Posted Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 9:02 am
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce’s 63rd Annual Gold Pan Awards “Back to the Past, Into the Future” was held virtually on Nov. 6. Awards were given to organizations and businesses for their commitment to community service, as well as those who have shown business and entrepreneurial excellence. The winners are: TOTE Maritime, Business Excellence; ConocoPhillips Alaska, Distinguished Community Service by a Large Business with over 30 Employees; Alaska Skylar Travel, Distinguished Community Service by a Small Business with fewer than 30 employees; Alaska Premier Auctions &Appraisals, Entrepreneurial Excellence. In addition, the Anchorage Chamber relies heavily on volunteers, whether they serve on the board of directors, committees, Ambassador Council, or the Young Professionals Group. Ambassadors are an energetic group of people who work together to promote the Anchorage Chamber. The 2020 Ambassador of the Year is Tito Muñoz of Alaska 529. Julie Anderson, commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, was also honored with a Gold Pan Award for her accomplishments and commitments to the Anchorage Chamber.
Alaska Air National Guard Col. Matthew Calabro succeeded Col. Kenneth Radford as the 176th Operations Group commander during a ceremony Nov. 8. The group provides wartime and peacetime mission support of deployment operations, combat search and rescue, air control, rescue coordination, and strategic airlift for the 176th Wing. During the ceremony, Radford was presented with the Legion of Merit. The award citation highlighted the 176th OG’s efforts under his command. Under Radford’s leadership, the group saved 159 lives during rescue missions, deployed dozens of Airmen to Iraq, Africa, and other nations, and provided strategic airlift assistance after hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Florence. Radford will assume duties as the 176th Wing vice commander, a position most recently held by Calabro.
Alaska-based Ahtna Environmental Inc. announced it is the recipient of the 2020 Society of American Military Engineers Small Business Award during SAME’s Centennial Year of existence. The Small Business Award recognizes SAME sustaining member firms that “achieve outstanding results in support of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Navy as well as company support for the professional development of its employees through participation in SAME education and activities.” Ahtna Environmental received its first U.S. military contract in 2010 and joined SAME the same year.
Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Blake Rod to associate vice president, branch manager, at the Lake Otis Community Branch; Ian Sikeo to assistant branch manager at the Eastside Community Branch;, and Kevin Anderson to corporate training manager. Rod has been with Northrim Bank since 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Minnesota State University Mankato and is the coordinator for Northrim’s School Business Partnership at Fairview Elementary School in Anchorage. Sikeo joined Northrim in 2010 and has worked as lead teller, universal banker and branch supervisor before being promoted to assistant branch manager. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in computer science from Charter College. Sikeo was awarded the Northrim Customer First Service Award in 2020 and has received the United States Army Good Conduct Medal. He served in the United State Army and United States Army National Guard. Anderson came to Northrim Bank in 2019 and has six years of experience in the financial industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Posted Monday, November 09, 2020 - 12:21 pm
Vitus Energy LLC announced several personnel moves. Charlotte Long was hired as Inventory manager. Long has more than 25 years of experience in logistics and inventory management, with 12 years in the Alaska fuel industry. Long joins Vitus from JB Gottstein where she was the sales representative and handled logistics for the bypass system. Before that, she was responsible for inventory management, procurement, logistics and fuel inventory management for a prominent Alaska freight distribution company. Long has a bachelor’s degree in business management and a bachelor’s degree in global logistics management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. James Ochoa was promoted to asset manager. Ochoa began his career in the oil and gas industry in 2014. He conducted data and asset analysis for multiple sites and rigs throughout the State of California. Ochoa’s joined Vitus in 2016 as an operations support specialist. He was responsible for organizing, coordinating and administering support for Marine Operations. He provided ground support and logistics for multiple projects and operations across the state of Alaska. As asset manager he is responsible for the procurement, logistics and management of the company’s assets, as well as general asset compliance. Douglas Peoples was hired as Facilities manager. Peoples comes to Vitus with more than 25 years of experience in facilities management. Prior to Vitus, Peoples worked for Liquor Stores North where he managed more than 20 facilities and oversaw the renovation of five stores where he was responsible to direct crews of subcontractors and direct hire maintenance workers. Peoples has also worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a quality control management and safety professional, and was an OSHA 30 trainer for five years. Cliff Brown was hired as senior retail manager. Brown has more than 20 years of high-level management experience and prior to Vitus was a regional field trainer and recruiter and a district manager for Holiday Station stores. Brown has a doctor of business administration from Northcentral University, a master’s degree in business management, and a bachelor’s degree in management from National American University. Brady Borum was hired as senior Shoreside manager for Central Alaska. Borum came to Alaska with the U.S. Air Force, where he worked as an Aircraft Fuel Systems Technician in 2005. After multiple assignments and worldwide deployments, he honorably separated from the Air Force and began working as a CDL driver for a local distributor of petroleum products and lubricants in Alaska. While there, Borum completed his bachelor’s degree in business management from Wayland Baptist University. Before joining Vitus, he was the director of Fuel Marketing and Operation for the road system in Alaska.
