Calista Heritage Foundation Formed To Benefit Students And Elders
Debra Call Named President/CEO
(Anchorage, AK) - Debra Call is selected as the first President/CEO of the newly-formed Calista Heritage Foundation, an organization focused on scholarships and internship opportunities for postsecondary students, plus programs and services for Elders. The Calista Heritage Foundation is the evolution and replacement of two programs, the Calista Scholarship Fund and the Calista Elders Council.
"Call's experience and vision will benefit the Calista Heritage Foundation," said Calista Corporation President Andrew Guy. "While guiding the leaders of tomorrow with scholarships and internship opportunities, she will help preserve the culture of the Calista region with assistance from our Elders."
The scholarship program was formed in 1994. Since then the scholarship program has gathered over $5,000,000 in total funding through donations and special events, including a $1,000,000 donation by Calista in 2009. In 2010 over 300 scholarships were awarded. The total amount of scholarships provided was $293,250. Life to date, the program has provided over $1,500,000 in scholarships to Calista Shareholders and Descendants.
The main fundraiser for the scholarship program is the Calista Golf Classic, held each summer. Over 30 teams participated in 2010, raising over $155,000 for the scholarship program. This year the golf event will be held at the Moose Run Golf Course on Wednesday, June 22.
The Elders council was created by the Calista Board of Directors to provide services and programs to Elders age 65 years and older. The deep knowledge and experience of the Elders have been utilized in studies of the region, and has helped to preserve regional languages and traditional lifestyles.
Call recently served as the Alaska Native Heritage Center's Vice President of Operations and Human Resources. She also promoted workforce development as the Alaska Native Program Manager with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. Call earned a Masters in Business at Washington State University.
The second largest of the original 13 Native corporations, Calista was established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and represents over 13,000 Shareholders. The Calista region encompasses over 6.5 million acres and includes 56 villages, which are incorporated into 46 individual village corporations. Calista Corporation is the parent company of 15 subsidiaries, providing services ranging from telecommunications and marketing to construction and facility management. Calista can be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/calistacorp) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/calistacorp).