Christi Bell, Director
Ms. Christi Bell is the Director of the University Alaska Center for Economic Development. Through this position she provides technical assistance to community-based organizations engaged in economic development activities throughout Alaska. Assistance efforts include strategic planning, feasibility studies, business planning and non-profit corporation business counseling. She holds a Master of Business degree and a Master of Science degree in Resource Management, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In addition to education, Ms. Bell brings many years of business and management consulting experience to the UACED.
Andrew Crow, Consultant and Cooperative Program Manager
Andrew Crow has worked in Alaska and the Russian Far East since 1989. He has a BA in Russian Language and a law degree and is a member of the Alaska Bar Association. Andrew also has experience working in rural Alaska, and with Alaska Natives. He practiced law with a firm with a large client base is southwest Alaska and Bristol Bay, worked as a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay, served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for the Lower Yukon Economic Development Council, and acted as staff for the Governor’s Commission on Rural Governance. Mr. Crow worked extensively in the Russian Far East. Currently, he manages the Alaska Cooperative Development Program, a project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Johnna Golden, Business ManagerPhone: (907) 786-5445
Fax: (907) 786-5446
Map to my office
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Nolan Klouda, Alaska MBDA Business Center Project Manager
Mr. Nolan Klouda is the Project Director of the Alaska MBDA Business Center at UACED. In this capacity, he assists clients with business planning, feasibility analysis, marketing development, and a variety of other business and economic development initiatives. He has successfully engaged and worked with tribal governments, municipal governments, non-profits, Alaska Native Corporations, and private business groups to assist them in realizing their strategic goals. His core areas of expertise include government contracting, energy policy, and enagement between the public and private sectors. Mr. Klouda holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College. In addition to education, he brings six years of organizational leadership and development (including business and management consulting) experience to the UACED.
Kathryn Abbott, Program Coordinator
Hailing all the way from South Carolina, Katie moved to Alaska in September of 2009 to work at the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference. Prior to working at SWAMC, Kathryn worked as a student research assistant in the Economics Department at the College of Charleston. She also spent a summer in Washington, DC interning in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Kathryn graduated in 2008 from the College of Charleston with a degree in Economics and a concentration in Political Science.
Cassandra Maurer, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader
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Melissa Houston, AmeriCorps VISTA--AKSourceLink and Lemonade Day Alaska
Melissa Houston joins the UACED staff as the Entrepreneurship Initiatives VISTA. A recent graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Melissa earned a B.A. with majors in Anthropology and International Studies and minors in Peace Studies and Latin American Studies. Prior to moving to Alaska, Melissa worked as a Youth Development Worker at a non-profit afterschool program for disadvantaged youth in Evanston, Illinois. At UACED she fills the role of Network Coordinator for AKSourceLink and Volunteer Coordinator for Lemonade Day. She is following her passion of working in developmental economics and learning more and more about economics in Alaska each day. Melissa loves embracing each adventure that the Last Frontier has to offer. Her new favorite hobby is moose-admiring, and keeps a graph of all her moose sightings just for the fun of gathering quantitative data.
Samuel Callen, AmeriCorps VISTA--AKSourceLink and Lemonade Day Alaska
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