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Walz, Flanagan Announce Appointments

7/17/2020 11:59:15 AM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced the following appointments to the Board of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Ombudsman Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, the Board of High Pressure Piping Systems, the Board of Animal Health, and the Emerging Entrepreneur Board.

Paul Hustoles - Mankato, MN

Member

Board of The Perpich Center for Arts Education

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 3, 2022

Replacing: Charlene Eigen-Vasquez

About the Board of The Perpich Center for Arts Education:

The Board of the Perpich Center for Arts Education oversees the care, management, and control of the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

More information on the Board of the Perpich Center for Arts Education can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

Jaclyn Ferrier - Redwood Falls, MN

Parent/Guardian Member

Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 2, 2023

Replacing: Hannah Barr

Krista Bahnsen - Waterville, MN

Parent/Guardian Member

Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 2, 2023

Replacing: Alan Wilensky

Amy Hewitt – Minneapolis, MN

Higher Education Representative

Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 2, 2023

Replacing: David Johnson

Dupree Edwards - Minneapolis, MN

Consumer Member

Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 2, 2023

Replacing: Ashley Bailey

Lee Shervheim - Lino Lakes, MN

Chair

Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 3, 2022

Replacing: The Honorable John Hoffman

About the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities:

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities works to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the necessary supports and services to achieve increased independence, productivity, self-determination, integration, and inclusion in their community.

More information on the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

Dupree Edwards - Minneapolis, MN

Member

Ombudsman Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 1, 2024

Replacing: Patricia Jensen

About the Ombudsman Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities:

The Ombudsman Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities advises and assists the ombudsman in developing policies, plans, and programs to benefit persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependence, and emotional disturbance.

More information on the Ombudsman Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

Debra Leigh - St. Cloud, MN

Member

Council For Minnesotans of African Heritage

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 4, 2021

Replacing: Hukun Adow Abdullahi

About the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage:

The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage advises the Governor and the Legislature on issues confronting the constituency of the council, legislative changes needed to improve the economic and social condition of the constituency of the council, and implications and effects of proposed administrative and legislative changes on the constituency of the council.

More information on the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

Jonathan Wolf - Saint Cloud, MN

Representative of District 4

Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 1, 2024

Replacing: Marc Mattice

About the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission:

The Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission, through a comprehensive, multi-step process, designates regionally significant parks and trails, enabling those facilities to apply for funding through the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.

More information on the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

Jason Hollinday - Duluth, MN

Member

Governor's Task Force on Broadband

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: April 2, 2023

Replacing: Jody Reisch

About the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband:

The Governor’s Task Force on Broadband researches, recommends, and promotes state broadband policy, planning, and initiatives that address state broadband needs and goals.

More information on the Governor’s Task Force on Broadband on the Secretary of State's website.

Kent Spaulding - Hoyt Lakes, MN

High Pressure Piping Master Pipefitter Non-Metro

Board Of High Pressure Piping Systems

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: December 31, 2022

Replacing: Chris Savage

About the Board of High Pressure Piping Systems:

The Board of High Pressure Piping Systems adopts the high pressure piping code and rules that regulate licensing and registration of the high pressure piping industry.

More information onthe Board of High Pressure Piping Systems can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

Peggy Hawkins - Northfield, MN

Licensed Veterinarian

Board of Animal Health

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 1, 2024

Replacing: Graham Brayshaw

About the Board of Animal Health:

The Board of Animal Health serves Minnesota by protecting animal health through education, collaboration, and disease prevention and response. Staff routinely conduct surveillance for diseases, inspect livestock sales and shows, and prepare to respond to animal disease emergencies.

More information on the Board of Animal Health can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

Christopher Omare - Brooklyn Park, MN

Member

Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Board

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 3, 2022

Replacing: Jackie Cherryhomes

Mary “Maija” Biondich - Virginia, MN

Member

Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Board

Effective: July 22, 2020

Expires: January 3, 2022

Replacing: Eric Muschler

About the Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Board:

The Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Board investigates and evaluates methods to enhance urban development, particularly methods relating to economic diversification through minority business enterprises and job creation for minority and other persons in low-income areas.

More information on the Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Board can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

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