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Movers & Shakers: September 4, 2011

  Evy Gebhardt    

Evy Gebhardt has joined Morris Alaska as advertising director. Gebhardt will oversee the advertising departments for the Alaska Journal of Commerce, the Chugiak-Eagle River Star (formerly the Alaska Star), Alaskan Equipment Trader, Alaska Magazine and The Milepost. Gebhardt joined Morris Communications in 2003, working as marketing director for the Peninsula Clarion. She has also worked as executive director for the Kenai Peninsula United Way, overseeing consecutive growth and record-setting campaigns, and served several terms as board president for the Greater Soldotna Chamber of Commerce, where she spearheaded a Buy Local campaign. Gebhardt also worked to develop the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race organization, and currently owns a Kenai Peninsula-based lodging business.

  Corinna Muller    

Corinna Muller has joined the Providence Maternal-Fetal Medicine Clinic, which specializes in providing care for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. Muller is one of just four physicians in Alaska who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine. Her expertise includes diagnosis of fetal abnormalities by ultrasound and caring for women expecting multiple births during one pregnancy. She was a 2010-11 research grant award winner from the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians & Gynecologists for her work investigating kidney damage during pregnancy. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine from Geisinger Medical Center.

Alaska Airlines Capt. Steve Cleary of Federal Way, Wash., and First Officer Michael Hendrix of Seattle were honored with Superior Airmanship Award Aug. 18 by the Air Line Pilots Association International for their handling of a bird strike during takeoff at Sitka last year. Cleary and Hendrix were piloting Alaska Airlines Flight 68, a Boeing 737-400 service from Sitka to Seattle Aug. 8, 2010, with a full load of 134 passengers, five crewmembers, and a full cargo hold. As they accelerated down the runway at 100 knots, Cleary saw an eagle directly in the path ahead. Seconds later, at 130 knots (150 miles per hour) the eagle smashed into the left engine, which exploded and burst into flames. The aircraft lurched left and Cleary started emergency procedures to abort the takeoff and maintain control of the yawing 737-400. Cleary fought to stop the airplane and Hendrix kept him apprised of the aircraft's speed and distance to the end of the runway. The heavy airliner stopped at the very end of the 6,500-foot runway.


  Kathleen H. Wescott    

Kathleen H. Wescott is the new behavioral health clinician at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock. Wescott holds a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of San Diego. She also holds a bachelor's degree in recreation therapy and public administration from San Diego State University. She worked as a clinical intern with the Veterans Administration Health Care Family Mental Health Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., providing marriage and couple's counseling. She also worked as a clinical intern with the VA's Wellness and Vocational Enrichment Clinic, providing alcohol and substance abuse intake, and individual counseling. She served as a volunteer coordinator with San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, spent 15 years as community social services director with the American Red Cross in San Diego, and was director of education and family services at the Parkinson's Association of San Diego.

  Sharon K. Elliott    

Sharon K. Elliott was named president of Alyeska Title Guaranty Agency. Elliott has more than 25 years of real estate experience to include title and escrow services and loan origination. She has spent the last 18 years as the owner and president of Alaska Exchange Corp. specializing in 1031 tax deferred exchanges.

  Kim McFadden-Dowling    

  Aryne Randall    

Wells Fargo will contribute $1,000 to The Children's Place in honor of Mat-Su Valley District Manager Aryne Randall, and $2,000 to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of Commercial Banking Business Associates Kim McFadden-Dowling and Madeline Jones as part of Wells Fargo's Volunteer Service Award program. The award and donation recognize Randall's valuable contributions to The Children's Place as a three-year board member.

S. Lane Tucker, a partner in Stoel Rives LLP's Anchorage office, has been appointed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska to serve a three-year term as a Lawyer Representative to the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference. The Alaska Bar Association recommended Tucker's appointment. Lawyer Representatives provide support and advice to the judges and administrators of the 9th Circuit. Tucker has 25 years of experience in federal government contracts, construction, white collar and health care litigation. Prior to joining Stoel Rives, she was with the U.S. Department of Justice for nearly 20 years, including as the chief of the Civil Division of the Alaska U.S. Attorney's Office and as trial counsel with the Civil Division in Washington, D.C. Tucker currently serves as the Alaska chair for the American Bar Association's Public Contracts Section, vice chair of the ABA Small Business & Other Socioeconomic Programs Committee, and is the founder and Chair of the Alaska Bar Public Contracts Law Section. She is a graduate of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and is admitted to the state bars of Alaska and Pennsylvania.

Jacqueline Otto has been elected a member of the 2011 Chairman's Council of New York Life Insurance Co. Members of the elite Chairman's Cabinet rank in the top 3 percent of New York Life's sales force. Otto has been a New York Life agent since 2000, and is associated with New York Life's Alaska General Office in Anchorage. Otto has attended Golden Valley Lutheran College, Brainerd Community College, Mankato State University and the University of Alaska Anchorage. Otto has qualified for Million Dollar Round Table, consistently a New York Life Council member, and is an Annuity Elite Champion and All Star for the Alaska General Office.

  >Majs. George and Jeanne Baker    

Majs. George and Jeanne Baker are new divisional leaders for The Salvation Army Alaska Divisional Headquarters in Anchorage. The veteran Salvation Army officers transferred from the Army's Intermountain Division in Denver, where they had served the past five years, with Maj. George Baker as the divisional secretary and Maj. Jeanne Baker as the divisional women's ministries secretary. The Bakers will be responsible for oversight of the Army's ministry in Alaska in 16 communities from Klawock to Fairbanks. Prior to completing The Salvation Army's two-year officer training program in 1983, both Bakers served in the U.S. Navy.