Movers and Shakers for Oct. 20
Alaska Communications announced promotions of Laurie Butcher and Diedre Williams. Butcher will serve as chief financial officer and Williams as senior vice president of operations and people matters. Butcher has been with the company since 1997 and has served in several leadership roles, most recently as senior vice president, finance. She guides the effective planning, monitoring and maintenance of the company’s financial health. Williams has been with the company since 2003, most recently serving as vice president, human resources. Williams leads employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits and employee development programs.
PDC Engineers announced that Senior Structural Engineer Amy Mestas has been recognized as 2018 Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers 8. This title is Mestas’ second Engineer of the Year award for 2018, the first being awarded by a panel of judges made up of representatives from the engineering society chapters of Alaska earlier in the year. ASCE’s Region 8 is made up of Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory. The region includes nearly 14,000 members. In addition to Mestas’ professional accomplishments, leadership abilities, and community involvement through coaching high school volleyball, she was also instrumental in Anchorage, Alaska’s recovery following the Nov. 30, 2018, earthquake. She led structural assessments throughout the Municipality of Anchorage for months following the event and has served as an advocate for future earthquake preparedness.
Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Jessica Gallagher to Public Relations and Editorial director. In her new role, Gallagher will be responsible for developing and directing upper-level creative and corporate content across all brand communications. She will act as the spokesperson of Credit Union 1 to media and other outlets and will implement strategies that are intended to uphold a positive public image for the credit union. Gallagher joined the credit union in 2008 as a part-time teller before transitioning to the in-house marketing team. She has since held the positions of marketing coordinator, communications specialist and senior communications specialist charged with cultivating and strengthening the credit union’s brand voice across all channels. Originally from northern Wisconsin, Gallagher holds a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and a master’s degree in English and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University.
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies has named Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter as national chair of its Employment and Training Committee. The Employment and Training Committee develops legislative priorities for Congress and is a forum for states to share information and solutions for emerging workforce development issues.
Sen Dan Sullivan announced that Greg Bringhurst has been hired as his Fairbanks regional director and rural advisor. Bringhurst will replace Leslie Hajdukovich, who served in this position for the last 4½ years. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Bringhurst was most recently the director of public policy and government affairs at Cook Inlet Housing Authority. He has also worked as a legislative assistant for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., as a legislative aide in the Alaska Legislature, and for the Tanana Chiefs Conference. Bringhurst is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.