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Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments


September 4, 2009, ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to state boards and commissions relating to earthquake safety, emergency response, fire fighting, subsistence and oil spill response.

Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission
Governor Parnell appointed David E. Miller and Gayle L. White, and reappointed John L. Aho and Roger A. Hansen, to the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission.

The commission is responsible for advising the governor, legislature and private sectors on policies for seismic hazard mitigation and disaster preparedness, and on when to issue seismic hazard warnings.

Miller, of Sitka, has more than 20 years of experience as a public safety officer. Currently serving as chief of the Sitka Fire Department, he has also served the community as a police officer and engineer with the fire department. He is a member of the Alaska State Firefighters Association and the Sitka Fire Department Volunteer Association, and is Alaska's state alternate director to the National Volunteer Fire Council. Miller earned an associate's degree from Grays Harbor College. He was appointed to a seat for a local government representative of a seismically active region.

White, of Anchorage, has worked for State Farm Insurance Co. since 1989. She is a chartered financial consultant and a chartered property and casualty insurance underwriter. White earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of the insurance industry.

Aho, of Anchorage, has 35 years of experience in planning, designing and managing multidisciplinary facility building projects, and recently retired as vice president and principal project manager for CH2M Hill. A recognized expert in seismic risk mitigation, he is a Federal Emergency Management Agency trainer in earthquake hazard mitigation, has been an instructor in the Municipality of Anchorage's post-earthquake damage assessment training program, and was awarded the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs' Commendation Medal in 2004 for his work in seismic risk mitigation. Aho earned a doctorate in structural engineering and a master's degree in aerospace engineering, both from Cornell University, a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Northrop University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has served on the commission since 2005, is currently chair and was reappointed to a public seat.

Hansen, of Fairbanks, has been state seismologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Geophysical Institute since 1994. He previously held geophysics research positions at other agencies, including the University of Colorado, Patrick Air Force Base, the University of Bergen (Norway), and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Hansen earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of the University of Alaska.

Alaska State Emergency Response Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed James N. Butler, James K. Maltby and Jamie L. Sunderland to the Alaska State Emergency Response Commission.

The 16-member commission is responsible for planning state responses to hazardous material spills and other state emergencies, for establishing local emergency planning districts around the state, and for coordinating its emergency plans with the district planning committees.

Butler, of Kenai, is an attorney with extensive experience in the legal issues relating to emergency response. His professional experience has focused on interagency coordination for oil spill response, and he has experience in Lower 48 wildfire issues. He has been a top legal advisor to organizations including the Alaska Division of Emergency Services during the Miller's Reach Fire; an Alaska coastal oil spill response organization; a corporate oil spill response team; an international petro-chemical corporation with Alaska and West Coast operations; an international oil exploration, production and transportation firm; and an Alaska/West Coast oil barge shipping incident management team. Butler was reappointed to a public at-large seat.

Maltby, of Fairbanks, has worked for Alaska West Express for nearly 20 years handling and transporting bulk hazardous materials destined for Prudhoe Bay. He has worked as a lead instructor for Alaska West Training Center, specializing in hazardous material transportation and hazardous material emergency response. Maltby is chair of the Alaska Trucking Association Safety Management Council and the Fairbanks North Star Borough's Local Emergency Planning Committee. He is the chief of the borough's hazardous materials team and a member of the Office of Hazardous Materials Education and Development. Maltby was reappointed to a seat reserved for a member of a Local Emergency Planning Committee from an urban area.

Sunderland, of Unalaska, has been public safety director for the City of Unalaska since 2003. He previously served Unalaska as a police officer and a police lieutenant, and served in the U.S. Army from 1984-2004. He was chair of the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Local Emergency Planning Committee. Sunderland holds a bachelor's degree in organizational management, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Sunderland has served on the commission since 2008 and was reappointed to a local government seat.

Fire Standards Council
Governor Parnell appointed Robert A. Dennard, and reappointed Greg Coon and Christopher G. Steeves, to the Fire Standards Council.

The 11-member council establishes the minimum training and performance standards for certification of fire fighters and other fire services personnel, and establishes minimum state fire training standards.

Dennard, of Sitka, has been an electrician for the Sitka Electric Department since 2003. He previously worked as a meter reader for the department. He has been with the Sitka Fire Department since 1997, including five years as a volunteer fire lieutenant and two years as volunteer fire captain, and has been a state-certified emergency medical technician since 1999. In 2001, Dennard was recognized as the Alaska State Firefighters' Association Firefighter of the Year; as the City of Sitka's outstanding volunteer; and as the Sitka Elks Lodge citizen of the year. He has also received a service award from the Sitka Local Emergency Planning Committee. Dennard was appointed to a seat reserved for a volunteer firefighter from a community of 2,500 or more residents.

