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This exciting two-day housing summit has an agenda packed with topics designed to explore ideas, opportunities, and partnership that can help bring sustainable housing solutions to Southeast Alaska.
Join local housing experts, industry professionals, and representatives from the City and Borough to explore “Planning Our Future Through Housing”.
Presentations From Our 2019 Summit
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Partnerships and Community Building
Day 1 – March 13, 2019
Speaker: Desiree Jackson, THRHA Tribal Services Director
Welcome: President Richard Peterson, CCTHITA
Housing and its Impact on Making Communities Stronger
Speaker: Scott Ciambor, Juneau Chief Housing Officer, CBJ
Irene Gallion, Housing & Homelessness Services Coordinator, CBJ
Synopsis: Providing a range of housing opportunities and meeting local demand is directly linked to the economic success of communities and reduction of out-migration. Scott will quantify how these are linked, support one another, and can be achieved through innovative housing programs.
Sponsored by Rain Coast Data
Economic Overview and Regional Housing Indicators
Speaker: Meilani Schijvens, Director of Rain Coast Data
Synopsis: An overview of the economy of Southeast Alaska and opportunities, challenges and trends that our communities will face in the coming years. Discussion includes detailed insight to regional housing trends and indicators.
Creating Partnerships: Building Communities
Speaker: Jacqueline L. Pata, Ex-Offico THRHA Board of Commissioners
Synopsis: Leveraging partnerships are essential in building healthy communities in Southeast Alaska. By sharing visions and leveraging partnerships multiple organizations can support each other by coming together with common purpose and goals.
Native Issues Housing Forum
Moderator: Norton Gregory, THRHA Director of Housing Services
Speakers: Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins (D, Sitka) Representative Andi Story (D, Juneau)
Representative Dan Oritz (NA, Ketchikan)
Senator Jessie Kiehl (D, Juneau)
Synopsis: Extended lunch break to allow participants to attend the Native Issues Forum presented by the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
Asset Based Planning
Speakers: Michael Fredericks, President of SALT
Kitty Sopow, ANA Director at the Klawock Cooperative Association
Synopsis: Asset based planning builds on the strengths within a community and mobilizes individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions to identify and develop their strengths for long term community sustainability. Planning work underway by Klawock Cooperative Association will be used as a case study for leveraging a community’s strengths.
Housing in Southeast Communities
Moderator: Desiree Jackson, THRHA Director of Tribal Services
Speakers: Jacques Hebert, Founder & CEO, Cold Climate Housing Research Center
Armando DeAsis, Intern Architect at NorthWind Architects
Joyce Niven, THRHA Interim President & CEO/VP of Finance & Development
David Goade, Executive Director of the Baranof Island Housing Authority
Synopsis: Panel discussion on designing housing that reflects regional cultural needs and use.
Break/Snack Sponsored by MRV Architects
Social Mixer: Pecha Kucha 20x20
(Sponsored by NorthWind Architects)
Synopsis: Each invited presenter will show twenty project slides each for 20 seconds. Presenters will show their work related to small homes, cultural housing campuses, energy systems, and more. This social event with include appetizers. Presenters include:
- Michael Fredericks (SALT) and Chris Mertl (Corvus Design): Ames Road Cultural Housing Campus
- Ben Kraft (Northwind Architects): Tiny Homes
- Jodi Mitchel (Inside Passage Electric Cooperative): Energy
- Clay Good (Sustainable Southeast Partnerships): Housing Energy Efficiency
End of Day 1
Planning and Energy
Day 2 – March 14, 2019
Speakers: President Richard Peterson, CCTHITA
Emily Edenshaw, Director of Business and Economic Development, CCTHITA
Synopsis: President Peterson and Emily will speak on promoting and defending tribal sovereignty in order to foster self-determination and economic prosperity. They will also speak on the importance of developing social enterprises.
Speakers: Barbara Miranda Partnership Specialist, US Census Bureau
Myrna Gardener, Partnership Specialist-Tribal, US Census Bureau
Synopsis: Participation and engagement are critical in the 2020 Census, especially for smaller communities. This session will help participants understand the process, the local value, and the importance of being counted.
