Breakout Session Speakers

Terry Allard
As a Senior Benefits Advisor, Terry has extensive knowledge of employee benefits. In fact, she has been with The Wilson Agency since 1997 and has been working in the employee benefits industry since 1985. Her clients benefit a great deal from her breadth and depth of experience. Terry specializes in groups over 50, executive compensation strategies, and disability plans for highly compensated individuals. Terry holds a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits and a Group Benefits Disability Specialist Certification from The National Underwriter Company. She has completed the PPACA certification course and the CDHC certification courses through the National Association of Health Underwriter and is a charter member of the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters. Prior to working at The Wilson Agency, Terry worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska.  During those 11 years, Terry gained a thorough understanding of sales, administration, and underwriting of fully insured health plans. Terry has called Alaska home since 1983.  She has served on many community committees.


Brooklyn Baggett
Brooklyn leads Spawn's digital department, overseeing strategy and planning for all digital projects. She joined Spawn with experience working in communications, marketing, PR, and event production. She’s a “recovering attorney” who also ran a boutique agency managing concerts, festivals and large-scale events. Completely in character, Brooklyn drove to Alaska from Oregon in a retrofitted yellow school bus with nine friends and a dog. When not being a digital rockstar, she serves as board president of a co-working space dedicated to promoting the arts in Anchorage. She likes good beer, strong coffee and Mashable. Oh, and puppies.  Brand Experience: Alaska Airlines Center, GCI, Midas, Ocean Beauty, Alaska Community Foundation and University of Alaska. Education: B.S. University of California, Berkeley; J.D. Lewis & Clark Law School Bravest Moment: Founding Anchorage Community Works


Codie Costello
Codie serves as Account and New Business Supervisor for Spawn. You’ve gotta love Codie. (Everybody does.) She has 20 years’ experience in business management and marketing, the sensibilities of an artist and the heart of natural parent. She’s championed strategies that solve client challenges for The Salmon Project, Alyeska Pipeline, Alaska Railroad and Rasmuson Foundation. She’s a gifted presenter and client partner. Before joining Spawn, Codie held leadership positions for performing arts nonprofits in California, New York and Alaska. Outside Agency walls, she is a thespian, cyclist, freewheeling mom and Girl Scout volunteer.  Brand Experience: Alaska Railroad, Alyeska Pipeline Services Company, The Salmon Project, United Way, Pick. Click.Give  Education: B.A. Theatre Arts, San Jose State University; M.F.A. Directing, The Actors Studio at New School University Bravest Moment: Moving to extreme places like New York City (sight unseen) for graduate school


Lincoln Garrick
Lincoln is the President of Solstice Advertising. Lincoln is the kind of company leader who’s the first one in and the last one out. He also comes up with creative ideas and strategy that leave you saying, “Now why didn’t I think of that?” With his years of experience in advertising for a vast array of businesses and organizations, Lincoln knows how to help any client achieve their communication goals under any kind of timeline and budget. He is always able to get to the heart of what a client is trying to convey to their audience and supports the Solstice Advertising team in turning solid ideas into tangible results.


Rick Harwell
As HR Director at Doyon Universal Services, an oil field service company of 1,200 employees, Rick is responsible for all HR functions including recruiting, onboarding, orientation, and managing the company’s HR database. Before joining Doyon, Rick was the Learning and Development Manager for the Doyon Family of Companies based in Fairbanks. Rick has served as a Tennessee State Park Ranger, Parks and Recreation Director in Unalaska and Assistant City Manager in Whittier. He spent more than 20 years teaching for the U.S. Navy and Army. Rick earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from Memphis State University and completed post graduate studies at the University of Utah and Duke University.


Scott Hawkins
Scott Hawkins is President and co-founder of Advanced Supply Chain International (ASCI) and Asset Management Services, where he has worked for the past 15 years providing supply chain management services to the oil and gas and mining industries. Hawkins is also chairman and founder of, a nonprofit organization dedicated to grass roots engagement and public sector accountability on issues relating to economic prosperity. Prosperity Alaska is affiliated with the national Prosperity Project (P2), a program of BIPAC, the nation’s longest-standing business advocacy organization, based in Washington, D.C. Hawkins serves as Board Vice President (Western Region), of BIPAC. Prior to co-founding ASCI, he operated his own business, ERDC, a management-and-economics consulting firm based in Anchorage. Mr. Hawkins is also co-founder and managing director of HAI Shirokuma Tours, specializing in the Japanese visitor market. Hawkins is a founder and past president of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and was a corporate economist for Alaska Pacific Bank, later Key Bank of Alaska, where he was on the senior management committee. He is a former adjunct economics instructor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.


Deeta Lonergan
Deeta Lonergan is a strategic coach, career counselor, trainer, facilitator and management consultant, focusing on empowering individuals and organizations to thrive during transitions. Focal points of her work include coaching, collaboration, teaming, leadership and management development, creativity and strategic partnerships. Deeta founded Career Transitions in 1989 to promote and expand career development for individuals and organizations in Alaska and the western U.S. She provides coaching and career counseling to individuals and groups. She offers classes in Reinventing Your Career and Refocusing: Managing Chapters and Navigating Transitions. She is a consultant and trainer to businesses and organizations. She coaches senior executives and their management teams. Her background includes 20 years as a counselor, professor and academic dean at the community college and university level.    


Melissa Houston
Ms. Melissa Houston is the Entrepreneurship Program Specialist at the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development. At the Center Ms. Houston specializes in the strategy implementation process known as Strategic Doing. She trained directly under Ed Morrison, the creator of Strategic Doing, and has devoted the past 20 months to learning from and working closely with other Strategic Doing practitioners within the Purdue Center for Regional Development. For more than a year, Ms. Houston has cultivated dynamic experience in introducing and leading diverse groups from across Alaska in the process of Strategic Doing.  Ms. Houston has been with the Center for three years and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago.


Joshua Weinstein
Joshua Weinstein is the President of Northrim Benefits Group, an Anchorage-based employee benefits consulting firm. He oversees the marketing, servicing, and renewals of client benefit programs, while providing consultative support for the other benefit advisors in the office.  Joshua works with employer groups to develop innovative, attractive, and affordable packages that help recruit, retain, and reward the employees that make their businesses and organizations successful.  Additionally, Joshua advises employers and individuals on how best to manage the implications of the Affordable Care Act and comply with other legal considerations under various state and federal statutes, with the goal of achieving manageable compliance within these complex and dynamic regulatory arenas. Joshua joined the Northrim Benefits Group team in 2002 and works closely with their newest division, Enroll Alaska, to help individual Alaskans understand the Affordable Care Act and the coverage options available on and off of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.