Ahtna Announces New Vice President of Human Resources
Anchorage, Alaska – Ahtna Netiye’, Inc. is pleased to announce that Ms. Belinda Northway-Thomas will join our Ahtna management team as Vice President of Human Resources.
Much of Northway-Thomas’ career has been spent working in Native organizations, such as Doyon, Northway Natives Inc., and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She brings a broad and diverse background of work experience, including Human Resources Management and Business Operations. She is regarded by her peers as a results-driven and people-focused professional. She has lead organizational mission critical projects, such as a consolidation of HR services and an accelerated performance improvement effort resulting in financial recovery and client satisfaction.
Northway-Thomas will be assuming her new position on April 1, 2013.
“Ahtna and its Subsidiaries show great promise and potential. As such, it is important for our Human Resources system to interlock (in partnership) with operations to ensure overall business success.” Northway-Thomas said. “This is a great time to join the Ahtna team. I am looking forward to a long-term relationship which provides Ahtna businesses and the HR team success and prosperity.”
Robert Sandt, Chief Executive Officer of Ahtna Netiye’, Inc., said, “I am very pleased that we were able to find someone with Belinda’s background and depth of experience for this critical HR position.”
Northway-Thomas is originally from Northway, Alaska. She and her father, Danny Thomas, travel often within the Ahtna region. Her family maintains friendships and family ties with the people of Ahtna. She actively participates in cultural activities, including Native dance and singing.
Northway-Thomas has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University.
Ahtna, Incorporated is one of 13 Alaska Native Regional Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, and is based out of Glennallen, Alaska. The company currently has more than 1,700 shareholders, the majority of whom are of Ahtna Athabascan descent, and employs more than 1,500 workers worldwide. A premiere Alaskan-owned business, Ahtna, Incorporated is guided by its vision statement: “Our Culture Unites Us; Our Land Sustains Us; Our People are Prosperous.”
Ahtna, Netiye’, Incorporated is the business holding company for Ahtna, Incorporated. Netiye’ is an Athabascan word meaning “our strength.” The company manages and oversees the business operations of Ahtna’s subsidiaries, providing strategic direction and corporate structure stability aimed at long-term growth and success.