ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin has named Bernard Gatewood of Fairbanks to the state's Suicide Prevention Council.
The council advises the governor and the Legislature on ways to reduce suicide and its effect on individuals, families and communities.
Gatewood will serve a four-year term.
Gatewood has 25 years of experience in human services, including education, mental health and juvenile corrections.
He is a 20-year veteran of the state's Division of Juvenile Justice and is a past member of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Health and Social Services Commission.
He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and a master's degree in counseling from the University of La Verne in California.