An accomplished businesswoman, Barbara Cadiente-Nelson is the vice president of F/V Star of the Sea, Inc., a family-owned business.
She is a board member with the Douglas Indian Association (IRA); a grants administrator, Equity Committee, for the Juneau School District; member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS); and a member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2.
Cadiente-Nelson is X’esh.k’uk’e, Eagle/Brown Bear, Shaanux Hit (Valley House), Angoon Kwaan. She is the daughter of Taaka (Andres Cadiente Sr., L’eeneidi) and Jigei Tlaa (Irene Hunter Cadiente, Teikweidi). She is married to Norval Nelson Jr. (Aleut, L’eeneidi), and has four children, Norene, Norval III, Nicholas, Nemasia and numerous grandchildren.
She earned a Master of Arts in teaching, secondary education, from the University of Alaska Southeast, and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Western Illinois University; Language Arts Teaching Certificate.
First elected to the board of directors in 2009, Cadiente-Nelson serves on the Audit Committee and the Finance Committee.