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Northrim Bank announced several exciting personnel changes.

Anita DeVore, promoted to Regional Sales & Service Manager, has been with Northrim Bank for nearly twenty years and has more than thirty-two years in banking, including twenty-two years in management. DeVore holds her NASD Series 65 license and a Behavioral Financial certification/designation

Cheryl Fellman, promoted to VP, Regional Sales & Service Operations Manager, has more than eighteen years of experience in banking and joined Northrim in 2014 as part of the merger with Alaska Pacific Bank. Fellman holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Northrim promoted Erin Gage to AVP, Retail Banking Operations Manager. She has nearly twenty years of experience in banking and has been with Northrim since 1999. She has worked at several branches throughout her time at the bank and has been in the Retail Banking department since 2008. Gage holds a State of Alaska Insurance License.

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Tammy Kosa, promoted to VP, Regional Sales & Development Manager, joined Northrim Bank in2004 and has twenty-three years of banking experience She co-manages Northrim Investment Services operations and is involved in development and execution of Northrim's bank-wide training program in addition to her other duties. Kosa holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business from University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Jill Milham, promoted to AVP, Retail Banking Operations Assistant Manager, has been at Northrim since 2010 and has been in banking in Alaska for twenty-eight years. Mitham was the Assistant Branch Manager at Northrim's Southside Financial Center before joining the Retail Banking Department in 2015.

Northrim hired Gerlie Monta-Guevarra, who has been promoted to AVP, Branch Manager II, Ketchikan Financial Center, in 2014 with the acquisition of Alaska Pacific Bank. She has more than sixteen years of banking experience.

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Monta-Guevarra holds an Alaska Health and Life Insurance Certificate and a Consumer Loan Origination Certificate.

Darci Ornellas, promoted to VP, Regional Sales & Consumer Lending Manager, has been with Northrim Bank for nearly twenty years and has thirty-seven years of experience in banking. She has held various positions at Northrim including financial sales manager, commercial cash management officer, branch admin support, and branchassistant operations manager. Ornellas obtained her NASD Series 65 license in 2002.

Northrim promoted Diana Soliday to AVP, Brand Manager for the Wasilla Financial Center. She has more than thirteen years of banking experience and has been with Northrim since 2006. She has been the Assistant Branch Manager in Wasilla since 2011. In addition to being the Branch Manager, Soliday is also a Northrim Investment Services Investment Advisor Representative.

Sarah Newhouse hasjoined Northrim Bank after eleven years as a property and casualty insurance agent as AVR Branch Manager for the Sitka Financial Center. Newhouse received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka campus.

Matanuska Experiment Farm

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has hired Susanna Pearlstein asthe new Director for the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension center near Palmer. Pearlstein will provide leadership and administrative oversight for the academic, research, and Cooperative Extension Service outreach programs based at the farm, which is owned by UAF She earned her doctorate in soil, water, and environmental science from the University of Arizona in 2015.

Bell & Associates

BELL&Associates is pleased to announce that Vivian Santiago has earned her Alaska Professional Engineer License and is now registered with the state. Santiago has been a Civil Engineering Designer here at BELL for three years.

First National Bank Alaska

Hired as a Teller in 1986, Anita Bishop is the new Branch Manager at the Valley Centre Branch. Bishop has worked as a teller, customer service representative, and operations supervisor in the state's capital city since arriving at First National.

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Lisa Loupe takes over as Branch Manager at the Juneau Regional Branch after moving over from Valley Centre, where she held the same position. She's been with First National since 1992.

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Both Bishop and Loupe will be responsible for business development, consumer loans, branch operations, and customer service at their respective branches.

Arriving at the bank with more than twenty-six years working in Human Resources, Patricia C. Miller is First National Bank Alaska's new Vice President and Director of Human Resources. Miller will guide and manage the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the bank's 671 Alaska-based employees.

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Chugach Alaska Corporation

Chugach Alaska Corporation appointed Tim 'Hoops' Hopper as its new President of Chugach Government Solutions LLC. Hopper is responsible for leading Chugach's federal government contracting business line. Hopper has more than forty years' experience working for the government as an Air Force Officer and asa government services contractor. He holds a bachelor's degree from the United States Air Force Academy and earned his master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.

