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2021 Employees of the Year
Our People are Our Strength – Netiye’ means ‘our strength’ in Ahtna Athabascan
Wonder what a career at Ahtna would look like, or where it could take you? Read about our 2021 Employees of the Year to learn more.
Mia Watanabe Payroll Specialist Sr. - Alaska Ahtna, Inc.
Mia’s dependability, efficiency and loyalty makes her a valuable asset. As a Sr. Payroll Specialist, Mia is responsible for processing 19 payrolls, paying and reporting on all of the state withholding for 5 subsidiaries, partially in 2, state unemployment entirely for 3 subsidiaries, partially in 3, payroll taxes for 6 subsidiaries, and the filing of the 940 and 941’s for 2 subsidiaries. Within in the last year she has also taken on the task of trainer. Mia’s level of detail, organization, structure, and patience to impart her skill and technique to others is unparalleled. She projects cheerful attitude towards her customers both within the organization and out. She has an ability to resolve conflict and handle other difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact that is unmatched.
Sue Tyree Paralegal and Legal Compliance Specialist - Alaska Ahtna, Inc.
Sue has gone above and beyond her duties in helping out the corporation this year. In addition to the outstanding execution of her job duties, Sue was instrumental in ensuring the smooth planning and operation of our hybrid annual meeting this year. Sue was also key to the development of our shareholder policies and procedures and has provided crucial support for the Shareholder Records Department. I cannot say enough for all of the things Sue does for this corporation and the Legal department. Thank you, Sue!
Bruce Kling Business Manager/Financial Analytics Ahtna Support & Training Services, LLC
Bruce Kling is exceptionally dedicated to the success of Ahtna. He routinely works long hours and makes himself available all the time. All of the routine financial actions on ASTS’ and ALL’s projects are completed accurately and result in complete customer satisfaction. This year, Bruce supported several fast-paced and complex proposal bids, as well as changes in our customer financial and contractual departments. It was Bruce who steered our proposal teams and customers through these processes and showed tremendous patience, ingenuity, and the ability to achieve customer satisfaction in very challenging environments. Simultaneous to working on proposals, he completed all routine monthly financial requirements and worked diligently to develop his subordinates. On a team of all-stars, Bruce Kling stands out.
Jeremy Reams Program Manager - Florida Ahtna Logistics, LLC
Jeremy was instrumental in winning USMC ERS-S, IMTS Task Order, and the DOT contract, along with managing Ahtna Logistics’ MTCCS, CTC, and EC-130J contracts. His proactive leadership style has established and maintained strategic partnerships for future business opportunities and reinforced Ahtna as a valued team member within the Defense Industry. Jeremy can be counted on to build the team with active contributions and support to other program managers and corporate management to enhance our profitability, reputation, and strategic vision.
Keith Korbin Site Safety and Health Manager - California Ahtna Design-Build, Inc.
Keith has demonstrated outstanding execution of project, instituted site safety and health requirements, and has shown a strong work ethic over the past 18 months on our $60M USACE Rapid Response, L-594 levee repair project, under our Klutina River Contractors JV between ADB and CDM Smith. The scope of this work involved closure of three levee outlet breaches, located along an 18-mile levee system constructed along the Missouri River outside Thurman, Iowa. Keith and our field construction staff managed all civil construction activities for this project, including construction of ring levees at each of the breaches, building a set back levee, repairing erosion along critical sections of the levee system, reconstructing the levee crest, regrading, placing rip-rap, and removing sediment and debris on the levee slopes, crest and berms. This work was part of the USACE’s ongoing efforts to repair over 500 miles of levees damaged by the flooding of 2019. Keith and the field construction staff worked an exhaustive schedule of rotating 12 hour shifts for over 500 consecutive days, sometimes in harsh weather conditions. In his role as the Site Safety and Health Manager, Keith fully embraced the project and maintained consistent high safety standards that earned high praise from the USACE client. In addition, Keith earned the respect of the field crew and subcontractors, which translated to the success of the USACE stringent safety program and the project overall.
Jeff Menacho Environmental Scientist II - California Ahtna Government Services Corporation
Jeff has really gone above and beyond this year. In addition to a heavy field work load, he helps with document development and billing as needed. He made the SWPPP group’s long term goal happen (7+ years in the making) of finally moving our document storage system from the M Drive to a cloud based system Sharepoint. He spent lots of time moving files and working with IT to make this happen. He got the whole team set-up on the cloud version of GIS. And also a Navigator account, so inspecting and navigating long alignments is much easier. He has started developing SOPs for standard tasks and documents we develop. He’s taken a lot of initiative and persevered through the challenges that have come along the way.
