Movers and Shakers for Nov. 3
The Anchorage Downtown Partnership hired Mercedes Curran as office manager. Curran is a lifelong Anchorage resident and graduated in 2013 from the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Since her return home, she’s been a member in the Anchorage Concert Chorus, coach and administrator for Anchorage Youth Soccer Club, referee and secretary for Anchorage Soccer Referees Association, and singer/performer in various Alaskan bands, theatre groups, and shows. She is also the co-host of the local talk/music radio show The Summit.
Col. Brian Kile assumed command of the 168th Operations Group following his tenure as director of Operations of Joint Staff at Joint Force Headquarters, Alaska National Guard, assigned at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Kile enlisted the Air National Guard in 1990 as a loadmaster with the 210th Rescue Squadron. After serving several years in this position, he was selected for the Undergraduate Pilot Training Program, which marked his transition into the officer corps. Kile has served in numerous leadership positions, including 210th Rescue Squadron Assistant Director of Operations, 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center Deputy Director, 176th Operations Group HH-60G Standardization and Evaluation Pilot, 210th Rescue Squadron Director of Operations, 210th Rescue Squadron Commander, and 176th Operations Group Deputy Commander. Col. Richard Adams assumed command of the 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, from Col. Bryan White during a change of command ceremony Oct. 20. Adams assumed command of the wing after serving as the commander of the 168th Operations Group, a position he had held since May 2018. Adams was commissioned in 1991 as a distinguished graduate through the ROTC program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2004 he transferred from the active-duty Air Force to the Alaska Air National Guard.
The Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation named University of Alaska Southeast education graduate Nancy Mills as their 2019 Student of the Year. From Chignik Lagoon, Nancy Mills was the first graduate from her school to earn a bachelor’s degree. Mills earned her master of education degree in special education from UAS in 2012. She is currently working toward a second master’s degree in educational leadership from UAS. She is the secondary and special education teacher at the Chignik Lagoon School.
Trilogy Metals Inc. has signed an employment agreement with James “Jim” Gowans as CEO and president on an interim basis, effective Sept. 4. Gowans was president and CEO of Arizona Mining Inc. from 2016-18 when Arizona Mining was purchased by South32 Ltd. Previously he was a senior advisor to the chairman, co-president, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Barrick Gold Corp. from 2014-15. Gowans has extensive experience in Alaska. He completed the feasibility study for the Red Dog Mine, oversaw the design and construction of that mine and then operated Red Dog for three years after commissioning.
The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association announced that Jared Kosin, JD, MBA, will become the organization’s new president and CEO. Kosin currently serves as the associate administrator of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. He has worked closely with ASHNHA for seven years. Prior to his current role, he served as the executive director of the Office of Rate Review at Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services. Other past experience includes policy and legislative leadership for the Colorado Speaker of the House, and Michigan Senate Majority Leader. Kosin will succeed Becky Hultberg, who announced in August she will depart ASHNHA in December to lead the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. Kosin holds a juris doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law, an MBA from the University of New Hampshire, and a bachelor’s in English with a minor in political science also from the University of New Hampshire.