Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for July 5

The Chugach Electric Association board of directors elected new officers June 17, including re-electing Bettina Chastain as chair. The complete slate of officers includes: Chastain, chair; Rachel Morse, vice chair; Jim Henderson, secretary; Harold Hollis, treasurer. Attorney Sam Cason and engineer/consultant Mark Wiggin were elected to the two open seats on the board. Dr. Karen Carey was appointed to serve as interim chancellor for University of Alaska Southeast, effective July 1, succeeding outgoing UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield. Carey currently serves at the UAS provost. Carey joined the University of Alaska Southeast as provost in 2016. She earned her Ph.D. in school psychology from University of Cincinnati, and came to UAS from the California State University Channel Islands, in Ventura, where she served as the dean of Arts &Sciences. Kyle Kirn was promoted to audit manager at the Anchorage office of KPMG LLP. Kirn brings five years of accounting experience with a variety of organizations, including Alaska Native corporations, construction, renewable energy and fishing. Kirn earned both his master and bachelor degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University. Lucas Smith was promoted to audit manager. Smith brings five years of accounting experience and works with both public and private companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. He has extensive experience in the railroad, mining, and consumer products industries. Smith earned both his master and bachelor degrees from Montana State University. Debra Pellati, CFP, CTFA, has joined the Key Private Bank Oregon and Alaska team as senior client experience manager. With more than 22 years in the financial services industry, Pellati most recently worked as a financial planner with a regional planning firm. She has achieved extensive success as a trust investment advisor with a national financial services firm, as well as several international banking and investment organizations. She served as a KeyBank branch manager in Portland, Ore., in 2014. Pellati holds an MBA from International College of Cayman Islands/University of Tampa; a graduate diploma in business, finance and financial management services from Lakehead University; and a certificate in adult education from the University of Manitoba. She also has several professional certifications, including her Series 6 and 66 licenses.

Movers and Shakers for June 14

Command Sgt. Maj. Philip B. Blaisdell became U.S. Army Alaska’s top noncommissioned officer in an assumption of responsibility ceremony May 5. Blaisdell enlisted in the Army in November 1992 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., where he trained as an Infantryman. He has served in every position from rifleman to command sergeant major while stationed at Fort Polk, La.; Camp Casey, Republic of Korea; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Benning; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Jackson, S.C.; and Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Blaisdell’s military education includes the Sergeants Major Academy, as well as the First Sergeant Course; Basic Airborne School; Air Assault School; Combat Lifesaver Course; Emergency Medical Technician Course; Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense Officer/NCO Operations Course; Pre-Ranger Course; U.S. Army Ranger School, Instructor Training Course; Tactics Certification Course; and the Jumpmaster Course. Jennifer Thomasson was named partner at Gonzalez Marketing LLC. Thomasson started as a part-time marketing assistant in 2002 while attending college and was the company’s first employee. In short order, Jennifer demonstrated intelligence, work ethic, technical abilities, organizational skills, media knowledge and creativity that led to more responsibilities and duties being placed upon her, and ultimately the development of her current position, vice president of Client Services. In this role, Thomasson leads all projects and manages all client services. Donlin Gold announced that longtime Alaska miner Dan Graham will lead Donlin Gold as the project’s new general manager, succeeding Andy Cole, who is retiring June 16. As general manager, Graham will be responsible for progressing the project, working closely with the Calista Corp. and The Kuskokwim Corp., the Alaska Native Corporations which own the subsurface mineral rights and surface access rights, as well as shareholders Barrick Gold Corp. (Barrick) and Novagold Resources Inc. Graham earned a degree in mining engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the 1980s and has built a career in the industry in Alaska, beginning as an equipment operator and working his way up through the ranks over the past 36 years. Graham has been a registered Alaska Professional Mining Engineer since 1994 and has led Donlin Gold’s permitting and environmental activities for the past three years, bringing the National Environmental Policy Act process successfully to a close and receiving numerous major permits from state and federal agencies.

Movers and Shakers for June 7

Bering Straits Native Corp. hired Viktor Baklanov as vice president of Finance. Baklanov is an experienced Certified Public Accountant with a background in operational, financial and accounting management. Before joining BSNC, Baklanov spent the last 10 years working across multiple departments within Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and its subsidiaries. He most recently served as the director of Operations at ASRC supporting the strategic direction of the company while assisting in investment analysis. Prior to serving ASRC, Baklanov worked as the senior audit associate for KMPG LLP. Baklanov graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage and completed multiple executive education courses at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Business School.

Movers and Shakers for May 24

Steve Rieger was appointed to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees. Rieger, a former Alaska State Legislator, fills the vacancy left by the passing of Carl Brady. Rieger grew up in Palmer and received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College, and his MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He later returned to Alaska, competed in the 1983 Iditarod Sled Dog Race, and was elected to the Alaska State House of Representatives in 1984, where he served six years. In 1992, Rieger was elected to the Alaska State Senate, where he served four years. From 2009 to 2013 he served as trustee of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., and currently serves on the Alaska Community Foundation Investment Committee, and as chairman of the Municipality of Anchorage Salaries and Emoluments Commission. Sheila Lomboy was promoted to Lending Unit team leader at the First National Bank Alaska U-Med Branch. With more than a decade of local experience in commercial lending, Lomboy specializes in Small Business Administration 504 loans, Bureau of Indian Affairs Guaranty Loans, and meeting the financial needs of Alaska Native entities and nonprofit organizations. Lomboy’s expertise in the medical industry will be a great asset in her new role at the U-Med Branch located in the heart of Anchorage’s medical community. Five Alaska business leaders will join the Alaska Business Hall of Fame at the annual Junior Achievement recognition event in January 2021. Business peers recently selected Dave Allen, president and CEO of Allen Marine Tours and Alaska Dream Cruises; Randy and Chanda Mines, owners of Bagoy’s Florist &Home; Rich Owens, owner of Jewel Lake Tastee Freez; and Rex A. Rock, Sr., president and CEO of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. These business leaders are honored for their direct impact toward furthering the success of Alaska business, demonstrated support and commitment to Junior Achievement’s programs, and demonstrated commitment to Alaska business. The induction ceremony into the Alaska Business Hall of Fame will be held Jan. 21, 2021 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center.

Movers and Shakers for May 10

Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Lindsay Atkins to Jewel Lake Branch manager; and the hiring of David Byrne as commercial loan officer in the Juneau Financial Center and Loren Olsen as vice president-Lending Branch manager. Atkins has been with Northrim for five years and has nine years of experience in the financial industry. She studied at North Idaho College and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Byrne comes to Northrim with 21 years of experience at financial institutions throughout Alaska, including Anchorage, Dillingham-King Salmon, Juneau, Kodiak and Petersburg. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Olsen joins Northrim with 20 years of lending experience in Alaska and Montana. While earning his MBA from California State University Fullerton he worked in corporate finance. DCI Engineers, a civil and structural engineering firm, announced the promotion of John Oldfield, PE, SE, to senior project manager in its Anchorage office. Oldfield has taken on project management responsibilities for residential, warehouse, municipal, and remodel projects throughout Alaska. His current projects include the Homer Police Station, Bartlett Regional Hospital Behavioral Health Facility and Medline Warehouse. His previous engineering experience with long span steel trusses involved airplane hangars, industrial, and military facilities. Oldfield is a member of the in-house steel and aluminum technical committee.

Movers and Shakers for May 3

Long-time prosecutor and current Anchorage District Attorney John Novak retired, effecitve April 30. Brittany Dunlop, currently the Deputy District Attorney in Anchorage, was appointed to succeed Novak. Novak first joined the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office in 1990, giving him 30 years of experience with the Department of Law, most of it in prosecuting cases ranging from misdemeanors to murder and appearing in courts in Anchorage, Kenai, Palmer, Seward, Bethel, Dillingham, Naknek, and Unalaska. Novak also served as the Acting Palmer District Attorney, as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and provided legal advice to the Department of Public Safety for many years before taking the helm in the Anchorage Office. Dunlop graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks and received her bachelor’s degree in political science and government from UAA. Dunlop graduated from Hamline University School of Law in Minnesota in 2006 and returned to Alaska to serve as a prosecutor. Dunlop joined the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office in the Misdemeanor Unit in 2006 and worked her way up to supervising the Anchorage Sexual Assault Unit. She transferred to the Palmer District Attorney’s Office in 2012 where she continued her focus on the prosecution of sex crimes and domestic violence crimes until 2019, when she was promoted to Deputy District Attorney in Anchorage. Ahtna Global LLC hired Maggie Huffer, CF APMP, into the Business Development Department as its senior proposal group manager based out of Renton, Wash. She is responsible for proposal deliverables for Ahtna’s offices nationwide. She is Foundation Level certified through the Association of Proposal Management Professionals and has more than 19 years of proposal management and writing experience. Huffer’s experience includes supporting a variety of service lines such as vertical and civil construction, environmental, engineering, geospatial, range construction and sustainment, fuel services, demolition, and professional services. Morgan Miller, CF APMP, was also hired into the Business Development Department as an Anchorage-based proposal manager. Miller provides nationwide proposal support to Ahtna’s capture teams. She began working in the engineering industry in 2014. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in economics through UAA and is Foundation Level certified through the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. Ahtna Engineering Services LLC added chemist Keather McLoone. McLoone earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and in chemistry from the University Minnesota Duluth. She has 27 years of professional experience in environmental consulting, environmental regulatory oversight, and environmental laboratory analysis. Her 20 years of environmental experience in Alaska includes sampling and oversight at numerous remote Alaska locations statewide. Ahtna Environmental Inc. hired Greg Mamikunian as a geologist based out of its Anchorage office. Mamikunian earned a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences at the University of California San Diego and an master’s degree in earth sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. Other previous experience is in applied geophysics locating faults and other geologic features using gravity, magnetics, seismic refraction and electromagnetics. He also processed marine seismic data while in Houston, Texas. The Mat-Su Health Foundation announced the hiring of three new staff members, a chief operating officer and the promotion of another. The new hires are: Ashley Peltier, director of Connect Mat-Su; Brian Tiefenbrun, Connect Mat-Su community resource specialist, and Kailey Gamble, communications specialist. Kathryn Swartz is being promoted into the position of Healthy Aging program officer. Peltier leads a team utilizing partnerships and technology to ensure delivery of quality, warm, and responsive customer service to meet individual information and referral needs and facilitate connections to service providers. She was previously director of health promotion for the American Lung Association in Alaska. Peltier earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of North Dakota. Tiefenbrun serves as the first point of contact for Connect Mat-Su, providing resource navigation and referral tailored to individual needs. He spent the past two years as an investigator for the Office of Children’s Services where he focused on clients struggling with trauma and substance abuse. Tiefenbrun is a veteran of the U.S. Army and has also worked at North Star Behavioral Health. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from American Military University. Gamble came to the foundation from the University of Alaska Anchorage where she served as communications specialist and managed the public relations, marketing, editorial and social media facets of the College of Business and Public Policy. Gamble holds a master’s degree in public relations and marketing from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in English from Western Washington University. Swartz has been with the foundation for more than three years in the role of special assistant to the CEO and board liaison. She begins her new position on May 4. Swartz previously worked for the World Bank providing operational support to development projects and performing research and writing. 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. The Mat-Su Health Foundation also hired Kelly Lewis as its new chief operating officer, effective April 20. Lewis was previously CEO of her own consulting firm, specializing in leadership, management, and technical training for public and private sector clients. Prior to that she worked for the Municipality of Anchorage as director of organizational development and deputy director of property appraisal. She holds a doctorate of management in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix, an MBA from Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis and Clark College. Lewis also earned a certificate in dispute resolution from Willamette Law School. First National Bank Alaska announced four hires. James Estes joined FNBA as security officer with more than 20 years in law enforcement at the Anchorage Police Department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, an associate’s degree in law enforcement, and an Advanced Police Certificate from the Alaska Police Standards Council. Loan Officer Marc Guevarra has been banking in Alaska for almost two decades working as a teller, branch manager and loan officer. Guevarra will be based at the Valley Centre Branch in Juneau. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Carmen Maldonado joined FNBA as a mortgage loan originator in Anchorage. Maldonado has a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and an associate’s degree in business administration. Michelle Weiss was hired as an assistant vice president. Weiss is an Accredited Mortgage Professional with a decade of experience, the president of the Alaska Mortgage Bankers Association and the director of the National Association of Professional Mortgage Women in Anchorage. Mark D. Anderson, PE, recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as the firm’s group manager of Structural Engineering. Anderson has 40 years of Alaskan experience including structural and seismic engineering consulting services for the oil industry for the past 22 years on projects such as the Gas Compressor Vibration Mitigation project for Milne Point, Akutan Pollock Processing Plant assessment and modifications, North Pole Power Plant Expansion-Phase 1, and Pogo Mine and Quartz Hill Mine Property Access Road Bridges. Prior to that, Anderson worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., where he was responsible for re-establishing the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System seismic program. Anderson has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in civil engineering, both from the University of Idaho. He is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska and Washington and is licensed as a professional structural engineer in Alaska. Northrim Bank announced changes at three branches. Lindsay Atkins was promoted to Jewel Lake Branch manager; David Byrne was hired as commercial loan officer, Juneau Financial Center; and Loren Olsen was hired as vice president-lending branch manager. Atkins has been with Northrim for 5 years and has 9 years of experience in the financial industry. She studied at North Idaho College and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Byrne comes to Northrim with 21 years of experience at financial institutions throughout Alaska, including Anchorage, Dillingham-King Salmon, Juneau, Kodiak and Petersburg. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Olsen joins Northrim with 20 years of lending experience in Alaska and Montana. He worked in corporate finance while earning his MBA from California State University Fullerton.

