Summer Sessions Office


Michelle Bartlett



Michelle has been a resident of Fairbanks for over 35 years and has 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.



Gail Priday
Associate Director



Gail has lived in Fairbanks since 2002, except for a few years when she returned to the lower 48 before deciding Alaska was home. She has many years of experience teaching in both formal and informal settings and is excited about creating opportunities to enrich the Fairbanks community. Gail is a visual artist and enjoys working in her studio, taking long walks in the woods, and spending time with her family and her sweet little dog.


Chaweinta Hale
Social Media and Website Manager




Chaweinta holds a degree in Computer Science and another in Art. She supports Summer Session's online presence by maintaining the website and sharing information about programs and events on social media. In the past, she has taught visual art through the virtual 365 SMART Academy and the Summer Visual Art Academy.



Katie Kennedy
Special Projects



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 is enjoying having recently transitioned from her full-time position as Associate Director to working part-time on special projects. Katie enjoys hiking, traveling, mapmaking, and playing the marimba.



Allison Juneau
Administrative Assistant



Allison is a recent graduate of the UAF Art Department's Master of Fine Arts program.  She has served UAF as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, Adjunct Instructor, and as a virtual course instructor for the 365 SMART Academy program.  She is delighted to join the Summer Sessions team as an Administrative Assistant.  In her free time, Allison enjoys painting, tabletop games, and spending time with her pets. 


Laura Bender
Special Projects

Laura has been helping Summer Sessions with multiple projects over the past few years, specializing in organizing our free summer events, and helping with the logistics of our K-12 outreach.