Being the recipient of multiple awards from Best Of Alaska Business, Anchorage Commerce and Alaska Journal during the last year, 2022 was a banner year for Chugach Alaska Corporation (Chugach). These awards were made possible by our employees, with many of them earned by the votes of those who work for Chugach. We’re proud to return the favor and announce the recipients of the Pek’Stangiyaq Awards, which are nominated by our employees and decided by the executive team to recognize workplace excellence and distinguish four individuals who went above and beyond at Chugach and our subsidiaries in 2022:

Chugach Alaska Corporation: Lindsy Townsend, Assistant to the Chairman: Lindsy is the glue that holds not just the Community Value Centers together, but all of Chugach. Lindsy supports the Chairman and the Board masterfully with a constant smile and infectious laugh. In 2022, Lindsy led a team of executives, employees, lawyers, and consultants to implement two important changes to the Shareholder Annual Meeting – candidate background checks and electronic proxy voting. Lindsy also builds community through her involvement on the Chugach Employee Engagement Team (CEET), where she contributes at meetings, is a key conduit to the Chairman and Executives, and attends events to provide support. Lindsy brings a level of energy that encompasses the intensity needed to meet the never-ending challenges that she is faced with in her role supporting the Chairman.

Chugach Government Solutions (CGS), Project Site: Paul “Nelson” Scott, NAS Fallon
As a Maintenance Planner at NAS Fallon, Nelson has been a key driver in enhancements to CEMS. This year, Nelson provided on-site support and project management for the delivery of the first Mobile Maximo platform for CGS. Nelson was a stakeholder in the vendor selection process, providing operational insight through the scoping phase, and managed onsite user acceptance testing. This project will bring mobile technology to other sites, enhance customer offerings, streamline workflow and create an elevated employee experience. Further, Nelson provided project management support in the implementation of CGS’s first Robotics Process Automation (RPA) project. His peers shared of him, “Nelson builds community – he is a team player who incorporates input and ideas. He always seeks to improve communications and product development with an enterprise vision.

CGS, G&A, Jesse Aitchison-Ostrowski
Jesse is the Talent Acquisition Manager for CGS’s Corporate HR. Jesse is an incredible team player, making it her mission to keep team morale high. Jesse does an amazing job of keeping the Chugach culture front and center with her main goal being to help everyone feel included. Jesse knows our culture and values and it shows in everything that she does. Jesse gives her team autonomy in their positions as well as provides many opportunities for growth and learning. Since Jesse got the recruitment team up and running, the number of applications received per month increased 100%. The recruitment team has received many thanks under Jesse’s direction. One of her employees shared, “She is the first to admit fault and never asks for praise, but I truly think she deserves it because she works so tirelessly for us!”


Chugach Commercial Holdings (CCH): Dee Pletnikoff, Office Manager
Dee Pletnikoff joined the CCH team from the Chugach corporate team earlier this year as the Office Manager and has quickly been dubbed the “Mayor of CCH.” If there’s a need, she’s the first to see it and start working toward any resolution needed. It is her nature to go the extra mile from coordinating all CCH volunteer opportunities, participating in the Chugach Employee Engagement Team (CEET), or organizing customer events ensuring we’re always putting our best foot forward. In short, Dee has quickly become an absolutely integral member of the team – hands down, CCH’s employee of the year!

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