Letter from the BBNC Education Foundation Executive Director

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BBNC Education Foundation is pleased to announce the election of a new board member, and welcome a new team member and fall intern!

Terrence Shanigan recently joined the Board of Directors and will serve a three-year term. Terrence is a descendant of the Native Village of Kanatak, a small Aleut village along the southern shore of the Alaska Peninsula. He is a former Alaska State Trooper, a United States Navy veteran. Terrence explored the Arctic on dog sled serving a humanitarian mission into rural communities as the leader for “Operation PAWS” (People Are Worth Saving), a program where Alaska Native law enforcement officers mentor at-risk youth, support victims of domestic violence, and serve as a resource for suicide prevention. As a BBNC Education Foundation alumni, Terrence holds a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science from Valley City State University.

In addition, Kay Larson-Blair has joined the BBNC Education Foundation staff as a cultural heritage program officer. Kay is Alaskan Native (Aleut and Yup’ik) and Cherokee. She is from Dillingham, Alaska and grew up in the Bristol Bay region and in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Cherokee Nation’s Capital. Kay is a BBNC Education Foundation scholarship alumna and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2008, with a focus on statistics, fisheries, and Indigenous Knowledge. Kay worked as a Fishery Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Subsistence Mangement, helping to manage subsistence fisheries on Alaska’s Federal Public Lands, and recently joined BBNCEF from Aleut Corporation, where she served as the Manager of Fisheries. Kay has also been selected to participate in Philanthropy Northwest’s Momentum Fellowship.

Last, we are pleased to welcome “Iqvarta” Whitney Carlos as our communications intern this winter. Whitney grew up in Togiak and is currently living in Anchorage. She attended college at Southern Oregon University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Whitney spends every summer back in the Bristol Bay region harvesting salmon for subsistence as well as commercial fishing. Whitney’s hobbies include flying airplanes, hunting, playing basketball and spending time with her family.

I hope you’ll help me in welcoming these new additions and we look forward to connecting with shareholders this winter. Do you have ideas for the BBNC Education Foundation? You can always reach me at (907) 265-7875 or

Aleesha Towns-Bain