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Doris Miller Doris Miller
Executive Director

Originally of Dot Lake, Doris is the daughter of William Miller of New Jersey and Stella Miller of Dot Lake. She is the granddaughter of Peter Charles of Tanacross and Doris Charles of Batzulnetas, and Peter and Anna Miller of New Jersey.

Since 2010, Doris has served as the executive director of Doyon Foundation, where she works toward the Foundation’s mission to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders. Prior to accepting her current position, Doris served as the Foundation’s scholarship program manager for two years. Previously, Doris spent 17 years at a Native nonprofit organization, working in areas including community health services, mental health and alcohol programs, quality management and administration.

Doris' efforts are driven by her desire to see every Native student receive the opportunity to further their education, whether that be at a university or in a vocational program. She believes it is very important to work with younger students well before graduation to prepare them as much as possible for success in future educational endeavors. She also believes ancestral languages should be part of all learning opportunities and strives to assure the survival of endangered Native languages in the Doyon region.

Diloola Erickson Diloola Erickson
Doyon Languages Online II Project Manager

Born in Sitka, and raised in the Tlingit village of Hoonah, Diloola is the daughter of Susan Erickson from Kaltag and Arne Erickson from Tok. Her maternal grandparents are the late Irene and Alexander Solomon, Jr., of Kaltag. Her paternal grandparents are Joyce Erickson and the late John Erickson of Tok.

A Doyon, Limited shareholder and Foundation alumna, Diloola graduated in spring 2018 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s of art degree in rural development and a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering.

Diloola served as a First Alaskans Institute summer intern at the Foundation in 2017, developing multimedia materials promoting language revitalization in the Doyon region and helping to lead a language workshop at the 2017 First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference.

Passionate about learning and sharing her language – Denaakk’e (Koyukon) – Diloola co-hosts a weekly language learning group at her home. She also practices speaking the language daily with her young daughter.

Allan Hayton Allan Hayton
Language Revitalization Program Director

Allan grew up in Arctic Village, and is the son of Lena Pauline Hayton from Fort Yukon, Alaska, and James T. Hayton from Natick, Massachusetts. His grandparents are Robert and Lena Albert from Tanana and Fort Yukon, Alaska. His Athabascan name is Diton, given to him by Dorothy Pitka after his great-grandfather Joseph Hunter of Tanana.

Allan is a Doyon Foundation alumnus, and studied theatre and film at Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas, finishing his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992. He continued at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduating spring 2013 with a Master of Arts in applied linguistics. Allan hopes to see all of the Doyon region languages being learned and spoken by present and future shareholders. “It is imperative that these languages continue to be spoken on the land of our ancestors,” he says.

Allan previously served on the Doyon Foundation board as vice president. He was also chair of the Foundation's Language Revitalization Committee, and served on the Vestry at St. Matthew’s Church.

Dewey Kk’ołeyo Putyuk Hoffman Dewey Kk’ołeyo Putyuk Hoffman
Doyon Languages Online Project Manager

Dewey is Northern Dene and Swiss-American from Ruby. He was given the Denaakk’e (Koyukon Athabascan) name Kk’ołeyo by his grandmother Lillian Olin, after her grandfather Big Jim; it means “walking.” His Iñupiaq name Putyuk means “pinch.” His mother is K’etse’hʉltoone Dee Olin, and his maternal grandparents are Fred Olin, Sr. and Lillian Olin of middle Yukon, and adopted grandparents John Honea and Neełnohʉłno Lorraine Honea of Ruby. His father is Kk’oneeh’oł David Hoffman, and his paternal grandparents are George and Helen Hoffman of Bozeman, Montana. He lives in Fairbanks with his partner, Marjorie Kunaq Nekkon’ Tahbone, and their daughter, Telele Iŋmaġana.

A Doyon Foundation alumnus, Dewey received basic and competitive scholarships during his undergraduate and graduate studies program. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2009, and a master’s in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2019.

Prior to joining Doyon Foundation full time in 2020, Dewey was a content creator for the Denaakk'e course through Doyon Languages Online, as well as a community partner who helped host language-related gatherings in Fairbanks and Anchorage. He was a preschool teacher through Fairbanks Native Association's Denaakk'e Classroom, the Indigenous leadership continuum director at First Alaskans Institute, and development manager at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. He is also the owner of a consulting business, Hoozoonh.

“I want to learn more about hands-on language planning, and work with the Interior Native communities to carry forward the vision of one people many languages,” he said. “Our Indigenous languages are extremely important and useful. Nogheedeno'! It is coming back to life!”

Kimberly Me'enh Nezoonh Nicholas Kimberly Me'enh Nezoonh Nicholas
Doyon Languages Online project coordinator

Kimberly, a Doyon shareholder originally from Kaltag, currently lives in Fairbanks with her husband Eli Nicholas Sr., and their three children, Sida Bessie, Giana and Eli Jr. She is the daughter of Thelma Saunders and the late Lawrence Saunders Sr., of Kaltag and Nulato, respectively. She is the youngest of seven children; her brothers are Floyd Sr., Lawrence Jr., Kevin, Jason and Shawn Saunders, and her sister is Laura Saunders. She says she is “blessed to have many nieces and nephews to enjoy.” Kimberly’s maternal grandparents are the late Bessie Solomon of Kaltag and the late Charles "Spider" Evans of Rampart. Her paternal grandparents are the late Eugene and Irene Saunders of Kaltag/Nulato. Her Denaakk'e name is Me'enh Nezoonh, which means “Her spirit is strong and good.”

