Right Moves


Aldrich welcomed Lia Patton, CPA, to its Anchorage office. Patton brings with her nearly two decades of experience in audit and accounting and a unique knowledge of the Alaska business community. She oversees state and federal single audits, as well as audits for Alaska Native corporations, nonprofit entities, and employee benefit plans.


Iron Dog

Iron Dog selected John Woodbury as its Executive Director. Woodbury is a lifelong Alaskan who has followed, reported on, or participated in the race since its inception in 1984.

Woodbury owns Alaska Adventure Media, which publishes Alaska SnowRider and Coast magazines, among other titles. To focus on Iron Dog executive director tasks, he has put those two publications on hiatus until May.



PND Engineers announced several new hires in its Anchorage office.

Javed Miandad joins the Anchorage office as a Geotechnical Staff Engineer. He recently completed his master’s degree in geological engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he worked as a teaching assistant in the engineering geology and soil mechanics lab while conducting his master’s research on landslides in Interior Alaska. Miandad will oversee geotechnical efforts on projects and perform geotechnical exploration.


Dominick Frank brings his geology background to PND’s geotechnical department. Frank received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. His background includes soils lab and hydrographic survey experience. He also has experience working for construction contractors and holds AK-CESCL, OSHA, and HAZWOPER certificates. Frank will be tasked with running PND’s AASHTO-accredited soils material lab and assisting with geotechnical tasks and other engineering fieldwork.


Logan Imlach, EIT, was recently brought on as a Structural Staff Engineer. Imlach graduated from University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He has ten years of professional engineering experience, having previously worked as a construction project manager and as a project engineer. His primary responsibilities with PND include structural design for marine and oil and gas industry projects.


Seth Anderson, PE, brings eight years of engineering experience to the Anchorage office. His background includes providing construction support for several major construction projects throughout Alaska—including the Akutan Airport design-build—and working on civil projects in mining, power, and flood protection. Anderson’s primary responsibilities with PND include civil design projects including road improvement design and plans and water, sewer, and stormwater system design.


Andrew Reeves brings fifteen years of IT experience to his position as a Systems Administrator for PND. He began his career as a computer repairman for a small family-owned shop. He later joined the US Marine Corps, serving for five years as a data systems and network specialist. At PND his responsibilities include maintaining all end-user hardware and software as well as network and server hardware and software.


Aaron Unterreiner joined the Anchorage office as Marketing Coordinator. Unterreiner has a communications degree from Missouri State University and started his career in Durango, Colorado, where he worked at The Durango Herald. Most recently, he was a copyeditor and a page designer. Unterreiner will assist in the development of competitive proposals, provide editing support to all departments, help maintain PND’s online presence, and participate in all marketing activities.


Alaska USA

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union promoted Stephanie Maxwell to the position of Vice President, Digital Channels. Maxwell brings a wealth of experience to the position, having started with Alaska USA as a teller and accepting positions of increased responsibility over her ten-year career with the credit union.



Center for Economic Development Associate Director Gretchen Fauske earned her Gallup Strengths Coaching certification in October. Strengths coaches use Gallup’s CliftonStrengths assessment to identify a client’s talents and work with them to leverage their strengths to overcome challenges and accomplish goals. More than 90 percent of the Fortune 500 companies use CliftonStrengths. Currently, Fauske is one of two Gallup-certified Strengths Coaches in Alaska.


Alyeska Resort

Alyeska Resort promoted Garth McPhie to Mountain Services Manager/Assistant Mountain General Manager. McPhie began his career with Alyeska in the Mountain Learning Center (MLC) in 1998. He has achieved the highest levels of certifications from the Professional Ski Instructors of America, is currently on the PSIA-NW Technical Team, holds a US Coast Guard issued 200 GT Master’s License, and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from University of California, Davis.

Jodie McPhie has been promoted to Mountain Learning Center Director. After working with the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen and the Coronet Peak Snowsports School in New Zealand, she began working with Alyeska’s MLC in 2007 as the Children’s Supervisor and has worked in many departments, including grounds as a master gardener, banquets, ticket office, and the Mountain Bike School.

Great Alaskan Holidays

Great Alaskan Holidays selected Yedeeta Smith to join its team of Reservations Agents. Smith has a number of years of experience in customer relations. In her role as a reservations agent, Smith has an active role booking motorhome rental reservations, maintaining effective client interactions within a fast paced environment, and helping to ensure smooth transitions for the Alaska traveler as they pick up and return their vehicles.



KPMG announced two new senior managers at its Anchorage office.

Mike Fink was hired as an Audit Senior Manager. Fink brings fourteen years of accounting and advisory experience with a variety of organizations, including telecommunications and Alaska Native corporations. He earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.


Melissa Jay was promoted to Audit Senior Manager. Jay provides audit and accounting advisory services to several types of clients including Alaska Native corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and oilfield service companies. Jay is also active in recruiting, frequently attending events at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She joined KPMG in 2011 after earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting and in finance from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Utah.


Northrim Bank

Northrim Bank hired a new Lending Branch Manager, Jason Gentry, AVP, at its branch in Ketchikan. Gentry joins Northrim Bank with more than six years in the financial industry and twenty-four years in customer service in Alaska. Gentry grew up in Utqiaġvik and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has received multiple awards from Carrs/Safeway for customer service and profitability and was a member of the Wells Fargo “All Star” commercial loan production club.

First National Bank Alaska

Jennifer Matthews was appointed Senior Business Development Officer at First National Bank Alaska. In her more than thirteen years in banking, Matthews has made customers a priority by working to build strong relationships. In her new role, Matthews supports the Cash Management team in a greater capacity to help Alaska business customers by supplying them with banking services that allow them to work faster and more efficiently.