BBNC is pleased to welcome four shareholders to our corporate team. We are happy to introduce Mishelle Johnson, Jacque Mills, Denise Coopchiak, and Russell Phelps.
You may recognize Mishelle Johnson greeting you when visiting or calling the BBNC office—as Receptionist, she’s often the first person you’ll talk to at BBNC. Mishelle is a BBNC shareholder originally from Dillingham and joined the BBNC team in June. Prior to returning home to Alaska in 2014, she was employed doing office related work, and over the past year had interned at BBNC and the BBNC Education Foundation. The majority of her training has been on-the-job where she has accumulated a variety of skills.
BBNC shareholder Jacque Mills is originally from Koliganek and is BBNC’s Accounting Specialist. She joined BBNC in August with 14 years of experience in accounts payable and payroll. Her job duties include accounts payable, payroll, and assisting the finance department. Prior to BBNC Jacque did payroll for GCI for eight years and accounts payable and payroll for six years at Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation.
Denise Coopchiak is a BBNC shareholder from Togiak that has been employed within the BBNC family of companies for over two years. She first began with TekPro, a BBNC subsidiary in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked for a year and a half. She then moved back to Alaska and worked for Kakivik Asset Management, another BBNC subsidiary, for just under a year. She was recently hired at BBNC’s corporate office as Executive Assistant. In her new role, Denise will be assisting BBNC’s CEO, COO and Administrative Manager, along with the Board of Directors. She has obtained an associate’s degree in general studies and is currently working on her bachelor’s in elementary education.
BBNC is also excited to introduce BBNC shareholder Russell Phelps, BBNC’s Natural Resources Manager who is based in Naknek. He graduated from Bristol Bay High School in 1988 and attended two years at Moses Lake Community College, University of Alaska Anchorage, and University of Alaska Fairbanks. Russell brings 25 years of experience in construction, project management, and construction management to his new position. Prior to joining BBNC, Russell was the general manager for L&M Equipment, previous to that he was with Southwest Alaska Contractors, LLC and BC Contractors Inc. As the Natural Resources Manager, Russell will work closely with Bristol Bay village corporations as well as state and federal agencies in all aspects of ANCSA, ANILCA, and other cadastral issues. He will pursue responsible resource development, develop a natural resource policy for BBNC, and work closely with the land department to successfully negotiate material contracts.