Shareholder Erica George has a passion for helping others and is excited to be a part of the Kootznoowoo team. She joined the corporation as an employee in fall 2018. “I am so happy to work at the corporate office,” said Erica. “Before I started working here, I didn’t know much about Kootznoowoo. But in this short time, I have learned so much and am impressed at how far we’ve come as a corporation.”

Erica is a 2006 graduate of Juneau Douglas High School. At age fourteen she began gaining work experience through Central Council Tlingit & Haida’s Youth Employment Services Program. After finishing high school, she worked for four years as a Recreation Aid at the Zack Gordon Youth Center in Juneau.

“That was an awesome experience,” shared Erica. “I love working with our youth. In the future, I hope to be able to continue helping support and grow our younger generation.” In her career, Erica has also worked at Fred Meyers, H&R Block, and also for Sealaska Corporation’s Shareholder Relations Department. 

In her role at Kootznoowoo, Erica is responsible for providing front line support and takes pride in greeting everyone with a smile. Through her work in Shareholder Services she is also currently working on several projects to help improve customer service and efficiency of the department including converting all shareholder records from paper to electronic and is enthusiastic to be of service. 

I want to encourage all shareholders to make sure to complete their Testamentary Disposition,” said Erica. “Life happens and it’s such an important document that makes sure a shareholder’s shares will go to the people they want upon their passing.”

 Erica is a second generation shareholder who received her shares via a gift from her father, Jeffrey George, and also through inheritance. Her mother is Victoria Milton and she is Raven Beaver Deisheetaan from Took’ka Hit (Needlefish House) and her Tlingit name is Shaachooka. Erica resides in Juneau with her two daughters, McKayla and MaKenna.

Ralph “Chico” Bierely

K-Plaza Building Maintenance Manager

Chico serves as a jack-of-all-trades for the corporation. His main responsibility is overseeing the maintenance and upkeep of the K-Plaza building. However, he provides additional support when needed on a variety of projects. He is based in Juneau.