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Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments January 3, 2014


January 3, 2014, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to the Alaska Humanities Forum Board of Directors, Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, Alaska Commission on Aging, and State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Alaska Humanities Forum Board of Directors

Governor Parnell appointed Joshua Herren and reappointed Christa Bruce-Kotrc to the Alaska Humanities Forum Board of Directors. The forum develops programs and projects, establishes policy, procures resources to support programs and projects, reviews grant proposals, and encourages public interest in the humanities.

Herren, of Anchorage, grew up in Nenana before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1999 where he held top security clearance and served for nine years on the civil engineering squadron specializing in explosive disposals. Herren is the recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Medal. For the past six years, he has been working for Calista Corporation as the chief executive officer of Y-Tech Services, Inc. and chief operating officer for Yulista Holding Company, LLC. Herren received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from the University of West Florida, and two associate degrees in technology and military science, and explosive ordinance disposal from the Community College of the Air Force. He is appointed to a public seat.

Bruce-Kotrc, of Ketchikan, is the education coordinator for Southeast Alaska Area Health Education Center. She spent most of her career as a teacher, and retired from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District. Bruce-Kotrc remains a strong community leader in Ketchikan as president of the First City Rotary Club and a member of the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights. She holds several advanced degrees, including a doctor of humane letters, and master’s degrees in music (piano performance), educational leadership, English and educational technology. Bruce-Kotrc was a Fulbright Fellow in administration in the Czech Republic, and completed graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Lincoln College, Oxford, United Kingdom. She is reappointed to a public seat.

Statewide Suicide Prevention Council

Governor Parnell appointed Alan Cirocco, and reappointed Bill Martin and Alana Humphrey to the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council. The council serves in an advisory capacity to the governor and the Legislature with respect to what actions can and should be taken to improve health and wellness throughout the state by reducing suicide and its effect on individuals, families, and communities.

Cirocco, of Fairbanks, has been a licensed clinical social worker with the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force (USAF). He is currently a civilian contractor with Quarterline Consulting Services, LLC, assigned to work for the USAF as an internal behavioral health consultant at Eielson Air Force Base. While in private practice, he specialized in individual, group, and family therapies, and crisis intervention services for those with substance abuse dependencies. Cirocco received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Detroit and a master’s degree in social work from Wayne State University. He is appointed to a public seat.

Martin, of Juneau, is the grand president of the Alaska Native Brotherhood. He previously served as president of the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Martin is a member of the Juneau Suicide Prevention Council, Division of Indian Health Suicide Committee, and Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Suicide Committee. He is reappointed to a seat representing the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Humphrey, of Fairbanks, is chief executive officer for Boys and Girls Clubs-Alaska, which operates suicide prevention programs across the state. She had previously been executive vice president of resource development, and senior vice president of the program’s statewide clubhouse and childcare operations. Humphrey was also the executive director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tanana Valley from 2002-2005. An Alaska-licensed childcare center administrator, Humphrey has also been a substitute elementary school teacher in Fairbanks public and parochial schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is reappointed to a seat representing a youth organization.

Alaska Commission on Aging

Governor Parnell appointed Anna Frank to the Alaska Commission on Aging. The commission approves a comprehensive statewide plan that identifies the concerns and needs of older Alaskans, and prepares an annual analysis of the services that are provided to older Alaskans.

Frank, of Fairbanks, is the first ordained indigenous woman in the world, serving as a Native missionary and archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska. She is a member of the Denakkanaaga Board and National Indian Committee on Aging, and has received the Alaska Federation of Native’s Elder of the Year Award, and the President’s Award for Public Service. Frank is appointed to a public seat.

State Historical Records Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Susan Means to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. The board reviews project requests and grant applications, and plans for statewide needs relating to records management and historical documents.

Means, of Anchorage, is the senior records analyst for the National Archives and Records Administration. She is a member of ARMA International, the Society of American Archivists, Northwest Archivists, Alaska Library Association, and American Library Association. Means earned a bachelor’s degree in merchandising from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in library and information management from Emory University, and a master’s degree in outdoor recreation and natural resource management from California State University. She is appointed as a recognized professional with experience in the administration of historical records.

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