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Ida Hildebrand

Chair

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Ida is the former Director of Natural Resource Programs for Chugach Regional Resources Commission. She is the owner of Hildebrand Consulting & Publishing and the President of A. Carey Hildebrand Foundation Inc. Ida serves as the Board Chair with Gana-A’Yoo, Limited; serves as Chair of the Executive Committee; and is on the GSC Mechanical, LLC and Kaiyuh Construction, LLC Board of Directors. She is also a Coalition member with the Alaska Marine Science Career Coalition and member of the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Network. Ida graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in International Government and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She holds Nulato class stock; and is Athabascan and a tribal member of the Nulato Tribe.

 

 

Leann Sommer

President

 

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Leann is the daughter of Chris and Albertha Sommer of Galena. Her grandparents are Laura and the late Edward Pitka of Galena, and the late Henry and Maudrey Sommer of Tanana. She has three older sisters: Larissa, Crystal and Joyelyn Sommer. After graduating high school from the Sidney C. Huntington School in Galena, she went on to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration: Tourism and Hospitality Management from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Since then she has been working in Anchorage. She currently is a member of the National Association for Professional Women. Before being elected to the Gana-A'Yoo's board, she served on the Shareholder Relations Committee for two years. She is now employed by the Lakefront Anchorage - formerly known as the Millennium Alaskan Hotel, as the Corporate Sales Manager. Prior to the Lakefront Anchorage, she was employed with Doyon, Ltd, as a Project Coordinator. 

 

 

 

Ragine Pilot

Vice President

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Ragine serves on the Human Resources Committee of Gana-A'Yoo, Limited. Currently, she works part-time for the Galena City School District at the GILA Dorm. She previously worked as the Tribal Operations Director and the Tribal Administrator for Louden Tribal Council. She is a former State of Alaska DFYS Social Worker and a former Chief for Louden Village Council. Ragine holds Galena and Koyukuk stock.

 








Kimberly Bower

Secretary

 

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Kimberly serves on the Human Resources Committee of Gana-A'Yoo, Limited and the Foundation Committee. Kimberly was born, raised, and graduated from high school in Nulato, Alaska.  She currently works as an RN (Registered Nurse) for the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) for the last 5 years.  Prior to TCC, she was employed by Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in the Med/Surgical Unit.  She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with her nursing degree in 2008.  She is also a board member of the Fairbanks Native Association and a member of the Fairbanks Outboard Association. Kimberly and her husband, Joe, have three boys: Chad, Tyler and Joe II. The family spends their time together enjoying traditional subsistence activities and traveling.


 

 

 

Michael Stickman

Treasurer

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Michael is currently the Treasurer of the Gana-A’Yoo, Limited Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Executive Committee; Treasurer of Khotol Services Corporation; First Chief of Nulato Tribal Council; a Member of Western Interior Regional Advisory Council and the Middle Yukon/Koyukuk Advisory Committee.  He also serves as the International Chair on the Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC), an international treaty organization established to defend the rights and further the interests internationally of American and Canadian Athabaskan member First Nation governments in the eight-nation Arctic Council. His work experience includes providing furnace, water heater and maintenance work to community members and working as a Water Plant Operator for the City of Nulato. He attended Tanana Valley Community College and University of Alaska-Fairbanks, graduating with an AAS Degree in Petroleum Technology and received training in heating and ventilation in Portland, Oregon. Michael holds Nulato class stock. 

 

 


William Dayton

Director 

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William, who serves on the Resource Committee and the Investment Committee, previously served as a Gana-A’Yoo, Limited Board Director from 1979-1981. William is on the Investment Committee and is also the secretary of GSC Mechanical, LLC. William holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. William holds Koyukuk class stock.   

 

John Francis Madros

Director

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John Madros previously served on the Gana-A'Yoo, Limited Board of Directors in 2008. His late father, Franklin Madros Sr., previously served on the Board for over 25 years. John graduated from Lathrop High School in 1970 and received his Heavy Equipment Operator certificate in 1992. He currently works seasonally at the fish processing plant in Kaltag. He worked as a custodian/building maintenance man, emergency fire fighter crew boss, heavy equipment operator, and laborer. John states, "As a previous Director, and a long time Tribal Chief from 1994 to present, I feel that I have the knowledge and time to be effective on the Gana-A'Yoo Board of Directors. John currently serves on the Resource Committee and the Shareholder Relations Committee. John holds Kaltag class stock.  

 

Sharon Hildebrand

Director

 

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Sharon serves on the Shareholder Relations Committee for Gana-A'Yoo, Limited and currently works for UAF in the Development and Alumni Relations team.  She has an extensive history in policy implementation in the Alaskan professional and industrial settings, having worked for Doyon, Limited, Gana-A’Yoo, Limited, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., and Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc.  Sharon is the owner of 907 Graphics and Consulting business since 2011. Sharon was raised along the Yukon River in a traditional manner by her grandmother Ellen in Nulato. She and her husband Vern have three sons, active in sports. As a first generation college graduate, Sharon understands the importance of contributing to our communities and the impacts an individual can make. She holds a B.A. from UAF in Alaska Native Studies with a concentration in AK Native law, government, and politics.  She is also completing her master’s in public administration from UAS and volunteers at the local women’s shelter, Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Association and volunteers her time on various boards.  Sharon is also part of an international research team that has brought her to Russia twice in cooperation with the community of Galena.  She is also on a planning committee for an international conference to be held in September in Anchorage for Water Innovation for Healthy Arctic Homes (WIHAH). Sharon holds Nulato and Galena class stock.



Cecelia Solomon

Director

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Cecelia currently works at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center in Fairbanks, AK as the Unit Clerk. Cecelia graduated from Kaltag High School and attended Haskell Indian University. She then attended University of Upper Iowa, where she received a degree in Human Service Social Work. Cecelia holds Kaltag class stock.