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Governor Parnell Appoints Alaskans to Boards and Commissions

September 22, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska - Governor Sean Parnell today appointed Alaskans to boards responsible for historic preservation, pioneer homes, agriculture, firefighting and forestry.

Alaska Historical Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Patricia Roppel and Candace Waugaman to the Alaska Historical Commission.

The nine-member commission advises the governor and the legislature on matters relating to Alaska's history, oversees the state's historic preservation plan, recommends historic preservation grant projects for funding and develops criteria for evaluating monuments and historic sites.

Roppel, of Wrangell, is a published researcher, writer, and historian. She is a life member of the Alaska Historical Society, which named her Historian of the Year in 1977. Her published works include "Salmon from Kodiak," "Striking it Rich: Gold Mining in Southern Southeast," and "Land of Mists." She has served on the commission since 2003 and was reappointed to a seat reserved for a historian.

Waugaman, of Fairbanks, was a real estate saleswoman and named Alaska Realtor of the Year in 1976. She serves on the Fairbanks Pioneer Home Foundation, and on the boards of directors of the Tanana-Yukon Historical Society and the Alaska Historical Society. Waugaman was named the Fairbanks Historian of the Year in 2001. She has served on the commission since 2004 and was reappointed to a seat reserved for a person nominated by the Alaska Historical Society.

State Historical Records Advisory Board
Governor Parnell appointed Peter Caffall-Davis, and reappointed Carol O'Malley, to the State Historical Records Advisory Board.

The board, with at least nine members, is responsible for reviewing grant requests from historic, archival, research, governmental and academic organizations, and helps plan for statewide records management needs.

Caffall-Davis, of Hyder, is president and founder of LMI Alaska Inc., a real estate title service company. He has been founder, operator and manager of several legal support and litigation service organizations. Caffall-Davis established the Hyder Archives, a repository of historical information related to the community of Hyder. He was appointed to a public seat.

O'Malley, of Anchorage, is a former teacher in Alaska and Minnesota, and a former librarian. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in media and technology from Mankato State University in Minnesota. O'Malley has served on the board since 2006 and was reappointed to a public seat.

Alaska Pioneers' Homes Advisory Board
Governor Parnell appointed Jean Chapman and reappointed Anna Winters to the Alaska Pioneers' Homes Advisory Board.

The eight-member board conducts annual inspections of property and procedures of the Alaska Pioneers' Homes and recommends changes and improvements to the governor.

Chapman, of Palmer, is an active volunteer for senior citizens in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. She is a board member of the Palmer Senior Center and has volunteered hundreds of hours in service to seniors in the Palmer area. Chapman is a member of the Palmer Historical Society and Pioneers of Alaska. She was president of her church board, and has spent many hours as a volunteer at Providence Alaska Medical Center and at her local voting precinct. She was appointed to a public seat.

Winters, of Sitka, is director of Swan Lake Senior Center and has spent many years engaged in community service and advocacy in Sitka. She was appointed to a public seat.

Board of Agriculture and Conservation
Governor Parnell appointed Chris Flickinger and reappointed Anthony Nakazawa, Ph.D., to the Board of Agriculture and Conservation.

The seven-member board authorizes the disposal of agricultural land acquired by the Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund; approves and administers state agricultural loans; consults with the commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources on classification and sale of farm lands; and suggests candidates for state agriculture director to the commissioner.

Flickinger, of Kodiak, operates a cattle farm in Kodiak. He is chair of the Kodiak Soil and Water Conservation District, and participates on the Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair board of directors. He was appointed to a seat representing commercial livestock producers.

Nakazawa, of Eagle River, is an economics professor with the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service. He has previously been a rural development professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; director of the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service; an agricultural extension service economic development specialist; and state rural development director. Nakazawa earned a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in urban economics, and master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics. He was reappointed to a seat representing a statewide agricultural promotional organization.

Fire Standards Council
Governor Parnell appointed John Downes to the Fire Standards Council.

The 11-member council establishes the minimum training and performance standards for certification of fire services personnel in Alaska, establishes the minimum fire training standards in the State of Alaska, and collaborates with other governmental and non-governmental agencies regarding fire services.

Downes, of Copper Center, is the coordinator for the Copper River Local Emergency Planning Committee. He has served on the State Emergency Response Commission and was co-chair of the Local Emergency Planning Committee Association. Downes worked as a warehouse foreman at the trans-Alaska pipeline's Kuparuk flow station, and was owner-operator of a retail automobile parts store. He was appointed to an at-large seat reserved for a member of a community with fewer than 2,500 residents.

Board of Forestry
Governor Parnell appointed Eric Nichols to the Board of Forestry.

The nine-member board's mission includes advising the governor on state logging and forestry regulations, promoting cooperative resolution of industry-related issues, recommending areas of forestry research and suggesting improvements to state forestry laws and regulations.

Nichols, of Ketchikan, is a founding partner of Alcan Forest Products and owner of Evergreen Timber. He has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of the timber industry, including harvesting, purchasing, and sales in Alaska, Canada and Asia. He has worked for Rayonier, International Paper Co, and Champion International. Nichols earned a bachelor's degree in forest engineering from Oregon State University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Portland. He was appointed to a seat reserved for a forest industry trade association representative.

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