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Governor Parnell Appoints Alaskans to State Boards


November 20, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced the appointment of Alaskans to state boards dealing with juvenile justice, suicide prevention, the Alaska Permanent Fund and arts and education.

Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

Governor Parnell appointed Courtney F. Enright to the Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

The committee, with 15-33 members, is responsible for helping the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services strengthen and improve the state’s juvenile justice system and social services for young Alaskans.

Enright, of Ketchikan, is a senior at KetchikanHigh School. She has been a member of the Ketchikan Youth Court since 2002 and is currently a member of its board of directors. She was second vice president of the United Youth Courts of Alaska in 2008, and is an ad hoc member of the Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee’s youth subcommittee. Enright is the student representative to the Ketchikan Public Library’s Advisory Board, and a member of the library’s teen advisory group. She is also a member of the National Honor Society, Rotary Interact, Girl Scouts, student government and other service organizations. She was appointed to a seat reserved for a juvenile.

Suicide Prevention Council

Governor Parnell appointed Phyllis A. Carlson, Meghan E. Crow, Alana K. Humphrey, Lowell W. Sage Jr. and Sharon Strutz Norton, and reappointed William Martin, to the Suicide Prevention Council.

The 15-member council is responsible for developing and implementing a statewide suicide prevention plan and for providing an annual report to the legislature on its findings and recommendations. It also improves public awareness of suicide, enhances suicide prevention services and uses comprehensive, collaborative, community-based and faith-based approaches in its efforts.

Carlson, of Juneau, will begin working Monday as director of rural education for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. She previously worked from 1992-2009 as education program manager for the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She is serving her third term on the Juneau School Board, and has been a member of the National Johnson O’Malley Association, the United Way of Southeast Alaska board of directors, the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc., the Consortium for Alaska Native Higher Education, and the Juneau Youth Service Board. Carlson earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and education from AlaskaMethodistUniversity. She was appointed to a seat representing the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.

Crow, of Bethel, has been a social worker at BethelHigh School since 1998. She had previously worked in Bethel as a community educator and legal advocate for the Tundra Women’s Coalition from 1993-96, and as a Jesuit volunteer from 1993-94. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in social work from BostonCollege. She is an Alaska-licensed clinical social worker, holds a state special services education certificate, and coaches girl’s high school basketball and junior high cross country. Crow was appointed to a seat reserved for a secondary school employee.

Humphrey, of Fairbanks, is chief operations officer for Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska, which operates suicide prevention programs across the state. She had previously been senior vice president of the program’s statewide clubhouse and childcare operations from 2007-09, and vice president of clubhouses from 2005-07. Humphrey was executive director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the TananaValley from 2002-05. An Alaska-licensed childcare center administrator, Humphrey has also been an elementary school teacher in Fairbanks public and parochial schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She was appointed to a seat representing a youth organization.

Martin, of Juneau, has been president of the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska since 2007. He had earlier served as president of Juneau’s Tlingit & Haida Community, and as president of the San Francisco Tlingit & Haida Community. He was recently elected Alaska area vice president for the National Congress of American Indians. An experienced computer programmer, he retired in 2005 as operations manager for Tlingit & Haida Technology Industries. He earlier worked for IBM for 38 years as a computer programmer and customer service representative. Martin has served on the council since 2004, was chair from 2005-06, and was reappointed to a seat representing the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Sage, of Kivalina, has been pastor of the KivalinaFriendsChurch since 2003. He was pastor of the KotzebueFriendsChurch from 2000-02 and assistant pastor from 1998-99. Sage was recently selected as superintendent of all Friends Churches in Northwest Alaska. He is president of the Native Village of Kivalina, and is a member of the Maniilaq Association’s Behavioral Health Services Advisory Committee. Sage graduated from TikigaqHigh School in Point Hope, earned a BibleTraining School certificate from the FriendsBibleTrainingCenter in Kotzebue, and earned a building maintenance certificate from the AlaskaTechnicalCenter. Sage was appointed to a seat reserved for a member of the clergy.

Strutz Norton, of Homer, is a 30-year Alaska registered nurse with special interest in Alaska Native health care and suicide prevention. Her career has included work as a University of Alaska research assistant, nursing instructor, state nursing licensing examiner, and U.S. Army Reserves health-care instructor. A family survivor of suicide, she has worked to improve suicide prevention training for nurses. She serves as an Alaska liaison for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and is a founder of the Kenai Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition. An Alaska Native, she won Arctic Slope Regional Corporation’s Anagi Leadership Award in 2008 for her work to improve Native health care. Strutz Norton earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Phoenix, and is pursuing a doctoral degree through ArizonaStateUniversity. She was appointed to a public seat.

Governor Parnell welcomed the appointment of state Sen. Fred Dyson of EagleRiver to the council as a legislative member. Dyson has represented EagleRiver in the Alaska Senate since 2003, and in the House of Representatives from 1997-2003. He is a mechanical engineer whose professional career in Alaska also included work as a marine science consultant, technical writer, and Bristol Bay commercial fisherman. He has operated a charter boat in Prince William Sound since 2003. Dyson earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Washington. He was appointed by state Senate President Gary Stevens to a seat representing the Senate’s minority caucus.

Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation Board of Trustees

Governor Parnell appointed Larry Hartig, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation’s board of trustees.

The six-member board is responsible for overseeing corporate operations and setting investment policy for the Permanent Fund, established by state constitutional amendment in 1976 to save a portion of state mineral revenue. The Fund’s investments are currently valued at approximately $34 billion and generate annual dividends for qualified Alaskans.

Hartig has served as commissioner since 2007, responsible for protecting Alaska’s environment and natural resources from air, ground and water pollution. Before his appointment, he worked as a private natural resources and environmental attorney in Anchorage for 24 years. Hartig earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a law degree from Lewis & ClarkCollege in Portland. He is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and a former member of the State Board of Forestry. He was appointed to a seat reserved for a commissioner of a state department.

Hartig replaces Emil Notti, commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, who was appointed in 2006 and who will continue to serve on numerous other state boards.

Alaska Humanities Forum Board of Directors

Governor Parnell reappointed Robin Phillips to the Alaska Humanities Forum.

The forum’s 20-member board, including five governor’s appointees, supports the humanities — language, literature, religion, philosophy, history and the arts — in Alaska by judging applications and awarding grants for funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by developing programs and projects to support the humanities in Alaska.

Phillips, of Anchorage, is chief operating officer of Financial Resources, Inc., an investment advisory firm. She has previously worked as a staffer to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, as a state legislative staff member, and as administrative assistant for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. Named by Alaska Journal of Commerce as a top young Alaska professional in its “Top 40 Under 40” list in 2003, Phillips has been a member of the Government Hill Community Council, president of the Southeast Alaska Food Bank board of directors, and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Midnight Sun Food Festival and other public service organizations. Phillips earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Colorado. She has served on the Humanities Forum board since 2005, and was reappointed to a public seat.

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