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Governor Walker Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions


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July 26, 2017 ANCHORAGE — Governor Bill Walker today announced 42 new appointments to Boards and Commissions. The appointments fill vacancies on several regulatory and advisory bodies, including the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council, the Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board, and the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council.

“Alaskans who serve on a board, commission, or council are involved in critical work that impacts the everyday lives of their fellow citizens,” Governor Walker said. “I thank those who have volunteered to serve, and look forward to seeing the work these appointees will accomplish.”

 

06.20.17 Appointments

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Toole of Eagle River was appointed to the Military Installation Representative seat on the State Council on Educational Opportunities for Military Children. His term began on July 1, 2017 and ends July 1, 2020. Lt. Col. Toole is in the United States Army. He holds a Ph.D. in Education and was an Assistant Professor at West Point. The council provides for the coordination among state government agencies, local education agencies, and military installations concerning the state’s participation in, and compliance with, the terms of the Compact and the activities of the Interstate Commission on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Kip Kermoian of Haines was appointed to the Lynn Canal/F&G Advisory seat on the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 1, 2019. Mr. Kermoian is a biologist and documentarist. He holds Bachelors Degrees in Wildlife, Film, and Anthropology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The Council assists the Department of Natural Resources in developing and monitioring a management plan for the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Teri Ann Holderman of Ketchikan was appointed to the Public seat on the Alaska Pioneers’ Homes Advisory Board for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2021. Ms. Holderman is an Administrative Assistant for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Public Works. The board conducts annual inspections of the property and procedures of the Alaska Pioneers’ Homes and recommends changes and improvements to the Governor.

Gordon Severson, Sr. of Anchorage was appointed to the Public seat on the Alaska Pioneers’ Homes Advisory Board for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2021. Mr. Severson retired from the Corps of Engineers and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. He is a verteran of the Korean War where he was awarded four Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal for valor. The board conducts annual inspections of the property and procedures of the Alaska Pioneers’ Homes and recommends changes and improvements to the Governor.

Meghan Clark of Anchorage was appointed to the Higher Education seat on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Ms. Clark is a parent of children with developmental disabilities and she coordinates the pediatric neurodevelopment clinic and the project ECHO Autism clinic for the University of Alaska, Anchorage. She holds an MBA from Alaska Pacific University. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which provide special education or deliver services to people with disabilities.

Corey Gilmore of Juneau was appointed to the Consumer/Primary seat on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Ms. Gilmore is the Canvas Program Assistant with REACH, Inc. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which provide special education or deliver services to people with disabilities.

Christian Muntean of Anchorage was appointed to the Consumer/Secondary seat on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Mr. Muntean is the President of Vantage Consulting and holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

Charles Sears of Anchorage was appointed to the Public seat on the Alaska State Council on the Arts for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Mr. Sears is the Marketing Manager for Great Alaskan Holidays and has over seven years of filmmaking, art and education experience. The Council exists to enrich the cultural life of the state by encouraging and supporting excellence in the arts and by providing opportunities for every Alaskan to experience the arts. The council promotes the practice and enjoyment of the arts in Alaska, guides the development of the arts throughout the state.

Charlotte Fox of Anchorage was appointed to the Public seat on the Alaska State Council on the Arts for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Ms. Fox is the retired Executive Director of the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. The Council exists to enrich the cultural life of the state by encouraging and supporting excellence in the arts and by providing opportunities for every Alaskan to experience the arts. The council promotes the practice and enjoyment of the arts in Alaska, and guides the development of the arts throughout the state.

Nancy Norman of Auke Bay was reappointed to the Governor's Appointee seat on the Education Commission of the States for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 1, 2021. Ms. Norman has over 30 years of classroom experience and was selected as Alaska Teacher of the Year. She currently works as a private education consultant. She holds a Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Texas. The commission helps states develop effective policy and practice for public education by providing data, research, analysis and leadership; and by facilitating collaboration, exchange of ideas among the states, and long-range strategic thinking.

