Meet the 2018 Board Candidates
At the 2018 annual meeting of shareholders, voting shareholders will elect four directors, one of whom must be a rural candidate, to serve three-year terms on the Doyon, Limited board. Current directors whose terms expire at the March 2018 annual meeting are Walter “Wally” Carlo, Jennifer Fate, Christopher Simon and Erica Frankson.
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 2018 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 or emailed in January to voting shareholders. Additional information on the candidates, including video interviews, is posted to www.doyon.com/boardelection. Candidates who attend the annual meeting will also have two minutes each to address shareholders before voting closes.
For more information, contact the shareholder records department at 459-2040 (in Fairbanks), 1-888-478-4755 (toll-free) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* = incumbent
Debra A. Deacon (urban), 61, of Anchorage, Alaska, is a journeyman mechanical insulator for Heat & Frost Insulators Local No. 97. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Deacon previously worked for Hee Yea Lingde Corporation (the village corporation for Grayling) as an office manager. Deacon was born in Holikachuk to Henry and Dolly Deacon. She traveled with the whole village to the Yukon River for fishing in the summer and back to the Innoko for the winter. After attending Wrangell Institute, Deacon returned to Grayling and schooled there until leaving for high schools in Palmer and Kenai.
Heidi A. Christensen (urban), 31, of Anchorage, Alaska, is a receptionist for Old Harbor Native Corporation. She previously served as a housekeeper for the Alaska Native Medical Center, as a server for Crowne Plaza and as a housekeeper for Doyon Universal Services, LLC. Christensen recently graduated from Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor Training and earned a counselor technician certificate through the Alaska Behavioral Health Commission. She is a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage and has earned multiple credits. Christensen volunteers at Beans Café and at her children’s school. She and her husband, Jason, have two children, Caleb and Julianna. Her father was a bear guide and fisherman and mom was a tribal clerk. Her parents are the late Wesley Christiansen from Old Harbor, Alaska, and Almeria Carroll from Fort Yukon, Alaska. Her grandparents are the late Harry Carroll and Jessie Carroll of Chalkyitsik, Alaska. She has six siblings. She is Gwich’in Athabascan and Alutiiq and was raised in Old Harbor, Alaska.
Freddie R. Olin, IV (urban), 34, of Anchorage, Alaska, is a Special Projects Coordinator for Gana-A ‘Yoo, Limited (the village corporation for Galena, Koyukuk, Nulato and Kaltag). He is also a Rural Development major attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He previously served as a Tribal Recruiter Specialist for Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, as Executive Assistant and Legislative Liaison in the office of Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott, and as a Shareholder Records Administrator for Gana-A ‘Yoo, Limited. He worked as a Legislative Aide in the office of state Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, and completed the First Alaskans Institute Public Policy Fellowship in state Sen. Donny Olson’s office both in the Alaska State Capitol. He also completed the First Alaskans Institute Al Adams Young Political Leader Internship in former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich’s Washington, D.C. office. He was a Doyon Drilling, Inc. Roustabout and Floorhand from October 2004 – January 2012. He has participated in and completed the Arctic Institute for Indigenous Leadership 2009 cohort, and recently completed the inaugural 2017 Northern Alaska Indigenous Leadership
Academy through a partnership between the UAF Rural College and Ilisagvik College in Barrow. He is currently a participant in the 2017 – 2018 Leadership Anchorage cohort, through the Alaska Humanities Forum. He was a volunteer intern with the Yukon River Fisheries Drainage Association in 2012 and a volunteer tutor at the Effie Kokrine Charter School from 2010 – 2011. His mother Betty Jean Olin is employed by Doyon Drilling, Inc. and his dad Fred R. Olin III is a long-time employee of the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Walter “Wally” Carlo* (urban), 71, of Fairbanks, Alaska, is retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers. He currently serves as emeritus trustee for the Greater Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Foundation and is a board member for the Fairbanks Rehabilitation Foundation, which designs, builds and operates homes for the disabled. Carlo served as Doyon, Limited’s property manager from 1989 to 1998. He served on the Doyon, Limited board of directors from 1980 to 1989 and 1999 to 2008. He has served on the board of directors 2009 to present. Carlo serves as chair of the Doyon board and chairs the Doyon executive committee. He serves as chair of the boards of Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc., Doyon Government Contracting, Inc. and Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation.
