Lowry appoints Dellwo to Growth Management Hearings Board; makes other appointments

OLYMPIA - Gov. Mike Lowry today appointed Rep. Dennis Dellwo, D-Spokane, to the Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.

"Denny has the breadth of experience, knowledge and expertise to be an outstanding member of the board," Lowry said. "He is committed to balanced growth management, a strong economy and healthy environment in Washington state."

Dellwo, whose 6-year appointment takes effect July 1, 1996, has represented Spokane's third legislative district since 1983. He also is a partner in the law firm of Winston and Cashatt in Spokane, where he has practiced land use and administrative law.

As a state representative, Dellwo served as majority whip and chairman of both the House Health Care Committee and the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee.

"Denny helped craft the landmark Growth Management Act and has been a superb leader and visionary within state government," Lowry said. "He also has success and experience working with local governments."

Dellwo earned his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and his law degree from Arizona State University in Tempe.

The Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearings Board is a quasi-judicial board that rules on local growth planning disputes.

The three-member board is required to have one attorney, one member of the general public and one former local elected official. The annual salary for board members is $76,072.

Lowry also announced the following board and commission appointments:

Governor's Council on Agriculture and the Environment

George Wood of Dayton has been named to the Governor's Council on Agriculture and the Environment. Wood is the general manager of the Broughton Land Company. He is a member of the Blue Mountain Natural Resource Institute, the Columbia County Grain Growers, the Washington State Association of Wheat Growers and the Washington Farm Forestry Association and was named as the Washington State Tree Farmer of the Year in 1989. Wood replaces Phil Isaak, who recently resigned.

The council provides a forum for communication and dispute resolution between agricultural, environmental, governmental and other interests and makes recommendations to the governor, state agencies and the Legislature about agriculture. The council has 24 members.

Spokane Joint Center for Higher Education

William Paul Robinson of Spokane has been named to the Spokane Joint Center for Higher Education. Robinson is the current president of Whitworth College and previously served as president of Manchester College in Indiana. He is on the board of directors for several organizations including the Council of Independent Colleges, the Spokane Symphony and the Independent Colleges of Washington. Robinson will serve through September 2000.

Bernard J. Coughlin of Spokane has also been named to the Spokane Joint Center for Higher Education. Father Coughlin is the current president of Gonzaga University, a position which he has held for 22 years. He has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations and has previously served as chairman of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce. Father Coughlin will serve through September 2000.

The board coordinates all baccalaureate and graduate degree programs as well as all other courses and programs offered in the Spokane area by Washington State University and Eastern Washington University outside its Cheney campus. The center also coordinates other higher education activities in the Spokane area. The board has nine members, each serving four-year terms.

Washington Commission for National and Community Service

Three new members have been appointed to the Washington Commission for National and Community Service. The commission implements the federal National and Community Trust Act of 1993, which created AmeriCorps. The commission initiates activities and projects that expand and promote the concept of service beyond the scope of federal resources and provides leadership and vision with local volunteer organizations, civic and community groups and units of government to make service a part of the lives of all citizens of the state. The commission has 25 members, each serving three-year terms.

The following members were appointed:

Maria Negrete of Parker is currently serving as a Vista volunteer at the Yakima County Substance Abuse Coalition. Negrete will serve through February 1998 and replaces Janice VanFredenberg, who recently resigned.

Michael Jennings of Seattle is a coordinator for the Carlson Leadership and Public Service Office in Seattle. Jennings, a volunteer for the Big Brothers of King County, is a graduate of AmeriCorps and helped found a full-time service corps in San Antonio, Texas. Jennings will serve through February 1999 and replaces Aimee Shinn, whose term expired.

Barbara A. Stephenson of Bremerton is the executive director of the United Way of Kitsap County. Stephenson previously served on the governor's Federal Funding Roundtable for Women and Children and is an active member of several Kitsap County community volunteer activities. She will serve through February 1997 and replaces Paul Jones.

Electrical Board

David Hanson of Kennewick has been reappointed to the Electrical Board. Hanson is an engineering supervisor for the Public Utility District of Benton County. He is currently the chairman of a utility group involved in electrical licensing and roadway lighting and has previously served on the Benton County Board of Adjustment. Hanson will serve through July 2000.

The board advises the director for the Department of Labor and Industries on the need for additional electrical inspections and changes in electrical codes. The board also sets requirements for general and specialty electrical contractors' licenses and prepares and administers written examinations. The board has 10 members, each serving four-year terms.

Podiatric Medical Board

Charles Waller of Moses Lake has been reappointed to the Podiatric Medical Board. Waller, a private practitioner, is a member of the American Podiatry and Washington State Podiatry Associations. He will serve through June 2001.

The board recommends and adopts rules and regulations to promote safety, protection and welfare of the public. In addition to examining candidates for licensure and registration, the board investigates charges of malpractice, unsafe conditions or unprofessional behavior and conducts disciplinary hearings. The board has five members, each serving five-year terms.

Commute Trip Reduction Task Force

Jeanette Hawkins of Olympia has been appointed to the Commute Trip Reduction Task Force. Hawkins is currently a member of the Olympia City Council and has worked with the budget, general government, transportation demand management and water conservation committees. She also is a board member of the Nisqually Delta Association. Hawkins replaces Ann Weinzierl.

The 18-member task force establishes guidelines for commute trip reduction plans.

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