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UAA Athletics Makes Staff Additions

ANCHORAGE (Aug. 27) – In coordination with its move into the brand-new Alaska Airlines Center, the University of Alaska Anchorage Department of Athletics has made several important additions to its staff, including a number of local hires, Athletic Director Keith Hackett announced Wednesday.

“As a department we continue to grow – not only with our transition to the Alaska Airlines Center but also with significant enhancements to our hockey facilities at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex,” said Hackett, who begins his second year at UAA this fall. “That made it necessary to add some key positions, and we have been extremely fortunate to find well qualified and highly motivated individuals for all of them. We are proud to welcome these new members to our team and excited about the future of Seawolf Athletics.”

Among the additions are:

Chris Orheim, Alaska Airlines Center General Manager

Responsible for overall day-to-day operations of the Seawolves’ new facility, Orheim worked most recently as the Marketing and Sales Manager for the City of Spokane, Washington. Previously he spent a combined 21 years in facility operations and management at the University of Nevada and Washington State University. He is a graduate of Washington State.

Jon Dyson, Alaska Airlines Center Marketing Director

An Anchorage native, Dyson will oversee marketing efforts for all non-UAA Athletics events held at the Alaska Airlines Center. He joins the UAA/Global Spectrum team after spending eight years as General Manager and 14 years overall with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots baseball club. Dyson is a graduate of East Anchorage High School and the University of Northern Colorado.

Joyce Davis, Head Cheerleading Coach

A chief master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force, Davis spent the past 10 years as the cheerleading coach at Chugiak High School, where her squads captured six Region IV Grand Champions titles from 2009-14. She has also served as the cheerleading coordinator for the Anchorage School District and as the president of the Alaska Spirit Coaches Association. Currently a resident of Chugiak, Davis is originally from Providence, R.I.

Travis Fuller, Fan Experience & Community Engagement Manager

Fuller will assist with game-day operations and marketing, along with coordination of community appearances by UAA student-athletes. Most recently, he worked for the Erie (Pa.) Seawolves minor-league baseball club, and also brings experience with the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and NCAA Div. I Canisius College. Along with a master’s degree from Canisius, Fuller also holds a bachelor’s from The College at Brockport. He is a native of Buffalo, N.Y.

Jonathan Gant, Hockey Equipment Manager

Originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Gant joins head coach Matt Thomas’ staff as the Seawolves new equipment manager. Prior to joining the Seawolves, Gant spent the past two seasons as an assistant equipment manager with the Alaska Aces, and in 2011-12 spent a year with the equipment staff of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. He is a graduate of Maple Ridge Secondary School in British Columbia.

Chris Gerace, Group & Season Ticket Sales/Development Assistant

Another local addition, Gerace will spearhead UAA’s group and season-tickets sales, along with assisting Director of Development Tlisa Northcutt with the department’s fund-raising efforts. Gerace brings experience in international real estate and as a sales representative at the Anchorage Daily News. He is a graduate of Anchorage’s Service High School and the University of Nevada.

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