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PND Engineers Inc. has announced that John W. Pickering, P.E., M.B.A., was recently appointed the firm's new president. Pickering has more than 35 years of professional engineering experience as a field and design engineer, construction manager, and senior project manager, and has been with PND for more than 22 years. Pickering has managed many integral projects for PND and currently oversees the company's role as the civil design engineers for the Point Thomson Project on Alaska's North Slope. Pickering's areas of expertise include Arctic engineering, transportation engineering, hydrology, environmental engineering and conceptual engineering studies. PND Vice President Todd Nottingham, P.E., recently returned to the Anchorage office after spending 18 years with the Seattle office. Nottingham has been with PND since 1986 and has worked primarily in the areas of marine structural design and bridge engineering. His recent projects include cruise ship docks, bulkheads, wave barriers, container terminals and bridges.


Marge Stoneking has assumed the role of director of the American Lung Association in Alaska. Her nine-year history with the American Lung Association (1999-2008), working across the spectrum of air quality, asthma, lung health, tobacco programs, advocacy, fundraising and administration, will be a tremendous asset to the organization. She brings senior level experience with nonprofit management, public health promotion and advocacy. Stoneking left the organization in 2008 after a multi-state regional merger. She is pleased to be back with the now American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, a seven-state regional organization, at the helm of Alaska operations.


Lance Johnson has joined the Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union staff as vice president of internal audit. Johnson is responsible for managing the Internal Audit Department and ensuring that audits and reviews of credit union operations and functions are maintained. He is also responsible for assuring that the credit union is using resources efficiently, reporting financial results reliably and complying with applicable laws and regulations. Johnson has more than 14 years of internal audit experience. Prior to joining Denali Alaskan, he was the internal audit and program manager at Texas Instruments in Dallas.


Robert W. Arnold, M.D., was selected to be included in the Best Doctors in America 2013 Database. He is the director of pediatric ophthalmology with Ophthalmic Associates since 1989. He also is the coordinator of the Alaska Blind Child Discovery Project. He was educated at UAF, Yale Medical School, Mayo Clinic residency and Indiana Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus. He is the consultant for retinopathy of prematurity for Providence Alaska Medical Center and the pediatric eye surgeon for Ophthalmic Associates, and is responsible for vision and cataract care for Burma Vision.


UAA's Department of Facilities Planning and Construction has hired Cory Fischer, EIT, and Christopher C. McConnell as assistant project managers. Both are UAA graduates and lifelong Alaskans. Fischer graduated from UAA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering (Magna Cum Laude). He is currently a graduate student and plans to graduate in December with an M.S. in Arctic engineering and grad certification in port, coastal and civil engineering. McConnell graduated from UAA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management. He worked at UAA IT Services as a computer lab consultant while pursuing his degree and has 10 years of construction industry experience in quality control, project administration and project management with Control Contractors, Inc., Klebs Mechanical and Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. McConnell is currently working towards a Master of Science degree in project management.


The Alaska Community Foundation has hired Ricardo Lopez and Heather Beaty. Lopez joined ACF as a program officer with a focus on supporting the community affiliates. With his help, the affiliate funds will continue to grow and strengthen locally advised grantmaking throughout Alaska. Prior to joining ACF, Lopez worked for The CIRI Foundation managing their scholarship and grant program for Alaska Native students. Beaty has joined ACF as the program manager for Pick.Click.Give., a joint project between ACF and the Rasmuson Foundation. Before joining ACF, Beaty served as the Senate Rules Committee aide and chief of staff to the Senate majority leader. She left the political realm to join ACF and manage the PFD charitable contributions program.


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