Movers and Shakers for June 14
Command Sgt. Maj. Philip B. Blaisdell became U.S. Army Alaska’s top noncommissioned officer in an assumption of responsibility ceremony May 5. Blaisdell enlisted in the Army in November 1992 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., where he trained as an Infantryman. He has served in every position from rifleman to command sergeant major while stationed at Fort Polk, La.; Camp Casey, Republic of Korea; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Benning; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; and Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Blaisdell’s military education includes the Sergeants Major Academy, as well as the First Sergeant Course; Basic Airborne School; Air Assault School; Combat Lifesaver Course; Emergency Medical Technician Course; Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Officer/NCO Operations Course; Pre-Ranger Course; U.S. Army Ranger School, Instructor Training Course; Tactics Certification Course; and the Jumpmaster Course.
Jennifer Thomasson was named partner at Gonzalez Marketing LLC. Thomasson started as a part-time marketing assistant in 2002 while attending college and was the company’s first employee. In short order, Jennifer demonstrated intelligence, work ethic, technical abilities, organizational skills, media knowledge and creativity that led to more responsibilities and duties being placed upon her, and ultimately the development of her current position, vice president of Client Services. In this role, Thomasson leads all projects and manages all client services.
Donlin Gold announced that longtime Alaska miner Dan Graham will lead Donlin Gold as the project’s new general manager, succeeding Andy Cole, who is retiring June 16. As general manager, Graham will be responsible for progressing the project, working closely with the Calista Corp. and The Kuskokwim Corp., the Alaska Native Corporations which own the subsurface mineral rights and surface access rights, as well as shareholders Barrick Gold Corp. (Barrick) and Novagold Resources Inc. Graham earned a degree in mining engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the 1980s and has built a career in the industry in Alaska, beginning as an equipment operator and working his way up through the ranks over the past 36 years. Graham has been a registered Alaska Professional Mining Engineer since 1994 and has led Donlin Gold’s permitting and environmental activities for the past three years, bringing the National Environmental Policy Act process successfully to a close and receiving numerous major permits from state and federal agencies.