Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 10:08 am
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has selected three individuals to fill executive level positions. Scott Cherktow has been selected for the position of senior vice president, IM Applications. Chertkow has worked at Alaska USA for more than 10 years, most recently as vice president, IM Operations. Doug Horner has been selected for the position of vice president, IM Operations. Horner has worked at Alaska USA for more than six years, most recently as Anchorage Data Center Manager. Shannon Conley has been selected for the position of senior vice president, Branch Administration. Conley has worked for Alaska USA for more than 12 years, most recently as Dealer Loan Center manager.
The Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals announced Michael Angaiak, principal of Anne Wien Elementary School in Fairbanks, as its 2018 National Distinguished Principal. Angaiak was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals. Angaiak has a graduate bachelor’s degree from University of Notre Dame, and a teaching certificate and master degree from University of Alaska Anchorage. He has been a principal for eight years, serving as principal of Anne Wien Elementary School for the past five. Angaiak, a Yup’ik Alaskan Native, has previously been recognized as an outstanding principal by both the Fairbanks Principals’ Association and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Christine White, CPSM, has been promoted to communications manager at R&M Consultants Inc. White first joined R&M’s Marketing Department as a marketing coordinator in January 2012. As the communications manager, she is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of firm communications, public relations and content marketing programs. White has more than nine years of business‐to‐business marketing, including strategic planning, public communications, graphic design, website design and proposal preparation. She has also led the proposal efforts for many of R&M’s current projects, including the Big Lake Pedestrian Study, the Midtown Corridor Improvements: Denali Street Area-Benson to Tudor Road project, and most recently, the 2018 Statewide Hazardous Waste and Environmental Services Term Agreement with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. White has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services and currently serves on the board as the immediate past president.
MSI Communications announced several personnel changes. Art Director Tara Storter was promoted to associate creative director, a role in which she will share responsibility for crafting and overseeing the agency’s creative work alongside Creative Director Jim Coe. Storter has long been one of MSI’s leading graphic designers, having created some of its most visible work during her 10 years at the agency. Account Executive Ashley Brinkman was promoted to account manager after a year and a half with the agency. As an account manager, Brinkman now works directly with clients to develop and implement multi-media communication plans. Keith Baxter was hired in the role of account executive. He will assist the client-services team in managing daily projects and creating long-term advertising and public relations plans. Born and raised in Soldotna, Baxter is an alum of University of Alaska Anchorage. For the past seven years, he has been the director of member relations for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council. Dylan Faber joined MSI in March as an account coordinator. He will support to the client-services team in day-to-day management of accounts and projects. A graduate of Northeastern University, Faber spent the last two years as a special assistant to Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Brady Siegel was hired as MSI’s new administrative assistant. Born and raised in Palmer, Siegel graduated from University of Georgia last May, then returned to Alaska.
Posted Wednesday, May 09, 2018 - 9:31 am
United Fishermen of Alaska has posthumously named Michael Bangs of Petersburg as its Fisherman of the Year for 2018. Bangs was an industry leader in the development of the roe-on-kelp and dive fisheries in Southeast Alaska and former president of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association. He had been Chair of the Southeast Regional Subsistence Advisory Council and served on that body since 2003, and also served on the Petersburg Fish and Game Advisory Committee. He passed away at his home in February.
Resource Data Inc., a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Jeremy Frank as a programmer/analyst at its Juneau office. Frank has his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois-Springfield, his master’s degree in library science and information management from Emporia State University, and his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Montana State University. Most recently he worked as a programmer for the State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game in Juneau.
Alaska Air Group’s board of directors named Max Tidwell vice president of safety and security for Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines. Tidwell was most recently the FAA division manager for Air Carrier Safety Assurance, with offices in Atlanta and Miami. He has held multiple roles at the FAA over his 22-year career, including as manager for Seattle, where he worked with Alaska Airlines. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in aviation management. He is a 30-year veteran of the Air Force and currently serves as command chief for the Washington Air National Guard, providing mission-ready personnel and equipment for a wide array of Department of Defense missions. Tidwell succeeds Tom Nunn who will continue to serve as Alaska Airlines vice president of safety until his retirement in June 2018, capping a 10-year career with the airline.
Posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 10:23 am
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.
Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 10:16 am
Schwabe, Williamson &Wyatt has opened an office in Anchorage and hired three maritime attorneys to bolster its transportation, ports and maritime industry group to 29 attorneys for one of the largest maritime teams among Pacific Northwest full-service firms. Bert Ray joins Schwabe as a shareholder and will lead the Anchorage office. Ray has practiced in Anchorage for most of his 30-year career and has extensive maritime experience as well as a diverse general litigation practice that includes environmental, maritime, commercial, insurance, securities, malpractice and white collar criminal matters. He practices extensively in state and federal courts, as well as in commercial arbitrations and before administrative agencies. Ray regularly represents clients in casualty responses and also has significant experience representing clients in natural resource damage assessments conducted by state and federal agencies. Zach Berne joins Schwabe as an associate in the Anchorage office. His practice focuses on maritime, environmental, insurance and securities matters. Zach works on all manner of maritime matters, from injury accidents and fatalities to collisions to claims for reimbursement from the National Pollution Funds Center.
Shannon &Wilson, an employee-owned geotechnical and environmental engineering firm with offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Palmer employing more than 50, announced two new additions to its board of directors: Meg Strong, LG, LHG, vice president, and Bob Mitchell, PE, PEng, vice president. A geologist/hydrogeologist and group leader of the Environmental Department, Strong has more than 27 years of experience managing, investigating, and providing strategy for environmental issues for corporations and municipalities. Having joined Shannon &Wilson in 1997, Mitchell specializes in geotechnical and geotechnical earthquake engineering for design and build and design projects across North America.
Posted Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 2:10 pm
Thomas Heinlein is the new Bureau of Land Management Anchorage District manager. Heinlein joins BLM Alaska from Colorado where he served for the past six years as BLM’s Rocky Mountain District Manager in Canon City. Heinlein has served as a field manager and acted in several positions, including associate director of the BLM National Operations Center and the deputy state director for Resources in the BLM’s Eastern States office. Prior to his time in Colorado, Heinlein worked in Alaska for the National Park Service, including serving in Nome as superintendent of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.
Rachel Langtry was promoted to chief operating officer Credit Union 1. Langtry was originally hired as a marketing associate in 2005, and she has since been promoted to numerous leadership positions within the credit union, including vice president of Marketing and Communications, senior vice president of Administration and Communications, and vice president of e-Services. Langtry holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and came to the credit union with previous marketing and financial institution experience. In 2013, she was chosen to participate in Filene Research Institute’s i3 program, which gathers a select group of the most innovative, insightful and energetic credit union professionals across North America with the challenge to solve the consumer finance industry’s most complex problems. Langtry was also awarded the high honor of President’s Award at Credit Union 1 in both 2010 and 2015.
