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Governor Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments


July 01, 2005

Alaska Governor Frank H. Murkowski has announced the appointment to several boards and commissions. They are: the Alaska Public Offices Commission, the Mental Health Board, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault board, the Alaska Historical Commission, the Board of Midwives, the Board of Directors of the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation, the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, the State Medical Board, the Board of Nursing, the Seafood Marketing Institute, and the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Board of Directors.

Alaska Public Offices Commission William S.L. Walters of Fairbanks, was appointed to the APOC to fill a seat designated for a Democrat. The main function of this commission is to administer laws governing lobbyists, candidates and public officials at the state and municipal levels. Each member is limited to one full term and requires legislative confirmation and financial disclosure. Walters is a Hearing Officer in the Northern Regional (Fairbanks) Office of the Workers' Compensation Division, last year stepping down from being the Chief of Adjudications for the Workers' Compensation Division since 1999. His term will expire on March 1, 2010.

Alaska Mental Health Board Eva Leveque of Dillingham, Andrea Schmook of Anchorage, and Stan Steadman of Kenai, were appointed to the mental health board. Barry Creighton of Kasilof, and Valerie Naquin, M.A. of Eagle River, were reappointed. This board acts as the State's planning and coordinating body for federal and state laws relating to mental health services for persons with mental disorders identified in Alaska Statute 47.30.056(b)(1).

Leveques' term will expire on December 1, 2006 while the other four appointed terms will not expire until December 1, 2007.

Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee Judy L. Eledge of Anchorage, Margarete I. Nottingham of Anchorage, Tyrone D. Oates of Fairbanks, Laura M. Ogan of Palmer, and Erika Thorsness of Anchorage, have been appointed and Sue Lovekin of Anchorage, re-appointed to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. This committee assists various state departments in strengthening and improving the social services and juvenile justice system at all levels.

Ogan and Thorsness fill seats designated as a Juvenile/Under 24 seat, while all other new appointments to this board are designated as Public seats. These appointments will expire as follows: Eledge and Thorsness on March 1, 2007; Oates on June 1, 2007; and Lovekin, Nottingham and Ogan on March 1, 2008.

Janna L. Stewart of Anchorage, was re-appointed to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. The purpose of this council is to provide planning and coordination of state services to the victims and the families of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Originally appointed in August of 2003, Stewart's new term will not expire until August 1, 2007.

Alaska Historical Commission Charles E. Diters and Ellen Paneok, both of Anchorage, were appointed to the historical commission and Romer E. Derr, of Juneau, was re-appointed. This commission advises the Governor and Legislature on matters related to Alaska's history and prehistory. Duties also include overseeing the state historic preservation plan, approving recommendations to the National Register, and recommending historic preservation grant projects for funding.

Diters seat is designated for an archaeologist, Paneok fills seat designated for Indigenous Ethnic Group Representative and Derr fills a public seat. Both Diters' and Paneok's terms will expire on July 1, 2007 while Derr's term expires July 1, 2008. Lt. Gov. Loren Leman chairs this commission.

Barbara Norton of Anchorage, and Holly M. Steiner, R.N., C.D.M. of Wasilla were appointed to the Alaska Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives. This board regulates the policies and procedures for the practice of direct-entry midwifery in Alaska. Norton fills a seat designated for a Certified Nurse Midwife and her term expires March 1, 2009. Steiner fills a seat designated for a Certified Direct-Entry Midwife with her term expires March 1, 2008.

Sharon E. Anderson of Anchorage, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation. This board develops aerospace related economic and technical opportunities by working with private corporations, government agencies, and universities to develop a comprehensive low earth orbit launch complex and full service satellite ground station facilities. The Kodiak Launch Complex is located on Kodiak Island and ground station activities are concentrated in Fairbanks. Anderson's term expires July 1, 2008. This appointment requires financial disclosure.

Carl F. Brady, Jr., of Anchorage, has been re-appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. This board manages and invests the assets of the permanent fund and other funds as designated by law. Brady, who has been on the board since January 2003, will serve until July 1, 2009. This re-appointment requires financial disclosure.

Edward A. Hall and Nancy Puckett, both of Anchorage, were both appointed to the State Medical Board. This board adopts regulations to carry out the laws governing the practice of medicine in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary action against people who violate the licensing laws. Puckett now fills a public seat and Hall fills a seat designated for a Physician Assistant. Both appointments require legislative approval and will expire March 1, 2009.

JoAnne Bell-Graves, of Juneau, was appointed to the Board of Nursing. This board regulates and approves applications for nurse's licenses and permits, as well as the discipline of nurses. Bell-Graves' term expires March 1, 2006 and requires legislative approval.

Joseph (Joe) L. Bundrant, of Seattle, and Bruce H. Wallace of Ketchikan have both been re-appointed to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Board of Directors. This board promotes seafood and by-products harvested in Alaska for sale, and develops market-oriented quality specifications. Both re-appointments require financial disclosure and will expire June 30, 2008. Bundrant fills a seat designated for a Large Processor and Wallace fills a seat designated for a Commercial Fisherman.

Franklin C. Roppel of Wrangell was re-appointed and N. Claiborne Porter, Jr. of Anchorage, was appointed to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation Board of Directors. This board assists in providing decent, safe and sanitary housing by providing mortgage loan financing, and acts as the principal source of residential financing in the state and functions as a secondary mortgage market. Roppel fills a seat designated for a person experienced in senior or low-income housing and Porter fills a seat for a person experienced in energy efficient home-building or weatherization. Both terms expire June 30, 2007 and require financial disclosure.

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