Calista Corporation Announces Certified 2023 Director Election Results

Shareholders Vote for Continuity and Reelect Incumbents

June 5, 2023

Picture of Calista directors taking oath of office in 2023.
Margaret Pohjola, Earl D. Samuelson, Sr., and Willie Kasayulie taking the oath of office in Platinum on June 2, 2023.

(Anchorage, Alaska) – In the Calista Corporation 2023 Annual Meeting held on Friday, June 2, Shareholders reelected directors Margaret Pohjola, Earl D. Samuelson, Sr., Nick P. Andrew, Jr., and Willie Kasayulie. More than 12,000 Shareholders voted this year.

Nineteen communities in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region reached a 60 percent or higher voting rate. More than 8 in 10 Shareholders voted online this year, including more than 5 in 10 voting Elders. Additionally, more than 2,600 Shareholders opted to receive materials electronically. This reduced the amount of paper by an estimated 1,600 pounds.

After receiving and validating all votes, the Inspector of Elections, Sramek-Hightower, a certified public accounting firm in Anchorage, certified the 2023 voting results. The Inspector also conducted the random drawings of winners for each round of proxy prizes. Twenty-four Shareholders won $52,000 in proxy prizes.

This year’s meeting was held in person in Platinum, following approval by the local Tribe. Decades ago, the Calista Board set a goal to hold the Annual Meeting in each Calista Region village. Including Platinum, a total of 35 communities have hosted the Calista Annual Meeting.

“On behalf of Calista, I thank every Shareholder who voted and helped others to vote,” said Thom Aparuk Leonard, Calista Corp. vice president of Corporate Affairs. “The Directors are elected solely through the vote of the Shareholders.”

Thom Aparuk Leonard, Calista Corp. vice president of Corporate Affairs

Annual Meeting information is posted at


Calista Corporation has over 36,100 Shareholders and is the parent company of more than 30 subsidiaries in the following industries: defense contracting, construction, real estate, environmental services, natural resource development, marine transportation, oilfield services, and heavy equipment sales, service and rentals. Since 1994, Calista has provided more than $6.1 million in scholarships to its Shareholders and Descendants. Since inception, Calista has declared more than $124 million in dividends and distributions, including $10.2 million in Elders’ Benefit Program distributions to Shareholders. Calista can be found on Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (