Wood Center Staff
Lydia Anderson - Director [Contact]
Lydia has been the director of Wood Center since 2001. She has worked for the department since 1976 in many different positions. Lydia's dedication to student union work was evident the moment she came to work at Wood Center. Lydia is a transplant from California and enjoys hobbies such as gardening, dancing, quilting, and traveling. Her husband Bob and son Matt are the joys of her life as is their Gordon Setter, Casey.
Jeri Maxwell - Associate Director - Operations [Contact]
Jeri began her career at the Wood Center as a student worker (Pub Attendant), in September of 1985. She was hired as a full time employee in November of 1988 as the Scheduling Clerk. Jeri received her bachelors in Psychology from UAF in 1989. She took one year off from her Scheduling Clerk in July 1989 until July 1990 and worked as the Natural Helpers Coordinator and Teen Suicide Prevention Officer at Crisis Line. She was promoted to Pub Manager in August of 1992. In August of 2003 Jeri was promoted to the position of Associate Director of Operations. Jeri came to Fairbanks from Spokane, Washington via Ketchikan, Alaska in 1985. Her Husband, Howard, and her children, Andrew and MacKenzie, keep her extremely busy, although she still finds time to enjoy things such as canning fish, making jams, walking, and quilting!
Heather Kraemer - Pub Manager [contact]
Heather, a UAF Alumnus, was born and raised here in Alaska. She joined the ranks of Wood Center in 2003 as a student employee and more recently as a staff member in 2007. She enjoys camping, hiking, reading, skiing, rafting, exercise, music, writing, movies, beading, the environment and her two very entertaining kitties Onyx and Yuki. Heather loves Alaska and UAF, it has been a truly rewarding experience for her to facilitate the outlets and opportunities the Wood Center Pub provides for it's students, faculty and staff.
Ryan Keele - Events Services Coordinator [contact]
Ryan began working for the Wood Center as a Front Desk Attendant while pursuing his Bachelor's Degree here at UAF. After graduating in 2008, he spent two years working at the UAF Business Office as the Office Manager. He enjoys technology, nature, and is an avid pool player. Ryan is a longtime resident and is happy to call Fairbanks home.
Carrie McGee - Fiscal Officer [Contact]
Carrie came to Alaska in 1987. She graduated from UAF in 1992 and began working as a student employee at ASUAF. She moved to the Wood Center offices in 1999, where she is the Fiscal Officer. She is most often found amidst piles of paper and the toys on her desk. Her family members include two dogs, two cats and two mice.
Cara Hollingsworth - Director of Leadership, Involvement and Volunteer Experience (LIVE) [Contact]
Cara began her adventure at the Wood Center in August of 2008. Previously she was living in her home state of Wyoming , working as the Student Activities Director at Laramie County Community College . Cara earned her Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Affairs in May of 2007 and she is passionate about working with college students and other individuals to help them develop their full potential. When she’s not at work, you can find Cara running with her two labs Zane & Riley, hiking with her husband Mike, cheering on the Cubs or just enjoying the beauty of Alaska!
Josh Hovis - Leadership, Involvement and Volunteer Experience (LIVE) Assistant Coordinator of Student Organizations [Contact]
Josh began his life at Wood Center as a rabid volunteer in the Student Activities Office and as a member of the Nanook Traditions Board. After graduating with a double major in Sociology and Fun he joined the Wood Center staff in September of 2011 as the Student Organizations Coordinator and couldn't be happier. Working with clubs and organizations gives him an outlet for his energy and passion. He has spent almost every winter in Alaska and most summers somewhere else journeying and adventuring the world. Although he doesn't keep candy in his office, he'll help you raid the other Wood Center offices in hunt of your favorite treat.
Lexi Bystedt - Leadership, Involvement and Volunteer Experience (LIVE) Fiscal Technician [Contact]
Lexi was born and raised in Fairbanks, and has worked for the university since 2008. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology with a minor in Japanese Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Philosophy, as well as a certificate in Ethnobotany. Lexi enjoys art, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Cody Rogers - Student Activities Assistant Director [contact]
Cody joined the Wood Center staff in September of 2008 and hit the ground running. She completed her Masters at Western Washington University in August of 2008, and her undergraduate degree from UAF in 2007.
Damien Snook - New Student Orientation Coordinator [contact]
Damien joined the Wood Center team in April 2010. Damien earned his Master's of Education degree specializing in College Student Personnel at Ohio University. While there, he worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Sustainability and Learning Community Programs. Damien is involved with the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), through which he serves on the Nominations Committee and as the Alaska State Coordinator. Through NODA, he also performed internships with Humboldt State University and the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Damien received his Bachelor's of Art in Journalism and Mass Communication & Political Science from Iowa State University.