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Governor Parnell Makes Boards and Commissions Appointments


July 10, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority/Alaska Energy Authority, Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank Board of Directors, and Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas.

Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Governor Parnell appointed David Mayberry to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. The commission serves as an independent quasi-judicial agency to protect the public interest in the exploration and development of Alaska’s valuable oil, gas, and geothermal resources through the application of conservation practices designed to ensure greater ultimate recovery and the protection of health, safety, fresh ground waters, and the rights of all owners to recover their share of the resource.

Mayberry, of Anchorage, is a long time Alaskan and experienced oil and gas attorney. He has been an attorney in private practice for 15 years and most recently worked as counsel for Crowell & Moring, LLP. Mayberry holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a juris doctorate and Natural Resources and Environmental Law Certificate from Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law. Mayberry is appointed to an at-large seat.

Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority/Alaska Energy Authority

Governor Parnell reappointed Russell Dick, Wilson Hughes, and Gary Wilken to the board of directors for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and Alaska Energy Authority (AEA). The governor’s appointments will serve on both boards. AIDEA works to promote, develop, and advance the general prosperity and economic growth and diversification in Alaska by providing various means of financing and investment. AIDEA also directs AEA, which aims to reduce the cost of power in Alaska.

Dick, of Juneau, is the president and CEO of Haa Aaní LLC, a subsidiary of Sealaska Corporation, established to expand the regional economy by fostering new and sustainable industries, specifically in rural communities. He also serves as Huna Totem Corporation's board chair. Dick earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University, and a master's degree in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is reappointed to represent the private sector.

Hughes, of Anchorage, is a 40-year Alaskan currently serving as president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Wireless Network, LLC. He previously served as chief operating officer of GCI from 1991 until 2013. Hughes has more than 40 years of experience as an executive, engineer and project manager in the communications, engineering, and construction industries in Alaska. He is past chairman of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and previously served eight years as chairman of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority Board of Directors. Prior to joining GCI, Hughes was president of Northern Air Cargo of Anchorage, Alaska. He has also served as president of Enserch Alaska Services Inc., an Alaska construction company, and Frank Moolin & Associates, Inc., an Anchorage engineering firm. Hughes received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and a master's degree in science and engineering management from the University of Alaska. He is reappointed to represent the private sector.

Gary Wilken, of Fairbanks, is a retired Alaska legislator and small business owner. He represented Fairbanks and Fort Wainwright in the Alaska Senate from 1997–2008. Wilken also owned Husky Foods, Fairbanks Distributors, and Great Alaskan Food Co., all wholesale food distribution companies. A Fairbanks resident for 55 years, he has served in numerous community roles, including as a member of the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, Tanana Valley Youth Sports Foundation, and First United Methodist Church, and as an inductee into the Alaska State High School Sports Hall of Fame. Wilken earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University. He is reappointed to a private-sector seat.

Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank Board of Directors

Governor Parnell appointed Douglas Blumer to the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank Board of Directors. The board manages assets of the bank and selects the officers of the bank. 

Blumer, of Anchorage, is the Alaska sales manager for NC Power Systems and has been a commercial fisherman for 15 years. He grew up in the farming business and currently owns and manages two family farms. Blumer is one of two director seats appointed by the governor.

Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas

Governor Parnell reappointed Susan Smith and Kathleen Liska to the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Federal Areas. The 12-member commission is responsible for identifying and reducing potential negative impacts on Alaska and its citizens from federal management of the 239 million acres of federal land in Alaska.

Since 2003, Smith, of Chokosna, has been chair of Residents of the Wrangells, a McCarthy-based organization of Alaskans with private land inholdings in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. A former substitute teacher and employee of the Chitina Native Corporation, she now works as an artist crafting jewelry, weaving quilts and sewing furs. She and her husband are subsistence hunters, trappers and fishermen. Smith holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the State University of New York at Brockport. She is reappointed to a public seat.

Liska, of Anchorage, is the executive director of Increase Alaska. She writes a bi-monthly newsletter, “The Alaska Statesman,” which informs the public of current topics that impact Alaska. Formerly, she has helped coordinate events for the Federation of Community Councils. She has also been a volunteer for the Downtown Soup Kitchen. A third-generation Alaskan, Liska has a family history of politics and enjoys staying actively involved in Alaska issues by providing research, events, and networking opportunities through multiple platforms. She is reappointed to a public seat.

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