ANPA’s mission is to build relationshipsleadership, and community involvement among Alaska Native professionals and organizations.

Strong ties between Native leaders were established with the passage of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). ANPA is here to continue networking today’s young and dynamic leaders by helping weave relationships and connect strong communities for a brighter tomorrow.

Contact

call Adrianne at (907) 947-0985

 

Mission

ANPA’s mission is to build relationships, leadership, and community involvement among Alaska Native professionals and organizations.

Core Purpose

The core purpose is to develop young Native leaders.

History

The Alaska Native Professional Association (ANPA) originated in 1998 with a group of young Alaska Natives living in Southcentral Alaska who recognized a common thread in their professional experiences. As young Native leaders, each valued the ties formed with one another in building business relationships, organization, leadership and community involvement. ANPA ultimately became a 501(c)(3) – with the purpose of putting Native values in action by giving back through business and community involvement. Today, ANPA keeps its membership focused on its core purpose “of developing young Native leaders” through monthly gatherings, committee work groups and various other community based initiatives. Click here for membership information.

Board of Directors

       Adrianne Christensen, ANPA ChairFPhU92ld3yjUCovzEF9NdjbIBN3Vp5YroK_MnwfmLik,mqceoJOg8KiWnw4UOA9KEw8CP9YuajGB8-Gwi3iSeQE,Ks-XlvrwV7bF7yeO6oMQbJe76lfiehSV_BkKxjc8j_A,z1zJGYAHrnRbIpIu8PCbx65khzQwLTcy3GuOkAdkUrU

Adrianne Christensen is originally from Port Heiden, Alaska. She is the granddaughter of John and Annie Christensen and Orin and Jenny Seybert. Adrianne earned a Master of Arts Degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Adrianne is the Director of Business Development for the Native Village of Port Heiden.

Term: 02/2016

 

 

 

Kirsten Kinegak-Friday, Vice ChairBHzQ64jA8AN-YaF6I3zVyJUsNSh0McS-GSiw5lvp4c4,RtEZD2rddErdjjOdbXFJ4o4Aw6eqKxVm7dAqmfUplHw,DBGi7Avo7mYfx61uFuf-d27fd0pbZEBDYPOpKaxecPM,aa15WvZdd_0nKahJj03sLHDV6d3W7BbNN03OkDs9l7g

Kirsten Kinegak-Friday is Yup’ik and Cup’ik, from Bethel and Chevak. She has been an ANPA member since 2009 and a board member since 2010. Kirsten received her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University and her Juris Doctorate from the UCLA School of Law. Kirsten is an associate attorney at Stoel Rives in the Corporate practice group, working mainly with Alaska Native corporations and other businesses. She also spends half her time in the Calista Corporation legal department. She is a member of the executive committee of the Alaska Native Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association and the Native Emerging Leaders Forum (NELF) work group. She has also previously served as Secretary of the Young Lawyers Section of the Anchorage Bar Association.

Term: 02/2016

 

 

 

Tasha Hotch, Treasurer

Tasha Hotch

Tasha Hotch is Tlingit, raised in the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan. She currently works as the eCHAM Program Administrator at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in the Community Health Aide program.  She is a shareholder/descendent of Sealaska Corporation, and an enrolled member of Tlingit and Haida.

Tasha attended DeVry University and received a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management. She currently volunteers with the Johnson O’Malley Program, the MECAC committee with Anchorage School District, and is a delegate for Anchorage Tribes of Tlingit & Haida.  She enjoys teaching others about her native culture.

Term: 02/2017

 

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Jackson, Secretaryyvonne

Yvonne Jackson is a Yup’ik Calista Shareholder, born in Bethel and raised in Kasigluk, AK. A village of approximately 500 people located 30 miles southwest of Bethel. She graduated from the Bethel Alternative Boarding school in 2008 and attended UAA working towards her degree in Human Services. Yvonne was crowned to hold the prominent YK Delta title as 2011 Miss Camai, a cultural ambassador, leader, and role-model. She traveled to villages and schools teaching students and village residents about Yuuyaraq (yoo-ya-gak), the Yup’ik way of life. Since then, Yvonne has worked for the State of Alaska in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development and has assisted job seekers and students alike with obtaining Career Training and Job Placement. Yvonne then relocated to Anchorage where she worked as an Office Manager and Employment Specialist for Coastal Villages Region Fund. With having a passion to serve the people in the Calista Region, Yvonne then joined the HR team with Calista Corporation and is now their Workforce and Shareholder Development Coordinator.