(Sponsored by SALT)
Planning for Housing Developments
Speakers: Jan Miyagishima, Director of Mortgage Operations, AHFC
Greg Stuckey, Administrator, Alaska Office of Native American Programs, HUD
Synopsis: Organizations are often presented with significant challenges when faced with the multitude of funding options available when developing housing. Presenters will provide their experience and insight as they walk participants through these options.
Comprehensive Action Planning
Speakers: Michael Fredericks, President of SALT
Christopher Mertl, Principal of Corvus Design
Synopsis: Community Action Plans can help tribes identify, assess and develop priorities and strategies for a range of issue that might face your tribe or community. These include out-migration, housing needs, economic opportunities, health care, youth, and a range of other topics. This session will explain what a community action plan is and the steps to develop one.
Lunch | THRHA 2019 Community Partner of the Year
Presenter: Joyce Niven and Desiree Jackson, THRHA
Residential Energy Efficiency
Speakers: Alec Mesdag, Director of Energy Services at AELP
Doug Murray, Principal at PDC Engineers
Synopsis: How can you reduce energy consumption and therefore reduce costs in your home? This session will discuss strategies and products for reducing energy for heating and hot water, with a focus on heat pumps and air-to-air heat exchangers and their use in Southeast Alaska.
Developing a Stakeholder Map
Speaker: Michael Fredericks, President of SALT
Synopsis: A stakeholder map enables Tribal managers and administrators to quickly identify how their member and stakeholders feel about an issue and if they are in favor or opposed. This session will identify what a stakeholder map is, how to use this tool, how to analyze the data and how to make the best use of the map for Tribal planning.
(Sponsored by AEL&P)
History of Traditional Housing
Speakers: Jacques Hebert, Founder & CEO, Cold Climate Research Housing Center
Jess Dilts, Housing Director at the Hydaburg Cooperative Association
Synopsis: Solutions to affordable, healthy, and energy efficient homes begin with people and communities. Blending the successes built from tradition and indigenous wisdom with current and developing technologies will result in a bright future for all the peoples and regions of our Land.
Setting Community Priorities
Speaker: Michael Fredericks, President of SALT
Synopsis: This interactive session will walk participants through methods of engaging communities and stakeholders in developing their priorities for action planning.
Southeast Alaska Housing SWOT Analysis
Speakers: Meilani Schijvens, Rain Coast Data
Christopher Mertl, Corvus Design
Synopsis: This interactive session will assist community and Tribal members to identify regional strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) in housing. By working together and understanding housing issues for each community, we will identify that many of these issues are not unique just to you and through developing partnerships we can begin to work together to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities.
Community Success Reception:
Synopsis: Tribal and community leaders will display their recent housing successes as posters for attendees to see what’s worked in other communities. Attendees will be provided a poster template and be asked to complete the posters with brief narrative and images before arriving at the conference. Attendees are invited to network with those that provided posters to learn from each other.
Conference Close & Door Prize Drawings (Round Trip on Alaska Seaplanes)
End of Day 2
Meet Our Speakers
VP of Finance & Development/Interim President & CEO for THRHA
Joyce Niven has worked at the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority for eighteen years. Having started at THRHA as a senior accountant, Joyce has served as the organization’s Fiscal Officer, Controller, and Vice President of Administration. Currently Joyce is managing two positions as the Vice President of Finance and Development, as well as the interim President and CEO. Joyce has worked in every facet of the organization and this diverse knowledge gives her a broad understanding of how to develop housing for Southeast residents. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Western Washington University and moved to Juneau thirty years ago with her family.
Director of Business & Economic Development of the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Emily Edenshaw is the Director of Business & Economic Development of the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. In her role, she is responsible for leading the efforts to promote business and economic opportunities for the Tribe, its tribal business enterprises and citizens, and Southeast communities. Emily holds an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree in Strategic Leadership from Alaska Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public Communications from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to joining CCTHITA, she served as the Sustainability Director of the First Alaskans Institute. Additionally, Emily is the President of Friends of ANCCS, a non-profit organization that supports the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. Edenshaw previously served as the Academic Policy Committee Vice President of the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. Emily is originally from Emmonak, Alaska.