Movers and Shakers for April 26

Credit Union 1 selected Evan Mulcahy as its new director of Innovation. Mulcahy will be responsible for evaluating familiar operational issues and goals through a unique lens and using that perspective to drive change via innovation, technology and user-centered solution development. Mulcahy was previously hired by Credit Union 1 in 2013 as a staff trainer, and he later served as digital communications specialist, innovation strategist and marketing manager before pursuing other local opportunities. He rejoined the credit union in February 2020. Mulcahy is a University of Alaska Anchorage graduate with a degree in Economics. Northrim Bank announced the promotion of several employees. They are: Amber Zins, executive vice president-chief administrative officer; Cindy Fields, senior vice president-Internal Audit director; Joe Gelione, senior vice president-Commercial Loan Unit manager; Tammy Kosa, senior vice president-regional market manager, Fairbanks; Nicole Pintsch, vice president-controller of financial reporting; Terre Lefebvre, assistant vice president-merchant relationship manager; Kiersten Russell, loan officer II; Elias Wilterding, credit administration officer. Zins has been with Northrim Bank for 12 years, when she was hired as the Internal Audit manager. For the past two years, she has been the Human Resources director. Zins holds a bachelor of business administration in accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a certified public accountant. She is currently attending the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. She received the Northrim President’s Award in 2009. Fields joined Northrim in 2018 and has 16 years of experience in audit and regulatory compliance. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a certified public accountant and certified public accountant. Fields is the president of the Institute of Internal Auditors Alaska Chapter. Gelione started at Northrim in 2017 and has more than 30 years of experience in the financial sector, working in banking in Alaska for over 25 years. He holds a bachelor of business administration in finance from Stockton University. Gelione received the Northrim President’s Award in 2018. Kosa has been with Northrim since 2004 and has more than 26 years of banking experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kosa received the Northrim President’s Award in 2010. Pintsch has been with Northrim since 2007 when it acquired Alaska First Bank. She has been in the financial industry for 15 years. Pintsch holds a bachelor of business administration in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Lefebvre joined Northrim in 2003 and has more than 21 years of experience in the financial industry. She attended Roger Williams University. Russell started at Northrim in 2014 and has held a number of positions throughout the bank. She will complete her bachelor of business administration in accounting this spring from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She also holds certificates for business and commercial lending. Wilterding has been with Northrim since 2013 where he worked in the Facilities department before moving to Credit Administration. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for April 19

Lily Stevens Becker has joined the McKinley Capital Management LLC board of directors. Becker is a partner at Orrick, a global law firm specializing in technology, energy and infrastructure, and finance. She works in Orrick’s San Francisco and Seattle offices. Becker represents companies and individuals in civil and criminal matters, relating to accounting and internal controls issues, fraud, bribery, and the securities laws. She has conducted investigations around the world for multinational corporations as well as targeted investigations for small organizations. She advises clients on anti-corruption compliance programs at all stages, including developing policies and procedures and conducting assessments of well-established programs. Prior to joining Orrick, Becker was a clerk for the honorable Loren A. Smith on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She holds a juris doctorate from the University of California Berkeley School of Law, as well as a master of arts degree in Chinese history and a bachelor’s in history with honors from Stanford University. Dori Stevens, MBA, BSN, will be the next chief administrative officer at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, effective April 13. Stevens has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare leadership, most recently as the chief executive officer at Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, Calif. She was with Sutter Delta for 15 years, also serving as director of nursing and certified nursing educator. Stevens began her career in healthcare as a registered nurse, receiving a bachelor’s degree in nursing from California State University. She later went on to earn her MBA from University of Phoenix. In addition, Stevens furthered her professional development with courses in boethics from the University of Washington and the completion of Lean training.

Movers and Shakers for April 12

Dr. Mary Wegner has been hired to lead the Alaska College of Education’s two educational leadership programs. She will be responsible for the program that leads to a master of education degree, including satisfying the requirements for a Type B Certificate necessary to be a school principal, as well as the superintendent endorsement. Wegner is currently the superintendent of the Sitka School District. Wegner joins the UAS faculty beginning in July. A longtime leader for distance learning, she will be based in Juneau at the University of Alaska Southeast and have student supervision duties throughout Alaska. Wegner earned a Ph.D. in educational technology leadership from Pepperdine University in 2015. At UAS she earned her master of education degree in educational technology in 1995. She also holds a superintendent endorsement in educational leadership from UAS, and an administration endorsement in educational leadership from UA Anchorage. Lisa Morris recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a graphic designer in the firm’s Marketing Group. Morris will be responsible for providing print and web/interactive graphic communications in support of R&M’s marketing, communications and project initiatives. Morris has 19 years of professional design experience in Alaska, with 15 of those years spent serving the A/E/C industry. She has provided graphic design services to engineering firms, commercial construction companies, project management firms and non-profits. Her skills include corporate and project branding, visual identities, print and digital collateral design, report design and layout, infographics, historical displays, copywriting and editing. She is also skilled in use of the Adobe Creative Suite. Since joining the firm, Morris has taken the lead on designing several marketing pieces for in-house and external resources. This includes proposal graphics, recruitment collateral, digital graphics, company icons and other company collateral pieces. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Oregon. Jaylene Z. Wheeler was selected to fill a vacancy on the board of directors for the Sitnasuak Native Corp. at a special board meeting on March 19. Wheeler, 44, is a shareholder raised in Nome and currently resides in Anchorage. She earned a bachelor’s degree in rural development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master of public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. She also has more than 15 years of management-related experience with Tribal health organizations and owns a small business, Wheeler Consulting. Wheeler will serve on the board for the remainder of a term through the 49th annual meeting.