Term: 02/2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon L. Pullar Jr.

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Gordon L. Pullar, Jr. is Alutiiq, and originally from Kodiak Island but grew up mostly in Anchorage. He completed his undergraduate study at Florida State University in 2007, earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science while playing center for the FSU hockey team.  Additionally, Gordon earned a Master of Arts in Rural Development through the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2010; the Rural Development program was mostly distance learning, so he was able to live in Florida while taking UAF classes.  He returned to Alaska permanently in the spring of 2010.

Gordon is currently employed in support role to the executive team at Koniag, Inc. and has been with the company for over two years. He is mostly involved with business operations and has a wide range of responsibilities including tasks associated with preference program certifications and compliance (8(a), MBE, DBE, HUBZone), real estate investments, subsidiary support, annual operating plan production, and merger & acquisition due diligence.  His goal is to be in a leadership role within the next ten years.

In his personal life, Gordon enjoys dates with his fiancée, good company, fishing, hunting, camping, playing hockey, and learning ANCSA history.

Term: 02/2016

 

 

 

Karla L. Brollier

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Karla Brollier, is Ahtna Athabascan and originally from Cantwell, AK. She has lived in many different places throughout her life, but Alaska is home. She is an entrepreneur and has a business background in non-profit management and strategic communications. She began her career as a freelance writer and organizing various non-profit programs which progressed into her current role as the President/owner of SCS, and the Communications Consultant for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Karla attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage for her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Philosophy, and is currently pursuing an MBA as well as her private pilot license.

She spends her free time reading, skiing/hiking the backcountry with her dog, learning photography, writing, traveling the world, or renovating her historic house.

Term: 02/2017

 

 

 

 

Ella Tonuchuk

Ella Tonuchuk

Ella Tonuchuk, is Yup’ik, originally from Kotlik. Anchorage has been her home since 1999. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology from Alaska Pacific University. Currently employed as a Leadership Development Specialist for First Alaskans Institute. Prior to working for FAI, Ella worked for Anchorage School District, and interned with FAI and Calista Corporation. She also currently serves as a Board of Director for Girl Scouts of Alaska.

Term: 02/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Gransbury

Robert Gransbury

Robert was born and raised in Anchorage, AK. He is Aleut from King Cove, Alaska.  He has a twin brother and six other younger siblings, who are Aleut/Yupik and Canadian Athabaskan. He completed his undergraduate in Civil Engineering from UAA in 2007 and studied Project Management in the UAA MSPM program.  Robert started working as an intern in the oil and gas field during college, then worked as a staff engineer at DOWL-HKM doing private development and traffic design. He helped the ANSEP program as a recruiter and manager of data and procurement and then worked as a project engineer at STG Inc (a Calista company).  Robert started working as a project manager for CIRI Land Development Company in March 2015.  Robert lives in Anchorage and enjoys endless Alaskan summers, working on his house, and Judo.  Robert is proud to serve on the ANPA Board as chair of the Leadership Development Committee.

Term: 02/2018

 

 

Jermaine JacksonJermain

I am Yupik Eskimo from Kotlik, Alaska. I graduated High School at Bartlett High and went on to attend college at the University of Michigan. I was on the Michigan football team in 2007 and 2008. I graduated from Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering, while also completing the undergraduate Program in Entrepreneurship. I am a Mechanical Engineer working for CH2M HILL Alaska. I also run a facility management company. I enjoy playing basketball, boxing, native games, and making music. I also enjoy traveling and spending summers fishing and hunting with my family.

Term: 02/2018