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NANA Mourns the Death of Board Member of Lester Hadley, Sr.

Anchorage, Alaska – June 21, 2010 – On June 21, 2010, Lester Hadley, Sr., one of two NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) board members from Buckland, Alaska, passed away peacefully in his home from natural causes. 

 “Lester lived a life of service to his people,” said Donald G. Sheldon, NANA’s board chair.  “As a member of the NANA board, he worked tirelessly to create a better tomorrow for future generations of NANA shareholders.  His leadership, his thoughtful comments, his laughter and his smile will be greatly missed. This is a great loss for us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”

Hadley served NANA as a board member since 1986, holding many leadership positions throughout his three decades of service to the corporation. At the time of his death, he was the current chair of both the Ethics and Rules and the Buckland/Deering Land committees, and was a member of the Land and Resources committee. Hadley also served as the vice chairman of the NANA Development Corporation Board of Directors.

During his life, Hadley worked seasonally as a crew boss for Alaska’s Bureau of Land Management in Galena, Alaska, and leant his expertise to the Northwest Arctic Borough’s Planning Commission.  He was also a trustee of the Robert Aqqaluk Newlin Sr. Memorial Trust.

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