Doyon Foundation welcomes Katie Sommer, our new administrative assistant. Katie, of Fairbanks, is the daughter of Joyce and Earl Sommer, and the granddaughter of Jean and George Jenkins, and Dorothy and Fred Sommer. She is the sister of Kristie Sommer, Terrance Sommer and Earl N. Sommer, and mother of Kaylynn O’Brien. Katie Sommer

Katie, a Doyon, Limited shareholder, is a 2008 graduate of Nenana City Public School. She completed one year of her electrical apprenticeship through AVTEC, and is a level 1 and 2 certified pipefitter through NIT.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Katie worked as a sales associate with Prospector Outfitters, and was an electrician apprentice with IRHA.

“I thought (joining Doyon Foundation) would be a great work experience,” Katie said about her new role. “I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about the company and being able to be a part of helping students get a higher education.”

Doyon Foundation will host its 10th annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic on June 17 – 18, 2010 at Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. The two-day golf classic features a nine-hole scramble, skills tournament, reception, golf banquet, and more than $20,000 in player prizes, plus $10,000 in door prizes. A detailed schedule is available at

For 10 years, this annual event has supported the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund established by Doyon Foundation to benefit Alaska Native, higher education students studying business management and leadership. Last year, the classic raised $60,661 for the scholarship program.

“I honestly would not have been able to make it financially without the assistance of Doyon Foundation. Also to know that one has the support of your people while engaging in such rigorous work and so far from home helps me as well,” said Jessica Black, a 2009 – 2010 Morris Thompson competitive scholarship recipient, who is pursuing her PhD in social work at Washington University in St. Louis.

The golf classic was established in honor of the late Morris Thompson, an Alaska Native leader who served as the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 until his passing in 2000.

Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation’s executive director, said the success of the golf classic is dependent on the support from golfers and sponsors. Approximately 100 golfers are expected this year, and the 2010 major sponsors include:

$15,000+ Doctorate Level Sponsors

  • Doyon Family of Companies
  • KeyBank
  • Thompson Metal Fab, Inc.

$5,000+ Bachelor’s Level Sponsors

  • Alaska Airlines (In Kind)
  • BP
  • Calista Corporation
  • CIRI
  • Peak Oilfield Service Co.

$2,500+ Associate’s Level Sponsors

  • Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Alaska Interstate Construction, LLC
  • Arctic Office Products
  • Doyon Emerald
  • Flowline Alaska, Inc.
  • Koniag, Inc.
  • Teamsters Local 959


$3,000 Golf Ball Sponsor

  • ACS

Miller also acknowledged this year’s honorary tournament hosts, including Doyon, Limited Chair Orie Williams, Rep. Don Young, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, and Sen. Mark Begich. A complete list of sponsors is available at

Doyon Foundation was established in 1989 as the private foundation for Doyon, Limited, the regional Native corporation for Interior Alaska. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Foundation’s mission is to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships to more than 2,300 students.

For more information, visit or contact Doris Miller, executive director, at 1.888.478.4755 ext. 2048, 907.459.2048 or

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