* Jason Blackwell joined the Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA) as an Intern. Blackwell is a 2017 graduate of Soldotna High School. Currently, he attends Boise State University, working toward a double major in economics and political science. As AOGA's intern, Blackwell will conduct legal research, coordinate events, and assist with AOGA's various initiatives to promote the long-term viability of the oil and gas industry.
* Anchorage Community Development Authority (ACDA) has named Demetric Tuggle as its new Parking Director. Tuggle, who brings more than twenty years of parking experience, will be in charge of managing ACDA's parking division, EasyPark. Tuggle created and oversaw EasyPark's Dispatch Center, Safety First, and the Amenities Program and will continue to focus on customer amenities and care.
Macen Kinne and Mack Conn have joined the Cornerstone team as Project Managers.
* Kinne brings twenty-nine years of experience in construction, including working on both government and private sector projects. Kinne also owned and operated a residential general contracting business that specialized in remodel, environmental, and demolition work before serving as a superintendent for a large company on many rural Alaska projects.
* Conn joins Cornerstone with more than fifteen years in construction. Conn's professional career has focused on large, commercial, multi-family wood-framed facilities in Alaska, Colorado, North Dakota, and Idaho. Conn also started out in the trades and owned his own framing company. Prior to joining Cornerstone, Conn served as a superintendent, general superintendent, and construction manager for major subcontractors and developers.
* Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC) hired Stacy Marshall as Director of Customer Experience. Marshall brings more than twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry. In her new role, Marshall leads the customer experience, product, and marketing departments and develops processes to deliver meaningful business value, working with the executive team to meet and exceed customer expectations and retention goals across the North Slope.
* DOWL has added Alaska Aviation Manager Melissa Osborn, AAE, ACE, to its Fairbanks office. She brings extensive FAA and TSA compliance expertise to the firm and will grow DOWL's Alaska aviation services including TSA and FAA compliance. Osborn has been in aviation for more than twenty years, having previously held positions at Fairbanks International Airport, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Alaska Airlines, Lufthansa, and Cargolux.
Anchorage Downtown Partnership
* Amanda Moser has joined Anchorage Downtown Partnership as the organization's new Executive Director. Moser's work experience includes positions at the Office of the Governor and Municipality of Anchorage. She will lead Anchorage Downtown Partnership and the downtown community forward with vision, leadership, and community building for years to come.
In order to best serve its clients, Coffman has reorganized its overall mechanical engineering department into two departments focusing on commercial and industrial clients.
* The commercial mechanical department is led by Brent Little, PE, who has more than fifteen years of mechanical design experience and has been with Coffman for a decade. Little specializes in engineering for federal, corrections, utilities, education, and healthcare projects. He graduated with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Colorado State University.
* The industrial mechanical department is led by Trevor Buron, PE. Buron has fourteen years of experience, all of which have been with Coffman, and specializes in industrial facility engineering, pipeline design, and all aspects of implementing in-line inspections, integrity assessments, and repairs of oil and gas pipelines. He graduated with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho.
SeaTac Marine Services
* SeaTac Marine Services added to its team Kirk Miles, Special Operations Manager. With more than fifteen years of experience in the marine transportation industry, Miles specializes in Alaska movement and supply chain management. He has extensive experience in cargo and terminal operations, environmental compliance, mechanical expertise, and heavy equipment logistics.
Stantec added three key team members to its Environmental Services group in Alaska.
* Victor Ross is a Senior Associate and Senior Regulatory Specialist working from Stantec's Wasilla office. He has forty years of experience working for private firms and the US Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Land Management. Ross has been heavily involved in project management, permit evaluation and issuance, wetland delineations, and site compliance. He earned a bachelor's degree in mining engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
* Steve Reidsma is a Senior Wetland Scientist working from the Fairbanks office. He has more than twenty-five years of Alaska natural resources experience and leads teams conducting natural resource baseline and permitting work for small retail developments as well as larger transportation, mining, and pipeline projects. Reidsma is an Army veteran and a professional wetland scientist and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
* Zach Baer is an environmental scientist and professional wetland scientist with twelve years of experience. He will work from the Anchorage office. Baer has focused on vegetation mapping, exotic and rare plant surveys and identification, stream characterization and monitoring, groundwater hydrology monitoring, and GIS analysis throughout his career. He earned bachelor degrees in both biological sciences and natural resources management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
* Charles Ellanna joined the Sitnasuak Native Corporation Land Department as the Land Technician at the company's Nome headquarters. He recently worked with Kawerak, Inc. in the Land Management Services Program, which served the Bering Strait region tribes and people with Native allotment land management, natural resource issues, and probate.
