Independent Nominees

DOUG CHILTON


My Tlingit name is Vaa nak.ch.I. I am Yeil (Raven) of the Deisheetaan (Beaver) clan from the Yeil Hit (Raven House) of Angoon. It is my privilege to ask for your support for me to serve on your Sealaska Board of Directors.

I have spent years dedicated to serving and educating our people to the arts and traditions of our culture. I have volunteered teaching carving at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and in the Juneau School District. I am founder of the One People Canoe Society whose efforts have renewed interest in Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures throughout Southeast Alaska, and I've donated countless of hours of my time teaching paddle making classes in nearly every community in our region.

I own and operate an Alaska Native arts business. As a business entrepreneur I understand and have capitalized on the values of integrity, transparency, trust and communication. I understand that our Shareholders are people, whom we should be walking alongside. The decisions of the board of directors should make a tangible difference in the lives of our shareholders.

I am honored to ask for your vote and assure you I will continue to be a committed voice for our shareholders in the board room.

AGE: 51

CITY/STATE: Juneau, Alaska

PRINCIPAL CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EMPLOYER: Business Owner, Operator of Chilton Silver & Gold

CURRENT AND PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITION WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: None

DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: LaPeruse AK Association

EDUCATION: Graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School

AFFILIATIONS: One People Canoe Society (2005-2017), Friends of the State Museum (2016), 1st Vice President ANB Camp 2, Alaska Poles Plus,  Juneau Tlingit & Haida Community Council, Tlingit & Haida Central Council, and ANB Camp #2. Doug is Deisheetaan.


JON DUNCAN


Fellow Shareholders, my name is Jon Baird Duncan. My Tlingit name is Gooch Tlein. I am Eagle Dakl’aweidí from the Killerwhale Chasing a Seal House. I was born and raised in Juneau. My parents are former Senator Jim Duncan and the late Carol Aceveda. I am a descendant of Gladys & Roy Aceveda and Billy & Fannie Friday of Kake.

Not considering 7(i) revenue sharing from other ANCs, Sealaska has struggled with profitability for years. In turn, the long-term viability of the corporation is uncertain. We must maximize operational net income by growing & diversifying revenues and controlling costs.

It is imperative we elect qualified Board members with the education and professional background necessary to set the right strategic direction of the company.

My qualifications:

  • Corporate Business Experience: 27+ years of holding executive management, sales and business development positions ranging from high-profile start-ups to Fortune 500 multi-nationals in Silicon Valley
  • Education: M.B.A., St. Mary’s College of California, College Honors; B.A. in Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, College Honors
  • Successfully and profitably led Sealaska subsidiary MBS for 5 years
  • Non-Profit: Chairman, One Nation Walking Together
I humbly request your directed vote! Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa, Nt’oyaxsn. www.jonbduncan.com, @jonbduncan

AGE: 45

CITY/STATE: Colorado Springs, Colorado

PRINCIPAL CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EMPLOYER: Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Endowance Corporation

CURRENT AND PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITION WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: Former President and CEO, Managed Business Solutions, LLC and Managed Business Solutions Systems, LLC.

DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: Chairman of the Board, Taku, Inc.; Chairman of the Board, One Nation Walking Together.

EDUCATION: Master of Business Administration, St. Mary’s College of CA; Bachelor of Arts, Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz

AFFILIATIONS: One Nation Walking Together; Colorado Springs Diversity Forum (Chairman). Jon is Dakl’aweidí and Dleit káa yádi (child of).


BRADLEY FLUETSCH


Dear Shareholder,

I have four primary goals for Sealaska:

  • Support for Landless and Veteran Allotments
  • Transparency
  • Election reform
  • Business reform
Sealaska must provide more support and leadership to finally resolve the Landless and Veteran Allotment land claims.

Transparency starts with reporting of financial performance. I will push for in-depth quarterly reporting with opportunities for shareholders to interact with the Chairman, CEO, CFO. For far too long shareholders have been left out of the management of Sealaska and its poor financial performance is a result.

Election reform means three changes to the by-laws: Elimination of discretionary voting, implementation of term limits and reducing the size of Sealaska’s Board from 13 to 9.

