Posted Tuesday, December 03, 2019 - 11:35 am
Coffman Engineers Inc. hired Senior Project Manager Jason Moncrieff to its Anchorage Project Management group. Moncrieff holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in project management from George Washington University. Moncrieff is experienced managing both large- and small-scale multi-discipline projects for multiple client markets. Projects have included large scale drill site remediation, pipeline replacement, generator controls upgrades, erosion control, plant design and road design. Jason had the opportunity to design and manage many oil and gas development projects on the North Slope over the past 15 years. He is a licensed civil engineer in Alaska and a Project Management Professional. Coffman Engineers also announced that Zack Wright obtained American Petroleum Institute 653 Aboveground Storage Tank Inspector certification in September. Wright also holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a NACE certified CP Technician. The API 653 certification allows Wright to perform and oversee tank inspection activities, including repair recommendations, oversight of non-destructive testing per applicable codes, and prepare inspection reports for clients. Wright has already put his certification to use by supporting Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. on both an ongoing API 653 tank inspection and future planning for four API 653 tank inspections. His certification also helped obtain new work with the North Slope Borough developing API 653 tank inspection, API 570 piping inspection, and CP Monitoring programs for their eight fuel storage tank farms as part of a three-year program.
Posted Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 2:05 pm
Coffman Engineers Inc. announced the promotion of Rob Wasserman, senior project manager in the Structural Engineering Department, to department manager for Anchorage’s new Project Management group. Wasserman is a licensed civil and structural engineer with nearly 13 years of experience. Over the past two years with Coffman, Wasserman has been actively involved in business development, project management, project engineering, client management, and structural design on multiple projects for our industrial oil and gas clients. He will be responsible for mentoring and providing leadership for the project management group as well as throughout our office. Coffman also added two new members to the Anchorage Electrical Engineering Instrumentation and Controls Department. Jason Vukovich is an instrumentation and controls designer with more than 10 years of engineering experience in Alaska. His project experience includes rail/truck racks, coker safety upgrade and remote un-heading, ethanol unloading and storage, refining unit sis upgrade and triconex installations, tank high level alarms, onsite small projects, and pipeline heating re-circulation. Prior to starting in the engineering and construction industry, Vukovich was a decorated officer of more than 10 years in the U.S. Army &U.S. Army Reserve. Vukovich holds a bachelor’s degree in sculptor from the University of Illinois. Ronald Pearson, PE, is a professional chemical engineer working in the Anchorage Electrical Engineering Department. Pearson holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering and mathematics from the Colorado School of Mines. Pearson has more than 13 years of engineering in the oil and gas industry. Pearson has extensive experience with both design of new and renovation of electrical systems for onshore and offshore oil and gas developments. Additional skills Pearson brings to Coffman are hydraulics, thermodynamics, heat transfer/exchanges, process modeling and simulation, piping and instrumentation design, utility design, and SCADA system development.
The Alaska Supreme Court has appointed Stacey Marz of Anchorage as the new administrative director of the Alaska Court System, effective Nov. 23. She has worked for the court system for 16 years, dedicating her efforts to improve court operations to be more streamlined and to provide positive customer experiences. She has overseen the statewide operations of the Family Law Self-Help Center, a national model that provides direct assistance via the phone and website for people representing themselves in divorce and child custody cases to understand the court process and options for forms. Her work expanded to include self-help information for other civil and criminal case types, language access services, alternative dispute resolution programs, and access to justice initiatives. She has served on several Supreme Court Committees, including Civil Rules, Family Rules, Access to Justice, and the Elder Task Force. She was integral to the creation of WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders), an interdisciplinary stakeholder group to address guardianship issues. Marz is a fellow of the Institute for Court Management and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of Oregon. Marz succeeds long time Administrative Director Christine Johnson, who is retiring after nearly 30 years of service to the court system, including 10 as director.
Sabrewing Aircraft Company, Inc., a startup that has designed and is building an unmanned Vertical Take Off and Landing Group 5 regional cargo carrier drone, announced it has added Brigadier Gen. Anthony Tata, U.S. Army (ret.), and Mike Murkowski, retired senior vice president of South American Operations for Federal Express. Murkowski retired after more than 30 years of distinguished service. During his time at the helm of their South American operations, Murkowski oversaw one of the largest growth periods for both cargo and revenue. Murkowski has a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from Willamette University and a master’s degree in international business from the American Graduate School of Business. Among his many accomplishments during his 28 years in the Army, Tata was awarded the Combat Action Badge and Bronze Star. He is a graduate of U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army’s Ranger School. Anthony also served as Secretary of Transportation of North Carolina from 2013-15 under Pat McCory. Tata is CEO of Tata Leadership Group, LLC and also a bestselling novelist whose subject matter focuses on military life.
Posted Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 9:03 am
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines recently appointed Rasmuson Foundation senior program officer Christopher Perez to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council representing Alaska. Perez begins his term on Jan. 1, 2020, and will serve as a member of the Advisory Council for three years. As part of the Advisory Council, Perez will advise the FHLB Des Moines Board of Directors on housing development and community lending needs throughout the bank’s district. Advisory Council members are selected for their successful experience serving housing and economic development agendas. In his role at the Rasmuson Foundation, Perez leads the housing and community economic development investments for Alaska’s largest private philanthropic organization. Perez has years of experience in affordable housing and manages more than $40 million in Foundation investments to support the development of affordable housing in Alaska. Under his leadership, the Rasmuson Foundation received the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Perez holds a master of public administration in management and finance from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University. He is also a certified low-income housing tax credit compliance professional.
Fred Brown was elected president of the National Labor Alliance of Health Care Coalitions in early October. NLA is a non-profit national organization of management health and welfare coalitions representing purchasers of health services, that work together to increase value in care, services and benefits for participating members and coalitions. Brown said his focus will be in three areas: strengthening ties and communication with regional coalitions and members; providing efficiency and innovative coalition plan options and delivery leading to increased organizational savings and improved care; and increasing strategic engagement in public policy efforts. Brown serves as executive director of the Pacific Health Coalition, which started in Alaska. Under his leadership over the past decade, PHC’s membership and revenue have grown more than fourfold and the organization now includes member plans throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Tom Marriage, a graduate of East Anchorage High School and Willamette University, has joined the Alaska magazine and The Milepost team as associate publisher. Marriage replaces outgoing Melissa Bradley and he is responsible for generating ad sales revenue in addition to audience growth across Alaska. Marriage is a longtime resident of Anchorage and brings a wealth of digital and social media experience from Alaska Dispatch Publishing and MSI Communications. Marriage most recently worked at Pursuit-The Alaska Collection as marketing and brand experience manager.
First National Bank Alaska announced several recent hires and promotions. Jen Imus joined the Johansen Branch team. Imus started at the bank as the Interior relationship manager and was appointed vice president. In her role, she will help support business development and strengthen customer relationships in the Fairbanks region. Management Associate program graduate Lydia Sobek was promoted to Loan Officer I and will work in the Corporate Lending team’s newly created Tax Unit. In addition to commercial loans, Sobek will specialize in Low-Income Housing Tax credit loans, Historical Tax Credit loans and Dino Tax Credit loans. Business Support Specialist Fitime “Tinka” Nasufi was promoted to Branch Manager I Operations of the North Star Branch on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. At North Star, Nasufi will be responsible for daily branch operations and building and maintaining customer relationships. Quinn Anderson was promoted to Loan Officer I and will help customers with their lending needs at the U-Med Branch. Anderson joined First National in 2014 and worked as a personal banker until beginning a loan officer apprenticeship in June 2018.
Great Alaskan Holidays announced the hiring of Brittany Burns as its new creative coordinator and member of the Marketing Department. A lifelong resident of Alaska, Burns was born and raised in the North Slope village of Kaktovik before taking up residence in Anchorage. She has held previous positions in employee or freelance capacities with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her primary responsibilities have been, and will be, participating in continued development and outreach via social media, branding, graphical, and advertisement design and development, and corporate videography and photography. Burns has bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and history from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a master’s degree in film studies from National University in LaJolla, Calif. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degreein digital marketing from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Calista Corp. announced the promotion of shareholder Tisha Neviq’aq Kuhns to vice president of land and natural resources. Kuhns is responsible for managing lands and resources to meet Calista’s goals for financial success and sustainable development. She provides technical advice on economic minerals, land use and stewardship, and coordination with industry and government agencies. Kuhns joined Calista in 2016 as a staff geologist after working with the Donlin Gold project for 12 years in geology and water quality baseline management. She is born and raised in Bethel and Homer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in geology from Southern Oregon University. Kuhns is also currently enrolled in Alaska Pacific University’s graduate-level Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program. Kuhns was also recently elected to serve on the Alaska Miners Association board of directors.
