Bellevue, Wenatchee Valley and Yakima Valley College trustees among new appointments

Olympia -- Gov. Mike Lowry today announced the following appointments.

Bellevue Community College

J.C. (Dell) Jackson of Bellevue has been appointed to the Bellevue Community College Board of Trustees. Jackson is a former top salesman with IBM, a founder and owner of a retail and wholesale distributorship of information processing supplies and an independent business consultant since 1988.

At IBM, Jackson participated in a national marketing task force to develop strategy and implement the "word processing concept." He currently lends his expertise to the business community in new products research and design of corporate diversity programs. He also lectures nationally on problems, opportunities, and solutions facing minority and women-owned businesses.

Wenatchee Valley College

Scott Brundage of Chelan has been reappointed to the Wenatchee Valley College Board of Trustees. Brundage, a radio journalist and commentator, is a well-known community activist. He is a former chairman of both the Chelan Park Board and the Associated Press Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Brundage is a regular participant in community theater activities and has portrayed Harry Truman in a one-man production. His term expires in 2001.

Yakima Valley Community College

Ricardo Garcia of Wapato has been reappointed to the Yakima Valley Community College Board of Trustees. Garcia, an Army veteran and Central Washington University graduate, is general manager of the Northwest Chicano Radio Network, a non-profit Spanish-speaking radio station. Past and present civic affiliations include the Yakima County Substance Coalition, the Governor's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, Yakima/Kittitas Rural Economic Development Council, Washington State Employment Training Council, and the Board of Directors for the National Association of Farmworker Organizations. His term expires in 2001.

Arts Commission

Patsy Surh O'Connell of Gig Harbor has been newly appointed to the state Arts Commission. O'Connell, owner of a Tacoma travel agency and an art instructor at Pierce College, is a graduate of Clover Park Vocational College and the Roudolph Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco. She is a leader in the local arts community, serving as president of the Korean Artists Association, vice president of the Puget Sound Sumi Artists and a board member of the Tacoma Art Museum.

O'Connell also is affiliated with the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Seattle Art Museum. She replaces Tom Cunningham, whose term has expired. Her term expires in 1999.

Rolon B. Garner of Seattle has been reappointed to the Arts Commission. Garner, an artist, curator, installation technician, and administrator, has a diverse work history within the art field. His work has been displayed internationally, in both solo and group shows from the American Art Gallery in Denmark to the Seattle Art Museum. He was a teacher at the Cornish Institute, The Evergreen State College, and the Northwest School of Art. In addition, he is a former owner and director of the Garner/Demombynes Gallery. His term expires in 1999.

The Arts Commission promotes the growth and development of the arts within the state, advises state agencies and officials on matters pertaining to the arts, and administers appropriations set aside for acquiring works of art for public buildings.

Board of Pilotage Commissioners

Capt. Ioannis (John) A. Karakoulakis of Bellevue has been appointed to the state Board of Pilotage Commissioners. Karakoulakis graduated from the Greek Merchant Marine Academy in 1965 and sailed onboard various Greek flagged vessels and in the Greek navy until 1970. Karakoulakis served as chief mate, staff captain and master on various Greek owned vessels until 1975, when he began work as a marine surveyor in both California and Washington state. Four years later, Karakoulakis joined the marine department of the Exxon Company.

Karakoulakis is currently ship group coordinator for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Exxon Corporation., and a member of the board of directors of Clean Sound Cooperative, Inc. Karakoulakis replaces William Williams. The term expires in 1999.

Capt. Robert N. Kromann of Edmonds has also been appointed to the Board of Pilotage Commissioners. A 1965 graduate of the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kromann started his career as a tanker officer with the Chevron Shipping Company. He is currently a state and federally licensed Puget Sound pilot. Kromann also has served as president, vice president, and a board member of Puget Sound Pilots. He replaces Michael Gavin, who resigned, and will serve until 2000.

Capt. Benjamin L. Watson of Aberdeen has been reappointed to the Board of Pilotage Commissioners. He is a graduate of the California Maritime Academy and is currently a Grays Harbor bar pilot. Watson's term will expire in 1999.

The state Board of Pilotage Commissioners examines and licenses qualified pilots for vessels operating on the inland waterways of the state, fixes pilotage rates, and adopts and publishes rules and regulations. The board also may take disciplinary action against any vessel owner or master that does not comply with its rules.

Personnel Resources Board

Bernadine Dochnahl of Renton has been appointed to the Personnel Resources Board. Dochnahl has serves as chairwoman of the state Health Policy Board/Health Services Commission since 1993. She is a certified public accountant and a graduate of the University of Washington. Dochnahl replaces Tom Burns and her term will expire in 1997.

The Personnel Resources Board governs the state merit system for state agency personnel.

Columbia River Gorge Bi-State Commission

Tim Southworth of Goldendale has been reappointed to the Columbia River Gorge Bi-State Commission. Southworth is the owner of Southslope Woodworks and is a graduate of Oregon State University. He serves as chief of his local fire department and is vice president of the Mid Columbia Folklore Society. Southworth's term will expire in 2000.

The Columbia River Gorge Bi-State Commission works with the U.S. Forest Service to plan and oversee the 253,000-acre Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which was created in 1986. Three of 13 board members are appointed by the governor.

Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

Marcy Drummond of Spokane has been appointed to the state Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. Drummond is affiliated with the Center for Social Policy Research and Evaluation, Department of Applied Psychology for Eastern Washington University. She holds a Master of Science degree in psychology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in education from E.W.U.

Drummond also is on the board of directors of the Communities That Care Prevention Board, United Way of Spokane county, the Women Helping Women Fund and Goodwill Industries of the Northwest. Drummond replaces Ann Baker and her term will expire in 1999.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee implements the federal juvenile justice and delinquency prevention act, which provides funds to states to improve the juvenile justice system, and advises the governor on priorities for granting federal juvenile delinquency funds and improving the juvenile justice system.

Correctional Industries Board

Robert L. Dilger of Olympia has been reappointed to the state Correctional Industries Board. Dilger is the executive secretary of the Washington State Building and Construction Trade Council. Professional and civic affiliations include the Governor's Committee on Systems Building for Schools, the Governor's Safety Advisory Council and the Worker's Compensation Board. His term expires in 1999.

Tony Rund of Spokane has been newly appointed to the Correctional Industries Board. Rund is an administrator with the Northwest Business Development Company, a non-profit financial assistance organization that helps people who are starting or expanding a business. He also is an instructor of business law at Spokane Falls Community College and is a former owner of a paper and ribbon supply company.

Rund earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Sarasota, and a Juris Doctorate and Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. Professional affiliations include the board of directors for the Consumer Credit Council of the Inland Northwest, the Human Services Advisory Board of Spokane and the Small Business Committee of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce. His term expires in 1998.

The Correctional Industries Board advises the state Department of Corrections on programs designed to offer work experience and training of inmates, along with investing funds from enterprises and work programs.

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