Online voting is now open for Doyon, Limited’s 2024 Annual Meeting of Shareholders! If you opted in for electronic delivery of your Annual Meeting materials, check your email inbox for instructions on accessing your meeting materials and voting online. Otherwise, watch your mailbox – the annual report mailing will arrive soon!
Meet the 2024 Board Candidates
William O. Amouak
“I have only ever received checks and company annual reports from Doyon. I have given nothing back during my entire life, as I have been too busy living in the lower 48. I doubt I will get many votes because I am, for all ways that matter, an outsider. I wish to change that, if possible, and this would do so in a BIG way. Finally, for an adventurer’s reason: Why not? This would be an adventure most definitely”
Walter “Wally” Carlo
“I will continue to work hard to carry out Doyon, Limited’s mission statement: To continually enhance our position as a financially strong Native corporation in order to promote the economic and social wellbeing of our shareholders and future shareholders, to strengthen our Native way of life, and to protect and enhance our land and resources. It will always be a work in progress for those that follow.”
“My interest in serving on the Doyon, Limited Board of Directors is founded on my late grandmother, Lina Demoski, encouraging me to not forget where I came from. I have had the beautiful experience of being raised in villages and encouraged by my late parents, Rudy Demoski, Sr. and Agnes Beaver, to pursue higher education and opportunities to grow. My upbringing and familial roots have guided my professional development. Every professional experience I have been placed in, I have found myself balancing the importance of the people, land, and resources with development.
I have the knowledge and business acumen to serve and welcome the opportunity, if elected. Doyon has provided much for me and my family. As a graduate of Doyon’s leadership management program, I now see this as an opportunity to give back.”
David R. Engles
“Greetings. The decision to run for the Board of Directors has been on my mind, because I would like to be at the table when decisions are made. I served on Seth-De-Ya-Ah Board of Directors from 2018 – 2021. I then served as the CEO for Seth-De-Ya-Ah from 2021 – 2023.
I started Dodi Zrunh Consulting in 2018. My company creates language content. In 2019, I worked for Fairbanks Native Association developing Denaakka language curriculum Pre-K. I’m currently writing Benhti a History: 1400 – 2023.
With five years’ experience in the Alaska Native corporation world, I offer my services to you. Having this experience means you don’t have to train me. My sleeves are rolled up and I’m ready to work for our people, willing to help out where I can. I learned a lot and would like to apply this knowledge to serving our corporation.”
Charleen C. Fisher, Ph.D.
“Drin Gwinzii Shalak naįį! I would like to continue to serve as a Director of Doyon, Limited to participate in regional leadership as a culturally grounded and committed advocate for all shareholders. I am committed to decisions that benefit shareholder health and wellness, and advocate for shareholder employment opportunities.
Our culture and languages continue to heal our hearts and minds. We are an Indigenous people rich in land, natural resources, cultural heritage, linguistic diversity, and pristine water and air. I honor our shareholders who commit time to learn, teach, and actively live our ancestral ways on our ancestral homelands.
I am committed to inclusive leadership based on open communication and dialogue with shareholders. I will continue to work with the Board of Directors and shareholders and fulfill my duties as a Director. Mahsi’ choo or thank you for your support. God bless.”
Michael R. Fleagle
“It is my humble honor to have been encouraged by some of my strongest supporters and mentors to apply and serve on the Doyon, Limited Board again.
With my previous experience on the Board, combined with my Tribal leadership as Chief of the McGrath Native Village, Chair of both the Alaska Board of Game and Federal Subsistence Board, plus my three-year detail as a Senior Level Policy Staff for U.S. Senator Sullivan, I have a well-rounded resume that will serve to better understand and advocate for shareholders’ issues.
It has always been my objective when serving in any elected or appointed capacity to be simply a representative for those who have trusted me to be in these positions. I would pledge to maintain that mentality – to not be a “leader” so much as to be your humble representative to the Board.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.”
Audrey A. George
“I like to help people. I enjoy learning and sharing information. I want to be part of a team that works to benefit the many people within the Doyon Region. I enjoy detailed work and big picture work. I want to be of service to the community that supported me to achieve my goals, and provided me and my family such a prosperous life.”
