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Andrew Ebona Re-Elected President of RurAL CAP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) announces that in a unanimous vote of the Board, Andrew Ebona of Juneau was recently re-elected President of the Board of Directors for the fourth consecutive year.  Mr. Ebona, a well-known Alaska Native leader, will serve his seventh term as RurAL CAP Board President, bringing his extensive experience to a demanding leadership role.  A long-time member of the RurAL CAP board, Mr. Ebona also served as President in 1983, 2004, and 2006 through 2009.

As the former Executive Director for Tlingit-Haida Tribes, staff to three Governors, service with Sealaska Corporation, Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians and President of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp II, Andrew Ebona has represented Alaska's first people on many issues.  He is the group leader for the Yaaw Tei Ye dancers from Juneau and a member of the Parish Council of the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.

As RurAL CAP President, Mr. Ebona oversees one of the largest and most diverse non-profit corporations in Alaska.  Mr. Ebona explained, "RurAL CAP has budgeted $34 million for activities in 2010.  That compares to expenditures of nearly $27 million during the past year when RurAL CAP employed 859 people in 79 communities, delivered services to 1,569 Head Start children, weatherized 300 homes, and diverted over 135,000 pounds of solid waste from landfills in 2009.  We're serving more low-income people in Alaska than ever before."  Mr. Ebona went on to say, "RurAL CAP has a solid reputation in the Community Action business.  Thanks to the Executive Director and staff with innovative ideas that allow us to grow and better serve low-income people."

In addition to the election of Mr. Ebona as Board President, Mike Williams of Akiak was elected Vice-President, and Olga M. Malutin of Kodiak is Secretary/Treasurer.  Remaining Executive Committee members include Donna Brockschmidt from Homer, Dr. Anthony Nakazawa from Eagle River, and Andy Harrington from Fairbanks.  The RurAL CAP Board of Directors holds its annual meeting each December at its central office in Anchorage where officers are elected to a one-year term.  A complete list of board members is available at www.ruralcap.com.

RurAL CAP, a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, has been working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans since 1965.  RurAL CAP employed more than 850 people in 2009 with expenditures of over $26 million.  It provides resources and services to enhance child and family development, improve housing, reduce energy costs, develop leadership, protect traditional uses of fish and game, promote environmental responsiveness, support health and wellness, develop and assist with community plans, and foster independent living.  Child development programs including Head Start and Parents as Teachers are the largest of RurAL CAP services with more than 200 employees working in 29 communities across the state.

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