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Elisabeth Dabney,  Executive Director

(907) 452-5021 Ext. 5094
Elisabeth Dabney

Elisabeth Dabney was born and raised in Fairbanks—a second-generation Fairbanksan—and spent her childhood exploring her backyard woods. Growing up she was lucky to take hiking and camping trips with her parents and siblings and discover the value of place from a young age. Elisabeth has traveled extensively overseas and attended school in Austria, England, and graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She used her training as a historian to help writers publish their manuscripts and worked in the publishing industry for 8 years. Her writers heavily influenced her appreciation of the place she is fortunate to call home—Alaska. Elisabeth is committed to seeing Alaska—and northern Alaska in particular—preserved for the generations that follow. She lives in west Fairbanks with her husband, Jeremiah and daughters, Audrey and Violet.


Anna Sorensen,  Director of Administration and Finance

(907) 452-5021 Ext. 5091,

Anna pictureAnna is a lifelong Alaskan who spent most of her childhood on a small farm in Palmer.  In 1997 the family moved north to Fairbanks where she decided to stay.  After earning her B.A. in History and minor in Political Science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Anna worked for the Alaska State Legislature in Fairbanks and Juneau for six years.  During this time she and her husband Joe settled into a 20 foot diameter, off-the-grid yurt that they called home for four years.  They now live in a small, efficient house they built in the Goldstream Valley.  In her spare time Anna can be found in her garden, volunteering around town, skiing in the Goldstream Public Use Area, hiking in the woods, or harvesting for winter. 


Kristen Hendricks,  Communications Coordinator

(907) 452-5021,

Kristen Hendricks

Kristen moved to Fairbanks from Brooklyn, New York after coming for a visit that turned into a permanent relocation. She studied Medical Illustration at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York and after graduation moved to Brooklyn where she worked at a lighting manufacturing and restoration company. Once she moved to Fairbanks she quickly took up as many outdoor activities as she could, including skiing, hiking and rock climbing. She spent a lot of time exploring the Interior, capturing what inspired her most in her paintings. She quickly fell in love with Alaska, and Fairbanks and northern Alaska in particular, and realized the need to preserve these special places. When not at the Northern Center you can find her learning to skijor with her dog, Hawthorne, climbing with her boyfriend, Nick, or working on her current artwork.


Jessica Girard,  Program Director

(907) 452-5021 Ext. 5096,

Jessica Girard

Jessica is a 10 year Air Force veteran who witnessed, firsthand, detrimental environmental impacts while traveling abroad during her service. Following her travels, she resolved to redirect her career to the field of sustainable development. In May she graduated with a M.A. in Sustainable International Development with a Specialization in Environmental Conservation. Jessica completed her field work as the Natural Resource Manager at a non-profit on the island of Koh Rong, Cambodia. Here she worked with village stakeholders in community development, outreach, and advocacy to devise sustainable fresh water and land-use techniques. Jessica has also had the opportunity to work in her home town on energy efficiency education and renewable energy policy.Between semesters during her graduate work, Jessica and a friend drove from Boston to Alaska to camp and explore America’s wild places.  Upon her arrival in Alaska she fell in love and after graduation promptly drove back, making Alaska her home.In her free time Jessica loves to paddle, snowboard, and hike. She is also learning, however slowly, to cross country ski with some sort of proper form.  

Julia Mickley, Clean Water & Mining Coordinator

(907) 452-5021 Ext. 5092,
Julia Mickley
Julia has a background in outdoor education and wildfire management. Her undergrad is in Human Development and Social Relations from Earlham College, and she has continued her education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has worked for the BLM, Forest Service, Nature Conservancy, and Youth Conservation Corps. She also has experience abroad doing Conservation work in New Zealand and Community Development in Cambodia. Julia is most happy when in the woods, and looks for sports, activities, and volunteer work that support her need to be in nature. She desires to advocate for the Alaska landscape and aims to be a positive force in that mission.   

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