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Governor Parnell Makes Appointments to State Boards


June 15, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced his appointments to the Alaska Commission on Aging, Alaska Community Service Commission, Alaska Workers' Compensation Board, Aviation Advisory Board, and Water and Wastewater Works Advisory Board.

Alaska Commission on Aging

Governor Parnell appointed Marie Darlin to the Alaska Commission on Aging.

The 11-member commission makes recommendations to the governor and Legislature regarding legislation, regulations and appropriations for programs and services that benefit older Alaskans. Members are appointed based on their knowledge of and demonstrated interest in the concerns of Alaska's seniors.

Darlin, of Juneau, is retired from a career that included work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Juneau School District. She served on the Juneau School Board and the Juneau Commission on Aging, and is on the Board of Senior Citizens Support Services, Inc. She also served for nine years on the State Medical Care Advisory Commission. Darlin played key roles in forming the Alaska Federation of Active and Retired Federal Employees and served as president. She has been an active AARP volunteer for many years, and she received a First Lady's Volunteer Award in 1996 and a Lifetime Service Award from the Juneau Chamber of Commerce in 2002. Darlin was appointed to a public seat.

Alaska Community Service Commission

Governor Parnell appointed Kathryn E. Dodge, Benjamin Johnson and Rory Schneeberger, and reappointed Judy Bredberg, Kathleen Bugbee, Lebron McPhail and Leona Grishkowsky, to the Alaska Community Service Commission.

The 15- to 25-member commission prepares a national service plan for the state of Alaska, recruits participants into programs that receive assistance under national service laws and ensures outreach to community-based agencies that serve under-represented populations.

Dodge, of Fairbanks, has been an economic development specialist for the Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor's office since 2003. She previously worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company as telecommunications maintenance supervisor, then as systems and relationship manager. Dodge teaches college business and organizational behavior classes. She earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University. Dodge also earned master's degrees in organizational design and human development, and a doctorate in human and organizational systems, from Fielding Graduate University. She serves on numerous university boards relating to economic and entrepreneurial development. Dodge was appointed to a seat representing business.

Johnson, of Petersburg, has been operations director of the Petersburg Indian Association since 2009. He previously spent two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer and was a grant specialist for the Petersburg Indian Association. He has also worked as a commercial seine fisherman and fish processor. Johnson was appointed to a seat representing a community-based organization.

Schneeberger, of Hoonah, is a volunteer at public radio station KBRV-FM. She has worked as a legislative aide to Wrangell Representative Peggy Wilson, and in state legislatures in Wyoming and Colorado. Her experience also includes work as a restaurant manager in Sitka, an English teacher in Japan, an advertising jingle writer in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, and a private school administrator and teacher. Schneeberger has been a volunteer teen counselor, suicide prevention counselor, mediator and motivational speaker. She was appointed to a seat representing a community-based organization.

Bredberg, of Wasilla, retired from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District in 2003 after teaching 10 years at Wasilla High School and five years at Houston Junior/Senior High School. After retirement she has worked as a long-term substitute special education teacher. She has been student government advisor and a member of the district's student advisory board and curriculum board. Bredberg earned an associate's degree from the Matanuska-Susitna Community College and a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Alaska Pacific University. She was reappointed to represent an educator or local education agency.

Bugbee, of Anchorage, was business representative for the Alaska Regional Council of Carpenters from 1988-2003 and a graduate of the council's carpenter apprenticeship program. Her experience includes service as vice president of the Anchorage Council of Building Trades, director of the Anchorage chapter of National Association of Women in Construction, member of Building Owners and Managers Association International, and member of Anchorage Building Trades. Currently vice chair of the Community Service Commission, she was reappointed to a seat reserved for a local labor organization.

McPhail, of Palmer, has been director of education for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District since 2002. He previously spent three years as principal of Butte Elementary School, five years as assistant principal of Palmer High School, 10 years teaching in Mat-Su Schools and four years teaching in Valdez schools. McPhail earned a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern New Mexico University and a master's degree from the United States Sports Academy. His involvement in youth activities includes service as a coach for Pop Warner football, judo and ju-jitsu instructor and director of Alaska Family Services. McPhail was appointed to a seat representing community-based organizations.

Grishkowsky, of Unalakleet, has been an airline agent at West Coast Aviation in Unalakleet since 2001. She worked for the Bering Strait School District in its administrative office from 1988-2000, and as an English, art and music teacher from 1977-88. Grishkowsky won the district's Educator of the Year Award in 1998. She served on the Unalakleet City Council for more than eight years and in numerous capacities within the community, including the Head Start Parent Committee and Alaska Arts in Education. Grishkowsky earned a bachelor's degree in English from Dickinson State University. She was reappointed to a seat representing business.

