Christi Bell, Associate Vice Provost and Business Enterprise Institute Executive Director
Ms. Christi Bell is the Director of the UAA Business Enterprise Institute, which is an umbrella organization overseeing UACED as. 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.
Nolan Klouda, UACED Executive Director
Mr. Nolan Klouda is the Executive Director of the UACED. In this capacity, he manages a variety of technical assistance projects related to business planning, feasibility analysis, marketing development, business retention and expansion, and other 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 economic feasibility, program design and implementation, rural economic development, and engagement between the public and private sectors. Mr. Klouda holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College. In addition to education, he brings seven years of organizational leadership and development (including business and management consulting) experience to the UACED.
Kathryn Abbott, Outreach and Training Manager
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.
Melissa Houston, Entrepreneurship Specialist and Strategic Doing Guide
Ms. Melissa Houston, Certified Strategic Doing Guide, trained directly under Ed Morrison, the creator of Strategic Doing. Ms. Houston has devoted the past 18 months to learning from and working closely with other Strategic Doing practitioners within the Purdue Center for Regional Development. Ms. Houston has dynamic experience in introducing and leading diverse groups from across Alaska in the process of Strategic Doing. She has worked directly and extensively with communities on the Kenai Peninsula, including the city of Seward and the city of Soldonta. Both communities are currently engaged in Strategic Doing initiatives and generating meaningful and identifiable successes as they continue to move forward in identifying and achieving their community development goals. Ms. Houston holds a Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago.
Samuel Callen, Management Consultant
Samuel Callen is a Management Consultant at the University of Alaska Center for Economic Development. In this position he provides assistance in the creation of feasibility studies and business plans to organizations throughout the state that are engaged in economic development activities. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ferris State University in Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Finance. He has also been admitted to Harvard Law School, with a start date of fall 2015.