BETHEL — A nonprofit tribal group criticized over its finances has hired its first female CEO.
KYUK-AM reported Vivian Johnson Korthuis of the Village of Emmonak was selected during the Association of Village Council Presidents annual convention.
She says the organization has the opportunity to move forward.
Korthuis was hired after most organization delegates voted to switch control of the process over to executive board members.
Vice president Marcy Sherer said executive board members can manage the association through the now-hired position.
Alternate delegate Mike Williams Sr. has said the change violated bylaws and cut off the direct influence of member tribes.
KYUK-AM reported in January that the organization was misusing federal funding.
The first day of the convention was spent discussing the village council’s financial stability and a recovery plan.