Recognitions for the week of Oct. 27, 2013

Former Gastineau Elementary School teacher Toni Mallott speaks to AFN delegates after receiving the 2013 Citizen of the Year award. Standing next to Mallott is her 9-year-old granddaughter Addy Mallott.

Educator Toni Mallott of Juneau received the prestigious 2013 Citizen of the Year Award from the Alaska Federation of Natives during its annual convention in Fairbanks.


According to AFN, Toni worked on and off for 30 years in Yakutat, Anchorage and Juneau, always teaching in some capacity. She held a variety of roles in the school setting and enjoyed working with English Second Language students and supported their rights to seek and obtain academic assistance in core subjects, such as reading, math and writing. 

“Toni embodies our traditional Native values and all that we admire in a leader, an educator and a citizen of our community,” said AFN President Julie Kitka. “Born and raised on the Yukon River, Toni began her lifetime of learning reading by candlelight after finishing her day’s chores. From humble beginnings in Rampart, she went on to earn her Master’s in Education from the University of Fairbanks. Toni is strong, smart, determined, she is generous, caring and humble.”

Mallott, who received a standing ovation from hundreds of AFN delegates, accepted the award on behalf of all teachers in Alaska, and urged parents to be partners with teachers in the education of their children.

During the Friday ceremony, Mallott was surrounded by family from Juneau and Rampart, including her husband, Byron, who is the Democratic candidate for Governor, children and grandchildren.

Juneau’s Annika Ord was named to the Dean’s List at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., as a student in the top 10 percent. Ord is a member of the class of 2014 and a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate. She is the daughter of Peter Ord and Mary Hakala Ord.

Juneau’s Rachel Everett was recently initiated into academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Idaho. Everett is among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

The Peninsula Group, owner of the local Super 8 here in Juneau, announced a new General Manager, Rachael Ray.

Ray most recently had been the General Manager at Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn, an award-winning bed & breakfast in town. During her four-year tenure there, the inn received each year the prestigious AAA four-diamond award, the only lodging property in Alaska that is recognized with such a distinction.

Prior to her move to Juneau in 2009, Ray was located in Phoenix, Arizona where she worked for American Express for 20 years, starting as a clerk at the age of 16. Her tenure there gave her exposure to many areas such as Legal/Compliance, New Accounts, Credit, Projects and Customer Service.

“While my hotel management experience isn’t extensive yet, the training American Express, who sets the standard for customer service, provides is very detailed with high expectations set from entry level to the upper tiers of management,” Ray said. “So between the two businesses I’ve been lucky to be a part of, seeking ways to delight guests is a part of who I am.”

Success is important to Ray, who believes in the words of John D. Rockefeller: “The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.”

When she’s not managing the Super 8, Ray spends her down time with family, her husband and two children, and enjoying the many activities available to all of Juneau.

“Juneau is an amazing town, full of wonderful people and amazing sights to see and explore. There is so much to share with visitors from all over the world and new things to tell our local southeast Alaskan neighbors. Our family has loved it from the time we moved here nearly five years ago.”


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