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Promotions and Transfers for Alaska Railroad Corporation’s New Century

Jul 26, 2023 | Right Moves, Transportation

Ahead of this summer’s centennial of the Alaska Railroad, the state-owned corporation promoted and transferred several key employees, including a successor for the long-time Vice President of Real Estate.

Christy Terry, Director of External Affairs

Alaska Railroad

Christy Terry, the director of external affairs for the Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC), takes over for Jim Kubitz, who retired in June after more than twenty-five years of lands management. As Vice President of Real Estate, Terry oversees the land services, facilities, and real estate departments. The corporation’s real estate portfolio contributed 14 percent of its 2022 operating revenues.

Terry started working for the railroad thirteen years ago as the assistant port manager in Seward. She was promoted to port manager, and last year she became director of external affairs. At the time, she was finishing a three-year term as mayor of Seward, after two terms on the city council. The Seward Chamber of Commerce named Terry its Business Person of the Year for 2021.

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“This last year, being director of external affairs provided the opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience on all aspects of Alaska Railroad operations and corporate strategic goals and initiatives,” Terry says. “I look forward to utilizing my professional skills coupled with ARRC’s real estate resources to maximize economic opportunities and partnerships for the Alaska Railroad and our stakeholders.”

Dwayne Atwood, Seward Port Manager

Alaska Railroad

As ARRC was wrapping up its first century of operations last fall, Dwayne Atwood succeeded Terry as Seward Port Manager. Atwood was previously serving as assistant port manager. He has been with ARRC since 2017.

Christina Isabelle-Glover, Director of Grants

Alaska Railroad

Also last October, Christina Isabelle-Glover was promoted from project analyst manager to Director of Grants. Isabelle-Glover brings more than ten years of railroad experience to the role, with extensive knowledge of grants administration.

Amy Kinnaman, Controller

Alaska Railroad

In February 2023, Amy Kinnaman was promoted from assistant controller to Controller, just under ARRC’s chief financial officer. Kinnaman is responsible for the oversight of accounting operations. She brings a strong background in financial and grant reporting to the role.

David Greenhalgh, Director of Freight Sales and Marketing

Alaska Railroad

David Greenhalgh transitioned from director of strategic marketing initiatives and guest services to Director of Freight Sales and Marketing in March. He brings more than twenty-three years of railroad experience to the position.

Tucker Remley, Director of Guest Services

Alaska Railroad

In April, Tucker Remley was promoted from manager to Director of Guest Services, filling the role previously held by Greenhalgh. Remley demonstrates strong leadership in guest operations, continuing ARRC’s legacy of outstanding customer service.

Rusty Pochatko, Director of Car and Trailer-on-Flatcar

Alaska Railroad

April also saw Rusty Pochatko become Director of Car and Trailer-on-Flatcar (TOFC), making him the point of contact for car shops and TOFC operations in both Anchorage and Fairbanks. Pochatko is an 8-year veteran of ARRC’s mechanical division.

Bryan Cothren, Director of Locomotive Maintenance Operations

Alaska Railroad

Bryan Cothren was promoted that same month to Director of Locomotive Maintenance Operations. He brings extensive mechanical experience to his new role.

Cat Clarke, Corporate Communications Officer

Alaska Railroad

In June, ARRC welcomed Cat Clarke to the role of Corporate Communications Officer upon the retirement of Stephanie Wheeler from the position. A former resident of Nome, Clarke brings experience in community relations and regulation development.

Shane Maloney, Facilities Director

Alaska Railroad

And on July 1, two weeks before the 100th anniversary of the completion of the railroad, Shane Maloney became ARRC’s newest Facilities Director, departing his former position of as manager of real estate. Maloney holds an MBA degree and is one of only forty-four Alaskans to hold a Certified Energy Manager credential from the Association of Energy Engineers. He joined ARRC in 2011.

Reflecting over the past several months of employee retirements, transfers, and promotions, ARRC President and CEO Bill O’Leary says, “As part of the railroad’s corporate goal to develop and grow leadership from within its ranks, the promotions and organizational advancements highlights the depth of skills held by the talented employees of ARRC. Teamwork and mentorship are foundational as we drive results for our customers and this state. We look forward to continuing to serve our customers with the exemplary level of service they are accustomed.”

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