Right Moves

Tlingit & Haida

Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska hired Jesse Parr as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Manager; Parr will oversee the daily management of the TANF department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in tourism and commercial recreation from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.



The Alaska Association for Personal Care Supports (AAPCS) hired Allison Lee as part-time Executive Director. She brings with her to this position a deep commitment to informed policy making, excellent communication skills, and extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations and regulatory processes.


Shannon & Wilson

Matt Woods joined the environmental group at Shannon & Wilson’s Anchorage office as an Environmental Engineering Staff IV. His current Shannon & Wilson projects include site characterization and cleanup activities and providing regulatory compliance support. Woods has a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University.


Shannon & Wilson added Schylar Healy to its Anchorage office technical staff as an Environmental Scientist. Her previous professional experience includes serving as a wetlands mapping specialist and wetlands ecology technician in Fairbanks. Healy is a 2015 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisburg, Virginia, with a bachelor of science in geographic science.


Alaska Sea Grant

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has chosen Heather Brandon as Alaska Sea Grant’s new Director. Brandon is an environmental policy leader with experience in fisheries issues on a broad geographic scale, ranging from Alaska to the Arctic and Russian Far East. She has a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon.


LONG Building Technologies

Alyssa Norris joined the LONG Building Technologies team as an Account Executive in its Fairbanks office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Washington State University. Norris will also be specializing in the C-PACE program as it launches in Alaska.


USACE—Alaska District

Colonel Phillip Borders became the 28th commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers—Alaska District during a change of command ceremony on the front lawn of the headquarters building near Anchorage. Borders will oversee a multi-million dollar program that provides engineering, construction, planning, contracting, real estate, emergency operations, environmental, and regulatory services to the military; federal, state, and local governments; and the public in Alaska.


Northrim Bank

Northrim Bank welcomed Sarah Maycock, Electronic Banking Support Manager, and Kristin Oberman, AVP, Branch Manager. Susan Stenstrom has been promoted to AVP, Assistant Corporate Secretary.

Maycock joined Northrim Bank with ten years of banking experience. Maycock holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She was an active volunteer in her previous job, where she taught financial literacy to school students.


Oberman joined Northrim Bank with seven years of experience in the financial industry. She has worked with Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and First National Bank Alaska. Oberman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Human Resources Management from the University of Maryland.


Stenstrom has been with Northrim Bank for ten years and has forty-three years of experience in the financial industry. She has a wide range of experience in the financial industry and has held positions in regulatory compliance and examinations, insurance and related licensing, loan administration, and corporate documentation at the executive level.


Alaska Aerospace

Alaska Aerospace hired Mark D. Lester to serve as the company’s new President. His background includes providing business development, marketing, program management, and engineering expertise for a number of aerospace companies. He holds both a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Norwich University and a master of engineering in space operations from the University of Colorado.


Department of Law

Tim McGillicuddy has been appointed as the Ketchikan District Attorney. McGillicuddy graduated from the University of Illinois, School of Law in 2007 and served as a prosecutor around the country for nine out of the following eleven years. He joined the Ketchikan District Attorney’s office in 2016 and since then has worked a varied caseload including complex homicides, assaults, burglaries, and drug trafficking cases.

Alaska Maritime Agencies

Luke Hasenbank, who most recently served as Alaska Maritime Agencies’ vice president, has been promoted to President, where he will continue to oversee all Alaska operations including offices in Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, Kenai, Seward, Whittier, and the Lynnwood accounting department in addition to all the outlying Alaska ports. Hasenbank has been with the company since 2003.


Andrew Mew, who previously served as operations manager, has been promoted to Vice President; in this role he will continue to oversee all Alaska operations including offices in Anchorage, Dutch Harbor, Kenai, Seward, and Whittier in addition to all the outlying Alaska ports. Mew has been with the company since 2013.



Theresa Bakker has been named the new University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Alumni Relations Director. She will also serve as the Executive Director of the UAF Alumni Association. Bakker holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Pacific Lutheran University.

Veteran athletics administrator Sterling Steward has been chosen as UAF’s new director of intercollegiate athletics. Steward comes to the Nanooks after serving the past seven years as the director of athletics at Savannah State University. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in human performance and recreation at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Jodie Anderson is the new director of the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center near Palmer. She will provide leadership for the academic, research, and Cooperative Extension Service outreach programs based at the facility, which is part of UAF. Anderson has a varied background in agriculture and natural resources: most recently, she served as program coordinator for the Alaska Division of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program.

Municipality of Anchorage

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz appointed Alex Slivka to the position of Chief Fiscal Officer for the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA). He comes to MOA from McKinley Capital Management, where he served in various leadership capacities. Slivka has more than thirty-five years of experience in the financial industry.

Alaska USA

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has selected Sharlyn Ruyan for the position of Vice President, Member Service Center. Ruyan has worked at Alaska USA for more than nine years, most recently as manager, member service center. She is a graduate of the 2017 Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce Leadership program and regularly volunteers her time for nonprofits in her community, including the March of Dimes and the United Way.