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Ahtna Kanas Summer 2020

Meet The Board: Welcome Dorothy Shinn and Grant Rebne

Dorothy Shinn: Seat J, Tazlina

Dorothy Shinn

Dorothy Shinn was elected to Seat J, Tazlina on the Ahtna, Inc. Board of Directors. She previously served on the Board from 2010-2017. Dorothy is a member of the Udzisyu (Caribou) clan. She is a widow and has four children: Ruth Ann, Laurel, Scott and Jolene. Dorothy holds an Associate of Applied Science in Human Service from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Kuskokwim Campus. Most of her work background has been in social work. Dorothy is the former Corporate Secretary for Ahtna Development Corporation and served as a Behavioral Health Aide for Copper River Native Association (CRNA) from 2010 to 2018. She has many years of experience serving on boards and foundations, including the Ahtna Heritage Foundation (TAHF), CRNA and Native Village of Tazlina.

“First of all, I am a person of strong faith in God and I do pray about my decisions that may affect our shareholders. I am a person of integrity. I am reliable, and I am not afraid of speaking up. I will commit to being a person our shareholders can trust and will be a voice for them.”

Grant Rebne: Seat C, Cantwell

Grant Rebne

Grant Rebne was elected to Seat C, Cantwell on the Ahtna, Inc. Board of Directors and will also be serving on the Ahtna Netiye’ Executive Committee. Grant is a member of the Udzisyu (Caribou) clan. He and his wife Heather have three children: Hadley “Udiiga Gheldze’ Laene”, Milo and Audrey. Grant holds an Associate of Science in Architecture and Associate of Arts in General Studies from Ventura College in California. He has taken Athabascan Linguistics coursework from UAF and is working towards a Business Management degree at the University of Alaska Southeast. He started an architectural design business in 2004 and worked for Ahtna Engineering Services for over six years as a project designer supporting construction and environmental remediation projects. Grant currently serves on the Native Village of Cantwell Council, Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission, and CRNA board (as alternate), and served on TAHF board.

“Ugheldze’ is a main value of our Ahtna People. A great-uncle explained it as ‘you have to have a good attitude to have a good outcome, no matter what you do.’ I believe that by utilizing a strong work ethic and the traditional values that my parents and Elders have taught me, I can help to serve our Ahtna People.”