- By Tribal Business News Staff
- Economic Development
A roundup of tribal business and Native nonprofit executives on the move in Indian Country.
Bering Straits Native Corporation announced it would split its top two executive positions for the first time in its history, naming Cindy Towarak Massie as president, and Dan Graham as CEO of BSNC. Massie, who is a member of the BSNC board, will maintain her director position. She is a former owner of Winnercom Inc., a production and program development company responsible for 13 Emmy Awards and Skycam, which developed a cable suspended camera system for sports coverage. She is also the president of the Thomas and Cindy Massie Foundation.
Graham, who has served as BSNC’s Interim President and CEO since May 2023, joined the corporation in 2014. Throughout his 28-year career as a contractor with the federal government, Graham has had more than 24 years in progressive leadership roles for Alaska Native corporations. He has provided executive oversight and management for a large portfolio of contracts in all 50 states and international programs. Graham holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Villanova University, is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Alaska, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) announced that Greg Masten will serve as president of its new foundation. Masten, an enrolled citizen of the Yurok Tribe and a descendant of the Hupa and Karuk Tribes, brings a wealth of experience to the new NCAI Foundation, which was announced earlier this year. With a career spanning nearly three decades, Masten’s expertise shines in the realm of philanthropy, where he has been instrumental in forging new pathways and partnerships. These endeavors have led to groundbreaking investments in Tribal Nations, focusing on areas such as tribally-led environmental issues, education, and racial equity.
Monique Sebastian has joined Seneca Gaming Corporation as its executive director of entertainment. Sebastian brings more than two decades of entertainment leadership experience in the gaming industry, most recently as vice president Foxwoods Resort Casino, one of largest gaming resorts in the United States. During her 20 year career at Foxwood, she oversaw all aspects of entertainment operations, including artist bookings, marketing strategies, calendar management, and ticket operations for all shows and venues. A member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Sebastian graduated from Mercy University.
The Wisconsin Indigenous Economic Development Corporation (WIEDC) announced it hired Kaycee Wayka as its Tribal Human Resources Consultant. Wayka, a member of the Menominee Indian Tribe, previously served as director of operations at Woodland Financial Partners, and as the human resources manager for the Wolf River Development Company. She has a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and a master’s degree in leadership and organizational development from Lakeland University.
Chugach Alaska Corporation appointed Jonathan Dalrymple as its chief executive officer. He’ll oversee the corporation's portfolio of operating companies and investments, as well as 4,500 employees. Dalrymple, a Navy vet, brings more than 25 years of leadership and business development experience in the aerospace, defense, and intelligence contracting industries. Most recently, he served as vice president for VSE Corporation; previously, he worked leadership roles spanning Raytheon, L3, and Textron Systems. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy.