Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers for May 23

Kayla Green has joined United Way of Anchorage as director of People and Culture. This is a new position that demands sound business judgment with people skills and a practical passion for equity, diversity, inclusion, and access both at work and in the wider community. Most recently, Green has worked as a human resources and business development consultant and as a realtor with Keller Williams in Eagle River. She has worked as a daily operations manager and health benefit enrollment specialist at Southcentral Foundation. She also worked as a supervisor and trainer and mental health specialist at North Star Behavioral Health. Green serves as first vice president of the Anchorage chapter of the NAACP and is a member of the State of Alaska Board for Marriage and Family Therapy. Green earned a master’s degree in human resources at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2011. Toast of the Town LLC announced Martha Keele as chief operating officer and co-owner. Keele previously served as the managing director at Toast of the Town, producing more than 80 virtual events last year. She replaces co-founder Carrie Shephard, who is transitioning to a consulting role with the company in order to concentrate on her passion of community development. Shephard recently accepted a role as manager of The Nave, focused on community, culture and art. With this new ownership transition, the leadership team at Toast of the Town brings more than 40 years of collective event experience to the Alaska event industry, continuing its commitment to grow in the talent and capabilities it provides to companies, nonprofit organizations and the state of Alaska. Keele joined Toast of The Town in 2020 with more than 15 years of hospitality and event experience. She is responsible for organizational growth, overseeing the event logistics team and strategic fundraising consulting. She has extensive nonprofit and government advocacy experience at both the local and national level, and has organized events ranging from 20-person fly-in conferences to 1,500-person award-winning galas. The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council has elected officers who will serve from May 2021 to May 2022. The executive committee is comprised of: President Robert Archibald, representing the City of Homer; Vice President Amanda Bauer, representing the City of Valdez; Treasurer Wayne Donaldson, representing the City of Kodiak; and Secretary Bob Shavelson, representing the Oil Spill Region Environmental Coalition. Three Members-at-Large are: Ben Cutrell, representing Chugach Alaska Corp.; Robert Beedle, representing the City of Cordova; and Rebecca Skinner, representing the Kodiak Island Borough. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority announced the addition of Dona Keppers as chief financial officer and Tiffany Janssen as Commercial Finance director. Serving in a shared services role, Keppers is the CFO for AIDEA and its sister agency, the Alaska Energy Authority. Keppers has worked in Alaska’s energy sector with specialized experience leading finance, accounting, and tax teams within Alaska’s state government. Prior to joining AIDEA and AEA, she served as the Alaska Deputy Commissioner of Revenue, AK LNG Project Executive Sponsor, Tax Division Chief Economist and Audit Master. Tiffany Janssen has more than 15 years of experience managing commercial lending teams across Southeast, Southcentral and Interior Alaska. Janssen specializes in asset‐based lending working with small‐ to large‐sized businesses with expertise in partnering with third parties to customize financial structuring for large capital projects. As Commercial Finance director, Tiffany oversees AIDEA’s commercial finance function, including the Loan Participation Program, Business and Export Assistance Program, loan administration, loan servicing, and other real estate owned portfolios. Prior to joining AIDEA, Tiffany was the Commercial Lending manager for Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union. Brock Anundson has been named as the director of athletics for the Alaska Nanooks. Anundson was selected from a pool of four finalists after a national search led by Athletics Staffing and Consultants. He will start his new position on July 12. Anundson currently is the assistant director of athletics for internal operations and events at Black Hills State University in South Dakota, where he is responsible for overseeing administrative operations and multiple athletic facilities on the campus. He previously served as the program coordinator for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and worked for four seasons in stadium operations for the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. Anundson is a former hockey student-athlete, playing four seasons with the University of Minnesota Crookston, where he still holds the record for career scoring. He signed with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL for the 2005-06 season before beginning his professional career in athletics administration. He has a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate in education leadership and innovation from Arizona State University.

Movers and Shakers for May 16

Dr. Laurie Stuart has accepted the position of executive director at the Tyonek Tribal Conservation District. Stuart is an experienced nonprofit executive with more than 10 years of leadership roles in science education, conservation, and nonprofit management. She comes to TTCD after serving as a director at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, and has previously held leadership positions at the Pratt Museum in Homer and at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. Stuart earned her doctorate of education from the University of Missouri, with an emphasis on sustainability, social justice, and participatory methods in natural resource management. She also holds a master’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Stuart will be following TTCD’s founding executive director Christy Cincotta. The Tyonek Tribal Conservation District is a non-regulatory, nonprofit 501c3 organization that addresses local issues through community-led conservation. The district serves diverse stakeholders and their geographic focus includes the Native Village of Tyonek, Tyonek Native corporation lands, private lands, and lands within Alaska Game Management Unit 16. Colby Swenor has joined RISQ Consulting as a strategy consultant. He will be working with both current and prospective clients, providing them with customized and comprehensive insurance programs to ensure that their risks are successfully managed. Swenor comes to RISQ following a successful 15 year career in the financial services industry and has held management positions with Wells Fargo, Key Bank, and as well as a commercial loan officer position at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Prior to joining RISQ he was the CFO for a large Anchorage based contracting company. Northrim Bank announced two new officers and a promotion: Jeffrey Sanford, vice president-loan officer, Kodiak Loan Production Office; Asanya Lloyd, assistant branch manager, Jewel Lake Branch; and Michelle Lozano, special credits associate officer. Sanford joins Northrim Bank with more than 20 years of commercial banking experience specializing in Alaska’s commercial fishing and seafood industry, helping customers from the Bering Sea to the Gulf of Alaska. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Lloyd comes to Northrim with six years of experience in finance, investments and lending. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Technology Jamaica. Lozano started at Northrim in January 2019 and has 25 years of experience in banking and financial services. She has worked at a variety of Alaskan financial and title institutions throughout her career. Rasmuson Foundation hired Michele Brown as its newest senior fellow and Rodney Hamilton as IT operations manager. Both joined the Foundation in April. In 2020, Brown retired as president of United Way of Anchorage after 17 years of service. At the Foundation, she will continue work to prevent and solve homelessness through innovative strategies and partnerships. Hamilton, our other new team member, is a lifelong Alaskan born and raised in Anchorage. He brings a wealth of experience from 20 years of working in IT at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Among his duties in his most recent role as ANTHC senior computer systems administrator, Rodney supported more than 3,000 users on the health organization’s network, including outlying clinics. For five years, he helped plan and address technology needs for the annual Raven’s Ball. Prior to leading United Way, Brown served seven years as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation under Gov. Tony Knowles. She also served as an assistant attorney general under multiple state administrations. Brown has received numerous awards including the University of Alaska Anchorage Meritorious Service Award in 2018 and Congregation Beth Sholom’s Shining Lights Award in 2013. Her work to create a community plan to increase Anchorage high school graduation rates resulted in United Way of America’s Best Practices recognition. Ken Taylor has joined Peter Pan Seafood Company LLC as vice president of purchasing, sales and logistics. Taylor brings more than 36 years of experience in the seafood industry, including 24 years in his last role at MOWI. His extensive background includes plant management, longlining, crabbing, harvesting, processing, market development and sales management.