Evan Mulcahy was promoted to Credit Union 1 Communications manager. Mulcahy was originally hired in 2013 as a staff trainer at the credit union, but he was soon promoted to digital communications specialist (2014) and innovation strategist (2016). His digital advertising and social media strategies resulted in Credit Union 1’s placement among The Financial Brand’s “Top 100” list of credit unions using social media. Mulcahy is a University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with a degree in economics, and he also serves as cooperative manager for the Emerging Credit Union Leaders of Alaska initiative. Recently, he was selected to attend “Crash the GAC” at the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference as a representative of Alaskan credit unions, an opportunity that allows participants to not only learn more about credit union advocacy but also network and be mentored by industry leaders.
Brent Little, PE, was promoted to principal at Coffman Engineers Inc. Little is the mechanical engineering commercial lead in Coffman’s Anchorage office and has been with the company for nearly a decade. Little has more than 14 years of experience and specializes in commercial mechanical engineering for military, corrections, utilities, education, healthcare, and oil and gas projects. His work experience covers all phases of project design, from business development to final project closeout. Little started his career with the Omaha District Army Corps of Engineers and has continued to do a considerable amount of federal work at Coffman for the Department of Defense across the U.S., Pacific, and in Asia. A few of Brent’s notable Alaska projects include: Extensive Department of Defense experience including the current F35A Beddown, Eielson Air Force Base; Goose Creek Correctional Facility; and EOA Fuel Gas System Replacement at Prudhoe Bay. Little attended Colorado State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 12:37 pm
Jerry Ingersoll was appointed the new deputy regional forester for the USDA Forest Service’s Alaska Region. As deputy regional forester, Ingersoll will help oversee management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. Ingersoll graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in forestry. After obtaining his masters, he was also a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ingersoll joined the Forest Service as a management analyst at the Pacific Southwest Research in Berkeley. He held numerous positions across the country working in planning, forestry and timber. Most recently, he served as the Forest Supervisor of the Siuslaw National Forest, a coastal temperate rainforest located on the central Oregon Coast for the past eight years. Ingersoll replaces Rebecca Nourse, who retires at the end of March after serving as Alaska Deputy Regional Forester for nearly four years.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management honored Cliff and Rob Everts as business leaders of the year during a dinner and award ceremony on April 7. This is the first-ever father-and-son duo to be recognized with the honor, now in its 42nd year. Cliff Everts was born in Yonkers, New York, to parents who had both emigrated from Germany to New York. Cliff traveled to Anchorage, in 1943 to work for Alaska Star Airlines (now Alaska Airlines). Soon after, he moved to Fairbanks and worked for Wien Airlines for 35 years. In 1980, he founded his own enterprise, Everts Air Fuel. Cliff passed away on Dec. 7, 2017, at the age of 95. His nomination for this honor was already underway at that time, and the Everts family accepted the award in his memory. Rob Everts followed his father Cliff into the aviation business, working for the family businesses while growing up and learning to fly at the age of 14. Rob Everts earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science and became vice president of Everts Air Fuel in 1982. In 1993, he purchased Tatonduk Outfitters Ltd., a Fairbanks-based air carrier providing scheduled services to Interior Alaska’s villages, and expanded it to include large aircraft operations. Rob has continued expanding the business over the years, which now does business as Everts Air Cargo and Everts Air Alaska flying in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean Islands.
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Emily Edenshaw as business and economic development director. Edenshaw holds an executive master of business administration degree in strategic leadership from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She comes to Tlingit &Haida from the First Alaskans Institute where she served as the sustainability director. She currently serves as President of Friends of ANCCS, a non-profit organization that supports the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. Edenshaw previously served as the Academic Policy Committee Vice President of the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School.
University of Alaska Southeast Associate Professor of Environmental Science Sanjay Pyare, Ph.D., has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar award by the American-Indonesian Exchange Foundation to expand his research on seabird migration patterns. Pyare joins colleague Dr. Heidi Pearson, who was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar award for her work finding inventive strategies for reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. The Fulbright Program — which is overseen by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs — serves to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.
Tonya Gamble is now the chief financial officer for Eklutna Inc. Gamble joined the company as controller in June 2015. Prior to joining Eklutna Inc., Tonya was a Senior Tax preparer with BDO USA LLP. Gamble is a licensed certified public account and has her accounting degree through University of Alaska Anchorage and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Alaska Public Media welcomed Shelly Wozniak back to the organization as the director of FM programming and on-air promotions. Wozniak previously worked at AKPM as the original host and co-producer of the award-winning program AK. Wozniak returns to radio after a decade working in professional communications and public relations in Anchorage. She most recently served as the senior director of corporate communications for NANA Regional Corp. where she was responsible for the company’s communication strategy and program implementation. Prior to her position at NANA, she served as the public relations manager for both NANA Development Corp. and the Anchorage Convention &Visitors Bureau (now Visit Anchorage). In her current role, Wozniak serves as the KSKA 91.1 FM local morning host and is responsible the on-air program schedule, digital audio development, and FM promotions and events. She takes over the helm of KSKA after the retirement of long-time Anchorage radio personality, Bede Trantina, who retired on March 5 after 39 years of service to public radio in Alaska.
The Alaska Public Interest Research Group hired Jill Yordy as the organization’s executive director. Yordy will focus on revitalizing AKPIRG’s online presence and increasing citizen engagement throughout Alaska on issues related to consumer protection and transparency in government such as net neutrality, campaign finance reform, and utility efficiencies. Yordy has extensive experience throughout Alaska in nonprofit program management, grassroots advocacy, public policy, and strategic planning. She most recently served as a legislative aide for one of Alaska’s rural state legislators.
Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 11:07 am
Resource Data, a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Andrew Boulton as senior systems engineer at its Anchorage branch. Boulton has his associate’s degree from Grossmont College and his CCNA Certificate and CompTIA Network+ Certificate. He recently relocated to Anchorage from Atlanta. Most recently he worked with IT Infrastructure for Source One Direct/Gemalto.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation hired Andrew Romano as building superintendent responsible for management of the 46,000 square foot multi-tenant facility currently being built by the Mat-Su Health Foundation in Wasilla. Romano is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force with wealth of knowledge in facilities operations and management to the Mat-Su Health Foundation. He also has extensive experience with local nonprofit organizations including Wolverine Academy, North American Outdoor Institute, Beacon Hill and Alaska Youth and Family Network, and he and his wife have served as foster parents in the Mat-Su.
Credit Union 1 promoted Chrissy Bell to chief culture officer. Having most recently served as senior vice president of communications and culture, Bell was originally hired in 2010 as the credit union’s community engagement director. Bell came to the credit union with more than 10 years of experience working in the non-profit community, specializing in fundraising and marketing. She is a lifelong resident of Alaska and University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with a degree in English. In 2016, Bell graduated from Western CUNA Management School with honors, and in 2017 she was recognized among the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40. During her time as Community Engagement Director for Credit Union 1, Bell helped streamline the credit union’s community outreach efforts and led the charge for record-breaking year-over-year fundraising and volunteerism. These efforts led to a 150 percent increase in community service and fundraising activity at the credit union. Since 2010, Bell has also served as community engagement and education manager (2012), senior communications manager (2013), vice president of communications and culture (2015) and senior vice president of communications and culture (2015).
