The Doyon Foundation board of directors grew from seven to nine members, following a vote at its annual membership meeting. The Foundation is pleased to welcome two new board members: LaVerne Demientieff and Marie Monroe. Incumbents Lanien Livingston and Sonta Roach were re-elected at the meeting.

LaVerne Bio PicLaVerne, who was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, 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. LaVerne also works as a clinical associate professor for UAF’s bachelor’s of social work program, and is a licensed master social worker through the State of Alaska. A former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, LaVerne 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.

Marie Monroe 2Marie Irwin Monroe, of Nenana, Alaska, graduated from Nenana High School in 1970, and owned and operated her own transportation business from 1975 to 2000. From 1996 to present, she has been general manager of the Kantishna Roadhouse/Doyon Tourism. Marie, who has several family members who received scholarships from Doyon Foundation, says, “I am excited about the language revitalization work the Foundation has embarked upon, and I look forward to contributing to this and all of the other educational programs and opportunities the Foundation brings to our community.”

The board also held an officer election at the board meeting earlier this month. The officers remain the same, with Lanien Livingston serving as president, Paul Mountain as vice president, and Julie Anderson as secretary treasurer.

Other board members include Victor Nicholas, Helena Jacobs, Joshua Peter and Sonta Roach.

For more information, including full board member bios, visit

Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for two open seats on its board of directors. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5 p.m.

The open positions are for three-year terms expiring in 2019. The seats up for election are currently held by Lanien Livingston and Sonta Roach.


Candidates seeking election to the Doyon Foundation board must be:

  • A Doyon, Limited shareholder
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Knowledgeable about private foundation management and higher education
  • Familiar with the Foundation’s strategic plan, long-term vision and goals, and mission and purpose
  • Committed to carrying out the duties of a board member, which include:
    • Attending quarterly board meetings
    • Serving on two board committees
    • Completing work outside of meetings
    • Representing the Foundation at various events
    • Speaking on behalf of the Foundation at events, if asked

If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for a cause, and impact the resources available to a nonprofit, this board seat may be right for you! Doyon Foundation is specifically interested in candidates with experience with nonprofit boards, fundraising, financial management, endowment fund investing, culture and language revitalization, and Alaska Native education.

Important Notice

Please note that, under federal laws governing private foundations, family members of Doyon Foundation board members are NOT eligible to receive a Doyon Foundation basic or competitive scholarship during their term on the board. Family members are defined as the board members’ spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the spouses of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Current Doyon Foundation scholarship recipients are also not eligible to serve on the board.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The duties of a Doyon Foundation board member include:

  • Contribute skills that help the Foundation make progress on its strategic plan.
  • Consistently work toward and produce results related to the Foundation’s strategic focus areas, which include providing consistent measurable results, diversifying and growing revenue streams, increasing shareholder educational opportunities, enhancing operations, and revitalizing languages and traditional Native values.
  • Define and oversee the mission of the Foundation and keep it relevant to the needs of Doyon shareholders and their descendants.
  • Approve programs/services and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Foundation and its executive director.
  • Ensure financial solvency and help raise resources.
  • Select, support and evaluate the executive director.
  • Ensure continuous board improvement.
  • Attend quarterly meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as any special meetings called.
  • Serve on two board committees and possibly chair one committee, which include finance/investment, development/fundraising, language revitalization/culture, and governance.
  • Participate in at least one board training event each year.
  • Demonstrate willingness to take on other duties and assignments, as needed.
  • Represent and, if asked, speak on behalf of Doyon Foundation at various events.

Application Instructions/Deadline

Applications are accepted using an online form, available here. The form does not take long to fill out and candidates are able to upload resumes and/or other materials.

Candidates may also download and print a hard-copy form here. Completed forms should be mailed to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701. Mailing instructions are provided on the form.

Please note that candidates are required to submit an updated resume along with their completed application.

