Nanook Recreation Professional Staff

Ice Arena Manager

Leo Faro

Leo comes with great experience from Polar Ice Arena in North Pole. He is passionate about ice quality and creating a great experience for all users. When not in the arena, he is planning his next hunting trip or cheering his sons on at various sporting events around Alaska. He has also been known to where stripes and whistle at local hockey tournaments.


Assistant Director of Wellness-Christine McComb

Biography coming soon!


Mark Oldmixon

Mark is responsible for supervision of the entire department; SRC, Outdoor Adventures, Patty Pool, Patty Ice and Outdoor Ed Center.


Outdoor Adventures Assistant Coordinator for Climbing Programs

Christian Mogensen

Christian is in charge of climbing programs at Outdoor Adventures. He started out volunteering for OA in 2012, and has worked his way up through the program to Assistant Coordinator. Born and raised in the flat country of Denmark, Christian now loves spending time in the mountains and is passionate about all types of climbing. In addition to working at OA, he's also a master's student in the Northern and Arctic Studies program at UAF.   

Outdoor Adventures Assistant Coordinator for Education

Frank Olive

Frank worked as a staff member for Outdoor Adventures from 2010-2017 and after 8 months as a stay at home dad is back with the program.  Frank has lived in and played in Alaska for 25 years, and loves exploring the mountains on foot or on skis.  Climbing and skiing are his main passions when he is not hanging out with his children.  Frank also enjoys exploring Alaska Rivers in a kayak and packraft as well as doing bike tours around the world. 


Facilities and Intramurals Coordinator

Brent Culleton






Business Manager

Anne Doyle                                                                                                                                                     

After moving from Arizona to Alaska one cold November, Anne started working at the University of Alaska!  As Nanook Recreation Business Manager, Anne pulls together skills from her past positions in auditing, donor relations and software account management and her always growing experience to the benefit of the amazing Nanook Recreation team.



Ice Arena Supervisors

The Ice Arena Supervisors are in charge of general day to day operations at the Patty Ice Arena. This includes monitoring all the public skating session, checking out locker rooms and answering questions for all the various hockey organizations during games, practices and private rentals, sharpening skates and driving the Zamboni to maintain the best ice in town.


Teresa Shannon

Teresa is in charge of the Learn to Skate Program, as well as other various graphic design tasks.


Graduate Assistants


Danielle Bessent                                                                                                                                          

Coming from Florida, Danielle brings a passion for all things outdoors and hopes to cultivate an excitement and student growth int he Outdoor Adventures Program. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in communications while working as the Graduate Assistant for Outdoor Adventures. Feel free to stop by the office with any questions about our trips or activities! She would like to thank you for stopping by her bio. Have a great day!

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