Shareholder Spotlight: Alissa Healy
Alissa Healy is a junior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), where she is pursuing a degree in elementary education. Healy’s family is from the village of Healy, and she regularly attends tribal meetings with her dad, Gary, who is the chief of Healy. From a young age, Healy had dreams of becoming a teacher and helping her community. Today, she plays an active role in revitalizing her community and supporting local projects.
Healy is an advocate of education, learning and dreaming big. She has participated in Girl Scouts, piano lessons, youth groups, and the World Martial Arts Championship as a black belt candidate. In 2017, Healy participated in the Native Youth Leadership Academy, which hosts a gathering of over 100 indigenous youth across the U.S. to focus on self-betterment and wellness. “I was very excited to travel to the Native Youth Leadership Academy because I strive to learn as much as I can and find new ways to explore leadership,” she said.
In 2018, Healy was an intern in the transportation program at Tanana Chiefs Conference, helping with surveys, safety plans, and collecting information. She also participated in the Tetlin Wellness Camp and attended four subregional meetings, including those in Venetie and McGrath. All of these experiences expanded her interests and horizons in working for her community and becoming a teacher.
Healy is a UA Scholar and a 2017 UAF Outstanding Student, and serves on the Healy Lake Youth Council. Her goal is to eventually earn a master’s degree in elementary education and teach in Fairbanks or the village, where she can continue to be a voice for her tribe, and inspire other youth in the Doyon region to participate in their community and follow their dreams.