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Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments

Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments

March 25, 2010, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced his appointments to the Advisory Council on Libraries, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Alaska Workforce Investment Board, Denali Subsistence Resource Commission and State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Advisory Council on Libraries

Governor Parnell appointed Nancy L. Bertels, Mary Jo Joiner and Arthur L. Walters, and reappointed Barbara M. Kreher and Kathryn J. Martin-Albright, to the Advisory Council on Libraries. The 12-member council advises the Alaska State Library Administration on the federal Library Services and Technology Act plan for the state, and on the development and evaluation of library services throughout Alaska.

Bertels, of Sutton, has been director of the Sutton Public Library since 1983. She previously worked three years in Alaska as a forestry technician for AlaskaState Parks and U.S. Forest Service. A graduate of BartlettHigh School in Anchorage, Bertels has taken continuing education classes in library science through the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Alaska Library Association. Bertels was nominated by the Alaska Library Association, and appointed to a public librarian seat.

Joiner, of Kenai, has been director of the Kenai Community Library since 2006. She previously spent 16 years as director of a public library in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, and three years as head librarian at GeorgetownUniversityMedicalCenter in Washington, D.C. Joiner earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian from the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree in library science from SimmonsCollege in Boston. She served three terms as president of the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association in Massachusetts, and was president of the Alaska Library Association from 2008-09. Joiner was nominated by the Alaska Library Association and appointed to a seat reserved for the organization’s immediate past president.

Kreher, of Douglas, has been a librarian in Juneau public elementary and high schools since 1996. She previously worked as a social studies assistant for the state’s education department, library assistant to the state Department of Fish and Game, and public school librarian in Oak Harbor, Washington. Kreher received an associate’s degree in business administration from WhatcomCommunity College in Washington, and a bachelor’s degree in education from WesternWashingtonUniversity. She was nominated by the Alaska Library Association, and appointed to a seat representing school librarians.

Martin-Albright, of Wasilla, has been director of the Wasilla Public Library since 2005, and previously was the library’s adult and electronic services librarian. She has also worked in Anchorage as a library clerk at the Alaska Resources Library and Information Service. Martin-Albright is a member of the Public Library Association, and was the City of Wasilla’s Employee of the Year in 2004. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from TowsonUniversity in Maryland and a master’s degree in library science from IndianaUniversity. Martin-Albright was reappointed to public librarian seat.

Walters, of Seward, is a licensed foster care parent and advocate for the disabled. He has been a Cubmaster and outreach coordinator for a Cub Scout pack in Seward, worked at ResurrectionBayBaptistChurch’s children’s camp, and been a volunteer disability awareness trainer in Seward city schools and volunteer children’s counselor at National Camps for the Blind in Idaho. Walters served 15 years on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, is a longtime member of the state Special Education Service Agency’s board of directors, and has received numerous state awards recognizing his service to Alaskans with disabilities. He is blind and hard of hearing, and was appointed to a seat representing public library users who experience disabilities.

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

Governor Parnell reappointed Milton B. Byrd and Rebecca L. Huggins to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. The 14-member commission administers state student loan programs, and authorizes new facilities and programs for higher education in Alaska.

Byrd, of Anchorage, is president emeritus of CharterCollege, which he established in 1985 and led as president until 2005. A career postsecondary educator, he was on the faculty of IndianaUniversity and Southern Illinois University, held university administrative positions, including associate dean of instruction at Southern Illinois University, vice president for academic affairs at NorthernMichiganUniversity, and provost at FloridaInternationalUniversity. He was also president of ChicagoStateUniversity and Adams State College in Colorado. Byrd earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BostonUniversity, and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He has been active on many regional and national boards, both public and private, relating to education and public policy. He was reappointed to a seat for an administrator of a private institution of higher education.

Huggins, of Wasilla, has been principal of MidValleyHigh School since 2005. She has held a number of positions in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough school district, including originator and site administrator for MidValleyHigh School, district coordinator for standards-based transition, grant writer and lead teacher. She served 14 years in the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot and commander. Huggins earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Kearney State College in Nebraska and a master’s degree in educational leadership at University of Alaska Anchorage, and graduated from the Officer Advanced Course in the ArmyAirDefenseArtillerySchool. She was reappointed to a public seat.

