This page of alumni updates was compiled by Joey Besl of the UAA Office of Alumni Relations. Please share your moments of pride and achievement via the link at the bottom of this page, so we can note your success in an upcoming issue.
Jeff Roach, A.A.S. Agriculture, writes “I have been appointed as the Fairbanks International Airport Manager. I am excited to join the team of dedicated professionals at Fairbanks International Airport and to take on the responsibilities of airport manager.” In addition, he was selected to attend the U.S. Army 2016 Chief of Staff of the Army Senior Leader Seminar, a development course for select senior Army colonels. Colonel Roach serves as commander of the 38th Troop Command in the Alaska Army National Guard, and will be one of only 14 Army National Guard leaders attending the seminar in January.
Sandi Keller, B.Ed. Elementary Education, earned the Teacher of the Year award from Nome Public Schools for the 2014-2015 school year. An Iñupiaq Eskimo from Wales, Sandi is married, has four children and three grandchildren, and has taught first grade for most of her career. “If it wasn’t for my students, I wouldn’t get this. I am very humbled and honored to receive this award,” she wrote.
It’s been a big summer for Löki Gale Tobin, B.A. Psychology. Not only did she recently accept a new job as the annual giving manager at Anchorage Museum, she also married Walker Gusse, B.S. Aviation Technology ’07. The couple met during their first year at UAA.
Walter Williams, M.B.A. Business Administration, joined Doyon Limited in July. He serves as the Alaska Native corporation’s corporate controller, responsible for accounting and financial reporting. Walter lives with his family in Anchorage, where he also serves on the board of Catholic Social Services and Campfire Alaska, and volunteers his time with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska.
Sarah Thompson, B.H.S. Human Services, works with developmentally and learning-challenged students in the Mat-Su Borough School District’s 46 schools. In 2011, she graduated from Creighton University with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree, thanks to the Alaska Pathway program—a distance education initiative hosted by UAA that allowed her to stay in state. Sarah lives in Palmer with her husband.
Earlier this year, Candace Lewis, B.A. Psychology, received her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from Arizona State University. She also was named one of five Bisgrove Scholars by Science Foundation Arizona, an award that will fund her post-doc research on “the molecular mechanisms by which experiences can shape neurobiology and behavior.” In Zurich this year, the recent Fulbright recipient also will complete neuroimaging training on characterizing the effects of classic psychedelic compounds.
Jennifer Lorenz, B.A. Elementary Education, recently started a teaching position through the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), an educational initiative sponsored by the Japanese government. Currently, she lives in the southern city of Oita, where she works as an assistant English language teacher.
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