Our TKC Staff and Leaders are dedicated to enriching the lives of TKC’s shareholders and descendants by making viable business decisions that will enhance our land, culture and the lives of our people.
Keja Nokomis Whiteman, an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, brings a unique blend of experience with tribes, nonprofits, government and business. Currently residing in Anchorage, Alaska, Whiteman brings over twenty years of productive work with native communities. Her work has focused on community relations, legislative affairs, policy and infrastructure. Most recently, Whiteman has been working with Alaska Native Corporations.
Ms. Whiteman started her professional career as a social worker advocating for children and families. Those direct, hands-on experiences lead Whiteman change her career focus to improving policy, education, economic development and systematic changes within native communities. She has worked as an independent consultant for select projects and initiatives since 2003. Examples of clients include: tribes, national nonprofits, state and local governments, and tribally owned businesses.
In 2006, Ms. Whiteman was the first Native person and third woman ever elected in Fremont County, Wyoming as County Commissioner. Centrally located, Fremont County is the second largest (land mass) county in the lower forty eight states. Home to Wyoming’s only Indian Reservation, the county is economically supported by oil and gas development, agriculture and tourism. Ms. Whiteman successfully retained her seat through two more elections, until stepping down to relocate to Alaska in 2015.
Whiteman holds a bachelor’s degree from Salish Kootenai College (Montana) and a graduate degree from the University of Wyoming. She has served her community through involvement with several nonprofit boards and community action projects, as well as a decade of service as an elected member of local school board.
Desiree Gill is the human resource and payroll manager for TKC and Tumeq family of Companies. Desiree joined TKC in 2014. She has 20-plus years of experience in human resource, payroll & benefits. Prior to working for TKC, Desiree served 10 years as director of payroll for the government sector of NANA under Akima.
Desiree is an active member of the Northern Lights Payroll Association, American Payroll Association and Society of Human Resource Management. Desiree is a Certified Payroll Professional and holds a Bachelor of Science in International Studies with a minor in Communication from Southern Oregon University.
She enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering for Girls Scouts, Dimond High PTSA and TomoNoKai (Japanese Parent organization). Desiree has been married to Jonathan Gill since 1993 and has 2 children, Alex & Delaney Gill, who are 5th generation Alaskans.
Winona is a lifelong Alaskan, born in Anchorage and currently resides in Chugiak. In 2008 she changed careers and took a job with Suulutaaq, the construction subsidiary, and was transferred to Tumeq in 2011. She enjoys all aspects of her job and is grateful for the opportunity to work for Tumeq/TKC.
Cheryl Tanner is the Accountant for The Kuskokwim Corporation and its subsidiaries. She has been with TKC since 2008, working with accounts payable, issuing shareholder dividend checks, and doing payroll for all of TKC’s subsidiary company employees. Prior to her work with TKC, Cheryl worked more than 20 years in retail management.
Cheryl has lived in Eagle River since 1974. She has been married to Matt Tanner for 25 years, and they have two beautiful daughters. In her spare time, Cheryl and her family spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors and out on the water fishing.
Sarah Gallt is the daughter of Denise Chappel of Talkeetna and Charlie Linnell of Valdez, and the granddaughter of Mary T. Gober (Kameroff) of Anchorage, originally from Upper Kalskag. Sarah is a TKC Class B shareholder. She graduated from Susitna Valley High School in 2004, and attended UAA.
Sarah began working at TKC in August of 2013, first as receptionist and in the shareholder records department. Sarah now works in the community relations and land departments, communicating with TKC shareholders about important projects and assisting with land issues. Sarah also coordinates the Kuskokwim Educational Foundation (KEF) and the Donlin Gold Kuskokwim Education Foundation (DGKEF).
Sarah is a proud mother of two boys, Andrew and Judson, who are both TKC Class B shareholders. She loves to cook, go camping, pick berries and is learning how to bead.