The Alaska Federation of Natives has made several changes to its staff.
AFN hired Nicole Borromeo as General Counsel in February 2013. Ms. Borromeo, a Doyon shareholder, holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Alaska-Anchorage, and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Washington School of Law. Prior to joining AFN, she served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Patricia Collins (ret.), and worked as an Associate in the Anchorage office of Sonosky, Chambers, Sasche, Miller & Munson, LLP. Ms. Borromeo was raised in McGrath, but now resides in Anchorage with her husband Emmanuel, and son Kellan.
AFN has also hired Jeffry Silverman as Deputy Director of Communications. Silverman is an Anchorage-based filmmaker. His production company, Blueberry Productions, has produced award-winning cultural, social and historical documentaries and broadcasts for 20 years. He has served on several local arts boards and is currently an Affiliate Editor for Alaska Quarterly Review, a premier literary magazine published by the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Aurora Lehr has been promoted to Vice-President. Since 2010 Ms. Lehr has served as Special Assistant to the President on Federal Indian Policy. Before joining AFN she held several positions with Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, including Tribal Court Judge, Delegate representing Seattle, and Executive Council Youth Representative. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law and a Bachelor or Arts, Economics from the University of Washington. Raised in Mill Creek, Washington, Ms. Lehr has Tlingit, Hawaiian, German and Norwegian roots. She dances hula with Hula Hui Na Haumana O Alaka and has been a lifelong member of Seattle Cape Fox Dancers.