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Office of Governor Gary Locke
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 12, 1997
Contact:  Governor's Communications Office, 360-902-4136

Locke announces appointments to state panels

OLYMPIA Gov. Gary Locke today announced appointments to the state Transportation Commission, the Columbia River Bi-State Gorge Commission, the Community Economic Revitalization Board and several other state boards, councils and commissions.

Christopher Marr, a Spokane businessman, and A. Michele Maher, a businesswoman also from Spokane, were named to the Transportation Commission, which establishes policy for the state Department of Transportation. Marr, who is chairman of Spokane's Community Development Board and a member of U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt's Small Business Advisory Committee, replaces Linda Tompkins, who resigned. His term will expire June 30, 2002. Maher, a Spokane Transportation Club member and president of the Hispanic Business and Professional Association, will serve a term lasting until June 30, 1999. She replaces former Sen. Pat Patterson, who resigned.

Locke appointed Katharine Akers Sheehan, of Prindle, Skamania County, to the Columbia River Bi-State Gorge Commission. Akers Sheehan, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service, lives within the boundaries of the Gorge scenic area. Replacing Sally Newell, Akers Sheehan's term expires June 12, 2001.

James McIntire, an economist in Seattle, was appointed to another term as chairman of the Community Economic Revitalization Board, to serve until September, 2000. Grant County Commissioner LeRoy Allison, of Warden, also was appointed to a second term on the board. Jeffrey Matson, an accountant and commissioner at the Port of Sunnyside, and Leroy Williams, an auditor from Bremerton, were appointed as new members. The board seeks to strengthen the economies of Washington communities that have high unemployment rates or below-average economic growth.

Four new appointees were named to the Alternative Public Works Methods Oversight Committee: Virgil Hamilton, a Spokane civil engineer; Jim Medina, director of the Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises in Olympia; David Allen, vice president of a Seattle construction and engineering company; and Dick Thompson, director of the state's Office of Financial Management.

Governor Locke also appointed five members to new terms on the committee: Margo Easton, a Seattle attorney specializing in construction and design law; Gary Chandler, an architect from Tacoma; Rodney Eng, an attorney for the City of Seattle; Fred King, assistant director for the Department of General Administration in Olympia; and Douglas Holen, director of construction at the University of Washington. The committee reviews the use of alternative contracting procedures for public works.

Locke appointed four members to the Commission on Pesticide Registration, a group that assists Washington State University's food safety and environmental quality lab with pesticide registration and safe use. Sam Thornton, of Moses Lake, is a new appointee. The three appointees getting additional terms are: Ann George, of Yakima; Bryan Sakuma, of Burlington; and Stewart Pfaff, of Garfield.

Carl Strode, a Pasco city councilmember, was appointed chair of the Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Committee. This committee recommends ways to use loan and grant money from federal and state agencies.

Armour Bolen, of Retsil and George Bodah, of Orting, were named to the state Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee. This committee advises the governor on state programs related to veterans, their dependents and survivors.

Thurston County Treasurer Robin Hunt, Yakima County Commissioner Bill Flower, Grant County Commissioner Leslie Emerick, Skagit County Commissioner Robert Hart and M. Janice Michels, director and superior court clerk for King County Department of Judicial Administration, were appointed to the Municipal Research Council. The council assures Washington cities have good research and service programs.

Robert Hart, who is a a Mount Vernon businessman as well as a Skagit County commissioner, was also appointed to the Rural Development Council, along with Janet Hays, a health care administrator from Forks. The council works to improve the accessibility of resources in rural communities.

Two University of Washington professors, Dr. Margaret Allen, an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery, and Charles Campbell, a chemistry professor, were appointed to the Washington Technology Center Board of Directors. Both Allen and Campbell reside in Seattle. The board is a collaborative effort between universities, industry and government to assure efficient technological research and advancement.

Ron Tan, of Spokane, was appointed to another term on the Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee, and replaces Norman Johnston as chairman. Harold Robertson, who already serves on the committee, was named vice chairman. The committee assists the State Capitol Committee and the Department of General Administration in the review of design and landscaping plans of state capital facilities and grounds.

Frances Wilshusen, a water quality program developer at the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, was appointed to the Puget Sound Council. The council works with the Puget Sound Action Team on projects and activities that concern the Puget Sound and its stakeholders.

Emily Hine, a Microsoft program manager from Seattle, was appointed to the Washington Commission on National and Community Service. The commission works to promote public service through the National and Community Trust Act.

Nathan Brannon, of Seattle, was named to the Developmental Disabilities Council. Brannon is a student at Shoreline Community College. The Developmental Disabilities Council advises the governor on the provision of services to developmentally disabled individuals.

Laurie Tish, a Seattle accountant, was named to the Board of Accountancy. Regulation of public accounting is the function of this board.

Dan O'Donnell, a sales associate from La Conner, was named to the Real Estate Commission. This group licenses and regulates real estate brokers and sales representatives.

Wendy Hamai, a physician assistant from Tacoma, was appointed to the Medical Quality Assurance Commission. The commission licenses physicians and regulates medical practice in Washington.

M. J. Hrdlicka, of Lynnwood, was appointed to another term on the Edmonds Community College Board of Trustees.

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