On the Move

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2001

Sears celebrates grand opening: Juneau resident Bill Gissel recently celebrated the grand opening of his Sears retail outlet at the Mendenhall Center.

Though the store opened its doors in August, the official grand opening ceremony took place Sept. 22.

The Mendenhall Center Sears store is a part of the Sears, Roebuck and Co. Dealer Store Program, which means Gissel is authorized to sell Sears brand appliances and merchandise as well as many other name brands. Further, he is authorized to offer repair service on all brands of appliances and consumer electronics, according to a press release from the store.


Olsen earns CPA status: Julie Olsen, of Elgee, Rehfeld, Funk CPAs recently earned her CPA license.

The 1999 UAS graduate has been with the firm for three years.

Her background includes a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting.

Olsen is also a treasurer at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and a volunteer "wish granter" with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

DeSmet welcomes guitar guru: DeSmet Music Studio recently added Greg Burger to its roster.

Burger, a musician from North Carolina, will teach full-time with local music instructor Mary DeSmet. His areas of emphasis include Celtic and bluegrass fiddle as well as finger-style blues, ragtime and bluegrass guitar. He will also offer mandolin and banjo lessons.

Burger came to DeSmet from Joplin and Sweeney Music Studio, of which he was co-owner, and Los Gatos Guitar Gallery. He has an undergraduate degree from San Jose State and has a California state teaching credential for guitar and violin.

He has taught music and performed in San Francisco Bay area bands for over 20 years.


AAPP gets new exec: The All Alaska Pediatric Partnership recently hired a new executive director.

Mary Grisco was hired to fill the position and brings with her more than 20 years of nonprofit administration experience. Her background includes community organizing, fund-raising and legislative consulting to AAPP.

The AAPP is a pediatric health coalition striving to improve the health of Alaska's children through collaborative programs, according to a press release.

Local law firm welcomes two: Attorney Kevin J. Sullivan has joined the ranks at Baxter, Bruce & Sullivan P.C. as a named shareholder with the firm. Sullivan's field will be in estate planning and business transactions.

The firm formerly known as Baxter, Bruce & Brand specializes in real estate, finance, personal injury and general practice law.

The firm also gained another associate, Z. Kent Sullivan, recently. Kent Sullivan was with the firm of Sullivan, Tabaracci & Rhoades P.C. of Missoula, Mont. He will handle civil litigation, real estate and property issues, creditor collections, contracts and personal injury cases. He also is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Alaska and Montana.

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