New Leadership as Alutiiq Museum Marks 20 Years


April Laktonent Counceller, left, will take over as director of the Alutiiq Museum from Alisha Drabek on May 15. 

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There’ll be a change in the head office at the Alutiiq Museum later this month. Alisha Drabek, who has been the executive director since 2013 is leaving to take a job with the Afognak Native Corporation.

Replacing her will be April Laktonen Counceller, who has worked over a decade in several capacities at the musuem and is currently an assistant professor of Alutiiq Studies at Kodiak College.

There will be an evening gathering to celebrate the museum’s 20th anniversary on May 13th at the new Afognak building on Near Island, where the public is invited to see Drabek off and welcome Laktonen Counceller to her new role. 

Drabek’s last day will be May 15th. In a release, Drabek said the museum is “an amazing organization” and that she will continue to stay closely connected to its work and mission.

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