Movers and Shakers for Oct. 3
Joe Gerace was named director of the Municipality of Anchorage Health Department effective Sept. 17. Gerace has more than 38 years of experience in emergency service delivery and more than 20 years of experience working in disaster response. He has worked as a firefighter, paramedic, Red Cross disaster responder, and as a medical detachment commander for the Alaska National Guard and the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management during the pandemic. Gerace was recently was the Director of Operations for Visit Healthcare which was the sole testing and vaccination provider for the Municipality of Anchorage. Gerace is also currently the chairman of the board for American Red Cross in Alaska. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and chemical engineering and an MBA with a focus on supply chain logistics and operations.
Amanda Browning was appointed to a vacancy on the Palmer District Court. Browning served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Alaska Department of Law in Kenai and Sitka before serving as a Magistrate Judge IV in both Ketchikan and Kenai. She graduated from the Ralph R. Pappito School of Law at Roger Williams University in 2005.
Melinda Meade Meyers has been promoted to Of Counsel for Van Ness Feldman’s Land, Water, and Natural Resources and Native Affairs practices. Meyers’ practice includes the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other natural resources statutes. She also counsels Alaska Native corporations and Tribes on federal small business contracting and participation in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s business development programs, such as the 8(a) and HUBZone Programs. Before attending law school, she served as director of Communications for the National Park Hospitality Association and also worked with the American Recreation Coalition, where she collaborated in the development and implementation of nationwide programs and initiatives promoting outdoor recreation industries. She holds a juris doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.
Birch Horton Bittner &Cherot announced Bill Falsey and Zoe Danner as two additions to its Anchorage-based team of attorneys. Falsey is the former Municipal Attorney and City Manager for the Municipality of Anchorage. Falsey is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale University Law School. Danner joins Birch Horton Bittner &Cherot after completing two clerkships with the Anchorage Superior Court. Danner graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Russian language and culture and received her juris doctorate from the University of California-Irvine School of Law. During law school, Danner clerked at the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted misdemeanor and felony matters.