Movers and Shakers for Jan. 17

The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Nathan Soboleff as Grants and Resources director. Soboleff will manage the newly formed Grants and Resources Department which aims to implement an organizational strategy that centralizes Tlingit &Haida’s grant processes. Soboleff has a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in fisheries management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in grant writing and grants management including over eight years procuring grant-based budgets for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Wildlife Conservation and Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Mike Fink has been promoted to audit partner and Christine Krysinski has been promoted to audit managing director in KPMG LLP’s Anchorage office. Fink and Krysinski will be responsible for audit quality and leading engagement teams in project execution. Krysinski joined KPMG in 2010. She provides audit and accounting advisory services to a variety of clients, including not-for-profit organizations, state and local governments, fisheries-related companies, oil and gas, and Alaska Native corporations. Fink joined KPMG LLP in 2018 and has 16 years of public and private accounting experience. He provides audit services to both public and non-public companies including telecommunications and Alaska Native corporations, and has extensive experience helping companies adopt new accounting standards. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska.

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Dan White has appointed UAF School of Management faculty member Peggy Keiper to serve as interim athletic director for the Alaska Nanooks, effective Feb. 1. Keiper will succeed Keith Champagne, who has been serving in dual roles as vice chancellor for student affairs and athletic director for the past 18 months. Champagne will continue to serve as vice chancellor. Keiper is an associate professor and director of the sport and recreation business program in the UAF School of Management. She has a doctorate in sport administration from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining the UAF faculty in 2017, she had worked for nearly a decade in the sports industry, including sports tourism and the NBA’s minor league system, and as a college women’s basketball coach. She was national sales manager for the West Michigan Sports Commission, where she led the commission’s effort to generate economic spending to the Greater Grand Rapids Area and won bids to host six NCAA National Championships with Grand Valley State University and Calvin College.

The Federal Aviation Administration has named University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist Catherine Cahill as one of 12 new members of its Drone Advisory Committee. Cahill is the director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, which is part of the UAF Geophysical Institute. The DAC provides independent advice and recommendations for the safe and effective integration of drones in the national airspace system. The committee was originally formed in 2016 and is composed of 35 representatives from industry, academia, and state and local governments. More than 70 candidates were nominated to serve on the committee. Cahill is the only Alaska representative. She will focus on issues and viewpoints related to advanced air mobility. Cahill has worked for the last five years as the director of ACUASI. The center focuses primarily on research being conducted in the Arctic, but it maintains an array of unmanned aircraft, ground control stations and generators that gives its team the capability of transporting and launching drones virtually anywhere in the world. ACUASI works with researchers from universities across the country, along with state and federal agencies, commercial partners and international collaborators.

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