BSF Welcomes Three New Directors

The Bering Straits Foundation (BSF) welcomes Jed Ballard, Kevin Dillard, and Luisa Machuca to its Board of Directors. Ballard, Dillard and Machuca joined the BSF board on March 18. BSF and BSNC thanks outgoing directors Tabetha Toloff, Clara Langton, and Kirsten Timbers for their committed service to the Foundation.

BSNC shareholder Jed Ballard is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Northrim Bank. BSNC shareholder Kevin Dillard is an Internal Auditor at Alyeska Pipeline Services Company. BSNC shareholder Luisa Machuca is the Vice President of Education, Employment, and Supportive Services Division at Kawerak, Inc.

“The financial resources of BSF provides incredible opportunities to BSNC shareholders and descendants,” said Ballard. “I am eager to become a BSF board member and call on my experiences to assist BSF in serving the next generation of Alaska Native leaders through scholarships, education, training, and other future opportunities.”

“I enjoy working with students in pursuit of advancing their education and training to better prepare for the career of their choice,” said Machuca.

Your support helps positively impact the lives of BSF recipients such as Christian Leckband, a BSF recipient who participated in the BSNC Summer Internship Program and now works as a Jr. Proposals Manager at BSNC: “The Bering Straits Foundation has benefitted me positively in many ways. Its assistance over the years was instrumental to my success throughout college and because of this support I was able to come out with a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Knowing that I had the support of the Bering Straits Foundation kept me focused and motivated to stay on track, keep moving forward, and fulfill my goals. I was able to begin working at Bering Straits Native Corporation and I am filled with pride to be able to serve the company and foundation that has done so much for not only myself but hundreds of scholarship recipients over the years.”

With the very generous support of individuals and community organizations, BSF is able to help BSNC shareholders and descendants who seek to further their educational and vocational goals. Your investment is more than a commitment to BSF – it is an affirmation of your connection to and support of BSNC’s current and future generations of students who are making positive strides in their lives and impact in our communities!

To make a tax-deductible donation via check, please it make payable to the Bering Straits Foundation and mail it to BSF/Attn: Donations, P.O. Box 1008, Nome, AK 99762. To donate via credit card, email or call (907) 521-7207, or go to Thank you for your support.

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