Business reform starts with operations and stopping the losses which Sealaska has experienced every year since 2004. 2012’s new strategic plan and management shake-up have produced five more years of losses from operations. Sealaska has 360,000 acres of land, which hold the promise to create income, jobs and wealth in and for our communities, if only someone with vision was there to lead.

Shareholders, I want to be your voice in the Sealaska boardroom and pledge to work for you to the best of my abilities.

AGE: 54

CITY/STATE: Lamy, New Mexico

PRINCIPAL CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EMPLOYER: Cash & Investment Officer, City of Santa Fe, NM

CURRENT AND PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITION WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: Former Senior Financial Analyst at Sealaska and former Accountant at Seattle Seafoods

DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: None

EDUCATION: BA Business Administration, Washington State University

AFFILIATIONS: CFA Institute, NM Society of CFA’s, ANB Executive Committee, Treasurer of Landless Natives of Wrangell, Alaska, and ANB Grand Camp. Brad is Raven Kiks.adi.


NICOLE HALLINGSTAD


PLEASE VOTE DIRECTED FOR NICOLE HALLINGSTAD.

Shareholders, Sealaska is OUR corporation. YOU have the power to choose our Directors. Shareholders should feel that the board is acting in the best interest of ALL shareholders. Many of you talked with me during last year’s election and I learned so much from you. Shareholders also learned a lot about me and what I stand for. Thank you for those conversations.

My priorities are the same and I will keep fighting for:

  • Term Limits on Directors
  • Burial Assistance for Shareholder Families
  • Lower Director Compensation
  • Landless Recognition and Rights
  • Higher Profits for Bigger Dividends
With enough shareholders voting, we can keep making change. We can move forward, away from the decisions and performance of the past. Shareholders deserve much better. I have the business experience, the vision for a profitable future, and the determination to make hard decisions and stand by them.

I am Tlingit Raven, T'akdeintaan, born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska. I humbly ask for your vote, to serve all shareholders.

VOTE DIRECTED FOR NICOLE HALLINGSTAD!
Gunalchéesh, Haw'aa, T'oyaxsism

AGE: 51

CITY/STATE: Arlington, Virginia

PRINCIPAL CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EMPLOYER: Director of Operations, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

CURRENT AND PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITION WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: Former VP & Corporate Secretary, VP of Human Resources, VP of Communications; former Director of Alaska Coastal Aggregates and Haa Aaní Community Development Fund, Inc.

DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: Board service for Cancer Connection, KTOO Public Radio, Bartlett Hospital Foundation, and United Way of SE Alaska

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in History, University of AK Fairbanks; Master of Arts in European History, University of CA Berkeley

AFFILIATIONS: Member ANS Camp 16 Petersburg; Member of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska; Individual Member of NCAI. Nicole is T’akdeintaan and Tsaagweidi/Norwegian yádi (child of).


ADRIAN LECORNU


Sealaska has been an economic force for Southeast Alaska for decades. In the last few years, the corporation has stumbled along. The recovery of our corporation depends on the need to adjust to the changing economy and management methods. I believe that the transformation of our corporation needs to be undertaken with consideration and the management team’s vision and insight. I have many years of experience with ANCSA corporations and policy work to call upon. I hope to engage with shareholders on the path forward.

AGE: 38

CITY/STATE: Anchorage, Alaska

PRINCIPAL CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EMPLOYER: Self-employed

CURRENT AND PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITION WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: None

DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: Director of Haida Corporation, Chair of Shaan Seet, Inc.

EDUCATION: B.A. Philosophy from University of Alaska Anchorage and M.L.S. Indigenous Peoples Law from University of Oklahoma.

AFFILIATIONS: Shaan Seet Inc. and Haida Corporation.


CORY MANN


My values are sustainability and education for our shareholders. Education is the key to our success and for future generations.

I have been an international entrepreneur since 1994 working in various countries and employing 1,000+ people at a time.

I envision Sealaska working with Tlingit & Haida, and possibly other ANCs in a new 8(a) business in construction in Southeast Alaska. This would employ our shareholders immediately and provide a better quality of life.

We need to better educate and train our shareholders while still maintaining our culture and traditions in a state that’s in a major recession and struggling to balance the budget. I am sure shareholders would much rather have a job over 2 dividends a year.

