Movers and Shakers for July 11
The Mat-Su Health Foundation added three new members to its board of directors in June: Tammy Bruce, Marisa Chud and Dr. Barb Doty. Bruce brings with her more than 10 years of experience working in finance with Edward Jones, as well as a history of working in marketing with the Mat-Su Convention and Visitors Bureau. She previously served as the president and has been a member of the Palmer Rotary Club for 20 years. In addition, she was the lieutenant governor for District 5010, as well as served on the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for three years and the MTA Board of Directors for four years in the past. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1998. Chud has experience working in the nonprofit realm with the YWCA and also has 6 years of professional experience working in the legal field in various capacities. She began as a law clerk at the Palmer Superior Courthouse and presently works as an attorney with Denali Law Group. She serves on committees at Northgate Alaska, and has previously volunteered with Triumphant Mercy, a center for refugees in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as Catholic Social Services. Chud has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2008 and earned her juris doctor from New England Law Boston in 2013. Doty is a board certified family physician who has completed fellowships in Medical Education and Faculty Development, Acupuncture, Integrative Medicine and Rural Health. She joined the MSHF board in June 2021. She has more than 40 years of experience studying, contributing to and working in healthcare. She is presently a WWAMI-Alaska assistant clinical dean with the University of Washington School of Medicine. Barb is currently a member of the Mat-Su College Advisory Board and has served different groups in many capacities in the past including as board chair for Mat-Su Behavioral Health, assembly member for the Mat-Su Borough and as a federal appointee on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in 1977 and has since attended many educational programs at a range of institutions including the University of Washington, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Colorado and the University of Arizona. At the same board meeting where the new members were elected, board officers were named. Lebron McPhail was chosen to continue in his role as chair. Lisa Wade was selected to serve as vice-chair and Teri Namtvedt for the role of secretary-treasurer.
Peter Pan recently added Michael De Caro to its team as vice president of retail sales and product development. In this position, De Caro will lead the team developing new retail items and portion control, playing an important role as the company produces more value-added products this year. De Caro comes to Peter Pan with years of experience in the industry. His career began in the restaurant industry where he trained as a chef before he eventually began working as a seafood supplier in Seattle. Most recently, De Caro worked for Eastern Fish Co.
Robert Colles, PE, a project engineer at R&M Consultants Inc., passed the Principles &Practice of Engineering Exam to gain his Alaska license in civil engineering. Colles has been with R&M since 2014, originally joining the firm as an intern in R&M’s Materials Laboratory. Now a member of R&M’s Airport Engineering Group, he provides civil design and develops project specifications for airport improvement projects throughout Alaska. His work has included design support for the Newtok Airport Relocation, Bethel Airport Main Runway Reconstruction, and Dillingham Runway Rehabilitation, as well as airport improvements in Ekwok, Nome, Kotzebue, Chefornak, New Stuyahok, Gustavus, Cold Bay and Togiak. Colles has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.