Serving Southeast Alaska

for over 45 years

Equal Housing

Opportunity

  • 5446 Jenkins Drive, Juneau, AK 99801
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Serving Southeast Alaska

for over 45 years

Equal Housing

Opportunity

Board of Commissioners

Meet Our Board

THRHA is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, which is appointed by the Executive Committee of the Central Council Indian Tribes of Alaska. Their role is to represent Southeast Alaska as a whole which includes the Housing Authority and meets quarterly to guide our organization by developing Housing Authority policies, procedure and vision. Each commissioner serves a three-year term of office.

Clinton Cook - Chair
Jackie Johnson Pata

Jacqueline Pata

President & CEO
Jacqueline Pata was appointed President & CEO of the Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority in April 2019. Previously from 1989 to 1998, Ms. Pata was the Executive Director of THRHA and continued to serve THRHA in the role of Ex-Officio on the Board of Commissioners prior to her appointment as CEO.

Before returning to THRHA, Ms. Pata led for nearly 18 years, the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, DC as Executive Director. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she was responsible for the implementation of the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act. Additionally, she served as Chairwoman of the Native American Indian Housing Council where she led the charge to reform the Indian housing program and was a Board Member at Sealaska Corporation from 1999-2019.

Currently, Ms. Pata is the 2nd Vice President for the Central Council of the Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and serves on a variety of national executive boards including as a Vice Chair for the Board of Directors of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and as a Board Member for the George Gustave Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Clinton Cook

Chair
Clinton is an Eagle/Frog; his Haida name is “Ga`gwaath”. Clinton was appointed to serve on the Board of Commissioners on March 5, 2015, where he was then nominated as Chairman. He has served on the Craig Tribal Association council for 6 years as the Tribal President. He currently serves on the POWTEC board and is also a CCTHITA Craig delegate. Clinton is the high school basketball and volleyball referee and is currently employed at Arrowhead Transfer Inc. He and his wife Justna have three children together; Lesli, Clinton Jr., Katelyn and grandson, Apahlo.

Ella Bennett

Secretary
Ella was appointed to the Board of Commissioners on December 19, 2011. Ms. Bennett had previously served two terms (2006-2011), where she now serves as Vice Chair. Additionally, Ella is on the Housing Committee with Juneau Tlingit Haida Community Council, Chairman on the Kootznoowoo Board of Directors and of the CCTHITA Tribal Enrollment Committee. Ella is the mother of four children; Sam, Rose, Walt Jr., and Sylvia. She has three grandchildren; Trey, Dylan and Tristan and one great grandson, Holden.

Victoria Demmert

Vice Chair
Victoria is of the Owl House; her Tlingit name is, “Kuduxeit” and is a Raven of the K’ineix-Kwaan. Currently she is the President of the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe. She has served as Yakutat’s representative for the SEARHC Board, the local school board, an employee of almost every organization in Yakutat throughout the years; as well as a local business owner. Victoria was the first Native woman Mayor of Yakutat, as well as the Magistrate for 10 years. Her hobbies are photography, beading and hiking. Victoria believes in being positive and compassionate, while working for a sustainable future for the next generation.
Carol Martinez

Carol Martinez

Treasurer
Carol’s Tlingit name is Dasa’Ka’ee and she is of the Dak’dein’taan clan. She is married to Charles Martinez and they have four adult children. Petersburg is their home. Carol has always had a passion for her people and has always volunteered her time in many ways over the years to insure safety security and wellbeing for the native community. She has volunteered as a Native foster home, an EMT, a Tlingit dance instructor, Camp 16 President of Alaska Native Sisterhood and as Petersburg Indian Association Tribal President. It has always been important to Carol to foster a sense of pride and to empower Native youth to know they have value. Carol has two daughters and two sons, along with two new grandsons. Family is so very important to her and she invests a lot of time teaching her children the importance of family, their culture, and way of life. Her field of study was Business Management though currently she is employed at the Petersburg Medical Center lab as a Phlebotomist. The connection to people is her favorite part of her profession. Other experience includes managing a successful restaurant.

“Do not listen with the intent to reply but with the intent to understand”

Karen Taug

Commissioner
Karen’s Tlingit name is Gunashaa and she is of the L’uknax.ádi  (Raven Coho) clan. She is married to Ole Taug and they have six adult children and many grandchildren. Haines is their home. Karen has 30 years experience in accounting/finance and managerial positions. She earned a bachelors degree in accounting from University of Alaska Southeast.  She serves on the UAS Advisory Board.  She served two terms on the Goldbelt, Inc Board of Directors including serving as Board Chair.  She spent 2 and 1/2 years on the Juneau Planning Commission.  Karen serves on the Alaska Native Sisterhood and now spends her time working on regalia having recently learned traditional Chilkat and Raven’s Tail weaving.   

During the past 45 years THRHA has assisted over 2,000 families to purchase a home.

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