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The Rasmuson Foundation welcomes Roberta "Bobbi" Quintavell of Barrow and Anthony Mallott of Juneau to its board of directors. The board is composed of 12 directors, seven of whom are members of the Rasmuson family. Quintavell and Mallott bring both regional and professional breadth to the Foundation's capital and strategic work in social services, arts and culture, health, and capacity building. Quintavell is president and CEO of Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Mallott is treasurer and chief investment officer at Sealaska Corp., the Alaska Native regional corporation based in Juneau.

Northern Air Cargo announced that Michael Kelley is the company's new chief pilot and Cheryl F. Johnson is their new recruiter. Kelley has been with NAC for 14 years in a variety of roles, most recently as a Boeing 737 captain. In his new position, Kelley will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight of the company's pilot group including training and overall regulatory compliance. Johnson will be responsible for managing NAC's hiring process and recruiting high-quality employees. Johnson recently received a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management with a minor in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Susan Westlund of Keller Williams Realty has joined the company's board of directors. Westlund has attained the designations of Certified Residential Specialist, Accredited Buyer's Representative, and is certified by the Graduate Realtor® Institute. After owning a retail business for 10 years, Westlund entered the real estate industry in 2003.

Cheryl Metiva, executive director of the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce & Convention Visitor Bureau, completed her first year at Institute for Organization Management (Institute), a weeklong nonprofit leadership training program. Institute is a four-year program through which, with a combination of required courses and electives, students enhance their organizational management skills.

Logistics, LLC, a locally based destination management and event production firm, has named Greg Kramer as director of sales. With more than 18 years' experience in the travel/tourism industry, Kramer's focus is on sales, sales operations, client management and event design and facilitation.

Katie Shepard has been promoted to tour and program manager and is responsible for program operations. Shepard is attending the University of Alaska with plans to graduate in 2010 with a degree in business management.

Also, Karen Weir has joined Logistics as tour and program coordinator.

The Public Relations Society of America Alaska Chapter membership has recently elected new members to the chapter's board of directors to serve for the year 2009. New officers are: president, Amy J. Burnett, communications specialist with ConocoPhillips Alaska; and president-elect, Nance Larsen, APR, vice president of marketing for USTravel. Elected to serve their second one-year terms are: secretary, Julie Pollock, APR, owner of Hilltop PR; and treasurer, Cassandra Stalzer, APR, communications manager for the Rasmuson Foundation. Immediate past president is Sherrie Simmonds, corporate communications officer for Alaska Housing Finance Corp.

Chugach Electric Association announces that Bonnie Maxwell started working recently as CEA manager of customer service. Maxwell most recently was the classified call center manager at the Anchorage Daily News, where she had worked since 2005.

CEA also recently named Shawn Wendling as manager, substation operations. Wendling moved to the substation department from his position as project engineer in the transmission services area of the engineering division. Wendling started working at Chugach in 2001.

Dwaine Schuldt has joined SMG of Alaska as director of operations for the Anchorage Convention Centers. Dwaine's education background is in civil engineering and his extensive work experience includes 10 years in building maintenance at Alyeska Resort. Dwaine manages the day-to-day building operations of the Dena'ina and Egan Centers.

Hattenburg Dilley and Linnell, LLC, recently announced promotions and additions to its Anchorage staff: Katrina Moss, senior transportation planner, has joined HDL. Moss has 15 years of transportation planning and environmental coordination experience. Prior to joining HDL, she held positions of community planner for the Federal Aviation Administration, Alaskan Region Airports Division, and transportation planner with the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.

Mark Swenson, PE, and Ryan Norkoli, PE, recently obtained their Alaska professional engineer licenses. Swenson joined HDL in 2004, and has a BS degree in civil engineering from Union College in New York. Norkoli, PE, joined HDL in 2006 and has a BS degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Mikunda, Cottrell & Co., an accounting and consulting firm, has announced the following promotions: Mollie Morrison has been promoted to audit manager; Bikky Shrestha, David Porter, David Chavez and Travis Verley will be audit supervisors; James Doughty, Jacy Turner, Shawn Calfa, Kristi Allenbaugh, Jessica Nutley, Jamie Pinsonneault and Matt Thiel have been promoted to audit seniors. Nicole Walsh, Amanda Gilcrist and Mark Hamm have been promoted to audit in-charge; Bruce Gabrys, Josh McIntyre and Shannon Sandberg will be tax managers; and Dena Ramey has been promoted to tax in-charge.

Electrical engineer John Lackey has joined AMC Engineers. Lackey graduated from Montana State University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer engineering and a master's degree in electrical engineering. Lackey is working on the new Department of Public Safety Statewide Services Crime Laboratory, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport operations center and terminal connector, and the Palmer State Office Building renovation.

Bill Cohen, PLS has joined R&M Consultants Inc. as senior vice president, with responsibility for management of the surveying and mapping department. His experience includes managing surveying and mapping departments at other local firms and working on a variety of projects for clients such as the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and Anchorage Water & Wastewater Utility.

Jim Robar, PLS, has also joined R&M as a senior land surveyor. He has been involved in design and construction projects as a survey supervisor, party chief and drafter, working for many different clients in the public and private sectors.

Enterprise Engineering Inc. (EEI), providing engineering services throughout North America and the Pacific Rim, has announced that Jesse K. Frederick, PE, has been licensed as a professional mechanical engineer by the State of Alaska. Frederick graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 2004.

Sentec Surveying and Engineering, LLC, a division of Enterprise Engineering, Inc., has named John Schuller, PLS, to the position of senior surveyor. Shuller is a registered land surveyor in the states of Alaska, Arizona and California. He has 22 years of experience as a land surveyor with 18 years as a party chief managing and performing surveys.

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has announced the promotions of Geoff Lundfelt and Cindy Fry. Lundfelt has been named senior vice president of branch administration. He will assume overall management and supervision of branch administration and retail sales.

Cindy Fry is vice president of branch administration. She will oversee the management and supervision of the Seattle and Whidbey Island areas, which include three regions and 17 branches.

Cindy Fields and Brenda Schultz have joined Rulien Whitlock & Associates, LLC. Fields is a Certified Public Accountant who brings more than 15 years of private and public accounting experience to her position. Schultz is a Certified Public Accountant with 10-plus years' experience in corporate and partnership taxation. Before joining the firm, both Fields and Schultz worked for an international accounting firm.

The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced its new board members for 2009. New members include: Stephen Blanchett, owner of Alaska Native Entertainment by Pamyua, elected to a three-year term; Bob Concienne, vice president of Aramark Parks & Resorts, appointed to a one year term; John Parrott, deputy director of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, appointed advisor to the board; and James Pepper Henry, director of the Anchorage Museum, elected to a three-year term.

Tallak D. "Tuck" Maakestad has joined WHPacific as director of surveys. Maakestad is a Professional Land Surveyor and Certified Federal Surveyor with more than 30 years' experience in estimating, contracting, managing and production of large land surveying projects from start to finish.

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