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Parnell appointments include Kotzebue, Barrow residents

March 25th, 2011 | Alaska Newspapers Staff Print this article   Email this article  

Gov. Sean Parnell today announced appointments to the Alaska Pioneers' Homes Advisory Committee, Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, Alaska Mental Health Board, Statewide Suicide Prevention Council, the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education, and the Board of Directors for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority/Alaska Energy Authority.

Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education

Gov. Sean Parnell appointed David Flynn and Justine Sheehan to the Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The council is the interdepartmental planning and coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments that deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education.

Sheehan, of Barrow, received a certificate of attendance from the Kiita Learning Center. She also served her community as a volunteer at the Barrow Hockey and Curling Association as well as the North Slope Borough Veterinary Clinic. Sheehan has participated in the Key Campaign and is appointed as a consumer of services.

Statewide Suicide Prevention Council

Governor Parnell appointed Teressa "Tessa" Baldwin to the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council. The council serves in an advisory capacity to the governor and the Legislature with respect to what actions can and should be taken to improve health and wellness throughout the state by reducing suicide and its effect on individuals, families and communities.

Baldwin is a junior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, where she serves as secretary of the student body and holds a 3.75 grade point average. Originally from Kotzebue, she also has attended "Mending the Net," a statewide suicide prevention summit, and worked with the Alaska Native Health Consortium on creating a suicide prevention media contest. While a member of the Association of Student Governments, Baldwin worked on suicide prevention programs in Alaskan schools. She formerly worked with Youth Alliance for a Healthier Alaska, and is appointed to a seat reserved for a secondary school student.

Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority/Alaska Energy Authority

Governor Parnell appointed Hugh Short and Ron Arvin to the board of directors of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) and Alaska Energy Authority (AEA). AIDEA works to promote, develop, and advance economic growth and diversification in Alaska, and AEA works to reduce the cost of energy in Alaska.

Short, of Anchorage, is currently the president and chief executive officer of Alaska Growth Capital, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation that offers economic development financing and consulting. Prior to his work at Alaska Growth Capital, he worked as vice president of support services for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in addition to serving as director of the Learning Center. Short also served as the mayor of the City of Bethel from 2002-2004, and was managing partner of Subway of Bethel LLC. A member of the Alaska Humanities Forum and Pacific Northern Academy, Short was named to Anchorage's Top Forty Under 40 in 2006. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is appointed to a seat reserved for the private sector.


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