Movers and Shakers for May 9

The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announced the hire of Courtney Lewis as the child welfare attorney for the Tribe’s new Seattle-based office. As the child welfare attorney, Lewis will provide legal representation to children crime victims with the local courts of jurisdiction within the Washington area, track appellate level Indian Children Welfare Act cases within Washington state and nationwide, and provide effective consultation and legal advice to the Tribe relating to ICWA and child welfare matters. She will also be responsible for preparing and presenting legal arguments in court, and monitoring decisions that may affect tribal families. Tlingit &Haida’s new Seattle-based office had a soft open in late March and is the first office to open outside of Southeast Alaska. The office will be located in the Seattle field office of Casey Family Programs, a foundation focused on influencing long-lasting improvements to the safety and well-being of children, families and communities and a long-standing partner to Tlingit &Haida. Lewis has practiced child welfare law since 2008. She was the first person to be certified in Alaska as a child welfare law specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. She also served as the Alaska State Coordinator for NACC from 2019-21. The Mat-Su Health Foundation hired two new employees: Chelsea Hedrick as Connect Mat-Su community resource specialist and Jeff Winell as R.O.C.K. Mat-Su community engagement coordinator. MSHF has also promoted Jessie Burbank to Connect Mat-Su community resource specialist II. Before accepting her current position, Hedrick held a temporary role coordinating a COVID-19 call line for Connect Mat-Su. She previously worked as a project coordinator with Bozeman Green Build and the Madison River Foundation, as well as an Alaskan Conservation Corp member with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. She holds an associate of applied sciences in fisheries technology and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alaska. Before joining MSHF, Winell worked as a contact center representative at Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union and program director with Take2 Ministries Alaska. Winell holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and ministry leadership from Cornerstone University in Michigan. Burbank will work closely with the Connect Mat-Su team to develop and maintain a database of health and social services resources within Mat-Su and will engage in outreach to develop and strengthen relationships with social service organizations, providers and programs. Before joining MSHF in 2020, Burbank worked at The Children’s Place where she assisted children and families impacted by child abuse. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in women’s studies. GCI Vice President of Engineering Victor Esposito has been elected to the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers board of directors. SCTE, a subsidiary of CableLabs, has been a cable telecommunications leader for more than 50 years and is critical for the advancement of technology, standards and workforce education within the industry. McKinley Management, LLC announced the promotion of two of the firm’s senior team members. Kenneth P. Lenhart has been named McKinley Management’s chief operating officer. In this role, Lenhart manages the people, process and facilities for all three business units: McKinley Capital Management LLC; McKinley Alaska Private Investment LLC; and McKinley Research Group LLC (formerly McDowell Group). Lenhart joined McKinley Capital in 2011 as a portfolio associate in the firm’s Chicago office. Soon after, he became a member of McKinley Capital’s global quantitative research team, and in 2019 was promoted to director of data science. As director, Lenhart managed the data science team and was responsible for development and management of the firm’s data governance program. In 2020, Lenhart took on heading the firm’s information technology and cybersecurity department. Prior to joining McKinley Capital, Lenhart was a director of equities and quantitative research for Midwest Asset Management Inc., and worked at Deloitte Consulting as a systems analyst providing financial data model and securities expertise. He has 21 years of experience, with 18 in the finance industry. Lenhart received his MBA with concentrations in analytic finance, econometrics, and statistics from the University of Chicago, and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University. Joseph Jacobson has been promoted to vice president, private equity of McKinley Alaska Private Investment LLC. Jacobson joined the McKinley team in 2019. In 2021, he was named head of the firm’s private equity team. In this role, Jacobson oversees the Na’-Nuk Investment Fund, L.P. and its investments, and is heavily involved in the firm’s Alaska Cargo and Cold Storage direct infrastructure investment. Jacobson brings nearly 20 years of Alaska business experience, with more than 10 in leadership roles in Alaska’s leading industries. Prior to joining McKinley, Jacobson was a senior consultant with McDowell Group, now McKinley Research Group LLC, a leading Alaska-based general services consulting group specializing in economic impact and feasibility studies for communities and projects around the state. Jacobson received his master’s degree in international relations from City University of New York City College, and his bachelor’s degree in outdoor studies from Alaska Pacific University. Jacobson works from the firm’s Anchorage headquarters. Coastal Villages Region Fund announced the promotion of Nathaniel Betz to director of Community Programs as well as the hiring of Oscar Evon as director of Regional Affairs. Betz will be responsible for managing operations and budget for economic development programming in 20 Western Alaska villages. This includes leading efforts in project management, employee coaching, data analysis and facility management. Betz has supported multiple programs that help to provide opportunities and enrich the lives of CVRF’s residents including Youth to Work and the Heating Oil program. Born and raised in Kwigillingok, Evon has a deep understanding of the unique challenges in rural Alaska, which will help him meet the needs of CVRF’s residents. Evon served as a board member from 2000-09, eventually becoming board president. He also acted as CVRF’s director of programs. Evon’s previous roles include Tribal Administrator and COVID-19 coordinator for the Native Village of Kwigillingok, office manager for Alaska Moravian Bible Seminary and community outreach coordinator for E3 Alaska. Doyon Foundation and Doyon Limited announced Tiffany Simmons as the nonprofit organization’s new executive director. Simmons will assume the role, based at the Foundation’s office in Fairbanks, effective May 17. A Doyon, Limited shareholder, Simmons is Central Koyukon Athabascan and was raised in the Yukon River communities of Koyukuk and Galena. Simmons graduated from the Galena City High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has extensive experience working with tribal members and tribal governments in various management and senior leadership positions.

Movers and Shakers for May 2

Rasmuson Foundation announced four new staff members, including a program officer with deep roots in the nonprofit community. Monica Garcia-Itchoak joined Rasmuson Foundation this month, bringing more than 26 years of nonprofit experience to her role as program officer. She comes from The Foraker Group, where she worked with nonprofits on sustainability. Garcia-Itchoak moved to Alaska in 2010 from New York to direct education and public programs at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Among other museum posts, she managed museum learning experiences at The American Museum of Natural History. She currently serves on the boards of the Pratt Museum, Museums Alaska and thread Alaska. Sydney Copley was hired as executive assistant to the vice president of external affairs. Copley earlier worked for the State of Alaska, where she served three administrations in the Office of the Governor. She also serves on the board of Fairbanks Montessori Preschool. Ted Mala was hired as program fellow for grantmaking. Prior to joining Rasmuson Foundation, he worked at Southcentral Foundation as special assistant to and congressional liaison for the president and CEO. Earlier, he served as senior director of business development at NANA Management Services. Twenty years ago, Mala’s first Alaska job was on the Southcentral Foundation team that helped to launch the Family Wellness Warriors Initiative to combat domestic violence, abuse and neglect. Erin Milan was hired as administrative assistant and receptionist. Milan joined the Foundation from ConocoPhillips Alaska, where she served as an executive assistant. She earned her Associate of Applied Science from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Northrim Bank announced the promotion of officers throughout the bank: Ryan Caldwell, senior vice president-Systems and Network manager; Douglas Frey, senior vice president-Security and Business Continuity manager and Information Security officer; Josh King, senior vice president-Northrim Funding Services Division manager; Nate Olmstead, senior vice president-Data Analytics manager; Erick Stoeckle, senior vice president-Enterprise Architecture manager; Craig Tiihonen, senior vice president-Treasury Services director; Susan Stenstrom, vice president-Corporate Secretary. Caldwell was hired at Northrim in 2016. He has more than 19 years of experience managing enterprise services, databases, security infrastructure, and networks along with over 16 years of IT project management and leadership experience. Caldwell holds a master’s degree in computer information systems/information assurance and has earned several relevant professional certifications. Frey joined Northrim in 2017. He has more than 35 years of law-enforcement, risk management, anti-terrorism, force-protection, and information security experience. Frey holds a bachelor’s degree in homeland security and an associate’s degree in criminal justice, and has numerous specialized training certifications in his fields of expertise. King has been with Northrim Bank since 2009. He has been the assistant division manager of Northrim Funding Services since 2014. King holds a juris doctorate of Law from Widener University and recently graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School. Olmstead came to Northrim in 2015 and was promoted to Data Analytics manager in 2016. He has more than 19 years of enterprise technical experience, to include database engineering, data warehousing, business intelligence and data management. Olmstead attended the Eastern Michigan University and earned several certifications in his fields of expertise. He received the 2018 Northrim President’s Award. Stoeckle started at Northrim in 2012. He has more than 20 years of experience supporting large enterprise networks, systems, applications, storage and security infrastructure. Stoeckle attended Brigham Young University and hold a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certification in addition to multiple certifications in his areas of expertise. He received the 2013 Northrim Bank President’s Award. Tiihonen joins Northrim Bank with 12 years of banking and treasury management experience. He has an associate’s degree in business management and various industry certifications. Stenstrom started at Northrim in 2008 as assistant corporate secretary and has more than 45 years of experience in the financial industry. She has held positions in regulatory compliance and examinations, insurance and related licensing, loan administration and corporate documentation at the executive level. Stenstrom received the 2013 Northrim Bank President’s Award.