PND Engineers Inc. in Anchorage announced two recent hires. Cameron Klatt, EIT, has joined PND’s Geotechnical Team. Klatt earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Montana State University, and a master’s degree in geotechnical engineering from the University of Washington this past June. He has interned with HDL Engineering and Kiewit Bridge and Marine, building experience in geotechnical investigations, calculations for foundation and retaining wall design, geotechnical report writing, and primary and secondary lab testing. Michael Ulmgren, EIT, brings experience as a research professional at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he conducted wave and storm surge modeling, shoreline change modeling and sediment transport studies. Before joining UAA, Ulmgren was a civil associate at Michael Baker International, where he performed hydraulic and hydrology modeling and analysis, stream stability and scour analysis.
Cassandra Stalzer, APR, vice president of transformational philanthropy at United Way of Anchorage, has become the second Alaskan to become a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, a designation of professional expertise from the American College of Financial Services. Stalzer earned the designation through a rigorous course of study through the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the college. CAP status means that Stalzer has the expertise to help families, gift planners and financial advisers build inspired legacy plans for giving to nonprofits that will create the maximum good in their communities and complement their goals for wealth management. Her expertise covers charitable trusts, private foundations, supporting organizations, donor-advised funds, pooled income funds and charitable gift annuities. At United Way of Anchorage, Stalzer draws upon her 20 years in fundraising and development to connect donors to long-lasting impact in Anchorage through gifts of financial assets including securities, real estate and business interests. She is also leading the creation of planned giving opportunities such as bequests and endowed funds, and charitable gift annuities.
Posted Wednesday, November 04, 2020 - 9:42 am
R&M Consultants Inc. has expanded its service offerings in its Fairbanks office to include environmental services with the addition of Erica Betts, CESCL. Betts joins R&M as an environmental specialist focused on National Environmental Policy Act compliance in the Earth Sciences Department. Betts has six years of experience as an environmental specialist in Alaska, as well as an additional six years of environmental research and field experience. She has provided agency coordination, environmental documentation preparation and permit acquisition for transportation and utility projects, as well as managed numerous environmental projects. In addition, she has more than 15 years of GIS experience. Her past project experience includes the Moose Creak Water Expansion; environmental services for the Barrow Maintenance Facility and Airport Improvements; Seward Airport Improvements; Interior Gas Utility Phase I Design and Liquefied Natural Gas Storage projects; Nome Bering Street Rehabilitation, Port Road Reconstruction; and Seppala Drive upgrades. Betts has a bachelor’s degree in biology with a specialization in ecology, evolution and population biology from Purdue University, and a master’s degrees in city and regional planning and in civil engineering, both from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an Alaska Certified Erosion &Sediment Control Lead and is trained in Wetland Delineation and RCRA Hazardous Waste Management.
Posted Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 9:04 am
MTA promoted Jared Lindman to director of Commercial Solutions, a new department for MTA focused on developing its enterprise and wholesale markets. In this new role, Lindman will oversee the product, marketing and sales delivery strategies of MTA’s wholesale and enterprise customers and partners. Lindman has been a member of the MTA product team since he began as director of Product Management in 2017. One achievement that has stood out during Lindman’s time at MTA was successfully launching Business Amplifier and redesigning MTA’s business internet plans.