I would like to see Sealaska become a major shareholder employer in the tourism field which is still growing fast. I have been speaking with private businesses in developing a major tourist resort which could include hot air balloons and much, much more.

Vote for Cory Mann!

AGE: 47

CITY/STATE: Juneau, Alaska

PRINCIPAL CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EMPLOYER: CEO Stories & Legends, Inc. - Owner; Juneau Marketing - Owner; and Juneau Guesthouse - Owner.

CURRENT AND PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITION WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: None

DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: Secretary of Kaudli Nutz Productions Corporation

EDUCATION: Attended Northern Arizona University Business School; Attended University of Athens, Greece; Internet Marketing; and UAS - AA degree

AFFILIATIONS: Cory is Eagle Thunderbird from Klukwan


MICHAEL ROBERTS


Making long-term investment in Sealaska’s shareholders can provide reoccurring returns. I know because I am one of those in whom Sealaska and the rest of the Native community invested. This investment has taken many forms – internships at Ketchikan Indian Corp., Sealaska Heritage Foundation scholarships, summer jobs at Saxman Seaport, and accounting and finance experience as Sealaska’s Ocean Beauty Seafoods.

I run an organization, First Nations Development Institute, that makes investments – 30 to 40 each year totaling $2 million – in the genius of Indian and Alaska Native people. And I am never surprised by the innovation they bring, and what they are able to accomplish.

I was blessed to have grown up with influences in my life – my hard working father Peter who spent 38 years working at Ketchikan Pulp, and my grandfather Donald who was a lifelong commercial fisherman, from Klawock. They instilled the work ethic and the community values that drive me.

I hope to serve as a Board member to Sealaska as I believe that I have an obligation to bring the many experiences and talents I have been afforded back to the community who has invested so much in me and my success.

AGE: 54

CITY/STATE: Longmont, CO

PRINCIPAL CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EMPLOYER: President and CEO, First Nations Development Institute

CURRENT AND PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITION WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: None

DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders; Three Affiliated Tribes – the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara; Center for Native American Public Radio (CNAPR); The National Center for Family Philanthropy; Native Americans in Philanthropy; First Nations Development Institute; serve as chair of First Nations Oweesta Corporation; and Four Times Foundation.

EDUCATION: MBA, Finance & Operations Management, University of Washington’s Foster School of Business

AFFILIATIONS: Mike is of the Eagle clan and his father is of the Raven clan.


KAREN TAUG


My Tlingit name is Guh Ná Shaá and I am Raven – Coho. My parents are the late Donald E. Keen and Mary L. (Brown) Lekanof. My maternal grandparents were Lena Fournie Brown and Judson L. Brown.

My business experience has been a professional accounting career in logging, tourism, healthcare and mining. I have gained experience in today’s business environment where you need to communicate, have problem solving skills and customer service. My background will positively contribute to Sealaska’s goals. I would be committed to strengthening Sealaska’s financial position.

As a director, I would like to bring new ideas into the board room to contribute to new opportunities for shareholders. Sealaska’s earnings show a majority of its profits continue to come from 7(i) revenue sharing. It is time for change as 7(i) can’t be counted on for the long term. It is time to have Sealaska Operational Managers held bottom line accountable.

A strong financial foundation ensures Sealaska will continue to protect our rich culture & languages, our land, and future shareholder distributions & scholarships.

I would be honored to represent you and if elected to the Sealaska Board, I will serve with honesty and integrity, and will represent shareholder owners.

AGE: 62

CITY/STATE: Juneau, Alaska

PRINCIPAL CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EMPLOYER: Controller, Bartlett Regional Hospital

CURRENT AND PREVIOUSLY HELD POSITION WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: Former Senior Accountant, Sealaska Corporation

DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: University of Alaska Southeast – Advisory Board, Goldbelt Heritage Foundation, former Director of Goldbelt, Inc.

EDUCATION: BBA - Accounting, University of Alaska Southeast

AFFILIATIONS: Juneau Community Foundation. Juneau Planning Commission and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp #70. Karen is L’uknax.adi and Penobscot Tribe/French Canadian yádi (child of).