Governor Palin Fills Marine
Transportation Advisory Board
May 15, 2007
Governor Sarah Palin announced Monday the appointment of several
Alaskans to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board (MTAB).
The Alaska Marine Transportation Advisory Board advises the state
on issues related to the Alaska Marine Highway System. The nine-member
advisory committee is made up of representatives from communities
served by state ferries. MTAB was re-authorized under Administrative
Order No. 233 by Governor Palin on March 28, 2007.
Captain William Hopkins of Ketchikan will represent employee
labor unions of the Alaska Marine Highway System. Hopkins retired
from the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) in January 2007,
after thirty years of service. He has piloted Southeast, Southwest
and Puget Sound on all AMHS vessels, except for the Wickersham
and high-speed craft. Hopkins served eight years as permanent
master of the M/V Aurora and another eight years as permanent
master of the M/V Kennicott. He is the author of two books including,
"Wrangell Narrows, Alaska," a mile-by-mile guide for
mariners navigating the Inside Passage.
Robert Venables of Haines will represent northern Southeast
Alaska. Venables has worked for the Haines Borough since 2000
first as the Borough's Economic Development Director and
later as the Borough's Manager, a post he has held since 2004.
He is a former member of MTAB and former chair of the Southeast
Conference. Venables is active in the Haines and Alaska State
Chambers of Commerce, and has been a board member of the Haines
Borough Fire District #3 since 1988.
John (JC) Conley of Ketchikan will represent southern
Southeast Alaska. Conley is the owner of Service Auto Parts,
a locally owned auto parts store he has been with since 1979.
He served three terms on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly,
and served twice as chair of the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
and Southeast Conference. Conley is the former chair of MTAB.
Maxine Thompson of Angoon will represent the cities of
Angoon, Hoonah, Kake, Pelican, and Tenakee. She is the president
of Thompson Management Services, Inc., DBA Angoon Oil Company,
a post she has held for over twenty years. Thompson served on
the Angoon City Council from 1994 to 1997, and served one term
as Mayor from 1997 to 1999. She is a lifelong Alaskan.
Clay Koplin of Cordova will represent the Prince William
Sound region. Koplin has served as the Manager of Engineering
and Operations for the Cordova Electric Cooperative since 1988.
He worked with the Prince William Sound Economic Development
Group and the Cordova Chamber of Commerce to develop a marketing
strategy for the M/V Aurora and the M/V Chenega. Koplin is a
self proclaimed, "Enthusiastic Alaskan."
Shirley Marquardt of Unalaska will represent Southwest
Alaska, the Aleutian Chain, and the Alaska Peninsula. She was
elected mayor of Unalaska in 2004, and served the previous ten
years on the Unalaska City Council. Marquardt is the Port Operations
Manager for Samson Tug and Barge in Dutch Harbor. Since 1999,
Marquardt has been a member of the American Seafoods Community
Advisory Board. She also serves on the Alaska Municipal League
Finance Committee and is a member of the Fisheries Committee
for Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference.
Murray Walsh of Juneau will serve as an at-large member.
Walsh has served as the Executive Director of Southeast Conference
since 2006. He is also the Principal in Walsh Planning and Development
Services, a private planning practice he has operated since 1996.
Walsh has been preparing comprehensive site plans for communities
and clients since 1974. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
in Urban Planning in 1971 from the University of Washington.
Cathie Roemmich of Juneau will serve as an at-large member
and as the chair, designated by the Governor. She has served
as the executive director of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce since
2006. Roemmich was the assistant port manager for Southeast Stevedoring
in Sitka from 1985 to 1996. She also spent four years as the
service manager for Willie's Marine, Inc. Boat Sales and Service
in Juneau. Roemmich is a lifelong Alaskan.
Mike Korsmo of Skagway will serve as an at-large member.
Korsmo captains a 100-foot tug boat for Amak Towing, a subsidiary
of Southeast Stevedoring. He has served as a Skagway City Council
member since 2002, and is a member of the Southeast Conference
Board of Directors where he chairs the Transportation Committee.
Korsmo also serves on the Alaska Municipal League Public Works
and Infrastructure Committee.
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