Posted Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 9:14 am
Broadband and telecommunications operator Quintillion announced the addition of Ariel Burr as senior manager of Government Programs and Business Development. Burr is charged with leading the corporation’s efforts to connect rural Alaska communities with better education and health care services through the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate and Rural Health Care programs. She will also manage Quintillion’s Rural Utility Service initiatives and other state and federal funding programs that provide more opportunity and access to remote regions of the state. Burr comes to Quintillion from GCI — the largest recipient of RHC funds in the nation — where she was senior manager of Business Administration for Government, Health Care and Education. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University, and is one of the state’s leading knowledge experts in FCC’s Universal Service Administrative Co. programs.
Northrim Bank Vice President-Assistant Division Manager Josh King has recently graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School. King has been with Northrim Funding Services in Bellevue, Wash. for 11 years. PCBS is a three-year program in partnership with the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington.
The Alaska Travel Industry Association announced its 2020-21 board of directors on Oct. 9 at its virtual convention. The Executive Committee is: Board Chair Bill Pedlar, Knightly Tours; Outside Vice Chair Scott Habberstad, Alaska Airlines; Outside Past Chair Dan Oberlatz, Alaska Alpine Adventures; Southwest Secretary/Membership Chair Craig Jennison, TEMSCO Helicopters; Southeast Treasurer/Finance Chair Dave McGlothlin, Holland America Group; Outside Marketing Chair Colleen Stephens, Stan Stephens Glacier &Wildlife Cruises; At-Large Government Relations Co-Chair Julie Saupe, Visit Anchorage; Southcentral Government Relations Co-Chair Holly Johnson, Wings of Alaska &Taku Glacier Lodge; Southeast Tourism Policy and Planning Chair Josh Howes, Premier Alaska Tours, Southcentral President and CEO; and Sarah Leonard, ATIA. The board of directors is Adriel Butler, Aurora Expeditions and Borealis Base Camp, Southcentral; Dan Rough, Holland America Line, Outside; Deb Hickok, Explore Fairbanks, Interior; Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach Tours, Southeast; Elizabeth Hall, John Hall’s Alaska Cruises &Tours, At-Large; Emily Edenshaw, Alaska Native Heritage Center, At-Large; John Binkley, Riverboat Discovery, At-Large; Kory Eberhardt, A Taste of Alaska Lodge, Interior; Matt Atkinson, Northern Alaska Tour Co., Arctic; Patti Mackey, Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, Southeast; Tennelle Peterson Wise, Grande Denali LLC, Interior; and Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer, Ex-Officio. Board elected seats for one-year terms are: Lalanya Downs, Cruise Line Industry Association-Alaska; Camille Ferguson, Sitka Tribe of Alaska; Dennis McDonnell, Alaska Coach; and Tours Thomas Stark, Wells Fargo.
Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 9:20 am
Taylored Restoration has hired Tyler Kirn as project manager. Kirn graduated from the University of Alaska-Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in global logistics and supply chain management.
The University of Alaska-Anchorage announced its 2020 Alumni of Distinction recipients to be honored at UAA’s virtual Homecoming Breakfast on Oct. 9. Dr. Reem Sheikh (bachelor’s degree, biological sciences, 2007) was named Alumni Emerging Leader. Sheikh is a clinical instructor and attending faculty at the New York College of Podiatric Medicine. As a podiatrist working in New York City, Sheikh witnessed firsthand how the shortage of personal protective equipment affected health care workers in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. After assembling volunteers that she met through parenting Facebook groups, Sheikh raised more than $18,000 to alleviate PPE shortages for New York City health care workers, and coordinated the donation of thousands of PPE across the country. Dr. Ghazal Ringler (bachelor’s degree, biological sciences, 2001) was named Alumni Humanitarian. Ringler is the chief dental officer at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. For more than 16 years, Ringler has dedicated her career to providing dental care to children and adults who are uninsured or low-income. In addition to her position as chief dental officer at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center, Ringler donates her time and expertise by serving on the Anchorage Project Access board of directors, where she was critical in establishing the donated dental program and pro bono oral health program. Laurie Fagnani (bachelor’s degree, journalism and public communications, 1986) was named the Alumni of Achievement. Fagnani, president of MSI Communications, grew MSI Communications from a home business started in 1995 with herself as the sole employee to the go-to marketing agency for Alaska’s resource industry. Fagnani attributes her agency’s success to staff with an intuitive understanding of Alaska’s industries, a quarter of whom come from UAA. Additionally, Fagnani has grown her business’ digital services capacity to better aid clientele as they also adapt to an increasingly web-dependent business model. Leverette Hoover (bachelor’s degree, technology, 1997) was named the Alumni of Achievement. Hoover, national operations manager for Siemens, pursued a civilian career in electronics and engineering after serving for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, consisting of various positions with Siemens over the last 20 years. Hoover is a past recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40, a Gold Pan Award winner for community service, served as the chairman of the Anchorage School District School Business Partner board of directors, was a founding member of the UAA Alumni Association and is an honorary commander for the 176th Alaska Air National Guard Wing.
