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Arctic IT
Portrait photo of Ellie Carlo
Arctic IT added Ellie Carlo as Senior Technical Support Analyst to its IT technical support team. Originally from Koyukuk, Carlo received her AAS in information technology and system administration from UAF. She worked for Doyon Utilities (a Doyon, Limited company) for five years before moving to Anchorage.
Coffman Engineers
Portrait photo of Clayton Kruger
Coffman Engineers expanded its process engineering resources with Clayton Kruger obtaining his professional process engineering license. A graduate of Montana State University with a degree in chemical engineering and biological engineering, Kruger offers Coffman’s refining/oil and gas clients insight into their operational system performance through hydrocarbon processing modeling, process controls, safety relief and vessel/piping fitness for service, stress analysis, equipment and material selection, vessel design, industrial process, and piping system design for both brownfield and greenfield designs. Kruger has been with Coffman since 2015 and continues to take the company’s industrial mechanical designs to new innovative levels.
Portrait photo of Arin Wooster
Coffman also congratulates Arin (AJ) Wooster on successfully passing the mechanical engineering exam and obtaining his Alaska Professional Engineering License. Wooster is a 2020 graduate of UAF with a master’s in petroleum engineering and holds a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from UAA. He joined Coffman in 2019 and continues to think outside the box while providing mechanical engineering solutions to its industrial clients in Alaska.
Alaska Public Media
Portrait photo of Dr. E.J.R. David
Alaska Public Media (AKPM) announced that Dr. E.J.R. David joins Kathleen McCoy as a recurring host on AKPM’s local, weekly radio program Hometown, Alaska. David was born in the Philippines and grew up in Pasay, Las Pinas, Makati, and Utqiaġvik. He obtained his bachelor’s in psychology from UAA and his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical-community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, David lives in Anchorage with his wife and their four children. He serves as a tenured professor of psychology at UAA, with his primary duties being with the PhD program in clinical community psychology that has a rural, cultural, and indigenous emphasis.
Alaska Raceway Park
Portrait photo of Michelle Lackey Maynor
Michelle Lackey Maynor has been promoted to President and Majority Owner of Alaska Raceway Park. As President, Maynor is responsible for all aspects of operation for the NHRA and NASCAR sanctioned motorsports facility. In addition to running day-to-day operations, her duties include facility growth, event management, marketing and promotions, staffing, sponsorships, and community relations. She has been operations manager of Alaska Raceway Park since 2016 and has worked in many different capacities at the Park since 1997, as well as raced there. Her promotion comes as current owners, Karen and Earl Lackey, transition to advisory roles. In addition to her background in motorsports, Maynor holds a degree in marketing from UAA.
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Portrait photo of Christina Reed
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits appointed Christina Reed to Vice President and General Manager of Alaska. Reed is responsible for leading all sales activities for Alaska, including formulating overall strategy, managing and developing people, and establishing policies for the market. During her career with the Odom Corporation and Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Reed has held multiple positions of increasing responsibility, beginning as a sales representative in 2005, becoming a district sales manager for the Northwest Division in 2014, and most recently leading the Northwest Division as the general sales manager. Prior to her time at Southern Glazer’s, Reed worked at Alaska Distributors, where she got her start as a courier and worked her way up to positions in merchandising and sales.
Jun Robinson and Joshua Chaney recently joined R&M Consultants.
Portrait photo of Jun Robinson
Robinson is a Structural Staff Engineer and has more than fifteen years of experience in civil, structural, and architectural design. He has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects in the petroleum industry, including plot arrangements, foundations, structural detail and design, architectural design and material takeoffs for North Slope drill pads, modules, and pipelines. He has degrees in architecture and engineering technology as well as civil engineering, both from UAA.
Portrait photo of Joshua Chaney
Prior to joining R&M, Chaney, a structural project engineer, was employed in Alaska’s oil industry for more than eleven years where he was involved in engineering programs for Alyeska, BPXA, and ConocoPhillips as an associate and lead engineer. His experience also includes government defense contracting, where he was the onsite field engineer for the AEGIS Missile Defense System. Chaney’s engineering responsibilities have included engineering calculations, budget estimates, scopes of work, material requisitions, fabrication drawings, field visits, engineering reports, and construction support. He has a degree in civil engineering from UAF and is a civil engineer licensed in Alaska.
GCI announced additions to the company’s leadership team with the promotion of William Wailand to Senior Vice President, Heather Handyside to Chief Communications Officer, Duncan Whitney to Chief Product Officer, Holly Henningsen to Vice President of Consumer Sales and Operations, Manoj Manoharan to Vice President of Internet & Business Products, and Tyler Samples to Vice President of Business Finance & Administration.
Portrait photo of William Wailand
As Senior VP, Wailand leads strategic negotiations with major customers, vendors, and telecommunication partners inside and outside the state. He’s also heading cross-departmental company initiatives developing and implementing long term strategies for enhancing GCI’s statewide telecommunications network. Wailand formerly served as GCI’s vice president of corporate development and associate general counsel and has worked for the company for seven years. He brings fifteen years of business and legal experience to his new role.
Portrait photo of Heather Handyside
In her new role, Handyside leads GCI’s Corporate Communications department overseeing internal and external communications, public relations, and crisis communications. Handyside continues her role as GCI spokesperson and as co-executive sponsor of GCI Gives—the company’s philanthropy program. Before joining GCI in 2015, Handyside worked as emergency manager and deputy municipal manager for the Municipality of Anchorage and as press secretary for US Senator Mark Begich.
Portrait photo of Duncan Whitney
As Chief Product Officer, Whitney continues to lead GCI’s product strategy and development functions for both the business and consumer segments. Whitney’s expertise will help guide the company through future cutting-edge technology deployments like GCI’s recent launch of 5G service. Whitney, who has lived in Alaska for more than four decades, has been with GCI for twenty-eight years in a diverse set of roles including leading the product organization since 2015.
Portrait photo of Holly Henningsen
In her new role, Henningsen is responsible for consumer customer service, sales, and operations. She oversees several key customer-facing groups including consumer call center and technical support, combined service delivery, consumer debt collections, and quality assurance. Henningsen is responsible for customer service and operations at GCI retail stores statewide. She has been with GCI for more than twenty-five years and has been an active leader in several large company initiatives.
Portrait photo of Manoj Manoharan
As VP of Internet & Business Products, Manoharan leads product management and development functions focused on GCI business and consumer internet services. Manoharan’s experience includes a diverse set of roles managing and growing products over the last decade within the cable and telecommunications sector. Manoharan has served in several committees in industry organizations such as Metro Ethernet Forum to drive standardization and service specification within the industry.
Portrait photo of Tyler Samples
In his new role, Samples leads the finance team for the GCI business division, which includes financial planning and analysis, billing, and collections. He focuses on making strategic recommendations to the senior vice president of GCI business, advising on long-term business and financial planning, implementing a fully functioning control environment, and providing direction for the team. He brings twelve years of finance, operating, and accounting experience.