Contact SLI


1731 S. Chandalar Drive
101J Wood Center
P.O. Box 756640
Fairbanks, AK 99775


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Heidi Shepard 

Student Involvement Coordinator


Strengths: Harmony, Developer, Context, Intellection, Individualization 
Zodiac Sign: A total Capricorn. Stubborn, yet helpful. 
My name is Heidi Shepard and I am a long time SLI program participant. I worked for the program for four years as a student working on my undergraduate. Since leaving UAF I've worked for the state legislature, as a personal trainer, a group fitness instructor, and in the hospitality industry. My favorite part of this job is students, so come visit us! 


Adam Wurster

SLI Student Lead

Strengths: Analytical, Restorative, Intellection, Arranger, Connectedness 
Zodiac Sign: Pisces, compassionate and wise. 

My name is Adam, I am the Student Lead for the Student Leadership and Involvement Office in the Wood Center as well as a member of the Nanook Traditions Board. I am here to help to answer any questions someone might have about our office, student clubs, OrgSync, leadership opportunities, volunteer opportunities, etc. so don't be hesitate to ask me anything. I also lead some awesome programs here on campus that will get students involved by applying and analyzing specific key leadership concepts. I look forward to hearing everyone's story here on campus! 

Gerald Montuya 

SLI Student Leadership Assistant
Strengths: Strategic, Learner, Achiever, Responsibility, Input
Zodiac Sign: Aquarius, all the original ideas! 

My name is Gerald Montuya, aquarius, male, 18. I work in the Student Leadership Involvement Office as the Student Leadership Assistant. I'm here to help out the clubs and organizations in whatever capacity that I can. In addition to that, I work to create events and functions in which students can explore the nature of leadership. As a first-year, I'm learning the ropes, so it's always fun meeting new people here at UAF. So don't be afraid to stop by and ask any questions, chances are I'll have the same question too! 

Laura Barber

SLI Volunteer Coordinator/ AB Team Lead

Strengths: Restorative, Input, Achiever, Learner, Intellection  
Zodiac Sign: Aries (Adventurous) 

My name is Laura Barber, and I work in the SLI office as the assistant volunteer coordinator. If you are interested in getting involved in the community, I have a fountain of volunteer opportunities, both on and off of campus, to share with you. I am always more than happy to help you find ways to earn points towards a COLD certificate. I am currently serving as this year's Alternative Spring Break co-lead, so if you are interested in helping in any way with this year's trip, please let me know! If you have any questions, please shoot me an email or come and chat with me in our office.


Kekuewa Oba

SLI Student Organization Assistant

Strengths: Empathy, Connectedness, Responsibility, Arranger, Developer 
Zodiac Sign; Taurus-Gemini Cusp, energy and conversation

My name is Ewa, I’m a student organizations assistant and a third-year student at UAF. I’m born and raised in here in Fairbanks and come from a family of UAF graduates. This is my second semester as a member of the SLI team and I’m looking forward to another great year. I’m happy to help with any matters involving student clubs or answer any general questions about UAF, so don't hesitate to drop by!

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