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Ava Anderson

Ava Anderson recently joined the UA Land Management Department as a property manager.  Previously she was director of sales and marketing for Connie Yoshimura and Associates, Prudential Jack White Vista Real Estate. She transitioned residential land development projects from the development stage to retail sales and marketing stage for some of Anchorage’s top residential builders.

Anderson has worked in Real Estate office administration and management for over 14 years, and has had the opportunity to assist in the growth of companies from the ground up.

In her spare time. she and her partner enjoy kayaking, camping, jet skiing, making wine and playing with pet bunny Ellie Mae and dog Chewbacca.

Karol Kriens

Started January 12, 2009

Karol Kriens is the new Director of Environmental, Health and Safety for the
Statewide System Office of Risk Services.

Kriens held previous positions with the federal government as an environmental, health and safety engineer and physical scientist.

She was raised in the mid-west and arrived in Alaska in 2001.

Kriens attended the University of Missouri where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in education, followed by the University of Central Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in construction and Master of Science in safety. At the University of Kansas, Kriens received a Master of Arts degree in environment. In addition, Kriens is a Registered Professional Safety Engineer, Certified Safety Professional and Registered Environmental Manager.

Kriens has two sons at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Stork Report

Baby Name: Erica Julianne Ward
Sex: Female
Born Date/Time: December 03, 2008 @ 7:54p.m.
Weight: 7 lbs. 3 oz.
Length: 20"
Parents Name: Derek and Tracy Ward
My Department: OIT Data Center Operations
Title: Computer Operator
Comments: She is our first born.  Mommy and Daddy are so proud! We love her so much and are so blessed to have such a beautiful little girl! She is perfect in every way!

Darby Jane Dodson, daughter of  Kristin Dodson, Project Specialist and Events Coordinator for University of Alaska Statewide Mentor Project,  was born January 22, 2009.  Mom, baby and family are happy and healthy. 


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