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Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments, October 31, 2013

October 30, 2013, Juneau, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors, Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority, and nominations to the Pacific Salmon Commission. 

Commission on Judicial Conduct

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

June, of Anchorage, has been an attorney in private practice for nearly 30 years. Previously, he was a partner at Birch, Horton, Bittner and Cherot. June is a member of the Alaska Association of Justice, American Association of Justice, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and the Alaska Bar Association. June has also been involved with the Anchorage Literacy Project and the Brother Francis Advisory Council. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and a juris doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. June is appointed as an attorney nominated from the Alaska Bar Association.

Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors

Governor Parnell reappointed Thomas Walters and David J. Weldon, Jr. to the Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors. The corporation allows Alaska to play a lead role in the exploration and development of space, in enhancing human and economic development, and in providing direction for space-related education, research, and economic development.

Walters, of Kodiak, is the manager and pilot for Maritime Helicopters. He previously was a commander and helicopter pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force. Walters served as councilman for the City of Kodiak, and was a member of the Kodiak Parks Advisory Board, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council Board of Directors, and the Kodiak Convention and Visitors Board. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Pilot of the Year Award, American Helicopter Society Heroism Award, Coast Guard Foundation Award, and Alaskan of the Year Governors Award. Walters is reappointed to the corporation as a member representing Kodiak and the private business sector.

Weldon represented Florida’s 15th Congressional District for 14 years and co-founded the Congressional Aerospace Caucus, which worked closely with the Aerospace Industries Association to promote job growth, and support our nation’s aerospace industrial base and national defense. Weldon is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and serves on the national board of advisors for the Washington Legal Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a medical doctorate from State University of New York, Buffalo. Weldon is reappointed to represent the aerospace industry.

Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority

Governor Parnell reappointed Mark Pfeffer to the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority. The five-member board borrows money and issues bonds and notes to make capital funds available for borrowing by municipalities, and in turn receives bonds and notes from Alaska municipalities.

Pfeffer, of Anchorage, is a real estate developer who has been involved in numerous public and private building projects in Alaska since 1981. A former architect, he was a founder and principal of kpb architects for more than 25 years. Currently, he is president of Pfeffer Development, a real estate development firm in Anchorage, and CONRAC Solutions, which develops and operates facilities for the national rental car industry throughout the United States. Pfeffer earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Nebraska. He has been on the authority since 2001, has served as chair since 2009, and is reappointed to a public seat.

Pacific Salmon Commission, Northern Panel

Governor Parnell nominated Clay Bezenek, Brennon Eagle, Mitchell Eide, Dennis Longstreth, Howard Pendell, and Robert Thorstenson, Jr. for service on the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Northern Panel, as public members with experience in salmon fisheries. These nominations are subject to final approval and appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

Bezenek, of Ketchikan, has been a commercial fisherman for 30 years. He has significant knowledge of fisheries subject to the terms of the Pacific Salmon Treaty. Bezenek currently serves as a member of the Alaska Fisherman’s Fund Advisory Board, United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters, Southeast Alaska Fisheries Alliance, United Fishermen of Alaska, and Ketchikan Fish and Game Advisory Committee. This is Bezenek’s first nomination to the commission as a member.

Eagle, of Wrangell, has more than 35 years of experience as a Southeast Alaska gillnet fisherman. He also participates in halibut, shrimp, and crab fisheries. Eagle has served as a member of the Wrangell Fish and Game Advisory Committee for 20 years. He is a board member of the Southeast Alaska Fisherman’s Alliance and a member of the United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters Association. This is Eagle’s first nomination to the commission as an alternate member.

Eide, of Petersburg, is a commercial fisherman and lifelong Petersburg resident. A vessel owner and operator, he fishes for salmon, herring, halibut, black cod, and crab. He serves on the boards of directors of the Southeast Alaska Seiners Association and the Northern Southeast Alaska Regional Aquaculture Association. Eide has served on the panel since 2006.

Longstreth, of Sitka, has been involved in the salmon trolling fishery since 1973. He has been a member of the Alaska Trollers Association, and was involved with the Port Alexander and Sitka Fish and Game Advisory Committees. He has previously served on the Port Alexander City Council and the Northern Southeast Local Emergency Planning Committee. Longstreth has served on the panel since 2000.

Pendell, of Sitka, has been a commercial salmon troller and long-liner since 1974. He is a founding member of the Sumner Straits Fish and Game Advisory Committee and a past member of the board of directors for Alaska Trollers Association. Pendell was involved with the Southeast Sustainable Salmon Fund. Pendell has served on the panel since 2001.

Thorstenson, of Juneau, is executive director of the Southeast Alaska Seiners Association. He has been involved in the United Fishermen of Alaska, the Southeast Sustainable Salmon Fund, and the Douglas Island Pink and Chum Hatchery Board of Directors. Thorstenson has been an advisor to the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission, a member of the Pacific Salmon Treaty Coalition, and is a consultant with the Prince of Whales Hatchery Association and the Armstrong-Keta Hatchery. He has served on the panel since 1996.

Pacific Salmon Commission, Transboundary Panel

Governor Parnell nominated John H. Clark, Ph.D., to the Pacific Salmon Commission’s Transboundary Panel.

The Transboundary Panel provides technical and regulatory advice to the Pacific Salmon Commission relating to management of salmon stocks originating in the Alsek, Taku and Stikine rivers, for both in-river and terminal area fisheries.

Clark has worked with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game since 1975 in positions, including fishery biologist, fisheries scientist, Interior Alaska regional supervisor, and Pacific Salmon Treaty specialist. He is the author of numerous technical fisheries publications, and has won numerous professional honors, including a Meritorious Service Award from the American Fisheries Society’s Alaska chapter, the Governor's Recognition Award for negotiation of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, and a Conservation and Management Service Award from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Carroll College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in fisheries biology from Colorado State University. Clark will continue on the Transboundary Panel as a member with salmon fishery management responsibility and expertise.

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