The National Association of Secondary School Principals has named Meghan Redmond, assistant principal of Chief Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok, as the 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Redmond is in her fourth year as assistant principal at Chief Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok, a K–12 school consisting of 134 students who can only access the school by boat or plane. Because the remote nature of the school limits opportunities for exposure to various careers and other robust experiences, Redmond leads the school’s quarterly exploration weeks that allow students to focus on one or two courses that help them explore careers and interests — with some exploration weeks leading to industry-based certifications. Redmond also started the Small Schools Matter group to draw attention to the needs of remote schools and recently brought students to the state capital of Juneau to advocate for funding. Driven to provide a culturally relevant education for the nearly 100 percent Yup’ik Eskimo Alaska Native population, Redmond incorporates the native language into the school. The school’s administrative team focuses on valuing teacher talent in order to retain it, evidenced by a 100 percent staff retention rate for the current school year. Redmond holds a bachelor’s degree in middle childhood and early adolescence education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She also serves on the executive board for the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals.
Northrim Bank announced the promotion of a variety of employees throughout the Bank: Mark Edwards, EVP-chief credit officer and bank economist; Kari Skinner, SVP-marketing and communications director; Marc Guevarra, VP-commercial loan officer; Tammy Kosa, VP-regional market manager; Gerlie Monta-Guevarra, VP-branch manager; Aili Peyton-Jalbert, VP-commercial cash management officer; Josie Thayer, VP-commercial cash management officer; Bill Simpson, VP-collections supervisor; Katie Bender, AVP-community and public relations manager. Edwards has been with Northrim Bank since 2007. Prior to that, he was the director of the Office of Economic Development for the State of Alaska and economist for the Department of Revenue. Edwards has an MBA from Alaska Pacific University and a master’s degree from Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management. He received Northrim Bank’s President’s award in 2010. Skinner joined Northrim in 2017 with more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience, most recently with Simon Property Group as a director of Marketing and Business Development. She holds an MBA from the University of Utah. Guevarra has worked in banking since 2001. He joined Alaska Pacific Bank in 2007 and has been with Northrim since the merger in 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kosa has been with Northrim for 15 years. She is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has been awarded the Northrim Way Award, Customer First Service Award, and President’s Award. Monta-Guevarra started her career in banking in 2000. She has started at Alaska Pacific Bank in 2005 and has been with Northrim since the merger in 2014. Peyton-Jalbert joined Northrim Bank in 2018 with eight years of banking experience. She holds a master’s degree in communication from the University of Hawaii. Thayer has been with Northrim for more than 13 years and has 20 years of cash management experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from the University of Alaska. Simpson joined Northrim in 2007 as part of the bank’s acquisition of Alaska First Bank & Trust. He has more than 30 years of experience in banking. Simpson holds a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in finance from Boise State University. Bender has been with Northrim since 2013 and has more than 15 years of experience in communications and public relations. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Ahtna Inc. announced several new hires and achievements within its subsidiaries. Vivian Tokar, program manager with Ahtna Environmental Inc., has earned the designation of Project Management Professional. This certification, through the Project Management Institute, requires 4,500 hours of leading and directing projects, a four-year degree, 35 hours of project management education, as well as passing a rigorous exam. Tokar has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and has managed environmental remediation projects across Alaska since joining Ahtna in 2015. Ahtna Engineering Services LLC promoted Valeriya Brand, MBA, CPCM, to the position of business manager. Brand has more than 12 years of experience providing financial and contract management including financial tracking and budget management. Brand earned a Certified Professional Contracts Management credential from the National Contract Management Association in 2016 and has an MBA; and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and management. Prior to her promotion, Brand served as the firm’s contracts manager. AEI has recently hired Acery “Ace” Garcia, as one of its safety and QA/QC managers. Garcia has more than 25 years of experience working with the government, 15 years overseas. His focus primarily involves Military Munitions Response Program and environmental projects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Garcia holds an associate’s degree in occupational safety and health technology and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree. AEI’s Anchorage office hired Toni Endsley as project controls manager. Endsley has more than 15 years of experience in federal contracting performing project/program, operations, and contract management; financial analysis and budgeting; safety and hazardous material handling and transportation compliance; and marketing/business development. She holds numerous certifications including USACE CQM, HAZWOPER, and multiple various OSHA certifications. Endsley has an associate’s degree with coursework tailored towards business and finance. AES also welcomed Autumn Gould as a geologist working from the firm’s Anchorage office. Gould has more than four years of experience as a geologist in the oil and gas industry in addition to environmental remediation. She has worked on environmental projects throughout Alaska including strategic project implementation plans, preliminary assessments, site inspections, remedial investigations, feasibility studies, site characterizations, and remedial action projects. Gould has a bachelor’s degree in geology.
Alaska Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy accepted the resignation of Public Defender Quinlan Steiner effective immediately and named Beth Goldstein of Anchorage as Acting Public Defender. Goldstein has more than 25 years of business management and legal experience. Goldstein’s public service consists of eight years as an assistant federal public defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Ohio, and most recently 13 years in the Alaska Office of Public Advocacy as an assistant public advocate, deputy director, and supervisor. She received her bachelor’s degree in genetic engineering, biology, chemistry, and political science at Cedar Crest College and her juris doctorate from University of New Hampshire School of Law. With experience in both the private and public sector, her background includes regulations, administrative law, contract negotiations, fraud investigations, and legal management.
Saltchuk has named David Karp as senior vice president, managing director for Alaska. Over the years Saltchuk’s family of independently operated companies in Alaska has grown to include Northern Air Cargo, Northern Air Maintenance Services, Cook Inlet Tug & Barge, TOTE Maritime Alaska, Delta Western Petroleum, Inlet Energy, Northern Oilfield Services and Carlile. Karp has been in his new role since Jan. 1. Karp previously served, for the past 11 years, as the president and CEO of Northern Aviation Services, Saltchuk’s Air Cargo line of business, which in Alaska includes Northern Air Cargo and Northern Air Maintenance Services.
University of Alaska Anchorage’s Department of Journalism and Public Communication has announced that Larry Persily will serve as the new Atwood Chair of Journalism. Persily brings almost 50 years of journalism and public policy experience to his new position as the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage for the 2019-20 school year. His journalism career began in 1969 as a college newspaper reporter and continued for the next 30 years. Although he took leave from the profession periodically during the past two decades to work on public policy in federal, state and municipal government, he has returned of late to journalism to help out at the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, the Nome Nugget, Peninsula Clarion in Kenai, and writing for the Alaska Journal of Commerce on topics of critical concern to Alaskans. He also will take over as owner/publisher of The Skagway News on April 1 as he looks to help Alaska’s smaller newspapers.
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