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Governor Announces Appointments to Boards


March 13, 2004
Saturday - 12:55 am

Governor Frank Murkowski announced Friday the appointment of ten Alaskans to serve on various Alaska State boards and commissions.

"I am pleased to appoint these highly-qualified Alaskans to serve our state," said Murkowski. "The public process is well-served by Alaskans who are willing to commit their personal time to issues important to us all. I wish them well as they embark on, or in some cases continue, their state service."


Pete Alexion of North Pole was appointed to a statewide agricultural promotion organization seat. Alexion, a former County Agriculture Extension Agent and Agriculture Extension Faculty member, currently works as a financial advisor for Goldstream Investments. He is an adjunct instructor for UAA and instructor for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District after hours program. Alexion is also a retired Army infantry soldier.

Rhonda Boyles of Fairbanks was appointed to a general business seat. Boyles has been the owner of the Wendy's restaurant chain in Fairbanks since 1982 and is a former mayor of Fairbanks.

Donald Brainard of Palmer was re-appointed to a commercial agriculture production seat. Brainard operates a commercial haying operation in Palmer and formerly worked for the University of Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Brainard was raised on a grain and livestock farm in western Kansas.

Ron Long of Seward was appointed to fill a commercial agriculture production seat. Long is a mariculture expert responsible for all hatchery operations and procedures including mission compliance, budgeting and expenditure, maintenance, marketing, planning, personnel, public relations and external affairs for Qutekcak Shellfish Hatchery.


Thor Christianson of Sitka was appointed to an industry seat. Christianson has 17 years experience in the seafood industry and currently serves as the Deputy Mayor of Sitka. He works as a resource manager for SE Region Emergency Medical Services and is an EMT and volunteer for the Sitka Fire Department.


Dr. Gerald Morris of Anchorage was re-appointed to a physician seat. Morris has practiced internal medicine since 1965 and is currently retired. He formerly served as a member of the Committee on Admissions and Committee on Academic Review for the Washington University School of Medicine, in addition to serving as director of the Medical Campus Student Health Service. (See also Teacher's Retirement Board).

Dr. Robert Urata of Juneau was appointed to a physician alternate seat. Dr. Urata is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine and formerly served as Chief of Staff of Bartlett Regional Hospital. He currently serves on the hospital board and works at Valley Medical Care in Juneau. Dr. Urata has earned numerous awards and serves a number of professional committees. (See also Teacher's Retirement Board).


Dr. Gerald Morris, listed above under the Public Employees Retirement Board, was re-appointed as a primary physician member of the Teacher's Retirement Board. He will serve concurrently on the Public Employees Retirement Board and the Teacher's Retirement Board.

Dr. Richard Solie, Sr. of Fairbanks was re-appointed to a public seat. Dr. Solie earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He has published numerous articles on the economy and has extensive teaching and business experience. He currently owns and manages Richard J. Solie and Associates, an economic consulting firm.

Dr. Robert Urata of Juneau was appointed to a physician alternate seat. He was also appointed to the public employees retirement board as a physician alternate. He will serve concurrently on the Public Employees Retirement Board and the Teacher's Retirement Board.


Laura Plenert of Ketchikan was appointed to a public seat. Plenert is a supervisor for the McDonald's Corporation, responsible for five restaurants. She also worked for the Corporation in Fresno, California. Plenert has attended the University of Alaska Southeast in Ketchikan and California State University in Fresno.


Gail Shubert, Esq. of Anchorage was re-appointed to a governor-appointed trustee seat. Shubert is executive vice president and general counsel for the Bering Straits Native Corporation and President and CEO of Eagle Electric, LLC; Inuit Services, Inc.; and Eagle Eye Electric, LLC. She is a graduate of Stanford University, Cornell University's Johnson School of Management and Cornell University School of Law.


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