center as well as overseeing the marketing efforts for Allen Marine’s boat building, tourism and retail operations.