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Alaska's Leading Employment Company for 40 years

Alaska’s only full-service employment company.

Celebrating 40 years in business in Alaska, Alaska Executive Search (AES) is the leading choice for employers and job seekers.

Our expert staff is uniquely qualified to help you save time, money, and frustration in your employee or employment search.

Meet our Team

Paula Bradison

Owner, Managing Director

Paula has dedicated her professional career to helping develop professionals in the workplace. As a 4th generation Alaskan business owner, she learned the benefits of a strong work ethic and willingness to ask for guidance early on. After she graduated from High School in Wasilla (don’t hold that against her), she attended Northern Arizona University where she enjoyed a semester abroad at the London School of Business, University of London. She returned to Alaska, where she attained her Small Business Administration degree at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. After a 20 year career as an Executive Director in Healthcare, Paula decided to expand into a variety of industries. In the time since then, she has conducted multiple training seminars, coaching sessions, operational/financial controls assessments, facilitation, board development and business planning. Her straightforward and honest approach to business provides a practical perspective to complex issues. Paula has a deep desire to improve things and facilitate constructive change. Where many people might only see things as they are right now, Paula looks for the way things could be made better or to draw connections between seemingly different situations and processes. Once she sees these opportunities, Paula works tirelessly to realize them through her work ethic and her skills as a communicator.


Talent Acquisition
Executive recruitment

Cathleen has over 10 years of experience in the Alaska oil and gas industry, working on large projects at various locations along the Trans-Alaska pipeline and around the state. Her clients have included Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., BP Alaska, and ARCO (now ConocoPhillips). Following her career in oil and gas, Cathleen moved to the mortgage industry, starting and growing First Rate Financial, one of Alaska’s leading mortgage brokerage firms. Cathleen’s experience includes strategic business planning, financial management and reporting, marketing and business development, and process improvement.

Growing up in Fairbanks, she is right at home working alongside Alaskan based firms to identify opportunities for efficiency and growth. She regularly attends business conferences out of state to meet thought leaders and get exposure to cutting-edge perspectives, next gen technology, and progressive business practices. Cathleen has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters of Business Administration.

Alena Stephenson

Talent Acquisition

Alena has rejoined the AES team as our Temporary Staffing Talent Acquisition. She brings more than 15 years of expertise in recruitment and human resources. Alena’s human resources skills extend through multiple unique industries including construction, advertising and marketing, and technical fields, among many others. Our Temporary Staffing services are enhanced by Alena’s enthusiasm for providing customer service of the highest caliber. She values establishing genuine relationships through continuous communication and collaboration. These partnerships with her candidates and clients are built on a foundation of learning who they are and what they desire as individuals beyond the job search process. As a member of our local chapter of SHRM, our team is delighted to have Alena bring her human resources savvy to our community. Originally born in Czechoslovakia, Alena and her family ultimately made their home in California until she decided to explore Alaska in 2016. In her free time, Alena feeds her creative side through photography of landscapes, memorable events, and the breathtaking nature throughout Alaska.

“I love hearing the excitement in a candidate’s voice when I get to offer them the position they’ve been working towards. It’s by far the best part of my job, especially having the privilege to do so while working at AES.”

Courtney Otero

Medical Recruiter

Courtney Otero has joined us as the medical recruiter. She comes to us with over 10 years of experience in the medical field, consisting of various roles, including business development, sales, marketing, advertising and recruiting. She found a passion for recruiting after spending a year recruiting nurses in Rhode Island. “There’s no bigger thrill then finding the right candidate for right job.
Growing up in Germany, she has had the opportunity to travel all over the world and being a military spouse, she understands how difficult it is to move around all the time and the hardships it is finding employment. She is committed to helping other military spouses and Veterans find employment
Courtney possesses her Master of Arts Degree in Healthcare Leadership Communication, a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing.

Cherissa Wieland

Client Champion

Cherissa’s background is in telecommunications and operations, which she developed working in her hometown of Kotzebue, Alaska.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management, all the while playing for local softball teams as either first baseman or catcher.  While she loves being back in Anchorage, she misses visiting Maui and the island culture, and is always happy to plan her next vacation there.  Cherissa brings to AES a fresh and delightful spirit, helping to make her team, candidates and clients feel welcome and cared for.

Crystal Arnold-Dietz AES

CRYSTAL Arnold-Dietz


Crystal is one of our AES success stories, working with several of our clients until a position within the company became available. With a Bachelor’s degree in English and previous experience in recruiting, she brings valuable writing and communication skills to the team; while her talent for process development has brought highly effective and optimal operations within our company, as well as with our clients and candidates alike.


Jacqueline Frajer


Jacqueline is a certified copywriter who studied International and Global Studies at Sydney University, majoring in American Studies. After temping in a variety of roles and industries, Jacqueline ran an IT company and an entertainment venue (not at the same time!) with her husband. Emigrating to the US, Jacqueline worked for an attorney in New Orleans, assisting clients who had been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Moving to Alaska, Jacqueline came to Alaska Executive Search in search of temp work and never left. She enjoys learning what makes someone excited about their work and loves the chance to meet inspirational and motivated individuals. Spare time is time for travel and landscape photography, whether natural or industrial.


Kelly Stewart

Talent Acquisition & Account Management

Kelly Stewart was raised in Anchorage, earning her degree in Chemistry at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has spent 17 years in technology, resources and team development. As a contractor at Alyeska Pipeline she was directly responsible for hiring a wide variety of IT professionals including specialists in network, security and application specialists.

            Melissa Marvin


           Vince Dixson

                Business Development director

Our core values drive everything we do


“Alaska Executive Search is our recruiting firm of choice for all of our personnel needs. Over many years AES has successfully staffed numerous entry-level to executive-level positions throughout our company. [Our AES staffing consultant] goes well above and beyond with each search to ensure our business needs are met. The AES staff is very attentive to our specific recruiting requirements and consistently presents us with the most qualified and appropriate candidates for the job. As a growing company, we are constantly recruiting for all-star employees. AES is the first call we make with every job opening to be filled.”

–RS | Human Resources Manager | Telecom Company

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