Northrim Bank announced the hiring of Todd K. Greimann as senior vice president-regional market manager for Southeast Alaska; Mike Dye as vice president-lending branch manager in Soldotna; and Gary Finch as vice president-commercial loan officer in Wasilla. Northrim has also promoted Jason Criqui, senior vice president- commercial loan manager; Adam Baxter, vice president-commercial loan officer; and Kelly McCormack, vice president-commercial loan officer. Greimann joins Northrim Bank with 33 years of experience in banking and the financial industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He began his banking career in the management training program at First National Bank Alaska, eventually becoming a VP and manager of their Homer location. Most recently, he was an executive vice president and head of wealth management at Guaranty Bank and Trust. Dye joins Northrim Bank with 15 years of experience in the financial industry in Alaska. He was most recently the CEO and CFO at Land’s End Acquisition Corp. in Homer. Dye holds a bachelor’s degree in international business administration from Missouri State University. Finch comes to Northrim Bank with 30 years of experience in the financial industry in North Carolina. He has been in Alaska for the past seven years as the CFO at Mat-Su Plastic Surgery in Palmer. Finch holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Criqui has been with Northrim Bank since 2014 and has nearly 20 years of experience in banking throughout Alaska and the Lower 48. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in biology and business. Baxter has been with Northrim Bank since 2014 when he started as a credit analyst. Baxter has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry/biochemistry from UAF and an MBA from UAF. McCormack has been with Northrim for more than 10 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington.
Dr. Steve Atwater has been selected as executive dean of new Alaska College of Education at the University of Alaska Southeast effective July 1. He will have direct administrative responsibility for education programs at UAS along with statewide responsibility for enhancing coordination and alignment of all UA education programs and expanding partnerships with K-12 districts and education leaders across the state. Atwater earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Alaska. He began his Alaska career as a teacher in predominantly Alaska Native communities in western Alaska, and went on to become superintendent at both Lake and Peninsula School District and at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. He was recognized as Alaska’s Superintendent of the Year in 2013. Most recently he has served as Interim Dean of the UAF School of Education.
Posted Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 11:47 am
Sarah Howard was promoted to curator at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. She will oversee all animal husbandry, exhibitory development, permitting, program development, animal management, and the development of animal care staff. Having worked for AWCC for eight years, Howard has immersed herself in all aspects of animal care, the organization, and building relationships with partners and supporters. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she double majored in wildlife management and ecology, and biology with a minor in captive wildlife management.
Four members were elected to Doyon Ltd.’s 13-member board of directors. Elected with three-year terms ending in 2021 were Christopher Simon, Erica Frankson, Walter “Wally” Carlo and Jennifer Fate Velaise. The re-elected board members will join existing board members Shirley Cleaver, Jerry Isaac, Georgianna Lincoln, Esther McCarty, Brian Ridley, Sonta Hamilton Roach, Pollock “PJ” Simon, Jr., Orie G. Williams, and Miranda Wright. Shareholder of the year award recipients were Doyon Citizen of the Year Rhonda Pitka of Beaver; Daaga’ Community Service awardee Marjorie Attla of Galena; and Elders of the Year Hannah Paul Solomon, Lina Demoski of Anvik and the late Hudson Sam of Huslia.
Seven First National Bank Alaska bankers were appointed senior vice president reporting to members of the bank’s 10-person executive management team: Karl Heinz, Dustin Hofeling, Brent Kimball, Patty Miller, Chad Steadman, Craig Thorn and Stacy Tomuro. Heinz, the combined regional branch manager for Glennallen, Kenai, Kodiak, Soldotna and Valdez, joined the bank in 2003 and today is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Hofeling , the IT Systems and Support director, joined the bank in 2011. In charge of the bank’s core processing systems and technical support, Hofeling has played an integral role in the development of the bank’s online banking solutions. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and an MBA. Controller Kimball has more than 30 years of banking experience and vast knowledge of bank operations, financial management and regulatory requirements. Kimball is responsible for the accurate reporting of the bank’s financial information to the bank’s board of directors, shareholders, managers and the public. He also oversees financial forecasting, strategic planning and vendor and insurance management. Miller, the Human Resources Director, arrived at the bank with more than 27 years of experience in HR. Her work has helped First National to earn Best Place to Work two years in a row (2016 and 2017) as voted on by Alaska Business Monthly readers. Director of Corporate Lending Steadman’s increased leadership role includes more involvement assisting the bank’s executive management team all while expertly specializing in commercial underwriting and lending. Since 1984, Regional Branch Manager Thorn has played an integral role in meeting the banking needs of Alaskans in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Based at the Wasilla Branch, he oversees branch and lending operations and at the bank’s branches in Eagle River and Palmer. Based at the Dimond Branch in Anchorage, Specialty Lending Director Tomuro began working in the financial industry nearly 32 years ago and joined First National in 2001. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School.
McDowell Group added to the firm’s health care and economics staff with the recent hiring of
Rachael DeMarce, Sylvia Craig, and Paul Strickler. DeMarce previously worked at SouthEast Regional Health Consortium enhancing financial performance and operational alignment. She holds a master of public health from Columbia University. Her professional experience also includes implementing Sealaska Heritage Institute’s education programs. Craig worked for the Alaska Injury Prevention Center, leading the design, implementation, and evaluation of local and statewide injury prevention efforts. She holds a master of public health from San Diego State University. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health in San Diego. Strickler’s recent experience with the State of Alaska includes forecasting non-petroleum revenue sources, maintaining the Alaska Community Database, and contributing to the Fuel Price Report and Revenue Sources Book. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from University of Utah.
Spencer Wilson has joined Key Private Bank as a relationship manager with the Alaska team. Prior to joining KeyBank, Wilson served as a financial advisor managing a core group of clients and their families, as well as businesses and nonprofits, offering specialized advice as a designated expert on alternative investments, including private placements. Wilson served in the Navy for more than five years and holds a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy.
Posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 12:08 pm
Providence Health &Services Alaska has named Ella Goss, MSN, RN, as CEO of Providence Alaska Medical Center effective March 12. As CEO, Goss will oversee operations of Alaska’s largest hospital with 401 beds, nearly 3,000 caregivers and 1,000 affiliated medical staff. She brings to the role more than 25 years of clinical and administrative experience, including 20 years at Providence. Since joining Providence in 1997 as a staff nurse in PAMC’s Emergency Department, Goss has served in a variety of leadership positions, including chief flight nurse for LifeGuard, clinical manager of Emergency Services, director of Medical Staff, Risk Management and Regulatory Services, and director for the Providence Cancer Center. Prior to joining Providence, she worked in rural emergency departments in Kotzebue and Newfoundland. Goss has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Chamberlain University. She also has certification as a professional in health care risk management and health care quality. Goss succeeds Dr. Richard Mandsager, M.D., who announced his retirement in October and departs Providence at the end of April. Mandsager joined Providence as executive director of The Children’s Hospital at Providence in 2006 and has served as CEO at Providence Alaska Medical Center since 2009.
