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Meet the 2013-2014 LIVE Program Staff!

Cara Hollingsworth

Director, Student Leadership Development

Cara is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming. She graduated from University of Wyoming with a M.S. in Counseling in 2007. She has worked in Student Services for the past 12 years and absolutely loves working with college students!

Cara moved to Fairbanks in 2008 to join the LIVE Program. She moved to Alaska with her husband and 2 labs Zane and Riley. If she isn't in the office you can probably find Cara hiding in a corner reading or out running, hiking or traveling.  

Stop by Cara's office on Copper lane, she always has treats!

Josh Hovis

Student Organizations Coordinator

Come along friends, and listen to my story about a man named Josh. After crawling his way out of the swamp deep in the heart of Pocahontas, Arkansas Josh flew, much like Hermes, to the frozen north of Fairbanks. Atop his mountain precipice of frozen tundra wanderlust overtook him and he journeyed outward and onward in ever-ongoing orbital motion. Every winter he spends looming in this arctic region of Midgard only to burst forth with a wild fervor upon the summer trembling the earth with a renewed vigor for new and exciting places.

A few of his favorite things involve kayaking with crocodiles, swimming with sharks, hugging koalas, and petting wild animals.

This is his second year working with Student organizations and he couldn’t be happier. If you have questions about student clubs and organizations he would love to give you answers.

Stop by his office and he’ll give you some of Cara’s candy!


Lexi Bystedt

Live Program Fiscal Technician

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.


Lauren Ramirez

Volunteer Program Assistant and Alternative Break Coordinator

Hey ya'll! Born and raised in the land of the pine (North Carolina for all of you non-Wagon Wheel listeners, and shame on you by the way!) I've lived only in North Carolina and Scotland until now; and for the next three years my new groom and I are going to be Fairbanks locals. I am in a sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, which has deeply fueled my passion for volunteerism. I've been involved with many different organizations over the years as well, and I am thrilled to be bringing a little bit of Southern hospitality up this way. I believe in the power of women, fried chicken, and consider myself a novice crafter, baker and mover/shaker. I will be leading the Alternative Break this year to Talamanca, Costa Rica as well; so come on in the office and platica conmigo (or chat with me, whichever language/lengua your prefer!) if you're interested in that as well. I'm here to serve ya'll! 

Jared Conrad

LIVE Program Student Organization Assistant

I will answer to Jared, J-Rod, J-Rad, and JayRay, so take your pick or throw me something new. I'm technically the Student Orgs Assistant, but I occasionally second as a mechanic for the LIVE office and well, anyone else that they know and that I might be able to help. Been in Alaska 7 years and Just about the only thing that will get me out is the Oregon coast. This is my first year in the LIVE office officially, but it is definitely not the last.

Mamie Davis

LIVE Leadership Program Assistant


I'm Mamie! Pronounced "may-me". I am a born and bred Alaskan, a Justice/Spanish major here at UAF, an avid traveller and I've been known to rock the combat boots. I spent a year on exchange in England studying law and am looking forward to attending law school in the near future. I love chocolate dogs and my biggest dream in to be a roller derby queen. Here in the LIVE Office I assist with the planning of Leadership Lunches, Leadership Workshops, our new Leadership Book Club and Movie nights and COLD certificate projects. Stop by and give us a shout!