Movers and Shakers for April 5

Birch Horton Bittner &Cherot announced the hire of Michelle Nesbett, who focuses her practice on federal white collar criminal defense. She also handles civil cases, including professional negligence and complex litigation. She received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2006. After working as a prosecutor, she transitioned into private practice. In 2019, she was awarded the designation of “Super Lawyer,” which recognizes those lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The firm also announced it has hired Ella Morozova as a paralegal in its Anchorage office. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas; she received an associate’s degree from the College of Southern Nevada; and she studied law at California Western School of Law in San Diego. She has worked as a paralegal in Las Vegas since 2010, but recently relocated to Alaska. AJ Behm recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a staff engineer in the firm’s Surface Transportation Group. Behm brings a background in construction to his work at R&M. During college breaks, he interned for Knik Construction and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Since joining R&M, Behm has provided engineering support for the Nanwalek/Port Graham Airport Relocation, Skagway State Street Rehabilitation and Airport Way West Improvements in Fairbanks. His work has included creating alignment alternatives, quantities estimates and plan sheets. Behm has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Alaska Pacific University announced the appointment of Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson as its next president. When Davidson succeeds current APU President Bob Onders on April 25, she will become the 12th president of APU and the first woman to lead the university. Davidson served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and then lieutenant governor under Gov. Bill Walker. Prior to that, she worked for more than 15 years as a national policymaker, focusing on matters affecting Indigenous health. The announcement concludes a nationwide search that included 21 applicants from across the country. Davidson previously served as Senior Director of Legal and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and as executive vice president of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. Her current board service includes the First Alaskans Institute, the Foraker Group, the United States of Care Founder’s Council and the Lancet Commission on Arctic Health. Davidson earned a juris doctor with a certificate in Indian law from the University of New Mexico School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in bilingual education from the University of Alaska Southeast. Davidson is an enrolled Tribal member of the Orutsararmiut Native Council. The SMPS Alaska Chapter announced its 2019-20 Board of Directors. The Board of Directors includes the following architectural/engineering/construction, or A/E/C, marketing professionals: Katy Kless, communications and marketing specialist, Coffman Engineers, president; Sarah Hall, proposal specialist at Coffman Engineers, past president; Michelle Pasion, marketing director, AMC Engineers, president-elect; Karma Torres, marketing coordinator, Architects Alaska, secretary; Melissa McCarty, proposal manager corporate marketing, Coffman Engineers, treasurer; Joann Mitchell, PE, civil engineer, public involvement specialist, marketing manager, and an owner, Kinney Engineering; communications director; Pearl-Grace Pantaleone, CPSM, business development and marketing manager, Cornerstone General Contractors, programs director; Melissa Branch, PE, owner and principal engineer, Big City Engineers LLC, education director; Karin McGillivray, public engagement manager, Michael Baker International, sponsorship director; Cynthia Oistad, CPSM, Alaska business development and communications, Arcadis, membership director; Kate Hostetler, director of marketing, KPB Architects, outreach director; Andrea Story, CPSM, vice president of marketing and business development, R&M Consultants Inc., chapter advisor. Bob Warthen has been selected to fill the position of vice president, commercial services administration, business and commercial services for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Warthen has more than 25 years of industry experience. He has been employed with Alaska USA since 2005, most recently as credit administration manager. PDC Engineers announced the addition of Jennifer Kemp and Evan Venechuk to its Juneau office. Kemp joins PDC as a CADD engineering technician. Kemp is a 2002 graduate of Centralia College where she earned her associate’s degree in technical arts. Kemp has more than 16 years of experience with Civil 3D modeling, AutoCAD, GPS and GIS technology. Most recently, Kemp worked as a Crew Chief on a survey crew as well as developing the first-ever initiative to locate utility and light poles using GPS and GIS technology. Venechuk joins PDC Engineers as a land surveyor in training. In this position Venechuk will calculate boundary corner search/staking coordinates and provide technical and CADD support for the Land Survey team. Venechuk has more than five years of surveying experience, as well as extensive experience in the mining industry in Alaska. PND Engineers, Inc. announced the following new hires. Forrest Savel earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has a background in construction, having worked previously as a summer laborer with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and as an intern with R&M Consultants. Most recently he worked full-time as a distribution designer for Chugach Electric Association. At PND, Savel assists on general civil engineering projects. Jake Randazzo brings 15 years of experience in hands-on primary and secondary soil testing, data reduction, and soil lab operations. He is also experienced in geotechnical investigations, pile driving analysis, wave equation analysis, pile driving inspection, concrete testing, and other inspection work. Randazzo has an associate’s degree in process technology from Kenai Peninsula College; holds ACI, NICET, and Nuclear Gauge certifications; and has done field work all over Alaska, including the North Slope.

Movers and Shakers for March 22

The Armed Services YMCA has honored Alaska USA Federal Credit Union chairman Bobby Alexander with its inaugural Civic Leader of the Year award. The Civic Leader of the Year award is given to individuals who have displayed outstanding dedication to bettering their community and an unwavering commitment to the armed forces. Alexander’s service to his country includes two tours in Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group, where he was selected as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the group’s financial section and responsible for more than 5,000 soldiers. During his time in the military, Alexander received numerous awards and commendations. After retiring from the U.S. Army, Alexander returned to serve in a civilian capacity as the deputy chief of staff for the Manpower and Force Management Division. Alexander has devoted more than 38 years of volunteer service to credit union boards and committees and has served on the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union board of directors since 1996. Northrim Bank announced the opening of a Loan Production Office in Kodiak and the hire of long-time Kodiak resident Mark Anderson as VP-commercial loan officer IV. Anderson joins Northrim Bank with 22 years of experience in the financial industry. He worked as a vice president and branch manager in Seward and Kodiak. Most recently, Anderson was the CFO for Brechan Construction in Kodiak since 2014. He has a bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Anderson is on the board of directors for the Kodiak Community Foundation and is the current board chair for the Kodiak Island Borough Citizens Board of Equalization. The Kodiak Loan Production Office opened March 2 and is located at 2011 Mill Bay Road adjacent to Northrim subsidiary Residential Mortgage. Bering Straits Native Corp. announced the promotion of Jørg Jensen to director of operations. Jensen joined BSNC in 2015 and has more than 20 years of operational and management experience managing multi-million dollar programs in government and corporate sectors within the United States and abroad. Jensen was born and raised in Alaska and after graduating from the United States Military Academy, he served in Southwest Asia as an Army officer. Jensen formerly served as program manager and engineer for Raytheon, for whom he led international teams in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and South Korea. He earned an MBA from the University of Liverpool and a bachelor’s degree in management and system engineering from the United States Military Academy West Point. First National Bank Alaska hired Laura Asgari as a management officer and wealth management officer. She will be based out of corporate headquarters in Anchorage. Asgari is an alumna of the American College of Financial Services, a Retirement Income Certified Professional and a Wealth Management Certified Professional. She has worked in finance and financial advising for more than 30 years.

