Sitka woman appointed head of Pioneers' Home

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A woman with deep roots in Sitka has been appointed to be administrator of the Sitka Pioneers' Home.

Gov. Tony Knowles promoted Georgina Kacyon Dapcevich effective Aug. 31. She succeeds Julie Smith, who is retiring.

Dapcevich has been the Sitka Pioneers' Home social worker for the past five years.

Knowles said she will be the first administrator in Sitka who was born and raised in the community and of Tlingit heritage. Dapcevich and her six siblings grew up in Sitka. Her parents, three of her siblings and a large extended family of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins live in the Sitka community.

Dapcevich has extensive social work experience. She has worked as an Indian child welfare worker with the Tanana Chiefs Conference, a school counselor for the Sitka Native Education Program, a tribal social worker for the Sitka Tribes of Alaska, and a child protection worker and field office supervisor in Anchorage, Bethel, and Sitka for the state Division of Family and Youth Services.

She will earn $62,000 annually.

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