Melanie is the President and CEO of Kawerak, Inc. and has been employed by Kawerak since 1999. In 2012 she was promoted to the President position. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Melanie is a tribal member of the Native Village of Savoonga and speaks St. Lawrence Island Yupik as her first language. She is married to Kevin Bahnke, and they have three children.
Melanie is personally vested in working hard to make rural Alaska a positive, nourishing environment where children have opportunities to grow into productive citizens, rooted in the strength of their culture. Her professional goals are to continue to improve the social, economic, cultural, and political conditions in rural Alaska.
Melanie has served on the AFN Board for two years. She states: “I am excited to be part of a group of Alaska Natives who dedicate themselves to strengthening Alaska’s First People and cultures.”
Gail “Anagick” Schubert is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Bering Straits Native Corporation, and President/CEO of its several subsidiaries. Gail is an attorney licensed in Alaska and New York, and received her JD/MBA from Cornell, and BA from Stanford.
Ms. Schubert Chairs the boards of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Akeela Treatment Services, and Alaska Retirement Management Board; also serves as Vice Chair of the Alaska Native Justice Center and Khoanic Broadcast Corporation; Treasurer of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation; and Secretary for the AFN Board of Directors. She represents the Alaska Native Justice Center on the Alaska Rural Justice and Law Enforcement Commission.
Bering Straits Villages
Representing the Bering Straits Villages, Steve Ivanoff serves 20 tribes located in 15 communities. He is a shareholder of St. Michael Native Corporation, Unalakleet Native Corporation, and Bering Straits Native Corporation. Mr. Ivanoff works for the Bering Strait School District as a recreation director and basketball coach; and for Kawerak, Inc., as a transportation planner. He is also a self-employed fisherman participating in the Norton Sound herring, salmon, and crab fisheries.
Currently Mr. Ivanoff serves our community and region under many elected and appointed positions, including: Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, Bering Straits Native Corporation, Vice-President of the Unalakleet Native Corporation, NSSP Fishery Workgroup, Denali Commission Transportation Committee and Alaska Tribal Transportation Assistance Program workgroup. He also serves on the Governor’s Climate Change Adaption Advisory Group. He is married to Zoe, and has 3 wonderful children, Kelsi, Keoni, and Gage.