Movers and Shakers for March 15

Explore Fairbanks recently announced its 2020 board of directors. Executive officers are: Chair Ashley Bradish, Gold Dredge 8 and Riverboat Discovery; Past Chair Kathy Hedges, Arctic Circle Trading Post; Chair-Elect Buzzy Chiu, Premier Alaska Tours; Treasurer Kristin Baysinger, Carlson Center, who will also serve as Meetings and Conventions Chair; and Secretary Ralf Dobrovolny, 1st Alaska Tours, who will also serve as Tourism Chair. Additional board members are: Audit Chair Danielle Hayes, HAP Alaska Yukon; Communications Chair Javier Villasenor-Gaona, Chena Hot Springs Resort; Nominations Chair Greg Allison, Good, LLC; Public Policy Advisory Chair Adriel Butler, Aurora Expeditions; Visitor Services &Partnership Development Chair Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge; and Reinhard Neuhauser, Alaska Fishing and Raft Adventures; Jess Pena, Fairbanks Arts Association; John Scherzer, Westmark Hotel &Conference Center; Lisa Simons, Springhill Suites by Marriott; and Shalley Villamarin, Grande Denali Lodge. Ex Officio representatives are Jimi Cash, Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, and Shoshana Kun, Fairbanks City Council. The Anchorage ATHENA Society announced the inductees into the Class of 2020. A group of 10 women have been chosen, representing a variety of fields and expertise. The 2020 inductees are: Tammy Lee Ashley, Director of Program Operations, Alaska Native Justice Center; Deena Bishop, Superintendent, Anchorage School District; Deborah Bitney, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Rasmuson Foundation; Lori Davey, Vice President, Enterprise Market, GCI; Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson, Owner, Valerie Davidson and Associates; Amy Fredeen, Chief Financial Officer &Executive Vice President, Cook Inlet Tribal Council; Kari C. Hall, Founder, Owner, Operator, Allure Day Spa and Hair Design; Jodie Hettrick, Fire Chief, Anchorage Fire Department; Cathleen N. McLaughlin, Owner/CEO, Restorative and Reentry Services; Melinda Taylor, Communication Director, IBEW Local 1547. The ATHENA Leadership Award, the Society’s highest award, recognizes a former inductee for exceptional service. This year’s recipient is: Carol Gore, President/CEO, Cook Inlet Housing Authority. Before joining CIHA, Gore was VP of Cook Inlet Region where she managed a national and Alaska-based portfolio valued at more than $200 million. The Anchorage ATHENA Society will celebrate professional excellence, commitment to community, and the encouragement of leadership potential of women when the ten new members are inducted at the annual luncheon March 23 at the Dena’ina Center. Doors open at 11:30 am, the program begins at noon and will conclude no later than 1:30 pm. Trish Skoglund has been appointed vice president of sales and supply for Crowley Fuels LLC, one of Alaska’s leading petroleum transportation, distribution and sales companies serving more than 280 communities throughout the state. Skoglund, based in Anchorage, reports to Rick Meidel, vice president and general manager of Crowley Fuels Alaska. Skoglund has spent the last 12 years in the oil and gas industry in Alaska, and previously worked in the international trading industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Portland State University, and an MBA in global business from University of Portland. Skoglund holds a Project Management Professional certificate from the Project Management Institute, a global education and research association. Kristin DeSmith, who has served as communications director for the Municipality of Anchorage since 2017, will take on a new role as senior policy adviser in the mayor’s office. Carolyn Hall has been named the new communications director for the MOA, effective March 9. In her new role, DeSmith will focus on several policy areas, including domestic violence/sexual assault, higher education, and the arts. Hall has more than 15 years of experience in communications and marketing, most recently with the University of Alaska’s Office of University Relations, former Gov. Bill Walker, and the Municipality of Anchorage’s Office of the Municipal Clerk.

Movers and Shakers for March 8

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association hired Lilani Dunn, former head of marketing at Orca Bay Seafoods, as marketing director. Dunn joined Orca Bay Seafoods in 2015, helping the brand to be named among the top 20 seafood brands in 2016. Her roles included leading their foodservice, retail, and direct sales marketing efforts. Additionally, Dunn led Orca Bay’s public relations and philanthropic efforts. Dunn brings extensive seafood marketing experience having also previously worked for the retail and foodservice marketing programs at the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Additionally, Dunn is the current vice chair of ASMI’s Domestic Marketing Committee and sits on the board of the Northwest Fisheries Association. Blueprint Alaska hired Tony Spiroski as a junior account executive. Spiroski has a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with focuses in sustainability and design and humanities from the University of Oregon. He has five years of experience working as a marketing and communications manager in Alaska’s travel and tourism industry. He currently serves on the executive boards of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Group, Alaska Young Republicans, and the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s Anchorage Chapter.

Movers and Shakers for March 1

Commonwealth North Inc. recently elected seven new members to its board of directors. New board members include: Nils Andreassen, executive director of the Alaska Municipal League; Tom Barrett, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.) and president and CEO of Alyeska Pipeline System (ret.); Moire Bockenstedt, vice president of administration and government affairs at Olgoonick; Kris Knauss, managing principal at Confluence Strategies; Gail Schubert, president and CEO of Bering Straits Native Corp.; Preston Simmons, chief operating and administrative officer at Providence Health and Services; and Father Leo Walsh, pastor at St. Patrick’s parish and adjutant judicial vicar at the Archdiocese of Anchorage. Incoming board members were elected to three-year terms. Terry Smith was elected to serve as board president. This is Smith’s second term leading the Commonwealth North board of directors. He is president of Unified Operations LLC. Jason Evans of Financial Alaska was elected treasurer and Launch Alaska managing director Isaac Vanderburg will serve as secretary. Northrim Bank announced several promotions within its Retail Banking and Credit Administration departments. Chris Chambos is now associate vice president, Retail Investment Services manager and will be based out of the East Anchorage Community Branch. Maureen Swartwood has been promoted to AVP, Branch Manager II at the Southside Financial Center. Christina Clayton has been promoted to Assistant Branch Manager II at Eastside Community Branch, and James Larson has been promoted to AVP, Special Credits Officer II. Chambos has been with Northrim for nearly nine years and has 16 years of experience in the financial industry. He in a licensed Investment Advisor Representative and Insurance Agent with the bank. Chambos will be based out of Northrim’s Eastside Community Branch in Anchorage. Swartwood joined Northrim in 2018 with 15 years of experience in the financial industry. She started as a teller and worked in various positions to become a branch manager at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Clayton has been with Northrim Bank since 2016 and has nearly five years of experience in the financial industry. Before joining Northrim Bank, she had more than 30 years of experience in retail sales management and has an occupational associate’s degree in retail management. Larson joined Northrim in 2019 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. David Carlson, PE, and Peter Yoo, PE, of R&M Consultants Inc. recently passed the Principles &Practice of Engineering Exam to gain their professional civil engineer licenses. Carlson has been with R&M since 2014 and is a Project Engineer in R&M’s Surface Transportation Group. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Yoo is a project engineer in R&M’s Construction Administration Group where he provides construction document review, quality control oversight and a variety of inspections during construction. Yoo has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UAA. The Goldbelt Inc. board of directors selected McHugh Pierre as president and CEO. He has filled this role in an interim capacity since April 2019. Pierre joined Goldbelt in March 2015 as the vice president of Alaska Operations. Prior to joining Goldbelt, Pierre owned and operated Quantum Communications, a public relations and government affairs firm. In addition, he has served as deputy commissioner and director of Public and Government Affairs at the State of Alaska’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as director of Public Relations in the for former Gov. Frank Murkowski. Jake Slingsby has been named vice president and commercial banking manager with KeyBank in Fairbanks team. With more than 14 years of commercial and business banking experience, Slingsby has held several positions of increasing responsibility within KeyBank, as well as Wells Fargo. Slingsby earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, economics and management from Carroll College in Helena, Mont., and his MBA from the University of Montana in Missoula. In addition, he is in his second year of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, a three-year graduate-level program for the financial services community.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 23

Kevin Henderson assumed the duties of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Alaska District’s Equal Employment Opportunity manager in December 2019. Prior to retiring from active duty from the Army in June 2018 as a Sergeant First Class, Henderson served as the U.S. Army Alaska’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response Prevention Operations Manager/Non-Commissioned officer-in-charge and Lead Sexual Assault Response Coordinator at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. In that role, he trained and provided services to more than 10,000 soldiers, their families and Department of Defense civilians. During his 25 years in the Army, Henderson was stationed at Illeshiem, Germany; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; serving as a Human Resources Specialist and maintaining the SHARP and SARC duties in several of those stations. He is a certified John Maxwell team coach, trainer, and speaker. Henderson is a DiSC behavioral consultant. He holds an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Chaminade University of Honolulu. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner Mary Siroky is retiring again and Rob Carpenter will fill the deputy commissioner position effective Feb. 10. Carpenter has extensive legislative and budget experience. For the past 20 years, Carpenter has worked as a senior fiscal analyst with the Legislative Finance Division. In this role he focused on transportation operating and capital budgets. Carpenter has a degree in business administration, finance from the University of Oregon and an associate’s degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. Siroky will remain with DOT through May 1 and will work on special projects and to assure a smooth deputy commissioner transition. First National Bank Alaska announced several recent hires. Herbert Davis brings a master’s degree in capital markets and more than three decades of banking and management experience to his role as a commercial lending officer and assistant vice president at the Golden Valley Branch. With a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering and more than 23 years of information technology experience, Todd Naliboff was named Network Services manager and appointed vice president. Joe Donahue was named commercial loan officer and vice president. The Sitka Branch added Shauna Thornton as branch manager with nearly 10 years in banking and branch management. Thornton has a master’s in public administration and is currently working towards obtaining her Ph.D. The Alaska Railroad Corp. is promoting Sean Mesloh to become chief mechanical officer, effective March 1. The current CMO is 36-year railroad veteran Don Freestone, who retires Feb. 28. Mesloh began his railroad career nearly two decades ago in December 2000, when he was hired as a mechanical laborer in the Anchorage Car Shop. Within months, he began an apprenticeship, progressing through carmen apprentice levels, learning to maintain freight and passenger railcars. In January 2004, he earned full carman status. By 2006, Mesloh was promoted to mechanical supervisor, overseeing work on railcars, locomotives and heavy equipment. In this role, he gained three more years of hands-on shop experience. In 2008, Mesloh moved to Fairbanks as general mechanical supervisor. In late 2015, he was promoted to director of Fairbanks Operations, responsible for terminal and train functions on the railroad’s north end. Mesloh returned to Anchorage in November 2019 to accept ARRC’s manager of motive power and equipment position. Mesloh earned an associate’s degree in fire science and hazardous material control from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Chris Brown has been selected to fill the position of executive director for Consumer Lending at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Brown has more than 25 years of industry experience, including 12 years with Ford Motor Credit Co. He has been employed with Alaska USA since 2017, most recently as senior vice president, special credits.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 16

Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the promotion of John Hawkins Jr. to Tribal Transportation manager. Hawkins will manage the day-to-day operations of the Tribal Transportation Department, which administers the Tribal Transportation Program for Tlingit &Haida and the Organized Village of Saxman, and collaborates with other Tribal entities and local, state and federal agencies to determine needs and priorities for transportation systems. Tlingit &Haida currently has approximately 236 miles of official TTP roads, 19 miles of roadways and 0.2 miles of parking lot inventoried. Hawkins first joined Tlingit &Haida in 2004 as a shared employee for the Native Land and Resources and Self Governance departments and later transferred to the Tribal Family &Youth Services Department. For the last five years, he has worked for the Tribal Transportation Department. Hawkins will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in April. Matson promoted Jennifer Tungul to director of Alaska Terminal Operations, a new, senior-leadership position created to support the growth of Matson’s operations in Alaska. Tungul has worked in Alaska’s transportation and logistics industry for two decades, with a 17-year tenure between the former Horizon Lines and Matson. Most recently, Tungul served as general manager of Matson’s Dutch Harbor and Akutan operations, responsible for terminal, marine, garage, warehouse and equipment operations. In her new position, Tungul is responsible for effective and efficient terminal operations in Anchorage, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor and Akutan, as well as managing and developing team members, managing labor relations and overseeing process-improvement projects. Lucinda Mahoney was appointed commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue, effective Feb. 4. Mahoney has 30 years of broad experience in the areas of consulting, treasury, debt management, investment management, accounting, budgeting, and business development. Mahoney is the owner of Value Solutions LLC, from which she operates as a business consultant and investment manager. She formerly served as the chief financial officer for the Municipality of Anchorage, and as the executive director of the Arctic Slope Regional Development shared services center. Prior to that, Mahoney was a director with KPMG LLP, managing its business consulting practice in Alaska. She received her bachelor’s of business administration degree from the University of Texas, her MBA from the University of Alaska, and received certification from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Mike Barnhill, who was appointed acting commissioner of the Department of Revenue in December, will now serve as the department’s deputy commissioner. Sitnasuak Native Corp. announced that shareholder and former board director Charles E. Fagerstrom as CEO effective Feb. 5. Born and raised in Nome, Fagerstrom is Iñupiaq, with family roots in Nome and the Bering Strait region. Fagerstrom holds a bachelor’s degree in business finance from Seattle Pacific University, a master’s degree in health services administration and planning from the University of Hawaii, and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado. During his 25-year career, he has been an executive in the healthcare field with organizations ranging in size from $20 to $500 million in annual revenues. Most recently, he was the Health director of Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association. Ben Coleman and Alex Brown recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. Coleman is a planner in the firm’s Planning Department and Brown is a geologist in R&M’s Earth Sciences Department. A former Matanuska-Susitna Borough planner, Coleman has three years of experience in transportation and land use planning, plan and conditional use permit review, data analysis, feasibility studies, and stakeholder and agency coordination. He has a bachelor’s degree in intercultural studies from Crown College, a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University, and is an AICP Candidate. Brown originally joined R&M in May 2019 as a materials technician in the firm’s Materials Laboratory. In this role, he provided field inspections, materials testing, sample logging, density testing, and gradation and concrete testing for airport and highway improvement projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in geological sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 9

