Shareholder Spotlight: Tiffany George
Doyon, Limited Class C shareholder Tifffany George is Koyukon-Athabascan, originally from Galena and currently residing in Fairbanks. George’s paternal grandparents are the late Gertrude and Victor George, Sr. and her maternal grandparents are the late Amy and Morris Demoski and Edgar “Paddy” Nollner, Jr. Her parents are Barbara Demoski and the late Norman George. She has two sisters, Jennifer Hildebrand and Sheila George, and one rambunctious son, Kellan James George.
“Without my education from both high school and college/training, I would definitely not be where I am today,” George said. “I graduated from the Sidney C. Huntington High School in 2015 as salutatorian, and I immediately started classes for the Alaska Dental Therapy Educational Program to become a dental health aide therapist (DHAT). During my time in the DHAT program, I have learned a lot of new skills that include how to be a professional, how to serve my community and surrounding villages, and that there is always a need for continuing education. I attended the University of Washington for the first year of my training, and the Ilisagvik Tribal College for the second year of my training.”
Currently, George serves as a Tanana Chiefs Conference dental health aide therapist as part of her program to become a fully certified. George looks forward to returning to Galena where she will be a full-time dental provider.
“I am beyond excited to complete my training and return home because I will be fulfilling a very needed service for my community, and the community members will be able to receive regular dental care rather than paying $500 for a round-trip ticket to Fairbanks,” said George, who added that she plans to return to school to acquire her prerequisites for dental school.
Outside of her schoolwork, George is an active member of the National Indian Health Board’s Tribal Youth Health Advisory Board and Policy Fellowship, along with 23 other young adults from across the nation. Most recently, the board implemented policy regarding substance abuse intervention and prevention, and food sovereignty.
“This is very important to me because I am a big advocate for youth and young adults to seek higher education as well as living a healthy lifestyle while doing so,” said George regarding the board’s policy implementations.
“My family has been a big supporter of my education, and always motivated me to keep on striving for it. I will be the first one in my family to receive a college degree once I finish my associate’s of applied sciences,” George said. “I would also like to thank my former high school health science teacher, Stephanie Weter, and former counselor, Maria Riedel, for getting me into the health classes that the high school offered and for showing me that the health field is an awesome career to pursue. Also, I would like to thank Shirley Cleaver for extending her knowledge on how to keep our culture going.”
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