FEBRUARY 4, 2015

Governor Doug Ducey announces new appointees

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PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey recently announced the appointment of Ryan Peters as director of the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions. 

"Ryan has a reputable career of service on a federal, state and local level," said Governor Ducey. "Whether serving in the United States Marine Corps or as a district representative for Congressman Issa, Ryan has a strong grasp of public policy, constituent services and veterans' issues. His experience and knowledge of government at all levels will be valuable in this position and to our administration." 

Prior to joining the Governor's Office of Boards and Commissions, Mr. Peters served for nearly six years as a district representative for United States Congressman Darrell Issa. In this role, he was responsible primarily for military and veterans outreach and constituent services. 
He previously served a two-year Wounded Warrior fellowship under Congressman Issa (2009-2011) and was director of the Congressional Service Academy Nomination Process for the 49th Congressional District of California. Mr. Peters received his B.S. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University in 2007. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Ducey has appointed Tony Bouie director of the Arizona State Lottery. 

"Tony brings to our administration a strong and tested history in leadership roles," said Governor Ducey. "Whether directing corporations, managing people and budgets, overseeing successful business development or coaching teams, he has proven himself an extremely effective and reputable leader. He will be instrumental to the State Lottery's mission and is a welcome addition to this administration." 

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bouie served as chief operating officer for Parkinson Wellness Recovery; founding member and senior director of Solavei consumer services company; senior consultant with Blue Stone Strategy Group; defensive graduate assistant and assistant football coach for the University of Akron; Chairman and CEO for Halo Cups, Inc.; manager of Roadway Express; and commodity specialist for Avnet, among other roles.

In addition, Mr. Bouie played professional football for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1995 to 1999. He also is a former elected precinct committeeman and elected state committeeman, and has served on the National Football League Players Association Board of Directors; Arizona Alumni Board; Leukemia and Lymphoma Society National Board of Representatives; Ridgeline Academy Charter School Board and more.

Tony Bouie holds a Bachelor of Arts in media arts and a Master of Arts in language, reading and culture from the University of Arizona; a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University; and a Master of Sports Administration from the University of Akron, in Ohio. 

Ducey also announced the appointment of Jeff Whitney as director of the Arizona State Forestry Division.

"Jeff possesses more than 40 years of professional experience in forestry and fire prevention," said Governor Ducey. "Particularly in a state that is no stranger to large and destructive wildfires, Jeff's background and expertise as a National Type 1 Incident Commander will be integral to the health of our forests and the safety of our communities."

Mr. Whitney most recently served as executive director of the Fire Program Analysis for the U.S. Department of the Interior and the USDA Forest Service. He previously served the U.S. Forest Service in numerous capacities including as program manager; assistant director of planning and budget; and incident commander.

Mr. Whitney also served as a deputy forest supervisor in San Bernadino, California; natural resources group leader with the Tonto National Forest; desert fishes/listing and recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Phoenix field office; regional fire management coordinator and southwest strategy coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and more. He began his career in 1972 as a seasonal firefighter, serving five seasons with hotshot crews and three seasons as a heavy engine captain.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in botany from Northern Arizona University and holds a Master of Science in environmental resources from Arizona State University.

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