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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.”

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.