Movers and Shakers for Feb. 21
Mt. McKinley Bank announced two promotions: Kareston Robinson to assistant vice president and consumer loan officer and Alli Workes to senior vice president and Human Resources manager. Robinson is a lifelong Fairbanks resident and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with an associate’s degree. She has worked within the financial industry in Fairbanks for more than 12 years of the Commercial and Consumer Lending team. Workes is also a lifelong resident of Fairbanks and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a master’s degree in business administration. She has worked within the human resources/business management field in Fairbanks for more than 15 years.
The University of Alaska Foundation has named six new members to its board of directors, each of whom was elected to serve a three-year term beginning in January 2021. The new directors include: Stephanie Erickson, Greater Prudhoe Area manager, ConocoPhillips Alaska; Jason Gootee, vice president, Strategic Market Development, Moda Partners Inc.; Ella Goss, CEO, Providence Alaska Medical Center; Roald Helgesen, chief operating officer, Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska; Brian Holst, executive director, Juneau Economic Development Council; and, Tim Thompson, External Affairs manager, Alaska Airlines.
The Alaska SeaLife Center added Rachel Kallander as the newest member to its board of directors, and announced the election of two new officers: Board Chair Terry Lauck of ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.; and Vice Chair Josie Hickel of Chugach Alaska Corp. Kallander is managing partner of Kallander &Associates LLC, an advocacy and political strategy firm in Anchorage, and founder and executive director of Arctic Encounter, a nonprofit organization that convenes the largest annual Arctic policy event in the U.S. in addition to international events with global partners throughout the circumpolar north. From Cordova, Kallander brings more than a decade of public relations, policy development, campaign, and strategic communications experience having served as professional staff in the U.S. Congress and the Alaska State Legislature, and in leadership positions on several statewide political campaigns. She serve on the board for a three-year term and sit on its Marketing &Communications Committee. Lauck is the director of Environment and Permitting for ConocoPhillips Alaska. Originally from Nebraska, Lauck has been employed by ConocoPhillips for more than 32 years, having held a variety of environmental, regulatory, and process improvement assignments in five different states before relocating to Alaska in 2014. He has been a member of the board since January 2015, previously chaired the board’s Development and Governance committees and will serve as chair for the next two years. Hickel is the executive vice president of ANSCA and Community Affairs for the Chugach Alaska Corp. Originally from Seward, Hickel has nearly 20 years of executive level experience in business management and administration in the state. She has held past positions with Petro 49 Inc., The Pebble Partnership, The Wilson Agency, and National Bank of Alaska. She currently serves on the board of the Alaska Industry Support Alliance, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, and is a member of the Anchorage ATHENA Society. She has been a member of the board since September 2017 and will serve as its vice chair for the next two years.
Members of the Anchorage Home Builders Association welcomed back Nikki Giordano as the association’s new CEO, effective March 1. Giordano spent more than a decade at AHBA as AHBA’s executive director. She most recently worked as the executive director at the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado. In 2020, Giordano was the Colorado Association of Home Builders executive officer council chair and currently sits on the National Association of Home Builders executive officer board of directors as a regional director.