Posted Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 8:52 am
Dr. Math Trafton will serve as interim director at the Sitka campus of the University of Alaska Southeast once the post is vacated by Leslie Gordon. Trafton will begin his interim position Dec. 8 and the search for a permanent director of the Sitka campus will begin in January 2020. Trafton joined UAS Sitka in 2013 and is currently an associate professor of English with tenure in the School of Arts &Sciences at the Sitka Campus. He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in comparative literature, a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in English-creative writing, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science, all from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Gordon will be leaving her position in early December. She has accepted a position with the Southeast Regional Health Consortium in Sitka as the director of performance improvement. Gordon joined UAS in 2006, and has worked as a full tenured professor and program director for health information management, and as assistant director of academic affairs. Gordon has been the Sitka Campus director since May of 2018.
The Healing Hand Foundation announced that Desiree Jackson has been selected as the new president of their board of directors. Jackson is succeeding Joseph Kahklen who has been board president since its inception in 2001. Jackson has worked in the Alaska health care system for more than 20 years. She has held positions at the Southeast Regional Health Consortium, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and Southcentral Foundation. Currently, she is the director of Tribal Services for Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority. Jackson spent years developing curriculum and teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska, while co-authoring several books and peer-reviewed journal articles. She founded and owns Healthy Traditions Nutrition Consulting. Jackson is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and Alaska Pacific University, where she earned a Certificate in Alaska Native Executive Leadership and an executive MBA with an emphasis on strategic leadership. Since 2008, Ms. Jackson has been a registered dietitian specializing in Alaska Native traditional foods.
Posted Wednesday, November 06, 2019 - 9:06 am
Amy Gallaway has been named the 2020 Alaska Teacher of the Year. The Alaska Teacher of the Year is the state’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year, and serves as a member of Commissioner Johnson’s Teacher Advisory Council. Gallaway started her Alaskan career in 1993 as an archeologist in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, but it was her seasonal job as a teacher’s aide in Glennallen School that changed her life. She left archeology and earned her teacher certification from the University of Alaska in 1999, and took her first teaching job in Nuiqsut, an Inupiaq village on the Colville River. In 2002, Gallaway started working for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. She currently works at West Valley High School where she teaches history, government, and career education to 9-12 grade students. She is a teacher mentor for the national “We the People” civics program, which emphasizes critical thinking and culminates with a simulated congressional hearing with community judges. Gallaway holds a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ben Griese has been named the 2020 Alternate Alaska Teacher of the Year. He will serve as Alaska Teacher of the Year if Gallaway is named National Teacher of the Year. Griese has devoted 10 years to serving the communities within Southwest Region School District, most notably as a prek-12 special education teacher at “Chief” Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok. Griese teaches self-advocacy and inclusion for all students. He ensures that students with disabilities are included and successful in academic, social, athletic, and subsistence activities. Griese holds a bachelor’s degree in special education teaching from Purdue University.
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Kolipano were recently promoted to partner at BDO’s Anchorage office. Doughty has extensive experience performing assurance work throughout Alaska. He serves a variety of clients across many industries, including Alaska Native corporations, government contractors, governmental entities and nonprofit organizations. He is a member of the Anchorage Audit Quality team. Kolipano provides assurance services to Alaska Native corporations, government contractors, construction contractors, and healthcare and nonprofit entities. His responsibilities include managing to completion comprehensive assurance and consulting engagements.
Russell Gingras, EIT, recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a staff engineer in the firm’s Utilities Group. Gingras will assist with planning and design of civil engineering projects, with an emphasis in utility design, such as water and sewer improvements. Gingras brings two years of civil engineering experience to R&M, with experience in both public and private utility sectors. He is experienced in construction site inspections, utility conflict review, utility waivers and permitting, feasibility reviews, and agency coordination for review and inspection of wastewater projects. A former AWWU intern, Russell is knowledgeable in Municipality of Anchorage and American Water Works Association standards and specifications. Gingras has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was also recently certified by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation as an operator for Water and Wastewater Treatment.
Don Brown has joined PND’s CAD group in Anchorage. Brown earned a bachelor’s degree in science and technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage, an associate’s in electronics technology from the Community College of the Air Force and an associate’s in computer science from Charter College. He retired from the Air Force, where he served as a satellite communications technician and was deployed to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, during Operation Desert Storm. He has since worked as a telecommunications worker, computer assistant, electronics mechanic, network technician, AutoCad specialist, engineering technician and adjunct professor teaching Autodesk, Microsoft Office, math and safety classes. Lifelong Alaskan and University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate Levi Overbeck, PE, has joined PND’s Anchorage civil staff. Overbeck holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He spent three years at Jacobs Engineering in environmental and drainage design and modeling. One of his first assignments at PND is to bring his Bentley MicroStation experience to bear on Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and Federal Highway Administration projects. Overbeck’s educational emphasis was in arctic water resources and hydrology; he spent two summers conducting hydrology studies at remote North Slope sites. Sarah Boeckman has joined PND’s Anchorage accounting staff. As a project accountant, she will assist with project setup and reporting, billing, and project closeouts, and other accounting functions as needed. Boeckman is a lifelong Alaskan and graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting. She previously worked for Bristol Bay Industrial where she supervised project accounting and billing for Peak Oilfield Services.
Stoel Rives LLP added three associate attorneys to its Anchorage office. Shannon Behm-Bleicher joins the office in the firm’s Environment, Land Use and Natural Resources group; Connor Smith in the Litigation group; and Heather Twitchell in the Corporate group. Behm-Bleicher provides counsel to clients in matters of environmental compliance, land use and permitting. She received her law degree, cum laude, from Creighton University School of Law and undergraduate degree from Creighton University. From 2017-19, Behm-Bleicher served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Judge Frank Pfiffner and to Judge Andrew Peterson of the Anchorage Superior Court. She is admitted to practice in Alaska and Nebraska. Smith represents clients in commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts, and in arbitration and mediation. He received his law degree, summa cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University. Smith served as a law clerk to Justice Craig Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court, as a judicial extern to the Judge Morgan Christen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and as a legal intern at Fair Work Center. He is admitted to practice in Alaska. Twitchell provides counsel on a wide range of corporate transactional matters, largely in the realm of mergers and acquisitions. She received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School and undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Before joining the legal profession, she co-owned and managed a small business, Alaska Backcountry Fishing Lodge LLC, and served as a captain and UH-60 helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. She is admitted to practice in Alaska and Wisconsin.
Posted Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 9:40 am
The Anchorage Downtown Partnership hired Mercedes Curran as office manager. Curran is a lifelong Anchorage resident and graduated in 2013 from the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Since her return home, she’s been a member in the Anchorage Concert Chorus, coach and administrator for Anchorage Youth Soccer Club, referee and secretary for Anchorage Soccer Referees Association, and singer/performer in various Alaskan bands, theatre groups, and shows. She is also the co-host of the local talk/music radio show The Summit.
Col. Brian Kile assumed command of the 168th Operations Group following his tenure as director of Operations of Joint Staff at Joint Force Headquarters, Alaska National Guard, assigned at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Kile enlisted the Air National Guard in 1990 as a loadmaster with the 210th Rescue Squadron. After serving several years in this position, he was selected for the Undergraduate Pilot Training Program, which marked his transition into the officer corps. Kile has served in numerous leadership positions, including 210th Rescue Squadron Assistant Director of Operations, 11th Air Force Rescue Coordination Center Deputy Director, 176th Operations Group HH-60G Standardization and Evaluation Pilot, 210th Rescue Squadron Director of Operations, 210th Rescue Squadron Commander, and 176th Operations Group Deputy Commander. Col. Richard Adams assumed command of the 168th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard, from Col. Bryan White during a change of command ceremony Oct. 20. Adams assumed command of the wing after serving as the commander of the 168th Operations Group, a position he had held since May 2018. Adams was commissioned in 1991 as a distinguished graduate through the ROTC program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2004 he transferred from the active-duty Air Force to the Alaska Air National Guard.
The Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation named University of Alaska Southeast education graduate Nancy Mills as their 2019 Student of the Year. From Chignik Lagoon, Nancy Mills was the first graduate from her school to earn a bachelor’s degree. Mills earned her master of education degree in special education from UAS in 2012. She is currently working toward a second master’s degree in educational leadership from UAS. She is the secondary and special education teacher at the Chignik Lagoon School.
Trilogy Metals Inc. has signed an employment agreement with James “Jim” Gowans as CEO and president on an interim basis, effective Sept. 4. Gowans was president and CEO of Arizona Mining Inc. from 2016-18 when Arizona Mining was purchased by South32 Ltd. Previously he was a senior advisor to the chairman, co-president, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Barrick Gold Corp. from 2014-15. Gowans has extensive experience in Alaska. He completed the feasibility study for the Red Dog Mine, oversaw the design and construction of that mine and then operated Red Dog for three years after commissioning.
The Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association announced that Jared Kosin, JD, MBA, will become the organization’s new president and CEO. Kosin currently serves as the associate administrator of Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. He has worked closely with ASHNHA for seven years. Prior to his current role, he served as the executive director of the Office of Rate Review at Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services. Other past experience includes policy and legislative leadership for the Colorado Speaker of the House, and Michigan Senate Majority Leader. Kosin will succeed Becky Hultberg, who announced in August she will depart ASHNHA in December to lead the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. Kosin holds a juris doctor degree from Michigan State University College of Law, an MBA from the University of New Hampshire, and a bachelor’s in English with a minor in political science also from the University of New Hampshire.
Posted Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 9:38 am
Steven J. Patin has been named chief Human Resources officer for the University of Alaska effective Oct. 25. Patin, who succeeds Keli Hite-McGee, currently is vice president at Alaska Communications overseeing all aspects of the company’s customer service functions. Patin joined Alaska Communications in 2011 and in his many roles at the company, he has managed its lean enterprise transformation, led field operations across Alaska and the Lower 48, and served as the company’s senior director of business transformation. Prior to his time at Alaska Communications, Patin enjoyed a distinguished military career in the United States Army, and retired in 2011 at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served at various locations worldwide and as part of multiple contingency deployments. Patin has also served as a member of the UA Anchorage School of Nursing Community Advisory Board. He also served as professor and head of the Department of Military Science at UAF and led the expansion of the Army ROTC program at UAA in 2009. Patin has served as Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army Alaska, as a Senior Advisor to the President of the Royal Military School, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Assistant Professor/Program Director in Leadership Studies, U.S. Military Academy, West Point.
Kathy Moran is the new chief financial officer for Calista Corp. in Anchorage. She began her career in public accounting before overseeing financial operations for companies in a variety of industries including Alaskan Native corporations. Most recently she served as CFO at Goldbelt Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Virginia Tech. Calista’s former CFO Sharon Lechner will be refocusing on Calista’s vast real estate holdings as the president of Ena Holding LLC and special projects for the Calista.
Northrim Bank announced the hiring of Jonathan Tibbs as vice president, commercial loan officer-Fairbanks, and the promotion of Jason Gentry to vice president, lending branch manager-Ketchikan. Tibbs joins Northrim with more than 14 years of experience in Alaska lending. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from Brigham Young University. He is also vice chair on the Education and Workforce Development Committee for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and a board member for the United Way of Tanana Valley. Gentry has been with Northrim Bank for one year and has more than seven years of experience in the financial industry. He grew up in Utqiagvik and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Stacey Frutiger, EIT recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as an environmental specialist in the firm’s Environmental Group. Frutiger brings five years of environmental consulting experience to R&M, with a broad range of experience in air quality compliance and permitting, water quality monitoring, storm water conveyance design, and soil contamination for both government agencies and private industry. She has also prepared National Environmental Policy Act documents for federally-funded projects in Anchorage and around the state; conducted air dispersion modeling; and prepared permit applicability analyses for private clients in the resource development sector. Since joining R&M, Frutiger has supported environmental efforts for the Northeast Trail Connector project in Anchorage, Camp Carroll Environmental Assessment for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the GCI Fiber Optic Project at the Port of Alaska and Alaska Marine Lines. Frutiger has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced its 2019-20 board of directors on Oct. 10 at its annual convention in Juneau. The Executive Committee is: Board Chair Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures; Southwest Vice Chair Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours; Outside Past Chair Elizabeth Hall, John Hall’s Alaska Cruises &Tours; At Large Secretary/Membership Chair Holly Johnson, Wings of Alaska &Taku Glacier Lodge; Southeast Treasurer/Finance Chair Dave McGlothlin, Holland America Group; Outside Marketing Chair Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier &Wildlife Cruises; At Large Government Relations Co-Chair Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage; Southcentral Government Relations Co-Chair Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; Outside Tourism Policy and Planning Chair Josh Howes, Premier Alaska Tours; and Southcentral President and CEO Sarah Leonard, ATIA. The rest of the board of directors are: Bonnie Quill, Mat-Su Convention &Visitors Bureau; Brett Carlson, Northern Alaska Tour Co.; Dan Rough, Holland America Line; Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks; Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours; John Binkley, Riverboat Discovery; Kirk Hoessle, Alaska Wildland Adventures; Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge; Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau; Tennelle Peterson Wise, Grande Denali LLC; Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer. Board elected seats are Camille Ferguson, Sitka Tribe of Alaska; Carol Fraser, Aspen Hotels; Craig Jennison, TEMSCO Helicopters; and Dale Wade, Alaska Railroad Corp.
The Alaska Communications board of directors has named William “Bill” H. Bishop president and CEO. Bishop has served as Alaska Communications’ interim CEO since June 2019. He joined the company in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles, including senior vice president of customer and revenue management and chief operations officer. Bishop will also serve on the company’s board of directors. Bishop joined Alaska Communications in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles in consumer and business sales and operations, including director of retail operations, director of business and wholesale, vice president of business and wholesale, senior vice president of customer and revenue management and chief operations officer. He brings more than 25 years of telecom and business leadership experience to this role, including positions at AT&T, McCaw Communications, and a federal government logistics contracting company. Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced three new executives. Michelle Bradshaw has been selected to fill the senior vice president of IM governance position. Bradshaw is an accomplished, senior-level leader with more than 20 years of experience in technology and project management. She previously held the position of vice president, IM applications. Laura Moore has been selected to fill the position of vice president, IM applications. Moore has more than 20 years of experience in technology transformation and automation prior to joining Alaska USA as the applications group manager. Victoria Worley has been selected to fill the position of vice president, operations. Worley joins Alaska USA with more than 15 years of Alaska financial institution experience and will oversee credit union operational functions.
Posted Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 9:59 am
Alaska Communications announced promotions of Laurie Butcher and Diedre Williams. Butcher will serve as chief financial officer and Williams as senior vice president of operations and people matters. Butcher has been with the company since 1997 and has served in several leadership roles, most recently as senior vice president, finance. She guides the effective planning, monitoring and maintenance of the company’s financial health. Williams has been with the company since 2003, most recently serving as vice president, human resources. Williams leads employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits and employee development programs.
PDC Engineers announced that Senior Structural Engineer Amy Mestas has been recognized as 2018 Engineer of the Year by the American Society of Civil Engineers 8. This title is Mestas’ second Engineer of the Year award for 2018, the first being awarded by a panel of judges made up of representatives from the engineering society chapters of Alaska earlier in the year. ASCE’s Region 8 is made up of Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory. The region includes nearly 14,000 members. In addition to Mestas’ professional accomplishments, leadership abilities, and community involvement through coaching high school volleyball, she was also instrumental in Anchorage, Alaska’s recovery following the Nov. 30, 2018, earthquake. She led structural assessments throughout the Municipality of Anchorage for months following the event and has served as an advocate for future earthquake preparedness.
Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Jessica Gallagher to Public Relations and Editorial director. In her new role, Gallagher will be responsible for developing and directing upper-level creative and corporate content across all brand communications. She will act as the spokesperson of Credit Union 1 to media and other outlets and will implement strategies that are intended to uphold a positive public image for the credit union. Gallagher joined the credit union in 2008 as a part-time teller before transitioning to the in-house marketing team. She has since held the positions of marketing coordinator, communications specialist and senior communications specialist charged with cultivating and strengthening the credit union’s brand voice across all channels. Originally from northern Wisconsin, Gallagher holds a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and a master’s degree in English and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University.
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies has named Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Dr. Tamika L. Ledbetter as national chair of its Employment and Training Committee. The Employment and Training Committee develops legislative priorities for Congress and is a forum for states to share information and solutions for emerging workforce development issues.