Movers and Shakers for April 25

Peter Pan Seafood Company LLC recently added Shannon Grant to its team as director of human resources. Grant will not only be an advocate and resource for current employees, but she will also establish programs to draw the best talent to Peter Pan every season. John Burnett, a 40-year veteran in the Alaska cable and telecommunications industry, has relocated to Unalaska to facilitate local work for GCI’s Alaska United Aleutians Fiber Project. Burnett will also serve as a resource for local community members for the duration of the ambitious $58 million high-speed internet project. The Aleutians Fiber Project is a two-year plan to close the digital divide in the Aleutians by deploying an 860-mile subsea fiber system to Unalaska, Akutan, King Cove, Sand Point, Chignik Bay and Larsen Bay.

Movers and Shakers for April 18

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced two judicial appointees to the Superior and District courts in Fairbanks. Maria Pia L. Bahr has been appointed to the Fairbanks District Court. Bahr has been an Alaska resident for 5½ years, and has practiced law for 30 years. She graduated from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 1990 and is currently the Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Opinions, Appeals &Ethics section in Anchorage. Trisha Haines has been appointed to the Fairbanks Superior Court. Haines has been an Alaska resident for 10 years, and has practiced law for 9 years. She graduated from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2010, and is currently a staff attorney for the Court of Appeals in Anchorage, and resides in Fairbanks. Drey Antonio, EIT, recently joined R&M Consultants, Inc. as a staff engineer in the firm’s Airport Engineering Group. Drey’s experience includes working as an engineering intern with the Municipality of Anchorage’s Project Management and Engineering Department. In this role, Drey assisted in gathering ramp and sidewalk data for the City’s ADA compliance plan; completing an ArcGIS database catalog of all ADA ramps and sidewalks; inspecting project sites and locations; and surveying waterways and streams for environmental compliance. He is knowledgeable in AutoCAD, Math CAD and Risa3D. Since joining R&M, Drey has been supporting design efforts for the Bethel Airport Main Runway Reconstruction, Chefornak Airport Rehabilitation, Kipnuk Airport Rehabilitation and Antarctica Palmer Station Pier Replacement projects. Drey has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage and holds his engineer-in-training certificate. Baird, an employee-owned, international wealth management, asset management, investment banking/capital markets and private equity firm, announced that The Rixse Todd Group has joined the firm’s wealth management office in Anchorage. The Rixse Todd Group is a two-person team that oversees $200 million in assets under management. Baird’s Private Wealth Management business encompasses more than 1,300 financial advisors serving clients from more than 160 locations in 33 states and has client assets of more than $215 billion. The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. a sovereign endowment that manages over $75 billion on behalf of all current and future generations of Alaskans, has recently added Chirag H. Shah as senior portfolio manager and Nader Sohraby as senior associate to its $13-billion Private Equity and Special Opportunities team. Shah has more than 15 years of industry experience globally, including 10 years leading private equity fund investments and co-investments at DB Private Equity and GE Asset Management. He started his career in investment banking at Citi/Salomon Smith Barney in New York and Singapore. Shah is also actively engaged in the broader PE community, serving as an advisory board member of the Hicks, Muse, Tate &Furst Center for Private Equity Finance at The University of Texas at Austin and involved with SEO’s Alternatives Investments program, which is focused on improving opportunities in the alternatives industry for traditionally underrepresented communities. He holds an MBA and BBA from The University of Texas. Sohraby has five years of investment banking experience, most recently at J.P. Morgan in New York, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital formation across the healthcare industry. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he worked in investment banking at Citi in New York. He began his career at Goldman Sachs in its Global Investment Research division. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska announced that Jillian Lush has accepted the position of CEO after a decade of leading Sprout Family Services in Homer, where the core mission is to promote the healthy development of children in partnership with families and community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska currently serves more than 300 youth throughout Alaska between the ages of 6 to 16, with 200 more on the waiting list. Lush earned a master’s of social work from Washington University in St. Louis, and participated as a fellow in the Parent Infant Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program, now housed at University of California Davis. For the past several years, she has helped lead a team of six Homer-area non-profits in building a network committed to leading with a trauma-informed approach.

Movers and Shakers for April 11

Mark Foster, Steve Minor and Jonathan Thorpe are among the latest additions to Peter Pan Seafood Company LLC. Foster is serving as the company’s chief financial officer. He brings familiarity and momentum to his role as he’s been serving in a consulting position for Peter Pan over the last few months. With a blended background in finance, operations and strategy, Foster’s past experience includes senior roles with Alaska Communications Systems and various consulting roles with other companies looking for new energy and a new direction. Minor will serve as the manager of business development, a role that will include exploring the potential development of new resources, community development and more. Minor came to Alaska as a commercial diver during his college years and decided to build his career. Minor’s background includes marketing and communications, telecommunications regulations, and seafood. Minor is a Benchmark Committee member of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative, an internationally recognized benchmarking process based on the UN FAO principles. Minor brings extensive Bering Sea knowledge to Peter Pan and his past experience includes Unisea, Golden Harvest Alaska, Ocean2Table, Central Bering Sea Fisherman’s Association and the North Pacific Crab Association. Thorpe is working to increase access to resources through investment, strategically aligned partnerships and direct sourcing in addition to developing downstream products and customers. Thorpe brings a diverse and proven professional track record to Peter Pan that spans more than 30 years from his days fishing to roles as a CFO and chief investment and strategy officer for Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, executive vice president of market development for Blue Harvest Fisheries, and the executive vice president of resource development for Mark Foods. His experience covers a breadth of products including, crab, cod, halibut, pollock, scallops, salmon, swordfish and tuna. He has spent time working in the regulatory environment at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Movers and Shakers for April 4

