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Trinna Wick

My name is Trinna Wick, and I believe in empowering and liberating people through health education and teaching. It is for this reason I became a Registered Nurse. I am currently employed at the SEARHC Outpatient Department in Sitka, where I have the pleasure of providing services to our local and outreach community members.

The career journey started four years ago. At the time I had been a waitress/bartender for a number of years, as well as a "teacher" at a childcare center. My passion had always been health science and education, and after talking to about a dozen nurses about their experiences, decided that nursing was definitely my field of choice.

I attended UAS here in Sitka for the two years worth of prerequisites, and then attended UAA through correspondence from UAS. There are no words to describe the anguish that nursing school was. It was a bumpy road with literally a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but here I am! I graduated with an Associates Degree in Nursing in December 2012, became licensed in January 2013, and began my nursing career in February 2013.

Along with the sacrifices and support of my family was the financial support I received. Nursing school was expensive to say the least, and Huna Heritage was generous in their supplemental funding of my education. I would like to also thank Kathryn Hurtley for her dedication to the students. I am forever grateful!

 

Christopher Mills

Christopher Mills

On June 9th, 2011 Christopher Mills Jr. graduated with an apprentice certificate with 1300 class hours --1000 of which will go toward his apprenticeship. Currently he is scheduled to be a lineman in the IBEW apprenticeship program in Anchorage. In addition to education assistance from Huna Heritage Foundation, Mills received additional support from Tlingit and Haida Central Council’s Vocational Training Program and education assistance programs from the Sealaska Corporation.

Christopher is of the eagle shark moiety, Wooshkeetaan Clan and was raised in Hoonah. His father is Christopher Mills Sr. of Hoonah and his mother is Eileen Katasse who currently lives in Juneau. He graduated from Hoonah high school and attended colleges in Fairbanks and Santa Barbara.  A couple of years ago he decided to enroll in AVTEC's Industrial Electrical Program in Seward, Alaska. Mills explained that “this program was very tough and intense but I got through it. I needed every bit of family support as well as my friends and study friends from class.  I owe a very special thanks to Jade Dunn Rago and my sister Phyllis Grant for their encouragement.” Gunalchéesh to everyone who helped me along the way! 

 

Amelia Roerup

amelia roerupMy Tlingit name is Tlagoonk and I was named after my paternal grandfather.  I am of the Eagle moiety, Chookaneidi clan.  My father is Chief Gooch-eesh, Bill Wilson, of the Kach-adi clan of Hoonah.  My mother is Susan Price of Irish decent and currently lives in Palmer.  I believe that cultural and academic knowledge are necessary for a solid foundation and strive to provide opportunities for myself and my 3 boys to learn both sides.  My family is working on learning Tlingit songs of Hoonah that my dad is teaching them.

I work for UAF Interior Aleutians Campus (IAC) as a Student Services Outreach Coordinator. Through support from Huna Heritage Foundation, I earned my Bachelors degree in Justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  I have begun taking classes towards a Masters degree in Rural Development.  This semester I am excited to be teaching two college courses for Rural Human Services through IAC. I serve as an advisory board member on the Rural Juvenile Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention program through the Alaska Native Justice Center because of my passsion for creating a better tomorrow for Alaska’s youth. Additionally, I was honored to be a host group member for Alaska Native Dialogues on Racial Equity through First Alaskans Institute. 

I have became involved in Indigenous Evaluation through IAC to build capacity of Alaska Native’s to evaluate their own programs, rather than outside entities, unfamiliar with Alaska Native values, principles and program objectives.  I am a strong advocate of Alaska Native culture, youth and opportunity and encourage every shareholder and descendent to take advantage of the education, vocation and cultural education support provided by Huna Heritage Foundation.

Michelle Marvin

Michelle MarvinKeiyawjeewu.á is my Língit name and my English name is Michelle D. Martin or if you are in my classroom, I’m called Ms. Michelle.  I am T’akdeintaan of the Yéil moiety and I belong to the Yéil Kudí Hít Taan (Raven Nest House).  My father’s people are the Chookaneidí clan of Glacier Bay.  I grew up in Xunna Káawu all through my adolescence with my paternal grandparents Richard and Deborah Dalton, Sr., my parents Richard and Veronica Dalton, Jr., and cultural influences from my maternal grandparents Lillian and Ernie Hillman.  I moved to KeexKwáan (Kake, AK) where I met my husband Kaa gas goox (Michael Martin) and started raising my family – Kuxwuduyá (Michaela), Kaajiyadal (Michael Jr.), and Teeykat.aa (Micheel).  This is also the place where I gained an interest in the education field at Kake City School District, where I worked K-12th grade for five years.  Working various positions, I fell in love with teaching at the elementary level.  In 2001, I returned to school at the University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau with much scholarship support.  Huna Heritage Foundation is one of my scholarships that supported me through my undergrad and graduate degrees, helping me to achieve my goal of becoming an Alaska Native teacher.

In 2009, I graduated with my Master’s of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education.  I did my student teaching in the Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy Program (TCLL) at Harborview Elementary School where I currently work as the TCLL Cultural Specialist.  I’ve always dreamed of working with Native students, helping them become successful in their education and helping parents to be active in the schools.  My cultural upbringing in Hoonah influenced me to teach through our Tlingit culture heritage, emphasizing my teaching with cultural and local relevancy.  I also believe in the family partnerships an education system should have with their students’ families and I strive to make these connections through the TCLL Program.  My own children and the students I work with see me as a Native student who worked hard to be successful in my education and this is role modeling I like to share and guide students with.  With the help of Huna Heritage Foundation’s scholarship funding, I’ve pursued my dream to help our people succeed in school.  Gunalchéesh for your support in my education! 

Anthony Lindoff

Anthony LindoffWith help from the Huna Heritage Education Assistance Program, Anthony graduated with a BA in International Business from Fort Lewis College in 2008.  While attending Fort Lewis, he was a member of the Native American Honor Society and was the president of the American Indian Business Leaders—FLC chapter.  Anthony also spent a semester studying abroad in Regensburg, Bavaria in Germany and he completed two internships with Sealaska Corporation in the Office of Diversity Solutions.  He joined Sealaska in 2008 as a Business Development Analyst and is now part of its newest subsidiary, Haa Aani, LLC, whose main focus in on economic development within rural Southeast Alaska. 

Anthony is currently spearheading an initiative to facilitate oyster farming in SE villages so as to provide sustainable, year-round jobs that are lifestyle compatible. 

Anthony Lindoff is the son of  Josephine Lindoff of Hoonah and Robert "Boots" Carle of Hydaburg, AK.  Anthony is Eagle Wolf of the Kaagwaantaan clan and was raised in Hoonah and graduated from Hoonah High School in 1998. Anthony and Hannah Lindoff welcomed the arrival of baby Marigold Jane in 2010. 

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