Sen Dan Sullivan announced that Greg Bringhurst has been hired as his Fairbanks regional director and rural advisor. Bringhurst will replace Leslie Hajdukovich, who served in this position for the last 4½ years. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Bringhurst was most recently the director of public policy and government affairs at Cook Inlet Housing Authority. He has also worked as a legislative assistant for Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Washington, D.C., as a legislative aide in the Alaska Legislature, and for the Tanana Chiefs Conference. Bringhurst is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Posted Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - 9:28 am
Dave Weber was named Ducks Unlimited’s Regional Director of the Year for his outstanding efforts as a staff member in Region 1, an area that encompasses the West Coast and Alaska. Weber, a resident of Anchorage, covers the state and works with local volunteer committees hosting fundraisers for the 82-year-old conservation organization.
Credit Union 1 has announced the promotion of longtime employees Shane Gustin and Brooke Johnson to the roles of assistant vice presidents of Operations. In these new roles, Gustin and Johnson will be responsible for the strategic direction of Credit Union 1’s branch network. They will also oversee service level goals and initiatives and the continued development and oversight of the credit union’s physical security. During his past 25 years with Credit Union 1, Gustin has held various management positions within the credit union, and he most recently served as regional branch manager. Gustin is currently enrolled in Western CUNA Management School. Johnson joined Credit Union 1 in 2010 with previous credit union experience. She has also served in various management roles at CU1, most recently as regional branch manager.
Jeremy Price was appointed to the public commissioner seat on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. Price grew up in Salcha and worked at Salcha Electric for 10 years. He has worked in a wide range of public policy roles, including in areas of oil and gas policy, for Rep. Don Young, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the American Petroleum Institute, the Alaska chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and currently as Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy’s deputy chief of staff. Price was also designated as AOGCC chair, effective Oct. 7. He is subject to legislative confirmation in accordance with AS 31.05.005-170.
BDO USA LLP announced the promotion of James Doughty and Jake Kolipano to assurance partners. Previously, Doughty and Kolipano served as directors and have both been with the Anchorage office for more than 13 years. On July 1, Joy Merriner was named assurance office managing partner. Merriner previously served as assurance partner and has been with the Anchorage office for 17 years. They join Kevin Van Nortwick, tax office managing partner, Bikky Shrestha, assurance partner, and Chad Estes, tax partner in leading more than 80 professionals locally. Collectively, the group has more than 90 years of experience serving Alaskan businesses and the community.
In recognition of decades of service to survivors of domestic violence, Attorney General Kevin Clarkson presented Theresa Hillhouse with the Attorney General’s Award for Pro Bono Service at the opening ceremonies of Domestic Violence Action Month. For 10 years, this award has honored an attorney who has dedicated a portion of their career to assisting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since 2003, Hillhouse has personally represented clients in 10 pro bono cases through the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Hillhouse began her legal career in Anchorage, focusing on employment, labor, and public law. While working in Anchorage as an assistant municipal attorney, she became involved with ANDVSA undertaking pro bono cases. In Sitka while municipal attorney, she often staffed the ANDVSA hotline in addition to her casework. The number of hours she has donated pales in comparison to the impact she has had on the lives of her clients. Though retired from state and local government practice, she is of counsel at Gilman &Pevehouse.
The Alaska SeaLife Center added six new members to its board of directors for three-year terms. Kate Consenstein is the principal and owner of Rising Tide Communications in Anchorage. She specializes in public relations, campaign development, strategic communications, branding, integrated messaging, content creation, social media, and freelance writing. Consenstein is a graduate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Joshua Kindred is the regional solicitor for the Alaska Region for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Prior to that, Kindred was the Assistant District Attorney for the State of Alaska and Environmental Counsel for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Willamette University College of Law. Scott Meszaros is the City Manager for the City of Seward. He is a career public management sector employee with 26 years of service. He has extensive experience with land use and rapidly growing communities. Meszaros is a Certified Public Manager from the International City Managers Association and a Certified Municipal Clerk from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. Roslyn Mitchell is a senior account manager for Matson Alaska. She brings more than 20 years of experience in the field of transportation and logistics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University. Brian Pinkston is the founder and president of Bright Road Wealth Management in Anchorage. He has worked in the financial industry for more than 22 years. He is a Certified Financial Planner, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and holds a bachelor of business administration degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. Darryl Schaefermeyer returns to the board after a 23-year hiatus during which he served as general manager and Operations director for the Alaska SeaLife Center. Schaefermeyer previously worked as a staff assistant to the late Sen. Ted Stevens and was also the City Manager for the City of Seward. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University.
Bering Straits Native Corp. shareholders elected five board of directors members at its 2019 annual meeting on Oct. 5 in Nome. Incumbents Gail R. Schubert, Charles “Chuck” Fagerstrom, Louis “Louie” Green Jr. and Eugene F. Asicksik were reelected and Cynthia “Cindy” Towarak Massie was newly elected to the board. Directors serve three-year terms.
Posted Wednesday, October 02, 2019 - 9:40 am
Jenna Krohn and Brett Watts have recently joined the firm of Hughes White Colbo Wilcox &Tervooren LLC as associate attorneys. Jenna Krohn graduated from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minn., where she twice made Dean’s list and interned at the Municipality of Anchorage. She also worked full-time in human resources while attending law school. After graduating in 2008 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, Brett Watts practiced criminal law both the prosecution and defense side, immigration law, family law, and general litigation. Watts left immigration law to spend more time in the courtroom, and now his practice focuses primarily on family law and litigation. Hughes White Colbo Wilcox &Tervooren LLC was founded in 1939, as Davis &Renfrew in Anchorage. The firm focuses on litigation, product liability, insurance law, environmental law, condemnation and eminent domain, employment law and family law.
Alaska Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Scott Howard was promoted at a ceremony Sept. 18 in the National Guard armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, after holding the rank of colonel for three years. Howard is commander of the Alaska Air National Guard and assistant adjutant general-Air for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. After joining the Air Force, Howard spent seven years enlisted as an air surveillance technician. His first tour was at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., followed by a tour at Geilenkirchen NATO Air Base, Germany. At this point, Howard had earned his bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and was working on his master’s of aeronautical science. He was prompted by officers within his unit to commission, and went directly to Officer Training School after his tour in Germany. After commissioning as a second lieutenant, Howard was assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., before he was sent to the 611th Air Control Squadron in Alaska. He was in the 611th for approximately two years when he decided to transfer to the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing.
Chris Hamey joins Residential Mortgage as chief financial officer with 15 years of experience in accounting and audit through his career in Alaska. Hamey was born and raised in Juneau before moving to Anchorage to attend the University of Alaska Anchorage. Most recently he was the Accounting manager at Chugach Alaska Corp. He has also worked for Klondike Advertising, Inlet Petroleum Co. and KPMG. Hamey holds bachelor’s degrees in English and accounting, both from UAA.
Ahtna Inc. announced Lori A. Kropidlowski, CF APMP, recently achieved Foundation Certification through the Association of Professional Management Professionals. Kropidlowski is the Business Development and Marketing manager with Ahtna Environmental and has more than 25 years of architecture/engineering/construction specific sales and marketing experience. She also holds her certification as a Certified Professional Services Marketer through the Society of Marketing Professional Services. Kropidlowski serves on the boards of directors for both the Society of Military Engineers and the National Association of Women in Construction. Jason Sellars joins Ahtna Environmental Inc. as a site supervisor. Sellars has been an Alaskan resident for 25 years, the last 23 years in construction throughout Alaska. His main accomplishments have been directly involved in approximately 75 percent of the building and installation of all the wind turbines in the state. Sellars was the site foreman in over 40 self-standing terrestrial communication towers, linking western Alaska to the rest of the world with telemedicine and high speed internet. Ahtna Engineering Services LLC hired Marlena “Marty” Brewer as senior chemist. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in biomolecular research, environmental laboratory analysis, environmental consulting, and working in an environmental regulatory capacity. Marty holds a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas.
First National Bank Alaska announced several recent hires, appointments and promotions. Senior Vice President Karl Heinz was promoted to senior regional manager and will now oversee bank operations in Fairbanks. Heinz joined the bank in 2003 and previously led First National branches in Eagle River, Glennallen, Haines, Kenai, Kodiak and Valdez. With 15 years of financial experience, Tim Redder joined First National as regional branch manager lending and was appointed vice president. Redder is based out of the Kenai Branch and will oversee operations on the Kenai Peninsula and in Kodiak. Vice President and Loan Officer Mike Frost was promoted to branch manager lending of the Soldotna Branch. Stephanie Daniels was promoted to Cash Management support manager and appointed assistant vice president. Daniels has 17 years of banking experience. Business Development Representative Debra Davies was appointed Business Development officer and will continue expanding and developing new customer relationships in the bank’s Escrow Unit.
