2018 Award Recipients
The Alumni of Distinction awards provide the UAA Alumni Association the opportunity to recognize and celebrate alumni who have made important contributions in their communities and whose actions honor the legacy of excellence at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Congratulations to the most recent recipients, honored at Homecoming Breakfast on Oct. 12, 2018.
Family is the cornerstone of Thompson’s business philosophy. Starting as an intern at Anchorage PR agency Bernholz and Graham in 1999, she worked to become president and CEO in 2006 and purchased the firm in 2009, renaming it Thompson and Co. as it’s known today. Under her leadership, the business has grown from four employees to 24 and added offices in other parts of the country. But more importantly to Thompson, she’s built a company where family wellness, personal growth and collaboration are woven into the corporate culture. Read the full story.
Originally from southern California, Wilson relocated to Anchorage for a year-long
work assignment managing UAA’s food and beverage program. She stayed when she fell
in love with the university and the community and has been giving back ever since.
Her philanthropic efforts are as wide-ranging as her interests, which include playing
violin for patients at Alaska Regional Hospital, founding leadership programs for
the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and raising $11 million to expand Alaska’s only
shelter, just to name a few. Read the full story.
With the passing of his mother at the age of 12, Hart felt compelled to make health care for Alaska Natives better. After serving for seven years in the Air National Guard, he worked to become clinical practice manager at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. In addition, he took on the responsibilities as acting vice president of medical and multi-specialty clinics at the Alaska Native Medical Center, where he oversees more than 20 clinics, including cardiology, neurology, pulmonology, internal medicine and oncology. Read the full story.