What is your key responsibility?
I’m a permits assistant in the Alaska Region. I issue federal certificates, licenses and permits for commercial fishing, to processors, vessels that fish in federal waters, as well as halibut subsistence certificates to Tribal Citizens, and rural residents in qualified Alaska communities.
Where did you grow up?
My family is originally from Hoonah, Alaska, but I grew up in Juneau, Alaska.
What is your educational background?
I have some college, but not a degree.
What do you like to do outside of work (e.g., a hobby, craft, community organization, travel, etc.)?
When I’m not working, I like to explore my surroundings. Juneau is a beautiful place to live, we have access to mountains and beaches. I also enjoy traveling with my husband and dog—we frequently visit Colorado, which is where he grew up. Our previous dog that we traveled with had been to 14 states, six national parks including Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. His favorite was Pawnee National Grasslands in Colorado.
What does National Native American Heritage Month mean to you?
Sharing my heritage. I’m a Tribal Citizen of Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (Tlingit & Haida), as well as The Huna Indian Association. But I also love to share the values and our way of life with people that take an interest in wanting to know more about Alaska Natives.
What does being a career civil servant mean to you?
I take a lot of pride in the work that I do. The work that I do, provides certificates, licenses and permits that feed the globe, that puts seafood products in supermarkets, on the tables around the world, and provides jobs beyond Alaska.x Imagine a grocery store or restaurant without crab or halibut.