Movers and Shakers for Sept. 29
Cassi Campbell was hired as Blueprint Alaska’s first account executive. Campbell will work for the agency’s clients in a variety of capacities, including managing social media, writing and editing content, providing event support, and media relations. Campbell, a born-and-raised Alaskan, graduated from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications with concentrations in broadcast journalism and psychology in 2011 and is scheduled to complete her master’s degree in strategic communications in December 2019 from Purdue University. Her professional work experience brings unique industry knowledge to the firm after working with Matanuska Electric Association from 2012-19 and the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Matanuska Susitna College from January-September 2019.
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner John Binder was appointed chair of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. As deputy commissioner of Aviation, Binder leads Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports, along with 237 state owned airports across Alaska. NASAO is dedicated to representing the interests of the states and the public before policymakers at the federal level. NASAO works closely with the Department of Transportation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Samantha Cherot was appointed as Alaska Public Defender, filling the position vacated in April by Quinlan Steiner. She will serve a term of four years upon legislative confirmation. Cherot has been an Alaska resident for 32 years, and has practiced law for nearly 12 years. She graduated from California Western School of Law in 2007, and most recently worked as an assistant public defender in Anchorage. Craig Campbell was appointed to the business owner/manager seat on the Alaska Railroad Corp. board of directors, effective Sept. 11 through Oct. 3, and reappointed Oct. 3 through Oct. 3, 2024. Campbell has an extensive background in both the public and private sector, with 35 years of aerospace experience in the U.S. Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard, culminating as the Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard, retiring in 2009 at the rank of lieutenant general and simultaneously becoming Alaska’s 10th lieutenant governor. Campbell has more than 15 years of aviation consulting experience, both in the U.S. and internationally. He served as president and CEO for Alaska Aerospace for seven years, and currently serves as president for Aurora Launch Services. Retired Col. John “Jack” Anthony was appointed to the aerospace industry seat on the board of directors of the Alaska Aerospace Corp., effective Sept. 11 through July 1, 2022. Anthony has nearly 41 years of space research, engineering, operations, leadership, program management, and education experience during his career. He has 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, retired in the grade of colonel, and also has experience working with the National Reconnaissance Office and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He currently supports the National Space Defense Center as a part-time advisor and serves on the Aurora Launch Services Board of Directors.
Rasmuson Foundation announced three new staff members and recognized an existing staff member with a career development opportunity. Tristan Agnauraq Morgan was hired as momentum fellow. She is participating in a partnership between Philanthropy Northwest and Rasmuson Foundation to prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Morgan grew up in Anchorage and attended University of Alaska Anchorage where she studied art and professional writing. While in college, Morgan interned with ASRC Energy Services, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. After graduating in December 2017, Morgan began work as a human resources coordinator with Denali Family Services, where she also helped organize art and indigenous youth events with the direct service staff working with children and adolescents. Josh Hemsath was hired as program fellow. Hemsath is participating in a separate two-year fellowship with the program team, our grantmaking arm. He brings more than 10 years of experience with nonprofits in Alaska and around the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in the Anchorage area and holds a bachelor’s degree in community health from Montana State University and a master’s of public administration from the University of Washington. For the last six years, Hemsath represented Pride Foundation in Alaska as its regional philanthropy officer, the sole staff member in the state. Allison Macanga was hired as administrative assistant. She moved to Anchorage from New Jersey in 2016 and previously worked in New York City and Philadelphia, with experience in radio, video, and television production, including casting for a wide variety of reality TV shows. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in screen studies from Monmouth University. Momentum fellow and external affairs associate Emily Kwon will take part in the Philanthropy Northwest Momentum program over the next two years to help her develop further as a professional in philanthropy. Kwon studied biological sciences at Arizona State University, where she became involved with the Asian Pacific American community including the Asian Chamber of Commerce. She joined the Foundation staff in 2017 as a communications intern and recently was promoted to serve as an associate on the external affairs team.
Keli Hite McGee has been appointed as administrator at The Surgery Center of Fairbanks, effective Oct. 7. Most recently, Hite McGee served as chief human resources officer at the University of Alaska. Hite McGee’s background includes more than 20 years in communication, human resources, training and coaching, change management and leadership consulting with work in industries ranging from healthcare and higher education to private, state and federal organizations. Her career started as Golden Valley Electric Association’s organizational development officer, providing change management facilitation, followed by CEO of Hites Organizational Leadership &Training, where she worked with executives and organizations in the private and public sector to manage and implement change. Past healthcare roles included serving as CEO of Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute and as interim administrator for Anchorage Women’s Clinic. She has lived in Alaska for more than 25 years in communities throughout the state and is a graduate of University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Chris Yelverton was promoted to senior payments advisor with KeyBank Alaska’s Enterprise Commercial Payments Group. Yelverton joined KeyBank in December 1998 as a teller and has held several positions in the retail division including [email protected] relationship manager and area retail leader. Yelverton joined the Commercial Banking team in August 2013 and most recently served as a Relationship Manager. A lifelong Alaskan, Yelverton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.