Board of Directors
Fairbanks, Alaska and Los Angeles, California
Jennifer Fate, originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, spends her time in both Fairbanks and Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Mary Jane and Bud Fate, and the granddaughter of Sally Woods Hudson and Thomas G. Evans. She has three children.
A past Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Fate received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She currently works in private investment and has worked in business consulting and acquisitions for multinational corporations and media companies. Fate also has been an independent documentary producer, working on projects for Bravo, Travel Channel and the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Fate sits on the Doyon, Limited board of directors. She chairs the finance committee, and serves on the Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation board. She serves as president of the Doyon Foundation board. Fate is past chair of the Doyon budget and audit committee.
Fate also serves as a director for Foster Care Counts in Los Angeles. She previously served as a director for the Pine Ridge School for Girls on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. She spends summers at her family’s fish camp on the Yukon River.
“Education fuels our future opportunities,” Fate said. “It provides the tools to build individual as well as community and cultural strength. I am honored to serve our shareholders on the Doyon Foundation board and will work to increase their opportunities.”
Jennifer Ł’oyenaadleno Iñukualuk Adams
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Jennifer N. Adams was elected to the Doyon Foundation board in November 2019 for a three-year term and is currently serving as the secretary/treasurer of the board. Her Koyukon Athabascan name is Ł’oyenaadleno and her Inupiaq name is Iñukualuk. She serves as chair of the language revitalization committee and is a member of the finance committee.
Originally from Allakaket and currently residing on the Kenai Peninsula, Adams is the daughter of the late Bob Maguire (from Lake Chelan, Washington) and the late Cora (Moses) Maguire from Allakaket. Her maternal grandparents are Johnson Bergman Moses of Allakaket and the late Bertha (Nictune) Moses of Alatna. Her paternal grandparents are the late Hugh and Irene Maguire of Lake Chelan, Washington. She has three adult children and her husband is Fred Adams, whose family is from Kotzebue and Illinois.
Adams holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She received scholarship support from the Foundation throughout her educational journey.
“After many years of school and working, I felt that it was time for me to serve on a volunteer board in order to give back to the Foundation that has helped me so much as I was earning my degrees,” Adams said.
Adams currently serves as the rural director for the Alaska Small Business Development Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage. During 2019, she also served as an adjunct professor for UAF. Previously, Adams was the planning and development director for Fairbanks Native Association. She has also operated her own consulting business since 2013, and has many years of experience in the fields of human resources, grant writing/management, general management and corporate legal.
In addition to serving on the Doyon Foundation language revitalization committee, Adams also serves on the Evergreen Business Lending advisory board. In her free time, she enjoys sewing kuspuks / atiqluks / bets’eghe hoolane, beadwork, fur/skin sewing, hiking, boating and being in nature.
“I am passionate about the language revitalization efforts that the Foundation is working toward. I love our Native cultures and hope that the board can use the momentum happening in our communities to continue these efforts,” she said. “I am a huge champion of the Doyon Foundation and I love the work they do.”
Matt Calhoun grew up in Homer, Alaska, and currently resides in Palmer. His adoptive parents are Dennis and Charlotte Calhoun. His birth parents are Steve Vollertsen and Rose (Edwards) Johns, of Holy Cross and Takotna. Calhoun and his wife, Maylie, have three children: Sophie, Gabriel and Ronin.
Calhoun holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA), a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a doctorate of philosophy (PhD) in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is the first Athabascan – and, in fact, the only Alaska Native – to ever earn a doctorate in civil engineering.
“But I’m working on changing that. It’s about to change soon,” Calhoun said with a smile.
Calhoun is currently an assistant professor of civil engineering at UAA. Previously, he was the director of pre-college academic enrichment in rural Alaska for the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP). He also worked as a project engineer at AHTNA Construction.
“I received Doyon Foundation competitive and basic scholarships during my undergraduate and graduate education, and it was one of the main reasons that I was able to continue going to school and I’m very grateful for the help during that time,” he said.