Kevin Larsen will join Peter Pan Seafood Company LLC in April on the domestic and international sales team as vice president of international sales and business development. Larsen comes from a seafood family and he fished Southeast Alaska for eight seasons before joining the sales side of the industry. Throughout his career he has worked up and down the West Coast, most recently at Bornstein Seafoods Inc. In addition to extensive experience in domestic U.S. sourcing and sales, Larsen brings international sales and experience, particularly in Europe, from his experience at Icicle Seafoods Inc. Larsen also brings experience in fish trading, which will complement and help expand Peter Pan Seafood’s trading business. Rose Lawhorne has been appointed as the CEO of Bartlett Regional Hospital effective April 4. Lawhorne is the current chief nursing officer at Bartlett Regional Hospital and her BRH career began in 1993. Over the course of the past 28 years she has also worked as assistant chief clinical officer, senior director, Emergency Department director, staff nurse, and data entry/registration clerk. Lawhorne has an associate of science degree in nursing from the University of Alaska, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing, master of science in nursing, and master of health administration from the University of Phoenix. Lawhorne’s appointment follows the recent retirement of former CEO Chuck Bill. Scott Jepsen was appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. Jepsen will serve the term of March 23, 2021, through Feb. 6, 2023. Jepsen received his bachelor’s degree and master of science in chemical engineering from the University of Texas and has 31 years of experience in the Alaska oil and gas industry. Jepsen served for nine years on the board of directors for the University of Alaska Foundation, including a two-year term as chair. Additional public involvement includes president of the board of directors for Commonwealth North, senior vice president of the board of directors for the Resource Development Council, former president of the Petroleum Club of Anchorage, and former board member of the board of directors for Alaska Public Media.

Movers and Shakers for March 28

The membership of Fairbanks Native Association has elected six people to its board of directors. Renee Linton and Terri Cadzow join incumbents Travis Cole, Sharon Hildebrand, Charlene Stern and Tonya Garnett. Cole is the expeditor at Tanana Chiefs Conference. Cadzow is the executive assistant for health services at TCC, and Linton works as a rural economic development specialist at TCC. Hildebrand works for Doyon, Ltd. as the village outreach liaison. Garnett oversees the Native Village of Venetie Special Projects and is self-employed. Stern is the interim vice chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the vice president of Tanana Chiefs Conference. They join Jessica Black, Andrea Durney-Nield, Glenn “Manny” Carlo and Anna Frank on the board. In a meeting following elections, the board voted to elect Black as president, Garnett as vice president, Durney-Nield as secretary, and Hildebrand as treasurer. Nancy Burke has joined United Way of Anchorage as a special assistant to President and CEO Clark Halvorson for Housing and COVID-19 response programs. Burke brings a wealth of experience in non-profit, municipal and state government services to assist in data collection, design, funding and improvement of community and government systems serving people who are homeless or who experience a mental illness and disability. Burke has a master’s degree in social work focusing on family and mental health systems and has experience with clinical and housing service design needed for successful supportive housing programs for persons with severe disabling conditions. She will support United Way’s Home for Good program on the clinical and housing components of the project as it continues in the first full year of a three-year Pay for Success financed program. In partnership with the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and our community partners, Burke will convene work on identified areas of the Anchored Home plan’s prevention and diversion strategies. In what is a traditional role for the United Way, she will help in convening groups to identify and monitor relevant data and community indicators and to evaluate progress on key outcomes, as well as working with community leaders to strengthen the community’s abilities to identify, address and fund priority issues. Recover Alaska’s executive director Tiffany Hall was recognized nationally as a leader in health advocacy and social justice after being awarded the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy. This award is presented by Grantmakers In Health each year to individuals who embody the late philanthropist’s courage and commitment to action, leadership advancing social change and dedication to making progress in policy and practice despite challenging political environments. Recover Alaska is an action group that uses data, inclusive partnerships, and forward-thinking to advocate for policy and perception change around alcohol, including strategies to eliminate stigma around alcohol use disorders, increase access to help, promote protective factors, and craft policy to create a safer built environment. Bering Straits Native Corp. announced the promotion of shareholder Lucille Sands to vice president of Shareholder Development. Sands has been employed by BSNC for many years, and has worked across many departments, which enhances her ability to assist management in meeting our commitment to shareholders and descendants. Sands previously served as Shareholder Development director for BSNC. She earned an MBA degree from Western Governor’s University, a bachelor of business administration degree with a minor in Alaska Native business management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Sands was recently appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to the State of Alaska Workforce Investment Board. Four members were recently elected to Doyon Ltd.’s 13-member board of directors. Elected with three-year terms ending in 2024 were Christopher Simon, Charleen C. Fisher, Walter “Wally” Carlo and Jennifer Fate. The newly elected and re-elected board members will join existing board members Cheryl Cadzow, Shirley Cleaver, Sonta Hamilton-Roach, Betty Huntington, Jerry Isaac, Georgianna Lincoln, Marvin Roberts, Orie Williams, and Miranda Wright. Doyon also announced the Shareholder of the Year awards: Chief Andrew Isaac Leadership, Kenneth “Kenny” Kokrine Esmailka, Kaltag; Daaga’ Community Service, Donna Folger, Tanana; Hannah Solomon Elder of the Year, Clara Honea, Ruby; and Irene Roberts, Poldine; Carlo Citizen of the Year, Marie Yaska, Huslia. In addition, longtime Doyon Ltd. employee Carole Ann Newcomer received a special recognition from the board.

Movers and Shakers for March 21

3-Tier Alaska and Travis/Peterson Environmental Consulting have merged, effective Feb. 1. The merger expands and deepens their civil, environmental and land surveying services across Alaska. Jim Ringstad started 3-Tier Alaska the early 1980s specializing in land surveying and civil engineering. In March 2018, Jim’s son, Nick Ringstad, took over the company and grew it from two to 12 full-time employees. Michael Travis and Larry Peterson formed Travis/Peterson in 1998. Travis/Peterson specializes in environmental engineering and consulting. The company currently has seven full-time employees, composed of engineers, biologists, geologists, and environmental scientists, as well as seasonal staff. Travis/Peterson is now a division of 3-Tier Alaska and will maintain their offices in Fairbanks and Anchorage. The new company will continue to offer the following services: drinking water, storm, and wastewater treatment system design, spill response, prevention, and site remediation, SWPPPs, environmental site assessments, wetlands and permitting along with subdivision design and engineering, property, boundary and remote surveying and construction surveying, among other services.

Movers and Shakers for March 14

The Mat-Su Health Foundation hired Evie Shields as assistant controller. With nearly 27 years in her field, she most recently worked at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium where she spent more than 10 years as both the accounting manager and operations manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in accounting with a minor in mathematics from Wayland Baptist University in Anchorage. Vandana Ingle was promoted to senior program officer. Ingle oversees the foundation’s Healthy Futures focus area, leading workforce development efforts to ensure that Mat-Su residents are served by a trained and qualified healthcare workforce. She also manages the foundation’s academic and vocational scholarship programs. Ingle was hired by the foundation in 2016 as a program associate and promoted to program officer in 2018. Prior to joining the MSHF team, she served as director of development and communication at Frontline Mission. Ingle earned a master’s degree in communications media for children from SNDT College, India, a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, and a bachelor’s degree in commerce/banking and finance from the University of Poona, India. Southern Glazer’s Wine &Spirits announced it has appointed Christina Reed to the role of vice president and general manager of Alaska, effective immediately. Reed will be responsible for leading all sales activities for Alaska, including formulating overall strategy, managing and developing people, and establishing policies for the market. During her career with the Odom Corp. and Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Reed has held multiple positions of increasing responsibility, beginning as a sales representative in 2005, becoming a district sales manager for the Northwest Division in 2014, and most recently, leading the Northwest Division as the general sales manager. Prior to her time at Southern Glazer’s, Reed worked at Alaska Distributors, where she got her start as a courier and worked her way up to positions in merchandising and sales. Matanuska Telephone Association was recognized with two Excellence Awards from NTCA, the Rural Broadband Association, a national organization representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. CEO Michael Burke received the Management Innovation Award for his leadership in developing MTA into a modern telecommunications company and his work to support the creation of the FCC’s Alaska Plan. Vice President of Marketing Jonathan Babbitt received the Outstanding Marketing Achievement Award for his proactive work to help customers understand streaming services and retain former television subscribers.