Anthony Budhu Dredge Captain - Florida Ahtna Marine & Construction Company, LLC
Anthony Budhu is one of AMCC’s best dredge captains and overall biggest assets. Mr. Budhu is consistently involved in the estimating, organization, operations, and success of our dredge projects. He is extremely knowledgeable and reliable and always has the company’s best interest in mind. He works on all of AMCC’s larger and most difficult projects and can be counted on to execute the projects in the most safe and efficient manner. He recognizes the importance of completing operations within schedule and under budget. Mr. Budhu simply makes the hard, difficult projects look easy, and he is a key contributor to the continued success of AMCC.
Lawrence Moberg Facility Building Maintenance Manager - Alaska AKHI, LLC
Lawrence continues to perform his duties with a can-do attitude, accepting new and changing health, safety and security requirements and driving those down to the janitorial workforce. His dedication to performing his duties to a high standard has contributed to the safety of our building’s workforce. He accepts new challenges with a positive attitude that is appreciated by management.
Juliet Ramotar Proposal Manager - Florida Ahtna Facility Services, Inc.
Over the past year Juliet has taken the Lead for AFSI, APSI, AKHI, & AISL’s proposal management – specifically the technical and the overall package submittals. She has managed our proposal efforts with teaming partners and proposal consultants. She has come to be a valued member of all proposal processes without which we would have been unable to achieve the high pace of proposal submittals. Juliet has been a key part of some very large proposal efforts. Her team approach is a significant positive. Her proposal management has allowed us to ensure we are on time with quality submittals. This has created a library from which we can build future proposals. She played a key role in supporting senior leadership in the creation of our 2 – 3 year business development pipeline.
Theresa Morris Project Manager & Senior FOIA Specialist - Washington, DC Ahtna Professional Services, Inc.
Over the past year Theresa has excelled at delivering services to our USAID customer despite being understaffed. She has mentored her staff, participated in recruiting efforts and worked cases. Theresa led the team in closing 67 FOIA cases. This included nine of the oldest cases dating back to 2017. She personally closed 26 of the 67 cases. Theresa also worked through the first year of the contract understaffed. The contract calls for eight and she lead a team of three for most of the first year. She worked tirelessly to overcome roadblocks which could have had a negative impact to the client and government in meeting the office objectives. A lot of this work led to cases either being closed, advanced forward in the process or avoiding potential litigation of these cases. Theresa provides leadership and guidance to all team members, ensures that the qualities of deliverables are met, oversees training, and provides mentorship and guidance to all new and existing staff.
Wayne McDaniels Project Manager - Texas Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Company, LLC
Wayne started in August of 2019 and has been an important member of our team. Wayne has an extensive background in HSE and project management experience and brings that to each and every task he takes on. His work ethic is above and beyond our expectations. Wayne’s straight-forward and motivational personality has gained the respect of fellow team members and client representatives. Since Wayne has been with us, he has taken on a multitude of work assignments above and beyond what his original position required. He does this because of his drive to succeed on task and company success. When natural disasters have hit in several locations close to Wayne, he has jumped in and worked with local emergency response teams to assist. Wayne has strengthened Ahtna’s relationship with several contracting agencies in the Texas region by being consistent and always doing what he says. I know that the employees that Wayne works with are grateful to have him as part of the team.
Jeremy Blei Senior Program Manager - Alaska Ahtna Solutions, LLC
Jeremy is a valuable member of our team who not only accomplishes outstanding work in the environmental realm but also has pushed our business to the new geomatics service area. He has worked hard to expand our business in ASL and has spearheaded a mentor-protégé relationship with Merrick which has proved to be an outstanding relationship. This year the service line hit some new success with our first contract with Merrick completing work in the Ahtna region. Though there have been some contracting issues on the government side, Jeremy has stayed strong to fight through these challenges to further opportunities in the Ahtna region and to provide opportunities for local shareholders. We are excited for this new service line of geomatics and would like to thank Jeremy for all the hard work he has put in to make this challenging new endeavor successful.
Ashley Wilson Administrative Assistant Ahtna Professional Services, Inc.
Ashley was hired to become the Administrative Assistant for Northern Florida and Central Illinois United States Marshals Service (USMS) contracts. These encompass 10 separate sites in two states. Since that point, Ashley has become an integral part of the overall APSI Operational and Contract Administration Team. This year she has ensured that every deadline for the USMS annual qualifications and deliverables have been met. Her monthly CSO lost hours (due to COVID) work up has resulted in the company being able to quickly invoice for those hours. She coordinated the annual uniform sizing/order/issue on time which traditionally was a challenging task. She has been involved in the USMS and non USMS Learning Management System (LMS) creation. She is always prepared to contribute in any manner possible and does so in a timely manner. She is upbeat, positive and an absolute asset to the USMS contracts and the company. She is always available and never hesitates no matter what time or day it is.
Maggie Huffer Senior Proposal Group Manager - Washington Ahtna Global, LLC
Maggie started at Ahtna in December 2019, just as we were headed into the Pandemic. She dove into her duties of building and managing the Proposal Group without missing a beat. Maggie expertly managed her team and has successfully worked in partnership with every service line and AOR Director within our group of Companies (East Coast, Great Plains, SWE, PNW, AK Environmental, AK Professional Services, AK Construction, and Geospatial Services). Maggie improved several aspects of the proposal development and file storage processes that has helped make proposal preparation easier and more efficient. She led her team in supported tracking of more than 300 opportunities and the submission of over 100 proposal/bid responses. This includes managing and submitting numerous significant technical proposal responses and providing capture support for complex opportunities. Additionally, she managed and oversaw task order proposals, teaming partner data requests and proposal reviews where we were not in the prime position. Maggie effectively manages proposals herself while she mentors and develops her team. Maggie continually works to improve our proposal resources to give her team more time to focus on the details/specifics of the response, increasing the quality of our proposals and allowing the group to respond to more proposals and making it easier to submit quality winning responses even when they are last-minute requests. She is invaluable to our growth and success and has done all this while working mostly remote.
Megan Hand Project Administrator III - Alaska Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC
Megan Hand has demonstrated incredible reliability and continual willingness to work within and beyond her responsibilities to support all aspects of our business. Megan is the critical quality control link within our subsidiaries for delivering high-quality documents. Megan willingly responds to urgent requests from field staff to support ongoing projects, generally on tasks outside her area of responsibility. Megan made significant efforts to keep staff informed and functional during the COVID pandemic when normal information flow was interrupted with the majority of staff working remotely. Megan has significantly improved the overall quality of documents produced by Ahtna in 2021 through tireless efforts. Every project manager has relied on Megan to deliver documents to our clients that meet their requirements, particularly the USACE MED. Without her expertise and training of staff, we would struggle to adhere to these rigorous requirements. Megan is successful in deftly monitoring and encouraging staff to adhere to our internal quality control process without the authority to enforce the requirements. Megan continues to ensure that corporate expense reports from multiple environmental and construction projects and overhead expenses are properly completed. Megan usually has to complete these expense reports herself, even though that task has been assigned to others on multiple occasions.
Baley Lenhart Environmental Engineer Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC
Baley Lenhart joined Ahtna in May 2018 and quickly became an integral part of our team. Baley has supported numerous field efforts throughout their various phases. He has participated in field efforts for a variety of key clients in locations with some of the most inclement weather that Alaska can produce. Baley received training to perform GPS surveys in accordance with MED requirements in 2019 and rapidly became our “go-to” person for project surveying needs. Baley has quickly become one of our primary “Rock Star” Engineer/Scientists and is a mentor to many of our entry level and Jr. staff. This year Baley was more than willing to adapt to the new life of COVID restrictions/requirements and logged more field work hours than anyone within the environmental group. Baley started the field season in May at Camp Davis and worked continuously to date. Currently, Baley is on his fourth long-duration (over a month) project. Throughout the field season, Baley has maintained a positive, can do attitude; even with the project living conditions being less than ideal (all projects were remote and off the road system. Three of the four projects required the crew to live on a boat as there was no suitable location to set up a camp). Baley is still (today) working hard in the field, living on a boat (when the support vessel can reach the beach to transport the crew to the boat). Through all of the long days and months, Baley continues to receive accolades from his peers, the Ahtna Project Managers, and the client.
Chad Faverty Contracts Administrator Ahtna Environmental Inc.
Chad is an exceptional employee and a huge asset to our companies. Chad’s customer service skills are exemplary. He is one of the friendliest people I know and always a pleasure to talk to. His assistance and turnaround time for emergency requests in invaluable. Although the Contracts department is extremely busy at all times of the year, Chad is always willing to go an extra step and stay late if needed or jump in immediately and help. His work is always thorough and accurate.
James “JJ” Christy Project Manager - Alaska Ahtna Infrastructure & Technologies, LLC
JJ started with Ahtna in 2018 as an entry level engineer. Right from the start JJ proved to be a key part of the construction team, quickly picking up and understanding what it takes to complete projects through a professional lens, while almost exclusively working in the field. JJ is always positive and has a can-do attitude. Having been in the field on remote projects almost exclusively since he started, JJ has worked over 3000 hour years for each of the years he has been with Ahtna. As a result of his hard work and more importantly his dedication to Ahtna, he has gained a tremendous amount of respect from our clients, his peers, and the trades class work force from the Superintendents on down. In 2021 JJ has worked and managed many projects throughout remote Alaska, Califonia, and Hawaii, including Newtok Landfill Removal, Boron Infrastructure Repair, Arctic Circle Campground Construction, Hanalei Intake Repair and Hanalei Viewpoint Project. As a result of his hard work, JJ was promoted to Project Manager in 2021. As a Project Manager JJ will deliver $6,400,000 million dollars worth of profitable work in 2021 – a remarkable milestone for a first year PM. JJ is able to do this because he runs his projects as a Project Manager from the field, knowing first hand what is needed for his project team to be successful. The common theme at the end of JJ’s completed projects are quality projects and satisfied clients that pen exceptional reviews of the work delivered. JJ definitely rides for the Ahtna brand and represents us in an exceptional way across the board.
Daniel Ross Site Manager Ahtna Support & Training Services, LLC
Daniel Ross is an exemplary site manager and also serves as the Deputy PM for the Artillery and Chemical Training (ACT) contract AhtnaSTS has with the U.S. Army Program Executive Office Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI). Daniel Ross does more on the ACT contract than any of his predecessors as he directs all day-to-day operations at all seven field locations and prepares five of the monthly contract required reports. He makes himself available to all ACT employees seven days a week as the contract covers five different time zones. He is continuously praised by our Army customer for his knowledge, diligence and mission accomplishments. Under Daniel’s leadership, AhtnaSTS has a contractor performance factor of 100%, well above the 95% standard.
Erika Traen Environmental Scientist II Ahtna Government Services Corporation
Erika has been a huge asset to the Best Management Practices (BMP) Program and the Ahtna team. We are incredibly impressed with her work ethic, enthusiasm, positive attitude, commitment to the growth of the program, and camaraderie with Ahtna staff. She always comes to work on time and works long hours when necessary without a single complaint. Erika owns her work with passion and has developed solid working relationships with our staff, subcontractors and clients. She also works closely with her supervisor and the team to procure new clientele and identify angles to increase revenue. In addition, many comments of praise from our clients are (in part) a direct result of her efforts in coordination and subcontractor scheduling. We have absolute confidence in her, and can only hope to procure another employee of her caliber as the BMP Program continues to grow.
Sommer Carter Senior Program Manager - California Ahtna Environmental Inc.
Sommer Carter is an exceptional AEI employee and deserving to be the AEI 2021 Employee of the Year. As an exemplary SWE Senior Program Manager since 2017, Sommer has further stepped up in 2021 with all the challenges of COVID and successfully led a team in the field to not only complete a 35,000 CY hazardous waste dig and haul at Camp Parks but, during this time of great uncertainty, also spearheaded new COVID safety protocols, helping set the standard for other SWE field COVID operations. She successfully navigated our crews through other subcontractor COVID cases with no Ahtna employee exposures. Her efforts completed the TCRA remedial action at the Camp Parks Burn Pits site and the success story even made The Military Engineer (TME) USACE magazine. Sommer is also responsible this past year for leading the team working at the MOTCO Site 31 Former Fertilizer Plant, where she has worked tirelessly through significant site ARAR discussions on an exploratory dig and has brought the project in ahead of schedule with excellent client satisfaction leading to a client preference for Ahtna to perform the entire dig under a coming separate contract. And finally, Sommer has done all of this while maintaining a warm and approachable composure as a supervisor and leader of an engineering team providing engineering and construction assistance to other teams in the group. Her work at Ahtna this past year stands out and deserves the recognition of 2021 Employee of the Year.
Ivelisse Sabon Project Administrator, Manager, and Alternate Quality Control Systems Manager Ahtna Marine & Construction Company, LLC
Ivelisse Sabon has been an impressive Ahtna Marine & Construction Company employee. Her positive winning attitude and strong work ethic have infected other team members to strive to be their best. She is respected and admired by her team members, vendors, and owner representatives. In the fast-paced complex industry of marine construction and dredging, Ivelisse has managed to process and organize project submittals, transactions, cost tracking, field equipment, personnel and task planning for the 2020 AMCC year beyond expectation. Ivelisse has been a major part of the success of four major dredging projects being completed ahead of schedule and on budget. Dredging projects have consisted of 24/7 work schedules on projects ranging from Port Manatee shipping channel/berths, Marco Island Gordon’s inlet pass, Sims Main Channel, and Fort Myers Mantanzas Pass Inlet Dredging. In addition, Ivelisse is safety conscious and does many of the field safety meetings and equipment inspections personally. She has managed over 52,150 working crew hours with no safety incidents. She has been instrumental in assisting on all negotiations with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Jupiter Inlet District on over a half million dollars in extras and change order work. Ivelisse continues to go above and beyond her duties to ensure our Company goals are completed with quality and integrity.
