Business People (11/18/12)

AnchorageNovember 17, 2012 

• Veteran creative director Jim Coe has joined MSI Communications and will lead the advertising and public relations agency's creative team. He is a recognized marketing leader and has developed award-winning advertising campaigns and brands for some of Alaska's largest corporations. With more than 17 years of advertising experience in Alaska, Coe has worked with key industries, including oil and gas, mining and health care, in addition to Alaska Native organizations. His portfolio includes extensive, multimedia campaigns for clients such as Conoco Phillips, Providence Alaska and AT&T.

Mary Elizabeth Smith, FNP, a provider of family-oriented care, has joined Dr. Daniel Young at the Center for Natural Medicine, Inc. Smith holds a master's degree in nursing and Adult Nurse Practitioner certification. Smith will provide care for the whole family, including patients with acute and chronic conditions, women's health needs, children's health and wellness, school and sports physicals.

• The American Medical Association presented James L. Jordan, former executive director of the Alaska State Medical Association, with its 2012 Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award recently at the organization's semiannual policy-making meeting. Jordan retired from ASMA on July 1. In Alaska, Jordan was instrumental in the implementation of medical professional liability reforms and was involved in the enactment of a Patients' Bill of Rights, the Physician Joint Negotiation Law and the Prompt Pay Law. Jordan served on many statewide committees, commissions and boards, including being one of the founders of the Alaska Electronic Health Record Alliance.

E. John Eng, president of Cornerstone General Contractors, Inc. of Anchorage, was elected president of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska for 2013 at the association's recent annual meeting. Eng will serve for the next calendar year along with the executive board composed of Kevin Welker, Kiewit Building Group, Anchorage, vice president; Brian Horschel, Acme Fence Co., Anchorage, secretary; Meg Nordale, Ghemm Co., Fairbanks, treasurer; Joe Spink, Granite Construction, Anchorage, contractor-at-large; Dick Engebretson, Aurora Construction Supply, Fairbanks, associate member; and Tony Johansen, Great Northwest, Fairbanks, immediate past president.

•Northwest Strategies has hired Charles Fedullo as public relations director. Fedullo has been involved in media or public relations in Alaska for more than two decades. He is as an award-winning journalist, a former press aide for Gov. Tony Knowles, a professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and owner of a public/media relations business. His most recent position was public affairs director for NANA Development Corp.

•Yukon Equipment Inc. welcomes Jarrod Taylor as rental and equipment manager. Taylor will be responsible for equipment purchasing, equipment rentals and inventory management. Taylor's career in equipment began more than seven years ago. He most recently worked as rental manager locally, where he found his niche in the heavy equipment industry.

Jeffrey Davis has joined Manley & Brautigam, P.C. as an associate attorney. His practice focuses on probate, estate planning and litigation. Jeff has two years of prior litigation experience in Anchorage and was a law clerk to Judge Ben Esch in the Nome Superior Court.

•The Alaska Association of Legal Administrators has announced its board of directors for the 2012-2013 term: president, Tanya Wood, SPHR, of Jermain, Dunnagan & Owens; president-elect, Jodi Walton, CLM, of Atkinson Conway & Gagnon, Inc.; past president, Jennifer Haldane, CLM, PHR, of IBEW Local 1547; vice president, Diane Pennington of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP; treasurer, Yvonne Robinson of Clapp, Peterson, Tiemessen, Thorsness & Johnson, LLC; secretary, Debra Hinds, CLM, of Walker & Eakes, LLC; director, Karen Schmidlkofer of the Alaska Bar Association; and director, Deborah Newsome of Patton Boggs, LLP. The objectives of Alaska ALA are to provide awareness and education about the legal management profession.

•International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced that Sara Peterson has joined the corporate practice as Of Counsel in Dorsey's Anchorage office. Peterson's practice is focused on corporate and transactional matters and she has developed significant expertise with the Small Business Administration's 8(a) government contracting program for Alaska Native corporations and other minority-owned businesses. Peterson was previously associate general counsel with Bristol Bay Native Corp. Rachel Richards has joined the litigation practice as an associate. Richards was previously an assistant general counsel with the federal government, where she worked in the areas of administrative law, ethics and government contracts.

Kameron Perez-Verdia has been appointed as president/CEO of Avant-Garde Learning Alliance. Born in Alaska and raised in Barrow, Perez-Verdia holds an MBA from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, is a 2012 recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under 40 and has previously worked for such diverse organizations as Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Catholic Social Services, Charter College and Special Olympics World Games 2001.


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