Valerie M. Gifford, Ph. D.

Valerie Gifford was welcomed in August 2019 by the UAF Student Health and Counseling Center as the new Director.  Originally from Wyoming, Dr. Gifford relocated to Alaska in 1994. The majority of her time in Alaska has been committed to living and providing services in rural communities.  Dr. Gifford earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from UAF, Master’s of Social Work degree from Wurweiler School of School Work at Yeshiva University, and her Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural and Indigenous Emphasis from UAF.  In addition to her work with UAF Student Health and Counseling, Dr. Gifford serves on UAF’s faculty for the School of Education’s Counseling Program and the College of Liberal Arts’ Psychology Department. She is licensed in Alaska as a psychologist and clinical social worker.   

Medical staff


Beverly Parrott

Physician Assistant Certified

Jamie Bourque

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

Sarai Welch

Cerified Medical Assistant

Zena Kirkland

Certified Medical Assistant

Terri Berrie

Medical Assistant and Lab

Counseling staff


Stacey Schmitt, LCSW Associate Director for Counseling Services  

Stacey is the Associate Director for Counseling and has been with UAF Student Health and Counseling since 2013. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and obtained her clinical licensure shortly thereafter.

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Kiana Carr, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kiana received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Trinity Christian College and her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. 

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 Sarah Jensen, MSW

 Sarah received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Rochester and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University. 

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Marie Skanis, Ph. D.

Marie Skanis holds a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical-Community Psychology jointly from UAF and UAA.

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Front office staff


Margaret E. Kellogg

Office Manager/Student Insurance Coordinator

Julia Wendt

Records & Immunization Coordinator

Laurie Hege

Medical Receptionist