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Governor Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions April 2013


April 25, 2013, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell announced appointments to the Alaska Police Standards Council, Alaska Public Offices Commission, Board of Education and Early Development, Board of Marine Pilots, Board of Pharmacy, Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board, Advisory Council on Libraries, Alaska Fire Standards Council, Alaska Mental Health Board, State Historical Records Advisory Board, and Serve Alaska.

Alaska Police Standards Council

Governor Parnell reappointed Bob Kean to the Alaska Police Standards Council. The council establishes and enforces minimum standards for employment, certification, training and retention of police, correctional, probation, parole and municipal correctional officers, and investigates potential misconduct issues.

Kean, of Anchorage, is president and CEO of Doyon Universal Services. He is a retired lieutenant colonel, a former state counterdrug coordinator, and he has served as an FBI special agent. He is involved with the American Society for Industrial Security, DARE Alaska, Alaska Peace Officers Association, and National Eagle Scout Association. He has twice received the State of Alaska Distinguished Service Medal. Kean has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and is reappointed to a public seat. His appointment was confirmed by the Legislature on April 8.

Alaska Public Offices Commission

Governor Parnell appointed Ron King to the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The commission administers laws upholding the public's right to know the financial affairs of lobbyists and their employers, and of candidates and public officials at the state and municipal level.

King, of Kasilof, retired as a transportation planner with the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. He previously worked as an environmental conservation manager for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). King is the recipient of the Environmental Merit Award and the Exceptional Service Award from DEC, and the Public Service Award from the Municipality of Anchorage. King is appointed to represent the Alaska Republican Party Central Committee, and his appointment was confirmed by the Legislature on April 8.

Board of Education and Early Development

Governor Parnell appointed James Fields to the Board of Education and Early Development. The board regulates public elementary and secondary education in Alaska, and regulates the state library, museums, and archives. 

Fields, of Glenallen, owns and operates several commercial interests in his area, including rental properties, a hotel, restaurant, and other commercial properties. He is actively involved in the community, including serving as head high school boys basketball coach since 2009 and president of the Copper River School District School Board since 2008. Fields and his wife are foster parents and are currently in the process of adopting. He is appointed to a seat representing a regional education attendance area, and his appointment was confirmed by the Legislature on April 8.

Board of Marine Pilots

Governor Parnell appointed Hans Antonsen to the Board of Marine Pilots. The board works to prevent the loss of life and property and to protect the marine environment of the state by offering jurisdiction over pilotage and licensing of marine pilots.

Antonsen, of Ketchikan, is a longtime pilot and officer for Southeast Alaska Pilots Association. He is a founding director of the Alaska Marine Exchange and member of the American Pilots’ Association, International Maritime Pilots’ Association, and Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce. Antonsen is appointed as a pilot representative on the board, and his appointment was confirmed by the Legislature on April 8.

Board of Pharmacy

Governor Parnell appointed Taryl Giessel to the Board of Pharmacy. The board protects the public’s health, safety and welfare, controls registration and disciplinary sanctions, and provides for the regulation of controlled substances.

Giessel, of Eagle River, is a homemaker, homeschooler, and an active volunteer in the community on political campaigns. She is the former owner of Aurora Fiber Arts. Giessel is appointed as a public member, and her appointment was confirmed by the Legislature on April 8.

Alaska Workers Compensation Board

Governor Parnell appointed Ronald Nalikak to the Alaska Workers Compensation Board. The board is comprised of panels that hear disputes arising between employees and employers or their insurance carriers regarding the payment of benefits under the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Act.

Nalikak, of Anchorage, is a safety and security manager for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. He is a former non-commissioned officer and leadership and relations course graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps. Nalikak previously served with the Barrow Volunteer Fire Department and is bilingual in English and Inupiat. He holds a master’s degree in rural development, tribal and local government administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is appointed to an industry seat for the 3rd Judicial District, and his appointment was confirmed by the Legislature on April 8.

