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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.

+ Michael Stark, Vice Chair

Michael Stark was appointed to the Board of Parole by Governor Knowles in 2002. He was reappointed by Governor Palin to another five year term in 2007. Most recently he was reappointed by Governor Parnell to another five year term in 2012.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Florida (1970) and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center (1974) where he served on the editorial board of the Criminal Law Reporter.

Mr. Stark retired from state service at the end of 2001 after working for the Alaska Department of Law for 27 years as an assistant district attorney and an assistant attorney general. Mr. Stark served as lead counsel to the Alaska Department of Corrections for 21 years, as counsel to the Alaska Board of Parole for 15 years, and as counsel to the Alaska Police Standards Council and the State Fire Marshal for five years.

Mr. Stark is admitted to practice law before the courts of Alaska, the federal courts in the Seventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Stark has been a member of the Alaska Bar Association since 1974, and the American Correctional Association since 1983 where he served as a member of the Legal Issues Committee. He has also provided training on legal issues for several years to Alaska's probation/parole officers. Mr. Stark was active in the administration of the Juneau Community Charter School for several years and resides in Juneau.

+ 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.

+ Sarah Possenti, Member

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.

+ Daniel Morris, Member

Daniel Morris was appointed to a five-year term on the Board of Parole by Governor Parnell in March 2011. He has over 23 years of law enforcement experience, both civilian and military.

Additionally, he has served in numerous capacities as part of his law enforcement duties: nine years as Kenai Police Chief managing Police, Communications and Animal Control Departments and nine years serving as a Board Member of the Kenai/Soldotna Women's Resource Crisis Center. He was also a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough E911 Board. Finally, he served four years on the Alaska Police Standards Council, including several years as Vice Chair and Chair.

He is a resident of Soldotna.

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