Governor appoints two locals to state boards

Gov. Sean Parnell announced appointees to state boards today that include two Juneau residents, Wayne Jensen and Jill Burkert.

Wayne Jensen

(Photo courtesy Candy Behrends)

Wayne Jensen, a partner in the architectural firm Jensen Yorba Lott, will serve on the Alaska Historical Commission. The commission advises the governor and legislature on Alaska’s history, oversees the state historic preservation plan and performs other functions related to historical sites. Jensen’s seat is reserved for an architect.

Jill Burkert

(Photo courtesy University of Alaska Southeast)

Parnell also appointed Jill Burkert to the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. The council serves as a planning and coordinating agency of the state departments of Health and Social Services, Education and Early Development and others that provide services or special education to people with disabilities.

Burkert is an associate professor and special education program director at the University of Alaska Southeast. She has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction in special education from the University of South Florida. She travels to schools throughout Alaska teaching others how to become special education teachers and advocates. Burkert’s seat is reserved for a non-governmental organization.