Meet the 2016 Board Candidates: New Video Interviews Now Available!
At the 2016 Doyon, Limited annual meeting on March 18, voting shareholders will elect four directors to serve three-year terms on the Doyon board. The current directors whose terms expire at the March 2016 annual meeting include Shirley Cleaver, Lee DeWilde, Sonta Hamilton Roach and Miranda Wright.
Short profiles on each of the 2016 board candidates are included below; please note that the profiles were written and approved by the candidates and may not have been edited for consistency. New in 2016, the candidates shared additional insights on themselves in a series of short video interviews, which may be viewed by clicking the links below.
More information on the candidates can be found in the proxy statement and candidate matrix mailed on January 26 to voting shareholders. Shareholders who did not receive the mailing, or who have questions, should contact the shareholder records department at 459-2040 (in Fairbanks), 1-888-478-4755 (toll-free) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Ridley (urban), 42, lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is the executive finance officer for Tanana Chiefs Conference. Ridley received a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He currently serves as the vice president for Hungwitchin Corporation and as treasurer for the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center. He previously served as treasurer for the Dillingham Chamber of Commerce and the Copper Valley Economic Development Council. Ridley is married to Rebecca and they have three sons/Doyon shareholders: Gabriel, Adam and Jacob. He volunteers coaching his sons’ cross country ski team at Weller Elementary School.
Peter Captain, Jr. (urban), 36, presently resides in Fairbanks, Alaska and is originally from Ruby and Galena. He is sole-owner and operator of Captain Coordination Services, providing wedding, meeting, and convention coordination and catering services. He is recognized statewide for his tireless volunteer coordination of fundraisers for people during their times of need. Captain received his high school diploma (GED) from the Adult Learning Programs of Alaska and his Nursing Assistant Certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Captain received the Ruby Shareholder of the Year Award in 2010 from his Ruby village corporation, Dineega; the Doyon, Limited Daaga’ Community Service Award in 2013; and was the recipient of the Alaska Federation of Natives President’s Public Service Award in 2013.
Sonta Hamilton Roach* (rural), 29, of Shageluk, Alaska, was elected to the Doyon board of directors in March 2013. She serves on the shareholder relations committee, the Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation board, and the Doyon Foundation board, where she chairs the ad hoc scholarship policy review committee. She is employed as an elementary teacher in Shageluk and serves on the SERRC Project CREATE advisory committee. Roach previously worked as the director of Future Educators of Alaska. She previously served on the Shageluk IRA Tribal Council and on the executive committee for Spirit of Youth. Roach owns a consulting business for event planning and facilitation, grant writing, and environmental program management. She received a bachelor’s degree in rural development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has earned a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Edwin Bifelt (rural), 31, lives in Huslia, Alaska. He is the owner/principal consultant for Zane Hills Capital, LLC since 2013. He served as the co-tournament organizer for the 2014 and 2015 North American Basketball Tournaments, as a grant development specialist for the Huslia Tribal Council, and as the lands and shareholder relations manager for K’oyitl’ots’ina, Limited. Bifelt received a bachelor of business administration and a master of business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He serves as a council member for the Huslia City Council.
Ray Atwood (urban), 42, lives in Spokane, Washington. He is the president/CEO of JRA Solutions, LLC. Atwood also serves as a board member, treasurer and investment committee member for Toghotthele Corporation. He previously served as the senior capture manager, base operations, for Yulista Holding, LLC; as the business manager for Clear Stream, LLC; and as a capture manager for Chugach Alaska Corporation. Atwood received an associate’s degree in paralegal studies and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He received his master of business administration from the University of Phoenix.
Jerry Isaac (urban), 62, lives in Copper Center, Alaska. He previously served as the president for Tanana Chiefs Conference. He attended Chemawa Indian School and received a Prosci Change Management certification in 2012. Isaac is the co-chair and board member for the Alaska Federation of Natives and is the Alaska-area vice president for the National Congress of American Indians. Isaac served on the Tanacross Village Council from 1976 through 2006 and on the Tanacross Village Corporation board from 1976 through 1990. He has served on numerous boards over the years.
Miranda Wright* (urban), seventy, of Fairbanks, Alaska, has served on the Doyon, Limited board of directors since 1995. She has held the office of chair of Doyon, Limited and currently serves as treasurer. Wright chairs the finance committee and serves on the executive committee. She is a member of the Doyon Government Contracting, Inc. board. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s of arts degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She retired from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and holds the title of director emeritus of the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development. Wright is active on the community advisory board for Holland America/Westours. She is a co-chair for the Troth Yeddha’ Legacy Initiative committee. She has served on numerous boards and commissions primarily focused on economic development and education.
Ginessa (Peter) Sams (urban), 29, lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is the deputy behavioral health director for Tanana Chiefs Conference. She previously worked as the behavioral health director/clinician for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments in Fort Yukon. Sams received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her master of education in counseling degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She graduated from Doyon Leadership Training in 2015. She serves as the chair for Tribal Behavioral Health Directors and on the Bread Line Board of Directors and previously served as a council member for the Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government.
Percy Herbert (rural), 69, lives in Fort Yukon, Alaska. He is retired and previously was employed as a laborer. Herbert is a Vietnam veteran. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an associate’s of arts degree in counseling from the University of Alaska.
Shirley Cleaver* (rural), 39, of Galena, Alaska, was elected to the Doyon board of directors in March 2013. She serves on the shareholder relations committee and on the Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc. board. She operates and owns several businesses including a coffee shop, a bed and breakfast and a vehicle rental company. Cleaver was previously employed as an accounting assistant for the Galena City School District. She previously served on the board of directors of Gana-A’Yoo, Limited and as treasurer of Louden Tribal Council. Cleaver received her bachelor’s of business administration for management from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2000 and her master’s of business administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2012. She graduated from Doyon Management Training in May 2006. Cleaver serves as president of the consortium for the Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility and as treasurer for Galena Search and Rescue. She serves as a eucharistic minister for St. John Catholic Church. She is related (sister) to Doyon, Limited board member Erica Frankson.
Rhonda Baker Joseph (urban), 53, lives in Fairbanks, Alaska, where she is employed as an office manager for Pacific Rim Counseling. She previously worked as a senior case manager for Cornell Companies, Inc. at the Northstar Center. Joseph is a member of and treasurer for the Fairbanks Native Association board of directors. She previously served as the president and vice president of the Fairbanks Native Association board of directors. She is a member of and secretary for the Tanana Chiefs Conference Health Board. She currently serves on the Tanana Chiefs Conference Advisory Committee. She also previously served as secretary/treasurer for Northway Natives, Inc. Joseph has an associate’s of arts degree in business from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been a licensed foster parent for the past 28 years and is currently taking online classes to understand birth defects due to prenatal exposure to methamphetamine and alcohol abuse.
* = Incumbent