RhondaWhere are you originally from and what City/State do you currently live?

I was born in Fairbanks and raised in Anchorage. I currently live in Wasilla AK.

How did you feel when you heard you had been named an Ahtna Employee of the Year?

I was speechless when I found out. I am grateful and appreciative to have received this recognition; however, there are many coworkers who contribute to making this job successful, Margie Ewan, Mardee Snider, Vaun Reitan, and many others both in the office and field alike. “Teamwork” is the key to success both for myself and for Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Corporation (ACPPC).

What made you want to work for the Ahtna family of companies?

I was excited to work for ACPPC, Ahtna’s very first subsidiary company, with David O’Donnell to be a part of the work that ACPPC has had for many years with Alyeska on the TAPS project, and to be a part of this company as they strive for growth in civil construction, doing projects in the Ahtna region, throughout Alaska, and Nation-wide.

What do you love most about your job and the work you do?

What I love most about my job and the work I do, is the privilege of working for Ahtna, one of 12 regional corporations created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). There is much satisfaction in knowing that working at Ahtna contributes greatly to the lives of Ahtna’s shareholders by creating jobs, providing educational opportunities, and most importantly helping to protect and preserve their subsistence way of life. A livelihood that has always sustained the Ahtna people and will be an integral part of their success for all future generations as well.

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