“Doyon Foundation is one of the main reasons that I was able to continue my education all the way to the PhD and I want to give back and help other Doyon shareholders achieve their goals.”
In his free time, Calhoun enjoys volunteering at the Alaska Native Medical Center and spending time with my family. “We generally like to be outdoors and always look forward to catching fish in the summer,” he said.
Marie Cleaver is originally from Ruby, and currently resides in Galena. She is the daughter of William and Katherine Dozette, and the granddaughter of William L. Dozette and the late Lilli Sweetsir, and the late William Captain, Sr. and the late Eleanor Captain. She is married to Clifford Cleaver and is the mother of Camden, Kamea, Kimber and Katiya Cleaver.
A former Foundation scholarship recipient, Cleaver studied tribal management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and received her certificate in spring 2019. Cleaver’s work experience includes Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Native Association, and the Ruby Tribal Council. She currently works as a budget analyst for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Galena.
Cleaver is very involved with her children’s school and serves as a volunteer and is a member of the Sidney Huntington Parent Advisory Committee. Cleaver also serves as a council member for the Louden Tribal Council.
She loves to be outdoors, snowmachining, boating, spending time at their cabin, hunting and fishing with her family. She finds joy in teaching her children how to subsist for moose, picking berries and fish.
“I have always been very passionate about education, whether it be furthering my own or encouraging others to continue with theirs. As a past scholarship recipient, I feel this is a great way to give back,” Cleaver said. “I am honored and grateful to be able to sit on and serve with the Doyon Foundation board. They have done wonderful things, and are continuing to do so much for our people. I look forward to learning and participating in all the awesome work that the Foundation is doing.”
Craig L. Fleener
Craig L. Fleener, originally from Fort Yukon and currently residing in Anchorage, is the son of Betty Itta and the grandson of Doris Ward. He has six children, Rebecca (Bell), Rachel (David), Rachelle, Craig, Sophia and Roman, and 10 grandchildren, and is married to Uliana.
A previous Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Craig was elected to the Foundation board in November 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Science in natural resources management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Master of Arts in intelligence studies from American Public University. He also studied wildlife biology at the University of Calgary, and is currently pursuing a PhD in law and policy at Liberty University.
“I’ve received significant benefits and support from Doyon for decades. Not just financial, but also mentorship from many staff, Elders and colleagues since the beginning of my working life,” Fleener said. “It’s time for me to give back, share my experiences, and help guide the next generation of scholars and young people. It is very important for me to help the next generation in their pursuit of careers, education and life choices in general.”
As a board member, Fleener said he wants to see the Foundation help students identify their educational and professional pathway, and support them from start to finish. “I think this should include an analysis of the educational and job markets of the future in our state to guide students towards high-paying and sustainable professions that enables students to remain in Alaska, if it is their wish,” he said.
Fleener has parallel career paths both as a civilian and in the military. He is currently the deputy advisor of Arctic security affairs at Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies. Previous positions include CEO of Alaska Tribal Broadband, executive director of Alaska Ocean Cluster, and senior advisor on Arctic Policy and director of state and federal relations with the State of Alaska Office of the Governor, among other roles.
Fleener’s military career began in 1986 with the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and Kaneohe, Hawaii. He has served in various positions with the U.S. Air Force Alaska Air National Guard at Eielson Air Force Base, Kulis Air National Guard Base, and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson since 1991, rising to his current rank of lieutenant colonel. He currently serves as a senior intelligence officer with the Alaska Air National Guard.
In addition to Doyon Foundation, Fleener volunteers on a number of boards, committees and councils in support of veterans, wildlife, fisheries, endangered species, and homelessness solutions.
Aaron Roth, elected to serve a three-year term starting in fall 2018, grew up in King Salmon and Wasilla, as well as Loretto, Tennessee, and currently lives in Anchorage. He is the son of Priscilla Montanelli (Woods) and Darryl Roth, the grandson of Marie Hunter (Brown) and Fred Woods, and the great-grandson of Altona Brown. He has two sons, Houston and Brooks Roth, who are Doyon, Limited Class C shareholders.
