Denise moved to Fairbanks from Seattle, where she has had a previous year of VISTA experience, as well as one year of AmeriCorps direct service which ended during the initial 2020 COVID lockdown. Having earned an undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Harvard University's nighttime program, as well as a JD from the City University of New York School of Law, she is now eager to pass on the knowledge she has gained (both from her formal education as well as her service years) to a new cohort of service members. Fairbanks lured her not only on the strength of its program, but the prospect of winter ice skating and experiencing a white holiday season for the first time in many, many years!
Mike Sanders is the Crisis Now Coordinator for the City of Fairbanks and has overseen the local AmeriCorps VISTA program since January 2019. Mike is a certified Project Management Professional with a PhD in Public Policy Administration. Mike is married and the father of two sons.