Sealaska Heritage Institute Board appoints Clinical Community Psychologist as trustee

Aandáchjoon Alicia Marvin. Photo courtesy of Alicia Marvin.

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) Board of Trustees has appointed a new member to help lead the nonprofit’s programs.

Tlingit clinical community psychologist Aandáchjoon Alicia Marvin of Anchorage will fill the seat, which was recently vacated by longtime trustee Jeane Breinig.

Marvin intends to apply her work experience with a tribal health organization for the benefit of the institute and its programming.

“I will use my training in community work and psychology to contribute to the important work of SHI,” Marvin said. “I am honored to serve on the board of trustees as I find deep meaning in community service.”

Marvin belongs to the Raven moiety, G̱aanax̱teidí clan and the Whale House.

The Kaagwaantaan are her grandfatherʼs people.

Her family has a history of dedication to Tlingit culture and community that includes contributions by her maternal grandmother Mabel Pike and paternal grand uncle and grand aunt Harry and Amy Marvin. 

In her free time, Marvin finds excitement with beading projects, learning about plants and being in the beautiful outdoors with her playful pup. 

SHI President Rosita Worl said she looks forward to Marvin’s contributions and expressed gratitude for the service of Breinig, who is Haida and was recently elected to serve as president of the Kasaan village corporation, Kavilco Incorporated.

“Jeane served as one of our trustees for 18 years, and we know she will succeed and thrive in this new chapter. We will miss her wisdom, knowledge and advice,” Worl said.