Calista Corporation Board-endorsed candidates have over 60 years of combined board service: Margaret Pohjola (Phillips), Earl D. Samuelson, Sr., Willie Kasayulie and Nick P. Andrew, Jr.

Vote for Option 1* to keep them on the Board and help continue Calista’s increased Shareholder benefits, continued transparency and increased growth.

Read the sections below to see some results of Margaret, Earl, Willie and Nick’s partnerships with fellow Board Directors and Calista management.

To vote online, go to CalistaVote.com*. Choose the Board-endorsed Option 1 to vote for their trusted leadership.

* Voting begins May 22, or when you receive your voting materials.

  • Calista's Strong Growth

    Due to strong leadership on the Board and the Board’s strong partnership with the management, Calista has experienced exceptional financial growth.

    Vote Option 1 to keep these successes going.

    Increased Profits (Net Income), Assets, and Shareholders’ Equity (all assets minus all liabilities)

  • Shareholder Benefits

    Since Calista was formed, there have been a total of 33 dividends and distributions totaling over $82 Million! 

    Vote Option 1 to keep these successes going.

    Increasing Shareholder dividends and distributions

    Increasing Elder distributions

  • About Margaret Pohjola (Phillips)

    Margaret Pohjola (Phillips), age 55, (Chuathbaluk) is a Shareholder of Calista Corporation and has served on Calista’s Board since 1987. Mrs. Pohjola has no family relationship (defined as parents, spouse, children or siblings by blood or adoption) with any Director or Officer of Calista Corporation or any of its subsidiaries, or with any other Director candidate.

    Personal Statement

    Thank you for your continued support and giving me the opportunity to serve our Shareholders of Calista. I am committed to increasing Shareholder value through sound business investments.

    We as a team have seen Calista grow financially to what it is currently, for the benefit of our Shareholders. Your support through votes are appreciated. Quyana.

    Calista Corporation Experience

    She is Vice-Chair of the Board and a past Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Board. Ms. Pohjola is Chair of the Audit / Finance / Investment Committee; Chair of the Akilista Fund Committee; a Calista Representative to Regional Organizations; and a Trustee of the Calista Corporation. Settlement Trust. Ms. Pohjola has previously served on various Calista committees including the Audit/ Finance/ Investment Committee; Corporate Governance, Employee & Compensation Committee; Shareholder Relations Committee; Akilista Fund Committee; Proxy Committee; Ethics Committee; President/CEO Performance Evaluation Committee; and the Directors’ Committee.

    Education

    She graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in 1982. Ms. Pohjola attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1982-1985; Chaminade University of Honolulu, Hawaii in 1985; and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1994.

    Other Work Experience

    Ms. Pohjola serves as Accounting Tech at ASEA, Local 52, August 2016-present. Her previous employment includes NMS-FFM Accountant I, 2013 to 2014; Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as an Accounts Payable Accountant, 2007 to 2010; Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Senior Accountant, 1999 to 2007 and 2014 to 2015; and Alaska Executive Search as a Temporary Accountant. Her other experience and affiliations include service on the St. Alexis Orthodox sisterhood, Director of Alaskanette Baton and Show Corps, Inc., and Director of the Calista Scholarship Fund, Inc.

  • About Earl D. Samuelson, Sr.

    Earl D. Samuelson Sr., age 61, (Napaskiak) is a shareholder of Calista Corporation. He has served on the Calista Board since 2014. Mr. Samuelson has no family relationship (defined as spouse, parents, children or siblings by blood or adoption) with any Director or officer of Calista or any of its subsidiaries, or with any other Director candidate.

    Personal Statement

    I have been a Calista Board member since 2014. Served two terms. Over the years I have gained a lot of knowledge on the inside and outside of Calista Corp. With this I would like to continue to serve the Shareholders and Corporation. Thank you.

    Calista Corporation Experience

    Mr. Samuelson is Treasurer of the Board; Vice-Chair of the Audit / Finance / Investment Committee; Secretary of the Corporate Governance, Employee & Compensation Committee; Secretary of the Shareholder Relations Committee; a Calista Education and Culture, Inc. Director; and a Trustee of the Calista Corporation Settlement Trust. He has previously served on various Calista committees, including the Audit / Finance / Investment Committee; Akilista Fund Committee; and Corporate Governance, Employee & Compensation Committee.

    Education

    Mr. Samuelson graduated from Bethel Regional High School in 1977 and AeroTech Flight School in Anchorage from 1977-1979, where he received a private pilot certificate and commercial pilot certificate.

    Other Work Experience

    Mr. Samuelson’s work experience and affiliations include aircraft pilot for the State of Alaska Department of Public Safety from 1981- 2015; service on the Napaskiak Tribal Council as member (2004-2013), Vice-President and President from 2012-2013; as a Yuut Yaqungviat (AVCP Flight School) Board member (2009-2015); with the Lower Kuskokwim Fish and Game Advisory Committee (State of Alaska) representing Napaskiak from 2013-2017; Bethel Search & Rescue from 2012 to present, as a member and volunteer; and the Governor’s Aviation Advisory Board (State of Alaska) from April 2016 to 2019 as a member, and from 2019 to 2020 as a volunteer.

  • About Willie Kasayulie

    Willie Kasayulie, age 68, (Akiachak) is a shareholder of Calista Corporation and Akiachak, Ltd. He has served on the Calista Board since 1999. Mr. Kasayulie has no family relationship (defined as spouse, parents, children or siblings by blood or adoption) with any Director or officer of Calista or any of its subsidiaries, or with any other Director candidate.

    Personal Statement

    Calista Corporation has been fulfilling the mandates of ANCSA by its profitability and working with regional organizations to address the socioeconomic challenges facing our villages. This requirement is being met with the teamwork of the board of directors and management. I ask for your support to carry on this endeavor.

    Calista Corporation Experience

    Mr. Kasayulie is a past Chair of the Board and is currently Chair of the Shareholder Relations Committee; Chair of the Corporate Governance, Employee & Compensation Committee; Secretary of the Audit/Finance/Investment Committee; a Calista Member Representative for Nuvista Light & Electric Cooperative, Inc.; a Calista Representative to Regional Organizations; and a Calista Representative to the Alaska Federation of Natives. He has previously served as Calista Shareholder Relations Director and on various Calista committees, including the Ethics Committee; Shareholder Relations Committee; Akilista Fund Committee; Corporate Governance, Employee & Compensation Committee; President/CEO Performance Evaluation Committee; and Board Structure Committee.

    Education

    Mr. Kasayulie graduated from Hartford High School of White River Junction, Vermont in 1971. He has also had various training in corporate and tribal operations.

    Other Work Experience

    Mr. Kasayulie’s recent employment history includes being the Tribal Court Administrator for Akiachak Native Community since August 2010; and the President and CEO of Akiachak, Ltd., 2002-2007. His other experiences and affiliations include service on the Akiachak, Ltd. Board of Directors as Chair; Akiachak IRA Council; Akiacuarmiut Tribal Conservation District Director; Association of Village Council Presidents; Alaska Inter-Tribal Council; National Congress of American Indians; Native American Rights Fund; Alaska Civil Liberties Union; Association of Alaska School Boards; Communities in Schools–Alaska; Yupiit School District as Chair; Northstar Gas, LLC as Chair; and the Alaska Army National Guard, honorable discharge as First Lieutenant in 1990.

  • About Nick P. Andrew, Jr.

    Nick P. Andrew, Jr., age 57, (Marshall, Alaska) is a shareholder of Calista Corporation and Maserculiq, Inc. He was appointed by the Calista Board in March 2019. Mr. Andrew’s father Nick Andrew, Sr. is an Elder Member of Calista Education and Culture, Inc. Mr. Andrew has no family relationship (defined as spouse, parents, children or siblings by blood or adoption) with any Director or officer of Calista or any of its subsidiaries, or with any other Director candidate.

    Calista Corporation Experience

    Mr. Andrew is Vice-Chair of the Shareholder Relations Committee; a member of the Akilista Fund Committee; and a member of the Corporate Governance, Employee & Compensation Committee.

    Education

    Mr. Andrew attended Marshall High School and received a diploma in 1982. His education includes University of Alaska studying Secondary Education, Elementary Education, and Rural Development.

    Other Work Experience

    Mr. Andrew has over 15 years work experience in both rural and urban Alaska, including Tribal Administrator with Marshall Traditional Council from October, 2011 to June, 2018; Executive Director with Ohogamiut Traditional Council from January, 2004 to May, 2011; Administrative Assistant with Ohogamiut Traditional Council from September, 2002 to January, 2004; Housing Director/Realty Officer with Marshall Traditional Council from September, 2001 to August, 2002; Native Foster Care Coordinator with Eklunta Tribal Council from October, 2000 to August, 2001; Building Maintenance with Prudential-Jack White Realty in 1999; ICWA worker with the Native Village of Andreafski from October, 1997 to August, 1998; and Teacher Director with Rural CAP Marshal Headstart Program from August, 1985 to May, 1986.

    Mr. Andrew is bilingual and fluent in Yup’ik. He has held various offices, including with the Mascerquliq, Incorporated Board of Directors from 1986 to 1988; City Council Member/Mayor for the City of Marshall from 1986-1987; Association of Village Council President RHA, Indian Housing Planning Committee from 2009 to 2014; and member of the Fortuna Ledge Co-Op Store.

  • FAQs on Campaigning and Endorsements

    As a Shareholder, can I campaign for any candidate of my choosing on social media?

    Yes. However, please be aware that Alaska law requires any person who distributes materials (posts, comments or shares) relating to proxy solicitations to at least 30 Alaska resident Shareholders must send the materials to the Alaska Division of Banking and Securities at the same time the materials are distributed to Shareholders.

    This includes any materials published on the Internet. Shareholders may meet this legal requirement by emailing the proxy materials to ancsa@alaska.gov.

    Why are there Board-endorsed candidates this year?

    Calista is growing fast, consistently profitable, and has been increasing the amount of distributions and other benefits paid to Shareholders. The Calista Board decided it would be good to let Shareholders know if the Board endorsed one or more candidates, in order to give Shareholders a way to express support for Calista’s continued growth, profitability and payment of benefits to Shareholders.

    Is it legal for the Board to endorse one or more board candidates?

    Yes, Alaska law permits ANCSA corporation boards to endorse candidates. Top-performing corporations, including Fortune 500 companies, often endorse board candidates.

    I don’t know any of the candidates. Who should I vote for?

    The Calista Board endorses candidates Margaret Pohjola (Phillips) for Unit 7, Willie Kasayulie for Unit 8, Earl D. Samuelson, Sr. for Unit 9 and Nick P. Andrew, Jr. for Unit 10, and recommends you vote for them.

    Biographical information and a personal statement from each candidate are provided in the Proxy Statement and are also available if you vote online at www.calistavote.com.

    Can I vote for just one of the Board-endorsed candidates?

    Yes. The Proxy Form distributed by the Board provides two options for the election of directors. If you check Option 1, all your votes will be voted for the Board-endorsed candidates. However, if you mark a line through one of the candidates’ name in Option 1, none of your votes will be voted for that candidate, and all of your votes will be allocated to the other Board-endorsed candidate. You can also check Option 2 and cast all of your votes for just one of the Board-endorsed candidates.

    Who sees the votes?

    All proxy votes and ballots are received, verified, and counted by an independent Inspector of Elections (Sramek-Hightower, a CPA firm, not Calista staff). The postage-paid envelope is preaddressed to them.

    All proxy prize winners are also randomly drawn by the Inspector of Elections.