Ana “Cungass’aq” Hoffman is an “after born.” Born after 1971 she was not eligible to enroll as a shareholder during the implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. She became a shareholder of Bethel Native Corporation in 1996 by inheriting shares from her late mother and now serves as the company President/CEO. Ana was born and raised in Bethel and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Psychology in 1995. She continued her education at home through the University of Alaska Fairbanks distance delivery program and obtained a teaching certificate in 1997 and a Master’s Degree in Rural Development in 2002.
Ana worked for the Alaska Court System as a Cultural Navigator and District Court Magistrate and was known for conducting court hearings in Yup’ik. In 2005 she began working for Bethel Native Corporation as the Chief Operating Officer and in 2006 the Board of Directors hired Ana as the first shareholder President/CEO. She continues to serve in this capacity. From 2010 to 2013, Ana served as the Y-K Delta Villages representative for AFN.
She is currently serving her first term as Board Co-Chair. Ana believes that the AFN Board brings together tribes, corporations, villages, and non-profit organizations to provide members with a unified voice to advocate for rights and protections of Alaska Native people across the state and throughout the nation.
Ana is married to Stosh Hoffman and they are raising their sons in Bethel.
Of Yup’ik ancestry, Myron Naneng serves the peoples of the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta as President of the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP). His education experience includes an associate degree Land Resource Management at the Kuskokwim Community College and Natural Resources studies at the UAF. Mr. Naneng’s professional experience includes realty and lands management, Special Staff Assistant to the Governor of Alaska and AVCP Vice President. He serves on the boards of the Sea Lion Corporation, the United Utilities, Inc., the Alaska Village Initiatives, the Howard Rock Foundation and the AFN/Human Resources Committee. Mr. Naneng is married with eleven children and four grandchildren.
Born and raised in Napaskiak, a small village six miles downriver from Bethel, Andrew grew up speaking Yup’ik as a first language and English as a second. His extended family still continues to live in Napaskiak and the surrounding villages. Andrew left Napaskiak to pursue higher education at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he received a BBA in business administration. He then received a law degree at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder.
As a Calista intern in 1984, Andrew first worked in the insurance brokerage industry and, upon graduating, with Calista Professional Services in the planning department doing research and financial analyses. His service at Calista has been in a number of capacities, including director and chairman on the Calista Board and vice president of Yulista Management Services. Andrew joined Calista’s executive team as a General Counsel involving him in the Corporation’s contract negotiations and business enterprises. In October 2010, he was promoted by the Board to President and CEO.
At Calista, Andrew is driven to achieve the company’s strategic goals with the objective of increasing Calista Shareholder and Descendant jobs, services and benefits. Calista was founded in 1972 and is one of the largest Alaska Native regional corporations. It does business in dozens of states with occasional international work, with professionals supporting customers to achieve their goals with award-winning work in several key industries: federal defense contracting, construction, communications, IT and telecommunication services, real estate and environmental services.
Y-K Delta Villages
Billy Charles is a community member and fisherman from Emmonak, with over 30 years experience in tribal leadership positions that has included being mayor, tribal council president, village corporation president and chairman of the board for the Yukon Delta Regional Fisheries Development Association (YDFDA). Mr. Charles is now a Research Co-Investigator with UAF’s Center for Alaska Native Health Research and is working on the development and dissemination of a Yup’ik culturally-based model for youth suicide and substance abuse prevention.