She currently serves as the Alaska Regional Representative and the board of Directors Vice President for the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA). She also serves on the Board of the Arts, Cultural and Heritage Chapter of the Alaska Tourism Industry Association and is a newly elected Board Member of the Fortress of the Bears in Sitka, Alaska.
As an AIANTA board member, Rachel has helped lead the organization in carrying out its mission to deliver outreach to Alaska Native tribal and village governments, the Alaska Federation of Natives, and to the Alaska delegation in Congress. Rachel made numerous visits to Washington D.C. to educate her delegation about the organization and advocate for the NATIVE Act, which passed by Congress in September of 2016. She has also traveled on behalf of the AIANTA board to ITB Berlin, one of the world’s largest travel trade shows, for the purpose of assisting American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian exhibitors gain exposure to international tour operators and travelers. She currently serves on the AIANTA’s Elections, International Outreach, Legislative and Finance committees and has conducted seminars at the American Indian Tourism Conference and the Nevada Tribal Tourism Conference. As Chairman of the AIANTA’s Legislative Committee, Rachel is working to gain tribal support for appropriations from Congress to implement the NATIVE Act.
Rachel is an enrolled member of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. she was a Sitka Tribe fo Alaska Council member for eight years and served also as a Board Member of the Sitka Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is past Board member of the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and past President Local Chapter of the Tlingit & Haida Tribes of Alaska. In 2003, she was selected Sitka Woman of the Year and in 2009, she was named a Sitka Tribe of Alaska Woman of distinction.