Shareholder of the Year Awards Presented
Doyon, Limited is proud to announce the 2019 Shareholder of the Year Award recipients, who were honored at the 2019 annual meeting of shareholders. Doyon congratulates each of the following shareholders for their outstanding achievements and community contributions.
Chief Andrew Isaac Leadership Awardee, Sheree Titus
Sheree Titus was born in Fairbanks to the late Robert Nutting and Alice (Sam) Nutting. She was raised with her siblings Allen Frank, Jr., Clarence Nutting, Lucas Nutting and Alicia Sam in Northway, Delta and Fairbanks. Titus’ maternal grandparents are the late Andrew and Martha Sam and great-grandparents are the late Chief Walter and Lilly Northway of Northway; her paternal grandparents are Otto Nutting and Inez Reynolds of Maine. Titus married Jamey Titus of Minto and they live in Northway with their children Lorraine, Terrence, Evan, Layla and Jamey, Jr., and are expecting their sixth child.
Titus works for Tanana Chiefs Conference as a Head Start teacher at the Walter Northway School, where she incorporates Native language and cultural values in the curriculum. She is pursuing a certification as a teacher and when talking with young people, she encourages them to continue their education. She and her family participate in the Northway dance group and she is an instructor at the annual Ten Mile culture camp. Titus is a member of the “Take a Stand against Drugs and Alcohol” team that works closely with the Alaska State Troopers to ensure drug dealers are not welcomed in Northway. Their efforts have dramatically reduced the number of users in their community.
Titus is involved in many activities and is a vocal advocate for the community as a member of the Northway Village Council. She advocates for tribal services, cultural activities, community infrastructure and state funds for programs. She is an energetic parent in the school and supports and participates in the elementary basketball and ski programs, hosts local basketball and softball tournaments and parades, and serves on the advisory school board. She is known for her “openness to learning and figuring out how to do better for the community. No matter what she is doing, she has the biggest smile.”
Titus served as a tribal court judge with the Northway Court and continues to serve when needed. Her strong dedication and commitment was demonstrated as she spent numerous hours resolving family emergencies. Her immediate attention ensured children were kept in a safe environment.
In 2017, Titus received the Eagles Achievement Award from Northway Natives, Inc. She was recognized as a role model and represents a healthy, family-friendly lifestyle in the community and Upper Tanana region through her actions and words. She ensures her children and those in the community actively fish, hunt, bead, participate in Native dance, trap and pick berries.
The Chief Andrew Isaac Leadership Award recognizes a person age 35 or younger who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. The award is named in honor of the late Chief Andrew Isaac.
Richard Frank Military Service Awardee, Tanna Carter
Tanna Lee Carter was born to Ron Carter of Nenana and the late Hanna (Titus) Carter of Minto. Her grandparents are the late Annie and Charlie Titus, Sr. of Minto and Betty Weedon and the late Don Carter of Indiana. She is the great-granddaughter of Chief Thomas of Nenana. Carter is the mother of Alex, Jordan and Peyton and foster parent to her niece, Nevaeh.
Carter comes from a large and traditional family in Minto, where she grew up and attended school through junior high. She attended high school in Indiana. Carter joined the Air National Guard in 1994, reaching the rank of master sergeant. While in the Air National Guard she received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
She honorably served as an intelligence operations specialist from 1994 to 1998, and has honorably served as the first Alaska Native female aircrew member and boom operator in the 168th Air Wing at Eielson Air Force Base from 1998 to 2019. She deployed several times to the Middle East to provide air refueling to U.S. and allied aircraft in support of missions Inherent Resolve, Operation Freedom Sentinel, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. She has flown on missions for Operation Noble Eagle in support of the war on terrorism, humanitarian missions to transport doctors, nurses, engineers and dentists to support countries in need, and on medevac missions to transport wounded soldiers out of Afghanistan.
Master Sergeant Carter has flown over 2,500 hours in the KC-135R Air Refueling Jet, which includes 286 hours of combat flying time over Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. She has earned many awards throughout her career, such as the Air Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and many others. Carter has helped with recruiting efforts in the Interior villages and is a role model for Alaska Natives. Upon receiving the Gin’tith (Richard Frank) Military Service Award at the Alaska Federation of Natives, she said, “I hope I can inspire a young lady, a little girl or even a grown woman to face her fears, embrace her strengths, and step out of her comfort zone.”
Carter serves on the board of directors for her village corporation, Seth-De-Ya-Ah, and is the vice president of Minto Development Corporation. She plans to retire in 2019 from the Air National Guard after 23 years of dedicated service.
The Richard Frank Military Service Award recognizes an Alaska Native who demonstrates a strong commitment and willingness to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces in the defense of the United States of America. The award is named in honor of Richard Frank.
Poldine Carlo Citizen of the Year Awardee, Roy Nictune
Roy Nictune was born to Florence (Tobuk) and the late Wallace Nictune at the family spring camp and was raised with his siblings in Alatna and Bettles. His siblings are Lula “Lubby” James, Debbie Nictune and Nancy Ambrose, and late siblings Ricky Nictune, Mabel Shanahan, Judy Ann Nictune and Robert “Bobby” Nictune. Nictune’s maternal grandparents are the late Frank and Dora Tobuk and paternal grandparents are the late Oscar, Sr. and Cora Nictune. Nictune and his wife, Maggie, make their home in Fairbanks.
Nictune graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in 1970. In the spring, he saw a flyer for summer employment with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He applied, was hired, and went straight to work right after graduation.
While working at BLM, his supervisor encouraged him to apply to the engineering program at Oregon Institute of Technology. He completed one year and, while on Christmas break, his grandpa Frank Tobuk left a University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) catalog on the table for him to see. Nictune ended up transferring to UAF and received his associate of applied science in petroleum technology in 1979. He continued his education at Alaska Computer Institute, where he received a certificate in computer programming in 1986. He learned three computer languages and graduated at the top of his class.
In March 1989, he began his 27-year career with Sohio, now British Petroleum, as a plant operator. He retired in May 2016. Throughout his career, Nictune demonstrated a good work ethic and dependability.
In 2014, his mother, Florence, moved to Denali Center, where Nictune met Don Thibedeau, a social worker. Thibedeau invited Nictune to the weekly Native culture night at Denali Center. Nictune began attending and regularly brought a dish to share with the Elders. He treasures the stories told by the Elders as they visit and enjoy their meal. Nictune mentioned, “That is what they miss, their food.”
Nictune is highly regarded for practicing his traditional Native values. Over the years, he has shared his time, talent and knowledge with the younger generations. A role model of good sportsmanship, Nictune successfully coached girls and boys basketball teams in Minto in the mid-1980s. He also practices his culture of sharing food at potlatches and other traditional gatherings. His hobbies include reading, running and spending time with the Elders at the Denali Center.
The Poldine Carlo Citizen of the Year Award recognizes a person who has demonstrated leadership, strong commitment, competence and sensitivity in the educational and cultural survival of Alaska Natives. The award is named in honor of Poldine Carlo.