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Patton Selected As KIC General Manager


October 01, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council has announced that Debra Patton has been selected as the General Manager of KIC.

Debra Patton is from the Taant'a Kwaan, the Sea Lion people. Debra is from the Gaanax.adi (Raven) clan of Tongass Tribe. Her Raven house is Yan Wulchashi Hit (Drifted Ashore House). Her Indian name is Kit'Auk.
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Patton's parents are Bob and Martha Johnson; her maternal grandmother is Doris (Ridley) Volzke; her paternal grandfather is Gibson Charles of Hydaburg. She has two daughters, Ciara (15) and Cassidy (12).

Patton's credentials include a Masters in Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Criminology. She also has been recognized as a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor II with state and national certifications. Patton has nine (9) years of managerial experience with KIC and a strong background in Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Services regulations and funding.

During her nine (9) years with KIC she has successfully obtained multiple state and federal grants that increased funding and allowed for the expansion of services; obtained state certification for the substance abuse program which allowed for 3rd party billing; developed new programs such as the Batterer's Intervention Program, and national Domestic Violence Pilot Project in the Behavioral Health Department.

Patton's extensive experience in program policy and development has benefited KIC as she developed several policies and procedures that improved staff accountability and fiscal management. She, also, has a proven ability in grant writing and grant management.

According to a news release, as General Manager, Patton would like to work closely with the Tribal Council and the dedicated staff to improve the tribal member voice in providing direction to the organization. She will work to expand the funding base to allow for the expansion of service delivery, specifically for education and employment services. Her goal is to enhance processes within the organization and to develop effective methods to implement positive change and quality improvements.

In the announcement, KIC stated the organization is looking forward to a bright future and continued successes for their tribal membership and organization.


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