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Karen Gunaa shaa Taug
I represent an independent voice in the boardroom and try to represent all shareholders in all my actions. As I promised, I have focused on improving communication. During the pandemic, we began holding community meetings on Zoom. This year will have more in-person meetings where we can engage directly with shareholders. Another commitment is to have financials more accessible to shareholders, and the annual financials with instructions on how to read are online in “MySealaska.com.”
We are proud of how management focuses on businesses that build on our investments into Ocean Health, which include high-quality seafood operations and hydro sciences for clean water and sustainable energy. Management has been successful in providing a profit while, as a nation, we see the decline in consumer spending and costs compounded by high inflation.
During my tenure, shareholder benefits increased:
- Creation of Sealaska Settlement Trust – dividends exempt from income tax.
- Language funded initially for $500,000 annually and increased by $250,000 in 2022 for a total of $750,000.
- Scholarship awards – $1M to $1.2M in 2022-2023 school year.
I have been honored to represent you the last 2 ½ years, and I am humbly asking for your vote and support.
CITY / STATE: Haines, Alaska
CURRENT AND PREVIOUS OCCUPATION FOR PAST FIVE (5)
YEARS: Retired. Served as a Controller for Finance at Bartlett Regional Hospital from 2014 to 2019.
CURRENT AND PREVIOUS POSITIONS WITHIN SEALASKA CORPORATION AND/OR SEALASKA SUBSIDIARIES: Member of the Sealaska Board of Directors since 2020 and is a member of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Finance Committee, Governance- Nominations Committee, Communications Subcommittee; a manager of the Haa Aaní LLC, Board of Managers; and a trustee of the Sealaska Settlement Trust. Former Sealaska Senior Accountant.
DIRECTORSHIP(S) HELD IN OTHER ENTITIES: Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority – Board of Commissioners; Haines Tlingit and Haida Community Council – President; Prior Trustee of the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation; Goldbelt, Inc. – prior Board member and Chair of the Board.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – Accounting, University of Alaska – Southeast.
AFFILIATIONS: Member of Alaska Native Sisterhood – Camp 5; Goldbelt, Inc. – Shareholder; St. George Tanaq – Shareholder; Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska – Delegate Haines; Chilkoot Indian Association – Member; Champagne and Aishihik First Nations – Member (Yukon, Canada). Karen is L’uknax.ádi (Coho Clan) and Boston and Panaobscot yádi (child of) and her Tlingit name is Gunaa Shaa.