Advisory Council on Libraries

Governor Parnell appointed Patricia Linville to the Advisory Council on Libraries. The council advises the State Library Administration on the federal Library Services and Technology Act plan, development, and evaluation of library services in Alaska.

Linville is the Seward Community Library museum director and the treasurer of the Alaska Library Association. She is a member of the Public Library Roundtable, Public Library Directors of Alaska, and Pacific Northwest Library Association. Linville has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Arizona and is a certified public library administrator through the Public Library Association. She is appointed as a public library representative.

Alaska Fire Standards Council

Governor Parnell appointed Stephen Jones to the Alaska Fire Standards Council. The council establishes standards for certification of fire services personnel and training curriculum.

Jones, of Naknek, is a commercial fisherman and plant technician for Bristol Bay Telephone Co-Op. He has been a volunteer firefighter for more than eight years. He is a member of the Bristol Bay Borough Planning Commission and sits on the board of directors for Naknek Electric Association. Jones has an associate degree in business management from the University of Phoenix, and is appointed as a firefighter representative.

Alaska Mental Health Board

Governor Parnell appointed Carolyn Heyman-Layne to the Alaska Mental Health Board. The board serves as the state planning and coordinating body for federal and state laws relating to mental health services.

Heyman-Layne, of Anchorage, is an attorney for Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans, & Filippi, specializing in health care, non-profit, and corporate law. She is a recipient of the Alaska Top 40 under 40 Award, and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, Atwood Foundation, Anchorage Project Access, Alaska Bar Association-Health Law Section, and Commonwealth North. Heyman-Layne has a juris doctorate from Duke University School of Law. She is appointed to serve on a seat designated for an attorney.

State Historical Records Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Toby Allen and reappointed Laura Samuelson to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. The board reviews project requests and grant applications, and conducts reviews and planning for statewide needs relating to records management and historical documents.

Allen, of Anchorage, is the records management supervisor at the Municipality of Anchorage. He is the former document control specialist at Access Sciences Corporation. Allen is the former president and treasurer for the Greater Anchorage Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and English from the University of Puget Sound. Allen is appointed to the local government records seat.

Samuelson, of Nome, is the director of the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum. She is a board member for the Alaska Historical Society and the Nome Historical Foundation. She has formerly been involved with the American Association for State and Local History, the National Trust Forum, American Association of Museums, and the Western Museums Association. Samuelson holds a bachelor’s in economics from Western Illinois University. She is reappointed to a public/historical seat.

Serve Alaska

The governor appointed Kathryn Abbott and Aryne Randall, and reappointed Joelle Hall and Lebron McPhail to Serve Alaska. The commission aims to engage Alaskans of all ages and backgrounds in community-based service and volunteerism as a means of community and state problem solving, and promotes participation in the AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs.

Abbott, of Anchorage, is the program coordinator for the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development where she oversees the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Abbott spent two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Alaska, and previously served as an international security program intern with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. She has her bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in political science from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She is appointed to the Domestic Volunteer Service Act seat.

Randall, of Wasilla, is a district manager for Wells Fargo Bank and has worked in the banking industry in Alaska since 1996. Randall currently is a member of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, chair of Junior Achievement, and treasurer of The Children’s Place. She is also a member of the Wasilla, Big Lake, and Palmer Chambers of Commerce. She is past executive advisor for Wells Fargo Diversity Council, past treasurer for Mat-Su Women’s Republican Club, and past president of Valley Performing Arts. Randall is appointed to represent a seat for the business community.

Hall, of Anchorage, is the director of operations for the AFL-CIO. She formerly served in the Alaska National Guard and U.S. Army. Hall is a prior member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Board. She has a bachelor’s degree in foreign language from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is reappointed to a seat for a local labor organization.

McPhail, of Palmer, is the director of education for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. He is the former director for Alaska Family Services and a former principal and teacher. McPhail is past president of Mat-Su Judo and currently coaches Pop Warner football. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern New Mexico University and a master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy. McPhail is reappointed to an educator seat.

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