Posted Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 8:55 am
Northrim Bank announced the promotion of Brian Leonard to Branch Manager II at the Midtown Financial Center; the move of Christina Clayton to Assistant Branch Manager at the Wasilla Financial Center; and the hiring of Johnico Bashford-Blumer as Assistant Branch Manager at the Southside Financial Center. Leonard has been with Northrim Bank since 2011, starting his banking career at the Wasilla Financial Center. He holds a State of Alaska Insurance Producer-Life License. Leonard was awarded the Northrim Bank Customer First Service Award in 2013. Clayton has been with Northrim Bank since 2016. Before joining Northrim Bank, she had more than 30 years of experience in retail sales management. Clayton holds an occupational associate’s degree in retail management. Bashford-Blumer joins Northrim with 11 years of management experience and five years in the insurance industry. He holds an MBA from Colorado Technical University.
Posted Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 9:04 am
PND Engineers Inc. in Anchorage announced three hires. Tanner Stephens joined PND’s civil team in Anchorage in March following a year as a project engineer with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Department of Design and Construction. At PND, he has been working on the California Creek Fish Passage and Connecting Anchorage Trails projects. Stephens earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2019. Previously a project engineer and design engineer for the Alaska Department of Transportation, Addison Yang’s projects since joining PND have included a Washington Department of Transportation project with Kiewit to replace a culvert under the I-5 highway with a fish passage, while minimizing impact to motorists and the local community. Yang earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2015 and is currently completing his master’s degree remotely. Obadiah “Obi” Dawson, EIT, earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UAA this past spring. His recent assignments include structural calculations for the Wendell Avenue temporary trestle.
Cornerstone announced two hires: Brittany Larson as an accountant and Macki McDonald as a project engineer. Both join the company with years of experience in the Alaskan construction industry. Larson joins the team with more than three years of Alaskan construction accounting as well as an extensive customer service background. She is currently in her final semester at Wayland Baptist University to receive her associate’s degree in accounting and will then pursue her bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. McDonald brings more than 16 years of project procurement, logistics, and Alaskan construction experience, along with a strong grasp on remote and complex projects. His construction background began at as a laborer for a general contractor in Redmond, Wash., and soon worked for an Anchorage engineering firm until managing his own construction administration business.
Julie Schrecengost has been named tax practice leader of KPMG LLP’s Anchorage office, effective Sept. 1. Schrecengost will be responsible for supporting the career development of tax professionals and the strategic direction and growth of KPMG’s Anchorage tax practice. Schrecengost joined KPMG in 2001 and was promoted to tax managing director in 2012. She provides federal and state tax compliance and consulting services to a variety of corporate and partnership organizations and has extensive experience working with Alaska Native corporations and their unique tax matters including natural resources and settlement trusts. She has nearly 20 years of experience serving clients in Alaska with federal and state tax planning and structuring, special consulting projects relating to acquisitions and divestitures, tax provision preparation, and broad tax compliance services. In addition to her client responsibilities, Schrecengost serves as a tax process and technology leader certified under KPMG’s Lean Six Sigma Program, participates in quality and peer reviews, and serves as the leader of KPMG Anchorage’s Mentoring Committee and Network of Women.
Michael Baker International announced three hires. Collin Dey, PE SE, joins Michael Baker as an engineering manager, leading the Oil &Gas and Structural departments in Alaska. Dey has more than 30 years of project and engineering experience, previously, serving key leadership roles at BP Alaska. Dey is a licensed civil and structural engineer, expert in design and oversite of industrial infrastructure, pipelines, tanks, commercial buildings, integrity management and arctic engineering. Dey completed his executive engineering and business management from University of Manchester, and a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from University of Colorado.Steven Orizotti transitions from intern to fulltime civil engineering associate. He has a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from University of Alaska Fairbanks and will support the Water Resources Team in conducting hydrologic and hydraulic monitoring, hydrologic assessments, water quality monitoring, and surface water modeling. Erin Tracy returns to Michael Baker as a civil engineering associate in the Anchorage Transportation Department. Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Utah State University. Previously, Tracy supported the Transportation Group for the Michael Baker’s Virginia office, working on roadway infrastructures, traffic count studies, drainage plans, and street improvements.
