FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 22, 1996
Gov. Lowry makes appointments to board
Gov. Mike Lowry today announced the following board and
Kristianne Blake of Spokane was appointed to the
Spokane Joint Center for Higher Education to fill a vacancy created
by the term expiration of Dianne Ressler. Blake is a member of
the board of directors for a mutual fund group. She is a member
of the Washington State Securities Advisory Committee, the Washington
Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute
of Certified Public Accountants. She also is a member of the Junior
League of Spokane, Spokane Community College Foundation, the United
Way of Spokane, YMCA of the Inland Empire and the Sacred Heart
Medical Center Development Fund.
David A. Clack of Spokane was reappointed to the
Spokane Joint Center for Higher Education. Clack is the president
of a financial consulting group. He has been active in the Spokane
Chamber of Commerce, Association of Washington Business, Washington
Bankers' Association and the Washington Businessmen's Roundtable.
He also has been involved with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior
Maurice McGrath of Spokane was reappointed to the
Spokane Joint Center for Higher Education. McGrath is the site
manager for the Spokane division of Hewlett-Packard. He has served
on the Spokane Economic Development Council, Spokane Chamber of
Commerce Higher Education Committee, Spokane Research and Technology
Institute Committee, Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Spokane
County United Way.
Carole Wendle of Spokane was reappointed to the
Spokane Joint Center for Higher Education. Wendle is vice president
of Wendle Ford, Nissan and Isuzu in Spokane. She has been active
in the Spokane Public School board of directors, Washington State
School Directors' Association, Whitworth College Board of Trustees,
Junior League of Spokane, Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council
and numerous other civic organizations.
The Center coordinates all baccalaureate and graduate degree programs
and all other courses and programs offered in the Spokane area
by Washington State University and Eastern Washington University
outside its Cheney campus.
Lois M. Curtis of Bainbridge Island was reappointed
to the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority. Curtis has served
as the Kitsap County League of Women Voters president and continues
as a board member. She also served as school director for the
Bainbridge Island School Board.
William F. Dewey of Lacey was appointed to the Puget
Sound Water Quality Authority to fill a vacancy created by the
term expiration of Les Eldridge. Dewey is a shellfish farmer and
is a member of the Pacific Coast Oyster Growers Association.
Bob Edwards of Renton was appointed to the Puget
Sound Water Quality Authority to fill a vacancy created by the
term expiration of Michael Thorp. Edwards is an investment securities
broker. He has served on the Renton City Council, Association
of Washington Cities, Growth Management Planning Council for King
County, and the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority advisory committee.
Ron J. Whitener of Olympia was appointed to the
Puget Sound Water Quality Authority. Whitener serves as an associate
legal counsel to the Squaxin Island Tribal Council. He has worked
with Evergreen Legal Services, the Kowanyama Aborignial Council
in Kowanyama Queensland, Australia, and has been active in the
University of Washington Native American Law Students Association.
The 11-member Puget Sound Water Quality Authority is responsible
for developing a comprehensive plan to protect the Puget Sound.
It also manages a monitoring program for the Sound and administers
educational and public involvement contracts.
Curtis Ludwig of Kennewick was named to the Gambling
Commission, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Wanda
Mossbarger. Ludwig, a former Washington state senator, also served
as a prosecuting attorney for Benton County and as a hearings
officer for the State Personnel Appeals Board. He currently performs
legal work in Benton and Franklin County district courts. The
Gambling Commission licenses, inspects, investigates and audits
organizations, businesses and individuals participating in authorized
Jimmy W. Cason and George D. Masten were reappointed
to the State Investment Board. Cason, of Tacoma, served in the
U.S. Army and went on to become a firefighter with the Tacoma
Masten, of Tumwater, held jobs in state government and labor organizations,
most recently with the American Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employees. He has served on the St. Peter Hospital Community
Board, Little League baseball teams and local PTA groups.
The 14-member board invests the monies of the state's trust and
retirement funds and has three members appointed by the governor,
one of whom must be an active member of the public employees'
retirement system, an active member of the law enforcement officers'
and firefighters' retirement system, and a retired member of a
state retirement system.
Judge Michael S. Spearman of Seattle was appointed
to the Sentencing Guidelines Commission, replacing Judge Robert
Losnik, who resigned. Spearman currently is an assistant federal
public defender for the King County Superior Court. He has served
on the Governor's Transition Task Force on Criminal Justice, on
the Intermediate Sanctions Task Force, Court Interpreters Advisory
Committee, Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
and the King County Superior Court Delay Reduction Task Force.
The Sentencing Guidelines Commission recommends standard sentences
for felony offenses, studies sentencing practices across the state,
studies the criminal code and recommends changes.
Karen M. Miller of Mountlake Terrace was reappointed
to the Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees. Miller currently
is an administrative assistant and legislative aide. She has served
on numerous community service organizations and boards, including
the board of trustees of Community College District 5 and Edmonds
Community College, where she previously served as chairman. She
has served on the Mountlake Terrace Planning Commission, Foundation
Board of Edmonds Community College, the Title One Advisory Committee
on Consolidation of Community Services and the board of governors
for the Puget Sound Regional Arts and Convention Complex. The
board manages the overall operation of the college.
Stephen L. Parker of Marysville was appointed to
the Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees. Parker is the
acting battalion chief for the Everett Fire Department, where
he has served in various capacities for 17 years. He previously
served on the Washington State Pension Committee. He has been
active in youth soccer, youth basketball, girls' fastpitch, Little
League, local Parent-Teacher School Association and the American
Cancer Society. The board manages the overall operation of the
Walt Crowley of Seattle was appointed to the Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation. Crowley is a freelance writer
and a communications consultant. He has been active in political
and social issues, serving as policy director for the Municipal
League of King County and several management positions for the
City of Seattle.
