FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 27, 1996
Billings, Cammermeyer named to Governor's
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Mike Lowry today
announced the following board and commission appointments:
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Judith Billings
has been named to the Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
Billings, of Puyallup, has served two terms as Washington's top
educational administrator. She earned her law degree from the
University of Puget Sound. Her many years of experience in education
and government include teaching in Washington public schools,
working in the agency which she now heads (OSPI) and working on
staff in Congress. Diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1995, Billings has
been a national advocate for AIDS education in public schools.
Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer of Langley has been appointed
to the Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Cammermeyer, a
Vietnam veteran, served 30 years as an Army nurse on active duty,
in the Army Reserves, and in the National Guard. She is currently
a clinical nurse specialist at American Lake near Tacoma. Cammermeyer
earned her master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Washington
and has been active in Hands Off Washington, the American Nurses
Association, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses,
and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. Her term expires in
Mary Swenson of Bellingham has been reappointed to the
board of trustees of Western Washington University.
Swenson, a graduate of Stanford and Georgetown Universities, is
currently assistant city attorney for Bellingham. She is a member
of the Washington State Bar Association and has been active with
the Bellingham School Board, Bellingham Public School Foundation,
Whatcom County Opportunity Council, Evergreen Legal Services,
Washington Women Lawyers, and the Coalition for Child Advocacy.
Her term expires in 2002.
Four-year regional universities are served by a seven-member board
of trustees that establishes policies for the university. Members
serve six-year terms.
The advisory council assists the governor in developing sound
state policies on the HIV epidemic, reviews and makes recommendations
about proposed HIV/AIDS related programs and legislation, and
identifies gaps in existing programs and services.
Lourdes Alvarado-Ramos of Olympia has been appointed to
the Affirmative Action Policy Committee. Alvarado-Ramos, a Vietnam-era
Army veteran, is superintendent of the Washington Soldiers Home
and Colony in Orting. She served as affirmative action program
manager at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma. Alvarado-Ramos
has been active in various professional and civic organizations,
including the MG Patrick Madigan Foundation Board of Directors,
the Washington Ombudsman Program Advisory Board, Hispanic Women's
Network and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Her term expires in
Serving as a policy and review body for the state's affirmative
action program, the committee reviews and approves state agency
affirmative action plans. There are 15 members on the committee.
Shane DeWald of Issaquah has been appointed to the Board
of Registration for Landscape Architects. DeWald, a graduate of
the University of Idaho, is senior landscape architect for the
Seattle Engineering Department. DeWald has been active at the
local level in Issaquah on environmental/development issues and
with the St. Joseph's Youth Group. Her term will expire in 2001.
The five-member board examines candidates for licensure, investigates
complaints of violation of landscape architect law and rules,
conducts disciplinary hearings, and adopts rules for administration
of the registration law. Members serve five-year terms.
For more information, contact the Governor's Communications Office at 360-753-6790.