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Doyon Foundation Staff

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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.

Dewey Kk’ołeyo Putyuk Hoffman Dewey Kk’ołeyo Putyuk Hoffman
Doyon Languages Online Project Manager

Dewey is Northern Dene and Swiss-American from Ruby. He was given the Denaakk’e (Koyukon Athabascan) name Kk’ołeyo by his grandmother Lillian Olin, after her grandfather Big Jim; it means “walking.” His Iñupiaq name Putyuk means “pinch.” His mother is K’etse’hʉltoone Dee Olin, and his maternal grandparents are Fred Olin, Sr. and Lillian Olin of middle Yukon, and adopted grandparents John Honea and Neełnohʉłno Lorraine Honea of Ruby. His father is Kk’oneeh’oł David Hoffman, and his paternal grandparents are George and Helen Hoffman of Bozeman, Montana. He lives in Fairbanks with his partner, Marjorie Kunaq Nekkon’ Tahbone, and their daughter, Telele Iŋmaġana.

A Doyon Foundation alumnus, Dewey received basic and competitive scholarships during his undergraduate and graduate studies program. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2009, and a master’s in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2019.

Prior to joining Doyon Foundation full time in 2020, Dewey was a content creator for the Denaakk'e course through Doyon Languages Online, as well as a community partner who helped host language-related gatherings in Fairbanks and Anchorage. He was a preschool teacher through Fairbanks Native Association's Denaakk'e Classroom, the Indigenous leadership continuum director at First Alaskans Institute, and development manager at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. He is also the owner of a consulting business, Hoozoonh.

“I want to learn more about hands-on language planning, and work with the Interior Native communities to carry forward the vision of one people many languages,” he said. “Our Indigenous languages are extremely important and useful. Nogheedeno'! It is coming back to life!”

Jennifer Mayo-Shannon Jennifer Mayo-Shannon
Administrative Assistant

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 Data Entry Technician

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.