Posted: Monday, November 08, 2010

Sarah Donohoe and Vinh Le, students at Juneau-Douglas High School, have been chosen as state finalists for the 2010 Wendy's High School Heisman Award program. They are two of 19 finalists in the state who embody the Heisman spirit of hard work and dedication through their outstanding achievements in athletics, academics and community/school leadership.


Mark Stopha, a commercial fisherman and fisheries biologist from Juneau, Alaska, recently addressed fisheries management staff in Mopti, Mali. Stopha led a two-day workshop discussing development of a Niger River fish sampling program, improved harvest assessment of Niger River fish stocks and options for fisheries management regulation in Mali. This is Stopha's second assignment in Mali. His first assignment in 2009 addressed improved fish handling and sanitation in Niger River fish harvests.


The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Central Council) is pleased to announce two additions to its management team, tribal members Barbara Searls and Carrie Sykes. Searls accepted the position of chief financial officer and Sykes was selected as the new business and economic development manager.

Searls will provide oversight to the finance department's nine employees. She brings her experience with fund accounting to Central Council. She was elected in April to serve as a Juneau delegate to Central Council, and most recently served as the vice president of finance and administration for SEARHC. Prior to her employment at SEARHC, she served as the chief financial officer to Sealaska Corporation.

Sykes will oversee the business and economic development department and will focus on building the department capacity to work on economic opportunities for Southeast Alaska tribes, affordable energy for rural communities, collaboration on training for job opportunities and advocating for subsistence rights for our tribal members. Sykes has worked for over ten years in a variety of positions for the Tribe and is very familiar with the business and economic development department and Central Council. She is very knowledgeable about the economic conditions in Southeast Alaska and brings extensive experience working with the Southeast tribes, cities/municipalities, and ANCSA corporations. Last year, she served as the subsistence and sustainable development coordinator for the Tribe.


Woody Paul Groves was awarded a bachelor's in history from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh during the college's commencement services this spring.


The Tlingit and Haida Head Start program is pleased to announce that Juneau Salmon Creek Teacher Aide Elizabeth Price has been awarded a Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in recognition of her outstanding studies and work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition in Washington, DC, which represents the early childhood profession.

Every candidate for the CDA credential is observed working with young children by an early childhood professional. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with families to develop children's physical and intellectual capabilities in a safe and healthy learning environment.

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