Fred Bifelt is a Koyukon Athabascan from Huslia, Alaska who has worked in the construction business for 40 years as a Laborer and Carpenter.
He has operated a Big Game Commercial service company for 10 years and worked as a Big Game Guide for 10 years prior to that.
He is currently semi-retired and helps his wife operate their retail grocery store in Huslia.
He is also a vested member of 942 Labor Union and has worked many years at Prudhoe Bay for Doyon Drilling and various contract companies.
Residence: Huslia, Ak
3 yr term – expires March 2023.
Vice-Chairperson, Seat B
Marvin Deacon has resided in Grayling. Marvin is a Grayling tribal member and previously served as First Chief. He works annually as a crew boss and supervisor with firefighting teams throughout Alaska and the Lower-48. After obtaining his Rural Human Services Certificate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Marvin worked for several years as a certified Behavioral Health Aide in the Middle Yukon and Kuskokwim regions.
Marvin has served on numerous Boards including his village corporation, Iditarod Area School District, Yukon Delta Fisheries Association, Alaska Native Health Board, Governor’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Board, and a variety of boards and committees for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation.
Currently, Marvin works for Doyon Drilling. He is proud of the fact he’s been sober for 21+ years and lives in a home he built himself.
3yr term – expires March 2024
Secretary/Treasurer, Seat D
Leah Woods is a tribal member from the village of Rampart. She resides in Fairbanks, Alaska. And spends her summer’s in Rampart, fishing with her family. Leah has two children Danielle, and Tristan.
Leah has worked for the Alaska Fire Service for the last 11 years, and recently started going to college full-time. Majoring in Political Science, and a minor in Tribal Government. Leah felt in order to serve her position as a Commissioner, she needed to further her education.
Leah is committed to serving our tribes in the Doyon Region. Focusing on strengthening our tribal community relationships, updating Policies/Procedures, and offering the best affordable housing programs.
3yr term – expires March, 2022
Commissioner, Seat A
Patricia is the President of the Healy Lake Traditional Council. She is an active member of the Upper Tanana Fish & Game Advisory Board. Patricia served for a combined six years on the boards for Advocates for Victims of Violence and on the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living.
Patricia is the daughter of Rose Ruth Woods from Healy Lake, and the granddaughter of the late Lena & Moses Thomas of Healy Lake and Tanacross, and Alfred Woods “Gootsie” from Rampart, and the granddaughter of the late Adeline Evans and Harold Woods of Rampart.
Patricia grew up with her mother serving on boards in the Upper Tanana, and from an early age was sitting in meetings listening to her elders. She was raised knowing that one day it would be her responsibility to serve her people.
Patricia has a background in Human Resources and has proudly worked for Doyon, Limited, Southcentral Foundation, and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She is a CDL Truck Driver and most recently worked on the North Slope of Alaska as a fuel truck driver.
Patricia’s proudest accomplishment is her family: her husband Jason, their seven children, and her five grandchildren. She believes family to be both her foundation and her legacy; it is for them, and the next generation that she wants to make a difference.
Residence: Healy Lake, Alaska
3 yr term – expires 2024.
Commissioner, Seat C
Speedy Sam is a Koyukon Native and lives on the Koyukuk River. His parents are Wilson and Eleanor Sam. He has five beautiful kids and five grandkids.
After Graduating from High School, Speedy joined the Marine Corp. His service started in San Diego at Camp Lejeune; he spent 2 years in Japan (Mt. Fuji, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Philippines) Ocean Side, California; Frankfort, Germany; Cairo, Egypt; Somalia, Africa. Speedy was honorably discharged after 4 years of service to our country.
Speedy served as First and Second Chief of Huslia from 1994-2015. He also served ten years as an AVEC Delegate. He served as Mayor and Vice Mayor for Huslia 1996-2015.
Speedy is proud to serve on IRHA’s Board of Commissioners and pledges to work for all our Villages in the TCC Region and speak to as well as listen to our people.
Residence: Huslia, Ak
3yr term – expires March 2022