Jennifer Bundy-Cobb is the new managing partner for Wilson Albers as of Jan. 1. Since joining the employee benefits firm Wilson Albers in 1995, Bundy-Cobb has served in various roles, promoting excellence in client services and solutions. She most recently served as the Director of Employee Benefits. Bundy-Cobb’s other work in our community includes volunteer time spent supporting nonprofit organizations both in and outside of our industry. She has served as the president of the board for the Alaska Association of Health Underwriters and has been active in supporting health care reform causes. Jennifer was the Board Chair for Anchorage Community Health Services in 2012 when they opened their new building and is currently the Resource Development Chair for Anchorage Project Access Board. Most recently, she has come full circle as a board member for Alaska Youth Orchestras, where she played the French horn as a teenager.
Bundy-Cobb assumes the role following Lon Wilson, who served as the firm’s managing partner since 1995. Wilson will be transitioning his leadership responsibilities over the coming months and supporting Alera group as needed in the region.
Bundy-Cobb’s new role is accompanied by additional changes in leadership roles, including promotion of Thomas Showalter to head of client engagement where he will lead Wilson Albers’ consolidated employee benefits, retirement plans, and human resource services.
Krystle Burns assumed duties as the chief of workforce management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District in November 2021.
In her new position, she is responsible for advising the district leadership and executive staff on substantive procedural and policy matters for civilian workforce management functions. Furthermore, she performs ongoing analysis of workforce resources, organizational staffing requirements and recruitment strategies.
Prior to her arrival in Alaska, in July 2020, Burns was promoted to serve as the senior administrator for the Fort Bragg Womack Army Medical Center, Department of Medicine, overseeing all administrative activities to include civilian personnel management, manpower utilization, performance management, clinical data management and budgetary control of the department’s operational objectives.
Burns began her federal service career in June 2018 with the Fort Bragg Department of Public Health, serving as practice manager of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Clinic. She played a vital role in the execution of the Fort Bragg COVID-19 response process for contact tracing during the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Burns was awarded the Department of Army Civilian Service Commendation Medal for being actively engaged in the DPH’s successful efforts to become nationally accredited through the Public Health Accreditation board and for authoring the first DPH Workforce Development Plan.
She earned her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Kaplan University and a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from South University. Burns is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, which means she is equipped with skills and tools to optimize quality management processes. In 2019, she completed her Army Medical Command Lean Leaders certification at Fort Bragg.
Burns is a native of Savannah, Georgia. She has been married to her husband, U.S. Army Warrant Officer Robert Burns, for more than 13 years. Together, they have three children.
McKinley Capital Management, LLC, was named one of the 2021 Best Places to Work in money management. Presented by Pensions & Investments, the 10th annual national survey and recognition program is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the top 100 employers in the money management industry. This marks the second year McKinley Capital has earned the coveted distinction.
The Alaska Railroad Corp.’s year-end Gold Spike employee awards program for 2021 was one of the most diverse, in terms of employee jobs, work environment and location.
These top awards are presented to employees who clearly stand out for above-and-beyond demonstration of company values through stellar performance. A number of awards reflected superb performance in reaction to, and in spite of, ongoing pandemic stressors.
The 2021 Alaska Railroad Gold Spike Award recipients:
Fairbanks Depot Services Team: A trio of hard-working depot service associates met and exceeded the challenges posed by a much larger than expected passenger ridership in 2021. They include: Lead Depot Services Associate Alesia Salmela, and Depot Service Associates I LeaAndrea Smith and Natalie Morgan.
Terminal Supervision Team: Working in the Anchorage Railroad Terminal and the Fairbanks Railroad Terminal, these dozen employees are recognized for leading and contributing to the success of multiple rail transportation programs and initiatives aimed at improved efficiency, safety, customer service and employee quality of life. They include:
FAIRBANKS: Operations Director Andy Burgess; and Terminal Supervisors Mark Dustin, Katrina Lehse, Joe Mueller, Dale Rageth and Elizabeth Smith
ANCHORAGE: Terminal Operations Director Pat Volmer; Field & Train Planning Manager Dustin Kincaid; and Terminal Supervisors Ben Ahrens, Kody Anderson, Rheynan Castro and Wilkie Thompson
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic Tony Buma, Real Estate & Facilities (Fairbanks), has taken care of facilities maintenance needs on the north end (Hurricane to Fairbanks), essentially by himself for several months, during an extended co-worker absence.
Journeyman Mechanic Steve Conlan, Mechanical (Anchorage), recognized for 30 years of experience critical to diagnosing and troubleshooting locomotive issues, especially traction motors; and a willingness to pass along this knowledge as an exceptional mentor.
Contract Administrative Specialist Candice Humphrey, Supply Management (Anchorage), recognized for exceptional performance as a procurement technician, while also serving as the acting fleet manager for eight months until a new fleet manager was named
Carman Terry Hunter, Mechanical (Anchorage), recognized for catching a very difficult-to-detect wheel defect on a flat car in the Anchorage Yard, ensuring its removal from the train, thereby preventing a catastrophic and costly derailment.
Reservations Inventory Specialist III Erin Kehoe, Passenger Marketing (Anchorage), recognized for admirably performing mission-critical tasks when her workload essentially doubled for a prolonged period as the pandemic forced passenger trains to reduce capacity to 75%.Systems & Analysis Supervisor Willow Peyton, Information Technology (Anchorage), recognized for assisting the reservations team in ways well beyond her duties.
Passenger Depot Services Manager John Simmons, Guest Services (Anchorage), for exceptional oversight of depot service staff which allowed ARRC to meet the market demand; while protecting employees and customers through his constant, unwavering approach to work place safety.
Retirement & Learning Management System Coordinator Kristine Stone, Human Resources (Anchorage), recognized as an exceptionally valuable and professional pandemic-related resource for the company.
Track Repairer Pol Carrera Vilaplana, Maintenance of Way (Portage), recognized for above-and-beyond flagging performance on the challenging MP 52 Rockfall Mitigation project. He demonstrated astounding teamwork, safety and consistent excellence.
Transportation Field Manager II AJ Washburn, Transportation (Whittier), recognized for exceptional leadership and data-based efforts to improve Whittier terminal operations.