Alumni Spotlight: Serena Nesteby

Serena Nesteby

Alumni Serena Nesteby was recognized with Alaska's 2023 40 under 40 award. She's currently an Advancement Officer at Iḷisaġvik College and said UAA's School of Social Work set the foundation for her career. "I’ve always wanted to be in a profession that helps others. I knew during the Introduction to Social Work course that it was the right field for me."

Alumni Spotlight: Megan Piper

Megan Piper holding Top 40 Under 40 award

School of Nursing alumna Megan Piper discusses her journey after graduating from UAA and being named Alaska's 2023 Top 40 Under 40.

Alumni Spotlight: UAA grad shares his journey to becoming an Epidemiologist

Fabrice Evengue smiling

Fabrice Evengue is an epidemiologist with the Department of Defence. “I investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury.”. He got his start in public health at UAA, graduating in 2015 with a Master of Public Health in Health Practice.

Like mother like daughter


Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation alumna Morgan Hooe not only honors her mother’s legacy through her position as Seawolf volleyball assistant coach, but also through the establishment of the Liz Hooe Memorial Volleyball Scholarship.

Alumni Spotlight: UAA grad uses her public health education to support UAA students

Summer Sweet speaking

When Summer Sweet started at UAA, she was drawn to public health. “I think it’s important to recognize the idea of environmental health, human health and animal health-everything around us as a whole.”. Sweet graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences 2022 and now puts her skills to work at UAA as a staff member.

Alumni of Distinction: Maggie Winston

Maggie Winston

One morning in 2005, psychology alumna Maggie Winston — then a 21-year-old hairdresser and mother of twin boys living in Kenai — woke up feeling cramps between her shoulder blades. Within an hour, she couldn’t walk.

Alumni of Distinction: Kenneth McCoy

Kenneth McCoy

How do you follow up a landmark policing career that not only culminated in becoming chief of police, but also occurred during a watershed period of accountability in law enforcement across the country? For justice alumnus Kenneth McCoy, you become the very first chief diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer for Alaska’s largest employer.

Public Health Education in Rural Alaska: Bridging the Gap and Meeting People Where They Are

Hannah Warren

Hannah’s two degrees from UAA’s Division of Population Health Sciences have been invaluable to her as a program coordinator at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

Megan Volkov receives 2023 AANP Advocate State Award for Excellence

Megan Volkov

School of Nursing assistant professor Megan Volkov is awarded the Advocate State Award for Excellence in Alaska in recognition of her significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of nurse practitioners.

Driving the future of mental health response

Michael Riley and Jennifer Pierce standing in front of Mobile Crisis Team vehicle

Anchorage’s new Mobile Crisis Team — which includes fire service administration alumnus Michael Riley — responds specifically to mental health emergencies, saving traditional first responders crucial time and resources.

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