It is highly recommended that candidates familiarize themselves with the Foundation and its work by reviewing the Foundation’s website, blog and Facebook page prior to submitting an application.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit or contact Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director, at 907.459.2048 or



Fairbanks Native Association is requesting applications from high school students in the Fairbanks area who would like to experience serving on their Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for youth to get to know FNA, their programs and to get Alaska Native non-profit board experience. The youth representative may attend conferences or gatherings to represent FNA. The application is attached.


Youth Representative Application.pdf

The Doyon Foundation board of directors held officer elections at their recent meeting in Fairbanks.

Re-elected were Lanien Livingston as president and Julie Anderson as secretary/treasurer. Board member Paul Mountain was elected as vice president.

Other Foundation board members include Wally Carlo, Helena Jacobs, Joshua Peter and Sonta Roach.

Learn more about the Foundation board members on our website.

At our 2015 annual membership meeting, Helena Jacobs was elected to the Doyon Foundation board of directors for a three-year term. Incumbent Julie Anderson was also re-elected for a two-year term, and incumbent Joshua Peter was re-elected for a three-year term.

Helena Jacobs

Helena Jacobs is the Foundation’s newest board member.

The Foundation is pleased to welcome Jacobs, who 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 Foundation supported Jacobs 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 benefited 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.


Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for three open seats on our board of directors. Doyon, Limited shareholders ages 18 and over are eligible to apply. View more information on candidate qualifications on our website.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 19, 2015 at 5 p.m. Interested candidates can apply online or download and complete the board candidate application form on our website.

Two of the open positions are for three-year terms expiring in 2018; one of the open positions is a remainder term seat expiring in 2017. The seats up for election are currently held by Julie Anderson and Joshua Peter; the remainder term seat was previously filled by Allan Hayton, who resigned from the board to accept the position of language revitalization program director at Doyon Foundation.

If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for a cause, and impact the resources available to a nonprofit, this board seat may be right for you! Doyon Foundation is interested in candidates experienced in nonprofit boards, fundraising, financial management, endowment fund investing, culture and language revitalization, and Alaska Native education.

Learn more about candidate qualifications and board member responsibilities on our website. Then apply as a candidate by 5 p.m. on October 19 either using our online form or access the form our website.

For more information, please contact Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director, at 907.459.2048 or

Wally Carlo, a founding member of the Doyon Foundation board of directors, will once again serve as a Foundation board member. The Doyon, Limited board appointed Carlo to the Foundation board at its May strategic planning session. Carlo fills the seat previously held by Phyllis Erhart, and will serve the remainder of her term, which ends in 2017.

Wally Carlo. Photo courtesy of Doyon, Limited.

Wally Carlo. Photo courtesy of Doyon, Limited.

“We are so thankful to have a founding member of Doyon Foundation included in our current board of directors,” said Doris Miller, the Foundation’s executive director. “Wally has been a constant supporter of the Foundation since its inception in 1989 and we are thrilled to have him to turn to for historical advice and wisdom as the Foundation moves forward.”

Carlo grew up with four brothers and three sisters in Ruby, Galena and Fairbanks, Alaska. His late father, William, of Rampart, was born to Lucy Pitka Jacketta and Carlo Jacketta. His mother, Poldine, of Nulato, was born to Pricilla Stickman Demoski and James Demoski.

“We come from a long family of living off the land and its resources along with being explorers and gold mine owners and operators,” Carlo shared.

Carlo’s educational background includes high school, university-level courses and real estate property management courses. He has also had the experience of forming and running businesses. Carlo is retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers, and also served as Doyon, Limited’s property manager from 1989 to 1998.

A long-time member of the Doyon, Limited board of directors, Carlo also serves on the board of trustees for the Greater Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Foundation and is a board member for the Fairbanks Resource Foundation, which designs, builds and operates homes for the disabled.

“I was fortunate to have been involved in the humble beginning of the Doyon Foundation,” he said. “I believe my experience can help expand educational opportunities. Great progress has been made but there is more to be accomplished.”