September 11, 2004
"I am always impressed by the willingness of Alaskans from all walks of life to share their special experience and knowledge with others, without any thought of personal benefit or enrichment," the governor said. "It is my pleasure to give these men and women the opportunity to share their time and talents with us, and I look forward to their service."
Alaska's 120 boards and commissions perform a variety of services, such as advising state government leaders on matters relating to their fields of expertise, policing the qualifications and conduct of professionals in their fields, helping manage public and semi-public enterprises, and guiding the delivery of state services. With only a few exceptions, service brings no payment other than travel and per diem expenses for required meetings.
Alaskans appointed to various boards and commissions are as follows:
Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Peter Ashman of Anchorage, an attorney for the North Sound Health Corporation with extensive experience in drug and alcohol abuse and the criminal justice system, was reappointed to a four-year term on the board in a seat designated for an attorney. He is currently the chair-elect of the board.
Marvin Deacon of Grayling, a traditional counselor who has experience in recovery from alcoholism and who has received training as a Rural Human Services Counselor, was appointed to a four-year term in a seat designated for a recovery service beneficiary.
Bonnie Gordon of Fairbanks, a university-level education student supervisor and former teacher who has a master's degree in northern studies and experience as a volunteer social services caseworker, was reappointed to a four-year term as a public member.
Eric Holland of Dillingham, an administrator of mental health services for the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation Counseling Center with experience in mental health and rehabilitation program management, was appointed to a four-year term in a seat designated for a service provider.
Lucy Hudson of Juneau, a retired special in-state assistant to Alaska's Congressional Delegation and board member of several human services and public service organizations was appointed to a four-year term as a public member.
Theodora V. (Teddy) Williams of Wrangell, Director of the Avenues alcohol/drug outpatient agency in Wrangell, was appointed to a three-year term in a seat designated for a service provider.
Fred Glenn, Ph.D., a soil scientist with the U.S. Forest Service, was appointed to a four-year term in a seat designated for a beneficiary.
Children's Trust Board
Andrea L. Gelvin of Fairbanks, a teacher earning a master's degree with an emphasis in high school health science instruction and who has extensive experience as an emergency medical services provider and trainer, was appointed to a two-year term as a public member.
Diane S. Kaplan of Anchorage, president of the Rasmuson Foundation philanthropic organization, and former management and government relations consultant to Native corporations and nonprofit organizations, was appointed to a two-year term as a public member.
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Dr. David D. Beal of Anchorage, a surgeon specializing in ear, nose and throat disorders and in ophthalmology, and who has experience as an Alaska public health consultant, was appointed to a four-year term in a seat designated for a person representing private industry or higher education.
Valerie J. Davidson of Bethel, an attorney who is executive vice-president of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and who has served as legal counsel for YKHC and Calista Corporation, was appointed to a four-year term as a public member.
Sharon G. Lind of Anchorage, president of The Aleut Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation with experience in shareholder relations, human resources and community relations, was reappointed to a four-year term as a public member. She currently serves as chair of the commission.
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation
Marty Shuravloff of Kodiak, executive director of the Kodiak Island Housing Authority, was reappointed to a two-year term in a seat designated for someone experienced in regional housing authorities or who is a rural resident.
Knik Arm Bridge and Toll Authority
George Wuerch of Anchorage, former mayor of the Municipality of Anchorage who has experience as an engineer and manager of large-scale engineering and construction projects in Alaska, was reappointed to a five-year term as a public member living in Anchorage. He currently serves as chair of the authority.
Board of Forestry
Matthew A. Cronin of Anchorage, a senior project scientist for Entrix Environmental Consultants, Inc. and former senior research biologist working on genetic and ecological research relating to North Slope oil development, was appointed to a three-year term in a seat designated for a non-governmental fish or wildlife biologist. He has a doctorate in biology from Yale University and a master's degree in biology from Montana State University.
