PositionCheryl Pitiksuq Johnson has been hired as First Alaskans Institute - Michael Baker International hired Marc Luiken and Patrick Whitesell - Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Board appointed Tomas Boutin

First Alaskans Institute

* Cheryl Pitiksuq Johnson has been hired as First Alaskans Institute's Indigenous Sustainability Advancement Director, and Anna Ts'aayeneekeelno Clock has been hired as the organization's Indigenous and Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator, Pitiksuq holds a bachelor of science in aviation technology with an emphasis in aviation management and a minor in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She also holds several human resources credentials (PHR & SHRM-CP),

Ts'aayeneekeelno holds a bachelor of arts in Japanese studies from Middlebury College. Most recently, she was a 2018 First Alaskans Institute Summer Intern in the Office of former-Governor Bill Walker and after was hired to stay on the team as a policy and program analyst and special assistant to Lieutenant Governor Valerie Davidson until the end of their term.

Michael Baker International

Michael Baker International expanded its operation in Anchorage with two new hires: Marc Luiken, Civil/Transportation Engineering Manager, and Patrick Whitesell, Environmental Department Lead.

* Previously, Luiken served as Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Prior to his public service in Alaska, Luiken served twenty-nine years with the US Air Force, retiring as the Vice Commander of the 11th Air Force in 2010.

* Before joining Michael Baker, Whitesell served as an Environmental Specialist at DOWL for eleven years. He managed a small team and led dozens of phase one environmental site assessments, numerous wetland delineations, and noise analyses for a range of private- and public-sector clients.

Landye Bennett Blumstein

* Landye Bennett Blumstein announced that Elizabeth Saagulik Hensley has become a partner in the firm. Saagulik received her bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 2005 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2009. Her experience includes serving as general counsel to a regional tribal nonprofit organization, staff attorney and public policy liaison, Alaska legislative aide, and senior policy advisor.


* The AIDEA Board appointed Tomas Boutin as AIDEA Executive Director. Boutin comes to this position after a distinguished career in forestry, including four years of service as Alaska State Forester. Boutin received his undergraduate degree in forest resources from the University of New Hampshire and holds a master of business...

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