Posted Wednesday, September 09, 2020 - 9:20 am
Steve Brown is the new director for the U.S. Small Business Administration Alaska District Office. Prior to assuming the role of district director in August, Brown served as the chairman of the Bannock County Commission in Idaho for two years where he oversaw all county, support city and municipality government services for 88,000 citizens with a staff of 450 employees. From 2010 to 2017, Brown served on the Pocatello City Council and was council president for the last two years. He also served on the board of directors for the Bannock Development Corp. and the Pocatello Development Authority where he helped both organizations build the economic health of eastern Idaho. Additionally, Brown has worked as a regional director for former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig and U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, both of Idaho. Brown has also owned several small businesses including an insurance agency and a consulting company which he operated for 24 years.
Four women will take on new leadership roles at Anchorage-based Thompson &Co. Public Relations. Ariel Walsh-Amand and Ally Day will help lead the agency’s executive strategy, and Bri Kelly and Kailee Wallis will contribute to the agency’s senior management team. Walsh-Amand was promoted to chief operating officer. Walsh-Amand is already an expert in onboarding new employees, accounting and managing employee benefits, among many other skills developed over 11 years at T&C. Day was promoted to vice president, Client Services. Day brings 10 years of T&C experience in leading client successes to the agency’s executive strategy team with her promotion. Day will further develop T&Cs client services practice with a focus on client-agency relationships, retention and continuity. Kelly was promoted to senior account manager. After nine years at the agency, Kelly will also take on an increased role as mentor for T&C’s management team. Wallis was promoted to Digital director. Wallis is a founding member of T&C’s digital team, and she has largely contributed to it being T&C’s fastest-growing department. Having helped create the path for digital services offered at the agency, Wallis will lead the digital department in mediums like graphic design, video, photography, social media strategy and more.
Stephanie Gann has joined KeyBank as branch manager of the Behrends branch in Juneau, which is scheduled to re-open Sept. 8. In this role, she will be responsible for day-to-day operations and coaching her team, as well as providing financial services, including investments and mortgages, to both small business and consumer clients. Gann relocated from Phoenix, where she was branch manager for the Delta-T Group and managed regional sales. She has also served as a senior business development manager for Accountants International and as an assistant branch manager for a mortgage company. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in finance.
Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 9:19 am
Tasha Nichols was promoted to First National Bank Alaska Human Resources manager and appointed Human Resources officer. Nichols obtained a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a bachelor’s in human resource management from the University of Alaska Southeast. She is an accredited Senior Certified Professional through the Society of Human Resource Management. Nichols began her career with First National in 2016 with more than 20 years of local human resource experience.
Alaska Behavioral Health announced several new staff members to its clinics in Anchorage and Fairbanks: Dr. Curt Wengel, child and adolescent psychiatrist; Kelsea Henry, chief financial officer; Christine Alvarez, director of Adult Services; and Sarah Koogle, clinic manager, Fairbanks Adult Clinic. Wengel completed medical school in south Texas. He went on to general psychiatry residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, the Veterans administration and University Health Systems before completing a child and adolescent fellowship at San Antonio State Hospital and Clarity Child Guidance Center. Originally from New Mexico, Henry joined the United States Army and served for 4½ years before being honorably discharged in order to pursue a calling in the healthcare industry. Upon completion of a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management, Henry joined Mountain Family Health Centers as their controller in 2017. In 2018, Kelsea joined Memorial Regional Health in Craig, Colo., as chief financial officer and graduated with her MBA in finance. Henry comes from White Mountain Regional Medical Center in Arizona where she was their CFO. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in business administration. Alvarez has more than 13 years of mental health experience and has served in a variety of leadership roles including Team Lead of Austin-Travis County Integral Care’s Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team, Director of Multnomah University’s Counseling Center, and assistant executive director of the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Warren County. Alvarez is licensed as an LPC in Texas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, and soon, Alaska. Alvarez will be overseeing adult services in both Anchorage and Fairbanks. Koogle has a master’s degree in clinical community counseling. Koogle has worked at AKBH since 2015 and was recently promoted to manager of the Fairbanks Adult Clinic. She has worked with a wide range of mental health issues both inpatient and outpatient care, adult and children.
