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.”
Sonta Roach, of Shageluk, Alaska, is employed in Shageluk as an elementary teacher. She previously worked as the director of Future Educators of Alaska. Roach is owner of Hamilton Consulting, a business specializing in 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.
“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,” she said.
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 and Kimber 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 as a volunteer and as a member of the parent advisory committee. She loves to be outdoors, snowmachining, boating, hunting and fishing with her family. She also enjoys painting, reading and crafting.
“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.”
Galena and Anchorage, Alaska
Mariah Pitka-Jenkins, of Galena, is the granddaughter of the late Laura and Edward Pitka, Johnny Habeich and Eleanor Barrett. She is the daughter of Gerald Pitka and Rosie Habeich. Pitka-Jenkins is married to Shannon Jenkins and together they are raising their five children, Mason, Mia, Keagan, Tucker and Tatum, in Anchorage.
Pitka-Jenkins, a Doyon Foundation alumna, graduated from Bristol Bay Borough High School in 1995, and then spent three years taking core classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She attended George Washington University, receiving an associate certificate in project management in 2008. She obtained her executive leadership certificate from the University of California Berkeley in 2013. Pitka-Jenkins is also a graduate of Doyon Management Training.
“I received the Foundation’s basic scholarship for a few semesters, helping me continue my education,” she said. “I want to help grow the Foundation and support our language revitalization program.”
Pitka-Jenkins joined the Doyon, Limited family of companies 2002. She started in accounting and worked her way up the ladder to where she serves now: as the senior vice president and general manager for Doyon Remote Facilities & Services. Pitka-Jenkins was the first Doyon Class C shareholder to serve as a general manager in the Doyon family of companies.
Pitka-Jenkins calls Interior Alaska home and has made a commitment to keep that connection alive with her children; she brings them all home to Galena for fishing and hunting every year in the summer and fall.
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 September 2022.
“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.”