Meet Our Directors & Staff
Our Board and Staff are your family, neighbors, and friends with deep roots in the community. Contact us if you have any questions or feedback for our team, or drop by the office and say hello. We work year round to manage our property, engage with the community, protect the environment, and assist shareholders with their needs.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Verna Henninger - Chairperson
Shari Jensen - President
Donald Bremner - Vice President
Martha Indreland - Secretary
James Thomas - Treasurer
Sheri Nelson - Director
Theodore Valle Sr. - Director
Marvin Adams – Director
Jeremiah James – Director
The Yak-Tat Kwaan, Inc. Board of Directors provide governance and guidance for the organization and our investments. They are elected to four year terms by a vote of the Shareholders. More about the Board and what they do and when they meet etc about the board.
Shari jensen / President/ceo
Shari Jensen was born in Yakutat and has lived most of her life there. When she wasn’t living in Yakutat, she lived in Anchorage, Juneau, and Vancouver, Washington and is currently happy to be living back in Yakutat again. She is a shareholder of Yak-Tat Kwaan, Inc., Sealaska Corporation, and has a few inherited shares of Shee-Atika, Inc. in Sitka.
Shari was hired in 1989 as the Office Manager with Yak-Tat Kwaan, Inc. and served in this capacity until she was elected to the board in December of 1993. Since then, she has served as a board member for a total of 19 years. In November of 1998, Shari was elected as the first woman to serve as President and has served a combined total of eight years between then and present. Shari received her Bachelor of Business Degree with emphasis in Management in 2011 from the University of Alaska, Southeast. She was elected President on November 12, 2017 and is currently serving in this capacity at Yak-Tat Kwaan, Inc. in Yakutat.
sasha anderstrom / ADMINISTRATIVE ASSt.
Sasha Anderstrom, born Sasha Vale, is the daughter of John & Nellie Vale. Her Tlingit name is Keilk’iTlaa and she is from the moon house (Dis Hit) in the humpy salmon clan (Kineix Kwaan). She is also a daughter of the brown bear clan (Teikweidee). She is married to Matthew Anderstrom of the shark clan and house (Wooshkeetaan) and they have three children, Devlin, Niko, and Nellie.
Sasha graduated from Yakutat High School in 2004 as Valedictorian and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has years of experience working at the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe as an AmeriCorps volunteer, First Alaskans Intern, Youth Advocate, Intake Specialist, 477 Program Manager, and Interim Human Services Director. Other previous work experiences include 10 years of commercial fishing, longshoreman, Transportation Security Administration Officer, childcare provider, Election Chairperson, & Server/Bartender.
Sasha has also been very involved in the community and her culture over the years. She has been a member of the Mt. St. Elias Dancers for over 23 years, a member of ANS Camp #13 for over 14 years and spent five years serving on the JOM Parent Committee. She has proudly planned and participated in memorial & funeral services as well as potlatches. She also organized recycling programs, beach clean-ups, fundraisers, and various other community events.
Ricardo Tejeda / bookkeeper
Ricardo has lived in Yakutat most of his life. He is a graduate of Yakutat High, and holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting from University of Alaska at Anchorage. He is experienced as a commercial fisherman (gillnet).