First Bank

* Rocky Elerding has been promoted to Vice President, Mortgage Sales Manager for First Bank in Ketchikan. He's been with First Bank since 2004 and has worked in the field of finance for the past twenty years. He manages all the bank's mortgage lenders in Southeast Alaska. Elerding graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington's MBA program.

Alaska Humanities Forum

* Alaska Humanities Forum hired George Martinez as its new Director of Leadership Programs. In this role, Martinez will be the lead for Leadership Anchorage and he will oversee leadership programming across the organization. Martinez comes to the Forum from the Municipality of Anchorage where he spent the past four years as special assistant to Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, focusing on economic development, youth development, education, and diversity.

Design Alaska

* Design Alaska promoted Emily Winfield, PE, to head its Mechanical Engineering Department. Winfield is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, with a degree in mechanical engineering. She will oversee a department of nine engineers who perform design, cost estimating, commissioning, and construction administration.

Evergreen Business Capital

* Evergreen Business Capital promoted Theo Ransum to AVP/Loan Officer. In addition to administering Evergreen's SBA Community Advantage Program, Ransum will also take the lead on connecting Alaska small businesses with access to capital under Evergreen's SBA 504 Loan Program. Since 2016, Ransum has served as Evergreen's Programs Loan Officer, where he educated small businesses about the benefits of the Community Advantage Program.

First Alaskans Institute

* First Alaskans Institute announced that Barbara 'Waahlaal Giidaak Blake has recently been hired as its Alaska Native Policy Center Director. 'Waahlaal Giidaak will promote the self-determination of Alaska Native peoples through strengthening opportunities for indigenous voices to be at the forefront of leading, solving, confronting, and advocating for their communities. She earned her master's degree from University of Alaska Fairbanks in rural development, focused on fisheries development in rural Alaska.

Challenge Alaska

* J. Nathan Boltz has been selected as the Executive Director of Challenge Alaska. In his new role Boltz will lead Challenge Alaska operations. Boltz brings more than twenty years of professional experience, including more than a decade of experience leading organizations...

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