Published July 2016
Veteran Board member Linda Pete (Tyone) has served two decades on the Board, representing the Native Village of Gakona, and is the current Board secretary.
Can you tell us a little about your family?
I am Udzisyu clan. My parents are Betty Tyone and the late Nicholas Tyone. My maternal grandparents were the late Buster and Alice Gene of Gakona; paternal grandparents Jim and Annie Tyone. I am currently married to Carl Pete and together we have six children. I was born in Glennallen and was raised in Gakona.
Can you tell us more about your work history and community involvement?
I started my first job at 14 years old for the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Summer Youth Program. I have since worked in various positions within the Copper River Native Association until I was selected as CEO of the organization. I also worked for Ahtna Inc. as the vice president of corporate affairs for two years. My position then merged into executive liaison for the president until I was elected to the Ahtna Board in 2013.
How long have you served on the Ahtna Board?
I served on the Ahtna Board for the following years: 1989-1997, 2000-2009, 2013-present.
What motivated you to seek election to the Board?
My motivation for serving on the Ahtna Board is the future generations and land. We need to protect our land to live on and sustain our traditional lifestyles. Our land and children are our future.
What do you want shareholder-owners to know about the Board?
I would like the shareholders to know that the Ahtna Board relies on our Lord and Savior for guidance. In meetings, we have our differences but, in the end, we strive for a common goal.