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Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments


June 29, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to the Alaska Children's Trust, Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute Advisory Board, Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board, and the Renewable Energy Fund Advisory Committee.

Alaska Children's Trust

Governor Parnell appointed Virginia "Ginger" Baim to the Alaska Children's Trust. The trust uses its investment income to leverage private and federal grants for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Baim, of Dillingham, is the executive director of Safe and Fear Free Environment, providing prevention and intervention services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. She is the co-chair of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and a former legislative aide. Baim is appointed to a public seat.

Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

Governor Parnell appointed Connor J. Gamache, Jasmin Smith, Julie Smith and Dean Williams, and reappointed Michael Jeffery, Beverly Jenkins and Barbara Tyndall to the Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. The committee provides support, advice and guidance to the Department of Health and Social Services, in accordance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, to help reduce and prevent juvenile crime and strengthen the social services system.

Gamache, of Anchorage, is appointed to a seat reserved for a person under 24 years of age. He is a junior at Grace Christian School. Gamache is a Boy Scout with merit badges in community, national, world citizenship and law. He has attended the FBI Youth Leadership Academy, Boys State summer leadership program, and the Boy Scouts of America National Youth Leadership Training program. Gamache is an active member of his church, where he helps with hunger and homeless programs.

Jasmin Smith, of Eagle River, is a student at Wayland Baptist University. She has a degree in history and is pursuing a degree in business studies. She is an instructor at Career Academy in Anchorage, a rural instructor through UAA's Small Business Development Center and a job developer with Nine Star Enterprises, where she also assists clients who are exiting the justice system or are part of the Coalition for Prisoner Re-Entry. Smith is a member of Bridge Builders and of the Alaska World Affairs Council. She is appointed to a public seat.

Julie Smith, of Ester, served as assistant professor with the UAF Justice Department and director of the UAF Alaska Rural Behavioral Health Training Academy. She was the founder and executive director of the Fairbanks Center for Conflict Resolution where she provided victim offender mediation services for victims of crime and youth offenders. Smith also served as the peer mediation coordinator for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. For many years, she provided mediation services to the Fairbanks community through her work with Midnight Sun Mediation. Smith also served as co-facilitator of the Department of Corrections Victim Offender Task Force, and is a former president of the Alaska Dispute Settlement Association. She is appointed to a public seat.

Williams, of Eagle River, has 29 years of experience in the criminal justice field, and serves as the acting juvenile justice superintendent at McLaughlin Youth Center. He was also the superintendent of the Nome Youth Facility. Williams is a former youth counselor for the Division of Juvenile Justice and worked as a paralegal in Nome. Williams is appointed to a public seat.

Jeffery, of Barrow, has been a Superior Court judge in Barrow since 1982. He has a long record of legal service and community participation on the North Slope, including faith activities, involvement in an Eskimo dance group, and involvement in Rotary Club International. Jeffery earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a juris doctorate from Yale Law School. Jeffery is reappointed to a public seat.

Jenkins, of Anchorage, has been the owner of UPS store #5329 in Anchorage since 2005. She is also the executive director of Empower, a nonprofit organization that teaches employment skills to at-risk youth. Jenkins has 20 years of experience as a federal employee in human resource employment for the National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Army and Air Force. She has also served as a foster parent and has more than 20 years working with foster care. Jenkins is reappointed to a public seat.

Tyndall, of Fairbanks, has been a teacher for 22 years, and teaches 3rd-4th grade at Door of Hope Church. She is a volunteer lobbyist and has served on the committee since 1992. Tyndall is reappointed to a public seat

Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Angela Totemoff to the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute's Advisory Board.

The institute was established in federal law in 1990 after the Exxon Valdez oil spill to identify and develop the best available techniques, equipment and materials to deal with cold-water marine oil spills, and to help federal and state officials document and assess the long-term effects of such spills. It is guided by its advisory board, which includes representatives of state and federal agencies dealing with oil spills, marine scientists, Alaska Natives and residents of communities affected by the Exxon Valdez spill. Members are appointed to two-year terms.

Totemoff, of Eagle River, has worked for the Chenega Corporation for eight years and is a risk management specialist. She earned a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and an executive MBA in information and communication technology from Alaska Pacific University. She was born and raised in Tatitlek, and is appointed to a seat reserved for an Alaska Native who represents an entity in Prince William Sound that was affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Steve Menard and reappointed Kenneth Stout to the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board. The eight-member board advises the Department of Natural Resources regarding development of Alaska's oil and gas royalty interests to promote private sector growth, satisfy environmental standards and maintain public fiscal stability.

Menard, of Wasilla, has held numerous positions of public service in his career. A former member of the Wasilla City Council, he has also served as a special assistant to the commissioner of the Department of Labor, an administrative assistant in the governor's office and a substitute teacher, and he served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Menard is appointed to a public seat.

Stout, of Anchorage, is retired. He has served on the National Commission on Employment Policy. He is the former deputy director of emergency services for the Municipality of Anchorage. He served 28 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. Stout is reappointed to a public seat.

Renewable Energy Fund Advisory Committee

Governor Parnell reappointed Vince Beltrami and Jodi Mitchell to the Renewable Energy Fund Advisory Committee. The committee consults with the Alaska Energy Authority as it develops eligibility criteria for grants from a renewable energy grant fund, develops methodology for determining the order of projects that may receive grants from that fund, and adopts criteria to evaluate the benefit and feasibility of projects under consideration for funding by the Legislature.

Beltrami, of Anchorage, has been the executive president of the Alaska AFL-CIO since 2007. He is a trustee of the Alaska Electrical Pension Trust Fund and a former business representative for the IBEW. Beltrami also serves on the Denali Commission, which he represents on the Renewable Energy Fund Advisory Committee.

Mitchell, of Juneau, is the CEO and general manager of Inside Passage Electric Cooperative. She serves on the board of directors of Sealaska Corporation and the Alaska Power Association, and is vice president of Kwaan Electric Transmission Intertie Cooperative Inc. Mitchell is reappointed to a seat representing an Alaska Native organization.

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