Movers and Shakers for July 1
Julianne Curry, a fourth-generation family fisherman and an advocate for the Alaska seafood industry, has been named public affairs manager for Icicle Seafoods Inc. Based in Petersburg, Curry will focus on regulatory and policy matters, government and community relations and will work collaboratively with her Alaska seafood colleagues on strategic planning efforts. Curry has served as the executive director and lobbyist for United Fishermen of Alaska and as the executive director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association. Most recently she consulted on a variety of fisheries related issues at both the state and federal level. She is the chair of the Communications Committee at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and is a member of its Salmon Committee. She has been a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel, a board member of United Fishermen of Alaska and the National Seafood Marketing Coalition while also participating on the Halibut Coalition Steering Committee.
Michelle Toohey has joined Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff. Murkowski also named four interns who are assisting the committee with various projects this summer: Alexandra Bender, Selia Butler, Kaiwi Eisenhour, and Michael McCambridge. Toohey joins the communications team as senior writer and advisor after working as an independent public affairs consultant in Alaska for the past three years. Prior to that she was chief of staff for former Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and deputy press secretary for former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. Toohey also served as the director of public relations and advocacy at the American Lung Association of Alaska, and as a legislative aide for seven years in the Alaska State Legislature. Toohey is originally from Anchorage and earned her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Central Washington University. Bender, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Northeastern University School of Law. She graduated with honors from Boston College with a bachelor’s degrees in environmental geoscience and in economics. Bender is originally from Snohomish, Wash. Butler, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Regent University School of Law. She graduated with honors from Thomas Edison State University with a bachelor’s degree in history and English. Butler is from Kenai. Eisenhour, a college intern, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at Weber State University. He was born in Alaska and raised in Anahola, Kauai in Hawaii, where he graduated in 2015 from Kapaa High School. McCambridge, a legal intern, is pursuing a law degree at Harvard Law School. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor in mathematics. McCambridge is from Anchorage and graduated from West Anchorage High School in 2008.
Dean Cimmiyotti, PLS, has joined Stantec in its Anchorage office as the firm’s Alaska survey manager. He has more than 40 years of in-state experience serving both public and private clients. Cimmiyotti has more than 25 years of project management experience, including project planning, cost estimating, quality control, and interdepartmental coordination. In addition to surveying, Dean has extensive background in photogrammetry and lidar acquisition and mapping. Past clients include the Alaska Department of Transportation &Public Facilities, Matanuska Susitna Borough, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., ConocoPhillips, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the Municipality of Anchorage. Cimmiyotti is a registered professional land surveyor in both Alaska and Florida. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Surveyors and the Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors.
Matt Emerson is the new president of PDC Engineers. He enrolled at the University of Alaska Fairbanks at age 28, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and promptly accepted a position with Loftus Engineering Associates in Fairbanks. Loftus eventually merged with FPE/Roen Engineering, and the joint owners at the time, deciding any further combinations of names might prove a bit too verbose, instead chose a new name: P for plan, D for design, and C for construct. Soon after the merger, Emerson took a short hiatus from Alaska to obtain his master’s degree at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. Upon his return, he settled in Anchorage to start a PDC structural department there. Emerson is taking over for Royce Conlon, who is retiring after 27 years with PDC and the last six as president.
3-Tier Alaska Corp. has merged with Northland Surveying &Consulting, combining 70-plus years of land surveying experience for thousands of customers across the interior of Alaska and rural villages across the state. Jim Ringstad, the founder of 3-Tier Alaska, Corp, along with Richard Heieren, the founder of Northland Surveying &Consulting (formerly RCH Surveys), have merged their two companies under the new leadership of Jim’s son, Nick Ringstad, who was born and raised in Alaska, and will retain the 3-Tier Alaska name. Both were founded more than 35 years ago in Fairbanks. 3-Tier Alaska brings two licensed professional engineers to the new organization to offer complementary civil engineering-related design services to Northland’s deep land surveying expertise. Additionally, Northland brings three licensed professional land surveyors to bolster 3-Tier Alaska’s land surveying knowledge. While Jim Ringstad and Heieren will remain with the merged company, the day-to-day operations will be run by Nick Ringstad, a registered professional engineer in the states of Alaska and Washington, who worked for his father for the past 20 years. Historically, the two companies have accomplished nearly 1,000 jobs per year with services in civil engineering and land surveying consultancy and design.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center announced the appointment of two returning members to its board of directors. Returning to the board as honorary members are Chris von Imhof and Laura McLaughlin. Von Imhof was instrumental in transitioning the former Big Game Alaska into the renamed nonprofit AWCC, and served as its first board president. He is also a former CEO of Alyeska Resort, a founding Director of Girdwood Inc., and was president of the Alaska Visitors Association. McLaughlin is an elementary school teacher in Anchorage. She and her family moved to Alaska in 2008 from Massachusetts where she ran a sheep and chicken farm.