The Rural Alaska Community Action Program Board of Directors named Patrick
Anderson as the organization’s new CEO. Anderson brings with him more than thirty
years of management and executive experience leading, guiding, and supporting
companies with innovative strategies for growth, quality improvement, and process
efficiency. RurAL CAP’s CEO is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement
of its mission and financial objectives. Anderson graduated from Princeton University
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1975 and the University
of Michigan Law School in 1978.
The Alaska Railroad promoted George Newman to Senior Director to
lead the Advanced Train Control Systems (ATCS) department. Newman
joined the Alaska Railroad in November 2016 as the director of ATCS.
He came to ARRC by way of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, where he
served as director of PTC for seven years. Newman earned an electrical
engineering degree and a master of business administration degree
from the University of Calgary. He is a certified project management
professional and professional engineer.
Sitnasuak Native Corporation (SNC) announced that Heather Spear-Morris is the new Vice President of Human Resources. Based in
Anchorage, she will oversee and develop human resources functions
for SNC and its subsidiary companies. Spear-Morris has more than
twenty-two years of experience in human resources. She recently
worked fifteen years with Calista Corporation in human resource
development including shareholder training and development,
benefits administration, collective bargaining negotiations, and
supporting high performing teams to work effectively, all of which produced increased
revenues across the company.
Margo Owens Fliss is stepping into a new role as Manager of Strategic
Engagement at the University of Alaska Center for Economic Develop
ment (CED), and Richelle Johnson is joining the team as Lead Analyst.
Fliss has led a number of high profile projects at CED, most
recently as co-organizer for the VOLT49 renewable energy sprint,
strategic planning for the Aleutian-Pribilof region, and managing the
AmeriCorps VISTA program. Her new role as manager of strategic
engagement draws on her expertise in stakeholder engagement,
consensus building, and action-oriented strategy.
Johnson joins the CED team from the Regulatory Commission
of Alaska where she helped rural communities resolve energy challenges. Prior to this, she completed an internship at the Alaska Energy
Authority. As lead analyst, Johnson uses her expertise in quantitative
analysis, economics, and research to advance economic development
on behalf of CED’s clients.
Resource Data hired Jacqueline Hall as a GIS Programmer/Analyst at its Anchorage
branch office. Hall has a background in data management, technical document writing,
GIS, and environmental policy. Most recently she worked as an archaeologist for LSA
Associates for six years.
The company also hired Kathleen Hollett as the Office Assistant for its corporate
office in Anchorage. Hollett has her bachelor of arts from the University of Alaska
Anchorage. She has more than twenty-five years of administrative assistant experience
with an emphasis on accounting and customer service. She most recently worked for
five years as an administrative assistant for the Alaska Peer Support Consortium.
First National Bank
First National Bank Alaska’s Board of Directors announced Kristi
Schoenleber’s appointment as Trust Officer, joining Shannon Smith,
Operations Manager, as recent additions to the bank’s Investment
Management and Trust Services Department.
Schoenleber brings more than twenty-five years of experience
in investment management and trust services to First National. Prior
to joining the bank, Schoenleber was a licensed financial consultant
at the country’s third largest bank, working with corporations, tribal
governments, and high-net-worth clients. Most recently, she was an analyst for an
international bank with a focus on large corporate clients, foreign currency, and wealth
management. As trust officer, Schoenleber will help customers develop
and grow their wealth and estate plans.
Smith’s path to the department’s operations manager position
was through First National’s Audit Department. She worked as an
internal auditor with experience in trust operations. In her new role,
Smith will serve as an additional resource for customers, in addition
to their primary relationship officer. She will focus on ensuring a high
level of efficiency and accuracy within the workgroup.
Mark Swearingin, a seasoned airline maintenance executive, will be joining Ravn’s new
leadership team. He has thirty-seven years of experience working with major carriers
and air cargo companies, with a proven track record in optimizing operations and organizational performance. Swearingin has a bachelor of science from Purdue University
and credentials in leadership and core process redesign from Bellarmine University.
Museum of the North
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has chosen Patrick Druckenmiller
to be the new Director of the University of Alaska Museum of the
North. Druckenmiller has worked in the museum field his entire
career, more than thirty years. He hopes to oversee a renovation of
the museum’s flagship exhibit, the Gallery of Alaska, and to find better
ways to reach out to Alaska communities. He holds a PhD from the
University of Calgary in Alberta and a master’s degree from Montana
State University in Bozeman. R
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