May 2012

2012 Daaga’ Award Recipients Announced

Doyon, Limited presented 11 organizations with Daaga’ Awards in 2012. Daaga’ represents the unified efforts of Native leaders to promote drug- and alcohol-free communities. Since the awards were started in 1990, Doyon has awarded more than $100,000 to individuals and organizations whose focus is on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse.


This year’s award recipients are: 

  • Council for Creative Native Action (CCNA) Spring Style Show: The Spring Style Show is one of the many projects CCNA is working on to help promote healthy, sober living for Alaska Natives.
  • Indigenous Northern Music Association: Funds will support a drug- and alcohol-free event during the 2012 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.
  • Huslia Tribal Council Wellness Team: The award will support a summer culture camp in Huslia on July 9, 2012. The camp will encourage healthy lifestyles and teach younger generations about traditional ways.
  • Nikolai Edzeno’ Village Council: Funds will be used to hire a fiddle band for the Denakkanaaga’ Conference, which will take place in Nikolai June 11 – 15, 2012.
  • Tanacross Village Council Family Services Department: The award will support the Alaskan Native Women’s Retreat, which will focus on the mind, body and spirit.
  • Camp Nahshii: Funds will support this annual faith-based summer camp that is filled with lessons on the traditional Alaskan lifestyle while enforcing a strict drug- and alcohol-free environment.
  • Yukon Koyukuk School District “Phlight Club”: Funds will help with the publishing of the club’s book, “Helping Kids Succeed – YKSD Style,” a continuation of “Helping Kids Succeed – Alaska Style,” as well as help fund awareness activities in local schools throughout the district.
  • Anvik Tribal Council: The council will use the funds to start a more formalized search and rescue program, including the initial purchase of safety gear, first aid supplies and traveling gear, and provide safety presentations at their yearly Spirit Camp.
  • Warrior Down: Funds will help the program purchase equipment for their workshop that helps support Alaska Natives recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Hudotl’eekkaakk’e Tribe Hughes Village Council: The award will support a moose skin tanning/birch bark basket-making project, a drug- and alcohol-free activity open to all Hughes residents.
  • Merreline A. Kangas School: The award will help the school to purchase matting for their new school playground, bringing them in alignment with state regulations.

Shareholder Honored as 2012 BP Teacher of Excellence

Doyon, Limited shareholder Karen Dullen was among the 33 Alaska teachers honored as 2012 BP Teachers of Excellence. Dullen, a sixth grade teacher at Woodriver Elementary School, was presented with the award during a ceremony held April 25 in Fairbanks, Alaska.


The program recognizes teachers for their dedication to teaching and for inspiring students. Each teacher receives a $500 gift card and an award certificate. In addition, the teacher’s school receives a matching $500. The statewide program attracted more than 1,400 nominations this year.

David K. Johnston Joins Doyon Emerald as Vice President and Engineering Manager

David_Johnston.jpgDoyon Emerald welcomed David K. Johnston as its new vice president and engineering manager. In this role, Johnston will lead Doyon Emerald’s engineering team, providing leadership in detail design, resource planning, budgets and development.


Johnston is a registered professional engineer with more than 28 years of engineering and operations experience in the oil and gas industry. He has served in various executive management and senior level positions at Armstrong Oil and Gas, ASRC Energy Services, Schlumberger Oilfield Services, and Coastal Oil and Gas Corporation. Most recently, he was the Eni Petroleum facilities engineer manager for the Nikaitchuq Development Project.


David has proven his ability as a leader in engineering and production, with a great knowledge of drilling, strategies, design and implementation,” said Troy A. Johnson, president and general manager.  


Johnston is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has served as the past chairman of the Denali Society at Alaska Pacific University. He has lived in Anchorage since 1996 and is a graduate of Texas Tech University.

Two Shareholders Named Women of Distinction

Two Doyon, Limited shareholders were among the 2012 Women of Distinction award recipients recognized by the Farthest North Girl Scout Council. Bernice Joseph and Karen Perdue were recognized at a banquet held in Fairbanks, Alaska May 3.


The awards, presented by the Girl Scout Council, honors women who have made highly visible as well as silent contributions to the Fairbanks community. Each May, the Girl Scout Council recognizes three women who make the city a better place to live and who are positive role models for young girls. Since 1997, a total of 60 women have been honored as Women of Distinction.


Joseph is currently the vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Rural and Community Development. She previously served as an assistant professor in UAF’s department of Alaska Native and rural development, and as the deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development. Joseph holds a master’s of business administration from UAF, and serves on numerous boards and committees.


Perdue currently serves as the CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. Previously, Perdue was the associate vice president for health at the University of Alaska, where she worked since 2001. Prior to that, Perdue served as the state’s commissioner of health and social services. She serves on numerous boards and committees, and is the recipient of numerous awards in the health and human services field and for her work in civic organizations and historic preservation. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a major in biology.

HR Update: Job Corps Offers Free Career Training for Young Adults

Alaska Job Corps provides free training and education to prepare young adults for a successful career. Job Corps is available to men and women ages 16 – 24 who qualify as low income. 


Job Corps provides training opportunities in many fields, including areas in which Doyon, Limited has job openings. They offer academic and technical training in career fields including culinary arts, construction, computers, accounting and more. Job Corps is a self-paced program that may last from eight months to two years. 


In addition to training, Job Corps provides a living allowance, housing, meals and recreational facilities at their Anchorage campus.


