Zenith American Solutions
Zenith American Solutions welcomed Skeet Black to its client services
team in Anchorage. As part of the executive team of a large independent pharmacy and health supply chain, Black has worked in every
aspect of business development from creating national sales strategies
to negotiating with overseas manufacturers. Black’s most recent role
was VP of client experience, and he is excited to bring his knowledge
to Zenith American Solutions as their Client Services Executive.
AECOM hired environmental scientist Dan Delaney. Delaney’s background includes broad-based research for government agencies as
well as practical private sector experience. He holds a bachelor’s
degree in physics and astronomy as well as a master’s degree in
geophysics, both from the University of Pittsburgh. As part of AECOM’s
Alaska operations, he is a member of AECOM’s Pacific Northwest
Region Impact Assessment & Permitting team.
Dean Cimmiyotti, PLS, joined Stantec at its Anchorage office as the firm’s
Alaska Survey Manager. He has more than forty years of in-state experience
serving both public and private clients. Cimmiyotti also has more than
twenty-five years of project management experience, including project
planning, cost estimating, quality control, and interdepartmental coordination. In addition to surveying, Cimmiyotti has extensive background
in photogrammetry and lidar acquisition and mapping. He is a registered
professional land surveyor in both Alaska and Florida.
Carla Baxley, PE, joined R&M Consultants as a Senior Project Engineer
in the company’s Airport Engineering Group. Baxley brings seventeen
years of Alaska engineering experience to the R&M team, with twelve
of those years at the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public
Facilities serving as a designer, project engineer, and manager on
aviation and roadway projects in rural and urban Alaska. Baxley has a
bachelor’s of science in civil engineering from the University of Alaska
Anchorage. She is a professional civil engineer licensed in Alaska.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center promoted Dianna Whitney to Executive
Director. Whitney joined the AWCC team in September of 2016 and brings more than
a decade of management and operations experience to her new assignment. Whitney
has an associate of arts degree from the University of Alaska. She holds certifications
in outdoor emergency care, swift water rescue, Alaska Certified Erosion and Sediment
Control Lead, OSHA general construction, and OSHA construction safety and health.
As Executive Director, Whitney is responsible for overseeing the administration,
programs, and strategic plan of the center.
Office of the Governor
Governor Bill Walker announced the appointment of Alaska’s three newest superior
court judges, who will serve in Fairbanks, Juneau, and Kenai.
Thomas Temple will join the Fairbanks Superior Court. He has practiced law in Alaska
for more than sixteen years after serving in the Marines during the Gulf War and working
his way through college and law school at George Mason University. Temple has been
in private practice in Fairbanks since 2004, with a focus on criminal defense and civil
litigation. He has tried cases across Alaska, from Unalaska to Utqiaġvik.
Amy Mead will join the Juneau Superior Court. After graduating from Tulane
University Law School, she began her career as a law clerk in Ketchikan, working her
way up to become the city’s assistant district attorney. She moved to Juneau to work
in private practice, spent time working on Medicaid issues for Alaska’s attorney general,
and became the city’s municipal attorney in 2013, heading the second largest municipal
law department in the state.
Lance Joanis will serve on the Kenai Superior Court. Joanis graduated from law
school at the University of Idaho College of Law and immediately moved to Bethel to
take the bar. He has worked for the Alaska Department of Law as an assistant district
attorney in Anchorage and Kenai, a district attorney in Bethel and Kenai, and as the
assistant attorney general in Kenai’s Child Protection Section since 2011.
United Way of Anchorage announced the addition of three staff
Dawn Griffiths joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer
and will oversee all the financial activities, information technology,
human resources, and general administrative needs of the organization. Griffiths most recently ran her own firm, DMG Executive
Consulting, based in Mill Valley, California. She brings almost thirty
years of consulting and management experience in accounting, sales,
strategic planning, business start-ups, efficiencies, and investor relations. Griffiths is
a graduate of the University of Wyoming and also attended the University of Georgia
and Harvard Business School.
Cassandra Stalzer has been named Senior Director of
Communications and Marketing. She will oversee all facets of United
Way’s communications. In 2017, she founded her own communications firm, Brainspace Creative, working on client needs from sales to
marketing technology. Before that, Stalzer worked for eight years in
communications at the Rasmuson Foundation, two of those as vice
president, where she was instrumental in developing communications
projects ranging from a campaign to raise awareness of Alaska’s budget
shortfall to a journalism partnership on the costs of alcohol abuse.
Stalzer holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University and
is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.
Frank Gerjevic joined United Way as a Communications Director.
Gerjevic is a veteran of almost forty years at the Anchorage Daily News,
where he worked as sports editor, reporter, copy editor, columnist, and
editorial writer. A graduate of Denison University, he will concentrate
on writing, editing, and media relations.
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