Ronald R. Wolfe, corporate forester for Sealaska Corporation with extensive experience in forestry work in Southeast Alaska and in other western states, was appointed to a three-year term in a seat designated for a representative of an Alaska Native corporation.
Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission
Freda D. Beasley of Galena, a board member of the KIYU-AM public radio service in Galena, and former university and elementary school teacher with experience in cross-cultural communication and a master's degree in educational leadership, was appointed to a five-year term as a public member.
John R. Lewis of Cordova, owner of KLAM-AM and KCDV-FM radio stations with life-long experience in community-based broadcasting, was appointed to a five-year term to fill a vacant public seat.
Clemency Advisory Committee
Sandra G. King of Juneau, a director of Valley Baptist Academy who also has experience as a teacher in Christian schools in Alaska and two years' service on the Alaska State Clemency Board, was appointed to the committee for an indefinite term.
Employment of People With Disabilities
Art Arnold of Juneau, a special education specialist with the state Department of Education and Early Development with bachelor's degrees in education and mental retardation, was appointed to a three-year term in a seat designated for a representative of education.
Jackie Bisbee of North Pole, a vocational rehabilitation program coordinator and project director for the Tanana Chiefs Conference who has a bachelor's degree in human services and experience in providing vocational, residential, family and community services to people with disabilities, was reappointed to a three-year term in a seat designated for a rehabilitation specialist
Gerald D. Kainulainen of Sitka, an independent living specialist and coordinator who experiences paraplegia from an accident as a firefighter, was reappointed to a three-year term in a seat designated for a person experienced in advocacy or community rehabilitation.
Pamela L. Stratton of Anchorage, director of the Client Assistance Program, an advocacy organization for people with disabilities, was reappointed to a third three-year term in a seat designated for a person experienced in client assistance or representation.
Professional Teaching Practices Commission
Karen Macklin of Sitka, a high-school teacher with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's in special education and experience in providing and directing special education services, was appointed to a three-year term in a seat designated for a classroom teacher.
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
Mike Barry of Anchorage, who has 18 years' experience in property management and development and 20 years' experience as a branch manager at National Bank of Alaska, was reappointed to a two-year term as a public member.
Edward L. Rais of Anchorage, a retired state correctional officer and supervisor with extensive experience in managing and training other correctional officers and in supervising prisoners in a variety of levels of custody, was appointed to a five-year term as a public member.
Mental Health Board
Brenda L. Moore of Anchorage, who has extensive experience designing programs delivering government-, community- and church-based social services and resources to families and children in need, was appointed to a one-year term in a public seat.
Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy
Max E. Mertz, C.P.A., a Juneau certified public account with experience in management consulting and in auditing for Alaska state and local governments, was appointed to a four-year term in a seat reserved for a C.P.A.
Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee
Candace R. Lewis of Wasilla, a junior at Wasilla High School who serves as junior class president, was appointed to a two-year term in a seat designated for someone under age 24.
Mark V. Okeson of Palmer, assistant principal of Wasilla High School with master's degrees in school administration and American Studies, was appointed to a three-year term as a public member.
Barbara B. Tyndall of Fairbanks, a private elementary school teacher and student of journalism at University of Alaska-Fairbanks, was reappointed to a three-year term as a public member.
Tina M. Wilson of Anchorage, the community wellness program director for the Aleutian Pribilof Island Association Inc. who has experience as a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program coordinator, was appointed to a two-year term as a public member.
Marital and Family Therapy
Martha Swink of Anchorage was appointed to a two-year term as a public member. Ms. Swink, an active volunteer, has donated her time and energy to the Anchorage Symphony League, the Anchorage Symphony Board, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Alaska Pacific University, Catholic Social Services, the Holy Family Cathedral, and the YWCA.
Kerry L. Rasmussen of Ketchikan, in charge of accounts payable for Madison Lumber and Harware, was appointed to a four-year term as a public member.
Permanent Fund Board of Trustees
Steve Frank of Fairbanks, a
resort owner and former Alaska state senator, was reappointed
to an eight-year term as a public member.
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