Movers and Shakers for March 7

Clayton Kruger of Coffman Engineers has obtained his professional process engineering license. A graduate from Montana State University with a degree in chemical engineering and biological engineering, Kruger offers insight on operational system performance through hydrocarbon processing modeling, process controls, safety relief and vessel/piping fitness for service, stress analysis, equipment and material selection, vessel design, industrial process, and piping system design for both brownfield and greenfield designs. Kruger has been with Coffman since 2015. Arin “AJ” Wooster of Coffman passed the mechanical engineering exam and obtained his Alaska Professional Engineering License. Wooster is a 2020 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a master’s degree in petroleum engineering and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Wooster joined Coffman in 2019 and is an active member in American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Jun Robinson and Joshua Chaney, PE, recently joined R&M Consultants, Inc. Robinson is a structural staff engineer and Chaney a structural project engineer in the firm’s Engineering Department. Robinson and Chaney will provide structural technical design work in support of a variety of building, bridge, transportation, site development, utility and waterfront projects. This includes port and harbor development projects, including piers, wharfs, mooring dolphins and moorage float systems; structural analysis and foundation designs to support other vertical projects; and seismic design. Robinson has more than 15 years of experience in civil, structural and architectural design. He has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects in the petroleum industry, which have included plot arrangements, foundations, structural detail and design, architectural design and material takeoffs for North Slope drill pads, modules and pipelines. Robinson has an associate’s degree in architecture and engineering technology and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, both from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to joining R&M, Chaney was employed in Alaska’s oil industry for more than 11 years where he was involved in engineering programs for Alyeska, BP and ConocoPhillips as an associate and lead engineer. His experience also includes government defense contracting, where he was the on-site field engineer for the AEGIS Missile Defense System. Since joining R&M, Chaney has been involved in the Port of Alaska Petroleum Cement Terminal project. His work has included hose tower and operations building design, utility support, fabrication drawing reviews, and Request for Information response and support. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a civil engineer licensed in Alaska. Glen Klinkhart was appointed director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office. Klinkhart has been serving as the interim director since November 2019. Klinkhart has many years of experience in public safety and also has experience in organizational management, business development, client need assessments, and as a business owner.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 28

Daniel Fenza was appointed president and chief operating officer of Chugach Alaska Corp., effective March 1, 2021. He will succeed Sheri Buretta, who will remain Chugach’s chairman of the board and interim CEO. Fenza has a 20-year tenure with the corporation’s largest government contracting business, Chugach Government Solutions and most recently served as vice president of Business Intelligence and Innovation, during which he pioneered technology transformation efforts designed to reduce costs and streamline efficiencies for the organization. Prior to that, he advanced through a variety of operations and subsidiary president roles. He has a bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. GCI announced additions to the company’s leadership team with the promotion of William Wailand to senior vice president; Heather Handyside to chief communications officer; Duncan Whitney to chief product officer; Holly Henningsen to vice president of Consumer Sales and Operations; Manoj Manoharan to vice president of Internet and Business Products; and Tyler Samples to vice president of Business Finance and Administration. Wailand will lead strategic negotiations with major customers, vendors and telecommunication partners inside and outside the state. Wailand formerly served as GCI’s vice president of Corporate Development and associate general counsel, and has worked for the company for seven years. He brings 15 years of business and legal experience to his new role. Handyside will continue in her role as GCI spokesperson and as co-executive sponsor of GCI Gives, the company’s philanthropy program. Before joining GCI in 2015, Handyside worked as emergency manager and deputy municipal manager for the Municipality of Anchorage and as press secretary for former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich. Whitney will continue to lead GCI’s product strategy and development functions for both Business and Consumer segments. Whitney has been with GCI for 28 years in a diverse set of roles including leading the product organization since 2015. He has served on the Cable Labs Technical Committee, an industry group made up of chief technology officers from large U.S. and international operators, since 2014. Henningsen will be responsible for Consumer customer service, sales and operations. She will oversee several key customer-facing groups including Consumer Call Center and Technical Support, Combined Service Delivery, Consumer Debt Collections, and Quality Assurance. Henningsen has been with GCI for more than 25 years. Manoharan will lead product management and development functions focused on GCI Business and consumer internet services. Manoharan’s experience includes a diverse set of roles managing and growing products over the last decade within the cable and telecommunications sector. Samples will lead the finance team for the GCI Business Division which includes financial planning and analysis, billing, and collections. He brings 12 years of finance, operating and accounting experience to his new role, having served for five years as both vice president of the Tourism Division and director of corporate development at Air Methods, a privately held health care services company, as well as seven years with KPMG. Deborah Vo has joined Rasmuson Foundation as a program officer. She most recently worked as special assistant for rural affairs to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Vo was born and raised in St. Mary’s on the Lower Yukon River and started her career as her hometown’s first female city manager. She also served as a Tribal administrator, a health planner facilitating tribal management of statewide Alaska Native health services, and executive director of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, a former statewide advocacy group for Alaska’s 229 federally recognized tribes. Vo also worked for two companies in the Community Development Quota program that channels investments from fisheries into jobs, education and other benefits in 65 Western Alaska communities, and she managed rural energy planning for the Alaska Energy Authority. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Elms College in Chicopee, Mass., and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. Cornerstone announced two new hires: Jordyn High as an accountant and Kyler Dias as a project manager. High brings several years of experience in the Alaskan construction industry, including work for both general and specialty contractors. She earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree with a concentration in accounting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is currently working towards her MBA. Dias joins Cornerstone with more than a decade of Alaska construction experience. His professional career has focused on large federal and commercial projects as a civil engineer, project manager, estimator, and quality control manager. He will be responsible for leading Cornerstone’s efforts in federal contracting opportunities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 21