Kimberly earned an associate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2010 and is currently a senior in the Alaska Native studies program, with a minor in Alaska Native languages. She also received certificates as a Child Development Associate Credential in 2001, and was certified through the State of Alaska as a breastfeeding peer counselor. She recently completed a teacher training with the Indigenous Language Institute.

Kimberly received both competitive and basic scholarships from Doyon Foundation to help fund her college education. “I'm so thankful that this valuable resource is here for us as Doyon shareholders. With their support, I was able to focus on my family and my studies and stress less about funding,” she said.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kimberly was an Alaska Native education tutor with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, an associate teacher at Fairbanks Native Association Early Head Start, and a summer intern in Doyon, Limited’s administration department, which turned into a full-time admin receptionist position for five years. Most recently, she became a certified breastfeeding peer counselor and worked at the Resource Center for Parents and Children WIC department for two years.

“I am so excited to be working at the Foundation in the language department,” she said. “I grew up in Kaltag and was surrounded by my culture and language as a kid. I am fired up about learning more about Denaakk'e language learning and teaching. I love the idea of empowering our young language learners to take a front seat in our language revitalization efforts. I am happy I get to use my skills to help Doyon Foundation in their language revitalization work.”

Jennifer Mayo-Shannon Jennifer Mayo-Shannon
Language Revitalization Program Administrative Assistant

Jennifer was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her mother is Bonnie Mayo, from Stevens Village, Alaska. Her maternal grandparents are the late Charles “Tucky” Mayo, Jr. from Rampart, Alaska, and Marjorie (Sam) Mayo from Stevens Village, Alaska. Jennifer has one sibling, Shoni Mayo, from Fairbanks, Alaska. Jennifer is married to Sean Shannon, from Atlanta, Georgia, and they have four children.

A Doyon, Limited shareholder and Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Jennifer has received an associate of applied science with a major in applied accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She has also received an accounting technician certificate. Jennifer is currently enrolled in UAF’s business administration program to obtain her bachelor’s degree.

“I am looking forward to assisting in the efforts to preserve and disseminate Alaska Native languages. Current efforts are being put forth so that my children and future generations will be able to learn to speak their language as well as understand their history and culture. It’s awe-inspiring to be a part of something so important,” Jennifer shares.

Purestyn Milk Purestyn Milk
Scholarship Data Entry Technician

Purestyn, of Fairbanks, is the daughter of Melvin Milk, Oglala Sioux, from Hisle, South Dakota, and DeAnn Milk, Athabascan, from Minto. She is the granddaughter of Effie Moe, and the great-granddaughter of Charlie Sr. and Annie Titus.

A Doyon, Limited shareholder, Purestyn has received Doyon Foundation scholarships every semester as she pursues her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a minor in psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Prior to UAF, Purestyn attended United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, where she played college basketball and coached basketball camps for young Native students

“Not only has Doyon Foundation given me financial support, they have also given me emotional support while I work towards getting my degree,” she says.

Purestyn first joined the Foundation team in 2019 as the administrative intern. After her internship, she became part of the scholarship team. “I want to work at Doyon Foundation because of all the opportunities I have been given since my time. I feel as if this position has not only allowed me to grow as an employee, but also a young adult,” Purestyn says

Purestyn recently taught herself to bead; she also enjoys traveling, long drives, and being outside in the summer.

Kaylee Nelson Kaylee Nelson
Administrative Assistant

Kaylee, a Doyon, Limited shareholder from Fairbanks, is the daughter of Lynnette Winfrey-Frank and the late Clayton Nelson, and the granddaughter of Eliza and Daniel Winfrey, and Clara Journey. She is married to Joshua Fischer.

Kaylee graduated in 2016 from Effie Kokrine Charter School. During her high school years, she was a recipient of Doyon Foundation’s advanced college credit scholarship, which covered the cost of several college classes.

Prior to joining Doyon Foundation in 2019, Kaylee was the manager at the Goldstream Stadium 16 and IMAX, and supervisor at the Fairbanks SpringHill Suites.

“I wanted to work for the Foundation because I wanted to help serve my fellow shareholders as they pursue their education and language. I am looking forward to a new learning experience,” she said. “I am thankful to be a part of the Foundation family.”

Jenna Sommer Jenna Sommer
Scholarship Program Manager

Jenna was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is the daughter of Diane Evans-Sommer of Galena, Alaska, and Fred Sommer of Nulato, Alaska. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy Sommer and the late Fred Sommer, Sr., both from Nulato, Alaska, and Lilly and Alfred Evans from Galena, Alaska. Jenna has one daughter.

Jenna holds an associate of applied science degree in medical assisting, a healthcare reimbursement certificate, and a medical/dental reception certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Jenna is a Doyon, Limited shareholder and a past Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient.

Prior to becoming the scholarship program manager at Doyon Foundation in spring 2019, Jenna worked as the Foundation’s data entry technician since May 2015. Prior to Doyon Foundation, she worked for Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center as a care coordinator for nearly six years.

Outside of work, Jenna enjoys organizing, traveling with family, reading mysteries and horror, activities with her daughter, and walking.

“I enjoy working with students and helping them achieve their educational goals,” she said. “I want to help our students succeed!”