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Board of Directors

Learn about NAEC's Board Members.

The NAEC Board of Directors help plan for the organization’s future by:

  • Ensuring adequate resources to achieve the organization’s mission

  • Spearheading the Annual Major Donor Campaign and Auction

  • Making sure the organization’s programs and services appropriately address the majority of our members' environmental interests

  • Selecting and supporting the Executive Director

  • Encouraging and supporting volunteer involvement


Frank Williams, Board President: 2013

Frank Williams

Frank Williams has been President of the Board of Directors at the Northern Alaska Environmental Center since December 2013. His life-long passion for outdoor activities, years of backpacking in California, Colorado and New Mexico, and long-term interest in birding have shaped his heart for preservation of wilderness and conservation of wildlife. He enjoys volunteering with his wife, Judy, on birding projects in Alaska and lends a hand to the local recycling effort by volunteering with Interior Alaska Green Star. Since moving to Alaska in 1992 he has been able to continue in leadership positions on the boards of non-profit organizations including the Alaska Bird Observatory and his church. His professional life has largely been in academia as a professor of chemical engineering and over 25 years of experience in university administration including serving as Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services and Director of the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Carol Norton, Treasurer2010 

Photo of Carol Norton

Carol grew up near Boston and came to Alaska with her husband in 1967. Her first job was working for Ginny Wood and Celia Hunter at Camp Denali.  That was the beginning of a life of outdoor activities including boating, fishing, skiing, biking, and gardening. After raising her children and retiring from various occupations, Carol took some accounting classes and became a bookkeeper.  She hopes to use her new skills to help maintain the fiscal health of the NAEC.


Sven Grage: 2010 

Sven Grage

Sven first visited Alaska in 1987, during a four-month hiking/kayaking/biking trek around the state. Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, he had spent many summers and winters in Scandinavia. The expanse and seeming health of various ecosystems Sven experienced in a number of Alaska's wildlands was unparalleled and let him choose Alaska for his permanent home in 1997. It is his hope to contribute a small piece to the endeavor to promote protection and conservation of habitat. Sven has been teaching at West valley High School (German, Geography, Outdoor Education, PE, Guitar) since 2000.


Arthur Hussey, Vice President: 2013 

Arthur Hussey

I have a B.Sc. from Michigan State University and an M.P.S. from University of Connecticut. I spent 25 years overseas in humanitarian assistance, primarily in Africa. Alaska has been home since the late 1990s; from mid 2000 to early 2005 I was ED of NAEC. I am avid pilot and fly frequently to the Brooks Range in the Cessna 182 that I ferried from southwestern Africa. I believe that NAEC is critical to the national conservation efforts. 



Stefan Milkowski, Secretary: 2014 

Stefan Milkowski

Stefan Milkowski grew up in upstate New York and moved to Fairbanks in 2005 to cover business for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. He later covered politics for the News-Miner and for the Alaska Budget Report in Juneau, cleverly avoiding Fairbanks winters for five years. He probably wouldn't have stayed in Alaska if not for the great people, the opportunity for amazing outdoor adventures, and the chance to live a simple, deliberate life. Like many Alaskans, he built his own home and gets much of his food from the wild. After helping insulate houses for Interior Weatherization, Inc., Stefan joined Carpenters Local 1243. Concern about climate change led him to the Northern Center. He is a co-founder of the Fairbanks chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby.

Lois Barger: 2015 

Throughout a decade of political, electoral, conservation and community outreach Lois has a broad range of experience working to support healthy communities and a healthy environment.  From advocating for rural renewable energy policy in Wisconsin, fighting the Healy 2 Coal Plant and supporting local food, she's explored various positions and gained skills along the way including grassroots organizing, effective communication, campaign management and online organizing.  

After working at the Northern Center in 2011 on energy issues, she's excited to return in this new capacity to support the protection of northern landscapes.  When not working Lois enjoys exploring, fishing, berry picking, gardening and striving everyday to live a more sustainable life.  

Louise Farquharson: 2016

Louise grew up in Greenwich, London where she developed a love of the outdoors through camping and hiking with friends and family around the English, Welsh and Scottish countryside. She first visited Alaska in 2005 and was overwhelmed by how welcoming the community of Fairbanks was. Soon after she decided to begin calling Goldstream Valley home and has been there ever since. Louise likes to spend her spare time enjoying the wonderful maze of trails both in and around town, by foot in summer and bike and ski in winter. Louise is currently a PhD student at UAF investigating the impact of climate change on Arctic landscapes in Alaska. She has had the privilege of exploring many incredible areas of Alaskan wilderness as part of her research related field work, including the Bering Land Bridge National Park, the Nogahabara sand dunes near Galena, the Noatak National Preserve, and the Teshekpuk Lake area on the Arctic Coastal Plain. These experiences have strengthened her passion for conserving Alaska’s wilderness. Louise hopes that her participation in the Northern Center’s activities will enable the use of her scientific background to help protect Alaska’s landscapes and habitats.

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