Mt. McKinley Bank announced two promotions: Kareston Robinson to assistant vice president and consumer loan officer and Alli Workes to senior vice president and Human Resources manager. Robinson is a lifelong Fairbanks resident and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with an associate’s degree. She has worked within the financial industry in Fairbanks for more than 12 years of the Commercial and Consumer Lending team. Workes is also a lifelong resident of Fairbanks and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a master’s degree in business administration. She has worked within the human resources/business management field in Fairbanks for more than 15 years. The University of Alaska Foundation has named six new members to its board of directors, each of whom was elected to serve a three-year term beginning in January 2021. The new directors include: Stephanie Erickson, Greater Prudhoe Area manager, ConocoPhillips Alaska; Jason Gootee, vice president, Strategic Market Development, Moda Partners Inc.; Ella Goss, CEO, Providence Alaska Medical Center; Roald Helgesen, chief operating officer, Central Council of Tlingit &Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska; Brian Holst, executive director, Juneau Economic Development Council; and, Tim Thompson, External Affairs manager, Alaska Airlines. The Alaska SeaLife Center added Rachel Kallander as the newest member to its board of directors, and announced the election of two new officers: Board Chair Terry Lauck of ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc.; and Vice Chair Josie Hickel of Chugach Alaska Corp. Kallander is managing partner of Kallander &Associates LLC, an advocacy and political strategy firm in Anchorage, and founder and executive director of Arctic Encounter, a nonprofit organization that convenes the largest annual Arctic policy event in the U.S. in addition to international events with global partners throughout the circumpolar north. From Cordova, Kallander brings more than a decade of public relations, policy development, campaign, and strategic communications experience having served as professional staff in the U.S. Congress and the Alaska State Legislature, and in leadership positions on several statewide political campaigns. She serve on the board for a three-year term and sit on its Marketing &Communications Committee. Lauck is the director of Environment and Permitting for ConocoPhillips Alaska. Originally from Nebraska, Lauck has been employed by ConocoPhillips for more than 32 years, having held a variety of environmental, regulatory, and process improvement assignments in five different states before relocating to Alaska in 2014. He has been a member of the board since January 2015, previously chaired the board’s Development and Governance committees and will serve as chair for the next two years. Hickel is the executive vice president of ANSCA and Community Affairs for the Chugach Alaska Corp. Originally from Seward, Hickel has nearly 20 years of executive level experience in business management and administration in the state. She has held past positions with Petro 49 Inc., The Pebble Partnership, The Wilson Agency, and National Bank of Alaska. She currently serves on the board of the Alaska Industry Support Alliance, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, and is a member of the Anchorage ATHENA Society. She has been a member of the board since September 2017 and will serve as its vice chair for the next two years. Members of the Anchorage Home Builders Association welcomed back Nikki Giordano as the association’s new CEO, effective March 1. Giordano spent more than a decade at AHBA as AHBA’s executive director. She most recently worked as the executive director at the Home Builders Association of Northern Colorado. In 2020, Giordano was the Colorado Association of Home Builders executive officer council chair and currently sits on the National Association of Home Builders executive officer board of directors as a regional director.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 14

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union announced the selection of six new executives and two promotions. Elizabeth Rense Pavlas has been promoted to chief operations officer. Pavlas has more than 10 years of experience with Alaska USA in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as executive director, Retail Financial Services. Patrick Cosgrove has been selected to fill the position of chief lending officer. Cosgrove joins Alaska USA Federal Credit Union with more than 25 years of credit union experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Shannon Conley has been promoted to executive director, Retail Financial Services. Conley has worked for Alaska USA for more than 15 years and most recently held the position of senior vice president, branch administration. Doug Horner has been promoted to fill the role of senior vice president, IM Operations. Horner has been with Alaska USA performing information management duties for more than eight years, most recently as the vice president, IM Operations. Peter Caldwell has been selected to fill the vice president, Accounting role at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Caldwell joins the credit union with more than 25 years of accounting experience as a CPA in the financial services industry and has overseen accounting and reporting functions for multiple investment entities totally more than $1 billion in revenue. Katie Schwab has been selected to fill the position of vice president, Personnel. Schwab rejoins Alaska USA Federal Credit Union with a wealth of experience in the human resource field, including previous experience as the manager, Personnel for Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. June Gardner has been promoted to the recently created role of vice president, Consumer Compliance. Gardner has more than 19 years of industry experience and has worked for Alaska USA for the last five years. She was a recipient of the Alaska Journal Top Forty Under 40 award for demonstrating professional excellence. Roland Pilapil has been promoted to the recently created position of vice president, Branch Administration, Southwest Region which is a role that will support branches in Arizona and the High Desert region of California. Pilapil has been with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union since 2005 and has held positions of increased responsibility since that time. Kootznoowoo Inc., the Alaska Native village corporation for the community of Angoon, announced that Deborah J. Atuk has joined Kootznoowoo as its new president and CEO. Atuk replaces Hal Dreyer who came to Kootznoowoo in April of 2017 as a consultant tasked with evaluating the organization’s strengths and weaknesses. Dreyer will continue to work with the corporation in a consulting role during the executive transition and to further the development of the Thayer Creek Hydro project. Prior to joining Kootznoowoo, Atuk served as a portfolio specialist and institutional relationship manager since 2016 for SkyView Investment Advisors LLC in New York City where her focus was on serving the needs of Alaska Native and American Indian clients. Previously, she was the treasurer of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina and director of Business Development at the Colville Tribal Federal Corp. in Eastern Washington. Atuk also serves as treasurer of the board of directors for Bering Straits Native Corp. Originally from Nome, Atuk is Iñupiaq and earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Cori Mills will serve as the new Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Law. Mills started with the department in 2012 as legislative liaison and public outreach coordinator for the Civil Division. She spent eight years in that role where she honed her legislation skills, worked on budget and fiscal issues, and served as special assistant under two former Attorneys General. In May 2019, she transitioned to the elections attorney position in the Labor and State Affairs Section until becoming supervisor of that section in August 2020. Shannon &Wilson, Inc., a geotechnical and environmental consulting firm, announced that Kyle Brennan, PE, has been promoted to office manager of the Anchorage location. Brennan, a geotechnical engineer and vice president of the firm, brings expertise in geological and geotechnical engineering for projects throughout Alaska. His extensive experience includes road and rail infrastructure; pedestrian walkways, trails and bridges; pavement analysis and remediation; utilities and power generation/distribution; new building development; and airports and seaports. He has provided multiple geotechnical engineering services for roads, embankments and buildings damaged during the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. Brennan earned a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. He has been with Shannon &Wilson, Inc. for 20 years. Brennan is the vice chair of the Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission; a member of the Society of American Military Engineers; past president of the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies; and serves on the board of directors for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Movers and Shakers for Feb. 7

