Summer Newsletter
The United Way of the Tanana Valley welcomed the summer with two new team members. Amanda Hanson was hired as our Executive Director, and Morgan Gallagher as our new Development Director.

Amanda and Morgan are diving into learning their new roles and soaking up all the knowledge they will need to have a fabulous Campaign for 2021. They have also been busy wrapping up last year's Campaign with some much needed Thank You's!
Amanda Hanson Executive Director
Morgan Gallagher Development Director
Thank You To Our Generous Workplace Donors!
Thank you to GVEA and all of it's employees for raising $63,608.00 for the 2020 Campaign!
They even had an incredible bake sale!
Thank you to Usibelli Coal Mine with it's staff raising an amazing $16,328.00 for the 2020 Campaign!
Thank you to Denali State Bank and all of their employees who raised $11,780.00 for our Golden Heart Community!

Thank you to Utility Services of Alaska for raising $15,727.17 for the Tanana Valley! Way to go!
United Way Night at Growden Park
We had an amazing night hosting United Way Night at Growden Park!

Our VISTA Volunteer Shea Brenneman threw out the first pitch.
Morgan and Amanda had the honor of singing the National Anthem.

UWTV "swag bags" were raffle prizes during the first 6 innings, and the team handed out all kinds of United Way goodies! We can't wait for next year!

Shea Brenneman throwing out the first pitch!
Morgan and Amanda sing the National Anthem at the Goldpanner's night that United Way of the Tanana Valley sponsored!
Our staff and Vista volunteers have been lending a helping hand serving breakfast with The Breadline.
Pictured below at The Breadline:
Timea Renfrow
Shea Brenneman
Amanda Hanson at The Breadline's Garden
Introducing our Executive Board of Directors for the year 2021-2022
Daniel Heckman
President - Daniel Heckman was born and raised in Fairbanks and currently serves as UWTV Board President. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in 2010, Daniel obtained his juris doctor from the Gonzaga University School of Law, during which time he served as a legal extern to the Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski. After Gonzaga, Daniel returned to his hometown to work for Doyon Utilities, LLC. In 2016, he joined Golden Valley Electric Association, where he currently works in regulatory affairs. Daniel came to the UWTV after serving on the board for the Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, Daniel enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and rooting for his alma mater's athletic teams.
Barton Maize
Vice President - Bart was born in Richmond, VA and raised outside of Cleveland, OH. He also lived in the Chicago area through his mid-20's. He hitchhiked to Seattle in 76' and caught the ferry to Haines, found a ride to Anchorage and landed in Fairbanks that summer. He spent 37 years in office automation and retired in 2017. He is a long time United Way Board member and a 24-year long Rotary member! He loves to swim and read, and he became a grandfather to three remarkable girls from 2005-2010!
Kathryn Strle
Secretary - Kathryn A. Strle, CPA, is the Treasury Manager at GVEA and has served on the board of the United Way for 10 years. A lifelong Fairbanks resident, she is a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she received a degree in accounting. She is the proud mother of an Army Infantryman currently stationed at Ft. Wainwright. On weekends you can find her hiking and looking for Geocaches.
Max Roberts
Treasurer - Max graduated from the UAF School of Management and is the manager of Airport Equipment Rentals. He and his wife Courtney have three children, Harry, Rosie, and Avery.
Max is active in youth sports and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Born and raised in Fairbanks, He really enjoys learning and understanding how the UWTV positively impacts his hometown in a myriad of ways.
Yatibaey Evans
Past President - Yatibaey Evans is from Mentasta, Alaska and is part of the Ahtna culture, stewards of the Copper River region. She is the Creative Producer for the GBH Series, Molly of Denali. From 2011-2021, the Alaska Native Education (ANE) program was led by Yatibaey. In 2017, Ms. Evans was recognized as one of Alaska's Top 40 under 40. She also has 4 incredible sons ranging in ages from 7 to 20. Her hobbies include: painting, gardening, reading, snowboarding, biking, blueberry picking, and doing puzzles.
Megan Kittelman - New Board Member
Raised here in Fairbanks, Megan currently works at Mt. McKinley Bank as an Assistant Vice President of the Mortgage Lending Department. She took an interest in the United Way during a campaign kick-off that was held at the bank. After listening to community members' emotional stories on what the United Way of the Tanana Valley has done for them, as well as their families, Megan knew she wanted to be a part of this organization. In her free time Megan enjoys hiking, floating the Chena River and hanging out with her dog.
A Send Off For Shea Brenneman
We just wanted to take some time out to say a huge Thank You to our amazing Vista Volunteer who has been working with us for just over a year.

Shea spearheaded our new V.A.C program which is a Volunteer Action Center website that people can log onto to see what our community volunteer needs are. This resource is a fantastic addition to the United Way of the Tanana Valley. Way to go!

Shea is moving on to new adventures and we wish her the absolute best.
2021 United Way of the Tanana Valley Campaign Kickoff

hosted by:
Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce
September 21st, 2021
Dessert Auction @
Chamber Luncheon (Location TBA)