Movers and Shakers for Feb. 16
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the promotion of John Hawkins Jr. to Tribal Transportation manager. Hawkins will manage the day-to-day operations of the Tribal Transportation Department, which administers the Tribal Transportation Program for Tlingit &Haida and the Organized Village of Saxman, and collaborates with other Tribal entities and local, state and federal agencies to determine needs and priorities for transportation systems. Tlingit &Haida currently has approximately 236 miles of official TTP roads, 19 miles of roadways and 0.2 miles of parking lot inventoried. Hawkins first joined Tlingit &Haida in 2004 as a shared employee for the Native Land and Resources and Self Governance departments and later transferred to the Tribal Family &Youth Services Department. For the last five years, he has worked for the Tribal Transportation Department. Hawkins will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in April.
Matson promoted Jennifer Tungul to director of Alaska Terminal Operations, a new, senior-leadership position created to support the growth of Matson’s operations in Alaska. Tungul has worked in Alaska’s transportation and logistics industry for two decades, with a 17-year tenure between the former Horizon Lines and Matson. Most recently, Tungul served as general manager of Matson’s Dutch Harbor and Akutan operations, responsible for terminal, marine, garage, warehouse and equipment operations. In her new position, Tungul is responsible for effective and efficient terminal operations in Anchorage, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor and Akutan, as well as managing and developing team members, managing labor relations and overseeing process-improvement projects.
Lucinda Mahoney was appointed commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, effective Feb. 4. Mahoney has 30 years of broad experience in the areas of consulting, treasury, debt management, investment management, accounting, budgeting, and business development. Mahoney is the owner of Value Solutions LLC, from which she operates as a business consultant and investment manager. She formerly served as the chief financial officer for the Municipality of Anchorage, and as the executive director of the Arctic Slope Regional Development shared services center. Prior to that, Mahoney was a director with KPMG LLP, managing its business consulting practice in Alaska. She received her bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Texas, her MBA from the University of Alaska, and received certification from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Mike Barnhill, who was appointed acting commissioner of the Department of Revenue in December, will now serve as the department’s deputy commissioner.
Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced that shareholder and former board director Charles E. Fagerstrom as CEO effective Feb. 5. Born and raised in Nome, Fagerstrom is Iñupiaq, with family roots in Nome and the Bering Strait region. Fagerstrom holds a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Seattle Pacific University, a master’s degree in health services administration and planning from the University of Hawaii, and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado. During his 25-year career, he has been an executive in the healthcare field with organizations ranging in size from $20 to $500 million in annual revenues. Most recently, he was the Health director of Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association.
Ben Coleman and Alex Brown recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. Coleman is a planner in the firm’s Planning Department and Brown is a geologist in R&M’s Earth Sciences Department. A former Matanuska-Susitna Borough planner, Coleman has three years of experience in transportation and land use planning, plan and conditional use permit review, data analysis, feasibility studies, and stakeholder and agency coordination. He has a bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies from Crown College, a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University, and is an AICP Candidate. Brown originally joined R&M in May 2019 as a materials technician in the firm’s Materials Laboratory. In this role, he provided field inspections, materials testing, sample logging, density testing, and gradation and concrete testing for airport and highway improvement projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage.