Board of Directors


Rebecca Gallen


I retired from teaching in May 2016. I taught primarily English and social studies for grades 6-12, along with other subjects, at Walter Northway School. I've counseled in Northway and for small schools in the district for a few years. 

I have experience with being on a regional school board, local school board, JOM and Indian Education committees, library board, Doyon Foundation, and tribal court. I advocate for improved teaching practices in village schools and students being successful. I enjoy being retired by doing what I want to do when I want to.

---- Rebecca Gallen


Mary Walker

Holy Cross/Anchorage

My name is Mary Walker. I am the daughter of the late David G. Walker and Lillian Walker of Anchorage. My paternal grandparents were the late Mary Demoski Walker (Nulato) and James Walker (Tanana). My maternal grandparents were the late Katherine Bradley Labelle (Unalakleet) and Fred Labelle (Buffalo, NY). I have one son, Fred Walker.

I spend my free time playing rhythm guitar and singing at different venues. I love to fish for salmon in the South-central areas. I have been retired from the State of Alaska after working as an elementary teacher as well as an administrator for 22 years. I taught middle school in Holy Cross for the majority of those years for the Iditarod Area School District (IASD). I've worked for Kashunamuit and Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD). I reside in Anchorage where I can be seen visiting my mom on almost a daily basis, and occasionally, I play music at fiddle dances or senior centers.

I have been involved with AINE for many years serving in various capacities as a member and a board member. This organization has gone through many changes over the years and continues to evolve. AINE needs more members from our particular teachers who are active in the profession. Please consider stepping up and becoming a member or board member. Your voice and participation are needed.

---- Mary Walker


Josie Dayton


My name is Josie Dayton. I was born in Huslia and raised in Koyukuk. I am Athabascan Indian. My parents are Benedict and Eliza Jones. I was a teacher aide for 15 years at Ella B. Vernetti School in Koyukuk. I returned back to school and graduated with a teaching degree in 2000. I taught in Koyukuk for 15 years until I retired in 2015. I have held the principal/teacher position at one time in my career. The positions I now hold is secretary/treasury with Koyukuk Tribal Council and tribal judge for the Koyukuk Tribal Court. I really enjoy living my subsistence lifestyle and traveling with my family.

---- Josie Dayton

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Marie Dayton


I am an Alaskan Native born and raised in the village of Nulato, which is in the Interior, 350 miles, west of Fairbanks. I live in Koyukuk for most of my life. I worked as a teacher aide for 14 years before pursuing a degree in teaching. After two and half grueling years, summer and all, I graduated from the University of Alaska. I began teaching for Yukon Koyukuk School District in Allakaket. I have taught in Koyukuk, Nulato, Kaltag, and Fairbanks, until I retired last year. I now work as the secretary in Ella B. Vernetti School, plus lunch cook. I am the Mayor of our City of Koyukuk.

---- Marie Dayton

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Denise C. Newman


I am Inupiaq Eskimo and Koyukon Athabascan and was born and raised in Tanana, Alaska. My parents are the late Tom Swenson and Linda and Al Woods, Sr. I am married to Ken Newman and together we have three adult children; Janessa, Thomas, and Ken, Jr.

My educational background includes graduating from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in 1988, University of Alaska-Fairbanks (UAF) with a B.Ed-Elementary degree in 1994, and the University of Alaska-Anchorage with a Masters degree in Special Education in 2002.

Currently, I am a certified teacher with the Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District but have also worked as a Program Director for Early Headstart and with the State of Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice as a Rural Specialist. My leisure time is occupied with skin sewing, beadwork, and doing stained glass but I also love to play hockey.

---- Denise C. Newman 

Judy Madros


Judy (Ekada) was born and raised in Nulato. I'm currently teaching grades K-3 in the village of Kaltag. I have experience serving on Nulato Tribal Council and I have also held a position as a tribal judge. I've had the privilege of teaching in my hometown Nulato and the beautiful village of Koyukuk.

---- Judy (Ekada) Madros


Lillyann Dewilde


Doeent’aa Lilly DeWilde Sa’ooza, I’m Koyukon Athabascan and my parents are Franklin Dayton Sr., (deceased) Jane Dayton, and Martha Dayton. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from UAF and a Master’s degree in Special Education from UAS. I’m currently attending UAA to get my EDL certification. I moved back to Galena two years ago and I’m currently the high school special education resource teacher for the Sidney Huntington School and the Galena Interior Learning Academy. I decided to come back to the village after living in Fairbanks for 30+ years. Being back has taught me the benefits of having people around me who support me and willingly give their time to make my life better. I have found as an educator, learning is always an on-going process, so why not embrace change and use that education to impact others in a positive way. As an AINE board member, I will give assistance and support to all teachers as well as be an advocate for those up and coming native educators in our great state.


---- Lillyann Dewilde