Alaska Workers' Compensation Board

Governor Parnell appointed Charles M. "Chuck" Collins to the Alaska Workers' Compensation Board.

Members of the board meet to hear and resolve disputed workers' compensation claims cases around the state. The 18 board members are selected from four major areas of the state, half representing labor and half representing management. The board operates in nine three-member panels, which include one labor and one management member, plus an attorney hearing officer from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The full board also oversees the workers' compensation system and benefit providers.

Collins, of Juneau, has been branch manager for Key Bank in Juneau since 2009. He worked as interim executive director of the Juneau Economic Development Corporation in 2007 and of United Way of Juneau in 2006. Collins owned and operated Copy Express in Juneau from 1996-2009, was a partner and service manager for Yukon Office Supply in Southeast Alaska from 1988-1996, and worked as a business electronics technician in Kansas. His community service in Alaska has included serving as president of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Juneau Economic Development Council, and United Way of Southeast Alaska. He was appointed to an industry seat on the Southern panel.

Aviation Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Thomas Nicolos and James Stedman, and reappointed James Dodson and Tom George, to the Aviation Advisory Board.

The 11-member board advises the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities on aviation issues and consults with the commissioner on the selection of chief administrative officers of Anchorage and Fairbanks international airports, which constitute the Alaska International Airport System.

Nicolos, of Barrow, has been manager of airports and landfills for the North Slope Borough since 2006. He previously worked 25 years for Cape Smythe Air in Barrow, including five years as general manager and operations vice president, and 23 years as maintenance inspector and director of maintenance. Nicolos also worked as an aircraft mechanic in Kotzebue, Barrow and California. He is a member of the borough's zoning commission, a past member of the Barrow City Council and a past vice president of the Alaska Air Carriers Association. Nicolos was appointed as a member with special experience in aviation.

Stedman, of Juneau, has spent 22 years with Wings of Alaska in JuneauĀ as partner, vice president of flight operations, operations director, chief pilot, check airman, and line pilot. He is also a partner in Wings Airways. Stedman also flew for Haines Airways, and for Whalers' Cove Lodge in Angoon. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot license, with more than 12,000 hours of Alaska flight time. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Alaska Air Carriers Association since 2004 and served as the trade group's vice president. Stedman was appointed to a regional air carrier's seat.

Dodson, of Fairbanks, is president and chief executive of Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. and owner of Dodson Development. He was president of the Denali Group moving and relocation companies, and president and pilot for Frontier Flying Service. Dodson is chairman of the board of the Fairbanks Industrial Development Corporation and vice chair of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Economic Development Commission. He is a previous chairman of the Alaska Air Carriers Association and of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the executive board of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. Dodson earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was appointed to a seat representing the mayors of the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

George, of Fairbanks, has been Alaska regional representative of the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association since 2001, and has owned an aerial photography business since 1982. He worked in research and management at the UAF Geophysical Institute from 1973-91, and was adjunct faculty member of the UAF School of Agriculture and Land Resources from 1983-91. His extensive involvement in Alaska aviation organizations includes service as a director of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation since 1987, president of the Northern Alaska Aviation Symposium, Inc., since 1996, chair of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce's transportation committee since 2006, and vice chair of the Alaska Aviation Coordination Council since 2006. George earned a bachelor's degree in general science from Oregon State University, and a master's degree in geology and land resources management from UAF. He was reappointed to a seat representing general aviation pilots.

Water and Wastewater Works Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Jana Littlewood and Paul Trissel, and reappointed Mark Buggins, to the Water and Wastewater Works Advisory Board.

The nine-member board advises and assists the state Department of Environmental Conservation in preparing certification exams and reviewing applications; develops regulations governing water and wastewater operator certification; classifies treatment systems; and serves as a semi-final authority in settling disputes between operators and the department.

Littlewood, of Wasilla, has been a water systems administrator with Anchorage Well & Pump Service, Inc., since 2005. She has also worked as water system administrator for the Community Water Systems, and in utilities management for Restaurants Northwest.

Trissel, of North Pole, has been utility supervisor for the City of North Pole since 2007, and was a North Pole city water and wastewater operator from 1998-2007. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1991-97 maintaining the nuclear propulsion plant on a guided missile cruiser. Trissel earned an associate's degree in water and wastewater treatment and environmental technology, from the University of Alaska Southeast.

Buggins, of Sitka, has been environmental superintendent for the City and Borough of Sitka since 1989. He has a master's degree in environmental engineering and a bachelor's degree in paper and pulp technology, both from the University of Washington, and is a certified waste water treatment and water treatment operator. Buggins previously worked nine years in an activated sludge/secondary treatment plant for the Alaska Pulp Company.

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