Meet the 2017 Board Candidates
At the 2017 annual meeting of shareholders, voting shareholders will elect five directors, two of whom must be rural candidates, to serve three-year terms on the Doyon, Limited board. The current directors whose terms expire at the March 17, 2017, annual meeting in Fairbanks include Georgianna Lincoln, Esther McCarty, Victor Nicholas, Pollack “PJ” Simon, Jr. and Orie G. Williams.
The board of directors oversees the directives of Doyon, Limited. Board members participate in quarterly board meetings, committee meetings and special events such as Dialogue with Doyon meetings. The board of directors maintains an absentee policy outlining expectations for board and committee meeting attendance.
Short profiles on each of the 2017 board candidates are provided below; please note that the profiles were written and approved by the candidates and may not have been edited for consistency.
More information on the candidates can be found in the proxy statement and candidate matrix mailed on January 24 to voting shareholders. If you did not receive the mailing or have questions, please contact the shareholder records department at 459-2040 (in Fairbanks), 1-888-478-4755 (toll-free) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* = incumbent
Percy Herbert (rural), 70, lives in Fort Yukon and Fairbanks, 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 degree in counseling from the University of Alaska.
Orie G. Williams* (urban), 71, is retired and lives in Anchorage, Alaska and Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Williams was elected to the Doyon, Limited board of directors in March 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and again in 2014. Williams previously served on the board of directors from 1978 to 1984, holding the offices of vice president, chair and vice chair. He currently serves on the shareholder relations committee and on the Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation board. He previously served as the chairman of the Doyon board and on the Doyon executive committee. He chaired the boards of Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc., Doyon Government Contracting, Inc., Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation and Doyon Tourism, Inc. Williams served as president/CEO of Doyon, Limited and its Family of Companies from 2002 to 2007. He has an extensive business background and was previously employed as the executive vice president of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation; as an economic development specialist with the State of Alaska Department of Community and Regional Affairs; and as president of Toghotthele Corporation (Nenana village corporation) and its subsidiaries. Williams previously owned construction and consulting companies and A to Z Business Services. Williams attended Nenana Public School, graduated from Lathrop High School, and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Skadron College of Business in California. He has attended numerous professional workshops and holds an economic development and financial professional certification.
Pollack “PJ” Simon, Jr.* (urban), 45, lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. He serves as the first chief and is a political advocate for the Allakaket Tribe. He was elected to the Doyon, Limited board of directors in March 2014. He serves as vice chair and on the executive and finance committees. He serves as a board member and secretary on the Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc. board. Simon serves on the Hunting, Fishing and Gathering Task Force and as a board member for Bureau of Land Management Alaska Resource Advisory Council. Simon is a Class A assistant guide and is working towards his registered big game guide license. He is a plumber apprentice with over 6,000 hours attained. As a professional trapper, hunter and fisherman, he has taught wolf-trapping classes to local villages and school kids. Simon was an owner of his own big game transport business and also worked as an assistant big game guide. He serves as secretary/treasurer on the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) executive board. Simon previously served on the shareholder relations committee and NAHASDA committee. He previously served on the Chena Bingo Board and the TCC Advocacy Committee. He previously served on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Water and Sewer Focus Group. He served as a TCC alternate to the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors. Simon founded the nonprofit group Friends of Moose. He starred on an Animal Planet TV show. Simon enjoys occasionally serving as a radio broadcaster. He advocates locally, statewide and nationally on Native and rural issues.
Esther McCarty* (rural), 68, lives in Ruby, Alaska, where she is co-owner and co-manager of McCarty’s Services Store. She works as the finance director for the Ruby Tribal Council. McCarty was previously employed as the office manager and accountant for the Dineega Corporation (Ruby village corporation) and Dineega Fuel Company. She serves on Doyon’s finance committee and is a member of the Doyon Government Contracting, Inc. board. McCarty has served on the K’oyitl’ots’ina, Limited village corporation board from 1980 to 2007 and from 2010 to present. She is secretary/treasurer of SOOS Holding Company, LLC, and director and vice chair of Yukon Fire Protection Services, Inc. She previously served as president/chair and secretary of K’oyitl’ots’ina, Limited; on the Control Contractors, Inc. board as secretary; as vice president and secretary/treasurer of Brooks Range Contract Services, Inc.; vice president of KCorp Technology Services, Inc.; and on the Hadodleekkaak’at, Inc. (Hughes village corporation) board. McCarty earned an associate’s degree in accounting in 1986 from a Scranton, Pennsylvania correspondence school. She earned a certificate as a Native language teacher in 2004 and an associate’s degree in applied science – Native language education in 2006, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She was named an “Athabascan Treasure” in the Doyon region in 2010 by the Alaska State Council on the Arts for her efforts in teaching the Koyukon Athabascan (Denaakk’e) language and for making memorial potlatch songs.