Posted Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 8:52 am
Cassi Campbell was hired as Blueprint Alaska’s first account executive. Campbell will work for the agency’s clients in a variety of capacities, including managing social media, writing and editing content, providing event support, and media relations. Campbell, a born-and-raised Alaskan, graduated from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls with a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications with concentrations in broadcast journalism and psychology in 2011 and is scheduled to complete her master’s degree in strategic communications in December 2019 from Purdue University. Her professional work experience brings unique industry knowledge to the firm after working with Matanuska Electric Association from 2012-19 and the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Matanuska Susitna College from January-September 2019.
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner John Binder was appointed chair of the National Association of State Aviation Officials. As deputy commissioner of Aviation, Binder leads Ted Stevens Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports, along with 237 state owned airports across Alaska. NASAO is dedicated to representing the interests of the states and the public before policymakers at the federal level. NASAO works closely with the Department of Transportation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Transportation Research Board and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Samantha Cherot was appointed as Alaska Public Defender, filling the position vacated in April by Quinlan Steiner. She will serve a term of four years upon legislative confirmation. Cherot has been an Alaska resident for 32 years, and has practiced law for nearly 12 years. She graduated from California Western School of Law in 2007, and most recently worked as an assistant public defender in Anchorage. Craig Campbell was appointed to the business owner/manager seat on the Alaska Railroad Corp. board of directors, effective Sept. 11 through Oct. 3, and reappointed Oct. 3 through Oct. 3, 2024. Campbell has an extensive background in both the public and private sector, with 35 years of aerospace experience in the U.S. Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard, culminating as the Adjutant General, Alaska National Guard, retiring in 2009 at the rank of lieutenant general and simultaneously becoming Alaska’s 10th lieutenant governor. Campbell has more than 15 years of aviation consulting experience, both in the U.S. and internationally. He served as president and CEO for Alaska Aerospace for seven years, and currently serves as president for Aurora Launch Services. Retired Col. John “Jack” Anthony was appointed to the aerospace industry seat on the board of directors of the Alaska Aerospace Corp., effective Sept. 11 through July 1, 2022. Anthony has nearly 41 years of space research, engineering, operations, leadership, program management, and education experience during his career. He has 26 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, retired in the grade of colonel, and also has experience working with the National Reconnaissance Office and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He currently supports the National Space Defense Center as a part-time advisor and serves on the Aurora Launch Services Board of Directors.
Rasmuson Foundation announced three new staff members and recognized an existing staff member with a career development opportunity. Tristan Agnauraq Morgan was hired as momentum fellow. She is participating in a partnership between Philanthropy Northwest and Rasmuson Foundation to prepare individuals from underrepresented communities for careers in philanthropy with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Morgan grew up in Anchorage and attended University of Alaska Anchorage where she studied art and professional writing. While in college, Morgan interned with ASRC Energy Services, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. After graduating in December 2017, Morgan began work as a human resources coordinator with Denali Family Services, where she also helped organize art and indigenous youth events with the direct service staff working with children and adolescents. Josh Hemsath was hired as program fellow. Hemsath is participating in a separate two-year fellowship with the program team, our grantmaking arm. He brings more than 10 years of experience with nonprofits in Alaska and around the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in the Anchorage area and holds a bachelor’s degree in community health from Montana State University and a master’s of public administration from the University of Washington. For the last six years, Hemsath represented Pride Foundation in Alaska as its regional philanthropy officer, the sole staff member in the state. Allison Macanga was hired as administrative assistant. She moved to Anchorage from New Jersey in 2016 and previously worked in New York City and Philadelphia, with experience in radio, video, and television production, including casting for a wide variety of reality TV shows. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in screen studies from Monmouth University. Momentum fellow and external affairs associate Emily Kwon will take part in the Philanthropy Northwest Momentum program over the next two years to help her develop further as a professional in philanthropy. Kwon studied biological sciences at Arizona State University, where she became involved with the Asian Pacific American community including the Asian Chamber of Commerce. She joined the Foundation staff in 2017 as a communications intern and recently was promoted to serve as an associate on the external affairs team.
Keli Hite McGee has been appointed as administrator at The Surgery Center of Fairbanks, effective Oct. 7. Most recently, Hite McGee served as chief human resources officer at the University of Alaska. Hite McGee’s background includes more than 20 years in communication, human resources, training and coaching, change management and leadership consulting with work in industries ranging from healthcare and higher education to private, state and federal organizations. Her career started as Golden Valley Electric Association’s organizational development officer, providing change management facilitation, followed by CEO of Hites Organizational Leadership &Training, where she worked with executives and organizations in the private and public sector to manage and implement change. Past healthcare roles included serving as CEO of Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute and as interim administrator for Anchorage Women’s Clinic. She has lived in Alaska for more than 25 years in communities throughout the state and is a graduate of University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Chris Yelverton was promoted to senior payments advisor with KeyBank Alaska’s Enterprise Commercial Payments Group. Yelverton joined KeyBank in December 1998 as a teller and has held several positions in the retail division including [email protected]
relationship manager and area retail leader. Yelverton joined the Commercial Banking team in August 2013 and most recently served as a Relationship Manager. A lifelong Alaskan, Yelverton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.
Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 9:28 am
Darren Franz was appointed Anchorage commercial lending officer and executive vice president at First National Bank Alaska. Franz joins FNBA with 27 years of local banking experience. During his banking career, Franz has successfully overseen the management of retail and business banking in 16 different Alaska communities with broad geographic, economic and cultural diversity. Sherilee Keopuhiwa joins the FNBA Cash Management team as senior business development officer with 23 years of banking experience. Luke Thomas brings a wide-range of banking experience gained throughout Alaska to his new position as a loan officer for FNBA in Anchorage.
Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced Richard Strutz is serving as interim CEO effective Sept. 9. Strutz is very familiar with SNC after serving as CEO from April 2015 to May 2017. Strutz had a 43-year career at Wells Fargo and its predecessor, National Bank of Alaska. He spent 20 of those years as the company’s CEO in Alaska. In recognition of his business accomplishments, he was inducted to the Junior Achievement of Alaska’s Business Hall of Fame in 2017.
Anchorage-based telecommunications company Quintillion named Jim Voelker, an entrepreneurial veteran in the telecom industry, to its board of directors. Quintillion built and operates a subsea and terrestrial high-speed fiber optic cable system that spans the Alaskan Arctic and connects to the lower 48 and is developing plans to expand to international markets. Voelker has worked with leading companies in telecom, data, fiber optic, internet and cloud industries as chairman, CEO, president or board member. Voelker co-founded and led the development of Lighthouse eDiscovery in 2007 and today serves on the board of directors of a global market leader in this segment of the cloud industry. Before that, he served as chairman and CEO of Infospace, now Blucora. Voelker was also President of Nextlink Communications through their multi-billion dollar IPO. Nextlink is now XO Communications and was recently purchased by Verizon. Voelker previously served in various executive level roles with US Signal and SP Telecom and has served on numerous private equity/venture-backed and public boards over the past 20 years, including 360 Networks, Comdisco and Blucora.
Anchorage Fracture &Orthopedic Clinic has recently grown to include 14 providers with the addition of fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon Dr. Patricia Fox and fellowship-trained foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rabun Fox. Starting Sept. 16, both providers will be available to see patients in Anchorage and in Eagle River. This fall, both providers will also be available at the practice’s new South Anchorage location. As a fellowship-trained hand and upper extremity surgeon, Patricia Fox specializes in treating all injuries and conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Her surgical expertise includes arthroscopy, nerve repair and reconstruction, wrist and small joint fusion and replacement, fracture care and microsurgery as well as elbow and shoulder replacement. As one of the area’s only fellowship-trained orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons, Rabun Fox provides the highest level of expertise for foot and ankle care, including flatfoot deformity, sports and overuse injuries and fracture management. He offers advanced surgical care utilizing the latest in minimally invasive and arthroscopic techniques. Additionally, he has trained extensively on total ankle replacements and provides the most up-to-date options for his patients with ankle arthritis. Patricia Fox is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She later underwent additional specialty training in hand and upper extremity surgery through a fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center. Rabun Fox earned his medical degree from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the LSU Health Sciences Center, followed by a foot and ankle surgery fellowship training at the Rothman Institute and Thomas Jefferson University.
