Movers and Shakers for Jan. 27
Past board chair of Providence Alaska Foundation Scott Habberstad was unanimously selected as board member emeritus of the foundation. Habberstad’s accomplishments last year include leading the effort to secure 89 percent of the funding needed to advance construction of Alaska CARES, an outpatient clinic that provides evaluations and support services for children around the state experiencing physical and sexual abuse. Alaska CARES is part of a community collaboration that provides treatment in a facility where victim advocates, law enforcement, child protection, tribal health, forensic medicine and mental health professionals are located under one roof so they can work together to help victims. Construction of the $12.8 million facility started in April of 2018, and it is scheduled to open in April 2019. Habberstad’s year as chair also included major milestone celebrations for other programs receiving community support through the foundation, such as The Children’s Hospital at Providence at 20 years of service and Providence Cancer Center at 10 years of service. Habberstad will continue to serve as a voting member on the board of Providence Alaska Foundation in his role as immediate past chair in 2019 and will assume the title of emeritus in 2020.
Ronalda Cadiente Brown has accepted the position of associate vice chancellor for Alaska Native Programs at the University of Alaska Southeast. As part of her duties, she will continue to serve as director of the PITAAS program, or Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska’s Schools. Cadiente Brown grew up in Juneau and earned her bachelor’s degree in social work from Pacific University. She earned a master’s degree in curriculum and teacher education at Stanford University. Cadiente Brown, who is of Tlingit and Filipino heritage, has dedicated her career toward systems improvement for student engagement, most recently serving as assistant dean in the UAS Alaska College of Education. She is a distinguished educator who began her career with Portland Public Schools as an Indian Education specialist prior to returning home where she served as an administrator for Juneau Public Schools for over 28 years. Ronalda’s professional experience includes Indian Studies Program Director, where she led an Indigenous curriculum project that was adopted by the district and received a federal Showcase Award by the U.S. Department of Education. She also served as a middle school assistant principal, alternative high school principal. She served in the district’s central office as program coordinator of federal grants, including a Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative with multi-community partnerships and K-12 curriculum and teacher training projects. At UAS she has served as PITAAS program director for over seven years.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced that two new counsels, John Crowther and Jed Dearborn, have joined her team at the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. She also welcomed an intern, Grant Cummings, who is assisting the committee with various projects this winter. Crowther joins the committee as senior counsel after serving as director of state and federal relations for the State of Alaska from October 2017 to January 2019. Prior to that, he served as inter-governmental coordinator and special assistant at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources for five years. He will focus primarily on oil and natural gas issues for the committee, as well as issues related to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Crowther earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. He is originally from Anchorage. Dearborn came to Capitol Hill in April 2017 as energy counsel for Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. He joined the committee in September 2018 to serve as senior counsel, where he focuses on policy and regulatory issues in the electricity and natural gas sectors. Prior to his Senate service, he was an associate for the energy and public utilities practice at Schiff Hardin LLP, where he represented electric and gas utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state utility commissions, and Congress. Dearborn graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Vanderbilt University, and earned a juris doctorate from The George Washington University Law School. Cummings earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in petroleum engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He previously worked as a petroleum engineer for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and has interned for BP’s Global Wells Organization, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and Latshaw Drilling Company. Cummings is from Anchorage and graduated from South Anchorage High School in 2012.
Sarah Lukin joins NANA Regional Corp. as its new senior vice president and chief administration officer, and Kevin Aubertin joins NANA’s Commercial Group as the president of Tuuq Drilling. Lukin, who officially began her tenure at NANA on Jan. 7, will provide strategic leadership in a broad range of functions, including leading external and government affairs, corporate communications, corporate administration, corporate operations and regional sustainability. Lukin has more than 18 years of experience working with businesses across the U.S. and Canada, including her previous role as chief operating officer for Pt Capital, LLC, and senior vice president of corporate affairs for Afognak Native Corp. Lukin earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alaska, and a certificate in Alaska Native executive leadership from Alaska Pacific University. Tuuq Drilling, owned by NANA Development Corp., brought Aubertin on in December 2018 to strengthen the drilling company’s business performance for sustainability and growth. Tuuq Drilling provides drilling services in the mining industry, most notably in the 38,000-square-mile NANA region in Alaska’s Arctic. Aubertin comes to Tuuq Drilling with diverse experience in global business organizations including Canada-based Tonto Drilling Services, Nevada-based Coates Drilling and the joint ventures of NANA-Coates and NANA-Dynatec. Most recently, Aubertin was the project management superintendent for Major Drilling America.