The Nature Conservancy in Alaska hired Steve Cohn as Alaska state director. Cohn joins The Nature Conservancy after a distinguished 16-year career with the federal Bureau of Land Management, where he successfully served as deputy state director for resources in Alaska for five years, in addition to serving in senior BLM postings in Washington, D.C., and Arizona. Cohn holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University and advanced degrees from the University of California at Berkeley College of Natural Resources.
Volunteers of America Alaska announced that Sherrie Wilson Hinshaw has been named the human service organization’s new president and CEO, effective March 15. She assumes leadership duties from Elaine Dahlgren who has led the organization since 1996. Upon retirement Dahlgren will end over 30 years of service to Volunteers of America Alaska. Hinshaw brings a range of experience in both the private and public sector. Her background includes extensive experience in business management, affordable housing, and behavioral health services. Hinshaw holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and management and marketing. Most recently she oversaw affordable housing and self-sufficiency programs for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center added Herb Schroeder, Ph.D., to its board of directors. Schroeder’s emphasis will be education, research and conservation. Schroeder is founder and vice provost of ANSEP, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, the most cost-effective and successful STEM education program in the nation. ANSEP’s main goal is to effect change in the hiring process of Alaska Natives in the respective fields of science and engineering by placing students on a career path to leadership. Schroeder’s national experience and expertise in education, research and conservation will strengthen AWCC’s mission and bring the education program to a national level.
Posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 - 5:42 pm
Bill Renfrew was appointed executive vice president at First National Bank Alaska after more than 35 years as regional manager in Fairbanks. A third-generation banker, a second-generation First National banker and the bank’s chief financial officer since 2013, Michele Schuh was promoted and appointed executive vice president. Schuh brings more than 35 years of finance and accounting experience to the CFO position. She directs the bank’s financial reporting, shareholder relations, property, investment management and trust services departments. Schuh is a graduate of Anchorage’s Dimond High School, the University of Washington and the Pacific Coast Banking School. David Stringer was appointed executive vice president. Head of the Special Credits and Participation Loans Division, the third-generation native of Juneau and University of Alaska graduate worked his way through the bank’s management associate program in the ‘70s while serving in the Alaska National Guard. Stringer is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School. He has served in various areas of the bank, including Kodiak and Seward. In charge of the bank’s Retail Banking and Cash Management Division, Ryan Strong was promoted to chief banking officer and appointed executive vice president. Also the bank’s chief risk officer, Strong began his financial services career as a management trainee at First National. He soon moved up to commercial loan officer and then to manager of bank branches in Palmer and Fairbanks. His strong leadership skills and real estate knowledge led him to the position of president and CEO of an Alaskan title insurance agency, expanding it into new markets and within existing ones.
Iain Brown, PLS, was hired by PND Engineers Inc. as a senior land surveyor and will be heading up the survey department. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in geomatics, with a survey emphasis, from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has six years of surveying experience, and brings expertise in right-of-way, drone mapping, and photogrammetry. His surveying experience includes topographical design, differential leveling, as-built, and hydrographic survey. He has experience conducting surveys for Alaska Division of Lands and the Federal Aviation Administration. Brown’s past project experience has primarily involved survey work for oil and gas companies, as well as rural road and bridge work for the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the ENSTAR Gas Line in Homer. Kendra Spencer was brought on as an accounting technician for the firm. Spencer has 10 years of Alaska accounting experience, including seven years with Era Helicopters and 2½ years with Ravn Alaska as the administrative assistant for the Maintenance Department.
Bettisworth North Architects and Planners hired architect Mike Griffith, who has 27 years of architectural design, project management, and construction administration experience in Alaska. Griffith holds a bachelor’s of architecture degree from the University of Idaho and studied arctic engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is certified in construction documents technology.
RE/MAX Dynamic Properties welcomes four new licensees. Josh Patton has spent most of his career in the field of human resources and recruitment, and has served as the HR and recruiting manager for various Alaska Native organizations in Anchorage. Patton holds a bachelor’s dgree from Wayland Baptist University. Svetlana Drews was born and raised in Uzbekistan. Drews, who is fluent in English and Russian, worked in customer service and bookkeeping at a Publishing House for 16 years in Uzbekistan, and has been self-employed for 13 years in Anchorage. Whitney Meade is originally from Jefferson, Ga., and moved to Anchorage in 2016. Meade attended Valdosta State University where she studied business management. Meade has worked as a business development manager for a car dealership, and a licensed insurance producer for the state of South Carolina. Lisa Wright is a lifelong Alaskan originally from Kodiak Island. Wright has spent many years working for Providence Hospital in healthcare finance and is pursuing a new career in real estate sales.
Credit Union 1 promoted Davina Napier, previously senior vice president of lending, to chief lending officer. Napier, who has more than 20 years of lending experience in Alaska as well as a diploma from the Western CUNA Management School and a bachelor’s degree in management, has held a multitude of past lending positions within Credit Union 1, including consumer loans manager, assistant vice president of consumer loans, vice president of consumer loans and SVP of lending.
Posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 10:35 am
First National Bank Alaska’s board of directors recently appointed many of its top bankers to new or expanded roles on the executive management team. In addition to her duties and role as board chair, Betsy Lawer is now the bank’s CEO. As a third-generation Alaskan banker, Lawer grew up with many of Alaska’s business and community leaders. She learned the banking business literally at her father’s knee, earned her economics degree from Duke University, and returned in 1974 to work her way up to the leadership position she holds today. Lawer previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Board of Directors and their Audit Committee. She has served on the Smithsonian National Board since 2008. Doug Longacre was named FNBA’s new president. Longacre’s grandparents mined the gold fields north of Fairbanks in 1902 and were original First National shareholders. The West Anchorage High graduate worked his way through college doing construction work before joining the bank in 1974. Working in the fishing industry and as a construction worker before joining First National in the early 1980s, Charlie Weimer was promoted to chief commercial lending officer and appointed executive vice president. Weimer joined the bank’s management associate program, working in Anchorage before finding a permanent home on the Kenai Peninsula in 1984, where he served many years as senior regional manager and most recently as the Branch Lending Administrator. Not far removed from her 40-year employment anniversary with FNBA, Cindi Buzitis was promoted to chief compliance officer and appointed executive vice president. In addition to serving on the executive management team, she is also the Bank Secrecy Act officer and oversees the bank’s Support/Corporate Compliance division. Cheri Gillian was promoted to chief administrative officer and appointed executive vice president. She oversees the bank’s Human Resources and Corporate Communications division. An Alaskan for 40-plus years, Gillian has spent most of those years marketing and promoting Alaska products and services, including more than two decades at First National managing broad internal and external communications initiatives that have led to a strong corporate culture and well-respected bank brand. Chief Information Officer Phil Griffin was appointed to executive vice president. Griffin began his banking career in the early 1980s after graduating from the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He arrived in Alaska after holding CIO positions in California and Nevada.
Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative has made some recent hires and promotions.
Brian DeMarco, PMP, was hired in February 2017 as senior project manager and in January promoted to director of wireless networks. With more than 16 years of telco project management and network engineering experience, he will lead ASTAC’s wireless network team of eight providing operational oversight, technical direction, and project planning and management across the organization. Nate
Yaskell, AC, PMP, was hired in January 2018 as project manager. A lifelong Alaskan, he holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from UAA and brings five years of construction management and project engineering experience in rural communities across the North Slope. He will be responsible for overall planning, direction and execution of projects relating to our facilities, fiber and wireless networks. Brandon Bowden was hired in January 2018 as project manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in justice studies and master’s degree in project management from UAA. A third generation Alaskan, Bowden brings five years of construction management experience around Alaskan and six years of Alaska Army National Guard experience. Hank Hutchison, PMP, was hired in January 2018 as senior wireless systems analyst. A lifelong Alaskan, he holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UAA and brings more than five years of project and data analytics experience. Terraca Goolsby was hired in October 2017 as senior systems analyst. Ashlee Bobbitt was hired in June 2017 as customer service manager. A lifelong Alaskan, she brings over 11 years of customer service and management experience, including eight in the telco industry.
Faith Martineau has joined the Alaska Department of Natural Resources as executive director of the department’s Office of Project Management and Permitting. Martineau has led interdepartmental teams and worked with local, state and federal agencies on large development projects. As a subject matter expert, Martineau has worked with numerous stakeholders to highlight Alaska-specific issues regarding compensatory mitigation. She comes to DNR from Caelus Energy LLC and previously worked for SLR International Corp. and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Martineau is a member of the Alaska Association of Professional Landmen and was appointed in 2017 to the BLM Alaska Resource Advisory Council. Steve Buckley has joined the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Mining, Land and Water as its Mining Section chief. Buckley most recently was general manager of minerals for Sealaska Corp. and previously was a senior exploration geologist with NANA. Buckley owned a natural resource consulting business in Whitefish, Montana for approximately 15 years. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the University of Montana (Missoula) and was appointed in 2017 to the Alaska Minerals Commission.
Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11:15 am
The Alaska Resource Education board of directors named Ella Ede as the organization’s executive director. Ede comes to ARE with more than 25 years’ experience in Alaska resource industries. She brings experience in mining as well as oil and gas, most recently as stakeholder engagement manager for Statoil Alaska. Ede is a long-time supporter of ARE as a volunteer and board member.
Residential Mortgage has promoted four individuals to the senior management team following President and CEO Roger Aldrich’s retirement at the end of 2017. Steve Aldrich assumed the position of president and chief operating officer, and George Porter has transitioned to the role of CEO. Denise Long filled the newly created senior vice president, chief mortgage operations officer position, and Katrina Ortega is the new senior vice president, underwriting &processing. Aldrich has been at Residential Mortgage since its inception in August 1998, serving as the executive vice president until this promotion. Porter, an Air Force veteran, spent 14 years in public accounting and 12 years in the mortgage business before joining Residential Mortgage in 2004. He previously held the position of chief operating officer at the company. Long has been with Residential Mortgage since 2005 and was previously the senior vice president, underwriting. Ortega will manage the company’s 20-plus underwriters and processors in her new role. She has been with Residential Mortgage since 2001, previously holding the positions of mortgage loan underwriter and processor before being promoted to vice president, processing in 2016.
Architects Alaska announced the promotion of Michael Henricks, AIA, and Steve Henri, AIA, to principal. Henricks received his master’s degree from the University of Washington. He moved to Anchorage and joined Architects Alaska in 2002. Henri received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon. He has more than 18 years of architectural design experience and joined Architects Alaska in 2011.
Ted Mala, formerly with NANA Management Services as the senior director of business development, has joined Dwell Realty, specializing in residential, commercial real estate. He was appointed to the Alaska Board of Pharmacy by Gov. Sean Parnell in 2011. Mala’s family is originally from Alaska and he is a NANA shareholder. He was previously licensed to sell real estate in California.
Posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 10:48 am
The Alaska Railroad has promoted Director of Project Management Brian Lindamood to vice president, Engineering, effective Jan. 31. He moves into the VP position vacated in January, when Clark Hopp became chief operating officer. The Engineering VP oversees the evaluation, planning and construction of the railroad’s infrastructure. This includes engineering, bridge maintenance and construction, and capital project management. Lindamood has led the railroad’s Project Management Department since January 2012. He joined ARRC in June 2006 as a capital projects manager. Prior to the Alaska Railroad, Lindamood held senior positions in several national engineering firms (including Hanson-Wilson Inc. and TranSystems Corporation) specializing in railway design and operational analysis.
Jason Clifton, principal designer at Bauer/Clifton Interiors in Juneau, has been named vice president of the 2018 national board of directors for the Interior Design Society, where he will serve a two-year term in the position. Clifton, along with 12 other volunteer board members, meet monthly via teleconference to provide financial oversight and strategic direction to the executive director who manages the association on behalf of the board. Clifton became a member of the IDS board in 2016 when he was elected as the national secretary/treasurer, after a two-year term on the organization’s Marketing Committee.
Midnight Sun Home Care has named Luz Cruz staff director. Cruz brings more than five years of experience in the home health care industry, previously serving as a lead scheduler with Midnight Sun Home Care and Ebenezer Home Care’s office manager. Cruz will be responsible for hiring, training, supervising and retaining caregivers.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors will present the 2018 Sen. Ted Stevens Leadership Award to Ashlyn McCain at the annual TAPS Honor Guard Gala on March 6 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The TAPS Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award is presented annually to a surviving family member who lost a loved one serving in the armed forces. The award recognizes an individual who has taken their experience and demonstrated outstanding leadership on behalf of other military survivors. One of four children, McCain was 15 years old when her father, Army Sgt. 1st Class Johnathan “Bryant” McCain, was killed while serving in Afghanistan. Now 21, the Alaskan has participated in every aspect of the services TAPS offers to those grieving their military loved one. She has travelled internationally with TAPS to represent American survivors to peers overseas; she has become a mentor for young surviving children; she has volunteered with Team TAPS and teams4TAPS; and she has spoken in schools and communities to inspire citizens about service and sacrifice. Following the Army National Guard plane crash in 1992 that took the life of his friend, Army Brig. Gen. Tom Carroll, Stevens delivered the eulogy at his funeral. Two years later, Sen. Stevens helped Bonnie Carroll found TAPS in Alaska as the national nonprofit organization offering comfort and care to anyone grieving the death of someone who served in the armed forces.
