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Parnell appoints two to state boards

Posted: October 17, 2011 - 6:17pm

Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed two Juneau residents to statewide advisory boards helping Alaskans.

Justin Fantasia was appointed to Serve Alaska, the commission that aims to engage Alaskans of all ages and backgrounds in community-based service and volunteerism.

It promotes participation in the AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs as a means of community and state problem solving

Fantasia is a construction manager with the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA), a role he took on in 2007 after starting with the organization as an AmeriCorps member in 2003.

Parnell also appointed Joan O’Keefe to the Statewide Independent Living Council.

The council develops and submits the state plan for independent living for specific disability populations, and monitors, reviews, and evaluates the plan’s implementation.

O’Keefe is the executive director of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Inc., a role she took on in 2001.

She first joined SAIL in 1997 as an activity coordinator.

An active member of the non-profit community, O’Keefe has been a member of the United Way of Southeast Alaska Board of Directors since 2007.


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