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Calista Welcomes Shareholder as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Immediate release

Friday, May 23, 2014

Calista Welcomes Shareholder as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

ANCHORAGE, AK – Starting June 1, 2014, Calista Corporation will welcome Shareholder Monica James as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). James joins the Calista executive team after serving several years in Yulista Holding, LLC, Calista’s largest holding company.

James brings an impressive resume to the position; she served as the Chief Financial Officer and then Vice President of business operations and administration for the Alaska Aerospace Corporation. Her journey with Calista Corporation began at Yulista Holding, as the Vice President of business strategy before becoming its President & CEO.

Over the last three years, James has served Yulista Holding with passion and excellence and has succeeded in diversifying the revenue and client base of Yulista Holding. Under James’ leadership, Yulista Holding and its subsidiaries won the Prototype Integration Facility (PIF) follow-on contract, the Missouri TASMG (aircraft maintenance) contract, the Aircraft Integration and Maintenance (AIMS) contract, and other base operations and technical service contracts.

James is passionate about working for her home region. Originally from Alakanuk, she graduated from Bethel Regional High School. James is eager for the opportunity to work with Calista President & CEO Andrew Guy and the rest of the executives to increase Shareholder value and to spread hope to the Region.

Josh Herren will become the new President & CEO of Yulista Holding. Herren previously worked as the company’s EVP & COO. Additionally, Paul May, the current director of finance, is being promoted to EVP & COO for Yulista Holding.

Christine Klein served with distinction as the EVP & COO of Calista for the last five years and we are truly grateful to her for contributions to the success of the corporation and the Calista Region.


The second largest of the original 13 Alaska Native Corporations, Calista Corporation was established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and represents more than 12,500 Shareholders. The Calista region encompasses more than 6.5 million acres and includes 56 villages, which are incorporated into 46 village corporations. Since 1994, Calista has provided more than $3.5 million in scholarships and since inception more than $27.6 million in dividends and Elders’ Benefit Program distributions to its Shareholders and Descendants.

Calista Corporation is the parent company of more than 35 subsidiaries in the following industries: military defense contracting, construction, communications, real estate, environmental and natural resource development, and information technology and media services. Calista can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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