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 via Blackboard. To do this, click on the TRiO Student Support 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

(907) 474-6435

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

(907) 474-2644

The community of Fairbanks is near and dear to my heart. Born and raised here, I love hunting, fishing, running, painting, riding horses and spending time with friends and family. In my free time I work with riding students, training and teaching at an equine training facility.

I have a M.A. in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. My research examined the experience of empathy and emotional contagion. I also have an M.Ed in Counseling from UAF. My focus was equine assisted therapy as an intervention for substance use disorders in Alaska.

After living in Hawaii for 10 years, I am happy to be back in Alaska and enjoy the space and freedom that it offers.

Vacant, STEM Coordinator

Victoria Smith, Academic Advisor

(907) 474-5722

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


Vicki Avery, Program Specialist

(907) 474-7831

I am excited to be a recent addition to the SSS team! I am thrilled to be working for UAF, as the community here has been a valuable influence on my own academic achievements. After receiving a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Russian from the University of Texas at Arlington, I came to Alaska to earn my M.A. in English. My graduate work here focused on student engagement with digital literacies in the writing classroom. Literacy and learning continue to be passions of mine. When I am not at the front desk at SSS, you can probably find me teaching at the Literacy Council, making weird vegan food in the kitchen, walking around the woods with my dog, or in front of the TV playing my Nintendo Switch (or PS4). If you stop by the office, please tell me about your favorite book--I am always looking for good suggestions.

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