State Advisory Council
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Minutes (files below are .docx)
State Advisory Council Duties
Members of Extension's State Advisory Council are advocates for funding and programming with the university, state government and agencies on behalf of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.
As advocates for Extension's programming throughout Alaska, the council also provides an invaluable service by providing stakeholder input for Extension on a statewide level.
Voting and non-voting members of the council serve for three-year terms for a maximum of six consecutive years. Terms on the board are staggered so that not all the seats become vacant at the same time. If you are interested in serving on Extension's Advisory Council as seats become vacant, please fill out the application and submit it to the address listed.
The 11 members of the council are elected through a nomination process, with eight of the seats on the board filled by individuals representing a specific geographic region of the state. The other three seats are open and nominations to fill those posts can come from anywhere in the state. There are also non-voting Extension faculty and staff representatives on the council.
Contact Information and Profiles
[Term 2016 - 2019, Interior]
Dr. Rose Meier
Rose Meier grew up on a family farm in Illinois, and says she can still remember seeing her dad and the local farm Extension agent, heads bent over some problem weed or weakened crop plant, searching for a solution to this botanical dilemma under the blazing Midwestern sun. “This made a big impression on me, and I've been in love with plants ever since,” she said. She earned a Ph.D. in botany from University of Minnesota and, after a five-year postgraduate stint at the Smithsonian's Conservation and Research Center, came to UAF in 1997.
She helps steer a new program in ethnobotany, the study of the many and varied relationships between people and plants. The program helps students learn more about basic plant biology and reconnects them to local elders who share their knowledge of the important roles that native plants play. “I think my dad would be pleased to see me come full circle, back to that place where it's just you, a plant and some great sharing under the glowing midnight sun,” she said.
[Term 2016 - 2019, Interior]
Karen Norris has lived in Alaska nearly 40 years, the majority of it in Fairbanks. She and her husband, Raymond, built their home and still live on that homestead. They raised two children who also live in Fairbanks. “My life in the Interior has been an exciting and varied one,” she said. She was a competitive dog musher for over 30 years. The family raised a large variety of livestock for their own food source as well as for their children participating in the 4-H Market Program. She has been involved in many volunteer positions, from serving on the Alaska Dog Mushers Association Board of Governors and being a 4-H leader for seven years, to, most recently, getting the Fairbanks Community Museum and Dog Mushing Museum in its new location and taking a position on the board.
Norris says her current position as a visitor information specialist with Explore Fairbanks offers her the opportunity to share her love and knowledge of her and community with thousands of people. “I continue to learn about the people, history and culture of our great state.”
[Term 2013-2019, Southeast]
Jeste grew up in New York about two hours north of New York City, on 100 acres with a lake and streams that were surrounded by another couple thousand acres that were largely undeveloped. She says she grew up in a more rural setting than many here even in Alaska. She adds,“People have regularly underestimated me by my accent and proclivity for stylish accessories but have consistently been dismayed by my proficiency in fire building, wood splitting and stacking, construction, gardening and a general battery of domestic skills.”
Jeste came to Alaska to stay with friends’ parents to play, for what was supposed to be a part of a summer. Five years later, she is still here and has traveled around the state and “had the good fortune to have access to a great many quintessentially Alaska experiences.” She has been working as a chef. Through her work in many kitchens here, she says she has fed nearly everyone in Juneau at some point or another.
Carrie originally moved to Alaska with her parents in 1955 when her father was a Russian language translator for the US Army. They fell in love with the state, and after her father's tour of duty, her parents finished college and returned to teach in Southwest Alaska villages starting in 1962. Since then, she has lived in a variety of Southwest Alaska communities (Emmonak, Nunapitchuk, Kwigillingok, Bethel, Takotna, Grayling, Aniak). In addition, she homesteaded forty acres on the Holitna River in 1972.
Her professionarl career has been as a secondary teacher in Bethel, Alaska. A few years after she retired from teaching there, Carrie and her husband moved from Bethel to Aniak, Alaska in order to live in the same town as my grandchildren. Living in Aniak has allowed her to pursue several passions - participating in family activities, doing community service (for example: volunteering in schools, serving on the Kuspuk School District board, volunteering for the K-300 and Aniak 150 dog races), engaging in outdoor activities (boating, fishing, snowmachining, hiking). She has no plans to leave the rural area she has called home for most of her life.
Art Nash, Energy Specialist
Extension State Advisory Council Support
Fred Schlutt, Director
Fred Schlutt is vice provost for Extension and Outreach and director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. Schlutt has served as director of Extension in Alaska since 2009 but has worked for Extension since 1979, also as a specialist in Texas and Wyoming and as an administrator in Maine. He earned a doctorate from Texas A&M University in adult and Extension education. Schlutt is second-generation Extension. His father served as a 4-H agent and specialist for 38 years and his mother was a country home ec agent.
Roxie Rodgers Dinstel, Associate Director
Carmen Kloepfer, Assistant to the Director