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Celebrating 87 Years of Engaging UAF Alumni

Save the Date 

Nanook Rendezvous Reunion — Sept. 25-26, 2015

Election update from your UAF Alumni Association
The results of our recent elections to the Board of Directors are in!

Seat 4, Southcentral — Shannon McCarthy ’88
Shannon works as public information officer for the State of Alaska Central Region of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. Born and raised in Fairbanks, she graduated from UAF with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1988 and has gone on to work in numerous capacities as a legislative staffer in Washington D.C. and in Juneau for both Democrats and Republicans, including former U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski, and Alaska Reps. Mike Davis and Bert Sharp. She also managed the campaign of John Devens for U.S. Congress and John Davies, former UAFAA president and now member of the UA Board of Regents, for State House. She also served as a legislative aide to Davies. Other positions include special projects coordinator in the state departments of Community and Economic Development as well as Environmental Conservation, Northern Region DOT communications officer and communications for the Knik Arm Crossing Project. She is married to Charles Fedullo, also a UAF alumnus. The couple have three children, Tony, Callahan and Quinn. Shannon's parents are Paul and Lucy McCarthy of Fairbanks. Paul is the retired longtime dean of the Rasmuson Library.

Seat 5, Fairbanks North Star Borough — Peter Van Flein ’87   
Peter earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from UAF, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Arizona in 1983. He works as an independent financial advisor in Fairbanks, Peter Van Flein Investments LLC. His first contact with UAF came in the fall of 1963 when his father, Helmut, was hired as a professor to help develop the art department. His family lived on Chandalar Drive for five years before moving out on Farmer's Loop Road. He is married to Erika, who is currently serving as UA Statewide Director of Benefits. Erika's history at UAF is rich. Her father, Carl Benson, professor emeritus, worked for UAF at the Geophysical Institute and her mother, Ruth, was a nurse at the UAF student health center. The couple's oldest son Isaac currently attends UAF, majoring in biology. Their youngest son, Kristoffer, is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Seat 7, Southeast — Gail Dabaluz ’10 and current PhD candidate
Gail lives in Juneau and is director of Business and Economic Development with Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development from UAF in 2010, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. She is a current candidate for a PhD in Indigenous Studies at UAF. Her education has enabled her to hold numerous positions of leadership, including as a senior contract manager in Washington D.C. and local government specialist with the state Department of Community and Rural Development in Juneau. In her current position she oversees the Tlingit and Haida tribe's business and economic development department, including applying for and administering contracts and grants and enhancing growth in business and new programs for 28,000 tribally enrolled citizens. Gail was raised in Juneau and Sitka and earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Hawaii. She and her husband Leroy have two children, Pietr and Ke'ala.

We will welcome our new board members at the May 1-2 board meeting in Fairbanks. They will join continuing board members Rhonda Widener ’01; Dani Bickford ’06; Jason Gootee ’05; Jordan Shilling ’12, ’13; Jim Dixon ’90, ’91; Debbie Mekiana ’97, ’00, ’05; Wayne Donaldson ’80; Sam Enoka ’95; and Mike Campbell ’02, ’04, ’05.


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