Angela Salazar, a member of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Grant Committee and co-owner of Harbor Point business park, joined the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors this month for a three-year term. She replaces Kris Norosz of Petersburg, who has term-limited off after serving since 2015. She has held board positions with the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center Foundation, Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and Ketchikan-Kanayama Sister City Exchange, and she was a member of First City Rotary. In addition to her role on the borough Grant Committee, she leads the live auction for the hospital foundation’s annual Sole-Stice Event and supports the fundraising efforts of her children’s activities. Salazar graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Six days after graduation, she returned to Ketchikan and went to work for a local investment and insurance agency. Within five years, she owned the business, then sold it in 2010. Salazar was recognized in 2006 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce with a Top Forty Under 40 award and is a recipient of the Alaska Chamber’s Bill Biven Award. Explore Fairbanks recently announced its 2021 board of directors. Executive Officers are: Chair Buzzy Chiu, Premier Alaska Tours; Past Chair Andy Anger, UAF Community &Technical College; Chair Elect Kristin Baysinger, Carlson Center; Treasurer Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge; 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 Shalley Villamarin, Grande Denali Lodge; Meetings &Conventions Chair Carly Nelson, Wedgewood Resort; Reinhard Neuhauser, Alaska Fishing and Raft Adventures; Erica Moeller, The Roaming Root Cellar; John Scherzer, Westmark Hotel &Conference Center; and Doug Toelle, Running Reindeer Ranch. Ex Officio representatives are Jimi Cash, Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, and Shoshana Kun, Fairbanks City Council. Jeffrey Erickson of Unalakleet was appointed to the state Board of Education and Early Development and Sally Stockhausen of Ketchikan was reappointed. Erickson was appointed Jan. 12 to fill the seat for the Second Judicial District and his term expires March 1, 2024. Stockhausen was reappointed to fill the seat for the First Judicial District and her term expires March 1, 2026. Erickson has served as a teacher, student activities director, and school board member in the Bering Strait School District. Erickson has also served on the Unalakleet City Council for 15 years, as a commercial fisherman, and as regional manager for RurAL CAP Head Start. Erickson holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Washington. Stockhausen has served as a special education teacher in Alaska for more than 15 years in the Copper River and Ketchikan Gateway Borough School districts. She currently holds certification in Alaska as a teacher and since 2008, she has been teaching special education and English at Ketchikan High School. She Stockhausen holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from John Brown University and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Whitney A. Brown has joined Stoel Rives LLP’s litigation practice in Anchorage where she will focus her practice on complex litigation. Before joining Stoel Rives, Brown was a law clerk to Morgan Christen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Goodwin H. Liu of the Supreme Court of California. She earlier worked for several years in Washington, D.C., on health policy issues. Brown received her juris doctor from UCLA School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, her master’s of public health and graduate certificate in human rights from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, and her A.B. from the University of Chicago. Natasha Pope, vice president and community relations manager at First National Bank Alaska, was elected chair of the United Way of Anchorage board of directors and Alex McKay, vice president of programs at the Rasmuson Foundation, was elected vice chair. The directors also elected Laurie Butcher, senior vice president finance at Alaska Communications, as treasurer, and Beth Stuart, office managing partner at KPMG, as secretary. In addition to the officers, five directors were elected to second three-year terms: Greg Deal, regional president of Wells Fargo; Bill Falsey, former Anchorage municipal manager; Darlene Gates, CEO of ExxonMobil Alaska; Mike Huston, executive vice president at Northrim Bank; and Ed Ulman, CEO of Alaska Public Media. Former chair and longtime board member Belinda Breaux. recently retired from Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.. was elected to a third three-year term. Board terms run through December 2023. Board officers serve one-year terms. The Koniag Inc. board of directors appointed Christine Kaineg (née Peters-Naughton) as its newest board member. A resident of Alexandria, Va., Kaineg has extensive experience in communications and federal government contracting. She has worked for VSE Corp. in various positions since 2008, including her current position as communications specialist and assistant corporate secretary, where she oversees internal and external communications and supports compliance and communication for the VSE board of directors and committees. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 24

The Mat-Su Health Foundation has hired Karen Koenemann as its new vice president of programs, effective Jan. 11. Koenemann leads the foundation’s program team and is responsible for grant making, strategic planning, the convening of local and statewide partners, and supporting the policy and systems change that will lead to lasting impact in the community. She will help the foundation innovate and grow so that it can better serve the community, resulting in measurable improvement in the health of Mat-Su residents. Northrim Bank announced new officer hires of Melissa Galloway as loan officer/business banker at the Soldotna Financial Center and Ki Hoon Lee as assistant branch manager for the 7th Avenue Branch in Anchorage. Galloway joins Northrim Bank with 13 years of retail, investments and commercial lending experience. She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Lee comes to Northrim with nearly four years of experience in the financial industry and 2½ as a manager. He was a small business owner prior to starting his career in banking. Koniag Government Services promoted Jeannette Morris to chief financial officer. Morris will oversee all accounting, finance, and budgeting aspects for KGS and its 16 operating companies, which will earn a projected $300 million in annual revenues. Morris’ prior positions at KGS include vice president-finance, and accounting controller. She has held numerous high-level accounting and finance positions at companies including Copper River Cos., Raytheon Trusted Computer Solutions Inc., and Employment Enterprises Inc. Ash Grove Cement Co. hired Jacob Parry as technical sales representative. He will work from the Bellevue, Wash., sales office and his assigned territory will cover the Alaska. Ash Grove Cement supplies cement to concrete producers and construction projects in many areas of Alaska. Perry comes to Ash Grove after earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Brigham Young University. Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the appointment of Clyde “Ed” Sniffen to the position of Attorney General. Sniffen was named acting Attorney General in August 2020. Sniffen received his bachelor’s degree in biology and sociology from the College of Idaho and his juris doctor from Willamette University College of Law. Upon graduating from law school in 1988, he began practicing law in Anchorage with a focus on natural resources, environmental, labor and employment, maritime, and utility law. In 2000, he began his career with the Alaska Department of Law, serving as a senior assistant attorney general in the consumer protection unit, then as a chief assistant attorney general, deputy attorney general, chief of staff, and most recently as acting attorney general.

Movers and Shakers for Jan. 17

The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Nathan Soboleff as Grants and Resources director. Soboleff will manage the newly formed Grants and Resources Department which aims to implement an organizational strategy that centralizes Tlingit &Haida’s grant processes. Soboleff has a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in fisheries management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in grant writing and grants management including over eight years procuring grant-based budgets for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Wildlife Conservation and Bartlett Regional Hospital. Mike Fink has been promoted to audit partner and Christine Krysinski has been promoted to audit managing director in KPMG LLP’s Anchorage office. Fink and Krysinski will be responsible for audit quality and leading engagement teams in project execution. Krysinski joined KPMG in 2010. She provides audit and accounting advisory services to a variety of clients, including not-for-profit organizations, state and local governments, fisheries-related companies, oil and gas, and Alaska Native corporations. Fink joined KPMG LLP in 2018 and has 16 years of public and private accounting experience. He provides audit services to both public and non-public companies including telecommunications and Alaska Native corporations, and has extensive experience helping companies adopt new accounting standards. He is a graduate of the University of Alaska. University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Dan White has appointed UAF School of Management faculty member Peggy Keiper to serve as interim athletic director for the Alaska Nanooks, effective Feb. 1. Keiper will succeed Keith Champagne, who has been serving in dual roles as vice chancellor for student affairs and athletic director for the past 18 months. Champagne will continue to serve as vice chancellor. Keiper is an associate professor and director of the sport and recreation business program in the UAF School of Management. She has a doctorate in sport administration from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining the UAF faculty in 2017, she had worked for nearly a decade in the sports industry, including sports tourism and the NBA’s minor league system, and as a college women’s basketball coach. She was national sales manager for the West Michigan Sports Commission, where she led the commission’s effort to generate economic spending to the Greater Grand Rapids Area and won bids to host six NCAA National Championships with Grand Valley State University and Calvin College. The Federal Aviation Administration has named University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist Catherine Cahill as one of 12 new members of its Drone Advisory Committee. Cahill is the director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, which is part of the UAF Geophysical Institute. The DAC provides independent advice and recommendations for the safe and effective integration of drones in the national airspace system. The committee was originally formed in 2016 and is composed of 35 representatives from industry, academia, and state and local governments. More than 70 candidates were nominated to serve on the committee. Cahill is the only Alaska representative. She will focus on issues and viewpoints related to advanced air mobility. Cahill has worked for the last five years as the director of ACUASI. The center focuses primarily on research being conducted in the Arctic, but it maintains an array of unmanned aircraft, ground control stations and generators that gives its team the capability of transporting and launching drones virtually anywhere in the world. ACUASI works with researchers from universities across the country, along with state and federal agencies, commercial partners and international collaborators.

