Right Moves
United Way
Veteran social worker and educator Sonya Hunte joined United Way of Anchorage as Vice President for Education Impact. Hunte will oversee United Way’s 90% Graduation by 2020 initiative. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Penn State University and a master’s in clinical social work from Boston College.
Tom Garrett, PE, joined Stantec as a Senior Civil Engineer in the firm’s transportation group in Anchorage. Garrett’s project design experience includes site development, road reconstruction and resurfacing, grading and drainage plans, retaining wall design, and utility main extensions. Garrett holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
Ahtna Environmental welcomes David Bennett to its team as Business Development Director. With a bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and twenty-four years of experience, Bennett has a solid background understanding client operations, needs, planning, and project execution. His professional strengths are opportunity identification and capture, client relationship building, teaming partner engagement, proposal and presentation preparation, and service line expansion.
Morgan Bruno, PE, joins Ahtna Engineering Services as a Project Manager. Bruno is an environmental engineer with nine years of experience including preparation of remedial investigation/feasibility study-related documents; groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, and vapor intrusion sampling; geoprobe, hollow stem auger, and sonic drilling oversight; among others. She holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering from the University of Idaho.
Michael Selhay joins Ahtna Environmental as a Senior Construction Manager with more than eighteen years of construction and management experience leading all phases of construction planning and development, design coordination, and contract administration. Selhay earned a bachelor’s of science degree in construction management from Arizona State University and attended the Del E. Webb School of Construction.
Also joining Ahtna Environmental is Nelson Crone as the firm’s GIS Specialist. Crone is skilled working with GIS data for a variety of visual and computational purposes. He works with GPS equipment and has provided operation, ArcCollector deployment and operation, ArcPad, and other various data collection techniques for field technicians. Crone has a master’s degree in GIS for development and environment from Clark.
Northrim Bank
Northrim Bank welcomed Maureen Swartwood, AVP, Branch Manager, and promoted Christina Clayton, Assistant Branch Manager, and Darren Donahue, Branch Supervisor, as the leadership of the new Eastside Community Branch.
Swartwood joins Northrim Bank with fifteen years of experience in the financial industry. She started as a teller and worked in various positions to become a branch manager at Alaska USA Federal Credit Union.
Clayton joined Northrim Bank in 2016 and has nearly five years of experience in the financial industry. Before joining Northrim, she had more than thirty years of experience in retail sales management. Clayton holds an occupational associates degree in retail management.

Donahue joined Northrim Bank in 2012 as a teller.


Lacie Stiewing joined CRW in 2018, bringing with her a BFA in ceramics-sculpture and a bachelor’s in speech communication from Northern Arizona University, as well as a master’s in sculpture and computer art from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Stiewing’s education and skills come together in her role as the firm’s resident Graphic Designer.
Alma Abaza, PE, joined CRW as a Civil Staff Engineer and recently acquired her professional license. She has experience in site development and transportation and aviation projects. Hailing from Anchorage and a UAA graduate, she recently returned to Alaska after spending one-and-a-half years in Oregon.
Audry Patrick joined CRW as a Communications Specialist in July of 2018 and has more than twenty years in public relations and communications. She graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a degree in communications and sociology. At CRW, she is primarily responsible for proposal efforts, social media, and technical writing.
Becky Morris joined the CRW team in September 2018 as the Office and Human Resources Manager. She has more than eighteen years of experience working in the engineering and consulting fields. Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational education with a major in business administration from Wayland Baptist University.
Dylan Baffrey EIT, is a newly minted graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Baffrey formally joined CRW as a Civil Engineering EIT in May, having spent the last few years as an intern.
Kelly Yanoshek recently graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage and joined CRW as a Civil Engineering EIT. She worked as a student intern at CRW for several years, assisting with civil projects and the Alaska Bike and Pedestrian Resources website.
Grace Wells joined CRW in the summer of 2018 as an Administrative Assistant. A recent graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Wells majored in business administration with an emphasis on marketing and a minor in graphic design.
Kyle Frazier recently returned to Alaska from Florida; Frazier joined CRW as an Accounting Assistant, bringing his seven years of accounting experience.
McDowell Group
McDowell Group hired Kevin O’Neal-Smith as an Economic Analyst. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He also studied international economics and Southeast Asian trade at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.
Great Alaskan Holidays
Great Alaskan Holidays promoted Corazon Gampon as a full-time member of the Great Alaskan Holidays Housekeeping and Laundry Technician team. With more than nine years of relative experience, Gampon now joins a long list of highly skilled housekeeping technicians who are directly responsible for a major portion of the company’s tourism customers.
GCI Business hired Aaron Helmericks as its Senior Director of Projects and Engineering. He brings a wide range of experience to the position with more than fifteen years of oil and gas, telecom, and IT design and operations. Helmericks was most recently the CIO for Caelus Energy. He will be responsible for the continued growth of GCI’s oil, gas, and mining sectors.
Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot
The law firm of Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot welcomes Shane C. Coffey. Coffey is returning to Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Justice Peter J. Maassen, having first joined the firm in April 2017 after graduating early from the University of Oregon School of Law. Coffey’s practice primarily focuses on commercial litigation and municipal law.
Alaska Public Media

Linda Wei accepted an offer to work as Alaska Public Media’s (AKPM) Chief Content Officer. Wei comes to AKPM after working more than fifteen years in the public media sector. In her new role, she will be responsible for providing leadership, direction, and alignment for AKPM’s television, radio, and digital programming.