Member Spotlight

Member Spotlight

Learn about fellow SMPS Alaska Chapter members!



Title: Marketing Manager

Firm: Coffman Engineers

SMPS Member Since: 2013

Number of years in the A/E/C industry: 12

Kate is a life-long Alaskan and has been involved in A/E/C marketing for more than ten years. She is currently part of the Coffman Marketing team and is responsible for public relations, client relationship management, database management, business development, and preparing proposals in the Anchorage office. Kate holds a BS in Technical Editing and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Denver.

Community Activism: I am actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club, Junior Nordic, and CANstruction.

How has SMPS helped you in your career? SMPS provides excellent training and seminars while also providing a strong support group for other individuals in the industry.

Helpful hint to share with your fellow SMPS members: Don’t be afraid to ask other SMPS members for their advice and counsel; the SMPS community in Alaska is so wonderful in the way it supports other members.

Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you. I am an avid outdoors person who enjoys hunting and fishing.

What I did at work yesterday: Proposals, proposals, proposals!

Are you interested in seeking a CPSM; and if so, how do you expect the certification to benefit you? Yes, I am very interested in seeking a CPSM, not only does it help to validate my position in the A/E/C community it also strengthens SMPS in Alaska.



Board Position: Membership Director

Title: Marketing Coordinator

Firm: R&M Consultants, Inc.

SMPS Member Since: 2012

Number of years in the A/E/C industry: 6

Sarah started working as a temporary, part-time Administrative Assistant for a local architectural firm during her senior year of high school after returning to Alaska from southern Oregon. After securing a permanent position at the firm, Sarah was able to cross-train and work her way into the marketing department. Fast forward…. Sarah now has six years of experience in the A/E/C industry and has been involved in proposal development, database administration, research and development, graphic design, social media, and event coordination.

Sarah joined R&M Consultants in August 2013 as a Marketing Coordinator. She is responsible for internal communications, resume development, and branding and promotional items, as well as supporting the firm’s many marketing initiatives.

What does your board position entail? As the Membership Director, I am responsible for member recruitment and retention efforts, including membership renewal communications, membership events, and working with SMPS National to increase and enhance the benefits available to the Alaska chapter members. I’ve had the pleasure of working with two Membership Committee members, Jessi Cherry and Kelsey Parpart. Both of these ladies contribute significantly to the overall success of the Alaska Chapter Membership—thank you both for the time and commitment you’ve dedicated in making our chapter one of a kind.

Community Activism: I have had the opportunity to participate in many community-oriented activities, including CANstruction, the United Way Day of Caring opportunities, and volunteering at the local Bean’s Café and Brother Francis shelter. In addition, I am able to participate in many other activities through R&M that also support local organizations.

How has SMPS helped you in your career? I have been able to gain valuable knowledge and sharpen must-have skills through the many professional development and educational opportunities offered through SMPS. I believe I have been able to leverage my less-than-ideal educational background with the valuable skills and knowledge learned through being a member of SMPS.

Helpful hint to share with your fellow SMPS members: Looking to grow? Become more involved. Whether you’re a mentor or a mentee, there are people like ME out there, wanting to learn from you!

Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you. The first REAL beach I ever went to was this last month—in Huntington Beach, CA—for the SMPS Pacific Regional Conference.

What I did at work yesterday: February is Career Fair month in my office, and I prepared for both the UAF Engineering Career Fair and the UAA Geosciences Career Fair. In addition to that, I ran around picking up items needed for the CANstruction Awards Ceremony, including 28 balloons.

Are you interested in seeking a CPSM; and if so, how do you expect the certification to benefit you? I’m definitely interested in seeking a CPSM certification once I am eligible. I have two more years of experience in the A/E/C industry before I am able to take the test. This certification will provide me with structured knowledge about the AEC industry, and preparing for the test itself will be a great experience.

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