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Board of Directors

Lanien Livingston Lanien Livingston, Fairbanks, AK

Lanien M. Livingston is originally from Anchorage and makes her home in Fairbanks. She is the daughter of Phyllis Sing Garrett from Sitka and the granddaughter of the late Sam Sing from Sitka and the late Sarah Frances Lindgren from Kenai. She is Tlingit/Kenaitze.

“I am honored to be re-elected to the Doyon Foundation board of directors. It has been a dream of mine to find some way to give back to my corporation. Being able to assist ‘the next generation’ reach their educational goals is very important to me,” said Lanien, whose current term on the Foundation board ends in 2016.

Lanien, a Doyon Foundation alumna, holds an associate’s of applied science degree in applied business and a business management certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She will continue her undergraduate degree studies in spring 2014. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Doyon Management Training program. Lanien works as the Public Information Officer for the Fairbanks North Star Borough. She previously worked as a congressional staffer for four years for U.S Representative Don Young and was the President of the Fairbanks chamber of Commerce.

Lanien enjoys spending time with her children, Jenna and Hunter, traveling to warm places, and cooking for family and friends.

Paul Mountain, Member Paul Mountain, Nulato, AK
Vice President

Paul John Mountain, who was born and raised in Nulato, is the son of the late Simeon and Josephine Mountain.

After living “outside” for several years, Paul moved back home and now lives in Nulato, where he serves as the tribal administrator. Paul spent many years working in the higher education field. He was also previously employed as an enrollment supervisor at Doyon, Limited.

Paul graduated from high school in Nulato, and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1991. He is currently working toward his master’s degree.

A former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Paul’s current term on the Foundation board ends in 2017.

“I joined the board because I wanted to give back to the community. I have enjoyed helping the Foundation achieve their mission. I am excited about the work we are doing,” he said.

Julie Anderson Julie Anderson, Anchorage, AK

Julie Anderson, originally from Fairbanks, is the daughter of Jules Wright and Marge Kushida, and the granddaughter of Myrtle and Arthur Wright (paternal), and Audrey O’Leary and Ray Lemm (maternal).

She obtained her bachelor’s of business administration in international management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1990. In 1994, Julie graduated with a master’s of business administration from the American Graduate School of International Management and is a Doyon Foundation alumna.

Julie is currently the stakeholder manager/HSE officer at the Alaska Energy Authority, working on the Susitna Watana Hydro Project. Previously in her career, she managed the commercial and HSEQ departments at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company; managed the Community Development Quota Program for the State of Alaska; and worked at the Interior Regional Housing Authority.

In addition to Doyon Foundation, Julie is currently on the board of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. In her free time, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, volunteer activities, and fishing and camping.

As a Foundation board member, Julie said she hopes to help provide a sustainable future for the Foundation, diversify funding sources and provide for a variety of educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of Doyon shareholders. Her current term on the Foundation board ends in 2015.

“Getting an education made a huge difference in my life,” Julie said. “I was a divorced mother with a 6-year-old daughter when I first started college. It was difficult, but possible with the help of family and friends, and most importantly, scholarship opportunities. I would like to help others achieve their goals, whether it is technical school, college or skilled trades.”

LaVerne Demientieff LaVerne Demientieff, Fairbanks, AK

LaVerne Demientieff is the daughter of the late Rudy and Alice (Frank) Demientieff of Holy Cross and Anvik, Alaska, and the granddaughter of Stanley Demientieff and Edith Bifelt and Joe Frank and Marcia Reed. LaVerne is Deg Xit’an, Athabascan on her mother’s side and Koyukon Athabascan, Yupik and Russian on her father’s side. Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, she was raised in the small roadside town of Nenana and in the big city of Anchorage, as well as at her family's fish camp along the Yukon River. LaVerne currently resides in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has one son, aged 22.

