Summer Sessions Office


Michelle Bartlett




Michelle has been a resident of Fairbanks for over 35 years and has held held many administrative positions in the UA system before retiring and entering the private sector. She came out of retirement and joined Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning (SSLL) in 2003. Michelle shares her creative energy in building the multiple facets of Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning. She enjoys her four granddaughters, scuba diving and traveling the world.



 Mark Steele

Fiscal Officer



Having visited numerous countries, all 50 United States and multiple US protectorates Mark settled into his first "home" in Fairbanks, AK in 1999. After sailing the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans on submarines for the Navy, working in civilian nuclear power plants and spending 10 years in the hospitality industry, Mark joined UAF in 2010 and is currently the Fiscal Officer for Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning.

In their free time, Mark and his beautiful wife enjoy their futile attempts to train their two cats and are avid fans of hockey (they love the Nanooks and wish the the Avalanche would do something...anything), reading, gaming and traveling


Katie Kennedy

Associate Director



Katie arrived in Alaska in 1990 for a summer job and found she had discovered her true home. She has worked at the University of Alaska since 2005 and enjoys investing her energy in the development of Summer Sessions programming. Katie enjoys hiking, traveling, mapmaking, and playing the marimba.



 Katie Tasky

Admin Assistant



Katie grew up in Eagle River, Alaska and has lived in the state all her life. She attended UAF from 2008 to 2016, completing a Bachelors in Art with a focus in metalsmithing, and a Masters in Secondary Education, with an Alaska teacher certification. 

She's lived in Fairbanks ever since she took Summer Sessions courses in 2012 and moved out of the dorms into a dry cabin. She lives with running water now, with dreams of getting a house with a garage to set up a small studio. 

She's been working for Summer Sessions since August 2018, but has been involved in the University and FNSB school district in various ways throughout the years. 




 Spencer Nace

Student Assistant



Spencer is a pretty cool dude.