Governor makes board appointments

Posted: Tuesday, December 30, 2008

JUNEAU - Juneau resident Bill Martin was among those Gov. Sarah Palin tapped for appointments to three state boards on Monday.

Martin was reappointed to the Statewide Suicide Prevention Council representing the Alaska Federation of Natives. He has served on the council since 2004, and was chairman from 2005 to 2006.

Barbara Franks of Anchorage and James T. Sippary Sr. of Tooksook Bay were also appointed to the suicide prevention board. Franks works for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and was appointed to a seat reserved for someone whose family member has died from suicide. Sippary is on the Elders Advisory Council for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and will take a seat reserved for a rural resident.

Palin appointed Lonzo Henderson of Anchorage, a halfway house case manager and retired corrections officer, to the Alaska Board of Parole, which oversees conditions of release for convicted criminals and issues arrest warrants, among other activities.

Belen Cook was appointed to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, a five-member board. Cook, a longtime commercial fisherman in Cordova, is a domestic violence and substance abuse case manager for the Native village of Eyak.

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