Central Development Staff
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Kate Ripley is a lifelong Alaskan with 30 years of experience in communications, media, public relations, marketing, alumni relations and nonprofit leadership.
After a career in journalism in Juneau and Fairbanks, Kate joined the University of Alaska system in 2004 as public affairs director. She led an award-winning comprehensive marketing campaign and created the first systemwide public relations council, which continues today. She collaborated with colleagues, faculty and staff at all campuses and enjoyed working with members of the media, especially the student journalists.
In 2014, Kate joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks as director of alumni relations and executive director of the nonprofit UAF Alumni Association. In this role, she collaborated on strategic initiatives with colleagues in the UAF Development Office as well as multiple units across the UAF community. Under Kate’s leadership, the UAFAA increased its membership by 30 percent, launched its first digital alumni newsletter and increased fundraising efforts through the UAFAA’s Benefactor Program. Kate also expanded UAF’s volunteer alumni advocacy efforts by enlisting alumni partners from the University of Alaska Southeast and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Chancellor Daniel M. White appointed Kate interim director of UAF Development and Alumni Relations in April 2019.
Kate serves on the board of directors for the Rotary Club of Fairbanks. She is a longtime member of both the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Public Relations Society of America.
Born and raised in Juneau, Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in Northern studies from UAF. She and her husband, UAF journalism professor Brian O’Donoghue, are the proud parents of Rory, Robin and Rachel.
Allison has been with the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1998. As the Donor Relations Director, she provides data analysis reports for the major gift division and oversees stewardship and private scholarship/fund management. Prior to joining the Development Office in 2008, she held several positions in UAF Advancement Services and University Relations performing database management and gift processing.
Allison received a bachelor’s degree in Management from Oregon State University in 1993 and her master’s in Business Administration from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1999. She is an active member of Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Allison was born and raised in Fairbanks, spending much of her time on the University of Alaska campus as a youth attending camps or later as a college student. She enjoys exercising, baking, and traveling with her family. Allison and her husband, John (also a UAF alumnus), reside in Fairbanks along with their three children, Bailey (a student at UAF), Kylee and Preston.
Katie Straub has joined the UAF team as a Development Associate. Katie moved to Fairbanks in 2001 for graduate school in Marine Biology, and from 2006 to 2012 worked in the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in recruitment and advising. She is passionate about education and strongly believes the University is the heart of the community and is thrilled to be back at UAF in Development.
Andrew Aquino is a project and office manager who values connecting individuals and groups to goal-achieving resources. Through his diverse work experience, Andrew knows what inspires innovation, engagement and authenticity — it’s not about solely being oneself. It’s about providing others the space to be their authentic selves. Andrew recognizes that true dialogue flows in this space, and not only turns goals into output but also naturally prompts larger goals and robust creativity.
Andrew is a member of the North Star Community Foundation and Spirit of Youth boards, and he holds a seat on the Fairbanks Diversity Council.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from The Evergreen State College. He is currently pursuing his Master of Public Administration through the University of Alaska Southeast.
Morgan has been with the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2015. As the lead major gift officer she oversees UAF's major gift and annual giving programs. Morgan takes pride in working shoulder-to-shoulder with benefactors to fulfill their desired impacts at the university through philanthropy. She believes in the power of philanthropy, and is humbled by the generosity of the UAF community. Morgan previously served as the director of development at the University of Alaska Museum of the North and held leadership development roles in Denver, Colorado for seven years prior to moving to Fairbanks in 2013.
Morgan holds an undergraduate degree in Communication and Business (2005) from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master's in Nonprofit Management (2012) from Regis University. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
During her free time, Morgan enjoys an active Alaska lifestyle with her husband and kiddos. She also enjoys knitting and tending to her garden. Morgan and her family reside in the Goldstream Valley north of Fairbanks.
Megan is a Major Gift Officer based outside of Portland, OR. She will focus on engaging alumni, friends and donors in the area and raising philanthropic support for UAF students and programs. Megan has been with UAF Development and Alumni Relations since 2007. Previously, Megan served as the Annual Giving Coordinator, later became the Annual Giving Director and was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with the Rising Star award in 2010. Megan, a lifelong Alaskan, is excited to connect with UAF friends in the Pacific Northwest and reminisce on time spent at UAF and within our Golden Heart Community. Megan is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Megan, a two-time graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, holds an undergraduate degree in Communication (2006) and a master’s in Professional Communication (2011). As an undergraduate student, Megan participated in an internship program in Washington D.C. and spent a year at Western Washington University on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program. Megan is grateful for the experiences she has and continues to gain from her alma mater and is thrilled to represent UAF from afar; Fairbanks will always be her home.
During her free time, Megan enjoys running, traveling, reading and catching up on her favorite Netflix series. Megan and her wife Andrea, (also a two-time UAF alumna), reside in Washougal, WA, along with their daughter Elliot and their dogs, Zip and Chili.
Teresa joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks as major gift officer in June 2019, bringing with her more than 10 years of professional fundraising experience to the team as well as a broad range of strategic business and leadership skills.
Teresa came to Alaska in 1985 and became part of the Usibelli family through her marriage to John Usibelli.
Originally from CleElum and Roslyn, Wash., Teresa attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., graduating with a Bachelor Science in Community Health Education and a Minor in Biology In 1983. Upon her arrival to Alaska she enrolled at UAF’s downtown branch, then called Tanana Valley Campus, and earned certification for alcohol and substance abuse counseling. She worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference and traveled to many remote Alaska villages. She later went to work for the Fairbanks North Star Borough managing the Big Dipper Ice Arena during the era of the Gold Kings, which brought national and international players to Fairbanks. Teresa later moved to Healy with her family and worked as the mayor’s special assistant in the newly formed Denali Borough. She pursued her own businesses, including Alaskan Chateau Lodging, Alaskan Vacation Rentals, Denali Car Rentals, Denali Coffee and U-Haul. She later sold her businesses and came to work for the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, in Development and Planned Giving, where she worked for more than eight years.
Teresa is past president of the Greater Healy Denali Chamber of Commerce, has served on GVEA’s MAC and Goodcents committees, and served as a member of the Denali Borough Assembly and school board, as well as numerous committees in land use and planning. She’s also been active in the Lion’s Club.
Husband John, a mining engineering alumnus and production manager at Usibelli Coal Mine, passed away in 2016. Daughter Elizabeth is a UAF and CTC graduate and uses her skills at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital providing patient care. Son Vincent is a graduate of Hutchison Career Center, through the welding and diesel program.
Teresa enjoys the Alaska outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be in her position and welcomes phone calls and visits from those interested in learning more about UAF and the opportunities it brings to students, Alaska and the future.