ONC is pleased to announce that Lorena Skonberg was selected to serve on the Board of Directors at the Board's regular meeting. She was sworn in on March 25, 2014. Lorena was appointed to fill the seat previously held by the late Herman Squartsoff, who passed away in December 2013.
Since receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Western Oregon University, Lorena has served Alaska Native people throughout her professional career. Lorena has served as Legal and Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium since 2007,helping to build relationships with tribal, state and federal governments and private foundations. Lorena previously served as the Vice President of the Alaska Native Health Board and Deputy Director of the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council.
Lorena lives in Anchorage with twin sons Jacob and Lucas (14). Her oldest, Devin (25),
resides in Ouzinkie.
Lorena said of the appointment, "I appreciate the board’s confidence and will work hard to ensure that my contributions as a director will reflect both my professional experience and my values as ‘village girl’ to help ONC move in a positive direction.”
Ouzinkie Native Corporation, a village corporation, was formed July 23rd, 1973, as part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. Upon formation, Ouzinkie Native Corporation (ONC) had 339 original shareholders, all of Alutiiq descent, living in the village of Ouzinkie on Spruce Island, or who were originally from the village. Each shareholder received one hundred shares at incorporation that cannot be sold or traded.
Today there are approximately 477 shareholders by way of shares either inherited by new shareholders or were gifted to family members.
Cama'i The mission of the Ouzinkie Native Corporation is to develop profitable business enterprises to provide maximum financial return and other benefits to our shareholder
s while preserving our culture and protecting our lands
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