Movers and Shakers for Dec. 1
Coffman Engineers Inc. announced the promotion of Rob Wasserman, senior project manager in the Structural Engineering Department, to department manager for Anchorage’s new Project Management group. Wasserman is a licensed civil and structural engineer with nearly 13 years of experience. Over the past two years with Coffman, Wasserman has been actively involved in business development, project management, project engineering, client management, and structural design on multiple projects for our industrial oil and gas clients. He will be responsible for mentoring and providing leadership for the project management group as well as throughout our office. Coffman also added two new members to the Anchorage Electrical Engineering Instrumentation and Controls Department. Jason Vukovich is an instrumentation and controls designer with more than 10 years of engineering experience in Alaska. His project experience includes rail/truck racks, coker safety upgrade and remote un-heading, ethanol unloading and storage, refining unit sis upgrade and triconex installations, tank high level alarms, onsite small projects, and pipeline heating re-circulation. Prior to starting in the engineering and construction industry, Vukovich was a decorated officer of more than 10 years in the U.S. Army &U.S. Army Reserve. Vukovich holds a bachelor’s degree in sculptor from the University of Illinois. Ronald Pearson, PE, is a professional chemical engineer working in the Anchorage Electrical Engineering Department. Pearson holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering and mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines. Pearson has more than 13 years of engineering in the oil and gas industry. Pearson has extensive experience with both design of new and renovation of electrical systems for onshore and offshore oil and gas developments. Additional skills Pearson brings to Coffman are hydraulics, thermodynamics, heat transfer/exchanges, process modeling and simulation, piping and instrumentation design, utility design, and SCADA system development.
The Alaska Supreme Court has appointed Stacey Marz of Anchorage as the new administrative director of the Alaska Court System, effective Nov. 23. She has worked for the court system for 16 years, dedicating her efforts to improve court operations to be more streamlined and to provide positive customer experiences. She has overseen the statewide operations of the Family Law Self-Help Center, a national model that provides direct assistance via the phone and website for people representing themselves in divorce and child custody cases to understand the court process and options for forms. Her work expanded to include self-help information for other civil and criminal case types, language access services, alternative dispute resolution programs, and access to justice initiatives. She has served on several Supreme Court Committees, including Civil Rules, Family Rules, Access to Justice, and the Elder Task Force. She was integral to the creation of WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders), an interdisciplinary stakeholder group to address guardianship issues. Marz is a fellow of the Institute for Court Management and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of Oregon. Marz succeeds long time Administrative Director Christine Johnson, who is retiring after nearly 30 years of service to the court system, including 10 as director.
Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc., a startup that has designed and is building an unmanned Vertical Take Off and Landing Group 5 regional cargo carrier drone, announced it has added Brigadier Gen. Anthony Tata, U.S. Army (ret.), and Mike Murkowski, retired senior vice president of South American Operations for Federal Express. Murkowski retired after more than 30 years of distinguished service. During his time at the helm of their South American operations, Murkowski oversaw one of the largest growth periods for both cargo and revenue. Murkowski has a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Willamette University and a master’s degree in international business from the American Graduate School of Business. Among his many accomplishments during his 28 years in the Army, Tata was awarded the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star. He is a graduate of U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army’s Ranger School. Anthony also served as Secretary of Transportation of North Carolina from 2013-15 under Pat McCory. Tata is CEO of Tata Leadership Group, LLC and also a bestselling novelist whose subject matter focuses on military life.