Former captain appointed to ferry board

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed one Juneau resident to a state board playing a key role in the regional economy, and reappointed another to a similar board.

Ron Bressette Jr., a retired ferry captain, has been named to the Marine Transportation Advisory Board, while Sealaska executive Ron Wolfe has been reappointed to the Board of Forestry.

The MTAB was recently established in state law as an official advisory board, after having previously served at the whim of individual governors.

The board recommends to the governor a strategic plan for the ferry system involving the mission, core values, initiatives and performance goals of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Newly appointed to the board is Bressette, who is a U.S. Coast Guard master of inland waters and a first-class marine pilot and an Alaska ferry captain with 34 years of service.

He was appointed to a union seat on the MTAB. He is the Alaska representative for the International Order of Masters, Mates and Pilots and was formerly chairperson of its negotiating committee.

Reappointed to the Board of Forestry was Wolfe, natural resources manager for Sealaska Corp. the Alaska Native corporation for the Southeast region.

He has 33 years of experience as a professional forester, including 28 years in Southeast Alaska. He has worked for several Alaskan companies, Klukwan Forest Products, the Tlingit and Haida Central Council.

Wolfe has been reappointed to a seat reserved for a representative of an Alaska Native corporation.

Length of the terms for Bressette and Wolfe was not available.

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