Governor Palin Announces Nine Board Appointments


[Alaska Governor] Sarah Palin [on May 29, 2009] announced her appointments to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority, Alaska Police Standards Council, Education Commission of the States, and Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶1).

Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA)

The five-member board leads the authority, charged with promoting economic growth and diversification by providing financing for industry, manufacturing, power transmission interties, and export and business enterprises in Alaska. Some of its high-profile projects include the port facilities for the Red Dog zinc mine, the Healy Clean Coal Project, the Anchorage Federal Express aircraft maintenance facility and the Ketchikan Shipyard (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶3).

Governor Palin appointed Michael T. Felix, and reappointed John R. Winther, to the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) board of directors (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶2).

Michael T. Felix’s Biography

Felix, of Anchorage, is president of AT&T Alascom. An electrical engineer, he has served in a number of executive positions in the telecommunications industry, including: senior vice president of sales for Vsys, Inc. of Denver; president/COO of LifeServ Technologies, Inc. of Florida; executive vice president/COO of Precision Systems, Inc. of Florida; several management and technical positions with Sprint Corporation in Atlanta; and senior engineer for Tampa Electric Company. He has served on the board of directors for four private emerging technology companies, and now serves on the board of the Foraker Group, the University of Alaska Foundation, and Commonwealth North. Felix earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1978 (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶3).

Felix was appointed to a public seat (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶4).

John R. Winter’s Biography

Winther, of Petersburg, has been a commercial fisherman and businessman in Alaska for more than 40 years. A lifelong Alaskan, he is currently managing partner of Petersburg-based Prowler Fisheries, and owns a Bering Sea crab fishing vessel. He served as director of Icicle Seafoods from 1980-92 and also served on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council from 1983-89. Winther is a founder of Winstar Petroleum and Ultrastar Exploration, both Alaskan-owned independent oil companies with leases on the North Slope (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶5).

Winther has served on the authority board since 2003, and was reappointed to a public seat (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶6).

Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority

The authority, led by a seven-member board of directors, was created by statewide voter initiative in 2002. Its statutory mission is to develop a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope to Prince William Sound or Cook Inlet (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶7).

Governor Palin appointed William R. Jeffress and Brian D. Rogers, and reappointed Kathryn K. Lamal, to the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶6).

William R. Jeffress’ Biography

Jeffress, of Anchorage, is principal consultant and manager for the Alaska office of SRK Consulting Engineers and Scientists. He has nearly 20 years experience as environmental manager and engineer at Nevada and Alaska mines, including Alaska’s Donlin Creek, True North, and Fort Knox mines. He also directed the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ Office of Project Management and Permitting, and was a timber company owner, federal inspector and construction manager in the Lower 48. He has been a member of the Alaska State Board of Forestry and the Alaska Miners Association, and vice president of regulatory affairs for the Council of Alaska Producers. Jeffress earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Nevada, Reno (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶8).

Jeffress was appointed to a public seat (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶9).

Brian D. Rogers’ Biography

Rogers, of Fairbanks, is an educational administrator and former public official and economic policy analyst. He had been interim chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2008, and was recently named chancellor. Rogers was vice president of finance for the University of Alaska from 1988-95, and served on the university’s Board of Regents from 1999-2007. He was chief financial officer for Information Insights, a Fairbanks public policy consulting firm, from 1996 to 2008. He represented Fairbanks in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1979 to 1983, and chaired the State of Alaska Long-Range Planning Commission from 1995 to 1996. Rogers earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶10).

Rogers was appointed to a public seat (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶11).

Kathryn K. Lamal’s Biography

Lamal, of Fairbanks, has been vice president for power supply of Golden Valley Electric Association since 2001, and was the cooperative’s environmental officer from 1993 to 2001. She also has more than 12 years of experience in environmental geology and exploration geology in Alaska, including work with Dames & Moore, Shannon & Wilson, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the U.S. Bureau of Mines, and her own consulting firm. Lamal earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1980, and a master’s degree in geology from Western Washington University in Bellingham in 1983 (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶12).

Lamal has served on the board since 2007, and was reappointed to a public seat (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶13).

Alaska Police Standards Council

The 13-member council establishes and enforces minimum standards for employment, training and retention of police, corrections, probation and parole officers in Alaska (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶15).

Governor Palin appointed Kelly C. Alzaharna to the Alaska Police Standards Council (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶14).

Kelly C. Alzaharna’s Biography

Alzaharna, of Barrow, has been chief of the North Slope Borough Police Department since 2008, and has worked for the department since 1990 in positions including operations commander, training coordinator, tactical team leader, investigations officer and armorer. She also worked three years for police departments in New Mexico. Her professional associations include the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, and Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University in 1985, and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles in 2005. She also received training at the F.B.I. National Academy in 1999 (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶16).

Alzaharna was appointed to a position reserved for a police chief or administrator (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶17).

Education Commission of the States

The commission is a national organization of states which cooperates in developing, debating and advancing public policy relating to education. Each member state has seven commission members, representing state government, higher education, public education and the public (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶19).

Governor Palin appointed Karl R. Wing, and reappointed Carl Rose, to the Education Commission of the States (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶18).

Karl R. Wing’s Biography

Wing, of Anchorage, is studying political science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he is an active leader in student government. He is the former student body president of UAA, and has been a student senator and vice president of the UAA Assembly. He is working to establish the Foundation for the American Constitution in Education, a non-profit organization to improve civics and constitutional law education in public schools. Born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage, he has been chair of the Anchorage Municipal Youth Advisory Commission, a member of the Mayor’s Obesity Advisory Board, and a six-time recipient of the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶20).

Wing was appointed to a public at-large seat (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶21).

Karl Rose’s Biography

Rose, of Skagway, has been executive director of the Association of Alaska School Boards since 1987, and was president of the organization from 1983 to 1984. He has been closely involved with the development and implementation of educational policy and reform issues in Alaska. He served on the local school board in Skagway from 1974 to 1987, and owned a local restaurant there from 1982 to 1997. A U.S. Navy veteran, Rose has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Washington (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶22).

Rose has served on the commission since 2000, and was reappointed to a public at-large seat (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶23).

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

The compact seeks to reduce disruption in the education of children whose parents are subject to military deployment or transfer by establishing standard policies on issues including graduation requirements, school start ages, immunizations and special education placement. Alaska is one of 20 member states to have joined the compact since it was established in 2008 with support from the Council of State Governments (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶25).

Governor Palin appointed Larry LeDoux as the state’s representative to the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶24).

Larry LeDoux’s Biography

LeDoux, of Juneau, has been commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development since 2008. He was previously superintendent of the Kodiak Island Borough School District, where he also held numerous administrative posts. He served as principal of North Star Elementary School, and was a teacher and principal at Kodiak High School. LeDoux has earned three degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks: a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in science and biology education, and an education specialist degree in administration with an emphasis in Alaska Native studies (Nine Appointments, 2009, ¶26).


Governor Palin has made 66 appointments and re-appointments this year, including two judicial appointments and one state senate appointment. In the 150 days that have passed this year, she has averaged one appointment every two and one quarter days.


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