The Mat-Su Health Foundation has promoted Vandana Ingle to program officer. Ingle oversees MSHF’s efforts in the area of workforce development. She manages the foundation’s academic and vocational scholarship programs. She also manages the Target Wellness grant program. Ingle was hired by the foundation in 2016 as a program associate. Prior to that she served as director of development and communication at Frontline Mission. She earned a master’s degree in communications media for children from SNDT College, India, a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, and a bachelor’s degree in commerce/banking and finance from the University of Poona, India.
Great Alaskan Holidays announced the appointment of Kurt Marquardt as the newest member to the organization’s sales and finance team. Marquardt is an experienced sales and finance professional in the RV sales and service industry, joining Great Alaskan Holidays after several years with ABC Motorhome Sales and Service. Marquardt also has an extensive background in the construction industry, working primarily with base projects at JBER, as well as projects tied back to the State of Alaska. Marquardt is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., calling Alaska his home now since 1980. He is also an experienced commercial fisherman, residing in Homer for more than 24 years.
Posted Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 10:41 am
KeyBank has named a number of new local branch managers across Alaska. In their respective roles, they will be responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as providing financial services, including investments and mortgages, to both small business and consumer clients. The new branch managers are: Drew Snow-Behrends, Juneau; Eric Hamilton, Juneau Mendenhall (8800 Glacier Highway); Samantha Heilman, East College in Fairbanks; Esteban Trujillo, South Anchorage Branch; Darcie Morgan, Eagle River; and Thomas Daly, Soldotna.
GCI has Jim Steele hired as director of GCI Government, within GCI’s Government, Healthcare &Education team. In his new role, Steele will be responsible for the GCI Government program and will lead business development, provide strategic management, and generate new revenues sources. Steele joins the GCI team with more than 25 years of technology experience in a number of IT leadership roles in the state, most recently as the deputy chief information officer with the State of Alaska.
Alyeska Resort has promoted Michael Gray to director of Rooms, Sam Hondel to assistant Food and Beverage director and Kristyn Orwig to Revenue manager. Gray came to Alyeska from Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts following his formal training and education from Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Switzerland. Gray has worked at the resort for seven years serving in positions in both accounting and in the front operations departments. He was formerly the head of VIP Services and director of Revenue management. He has instituted and developed most of the effective reporting practices that are in place today and has elevated the customer service standards for Resort VIP guests. Having transitioned to Alyeska from Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Orwig has been with Alyeska Resort since 2012 serving in a key role critical to successful operations of Alyeska’s reservations department. Hondel has worked for Alyeska Resort since 2013 across all dining outlets including the Pond Café, Aurora Bar &Grill and Sitzmark Bar &Grill.
Dr. Brad Myrstol has been appointed director of the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center. Myrstol, who has been interim director since August 2017, is also director of the Alaska Justice Information Center and has been with the Justice Center as a faculty member since 2009. Previously he worked at the Justice Center as a research professional from 2002-06. Myrstol received his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Indiana University in 2006. He has served as the principal or co-principal investigator on a variety of Alaska justice topics. While at UAA, Myrstol has received more than $1 million in research funding from sources including the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, as well as Alaska state and local agencies.
Steve O’Donnell has joined Dwell Realty. A licensed general contractor, O’Donnell has owned Willodell Enterprises Inc. for the past 30 years, specializing in commercial tenant improvements. O’Donnell’s focus will be new home sales and office/retail leasing. Daniel George, a former state legislative aide and lifelong Alaskan, has joined Dwell Realty as a licensee specializing in residential sales. George got his start in the business nearly 15 years ago, working in new home construction for John Hagmeier Homes, and began investing in rental properties soon after. George will continue his public service in community council activities.
Posted Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:09 am
Jodie Gatti, Nazune Menka and Ravynn Aklasiaq Nothstine will serve as the 11th cohort of fellows in the First Alaskans Institute Public Policy Fellowship. This fellowship is based in the Alaska legislative and executive branches. They will be immersed in the state lawmaking process, contributing their capacity to their host offices and deepening their understanding of Alaska’s issues. Gatti (Haida/Tlingit) grew up in Ketchikan and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has held an internship with the State of Alaska Department of Revenue. She will serve in the office of Rep. Dan Ortiz, D-Ketchikan. Menka (Koyukon Athabascan/Lumbee) was born and raised in Anchorage and Chistochina. She graduated from East Anchorage High School in 1997. In 2016, Nazune transferred from Seattle University School of Law to the James E. Rogers School of Law at the University of Arizona where she is the recipient of the Williams Achievement Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship in the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program. Her work experience includes clerking at Rosette, LLP, an Indian law firm in Washington, D.C., and the Native American Rights Fund in Anchorage. She is placed in the office of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. Nothstine (Iñupiaq/Yup’ik) was born and raised in Anchorage and after graduating from West High School, she attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She was involved in the Native Americans at Dartmouth, an organization where she served on the executive board during her senior year. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences.
Credit Union 1 has promoted Chief Operating Officer James Wileman to president/CEO. Prior to joining the credit union in 2010, Wileman served as CEO of Alps Federal Credit Union in Sitka for four years. He holds a degree in business administration with a management emphasis, and in 2007, he graduated from Western Credit Union National Association Management School. Wileman joined Credit Union 1 as manager of its Mountain View Branch in 2010. In 2012, he was promoted to oversee all CU1 branches. In 2014, Wileman joined the credit union’s senior management team. In May 2015, his position expanded to vice president of Member and Administrative Services and then to senior vice president of operations before being promoted to chief operating officer of the credit union in 2016.
Nellie Edmund of Alakanuk is the recipient of thread’s 2018 Cindy Harrington Heart &Mind award. Edmund is the teacher director at Alakanuk Head Start and has taught over three generations of Head Start children in her 40-year career. Edmund, after 25 years of experience in Head Start, earned her associate’s degree in early childhood in December 2005. She helped her staff persevere after Alakanuk Head Start caught fire in 2014, and is highly respected by the parents in her village. Edmund is the fourth recipient of the annual Cindy Harrington Heart &Mind Award, an award that highlights an individual currently employed in the field of early care and learning who exhibits strength of character, commitment to excellence, professional determination, and has an impassioned spirit. Harrington was one of the founding mothers of early childhood work in Alaska, as well as a member of thread’s board of directors until her untimely passing in May of 2014.
Five Alaska banking experts were appointed or promoted to new positions inside First National Bank Alaska. Katie Harman is the Matanuska-Susitna Valley’s newest mortgage loan originator at the bank’s Wasilla Branch. In her first role with First National, Melanie Hosch brings more than 23 years of banking experience with her as branch manager of the Parkway Branch in east Anchorage. Hosch will be responsible for business development, consumer loans, branch operations and customer service. Assistant Vice President Ligia
Lutan is a new addition to Corporate Lending’s loan officer team at the bank’s corporate headquarters in Midtown Anchorage. Lutan brings residential market information and economic analysis knowledge with her to First National. Vice President Jenny Mahlen has spent 24 years at First National, working intently with customers throughout Interior Alaska. Today, she’s the branch manager of the Golden Valley Branch in Fairbanks. Mahlen graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School last year after completing a rigorous three-year program. In her second stint as a First National banker, Assistant Vice President Veronica Pillans brings more than 13 years of experience to her work as loan officer. Now operating out of the Wasilla Branch, Pillans first worked for the bank from 2005-12.
