Alaska Journal | Movers and Shakers for Feb. 28

Daniel Fenza became President and Chief Operating Officer of Chugach Alaska Corp., effective March 1, 2021. appointed. He will succeed Sheri Buretta, who will remain Chugach’s chairman and interim CEO. Fenza has a 20 year tenure with Chugach Government Solutions, the company’s largest government contractor, most recently serving as vice president of business intelligence and innovation. During this time, he pioneered technology transformation to reduce costs and optimize the company’s efficiency. Previously, he served in various operations and as President. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology.

GCI announced the promotion of William Wailand to the Senior Vice President; Heather Handyside to the Chief Communications Officer; Duncan Whitney to the Chief Product Officer; Holly Henningsen to the Vice President of Consumer Sales and Operations; Manoj Manoharan to the Vice President, Internet and Business Products; and Tyler samples to the Vice President for Corporate Finance and Administration. Wailand will conduct strategic negotiations with major customers, vendors and telecommunications partners inside and outside the state. Wailand was previously Vice President of Corporate Development and Associate General Counsel at GCI and worked for the company for seven years. He brings 15 years of commercial and legal experience to his new position. Handyside will continue in her role as GCI spokesperson and co-executive sponsor of GCI Gives, the company’s philanthropy program. Prior to joining GCI in 2015, Handyside served as the emergency manager and deputy community administrator for the Anchorage community and as the press officer for the former community US Senator Mark Begich. Whitney will continue to lead GCI’s product strategy and development functions for both its business and consumer segments. Whitney has been with GCI for 28 years in a variety of roles, including Head of Product Organization since 2015. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Cable Labs Technical Committee, an industry group composed of chief technology officers from major US and international operators. Henningsen will be responsible for customer service, sales and consumer operations. She will oversee several key customer groups including consumer call center and technical support, combined service delivery, consumer debt collection and quality assurance. Henningsen has been with GCI for more than 25 years. Manoharan will lead product management and development functions focused on GCI business and consumer internet services. Manoharan’s experience spans a variety of roles in managing and growing products over the past decade in the cable and telecommunications sectors. Samples will lead the GCI division’s finance team, which includes financial planning and analysis, billing and collections. He brings 12 years of finance, operations and accounting experience to his new role. He was both vice president of the tourism division and director of corporate development at Air Methods, a privately held health care company, for five years and with KPMG for seven years.

Deborah Vo has joined the Rasmuson Foundation as Program Leader. Most recently she worked as a special assistant for rural affairs US Senator Lisa Murkowski. Vo was born and raised in St. Mary’s on the Lower Yukon River. She started her career as the first female city manager in her hometown. She also served as the tribal administrator, the health planner who facilitates the tribal management of the Alaskan Native American health services nationwide, and the executive director of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, a former statewide advocacy group for Alaska’s 229 nationally recognized tribes. Vo also worked for two companies on the Community Development Quota program, which channels fishery investments into jobs, education, and other benefits in 65 communities in western Alaska, and led rural energy planning for the Alaska Energy Authority. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University.

Cornerstone announced two new hires: Jordyn High as an accountant and Kyler Dias as a project manager. High brings years of experience in the Alaskan construction industry, including working for general and specialty contractors. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is currently working on her MBA. Dias joins Cornerstone with more than a decade of construction experience in Alaska. His professional career has focused on large federal and commercial projects as a civil engineer, project manager, appraiser and quality control manager. He will be responsible for directing Cornerstone’s federal contracting efforts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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