Deena Bishop of Anchorage was reappointed to the Governor's Appointee seat on the Education Commission of the States for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 1, 2021. Dr. Bishop is the Superintendent of the Anchorage School District. She holds a Doctor of Education from the Unviersity of Oregon. The commission helps states develop effective policy and practice for public education by providing data, research, analysis and leadership; and by facilitating collaboration, exchange of ideas among the states, and long-range strategic thinking.

Vince Beltrami of Anchorage was reappointed to the Public seat on the Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 1, 2021. Mr. Beltrami is the President of Alaska AFL-CIO. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. The duty of the board is to establish and maintain a salient collection of information related to oil and gas exploration, development, and production in the state. The board also collects information related to tax structures, rates, and credits in other regions with oil and gas resources and it reviews historical, current, and potential levels of investment in the state’s oil and gas sector.

Kara Moriarty of Anchorage was reappointed to the Non-Profit Trade Association seat on the Oil and Gas Competitiveness Review Board for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 1, 2021. Ms. Moriarty is the President and CEO of Alaska Oil and Gas Association. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Mount Marty College. The duty of the board is to establish and maintain a salient collection of information related to oil and gas exploration, development, and production in the state. The board also collects information related to tax structures, rates, and credits in other regions with oil and gas resources and it reviews historical, current, and potential levels of investment in the state’s oil and gas sector.

Andy Hedden of Haines was reappointed to the Haines Commercial/Industrial Interests seat on the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 1, 2019. Mr. Hedden is the owner of Haines Rafting Company and the past Director of Operations at Chilkat Guides, Ltd. The Council assists the Department of Natural Resources in developing and monitoring of a management plan for the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Stephen Lewis of Juneau was reappointed to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service seat on the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 1, 2019. Mr. Lewis is a Wildlife Biologist with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management. He holds a Masters Degree from Boise State University. The Council assists the Department of Natural Resources developing and monitoring of a management plan for the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Peter Christopher of New Stuyhok was reappointed to the New Stuyahok seat on the Wood-Tikchik State Park Management Council for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 1, 2020. Mr. Christopher is the former Mayor of the City of New Stuyhok. He is an active subsistence user in the Wood Tikchik State Park. The council develops a management plan for the park with the advice and assistance of the Department of Natural Resources. It also monitors the plan's implementation.

Susan Flensburg of Dillingham was reappointed to the Bristol Bay Native Association seat on the Wood-Tikchik State Park Management Council for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending July 1, 2020. Ms. Flensburg has worked in the natural resource management field in Dillingham for over 30 years. She currently manages the Bristol Bay Native Association's Environmental Program and is a founding member of the board of directors on the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust. The council develops a management plan for the park with the advice and assistance of the Department of Natural Resources. It also monitors the plan's implementation.

Carol Gore of Anchorage was reappointed to the Senior or Low-Income Housing Expertise/Experience seat on the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Board of Directors for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2019. Ms. Gore is the President and CEO of Cook Inlet Housing and has more than 30 years of experience in real estate, property management and housing development. The board assists in ensuring decent, safe, and sanitary housing by providing mortgage loan financing. The board also acts as the principal source of residential financing in the state and functions as a secondary mortgage market.

Alan Wilson of Juneau was reappointed to the Energy Efficient Home-Building or Weatherization seat on the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Board of Directors for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2019. Mr. Wilson is the President of Alaska Renovators, Inc. He has served on the Juneau Affordable Housing Commission and is the Past Chairman of the Cold Cliimate Housing Research Center. The board assists in ensuring decent, safe, and sanitary housing by providing mortgage loan financing. The board also acts as the principal source of residential financing in the state and functions as a secondary mortgage market.

Anthony Cravalho of Kotzebue was reappointed to the Consumer/Secondary seat on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Mr. Cravalho is the Director of Planning and Development for the Maniilaq Association. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Nevada. He is an Army veteran and a parent of an adult child with autism. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

Mallory Hamilton of Anchorage was reappointed to the Consumer/Secondary seat on the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Ms. Hamilton is a long-time volunteer advocate for the Disability Community. The council serves as the interdepartmental planning/coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

Peggy Ferguson of Fairbanks was reappointed to the Public seat on the Alaska State Council on the Arts for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Ms. Ferguson is the Executive Director for the Fairbanks Drama Association and Children's Theatre. She holds a degee in Theatre Arts and Speech from the University of Minnesota. The Council exists to enrich the cultural life of the state by encouraging and supporting excellence in the arts, and providing opportunities for every Alaskan to experience the arts. The council promotes the practice and enjoyment of the arts in Alaska, and guides the development of the arts throughout the state.

