Movers and Shakers for June 10
John Binder, deputy commissioner of Aviation for the Alaska Department of Transportation &Public Facilities, and Fairbanks International Airport Manager Jeff Roach have been awarded the distinction of Accredited Airport Executive by the American Association of Airport Executives. As deputy commissioner of Aviation, Binder leads Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks International Airports along with 240 state owned airports across Alaska. To qualify for the distinction, Binder and Roach had to successfully complete three phases of the accreditation process: pass a 180-item multiple-choice examination, fulfill a writing requirement, and demonstrate, in the final interview by a panel of AAEs, his knowledge of airport management, business administration, and general transportation economics. By fulfilling all the requirements leading to the title of Accredited Airport Executive, The two join a select group of individuals who have earned the designation in the more than six decades of the accreditation program’s existence. At present, fewer than 10 percent of AAAE’s members throughout the country are active accredited airport executives.
The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority announced three hires effective June 4. Eric Boyer is joining the Trust to focus on workforce related initiatives and to expand its behavioral health capacity. Boyer has more than 20 years in youth and family community behavioral health and most recently has been with the Alaska Training Cooperative providing critical training and technical assistance to organizations across Alaska. Travis Welch is joining the Trust to extend its work on criminal justice initiatives. Welch joins the Trust with more than 10 years of law enforcement experience, most recently serving as the Chief of Police for the North Slope Borough. Autumn Vea has 10 years of experience with the statewide behavioral health system in the Department of Health and Social Services and most recently with the Department of Corrections. Her knowledge and skills will be an asset to the Trust and its beneficiaries. Vea will work closely with Senior Evaluation and Planning Officer Michael Baldwin to perform a continuous review and analysis of internal data and policy functions.
Sailing Inc. of Seward announced that Captain Randy Altermatt was named an American Sailing Association “Outstanding Instructor of the Year” for 2017. He was among a national roster of 964 sailing instructors who were eligible for consideration of this annual award, determined by student survey submissions in his 2017 classes. He was ranked in the top 20 instructors nationally. Altermatt has a background in education, with a Master’s Degree in Public School Administration. He retired from a career as teacher and principal from the Mat-Su School District in 2000. He immediately started teaching sailing in Seward at Sailing, Inc. He has a U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s License and Instructor Endorsement from ASA. In 2010, he received an endorsement as an ASA Instructor Evaluator. He has since trained new sailing instructors out of the Sailing Inc. Sailing Academy. Altermatt and his wife Deborah Altermatt own and operate Sailing Inc., which offers ASA sailing instruction from basic to advanced levels. It is the only certified sailing program in Alaska.
Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Nicole Pintsch to assistant vice president-assistant controller and Danicia Shiryayev to assistant vice president-small business loan officer. Pintsch has been with Northrim Bank since 2007 and has 13 years of experience in banking. She started as the accounting specialist and has worked her way up through the ranks of the Accounting Department at Northrim. Pintsch holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She volunteers as an instructor with Junior Achievement of Alaska. Shiryayev has been with Northrim since 2016 and has 10 years of experience in the banking industry. She is also the chair of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Group and a member of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board.