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Governor Parnell Appoints Alaskans to Boards


April 2, 2010, Fairbanks, Alaska — Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to the Alaska Police Standards Council, Alaska Retirement Management Board, Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Federal Areas, and Veterans Advisory Council.

Alaska Police Standards Council

Governor Parnell appointed Mark T. Mew, and reappointed Richard Burton and Bernice Troglio, to the Alaska Police Standards Council. The 13-member council establishes and enforces minimum standards for employment, training and retention of police, corrections, probation, and parole officers in Alaska.

Mew, of EagleRiver, was appointed chief of the Anchorage Police Department in January. He previously worked seven years as security director for the AnchorageSchool District, and before that spent 20 years as an Anchorage police officer, advancing from patrol officer to deputy chief. He has also served as a member of Anchorage’s Public Safety Advisory Commission, McLaughlinYouthCenter’s community advisory board, and the Great Alaska Council of Boy Scouts of America. Mew earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon, and graduated from the AnchoragePoliceAcademy in 1983. He was appointed to a seat representing chiefs of police.

Burton, of Ketchikan, is a public safety consultant with nearly half a century’s experience in police and public safety work. He twice served as commissioner of the Alaska Department of Public Safety, from 1975-79 and from 1991-95, and was chief of police in Juneau from 1973-74, and an Alaska State Trooper from 1950-71. Burton’s other public safety experience includes work as a consultant to police departments in Alaska, co-owner of an armored car firm and public safety advisor to the government of South Vietnam, in cooperation with the U.S. State Department. Burton was reappointed to a public seat.

Troglio, of Anchorage, has been a probation officer for the Alaska Department of Corrections since 1999, and currently is the department’s manager of sexual offender mental health program development. She previously worked as a counselor at the Salvation Army’s ClitheroeCenter, has created statewide sex offender training programs, and has more than 15 years’ experience in substance abuse program coordination and case management. Troglio earned an associate’s degree in chemical dependency counseling, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from AlaskaPacificUniversity. She was reappointed to a seat reserved for a certified probation officer.

Alaska Retirement Management Board

Governor Parnell reappointed Gayle W. Harbo and Samuel H. Trivette to the Alaska Retirement Management Board. Members of the nine-person board serve as trustees responsible for prudently managing and investing the assets of the State of Alaska’s retirement systems, Supplemental Annuity Plan, state employees’ deferred compensation program, and state retirees’ health care trusts.

Harbo, of Fairbanks, is a retired mathematics teacher who spent 25 years teaching at Fairbanks high schools. She belongs to the National Council of Teacher Retirement Systems, the National Council of Teachers of Math, the National Retired Teachers of Alaska, the Fairbanks Retired Teachers Association and the Alaska chapter of the National Education Association. Harbo was named Alaska Teacher of the Year in 1989. Harbo was nominated by the National Education Association-Alaska for reappointment to a seat representing participants in the state Teachers’ Retirement System.

Trivette, of Juneau, is a retired state employee who worked 18 years as executive director of the Alaska Parole Board and 15 years for the state Department of Corrections as a probation officer, chief state probation officer, community corrections director, and as a consultant. He is past president of the Retired Public Employees of Alaska, a member of the American Federation of Teachers Retirees national executive board, and a member of the Alaska Public Employees Association board of directors. Trivette earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Currently vice-chair of the retirement board, he was nominated by the AFL-CIO for reappointment to a seat representing participants in the state Public Employees Retirement System.

Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission

Governor Parnell appointed Daniel P. Mahalak to the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission. The 11-member commission is responsible for advising the governor, legislature and private sector on policies for reducing damage and injury from earthquakes, preparing for disasters, and establishing guidelines for issuing seismic hazard warnings.

Mahalak, of Seward, is a water resource manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and a hydrologist for the Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area. He has also worked for national and international offshore surveying and geotechnical firms, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the University of Wyoming, and several oil field service firms. Mahalak earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Wyoming in 1998. He was appointed to a seat representing local governments in seismically active areas of the state.

Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Federal Areas

Governor Parnell appointed Colleen M. Soberay, and reappointed Susan E. Smith, to the Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Federal Areas. The 12-member commission is responsible for identifying and reducing potential negative impacts on Alaska and its citizens from federal management of the 239 million acres of federal land in Alaska.

Soberay, of Anchorage, has been business development director of CH2M Hill in Anchorage since 2009, and principal in a business consulting firm since 2008. She had worked in business development for 3M International in Anchorage from 2004-09, and was city clerk, then deputy city manager, for the City of Bethel from 2000-04. She also served two years in the U.S. Navy. Soberay earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from the University of North Florida, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, Resource Development Council, Commonwealth North, and the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. Soberay was appointed to a public seat.

Smith, of Chitina, has since 2003 been chair of “Residents of the Wrangells,” a McCarthy-based organization of Alaskans with private land inholdings in the Wrangell-St.EliasNational Park. A former substitute teacher and employee of the Chitina Native Corporation, she now works as an artist crafting jewelry, weaving quilts and sewing furs. She and her husband are subsistence hunters, trappers and fishermen. Smith earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the State University of New York at Brockport. She was reappointed to a public seat.

Veterans Advisory Council

Governor Parnell appointed Jay E. Baldwin and Irene C. Washington, and reappointed Pamela F. Beale, to the Veterans Advisory Council. The 13-member council advises the governor, the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and other state departments on matters concerning veterans, their dependents and their survivors, including identifying and recommending ways to provide for veterans’ needs.

Baldwin, of Kodiak, is a staff sergeant on active duty with the Alaska Army National Guard, managing the Kodiak National Guard Armory as non-commissioned officer in charge. He has been in uniform for 24 years, with five years in the Army Reserve and 19 years on active duty, including combat service in Iraq. Baldwin has worked for years with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves program, and belongs to the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Baldwin was elected in 2009 to the board of directors for Leisnoi Inc., Kodiak’s Alaska Native village corporation. He was appointed to a public seat.

Beale, of Anchorage, is active in many local and state veterans’ organizations, and retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1986 with 15 years of service. She also worked as an emergency cardiovascular care manager for the American Heart Association in Alaska from 1997-2002. Beale has been commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 7 since 2008, and was commander from 2000-02. Her other veterans’ service positions have included chair of the Armed Services YMCA’s fundraising committee, and chair of the Municipality of Anchorage’s Military and Veterans Commission. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from WaylandBaptistUniversity in Anchorage. Beale was reappointed to fill a seat representing veterans’ organizations.

Washington, of Bethel, is a rural veterans’ liaison for the U.S. Veterans Administration. She was city clerk in Bethel from 1978-79, then served in the Alaska Army National Guard and the U.S. Army before returning to the Guard from 1985-2005, working as a mechanic, personnel manager and non-commissioned officer for re-enlistment. She has received the Alaska State Service medal, Alaska Commendation medal, and Alaska Distinguished Service medal. Washington was appointed to a public seat.
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