Head of Production
Roger Topp has been with UA Museum of the North for more than 12 years in the evolving roles of writer, project manager, technology advisor, new media producer, and now as the museum's Head of Exhibits and Digital Media Production. Roger came to Fairbanks as a graduate student in physical oceanography. After earning an MS, he pursued an MFA in creative writing and then came directly to the museum. With a background in science and the written word, he brings to museum production diverse experience in project management, strategic planning, scientific measurement, video production, computer animation, software and hardware programming, and exhibit interpretation. When not working within the collaborative environment of the museum, he can usually be found trail running or writing his next novel.
Coordinator of Exhibitions & Design
Steve Bouta has developed exhibitions at the UA Museum of the North for over 25 years. He participated in design development and led the technical implementation for the museum’s expansion, which was completed in 2006. He has designed exhibit furniture for both the Inupiat Heritage Center and Doyon, Ltd. headquarters. Steve’s specialty is to create solutions for museum displays using off-the-shelf hardware, electronics, and materials. He has presented several mount-making workshops at Museums Alaska conferences. He has been a member of the UAF Campus Landscape and Outdoor Art Committee since 2006. Steve migrated from Minnesota and earned a BA in Art with minors in Philosophy and Biology from UAF. He serves as Vice President/Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Play ‘N Learn Corporation and as chair of the Summit Drive Road Service Commission.
Exhibit & Graphic Designer
Tamara Martz began working with the exhibits department in 2005 for the museum expansion. She designed and constructed over 180 brass mounts to present the museum collections in the new Rose Berry Alaska Art Gallery. Tamara moved to Alaska from New Zealand in 2004. She has a BFA from Otago School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand. She is a jewelry designer and painter. Tamara is part of the museum’s collaborative team that designs and details exhibitions in the galleries, online, and in other media. Her experience in the hospitality industry, combined with her art and design abilities, helps her in creating exhibitions to meet visitor needs
Jonah Wright recently joined the exhibits department as an assistant preparator. While working nearly full time as a student, he helped to implement the museum's expansion, which was completed in 2006. This work included exhibit lighting, furnishings, and the installation of both 2D and 3D art in the Rose Berry Alaska Art and the Special Exhibits galleries. He has a critical eye for detail in finish carpentry and art installations. Jonah has 20 years of carpentry experience, with a desire to create curves in woodworking. He has a BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Native Arts from UAF. Currently he serves as treasurer for the Ester Volunteer Fire Department. When not collaboratively creating exhibit furnishings for the museum he can be found skiing the trails of UAF, camping with his family, or sea kayaking the waters of Alaska.
After moving to Alaska from Australia, Hannah Foss first infiltrated the museum in 2009 to illustrate dinosaurs and marine reptiles for the Earth Sciences department. In 2012, she collaborated on vole models and animations for the special exhibit Hibernation and the Science of Cold before being hired fulltime in 2013. She recently attained a BFA in Computer Animation from UAF and a certificate in Character Animation from Animation Mentor. Hannah also performed as UAF's "Nanook the Dancing Bear." Her other passions include both traditional and digital drawing, painting, and sculpting.
Digital Media Producer
Kelsey Gobroski started working with the museum’s production team in 2013, but her relationship with the museum began with fostering her academic development. A UAF SNRAS alumna and former herbarium student assistant, she consulted the museum’s collections for her undergraduate thesis. During her undergraduate tenure at UAF, she worked for both research labs and the student newspaper, The Sun Star. She developed her broadcast journalism and multimedia skills at KTOO News and 360 North in Juneau before returning to Fairbanks.
Assistant Graphic Designer
Many see graphic design as an art form; RJ Mikulski interprets it as a science. In 2008, he enrolled in UAF's biological sciences program with the dream of becoming an orthodontist. Working for the university's Student Activities Office, he found that he had an affinity for design and promotion. Since then, he has worked as a marketing professional and freelancer. As the museum's assistant graphic designer, he looks forward to combining art and science to tell the Alaska story.
Sarah Day was born in Santa Clara, California but grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended CSU Monterey Bay for two years as an environmental science major with an art minor. Since transferring to UAF in 2013, she has made art her major and is pursuing a BFA with a focus in printmaking and painting. After working with the museum as a visitor services attendant for a year and a half, she applied for a position in exhibit production where she sees herself marrying her passion for art with that of species and environmental education and conservation.