Board of Directors
Gordon Williams was raised in Anchorage, Alaska. He’s had a lifelong interest in the outdoors, handcrafts and building things (but makes no claims to being terribly good at them). He learned to be an avid photographer and general putterer from his father and to enjoy arts and crafts and volunteer work from his mother. After spending his college years in Massachusetts and Washington, he and his wife Leah got their first jobs in eastern Pennsylvania. After living and working there for seven years he finally got to come home to Alaska again in 2009 when he got a job as a math professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he pursues his passions for pattern, symmetry and education.
Michael Whalen is a professor and geologist at UAF and the Geophysical Institute. He grew up in western Pennsylvania but has lived in Fairbanks for over 20 years and loves to hike, bike, and cross-country ski. His interest in education and the outdoors drew him to The Folkschool where he hopes to make a positive contribution serving on the Board of Directors.
Randall Rozier, an Architect in Fairbanks, grew up in Salcha spending most of his childhood building upon and exploring the banks of the Tanana River. After a brief stint out of state tromping around and pursuing an education he landed back in Fairbanks to pursue a career. Randall’s continued interest in the combination of the outdoors and local education opportunities drew him towards The Folk School of Fairbanks. Randall and his wife Brittany are more often outside than in, engaging in making the interior community their home, and ever exploring opportunities to learn.
Doug Bishop was born and raised in Fairbanks’ Goldstream Valley. He and his family spent considerable time dog mushing, canoeing, hunting, trapping and exploring the interior of Alaska. Doug attended ICS, Monroe and UAF. His wife Lisa is a teacher and their kids are out on their own adventures. As the Chief Financial Officer for Doyon Utilities, he is office bound during the day but enjoys the outdoors, the skills that TFS teaches and supports the mission of TFS. Doug looks forward to using his Alaskan background, CPA training and management experience to help TFS meet its goals.
Alaska educator and filmmaker Len Kamerling has produced numerous critically acclaimed, award winning documentary films on Northern cultures and issues. His film The Drums of Winter, about Yup’ik Eskimo music and dance, was named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2006. He is Curator of Film at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, and Professor of English at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Len Kamerling has thirty years of experience as an educator and a producer of cultural media. Throughout his career he has been committed to exploring issues of cultural representation and the role that both documentary and fiction film can play in eliminating stereotypes and credibly translating one culture to another.
Bruce Campbell started cooking over a campfire in 1963. At 14, while canoeing in Northern Manitoba, the group of older teens ran out of food, took their fishing seriously, and Bruce acquired a lifelong interest in planning and creating camp meals. A master of heat control with fire, Bruce’s cooking classes explore different aspects of campfire cooking, such as Dutch Oven camp cooking and more primitive forms of cooking.
Bruce built his first canvas covered kayaks in 1966. Wooden skiffs in 1976, early 1980’s, and 2014. He is currently suffering terribly from a “need” to build a glued lap boat in the fashion described in Thomas Hill’s: “Ultralight Boatbuilding.” But before he takes on such a task, he wants to explore the process and understand it well enough to know he can complete a boat.