Edmond Apassiongok, Chair

Gambell Native Corporation

Emily Murray, Vice Chair

Golovin Native Corporation

Emily Murray currently is the Secretary for the school in Elim and has been for 24 years. She received her Associate of Arts in General Studies in August 2003 from UAF. She needs to take two final classes and pass her Praxis I to obtain her BA in K-8 Education. She enjoys working with young people, visiting the elders, camping and fishing, cleaning, taking classes and protecting our subsistence. She served in the Alaska Army National Guard for twelve years and is the Golovin Native Corporation secretary and has been a board member for about ten years.

Ella Anagick, Treasurer

Unalakleet Native Corporation

In the 1950’s, I was raised in the traditional subsistence lifestyle. At 10 years of age, I was inspired by Bernadette Trantham, a Native teacher, to go to college. I attended Mount Edgecumbe for my junior year, but graduated from Aiea High School in Hawaii. I then attended Stanford University; and graduated in 1973. I attended the Dickinson Law School in Carlisle, PA. As a lawyer, I’ve litigated in the areas of divorce and custody; probate; criminal cases; CINA proceedings; domestic violence cases; and I have some Native corporations as clients and give corporate advice, when needed. My faith in Jesus Christ has given me the resilience and endurance to do this work.

ellenrichard1Ellen Richard, Secretary

Wales Native Corporation

My name is Ellen Jane Richard. My Inupiaq name is Kagainuk. I am married to Daniel L. Richard Sr. for 34 years. We have four sons and twelve grandchildren. My parents are Frank Adlooat Oxereok Sr. and Evelyn Sanihaq Ongtowasruk. I have four sisters and three brothers. I graduated from William E. Beltz High School May 20, 1970, took HUMS courses at AA Degree level, and am still pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Social Work. I presently serve on the Wales Native Corporation Board of Directors for 28 years, closely the same of years on the Wales Kingikmiut School Advisory Education Committee, and the Northwest Community Campus Advisory Board for a couple years. My past civic duties included City of Wales, Native Village of Wales, Wales Lutheran Church, and Kawerak Board of Directors. Now I represent the Wales Native Corporation on the Bering Sea Alliance, LLC. My goal is to serve with dignity, honesty, and respect.

jasonevansJason Evans, Board Member

Sitnasuak Native Corporation

Jason Evans is currently the CEO of Rural Energy Enterprises, owner of Financial Alaska, a business consulting company and owner of Alaska Media, LLC that operates four Alaska publications throughout rural Alaska. Prior to that, Evans was the Chief Operating Officer at Alaska Growth Capital, a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. Evans has over 18 years of experience working for Alaska Native Corporations, Alaska business owners and owning and operating businesses. Evans is a Treasurer and former Chairman of Sitnasuak Native Corporation and Bering Straits Native Corporation. Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Alaska Pacific University.

Morris Coffey, Board Member


artivanoffArt Ivanoff, Chief Executive Officer

Art Ivanoff currently lives in Unalakleet, where he was raised. He attended University of Alaska, Fairbanks, earned a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Alaskan Native Studies. Since receiving his Bachelor’s Degree, Art has remained a staunch advocate for hunting and fishing rights for the Alaskan Native community and spent several years working on a range of environment issues including climate change, DoD sites, erosion, and flooding. His recent activities concern the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act, Alaska Board of Fish, and advocacy for greater conservation measures of Alaska’s marine life resources.