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FNA director steps down

Posted: Thursday, December 26, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks Native Association director Annette Freiburger has resigned after two years in the top job, saying she wants to spend more time with family.

The association serves mostly Alaska Native clients, offering substance abuse programs, employment services and services for the elderly and children.

Freiburger, 51, plans to stay with FNA into February to give the agency's board a chance to find a replacement and to help with the transition into new leadership.

''I want to give them plenty of time,'' she told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Freiburger said her family often has taken a back seat to her job managing the social-service agency, which has a $13.7 million yearly operating budget.

Cindy Massingill, director of administration, will be acting director in Freiburger's absence. FNA has an annual payroll of almost $6.4 million, employing 289 people.

When Freiburger was hired the association had been having financial problems and Freiburger promised to fix them.

''We've done a lot of good,'' she said Monday. ''We're operating in the black. Our funding is pretty solid.''

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