Posted Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 9:27 am
RIM Architects named David L. McVeigh as CEO/president, succeeding Larry S. Cash, who plans to continue as founder and chair of the board. Since joining the company in 1986, McVeigh has spearheaded initiatives across the company’s portfolio, working with each of RIM’s five offices to maximize the potential of each regional site and strengthen the offerings of the entire firm. He has introduced and led the firm into foreign markets spanning from Australia, Russia, and throughout Asia.
Ethan Schutt was appointed to the Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees. Schutt is a lifelong Alaskan who currently serves as the chief executive officer of Alaska Native Resource Development LLC, a subsidiary of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. A Stanford-educated attorney, Schutt previously spent a decade managing Cook Inlet Region Inc.’s energy investment portfolio which spanned 1.5 million acres of Alaska Native corporation land. Schutt replaces outgoing trustee Marty Rutherford, whose four-year term ended earlier this year.
Anchorage Downtown Partnership recently added three new board members: Matt Samuel, regional director of Diamond Parking; Larry Michael, owner of Arctic Fox Inn B&B; and Eric Ritner, real estate broker. Samuel has a degree in urban geography and has worked in real estate and site research for the past 20 years. For the past eight years, Samuel has worked in downtown Anchorage as regional manager for McKinley Properties &Diamond Parking. Michael moved to Bethel in 1982 and relocated to Anchorage in 1990 where he worked for the Anchorage School District and then North Slope Borough Schools. He retired from education in 2018, and now owns Arctic Fox Inn B&B lodging with his husband, Allan. With more than 10 years of experience in commercial real estate, Ritner joins ADP with insight on how to serve property owners throughout the Downtown Improvement District.
Col. Damon Delarosa became the 29th commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District. Delarosa, a native of San Antonio, replaces Col. David Hibner, who served as the acting district commander since April 2020. Delarosa will oversee a multi-million dollar program that provides engineering, construction, planning, contracting, real estate, emergency operations, environmental and regulatory services to the military; federal, state and local governments; as well as the public in Alaska. In addition, he will be responsible for the district’s support to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command by designing and constructing humanitarian assistance projects throughout Southeast Asia. Under the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales Program, the district also oversees master planning, requirements validation, design and construction of infrastructure for the government of India’s C-17 aircraft at Hindon Air Force Station, India. Before assuming command in Alaska, Delarosa served as the human resource manager for engineer, chemical colonels in the Colonel Management Office for the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army. Previously, he served as the commander of the Corps’ Walla Walla District covering six states stretching from the Tri-Cities in Washington to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is a graduate of the Engineer Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; and the Airborne, Air Assault, Ranger and Sapper Leader Schools. His awards and decorations include the Army Bronze Star Medal, Distinguished Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Bronze Order of the DeFleury Medal. Delarosa was commissioned in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1998 after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 9:29 am
Lt. Col. Tim Brower took command of the Alaska Army National Guard’s 38th Troop Command during an Aug. 2 change-of-command ceremony. Brower succeeded Col. Joel Gilbert who had served as the 38th TC commander since September 2018. The 38th TC comprises 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment; 1st Battalion, 297th Infantry Regiment; 49th Missile Defense Battalion; and 103rd Civil Support Team. Brower, a career military intelligence officer, is a 1998 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and most recently served in a deployed position as director, CJ7 Force Management Division for Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan/NATO Special Operation Component Command-Afghanistan. Previously, Brower commanded the 49th MDB at Fort Greely.
Megan Riebe was appiinted acting University of Aaska Foundation President effective Aug. 22, following the retirement of current UA Foundation President Susan Foley. Riebe has served as UA Foundation Executive Director and Associate Vice President of Development for the University of Alaska System for the past eight years. She has played a key leadership role in foundation operations and system-wide fund development efforts. Riebe has 27 years of experience in non-profit and higher education management and fund development. Before moving to Alaska, she held leadership roles in development at Gonzaga University and Washington State University, her alma mater, as well, as Director of the Washington State 4-H Foundation. Prior to her higher education experience, she led development efforts for two non-profit organizations engaged in natural resource conservation and economic development work on the Washington State coast, and was a private fundraising consultant to a number of community non-profits. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Washington State and has maintained the Certified Fundraising Executive designation since 2012. She has served on the board of the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was recognized by this group of peers as Alaska’s Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy in 2017.
