Movers and Shakers for Nov. 11
Kevin O’Neal-Smith was hired by The McDowell Group as an economic analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He also studied international economics and Southeast Asian trade at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. McDowell Group was recently recognized as Alaska Chamber’s Bill Bivins Small Business of the Year. The research and consulting firm has a staff of 19 located in Anchorage, Juneau, and Bellingham, Wash.
GCI Business hired Aaron Helmericks as the senior director of Projects and Engineering. Helmericks brings a wide range of experience to the position with more than 15 years of oil and gas, telecom, and IT design and operations. He was most recently the CIO for Caelus Energy. He will oversee the Projects and Engineering teams formally known as GCI Industrial Telecom. With offices in Deadhorse and Anchorage, Alaska, Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, GCI Business employs more than 100 professional telecommunication engineers, project managers and technicians to support the full lifecycles of industrial projects and remote operations.
Koniag Inc. General Counsel Peter Boskofsky was recently named a 2018 “Native American 40 Under 40” awardee by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in recognition of his excellent work as a lawyer and his community service efforts. He also serves as vice president of the Koniag Education Foundation Board, co-chairs the Alaska Native Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association and volunteers for the Alaska Color of Justice. He earned a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Hawai’i. Before working at Koniag, he served as an attorney at Afognak Native Corp. and Alutiiq LLC. He was recognized along with the other awardees during an October 29-30 event at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Okla.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nnounced the appointment of Dr. Robert Foy as the new Science and Research director for NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Juneau, effective Nov. 11. In this role, he will oversee the agency’s work to monitor the health and sustainability of fish, marine mammals, and their habitats across nearly 1.5 million square miles of water surrounding Alaska. He will direct scientific research to support and sustain some of the world’s most valuable marine resources, including commercial fisheries for Alaska pollock, red king crab, and sablefish in the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea. He will also oversee agency research in the Aleutians, a 1,200-mile long island chain full of marine life, and in the Arctic Ocean, home to marine mammals including bowhead and beluga whales, and bearded and ringed seals. As Center Director, Foy will oversee nearly 500 employees and a number of facilities, including the main facility in Seattle, research laboratories in Juneau and Kodiak, Alaska, and Newport, Ore., and field stations in Little Port Walter, St. Paul Island, and St. George Island. Foy will assume his new role on November 11, 2018. Foy holds graduate degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (Ph.D. in oceanography and master’s degree in fisheries) and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan.