Movers and Shakers for Jan. 5
Kristi Williams joined Calista Corp. as the Government Relations manager this summer. Prior to her employment with Calista, Williams owned a consulting firm in Anchorage that specialized in Alaska Native Tribal advocacy. Williams was born in Fairbanks and is of Athabascan descent. In 2012, she became a member of the District of Columbia Bar, becoming the first licensed attorney for her Tribe. Having served as legislative and policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and at the Department of Interior, she is well informed on Alaska Native and American Indian issues. She has expertise in land planning, government-to-government consultation, small business and economic development issues, strategic planning, negotiations, as well as legislative and appropriations advocacy. Williams completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley and received a juris doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law where she also completed the Indian Law Certificate Program. Calista Corp. also hired Walter Featherly as general counsel, effective Jan. 1. He currently serves as executive partner of the law firm Holland &Knight in Anchorage. He regularly counsels executives and boards of directors on matters related to corporate law and governance, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, government contracting, labor and employment, finance, and real estate. Featherly has also assisted Alaska Native corporations and tribal-owned businesses to navigate the laws and regulations of the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) subcontracting and teaming opportunities. Featherly earned a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College in New Mexico, and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School. Featherly is no stranger to the Calista region. He moved to Kwethluk in 1966 with his parents, who taught in Kwethluk for one year. The next year, his family moved to Akiachak, where they stayed for four years. Featherly will be succeeding Kyle Smith, who has announced that he has accepted a position as general counsel of Intrepid Potash Inc., based in Denver.
Ahtna Netiye’ LLC announced the promotion of Roy Tansy, Jr. to chief operating officer. An Ahtna shareholder, Tansy has held positions with the Ahtna family of companies dating back 30 years. He brings more than 20 years of executive management experience in operations, business development, strategic planning and corporate leadership. His professional background has included management of construction, oil and gas, facilities management and security companies. Tansy currently sits on the boards of the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Alaska Chamber. Tansy is originally from the Ahtna village of Cantwell and a member of the Caribou (Udzisyu) clan.
Holland &Knight announced that Christopher Slottee has been elevated to partner from senior counsel in its Anchorage office effective Jan. 1. Slottee is a member of the firm’s Litigation Section. He is highly experienced in matters related to Alaska Native corporations, including settlement trusts, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, corporate governance and government contracting, having served as vice president and general counsel for an ANC. Slottee received a juris doctor degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis &Clark College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah.
PND Engineers Inc. announced two hires. Kristoff Nystrom, EIT, relocated from Fairbanks to Anchorage this past fall after 2½ years with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Division of Design and Construction, performing project management and design. Nystrom is from Washington state and is a 2016 graduate of UAF with a focus on civil and structural engineering. After graduating, he volunteered with Engineering Ministries International, where he worked on the design of a hospital in and traveled to the Dominican Republic with a team of architects and engineers. Initially, Nystrom will assist with site planning and road design. Conrad Smith, EIT, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and worked most recently for Albert A. Webb Associates in Riverside, Calif., on site drainage, master plans, and storm water modeling projects. His long-term interest is in structures, and he is currently working in the Palmer office assisting with structural design.