ANCC Staff

Whitney Kellie, Executive Director

Whitney Kellie

Whitney Kellie (Pituk) serves as Executive Director, overseeing ANCC’s daily operations, programs, activities, and staff. Prior to ANCC, she most recently served as Director of Shareholder Services and Stock at her Alaska Native village corporation, Olgoonik Corporation. She was elected to its Board of Directors in 2022 where she currently serves as Corporate Secretary.

Whitney has spent the last 13 working with Alaska Native people, entities, and organizations in various capacities. She is passionate about the important role Alaska Native people and organization play in the advocacy for and stewardship of traditional lands, resources, and cultural and subsistence practices.

Whitney earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Alaska Pacific University and was part of the 2019-2020 cohort of the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program. Prior to that, she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where, in addition to business, she focused on Alaska Native people, history, and Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) management.

Whitney currently resides in Anchorage with her husband.

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.