Alaska Workforce Investment Board

Governor Parnell appointed Ken J. Peltier and Pearl A. Strub to the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. The board develops and manages a comprehensive state human resource investment system, and promotes an efficient integrated system of employment education and training programs to help provide Alaskans the skills necessary to thrive in the state’s evolving economy. The board includes members representing industry, labor, education, vocational training and government.

Strub, of Dillingham, is director of education, employment and training for the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp., and previously worked as its education project director. She has been a managing partner in a salmon processing firm since 2004. She previously was workforce development director and education program manager for the Bristol Bay Native Association. She was a member of the University of Alaska’s College of Rural and Community Development advisory council from 1998-2005, and of the university’s Bristol Bay Campus advisory council since 1995. Strub has been a director of several subsidiaries of Choggiung Ltd., the Alaska Native village corporation for Dillingham, and of Choggiung’s education endowment foundation. She was appointed to a seat for a representative of business and industry.

Peltier, of Palmer, has been administrator of the Alaska Operating Engineers/Employers Training Trust since 2007. He started with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302’s apprenticeship program in 1990, and after graduating worked 14 years as a heavy equipment mechanic and operator, foreman and superintendent with Wilder Construction. He became a dispatcher, then business agent for the union in 2003, and was safety coordinator for the Municipality of Anchorage’s maintenance department in 2006. Peltier previously served three years on the Alaska Labor Relations Board, and two years on the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s labor advisory board. He was appointed to a seat on the workforce development board for a representative of postsecondary vocational education.

Denali Subsistence Resource Commission


Governor Parnell appointed Pamela L. Green to the to the Denali Subsistence Resource Commission, one of seven state-federal subsistence advisory council established under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) to advise the governor and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior on subsistence activities in ANILCA-created parks. The commissions address such issues as eligibility, customary and traditional use, access, impacts of development, and regulation of subsistence seasons, bag limits, and methods and means. Each nine-member commission includes three governor’s appointees.

Green, of LakeMinchumina, is a third-generation Alaskan who lives a subsistence lifestyle of hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening and berry picking. She and her husband also operate a wilderness cabin service, and she has worked as an airline agent and mail carrier, and as an observer of air quality, weather and ice conditions. Green is trained as an emergency trauma technician. She was appointed to a public seat.

State Historical Records Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Bridget J. Burke, and reappointed Zachary Jones and Laura Samuelson, to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. The board, with at least nine members, is responsible for reviewing grant requests from historical, archival, research, governmental and academic organizations, and helps plan for statewide records management needs.

Burke, of Fairbanks, is head of the Alaska and Polar Collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her previous positions include library outreach coordinator at WellsCollege in Aurora, New York, special collections head at GeorgeMasonUniversity in Virginia, director of the American Alpine Club Library in Colorado and curator of the Colorado Historical Society. She was curator of an arts book collection and assistant curator of rare Western books at YaleUniversity, and was a reference librarian at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and at the New York Public Library. Burke earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in liberal studies, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in American history from WesleyanUniversity. She was appointed to a seat for a University of Alaska Fairbanks archivist.

Jones, of Juneau, is an archivist for the SpecialCollectionsResearchCenter at the Sealaska Heritage Institute, and an adjunct instructor of history at University of Alaska Southeast. He previously worked in the Rare Books and Manuscripts department at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, and held other library and archive-related positions as an undergraduate and graduate student. Jones is a member of the Society of American Archivists, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies and the Mormon History Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from UtahStateUniversity and a master’s degree in comparative history from the College of William & Mary, and received a certificate of advanced studies in archives and records administration from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Jones was appointed to a seat representing a person involved in Native American record-keeping.

Samuelson, of Nome, has been director of the city-owned CarrieM.McLainMemorialMuseum since 1997. She has previously worked in Nome as a state public assistance eligibility technician, construction office manager, and administrative officer for the state transportation department. She also worked in public relations for Inspiration Gold, Inc., as shareholder relations director for Bering Straits Native Corp., and in various positions for the Nome Nugget newspaper. Samuelson earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from WesternIllinoisUniversity, and belongs to many professional organizations, including the Nome Historical Foundation, Museums Alaska, and the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, and is a director of the Alaska Historical Society. She was reappointed to a local government records seat.

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