In August, Lori Davey, B.B.A. Marketing ’91, M.B.A. ’99, joined GCI as vice president of enterprise markets. Her sales and marketing career previously led her to management roles with Alaska Communications and Fairweather LLC. A prior president of the UAA Alumni Association board, she is also a U.S. representative on the Arctic Economic Council, focused on telecommunications and responsible resource development, and a trustee for the Alaska chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
Sean Case, B.A. Justice, is a 17-year veteran of the Anchorage Police Department, where he currently serves as acting deputy chief of administration. This summer, Governor Bill Walker appointed him to Alaska’s Criminal Justice Commission advisory board for a three-year term.
John Sims, M.B.A., was named president of ENSTAR Natural Gas Company in August. He’s been with the energy supplier since 2005, most recently as vice president of corporate resources, and is the first born-and-raised Alaskan to lead the public utility, which provides natural gas for more than half the state’s population.
Paige Jameson, B.B.A. Accounting, is a group senior accountant for Mood Media Corporation in Texas. She writes, “I live in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, and have bumped into some Seawolves around town (mostly at Costco). I enjoy seeing all things Alaska here in Texas, as it reminds me of home. My daughter wears UAA gear almost weekly, as her blood runs green and gold.”
Amanda Luiten (previously McGill), B.S. Physical Education, has returned to Dillingham, Alaska. She writes, “After graduation, I went on a rock climbing road trip, started personal training, then entered a graduate program at GCU. I am happily married, have a beautiful newborn daughter, and I am the PE teacher at my old middle/high school. I am coaching XC running and Native Youth Olympics. Before I moved back, I had the pleasure of creating an NYO program in Anchorage, coaching an athlete to first place. I’ve also taught NYO to students on the East Coast. I plan to use my skill set to help our athletic department and community live healthy lifestyles here in Dillingham.”
Nayade Perez, A.A.S. Human Services, is a program manager for the adult reentry program at the Alaska Native Justice Center. She now has a new addition to her family, a toddler that keeps her busy. Nayade is planning on returning to UAA to pursue her B.A. in Human Services next fall.
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce awarded F.X. “Dale” Tran, B.B.A. Marketing ’15, M.B.A. ’17, the Gene Guess Humanitarian Award in September. The award recognizes excellence and service to the Anchorage community and is the Chamber’s highest honor; it was last presented in 2006. Individuals receive the award based on the magnitude of good they have done for the Anchorage community. Tran was the chief financial officer for Kaladi Brothers Coffee and a current master’s student at UAA when he passed away unexpectedly this January. He earned a posthumous M.B.A. degree at commencement in May, accepted by his wife, journalism and communication professor Dr. Joy Chavez Mapaye, and their two daughters, Isabella and Abigail Tran.
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