A former recipient of a Morris Thompson competitive scholarship, Roth holds a bachelor’s of business administration in finance and management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is also a graduate of the Doyon Leadership Training.
Roth’s previous work experience includes Prudhoe Bay, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, and Doyon Remote Facilities & Services. He currently works at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, where he is the program manager of the orthopedic clinic. He is also an ardent champion of the benefits of youth sports.
“I am very grateful for the support that the Foundation gave me when I was pursuing higher education,” Roth said. “Serving on the board is a way of giving back and giving thanks for that support. It also gives me an opportunity to build a stronger connection and become more engaged with the people that Doyon Foundation serves. I see serving on the board as continuing my education. I am beyond excited about learning everything that being a Foundation board member teaches.”
Benjamin Schwartz is the son of Polly Hyslop, of Northway and Tanana, and Daniel Schwartz, of Palo Alto, California. He spent his childhood in Tanana and Northway, as well as Palo Alto, California, and currently resides in Reno, Nevada.
Benjamin is currently a public accountant at Bluebird CPAs, one of the leading tribal accounting firms in the country. In this role, he works with tribal governments and their for-profit businesses nationwide, with a focus on tribal casinos. Benjamin has more than 10 years of experience working as a director-level employee within the gaming industry, at such places as Aria Resort and Casino, the Bellagio, and the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.
A former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Benjamin received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and communication arts from Linfield College, where he was also a NCAA collegiate basketball player, and speech and debate competitor. He obtained his executive master’s in business administration from the University of Nevada Reno in 2021, and will be qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in 2023.
“Doyon Foundation was not only a financial tool for graduate school but also a great resource for motivation, in that I could use the skills I acquire to assist in the mission of the Foundation,” he said.
In his spare time, Benjamin enjoys playing basketball, traveling, and hiking with his girlfriend and dogs.
North Pole, Alaska
Eileen Whitmer, of Rampart, is the daughter of the late Turak and Liz Newman, and the granddaughter of the late John and Florence Wiehl, and the late Turak and Hilda Newman. She and her husband, Dave, live in North Pole. They have three grown children, Steven, Jessica and Dylan.
Eileen is currently business manager and president of the Teamsters Local 959. She is also a trustee for the Alaska Teamsters-Employer Pension and Health and Welfare Trusts. In the past, Eileen served as president of the Fairbanks Joint Craft Council and as a board member for Baan O Yeel Kon, the village corporation for Rampart.
A graduate of Rampart High School, Eileen also attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
“I’ve always been a firm believer in continuing education and developing job opportunities for our people,” Eileen said. “I’m excited to work with the Doyon Foundation board in an effort to explore workforce development programs that will allow shareholders to receive on-the-job training towards a rewarding career. There are so many opportunities for the Foundation to work with Local Unions to take advantage of existing training programs and develop new programs that fit our lifestyles.”
Orie G. Williams
Orie G. Williams was elected to the Doyon Foundation board in November 2022. He lives in Fairbanks, and is the CEO of the Interior Regional Housing Authority.
Williams is a current member of the Doyon, Limited board of directors; he was elected in March 2008 and was re-elected in 2011, 2014 and 2017. He previously served on the Doyon, Limited board of directors from 1978 to 1984, holding the offices of vice president, chair and vice-chair. He currently serves on the executive committee and the Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation board. He previously served as the chairman of the Doyon board and on the Doyon shareholder relations committee. He has chaired the boards of Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc.; Doyon Government Contracting, Inc.; Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation; and Doyon Tourism, Inc.
Williams served as president/CEO of Doyon, Limited, and the family of companies from 2002 to 2007. He has an extensive business background and was previously employed as the executive vice president of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation; as an economic development specialist with the State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs; and as president of Toghotthele Corporation and its subsidiaries. Williams previously owned construction and consulting companies, and A to Z Business Services.
Williams attended Nenana Public School, graduated from Lathrop High School, and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Skadron College of Business in California. He has attended numerous professional workshops and holds an economic development and financial professional certification. Williams is married to Phyllis and they have five children and six grandchildren.