A Doyon, Limited shareholder, Tiffany is Central Koyukon Athabascan and was raised in the Yukon River communities of Koyukuk and Galena. She is the daughter of Marie Simmons and the late James Walldow, and her grandparents are the late Sidney and Angela and Jennie Huntington. Tiffany raised her two children, Traven and Tessa Sweetsir, in Fairbanks, where she currently resides with her husband, Harold Attla.
Tiffany graduated from the Galena City High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has extensive experience working with tribal members and tribal governments in various management and senior leadership positions. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys beading, sewing, teaching others to bead and sew, and getting out on the rivers and land.
“Over 20 years ago, the Doyon Foundation provided invaluable support to me in various ways as I experienced obstacles in the beginning of my educational journey,” Tiffany said. “I am excited to be in a role where I can now return that support to fellow shareholders as they pursue their academic dreams.”
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.
Jennifer was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Her mother is Bonnie Mayo, from Stevens Village, Alaska. Her maternal grandparents are the late Charles “Tucky” Mayo, Jr. from Rampart, Alaska, and Marjorie (Sam) Mayo from Stevens Village, Alaska. Jennifer has one sibling, Shoni Mayo, from Fairbanks, Alaska. Jennifer is married to Sean Shannon, from Atlanta, Georgia, and they have four children.
A Doyon, Limited shareholder and Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Jennifer has received an associate of applied science with a major in applied accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She has also received an accounting technician certificate. Jennifer is currently enrolled in UAF’s business administration program to obtain her bachelor’s degree.
“I am looking forward to assisting in the efforts to preserve and disseminate Alaska Native languages. Current efforts are being put forth so that my children and future generations will be able to learn to speak their language as well as understand their history and culture. It’s awe-inspiring to be a part of something so important,” Jennifer shares.
Purestyn, of Fairbanks, is the daughter of Melvin Milk, Oglala Sioux, from Hisle, South Dakota, and DeAnn Milk, Athabascan, from Minto. She is the granddaughter of Effie Moe, and the great-granddaughter of Charlie Sr. and Annie Titus.
A Doyon, Limited shareholder, Purestyn has received Doyon Foundation scholarships every semester as she pursues her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences with a minor in psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Prior to UAF, Purestyn attended United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, where she played college basketball and coached basketball camps for young Native students
“Not only has Doyon Foundation given me financial support, they have also given me emotional support while I work towards getting my degree,” she says.
Purestyn first joined the Foundation team in 2019 as the administrative intern. After her internship, she became part of the scholarship team. “I want to work at Doyon Foundation because of all the opportunities I have been given since my time. I feel as if this position has not only allowed me to grow as an employee, but also a young adult,” Purestyn says.
Purestyn recently taught herself to bead; she also enjoys traveling, long drives, and being outside in the summer.
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Lucy is from Berkeley, California, and is the daughter of the Rev. Canon Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller, of Southern California, and Steven Miller, from South Dakota.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in romance languages and a minor in South Asian studies from New York University, as well as a master’s degree in linguistics, with a focus on language documentation and conservation, from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Lucy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon from 2015 – 2017. During her service, she worked as a language teacher and developed after-school programs focused on women’s health and empowerment. Before joining Doyon Foundation in 2021, Lucy worked as a teacher at a French-English bilingual school in California.
“I am honoured to work with Doyon Foundation and I look forward to supporting shareholders working to reclaim Native languages,” she said.
Outside of work, Lucy enjoys reading mystery novels, swimming and sci-fi television.
Kim joined Doyon Foundation as the accounting manager in October 2021. She is a graduate of North Pole High School, and obtained an associate degree in accounting from Rasmussen College.
Most recently, Kim was the accounting manager at Slayden Plumbing and Heating. Previously, she was also the office manager at GHEMM Company, construction manager at American Tire, and office manager at Norcon, Inc.
“I believe growth is very important and I know that I will have many opportunities to do that,” Kim said. “Doyon Foundation is a large part of Alaska and contributes to the community; I look forward to being a part of that.”
Kim and her spouse, Kace Sanders, have two daughters, Savannah Krack and Haylee Croteau, and a son, Wesley Croteau. In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with family and friends, and organizing events for weddings, birthdays and parties.
Jenna, a Doyon, Limited shareholder and a past Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She 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, Jr., both from Nulato, Alaska, and Lilly and Alfred Evans from Galena, Alaska. Jenna has two daughters.
Jenna holds an associate of applied science degree in medical assisting, a healthcare reimbursement certificate, and a medical/dental reception certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). She is currently enrolled at UAF pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
Jenna first joined Doyon Foundation as a data entry technician in May 2015. She also served as the Foundation’s scholarship program manager prior to her current role as data manager. Previously, she worked for Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center as a care coordinator for nearly six years.
Outside of work, Jenna enjoys organizing, traveling with family, reading mysteries and horror, activities with her daughters, and walking.
“I enjoy working with students and helping them achieve their educational goals,” she said. “I want to help our students succeed!”