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Doyon Foundation Staff

Doris Miller Doris Miller
Executive Director
907.459.2050

Originally of Dot Lake, Doris is the daughter of William Miller of New Jersey and Stella Miller of Dot Lake. She is the granddaughter of Peter Charles of Tanacross and Doris Charles of Batzulnetas, and Peter and Anna Miller of New Jersey.

Since 2010, Doris has served as the executive director of Doyon Foundation, where she works toward the Foundation’s mission to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders. Prior to accepting her current position, Doris served as the Foundation’s scholarship program manager for two years. Previously, Doris spent 17 years at a Native nonprofit organization, working in areas including community health services, mental health and alcohol programs, quality management and administration.

Doris' efforts are driven by her desire to see every Native student receive the opportunity to further their education, whether that be at a university or in a vocational program. She believes it is very important to work with younger students well before graduation to prepare them as much as possible for success in future educational endeavors. She also believes ancestral languages should be part of all learning opportunities and strives to assure the survival of endangered Native languages in the Doyon region.

Diloola Erickson Diloola Erickson
Doyon Languages Online II Project Manager
907.459.2058

Born in Sitka, and raised in the Tlingit village of Hoonah, Diloola is the daughter of Susan Erickson from Kaltag and Arne Erickson from Tok. Her maternal grandparents are the late Irene and Alexander Solomon, Jr., of Kaltag. Her paternal grandparents are Joyce Erickson and the late John Erickson of Tok.

A Doyon, Limited shareholder and Foundation alumna, Diloola graduated in spring 2018 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s of art degree in rural development and a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering.

Diloola served as a First Alaskans Institute summer intern at the Foundation in 2017, developing multimedia materials promoting language revitalization in the Doyon region and helping to lead a language workshop at the 2017 First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference.

Passionate about learning and sharing her language – Denaakk’e (Koyukon) – Diloola co-hosts a weekly language learning group at her home. She also practices speaking the language daily with her young daughter.

Nathaniel Feemster Nathaniel Feemster
Doyon Languages Online Project Manager
907.459.2107

Nathaniel was hired in December 2016 as the Doyon Languages Online project manager. In this role, Nathaniel is responsible for the coordination, implementation and evaluation of the Doyon Languages Online project.

Originally from Seward, Alaska, Nathaniel has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He previously worked as a substitute teacher for the Anchorage School District, and was a production assistant for the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

Nathaniel was inspired to apply for the job at Doyon Foundation by Ruth Ridley, whom he met while pursuing his undergraduate degree at UAF. “Her nearly 50-year endeavor to help create a place for the Hän language in the future inspired me to apply to Doyon Foundation,” he shared. “Through my work with Doyon Foundation, I hope to support her dream and the dreams of the many who work with the Athabaskan Dene languages. I am humbled to be working on the Doyon Online Languages project and I look forward to the many learning opportunities it offers.”

Outside of work, Nathaniel enjoys helping his community and is an active volunteer. A self-described “lifelong learner,” Nathaniel also fills his spare time with learning opportunities or projects.

Flo Grant Flo Grant
Administrative Assistant
907.459.2048

Flo was born and raised in Tanana, Alaska, by her parents, Adele Grant and the late Gary Albert. Her grandparents are the late Richard and Regina Grant, and Jacob Starr and Mary Albert.

A Doyon, Limited shareholder and Foundation student, Flo is working toward a degree in tribal management and a certificate in applied business. She plans on graduating in May 2019.

Before joining the Foundation in summer 2018, Flo served as the executive assistant to Uqaqti Consulting LLC’s president/owner and Doyon shareholder Joy Huntington. While working for Joy, Flo came across a quote from B.B. King that inspired her: “The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

“I wanted to work here at the Foundation because it focuses on two very important social needs of our people, which is education and language revitalization,” Flo said.

Flo enjoys spending time with her family, taking road trips to Tanana, walking at Creamers Field, sewing beads, learning from other master beadwork artists, and being a part of the Tanana Traditional Dancers.

Allan Hayton Allan Hayton
Language Revitalization Program Director
907.459.2162

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
Language Revitalization Program Administrative Assistant
907.459.2074

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.

Jenna Sommer Jenna Sommer
Scholarship Program Manager
907.459.2049

Jenna 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, Sr., both from Nulato, Alaska, and Lilly and Alfred Evans from Galena, Alaska. Jenna has one daughter.

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. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Jenna is a Doyon, Limited shareholder and a past Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient.

Prior to becoming the scholarship program manager at Doyon Foundation in spring 2019, Jenna worked as the Foundation’s data entry technician since May 2015. Prior to Doyon Foundation, 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 daughter, and walking.

“I enjoy working with students and helping them achieve their educational goals,” she said. “I want to help our students succeed!”