Tyan Hayes, Interim Executive Director
Prior to joining The Foraker Group as a consultant, Tyan served as an nonprofit Executive Director for over sixteen years and is happy to share her experience in strategic planning, board training, staff development, hiring, operational planning and serving as an interim ED. Tyan is Suqpiaq (Alutiiq) and was raised on Kodiak Island, where her family continues to live. She enjoys helping people identify their collaborative strengths and shared values as they work within a team setting to strengthen the organization. She enjoys staff and board development that focuses on brainstorming concepts which can grow capacity when a diverse group of people work together. Tyan was elected to the Board of Directors for Koniag, Inc, her regional Native Corporation in 2017 and has served as the Vice Chair since 2018. Tyan currently resides in Corvallis, Oregon and enjoys hiking, fishing, traveling and volunteering . She has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and is currently serving on the Every Child Linn Lincoln Benton Board of Directors.
Rhonda Sparks, Program Specialist
Rhonda Sparks is the Program Specialist for ANCC. As a lifelong resident of Northwest Alaska, Rhonda recognizes the importance of subsistence to culture and tradition.
Rhonda’s co-management background began shortly after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College. Previous employment opportunities provided Rhonda with a foundation and work experience in polar bear co-management.
Rhonda currently lives in Nome with her wife and two kids.