Sunny Jenkins has joined The Wilson Agency, Albers &Company and ConnectHR as marketing administrator for all three companies in Alaska and Washington state. She has more than 17 years of business administration support and marketing. A native of Alaska, she has spent 21 years in the Seattle area with most of her career in the software business, initially with a small company as a marketing coordinator then moving on to the corporate world supporting executives at Microsoft and Starbucks for the last 10 years.
Posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 12:10 pm
Leslie R. Need has become a partner in the law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP in its Anchorage office. Need previously clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Roberts and Alaska Superior Court Judge Vanessa White, and worked at the Alaska Attorney General’s Office in the Child Protection Section. Need focuses her practice on municipal, Alaska Native, environmental and natural resources law representing business and individual clients as both plaintiff and defense. Need received her bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and her juris doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association, American Bar Association and Anchorage Bar Association.
Resource Data, a custom software development, geographic information system and IT consulting firm, has hired Chad Millen as senior programmer/analyst at its Juneau office. Millen, who recently relocated from New York to Juneau, has his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and his MBA from The State University of New York at Buffalo. For the past 16 years he worked for HSBC Bank USA as consultant and project manager. He has experience in leading front-end development teams and in digital channels solutions including web, internet banking, ATMs and mobile applications.
Andy Hall is the new executive director at Alaska Geographic. Hall is a lifelong Alaskan born in Sitka, where his father was a historian and later a park superintendent. An accomplished author (“Denali’s Howl: The Deadliest Climbing Disaster on America’s Wildest Peak,” Dutton 2014) and former editor and publisher of Alaska magazine, Hall has dedicated his life to exploring, writing about, and supporting Alaska’s wild places. He served on Alaska Geographic’s board of directors for nine years, the last two as chairman.
Beverly K. Wooley joined the American Lung Association Mountain Pacific Regional board of directors. A graduate of Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, Wooley has more than 30 years of public health experience in Alaska. Her career highlights include serving as the director of the Alaska Division of Public Health from 2007-09 and as director of the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services from 2003-07. Mostly retired now, she is a longtime advocate for the right to clean air for all people. Wooley joined the American Lung Association Alaska Leadership board in 2014.
Max D. Holmquist has joined Jermain, Dunnagan &Owens PC as an associate. Holmquist’s practice focuses on commercial and labor and employment law. Prior to joining the firm Holmquist worked as an associate for an Alaskan criminal defense firm. He worked primarily on cases prosecuted by the Municipality of Anchorage and the District Attorney’s Office. After graduating law school, Holmquist served as a law clerk for the Alaska State District Court in Anchorage. Holmquist earned his law degree from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law and his undergraduate degree from St. John’s University.
Posted Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 10:19 am
The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center hired Sara Harriger as the new executive director. Harriger brings to the position extensive experience in public diplomacy, management of multi-stakeholder projects, and cross-cultural collaboration. A graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, she previously served as a Foreign Service Officer and speaks French, Japanese, and Arabic. She began her duties in December.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has appointed five individuals to executive level positions. Rachel Norman has been selected for the new position of chief administration officer. Norman has been with Alaska USA for more than 24 years, most recently as senior vice president, human resources. Norman holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. Brenda Lind has been promoted to the position of vice president, personnel. Lind has been with Alaska USA for more than 27 years, most recently as manager, personnel. Clinton Hess has been selected to fill the position of vice president, financial analysis. Hess has been with Alaska USA for more than 12 years, most recently as manager, financial analysis. Hess holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska, and a master’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University. Athar Nazir has been promoted to the new position of vice president, special credits operations. Nazir has been with Alaska USA for six years, most recently as manager, special credits operations and administration. Nazir holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in finance. Leisa DeYarmon has been selected to fill the new position of vice president, special credits collections. DeYarmon has been with Alaska USA for five years, most recently as special credits operations manager.
The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the appointment of Jeremy Field as regional administrator for SBA Region X — also known as the SBA Pacific Northwest Region — which serves Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Field spent the past nine years in Pocatello, Idaho as the regional director and state grant coordinator for U.S. Sen. James E. Risch, R-Idaho, who is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the Alaska USDA Farm Service Agency state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs. Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. Additional appointees will be named at a later date. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include: Committee Chair Scott Mugrage, Delta Junction; Joe Orsi, Juneau; Richelle Plummer, Matanuska Valley; Al Poindexter, Kenai Peninsula
Jake Metcalfe was named executive director of ASEA/AFSCME Local 52, the largest union in Alaska, on Jan. 1. Metcalfe is a fourth-generation Alaskan born and raised in Juneau and brings a wide range of workplace representation to his new position. After law school, Metcalfe was appointed Bethel District Attorney, supervising one of Alaska’s busiest criminal prosecution offices. For the last 20 years, Metcalfe has served and represented Alaska workers. Between 1997 and 2008, he served as associate and general counsel for IBEW Local 1547. Most recently, he represented Alaska state and municipal police employees as executive director of the Public Safety Employees’ Association Local 803.
Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 10:09 am
Altman Rogers &Co. announced its acquisition of Daniel, Hewko &Tharp CPAs. Effective Jan. 1, the newly combined firms will continue to be known as Altman Rogers &Co. Founded in 1991, Altman Rogers has been providing audit, tax planning and preparation services, accounting, and management advisory services to State and Local Governments, School districts, Non-profits organizations, Native corporations and individuals. Established in 1981, Daniel, Hewko &Tharp CPA’s is recognized for its broad range of expertise in all areas of taxation as well as its experience in accounting services and management consulting.
Bruno Kelpsas was appointed to serve as the regional administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Northwest Arctic Region, effective Jan. 2. As the Northwest Arctic Regional Administrator, Kelpsas will oversee all of GSA’s operations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, including management of federal real estate and information technology. He will also be responsible for an inventory of 508 government-owned or leased buildings, and overseeing approximately 428 employees. Kelpsas has a long record of information technology modernization in both the public and private sectors. He has more than 16 years of global level experience in IT, including blockchain, cybersecurity and cloud technologies. Kelpsas received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Ross Timm, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has joined Stantec in its Anchorage office. He has more than a dozen years of in-state industry experience serving both public and private clients. Timm will provide senior design leadership for a variety of building projects. Since joining Stantec, Timm has focused on health care facility renovations, commercial multi-family residential and Alaska Court System building envelope upgrades. He has project experience across Alaska from Anchorage to the Aleutians and the North Slope. His experience includes projects of a variety of scopes and sizes, including schools, fire stations, Federal Aviation Administration and medical office buildings. In addition to his Alaska experience, Timm has worked on projects in Washington, Oregon, and Arizona. Timm is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. He earned a master’s degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University.