Richard A. Thomas (rural), 53, lives in Tanacross, Alaska. He serves on the Tanacross Village Council and previously worked as a roughneck 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 Tanacross School parent advisory council and the Tanacross Dog Mushers’ Association.
Brian C. Sanford (urban), 43, of Anchorage, Alaska, is a senior project manager for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Sanford serves as the Area of Operations Managerfor the region of Tanana Chiefs Conference, while working in the Division of Environmental Health and Engineering. Previous to his current position, Sanford worked 16 years managing capital improvement projects throughout the State of Alaska, while working for Department of Transportation, Division of Construction and Engineering. He also served as a project manager for H C Contractors, Inc. He received his Bachelor of Science in Management from Charter College and his Master of Business Administration, Management from Alaska Pacific University. Sanford took courses in engineering from North Dakota State University. He is a certified Project Management Professional and certified Scheduling Professional through the professional Project Management Institute, and he is certified in Construction Quality Management from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Jennifer Fate* (urban), 56, spends her time in both Fairbanks, Alaska and Los Angeles, California. She was elected to the Doyon, Limited board of directors in 2006. She serves on the finance committee, on the Doyon Government Contracting, Inc. and Doyon Foundation boards and is past chair of the Doyon Budget and Audit Committee. She currently works in private investment and has worked in business consulting and acquisitions for multinational corporations and media companies. Fate also has been an independent documentary producer, working on projects for Bravo, Travel Channel and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Fate serves as a director for Foster Care Counts in Los Angeles. She previously served as a director for the Pine Ridge School for Girls on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Fate received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. She is a lifelong subsistence fisherman on the Yukon River and is seeking reelection in 2018. Her full legal name is Jennifer Fate Velaise.
Rhonda Baker Druck (urban), 55, of Fairbanks, Alaska, is a clerk for Soapy Smiths Pull Tabs. She previously served as the office manager for Pacific Rim Counseling. Druck received her associate degree in business from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is president of Rise Again Recovery, Inc. Druck previously served as a board member for Fairbanks Native Association and as a board member and secretary for the Tanana Chiefs Conference Health Board.
Walter D. Gochenauer, Jr. (urban), 48, of Sterling, Alaska, is a self-employed subcontractor. He previously worked as an airways transportation system specialist with the Federal Aviation Administration and received extensive training on electronic aviation equipment. Gochenauer was convicted in 2009 of DUI, in 2011 for DUI-Alcohol Or Contr Subst, and in 2009 for theft – 3rd degree. (Disclosure required under 3 AAC 08.345 Board Solicitations)
Christopher Simon* (urban), 52, lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has served on the Doyon, Limited board of directors since 2009. He serves as the corporation’s secretary and on the executive committee, and is the alternate Doyon representative on the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors. He also serves on the Doyon Government Contracting, Inc. board. Simon has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in education leadership from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as well as a post-graduate education leadership certificate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is deputy director of health services for Tanana Chiefs Conference. He previously served as the statewide rural education coordinator for the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, as the superintendent of schools for the Yukon-Koyukuk School District, and as the principal of Jimmy Huntington School in his hometown of Huslia. Simon serves as president of K’oyitl’ots’ina, Ltd. (the village corporation for Alatna, Allakaket, Hughes and Huslia). He previously served as a RurAL CAP board member, as a member of the Alaska Rural Subcabinet Advisory Group, and as a director of the Boys and Girls Home of Alaska, Inc.
Erica L. Frankson* (rural), 39, of Galena, Alaska, previously was a customer service agent for Ravn Alaska. In 2012 she worked as behavioral health aide for Tanana Chiefs Conference. Frankson received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2002 and her master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. She serves on the shareholder relations committee and on the Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc. board. Frankson previously served on the board of directors for Gana-A ‘Yoo, Limited (the village corporation for Galena, Koyukuk, Nulato and Kaltag), as a director and president of the Gana-A ‘Yoo Foundation, as a Louden Tribal Council member and as a City of Galena council member. She is related (sister) to Doyon, Limited board member Shirley Cleaver.