Every Thursday you can find Vicki Soboleff at the Tlingit-Haida Community Council center with about 50 other people. Most of them under the age of 10. For the past twenty years, Sealaska shareholder Vicki Soboleff has been mentoring and leading the Ldakát Naax Satí Yátx’í (All Nations Children) dance group.
She says the group is an opportunity to teach Alaska Native youth about their culture, promote self-esteem, self- confidence and leadership (Haa Latseen | Íitl’ Dagwiigáay | Na Yugyetga’nm).
A community celebration in Juneau will bring together nearly 200 current and former Ldakát Naax Satí Gátx’í (All Nations Children) dance group members. “It is very rewarding to work as the corporate controller helping to meet the company’s goals and objectives, said Soboleff. “I was also taught to respect our Native values and to work to help other people succeed.” As a result of her dedication many former students are providing positive impacts to the Native community. Former dance group member Madeline Soboleff Levy was just recently hired as new Tribal Child Support Attorney for Central Council. Kami Wright, Tribal Government Associate at Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai Alaska, has carried on that mentorship in her professional career, and recently took about 20 students to DC for the White House Youth Gathering. Former member Miciana Hutcherson designed the logo for the dance group and is creative arts entrepreneur and owns 1227 Designs, applying traditional northwest coat designs onto apparel. Former member Ruby Soboleff is currently working at the South Central Foundation as an Administrative Supervisor for the Primary Care division. Margaret Katzeek recently earned her Master’s degree in social work and has returned to Juneau to as is a Preserving Native Families Caseworker with Tribal Family Youth Services Department at Tlingit and Haida.
Sealaska is guided by core Native values like Haa Latseen | Íitl’ Dagwiigáay | Na Yugyetga’nm | Leadership. Sealaska is a better company because of employees like Vicki who also uphold similar values like mentoring or giving to the community.
Vicki Soboleff is the granddaughter of Vesta Johnson, whose Haida name was Saandlanaay. Vicki’s Haida name is Hiilunjaat and Tlingit names are Kukak from the Kiks.ádi Sun House and Shxaasti from the Kiks.ádi Clay House. Soboleff joined Sealaska as a corporate accountant. She returned to work for Sealaska in 2003 as the senior corporate accountant and controller. In 2010 she was promoted to Corporate Controller.