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Governor Announces Board Appointments


June 13, 2011, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced new appointments to the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers, Board of Pharmacy, Board of Social Work Examiners, Historical Records Advisory Board, Humanities Forum Board of Directors, Marine Transportation Advisory Board, State Assessment Review Board, State Commission for Human Rights, Statewide Independent Living Council, University of Alaska Board of Regents, and the Vocational Rehabilitation Committee.

Board of Barbers and Hairdressers

Governor Parnell appointed Brittany Hartmann to the Board of Barbers and Hairdressers. The board regulates and controls the practice of barbering, hairdressing, manicuring, esthetics, body piercing, tattooing, and permanent cosmetic coloring.

Hartmann, of Fairbanks, currently serves as a staff member at the Fairbanks Legislative Information Office and as a teacher’s assistant at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is working to complete her bachelor’s degree. She is an active member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks student community, and is the recipient of numerous scholarships. She is appointed to a seat reserved for a member of the public.

Board of Pharmacy

Governor Parnell appointed Ted Mala, Jr., to the Board of Pharmacy. The board controls registration and disciplinary sanctions for pharmacists and provides for the regulation of controlled substances.

Mala, of Anchorage, is currently the business development manager at NANA Management Services, a full management service subsidiary of the Kotzebue-based NANA Development Corporation that was created by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Prior to his work with NANA Management Services, Mala was a senior media consultant with various news media organizations. He has also worked in real estate and as a project coordinator for the Southcentral Foundation. Mala is appointed to a seat reserved for members of the public.

Board of Social Work Examiners

Governor Parnell appointed Marilyn Kerr to the Board of Social Work Examiners. The board sets standards for the education, training, experience, and licensure required of Alaska’s social workers.

Kerr, of Anchorage, is a longtime licensed clinical social worker. She is currently employed as a mental health therapist at Providence Behavioral Medicine Group, where she has worked since 1997. Prior to her work with Providence, Kerr served as a social worker in a variety of roles and organizations throughout the state, including Alaska Guidance and Diagnostic Clinic, Providence Discovery Adolescent Mental Health, Human Affairs of Alaska, Hope Cottages Inc., Cordova Community Hospital, and for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association. Kerr also taught social work at the University of Alaska Anchorage during the 1980s. Kerr earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver, after receiving her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Catherine. She is appointed to a seat reserved for a licensed clinical social worker.

Historical Records Advisory Board

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

Fahning, of Soldotna, has served her hometown as city clerk since 2003. Prior to joining the staff of the City of Soldotna, Fahning was the assistant city clerk for the City of Sacramento, California. She has also served as the central records supervisor for the Sacramento Medical Foundation and the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Deputy Clerk. Fahning, a certified municipal clerk, is an active part of the records keeping community. She is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, the National Notary Association, the Master Municipal Clerk Academy, and the Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks. She is appointed to a seat reserved for a member of the public who has experience with maintaining public records.

Humanities Forum

Governor Parnell appointed Catkin Kilcher-Burton to the Humanities Forum board of directors. The forum was created to enrich the civic, intellectual and cultural life of all Alaskans by using the wisdom and methods of the humanities.

Kilcher-Burton, of Anchorage, is a retired U.S. Marine colonel. During her military career that spanned more than three decades, Kilcher-Burton held a variety of leadership roles focused on logistics and resource management. Active in the community, Kilcher-Burton has been the treasurer for the Anchorage Veterans Memorial renovation project and maintained her family’s homestead near Homer. Kilcher-Burton received a Master of Science degree in resourcing the national strategy from the National Defense University, a master’s degree in systems management from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in history and German from the University of New Mexico.

Marine Transportation Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Josh Howes to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board. The board works with the department of transportation and public facilities to make recommendations for a strategic plan that includes the mission, core values, objectives, initiatives, and performance goals of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Howes, of Anchorage, is the president of Premier Alaska Tours, where he also worked for 10 years as its vice president for safety and operations. He has also worked with Holland America West Tours and various other Holland America affiliates. Howes holds a master’s degree in global supply chain management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Bachelor of Arts in international business from Alaska Pacific University. Active in the tourism community, Howes has served in a variety of leadership roles with the Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau board of directors since 2004. He is appointed to a seat reserved for an Alaskan from a community not served by the Alaska Marine Highway System.

