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.

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Robert Wedemeier, B.A. History, writes “I retired in 2005 after 42 years of federal employment and in 2011 I moved to a sleepy little town of Santa Clara, N.M. Although retired I still felt the need to be of service to the community in which I live. So in May of this year I applied to become the alternative municipal court judge… Not saving the world, but working local issues. My point is, you are never too old to be of service.”


Andrea Story, B.B.A. Marketing, is Vice President of marketing and business development at R&M Consultants Inc. She served as president of the Society for Marketing Professionals chapter in Alaska and won chapter president of the year honors at this year’s SMPS nationwide conference in San Antonio in July.


Doreen Schenkenberger, B.B.A. Management, is owner and managing member of R&D, LLC.  She also volunteers in therapeutic courts and sits on the board of directors at Partners for Progress, a nonprofit organization providing support to former offenders as they make positive, successful transitions after incarceration. She is a Peer2Peer facilitator and coach/mentor for recovery groups through Partners Reentry Center and the Alaska Therapeutic Court Alumni Group. “I really love being part of building a healthy community, contributing to our economy and our great state,” she writes. “I’m proud to be an Alaskan and a UAA alum.”


Michael Howarth, M.F.A. Creative Writing, is currently an associate professor of English at Missouri Southern State University, where he teaches youth literature and ÿ lm studies and directs the honors program. He recently published a critical text on children’s literature titled Under the Bed, Creeping: Psychoanalyzing the Gothic in Children’s Literature.


Cindy Sena-Martinez, B.A. Psychology ’03, earned a doctorate in psychology in 2012. She is currently employed by the United States Air Force as an education specialist and also serves as an online course facilitator for the University of Dayton. She is recording her sixth CD of therapeutic music, and presents on healing music across the country alongside her husband.


Justin Helms, B.S. Aviation Technology M.P.A. ’08, served the FAA as an air tra˛  c controller in Wilmington, N.C. from 2007 to 2009 and has served the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency since 2009. He recently graduated from law school at St. Louis University.


After graduation, Ryan Jager, B.A. Economics and Political Science, worked as a campaign manager and legislative aide in Juneau. He then earned a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2013, while his wife, Summer Engler (B.S. Biological Sciences ’07), earned her M.D. from UW through the WWAMI program in 2012. They live in Seattle with their Pembroke Welsh corgi, Baxter.


Khristy Parker, B.A. Justice, earned an M.P.A. with a criminal justice emphasis from UAA in 2013. She joined the UAA Justice Center last year as a research professional with the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC).


Erick Romig received a Jefferson Fellowship from the University of Virginia. He is one of 17 recipients this year, selected after a three-day competition alongside other nominees. This highly selective fellowship covers the full cost of attending UVA where he is pursuing a Ph. D. in Spanish Literature.


Alex Pierce, B.A Music Performance, founded the UAA Glee Club in 2010. Now based in Los Angeles, he recently returned to Anchorage as part of the touring company of Les Misérables, which performed 12 shows at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts in October.


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