Helgesen Announced as CEO
The Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida) announced the hire of Roald Helgesen as Chief Operating Officer (COO).
As COO, Helgesen manages Tlingit & Haida’s administrative and program operations to ensure all activities are carried out consistent with the established goals and objectives of the Tribe’s strategic plan and within the framework of adopted budgets, applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
In this capacity, Helgesen will act as a liaison with various government and private organizations, represent Tlingit & Haida in business negotiations and will also serve on the Tribe’s investment committee for the Tribal Trust Fund, board for the Tlingit & Haida/Hope Condominium Association and tribally-owned enterprises, and as a trustee for the Tribe’s employee retirement plans.
“I am extremely pleased to welcome Roald to Tlingit & Haida’s administrative team,” says President Richard Chalyee Éesh Peterson. “His wealth of knowledge and experience as well as commitment to serving our communities will not only strengthen the governance of Tlingit & Haida, it will greatly contribute to our efforts to keep the Tribe moving forward and expanding services and opportunities for our tribal citizens.”
Helgesen graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s in political science and minor in public administration from UAA in 1994 and a master’s in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Helgesen previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and Hospital Administrator for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and President and CEO of the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Early in his career, he served as a volunteer EMT and firefighter in Sitka where he worked his way up to fire captain, and also worked for SEARHC’s medevac team.
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