Credit Union 1 announced the promotion of Maria Boucher to Member Assistance manager. In her new role, Boucher will be responsible for managing the credit union’s collection efforts of both current and charged-off accounts and loans. During her past 12 years with Credit Union 1, Boucher has held various positions within the Member Assistance team, including supervisor, assistant manager and now manager. She has received the credit union’s coveted Zip Zabor Award as well as the Super Volunteer of the Year Award for her philanthropic efforts. Boucher is also a Certified CUNA Financial Counselor.
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the promotion of Jodie Gatti to Social Enterprise manager. Gatti will be responsible for the development, implementation, coordination and promotion of the Tribe’s existing social enterprises (Sacred Grounds Café, Sacred Shine Auto Detailing, Smokehouse Catering and the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall). She’ll also work closely with Tlingit &Haida’s Business &Economic Development department to evaluate self-sustaining business opportunities with a social development impact that can provide employment opportunities to tribal citizens. Gatti previously worked as the Tribe’s Business &Economic Development coordinator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage and has held internships with Department of Revenue and First Alaskans Institute.
Posted Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 9:01 am
Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall is the newest member of The Alaska Club board of directors. Randall, a longtime member of The Alaska Club, will bring her unique and extensive perspective on training, physical fitness and personal health to the management team. Randall is an internationally recognized athlete who grew up in Alaska. She has raced for the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, is a three-time Overall World Cup Sprint Champion and an Olympic gold medalist. Randall is a voice for athletes as an International Olympic Committee member and a United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee board member. She is involved with Healthy Futures and Fast and Female, two organizations that promote healthy lifestyles to youth.
Darren Franz was named Anchorage commercial lending officer and executive vice president at First National Bank Alaska. Franz joins First National with 27 years of local banking experience. During his banking career, Franz has successfully overseen the management of retail and business banking in 16 different Alaska communities with broad geographic, economic and cultural diversity.
Posted Wednesday, September 04, 2019 - 8:47 am
Credit Union 1 promoted Victoria Worley to Risk and Compliance manager. Originally hired in 2004, Worley began at the credit union as a teller and has since held various positions such as consumer loan processor, branch manager, account recovery manager, and most recently, member assistance manager. Worley will be responsible for the daily oversight of the credit union’s compliance in regulatory and policy matters, vendor management, file maintenance, enterprise risk management, and policy management programs.
Tom Hoffer has been appointed Bethel District Attorney effective Aug. 21 following former Bethel District Attorney Steve Wallace’s appointment to the Kodiak Superior Court. He previously worked in the Bethel District Attorney’s Office from 2008-12. Hoffer has been practicing law for 15 years. He recently returned to Alaska to work in the Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office after taking some time off to focus on other areas of law.
John Golick has joined UIC as general manager of the Rockford Corp. Golick has nearly 30 years of experience in general and mechanical construction. His leadership roles inside of the industry have included overall management, estimating, business development and marketing. Golick has previously worked at SKW Eskimos, Inc.; Alaska Mechanical, Inc. and various other mechanical and general construction companies. Golick graduated from Dimond High School and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Coffman Engineers Inc. hired Richard “Rick” Harvey, FPE at its Anchorage office. Harvey brings to Coffman more than 30 years of experience in fire protection engineering, mechanical engineering, and project management of government and industrial projects including both new facility design and renovation of existing systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a registered fire protection engineer in Alaska and Alberta, Canada, and is also a registered mechanical engineer in Alaska. Harvey’s background includes serving as fire protection engineer in responsible charge for clients in Alaska and Canada. He has provided program management of the fire protection program for the Federal Aviation Administration in Alaska.
Northrim Bank announced several new hires: Timothy Breeden as commercial loan officer-Wasilla; Rana Hill as corporate secretary; Megan Liska as technical development manager; Wolf Toller as training manager; and Scotty Watkins as commercial lending team lead-Fairbanks. Breeden joins Northrim with 15 years of experience in the financial industry, 10 of those years as a lender. He holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Wayland Baptist University. Hill comes to Northrim Bank with more than 25 years of experience working with public and private companies with an emphasis on SEC filings and board of directors and shareholders’ meetings. Liska joins Northrim Bank with more than 16 years of experience in the financial industry. During her time at Alaska USA she developed policy, procedure, training and other materials for systems and front line related processes. Toller comes to Northrim Bank with 15 years of experience in the financial industry, 12 of that in training. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University. Toller is ISSP certified (Integrity Selling for Service Professionals) and is an active volunteer with The Reality Foundation. Watkins joins Northrim Bank with more than 13 years of experience in the financial industry. He has worked in banking in both Nome and Fairbanks. Watkins holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and an MBA from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Anita Halterman joined the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees after being appointed in August. Halterman, currently working as an account executive for a risk management firm, is an Eagle River resident who brings more than 30 years of experience working in federal, state and local government to the board. Halterman has a master’s degree in business administration and spent most of her career working for the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. She also served as chief of staff in the Legislature. There are seven trustees that oversee the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. Trustees are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature to five-year terms.
Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 9:58 am
Ash Grove Cement Co. hired Jay Barringer as Technical Sales representative. Barringer will work from the Bellevue sales office and his assigned territory will cover Alaska. Ash Grove Cement supplies cement to concrete producers and construction projects in many areas of Alaska. Barringer comes to Ash Grove following a successful career as an officer in the U.S. Navy. During his tenure, he completed several tours, most recently as the Operations Officer for Regional Support Organization, Pacific Northwest in Everett, Wash. Prior to that he was the First Lieutenant onboard the USS Cape St. George, followed by an assignment as the first Damage Control Assistant for the new commissioned USS Ralph Johnson.
Great Alaskan Holidays, Alaska’s largest RV rental, sales, and service business headquartered in Anchorage, hired Maddy Herrin as a service writer. As a service writer, Herrin is responsible for the coordination of customer RV repair and service needs with the company’s entire sales, production and technical teams. Prior to joining Great Alaskan Holidays, Herrin held a similar position with Kendall Ford in Anchorage
Bobby Alexander, chairman of the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union board of directors, has been inducted into the Defense Credit Union Council’s Hall of Honors. The Hall of Honors was established in 2000 as a way of acknowledging credit union leaders, volunteers, and staff for their significant contributions throughout the year. Most notably, it recognizes individuals who epitomize the DCUC’s philosophy of “Serving Those Who Serve Our Country.” Alexander has served on the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union board of directors since 1996, and has held the rank of chairman of the board since 2001. In addition to his considerable service to the credit union, he has an extensive service record with the U.S. Army. Alexander’s service includes two tours to Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group, where he was selected to be the noncommissioned officer in charge of the group’s financial section. During his time in the military, Alexander received numerous awards and commendations, and even after retiring from the U.S. Army, he returned to serve in a civilian capacity. He maintains his military connection through volunteer efforts, including as a board officer with the Association of the U.S. Army AUSA Last Frontier Chapter.
Credit Union 1 announced the selection of Elizabeth Nerland as its new Marketing manager. Nerland brings more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications to her new role, primarily in business-to-business service industry fields. Nerland is also currently an adjunct professor at University of Alaska Anchorage in its marketing degree program, where she teaches courses such as marketing media analytics, branding and content marketing, and marketing research. She has bachelor’s degrees in marketing and corporate communications from Duquesne University, and she also has an MBA from the University of Alaska.
Posted Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 8:04 am
First National Bank Alaska announced the appointments of a new business support manager and a vice president/loan officer. Kara Blake returns to FNBA as business support manager in the Wealth Management Operations Unit. Blake first arrived at FNBA as a teller in 2004, then worked her way to overseeing Northern Lights and Main branches as branch manager. Paul Beer joins the bank as loan officer and vice president. Beer brings 30 years of banking experience to the Wasilla Branch where he will help small business owners in the Mat-Su Valley with their deposit and lending needs.
Cornerstone General Contractors announced that Senior Project Manager Jonathan Hornak was named partner effective this past Jan. 1. Hornak started his career with Cornerstone in 2008 as an intern on the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic project. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2009, he joined Cornerstone as a full-time employee. Over the last decade, Hornak has served in nearly every role that Cornerstone offers and has become an expert in healthcare facilities after managing numerous projects within the Alaska Native Medical Center, Alaska Spine Institute, and Providence Alaska Medical Center, Providence Valdez Medical Center, and Alaska Regional Hospital. More recently, he was inducted into the 2019 Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40.
