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Doyon Foundation Seeks Candidates for Board of Directors

Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for three open seats on its board of directors. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 16. Learn more at on the Foundation blog and apply online here.

Board of Directors

Lanien Livingston Lanien Livingston, Fairbanks, AK
President

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.


LaVerne Demientieff LaVerne Demientieff, Fairbanks, AK
Member

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.


Sam Demientieff, Fairbanks, AK
Member

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

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."


LaVerne Huntington, Fairbanks, AK
Member

Helena Jacobs, Member Helena Jacobs, Anchorage, AK
Member

Helena (Lena) Jacobs is the daughter of Dee Olin and David Hoffman. Her maternal grandparents are the late Lillian and Fred Olin, and her adopted maternal grandparents are Lorraine and the late John Honea. Her roots are in Ruby, but she grew up throughout Alaska and currently resides in Anchorage with her husband, Torin, and their children.

The Doyon Foundation supported Helena in obtaining her bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and Spanish from Willamette University, and her master’s in public policy from University of California Berkeley. Her professional background has focused on promoting educational advancement, career readiness, capacity building and leadership development. She currently runs her own small business, Benozaadleyo Consulting, providing professional support to nonprofit and government agencies statewide.

“I benefitted greatly from the programs the Foundation runs, and I feel called to give back. It is an honor to serve in a capacity that would allow me to support other Alaska Native students, and offer what I have to the organization that helped me so much,” she said.


Sonta Roach, Member Sonta Roach, Shageluk, AK
Member

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.”