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Junior Advisory Board

These are the members of the Junior Advisory Board.

Our Junior Advisory Board (JAB) consists of hard-working and dedicated individuals; University students and young professionals working together to represent youth of all ages, backgrounds, and communities. The JAB is a Junior Advisory Board for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center.

Part of JAB's role and responsibilities is to show future generations that they DO have a voice and CAN take action. This board provides insight and feedback to the Northern Center on every aspect of the Northern Center's work - from marketing to Issues and Policy. Working both online and out in the field, JAB members write social media content for the Northern Center, host awareness-raising events, provide education classes, and meet bi-monthly to take steps forward toward awareness, empowerment, and success of the next generation of young environmentalists!

Ana (Junior Advisory Board)

Ana Thayer

Ana moved to Fairbanks in January 2013. She is currently pursuing a masters in Natural Resource and Applied Economics at UAF. Ana's love for the environment and an appreciation for the outdoors started at a young age hiking and running in Vermont and New Hampshire. She has also worked on conservation crews in New England and the Northwest. Since moving to Alaska she has enjoyed hiking in Denali, running in the White Mountains, gardening under the midnight sun, and watching moose meander through spruce trees. She hopes that JAB can fill a void for young people to learn how to be activists and help cause change within the community.

Bennett (Junior Advisory Board)
Bennett Wong

Bennett moved to Fairbanks in May 2010. He is currently pursuing a masters in Biological Education in the hopes of teaching wilderness and environmental conservation to his students. Bennett’s love for the environment stems from his place of birth, Malaysia. He grew up with first hand experience and appreciation for the once vast rain forests of SouthEast Asia. It was due to the unregulated deforestation actions that initiated Bennett’s work as an Activist to protect wilderness. He later moved to New Jersey where he worked on several campaigns with GreenPeace, AmeriCorps, the Sierra Club, and with local political affiliations. Bennett loves to go out exploring in the back country and observe all the flora and fauna available in the untouched lands, his favorite activity while in the outdoors is bird watching. Since moving to Alaska he has ventured into the White Mountains, done field work on Prince of Wales Island and backpacked in several different National Parks. Bennett hopes that his work with JAB will inspire his generation and others to know that they have the power to make great and powerful changes in their communities and beyond.

Callen (Junior Advisory Board)
Callen Christensen

Callen grew up in interior Alaska developing a strong passion for wildlife, music, and the intriguing Alaskan landscape. This love was fostered by his work with the Fairbanks Arts Association where he was exposed to many visual and musical artists alike, all inspired by the unique beauty of the Golden Valley. Callen is a Freshman at UAF studying Geological Engineering.












Jackie Cheek
Jackie (Junior Advisory Board)

I grew up exploring the Alaskan wilderness; hiking, hunting, and kayaking from the Arctic Circle to Prince William Sound. From a young age I have experienced a power in the mountains and forests, that simply not knowing what is beyond the next ridge is a feeling that is fantastically irreplaceable. I have learned that nature is astounding and captivating, but more importantly fragile. It is up to us to protect it. It is our responsibility, as young people and adults, to teach others that our human spirit is in the wild.



Mary Lou (Junior Advisory Board)
Mary Lou Fagen

My name is Mary Lou Fagan. I like hot cocoa and getting caught in the snow. I lived in Alaska my whole life and am still learning to appreciate its wonder. My goal in JAB is to learn about it even more and experience it with others who love Alaska just as much as I do.

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