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.
Vivian Korthuis is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) based in Bethel, Alaska. Korthuis, Yup’ik, is an enrolled tribal member of the Emmonak Tribe. Korthuis has worked for over 30 years in education, health care and social services delivery within the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta Region of Western Alaska.
Korthuis is a graduate of Mt. Edgecumbe High School and earned her B.A. from Dartmouth College. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and is a Ph.D. candidate in Indigenous Studies, UAF.
Most recently, she has served as the Vice President of Programs/Community Services for AVCP, the nation’s largest Tribal Consortium serving 56 Tribes in 48 Villages. She has extensive work experience in designing, managing, overseeing, and securing funding for innovative services delivered in partnership with state, federal and private partners. She serves as the lead for AVCP’s Tiwahe Demonstration Project designing the Service Delivery Model for the region.
Korthuis was a leader for 15 years at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. She is a trained Hospital Administrator who served as the Tribal Caucus Facilitator for the All Alaska Compact. She was the first Director for the YKHC Sub-Regional Clinics and the Learning Center.
Korthuis worked as a high school teacher as well as an adjust instructor with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Rural Development Program mentoring high school, undergraduate and graduate students across Alaska. Korthuis currently serves on the Inuit Circumpolar Conference-Alaska Executive Board. Vivian makes her home in Bethel, along with her husband and their two children.
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.