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Governor Parnell Names Alaskans to Workforce Safety, Training Boards

November 16, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced his appointment of Alaskans to state boards dealing with workforce development and workplace safety.

Alaska Safety Advisory Council

Governor Parnell appointed Phillip K. Galloway and Douglas A. Tansy, and reappointed Herb "Safety Herb" Everett, Daniel R. Monteleone, Robert S. Peterson, Michael E. Schowen and Zebulon J. Woodman, to the Alaska Safety Advisory Council.

The 14-member council seeks to reduce the risks of accidental death and injury in Alaska, working with private and public organizations to direct resources to improve safety. It makes recommendations to the governor and legislature on state safety policy, and plans the annual Governor's Safety Conference held in March. Members represent industry, labor, and federal, state and local government.

Everett, of Anchorage, has been director of safety and workers' compensation for Westmark Hotels, Inc., since 1991. He served 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 1989 as chief of ground safety at Elmendorf Air Force Base. He was a safety engineer for VECO Inc. during the Exxon Valdez oil spill response, and later safety coordinator for the Anchorage Telephone Utility. Everett holds safety and security professional certificates from the World Safety Organization, is past chairman of the Alaska Federal Safety and Health Council, and has been a member or officer of many other safety organizations, including the Denali Safety Council, American Society of Safety Engineers, National Safety Council, International Society for Falls Prevention and Veterans of Safety. He has served on the Safety Advisory Council since 1992, is the current chairman, and was reappointed to a seat representing industry.

Galloway, of Wasilla, is a health/safety/environmental instructor for Parker Drilling Co. in Anchorage. He previously worked as a safety consultant, insurance association risk and health/safety specialist, and safety administrator, and spent 25 years as a communications maintenance manager in the U.S. Air Force. Galloway received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a master's degree in business management from the University of LaVerne in California. He holds the National Safety Council's certified utility safety administrator and advanced safety certificates, and is an OSHA-authorized trainer for 10- and 30-hour general industry and construction courses. Galloway was appointed to a seat representing industry.

Monteleone, of Anchorage, has been safety director for the Municipality of Anchorage since 2007. He was statewide safety officer for the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities from 2000-07, was safety director for Yukon Fuel Co., and served in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1992. Monteleone earned a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University. He has served on the council since 2008, and was reappointed to a seat representing local government.

Peterson, of Juneau, has been the Southeast Alaska district representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 since 2006. He previously worked as a street maintenance supervisor for the City of Fairbanks from 2004-06, and for 20 years before that as a journeyman heavy equipment mechanic and operator in various locations around Alaska. He is trained in hazardous materials management, crane operations and traffic control. Peterson graduated from a heavy equipment operator's apprenticeship program in Washington state. He has served on the council since January, and was reappointed to a seat representing organized labor.

Schowen, of Anchorage, is a senior safety advisor with BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc., and an adjunct professor of safety and health compliance at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has held numerous positions as a safety professional in Alaska, including safety director for the Municipality of Anchorage, safety manager for Chugach Electric Association and training officer for the Alaska Department of Labor. Schowen earned a bachelor's degree in management from Marylhurst College in Oregon, and a master's degree in business organizational management from the University of La Verne in California. He is a certified safety professional, and holds the National Safety Council's certified utility safety administrator certificate. He has served on the council since 2000, and was reappointed to a seat representing industry.

Tansy, of Delta Junction, has been a general foreman for Norcon, Inc., since 2007. He graduated as a journeyman inside wireman from an apprenticeship program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547 in 2007, and served as a member of the union's contract negotiations committee in 2008. He previously worked as a union laborer in Fairbanks. Tansy holds first aid and CPR certificates, and is certified to operate various kinds of heavy equipment. A graduate of Lathrop High School, he was the school's assistant wrestling coach from 1996-2002. He was appointed to a seat representing organized labor.

Woodman, of Fairbanks, has been the business agent for Laborers Local 942 since 2005. He is a third-generation construction laborer and has more than 15 years of Alaska construction experience. He has taken classes since 1997 at the Alaska Laborers Training School in areas including first aid/CPR, North Slope training and pipeline construction. A lifelong Alaskan, Woodman has served on the council since 2006 and was reappointed to a seat representing organized labor.

Alaska Workforce Investment Board

Governor Parnell appointed Larry Bell, and reappointed Martin T. Anderson Jr., Jim L. Lynch, Bonnie Jo Savland and Frederick A. Villa 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 consists of 23-26 members representing industry, labor, education, vocational training and government.

Anderson, of Sterling, owns Alaska Technical Training, a firm offering secondary and post-secondary training in inspection and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of pipelines, tanks and related oilfield equipment. His 27-year career in Alaska includes work as an NDE contract supervisor at Prudhoe Bay, inspection firm quality control manager, and president of an oilfield inspection service. Anderson has served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board since 2003, and is the board's career and technical liaison to the district. Anderson has served on the boards of the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Kenai Peninsula Oilers baseball team. He has served on the Workforce Investment Board since April, and was reappointed to a seat representing secondary vocational education.

Bell, of Wasilla, has been business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547 since 2005. He previously served two years as the business representative for the union's inside construction agreement, and before that worked as a journeyman wireman in Alaska after graduating from the union's apprenticeship program in 1998. Bell is co-chair of the Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Training Trust and has served on the trust's board since 1998. He was appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of organized labor.

Lynch, of Fairbanks, has been chief financial officer for Fairbanks Memorial Hospital since 2008, and was the hospital's fiscal accounting supervisor, then chief of human resources from 2000-08. He has also worked in Fairbanks as a certified public accountant, controller and assistant controller. He served as chair of the Interior Alaska Regional Council on workforce and economic development from 2001-08. Lynch earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Alaska in 1994 and was licensed as a certified public accountant in 1997. He has served on the board since 2008 and was reappointed to a seat representing business or industry.

Savland, of Anchorage, has been manager of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company's Alaska Native Program since 2003, and was the firm's minority business enterprise coordinator in 2002. A Tlingit raised in Southeast Alaska, she had previously been state director of the Alaska Native Coalition on Employment and Training, and business and economic development manager for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska. Savland has served as the treasurer of the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium. She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Lewis & Clark College in Portland. She has served on the board since 2008 and was reappointed to a seat reserved for a representative of business or industry.

Villa, of North Pole, is associate vice president for workforce programs for the University of Alaska statewide system. He previously worked as special assistant to the Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska from 2005-06, and worked at a North Pole oil refinery for 19 years in jobs including process operator, control board operator and training director. He is a member of the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, and has been a member, vice chair and chair of its board of directors. Villa earned a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of South Dakota. He has served on the board since April, and was reappointed to a seat representing the University of Alaska.

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