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Governor Parnell Names Alaskans to Boards and Commissions

December 9, 2010 – Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell announced appointments to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Alaska Veterans’ Advisory Council, the Denali Access System Advisory Committee, the Libraries Advisory Council, and the Statewide Independent Living Council.

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

Governor Parnell appointed Mike Barton and Russ Webb to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA) Board of Trustees. The board preserves and protects the trust assets that fund mental health services and programs in Alaska.

Barton, of Douglas, has more than 30 years of experience involving resource and land management. He was previously an executive with The Rise Group, an organization providing construction management services. Barton formerly served as the commissioner of the Department of Transp rtation and Public Facilities and as the regional forester in Alaska with the U.S. Forest Service. He is appointed to a public seat.

Webb, of Anchorage, retired after 32 years of public service. A former program officer with AMHTA, he held numerous leadership positions with the Department of Health and Social Services, including service in the Division of Public Health, Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and the Division of Family and Youth Services. Webb is appointed to a public seat.

Alaska Veterans’ Adv isory Council

Governor Parnell appointed Ryan Tilbury, and reappointed Mayfield Evans, Joseph Fields, Ron Huffman and John Guinn to the Alaska Veterans’ Advisory Council. The council advises the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on matters concerning state veterans, their dependents and their survivors.

Tilbury, of Fairbanks, is a transportation operations officer and deputy chief in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Tilbury has been deployed to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Republic of South Korea. He has also worked as a school counselor in the Yukon- Koyukuk School Distri t since 2004. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the UAA Alumni Association and is a member of the Reserve Officers Association and the Logistics Officer Association. Tilbury earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is appointed to a public seat.

Evans, of Anchorage, is a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant with 27 years of service. He is the president and owner of E&S Diversified Services and of Mayfield’s Quality Cleaners. Evans is a past president of the Anchorage Gateway Rotary Club and the American Legion Post #34. He is a past recipient of the Anchorage NAACP President’s Award and is appointed to a public seat.

Fields, of Fairbanks, served two tours in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and has been active in veterans’ issues for more than 40 years. He is president of Alaska International Development Corp., and is developing Old Army Services, an organization to aid veterans. Fields was a general contractor and the president of EGP/JNF Arctic International Development Corporation. He is reappointed to a public seat.

Huffman, of Nome, is a retired U.S. Air Force chief master sergeant with 32 years of service. He is a program director in the Community Education Department of Kawerak Inc. Huffman earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Wa yland Baptist Univers ty and is a former ROTC instructor at Edgecombe County Schools. He is reappointed to a public seat.

Guinn, of Bethel, is the executive director of the Orutsararmuit Native Council. He earned a Purple Heart in service as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam and is a former state commander of the VFW. Guinn is the former director of the Housing and Facilities Department of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. He is reappointed to a public seat.

Denali Access System Advisory Committee

Governor Parnell reappointed Charles Pool, Sr. to the Denali Access System Advisory Committee. The committee advises the Denali Commission on coordinated transportation planning needs of Alaska Native villages and rural communities.

Pool, of Ketchikan, is the president and manager of Pool Engineering. He has more than 40 years of experience in Alaska construction, engineering and consulting issues.  Pool is a member of the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce and the Ketchikan Economic Development Board. He is a registered civil engineer and land surveyor, and is reappointed to a seat reserved for a civil engine er from a rural regio

Libraries Advisory Council

Governor Parnell appointed Margaret Holm to the Libraries Advisory Council. The council advises the state library administration on the development and evaluation of library services in Alaska.

Holm, of Kodiak, is the director of the Carolyn Floyd Library at Ko diak College. She was circulation supervisor for the Anchorage municipal libraries and a children’s librarian at Loussac Public Library. Holm earned a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of British Columbia. She is appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of a rural library.

Statewide Independent Living Council

Governor Parnell appointed Vickie Moyle, and reappointed James Beck to the Statewide Independent Living Council. The council collaborates with public and private entities concerning t e needs of Alaskans with disabilities.

Moyle, of Nenana, is the executive director of the Nenana Tortella Council on Aging. She is a former representative of the Tanana Chiefs Conference for energy assistance programs and is a member of the Alaska Food Coalition. She has more than 20 years of experience working in human services, and earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and philosophy from Bloomsburg University.

Beck, of Palmer, is the executive director of Access Alaska, as well as a human services consultant. He has served as a program coordinat or for the Division o Vocational Rehabilitation and with the ADA Partners Project. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado. Beck has more than 25 years of experience working in the human services sector in Alaska. He is reappointed to a seat representing an independent living center.

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