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Doyon Foundation Staff

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Tiffany Simmons Tiffany Simmons
Executive Director

A Doyon, Limited shareholder, Simmons 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. Simmons raised her two children, Traven and Tessa Sweetsir, in Fairbanks, where she currently resides with her husband, Harold Attla.

Simmons 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, Simmons 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,” Simmons 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.”

Jordan Lee Craddick Jordan Lee Craddick
Doyon Languages Online Project Manager

Jordan Lee Craddick is a Doyon, Limited shareholder of Deg Hit’an and Tlingit descent. His parents are Steve and Vicki Craddick. His paternal grandparents are Randy Kalkins and Caroline Demientieff, while his maternal grandparents are John Kristovich and June Parsons.

Jordan was raised throughout Southeast Alaska, but he considers his hometown to be Juneau. A trained historian who focuses primarily on Alaska Native history, Jordan received his bachelor’s in history from the University of Alaska Anchorage and his master’s in northern studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Currently, he is in the process of writing a dissertation for his Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

“My success in school can be attributed, in no small part, to Doyon Foundation,” Jordan says. “The financial and moral support I received from the Foundation was crucial and I always appreciated how the staff at Doyon Foundation thoughtfully engaged with my educational goals.”

Jordan joined the Foundation team in early 2021. “I chose to join Doyon Foundation because the work they do is vitally important,” he says. “Fostering the next generation of Athabascan leaders via academic support while also working to preserve our heritage through language revitalization are necessary functions that will ensure the longevity and sovereignty of our people. I am optimistic about the continued growth of the Foundation and I hope to find ways of recording and preserving our proud history in the years to come.”

As for his interests outside of school and work, Jordan shares, “I’ve been in graduate school for so long that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have hobbies. Given my profession, I read a lot, though to unwind I enjoy watching movies and playing Xbox games. Now that my educational journey is near its end, I hope to take fencing classes, learn photography and hike more.”

Myles Creed Myles Creed
Doyon Languages Online Project Assistant

Myles was born in Fairbanks and raised in Kotzebue, Alaska. His parents are John Creed and Susan Andrews, who grew up in Massachusetts and Maryland, respectively, and moved to Kotzebue in the 1970s/1980s. His ancestry is English, Irish and French.

Myles attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka, Alaska, and Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, studying communication. He continued on at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, receiving a Master of Arts in general linguistics. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at the University of Victoria.

Myles has been interested and involved with Inupiaq language revitalization for several years and is a founding member of the Iḷisaqativut Language Collective. Myles enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Allan Hayton Allan Hayton
Language Revitalization Program Director

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 Mayo-Shannon Jennifer Mayo-Shannon
Office Manager

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 and I am also looking forward to assisting Doyon shareholders achieve their educational goals. 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. To be a part of such a dynamic establishment is awe-inspiring,” Jennifer shares.

Purestyn Milk Purestyn Milk
Scholarship Program Manager

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.

Jenna Sommer Jenna Sommer
Data Manager

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!”