Story last updated at 4/18/2012 - 11:11 am
JUNEAU - The Board of Commissioners of Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority (THRHA) unanimously selected Ricardo Worl for President and CEO. Worl currently serves THRHA as Vice President of Tribal Service and Loans. Worl has been with the housing authority for 14 years. The current President/CEO, Dr. Blake Kazama, who has served as head of THRHA since 1998, is set to retire April 30.
Worl is a member of the Shangukweidi (Thunderbird) Clan from the village of Klukwan. He is from the Kawdliyaayi Hit, or "House Lowered From the Sun", and is Lukwaxadi Yadi (a child of the Sockeye Clan). His Tlingit name is Gaachxweinaa.
After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1984, he and his family founded the "Alaska Native Magazine", a monthly publication featuring articles on Alaska Native Corporations as well as research the on social and economic issues impacting Alaska's more than 200 remote Native communities.
Worl is active in the community coaching Native Youth Olympics and coordinating with the Dartmouth Admissions Office to set up student interviews for the entire state of Alaska, serving on an Advisory Board for the City & Borough of Juneau, and teaching Junior Achievement classes.