Robert joined the AKI board in 2010. While living in Akhiok he served on the Akhiok City Council, Akhiok Tribal Council, Akhiok School Board and the Village Response Team. He promotes younger shareholders participation because they are the future leaders of AKI.
Pauline O’Brien has been on the AKI board for the past 20 years, with 18 of those years as Chairman. She received her BA degree in Elementary Education in 2004, and has taught at Anchorage School District for the past 13 years. For the past 5 years, Ms. O’Brien has been an intern supervisor for Raising Adolescence In Summer Employment (RAISE).
Mrs. Eluska has served on the Board of Directors for six years, where she currently serves as Secretary. Mrs. Anderson is half Alutiiq and half Navajo. She has served on the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Airman’s Association, and for Linc Energy’s community relations events for villages of Nuiqsut and Anaktuvuk Pass. She also serves as the manager of Shareholder Relations for AKI.
Ernie Berestoff was born and raised in Kodiak. His family origins are rooted in the Village of Kaguyak. He has held a position on the AKI Board of Directors for 21 years. As a shareholder, his focus is on the future of the company and his desire for it to thrive.
Ralph previously served as the President and CEO of Akhiok-Kaguyak Inc. for 15 years. As the President, he directed the process that led to two successful land exchanges with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. These sales and exchanges generated several millions of dollars for corporate working capital, long term investment, shareholder dividends as well as enhancing the integrity of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. Ralph also served a term as the board chair of AFN and several years as a board member.
Ralph was born in Akhiok, Alaska to Willie Eluska and Mary Peterson in 1945. He attended elementary school in Akhiok. He graduated from Mt. Edgecombe in 1964. He attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and graduated in 1969 with a degree in Elementary Education. He taught elementary students, in Shiprock, New Mexico and Anchorage.
Ralph represented Alaska at the National Congress of American Indians for many years and he also represented the USA in the World Council of Indigenous Peoples. Locally he was founding board member of the Pacific Northern Academy, a private school in Anchorage.
Fred has served on the Board of Directors since 1971. He has also served as Chairmen on The Kodiak Elders Council. He was raised a commercial fisherman in Akhiok, and he now resides in Wasilla, Alaska. Fred served on the Kodiak Native New Life board, Suna’aq Tribal board, and Kodiak Island Native Educators Board. Fred currently serves on the Alutiiq Museum Board and the Alutiiq Language Club, Qik’rtarmuit/Alutiiq Regional Language Advisory Committee, Vice Chair of the Indigenous Native Music Association (INMA). He is a member of the Knik Tribal Elders Group. Fred is also deeply committed to wellness and is a stakeholder for the Kodiak Region of Rural Providers, a group that stands strong against drug and alcohol abuse, as well as childhood trauma.
Mr. Rozelle has served as a board member for 19 years. Gary is the owner and operator of South Kodiak Adventures out of Akhiok, Alaska. A fisherman for 39 years, Gary was born in Kodiak and raised in Akhiok, Alaska