Movers and Shakers for Oct. 4
Taylored Restoration has hired Tyler Kirn as project manager. Kirn graduated from the University of Alaska-Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in global logistics and supply chain management.
The University of Alaska-Anchorage announced its 2020 Alumni of Distinction recipients to be honored at UAA’s virtual Homecoming Breakfast on Oct. 9. Dr. Reem Sheikh (bachelor’s degree, biological sciences, 2007) was named Alumni Emerging Leader. Sheikh is a clinical instructor and attending faculty at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. As a podiatrist working in New York City, Sheikh witnessed firsthand how the shortage of personal protective equipment affected health care workers in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. After assembling volunteers that she met through parenting Facebook groups, Sheikh raised more than $18,000 to alleviate PPE shortages for New York City health care workers, and coordinated the donation of thousands of PPE across the country. Dr. Ghazal Ringler (bachelor’s degree, biological sciences, 2001) was named Alumni Humanitarian. Ringler is the chief dental officer at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. For more than 16 years, Ringler has dedicated her career to providing dental care to children and adults who are uninsured or low-income. In addition to her position as chief dental officer at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, Ringler donates her time and expertise by serving on the Anchorage Project Access board of directors, where she was critical in establishing the donated dental program and pro bono oral health program. Laurie Fagnani (bachelor’s degree, journalism and public communications, 1986) was named the Alumni of Achievement. Fagnani, president of MSI Communications, grew MSI Communications from a home business started in 1995 with herself as the sole employee to the go-to marketing agency for Alaska’s resource industry. Fagnani attributes her agency’s success to staff with an intuitive understanding of Alaska’s industries, a quarter of whom come from UAA. Additionally, Fagnani has grown her business’ digital services capacity to better aid clientele as they also adapt to an increasingly web-dependent business model. Leverette Hoover (bachelor’s degree, technology, 1997) was named the Alumni of Achievement. Hoover, national operations manager for Siemens, pursued a civilian career in electronics and engineering after serving for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, consisting of various positions with Siemens over the last 20 years. Hoover is a past recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40, a Gold Pan Award winner for community service, served as the chairman of the Anchorage School District School Business Partner board of directors, was a founding member of the UAA Alumni Association and is an honorary commander for the 176th Alaska Air National Guard Wing.