Sealaska shareholders re-elect 4 board members, add 1 new

Posted: Sunday, June 28, 2009

JUNEAU - Sealaska shareholders have criticized its board members for sticking around too long, but on Saturday they voted against limiting terms for its leadership and opted to keep four of its board members in power.

Sen. Albert Kookesh of Sitka, and Rep. Bill Thomas of Haines, University of Alaska Southeast administrator Joe Thomas and Washington state attorney Tate London were re-elected. New to the fray is Barbara Cadiente-Nelson, 55, of Juneau. She is vice president of Star of the Sea, Inc. Cadiente-Nelson earned a master's in teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast and a bachelor's in communications from Western Illinois University.

Their terms will expire in 2012.

More than 6.9 million voting shares, or 76 percent, were cast either at the annual meeting held in Sitka this week or by proxy. About 300 tribal members and their guests attended, and another 134 households tuned in via web cast, according to Sealaska.

Shareholders did approve one resolution, life estate stock for elders. According to Sealaska's web site, the resolution "authorizes the issuance of "Class E", non-voting stock to each original shareholder."

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