Board of Directors

In everything we do, we strive to connect and support UAF and its alumni. We encourage excellence in all aspects of the university and provide opportunities for alumni to engage in lifelong involvement with their university community. We could not do what we do without our Board of Director’s strategic guidance and support, and we hold ourselves accountable to you and them. This distinguished group of alum leaders invest their time, passion, and resources to support UAFAA, and for that we are thankful.


 

Nominations sought for UAF Alumni Association board

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association is accepting nominations to serve three-year terms on its 12-member board of directors.The open seats are:

Seat 4-B, Southcentral Alaska
Seat 5-B, Fairbanks North Star Borough
Seat 6-B, At Large
Seat 7-B, Southeast

Nominations will be accepted through March 15, 2021. Nominees must be UAF graduates and members in good standing with the UAF Alumni Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting UAF and connecting its alumni. Candidates must be interested in a leadership and advocacy role in support of UAF, its alumni and the mission of higher education in Alaska.

UAFAA members in good standing will elect the directors in March 2021, with new board members beginning their three-year terms at the spring meeting on April 24.

If you know outstanding UAF alumni with vision, community involvement, energy and a commitment to excellence and collaboration, please share this opportunity. Contact the UAF alumni office at 474-7081 or email uaf-alumni@alaska.edu.


 

A message from the new UAF Alumni Association president

It is an honor to serve as president of the UAF Alumni Association alongside our executive director, Theresa Bakker, and a highly qualified board of directors, who volunteer with passion to show tremendous support and enthusiasm when promoting UAF and its alumni.

I am excited to see the great potential for organizational growth, new engagement opportunities and enhanced communications when our alumni get the chance to join the brand new Nanook Nation online mentoring platform in May.

As president, it is my plan to uphold the mission and collective goals of this board, to encourage alumni support of UAF students while striving to enhance their college experience, to collaborate with faculty and staff in support of the university's mission and to encourage the community to attend UAF sporting events and public celebrations; whether they take place in person or virtually.

Please be safe and stay healthy.

Go Nanooks!

Cindy Wright, '88
President UAFAA


2020 - 2021 UAF Alumni Association Board of Directors


Board officers

Cindy Wright, ’88

Cindy Wright, ’88

Board President/chair

Seat 9, Fairbanks; 2019 - 2022

1988 - Bachelor's in Education
Owner, Playwright Marketing

Tom Brice, ’90

Tom Brice, ’90

Vice President

Seat 7, Southeast; 2018 - 2021


1990 - BA, Political Science

Mary Beth Loewen, ’02, ’07

Mary Beth Loewen, ’02, ’07

Board Secretary

Seat 2, Southcentral; 2020-2023


2002 - BS, Natural Sciences
2007 - MA, Fisheries
Fisheries biologist, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Forrest Kuiper, ’99, ’00, ’12

Forrest Kuiper, ’99, ’00, ’12

Board Treasurer

Seat 3, Fairbanks; 2020-2023


1999 - AAS, Municipal Fire Control
2000 - AAS, Hazardous Material Control
2012 - BEM, Emergency Management
Fire Captain, UAF Fire Department


Board members

Rachel Panamarioff, '06

Rachel Panamarioff, '06

Seat 1, Rural; 2020-2023


2006 - BA Elementary Education
Teacher, Fred Ipalook Elementary School, Utqiagvik

Shannon McCarthy, ’88

Shannon McCarthy, ’88

Seat 4, Southcentral; 2018 - 2021


1988 - BA, Political Science
Public Information Officer, State of Alaska Central Region of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Stacey Howdeshell, '13, '19

Stacey Howdeshell, '13, '19

Seat 5, FNSB; 2018-2021


2013 - AA Art
2019 - BA Art/Sculpture
Advisor in the UAF Academic Advising Center

Amanda Wall, ’01 ’05

Amanda Wall, ’01 ’05

Seat 6, At Large; 2018-2021


2001 - BA Journalism
2005 - MA Professional Communications
Associate Vice chancellor for Financial Services, UAF

George Cromer III, ’03

George Cromer III, ’03

Seat 8, At-Large; 2019 - 2022


2003 - MA Rural Development
Second/Third Grade Teacher
Airport Heights Elementary, Anchorage

Libby Eddy, ’92

Libby Eddy, ’92

Seat 10, Outside (Lower 48); 2019-2022


1992 - Associate of Arts
Retired/Former Registrar and Director of Admissions, UAF

Thomas Farrugia, '17

Thomas Farrugia, '17

Seat 11, Municipality of Anchorage; 2019 - 2022

 

2017 - PhD Fisheries
Alaska Harmful Algal Bloom Coordinator, Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)

 

Ex-Officio Board members

Shannon McCarthy, ’88

Shannon McCarthy, ’88

Southcentral Chapter President; 2015 - 2018


1988 - BA, Political Science

Ron Wall, ’02

Ron Wall, ’02

Fairbanks Chapter President


1989 - BA Justice
Commander, Alaska State Troopers "D" Detachment (Interior Alaska)

Doug Schrage ’85

Doug Schrage ’85

Student Firefighter Chapter President


1985 - Fire Science

Scott Roselius, ’81

Scott Roselius, ’81

Hockey Chapter President


1981 - BA, Physical Education

Jeremy Vermilyea , ’92

Jeremy Vermilyea , ’92

Pacific Northwest Alumni Contact


1992 - BA, Journalism

Theresa Bakker

Theresa Bakker

UAFAA Executive Director