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Parole Board Members

+ Lonzo Henderson, Chair

Lonzo Henderson was appointed to a five-year term on the Board of Parole by Governor Palin in December 2008. He was appointed Chair of the Board by Governor Parnell in February 2011.

Mr. Henderson served 21 years with the Alaska Department of Corrections in increasingly responsible positions as a corrections or probation officer and administrator, before retiring in 2001 as assistant director of the Division of Community Corrections. Since 2003, he has been a case manager with the Community Residential Center offender supervision program, a private contractor of halfway houses for the department. In 1989, Mr. Henderson won a governor's Distinguished Public Service Award.

He is a member of the Anchorage East Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1981, and a master's degree in adult and continuing education from Alaska Pacific University in 1989. He is a resident of Anchorage.

+ Sarah Possenti, Vice Chair

Sarah Possenti was appointed to a five-year term on the Board of Parole by Governor Parnell in March 2011.

She has served in numerous capacities for the Alaska Department of Corrections, most recently as an Institutional Probation Officer at Fairbanks Correctional Center, and prior to that, as a Field Probation Officer. She formerly served as program coordinator for the Fairbanks North Star Youth Court.

Mrs. Possenti holds Bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and Social Work from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is appointed to a seat on the board reserved for a resident of the 4th Judicial District.

She is a resident of Fairbanks.

+ Ole Larson, Member

Ole Larson was appointed to a five-year term on the Board of Parole by Governor Parnell in March 2010. Mr. Larson has a Bachelors of Science (Biology) degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He also holds a Secondary Certification in Education from the University of Alaska at Anchorage.

Mr. Larson retired from the Alaska Department of Corrections, serving from 1976 to 2005 with more than 29 years of Service. During his tenured within the Department of Corrections he served as a Youth Counselor, Correctional Officer, Sergeant, Assistant Superintendent and retired as the Superintendent of Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. He served in various Correctional Facilities including McLaughlin Youth Center, Palmer Correctional Center, State Correctional Center-Annex, Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, Cook-Inlet Pretrial Facility, Hiland Mountain-Meadow Creek Correctional Center and Fairbanks Correctional Center.

He is a resident of Wasilla.

+ Steve Meyer, Member

Mr. Meyer retired from the State of Alaska, Department of Corrections in 2014, after a 21 year career. His tenure with the Department included 11 years with the Division of Institutions as a Correctional Officer, Prisoner Transportation Officer, Correctional Sergeant, and one year as a Training Officer II with the Department Academy. In 2004, he began the remaining ten years of his career as a field Probation/Parole Officer in the Kenai Field Probation Office. From 1994 to 2008, he was an operator for the Alaska State Troopers Special Emergency Response Team (SERT). He is an active member of his community and has served on numerous boards and advisory committees. He resides in Kenai.

+ Jason Wilson, Member

Jason Wilson was recently appointed by Governor Walker to the Parole Board to complete the remaining term following a vacancy on the board. Jason is only the second Alaska Native to be appointed to the Parole Board. Jason first joined Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) in 2002 as a youth advocate where he provided case management to youth referred to the Tribe by the State of Alaska’s Division of Juvenile Justice and Office of Children’s Services. He later served as family caseworker and supervisor for the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) program, as well as criminal justice specialist for the Tribe’s Children’s Justice Act Initiative. In 2009, he was promoted to Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) program coordinator and then manager of the Public Safety department in 2011. As manager of the Public Safety department, he oversees the Second Chance Prisoner Re-entry and VPSO programs.

Prior to working for the Tribe, Jason also worked eight years as a youth counselor for Johnson Youth Services where he developed individual treatment plans and facilitated youth groups. In the Juneau community, Jason has served as the head swim coach for Thunder Mountain High School (TMHS) for the past six years as well as the assistant coach for the TMHS softball team.

Jason was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska.

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