Nenana Center Coordinator
Annette joined IAC in 2004, at first on a temporary assignment, but enjoyed the environment so much that she accepted a regular position that August. She first worked for UAF in 1973 and has held various positions. She has also worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference and Fairbanks Native Association, as well as five years working on the pipeline and at Prudhoe Bay, where she met her husband at Atigun Camp in 1976. They have two sons and a growing family that includes a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
Annette was raised in Fairbanks with seven brothers and sisters. She is the daughter of the late Andrew and Effie Kokrine. Annette has spent the majority of her life in Fairbanks, with the exception of three years in Durango, CO, where she attended Fort Lewis College, earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology and human services. Travel has been a favorite activity with the Freiburger family, and they have visited many parts of the country, but Hawaii and the southwest continue to be favorites.
Annette is committed to bettering her community. She has served on many boards and commissions as well as volunteered countless hours for local organizations. She currently serves on the joint City and Borough Chena Riverfront Commission, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Native Education and the Landscape Committee at UAF. Her other interests include fishing, crafts and golf, which leaves lots of room of improvement.
As Nenana Center Coordinator, Annette works directly with students in her service area, advising and registering students, as well as setting up local classes in the communities of Anderson, Cantwell, Denali, Healy, Livengood, Manley, Minto, Nenana, Rampart and Tanana. While it is challenging for Annette to providing service within a culture of declining revenues, she takes great satisfaction partnering with them to develop training that help students develop workforce skills and make their communities a better place to live.