2017 Sealaska Interns

Adam Gowen


Heritage: Tlingit, family from Sitka
Internship: Communications | Seattle
Projects: 2017 Annual Meeting graphic design and social media, Shareholder Newsletter content
School: Strategic Communications | University of Kansas

Averie Mesack


Heritage: Tlingit, Ch’aak’ Was’inedí, family from Kake
Internship: Sealaska Heritage Institute | Juneau
Projects: research for upcoming interactive museum exhibit “Knowing Your Place”
School: Cultural & Global Studies | Central Michigan University

Britany Lindley


Heritage: Tlingit, Yéil, and Tsimshian, family from Wrangell
Internship: Legal | Juneau & Seattle
Projects: legal research for Jaeleen Araujo, Sealaska General Counsel, and Kent Rasmussen, VP Sealaska Government Services
School: Law: Indian Law & Policy | Seattle University

Chloey Cavanaugh


Heritage: Tlingit, Ch’aak’, Kaagwaantaan, family from Kake
Internship: Communications | Seattle & Juneau
Projects: worked with career development and intern programs, shareholder relations
School: Strategic Communications: Integrated Marketing | Stephens College

Christian Nault


Heritage: Tlingit, Kaagwaataan yadi, family from Sitka
Internship: Spruce Root, Inc. | Seattle
Projects: gathered economic data for resource deployment to rural communities
School: Linguistics | University of Washington

Corey Peratrovich


Heritage: Tlingit
Internship: Sealaska Timber | Prince of Wales
Projects: forestry field work
School: Forestry Training Academy | Sustainable Southeast Partnership

Kaelyn Schenkenberger


Heritage: Aleut, Inupiaq, Fish River Tribe, family from Elim
Internship: Anthropological Research | Juneau
Projects: Sealaska history and anthropological research for future use
School: Anthropology & German | University of Hawaii at Manoa

Kayla Roberts


Heritage: Tsimshian, Ggan-haa-da, ‘Nish’kam’tsheesh, family from Old Metlakatla
Internship: Communications | Seattle
Projects: video production for Annual Meeting and social media, Shareholder Newsletter content
School: Journalism & English | University of Washington (graduated 2016)

Kevin Brezner


Heritage: Tlingit, Ch’aak’, Kaagwaantaan, family from Angoon
Internship: Building Management | Juneau
Projects: updating building security
School: Business Administration: Management Information Systems | Florida International University (graduated 2017)

Leanna Owen


Heritage: Aleut
Internship: Sealaska Heritage Institute | Juneau
Projects: education department and Baby Raven Reads summer program
School: History & Early Childhood Education | South Dakota State University

Mckenna Hunt


Heritage: Tlingit, Ch’aak’, Galyax Kaagwaantaan, family from Yakutat
Internship: Spruce Root, Inc. | Juneau, continuing
Projects: social media and digital content production
School: Journalism & Psychology | Western Washington University

Megan Roberts


Heritage: Tsimshian, Ggan-haa-da, ‘Nish’kam’tsheesh, family from Old Metlakatla
Internship: Accounting | Seattle
Projects: consolidated financial statements, processed payroll and assisted the CFO for Sealaska Government Services
School: Accounting, Human Resources & Dance | University of Washington

Michael Horn


Heritage: Tlingit, Ch’aak’, family from Hoonah
Internship: Managed Business Solutions | Colorado
Projects: software development for subsidiary MBS
School: Software Development | Green River College

Mitch Haldane


Heritage: Tlingit, Wooshkeetaan, and Tsimshian, family from Hoonah
Internship: Sealaska Environmental Services | Poulsbo
Projects: water and environmental monitoring across Washington State and Alaska
School: Environmental Studies: Biology | Central Washington University (graduated 2016)

Nicole George


Heritage: Tlingit, Yéil, Deisheetaan, family from Angoon
Internship: Sealaska Heritage | Juneau
Projects: administrative tasks for education department, helped prepare several summer camps
School: Environmental Science: Education & Policy, Public Administration: Tribal Policy | Evergreen State College

Sierra Wilson


Heritage: Tlingit, Ch’aak Thunderbird, family from Klukwan
Internship: Sealaska Heritage | Juneau
Projects: research for upcoming interactive museum exhibit “Knowing Your Place”
School: Education Policy | University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Sydney Anderson


Heritage: Tlingit, Ch’aak’, family from Klawock
Internship: Communications | Seattle
Projects: research and writing of in-depth article “From the Ocean to Your Table: Native Food Is Healthy Food”
School: Public Health | Brown University

Talia Davis


Heritage: Tlingit, Yéil, T’akdeintaan, family from Kake
Internship: Sealaska Timber | Prince of Wales
Projects: field work with forests and fisheries
School: Fisheries & Ocean Sciences | University of Alaska Fairbanks