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.
Andrea Gusty, President & CEO, TKC
Andrea Gusty is the daughter of Cheryl Jerabek of Aniak and Andrew Gusty Sr. of Stony River. Yup’ik and Deg Xitʼan Athabascan, Andrea is a TKC Class B Shareholder, a Calista Shareholder and a Tribal member of Aniak. Andrea graduated from Aniak High School in 2001 and received a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2005.
After college, Andrea returned home to Alaska to work as an investigative news reporter and anchor for KTVA CBS 11 News in Anchorage. Andrea was hired by U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski in 2011 to be her Alaska Communications Director. Wanting to do more for the people of the Kuskokwim region and their descendants, Andrea began working for The Kuskokwim Corporation (TKC) in April 2014. Andrea previously served as Community Relations, Land and Resource Manager, and Vice President before being appointed as President and CEO of TKC in February 2020.
Andrea has been named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by Alaska Business Monthly and is a recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 Award from The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
Andrea has been married to Clinton Bennett since 2011 and their sons are TKC Class B Shareholders.
Sam Boyle, COO, TKC & President & CEO, Tumeq, LLC.
Sam Boyle grew up in Oklahoma and served in both the Marine Corps and Air Force. He was stationed at Eielson AFB for four years in the early 1980’s. After his service he received a degree in business, built a management consulting company and then co-founded an Internet company. He joined TKC in 2005 as the founder of TKC Aerospace. Since then, he has assumed responsibility for managing all our subsidiaries and is now TKC’s COO. Sam has been married to Cheryl for 25 years and they have four children. Their home is near Charleston, SC.
Race McCleery, CFO, TKC & CFO, Tumeq, LLC.
Race McCleery is The Kuskokwim Corporation’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and subsidiary Tumeq’s CFO. Race has over 25 years of experience in finance and accounting. His experience includes both public and private accounting and extensive experience with companies that focus on both commercial and government business in various industries. Over half of his professional experience has been with Alaska Native companies. Race graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1989.
Katie Dodson, Chief of Staff/Controller, TKC
Katie grew up in Montana and moved to Alaska in 2001 to pursue an education at University of Alaska. She graduated in 2006 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. Katie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has held a CPA license since 2008.
Before joining TKC, Katie spent six years as an auditor at a local CPA firm, where she worked on various Alaska Native Corporation audits, including TKC’s. She has been with TKC since 2011.
Katie lives in Anchorage with her two children, Charlotte and Sebastian.
Desiree Gill, Director of Human Resources, Tumeq, LLC
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 Beesing, Business Operations Support Manager, TKC
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, Senior Accountant, 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.
Megan Leary, Rural Operations Director, TKC
Megan is the daughter of Mark & Shelly Leary, and granddaughter of Bea & Bill Kristovich and Sharon & Dave Ausdahl. She is a Class B Shareholder and a tribal member of the Native Village of Napaimute.
She was raised along on the Kuskokwim in the communities of Napaimute, Kalskag, and Bethel and now resides in Aniak with her two sons and partner RJ.
Megan worked part time for the corporation in 2015 doing the fall hunt land patrol, and came on full-time at the end of 2016 to work in the Aniak Office. She enjoys traveling to our 10 villages and working with the communities to better serve our shareholders.
Jonathan Samuelson, VP Shareholder Services, TKC
Jonathan was raised in Bethel and grew up in McGrath. He is the son of Debby Hartman and Sam Samuelson and the grandson of Bob and Ann Vanderpool. Jonathan spent his summers in the Middle Kuskokwim and has family all up and down the river. He is a tribal citizen of the Native Village of Georgetown and a Class B Shareholder.
Jonathan has studied Tribal Management and Rural Development through the University of Alaska Fairbanks and brings with him vast knowledge of tribal operations. His work has always focused on providing opportunity and building capacity for the people of the region. Jonathan joined TKC in February 2020.
Maribel Bobby, Payroll Specialist, TKC
Maribel Bobby is the daughter of Margaret Bobby of Sleetmute and Wassilie Bobby of Lime Village. She a TKC Class B Shareholder and is of Athabascan and Yup’ik decent. Maribel graduated from Anchorage Vocational Institute of Learning in 2004 and attended three terms at Alaska Career College. She began working for TKC in 2012 as the receptionist and was promoted to Accounting Assistant in 2013. Maribel processes payroll, does filing and light accounting duties for TKC and its family of companies.
Eileen Pitka, Shareholder Records & Relations Manager, TKC
Eileen grew up in Galena, Alaska and moved to Anchorage in 2014. She is shareholder of Doyon, LTD Corporation and has previously worked for Calista Corporation in the Shareholder Department. Eileen enjoys working at TKC and is grateful for the opportunity to work here.
Lillian Phillips, Shareholder Relations Assistant, TKC
Lillian M. Phillips is the daughter of late Nick & Malina Phillips of Chuathbaluk. Lillian is full Yup’ik, but not a fluent Yup’ik speaker. She is an original TKC and Calista shareholder. Lillian was raised in Chuathbaluk and graduated from Crow Village Sam School in Chuathbaluk in 1987. She attended hair styling school at Trend Setters spring of 2000. Lillian moved with her family to Anchorage August of 2000. She is a proud mother and grandmother. Her two girls, late Flora M. Phillips and Elizabeth S. Soosuk, are both TKC Class B & Class A (inherited) shareholders. Her grandchildren, Brooklynn M. Dorris and Briston D. Soosuk are TKC Class B shareholders. Lillian began working for TKC in March, 2015 and says she is happy to be working for TKC and for the people of the Middle Kuskokwim area.
Adrian Boelens, Shareholder Outreach and Foundations Administrator, TKC
Adrian was raised in Aniak on a homestead along the Aniak River. She and her partner Stephen Simeon have a 7 year old son, Wyatt. They enjoy spending time outdoors as a family on the Kuskowkim and its tributaries.
She has joined out team in January 2022, previously working at the Aniak Clinic as an Administrative Assistant. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of the Middle Kuskokwim.
Julia Simeon, Administrative Assistant, TKC
Julia Simeon grew up in Aniak. She is the daughter of late Philip (Billy Boy) and Margie Simeon. Julia is a Class B shareholder. Julia worked in the airline industry for many years, and the last few years worked with Knik Construction in Aniak as an Airport Flagger. She is looking forward to her future with TKC.
Allison McIntyre, Communications & Relations Manager, TKC
Allison McIntyre is a Yup’ik Class B Shareholder from Bethel. She is the daughter of Karen and Greg McIntyre and the grand daughter of Nellie Kehoe-Morris. Allison is a graphic designer and marketing/communications professional who worked in Tribal health for many years, including positions at YKHC in Bethel; SEARHC in Sitka; and ANTHC in Anchorage. She joined TKC in 2022 and is excited to help serve our people and communities.
Rachelle Persson, Community Liaison, TKC
Rachelle Persson is the daughter of Bonnie Persson (Aloysius) and Jay Growden. Her maternal grandparents are Aleck and Katrina Aloysius and paternal grandparents are Dorothy and James Growden. She is a tribal member of Upper Kalskag and a Class B, TKC shareholder.
Rachelle was born in Fairbanks and in 2006 she moved to Kalskag. She attended high school for four years at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. After high school she went to college in Oregon and Fairbanks.
In 2017, Rachelle started as TKC’s first Aniak-based Intern and during her internship, she learned that she had a passion for serving the people of TKC. Now, she is back with TKC in Kalskag working as Upper and Lower Kalskag’s Community Liaison and Resource Specialist.