Staff

Don Kiely

Don Kiely

Operations Director

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Don oversees the day-to-day operations of The Folk School, including managing class registrations, memberships, finances, and the Pioneer Park facilities.

Don claims that he doesn’t have many outdoors skills, but he sure spends a lot of time outdoors. He is an avid ultramarathoner (middle of the pack), trail runner, whitewater paddler, fatbiking cabin hopper, snowshoer and Nordic skier. He used to mush and skijor a lot with his and his partner’s 31 dogs, but is down to only three dogs. He still lives in a kennel…literally.

Don is a software geek, spending most of the last couple decades of his working life writing software, doing technical writing, speaking at software development conferences, and teaching technical classes.

(Photo above is of Don as Beethoven in the Beat Beethoven 5K — photo by Todd Paris.)

Kerri Hamos

Kerri Hamos

Program Director

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With a background in outdoor education and homeschooling, working within The Folk School’s mission of hands-on learning was a natural progression. Kerri has served as the Program Director since 2017, working to expand the curriculum, searching out new instructors and class topics, and connecting with the community, as well as seeking the funding to support our mission.

Kerri believes in the power of lifelong learning, building community, and spending time outdoors, and is involved in the Folk School Alliance and the Folk Education Association of America.  She thoroughly enjoys camping, hiking, and traveling, and is a long-term beginning knitter and wildflower enthusiast. 

Katie Tasky

Katie Tasky

Program Coordinator

katie@folk.school
Katie works closely with the Programs Director to provide support for classes and events at The Folk School.

Katie has been living, working, and learning in Fairbanks since 2008. Born and raised in Eagle River, Alaska, she came to UAF to study Art and History and has a Masters in K-12 Art Education. She has worked with a variety of inspiring people and organizations over the years, and when she’s not helping at the Folk School or UAF, she’s often out berry picking, collecting supplies for art projects, or rearranging her garage for the 10th time in a month trying to figure out the perfect arrangement for all her and her husband Tim’s projects.

Maia Jones

Maia Jones

Media and Graphic Design

maia@folk.school
Maia has been a part of The Folk School since it’s very conception. She creates graphic and promotional materials for The Folk School and manages the TFS website, as well as our Facebook page.

Born and raised in Denali and Fairbanks, she now lives in western Oregon with her husband and two daughters, but spends as much time in Alaska as possible. She enjoys working and creating with her hands in many capacities and loves to spend time outdoors exploring, hiking, and gardening.