Who We Are

Meet our team!

Esther Berlin • Administrative Assistant

Hello! I'm Esther Berlin, and I'm originally from Kasigluk, Alaska. Previously, I was a student assistant for RSS but recently transitioned into a new position as the Administrative Assistant for Indigenous Student Services, specifically RSS and Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI). I'm also a part-time student, working towards my bachelor's degree and planning to graduate in the near future. I'm pleased to continue being a part of Rural Student Services. Here at RSS, I'll be at the front desk; feel free to come by and say hi!


Carlton Hautala, Advisor
Carlton Hautala • Advisor


Carlton grew up on the Kuskokwim River in the village of Kwethluk. He attended Mt. Edgecumbe for the second half of his high school career. He graduated from UAF with a BS in Fisheries. His favorite hobbies are hunting, trapping, and fishing with family and friends.



Gabrielle Russell , Lead Advisor
Gabrielle Russell • Indigenous Student Services Manager and Lead Advisor


Gabrielle has been working with UAF for the last 20 years and as an Advisor with RSS for 10. She is happy that longtime friend and mentor Sue McHenry encouraged her to apply at RSS and has found it to be her perfect niche. Gabrielle came to UAF as a freshman by way of Upstate NY and used to tag-along with her friends who had advisors at RSS. She earned a BA in History, minoring in French, and a M.Ed. with a license in Community Counseling. She loves river travel, meeting new people, speaking French and creating art with her daughter. Most importantly, she enjoys problem solving and helping others, skills that have hopefully assisted the students she has come to know over her years at UAF.


Minnie Naylor, Advisor
Minnie Naylor • Advisor


Minnie is originally from Kotzebue and has family from Noatak and Shishmaref. Minnie graduated from UAF in 2008 and was involved with RSS. Her degree was in Rural Development with an emphasis in Community Organizations and Services. She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Rural Development.



Amy Marsh, Advisor
Amy Marsh • Advisor


Amy grew up in Vermont but has been living in Fairbanks for more than 20 years. She earned undergraduate degrees in Comparative Cultures and Environmental Science, which reflect her love of both people and places. More recently, she earned a MFA from UAF in Creative Writing. She worked as a fisheries technician for many years, during which she was lucky enough to travel across much of Alaska and visit many villages. She loves being outside (especially berry picking), gardening, and traveling.


Timothy Murphrey, Eileen Panigeo MacLean Iñupiat House Advisor/Program Manager
Carol Hollingsworth • Eileen Panigeo MacLean Iñupiat House Advisor/Program Manager


Eileen Panigeo MacLean House website

Carol Agnigalak Hollingsworth is an Inupiaq and European descendant who grew up in Atqasuk. She has received both her Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters degree in Rural Development at UAF. She previously advised at RSS and has worked with various Alaska Native departments over the years. Carol is passionate about working with students and excited to help them achieve their goals. She loves to plan events and bring people together. She was a member of NABL when it started and as an RSS advisor, she was able to advise this group along with Troth Yeddha’ Dance Group and Native Student Union. She loves to go camping and be outdoors with her favorite guy, her puppy Paul. She is most proud of her two children who both grew up surrounded by UAF students, staff and faculty.


Deanna Fitzgerald
Deanna Fitzgerald • Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development Advisor


An alumna of the Rural Alaska Honors Institute and Dot Lake High School, Fitzgerald earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences at UAF and most recently graduated from the Doyon Leadership Training program.

Fitzgerald has worked the last 15 years in the Office of Human Resources, Biology and Wildlife Department, College of Natural Science and Mathematics Division of Research, and most recently in the Signers' Business Office. Before UAF, she worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference for seven years.

She enjoys outdoor activities such as: hiking, skiing, floating and boating. She also enjoys traditional activities: picking berries and wild rhubarb, fishing, hunting, beading, singing Athabascan songs and attending potlatches.


Taniesha Moses
Taniesha Moses • Indigenous Wellness and Outreach Coordinator


Taniesha Moses has joined Rural Student Services as an Indigenous wellness outreach coordinator. Moses is Upper Tanana Athabascan and was raised in Northway, Alaska. She is the daughter of Sharon Emry, and her grandparents are Rosa and Dale Brewer. She has three children, Avery, August and Aspen, in Fairbanks, where she currently resides with her husband, Conrad Moses.

“Seven years ago when I decided to go back to school, Rural Student Services provided vital support to me in various ways as I experienced obstacles in my educational journey,” Moses said. “I am excited to be in a role where I can now return that support to other students by encouraging wellness from an indigenous perspective as they pursue their academic dreams.”

In her free time, Moses enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, creative projects, hiking, and listening to podcasts.