Appointments to Boards, Commissions Announced
September 11, 2012, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced appointments to Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission, Safety Advisory Council, and the Alaska State Emergency Response Commission.
Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission
Governor Parnell appointed Robin McSherry and Mark DeLozier, and reappointed John Aho, Roger Hansen and David Miller to the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission. The commission recommends goals and priorities for seismic hazard mitigation to the public and private sectors and offers advice on coordinating disaster preparedness and seismic hazard mitigation activities of government at all levels to reduce the state’s vulnerability to earthquakes.
McSherry, of Anchorage, is a claims representative with State Farm Insurance, where she has worked for more than two decades. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Arizona State University. McSherry is appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of the insurance industry.
DeLozier, of Valdez, is the owner of Alaska Maritime Services, a business he started after retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard and from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. He is the former chief of U.S. Coast Guard Operations for Prince William Sound, a certified marine surveyor, and a member and past chairman of the Valdez Planning and Zoning Commission. He is also a former member of the Copper Valley Electric Association Board of Directors. DeLozier is appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of a local government entity.
Aho, of Anchorage, has 35 years of experience in planning, designing and managing multidisciplinary facility building projects, and recently retired as vice president and principal project manager for CH2MHill. A recognized expert in seismic risk mitigation, he is a Federal Emergency Management Agency trainer in earthquake hazard mitigation, has been an instructor in the Municipality of Anchorage's post-earthquake damage assessment training program, and was awarded the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs’ Commendation Medal in 2004 for his work in seismic risk mitigation. Aho earned a doctorate in structural engineering and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering, both from Cornell University, a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Northrop University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has served on the commission since 2005, is currently chair, and is reappointed to a public seat.
Hansen, of Fairbanks, has been the state seismologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute since 1994. He previously held geophysics research positions at other agencies, including the University of Colorado, Patrick Air Force Base, the University of Bergen (Norway), and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Hansen earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in geophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. He is appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of the University of Alaska.
Miller, of Sitka, has more than 20 years of experience as a public safety officer. Currently serving as chief of the Sitka Fire Department, he has also served the community as a police officer and engineer with the fire department. He is a member of the Alaska State Firefighters Association and the Sitka Fire Department Volunteer Association, and is Alaska’s state alternate director to the National Volunteer Fire Council. Miller earned an associate degree from Grays Harbor College. He is appointed to a seat for a local government representative of a seismically active region.
Safety Advisory Council
Governor Parnell appointed Ann Lindsey and reappointed Scott Ketcham, Daniel Krusze, Skip Boomershine, Phillip Galloway, Jimmie Rogers, and Daniel Monteleone to the Safety Advisory Council. The council works with organizations to promote safety so that resources can be marshaled and used to reduce accidental death and injury in the workplace.
Lindsey, of Anchorage, is a contract safety professional with Beacon OHSS, an occupational health and safety contractor. She has worked in a variety of safety, management and labor roles throughout the past 23 years of her professional career, including service as safety coordinator for the Municipality of Anchorage. Active in the safety and hazardous materials management industry, Lindsey recently completed a term as president of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Alaska Chapter, and was named “Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Professional Women. Lindsey holds a degree in hazardous materials management from the University of Findlay. She is appointed to a seat reserved for an industry representative.
Ketcham, of Eagle River, is an area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Anchorage. He has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor since 1998. Previously he served in the U.S. Army Medical Activity and the 6th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Wainwright. Ketcham is reappointed to a seat representing the federal government.
Krusze, of Anchorage, is the owner of DK Safety, which consults on construction and engineering projects. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Denali Safety Council, the California Trucking Association and John Wheeler Logging. Krusze is reappointed to a public seat.
Boomershine, of Anchorage, currently works for Elcon Corp. Before joining Elcon, he worked as a field manager and safety coordinator of Dimond Electric Co. He is also an electrical journeyman and electrical administrator. Boomershine is the chair of the IBEW Local 1547 Safety Committee and the NECA/IBEW Statewide Safety Committee, and is active in service through faith-based organizations. He also worked for Haakenson Electric Co., and served in the U.S. Air Force. Boomershine is reappointed to a labor seat.
Galloway, of Wasilla, is a health, safety, environmental, and training specialist with ASRC Energy Services. He has filled numerous safety roles throughout his career in the telecommunications, insurance, oil and gas, and minerals exploration industries. Galloway also teaches classes as adjunct faculty for Kenai Peninsula College's Occupational Safety and Health program, and he served for 25 years in the U.S. Air Force as a telecommunications maintenance technician. He earned a master’s degree in business organizational management from the University of La Verne in California, has numerous professional certifications, and is reappointed to a seat representing industry.
Rogers, of Big Lake, is the director of safety and risk management for ASRC Construction Holding Company, and has more than 29 years of experience in the safety, security, risk, and emergency management industries in Alaska. He is a certified healthcare safety professional. Rogers serves on the Matanuska Susitna Borough Local Emergency Planning Committee, and was formerly on the Northwest Arctic Local Emergency Planning Committee and Public Safety Commission, and the Alaska Hospital Preparedness Committee. He will be chairing next year’s Governor’s Safety and Health Conference, and serves as the council chair. Rogers is reappointed to an industry seat.
Monteleone, of Anchorage, has been safety director for the Municipality of Anchorage since 2007. He was statewide safety officer for the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities from 2000 to 2007, safety director for Yukon Fuel Co., and served in the U.S. Navy from 1975 to 1992. Monteleone earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University. He has served on the council since 2008, and is reappointed to a seat representing local government.
Alaska State Emergency Response Commission
Governor Parnell reappointed Jamie Sunderland and James Butler, and appointed Clint Brooks to the Alaska State Emergency Response Commission. The commission facilitates the preparation and implementation of all emergency plans prepared by state agencies, as well as the statewide, inter-jurisdictional, and local plans prepared under Alaska statute.
Sunderland, of Unalaska, has been public safety director for the City of Unalaska since 2007. He previously served Unalaska as a police officer and a police lieutenant, and served in the U.S. Army from 1984 - 2004. He is chair of the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Local Emergency Planning Committee. Sunderland holds an MBA and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Sunderland has served on the commission since 2008 and is reappointed to a local government seat.
Butler, of Kenai, is an attorney with extensive experience in the legal issues relating to emergency response. His professional experience has focused on interagency coordination for oil spill response, and he has experience in Lower 48 wildfire issues. He has been a top legal advisor to organizations including: the Alaska Division of Emergency Services during the Miller’s Reach Fire; an Alaska coastal oil spill response organization; a corporate oil spill response team; an international petro-chemical corporation with Alaska and West Coast operations; an international oil exploration, production and transportation firm; and an Alaska/West Coast oil barge shipping incident management team. Butler is reappointed to a public at-large seat.
Brooks, of Fairbanks, is the chair of the Fairbanks Emergency Planning Committee and works as the director of safety & operations at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Prior to joining the staff at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Brooks served for more than 20 years in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Services Commission and a member of the board of directors of the Midnight Sun Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Brooks is appointed to a seat reserved for a representative of a local emergency planning committee.