Louie Wynne of Wellpinit was reappointed to the
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Wynne is a member of
the Spokane Tribe of Indians and serves as chairman of its cultural
resources protection committee. He has worked in civil engineering,
land surveying and road construction.
Ron F. Murphy of Seattle was appointed to the Advisory
Council on Historic Preservation to fill a vacancy created by
the term expiration of Gary Connor. Murphy is an architect and
has served as speaker, educator and volunteer in historic preservation
and affordable housing issues.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation reviews nominations
for the state and National Register of Historic Places and advises
the governor and Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development
on matters relating to historic preservation.
Mary Ann Huntington of Port Orchard was reappointed
to the Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation. Huntington
is a commissioner for the Port of Bremerton, a business owner
and a licensed realtor. She has served on numerous community organizations,
including the Puget Sound Regional Council Growth Management Board,
the Puget Sound Regional Transportation Policy Organization and
the Kitsap County Economic Development Board.
Ralph E. Mackey of Everett was reappointed to the
Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation. Mackey has experience
in business management, supervision, marketing, and general management.
He has served on numerous civic and political groups, including
the Governor's Citizens Cabinet, Rotary Club of Everett, Washington
Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, chairman of the State Parks
Commission and Evergreen Safety Council.
The Interagency Committee for Outdoor Recreation oversees the
statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan, provides grants-in-aid
to local government and state agencies for purchase of recreation
and habitat land and development of recreational facilities.
SuAnn S. Bond of Kirkland was reappointed to the
Board of Pharmacy. Bond currently is director of pharmacy administration
for Drug Emporium. She serves as chair of the board, and is a
member of several professional pharmacy associations.
Karen H. Kiessling of Pullman was appointed the
Board of Pharmacy to fill a vacancy created by the term expiration
of Joyce Gillie. Kiessling currently is a freelance researcher
and literary researcher for the Oxford English Dictionary at Oxford
University, Oxford, England. She has taught and served in a variety
of college-level positions in the Northwest.
The Board of Pharmacy establishes policy for the practice of pharmacy,
including licensing, disciplinary hearings and enforcement of
laws pertaining to legal drugs. The board also licenses the manufacture
and sale of poisons.
Maria Best of Clinton was appointed to the Chiropractic
Quality Assurance Board to fill a vacancy created by the term
expiration of David Butters. Best is a doctor of chiropractic
and owns a chiropractic center on Whidbey Island.
Robert S. Cummins of Everett was appointed to the
Chiropractic Quality Assurance Board to fill a vacancy created
by the term expiration of Joyce Middendorf. Cummins is a doctor
Byron Debban of Shelton was reappointed to the Chiropractic
Quality Assurance Board. Debban is a doctor of chiropractic and
is in private practice. He has served on the Mason County Oakland
Bay watershed steering committee, and planning committee for the
city of Shelton.
The Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission regulates the competency
and quality of chiropractic health care professionals by establishing,
monitoring and enforcing qualifications for licensing, consistent
standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms and discipline.
Lee Wiegardt of Ocean Park was appointed to the
Olympic Natural Resource Center Advisory Board to fill a vacancy
created by the death of Jerry Pavletich. Wiegardt is the co-owner
of three shellfish companies. He served on the Pacific County
Board of Commissioners, Pacific Coast Oyster Growers Association,
the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Commission, the Shellfish
Institute of North America, the Pacific Scientific Institute and
the Willapa Alliance, a non-profit conservation-based development
The board advises the deans of the University of Washington College
of Forestry and College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences, as well
as the director of Olympic Natural Resources Center, on policies
for the center that demonstrate innovative management methods
that successfully integrate environmental and economic interests
into practical management of forest and ocean resources.
Dr. Steven H. Leifheit of Seattle was appointed
to the Osteopathic Medicine Surgery Board, replacing Bruce Kuhlmann,
who resigned. Leifheit is practicing osteopathic medicine in Seattle.
He has extensive surgical experience gained during military assignments
where he earned the rank of Major, as well as experience in clinical
settings. He is active in the American Osteopathic Association,
the American Academy of Osteopathy, Washington Osteopathic Medical
Association, American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, and
the Puget Sound Spine Interest Group.
The board examines candidates for licensing and registration,
holds disciplinary hearings, adopts standards of professional
conduct, recommends and adopts rules and regulations for administering
the regulatory law.
Robert R. Williams of Orting was appointed to the
Veterans Affairs Advisory Board, replacing Floyd Larsen. Williams
has worked in the security field for various companies, including
the Weyerhaeuser Company and SeaTac Airport. While in the U.S.
Army, he was responsible for traffic and security issues. He is
a member of the Urban League of Tacoma, the Caballeros Club and
the Steward Middle School Parents-Teachers Association.
The board advises the governor and director of the Department
of Veterans Affairs on state programs related to veterans, their
dependents and survivors.
Susan I. Davidson of Tacoma was appointed to the
State School for the Blind to fill a vacancy created by the resignation
of Leslie Lanksbury. Davidson, currently a homemaker, has teaching
experience in elementary schools. She also has been active in
school district programs, including the Kent Reading Council,
the Green River Community College and the Kent Education Association.
The school serves educational needs of visually impaired and blind
students from throughout the state. The board of trustees develops
comprehensive curriculum to maximize and develop students' skills
to live, work and be capable, contributing and independent citizens.
For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790.