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BBNC Welcomes New Staff


Anchorage, AK – Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is pleased to welcome four new employees to their corporate office; Anecia O’Carroll, Verna Nanalook-Adams, Carmell Shade and Jim Rogacki.

Anecia O’Carroll is a BBNC shareholder that is filling the new Development Officer position for the BBNC Education Foundation. She brings fund raising experience from her roles in development at two New England colleges, Bates and Smith; grant writing since her undergraduate internship at the Skokomish Tribal Social Services Department in Washington; winning her own fellowship awards for her master’s degree in psychology in 1994; and helping two daughters achieve full scholarships to Yale University and Bowdoin College. Mrs. O’Carroll relocated to Alaska from Yarmouth, Maine; she has lived and traveled all over the world. In her new position, Mrs. O’Carroll has a significant role and responsibility to help fellow Alaska Natives achieve their educational goals.

Verna Nanalook-Adams is a BBNC shareholder that joined BBNC as Executive Assistant earlier this month. Mrs. Nanalook-Adams was previously employed as Administrative Land Technician at BBNC from 1996-2005. During her absence, she worked for Rep. Alan Austerman in Juneau, at Adams Enterprises in Naknek, and traveled extensively to the East Coast with her husband on National Seafood Coalition business. In her new role at BBNC, Mrs. Nanalook-Adams will provide professional administrative support in daily operations, as well as assistance to the Executive team and BBNC Board of Directors.

Carmell Shade is a BBNC shareholder that joined BBNC in December as Communications Specialist. For the past four and a half years she worked within the Ahtna family of companies in various communications, marketing and operational roles, and had an earlier career with SpecPro, Inc., a BBNC subsidiary in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Shade received her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Eastern Washington University and is an alumnus of the BBNC Education Foundation, as well as the BBNC Internship Program. As Communications Specialist in the BBNC Shareholder and Corporate Relations Department, Ms. Shade will administer BBNC’s marketing and communications.

Jim Rogacki is the Benefits Manager at BBNC. He joined BBNC in October from Apartment Investment and Management Company in Denver, Colo. where he was head of benefits. Prior to moving to Denver, he was a Health and Retirement Plan consultant with HCM International and spent time in London, Dublin and Seattle. His other experiences include system implementation consulting with PeopleSoft and health and retirement plan administration with Howard Johnson & Company. Mr. Rogacki’s responsibilities as BBNC’s Benefits Manager include coordination, development and implementation of the corporation’s benefits program.

“As BBNC continues to grow, it’s important to have qualified staff on board to help lead us into the future,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Metrokin. “I am pleased to welcome Anecia, Verna, Carmell and Jim to our team and know all four will play important roles in executing BBNC’s mission of ‘Enriching Our Native Way of Life’ on behalf of our shareholders from the Bristol Bay region in Southwest Alaska and abroad.”

About BBNC: BBNC is one of 13 Regional Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The corporation is diversified with investment and business holdings in a stock portfolio and card lock fueling, corrosion inspection, environmental engineering and remediation, oilfield and environmental cleanup labor, construction and surveying and government contracting services.

The corporation has over 9,000 Eskimo, Aleut, and Athabascan shareholders with ancestral ties to the Bristol Bay region. More information can be found at www.bbnc.net.

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