Movers and Shakers for July 25
Mt McKinley Bank announced Paula Kennedy was hired as assistant vice president, Human Resources manager. Kennedy comes to Mt. McKinley Bank with many years of Human Resources experience and a master’s degree in management from Bellevue University. Kennedy holds both the Professional in Human Resources certification and the Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional certification. Mt McKinley Bank also announced the promotion of Matt Ellis to assistant vice president, Finance. Ellis joined the bank a year ago as the first participant in its Management Associate program. He holds a master’s degree in finance from Northeastern University and served as a Naval Flight Officer in the US Navy prior to moving to Alaska.
Tracy Wickham assumed duties as chief of the Contracting Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District in May. In a typical year, this workload involves about $400 million in new contract awards, $1 billion in ongoing construction, engineering and service contracts; and another $1 billion in planning contracts to support the organization’s military, civil works and environmental programs. Prior to his arrival in Alaska, Wickham held multiple USACE assignments in the U.S. and overseas. He served as chief of the contracting division for the Portland District from 2015-21. From 2012-15, he was chief of the construction branch for the Middle East District in Winchester, Va. On two separate stints, Wickham worked as chief of the construction and architectural/engineering branch for the Walla Walla District from 2010-12 and 2005-07. Between these jobs, he served as branch chief for the direct contracting section at the Europe District in Wiesbaden, Germany, and also served a six-month tour of duty as the Gulf Region Central District’s chief of contracting in Baghdad, Iraq, from December 2008 until May 2009. Before his assignments with USACE, Wickham served for 20 years in the Army and retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2005. His final 11 years on active duty were with the acquisition corps where he served in a variety of contracting positions in both Army and joint commands. Wickham earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and holds an MBA from Babson College in Massachusetts.
The University of Alaska Southeast announced that Carin Silkaitis has been named as the new dean of Arts &Sciences, effective July 12. She replaces Dr. Paula Martin, who served as the interim dean of the school since April 2021. As dean, Silkatis will provide leadership for the school and its four departments: Business and Public Administration, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Silkaitis will alternate between Juneau and Chicago over the next academic year. Silkaitis most recently worked for Columbia College Chicago where she served as the Allen and Lynn Turner Chair of the Theatre Department, serving 91 faculty members and almost 800 students. Prior to that she worked for North Central College as the department chair for both art and theatre, and was also a Title IX Investigator and lead trainer of the Green Dot Bystander Technique. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University. She holds a master’s degree in theatre performance from Roosevelt University in Illinois.