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Bristol Bay Native Corporation

Bristol Bay Native Corporation is pleased to announce the hiring of AleeshaTowns-Bain asthe new Executive Director of the BBNC Education Foundation. As executive director, Towns-Bain will provide strategic leadership and effective management of the Foundation's operations. She received her bachelor's degree in journalism and Native American studies from The Evergreen State College and a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Towns-Bain will be starting her new role in May 2017.

AGDC

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is pleased to hire former Senator Gene Therriault to assist in government relations. Under a shared services agreement with Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), Therriault will help coordinate legislative presentations and responses on behalf of the AGDC.

Resource Data, Inc.

Resource Data, Inc. has hired Aubrey Campbell as a Business Analyst to their Anchorage branch. Campbell has more than five years of progressive experience in projects for IT, systems, and business process improvement, including new implementation and upgrades. Campbell's background is in marketing, healthcare administration, writing, and graphic design, and she hasa Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Iowa.

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Additionally, Resource Data hired Shaun Wilson as a Project Manager/Sr. Analyst to their Anchorage branch. Wilson has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Previously Wilson worked at GeoNorth starting as a senior programmer and worked his way up to a project manager.

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Coffman Engineers

Coffman Engineers is pleased to announce the promotion of Trevor Buron to Principal in the Anchorage office. Buron has twelve years of experience, all of which are with Coffman. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho. Buron specializes in industrial mechanical engineering and is instrumental to the continued development and day-to-day operation of the Coffman Anchorage office mechanical oil and gas work.

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is pleased to announce that Steve Larson has been promoted to the position of Executive Director, Mortgage and Real Estate Lending. Larson joined Alaska USA in 2012 with more than sixteen years of accounting and business management experience. Prior to his time at Alaska USA, he se'ved as vice president, controller, and business manager, NORCON Inc.

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Mat-Su Borough

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has hired Paul "Otto" Feather as interim Director of Emergency Services. He returns to the Borough after a deputy director of fire post he held here in 2013-2014. Feather holdsa Masters in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University. He also has an MA in Human Resources from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri and a BS in electrical engineering from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

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Denali Home Loans

Denali Home Loans has added Tammy Gray as Senior Mortgage Loar Originator to its Mat-Su office. in this position, she is responsible for assisting Denali members with obtaining home loan financing for new purchases, refinances, and other mortgage loans. Gray has more than twenty-eight years of experience in banking, at various Alaska banks and credit unions.

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Arctic Information Technology

Arctic Information Technology has appointed Bruce Hellen as President In this role, Hellen will apply his passion for technology and business development to build upon the company's position as a market leader in tribal, federal, and managed services technologies. Hellen has led multiple organizations of various sizes throughout his military and private sector careers, ranging from small teams to large organizations.

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Landye Bennett Blumstein

The law firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew B. Erickson hasjoined the firm's Anchorage office as an associate attorney. Erickson will focus his practice on Alaska Native law, litigation, and bankruptcy. He received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Montana, a Master of Science in environmental policy the University of Oxford, and a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School.

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Office of the Governor

Governor Bill Walker announced the appointment of four new Superior Court judges.

Nathaniel Peters hasbeen appointed to the Bethel Superior Court. Peters graduated with honors from Ohio Northern University and has been practicing law in Alaska for almost eight years. He served as a public defender in Palmerand Bethel for six years and has served as the Bethel District Court Judge since 2014.

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Christina "Tina" Reigh has been appointed to the Dillingham Superior Court. Reigh graduated magna cum laude from Seattle University Law School in 2003. She moved to Dillingham to work for Alaska Legal Services Corporation in 2004. She has served as Dillingham's Magistrate since 2014.

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Jennifer Wells has been appointed to the Kenai Superior Court. Wells graduated cum laude from Suffolk University School of Law in 1990. Since 1994, she has served as a magistrate judge, master, acting district court judge or training judge in communities throughout Alaska, including Unalaska, Naknek, Dillingham, Kodiak, Glennallen, Palmer, and Anchorage.

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Romano D. DiBenedetto has been appointed to the Nome Superior Court DiBenedetto has served as a magistrate judge in Fairbanks since 2012, where he presides over family law and probate matters, criminal arraignments and applications for post-conviction relief. DiBenedetto graduated from Northwestern School of Law in 1993.

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Tracey Wollenberg has been appointed to the Court of Appeals. Wollenberg is the Deputy Public Defender for the Alaska Public Defender Agency's Appellate Division, where she oversees statewide appellate litigation for the agency's criminal and civil cases. Wollenberg graduated from Columbia University Law School in 2005.

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