Chugach Government Solutions LLC promoted Kathleen Grimes to senior vice president of operations support. Grimes will serve as chief of staff over general and administrative support service functions. Grimes began her government contracting career with CGS more than 25 years ago. Then, she was the finance director for the start-up contract for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Alaska Job Corps Center. Within CGS, Grimes garnered additional experience by taking on new roles among new service areas, such as Base Operations support. Grimes leveraged this experience in her most recent position as vice president of finance. Grimes holds an MBA from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Corissa Lickingteller recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a senior marketing coordinator in the firm’s Marketing Group. Lickingteller will be responsible for supporting the firm’s marketing and communication initiatives, including preparation and coordination of proposals, resumes, special events, charity events, social media activities, sub-consultants and vendors, presentations, marketing collateral, content pieces, and web site development and maintenance. She has a bachelor’s degree in professional and technical communications from Montana Technical University. PDC Engineers announced several promotions. Craig Ranson, PLS, was promoted from senior associate to principal. With PDC’s recent shift to a four-market-sector model of operations, Ranson, who started at PDC in 2003, has also been selected to lead the firm’s land development services division. Mechanical engineer Roger Smith, PE, has been promoted to senior associate. Smith, having 25 years of experience as a mechanical engineer, began his career with Murray &Associates in Juneau and continued there following the firm’s acquisition by PDC in 2016. Smith has been a project manager for mechanical systems on a wide variety of new and renovated facility projects throughout Southeast Alaska, each with more than $1 million in mechanical construction. Daniel McBride has been promoted to associate at PDC Engineers. McBride started at PDC Engineers in 2006 as a structural CADD technician. Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribe of Alaska announced the promotion of Will Ware to chief of Project Development. He will oversee current projects such as Tlingit &Haida’s Cultural Immersion Park, land development of the Kowee Creek subdivision, and startup of the Tribe’s new construction company Southeast General Contractors. He’ll also provide broad oversight of the Tribal Transportation and Business and Economic Development departments, as well as the Tribe’s social enterprises: Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, Little Eagles and Ravens Nest, Sacred Grounds cafés, Sacred Shine Auto Detailing, and Smokehouse Catering. Ware served more than six years as Tribal Transportation manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Tribal Transportation department, which administers the Tribal Transportation Program for Tlingit &Haida and the Organized Village of Saxman. He previously served as the chair for both the Inter-Tribal Transportation Association and National Congress of American Indians Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and as a member of the Alaska Marine Highway Reform Project Steering Committee, Governor’s Community and Public Transportation Advisory Board and Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council. Megan Watson has been promoted to relationship officer with KeyBank’s Commercial Banking Division, where she supports two of the division’s highest-producing relationship managers in the Alaska market. Previously she served as a KeyBank relationship manager, where she was named as the top performer in her market during her first quarter. Watson has also held roles as an assistant branch manager for Northrim Bank and funding liaison for Honor Finance LLC. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced that president and CEO Geoff Lundfelt has been appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council. The appointment lasts three years, effective Jan. 1. The CDIAC represents credit unions, banks and thrift institutions of various sizes. The council provides input to the FRB’s senior management on a variety of topics, including economic and banking conditions, regulatory policies, payment issues and other issues of interest to community depository institutions. Lundfelt brings more than 21 years of financial industry expertise to the council. Goldbelt Inc. has appointed Michael Harbour to serve as its new chief financial officer, replacing Kathy Moran who exited the corporation in August. Harbour joined the corporation in January 2019 as deputy CFO and brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in finance and accounting. Harbour has held leadership positions at various government contractors for the past 11 years and has extensive background in corporate and operational finance in industries including professional services, information technology, cybersecurity, telecommunications, and manufacturing. He is a graduate of Averett University with a bachelor’s degree in business Finance and is a certified public accountant. The Denali Commission announced the hiring of Laurie Orell as a program manager. She will lead the development of a new violence prevention grant program in collaboration with the United States Department of Justice and Office for Victims of Crime. This program will build capacity and enhance victim services in rural Alaska. Prior to joining the Denali Commission, Orell served as the senior health analytics consultant for McDowell Group, an Alaska-based research and consulting company, for nearly eight years. She served six years working at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s Alaska Native Epidemiology Center and Southcentral Foundation as an epidemiologist and researcher, respectively. Orell has a bachelor’s degree from Smith College in anthropology and Latin American studies, a master’s of public health degree from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in geographic information systems from Pennsylvania State University. She is also a certified professional in public health. Erik Obrien joined the Denali Commission in November 2019 as program manager developing projects related to health facilities, housing, broadband, and economic &workforce development. Prior to coming to the Denali Commission, Obrien was an economic developer for the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference. Obrien has already stood up a statewide economic development partnership with the state and regional economic development organizations and is now positioning the agency to support statewide broadband efforts by collaborating with stakeholders at federal, state, and local levels. Obrien has degrees in global logistics management and management information systems from UAA.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 2

Carla Baxley, PE, has been promoted to group manager of Airport Engineering at R&M Consultants Inc. Baxley has 18 years of Alaska engineering experience, with 12 of those years at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities serving as a designer, project engineer and manager on aviation and roadway projects. She joined R&M in 2018 as a senior project manager. Her experience includes managing more than 60 aviation and highway design projects, giving her extensive experience with FAA and FHWA regulations, policies and procedures. She is currently managing several DOT airport projects that will enhance airport safety and prolong the infrastructure’s design life, including the Newtok Airport Relocation, Ekwok and New Stuyahok Airport Resurfacing, and Nome Airport Operating Settlement Repair-Stage II. Baxley has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska. Perkins Coie announced its new partner class of 2020 that includes Elena Romerdahl of the Anchorage office. Romerdahl is a member of the Environment and Natural Resources practice focused on oil, gas and mining issues; project development and finance; state and federal permitting; litigation; enforcement actions and administrative appeals concerning environmental and natural resource issues; utility rate and tariff matters; environmental compliance counseling; contaminated site investigations; due diligence and title review for natural resource deals; commercial agreements for resource projects; and occupational safety and health issues. United States Artists has named its 2020 USA Fellows including two from Alaska: Delores Churchill of Ketchikan and Lani Strong Hotch of Klukwan. They are among the 50 artists across 10 disciplines who each received an unrestricted $50,000 cash award to honor their creative accomplishments and support their artistic and professional development. Hotch first began weaving when she was 17, inspired by her family’s weaving history and the desire to keep her Native Tlingit culture alive. She is skilled in weaving and textiles, making bags, leggings, headdresses, dance bibs, button blankets and other regalia. Hotch worked with students at Klukwan School for many years teaching Tlingit language, cultural arts, Alaska Native history and subsistence skills. In addition to weaving, Hotch makes beaded jewelry and enjoys incorporating weaving patterns into her beadwork. She is a 2010 Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award recipient. Churchill began learning traditional Tsimshian weaving in 1972 from her mother, Selina Peratovich, and master weavers Flora Matthew and Brenda White. She is a renowned basket weaver, a recipient of multiple awards with multiple exhibitions to her name. Churchill has taught basketry and basket design at the University of Alaska Southeast, across the United States and in Europe. Her expertise is sought all over the country for lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Churchill has taught multiple apprentices, helping to keep her art form and the Northwest Coast culture alive. She is a 2006 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist and a 2018 Individual Artist Award recipient. The Alaska Center for the Performing Arts board of directors announced that President and Chief Operating Officer Nancy Harbour will retire effective Jan. 31 and will be succeeded by Codie Costello, who is anticipated to assume the role in February. Harbour has been the organization’s president and COO since 1997, first joining ACPA as the director of development when the doors opened in 1988. In 2005, Costello moved to Alaska from New York, where she worked with The Pearl Theatre as the director of marketing. Upon her arrival in Alaska, she started working with ACPA as director of development before joining Alaska Dance Theatre as executive director in 2009. Costello went on to work as director of business development with Spawn Ideas in 2012 before rejoining ACPA as vice president, strategic development and communications in the summer of 2018. Costello received a master’s degree in directing from the Actors Studio in New York City and her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts, management from San Jose State University. The Copper Valley Electric Association board of directors named Travis Million as CEO. He succeeds John Duhamel, who will step down as CEO effective March 1, after having served as CEO for roughly five of his 10 years with the cooperative. Million came to CVEA in 2008 as a member of the board of directors before joining staff as the manager of power generation in 2011. He currently holds the position of chief operating officer. During his time with the co-op, Million has completed many significant projects; two that stand out the most are the technical oversight of the Allison Creek Hydroelectric Project, and rebuilding the CVEA Safety Program and culture. Million has more than 20 years of experience in the power system and electric utility industry. Prior to working for CVEA, Million worked for Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and was the power engineer at the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project, or HAARP. He has education in electrical engineering, business management and finance. The Legislative Budget and Audit Committee selected Pat Pitney from Juneau as the new director of the Division of Legislative Finance, effective Jan. 27. Pitney will replace longtime Director David Teal, who retired last month after holding the position since 1997. Pitney was director of the Office of Management and Budget under former Gov. Bill Walker, where she was responsible for developing the annual budget proposals and guiding them through the legislative process. Prior to that, Pitney was vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Pitney holds an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, an engineering degree from Murray State University, and won an Olympic gold medal during the 1984 Summer Olympics, becoming the first Olympic champion in air rifle for women.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 26

Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced two staff promotions on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Brianne Miller to be deputy staff director of Energy and Lucy Murfitt to be deputy staff director of Natural Resources. Miller’s portfolio includes the Department of Energy, with a particular focus on energy innovation, basic science research, and climate change. She initially joined ENR to work for Murkowski in 2015 and previously worked for Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, when he was chairman of ENR’s Energy Subcommittee. Miller also worked on a variety of energy-related issues for Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., and Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas. Miller’s service on Capitol Hill began in the offices of Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., and Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., when he chaired the House Republican Conference. Murfitt, who is also deputy chief counsel for ENR, provides legal advice and strategy for federal land management and other resource-related issues within the committee’s jurisdiction. Prior to joining ENR in 2013, Murfitt worked as senior legislative counsel to former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., handling the energy, environment, and natural resources portfolio. She has also worked at the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University as its director of policy and partnerships. A veteran, Murfitt was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. As a JAG, Murfitt supervised the Army’s administrative environmental litigation. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced Brent Mulvaney as its new Tribal child support attorney. Serving in this capacity, Mulvaney will represent the Tribal Child Support Unit in its interactions with tribal and state courts and work on the implementation and development of law and policy that will best serve the interests of tribal children. Mulvaney received a juris doctor of law from Seattle University School of Law in 2019 and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Washington and an associate’s degree in philosophy from Edmonds Community College. Mulvaney previously served as a legal intern for the Administrative Law Clinic at the Seattle University School of Law, writer and executive editor for the American Indian Law Journal and judicial clerk for the Tulalip Tribal Court. Volunteers of America Alaska announced seven new board members in 2020 including Paul Landes, senior vice president of consumer services at GCI, who will serve as this year’s board chair. Joining him are Carmela Warfield, business owner and real estate investor, who will serve as vice chair; Donald Winchester, former partner at Vend Alaska, retired, who will serve as secretary; Heather Handyside, vice president of corporate communications and community engagement at GCI; Andy Lohman, area president at iHeart Media; Lynn Rust Henderson, VP Alaska group market, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska; and Michael Schmidt, senior marketing manager at GCI. VoA Alaska has provided programs and services to Alaskans since 1981, including adolescent treatment services, housing supports, and prevention, among others. The full list of 2020 board members include: Landes; Warfield; treasurer: Audrey Lance, manager of audit and taxation, Thomas Head &Greisen; Winchester; Handyside; T’Shalla Baker, senior business specialist, Wells Fargo; Lester “Skeet” Black, client service executive, Zenith American Solutions; Amanda Estes, director of client services, Northwest Strategies; Cynthia Franklin, senior counsel, Carlson Law; Henderson; Taryn Link, probation officer IV, State of Alaska Department of Corrections; Andy Lohman, area president, Alaska, iHeart Media; and Schmidt. Neil Steininger was named director of the Office of Management and Budget, effective Jan. 21. Steininger earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of Nevada Reno. Steininger has held various roles at OMB through the past five years, serving as budget analyst, chief budget analyst, and most recently as the Administrative Services director for the Department of Education and Early Development. His state experience includes the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and the Permanent Fund Dividend Division, he previously worked in the private sector as an analyst. The Anchorage Home Builders Association announced its 2020 board of directors and advisory board members. Board members help lead AHBA’s advocacy and charity work efforts. They also bring continuing education opportunities to members and facilitate the Home Show. They are: Eric Visser, president, Visser Construction; Kyle Mirka, past president, Allen &Petersen; Cody Lee, vice president, Grayling Construction; Brandon Marcott, treasurer, Triad Engineering; Jason Dial, secretary, Rain Proof Roofing; Karen Kassik-Michelson, director, Michelson and Daughter Construction, Inc.; Christina Cope-Henrickson, director; Pete Nolan, director, Alaska Chamber; Darren Williams, director, Spenard Builders Supply; Moises Gutierrez, director, MGJ Building Group; Chappie Cook, director, Cook Construction; Jim Dunlap, director, Dunlap Builders; Brandon Snodgrass, director, First National Bank Alaska. Advisory Board: Clai Porter, NCP Design/Build Ltd.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 12

Allison Bendis of Klondike Promotions has earned the certification of Master Advertising Specialist administered by Promotional Products Association International, the largest international not-for-profit association for more than 15,000 members of the $21-plus billion promotional products industry. The MAS certification requires completion of and current CAS Certification, a minimum five years of experience in the promotional products industry, additional MAS level course curriculum, industry service and passing a comprehensive exam. PPAI industry certification is acquired through a combination of: required certification classes, demonstrated years of employment in the industry, education, industry contributions and a successful demonstration of expertise. Certification is maintained through continuing education to ensure current knowledge and leading-edge professional skills. PND Engineers announced two new Alaska-registered professional civil engineers: Nathan Harris and Logan Imlach. Both are University of Alaska Anchorage graduates and received their PE designations in December. Harris joined PND in in September 2015, shortly after receiving his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Since then, he has gained significant experience in transportation design, estimating, heavy civil construction inspection and contract administration. He worked previously for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, first as an intern and then as an engineering assistant. Imlach joined PND in August 2018 and has performed structural design primarily on marine and oil and gas industry projects, including North Slope construction. Imlach’s previous work with other Alaska engineering firms ranged from small civil projects to project management during the construction of two extended reach drilling rigs on the Slope, and planning, permitting and designing both gravel and paved roads. Logan received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2010.


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