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Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments


January 11, 2011, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Parnell announced appointments to the Alaska Safety Advisory Council, the Alaska State Emergency Response Commission, the Board of Marine Pilots, the Boating Safety Advisory Board, the Community Service Commission, the Fire Standards Council, the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee, the Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Suicide Prevention Council.

Alaska Safety Advisory Council

Governor Parnell appointed David Talerico to the Alaska Safety Advisory Council. The council promotes safety so that resources can be marshaled and used to reduce accidental death and injury.

Talerico, of Healy, is the mayor of the Denali Borough. He worked at the Usibelli Coal Mine for 22 years and is the former owner of the Denali Riverview Inn. Talerico was a basketball coach for the Tri-Valley School and served on the Upper Railbelt School Board. He was named the 2009 Sportsman of the Year by the Clear Sky Sportsman’s Club, and received the 2008 Vic Fischer Local Government Leadership Award. Talerico is appointed to a local government seat.

Alaska State Emergency Response Commission

Governor Parnell reappointed Brian Templin to the Alaska State Emergency Response Commission. The commission facilitates the preparation and implementation of all emergency plans prepared by state agencies and advises local emergency planning committees for communities in Alaska.

Templin, of Craig, is the city planner for the City of Craig. Formerly, he served as an information management specialist for the U.S. Air Force from 1988 – 95, and he is a former employee of Templin Land Surveying. Templin is reappointed to a seat representing a local emergency planning committee in a rural community.

Board of Marine Pilots

Governor Parnell appointed Robert Richmond and Tylan Schrock to the Board of Marine Pilots. The Board works to prevent the loss of lives and property and protects the marine environment of the state through its jurisdiction over pilotage and licensing of marine pilots.

Richmond, of Anchorage, is the managing partner of Richmond and Associates, a civil litigation practice. He has practiced law in Anchorage for more than 40 years, primarily in issues relating to defense of personal injury, admiralty, and aviation. Richmond received an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Oregon. He has also served in the U.S. Army as a captain in military intelligence, and he worked as a commercial fisherman in Kodiak. Additionally, Richmond is a proctor in admiralty. He is appointed to a public seat.

Schrock, of Seward, is a managing partner with Resurgo Investments, and he is the former director of the Alaska SeaLife Center. He has served in a numerous posts including assistant city manager, chair of the North Pacific Research Board, member of the Coastal America Partnership Board, and member of the Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science. Schrock is appointed to a public seat.

Boating Safety Advisory Council

Governor Parnell reappointed Chris Osowski to the Boating Safety Advisory Council. The council develops educational materials, promotes boating safety education programs, and advises the state on regional and national boating issues.

Osowski, of Anchorage, has worked for ConocoPhillips in the Kuparuk Oil Field for nearly 30 years. He also is the owner and operator of two businesses: Expedition Alaska, a whitewater rafting business, and Northern Recreation Unlimited, a marine sales company.  Osowski is reappointed to a public seat.

Community Service Commission

Governor Parnell appointed Steve Ricci to the Community Service Commission. The commission prepares a national service plan for the State of Alaska and promotes service programs.

Ricci, of Juneau, is the owner of Alaska Troll Caught, a direct market salmon fishing boat based in Juneau. He is also a legislative aide in the Alaska Legislature and holds a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Alaska Southeast. Ricci is a former AmeriCorps Volunteer Field Educator, and is appointed to a seat representing a community based organization.

Fire Standards Council

Governor Parnell appointed Al Stevens to the Fire Standards Council. The council establishes training and performance standards for certification of fire services personnel and training programs.

Stevens, of Sitka, retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and is involved in Sitka’s firefighting and emergency services. He serves as an engineer and fire investigator at the Sitka Fire Department and is the assistant chair of the local emergency planning committee. Stevens is appointed to a seat representing firefighters and the Alaska State Firefighters Association.

Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Governor Parnell appointed Robert Petersen and Margaret Kossler to the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The council coordinates with the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments that deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

Kossler, of Anchorage, has served in numerous public health positions in Alaska. Most recently, she was the family school services coordinator for the Anchorage School District. Prior to that, she worked for the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services as an adolescent health coordinator and program manager for early hearing detection and intervention. Kossler is also affiliated with the Stone Soup Group and the American Lung Association of Alaska. Kossler, who holds a master’s degree in public health from Loma Linda University, is appointed to a consumer seat.

Petersen, of Palmer, is the human resources director of the Mat-Su Activity & Respite Center. He also serves as a board member for the Disability Law Center of Alaska. Petersen also worked as a care coordinator and case manager in Bethel with the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. He is appointed to an advocacy representative seat.

State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee

Governor Parnell appointed Don Roberts, Jr. to the State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee. The committee promotes statewide interest in the rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities. The committee also consults with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation regarding the development, implementation, and revision of State policies and procedures relating to vocational rehabilitation services.

Roberts, of Kodiak, served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years from 1978 to 1988, and has been an active part of the Kodiak community. He is currently working to launch his own business to respond to local vocational rehabilitation issues. Roberts earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Excelsior College, and is appointed to a consumer seat.

Statewide Independent Living Council

Governor Parnell appointed Catherine Jones to the Statewide Independent Living Council. The council develops a state plan that complies with federal law regarding the provision of services that address the needs of specific disability populations.

Jones, of Kotzebue, works for the Maniilaq Association as the operations supervisor for the Counseling and Recovery Center. Prior to this, she was the coordinator for the Short Term Assistance and Referral (STAR) project which assists individuals and families who experience a disability. She is currently working toward the completion of an Associate’s degree in disability services from the Prince William Sound Community College. Jones worked for the Northwest Arctic Borough School District as a special education paraprofessional, and has also been engaged in the Key Campaign, Inupiat Community Vocational Rehabilitation Conference, and the Prevention of Abuse of Vulnerable Adults Conferences. Jones is appointed to an advocate and consumer seat.

Suicide Prevention Council

Governor Parnell appointed Christene Moses to the Suicide Prevention Council. The council serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor and the Legislature with respect to what actions should be taken to improve health and wellness throughout the state by reducing suicide and its effect on individuals, families, and communities.

Moses, of Bethel, works for Grant Aviation and is a student at the University of Alaska Bethel campus, working towards degrees in nursing and rural human services. Originally from Eek, she is a survivor of suicide and the mother of four children. She is appointed to a rural seat.
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