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Bon Voyage Mike O'Brien!
Announcing new executive assistant to University President
Teresa has been married to Todd Thompson for 25 years. Teresa and Todd serve on the local Young Life committee and for ten years were a “big couple” to a little brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Teresa was a Rotarian for 14 years and has served on the local Relay for Life committee.
Dana Merriman joins UA legal team
Dana Merriman has joined the UA legal team as associate general counsel. Merriman has practiced law in Fairbanks and Seattle for the last seventeen years. During that time, she has served in a variety of positions, including assistant district attorney for the State of Alaska, code department director for the Northwest Intertribal Court System, and founder of Merriman Law, PC. Most recently, she served as a civil rights investigator for the UAF Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. Merriman joined the UA Office of the General Counsel in late June, replacing Mike O’Brien.
Prior to earning her juris doctorate from Cornell Law School, Merriman received a bachelor of arts in English literature from the University of Washington. She is a member of the Alaska and Washington state bar associations and has practiced in both state and tribal courts.
Merriman was born and raised in Fairbanks. In her spare time, she enjoys far-flung travel, cooking from scratch, and spending time with her husband Frank.