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Governor reappoints members of special education panel

Posted: July 20, 2011 - 9:18pm

Gov. Sean Parnell has reappointed representatives Wes Keller, Anna Attla, Lucy Odden, Milton Cheemuk and Kathleen Fitzgerald to the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education.

The council serves as the interdepartmental planning and coordinating agency of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, and other departments which deliver services to people with disabilities or provide special education. The council also provides recommendations to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority concerning the integrated comprehensive mental health program for people with mental disabilities.

Keller, of Wasilla, has represented his community in the Alaska Legislature since 2007 and currently serves as the chairman of the House Health and Social Services Committee. He is appointed to a seat reserved for a member of the Alaska State Legislature.

Attla, of Anchorage, has been a peer counselor with Bryn Mawr, a volunteer receptionist with the ARC of Anchorage, and a member of the ASSETS Alaska Board of Directors. She is reappointed to a seat reserved for a consumer of disabilities and special education services.

Odden, of Anchorage, has worked as a duplicating equipment operator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1980. Odden is reappointed to a seat reserved for a consumer of disabilities and special education services.

Cheemuk, of St. Michael, is the acting mayor of his village. He is reappointed to a seat reserved for a consumer of disabilities and special education services.

Fitzgerald, of Anchorage, has been the coordinator for the Alaska Mental Health Trust Partners in Policymaking Project since 2006. She is reappointed to a seat reserved for a representative from a University of Alaska-affiliated program.

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