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Doyon Foundation Staff

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.

Maurine Isaacson Maurine McGinty
Scholarship Program Manager

Maurine is the daughter of Maurice and Josephine McGinty, and the granddaughter of Patricia Ekada and the late Leo and Anita Demoski.

Originally from Nulato, Alaska, Maurine graduated from Andrew K. Demoski School. In 2012 she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Organizations from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Maurine is currently a Doyon Foundation Alumna and a graduate of the 2013 Doyon Leadership Training program.

Since 2012, McGinty has been serving Doyon Foundation students in many capacities while being committed to the mission and vision of the Doyon Foundation. “I enjoy working at the Doyon Foundation! I am surrounded by so much success! It’s great to be able to assist students every day as they go after their education,” said Maurine.

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.

Nathaniel Feemster Nathaniel Feemster
Doyon Languages Online Project Manager

Nathaniel was hired in December 2016 as the Doyon Languages Online project manager. In this role, Nathaniel is responsible for the coordination, implementation and evaluation of the Doyon Languages Online project.

Originally from Seward, Alaska, Nathaniel has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He previously worked as a substitute teacher for the Anchorage School District, and was a production assistant for the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

Nathaniel was inspired to apply for the job at Doyon Foundation by Ruth Ridley, whom he met while pursuing his undergraduate degree at UAF. “Her nearly 50-year endeavor to help create a place for the Hän language in the future inspired me to apply to Doyon Foundation,” he shared. “Through my work with Doyon Foundation, I hope to support her dream and the dreams of the many who work with the Athabaskan Dene languages. I am humbled to be working on the Doyon Online Languages project and I look forward to the many learning opportunities it offers.”

Outside of work, Nathaniel enjoys helping his community and is an active volunteer. A self-described “lifelong learner,” Nathaniel also fills his spare time with learning opportunities or projects.

Jenna Sommer Jenna Sommer
Data Entry Technician

Jenna 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 been working as a data entry technician at Doyon Foundation since May 2015. “I enjoy working with the staff at Doyon Foundation and helping students further their education and accomplishing their goals,” she said.

Prior to Doyon Foundation, Jenna worked for Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center as a care coordinator. She holds an associate’s degree in medical assisting, and is currently working to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Outside of work, Jenna enjoys reading, doing crafts with her daughter and traveling.

Niesje Tindall Niesje Tindall
Administrative Assistant

Niesje Tindall joined Doyon Foundation as the administrative assistant in September 2017. Niesje, a Doyon, Limited shareholder and past Foundation scholarship recipient, is the daughter of Curtis Tindall, Sr. of Nenana and Ethel Sakalaskas (Jonas) of Fort Yukon. She is the granddaughter of the late Ralph Henry Tindall and late Rosalind Tindall, and Stanley Jonas and the late Madeline Jonas.

Niesje, who is from Fairbanks, graduated from Galena Interior Learning Academy in 2008, and is currently working on her associate’s degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She previously worked as the administrative assistant at Doyon Facilities.

“I was very interested in joining the Doyon Foundation team because I am very passionate about my culture and have a strong interest in learning my Native language. I believe it is important to keep our language alive so we can pass it down to our children and they can pass it on,” says Niesje, who learned Gwich’in from her parents also took a language class at UAF. “I love being a role model to my children and teaching them our Gwich’in language.”

Outside of work, Niesje enjoys being outdoors and playing sports with her fiancé, Daniel Thomas, and their two sons, Sean and Grayson. She also enjoys her current hobby – collecting old vinyl records and teaching herself to play the guitar.