by Thom Leonard
Calista Corporation welcomed Noelle Kompkoff in the Legal department and Calista Shareholder Russ Slaten in Corporate Communications.
Noelle Kompkoff arrives at Calista as Associate Counsel with more than ten years of experience in Alaska Native law and corporate law. Prior to joining Calista, Kompkoff worked as in-house counsel for The Tatitlek Corporation. She earned her Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law and a BA in journalism from Western Washington University.
Russ Slaten joins Calista as the Communications Coordinator with more than ten years of communications experience in journalism, marketing and public relations. At Calista, he creates content for web and print, coordinates media coverage, and assists in creating the communications calendar. Slaten was most recently serving as the Communications Manager at Catholic Social Services. He holds a BA in journalism and public communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. As a Calista Shareholder, he says he is excited for the opportunity to serve the people from his region.
The second largest of the original 13 Alaska Native Corporations, Calista Corporation was established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and represents approximately 25,600 Shareholders. The Calista Region encompasses more than 6.5 million acres and includes 56 villages, which are incorporated into 46 individual village corporations. Since 1994, Calista has provided more than $4 million in scholarships to its Shareholders and Descendants. Since inception, Calista has declared more than $55.6 million in dividends and $5.7 million in Elders’ Benefit Program distributions to Shareholders.
Calista Corporation is the parent company of more than 30 subsidiaries in the following industries: military defense contracting, construction, real estate, environmental and natural resource development, marine transportation, oil field services and heavy equipment sales, service and rentals.
Thom Aparuk Leonard is the Corp. Communications & Public Relations Manager.