Coastal Villages Region Fund Welcomes New Democratically-Elected Board Members
By Coastal Villages Resource Fund
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ANCHORAGE, AK – Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) welcomed seven new members to the Board of Directors, congratulated an incumbent board member on his re-election, and expressed thanks to the outgoing members for their service to the company.
Coastal Villages Region Fund’s Board of Directors, made up of one resident from each of CVRF’s member communities, is a democratically elected body. One third of the twenty-member Board is elected by the residents of their communities every two years, with members serving six-year terms.
The most recent round of elections was held in late 2017, and all winners have been sworn in and formally seated on the CVRF Board of Directors as of last week:
- Eek: Carlie Beebe
- Hooper Bay: Sandra Tall-Lake
- Kongiganak: Jerry Ivon
- Kipnuk: George Chuckwuk (incumbent)
- Oscarville: Nicholai Steven
- Toksook Bay: Clarence Dull
- Mekoryuk: Albert Williams
- Nightmute: Clement George
“Serving on the CVRF Board of Directors is not easy,” said CVRF Chairman Richard Jung from Napakiak. “Every Board member must work to understand the complexities of our business and balance the needs and wants of 20 communities and over 9,300 residents with the demands of operating large-scale fishing operations. We do not survive on grant funding – we must earn our economic independence by fishing for pollock, crab, cod, and other species in the Bering Sea.”
The CVRF Board sets the overall strategy for Coastal’s operations, and the staff carries out that strategy. The company operates a fleet of pollock, crab, and cod vessels that compete in the worldwide market. The earnings from those operations are then used to provide sustainable programs that encourage economic and human capital (people) development equitably in CVRF’s 20 member communities.
“I am excited about the fork in the road that we have taken in the last couple years, to focus more heavily on the youngsters in our communities,” said CVRF Vice Chairman Stephen Maxie, Jr. from Napaskiak. “It puts a smile on my face when I see crowds of kids heading to work for our summer Youth-to-Work program, and when I think about all the other opportunities that CVRF offers for the people of our region to find their own self-reliance. There is a renewed sense of hope out here based on our focus on fairness and equality.”
The CVRF Board of Directors meets quarterly and is scheduled to hold its next meeting in April.