Jamie Price Sr. Construction Manager Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Company, LLC
Jamie started with Ahtna in August of 2019 and has quickly become an integral member of our team. Her experience and work ethic are above and beyond our expectations. Jamie’s warm and accommodating personality has gained the respect of fellow team members and client representatives. In the short time she has been with us, she has taken on a multitude of work assignments that are above and beyond what her position requires. She does this because of her drive to succeed on tasks and to see the company be successful. When a hurricane hit southern Texas and Mississippi, she teamed up with a local supermarket and Home Depot to provide snacks and drinks for the first responders. This is just one example of many kind acts that she has performed. All of the employees she works with are grateful to have Jamie as part of our team.
Lindsay Ford Project Administrator II Ahtna Environmental Inc.
Lindsay Ford has been with Ahtna since December of 2017 and is an asset to our team. She is an integral part of the construction team, providing round-the-clock support for the group and always being willing to help. She often goes the extra mile needed for successful project operations. Her logistical and administrative support is second to none, especially during the difficultly associated with the pandemic mandates. She is always a pleasure to work with and provides critical support with employee training, transportation coordination, updating employee information, timecard collections, department communication and scheduling. She is the go-to person for the construction group and we are lucky to have her as part of our team.
Maria Torres Cook II Crew Leader Ahtna Support & Training Services, LLC
Maria G. Torres began her employment with Ahtna as a Food Service worker in June 2012. Through her food service experience and hard work, Maria was promoted to Cook I, then Cook II and to her present position of Cook II Crew Leader. The Port Isabel Detention Center began experiencing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in March 2020. Maria’s success in staying COVID free was due to habitually practicing all the safety precautions, as well as ensuring all food service staff and detainee workers did the same while in the work place. During this time, Maria worked many of her days off, various shifts and 12-hour days. Maria took the initiative to stage all the meals for the following days to ensure food preparation efficiency while working with very few staff. Through her hard work and dedication, Maria was instrumental in making sure the breakfast, lunch and dinner meals were completed, delivered and served in a timely manner. Between March 2020 and October 2020, over 315,460 quality meals were served to detainees and staff with not one complaint. During the COVID-19 crisis, Maria used unselfish personal initiative as well as commitment and leadership to the food service mission to make sure AhtnaSTS maintained compliance of the food service standards and requirements. AhtnaSTS is proud to have Maria Torres as a high caliber team member contributing to the success of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contract.
Morgan Bruno Program Manager Ahtna Engineering Services, LLC
Morgan has stepped up and gone above and beyond this past year. She agreed to be the deputy project manager for a $2 million US Air Force project consisting of three separate sites. She also agreed to be the main point of contact (and project lead) for the most difficult of the three sites and has excelled, with little to no guidance, at successfully executing the project. Morgan worked diligently behind the scenes to set her team up for successful execution of the projects. She is an excellent mentor to junior staff. Morgan takes the time to educate herself on Ahtna’s standard operating procedures and expects our field staff to do the same. She holds others accountable when mistakes are made and provides praise when things are done well. Morgan is very respected by the field crew. She has taken it upon herself to research new guidance that has been issued and update our standard operating procedures. This has made us a leader in the industry as far as our sampling techniques are concerned. Above all else, Morgan has an excellent work ethic. She knows what it takes to get a job done and to get it done correctly. She holds quality high on her list of priorities. She is extremely accountable and often provides a better product than was anticipated. Lastly, with all of her free time, Morgan is on the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Anchorage post Board of Directors and has been nominated for SAME Engineer of the Year.
Natasha Randolph Procurement/Project Assistant II Ahtna Facility Services, Inc.
Natasha has been a valued member of the AFSI Elk Hills remediation team since June of 2018. This past year she especially excelled in managing subcontractor work orders and vendor purchase orders for nearly $16 million of remediation work. Additionally, she has provided valuable assistance to several major proposal submittals by the Environmental Division this year. She assisted the proposal team in soliciting subcontractor and vendor quotes, populating highly complex excel spreadsheets, and compiling proposal documents. Natasha works closely with each employee, with other Ahtna team members, and our JV partner, and in all interactions is extremely positive. She was willing to take on whatever she could to help complete the data calls.