Shirley Cleaver (rural), 40, lives in Galena, Alaska. She is an entrepreneur and manages Yukon Alaska Enterprise in Galena. She operates a coffee shop and a bed and breakfast. Cleaver serves as president of the consortium for the Yukon Koyukuk Elder Assisted Living Facility and volunteers at the Facility. She serves as treasurer and as a volunteer for Galena Search and Rescue. She is a Eucharistic minister for St. John Catholic Church. Cleaver served as a director for Gana-A’Yoo, Limited and as treasurer of Louden Tribal Council. She served on the Doyon, Limited board of directors from 2013 to 2016. She served on the NAHASDA committee and shareholder relations committee. Cleaver also served on the Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc. board. She worked as an administrative/commissary clerk for Doyon Universal Services, LLC and as an intern/office assistant for Doyon Drilling, Inc. 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. She is related (sister) to Doyon, Limited board of director Erica Frankson.
Georgianna Lincoln* (urban), 73, originally from Rampart, resides in Anchorage, Alaska and has been a Doyon, Limited board member since 1976. Lincoln served as chairwoman from March 2005 to March 2008, serving as chair of all Doyon subsidiaries. She currently serves on Doyon’s executive committee and on the Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc. board, in addition to being Doyon’s representative on the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors. Lincoln is one of nine trustees for First Alaskans Institute and a former Alaska Native Heritage Center board member. Lincoln retired in 2005 from the Alaska State Senate, having served 14 years in the Alaska Legislature and on many state boards and commissions. She is the only Alaska Native woman ever elected to the Alaska State Senate. Her numerous positions include serving as executive director of Fairbanks Native Association in its early formative years, as well as director of programs for Tanana Chiefs Conference. She previously served as a director on the Alaska Native Heritage Board, United Bank of Alaska, Alaska Native Health Board, National Indian Health Board, and National Indian Women’s Association. She is most proud of her two adult children, Gidget Lincoln and Sean Lincoln, and is a grandmother of nine grandchildren.
Benno Cleveland (urban), 66, lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. Cleveland completed a pipefitter apprenticeship in 1978, and previously worked as a pipefitter with Doyon Utilities, LLC from August 2008 to October 2016. He currently serves as the chair of Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow, department commander of the Military Order of Purple Hearts, vice chair of the Alaska Native Veterans Council, and president of the Alaska Native Veterans Association. Cleveland was appointed to the Veteran’s Administration’s Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans. He previously served as president of the Alaska Native Veterans Association from 2011 – 2012, and department commander of the Military Order of Purple Hearts from 2012 – 2014. Cleveland received the Richard Frank Military Service Award from Doyon, Limited in 2014 and the Alaska Federation of Natives Gin’Tith (Richard Frank) Military Service Award in 2014.
Richard Thomas (rural), 52, lives in Tanacross, Alaska. He serves on the Tanacross Village Council and previously worked as a motorman for Doyon Drilling, Inc. He attended Tok School. He received emergency firefighting crew boss training. Thomas obtained heavy equipment operator training from West Coast Training in Portland, Oregon. He attended several other job-related trainings. Thomas is a member of the Tok School parent advisory council and the Tok Dog Mushers’ Association.
Victor Nicholas* (rural), 71, lives in Nulato, Alaska. Nicholas has served on the Doyon, Limited board of directors since 2002, and previously served from 1998 to 2001. He currently serves on the finance committee, the Doyon Foundation board and the Doyon Government Contracting, Inc. board. He previously served on the Gana-A ‘Yoo board, local Nulato school board, regional school board, and Tanana Chiefs Conference executive board, and is a former chief and mayor for the village of Nulato. He was the owner of a general merchandise and grocery store in Nulato, and is a commercial pilot. He graduated from Copper Valley School and received an associate’s degree in aviation from Sheldon Jackson College.
Robert Albert (rural), 51, lives in Koyukuk, Alaska. He graduated from Tanana High School in 1983. He is disabled. He serves as the board chair of Interior Regional Housing Authority. Albert serves as a council member and tribal judge for the Native Village of Koyukuk. He serves as a council member for the City of Koyukuk. He also serves as an alternate member for the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council. He previously served on the community school committee for the Ella B. Vernetti School in Koyukuk and as board president for Koyukuk Search and Rescue.