ACT welcomes two new board members
Alaska Children’s Trust is pleased to welcome two new members to our board of directors: Mary Peltola of Bethel and Crystal Mitchell of Anchorage.
Mary Sattler Peltola, Akalleq, is Yupik Eskimo and was raised on the Kuskokwim River in Kwethluk, Tuntutuliak, Platinum and Bethel. Mary’s mother, Picigaq or Elizabeth (Andrew) Williams is from the village of Kwethluk and worked for Medical Records in Bethel and Anchorage. Mary’s father was a teacher/principal, commercial pilot and flight instructor, trapper, commercial fisherman and recreational dog musher, and raised his family doing all those activities. Since 2017, Mary has served as the executive director of the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, a consortium of 33 federally recognized tribes based in Bethel. Previously, Mary was a state lobbyist, and worked for the Donlin Gold project as an outreach and community development manager. Mary served five terms (1999 – 2009) in the Alaska State House of Representatives serving the Bethel area (and Bristol Bay/Nushagak villages from 1999 – 2003). Mary is married to Gene Peltola, Jr. and together they have seven children, aged 22 – 12. Her hobbies include fishing, hunting and traveling.
Crystal Manning Mitchell was born in Louisiana of Choctaw Tribal Affiliation and moved to Alaska in early 2016 with her husband and daughter. “I fell in love with Alaska and all that it has to offer as well as the rich cultural milieu that made me and my family feel at home,” she said. Currently, Crystal is the director of the emergency department at Alaska Native Medical Center and serves on many committees that directly involve family and children. She has worked in rural Alaska and understands the complexities and challenges that every Alaskan faces daily and she hopes to contribute to improved outcomes. “I have always had a passion for children through advocacy and even more so we recently became a foster family for a child that will forever have a place in our hearts,” she said. “I truly believe that by serving on the board of directors with the Alaska Children’s Trust, we can change the future for positive outcomes for our children and families across our wonderful state.”