On The Move

Posted: Tuesday, November 27, 2001

Johnson fills Forest Service post: The Alaska Region of the U.S. Forest Service recently hired Linda Rae Johnson as its director of acquisition management. Johnson will begin in mid-December, filling a position left open by the December 2000 death of Steve Zeckser.

Johnson comes to the Forest Service from a contract specialist position with the Department of Energy in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Prior to that, the Utah native held contracting positions with the U.S. Air Force in Albuquerque and Alamogordo, N.M., and Ogden, Utah.

Johnson and her husband, Keith, also a contracting specialist, will make their home in Juneau.

Former fire marshal goes to UAS: Kenneth Lea has been hired as the health and safety officer for the University of Alaska Southeast.

His mission is to make UAS a healthier, safe environment," said UAS Facilities Services Director Keith Gerken. "He will do that by identifying potential problems, working with staff and providing education."

Lea, 54, was born in Ketchikan and raised there and in Juneau. He previously served for nearly five years as the regional state fire marshal for Southeast Alaska. "It's going to be exciting and very interesting," he said Friday of his new position. "I think it's going to be a tremendously fun job - and a challenge."

Education center adds clerk: A temporary job as administrative clerk with the Professional Education Center at the University of Alaska Southeast recently turned into a permanent hire for Cheryl Lewis. The center is a part of UAS that helps public school teachers in getting advanced training, said UAS spokesman Scott Foster.

Lewis moved to Juneau on Aug. 13, seeking a state job after working for the state for 11 years in Anchorage. Lewis is originally a New Yorker. "The job has proved to be a challenge and that's what I wanted," Lewis said Monday.

Thomas joins Anchorage office: Cindy L. Thomas, a shareholder in the Sealaska Corp., has joined the firm of Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP as an associate in the Anchorage office.

Thomas brings a background in engineering to her law practice at LBB, where she focuses on federal Indian, Alaska Native, municipal, environmental and natural resources law and policy. Before joining the firm, she was a National Association of Public Interest Law Fellow for the Rural Alaska Community Action Program and Alaska Legal Services Corp. She also served as a law clerk with the Native American Rights Fund, and she was an environmental engineer for the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

She received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1989. In 1999, she graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law with a certificate in Indian law and the school's Outstanding Academic Achievement award. She is a member of the Alaska Bar Association.

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