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Governor Announces New Board Appointments Mar 4, 2013


March 4, 2013, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Parnell today announced appointments to the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council, Alaska Fire Standards Council, Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board, Commission on Judicial Conduct, State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, and State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Alaska Veterans Advisory Council

Governor Parnell appointed Art Peters and reappointed Pam Beale, Joseph N. Fields III, and Irene Washington to the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council. The council advises the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and makes recommendations concerning the needs of and benefits for the state's veterans; for developing public and private partnerships to meet those needs; for providing information regarding veterans' benefits and services; and for improving recognition of state veterans.

Peters, of Ninilchik, now retired, spent 23 years in the Army and worked in remote areas of Alaska as a physician’s assistant. He was a commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Kenai Peninsula Chapter 830, and senior vice commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart for the Department of Alaska. West also spent two years in Vietnam with Special Forces, and served in many other areas of the world, including Central and South America with a Special Operation Group. Peters serves on the board in an at-large seat.

Beale, of Anchorage, is medically retired from the US Air Force, and remains active in many local and statewide veterans’ organizations. She is currently the commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 7. She serves on the Municipality of Anchorage Military and Veterans Commission, and formerly chaired the Armed Services YMCA’s fundraising committee. Beale earned degrees in education and psychology from Wayland Baptist University and is reappointed to a seat representing a veterans’ organization.

Fields, of Fairbanks, has been active in veterans’ issues for more than 40 years, and served two tours in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade. Also active in economic development and vocational training organizations, he is the president of Alaska International Development Corporation. Fields, who also serves on the Alaska Pioneers’ Homes Advisory Board, is reappointed to an at-large seat.

Washington, of Bethel, is a rural veterans’ liaison for the Veterans Administration. She served in the Alaska Army National Guard and the US Army, retiring in 2005, having worked as a mechanic, personnel manager, and non-commissioned officer for reenlistment. She has received the Alaska State Service Medal, Alaska Commendation Medal, and Alaska Distinguished Service Medal. Washington is reappointed to an at-large seat.

Alaska Fire Standards Council

Governor Parnell appointed Arlen Skaflestad and reappointed John Downes to the Alaska Fire Standards Council. The council establishes professional standards for fire service personnel, and curriculum requirements for the certification of training programs.

Skaflestad, of Hoonah, is the harbormaster for the City of Hoonah, and has served with the Hoonah Fire Department for 10 years. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, municipal police officer, state trooper, and served in the Alaska Army National Guard for 10 years. Skaflestad is appointed as a volunteer firefighter from a community of less than 2,500 residents.

Downes, of Copper Center, is the coordinator for the Copper River Local Emergency Planning Committee. He formerly served on both the State Emergency Response Commission and the Local Emergency Planning Committee Association. Downes was a medic in the US Air Force and formerly owned a retail auto parts store. He is reappointed as a public member of the council from a community of less than 2,500 residents.

Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Bob Roses to the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board. The board facilitates wise development of Alaska's oil and gas royalty interests by providing means and procedures for sales, exchanges, or other disposition of interest in ways calculated to promote private economic growth.

Roses, of Anchorage, is a former math teacher and former member of the Alaska House of Representatives. He is also a past president of Superior Car Wash Systems of Alaska, past member of the Alaska Retirement Management Board, and past president of the Anchorage Education Association. Roses graduated from Alaska Methodist University, now known as Alaska Pacific University, with a degree in mathematics. Roses is appointed to a public seat on the board.

Alaska Judicial Council

Governor Parnell appointed Lt. Dave Parker to the Alaska Judicial Council. The council reviews candidates for judicial vacancies and nominates two or more individuals for the governor’s review.

Parker, of Anchorage, is a retired Anchorage police officer and served for 17 years as a detective and public information officer. He is a former teacher and pastor. Parker has served as a board member for Standing Together Against Rape and for the Anchorage chapter of the Alaska Peace Officers Association. He has also volunteered at the McLaughlin Youth Center. Parker is a trainer in justice-related topics, including sexual assault, crimes against children and child homicide investigations. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Divinity. Parker is appointed to a public seat.

Commission on Judicial Conduct

Governor Parnell appointed Robert Groseclose to the Commission on Judicial Conduct. The commission reviews allegations against judges and justices, and promotes compliance with codes of conduct for judges.

Groseclose, of Fairbanks, is a partner at Cook Schuhmann and Groseclose, Inc., where he has practiced since 1977. He formerly served on the Alaska Judicial Council, and has served on numerous Alaska Bar Association committees. He recently co-chaired the United Way Tanana Valley campaign, and has previously served as a scoutmaster and as a member of the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks School Board. He is appointed as a representative of the second and fourth judicial districts.

State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Governor Parnell appointed Michael Wrey to the State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. The council works to provide for the coordination among state government agencies, local education agencies, and military installations in order to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents.

Wrey, of Eagle River, has served in the US Air Force since 1999. Currently the deputy director for manpower and personnel at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, he has served in numerous locations, including Pope AFB, Misawa AB, and Keesler AFB. Wrey is appointed to represent a military installation.

State Historical Records Advisory Board

Governor Parnell appointed Dennis Moser to the State Historical Records Advisory Board. The board reviews and makes recommendations for grant proposals that provide funds to agencies, institutions and organizations interested in the preservation and use of historical records for the sake of Alaska’s documentary heritage.

Moser, of Fairbanks, is the head of Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives at the UAF Elmer Rasmuson Library. He has a long career as a librarian and archivist at the University of Wyoming, Bridgewater State College, Southern Methodist University, Houston Metropolitan Research Center, and others. Moser earned a master’s degree in information and library studies from the University of Michigan, and serves on the board as a representative of UAF.

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