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 a 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.
Residence: Grayling, Ak
3 yr term – expires March 2020.
Vice-Chairperson, 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
Teisha M. Simmons
Secretary/Treasurer – Seat B
Teisha Simmons is a tribal member of the Louden & Huslia Tribes. She has strong family ties in Galena, Koyukuk and Huslia.
Teisha worked in senior management positions throughout her professional career but now has her own private consulting business. She has a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a past member of the Doyon Limited board, the Doyon Foundation board and the Alaska Statewide Independent Living Council.
She has previously also served on the Interior Regional Housing Authority board. Teisha is the mother of a 13-year-old daughter.
3 yr term – expires March 2021
Larry A. Nathaniel
Commissioner, Seat A
Residence: Circle, AK
3 yr term – expires March 2021.
Commisioner, Seat D
3yr term – expires March, 2022