Southeast residents named to state boards

Three Southeast residents, one of which is from Juneau, were either appointed or reappointed to serve on state boards, Gov. Sean Parnell announced Monday.


Eric Eriksen, of Juneau, will continue to serve on the Emerging Energy Technology Fund Advisory Committee. Eriksen has worked for Alaska Electric Light & Power Company since 2006 as its vice president of transmission and distribution. He’s served in several other roles with AEL&P as well.

Eriksen has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.

The committee makes grants available for projects that show the potential to be commercially viable within five years, are designed to test emerging technologies or methods of conserving energy, or those which improve existing technologies.

Kathy Hosford, of Skagway, was appointed to serve on the State Officers Compensation Commission.

She is owner and operator of Chilkoot Trail Outpost and is former director of the Skagway Chamber of Commerce. Hosford has also served on the Southeast Conference Transportation Committee, Alaska Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Skagway Transportation Committee and Alaska Travel Industry Association.

The commission reviews salaries, benefits and allowances of members of the Legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, and department heads. The commission reports its findings every two years.

Dean Risley, of Haines, was reappointed to serve on the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council.

He is a U.S. Army veteran and has been a commercial fisherman for more than 25 years. Risley serves on the board of directors for the Southeast Alaska Fisherman’s Alliance and is a member of the Upper Lynn Canal Fish & Game Advisory Committee.

The council assists the Department of Natural Resources in the development and monitoring of a management plan for the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.


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