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Wood Center Staff

Lydia Anderson - Director (
Lydia has been the director of Wood Center since 2001. She has worked for the department since 1976 in many different positions. Lydia's dedication to student union work was evident the moment she came to work at Wood Center. Lydia is a transplant from California and enjoys hobbies such as gardening, dancing, quilting, and traveling. Her husband Bob and son Matt are the joys of her life as is their Gordon Setter, Casey.

Jeri Maxwell - Associate Director - Operations (

Jeri began her career at the Wood Center as a student worker (Pub Attendant), in September of 1985. She was hired as a full time employee in November of 1988 as the Scheduling Clerk. Jeri  received her bachelors in Psychology from UAF in 1989. She took one year off  from her Scheduling Clerk in July 1989 until July 1990 and worked as the Natural Helpers Coordinator and Teen Suicide Prevention Officer at Crisis Line. She was promoted to Pub Manager in August of 1992. In August of 2003 Jeri was promoted to the position of Associate Director of Operations.  Jeri came to Fairbanks from Spokane, Washington via Ketchikan, Alaska in 1985. Her Husband, Howard, and her children, Andrew and MacKenzie, keep her extremely busy, although she still finds time to enjoy things such as canning fish, making jams, walking, and quilting!

Donald Crocker - Pub Manager (

Donald, a UAF Alumnus, got his start in Wood Center as a student employee in the Pub many years ago. Donald is credited with being the Master of Pub Trivia nights!  As soon as Donald has time to breath after his very successful 1st semester as the Pub Manager I am sure he will add to this bio!  If you would like to contact Donald his office phone number is 474-7805.

Ryan Keele - Events Services Coordinator (

Ryan began working for the Wood Center as a Front Desk Attendant while pursuing his Bachelor's Degree here at UAF.  After graduating in 2008, he spent two years working at the UAF Business Office as the Office Manager.  He enjoys technology, nature, and is an avid pool player.  Ryan is a longtime resident and is happy to call Fairbanks home.


Carrie McGee - Fiscal Officer (

Carrie came to Alaska in 1987. She graduated from UAF in 1992 and began working as a student employee at ASUAF. She moved to the Wood Center offices in 1999, where she is the Fiscal Officer. She is most often found amidst piles of paper and the toys on her desk. Her family members include two dogs, two cats and two mice.

Josh Hovis - Leadership, Involvement and Volunteer Experience (LIVE) Assistant Coordinator of Student Organizations (

Josh began his life at Wood Center as a rabid volunteer in the Student Activities Office and as a member of the Nanook Traditions Board. After graduating with a double major in Sociology and Fun he joined the Wood Center staff in September of 2011 as the Student Organizations Coordinator and couldn't be happier. Working with clubs and organizations gives him an outlet for his energy and passion. He has spent almost every winter in Alaska and most summers somewhere else journeying and adventuring the world. Although he doesn't keep candy in his office, he'll help you raid the other Wood Center offices in hunt of your favorite treat. 

Lexi Bystedt - Leadership, Involvement and Volunteer Experience (LIVE) Fiscal Technician (

Lexi was born and raised in Fairbanks, and has worked for the university since 2008. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a minor in Japanese Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Philosophy, as well as a certificate in Ethnobotany. Lexi enjoys art, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Cody Rogers - Associate Director, Programming (

Cody joined the Wood Center staff in September of 2008 and hit the ground running. She completed her Masters at Western Washington University in August of 2008, and her undergraduate degree from UAF in 2007.


Ronnie Houchin - New Student Orientation Coordinator


Ronnie Houchin joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks as the New Student Orientation Coordinator in the summer of 2014 after serving as the Campus Life Coordinator at Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez, Alaska for three years. Hailing from southeast Indiana, Ronnie served as an orientation leader and resident assistant and studied Germanic Studies and Gender Studies at Indiana University prior to attending graduate school at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. Outside of the office, Ronnie enjoys hiking with his dog Franklin, traveling, and binge-watching television series online.

Krystal Resa - Fiscal Tech


Krystal offers fiscal and administrative support to the Wood Center staff. She came here from Athletics in 2013. She traveled to Alaska at age 13 from Belgium, and has been here ever since. She eloped in Hawaii with her high school sweetheart in 2011, and they now have the cutest dog in the world!  She loves going to California to support the best baseball team out there, Go Dodgers. She recently retired from a 4 year Roller Derby career, due to an injury and is on the prowl for a new adventure to start.

Kayt Sunwood - Women's Center Coordinator



Fall 2014