Board of Directors

Who We Are

Dr. Charleen Fisher (Chairperson, Tsee Duu Gwin’in Band) is a member of the Gwich’in community from Beaver, Alaska and a life-long advocate for Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa language revitalization. She currently teaches culturally responsive teaching strategies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has many years of experience as a K-12 certified teacher and principal in the Yukon Flats and Fairbanks North Star Borough School Districts. She has held the positions of Executive Director, Native American Career and Technical Education Program Director, and Education Director with the Council of Athabascan Tribal Government, and has served as the Chief of Beaver Village Council. She has also served as a Yukon Flats School District Local School Advisory Council Member and Regional Board of Education Member. She has a B.A. in Political Science, M.Ed. in Language and Literacy, and a Ph.D. in Indigenous Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Paul Williams, Jr. (Vice-chairperson, Neets’ai Gwich’in & Tsee Duu Gwich’in Bands) is a Gwich’in community member from Beaver, Alaska and a native speaker of Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa. He has worked as a Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa language teacher in the Yukon Flats School District since 1994, and has been one of the foremost advocates for revitalizing Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa and Gwich’in culture. He has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Wil Meya (Board Member) is an advocate for endangered Indigenous languages and draws on more than 20 years of experience in higher education, linguistics, film production, and nonprofit management. He has become one of the foremost promoters of worldwide action for safeguarding Indigenous languages and cultures and works with groups around the world. He has a B.A. in Lakota Studies from the Oglala Lakota College and an M.A. in American Indian Studies from The University of Arizona. 

Allan Hayton (Board Member, Neets’ai Gwich’in Band) is the Language Revitalization Program Director of the Doyon Foundation and is a native speaker of Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa. He has many years of experience in Indigenous pedagogy and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa language instruction. Prior to his position with the Doyon Foundation, he worked as the Program Manager of the Gwich’in Steering Committee and Gwich’in Language Instructor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Rebecca Fisher (Secretary/Treasurer, Tsee Duu Gwich’in Band) is a member of the Gwich’in community from Beaver, Alaska and a life-long advocate for Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa language revitalization.