Tamera Ginn Field HSE Specialist Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Company, LLC
Tamera spent the 2019 and 2020 project seasons as a Field Health, Safety & Environment Specialist, working 7/12s, two weeks on/off, gaining boots on the ground experience and applying her knowledge and talent in supporting ACPPC’s project work along the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Tamera has earned the respect and trust of the ACPPC crews, fellow Field HSE Specialist, and ACPPC management. She is also highly regarded by the client, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. During the off season of 2019, Tamera worked an urban schedule in the Corporate office supporting the Corporate Safety, Health, Environment Program (SHEP). She learned about and assisted with program development, safety plan creation, training management system data entry, and development and leading of training programs, all while studying for Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) certifications. Tamera is currently re-entering the urban position for the remainder of 2020 through the beginning of the 2021 project season. While working for another Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), Tamera sought out the opportunity to come to work for her Corporation, and ACPPC, AN and AI are truly thankful she did. Tamera is a committed, talented, energetic shareholder whose potential is unlimited.
Tim Martin Quality Control Systems Manager Ahtna Design-Build, Inc.
Tim has demonstrated outstanding execution of quality control and has shown a strong work ethic over the past year on a $60 million US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Rapid Response, L-594 levee repair project, under our Klutina River Contractors JV. The scope of this work involves closure of three levee outlet breaches, located along an 18-mile levee system constructed along the Missouri River in Iowa. Tim and our field staff have managed all civil construction activities for this project including construction of ring levees at each of the breaches, repairing erosion along critical sections of the levee system, reconstruction of the levee crest, regrading, riprap placement, and sediment and debris removal on the levee slopes, crest and berms. This work is part of the USACE’s ongoing efforts to repair over 500 miles of levees damaged by the flooding of 2019. Tim and the field staff have worked a schedule of rotating 12-hour shifts for 12 consecutive months, sometimes in harsh weather conditions. In his role as the Quality Control Systems Manager, Tim has fully embraced the project and has maintained consistent high-quality work that has earned high praise from the USACE client. In addition, Tim has earned the respect of the field crew, which has translated to the success of the quality program and the project overall.
Todd Wiley Supply Technician Ahtna Logistics, LLC
Todd stepped into the role of Supply Technician for the EC-130 Warehouse Support contract on December 30, 2019. Since that time he has created 61 purchase orders with a dollar value of over $5 million. Todd coordinated and executed several special requests for vital components for the aircraft which required negotiations with the vendors or industry partner on very short turn around times. Todd participates in the weekly sustainment calls with the customer. He has been recognized for the valuable information he provides, with one Government Representative providing an unsolicited comment, “Todd has gotten up to speed very quickly (the transition has been seamless) and is very proactive. Our team appreciates his nudges when we forget something, his organization skills/coordination abilities, and his professional demeanor. I just wanted to let you know that from our perspective he’s rocking it and it has not gone unnoticed!” Todd maintains constant communications with all vendors and industry partners to provide up-to-the-minute updates to the customer on the performance and schedule. Todd coordinated with the vendors and the Government to satisfy contractual requirements of system testing and technical interchange meetings when on-site testing and face-to-face meetings were not practical due to COVID-19 protocols. By doing this, Todd minimized delays and impact on all projects and continued receiving components to ensure operations went uninterrupted.
Trenton Culp Wildlife Biologist Ahtna, Inc.
Trenton has taken the initiative to establish Western and traditional science measures to manage wildlife on Ahtna lands through population assesments of wolves, bears and moose. These programs will ensure responsible policies are in place for future generations. Trenton has collaborated with various State, Federal and Tribal management personnel including Alaska Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Ahtna Intertribal Resources Commission.
Alaina Lukin Project Accountant Ahtna, Inc.
Alaina is instrumental to the monthly close process and is committed to its success. Alaina produces a high volume of journal entries, invoices, project set ups, inter-company reconciliations, and revenue recognition with a high level of accuracy ensuring the reliability of our financial reporting. She was an integral part of updating project setup and EAC processes, identifying efficiencies in the workflow that reduced workload for the subsidiaries. Alaina supports the audit process each year, preparing a large majority of audit requests. She always goes above and beyond her job duties, assisting management roles, her teammates, and the subsidiaries. Alaina is continuously growing and taking on new things with the aptitude to streamline processes for delegated tasks to ensure efficiency. Alaina is always willing to assist her co-workers as well as her subsidiary partners. Alaina is a go-to person in the department with a “get it done” attitude. She is heavily relied on in her role.
Ashley Wilson Administrative Assistance for the US Marshall Contracts Ahtna Professional Services, Inc.
Ashley was hired to become the Administrative Assistant for Northern Florida and Central Illinois. She came on board with so much knowledge and learned our needs very quickly. Her job description has grown in so many ways since her hire. She keeps a calendar like no other I’ve ever seen. She is always reminding what is needed or what is going to be due soon. She does anything asked of her and does it in a timely manner. She is upbeat, positive and an absolute asset to this contract. She is always available and never hesitates no matter what time or day it is. I feel that she is truly deserving of such an honor.
Christa Arthur Staff Scientist II Ahtna Facility Services, Inc.
Christa has been a valued member of the AFSI Elk Hills remediation team since February of 2015. This past year she has excelled as Task Manager implementing site investigations and development of remedial action plans for 494 drill pad sites at the former Elk Hills oil field near Bakersfield, California. She has demonstrated professional growth in communication, supervision, and technical abilities. She always has a positive attitude and willingly takes on new responsibilities and challenges.
Alvin Lal Environmental Scientist Ahtna Government Services Corporation
Alvin has been doing an excellent job for Ahtna Government Services Corp and he has become a great asset to AGSC’s SWPPP and Best Management Practices (BMP) contract teams. He is very detail oriented and organized and he has learned the nuances of our SWPPP and BMP programs very quickly. He is now able to manage several task orders independently, and he routinely supports our BMP program subcontractors at multiple locations on a regular basis. He has proven himself as a key member of this team and continues to perform above and beyond the call of duty. He has also been our field lead for spoils site maintenance recently and works well with and supports others to get jobs done. Everyone enjoys working with Alvin very much, as he always has a positive attitude and is very dependable. Alvin’s work ethic, camaraderie and professionalism has been exceptional, and he deserves to be recognized.
Janet Johns Project Assistant, Office Manager Ahtna Design-Build, Inc.
Janet has demonstrated behaviors that are deserving of the Employee of the Year nomination including: demonstrates excellent leadership skills by developing working relationships with all Ahtna employees across multiple subsidiaries which has earned her respect and appreciation from co-workers. In addition, Janet assumed additional work assignments this year, including Procurement Specialist duties for ADB and AGSC. She completes her work assignments efficiently and on time, regardless of her workload. She maintains a positive, service-oriented attitude at all times. She provides innovative ideas to improve the efficiency and quality of work, as demonstrated by developing and maintaining a procurement tracking log for all requisitions and purchase orders. Janet consistently treats all co-workers, clients and subcontractors with respect and professionalism.
Diana Estrada FBU Office Manager Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Company, LLC
Diana has proved time and time again that she is up to the challenge. She came to work at ACPPC in June of 2007 as an Administrative Assistant. In this role she was reliably focused on her duties and always asking other if she could help. She immediately created an office environment that was welcoming and professional that did not go unnoticed. In addition to a tireless work ethic she is one of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Her eagerness to learn new things and willingness to take on additional duties led to advancement with the company. In August of 2018, she was promoted to Office Manager of ACPPC’s Fairbanks Office. Ultimately responsible for all cost reporting, facility operations, accurate contract administration and invoicing. Diana handles all issues in a timely manner and reconciles issues as soon as they arise. Her attention to detail has led to process efficiencies which hand in hand create a tremendous improvement in ACPPC’s cash flow. The way she connects and engages with employees, coworkers and clients really makes her stand out. An Alyeska Business Analyst recently commented, “Diana is responsible for providing the consistent and timely distribution of information that is critical to Maintenance, Major Projects and Business Planning at Alyeska. Diana has been a driving force at Alyeska by taking the initiative to gain understanding of the rapidly evolving needs of the organization in turn providing continuous improvement on reporting. We currently have an ongoing project to streamline the cost reporting process and forecast philosophy, which she has gone above and beyond by following through and has shown great interest in helping us plan for the future. Diana is truly an asset to the organization.”
Kjersti Parker Sr. Executive Office Manager Ahtna Environmental Inc.
Kjersti is an invaluable member of our staff supporting the operations of five subsidiary companies. She is intimately familiar with the policies, procedures, and other inner workings of Ahtna and is routinely approached by staff members for mentoring on how to get things done at Ahtna. She provides direct supervision to administrative and maintenance personnel. As well as the day-to-day support, Kjersti is our primary point of contact for compliance with the 8(a) programs. She knows the 8(a) rules, prepares 8(a) applications for new companies, and writes mentor protégé agreements. She is responsible for all quarterly and annual reporting for our 8(a) companies. Kjersti is frequently juggling multiple tasks at once in order to satisfy the competing priorities of the executives in her group. She has the experience and know-how to keep our busy group on track as we continue to grow our organization to match the workload. Kjersti is levelheaded, even in the most chaotic and urgent of circumstances and is always willing to go the extra mile for the Ahtna Team. And she does it all with the grace and good humor of a seasoned pro.