* DCI Engineers promoted Jeff Sizemore to CAD Manager at its Anchorage office. One of his notable, local projects is the Hyatt House, located just south of downtown Anchorage. Sizemore has more than twenty years in residential framing, modular construction, truss design, and wall panel design. Nearly fifteen of those years he's dedicated to drafting, which have included a variety of project types and markets.
* Thrively Digital tapped Eric Fullerton as its new Director of Account Strategy. Fullerton brings a wealth of experience to the position, having spent more than twenty-five years in the ski, travel, tourism, and hospitality industries with a proven track record in marketing, sales, and technology. Fullerton has an MBA from Phoenix University.
* Eric McLaurin, PE, has joined the Ahtna team as the new Vice President of Business Development. McLaurin will be responsible for identifying strategic business opportunities and fostering strong industry relationships. He has a military background and brings more than twenty-eight years of federal business development experience to the company. McLaurin holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University and A&M College of Baton Rouge.
United Fishermen of Alaska
* United Fishermen of Alaska hired Scott Kelley as its Executive Administrator. Kelley, a Juneau resident, brings vast experience in commercial fisheries as the former director of Commercial Fisheries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
* Eric Gettis was promoted to Vice President of Clinics for Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Gettis has system-wide responsibility for creating standard operating procedures and uniform processes to improve access to care at specialty and primary care clinics and ensure alignment of patient and provider satisfaction. Gettis has a master of arts in counseling and guidance and a bachelor of arts in education from Pacific Lutheran University.
* Also at SEARHC. Kari Wilson has earned a doctorate of nursing practice. Wilson began the doctorate program approximately three years ago while working as a chief nursing officer in the Midwest; she received her doctorate from the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing in May. She came to SEARHC in June 2018 with fourteen years of chief nursing officer/COO experience.
* Bryce Deeney has been selected for the position of Vice President, Payments at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union. Deeney brings extensive experience to the new position, having previously worked as vice president of integrated payments for a software payments company. At Alaska USA, Deeney will focus on the continued development of the credit union's money movement platforms, such as credit and debit cards, bill pay, and peer-to-peer payments.
* The Alaska Division of Forestry has a new wildland fire chief: Norm McDonald was recently named the state's new Wildland Fire and Aviation Program Manager. McDonald, who has worked for the Division of Forestry for thirty years, was most recently the fire management officer for the MatSu/Southwest Area, based in Palmer. McDonald responded to fires throughout Alaska and the Lower 48 as a member of the Alaska Incident Management Team, where he now serves as incident commander.
* Former intern Felipe Ruiz, EIT, joined R&M Consultants as a full-time Staff Engineer in the firm's waterfront and structural engineering groups. As part of these groups, Ruiz will be involved with civil and structural design of port and harbor development, airport, and utility projects. Ruiz received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage. He also has a BBA in accounting from the University of Central Florida.
Great Alaskan Holidays
* Brenda Sims was hired as a full-time member of the Great Alaskan Holidays vehicle maintenance technician team Sims graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an associate degree of applied science in automotive technology. Sims is also ASE certified as a parts specialist, has passed her exams for ASE certification on electrical and brakes, and is currently underway with her RVDA certification as a registered technician.
* The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) appointed Lori Klein as the new Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. She holds a master of science in education with an emphasis on college student personnel from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. In this role, Klein is responsible for implementing the university's Strategic Enrollment Plan across three campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka; promoting retention and completion; and ensuring quality and continuous improvement in student advising and support services.
* Keith Champagne has taken on a new role as leader of the Alaska Nanooks intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Champagne has a bachelor's degree in communications public relations from Loyola University; a master's degree in communications, training, and development from Clarion University of Pennsylvania; and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington.