Governor Parnell Announces Board Appointments

Anchorage, Alaska – December 17, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to the board of directors of the Alaska Railroad Corporation, Real Estate Commission, Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission, Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee, Denali Access System Advisory Committee, State Officers Compensation Commission, and Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council.

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Board of Directors of the Alaska Railroad Corporation

Governor Parnell reappointed John Binkley to the board of directors of the Alaska Railroad Corporation. The board of directors manages the Alaska Railroad Corporation and its assets.

Binkley, of Fairbanks, has more than 30 years of experience in the tourism and transportation industry. He is the president of the Alaska Cruise Association, and former chief executive officer of Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8. Binkley also served in the Legislature as a senator and representative. He is reappointed to a seat for the fourth judicial district.

Real Estate Commission

Governor Parnell appointed Cynthia Cartledge to the Real Estate Commission. The commission regulates and controls licensing, suspensions, and revocations of the real estate industry, and manages the recovery fund.

Cartledge, of Anchorage, is a shareholder at Wohlforth, Brecht, Cartledge, & Brookings, APC. She is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Alaska Government Finance Officers Association, and the real estate committee of the Alaska Bar Association. Cartledge serves as vice president of the Alaska Women’s Aid in Crisis Foundation Board, and is a member of the State of Alaska Bar Association Law Examiners Committee. She is a past board member of Victims for Justice. Cartledge holds her bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University and her juris doctorate from Seattle University School of Law. She is appointed to a public seat.

Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission

Governor Parnell appointed AnnaBell Stevens to the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission. The commission encourages and supervises development of an integrated state public broadcasting system, and recommends grant funding.

Stevens, of Anchorage, has been the AFL-CIO community services liaison for the United Way of Anchorage since 1999. She is active in her community as a member of the Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Senior Citizens Advisory Commission, and the Business and Professional Women of Alaska. Stevens is appointed to a public seat.

Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee

Governor Parnell reappointed Eric Eriksen and Brent Petrie to the Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee. The committee, created by the Legislature, makes grants from the fund for demonstration projects of technologies that have a reasonable expectation to be commercially viable within five years, and that are designed to test emerging technologies or methods of conserving energy, or improving existing technologies.

Eriksen, of Juneau, works as the vice president of transmission and distribution at Juneau’s Alaska Electric Light & Power (AEL&P), a position he’s held since 2006. Eriksen has served in several roles with AEL&P, including assistant transmission and distribution engineer, and assistant generation engineer. He has also served as team leader for the University of Alaska space grant and held a science and engineering fellowship for the U.S. Department of Energy. Eriksen received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. He is reappointed to an electric utility seat.

Petrie, of Anchorage, is the manager of Petrie and Associates, a consulting firm engaged in energy projects and project management. He previously was the manager of special projects and key accounts for Alaska Village Electric Cooperative Inc., general manager of the INN Electric Cooperative Inc., and held management positions with the Alaska Energy Authority and the Department of Natural Resources. Petrie received a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Denver and a master’s degree in water resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is reappointed to a seat reserved for the renewable energy sector.

Denali Access System Advisory Committee

Governor Parnell reappointed Stephen Ivanoff, Ray Richards, and Joel Neimeyer to the Denali Access System Advisory Committee. The committee members advise the Denali Commission on the surface transportation needs of Alaska Native villages and rural communities. Projects include construction of essential access routes within remote Alaska Native villages and rural communities, and construction of roads and facilities necessary to connect isolated rural communities to the road system.

Ivanoff, of Unalakleet, has been the transportation planner for Kawerak Inc. since 2002. He is a member of the Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors, SIU Alaska of Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, Unalakleet Native Corporation, and Bering Straits Native Corporation. Ivanoff is reappointed to represent a rural Alaska region or village.

Richards, of North Pole, is a geologic material engineer for Doyon Limited and a former construction supervisor with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. He received a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Richards is reappointed to represent a regional Native corporation.

Neimeyer, of Anchorage, is the federal co-chair of the Denali Commission. He formerly served as a program officer for the Rasmuson Foundation. He also worked for the Alaska Area Native Health Service as an engineer from 1985–1999. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Neimeyer is reappointed to a seat reserved for the chairman of the Denali Commission.

State Officers Compensation Commission

Governor Parnell appointed Kathy Hosford to the State Officers Compensation Commission. The commission reviews the salaries, benefits, and allowances of members of the Legislature, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and each principal executive department head, and prepares a report on its findings at least every two years.

Hosford, of Skagway, is the owner and operator of Chilkoot Trail Outpost and former director of the Skagway Chamber of Commerce. Hosford has been an active leader at the local and state levels by serving on the Southeast Conference Transportation Committee, Alaska Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Skagway Transportation Committee, Alaska Travel Industry Association, Alaska Federation of Republican Women, Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Board. Hosford is appointed to a public seat.

Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council

Governor Parnell reappointed Dean Risley to the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council. The council assists the Department of Natural Resources in the development and monitoring of a management plan for the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Risley, of Haines, is a U.S. Army veteran and has been a commercial fisherman for more than 25 years. He serves on the board of directors for the Southeast Alaska Fisherman’s Alliance, and is a member of the Upper Lynn Canal Fish & Game Advisory Committee. Risley is a former member of the Port and Harbor Advisory Committee of Haines. He is reappointed to a seat representing the Upper Lynn Canal Fish & Game Advisory Committee.

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