Office of the Executive Director
Helen was born in Alaska, raised in Maryland, and spent several years in the South as a graduate student in geography at the University of Georgia and working in ecology and mapping science for state government, university, and federal research labs. She left a PhD program to return to Alaska in 2002, and was thrilled to find ARCUS and continue to pursue her interest in interdisciplinary science. Helen joined ARCUS in 2003 as a project manager, served as Director of Programs since 2008, and was hired as the Executive Director in 2020. Her focus at ARCUS has been on programmatic excellence; breaking down barriers to collaboration; and promoting inclusivity and outreach. She lives and works in Wasilla, Alaska, in a log cabin with her husband Dan, their two dogs, and various demanding chickens.
Asma joined ARCUS as the Executive Administrative Assistant in January 2017. Prior to ARCUS, she worked as the Executive Aide for George Washington University, and as an intern in the Executive Office of The American Foreign Service Association.
She graduated from Mary Baldwin University in Virginia earning a bachelor's in Medical Anthropology with a pre-med focus. While at Mary Baldwin, Asma was a cadet at the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership for three years, and a cadet in the Air Force ROTC for two years.
Currently, she is pursuing MS in Geography with emphasis in GIS at the George Washington University. She lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband, and two young sons. Apart from work and school, Asma loves spending time in nature, sewing, knitting and learning new languages.
Betsy joined the ARCUS team as a project manager in May 2010. She earned a BA in geology from Carleton College and worked in minerals exploration before moving to Fairbanks with her husband in 1981 to attend grad school and continue her work in economic geology. She soon fell in love with the long ski season and they decided to put down roots. While raising their two sons she promoted public education through volunteer service and managed community and fund development for non-profit agencies. She enjoys her work at ARCUS and the opportunity to work with the Arctic science community in the Sea Ice Prediction Network and in developing articles for Witness the Arctic and Witness Community Highlights.
Judy joined ARCUS in September 2008. She worked for several years on various ARCUS programs and events. In 2016, she started working for the PolarTREC program. She holds a M.Sc. in entomology from the University of Maryland, and natural resource degrees from the University of Massachusetts and Paul Smith's College. Her past employment includes sustainability work at the University of New Hampshire, avian research on the North slope of Alaska, horticultural work at the Smithsonian, and agricultural and horticultural integrated pest management around the northeast. Outside of PolarTREC, Judy's interests include all things "fiber-y", knitting socks on a circa 1900 circular sock machine, braiding rugs, cooking and traveling with her husband and two sons. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, chickens and her collie, Ollie.
Prior to joining ARCUS as a Project Manager in 2015, Brit was an Arctic Research Fellow with the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies Canadian Studies Center. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine & Environmental Affairs from the University of Washington and another from the University of Oregon where she studied nonprofit management, arts, and administration. Brit is based in Seattle, WA. When not working with ARCUS on programs like the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), you might find her wandering Pacific Northwest riverbanks with her dog and fly-fishing husband, snapping pictures of bees, exploring Puget Sound for nudibranchs and lumpsuckers, or enabling the inveterate Settlers of Catan addictions of her family and friends.
Lisa joined ARCUS in 2015. She works on a variety of projects including, Sea Ice for Walrus Outlook, Arctic Indigenous Scholars, and The Arctic in the Classroom, among others. Lisa has been working in Alaskan ecosystems since 2002 and earned BS and MS degrees in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University where she studied seabirds as indicators of climate change on St. Lawrence Island, AK. Her professional interests include the impact of changing climate on ecosystems and communities, science communication, and equitable inclusion of Indigenous Knowledge in science and policy. Lisa lives with her husband and wildling sons near Pescadero, CA. Outside of work, Lisa is usually obsessing over her herb garden, looking for interesting snakes, boating, camping, fussing over chickens, and working on restoring the lovely patch of oak woodland where she lives.
Janet Warburton joined ARCUS in October 2000. Her primary focus as Project Manager is developing and implementing education related projects that help ARCUS meet its mission. For over a decade, she has administered ARCUS' signature education program, PolarTREC - Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating. She is also currently working The Arctic in the Classroom, a program that focuses on citizen science projects in the Arctic. She is currently ARCUS' representative for University of the Arctic.
