Who We Are

Meet our team!

Carlton Hautala, Advisor

Carlton Hautala • Advisor


Carlton grew up on the Kuskokwim River in the village of Kwethluk. He attended Mt. Edgecumbe for the second half of his high school career. He graduated from UAF with a BS in Fisheries. His favorite hobbies are hunting, trapping, and fishing with family and friends.



Gabrielle Russell , Lead Advisor

Gabrielle Russell • Lead Advisor


Gabrielle has been working with UAF for the last 20 years and as an Advisor with RSS for 10. She is happy that longtime friend and mentor Sue McHenry encouraged her to apply at RSS and has found it to be her perfect niche. Gabrielle came to UAF as a freshman by way of Upstate NY and used to tag-along with her friends who had advisors at RSS. She earned a BA in History, minoring in French, and a M.Ed. with a license in Community Counseling. She loves river travel, meeting new people, speaking French and creating art with her daughter. Most importantly, she enjoys problem solving and helping others, skills that have hopefully assisted the students she has come to know over her years at UAF.


Minnie Naylor, Advisor

Minnie Naylor • Advisor


Minnie is originally from Kotzebue and has family from Noatak and Shishmaref. Minnie graduated from UAF in 2008 and was involved with RSS. Her degree was in Rural Development with an emphasis in Community Organizations and Services. She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Rural Development.



Shenai Simeon, Office Manager

Shenai Simeon • Office Manager


Shenai Simeon is from Aniak, AK which is located on the upper Kuskokwim River. I grew up on the river and out on the tundra with a strong subsistence way of life. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rural Development and a minor in Rural and Emergency Health and Wellness with a focus in Yup'ik language in 2018. Shenai is a former RSS student and Student Employee. Shenai is the Office Manager and works at the front desk. She will be the face you see when you stop by RSS or call our main number, you will most likely be talking to her.


Timothy Murphrey, Eileen Panigeo MacLean Iñupiat House Advisor/Program Manager

Timothy Murphrey • Eileen Panigeo MacLean Iñupiat House Advisor/Program Manager


Eileen Panigeo MacLean House website

Tim Murphrey is originally from New Orleans, but has lived in Fairbanks for 23 years.  At UAF, he earned a BA in English, minoring in Alaska Native Studies, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Indigenous Studies program. He has taught high school in the Fairbanks School District, as well as for the Rural Alaska Honors Institute for 13 years. Tim has a real passion for traditional archery, keeping his old Harley running and on the road, and writing poetry.