Chugach Alaska Corporation appointed
Josie Hickel as its President of Chugach
Commercial Holdings (CCH). In her new
role, Hickel is responsible for directing
Chugach’s portfolio of commercial
businesses and land development
Hickel is a Chugach shareholder
with more than three decades of experience working in
Alaska for a range of commercial companies. Since joining
Chugach in 2016 as senior vice president of energy and
resources for CCH, Hickel has achieved a number of milestones within the division. She facilitated Chugach’s Bering
River coal rights transaction and carbon offset project and
helped stabilize Chugach’s energy services companies in
a challenging economic environment.
Hickel has a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources. She also holds certifications in both senior and global professional of human
First National Bank Alaska
First National Bank Alaska recently appointed or promoted
five Alaska banking experts to different roles inside the
state’s largest community bank.
With more than ten years of
banking experience, Rachel Carlson
is the new Branch Manager at the
U-Med Branch near the University of
Alaska Anchorage. Carlson previously
worked as a teller, customer service
representative, and personal banker.
“Contributing to our community by
helping our customers reach their financial goals is
rewarding,” Carlson said. “The U-Med area is a vibrant
part of Anchorage and the branch team and I will always
be excited to be part of it.”
After more than a year spent
managing two other Anchorage-area
branches, Krissi Estrada is the new
Branch Manager at the downtown Main
Branch. “Making the move from one
part of town to another won’t change
my approach,” Estrada said. “We’ll
continue to provide the best financial
solutions for our fellow Alaskans.”
Carlson and Estrada and will each be responsible for
business development, consumer loans, branch operations, and customer service at their branches.
Paula Grau was appointed
Vice President and is the new Cash
Management Administrator. In her role,
Grau oversees the Cash Management
Sales and Support Units, the team
behind the bank’s merchant services,
Corporate MasterCard business, and
treasury management services for
large commercial customers. She is dedicated to help
make sure business customers receive the support
they need. “Learning about our customers’ needs and
building relationships is essential to everything we do at
First National,” said Grau, a twenty-three-year banking
veteran. “Working alongside the bank’s experts is moti-
vating as is helping Alaska businesses grow.”
After spending nine years with
First National, including seven years
in mortgage lending, Loan Officer Mike
Scott has transferred to the Dimond
Branch as part of the bank’s corporate
lending unit. He’s now responsible for
developing and maintaining business
banking relationships and helps com-
panies build on opportunities through lending. Scott
graduated from nearby Dimond High School in 2003
and is eager to be involved in that neighborhood of
businesses. “I hope to rely on my extensive real estate
knowledge when building close-knit relationships with
our business customers,” Scott said. “I’ve learned from my
fellow First National banking experts and no one works
harder than we do.”
In her position as Senior Mortgage
Underwriter and Loan Officer,
Dawnette Starr will help customers
secure the loans needed to support
their lifestyles and fulfill their dreams.
She’ll do so by examining and analyzing loan documentation to ensure
accuracy and completeness and
that each loan meets market and company standards.
Starr has worked in the industry for nearly thirty years.
“Whether it’s a first-time home buyer, a refinancing or
a remodel, it’s such a joy to help make sure customers
come close to seeing their dreams come true,” Starr said.
“Home o wnerships is such a huge financial commitment,
it’s an honor to play a role in the process.”
Tlingit & Haida
Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
(Tlingit & Haida) welcomed Kimberly Martus as the Tribe’s
new Tribal Appellate Court Administrator.
This newly-created position is
funded by a grant recently awarded
by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal
Justice Support, which is responsible
for providing support to tribal justice
systems throughout the United States.
Working with Tlingit & Haida’s Judiciary
Committee and Tribal Court Judges,
Martus will design, build capacity, and implement the first
unified tribal appellate court system in Southeast Alaska.
Martus has served in several tribal court related
capacities, including associate appellate justice with
the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Court of Appeals; pro tempore
judge with the Native Village of Barrow Tribal Court;
Tribal Court and prisoner reentry program manager for
the Bristol Bay Native Association; Tribal Court needs
assessment project administrator for Kadiak; and Tribal
Court training instructor for the University of Alaska’s
Tribal Management Program.
Martus holds a JD degree from the University of New
Mexico School of Law and a BA in Native American studies
from Evergreen State College.
Alaska Executive Search
Anna Plumb, lifelong Alaskan, joins
Alaska Executive Search as their newest
Staffing Consultant. She has more than
twenty years in managing, training, and
recruitment in the hospitality industry.
Her background lends itself perfectly
to identifying talent for both temporary
and permanent staffing, statewide.
Cherissa Weiland has been promoted to Recruitment Coordinator.
Also a life-long Alaskan, she is in charge
of sourcing candidates for positions
throughout the state. With more than a
decade in prior experience in Telecom/
IT, she is well positioned to identify
technical talent on behalf of clients.
Kyle Thacker joined the Alaska
Executive Search team as a Client
Liaison, working to support the company’s client retention program. He
helps to identify unique qualities with
each of their clients to assist with
placing temporary workers that meet
both technical and soft skills compe-tencies. R
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