Shareholder Spotlight: Stephanie Swaim
Above photo: Veronica Swaim (left) and Stephanie Swaim (right) prepare for their bagpipe performance with the Red Hackle Pipe Band in Fairbanks.
Doyon, Limited Class C shareholder Stephanie Swaim is the daughter of Kelvin and Shirley Swaim, and sister of Veronica Swaim of Fairbanks, Alaska. She is married to Michael DiMarco of Long Island, New York.
Swaim was born and raised in Fairbanks, and graduated from Monroe High School. Throughout her high school career, Swaim participated in various extracurricular activities, including the U.S. Academic Decathlon team for her high school, cheerleading, tennis and drama club. She has also played bagpipes since she was 3 years old. While living in Fairbanks, she was part of the Red Hackle Pipe Band. She continues to take part in some of their annual performances, such as the Independence Day celebration at Pioneer Park.
After graduating high school, Swaim attended the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California, where she pursued a bachelor of fine arts in film. CalArts is most famously known for their studies that strongly emphasize independent artistic and intellectual vision. Some famous graduates include Dustin Hoffman, Tim Burton and Don Cheadle, among others.
“I received Doyon Foundation scholarships every year I was in college and the scholarships helped fund some of the student films I was required to create while in school. Eventually, these also helped me acquire a job before graduating,” Swaim said. “I know for me, any scholarship I received helped. It’s important that Doyon is able to help so many students pursue their academic and professional goals.”
Each summer between school years at CalArts, Swaim acquired a summer internship. Her internships included those at E! Entertainment Television (E!); meat and potatoes, inc., a graphic design company; and M3 Creative, a studio that works for Disney. In her senior year at CalArts, Swaim held an intern position at E!, where she was later hired as a production assistant before graduating.
“I’ve always wanted to work in film and television ever since I was a kid. In middle school, I taught myself how to use Adobe products for fun. I learned basic coding, and how to create videos and edit photos in Adobe Premier, Dreamweaver and Photoshop,” Swaim said.
Swaim now lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Michael, and works for Access Hollywood, where she is a producer for their website, accesshollywood.com. In her position, she shoots video, interviews celebrities, edits and creates videos and articles, and covers major Hollywood events.
“Doyon is important to me, because it’s good to be part of an organization that provides jobs and economic growth for their shareholders and community, and knows the importance of helping people succeed,” Swaim said.