Partnership Specialist for U.S. Census Bureau
Barbara Miranda is a Partnership Specialist U.S. Census Bureau. She recently relocated to Juneau from Gustavus where she worked as a planner for Glacier Bay National Park and from 2017-October 2018 served as mayor. Barbara is committed to ensuring that the many benefits derived from an accurate 2020 Census flow to Alaskan citizens. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Colorado State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Chief Housing Officer (CHO) for the City and Borough of Juneau and Board Chair of the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness
Scott Ciambor is the Chief Housing Officer (CHO) for the City and Borough of Juneau and Board Chair of the Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness. In the past ten years, Scott has worked on a wide range of housing and homeless initiatives on the state and local level. Some of these projects include local housing needs assessments, housing and program development such as the Juneau Medical Respite Care program and the Juneau Housing First permanent supportive housing project, as well as numerous statewide housing and homeless advocacy efforts. As CHO, Scott is working with the CBJ Assembly on implementation of the Juneau Housing Action Plan and helping manage current housing programs such as the Juneau Affordable Housing Fund, CBJ Accessory Apartment Incentive Grant, and the CBJ Mobile Home Loan Down Payment Assistance Program.
Housing and Homelessness Services Coordinator for the City and Borough of Juneau
Irene Gallion has been serving as the Housing and Homelessness Services Coordinator for the City and Borough of Juneau for a little over a year. Previously, she worked in transportation planning and project management in Alaska for fifteen years. According to Irene, the project management experience she gained from her previous employment was an asset while developing the Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness’ Coordinated Entry protocols, which outline how to prioritize people for housing based on vulnerability data and time homeless. Irene came to Alaska in 1975 and has lived in Fairbanks, Anchorage, and Juneau. She enjoys working with smaller communities and welcomes discussions on how to better coordinate services with hub communities.
Executive Director of the Baranof Island Housing Authority in Sitka
David Goade is the Executive Director of the Baranof Island Housing Authority in Sitka. He has served in this position since July 2015. In this role, David manages a staff of eleven who operate the low rent, home ownership, and senior residential programs totaling 100 housing units. In addition, the housing authority owns approximately 200 acres of land and a rock quarry that provide important opportunities to augment operating income. The Housing Authority has been actively converting home heating and hot water systems from oil to electricity by the installation of heat pump systems. This is planned to be done in all our housing units in order to significantly lower long-term operating costs. Previously, David held senior and executive management positions in three Alaska Native Corporations in Juneau and Anchorage. David currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Association of Housing Authorities and the Sealaska Corporation.
Administrator for the Alaska Office of Native American Programs
Greg Stuckey currently is the Administrator for the Alaska Office of Native American Programs with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and is the senior Alaska official for Indian Housing. For over a decade, Greg has been devoted to serving Tribes and Tribal organizations. Previously, Greg worked for the Chilkoot Indian Association (CIA), a federally recognized Tribe, where he served as the Tribal Administrator for over five years. Greg is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management. Greg also received from Walden University a Master of Business Administration and a PhD in Management with a specialization in Finance. Additional, Greg holds a certification as a Project Management Professional.
Director of Tribal Services for THRHA
Desiree Jackson joined Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority in Fall 2018 as the Director of Tribal Services. In this position, she is responsible for coordinating tribal programs, services, and functions while also promoting and overseeing the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and lending department. Prior to joining THRHA, Desiree served as the Tribal Relations & Community Engagement Director at the Southeast Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC). Desiree is a registered dietitian and holds an Executive MBA degree from Alaska Pacific University.
President of Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Tribes of Alaska
Richard (Chalyee Éesh) Peterson has been serving as the President of the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) since 2014. Prior to being elected as President of CCTHITA, Richard served as Chief Executive Officer of Prince of Wales Tribal Enterprise Consortium, LLC (POWTEC), President of the Organized Village of Kasaan (OVK), Mayor/City Council Member for the City of Kasaan, and as a member of the Southeast Island School District Board of Education. Richard is Tlingit from the Kaagwaantaan clan. He grew up in Kasaan, Alaska and is a lifelong resident of Southeast Alaska.
Partnership Specialist–Tribal focused on American Indian/Alaskan Native program for the 2020 Decennial
Myrna Gardner currently serves as a Partnership Specialist–Tribal focused on American Indian/Alaskan Native program for the 2020 Decennial. In this position she is responsible for engaging in outreach relationships with all the tribes within Alaska for the AIAN partnership outreach program. Myrna holds a Master’s Degree in Government Contracting from George Washington University and has also completed certifications as a Certified Contract Manager–Federal and hold the professional designation of GWCCM–F. Myrna work with local, state, and federal governments to foster and improve the Southeast Alaska economy and has been responsible for creating partnerships with Native organizations and businesses. Myrna is from Juneau and is Tlingit and Haida Indian.
President of SALT
Michael Fredericks is the President of SALT, a small, Alaska Native, women–owned professional services firm that focuses on design and facilitation. A born listener, Michael is trained as both an architect and a facilitator and previously served as the President of RIM First People and Vice President of Business Development at RIM Alaska. Michael attended the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Director of Energy Services, AEL&P, Juneau
Alec Mesdag currently serves as Vice President & Director of Energy Services for Alaska Electric Light & Power. In his current role he manages demand-side energy programs for the utility, helping to influence customer actions to optimize the use of energy in Juneau. Alec is involved in the community’s effort in electrifying Juneau’s transportation network including private vehicles, coaches and watercraft. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Oregon State University.
Mayor of Juneau
Beth Weldon currently serves as Mayor of Juneau. She is a lifelong Juneauite and fourth generation Douglasite on her mother’s side. Beth is a graduate of Juneau Douglas High School and the University of Washington. For seven years she owned and operated the gillnetter F/V Seven Seas. She started with Capital City Fire/Rescue as a volunteer in Douglas and became part of the paid staff in 1992. Beth was the first female officer in the department and retired as a Division Chief. During her career, she received seven awards for service. Beth and her husband Greg and currently co-own Capitol Motor Supply/Glacier Auto Parts. Prior to being elected major, Beth was very active within the Juneau community, including: CBJ Assembly member (2016 -2018) (Public Works, Lands, Human Resources, Finance committees, and the Mining Subcommittee); Glacier Valley Rotary Immediate Past President; Alaska State Firefighters Association; CBJ Aquatics Board; Juneau Ski Club Board; Juneau Site Council; Volunteer for JDHS Hockey; Volunteer for JDHS Track & Field; Volunteer for JDHS Wrestling; Volunteer for Glacier Swim Club.
Director of Mortgage Operations for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC)
Jan Miyagishima currently serves as the Director of Mortgage Operations for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC). Jan got her start in the real estate industry with her first job in Alaska 36 years ago at Safeco Title Company. She transferred to the lending side of the business in 1993 and joined AHFC in 2014. In her position at AHFC, she oversees mortgage loan servicing, the senior housing office, and single and multi-family lending. Jan’s goal is to continue to work with AHFC lending and servicing partners to make the home buying process “Alaska friendly” while meeting the mission of providing Alaskans access to safe, quality, affordable housing. Jan earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Science from University if Alaska Anchorage and also studied at Montana State University.
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Director of Rain Coast Data
Meilani Schijvens is the owner and Director of Rain Coast Data, a Juneau-based research and consulting firm. Meilani is a lifelong Alaskan and before founding Rain Coast Data worked as the Executive Director for Southeast Conference and as a Research Analyst at McDowell Group. She taught Alaska Natural Resource Economic History at the University of Oregon and served as a staffer to US Legislative Minority Leader Tom Daschle in Washington DC. Meilani has authored hundreds of economic development planning and economic analysis publications and is the author of Southeast Alaska by the Numbers. She holds a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Oregon.
Principal of the Juneau office of Corvus Design
Christopher Mertl is the Principal of the Juneau office of Corvus Design, Alaska’s largest planning and landscape architectural firm. He is a is a licensed Landscape Architect and has practiced in Southeast Alaska for twenty-five years. Christopher has a wealth of community planning and public facilitation experience through the development of projects that are based on an inclusive public process that reflect the community, its people, and their heritage. He has worked with numerous Tribal organizations in the creation of visioning documents, housing plans, and comprehensive plans. When not working with Tribes to facilitate and build capacity, he works as a traditional landscape architect planning and designing outdoor spaces and our coastal communities.
