“I am honored to be able to serve on this board of directors representing shareholders near and far. Sealaska is continually improving its business investments, balancing success and weaving in the rich Tlingit, Haida & Tsimshian culture of our ancestors.”
The majority of Karen’s career has been spent supporting our Native organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit spheres. Through this work, she was able to support continued success for our Southeast Alaska region. This background gives her the opportunity to provide a unique perspective in the board room when investments are considered. Overall, the goal Karen sees for Sealaska is to be successful in business for our shareholders, continuing to provide benefits and with share our culture.
In 2019, Karen retired as Controller for Finance at Bartlett Regional Hospital after serving nearly five years. Prior to that, she was a Controller for Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Karen served on the Goldbelt, Inc. board from 2008-2014 and as board chair for Goldbelt, Inc. from 2011-2013. She served as Sealaska’s Senior Accountant from 2007-2008 and served on the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation board from 2014-2022. She brings a vast knowledge of the intricacies of ANCSA to the Sealaska boardroom along with a broad understanding of financial management principles to help ensure decisions are fiscally sound.
She has been a member of the Sealaska Board of Directors since 2020 and is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Finance Committee, Governance-Nominations Committee and Communications Subcommittee. Karen is also a manager on the Haa Aaní LLC., Board of Managers and a member of the Sealaska Settlement Trust Fund. She puts forth her energy and time for Sealaska and shareholders in many capacities.
Currently, Karen is the President of the Deishu Tlingit & Haida Community Council, a Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indians of Alaska delegate for Haines, Board of Commissioner for Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority and member of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 5.
Karen is Tlingit – Raven/Coho – L’uknax.adi (Daginaa Hit), Tsimshian, and Panabscot and her Tlingit name is GunnaShaa.