Right Moves

Office of the Governor

The Anchorage Superior Court will welcome Una Gandbhir, Tom Matthews, and Josie Garton to the bench.

Gandbhir has practiced law in Alaska for twenty-four years, after law school at Northeastern and an internship with Alaska Legal Services.
Matthews has practiced law in Alaska for thirty-two years, after graduating from Lewis & Clark Law.
Garton has practiced law in Alaska for more than seventeen years. She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law before moving to Alaska to clerk for Chief Justice Warren Matthews.

The Bethel District Court also welcomes Will Montgomery to the bench.

Montgomery graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2010.


Teck appointed Leslie (Les) Yesnik as General Manager for Red Dog Operations in Northwest Alaska. Yesnik brings to the role more than twenty-five years of experience in mining, as well as in maintenance, milling, mine operations, and business improvement. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.


Deke Abbott, an airline operations, safety, and regulatory expert, joined Ravn Air Group’s leadership team. Abbott joins Ravn from the Federal Aviation Administration. He holds a bachelor of arts from Brown University and a MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

Credit Union 1


Credit Union 1 promoted Anna Phommalinh to Branch Manager of its DeBarr Branch in Anchorage. In her new position, Phommalinh will be responsible for the daily operations of Credit Union 1’s DeBarr Branch and oversee the branch’s standards for quality in providing service to its members while ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations and internal policies.


The credit union also promoted Faye Lindsay to Branch Manager of its Downtown Branch in Anchorage. In her new position, Lindsay will be responsible for the daily operations of Credit Union 1’s Downtown Branch and oversee the branch’s standards for quality in providing service to its members while ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations and internal policies.


Ahtna, Inc. announced several new hires and promotions within its subsidiaries.


Greg Jarrell joins Ahtna Engineering Services (AES) as the Alaska Regional Director with twenty-one years of professional business management and project execution experience throughout Alaska. As the new Alaska Regional Director, Jarrell will manage all Alaska business operations for AES and its sister subsidiaries, Ahtna Environmental (AEI) and Ahtna Global (AGL). Jarrell earned his master’s in geologic engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and his bachelor’s in geology from the University of Montana in Missoula.


Lori Kropidlowski, CPSM, CPS/CAP, has been promoted to Business Development Manager at AEI. Kropidlowski has twenty-six years of experience in business development and marketing. She is responsible for all business development and marketing activities for AEI as well as two of its sister subsidiaries, AES and AGL.


AGL welcomes Jeremy Blei, PE, to the role of Senior Program Manager responsible for overseeing the firm’s extensive portfolio of work with the Federal Aviation Administration. Blei’s professional background includes twenty years of professional engineering and consulting experience, primarily in Alaska. Blei earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage.


After four years of successfully managing construction programs at Ahtna, Ron DesGranges has been promoted to Director of Construction at AGL. DesGranges has nineteen years of project management, construction, and estimating experience for a wide array of both horizontal and vertical construction projects in Alaska. DesGranges is especially skilled with the execution of projects located in remote locations requiring complex logistic coordination.


Daniel Caldwell has been promoted to Construction Manager and Estimator at AGL. Caldwell has twenty-one years of construction experience during which he managed major mixed-use commercial, civil, environmental, and infrastructure development projects throughout local and remote areas of Alaska, the contiguous United States, and Canada requiring logistics management expertise.

RE/MAX Dynamic Properties


RE/MAX Dynamic Properties welcomes Gary Kutil, an award-winning REALTOR with twenty-five-plus years of experience in real estate sales. He began his career at Jack White Real Estate.


The company also welcomed Cheryl Myers, who has a background in sport and orthopedic physical therapy with a long history of caring for her clients. She is expanding her career path to include real estate sales. As a RE/MAX sales associate, Myers is committed to working hard to meet her clients’ real estate needs.

Merrick Alaska

Tyler Burton, PhD, joined Merrick Alaska’s Anchorage office as technical services director. Burton will lead the firm’s technology related projects in the oil and gas, geomatics, and federal sector markets. He holds several degrees, including engineering bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alaska and a PhD from the Center for Energy, Mineral, and Petroleum Law and Policy (UK).

Taylored Restoration


Taylored Restoration hired Bob Manwaring as Business Development Manager. Manwaring was most recently the CEO of the Alaska Association of REALTORS. His previous positions include four years as the business development officer for Stewart Title of Alaska and fourteen years as customer relations liaison with Alaska Multiple Listing Service.

Shannon & Wilson


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’s degree in geographic science.


The Alaska Association for Personal Care Supports Board voted unanimously to hire Allison Lee as part-time Executive Director. Lee has been a long-standing leader within the association and has worked passionately to support the viability, integrity, and access to Personal Care support in Alaska for the last sixteen years.



The Associated General Contractors of Alaska (AGC) welcomes new Executive Director, Alicia Siira. She comes to AGC from the Alaska Miners Association where she most recently served as Deputy Director. Siira received her undergraduate degrees at the University of Idaho in both public relations and communication and completed the MBA Program at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Wells Fargo


Wells Fargo named Becky More as Alaska Community Relations Consultant. She will oversee the company’s Alaska charitable contributions program, employee giving campaign, and volunteer engagement efforts. More holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alaska Pacific University and Certified Fundraising Executive professional designation.


Mary Michaelsen has been named Wells Fargo At Work Program Manager for Alaska. She has more than ten years of financial services experience in Alaska, Iowa, and Louisiana. Michaelsen earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Iowa State University, and she is pursuing a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Alaska Pacific University.