Principal at PDC Engineers (PDC)
Doug Murray is a Principal at PDC Engineers (PDC) and leads the Juneau firm’s mechanical engineering department. Before PDC, Doug was a Principal at Murray & Associates (M&A) which joined forces with PDSA in 2016. Doug has worked in mechanical engineering for over thirty years. He has extensive expereince in building mechanical systems throughout Southeast Alaska. Doug also has a strong background in alternate energy systems including geothermal and air source heat pump systems, wood, propane and electric boilers, waste heat supplements such as from adjacent power generation, as well as traditional oil-fired burner heating plants.
Intern with Northwind Architects
Armando DeAsis is currently serving as an intern with Northwind Architects. He is adamant about projects that involve the Tlingit culture, hoping that his work will help the culture grow and improve the lives of the many native families in the region. He hopes to be able to work on design focused projects that help materialize the Tlingit culture in different ways in the community but is also interested in sustainable tribal housing that align with tribal lifestyles. This includes reducing footprint, taking advantage of solar opportunities, and designing homes that work for large families and subsistence lifestyles. His dream is to remodel all the Clan houses in Angoon so that they are livable again. Armando will be leaving to pursue a master’s degree in architecture this August.
Ex-Officio on the Board of Commissioners for the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority
Jacqueline Pata currently serves as Ex-Officio on the Board of Commissioners for the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority. Additionally, she is the Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians and is the 2nd Vice President for the Central Council of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Jacqueline also serves on a variety of national executive boards, including Vice President for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Board Member for the George Gustave Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Sealaska Corporation. Additionally, in her commitment to American Indian youth development, Pata sits on the Native American Advisory Council for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Director of Housing for the Hydaburg Cooperative Association (HCA)
Jess Dilts serves as the Director of Housing for the Hydaburg Cooperative Association (HCA). As the manager of Tribal NAHASDA for Hydaburg, Jess focuses primarily on rehabilitation work of existing homes increasing the energy efficiency while extending the life of the house. Under Jess’ direction, and in partnership with Building Science Corporation, HCA has been instrumental in developing climate-specific, energy efficient housing prototypes for the Habitat Congress Building America program. This work has culminated as the Building America design of the Basic Very Cold Climate House. Jess’ work is pioneering both new and retrofit housing resulting in buildings using 30-50% less energy, reducing construction time and waste by as much as 50% while improving builder productivity. Jess has been appointed to the CCHRC board to fill the seat vacated by Wendy Knight and will be representing rural Alaska.
Chief Executive Officer of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC)
Jack Hébert is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC). For the past 36 years, Jack has been designing and building homes as a licensed general contractor in Interior Alaska through his companies Taiga Woodcraft and Hébert Homes LLC. His homes and planned communities have created many high-quality, well-designed, environmentally appropriate, and energy-efficient buildings. Jack is a graduate of the University of Washington, a Certified Green Professional, and is trained in LEED standards. He has received numerous honors, including the U.S. Green Building Council Cascadia Fellowship in recognition of his contributions to sustainable building, design and science; the first State of Alaska Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficient Design; and the Energy Rated Homes of Alaska President’s Award. He has twice been honored as the Alaska State Homebuilder of the Year. As an active member of National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Jack has held many leadership roles on local, state, and national levels including the NAHB Executive Board, National Vice Chair for the 5 Northwest States, President of the Alaska State Home Building Association and State Representative for Alaska.
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Tribal Citizens & Friends,
Don’t forget to join us this Wednesday, March 13, 2019, for our Native Issues Forum which will provide a discussion on Southeast Alaska housing. The forum will include the following panel of speakers: Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Representative Dan Ortiz, and Representative Andi Story. All forums include a free lunch and will be webcast live at livestream.com/accounts/507620.
If you are unable to attend in person and you have a question for the panel, please feel free to submit your question to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Native Issues Forum” in the subject line. We hope you can join us in person or by webcast!
Gunalchéesh, Háw’aa (Thank You) to Sealaska and Goldbelt for co-hosting this week’s forum, Tlingit Haida Regional Housing Authority for partnering, and to Sacred Grounds Café and Smokehouse Catering for sponsoring this event.