Mike Dunleavy

Gov. Mike Dunleavy named a former member of his state senate staff to fill a seat on the state Board of Fisheries on Thursday.

John Wood, who lives in Willow, is a former Anchorage assemblyman (1981-91) and lawyer, who worked as staffer for then-Sen. Dunleavy, focusing on fish policy between 2012 and 2014, according to a biography from the governor’s office. Wood is a member of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Board of Fish and Wildlife.

Wood was nominated for the seat left open this spring when the Legislature voted not to confirm Karl Johnstone.  

Johnstone, a fish board chairman and Superior Court judge, drew strong opposition this year from commercial fishing organizations, including the Upper Cook Inlet Drift Association and United Fishermen of Alaska. He was embraced by sport fishing groups, including the Fairbanks-based Chitina Dipnetters Association, which credits Johnstone with helping to convince the fish board to increase personal-use dip-net bag limits in 2014.  

During the confirmation debate, Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, said on the floor of the Legislature that two women had come to her to tell her Johnstone made “inappropriate and unwelcome sexual comments” to them while he served on the fish board. This claim about Johnstone hasn’t been substantiated.  

Wood and other board nominees will serve on an interim basis until they can be confirmed by the Legislature in next session, which begins in January 2020. 

Other board appointments announced Thursday: 

Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council

• Andy Hedden – Haines (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 7/1/21

 • Kip Kermoian – Haines (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 7/1/21

 • Stephen Lewis – Juneau (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 7/1/21

Alaska Historical Commission

• Jonathon Ross – Chugiak (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 6/30/22

 • Mark Rollins – Anchorage

Term: 7/1/19 – 6/30/22

Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission

• Kelsey Trimmer – Palmer

Term: 4/26/19 – 6/30/21

 Alaska State Council on the Arts

• Benjamin Brown – Juneau (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 6/30/22

 • Juan Munoz – Juneau

Term: 7/1/19 – 6/30/22

 • John Paul Kohler Jr. – Fairbanks

Term: 7/1/19 – 6/30/22

Big Game Commercial Services

• Peter Buist – Fairbanks

Term: 5/21/19 – 3/1/21

Board of Fisheries

• John Wood – Willow

Term: 5/24/19 – 6/30/21

Board of Forestry

• William Morris – Fairbanks (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 6/30/22

 • Eric Nichols – Ketchikan (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 6/30/22

Board of Nursing

• Catherine Hample – Wasilla

Term: 5/24/19 – 3/1/21

 • Lena Lafferty – Anchorage

Term: 5/24/19 – 3/1/22

Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund

Carl Brady Jr. – Anchorage (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 6/30/23

Commission on Judicial Conduct

Todd Fletcher – Anchorage

Term: 5/21/19 – 3/1/23

Human Rights Commission

• Betsy Engle – Fairbanks

Term: 5/28/19 – 3/1/20

 • William Craig – Sitka

Term: 5/28/19 – 3/1/23

 • Evelyn Falzerano – Anchorage

Term: 5/28/19 - 3/1/2020

Professional Teaching Practices Commission

Lem Wheeles – Anchorage

Term: 5/21/19 – 3/1/22

Real Estate Commission

Jerry Royse – Anchorage

Term: 5/22/19 – 3/1/23

Renewable Energy Fund Advisory Committee

Alicia Siira – Anchorage

Term: 5/13/19 – 3/1/22

State Council on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

• Adele Douglas – Eagle River (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 7/1/22

 • Eleilia Preston – Wasilla

Term: 7/1/19 – 7/1/22

State Historical Records Advisory Board

• Lisa Hart– Palmer (reappointment)

Term: 5/13/19 – 5/10/22

 • Mark Rollins – Anchorage

Term: 5/13/19 – 5/10/22

State Vocational Rehabilitation Committee

• Tamara Douglas– Anchorage (reappointment)

Term: 5/21/19 – 5/21/22

 • Jeremiah Ticket – Kotzebue

Term: 5/21/19 – 5/21/22

University of Alaska Board of Regents

Cachet Garrett – Fairbanks

Term: 6/1/19 – 5/30/21

Student Regent

Violent Crimes Compensation Board

Greg Bringhurst – Fairbanks

Term: 5/21/19 – 3/1/22

Wood-Tikchik State Park Management Council

Paul Liedberg - Dillingham (reappointment)

Term: 7/1/19 – 6/30/22