Rising to the ‘Top’ of their professions


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Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series highlighting our local “Top Forty Under 40” winners. The Chugiak-Eagle River community racked up six Alaska Journal of Commerce “Top Forty Under 40” selections this year. In addition to Chugiak’s Colin Fay and Eagle River’s John Sims, four more of Eagle River’s finest were honored.

 

Here’s a look at Jason Dolph, Jake Gerondale, April Kyle and Ann Schaack Humphery:

 

Jason Dolph:

Cpt. Jason Dolph has been working with the Anchorage Fire Department the past nine years. Dolph, 39, was born and raised in Kodiak where his father served as fire chief.

“I was raised by firefighters,” he said.

Along with his employment in public service, Dolph has worked with the Boy Scouts, the Every 15 Minutes campaign and has helped raise funds for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and St. Baldrick’s Foundation — a child cancer charity.

After his mother died following a seven-year battle with breast cancer, Dolph initiated an AFD fundraiser.

“I hope to inspire people to at least go get checked,” he said.

Being selected to the Top 40 was a big surprise, Dolph said.

“I was pretty flattered and honored when I was even nominated,” he said.

 

April Kyle:

April Kyle, 35, has worked at the Southcentral Foundation — an Alaska Native healthcare nonprofit — for the past decade. A 1996 Chugiak High graduate, Kyle is now the organization’s human resources director.

An Alaska Native, Kyle said she loves working for the same organization where she received care growing up.

“The way that we go about creating a healthcare system that supports relationships and families is important to me,” she said.

Southcentral Foundation also focuses on the community’s future health, Kyle said.

“We’re supporting wellness in the Native community for generations to come,” she said. “What I do is important for my family, and for my family down the road.”

Being named to the Journal’s annual Top 40 list was unexpected, Kyle said.

“I was completely surprised,” she said.

 

Ann Schaack Humphery:

Ann Schaack Humphery, 39, is the director of business development at North Star Behavioral Health — which specializes in caring for youths.

“I always wanted to work with mental health and youth,” Schaack said.

While her job is fulfilling, the team effort at North Star is what has kept Schaack there for 10 years.

“I work with a group of really committed folks,” she said.

Schaack is also a representative for The Jason Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to youth suicide prevention. The first and only Alaska office opened in September 2011 at the North Star building in Anchorage.

Working on the prevention side of health has been rewarding, Schaack said.

“I really enjoy that,” she said.

Schaack also sits on the board of directors of the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership — a coalition that works to improve healthcare for the state’s children and their families.

Schaack said she was delighted to be named to the Top 40 list.

“I was really pleased and excited,” she said. “It’s a big honor to be selected.”

 

Jake Gerondale:

Jake Gerondale works as a survey division manager for design firm USKH in Anchorage.

 

Note: The Alaska Journal of Commerce and Chugiak-Eagle River Star are both owned by Morris Communications.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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