Doyon Foundation is happy to welcome Petey Roach, our DLO in the Classroom project manager.

“I greatly admire Doyon Foundation’s dedication to their region by connecting children with their ancestral languages,” she said. “I look forward to working closely with students and teachers who are invested in these languages and building a project that will have a lasting effect on the community.”

Petey, who is from Signal Mountain, Tennessee, is the daughter of Brandon Newman and Donna Roach, and the granddaughter of Carol and Douglas Roach.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a dual concentration in technical writing and literature from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has more than seven years of management experience, most recently serving as the human resource and administrative manager at the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Petey has also worked with the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Peer Mentor Program, assisting first-year students in the classroom by designing effective curriculum, connecting students with appropriate resources, and writing policies to improve program safety.

Outside of work, Petey enjoys bow hunting, fishing, roller skating, and attending live music shows. “I’m always looking to challenge myself and learn new outdoor skills,” she said. “I hope to try ice climbing during my time in Alaska.”

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