Board of Directors
Dana Diehl, Chair, Seat C
Dana Diehl, originally of Aniak is Yupik and Dena’ina Athabascan and the daughter of Dave and Esther Diehl. Dana’s Yupik name is Aan’gilaq given to her by the late Nancy Morgan and her Cupik name is Qinavyuq given to her by her mother in-law, Tacuk Martz. Dana is a Class B Shareholder with The Kuskokwim Corporation and a tribal member with the Native Village of Aniak. With the support of the Kuskokwim Educational Foundation (KEF), Dana graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in 2006 and received a graduate certificate in Alaska Native Executive Leadership from Alaska Pacific University in 2019. Dana is the Director of the Wellness and Prevention Department for the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and Chair of the Board for KEF. She is a recipient of The Kuskokwim Corporation’s 2018 Health Award and a recipient of ANTHC’s 2018 Employee of the Year award. Dana lives in Eagle River with her husband Michael and on her spare time she enjoys gathering, processing and eating traditional Alaska Native foods, gardening, skiing, hiking and traveling.
Quentin Simeon, Vice-Chair, Seat A
Quentin Simeon a Yup’ik man from the Kuskokwim River. His Yup’ik name is Ciissiar, it means Little Bug. His English name is Quentin Simeon; it means 5th son of a tribe of Israel. Quentin’s parents are Allen Simeon of Aniak and Gloria Simeon of Bethel. He grew up between the two communities until he moved to Anchorage in 1994. Quentin has three children Ashlynn, Stormy, and Emerson. He has earned his BA in English from UAA in 2006, and has worked in and around higher education and cultural education ever since he graduated. He is currently working for UAA as the interim assistant director of Native Student Services, and has been on the KEF board for about a year. Quentin is happy to be in a place where we can provide some structure and leadership to help our learners to be financially secure as they pursue their goals.
Amanda Hoffman, Director, Seat B
Athabascan name – Koosh Da’ Naw (Rose bud) Amanda grew up in Bethel, Alaska and graduated from Bethel Regional High School. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Amanda’s parents are Ronald Hoffman of Aniak and Cathleen Hoffman (Demientieff) of Holy Cross. She has a two-year-old Daughter named Kyrie. She enjoy’s beading, comedies, and spending time with family & friends. Her work history is with the Anchorage School District as a Community Counselor (East High School) and the Cultural Enrichment Specialist for Indian Education. Amanda is a Shareholder of Doyon Limited, The Kuskokwim Corporation, Deloycheet, descendent of Calista Corporation and descendent of Bethel Native Corporation. She is a Research Assistant with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium within the Community Environment and Health Department.
Shenai Simeon, Director, Seat D
Shenai Simeon is from Aniak Alaska. Her paternal grandparents are Jerry Simeon and Late Elizabeth (Betty) Simeon. Maternal grandparents are the late Nick (sonny) Kameroff and Marie Kameroff. Her parents are Jerry and Elsie Simeon and she has two sisters, Jessica and Francine. Shenai is also a mother to a son. Shenai graduated from the Aniak Junior Senior High School and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) where she earned a BA in Rural Development with a focus on Rural Health and Human Services. While she attended UAF she was a recipient of the KEF Scholarship. Shenai currently lives in Fairbanks Alaska and works for the Tanana Chiefs Conference as the Health Information Manager and Privacy officer. As a mom of a 5 year old who keeps her on her toes, he is her driving force to get involved with our corporation and our corporations Scholarship Foundation.
Seat E is Currently Open
Christina Beshaw, Director, Seat F
Christina Beshaw was born in Anchorage, AK to Ellie and Gary Wright. She was raised in Aniak, where she spent much of her childhood, before moving to Wasilla with her family. Currently, Christina lives in Anchorage with her husband and daughter, where she works as the Senior Manager of Patient Financial Services with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Christina has returned to school part-time, and expects to graduate in May 2021 with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is a shareholder of The Kuskokwim Corporation and Calista Corporation, and a Village of Aniak tribal member.
Charlene Hoffman, Director, Seat G
Charlene Hoffman is the granddaughter of the late Joseph T. Morgan Sr. & Bertha Morgan of Red Devil, AK and the granddaughter of George Hoffman Sr. & Maver Hoffman of Aniak, AK. Her parents are Carl J. Hoffman & Bertha Anne Hoffman. Charlene, is currently employed at the Covenant House of Alaska as the Executive Coordinator. She brings a vast amount of knowledge of logistics to the board through her many years of serving as a Grants Manager and participating with all aspects of the Board while employed at RurAL CAP. She is currently attending University of Alaska Anchorage and will receive her B.A. in Business Administration in a few short years. Education is an essential key and great importance to her and her family. Her parents instilled in her that education is of high importance. She has this to say: “My role as your Board of Director for the Kuskowkim Educational Foundation is to be a prominent voice for our youth and shareholders who need assistance to support their higher education journey. My goal is to provide each one of our shareholders the proper tools to aide them on their higher educational and vocational training objective”.
Adrian Boelens, Foundations & Outreach Administrator
Adrian Boelens grew up in Aniak, Alaska. She currently attends UAF through distant education. She resides in Aniak Alaska where she and her partner are raising their son. In her free time she enjoys spending it outside doing a multitude of activities. Her favorite past time is spending summer nights at their family cabin, on the Aniak River