State Assessment Review Board

Governor Parnell appointed James Mosley, of Eagle River, to the State Assessment Review Board. The board conducts oil and gas property assessment appeal hearings on values set by the Department of Revenue.

After a long career as an engineer and having worked in operations management in the oil and gas industry, Mosley now works as a realtor with Prudential Jack White/Vista Real Estate, a position he’s held since 2003. Mosley has held senior management and engineering positions for a variety of oil and gas development companies, including Unocal, Marathon Oil Company, Gulf Oil Company, Eaton Industries of Huston, and Applied Drilling Technology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from North Georgia College and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Mosley is appointed to a seat reserved for someone who must be knowledgeable of assessment procedures for pipeline transportation of gas or unrefined oil. He is currently a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.

State Commission for Human Rights

Governor Parnell appointed JoAnn Holmes to the State Commission for Human Rights. The commission is tasked by state law to eliminate and prevent discrimination in employment, in practices by the state or its political subdivisions, in credit and financing practices, in places of public accommodation, and in the sale, lease or rental of real property; to process complaints from the public, hold hearings and order appropriate relief, and make an overall assessment, at least every three years of the progress toward equal employment opportunity by every state department. Results of the assessment conducted by the commission shall be included in the annual report made under AS 18.80.150.

Holmes, of Kodiak, is an artist who carves Alutiiq masks, bent wood ceremonial hats, and other items. She is a former tribal court administrator and a village administrator with the Woody Island and Ivanof Bay Tribal Councils. Prior to her work with the councils, she was the executive director of Alaska Public Interest Research Group, a consumer protection and advocacy organization. Holmes has been a member of the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct, Alaska Sentencing Commission, and the Governor’s Model Children’s Task Force. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors for Standing Together Against Rape, an organization that provides crisis intervention and advocacy services. She is appointed to a seat reserved for members of the public.

Statewide Independent Living Council

Governor Parnell appointed Anthony Cravalho to the Statewide Independent Living Council. The council develops, monitors and evaluates the federally funded state plan for independent living in Alaska, promotes the independent living philosophy statewide, and provides support and technical assistance to the entire network of centers for independent living in Alaska.

Cravalho, of Kotzebue, is the assistant planning and development director for the Maniilaq Association, an organization providing health, tribal, and social services to residents of rural northwest Alaska. Prior to taking on his current role with Maniilaq, Cravalho served as its lead planner and grant writer. A U.S. Army veteran, Cravalho holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in political science, both of which he earned at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He is appointed to a seat reserved for an advocate for people with disabilities.

University of Alaska Board of Regents

Governor Parnell appointed Mari Freitag to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. The board governs the University of Alaska, formulates policy, and appoints the President of the University.

Freitag, originally of Ketchikan, is currently the vice president of the student body at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The top graduate of Ketchikan High School in 2008 and a former intern in the office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Freitag is a political science major and heavily involved with student life at the university. She was elected to the student senate her freshman year, and has served in a variety of capacities as a student senator, including senate clerk, elections board chair, and internal affairs committee chair. For her work, she was named the student senator of the year by her colleagues.

Active in campus life beyond the student senate, Freitag has also been a member of the UAF Traditions Board, UAF Residence Hall Association, Student Recreation Center Board, and Skarland Hall Residence Life Council. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honors society, where she also serves as treasurer. Freitag is appointed to seat on the board reserved for a student.

Vocational Rehabilitation Committee

Governor Parnell appointed Mary Ann Pruitt and reappointed Karla Jutzi to the Vocational Rehabilitation Committee. The committee creates statewide interest in the employment and rehabilitation of Alaskans with disabilities, and fosters cooperation with public and private groups in this field.

Pruitt, of Anchorage, is a senior account executive with Morris Communications, where she’s worked since 2008. Previously, she worked in marketing and sales with a variety of Anchorage media companies, including New Northwest Broadcasters, KTVA CBS 11, and KYES TV 5. Pruitt also co-owns a vending machine business and a consulting firm. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is an active part of the Anchorage community. Pruitt is appointed to a seat reserved for a business person.

Jutzi, of Anchorage, is the executive director of the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Prior to taking on her role with the center in 2004, Jutzi spent nearly two decades in the education field. She has also worked with a variety of advocacy groups focused on education. Jutzi holds both a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in English from Valparaiso University. She is reappointed to a seat reserved for an Alaskan associated with a community rehabilitation program.
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