Gov. Lowry makes board and commission appointments

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Mike Lowry today announced the following appointments to state boards and commissions.

Pacific Marine Fisheries Council.

Sen. Harriet A. Spanel, D-Bellingham, and Sen. Dean Sutherland, D-Hockinson, were reappointed to the Pacific Marine Fisheries Council.

Spanel, who is serving her first term in the Senate after three terms in the House, is a past member of the Bellingham Planning Commission and the Bellingham Parks and Recreation Board, and is a current member of the Economic Development Association of Skagit County. She also is a past president of the League of Women Voters. Sutherland is serving his second term in the Senate. He has been involved in residential, commercial and industrial construction.

The council advises the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the governor on developments within the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council and state or national legislation that would affect Washington-based high seas fishing fleets.

Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Committee

Henry W. Field of Pasco was named to the Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Committee, replacing Lupe Barragan, who resigned. Field is a certified public accountant and currently works with McCurley Automotive Dealerships in Pasco. He also is active in the Bailie Memorial Youth Foundation, the Bailie Memorial Youth Ranch and Ducks Unlimited.

John R. Neill of Richland was named to the Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Committee, replacing Leigh Hanson, who resigned. Neill is vice president and manager for Central Washington commercial banking with Seattle First National Bank. Neill also is the vice chairman of administration for the Tri-City Industrial Development Council, and has served on the group's executive committee and board of directors. He has worked with the March of Dimes, the Southeast Washington Development Association and the Tri-Cities Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Committee accepts loans or grants from state and federal agencies to pay for infrastructure projects or economic development projects, and recommends a spending strategy for those funds.

Governor's Affirmative Action Policy Committee

Judy Fortier of Tacoma was reappointed to the Governor's Affirmative Action Policy Committee. She currently serves as the City of Tacoma Women's Rights division coordinator. She also has served on the YWCA of Tacoma-Pierce County and the Tacoma Urban League's business advisory committee. She currently is vice chairwoman of the Washington chapter of the National Organization for Women.

The committee serves as a policy and review body for the state's affirmative action program and reviews and approves state agency affirmative action plans.

Public Employees Relations Commission

Marilyn Glenn Sayan of Shelton was named to the Public Employees Relations Commission, replacing Janet Gaunt, whose term expired. Sayan is a private consultant in employment dispute resolution services. Sayan retired from state employment after 32 years, serving in her last position as acting director of the state Department of Personnel. She also has served on the State Productivity Board, Career Executive Advisory Council and the Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, and as chairwoman of the Public Service Recognition Week committee. She is a member of the League of Women Voters in Mason County, past member of the Thurston-Mason Mental Health Board and past member of the Mason County Civil Service Commission.

The commission provides uniform and impartial settlement of public employee-employer disputes.

Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

Jeri Lowry of Vancouver has been named to the Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Lowry, currently working with commercial and multi-family dwelling development, served as a legislative assistant to former state representative Joe King and as an administrative assistant to former Gov. Booth Gardner. She also has served on the Governor's Council on Substance Abuse and has been a den leader for Boy Scouts.

The council advises the governor on HIV/AIDS-related programs and policy.

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For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790.