Dimitri Philemonof is an Aleut born and raised on St. George Island, Alaska, in the Bering Sea. He is married to Victoria Philemonof, has 4 children, and currently resides in Anchorage, AK.
He is honored to dedicate his career to improving the health, social and community services available for the Unangan (Aleut) people, and all Alaska Natives. Dimitri began working for the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. in 1978 under the Community Services Department, then in 1985 was promoted to serve as the President/CEO of the Association, and still holds this position. As the Associationís President/CEO, Dimitri manages 160 staff, $18.5 Million budget and 123 programs funded through federal, state and private grants to advance the economic, social and cultural development of the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Region; and travels extensively learning about the legislative process and educating grantors about the needs of the Aleut People of the Region.
In the 1980’s, with the Board’s support, Dimitri’s hand was instrumental in passing Docket 369 and the World War II Reparation, giving the Aleuts a place in history. Dimitri influenced the establishment of the Russian Orthodox Church Restitution Trust Fund. Being significant in forming the Bingo Hall, with the Board’s support, in the 1990’s, a new form of revenue was initiated for APIA general funds. The publication of the two Aleut art books gave a public forum for the Aleut culture. APIAís Aleut documentary, “The Untold Story,” was co-produced by Dimitri and nominated for a 1993 Emmy and received a 1994 Bronze Telly Award.
Dimitri has been a Board Representative on the St. George Village Corporation (TANAQ) Services, Aleutian Housing Authority, Alaska Federation of Natives, The Aleut Corporation, Gold Cache Bingo, Lucky Strike Bingo, the Aleut League and St. Hermanís Seminary Board; and previously, as the St. Innocent Orthodox Brotherhood President. By serving on these numerous boards, Dimitri has shown his dedication to the Alaska Native people while giving the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Region a higher profile even for its small size.
One of Dimitri’s hobbies is his Alaska Native culture paintings and black-pen drawings, which help preserve Alaska Native culture through illustration.