Coon, of Fairbanks, owns CMI Consulting, a fire service teaching and consulting operation. He is battalion chief and EMT III for the University Fire Department. Coon has nearly 20 years of experience in diverse aspects of fire service, including structural and wildland firefighting, hazardous materials, aircraft rescue firefighting, and emergency medical response. He was appointed to a seat reserved for the chief of a fire department employing paid firefighters.

Steeves, of Eagle River, has worked as a firefighter at the Alyeska Marine Terminal since 2007, and has been a lieutenant for the Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department since 2002. He has a wide range of firefighting experience, including volunteer, municipal, wildland and industrial firefighting. Steeves has served on the council since 2008, and was reappointed to a seat reserved for a firefighter.

National Park and Park Monument Subsistence Resource Commissions
Governor Parnell appointed Lyle D. Wilder to the National Park and Park Monument Subsistence Resource Commissions.

Subsistence Resource Commissions were established for the seven national parks or monuments created by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 where subsistence harvest of resources is allowed. The commissions prepare local subsistence hunting programs for consideration by the secretary of the U.S. Interior Department and the governor, addressing such issues as eligibility, customary and traditional use, access, impacts of development projects, and regulation of subsistence seasons, bag limits and methods and means. Each nine-member commission includes three governor's appointments.

Wilder, of Port Alsworth, has been a commercial pilot for Lake and Peninsula Airlines since 2001 and holds commercial and instrument licenses. He holds a Bristol Bay salmon driftnet permit, and has been a longtime commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay. Wilder earned a bachelor's degree in missionary aviation and aviation maintenance from the Moody Bible Institute Aviation School. He has served five years on the Illiamna Advisory Committee and five years on a Port Alsworth improvement committee. He was appointed to a seat on the subsistence council for the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute Advisory Board
Governor Parnell reappointed Douglas A. Lentsch, George A. Levasseur, William P. Lindow, David J. Totemoff Sr. and Glenn C. Ujioka to the Prince William Sound Oil Spill Recovery Institute's Advisory Board.

The institute was established by federal law in 1990 after the Exxon Valdez oil spill to identify and develop the best available techniques, equipment and materials to deal with cold-water marine oil spills, and to help federal and state officials document, assess and understand the long-term effects of such spills. It is guided by its advisory board, which includes representatives of state and federal agencies dealing with oil spills, marine scientists, Alaska Natives and residents of communities affected by the Exxon Valdez spill.

Lentsch, of Nikiski, has been general manager of Cook Inlet Spill & Prevention Inc. since 1995. He served 25 years with the U.S. Coast Guard. During the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989, he served as chief of the Coast Guard's Pollution Response Branch in Washington, D.C., responsible for writing and enacting regulations requiring spill contingency plans for vessels and facilities. He provided significant technical assistance to Congress in planning for and drafting the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Lentsch earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Montana State University. He has served on the board since 2000 and was reappointed to a seat representing the oil and gas industry.

Levasseur, of Valdez, is a commercial fisherman, charter boat captain and retired state road and airport operations manager. For nearly 30 years, he has been a member of the Valdez Fisheries Development Board and has served on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council. Levasseur is a member of the core fleet of fishing vessels trained to respond to oil spills in the Sound, known as the Ship Escort/Response Vessel System. He graduated from the University of Minnesota. He has served on the board since 2006 and was reappointed to a seat representing a Prince William Sound fishing organization.

Lindow, of Cordova, has been a commercial salmon gillnetter in the Copper River and Prince William Sound since 1978 and a halibut fisherman in the Gulf of Alaska since 1997. He has served on the board of the PWS Aquaculture Corp., the Copper River Fisherman's Cooperative and the Copper River Salmon Producers Association. He was also a member of the PWS Regional Citizen's Advisory Council. Lindow attended the University of Colorado and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He has served on the board since 2006 and was reappointed to a seat representing a Prince William Sound fishing organization.

Totemoff, of Tatitlek, is an Alaska Native of Aleut descent who has 17 years of commercial fishing experience. Since 1976, he has been employed with BP Alaska on the North Slope. He serves as BP's community liaison to the Prince William Sound area, and is also on the board of directors for Chugach Alaska Corp. Totemoff attended the Texas Engineering Extension Service's firefighting school at Texas A&M University and the Fire Science Academy at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has served on the board since 2008 and was reappointed to a seat representing the oil and gas industry.

Ujioka, of Cordova, is a commercial salmon gillnetter in Copper River and Prince William Sound. He has worked as a maintenance equipment operator for an Alaska Native consortium that contracts the Alyeska's SERVS fleet of oil tanker escort vessels in the Sound. He has been active on various boards and commissions, including the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, the Chugachmiut Environmental Conservation Consortium and the Native Village of Eyak, serving on its board for more than a decade. Ujioka has served on the state spill advisory board since 1997 and was reappointed to a seat representing Alaska Natives.

posted Sept. 9, 2009
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