Rachel Kerr Sr. Program Manager Ahtna Environmental Inc.
Rachel Kerr joined the Ahtna family in April of 2008. She has proven to be a very strong and capable team player in her time here and grown from an entry-level scientist to a Senior Program Manager, successfully managing the Sharpe Army Depot project. Additionally, Rachel’s exceptional technical and leadership skills have greatly influenced USACE and AEC to push their organizations to sole source award a follow on Sharpe contract (4 year, $14M). Rachel is not just a manager, she is a leader. She is committed to mentoring and developing those working with her and has built an incredibly strong team. Her team admires and respects her. We appreciate her and are lucky to have her on the Ahtna team.
Alan Christman Sr. Site Superintendent Ahtna Global, LLC
Alan Christman has worked for the Ahtna family of companies since 2007. In that time, Alan has consistently moved up the ranks as a result of his outstanding work ethic, leadership, innovative approach to difficult projects, his dedication to safety and his concern for the welfare of the people that he works with. Alan isn’t a Superintendent, Mentor, Heavy Equipment Operator or Master Carpenter – he is all these things and works across all of our business lines from environmental to vertical construction in a supervisory capacity. Most importantly, and often overlooked, Alan needs to be recognized for his personal sacrifice on behalf of Ahtna. In both 2018 and 2019 Alan put in over 3000 hours each year in some of the most remote places while working in the most extreme weather conditions that can be experienced, all while being away from his home and family. Alan is always the first to the project and the last to leave regularly working 14-hour days. In spite of all of these challenges that can effect someone physically and mentally in the field, Alan’s head is 100% in the game all the time and he consistently produces safe and quality work to the highest level of client satisfaction. Alan was responsible for many projects in 2019 – one of which was the Pt. Adams Research Station Roofing Project. As a result of Alan’s direct involvement and finished product, Ahtna received many accolades from the top management at NOAA who was our client on this project and who is a signature client of our Ahtna companies as a whole.
Adam Pennartz Supply Technician Ahtna Logistics, LLC
Since Ahtna Logistics began Contract Operations on the EC-130J Warehouse Support contract in August 2018, Adam has been instrumental in providing a smooth transition and excellent service to the customer. Upon contract startup he established over 40 vendors with Accounts Payable and helped develop procurement forms and processes to ensure Ahtna Logistics stayed in compliance with Federal Regulations. In 2019, he has created 139 individual purchase orders with a dollar value of $3,779,541. His persistence and attention to detail were critical in locating new vendors for several mission critical components because the original vendor was no longer in business or the parts were no longer available due to technology advancements. These new vendors had to be vetted to ensure that they were capable of providing the equipment with the same form, fit and function of that which it was replacing. Adam maintains constant communication with all of the vendors and industry partners to provide up-to-the-minute updates on the schedule to the customer.
Norma Arellano Officer Ahtna Support & Training Services, LLC
Mrs. Arrellano’s work ethic is without a doubt exceptional. Officer Arellano has worked at PIDC since August 29, 2011, and during her tenure at PIDC her record includes punctual attendance and her active participation in improving the Operation and Administrative aspects of the job. Officer Arellano has voluntarily created spreadsheets that benefit the staff that works in the PIDC Processing Center that assists in tracking detainee movement to and from PIDC. Officer Arellano has a very positive attitude, and energy among others has shown that she has far exceeded expectations.
Those that have worked closely with Officer Arellano, including her supervisors, agree that she is a committed and highly-productive employee. Officer Arellano is an asset to the Ahtna family and a model of what a hardworking Officer should be.
Officer Arellano is also considered a subject matter expert for Process / Staging and frequently called upon to provide Field Training for new hires or staff that have recently changed shifts or have never been posted in that specific area. Officer Norma Arellano is the type of Officer that has experienced all posts and is extremely knowledgeable of all areas. To her credit, Officer Arellano’s knowledge of all areas within PIDC is possible due to her initiative, attention to detail, active listening when Supervisors or Management give instructions and the no-fear mentality on taking on new responsibilities or challenges.
Angela Parker Electronic Maintenance Technician I Ahtna Support & Training Services, LLC
Angela Parker is a dedicated employee who strives to greater heights in performance of her job. She always goes the extra mile to ensure tasks are completed on time and with the highest quality. In addition to her Electronics Technician duties she also runs the logistical operations for the ACT contract. Those duties include shipping, receiving, inventory, and travel, all of which she does in an exemplary manner. She is the epitome of professionalism and should be recognized as such. She has been recognized by the government for her work ethic, attention to detail, and overall performance.
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