The Alaska Superintendents Association announced Yukon-Koyukuk School District Superintendent Kerry Boyd as Alaska’s 2020 Superintendent of the Year. The Superintendent of the Year program, now in its 33rd year, pays tribute to a school system’s top leader who exemplifies leadership for learning, personal and organizational communication, professionalism, and community involvement. Boyd is starting her 12th year as superintendent of the Yukon-Koyukuk School District but has been a part of the district since 2005. Her district, which covers the area of Washington state, has 16 sites, and she personally visits each community several times throughout the year. Boyd has been an officer in the Alaska Superintendents Association for seven years, and serves on the Alaska Council of School Administrators board. She has been the Coalition for Education Equity president and has been a statewide leader in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act as well as serving on several statewide policy committees. ASA will advance Boyd’s candidacy to the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year program. All state Superintendents of the Year will be honored in February at the 2020 AASA National Conference on Education in San Diego, Calif.
The law firm of Birch Horton Bittner &Cherot announced that attorneys Michael Schwarz and Matt Widmer have joined the firm. Schwarz joined the firm in January after practicing with a prominent law firm based in Westchester County, N.Y., for 13 years. Schwarz has represented and counseled clients in a wide variety of matters including: real estate, land use and zoning, municipal law, environmental law, foreclosure (commercial and residential), contracts, commercial disputes, and business torts. In addition, Schwarz has represented national and regional title insurance underwriters in connection with coverage matters, and has also served as defense counsel for underwriters’ insureds. Widmer joined the firm in November 2018, bringing more than 13 years of civil and criminal litigation experience throughout Alaska. Widmer began his legal career in private practice in Bethel. After five years, he moved to Anchorage where he worked for the Office of Public Advocacy and the Public Defender Agency, handling felony-level offenses, parole, and post-conviction relief. Widmer graduated from William &Mary Law School.
Posted Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 8:58 am
The Mat-Su Health Foundation has announced leadership changes for R.O.C.K. Mat-Su (Raising Our Children with Kindness). Kathryn Swartz will serve R.O.C.K. Mat-Su’s interim director for the next six months, and Lindsay Prunella has been promoted to the position of operations manager. Swartz comes to R.O.C.K. Mat-Su from her permanent position with the Mat-Su Health Foundation where she serves as special assistant to the CEO and board liaison. Swartz was previously a consultant for the World Bank. She received a Ford Foundation Social Justice fellowship and worked for the Cultural Heritage and Education Institute in Fairbanks. She earned a master’s degree in international development studies and anthropology from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology and Spanish from Kalamazoo College. Prunella has been with the R.O.C.K. Mat-Su staff since 2017 and was recently promoted to operations manager. Prunella was previously R.O.C.K. Mat-Su’s program coordinator. Prior to that she was employed as director of a community coalition and prevention specialist in Michigan. She was also a behavioral health clinician and coalition coordinator at Alaska Community Island Services in Wrangell. Prunella earned a master’s degree of social work from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in interdisciplinary studies.
The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has named two new directors. Megan Rider is the new domestic marketing director and Ashley Heimbigner is the new communications director. Rider joined ASMI in 2013, working with the international program, and most recently served as the domestic marketing manager. Prior to joining ASMI, the lifelong Alaskan worked in the Office of the Governor, as well as for a lobbying firm. The domestic marketing program is responsible for executing strategic Alaska Seafood promotions with foodservice and retail partners across the United States. Rider was named interim domestic marketing program director in November 2018. Heimbigner joined ASMI in January of 2018 as international marketing specialist. Prior to joining ASMI, Heimbigner worked as tourism and sales manager at Visit Anchorage, and also held the communications manager position at Alaskan Brewing Co. in Juneau. As communications director, Heimbigner will oversee the brand and messaging priorities of the whole organization, act as a spokesperson to press and trade media, and manage ASMI’s domestic consumer public relations, in-state and fleet communications. Heimbigner replaces Jeremy Woodrow, who was named executive director in June of this year.
Mat-Su Health Foundation Vice President of Programs Dr. Melissa Kemberling has been selected for the prestigious Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship. This national program is conducted by Grantmakers for Effective Organization. It is a 10-month peer cohort program for senior executives who are responsible for developing and guiding key change efforts in their organizations. In her role as vice president of programs, Kemberling oversees grants, scholarships, and community systems change, and manages research and evaluation for the Mat-Su Health Foundation. She began her career as a pediatric physical therapist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Boston City Hospital in Massachusetts, as well as working in local schools. Kemberling holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Tulane University and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. During graduate school she worked as an education director at a Head Start Program in northern Manhattan and was a Center for Women in Policy Fellow at SUNY Albany. Her career in public health began with international work evaluating HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Central America, as well as health clinics in Trinidad and Tobago. When she first arrived in Alaska she taught in the Sociology Department at UAA. She also spent six years at the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center at ANTHC where she served as the senior epidemiologist.
Posted Wednesday, August 07, 2019 - 9:40 am
Northrim Bank announced new hires and the promotion of a variety of employees. Paula Duracinski was promoted to Facilities manager; Mark Edwards was promoted to executive vice president, chief credit officer and bank economist; Jaime Kissner was hired as vice president, commercial loan officer; James Larson was hired as special credits officer; Stephanie Love was promoted to Marketing and Sales manager; Andy Ray was promoted to Facilities maintenance manager; and Mhay Sy was promoted to vice president, loan servicing and special credits manager. Duracinski has been with Northrim Bank for more than 19 years. The majority of her time has been in the Facilities department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hawaii. In 2016, Duracinski was honored with the President’s Award. Edwards has been with Northrim Bank since 2007. Prior to that, he was the director of the Office of Economic Development for the State of Alaska and economist for the Department of Revenue. Edwards has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. He received Northrim Bank’s President’s award in 2010. Kissner joins Northrim with 15 years of experience in the financial industry, including three years in retail management, 10 years in commercial lending, and two years as a licensed financial advisor. He holds bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University, as well as Series 7 and 66 security licenses. Larson comes to Northrim Bank with six years of experience in the financial industry. He has worked at institutions in Alaska and Nevada. Larson attended the University of Alaska Anchorage. Love has been with Northrim Bank and Residential Mortgage for the past three years and has more than 15 years of experience in the financial industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. Ray has been with Northrim Bank for more than four years. Prior to his work at Northrim, he has held management positions in construction and customer service. Ray holds a master’s degree in project management from University of Alaska Anchorage. Sy has been with Northrim for 13 years and has 21 years of experience in the financial industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
Credit Union 1 promoted Kelly Smith to Friction Free Finance manager. Originally hired in 2005, Smith began as a CU1 teller and later held numerous positions such as member service officer, branch manager, regional branch manager and roaming branch manager, the position he held prior to this promotion. In his new position, Smith will be responsible for continuing to expand the credit union’s unique Friction Free Finance program as new dealerships are added that fit the organization’s “people first” values.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses announced that Emily Carlson is the new senior media manager for 11 states, including Alaska. Carlson grew up in has a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. After moving to Alaska, she was an anchor and reporter at KTVA in Anchorage. She was nominated for an Emmy award for her work on a half-hour special about how a subsistence challenge transformed a community in rural Alaska. She was honored by the Alaska Broadcasters Association for a special about opioid abuse and also won numerous awards from the Alaska Press Club.
Alaska Humanities Forum announced that George Martinez has been hired as its new director of Leadership Programs. In this role, Martinez will be the lead for Leadership Anchorage and he will oversee leadership programming across the organization. Martinez comes to the Forum from the Municipality of Anchorage where he has spent the past four years as Special Assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, focusing on economic development, youth development, education, and diversity. Leadership Anchorage is one of the Forum’s flagship programs, entering its 23rd year this fall. The 8-month-long program brings together a diverse, cross-sector cohort each year for experiential learning designed to guide participants in developing the skills, knowledge, perspective, and networks needed to be effective and compassionate leaders for the city and state.
First Alaskans Institute, a statewide Alaska Native nonprofit focused on advancing Alaska Natives for the next 10,000 years, announced that Barbara ‘Wáahlaal Gíídaak Blake (Haida/Tlingit/Ahtna Athabascan) has recently been hired as Alaska Native Policy Center director. She earned her master’s degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks in rural development, focused on fisheries development in rural Alaska. She also has a bachelor’s degree in rural economic development, as well as an associate’s degree in Tribal management from UAF. She also has a certificate in Tribal governmental business law from Seattle University.
