Movers and Shakers for March 28
The membership of Fairbanks Native Association has elected six people to its board of directors. Renee Linton and Terri Cadzow join incumbents Travis Cole, Sharon Hildebrand, Charlene Stern and Tonya Garnett. Cole is the expeditor at Tanana Chiefs Conference. Cadzow is the executive assistant for health services at TCC, and Linton works as a rural economic development specialist at TCC. Hildebrand works for Doyon, Ltd. as the village outreach liaison. Garnett oversees the Native Village of Venetie Special Projects and is self-employed. Stern is the interim vice chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the vice president of Tanana Chiefs Conference. They join Jessica Black, Andrea Durney-Nield, Glenn “Manny” Carlo and Anna Frank on the board. In a meeting following elections, the board voted to elect Black as president, Garnett as vice president, Durney-Nield as secretary, and Hildebrand as treasurer.
Nancy Burke has joined United Way of Anchorage as a special assistant to President and CEO Clark Halvorson for Housing and COVID-19 response programs. Burke brings a wealth of experience in non-profit, municipal and state government services to assist in data collection, design, funding and improvement of community and government systems serving people who are homeless or who experience a mental illness and disability. Burke has a master’s degree in social work focusing on family and mental health systems and has experience with clinical and housing service design needed for successful supportive housing programs for persons with severe disabling conditions. She will support United Way’s Home for Good program on the clinical and housing components of the project as it continues in the first full year of a three-year Pay for Success financed program. In partnership with the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness and our community partners, Burke will convene work on identified areas of the Anchored Home plan’s prevention and diversion strategies. In what is a traditional role for the United Way, she will help in convening groups to identify and monitor relevant data and community indicators and to evaluate progress on key outcomes, as well as working with community leaders to strengthen the community’s abilities to identify, address and fund priority issues.
Recover Alaska’s executive director Tiffany Hall was recognized nationally as a leader in health advocacy and social justice after being awarded the Andy Hyman Award for Advocacy. This award is presented by Grantmakers In Health each year to individuals who embody the late philanthropist’s courage and commitment to action, leadership advancing social change and dedication to making progress in policy and practice despite challenging political environments. Recover Alaska is an action group that uses data, inclusive partnerships, and forward-thinking to advocate for policy and perception change around alcohol, including strategies to eliminate stigma around alcohol use disorders, increase access to help, promote protective factors, and craft policy to create a safer built environment.
Bering Straits Native Corp. announced the promotion of shareholder Lucille Sands to vice president of Shareholder Development. Sands has been employed by BSNC for many years, and has worked across many departments, which enhances her ability to assist management in meeting our commitment to shareholders and descendants. Sands previously served as Shareholder Development director for BSNC. She earned an MBA degree from Western Governor’s University, a bachelor of business administration degree with a minor in Alaska Native business management from the University of Alaska Anchorage and an Associate of Arts degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Sands was recently appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy to the State of Alaska Workforce Investment Board.
Four members were recently elected to Doyon Ltd.’s 13-member board of directors. Elected with three-year terms ending in 2024 were Christopher Simon, Charleen C. Fisher, Walter “Wally” Carlo and Jennifer Fate. The newly elected and re-elected board members will join existing board members Cheryl Cadzow, Shirley Cleaver, Sonta Hamilton-Roach, Betty Huntington, Jerry Isaac, Georgianna Lincoln, Marvin Roberts, Orie Williams, and Miranda Wright. Doyon also announced the Shareholder of the Year awards: Chief Andrew Isaac Leadership, Kenneth “Kenny” Kokrine Esmailka, Kaltag; Daaga’ Community Service, Donna Folger, Tanana; Hannah Solomon Elder of the Year, Clara Honea, Ruby; and Irene Roberts, Poldine; Carlo Citizen of the Year, Marie Yaska, Huslia. In addition, longtime Doyon Ltd. employee Carole Ann Newcomer received a special recognition from the board.