Gov. Parnell appoints 3 Southeast residents to state boards

Three people from Southeast were appointed to state boards today, the governor’s office announced.

Gov. Sean Parnell appointed Larry Gaffaney to the Alaska Royalty Oil and Gas Development Advisory Board. The Department of Natural Resources relies on the board’s input regarding royalty agreements with the state. Gaffaney is the president and CEO of Huna Totem Corp. He came to Juneau five years ago from New York City where he was CEO and a managing partner of a private investment firm that focused on real estate investments in Silicon Valley.

Wayne Nicolls was reappointed to the Board of Forestry. The board is tasked with providing a forum for people to resolve forest resources issues. Nicolls is from Juneau and has worked for the U.S. Forest Service. He is also a member of the Alaska Outdoor Council, an organization that advocates for equal access to fishing and hunting resources and has lobbied against both a rural preference for subsistence and the taking of Alaska Native lands into federal trust. Nicolls received his bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Minnesota and is a certified forester.

Parnell reappointed Bill Moran Jr. of Ketchikan to the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Directors. Moran is the president and director of First Bank of Ketchikan. He has been on the board since 2006 and has been chairman of the board since 2010. According to his bio on the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.’s website, Moran is involved with the Ketchikan Pioneers Home and the BP Community Advisory Board.

The governor also made appointments to the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. Board of Directors, the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority and the Marine Transportation Advisory Board.

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