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New Hires at Career Ed

Welcome Julie Ray and Karen Phelps

Julie Ray joined UAS in September 2009 and currently serves as Administrative Manager at the University of Alaska Southeast, School of Career Education. She brings over 15 years of management experience in the higher education and private sector. Prior to her move to Alaska she was employed at the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy where she provided administrative/program management and development in the fields of fire fighting, crisis management, safety, rescue, hazardous materials and instructor training. She also has experience in the mining, engineering and staffing industries. Julie is happy to be aboard and excited about Career Education programs. She is getting to know the community and looking forward to working with UAS faculty and staff.

Julie holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is a member of the Nevada Chapter of College and University Professional Association (CUPA-HR). She served on the Board of Nevada Rural Health Centers where she applied her human resources experience and strategic financial planning skills. She was an advocate for the rural clinics and volunteered on the Carlin Volunteer Fire Department.

Karen Phelps has joined the Career Education staff as Administrative Assistant. Karen was a long time resident of Juneau, working for several years as branch manager for the Juneau Public Libraries. In 1986, she moved into the private sector, working for the Juneau office of Montgomery Watson as office manager. In 1998, Montgomery Watson closed their Juneau office and Karen transferred to their Denver location as a financial service manager. In 2001, Karen joined Kleinfelder, an engineering company based in California, as a business manager for the three Colorado regional offices. When her mother needed her in 2007, Karen moved to Grove, Oklahoma to help out. Karen is very happy to be back to her real home in Juneau where she feels she belongs. Karen is a past performer with the Juneau International Folkdance group, enjoys ballroom and contra dancing, and is passionate about gardening.


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