Meet the 2019 Board Candidates
At the 2019 annual meeting of shareholders on March 15 in Fairbanks, 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 2019 annual meeting are Jerry Isaac, Brian Ridley, Sonta Hamilton Roach and Miranda Wright.
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 2019 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.
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
WOODIE W. SALMON (rural) is 66 years old and lives in Chalkyitsik, Alaska. He currently serves as president of Chalkyitsik Native Corporation. He has a contract with the State of Alaska for snow removal at the airport in Chalkyitsik. He previously served in the State House of Representatives for six years, where he served on the House Finance, Transportation and Community and Regional Affairs Committees. He served on numerous boards over the years. Salmon owned and operated Sheenjek River Air Service for several years, gaining valuable business experience. His other career experience includes work as a smokejumper, pilot, pump station operator and in electrical maintenance. Salmon attended Chemawa Indian School and graduated from Lathrop High School. He studied electronics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is a pilot and holds several ratings.
CHERYL CADZOW (urban), 54, of Fairbanks, Alaska, is a classroom teacher for the Fairbanks North Star Borough. She previously served as a board member for the Fairbanks Native Association, as the chief and second chief of the Native Village of Fort Yukon, as a council member of Athabascan Tribal Governments and as a board member for Gwitchyaa Zhee Corporation. Cadzow owned a small business in Fort Yukon for 13 years. She previously served as a volunteer for the Fort Yukon Dog Mushers Association and the Mighty Ducks Hockey Team in Fort Yukon. Cadzow has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in cross-cultural education. She holds an Alaska Type B administrative certificate with a principal endorsement.
BRIAN RIDLEY* (urban) is 45 years old and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is the executive finance officer for Tanana Chiefs Conference. He received a bachelor’s degree in business finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Ridley serves on the finance committee and on the Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc. board. He 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 Alexandra Swenson-Ridley and has four sons, Gabriel, Adam, Jacob and Fritz, three of whom are Doyon shareholders.
MIRANDA WRIGHT* (urban), 73, 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 serves on the finance and executive committees. She is a member of the Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation board. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s 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 serves on the Gana-A’ Yoo, Limited finance committee. Wright has served on numerous boards and commissions primarily focused on economic development and education.
ROSIE M. CASSOU (urban), 70, of Hemet, California, is retired. She previously worked as an administrative technician and contracting officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge in Ajo, Arizona, and as an administrative technician and contracting officer for the Koyukuk/Nowitna Complex, National Wildlife Refuge in Galena, Alaska. Cassou currently serves as an era fashion judge for Model A Ford Cars of America and as a historian and newsletter editor for Cruisin A’s of Hemet, California. She received her general education diploma. Cassou received a certificate in data processing and computer programming from ITT Peterson School of Business. She completed finance and acquisitions training and computer training for field stations through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Cassou is married to L. David Cassou and has two children and three grandchildren.
PERCY HERBERT (rural), 72, 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 degree in counseling from the University of Alaska. He was convicted in 2009 of refusal to submit to chemical test. (Disclosure required under 3 AAC 08.345 Board Solicitations)
BETTY HUNTINGTON (urban), 64, of Anchorage, Alaska, is retired. She previously served as chief executive officer for Gana-A’Yoo, Limited and as president of Gana-A’Yoo Services Corporation, Khotol Services Corporation and Yistletaw Corporation. She also served as interim chief operating officer for Gana-A’Yoo. Huntington served as a board of manager with Doyon partnership, Raven Releasing, LLC. She served as the member representative for Gana-A’Yoo subsidiaries, Kaiyuh Services, LLC, Kaiyuh Information Technologies, LLC and GSCM Six Mile, LLC. She previously served as the controller for Doyon, Limited for 13 years. She also served on the board for Gana-A’Yoo between 1994 and 2007. Huntington received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, accounting, from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
SONTA HAMILTON ROACH* (rural), 32, of Shageluk, Alaska, was elected to the Doyon, Limited board of directors in March 2013. She serves on the finance committee and is the secretary/treasurer of the Doyon Natural Resources Development Corporation board. Hamilton Roach is also a Doyon Foundation board member and serves on the language advisory committee and chairs the scholarship committee. She is an elementary teacher in Shageluk, and also serves as a member of the Education Northwest board. Previous work and board experience includes: temporary faculty member for the University of Alaska Fairbanks (2016), director and chair of the shareholder relations committee, and SERRC Project CREATE advisory committee (which she helped to develop a teacher evaluation tool that incorporated existing cultural standards). She also served on the Shageluk IRA Tribal Council and on the executive committee for Spirit of Youth. Hamilton 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.
JERRY ISAAC* (rural), 65, lives in Tanacross, Alaska. He serves as tribal administrator for Tanacross IRA Council. He previously served as deputy director of behavioral health for Fairbanks Native Association, chief executive officer for Copper River Native Association and as president for Tanana Chiefs Conference. Isaac serves on the Doyon Oil Field Services, Inc. board, the shareholder relations committee and the Hunting, Fishing, Gathering Task Force. He attended Chemawa Indian School, has taken general studies at the University of Alaska for a cumulative two years and received a Prosci Change Management certification in 2012. Isaac serves as the secretary/treasurer on the Tanana Chiefs Conference executive board. He previously served as the co-chair and board member for the Alaska Federation of Natives and as 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, and has served on numerous other boards over the years.