Subsidiary News: Doyon Utilities, Tanya Kaquatosh Leads Regulatory Affairs Department
This year, Doyon Utilities (DU) celebrates its seventh anniversary of providing regulated utility services to military customers throughout Alaska at Fort Wainwright, Fort Greely and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER).
DU is committed to providing safe, reliable and healthy utility services to the installations it serves. In doing so, DU continually looks for opportunities to better serve its customers through improved organizational operations and efficiencies. Utilizing its existing workforce to the best of its abilities and strengths is key to this effort.
Recently DU established an internal regulatory affairs department. This was done to facilitate the regulatory relationship between customers and the utility as well as to promote an alignment of interests as the company moves forward. Dan Gavora, president and CEO of Doyon Utilities, had only to look internally to the finance department to select the perfect candidate, Tanya Kaquatosh, for this critically important position.
“I was very pleased that we were able to fill this position internally,” Gavora said. “Tanya’s educational background, prior work history as well as her determination to succeed made selecting her an easy choice. I am very confident in her ability to excel in this new and tremendously important role.”
Kaquatosh will lead the new department as the director of regulatory affairs. Daniel Heckman, the regulatory affairs associate, will continue to provide support to regulatory affairs, in addition to assuming contract compliance responsibilities.
Kaquatosh is a seasoned professional with utility accounting and business operations experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Arizona State University. She is also a graduate of the 2014 Doyon Leadership Training program.
Since June 2012, Tanya has worked as a financial specialist at DU in the finance department. Prior to DU, she worked at Doyon, Limited as the executive assistant to the president/CEO for over four years.
Kaquatosh grew up in Interior Alaska and is active in the community. Currently, she serves on the Alaska Native Education Parent Advisory Committee as vice-chair and volunteers for educational programming in the school district.
She is the daughter of Barbara Beatus and the late Norman Beatus of Hughes. Her maternal grandparents are Johnson Moses and the late Bertha Moses of Allakaket, and her paternal grandparents are Henry and Sophie Beatus of Hughes. Her siblings are Jody Moses, Joyce Oldman, Jessica Wilson and Cherise Beatus. Kaquatosh resides in Fairbanks with her husband, Steve, and their daughter, Skye.