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Lael Oldmixon recognized as one of Alaska's Top 40 under 40

The Alaska Journal of Commerce announced the members of the 2017 Top Forty Under 40 and Lael Oldmixon, UA College Savings and UA Scholars Program Executive Director, is among them.

Alaska’s Top Forty Under 40, sponsored by the Alaska Journal of Commerce, recognizes the state’s top professionals younger than age 40 who have demonstrated professional excellence and a commitment to their community.

"I'm thrilled to be included among such fine leaders in the state," said Oldmixon. "If you look through the list, there are some pretty stellar people on it. Truly, I keep asking how I got there. Yes, I'm involved in number of community organizations, but I feel that I've gained more from them they probably have from me (personally and professionally). And I feel that it's all part of being a good citizen. I've been driven to get involved and stay involved because Alaska is my home and I want to be a good steward for future generations. It's also an honor to serve as an employee at UA, I'm passionate about higher education, access and attainment, and I feel particularly fortunate to work with the UA College Savings Plan and the UA Scholars program team because I'm able to focus on postsecondary access and attainment for Alaska youth."

The 2017 Top Forty Under 40 will be honored at an awards dinner on April 28 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

Next time you see Lael congratulate her on this exceptional recognition!

Risk Services welcomes Director for Environmental Safety and Health Kenneth Walker

Kenneth Walker
Director for Environmental Safety and Health
Statewide Office of Risk Services

Kenneth Walker joined the Statewide Office of Risk Services in March as Director for Environmental Safety and Health. He brings more than 14 years of experience to the position and came to UA from San Antonio, TX where he worked at Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center as Chief Safety Career Field Management Team.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University and a master’s degree from Columbia Southern University. He is also a military veteran having served 24 years in the United States Air Force.

Welcome new Director of Facilities and Land Management Christine E. Klein

Started March 15, 2017

Christine E. Klein
Director
Facilities & Land Management


Christine Klein has recently joined the Faciities and Land Managment department as director. Klein has extensive experience in many sectors in Alaska including Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President, Calista Corporation; Chief Executive, Alaska International Airports System; Deputy Commissioner, Department Transportation & Public Facilities; and Principal, Tikigaq Engineering

A lifelong Alaskan, raised near Ketchikan in the Moser Bay & Loring area, her educational background is also diverse. She has two bachelor's of science degrees, a Masters of Fine Arts and is an Accredited Airport Executive. She attended multiple branches of the University of Alaska system including Kenai Peninsula College, Fairbanks and Anchorage earning a bachelor's of geological engineering ('87) and sociocultural anthropology ('89). Through Northern Michigan University, Marquette she earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and environmental ('89). Her master's she earned through the University of California Davis ('91).

Klein's spouse, Timothy Law, is also an engineering alumnus of UAF. Klein enjoys landscaping, good food, and keeping up the family homestead.

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