Central Development Staff
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Allison has been with the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 1998. As the Donor Relations Director, she provides data analysis reports for the major gift division and oversees stewardship and private scholarship/fund management. Prior to joining the Development Office in 2008, she held several positions in UAF Advancement Services and University Relations performing database management and gift processing.
Allison received a bachelor’s degree in Management from Oregon State University in 1993 and her master’s in Business Administration from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1999. She is an active member of Association of Donor Relations Professionals (ADRP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Allison was born and raised in Fairbanks, spending much of her time on the University of Alaska campus as a youth attending camps or later as a college student. She enjoys exercising, baking, and traveling with her family. Allison and her husband, John (also a UAF alumnus), reside in Fairbanks along with their three children, Bailey (a student at UAF), Kylee and Preston.
Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Becca relocated to Fairbanks in 2014 to hike,
fish and experience all that Alaska has to offer.
Before accepting her position as a donor relations officer with the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Becca worked for several local nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities including Executive Director, Project Manager, Community Liaison and Housing Director. In her most recent role, Becca helped the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living launch the Fairbanks Recovery Residence, a safe place for women to live as they begin or continue their journeys in recovery from substance misuse.
Becca has a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Technical Communication and a Professional Grant Writing Certificate from the University of Tennessee. She has 13 years of experience working for, volunteering with or serving on the boards of various nonprofit organizations.
Becca lives in Fairbanks and enjoys live music, exercising, reading, gardening, berry picking, baking and making jam.
Emily Ballard serves as the Development Strategist with the UAF team. Originally from Michigan, Em joined the Fairbanks community and Nanook Nation in 2020. As a Development Strategist, she supports the major gift officer team by helping foster aspirational giving to those who give generously to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. To her core, she believes generosity changes lives - for the giver and the receiver. Her greatest joy is helping people give generously with their time, talent, and treasure.
Emily holds an undergraduate degree from Taylor University in Elementary Education (2014), and has served 6 years in the non-profit sector in marketing, communications, and fundraising. She serves as a volunteer facilitator with Women Doing Well, an organization offering women’s retreats to help discover a purpose, passion, and plan for giving and living well.In her free time you can find Em enjoying the outdoors on a hike with her husband Dave and her dog Kodak, playing tennis as much as possible in the Alaskan summer sun, or embracing her favorite season: winter.
Katie Straub has joined the UAF team as a Development Associate. Katie moved to Fairbanks in 2001 for graduate school in Marine Biology, and from 2006 to 2012 worked in the UAF College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences in recruitment and advising. She is passionate about education and strongly believes the University is the heart of the community and is thrilled to be back at UAF in Development.
Morgan has been with the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2015. As the lead major gift officer she oversees UAF's major gift and annual giving programs. Morgan takes pride in working shoulder-to-shoulder with benefactors to fulfill their desired impacts at the university through philanthropy. She believes in the power of philanthropy, and is humbled by the generosity of the UAF community. Morgan previously served as the director of development at the University of Alaska Museum of the North and held leadership development roles in Denver, Colorado for seven years prior to moving to Fairbanks in 2013.
Morgan holds an undergraduate degree in Communication and Business (2005) from the University of Colorado Boulder and a master's in Nonprofit Management (2012) from Regis University. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
During her free time, Morgan enjoys an active Alaska lifestyle with her husband and kiddos. She also enjoys knitting and tending to her garden. Morgan and her family reside in the Goldstream Valley north of Fairbanks.
Megan is a Major Gift Officer based outside of Portland, OR. She will focus on engaging alumni, friends and donors in the area and raising philanthropic support for UAF students and programs. Megan has been with UAF Development and Alumni Relations since 2007. Previously, Megan served as the Annual Giving Coordinator, later became the Annual Giving Director and was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with the Rising Star award in 2010. Megan, a lifelong Alaskan, is excited to connect with UAF friends in the Pacific Northwest and reminisce on time spent at UAF and within our Golden Heart Community. Megan is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Megan, a two-time graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, holds an undergraduate degree in Communication (2006) and a master’s in Professional Communication (2011). As an undergraduate student, Megan participated in an internship program in Washington D.C. and spent a year at Western Washington University on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program. Megan is grateful for the experiences she has and continues to gain from her alma mater and is thrilled to represent UAF from afar; Fairbanks will always be her home.
During her free time, Megan enjoys running, traveling, reading and catching up on her favorite Netflix series. Megan and her wife Andrea, (also a two-time UAF alumna), reside in Washougal, WA, along with their daughter Elliot and their dogs, Zip and Chili.
Teresa joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks as major gift officer in June 2019, bringing with her more than 10 years of professional fundraising experience to the team as well as a broad range of strategic business and leadership skills.
Teresa came to Alaska in 1985 and became part of the Usibelli family through her marriage to John Usibelli.
Originally from CleElum and Roslyn, Wash., Teresa attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., graduating with a Bachelor Science in Community Health Education and a Minor in Biology In 1983. Upon her arrival to Alaska she enrolled at UAF’s downtown branch, then called Tanana Valley Campus, and earned certification for alcohol and substance abuse counseling. She worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference and traveled to many remote Alaska villages. She later went to work for the Fairbanks North Star Borough managing the Big Dipper Ice Arena during the era of the Gold Kings, which brought national and international players to Fairbanks. Teresa later moved to Healy with her family and worked as the mayor’s special assistant in the newly formed Denali Borough. She pursued her own businesses, including Alaskan Chateau Lodging, Alaskan Vacation Rentals, Denali Car Rentals, Denali Coffee and U-Haul. She later sold her businesses and came to work for the Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks, in Development and Planned Giving, where she worked for more than eight years.
Teresa is past president of the Greater Healy Denali Chamber of Commerce, has served on GVEA’s MAC and Goodcents committees, and served as a member of the Denali Borough Assembly and school board, as well as numerous committees in land use and planning. She’s also been active in the Lion’s Club.
Husband John, a mining engineering alumnus and production manager at Usibelli Coal Mine, passed away in 2016. Daughter Elizabeth is a UAF and CTC graduate and uses her skills at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital providing patient care. Son Vincent is a graduate of Hutchison Career Center, through the welding and diesel program.
Teresa enjoys the Alaska outdoors and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be in her position and welcomes phone calls and visits from those interested in learning more about UAF and the opportunities it brings to students, Alaska and the future.
Judy Dellinger joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks in June 2020 as a major gifts officer with a focus on the UAF Department of Athletics. Originally from Hermiston, Oregon, Judy moved to Alaska in 1989 and earned her bachelor’s degree in rural development at UAF in 1994.
With over 20 years of experience in the Fairbanks nonprofit community, Judy returned to her alma mater after serving as the executive and finance coordinator for Explore Fairbanks and the marketing consultant for JP Jones Community Center. Prior to that, Dellinger worked at Love INC in several capacities, including development director and executive director. Judy has also served as the executive director for the Greater Fairbanks Habitat for Humanity.Judy currently serves as secretary on the board of directors at the FYND Out Free Pregnancy Center and as secretary on the management team of the Fairbanks Frontier Chorus, also known as The Fairbanks Sweet Adelines, where she has been a member since 2007.