SSS Staff

You may find it helpful to schedule a regular time with your advisor so that you are in the habit of meeting with her. To schedule appointments, call 474-6844, stop by our office or schedule online. To do this, click on the Student Services class and then the Schedule Advising link on the left hand side. Since our schedules change so quickly, we are unable to schedule appointments via email

Ginny Redmond, Director

Hello! I’ve worked for the SSS program since 2007. I am a life-long Alaskan and UAF grad! After earning a B.A. in Foreign Languages (German and Spanish) with a minor in Linguistics, I went on to pursue an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. In my free time I like gardening, spending time outdoors, raising chickens and being with family.

Claire Gelvin-Smith, Assistant Director

The community of Fairbanks, and Alaska overall, is near and dear to my heart. Born and raised here, I enjoy the rich experience that my pioneering grandparents and family have provided me. I enjoy hunting, fishing, riding horses and spending time with my husband and step-daughter. In my free time, I work at my family's equine training center where I instruct riding lessons.

I have an MA in Social Psychology from University of Hawaii at Manoa. My research examined the the experience of empathy and emotional contagion.

After living in Hawaii for 10 years, I am happy to be back in Alaska and enjoy the space and freedom that it offers. In the fall semester of 2014, I also began work on a demanding, yet exciting, M.Ed in Counseling at UAF. I am working to develop an Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP) program, and offer therapeutic riding options for those in interior Alaska.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know all the wonderful students, tutors and advisors who make up this excellent group at SSS. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with SSS students, and look forward to a great experience with TRiO and the SSS family!

Vacant, STEM Coordinator

Victoria Smith, Academic Advisor

I have been a student in the TRiO programs since middle school. I joined Educational Talent Search early on, and got involved with Upward Bound Math/Science the summer before my Senior year. I spent the summer of 2005 on the UAF campus attending classes that would prepare me for college. I graduated from Pe Ell High School in 2006 and left my small town in southwest Washington to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

My undergraduate degree is in History, with a focus in Northern Studies. One of my favorite subjects to study is the history of Alaska! With the help of the History Department I have been able to attend multiple Phi Alpha Theta State and Regional conferences. For the past year I have been working at the front counter of Admissions and the Registrar, this has helped me to gain a wide variety of knowledge on how to help students through their post-secondary experience.

I am so excited to be a part of the SSS team! It means so much to me to be able to give back to the program that got me to where I am today.

Vacant, Academic Advisor

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