Posted Wednesday, January 03, 2018 - 10:29 am
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski made three additions to her Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee staff: Suzanne Cunningham as senior policy advisor for oil and gas, Diana Nielsen as a legal fellow, and Tonya Parish as press assistant. Cunningham joins the committee after serving for the past five years in the Alaska Senate as chief-of-staff for state Sen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, and as a senior advisor for the Alaska Senate Rules Committee. She will focus primarily on oil and natural gas issues for the committee. Prior to her roles in the State Senate, Cunningham worked as the president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Alaska and in marketing for the Port of Anchorage. Cunningham is originally from Anchorage and earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University. Nielsen joins the committee as part of a fellowship established through Columbia University School of Law’s Social Justice Initiative. She recently finished her juris doctor at Columbia University School of Law and a master of international affairs with a concentration in energy and resource management at Columbia University School of International Public Affairs. Prior to that she worked at ACO Investment Group as an investment analyst and previously worked for several years overseas in a variety of roles with the United Nations, Deloitte Consulting, and the Burmese Environmental Working Group. Nielsen is originally from Granite Bay, Calif., and also has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. Parish joins the committee after working as a researcher and administrative aide at David Parish and Associates LLC, based in Juneau. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a minor in psychology. Parish was also the founder and event coordinator for the Erik Peterson Memorial Run, served as a legislative aide for the Office of Alaska State Senate Finance Co-Chair Anna MacKinnon, and interned at Early Warning Labs LLC, the Resource Development Council, and the office of state Sen. Meyer.
Rachel Morse has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Chugach Electric Association board of directors. Morse is replacing Janet Reiser, who resigned from the board after 10 years of service to take the job of executive director of the Alaska Energy Authority. Most recently, Morse was assistant vice chancellor for Alumni Relations at the University Alaska Anchorage. She has also served as development director for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc., and executive director at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center. Morse has an MBA from UAA.
Brandon Brefczynski will join the Alaska Oil and Gas Association AOGA as its new external affairs manager. He replaces Sarah Erkmann Ward, who recently announced plans to launch her own company, Blueprint Alaska. Raised in Fairbanks, Brefczynski has years of experience in the state Legislature, most recently as Finance Committee aide for Rep. Steve Thompson of Fairbanks. Brefczynski has worked for Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole; former Rep. Doug Issacson of North Pole; and former Sen. Bill Stoltze of Chugiak. Brefczynski also served at the Department of Environmental Conservation as Commissioner Larry Hartig’s legislative liaison. Brefczynski graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a degree in political science.
Alaska USA Mortgage Company Mortgage Loan Originator Steven Kihn received the Associate of the Year award from the Anchorage Home Builders Association. The award is given to individuals that display a proven track record of hard work and dedicated service to the home building industry. AHBA is a non-profit, member-driven organization that promotes policies that make housing a national priority.
Posted Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 10:43 am
Jennifer Thompson, owner and president/CEO of Thompson &Co. Public Relations, will open a new public affairs agency called Blueprint Alaska on Jan. 1, 2018. Thompson has hired longtime public relations professional and registered Alaska lobbyist Sarah Erkmann Ward, APR, to serve as Blueprint Alaska’s president/CEO. Blueprint Alaska will focus on influencing public policy and opinions, building and maintaining relationships with the public, and finding common ground with stakeholders. The agency will also assist clients in navigating the challenges that occur when diverse interests of business, government, politics, and media intersect. Ward, a seasoned communications professional, most recently at Alaska Oil and Gas Association, was named the Public Relations Society of America Alaska Chapter’s “Communicator of the Year” in 2017. She is also accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America.
The Senate Democratic Caucus hired Noah Hanson, Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner’s long-time chief of staff, as its new press secretary. Hanson will be replacing Jeanne Devon who will be leaving the position for new opportunities in her writing career. Hanson will be transitioning into the new job in January. Hanson has been Gardner’s chief of staff for the past 10 years, and caucus staff for the past three.
Mike O’Hare of Chugiak is the new regional administrator for FEMA Region 10, which includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and the 271 federally recognized Tribes and Alaska Native villages within the region. Prior to joining FEMA, O’Hare served nearly 10 years with the State of Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, most recently as the director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. O’Hare also previously also served the State of Alaska as acting deputy commissioner for the Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. O’Hare has a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University graduating from Southampton College in 1984, and completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Education Program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2012.
Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Kimberly Martus as the Tribe’s new Tribal Appellate Court Administrator. The newly created position is funded by a grant recently awarded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Justice Support. Working with Tlingit &Haida’s Judiciary Committee and Tribal Court judges, Martus will design, build capacity, and implement the first unified tribal appellate court system in Southeast Alaska. Martus has served in several tribal court related capacities and her most recent work involved designing and developing tribal code development training curricula whereby she authored a chapter on “Incorporating Indigenous Law and Custom into Modern Tribal Codes.” She is a member the Tongva Tribe, a descendant of the Cupeno Tribe (coyote clan) and Yaqui Tribes. She grew up in and out of Indian Country and holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies from Evergreen State College.
Chugach Alaska Corp appointed Josie Hickel as its president of Chugach Commercial Holdings, effective Dec. 8. In her new role, Hickel is responsible for directing Chugach’s portfolio of commercial businesses and land development strategy. Hickel is a Chugach shareholder with more than three decades of experience working in Alaska for a range of commercial companies. Since joining Chugach in 2016 as senior vice president of Energy and Resources for CCH, she has achieved a number of milestones within the division. Hickel facilitated Chugach’s Bering River coal rights transaction and carbon offset project; and has helped stabilize energy services companies in a challenging economic environment. She was inducted into the Athena Society in 2012 for outstanding leadership in both business and community service. Hickel has a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources. She also holds certifications in both Senior and Global Professional of Human Resources.
First National Bank Alaska’s Board of Directors recently appointed or promoted five employees to new roles. With more than 10 years of banking experience, Rachel
Carlson is the new branch manager at the U-Med Branch near the University of Alaska Anchorage. Carlson previously worked as a teller, customer service representative and personal banker. After more than a year spent managing two other Anchorage-area branches, Krissi Estrada is the new branch manager at the downtown Main Branch. Carlson and Estrada and will each be responsible for business development, consumer loans, branch operations and customer service at their branches. Paula Grau was appointed vice president and is the new Cash Management administrator. In her role, Grau oversees the Cash Management Sales and Support units, the team behind the bank’s merchant services, Corporate MasterCard business and treasury management services for large commercial customers. After spending nine years with First National, including seven years in mortgage lending, loan officer Mike Scott has transferred to the Dimond Branch as part of the bank’s corporate lending unit. He’s now responsible for developing and maintaining business banking relationships and help companies build on opportunities through lending. In her position as senior mortgage underwriter and loan officer, Dawnette Starr will help customers secure the loans by examining and analyzing loan documentation to ensure accuracy and completeness and that each loan meets market and company standards. Starr has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years.