Meet Our Team

Summer Sessions &Lifelong Learning Staff

Michelle Bartlett, Director

Arriving from Atlanta, Michelle has never been a fan of the cold weather, which is surprising since she has lived in Fairbanks for over 35 years. Originally trained as an Occupational Therapist, Michelle also holds a masters degree in Special Education.  Unable to get a job in her field when she arrived in Fairbanks, Michelle went to work for the university in the Soc/Psych department as the coordinator of a child welfare training grant. Over the years, she held many administrative positions in the UA system before retiring and entering the private sector.


She came out of retirement and joined Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning (SSLL) in 2003.  Under Michelle’s aegis, SSLL expanded its scope of work to include MAYmester, WINTERmester, free events. Additionaly, financial assistance for students increased with the addition of tuition awards, scholarships, in-state tuition for all, and the Sweet Summer Deal. The Educational Cultural Tour program was included in the programming to encourage participation from community members.


Michelle has two grown children Micah and Erin, and is Nana to four wonderful grandchildren. Michelle enjoys scuba diving and is passionate about traveling the world.

Contact Michelle: 907-474-6624 / mhbartlett@alaska.edu

Felicia Burud, Administrative Assistant

Felicia is a life-long Alaskan, born and raised in Fairbanks. She has been with the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2004.


She is the Administrative Assistant for Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning and enjoys assisting students who take advantage of our summer program to meet their educational needs. She is a part-time student  pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration at UAF .


In her spare time she enjoys watching her daughter play fast-pitch softball under the midnight sun, and together, they participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round. She is in her 8th year of being a Girl Scout Leader and gets much satisfaction from volunteering in her church and for the Fairbanks community.

Contact Felicia: 907-474-1124 / fjburud@alaska.edu

Vanessa Santana, Fiscal Officer

Vanessa joined the Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning as the Fiscal Officer in October 2012. At SSLL she is responsible for Human Resources and Financial Management, putting to good use her Business Administration degree. 

Originally from Texas, she moved to Fairbanks in 2002 and studied Physics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Vanessa can be described as a global citizen, as she has lived and worked in many different countries. Among her other travels, she studied at one of the oldest universities in the world — the University of Coimbra in Portugal and at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

During her spare time, Vanessa enjoys running and skiing.

Contact Vanessa: 907-474-6881 / vtsantana@alaska.edu

Charu Uppal, Communication Specialist

Charu Uppal is originally from India; having lived in large metropolitan cities like New Delhi and New York, she moved to Fairbanks Alaska in 2008 to explore the unknown and exotic. Charu received a master’s in Professional Communication at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (2010) and a master’s in Business Administration from UAF’s School of Management (2014).


She joined Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning in October of 2012. In her current role as Communication Specialist, Charu is charged with developing and creating various marketing plans to disseminate information about the various programs at Summer Sessions & Life Long Learning.


In her spare time, Charu enjoys photography and spending time with her husband Ross (UAF Alum ‘08, ’10), baby girl Sitara and family dog, Apples.

Contact Charu: 907-474-7588 / cuppal@alaska.edu

Florie Wilcoxson, Associate Director

Florie Wilcoxson was born and raised in Fairbanks. She currently lives in the house her parents built where she grew up. After a ten-year sojourn to warmer climes which included completing a B.A. in Psychology, she returned to Fairbanks with husband David and three children in tow.


Florie has been with UAF Summer Sessions since 1991 and is still sane. In that time, summer programming has expanded to include more courses students need and multiple special events over the summer. The best parts of the job are when students report summer courses really help them or when the recipient of a tuition award says ‘Thanks’.


When not at work, Florie enjoys, camping, hiking, bicycling, long distance motorcycle trips with her husband, helping with music at church, and all aspects of life with her six grandchildren.

Contact Florie: 907-474-6451 / fawilcoxson@alaska.edu

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