Choosing a college is a big decision.

We want to make sure you have all the information you need to become a Nanook.

Here are a few ways we can help: 

  • Use the chat feature in the lower-right of this page,
  • contact one of our admissions counselors below,
  • ask a current student your questions, or
  • simply fill out our request form to get information emailed and mailed to you.

Meet your admissions counselors

Our admissions counselors are here to help you find out why UAF is right for you.

Amy Bristor

Amy Bristor

Assistant Director of Admissions

Territories: UA Scholars

Amy was born in Anchorage and raised in Wasilla attending both Wasilla High School and Houston High School.  She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying Psychology and Human Services.  Amy has vast experience with the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus having worked as a student at the student activities office, as staff at the Summer Sessions office and as the outreach coordinator at the UAF Community and Technical College.  Amy now considers Fairbanks her second hometown and enjoys the strong sense of community that Fairbanks and the UAF campus has to offer.  In her free time she enjoys cooking and gardening.  In the summer you will find her fishing, camping and picking berries with her two daughters and her husband.

Anna Gagne-Hawes

Anna Gagne-Hawes

Territories: Alaska - Fairbanks North Star Borough, military and veteran, and homeschool

Anna was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. She took advantage of an exchange program at her first university to spend a year in Lille, France where she spent a lot of time with a modern dance troupe. Upon her return, she arrived in Fairbanks in 2005 as a transfer student and promptly fell in love with the people, personality and campus of UAF.
Anna graduated from UAF in 2009 with a B.A. in Theater and History. She has worked at UAF since 2012 and she is very excited to work with prospective students to help them achieve their goals through higher education.
Outside of UAF Anna enjoys small scale farming with her husband and daughter, teaching improvisational comedy and running her non-profit theater company. She loves coffee with a deep passion and at last count had six separate devices for making coffee in her 672 square foot house. 
Ronnie Houchin

Ronnie Houchin

Caitlin Kaber

Caitlin Kaber

Territories: Alaska - Anchorage and Mat-Su,  Lower 48 - Western and Eastern timezones, and Hawaii
Caitlin was born and raised in Washington state. After graduating with a BA in Sport Management and a minor in Communication, she came north to Alaska to work as a Tour Director leading guided tours throughout Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Caitlin permanently relocated to Fairbanks in the fall of 2011. She enjoys traveling, exploring Alaska, going to concerts, trying to cook, snowboarding, Mexican and Thai food, and spending time with family and friends. One of her goals is to learn how to grow her own vegetables. She is excited to work with future and potential UAF students.
Mary Kreta

Mary Kreta

Director of Admissions

Mary was raised in Portland, Oregon and ventured north for college. While at UAF, she earned a BA in Communication and played play basketball for the Nanooks. After a stint as a research intern in D.C., Mary spent the next few years traveling the world and earning a master’s degree in English. After several years as an adjunct instructor in the Pacific Northwest, she returned home to Fairbanks to work in Admissions.

Mary can often be found cheering on the Nanooks at a sporting event or attending a concert on campus. She adores the aurora and is slowly becoming more proficient at cross country skiing on the 27 km of UAF ski trails. She doesn’t drink coffee – only tea, preferably English breakfast or Earl Gray. 

John Smelter

John Smelter

Territories: International and transfer students

John grew up in rural Pennsylvania and earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications. Upon graduating, John worked in New York and then moved to Japan, where he taught English in the JET Program for two years. While in Japan, John studied ceramics with a family of Japanese potters. In 2006 he moved to Alaska and began studying and working at UAF. John earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from UAF in 2011, and he now works with UAF students as an admissions counselor and adjunct professor of art.

In addition to his interest in art, John loves to be outside. In the winter, John enjoys hunting, skiing and skijoring with his golden retriever, Rocky. In the summer months, he enjoys gardening, fishing, berry picking, canoeing and camping with his wife and friends. John is passionate about life in Alaska, and he particularly enjoys welcoming new people to the Fairbanks community.

Amy Wald

Amy Wald

Territories: Alaska - Rural (including rural road system), Southcentral, and Southeast; Lower 48 - Central and Mountain timezones

Born and raised on a small farm in northeast South Dakota, Amy moved to Alaska in 2006 with her husband Eric. They spent four years in Bethel, where Amy worked for the UAF Kuskokwim Campus' Educational Talent Search program. She's excited to be a part of the UAF community in Fairbanks. Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends (which includes 2 cats) and traveling. She is also quite crafty enjoying stamping, crocheting and cooking. If you have any questions or would like more information on UAF, please feel free to contact Amy at

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