Since high school LaVerne has wanted to be a helper. She started off as a natural helper at West Anchorage High School, where she graduated. She was inspired to pursue social work following in the steps of her late sister Darlene, who died from cancer at the age of 38, right after graduating with her bachelor’s in social work. LaVerne graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with her bachelor’s in social work and went on to receive her master’s in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently working toward a PhD in social work from the University of Utah, College of Social Work. The title of her dissertation is Deg Xit’an Athabascan Conversations on Wellness: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Radical Possibilities of Relationships.

LaVerne is grateful to be a former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient; she stated that the scholarship was so needed and helpful for many years. She is happy to be able to serve on the Doyon Foundation board to give back to the organization and her community.

LaVerne is currently working as a clinical associate professor for UAF’s bachelor’s of social work program; she is also a licensed master social worker through the State of Alaska. She has found an increasing passion and interest in health and wellness research and practice, and enjoys teaching students and sharing her love of learning and people. She believes these areas of interest will allow her to work on behalf of the people and communities in Alaska, as well as work toward awareness and understanding of diversity, wellness and social justice.

Helena Jacobs, Member Helena Jacobs, Anchorage, AK

Helena (Lena) Jacobs is the daughter of Dee Olin and David Hoffman. Her maternal grandparents are the late Lillian and Fred Olin, and her adopted maternal grandparents are Lorraine and the late John Honea. Her roots are in Ruby, but she grew up throughout Alaska and currently resides in Anchorage with her husband, Torin, and their children.

The Doyon Foundation supported Helena in obtaining her bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and Spanish from Willamette University, and her master’s in public policy from University of California Berkeley. Her professional background has focused on promoting educational advancement, career readiness, capacity building and leadership development. She currently runs her own small business, Benozaadleyo Consulting, providing professional support to nonprofit and government agencies statewide.

“I benefitted greatly from the programs the Foundation runs, and I feel called to give back. It is an honor to serve in a capacity that would allow me to support other Alaska Native students, and offer what I have to the organization that helped me so much,” she said.

Joshua Peter, Member Joshua Peter, Fairbanks, AK

Joshua Peter, originally of Nulato and currently residing in Fairbanks, is the son of the late Hattie Peter, and the grandson of the late Simel and Vivian Peter of Nulato. He and his wife, Margaret Matthew, have two sons, Daniel and Mathias.

Joshua, a Doyon Foundation alumnus, holds an associate’s of applied science degree in computer and information technology systems from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Joshua is now working as an assistant professor with the UAF Community and Technical College, where he teaches courses in Microsoft Windows System Administration and Information Security. He also serves on the Gana-A’Yoo investment committee. His current term on the Foundation board ends in 2015.

“I’ve been fortunate to have guidance and motivation from amazing mentors and leaders. What I hope to accomplish as a member of the board is to share my experience with Doyon shareholder students,” Joshua said. “It is vitally important that Doyon continues their support of their shareholders who are looking to enhance their education and technical skill set. I strongly believe in the mission that Doyon Foundation is guided by.”

Sonta Roach, Member Sonta Roach, Shageluk, AK

Sonta Roach, of Shageluk, Alaska, is employed in Shageluk as an elementary teacher and previously worked as the director of Future Educators of Alaska. Sonta owns her own businesses for grant writing, facilitation, and environmental program management. She received a bachelor’s degree in rural development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and a master's in elementary education at the University of Alaska Southeast. She also serves on the Doyon, Limited board of directors. Her current term on the Foundation board ends in 2016.

“I was a recipient of the Doyon Foundation scholarships while I was completing my undergraduate degree from UAF. Now, I feel a strong desire to give back and contribute as a board member. Education is something I believe we can continuously work on improving, whether individually, as a family, as a community, or as a region. Also, I believe when we plan and think strategically, we can move forward in several areas, like we are doing now in language. Although our region is so large, and our shareholders now are spread across our state and the nation, we can still move forward with Doyon Foundation priorities.”