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Board of Directors

Lanien Livingston Lanien Livingston, Fairbanks, AK

Lanien M. Livingston is originally from Anchorage and makes her home in Fairbanks. She is the daughter of Phyllis Sing Garrett from Sitka and the granddaughter of the late Sam Sing from Sitka and the late Sarah Frances Lindgren from Kenai. She is Tlingit/Kenaitze.

“I am honored to be re-elected to the Doyon Foundation board of directors. It has been a dream of mine to find some way to give back to my corporation. Being able to assist ‘the next generation’ reach their educational goals is very important to me,” said Lanien, whose current term on the Foundation board ends in 2016.

Lanien, a Doyon Foundation alumna, holds an associate’s of applied science degree in applied business and a business management certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She will continue her undergraduate degree studies in spring 2014. She is also a 2004 graduate of the Doyon Management Training program. Lanien works as the Public Information Officer for the Fairbanks North Star Borough. She previously worked as a congressional staffer for four years for U.S Representative Don Young and was the President of the Fairbanks chamber of Commerce.

Lanien enjoys spending time with her children, Jenna and Hunter, traveling to warm places, and cooking for family and friends.

Jennifer Fate Jennifer Fate, Fairbanks, AK/Los Angeles, CA

Jennifer Fate, originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, and currently residing in Los Angeles, California, 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, Jennifer received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

She has been an independent TV producer, working on projects for Bravo, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). She has also worked in finance and acquisitions for multinational corporation Twentieth Century Fox.

In addition to her service on the Doyon Foundation board, Jennifer also sits on the Doyon, Limited board of directors. Fate serves on the finance committee and on the Doyon Government Contracting, Inc. board, and is the past chair of the Doyon budget and audit committee. She is also a past co-chair of the diversity and multicultural committee for the Center for Early Education in Los Angeles and currently sits on the Foster Care Counts board and on the Pine Ridge Girls School board. She is a lifelong subsistence fisherman.

“Education fuels our future opportunities,” Jennifer 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."

Marie Cleaver

LaVerne Demientieff LaVerne Demientieff, Fairbanks, AK

LaVerne Demientieff is the daughter of the late Rudy and Alice (Frank) Demientieff of Holy Cross and Anvik, Alaska, and the granddaughter of Stanley Demientieff and Edith Bifelt and Joe Frank and Marcia Reed. LaVerne is Deg Xit’an, Athabascan on her mother’s side and Koyukon Athabascan, Yupik and Russian on her father’s side. Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, she was raised in the small roadside town of Nenana and in the big city of Anchorage, as well as at her family's fish camp along the Yukon River. LaVerne currently resides in Fairbanks, Alaska, and has one son, aged 22.

Since high school LaVerne has wanted to be a helper. She started off as a natural helper at West Anchorage High School, where she graduated. She was inspired to pursue social work following in the steps of her late sister Darlene, who died from cancer at the age of 38, right after graduating with her bachelor’s in social work. LaVerne graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with her bachelor’s in social work and went on to receive her master’s in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently working toward a PhD in social work from the University of Utah, College of Social Work. The title of her dissertation is Deg Xit’an Athabascan Conversations on Wellness: A Qualitative Study Exploring the Radical Possibilities of Relationships.

LaVerne is grateful to be a former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient; she stated that the scholarship was so needed and helpful for many years. She is happy to be able to serve on the Doyon Foundation board to give back to the organization and her community.

LaVerne is currently working as a clinical associate professor for UAF’s bachelor’s of social work program; she is also a licensed master social worker through the State of Alaska. She has found an increasing passion and interest in health and wellness research and practice, and enjoys teaching students and sharing her love of learning and people. She believes these areas of interest will allow her to work on behalf of the people and communities in Alaska, as well as work toward awareness and understanding of diversity, wellness and social justice.

LaVerne Huntington LaVerne Huntington, Koyukuk and Fairbanks, AK

LaVerne Huntington, of Koyukuk and Fairbanks, is the granddaughter of the late Tecla and Arthur Malamute, and Doria and Ray Lolnitz. Her parents are the late Marion E. Huntington and Jimmie H. Huntington. Her children are the late Stewart L. and Sid J. Huntington and Shalene L. Kavairlook. Her grandchildren are Kinley R. Kavairlook and Sophia N. Huntington.

A previous Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, LaVerne holds several degrees and certificates, including an associate of arts and sciences degree in applied accounting and human resource, and an applied business certificate in human resource from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She also received a Doyon Management Training III certificate from Doyon, Limited, an accounting clerk certificate from Alaska Business College, and an accelerated food service certificate from Kotzebue Technical Center.

LaVerne is currently the planning and development manager for Tanana Chiefs Conference. Previously, she held positions with the Interior Regional Housing Authority, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, Galena City School District, Louden Tribal Council and Koyukuk Tribal Council.

While LaVerne’s newfound love is taking care of her grandchildren, she still enjoys volunteering at community events and fundraisers, sewing, beading, music, playing softball, cooking, fishing, hunting, Native singing/dancing, and cruising around in boat or on snow machine.

LaVerne joined the Foundation board in 2017, and her term ends in 2020. When asked about why she is serving, LaVerne quoted the Dalai Lama, “When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”

Sonta Roach, Member Sonta Roach, Shageluk, AK

Sonta Roach, of Shageluk, Alaska, is employed in Shageluk as an elementary teacher and previously worked as the director of Future Educators of Alaska. Sonta owns her own businesses for 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. Her current term on the Foundation board ends in 2016.

“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.”

Aaron Roth