Peninsula People

Posted: Monday, July 07, 2003

Skyview grad on her way to med school

Marissa Matarrese recently graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. She graduated magna cum laude, with university honors and the title of chemistry student of the year. She has been accepted to the University of Washington's Medical School, where she will study pediatric medicine.

Matarrese is a 1999 Skyview High School graduate. She is daughter of Debbie and Mark Matarrese and sister to Matthew and Maia Matarrese, all of Kasilof.



Kenai man graduates college

Kristofor Michael "Chip" Fanning graduated June 14 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore. He specialized in athletic training and health promotion. Later this month, he will return to SOU to begin working toward his master's degree in education. He is a 1999 Kenai Central High School graduate and son of Shelly and Ken Peterson of Kenai.



Area students named to deans' lists

Julia Richardson of Kenai recently was named to the dean's list for the spring term at Eastern Oregon University. She is a 2001 graduate of Kenai Central High School and daughter of Lloyd and Jennifer Richardson of Kenai. She is majoring in elementary education.

Jesse Robert Jolliffe of Soldotna recently was named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Montana State University's College of Engineering in Bozeman, Mont. To be named to the dean's list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.5 on 12 or more credits. Jolliffe is the son of Bob and Lei Lari Jolliffe of Soldotna.

Kathleen Peters of Kenai was named to the dean's list for the spring semester at the University of Nebraska Lincoln's College of Business Administration. To be named to the dean's list, students must earn a grade point average of at least 3.6 on 12 of more credits. Peters is a sophomore studying marketing in Lincoln, Neb.

Homer man completes outdoor course

Wesley Kuhns of Homer completed a semester in the Rockies with the National Outdoor Leadership School this spring.

The expedition-style course began in Lander, Wyo., the home of NOLS and the Rocky Mountain Branch, and consisted of four sections: winter travel, canyon backpacking, river travel and rock climbing. Students participated in classes in the wilderness setting, learning leadership skills and wilderness first aid.

The school provides 10-day to semester-long courses for people ages 14 and older in the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, Teton Valley, Alaska, Western Canada, Mexico, Chile, India, Australia and East Africa.

Ross named CEO, president of Heritage Center

Jonathon Ross has been named president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Ross is a member of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe from Kenai and a shareholder of Cook Inlet Region Inc., as well as the Salamatof Native Association, Kenai's Native village corporation.

He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a bachelor of science degree from Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, Ga. He previously worked as vice president for Southcentral Foundation, the Native-owned and operated self-governance health care provider for the Anchorage and Mat-Su areas, where he led the community services division. He is actively involved in issues relating to Native language and cultural preservation and is learning the Dena'ina language. He was instrumental in the creation of the Alaska Native Professional Association, an organization based in Anchorage for young Alaska Native professionals. He is an elected member of the seven-person Kenaitze Indian Tribal Council and serves on the board of directors of the Salamatof Native Association. He also serves on the board of the Alaska Federation of Natives, representing Cook Inlet villages.

As the new president and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center, Ross will be responsible for all center operations, including strategic planning, management and overall supervision.

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