Prior to joining ARCUS, she worked and lived in the Arctic in Kotzebue, Alaska. She has worked both with the federal government and local school districts developing and revamping science education programs to be more place-based as well as focus on both natural resource management and local knowledge. She has an extensive background in developing student programs, as well as a background in marine mammal management and environmental education. Outside of ARCUS, she has served as President of Alaska Natural Resource and Outdoor Education Association, treasurer on Alaska Science Teachers Association, and is advisor for Polar Educators International as well as a mentor for the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists.
Stacey joined the ARCUS team in October 2016 as an Administrative Assistant in Fairbanks, later becoming a Project Manager. She is originally from Iowa where she earned B.S. degrees in Geology and Earth Science from the University of Northern Iowa. She moved to Alaska in 2009 to pursue a M.S. in Oceanography at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, during which she analyzed how glacial runoff impacts water chemistry and ocean acidification in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. Stacey now lives in Anchorage with her husband, Chase, and pup, Togo. When not working, she enjoys being outdoors and taking in the Alaskan scenery while hiking, biking, and camping.
Kuba joined ARCUS in September of 2019 as a project assistant. He was born in Poland and grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He assists in event coordination, content creation and other miscellaneous work across ARCUS programs. Prior to joining ARCUS, Kuba worked on connecting commercial fishers and other small businesses in Southern Alaska with federal grant funding, was part of the facilitation team of the Fairbanks Air Quality Stakeholders group, and helped plan a number of conferences and other events throughout Alaska. Outside of work, he enjoys board games, trivia nights, and all manner of outdoor fun. He lives in Fairbanks and is finishing his BS in Economics from Portland State University.
Ronnie joined the ARCUS team in July of 2004 as a web developer. His interests in the field of computing are manifold. While attending UAF he studied Mathematics with a double minor in Physics and Computer Science. Though he does spend an inordinate amount of time in front of a glowing screen, there are other areas that pique his interest. When not working he can be found listening to a great audiobook, playing with his awesome daughter, jogging in the sun, or locating the nearest establishment that serves tasty edible food items.
Joed coordinates all of the video production at ARCUS, including recording conferences and meetings, editing promotional outreach videos videos for ARCUS and PolarTREC, and making them available online. Joed also maintains and updates the Internet Media Archive, the Arctic Calendar, and a lot of other media and web content. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2005, with a degree in Art, Joed has continued to live in the Boston area. In his free time he enjoys making short movies, photography, making large sculptures, hiking, camping, petting dogs, and eating tasty food. Come May or June, Joed feels like something just isn't quite right, and he has to return to Fairbanks to get in some midnight sun.
Zeb joined ARCUS in October of 2000 as the systems administrator. Zeb has lived in the Fairbanks area his whole life and has been working with computers since he was 5 years old. He used to co-host a Goldie Award Winning television program called the "Matinee With Matt & Zeb", but these days he entertains himself with curing various computer ailments and expanding ARCUS' technological capability. When not working, he spends his time playing on computers and attempting to make abstract electronic music. When he grows up he would like to be a robot or possibly a cyborg, but since he already does a great imitation, we suspect he has already grown up.
Administration and Finance
Brandi joined ARCUS in 2017. She grew up in Southeast Missouri where she studied biology and secondary education before moving to Fairbanks, Alaska. She has a B.S. in Human Resource Management and a MBA in Finance and Marketing. Brandi is an instructor for CPR, First Aid and AED and worked as a faculty member in areas of personal finance and critical thinking. She has two certifications in Human Resources. Brandi has been involved with non-profit organizations for over 5 years. She and her husband, Rick, have five children and seven grandchildren. Their hobbies include camping, hiking, and scuba diving.
Tissa joined ARCUS in 2017. Tissa and her family returned to Fairbanks after her husband, Mark, retired from the Army. Tissa has worked with local non-profits in Accounting and Human Resources and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and experience with ARCUS. Tissa and Mark have 3 children and also have 2 of their elderly parents living with them as well. Tissa is currently attending the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. When not doing homework, Tissa enjoys gaming, spending time with family and friends, and a great mani pedi.