Posted Wednesday, August 05, 2020 - 9:12 am
Quintillion Inc. hired Gen. (Ret.) Charles H. Jacoby Jr. as a senior strategic advisor. With more than 36 years of experience leading military, governmental, and international institutions, Jacoby provides expertise as Quintillion continues to utilize and expand its existing infrastructure to serve and protect the interests of the U.S. and Canada. Jacoby served as the first Army officer to command North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Northern Command.
Brenda Miernyk was hired as director of sales for Alaska USA Mortgage Co. Miernyk has more than 20 years of mortgage industry experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University.
Koniag Government Services announced the promotion of Aisha McGill to chief business operations officer. Since joining KGS in 2018 as senior vice president of Operations, McGill has played a critical role in leading KGS’s “Vision of Aggressive Growth” and supporting multiple business functions/areas. In her new role, McGill will focus on the development of a KGS Modernization Roadmap for all business systems, processes and IT infrastructure.
The University of Alaska Southeast announced the appointment of Jackie Wilson as its new Dean of Students. Wilson oversees the departments of Campus Life, including Residence Life, the Recreation Center, Counseling, the Health Clinic, Student Activities, the Native and Rural Student Center and more. Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in English from Earlham College and her master’s degree in higher education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University. She comes to UAS from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., where she served as Associate Dean of Students for Health and Well-Being. She has held leadership positions at multiple institutions across the country including Earlham College and Valparaiso University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Stanford University.
Alaska Executive Search hired Hannah Markwood as associate recruiter. Before joining the recruitment team, Markwood served as a temporary staff working for a number of AES clients.
Wells Fargo Commercial Banking announced that Michael Orr will serve as Wells Fargo Commercial Banking’s Alaska Business Development officer. Based in Anchorage, Orr is responsible for growing and developing new relationships with local businesses. He previously worked for Wells Fargo from 2008 to 2015 as a relationship manager for Alaska and Seattle banking groups. Before rejoining Wells Fargo, Orr served as a key executive for Bethel Native Corp. Prior to that, he was President of Sitnasuak Native Corp., where he is also a shareholder. Orr earned an MBA from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Alaska.
Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 9:15 am
Tonbo Digital has merged with MSI Communications to provide enhanced digital and web services to its clients. Tonbo President Kristen Fowler Lindsey and SEO digital marketing strategist Scott Thomas have both joined the agency. Fowler Lindsey will lead MSI’s web, social and digital media departments, as well guide the agency’s initiative to be the first full-service, digitally driven creative, advertising and public relations firm in Alaska. Thomas will guide the agency’s social media and digital marketing strategies, including search engine optimization, or SEO, programmatic ad buying, pay-per-click, email marketing and Google display ads. In addition to comprehensive website development, MSI’s web division offers an online ticketing system for easy maintenance requests, database design, user experience design and sophisticated analytic reporting.
Heather Harris will join the Municipality of Anchorage effective Aug. 24 as the Director of the Anchorage Health Department, succeeding Natasha Pineda. She is an alumna of the University of Alaska Anchorage and has an executive master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington.
Lane Powell announced that Associate Hans Huggler and Counsel to the Firm Miranda Strong have joined the firm’s Anchorage office. Huggler, who is relocating from the firm’s Portland office, is a commercial litigator with a focus on transportation and insurance-related matters. After earning his juris doctor, magna cum laude, from Lewis &Clark Law School, Huggler served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sharon Gleason of the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska before joining Lane Powell. Over the next few months, Huggler will complete the requirements for an LL.M. degree in air and space law from McGill University’s Institute of Air and Space Law in Montreal, Quebec, including a research project focusing on U.S. court jurisdiction over international air crash claims. He also holds undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in criminal justice policy from the London School of Economics &Political Science. Strong focuses her practice on compliance, litigation, government affairs and employment. She joins the firm from the Bering Straits Native Corp., where she served as chief ethics and compliance officer and associate general counsel. In that role, she conducted investigations; handled administrative employment hearings; designed and directed corporate compliance, records and information management, and export compliance programs; and advised on Arctic, Alaska Native, corporate and energy public policy. Strong also spent time as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska, where she was a trial and appellate litigator, and a tribal liaison and special assistant advising the executive branch on emerging Alaska Native legal and policy matters. She is co-founder and co-chair of the Alaska Compliance Alliance and serves as a pro bono attorney for the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Strong received her juris doctor from the University of Washington School of Law, her master’s of public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast, and her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is also a Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.
