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Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments


August 26, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced his appointments to the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Board of Nursing.

Alaska State Council on the Arts

Governor Parnell appointed Roy Agloinga and reappointed Benjamin Brown, Theresa John, Aryne Randall and Gail Niebrugge to the State Council on the Arts. The council, which aims to enrich the cultural life of Alaskans, encourages and supports excellence in the arts by providing opportunities for Alaskans to experience the arts, by promoting the practice and enjoyment of the arts in Alaska, by guiding the development of the arts throughout the state, and by providing technical assistance and services to artists, arts organizations and arts supporters in Alaska. All members of the State Council on the Arts are appointed to public seats.

Agloinga, of Nome, is the current chief administrative officer of the Norton Sound Health Corporation and is the co-organizer and founder of Tupagvik Inc., a non-profit corporation. He formerly served as the mayor of the Village of White Mountain, as rural affairs coordinator in the Anchorage Mayor's office, as tribal affairs director for regional non-profit Kawerak, Inc., and as a public information specialist for the University of Washington. 

Brown, of Juneau, is a lifelong Alaskan. He has worked as an attorney with Baxter, Bruce & Sullivan since 2007. Brown was a legislative aide for many years before becoming an attorney, and has served as an administrative law judge for the Alaska Department of Revenue, legislative liaison for the Department of Environmental Conservation, and lobbyist for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. Brown is also the vice chairman of the board for CoastAlaska, the consortium of public radio stations in Southeast Alaska, and formerly served on the Anchorage Sister Cities Commission and the Alaska Humanities Forum Board of Directors, and was chairman of KTOO-FM and Television. He is a company member at Juneau's Perseverance Theatre with more than three decades of theatrical experience.

John, of Bethel, is an assistant professor in the department of Alaska Native and Rural Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Kuskokwim campus. She has served as a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Southeast and Alaska Pacific University. She is the founder of the Cama-i Dance Festival and a member of the Society of Ethnomusicology, the Alaska Anthropological Association and the American Anthropological Association. 

Randall, of Wasilla, is the current district manager of Wells Fargo. She is also the treasurer of the Children's Place. Randall has formerly served on the Governor's Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Task Force. She is a member of the Wasilla, Big Lake and Palmer chambers of commerce

Niebrugge, of Palmer, is a lifelong artist. She has owned and operated the Niebrugge Studio for the past 25 years. She is a member of the Valley Performing Arts development board. Niebrugge has also served as secretary and charter member of the Greater Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce, the accreditation advisory board for Prince William Sound Community College, and public advisor for the location and design of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve visitor information center. Niebrugge has completed numerous commissions, published more than 150 limited edition prints, completed more than 950 paintings and drawings, and served as artist-in-residence at the Wrangell-St. Elias and Denali national parks. She received a master's degree from Syracuse University. 

Board of Nursing

Governor Parnell appointed Erin Pringle to the Board of Nursing. The seven-member board regulates and approves applications for licenses and permits.

Pringle, of Anchorage, is a registered nurse at Alaska Regional Hospital in the preoperative unit. She is also an assistant professor at the University of Alaska School of Nursing. She has 12 years of service in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps and has participated in medical mission trips to Africa and Nicaragua. Pringle has been appointed to a seat reserved for a registered nurse.

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