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Alaska Department of Law
Portrait photo of Treg Taylor
Governor Mike Dunleavy announced Treg Taylor as Attorney General for the Alaska Department of Law. Taylor started with the Alaska Department of Law in 2018, serving as deputy attorney general in charge of the civil division. He holds a bachelor’s in political science and a law degree from Brigham Young University.
Portrait photo of Cori Mills
Attorney General Treg Taylor announced Cori Mills as the new Deputy Attorney General for the Department of Law. Mills started with the department in 2012 as legislative liaison and public outreach coordinator for the Civil Division. She spent eight years in that role where she honed her legislation skills, worked on budget and fiscal issues, and served as special assistant under two former attorneys general. In May of 2019, she transitioned to the elections attorney position in the Labor & State Affairs Section until becoming supervisor of that section in August 2020.
Alaska USA
Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has chosen six new executives and announced two promotions.
Portrait photo of Elizabeth Rense Pavlas
Elizabeth Rense Pavlas has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer. Pavlas has more than ten years of experience with Alaska USA in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as executive director of retail financial services.
Portrait photo of Patrick Cosgrove
Patrick Cosgrove has been selected to fill the position of Chief Lending Officer. Cosgrove joins Alaska USA Federal Credit Union with more than twenty-five years of credit union experience. Cosgrove holds a bachelor’s in economics from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
Portrait photo of Shannon Conley
Shannon Conley has been promoted to Executive Director of retail Financial Services. Conley has worked for Alaska USA for more than fifteen years and most recently held the position of senior vice president of branch administration.
Portrait photo of Doug Horner
Doug Horner has been promoted to fill the role of Senior Vice President of IM Operations. Horner has been with Alaska USA performing information management duties for more than eight years, most recently as the vice president of IM Operations.
Portrait photo of Peter Caldwell
Peter Caldwell has been selected to fill the Vice President of Accounting role. Caldwell joins the credit union with more than twenty-five years of accounting experience as a CPA in the financial services industry and has overseen accounting and reporting functions for multiple investment entities totaling more than $1 billion in revenue.
Portrait photo of Katie Schwab
Katie Schwab has been named Vice President for Personnel. Schwab rejoins Alaska USA Federal Credit Union with a wealth of experience in the human resource field, including previous experience as the manager of personnel.
Portrait photo of June Gardner
June Gardner has been promoted to the recently created role of Vice President for Consumer Compliance. Gardner has more than nineteen years of industry experience and has worked for Alaska USA for the last five years. She was a recipient of the Alaska Journal Top Forty Under 40 award for demonstrating professional excellence.
Portrait photo of Roland Pilapil
Roland Pilapil has been promoted to the recently created position of Vice President of Branch Administration, Southwest Region, which is a role that will support branches in Arizona and the High Desert region of California. Pilapil has been with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union since 2005 and has held positions of increased responsibility since that time.
Northrim Bank
Northrim Bank announced two new hires: Melissa Galloway, Loan Officer/Business Banker, Soldotna Financial Center and Ki Hoon Lee, Assistant Branch Manager, 7th Avenue Branch, Anchorage.
Galloway joins Northrim Bank with thirteen years of retail, investment, and commercial lending experience. She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Galloway has been a member of the Alliance, Rotary, Chamber and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and financial education events.
Lee comes to Northrim with nearly four years of experience in the financial industry, two and a half as a manager. He was a small business owner prior to starting his career in banking. Lee volunteers at the Food Bank and has participated in city area spring cleanings and kid’s day community events.
Portrait photo of Deborah J. Atuk
Deborah J. Atuk has joined Kootznoowoo as its new President and CEO. Prior to joining Kootznoowoo in 2016, Atuk served as a portfolio specialist and institutional relationship manager for SkyView Investment Advisors in New York City where her focus was on serving the unique needs of Alaska Native and American Indian clients. Previously, she was the treasurer of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation in North Carolina and director of business development at the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation in Eastern Washington. Atuk also serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors for Bering Straits Native Corporation. She earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Portrait photo of Daniel Fenza
Chugach Alaska Corporation announced that Daniel Fenza has been appointed to President and COO. He succeeds Sheri Buretta, who remains Chugach’s Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO. In his new role, Fenza is responsible for leading Chugach’s corporate services functions and overseeing the Chugach family of companies and investments. He has demonstrated a natural inclination and passion for operational excellence, innovation, and developing talent throughout his twenty-year tenure with the corporation’s largest government contracting business, Chugach Government Solutions. Most recently, he served as vice president of Business Intelligence and Innovation, during which he pioneered technology transformation efforts designed to reduce costs and streamline efficiencies for the organization. Fenza has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and a master’s in business administration from Florida Institute of Technology.
Mt. McKinley Bank
Mt. McKinley Bank promoted Kareston Robinson to Assistant Vice President & Consumer Loan Officer and Allison Workes to Senior Vice President & Human Resources Manager.
Portrait photo of Kareston Robinson
Robinson has worked within the financial industry in Fairbanks for more than twelve years and has played an integral role with all aspects of the SBA Paycheck Protection Program loans and has been highly engaged in helping customers with their lending needs. Robinson is a lifelong Fairbanks resident and graduated from UAF with an associate’s degree.
Portrait photo of Allison Workes
Workes has worked within the human resources/business management field in Fairbanks for more than fifteen years and has proven herself an important member of the management team at Mt. McKinley Bank. In her time with the bank, she recommended and implemented many programs and has helped navigate the complex world of COVID-19. Workes is a lifelong resident of Fairbanks and graduated from UAF with a master’s in business administration.
Cornerstone announced two additions to the company: Jordyn High joins as an Accountant and Kyler Dias joins as a Project Manager.
Portrait photo of Jordyn High
High brings several years of experience in the Alaska construction industry, including work for both general and specialty contractors. She earned a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in accounting at UAF and is currently working towards her MBA.

She grew up in the building industry; her paternal grandfather, a registered engineer, owned and operated a civil engineering firm in Alaska. At her family’s firm, High gained appreciation for the design and development of buildings in northern environments.

Portrait photo of Kyler Dias
Dias joins Cornerstone with more than a decade of Alaska construction experience. His professional career focused on large federal and commercial projects as a civil engineer, project manager, estimator, and quality control manager. He will be responsible for leading Cornerstone’s efforts in federal contracting opportunities. Dias holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from UAA.