Posted Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 9:19 am
The Mat-Su Health Foundation has promoted Heather Merry to executive assistant and board liaison. Merry joined the MSHF in 2013 in the role of administrative assistant. In the years since then she has taken on additional duties at various times, including assisting with scholarship applications and backfilling for the previous executive assistant while that person was acting in an interim position elsewhere in the organization. She came to the MSHF with a proven background in administrative support. She previously worked as a senior clerical specialist for a telecommunications company and as a secretary for an aviation firm.
Schwabe, Williamson &Wyatt P.C. announced the expansion of the firm’s Anchorage office by adding six experienced attorneys. With the addition of Robert Misulich, Matt Singer, Christopher Slottee, Howard Trickey, Lee Baxter and Peter Scully, the firm is expanding its Natural Resources industry group, bolstering its presence in Alaska and ability to serve clients across the Pacific Northwest. Attorneys joining Schwabe as shareholders are: Misulich, Singer, Slottee and Trickey are joining as shareholders, and Baxter and Scully as of counsel. Misulich specializes in corporate governance; corporate services; government contracts; labor, employment, and benefits; and Native American law. He regularly represents Alaska Native corporations as outside corporate counsel in a broad range of matters, including corporate governance, shareholder meetings, proxy solicitations, and business transactions and compliance. Singer has extensive trial and appellate practice. He has handled numerous jury and bench trials in state and federal courts and has argued more than 25 appeals to the Alaska Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal. His diverse practice emphasizes complex litigation and natural resources law in Alaska and Oregon courts. Slottee has extensive experience in matters related to Alaska Native corporations, settlement trusts, Tribal governments, and government contracting. He previously served as vice president and general counsel for an ANC. Trickey has 40 years of experience as a trial and appellate lawyer representing a diverse group of clients across many industries and practice areas. He has also devoted a substantial part of his practice to employment law and traditional labor relations and represented Alaska Native corporations, Fortune 500 companies, privately-owned companies, nonprofits and school districts. Baxter practices in commercial litigation, real property matters, Indian and Alaska Native law, government relations and contracting. Scully practices commercial litigation, corporate governance, business formation, construction contracting, real estate, and Alaska Native law
Northrim Bank announced the hiring of a new Human Resources director and commercial lender, as well as changes in three of its branches in Anchorage and one in Fairbanks. TJ Alinen, was hired as senior vice president-Human Resources director and Amanda Clayton as associate vice president-commercial loan officer. Maia Hernandez was promoted to associate vice president-Branch Manager II, Seventh Avenue Branch; Katreena Little was promoted to Huffman Branch manager; Liza David was promoted to Jewel Lake assistant branch manager; and Donna Fountain was promoted to Fairbanks Financial Center assistant branch manager. Alinen joins Northrim Bank with 20 years of professional human resources experience in Alaska and Arizona. He was recently the vice president of Human Resources at the Calista Corp. Alinen holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and a Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources. Clayton comes to Northrim with 19 years of experience in the financial industry. She is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Hernandez joined Northrim Bank in 2015 and has 13 years of experience in the industry, starting as a teller and advancing to a business banker and eventually becoming the branch manager at the Seventh Avenue Branch and Retail Banking Float Pool Manager. Little has been with Northrim for more than 10 years where she has been an assistant branch manager before being promoted to branch manager. Before joining the financial industry, she was a Certified Medical Assistant. David started at Northrim in 2009 and has worked in a couple different branches in Anchorage. She studied at the University of Makati Philippines. Fountain joined Northrim in 2006 and has more than 21 years of banking experience. She has held positions throughout the bank and received Northrim’s Customer First Service Award in 2016.
Posted Wednesday, July 01, 2020 - 9:21 am
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.
Posted Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 9:02 am
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.
Posted Wednesday, June 03, 2020 - 9:41 am
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.
Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 8:41 am
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.
Posted Wednesday, May 06, 2020 - 10:36 am
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.