Evergreen Business Capital announced the promotion of Theo Ransum to associate vice president/loan officer. In addition to administering Evergreen’s SBA Community Advantage Program, Ransum will now also take the lead on connecting Alaskan small businesses with access to capital under Evergreen’s SBA 504 Loan Program. Since 2016, Ransum has served as Evergreen’s programs loan officer, where he educated small businesses on the benefits of the Community Advantage Program that helps entrepreneurs receive funding to start or expand their business. In May 2019, Theo was awarded with the SBA Alaska District Director Award for his dedication to the education and empowerment of small businesses throughout the state.
Posted Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - 8:58 am
R&M Consultants Inc. announced new professional designations for three employees. Taryn Oleson recently earned her American Institute of Certified Planners designation through the American Planning Association’s professional institute. The AICP certification is the only nationwide, independent verification of planner’s qualifications. Oleson has been with R&M since 2014 and specializes in land use, transportation and community planning, and is experienced in educating diverse publics on a wide range of issues and technical projects. Since joining R&M, she has provided land use planning, community involvement and steering committee facilitation for the City of Houston’s Community Impact Assessment and Comprehensive Plan Revision. Other projects include the Big Lake Pedestrian Improvements Study, Muldoon Park Master Plan Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions Travel Demand Model Update. Joe Horazdovsky received his professional engineering license. He passed the Principles &Practice of Engineering Exam, gaining his Alaska license in Civil Engineering. Over the past five years, Joe has gained a wide variety of experience working on transportation, waterfront and construction administration projects. As part of R&M’s Surface Transportation team, he has participated in pavement rehabilitation and new road construction projects, including the Seward Highway MP 100-105 Improvements, West Dimond Boulevard Upgrade and Peger Road Resurfacing. R&M’s newest Professional Land Surveyor David Brock successfully passed the required exams for licensure, including the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying Professional Surveying Examination and Alaska Land Surveying Examination. Brock joined R&M as a Survey Technician in 2012. Since joining the R&M team, he has worked as an instrument person, field surveyor and party chief, and supported a variety of airport, road, utility and harbor projects throughout Alaska. Recent projects Brock has been involved in include the West Romig Middle School Improvements, Chugach Foothills Northeast Connector and Sterling Highway MP 45 to 60.
Alaska telecom and technology company MTA announced that Jessica Gilbert has been promoted to Public Relations manager, a new role for the company. She had previously served as marketing specialist, where she was a leader in MTA’s business growth and customer experience strategy. In her new role, she will manage MTA’s public image, develop partnerships and engage with the various communities that the company serves. She will also manage the MTA Foundation, which provides donations throughout the community and scholarships to students with the goal of pioneering technological growth throughout the MTA serving area.
Bering Straits Native Corp. announced that Mary L. Pate has joined BSNC as vice president and general counsel. Pate brings many years of experience in legal matters, corporate governance, litigation, commercial transactions, Native and employment law, risk management and compliance. Pate joins BSNC from NANA where she served as vice president and deputy general counsel. At NANA, Pate oversaw all commercial subsidiary legal matters and risk management. Prior to her work at NANA, Pate worked as a partner for Honigman Miller Schwartz &Cohn LLP. Pate earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from University of Alaska Fairbanks, and her juris doctorate from the University of Puget Sound School of Law.
Posted Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 9:00 am
Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy announced his selections to fill Alaska Superior Court judgeships in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Brent Bennett has been appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. Bennett has been an Alaska resident and practiced law for 13 years. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2006, and is currently the supervising attorney of the Office of Public Advocacy, Fairbanks Defense Section. Earl Peterson has been appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. Magistrate Judge Peterson has been an Alaska resident for more than eight years, and has practiced law for 23 years. He graduated from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1995, and is currently a magistrate judge in Fairbanks. Peter Ramgren has been appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court. Magistrate Judge Ramgren has been an Alaska resident for 17 years, and has practiced law for over 21 years. He graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1997 and is currently a magistrate judge in Anchorage.
Maj. Gen. Peter B. Andrysiak assumed command of U.S. Army Alaska in a ceremony at Pershing Field on July 16. Andrysiak will replace retiring USARAK commanding general, Maj. Gen. Mark J. O’Neil. Andrysiak returns to Alaska from Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Army Pacific. He previously commanded USARAK’s 2nd Engineer Brigade at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, including a combat rotation to Afghanistan in 2015. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, a master’s degree in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of Texas, and a master’s degree in national security strategy from the National War College. Andrysiak was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers upon graduation from the U.S. Military Academy and has led a career spanning more than 29 years. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He has earned the Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Alaska Family Services Inc. announced that longtime Mat-Su Valley health professional Desiré Shepler has accepted the position of president and CEO. Shepler was chosen from a national field of applicants to lead one of Alaska’s largest nonprofits, serving more than 12,000 Alaskans annually with programs and services focused on the family. Shepler comes to AFS from the Mat-Su Health Foundation, where she has served since 2013, most recently as Director of “Raising Our Children with Kindness” (R.O.C.K) Mat-Su. As a student working on her associate’s degree in human services from Matanuska-Susitna College, Shepler completed her practicum hours at Alaska Family Services’ domestic violence shelter. She earned a master’s of public health degree and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, both at University of Alaska Anchorage. Shepler also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from The Foraker Group. Shepler, who was named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 in 2018, replaces Donn Bennice, who retired as president/CEO in April after leading AFS for 17 years.
Vitus Energy LLC (Vitus Marine) has hired Jessica Pestrikoff as human resources manager, Charlotte Long as inventory manager and Jonathan Bloomquist as controller. Pestrikoff has more than 12 years of administrative experience, with eight in the HR field. She came to Vitus from Chugach Alaska Services where she was the staffing program manager working directly with Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. to provide contingent staff to support their field operations. She holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage in marketing and management. She is a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional as well as a Professional of Human Resources. Long joined Vitus Energy with more than 20 years of inventory/sales/accounting experience. Most recently she served as the sales representative for 40 Western Alaska Villages at JB Gottstein. She has two bachelor’s degrees in business and logistics management from the UAA. Bloomquist has a master’s of accounting degree, as well as two bachelor’s degrees from Central Washington University. He comes to Vitus from Vigor Marine where he served as the corporate finance manager with more than 10 years of experience.
Wasilla resident Sammye Pokryfki has joined the Mat-Su Health Foundation board of directors. Pokryfki is a lifelong Alaskan who has lived in the Mat-Su Borough for more than 36 years. She was senior vice president at the Rasmuson Foundation until 2017, where she worked for 12 years. Currently she works as a consultant and adjunct faculty member in the University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College. Previously, Pokryfki was executive director of United Way Mat-Su and Denali KidCare rural outreach coordinator for Chugiak Children’s Service. She has also served as a volunteer leader on nonprofit boards, government boards and commissions, blue ribbon committees, and in soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, faith communities, mentoring programs, recreational events, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. Pokryfki holds a master’s degree in social work and two bachelor’s degrees, one in social work and one in English literature, all from UAA. Lebron McPhail, who joined the MSHF board in 2016, was chosen as vice chair.
The Alaska Trucking Association has announced top management changes effective Aug. 1. Lifelong Alaska resident and business leader Robert Shake has been named the new executive director of the 300-member association, and Joe Michel was named deputy director. After serving ATA for 13 years, Aves Thompson will officially retire as executive director on July 31. Thompson had spent 24 years regulating commercial vehicles for the state of Alaska and retired as division director of commercial vehicle enforcement in the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He also served as chief and director of Weights and Measures and was presented a lifetime achievement award from the National Conference on Weights and Measures. He chaired the AMATS Freight Advisory Committee and served on the Port of Alaska Commission, the UAA Advisory Boards for the Engineering, Logistics and Diesel Schools as well as the Governor’s Road and Highway Advisory Board. Shake brings nearly 40 years of commercial finance and management experience to ATA having held executive management positions in commercial banks, credit unions and the commercial insurance industry. A graduate of Colorado College with a degree in business administration, he has served on and held leadership positions on various boards and commissions including Providence Alaska Foundation, Municipal Light &Power, World Trade Center Alaska and Boys and Girls Club Alaska. Michel, the newly appointed deputy director, has more than a decade of experience in Alaska State Government. He has worked in the governor’s office and both the House and Senate of the Alaska Legislature. He has coordinated the capital budget for the House of Representatives and the operating budget for DOTPF.