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Governor Parnell Makes Appointments to State Boards


December 24, 2009, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to the Alaska Boating Safety Advisory Council, Alaska Community Service Commission, Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services, Alaska Mental Health Board, Alaska Pioneers' Homes Advisory Board, Board of Social Work Examiners, Denali Access System Advisory Committee, and State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Alaska Boating Safety Advisory Council
Governor Parnell appointed Terry L. Johnson to the Alaska Boating Safety Advisory Council.

The seven-member advisory board promotes boating safety in Alaska by helping write boating regulations, making recommendations for safety educational materials and promoting boating safety education programs throughout the state.

Johnson, of Anchorage, is a fisheries professor and marine recreation specialist with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. He owned and operated commercial fishing vessels from Southeast Alaska to Norton Sound from 1978-96, ran a Bering Sea wildlife viewing charter boat from 1997-2008, and has boated recreationally in Alaska since 1978. Johnson earned a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in marine affairs, both from the University of Washington. He is an Alaska Marine Safety Education Association-certified marine safety and survival instructor, U.S. Coast Guard-licensed passenger ship operator, and marine safety teacher. His numerous publications include the Kachemak Bay and Prince William Sound supplements to the "Alaska Boaters Handbook." He was appointed to a public seat.

Alaska Community Service Commission
Governor Parnell appointed Tracey K. Burke and Benjamin A. Clark to the Alaska Community Service Commission.

The 15- to 25-member commission prepares a national service plan for the state of Alaska, recruits participants into programs that receive assistance under national service laws and ensures outreach to community-based agencies that serve under-represented populations.

Burke, of Anchorage, has been an associate professor of social work at the University of Alaska Anchorage since 2003, and a core faculty member of its Center for Community Engagement and Learning. Originally coming to Alaska in 1989 as a Jesuit volunteer, she worked for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel and at a women's crisis center in Fairbanks. She later was an itinerant social worker for the Lower Kuskokwim School District. Burke has published numerous academic papers on social work topics, including Alaska Native issues. Burke earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Villanova University, a master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota, and a doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of Washington. She was appointed to an education seat.

Clark, of Sitka, is program manager for Young Alaskans Building Affordable Housing, which trains young Alaskans in construction trades and service in cooperation with the federal AmeriCorps service program. He was a volunteer instructor for the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association from 2008-09, and is a volunteer coach with a community soccer club. Clark earned a bachelor's degree in history from Ohio University in 2006. He was appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of a national service program.

Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services
Governor Parnell reappointed Mary Leemhuis to the Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services.

The 11-member council advises the governor and the commissioner of the state Department of Health and Social Services on planning and implementation of Alaska's emergency medical services system.
eemhuis, of Eagle River, is a registered nurse who has been manager of the Alaska Native Medical Center's trauma program since 1994. She has held various positions in her 33-year nursing career, including critical and emergency care nurse, operating room supervisor, assistant chief nurse and nurse educator, cardiovascular surgery team member, and house supervisor. Early in her career, she established a nursing assistant course for Native Americans and was an adjunct university nursing instructor in Oklahoma. Leemhuis has served on the board since May, and was reappointed to a seat reserved for an emergency room nurse.

Alaska Mental Health Board
Governor Parnell reappointed Timothy P. Peters to the Alaska Mental Health Board.

The 12-to-16-member board is the state planning and coordinating body for federal and state laws relating to mental health services for people with mental disorders. It prepares a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation plan, advises and advocates before state agencies, the Legislature and the public on mental health issues. It also provides a public forum for mental health issues, and works with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority on a comprehensive mental health program supported by Trust funds.

Peters, of Anchorage, is an attorney with experience in the areas of children in need of aid, child custody, employment, child support, real estate and general litigation. He was an associate attorney for Ross & Miner in Anchorage from 2002-05. He was senior pastor of the North Pole Bible Center from 1985-99, and mayor of North Pole from 1998-99. Peters earned a bachelor's degree in theology from Baptist Bible College of Springfield, Missouri, a master's degree in counseling from Liberty University of Virginia, a doctorate in counseling from Andersonville Baptist Seminary, and a law degree from Regent University in Virginia. He was reappointed to an attorney seat.

Alaska Pioneers' Homes Advisory Board
Governor Parnell appointed Bob Sivertsen to the Alaska Pioneers' Homes Advisory Board.

The eight-member board conducts annual inspections of property and procedures of the Alaska Pioneers' Homes and recommends changes and improvements to the governor.

Sivertsen, of Ketchikan, retired this year as the solid waste supervisor with the City of Ketchikan, after a 38-year career with the city in public works and solid waste services. He was appointed in June, and elected in October, to the Ketchikan City Council. He also serves as the chairman of the Ketchikan Pioneers Home Foundation. He was appointed to a public seat.

Board of Social Work Examiners
Governor Parnell appointed Barbara I. Paddock to the Board of Social Work Examiners.

The five-member board sets standards for the education, training, and experience requirements for licensed social workers, promotes high professional performance standards and issues licenses to qualified applicants.

Paddock, of Juneau, retired in 2007 after 11 years as a customer service agent with Alaska Airlines. She had earlier retired from a 33-year career in federal service with the U.S. Forest Service, the Veterans Administration, and the Alaska Power Administration, primarily in Juneau and Anchorage. She was appointed to a public seat.

Denali Access System Advisory Committee
Governor Parnell appointed Ray Richards, and reappointed Randolph L. Romenesko to the Denali Access System Advisory Committee.

The committee advises the Denali Commission on surface transportation needs in Alaska Native villages and rural communities, including projects to build essential access routes from the road system to villages and communities, and advises the Commission on transportation planning among Alaska Native villages.

Richards, of North Pole, is a geologic materials engineer with Doyon, Ltd. He worked as field construction supervisor for Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. from 2001-09, and was an engineer with Doyon Drilling from 1998-99. He has received extensive post-graduate training in project scheduling and cost control, project management and estimating. Richards earned a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is an Alaska Native and Doyon shareholder born in Fairbanks. He was appointed as a representative of an Alaska Native regional corporation, non-profit, or tribal government.

Romenesko, of Nome, is a longtime arctic engineer, who now works as an engineering consultant with tribal and local government clients. He worked for the city of Nome as city engineer from 1995-2000, and as city manager from 2000-07. He was the Northwest Alaska district engineer for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation from 1990-95, and a civil engineer in construction and government projects across Alaska from 1983-90. Romenesko earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Marquette University, and a master's degree in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He is a state-licensed civil engineer and Alaska-registered professional engineer. He was appointed as a representative of an Alaska Native regional corporation, non-profit, or tribal government.

State Historical Records Advisory Board
Governor Parnell appointed Laura Samuelson to the State Historical Records Advisory Board.

The board, with at least nine members, is responsible for reviewing grant requests from historic, archival, research, governmental and academic organizations, and helps plan for statewide records management needs.

Samuelson, of Nome, has been director of the city-owned Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum since 1997. She has previously worked in Nome as a state public assistance eligibility technician from 1992-97, construction office manager from 1991-95, and administrative officer for the state transportation department from 1988-91. She also worked in public relations for Inspiration Gold, Inc., as shareholder relations director for Bering Straits Native Corp., and in various positions for the Nome Nugget newspaper. Samuelson earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Western Illinois University, and belongs to many professional organizations, including the Nome Historical Foundation, Museums Alaska, and the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation. She sits on the board of directors of the Alaska Historical Society. She was appointed to a local government records seat.
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