Percy Ballot

Percy Ballot, Chair

Village: Buckland

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Percy Ballot,Chair

Louie Commack

Louie Commack, Vice Chair

Village: Ambler

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Louie Commack,Vice Chair

Lorena Walker

Lorena Walker, Member

Village: Kiana

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Lorena Walker,Member

Johnetta Horner

Johnetta Horner,

Village: Kobuk

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Johnetta Horner,Secretary

Guy Adams

Guy Adams,

Village: Kotzebue

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Guy Adams,At-Large

Caroline Cannon

Caroline Cannon,
Alternate Member

Village: Point Hope

Caroline Cannon, Alternate Member

Dolly Foster

Dolly Foster,

Village: Kivalina

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Dolly Foster, Member

Nellie Griest

Nellie Griest,

Village: Shungnak

Nellie Griest, Member

 Tanya Kirk

Tanya Kirk,

Village: Noatak

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Tanya Kirk, Member

Emerson Moto

Emerson Moto,

Village: Deering

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Emerson Moto,Member

Diana Ramoth

Diana Ramoth,

Village: Selawik

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Diana Ramoth,Member

Leslie Sampson

Leslie Sampson,

Village: Noorvik

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Leslie Sampson, Member


Tim Gilbert, President/CEO

Tim Gilbert,

Tim Gilbert, President/CEO

Charlie Nelson, Vice President/Tribal Government Services Administrator

Charlie Nelson,
Vice President/Tribal Government Services Administrator

Charlie Nelson,Vice President/Tribal Government Services Administrator,

Dan Bain, Chief Financial Officer

Dan Bain,
Chief Financial Officer

Dan Bain, Chief Financial Officer

Chad Sheldon, Chief Information Office

Chad Sheldon,
Chief Information Officer

Chad Sheldon, Chief Information Officer

Bree Swanson, Social Services Administrator

Bree Swanson,
Social Services Administrator

Bree Swanson, Social Services Administrator

Gerty Viveiros-Gallahorn, Human Resources Director

Gerty Viveiros-Gallahorn,
Human Resources Director

Gerty Viveiros-Gallahorn, Human Resources Director



The Human Resources office provides the following services: assistance and guidance to hiring managers in the hiring and on-boarding process of new employees, full-services to all current employees for information regarding their employment, answer questions regarding policies, front line resource for employees and managers with questions regarding employee relations matters and interpretation of the Employee Handbook, recruitment, drug testing, fingerprinting, background checks, benefits, employee appreciation, longevity awards and Employee Orientation.

Maniilaq Association is an EEO/Native Preference employer, meaning that qualified Native applicants will be given hiring preference over non-Native applicants. A list of current job vacancies and application information branches from this page. Additional relief and contractual jobs may be available but not displayed on the vacancy list. For information regarding these types of jobs, please contact the Human Resources office.



Planning & Development provides technical, writing and general assistance to Maniilaq Association programs and regional partners with projects ranging from grant proposals, funding requests, applications & forms, renewals, documents, data research, MOA/MOU, letters of support, formatting, printing & publication, writing, power point and other presentations. Additionally, Planning & Development will maintain tracking of organizational data requested of the Maniilaq Board data and provide technical assistance with strategic planning.



Information Technology manages and maintains all telephone, FAX, computer systems, software and hardware throughout Maniilaq Association infrastructure. IT also manages the computer systems of the Traditional Council Offices throughout the Northwest Arctic Borough, as well as the corporate offices of the Northwest Iñupiat Housing Authority.

Additionally, IT installs and maintains private wireless Internet connections in 10 communities for, a joint service venture between Maniilaq Association,  OTZ Telephone Co-op., and General Communications Inc. (GCI). For more information, or to sign-up for Internet service, please visit



The Legal Department works to protect and promote the interests of Maniilaq Association and the twelve Tribes of Northwest Alaska.


We primarily provide legal and compliance services to our internal departments


We do not provide legal services to individuals. If you are an individual seeking legal advice, the following resources may be helpful:

  - Alaska Bar Association Lawyer Referral

  - Alaska Commission on aging

  - Alaska Court Forms

  - Alaska Law Help

  - Alaska Legal Services

  - Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

  - Alaska State Court

  - Child Support Enforcement Division

  - National Consumer Law Center

  - Disability Law Center of Alaska

  - Family Law Self-Help Center


  - The Native American Rights Fund is a non-profit law firm dedicated to serving Native American and Alaska Natives tribes.

  - The Alaska Federation of Natives is a statewide Alaska Native organization that works to enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the Alaska Native community.

  - The National Congress of American Indians is an intertribal organization dedicated to advocating for American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.

  - The Alaska Native Health Board is the statewide voice on Native health issues promoting the spiritual, physical, mental, social and cultural well-being and pride of Native people.

capital projects


The Capital Projects Program is responsible for planning for and implementing projects that address the infrastructure needs of the company. The effort includes a Mater Planning process as well as specific project planning and development. Implementation of Capital Projects is accomplished through two methods:

  - in-house or “force account’ projects for small projects, and

  - contracting in the competitive public marketplace for larger projects. In either type of effort, the program is responsible for project oversight and project management. Capital Projects can include major asset procurement, major renovations or additions, and new facility construction.