Francis Norman is the daughter of the late Walter and Luba Maganack of Port Graham, Alaska. She is Aleut and a tribal member of Port Graham and a shareholder of Port Graham Corporation and Chugach Alaska Corporation. Francis is married to Patrick Norman, and they have two daughters and a son. They also have four grandchildren, and await the birth of another. Francis loves to subsistence fish and makes smoked salmon, dried fish, sikyuk, as well as kippered fish and fresh frozen fish.
Francis is the Chairman of the Chugachmiut Board of Directors and has served on the AFN Board for six years. She is also the Vice Chair on ANTHC Service Unit and is an alternate on the ANTHC Board of Directors. Francis also sits on the Chugachmiut Scholarship/Education Committee. Before she was the Chairman of the Chugachmiut Board of Directors, Francis was the Treasurer for Chugachmiut for 18 years. She also served on the Port Graham Site Base Committee for 2o years.
On serving on the AFN Board and working on behalf of the Native community, Francis states: “I want to serve in order to make sure that our traditional and subsistence way of life is always protected. Maintaining and developing services for our people is always at the forefront of what we do. I have worked for the Port Graham Village Council as Tribal Administrator since 1976 and enjoy serving our village.”
Sheri Buretta serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Chugach Alaska Corporation and has served on the AFN Board since 1998. She is also the director for Alaskans Standing Together and the Foraker Group Governance Board. Sheri is the Board Treasurer for the Tatitlek Corporation Board and is the President of the Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska, Inc. (ROSSIA). Previously, Sheri has been the Co-Chair for the Mayor Mark Begich Transition Team and has served on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Advisory Group. She was also the Director for Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council. From 1999 to 2012, Sheri was the Director for the ANCSA Regional Association, and she was President from 2004 to 2008.
Born and raised in Anchorage, Sheri is Alutiiq from Tatitlek. She loves to ski and travel to Hawai’i with her husband, Gary, daughter Anastasia, and son Bo. Sheri also enjoys teaching skin sewing during Tatitlek Cultural Heritage week.
On serving on the AFN Board Sheri states: “I am honored to have served on the AFN Board since 1998. I have tremendous respect for the history and reason the organization was formed and work to preserve its important role in advocating for all Alaska Native people.”
For the past 23 years Nancy Barnes has served on the Board of the Eyak Corporation, and is the current President. She served six years on the Chugach Alaska Corporation Board; worked for ten years in the Office of the Governor Rural Affairs (for 3 Governors) and currently works for the Alaska State Legislature—totaling 21 years in the State Capitol building in public service. Ms. Barnes passion is Native language restoration and dancing and started the Shimalgyak Language Circle in Juneau (language of the Tsimshian). She also serves on the Sealaska Heritage Institute Board of Trustees. She is the daughter of the late Cecil Barnes (Chugach-alutiia) and Anna Benson-Barnes (Tsimshian).