To apply, or for more information, please visit

Shareholder Outreach Update: Resume Facts and Fiction

This month’s shareholder outreach update offers some informative facts and fiction regarding resumes and the importance of the first impression an applicant gives to hiring managers.  



  • The majority of recruiters requesting resumes prefer a chronological resume.
  • Most recruiters review a resume for no more than 30 seconds.
  • Employers consider very few resumes to be excellent.
  • 84 percent of employers say a resume should only be one page if you have less than five years experience.
  • A positive impact is generated by matching your resume to the employer’s requirements.
  • 80 percent of screening an employee for a job happens with the resume (unless the employing organization is using social media).
  • Employers rarely keep or respond to unsolicited resumes.
  • The most important elements on your resume are your relevant work history and experience.
  • Spelling errors and typos leave the highest negative impression with employers.
  • Most employers will make negative assumptions about applicants when their resume shows they “switch” jobs often.
  • Over 80 percent of employers say that a cover letter is important with a resume (unless the employing organization is using social media).



  • The purpose of a resume is to get you a job.
  • Career objectives should be general enough to qualify you for a variety of jobs.
  • You don’t need a current resume if you’re not seeking employment.
  • The best resumes list education followed by experience.
  • Resumes should list all of your work experience.
  • Using different highlighters (e.g., bullets, arrows, fonts, etc.) creates interest and excitement.
  • A two-page resume is better than a one-page resume.
  • If an employing organization is asking for a resume, they probably won’t need or want anything else.


A template that can be used to create a resume is also provided. Click here to download and view the resume template. For additional assistance in creating a resume, contact shareholder outreach at 907-459-2085 or at

Registration Open for 2012 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic

MTMGC Logo CC.jpgDoyon Foundation is now accepting player registrations and seeking sponsors for its 2012 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, which will be held June 14 and 15 at the Chena Bend Golf Course in Fairbanks, Alaska.


The registration and payment deadline is June 8. Players and sponsors can register online or complete and return the hardcopy form available at


The player registration fee is $225 per person, and each player will receive gifts valued at $270 and have a chance to win their share of $19,000 in cash prizes, plus round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines and ERA Aviation. Participants are encouraged to form their own four-player team.


The Foundation is also seeking sponsors for the annual tournament, which is its largest annual fundraiser. There is a wide range of sponsorship opportunities and benefits, and the Foundation is also pleased to create custom sponsorship packages.


The Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic was established by Doyon Foundation in honor of the late Morris Thompson, who served as the president and CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 until his passing in 2000. Proceeds from the classic support the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund benefitting higher education students. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded 61 Morris Thompson scholarships totaling $145,400.


For more information, visit or contact 1-888-478-4755 ext. 2048, 907-459-2048 or

Doyon Foundation Welcomes New Employees

Doyon Foundation recently welcomed two new employees: Maurine Isaacson, who started work as the Foundation’s new scholarship program manager in March, and Sommer Stickman, who joined the Foundation as an administrative assistant in April.


maureen.JPGOriginally from Nulato, Alaska, Isaacson graduated from Andrew K. Demoski High School. She will graduate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in business management in May 2012.


Prior to joining Doyon Foundation, Isaacson worked at Fairbanks Native Association for six years.  


“I am definitely looking forward to assisting students with such a fundamental part of their education. Working with students in general is what I love to do,” said Isaacson, who is the daughter of Maurice and Josephine McGinty, and the granddaughter of Patricia Ekada and the late Leo and Anita Demoski. Isaacson and her husband, Don, have two children, Cole and Cruz.


strickman.jpgStickman, also from Nulato, is a graduate of Nenana High School. She now attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is interested in the field of education.


Before accepting her position at the Foundation, Stickman worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference as both an administrative assistant and a special projects assistant.


“As both a student and a Doyon shareholder, I’m very excited to work with Doyon Foundation to help with future education. I’ve always believed in helping students further their education, and I’m glad I will be part of a team that focuses on doing this,” said Stickman, who is the daughter of Colleen and Charles Stickman, and the granddaughter of Dorothy Sommer and the late Freddy Sommer, Sr., and Mary Dinah Stickman.


The Doyon, Limited board of directors and staff extend their sincere condolences to the families and friends of the following shareholders who have recently passed away:


Catherine Attla, 84

Huslia, AK


Wilson Deacon, 86

Grayling, AK


Christine Delfino, 46

Northford, CT


Glenn Edwards, 40

Holy Cross, AK


Mildred A. George, 85

Nulato, AK


Margaret Maillelle, 86

Anvik, AK


Miranda A. Manring, 58

Kaltag, AK


Racheal K. Minton, 73

Anchorage, AK


Lorraine G. Radford, 57

Bettles, AK


Sam M. Savage, 91

Kalskag, AK


John B.R. Tegoseak, Jr., 28

Beaver/Fairbanks, AK




7(i) distribution mailed or direct deposited

For more information, visit or contact shareholder records at 907-459-2040, 1-888-478-4755 ext. 2040 or



Fairbanks, AK

Doyon Foundation graduation ceremony

2 – 4 p.m., Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave. For more information or to RSVP, contact Sommer Stickman at 907-459-2048 or



Doyon, Limited offices closed

In observance of Memorial Day



4 – 8

Nikolai, AK

Denakkanaaga’ Elders & Youth Conference


14 & 15

Fairbanks, AK

Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic

Chena Bend Golf Course, Fort Wainwright. For more information, visit or contact 907-459-2048 or



40th anniversary of Doyon, Limited’s incorporation on June 26, 1972