Gana-A'Yoo Leadership

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Dena Sommer-Pedebone

CEO, Gana-A’Yoo, Limited

As CEO of Gana-A’Yoo, Limited, Dena M. Sommer-Pedebone is responsible for working with the Board of Directors to set the overall direction of the Gana-A’Yoo Family of Companies and provide leadership to its senior management team. Dena has been with Gana-A’Yoo since 2018.

Prior to her position as CEO of her village corporation, Dena worked for Alyeska Pipeline and tribal organizations in the Cook Inlet and Doyon regions. Dena graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in Business Management with leadership honors. She has completed graduation certificate programs in executive leadership at Alaska Pacific University and Cornell University.

Dena serves on the board of directors for the Alaska Native Village Corporation Association, the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and is a founder and director of College Prep Athletics, she is passionate about providing opportunities to Alaska student-athletes who may not have the resources necessary to achieve their potential. Dena was named a 2013 recipient of the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s “Top 40 Under 40” award.

Dena is Koyukon Athabascan and is an enrolled member of the Nulato tribe. She was born in Fairbanks and raised on the Yukon River. She is married to Macoy Pedebone, and they have two daughters, Austyn and Sunny.

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Ryan Kegley

COO, Gana-A'Yoo, Limited

Ryan Kegley is the Chief Operating Officer for the Gana-A’Yoo Family of Companies and is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the Company, including Business Development and is a key member of the Company’s Strategic Growth team.

Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to his position, Ryan worked for the Chugach family of companies for the last seven years where he served as the Vice President of Projects and Support at Chugach Commercial Holdings, as well as the General Manager of Chugach Alaska Services. His position encompassed marketing, bidding, capturing and overseeing all new projects for CCH and CAS’s subsidiary TCC in Alaska’s oil and gas industry. He has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles ranging from operations and business development, working as a congressional staffer in Washington DC and the Alaska State Legislature, government 8(a) contracting and leading several multi-year, multi-phased and complex projects. 

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Reinhard Mueller

Senior Vice President of Operations and Business Development, Gana-A'Yoo, Limited

Interim General Manager, Kaiyuh Services, LLC 

Reinhard Mueller is the Senior Vice President of Operations and Business Development of Gana-A’Yoo, Limited and has been with the company since December, 2015. Reinhard is responsible for the management of the company’s business development spanning several specialties and located nationally including Antarctica.

Prior to joining Gana-A’Yoo as the Director of Operations, Reinhard worked for another Alaska Native Corporation, advancing from Project Manager to Chief Operations Officer during his 14-year tenure with the firm.  Prior to that, Reinhard worked for Madison Services of Madison, Mississippi in the capacity of General Project Manager, overseeing an 8 state Operations and Maintenance contract for the 88th Regional Support Command in the Midwest.  Prior to entering the private sector, Reinhard was the Base Construction Manager at Whiteman Air Force Base during the bed down mission for the B-2 Stealth Bomber.  Reinhard began his career as an Air Force Officer, attaining the rank of Captain before joining the Civil Service ranks at Whiteman Air Force Base. 

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Vice President of Finance and Accounting, Gana-A'Yoo, Limited 

As Vice President of Finance and Accounting of Gana-A’Yoo, Limited, Greg French, CPA is responsible for working with leadership to manage all financial and accounting aspects of the Gana-A’Yoo Family of Companies and is a key member of the company’s strategic growth team.

Prior to his position as Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Gana-A’Yoo, Limited, Greg worked for Bristol Bay Native Corporation as the Director of Financial Reporting and as a Senior Audit Manager at the CPA firm KPMG, where his clients consisted of Alaska Regional and Village Native Corporations. Greg has experience working with Alaska Native Corporations and Government Contracting including complex areas of Government Cost Accounting Standards and Federal Acquisition Regulations.  Greg attended California State University and earned his degree in accounting, along with his CPA certification. He has completed graduation certificate programs in executive leadership at Alaska Pacific University.

Greg has served as a director for various non-profits and most recently serves on the Alaska Community Leadership Board for the American Diabetes Association.

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Vice President of Operations, Gana-A'Yoo Services Corporation & Six Mile, LLC 

Dan Pickett is the Vice President of Operations of Gana-A'Yoo Services Corporation (GSC), Six Mile, LLC, Pogo Mine, and Service Point Seattle. He has been with the company since April 2012. Dan is responsible for the management of GSC's and Six Mile's day to day activities, work that stretches from Antarctica to Delta Junction, Alaska to Rock Island, IL. Dan is a Project Manager Professional and Six Sigma Greenbelt.

Prior to joining Gana-A'Yoo as a General Manager, Dan worked for another Alaska Native Corporation as a Project Manager in Antarctica for 5 years. Prior to that, Dan worked as a Director of Operations for commercial restaurants for 20 years in charge of day to day operations, process improvement, team building, purchasing and new vertical construction.

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David Plains

General Manager, Khotol Services Corporation

David Plains is General Manager of Khotol Services Corporation (KSC) and has been with the company since December of 2017.  David is responsible for the overall management of KSC's business development and daily operations.

Prior to joining Gana-A'Yoo as General Manger, David worked for another Alaska Native Corporation for 10 years as Project Manager.  Prior to that, David has been working in the JOC, SABER, IDIQ and MATOC contracting realm since 1989. David received his Construction Management Degree from the University of Central Missouri in 1991.  He started his construction career as an Engineering Intern, while going to college, at Whiteman Air Force Base during the B-2 Stealth Bomber Bed Down Mission.

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General Manager, Kaiyuh Information Technologies, LLC 

Cheryl Sands is the General Manager for Kaiyuh Information Technologies, LLC (KIT) and is responsible for the overall management of KIT’s business development, strategic planning, and daily operations.

Cheryl has worked in the IT industry and government contracting for over 16 years. Prior to joining KIT, Cheryl was the President of a tribal 8(a) called POWTEC Solutions, LLC where she was responsible for the overall strategic direction, financial performance, and management. Cheryl obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Montana, has a Master Certificate in Government Contract Management, graduated from the National Contract Management Association’s Leadership Development Program, and completed the SBA’s Emerging Leaders Program.

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General Manager, Yukon Management, LLC 

Timothy Gayles is the General Manager for Yukon Management, LLC and is responsible for strategy, business development, growth, structure, budget, financial outcomes and scorecard metrics for projects and contracts.

Timothy has been involved in operations and construction management of healthcare, federal & civil facilities and public works for over 25 years.  Prior to joining Yukon Management, Timothy was instrumental in leading two prior 8(a)/SDVOSB firms to multiple Inc. Magazine 100 Fastest Growing Inner-City Business awards, as well as numerous regional SBA and MBDA Minority Small Business of the Year awards. He has extensive knowledge in the entire process of pursuing, bidding, acquiring and completing federal contracts ranging in size from $100K to over $10M.  His federal arena experience extends to management of large and long-term MATOC’s and IDIQ’s, as well as joint ventures and mentor-protégé arrangements.  Timothy is a graduate of Hampton University in Virginia where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  He has completed the Tuck Executive Leadership Program at Dartmouth and has had the pleasure of participating in multiple CEO case studies at Harvard Business School.