Maureen L. McCarty
“My reason for being a candidate is that I am very passionate about being a Board Member and working
with others is something I like to do. I want to show other shareholders my age that it is OK to run for open seats. When I was younger, I told my late dad, Willy, “Someday I want to be a Board Member for Doyon.” His advice was, “Start small and work your way up and when you are ready, throw your name in the hat.” Here I am – I started small and worked my way up to where I believe I am ready to serve the shareholders of Doyon, Limited as a Board of Director.”
Patrick M. McCarty
“Our Elders have taught us to always help one another during hard times. Right now is a time to hold fast to this wisdom. I want to engage our shareholders who are experiencing different hardships and help move them toward self-sufficiency, both at a corporate and community level. This is going to take teamwork at its highest levels. I plan on maintaining attendance, accountability, and transparency should I get elected. Shareholders of all levels of social and economic standing need to feel they can access our leadership and their network of support. There are opportunities for education, job training programs, employment, and housing assistance, as well as financial aid. It is by working together with all stakeholders that we will ultimately accomplish our mission of moving shareholders toward self-sufficiency. Doyon, Limited has a powerful mission statement, which I believe all Board Members should adhere to. I would appreciate your support.”
Andrea J. Miller
“As an applicant for the Board of Directors of Doyon, Limited, I am honored to offer my years of business skills and support in the service of this community. I bring an abundance of qualifications to the table, which includes a passion for furthering Doyon’s causes: cultural values balanced with business success.
In this role, I wish to offer an effective ear that can hear quiet voices as well as providing a strong stance representing Doyon.
I am also deeply committed to shareholder hire and employment. I worked hard for close to 30 years at Doyon Drilling to raise shareholder hire to 50 percent. I will continue to advocate to raise that bar throughout Doyon Drilling and the other Doyon companies.
Through prosperous companies offering solid dividends coupled with employment opportunities, Doyon will be the company we all want it to be.”
Jeffrey J. Nelson
“My uncle Ernest (Ernie) Holmberg, who lived in McGrath, served on the first Doyon Board. I would like to follow his lead in helping Doyon continue to be a leader in business and responsible resource development in Alaska. Doyon’s ANCSA land entitlement of approximately 12.5 million acres makes Doyon the largest private landholder in the state of Alaska, covering a huge area with many unique challenges and opportunities. I now live in an urban area, but grew up in a small village and am well aware of the challenges with jobs, transportation, impacts on subsistence, food security, housing, and many other issues facing rural Alaska ANCSA shareholders and residents. I feel with my experience in land management and other areas, I can make a meaningful contribution to Doyon, while being respectful of the concerns of shareholders in both urban and rural areas.”
“It has always been my vision to see Doyon grow financially in order to provide better benefits, such as larger distributions, scholarships, and increased employment opportunities for shareholders. Our values of respecting Elders, respecting animals, sharing, and working together must continue.
It would be wise to begin promoting shareholders to leadership positions at the subsidiary level as managers leave or retire. Responsible land development is possible with community input on some of Doyon’s 12.5 million acres.”
Aaron L. Solomon
“I want to serve on the Board to help our people connect with Doyon by helping start their own businesses, teaching our youth to own and operate a small business, and teaching them our great history and culture. I would like Doyon to host trainings and workshops that are taught by successful small business owners. My vision for all Doyon shareholders is to be proud Native business owners in the urban areas helping strong Natives in rural areas, living our traditional lifestyle. Our ancestors were very strong with all that mother nature and the western culture threw at them. It’s our responsibility to respect them by thriving and showing our future generations the strength and pride our people have. Doyon could lead the way in having classes for our high school students showing them taxes, budgeting, and cultural history”
Avery M. Thomas
“It would be a privilege and an honor to serve on the Board of Directors of Doyon. If elected, I would take the opportunity to continue the efforts and hard work of all the people that founded this great corporation and made it what it is today. I want to see our corporation and subsidiaries continue to excel and be successful. I want to protect our powerful voice and our way of life, and continue to build a strong future for generations to come. I believe that with my past experience in corporate board service, construction, and business that I could be a valuable asset to Doyon’s team. I want to be part of a team that takes pride in what we do, and at the end of the day, we are proud of what we have done!
Thank you for your encouragement and support.