Governor Walker Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KINY) — 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.

    And several Juneau and Southeast residents were also among those 42 appointments or reappointments announced Wednesday by the Governor Walker.

    They include:

    -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 monitoring 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.

     

    -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.

     

    -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.

     

    -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.

     

    -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 Climate 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.

     

    -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 University  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.

     

    -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.

     

    -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.

     

    -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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