Calista Board of Directors Appoints Unit 6 Interim Director

Chris Kolerok to serve the remainder of term

March 4, 2024

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Unit 6 Interim Board Member Chris Kolerok

The Calista Corporation Board of Directors has appointed Chris Kolerok as the Unit 6 Interim Director.

Kolerok is a Calista Shareholder with ties to Mekoryuk. He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in economics and received a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He currently works for the Cook Inlet Housing Authority in Anchorage.

The Unit 6 director position became vacant with the resignation of Jolene John last year, after which the Board opened an application period for qualified Calista Shareholders to apply for the position.

The Board appointed Kolerok after reviewing applications submitted by eligible Shareholders with ties to the Unit 6 villages of Chefornak, Mekoryuk, Newtok (Mertarvik), Nightmute, Toksook Bay, Tununak and Umkumiute. The deadline to apply was January 5.

Pursuant to the Calista Bylaws, “any vacancy on the Board of Directors may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining Directors.” The Board selected Kolerok after reviewing applications at its February 2024 meeting.

Kolerok will serve the remainder of the Unit 6 term, which will be up for election at the 2025 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.


Calista Corporation has over 37,300 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 $129.4 million in dividends and distributions, including $11.3 million in Elders’ Benefit Program distributions to Shareholders. Calista can be found on Facebook (, YouTube ( and Instagram (