Mary Wegner of Sitka was reappointed to the Public seat on the Alaska State Council on the Arts for a term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Dr. Wegner is the Superintendent of the Sitka School District. She obtained her Doctorate in Educational Technology from Pepperdine Univesity. The Council exists to enrich the cultural life of the state by encouraging and supporting excellence in the arts and providing opportunities for every Alaskan to experience the arts. The council promotes the practice and enjoyment of the arts in Alaska, and guides the development of the arts throughout the state.

James Johnsen of Fairbanks was reappointed to the Higher Education seat on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education for a term beginning June 25, 2017 and ending June 25, 2021. Dr. Johnsen is the President of the University of Alaska. He holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. The commission develops and disseminates information for higher education planning in the western states and provides access and opportunity for students from the 15 member states to share higher education resources.

 

07.11.17 Appointments

David Kester of Anchorage was appointed to the Southcentral Panel/3rd JD/Industry seat on the Workers' Compensation Board. His term began on July 7, 2017 and ends March 1, 2019. Mr. Kester is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Boise State Univesity. The Board meets to oversee and administer the functioning of the Workers Compensation system.

Luanne Urfer of Eagle River was appointed to the new permanent Landscape Architect seat on the State Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending March 1, 2021. Ms. Urfer is the Principal and Senior Landscape Architect with Sustainable Design Group, LLC. She holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Land Planning and Landscape Architecture from the Conway School of Design. The Board controls the registration of applicants in the architectural, engineering, land surveying and landscape architect professions.

William Ware of Juneau was appointed to the Transportation seat on the Governor's Tribal Advisory Council for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending May 5, 2020. Mr. Ware is the Transportation Manager for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He currently serves as the Intertribal Transportation Association Chair and the National Congress of American Indians Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Chair. The council seeks to identify areas of concern and opportunity shared by the State and the Tribes and to suggest policy, programs and other means and methods for solutions and progress.

Craig Chapman of Eagle River was appointed to the Public seat on the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority for a term beginning July 15, 2017 and ending July 15, 2021. Mr. Chapman recently retired as the Finance Director of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Gonzaga University. The Board borrows money and issues bonds and notes to make capital funds available for borrowing by municipalities. In turn The Board receives bonds and notes from Alaskan municipalities.

Edward Athey of Seward was appointed to the Local Government Representative seat on the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Mr. Athey is the Fire Chief of the City of Seward. He has been involved in Emergency Management in Alaska for over 28 years. The commission recommends goals and priorities for seismic hazard mitigation to the public and private sectors.

Nicole Lebo of Anchorage was appointed to the Youth Organization seat on the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending October 1, 2017. Ms. Lebo is the Director of Program Services for Camp Fire Alaska. She holds a Master's Degree in Education from the Universtiy of New York. The council advises the Governor and the Legislature on how to reduce suicide and its effect on individuals, families, and communities throughout the state.

Monique Andrews of Eagle River was appointed to the Military seat on the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending October 1, 2020. Ms. Andrews is the Resilience and Risk Reduction Program Coordinator for the Alaska Army National Guard. She graduates with her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Alaska Pacific University this fall. The council advises the Governor and the Legislature on how to reduce suicide and its effect on individuals, families, and communities throughout the state.

Britta Hamre of Anchorage was appointed to the 16-24 Years of Age seat on the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending October 1, 2019. Ms. Hamre is the Resettlement and Placement Case Manager with Refugee Assistance and Immigration Services, a division of Catholic Social Services. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The council advises the Governor and the Legislature on how to reduce suicide and its effect on individuals, families, and communities throughout the state.

Chris Beck of Anchorage was appointed to the Recreational Organization seat on the Board of Forestry for a term beginning July 10, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Mr. Beck is a founding partner of Agnew::Beck, a planning and community development firm. He has more than 30 years of experience in land use and strategic planning, including for tourism and recreation. The board advises the Commissioner on regulations proposed for adoption under AS 41.17. It also provides a forum for representatives of affected interests to discuss and resolve relevant issues concerning Alaska’s forest resources.

Talis Colberg of Palmer was appointed to the Public seat on the Alaska Historical Commission for a term beginning July 10, 2017 and ending July 1, 2020. Mr. Colberg is the Director of the Matanuska-Susitna College, a campus of the University of Alaska, Anchorage. He holds a Ph.D. in Northern Political History and Culture from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and a law degree from Pepperdine Univestiy School of Law. The commision advises the Governor and the Legislature on matters related to Alaska’s history and prehistory.

Thomas Walters of Kodiak was reappointed to the Kodiak Resident/Private Sector seat on the Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending July 1, 2021. Mr. Walters is the owner of Kodiak Alaska Beach Enterprise. He is a former United States Air Force Combat Rescue Pilot and United States Coast Guard Rescue Pilot. The Alaska Aerospace Corporation facilitates Alaska’s lead role in the exploration and development of space by enhancing human and economic development, and by providing direction for space-related education, research, and economic development.

Laura Kelly of Juneau was reappointed to the Federal Agency Representative seat on the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Ms. Kelly is the Supervisory Engineer of the Civil Engineering Unit for Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center in Juneau. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah. The commission recommends goals and priorities for seismic hazard mitigation to the public and private sectors.

Sterling Strait of Anchorage was reappointed to the Public/Restricted seat on the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Mr. Strait is a Project Engineer for NANA WorleyParsons. He is also a licensed Structural Engineer and holds a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska, Anchorage. The commission recommends goals and priorities for seismic hazard mitigation to the public and private sectors.

Denise Herzog of Fairbanks was reappointed to the Mining Organization seat on the Board of Forestry for a term beginning July 10, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Ms. Herzog is the Manager of Environment and Regulatory Affairs for Tower Hill Mines, Inc. She holds a Master's Degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The board advises the Commissioner on regulations proposed for adoption under AS 41.17. It also provides a forum for representatives of affected interests to discuss and resolve relevant issues concerning Alaska’s forest resources.

William Putman of Fairbanks was reappointed to the Forester/Non-Government seat on the Board of Forestry for a term beginning July 10, 2017 and ending June 30, 2020. Mr. Putman is the Forestry Director for the Tanana Chiefs Conference. He has worked as a forester in Fairbanks for over 30 years and holds degrees in Forestry and Natural Resource Management from the University of Montana and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The board advises the Commissioner on regulations proposed for adoption under AS 41.17. It also provides a forum for representatives of affected interests to discuss and attempt to resolve relevant issues concerning Alaska’s forest resources.

Michael Hawfield of Homer was reappointed to the Historical Society Nomination seat on the Alaska Historical Commission for a term beginning July 10, 2017 and ending July 1, 2020. Mr. Hawfield is the Emeritus Associate Professor of History for the Kenai Peninsula College. He holds a Master's Degree in History from the University of North Carolina and completed all but his dissertation in his Ph.D. work in history at the University of Virginia. The Board advises the Governor and Legislature on matters related to Alaska’s history and prehistory.

Wayne Jensen of Douglas was reappointed to the Architect seat on the Alaska Historical Commission for a term beginning July 10, 2017 and ending July 1, 2020. Mr. Jensen is the President of Jensen Yorba Lott, Architects. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Nebraska. The Board advises the Governor and Legislature on matters related to Alaska’s history and prehistory.

Tomi Marsh of Ketchikan was reappointed to the Harvester seat on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Board of Directors for a term beginning July 7, 2017 and ending July 1, 2020. Ms. Marsh is the Owner/Operator of the F/V Savage and is enrolled in the University of Fairbanks' Rural Development Program. The board promotes seafood and by-products harvested in Alaska for sale, and develops market-oriented quality specifications. 

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