Movers and Shakers for Dec. 27

Alaska Industrial Hardware, a Bering Straits Native Corp. subsidiary, announced the hire of Thuy Vo to the position of controller and the promotions of Tim Larson and Josh Sieler. Vo has more than 18 years of accounting experience with a boutique public accounting firm that specializes in Alaska Native village corporations, tribal councils and small businesses all over Alaska. A recipient of the University of Alaska Scholar’s award, Vo graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting. Larson has been promoted to director of Sales for the outside and inside sales operations of AIH and General Hardware Distributors. Larson has been with the company for nine years in outside sales focusing on key accounts and helping to grow new product lines. Prior to joining AIH, Larson worked in production at Anchorage Sand &Gravel. Larson graduated from UAA in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. Sieler has been promoted to the position of director of Store Operations. Sieler started with AIH in 2001 in an entry-level position at the Wasilla location. He progressively took on roles with increasing responsibilities. He managed the Eagle River store prior to becoming the manager of the Old Seward Highway location 2012. Ahtna Engineering Services LLC announced that Project Manager Leslie Davis has earned her Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute of Pennsylvania. This certification is recognized globally and demonstrates her ability to manage projects and extensive knowledge of project management tools and procedures. Davis has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Arkansas Little Rock, completed graduate-level coursework at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, has worked professionally in the contaminated sites field since 2012, and has been with AES at its Fairbanks Office for four years. Dr. Bruce Schultz was appointed to serve as University of Alaska Anchorage interim chancellor, effective Jan. 4, 2021, succeeding outgoing chancellor Cathy Sandeen. Schultz currently is UAA’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, but his career in leadership roles at UAA spans nearly three decades. As vice chancellor, he led the development of a culture of assessment in student affairs, created the Military and Veterans Student Services Office, supported a multi-year transformation of UAA’s enrollment services operations, and restructured student affairs to improve effectiveness while addressing significant reductions in funding. Schultz has a bachelor’s degree in international business and German from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a master’s of education degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University. He received his doctorate in educational and organizational leadership from the University of La Verne and his doctoral dissertation was a descriptive study of freshmen adjustment to college at the University of Alaska. The Mat-Su Health Foundation added two new employees. Shirley Kelly was hired as director of operations and Kelsey Shields as program assistant. Kelly brings a wealth of experience in human resources to the foundation. She holds master’s degree in management with a specialization in human resources from Wayland Baptist University. In her new role as program assistant, Shields serves as the primary contact for MSHF scholarship inquiries from prospective and returning applicants, training providers, universities, colleges, and the general public. She also provides support to the other members of the foundation’s program team by assisting with planning, scheduling, and implementation of convenings and other program-related events. Prior to joining MSHF, Shields worked in a variety of industries providing administrative and customer relations management support. She holds a bachelor’s degree in film and media studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara Sen. Lisa Murkowski added Kaleb Froehlich back to her team as her chief of staff succeeding Mike Pawlowski, and announced the promotion of Garrett Boyle to deputy chief of staff and chief counsel. Froehlich received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. From 2009-14, Froehlich served as senior counsel to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Boyle received his bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law. Prior to joining Murkowski’s staff, he ran his own business dealing with oil and gas and patent law issues, and served as an extern in the Eastern District of Louisiana while in law school. Pawlowski joined the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as a senior policy advisor in 2015 after serving in various positions at all levels of state government. Pawlowski served as Murkowski’s chief of staff since January 2016. Pawlowski recently announced his intent to return to Alaska to partner with former state Sen. Jerry Mackie in a new venture, Strategy North Group. Northrim Bank announced new officers hired in Anchorage: Bond Stewart, vice president, loan officer, commercial real estate; Kyle Hernandez, assistant branch manager, float team; Amanda Maly, consumer lender; and Jodie Stone, assistant branch manager, West Anchorage Branch. Stewart comes to Northrim Bank with 32 years of commercial and real estate lending experience throughout Alaska. He holds a bachelor of business management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School. Hernandez joins Northrim with nine years of experience in the financial services sector, five of which have been as a manager. He also has 14 years of experience in retail sales. Maly comes to Northrim with 15 years of experience in banking, more than 10 of those being consumer and indirect lending. Stone joins Northrim with 22 years of banking and leadership experience, working in retail banking and back office branch support. Dr. Diane Hirshberg has been named vice president academic of the University of the Arctic, a collaborative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in and about the North. In this role Hirshberg plans to highlight some of UArctic’s exceptional academic programming, identify best practices for offering circumpolar academic opportunities and increase those collaborative offerings. Hirshberg is professor of education policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, where she contributes to two of its main research areas: Arctic communities and education. She has studied indigenous education, circumpolar education issues, and the role of education in sustainable development for more than 17 years. Hirshberg currently teaches in the Master of Public Policy program at the UAA College of Business and Public Policy. Hirshberg is beginning her second term on the board of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States, which serves a globally connected, diverse Arctic research community supported by government agencies, foundations, and others who share enthusiasm for Arctic research and education. She also is finishing her second term on the Council for the International Arctic Social Sciences Association. Hirshberg has a Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, a master of public administration from Columbia University, and two bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley. The Alaska Redistricting Board announced the hiring of Peter Torkelson as executive director and TJ Presley as deputy director. The Alaska Constitution delegates redistricting of Alaska House and Senate districts every 10 years to the Alaska Redistricting Board, which consists of five Alaskans appointed by the governor, Senate President, Speaker of the House and Chief Justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. The 2020 Redistricting Board Members are Melanie Bahnke of Nome, John Binkley of Fairbanks, Nicole Borromeo of Anchorage, Bethany Marcum of Anchorage and Budd Simpson of Juneau.

Movers and Shakers for Nov. 29

Annette Gwalthney-Jones was recently appointed to the board of trustees for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Gwalthney-Jones brings more than 20 years of managerial experience in human resources and social services to the board of trustees. Her career background includes program work and leadership within many Trust beneficiary-serving organizations in the Anchorage area, including the Arc of Anchorage and the Salvation Army’s Booth Memorial Home. She also has an extensive background in human resources and internal development and training. Furie Operating Alaska announced the appointment of Michael Cipriano as controller. Cipriano has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gonzaga University. His background includes progressively responsible positions at Parker Drilling, Arctic IT, BP and ConocoPhillips. R&M Consultants Inc. hired Craig Knight, PLS, as a senior land surveyor in the firm’s Geomatics Department at its Fairbanks office. Knight will work as project manager and lead surveyor responsible for collecting, processing and mapping survey data and for producing surveying and mapping projects in accordance with current standards of practice. He will also lead development and expansion of R&M’s survey services in the Fairbanks area and provide advanced professional, technical, day-to-day support, guidance and input to staff and other team members. Knight has 26 years of surveying experience in a wide range of services. He offers a unique variety of skills and experience, having conducted control, topographic, boundary, aerial, hydrographic, right-of-way, pipeline, power line, as-built, and dam and reservoir surveys. Knight has served as project manager and crew chief for large transportation and utility design and construction projects for a variety of agencies. He has degrees in land surveying, engineering technology, and drafting from Sheridan College in Wyoming and holds a U.S. Patent for a Damage Resistant Surveying Stake that he and his wife developed.


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