Janette Peltokorpi
Janette Peltokorpi - Director of Governance and Finance Support University of Lapland
Responsibility areas: UArctic governance processes, including administrative support for the Governance bodies of UArctic, legal and financial registrations and reporting, and overseeing the membership fee process.
Janette started her UArctic career in spring 2018 as an intern at the UArctic International Secretariat, and continued as project manager at the UArctic Thematic Network Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity. After three years, she returned to the Secretariat in a new role. She holds a Master's degree in Social Sciences, including studies on management and Russian language and culture, and Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She spends her free time knitting, taking care of her balcony garden and going for forest walks in the beautiful Arctic nature.
Pirkko Pulkkanen
Pirkko Pulkkanen - Manager of International Projects University of Lapland
Responsibility areas: Coordination of UArctic international projects, especially focusing on mobility and planning support for UArctic meetings.
Prior to her work at the UArctic International Secretariat, Pirkko worked as a coordinator of the Arctic Studies Program at the University of Lapland and as a project planner at the Santasport Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in Sport Science from the University of Jyväskylä (major in Sport Sociology) and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico with concentration on Communications, Sociology and Professional Physical Education. Pirkko loves the Arctic nature especially in winter. Every occasion she gets is spent outdoors and on weekend escapes: biking, hiking, rafting, skiing or running in the wilderness.
Hannele Palviainen
Hannele Palviainen - Fundraising Communications Coordinator University of Lapland
Responsibility areas: coordination and development of UArctic fundraising communications; Managing Editor of UArctic's annual Shared Voices Magazine.
After graduating in late 2012, Hannele moved from Central Finland to Lapland to start her UArctic career as an intern and has been working in UArctic communications ever since. With a Master’s degree in English, she also acts as the unofficial grammar police of the Secretariat. On her free time, she explores the world through books and challenges herself in aerial silk classes and on bouldering walls.
Natalia Nikolaeva
Natalia Nikolaeva - Member Engagement Coordinator University of Lapland
Responsibility areas: Maintaining and updating member profiles and Study Catalogue; Developing member engagement and communications tools; Managing UArctic social media and news; Creating promotional content.
After completing a Bachelor's degree in linguistics and philology at the Saint Petersburg State University, Natalia moved to Finland in 2016 to pursue a Master's degree in Media Education with the University of Lapland. Before joining the UArctic team, she worked as a media marketing manager and a news reporter while occasionally collaborating with the University of Lapland for marketing projects. In her free time, Natalia enjoys cooking, watching the Criterion Collection movies, propagating plants, and working on her PhD dissertation.
Heli Niittynen
Heli Niittynen - Manager of Thematic Networks University of Oulu
Responsibility areas: Thematic Networks and Institutes annual reporting and webpages administration; support, promotion and information services related to UArctic Thematic Networks Leadership Office activities.
Heli has been working in UArctic Thematic Networks office since 2018, and is based at the University of Oulu, Finland. She holds Master’s degree in Italian language and culture and after her studies she lived in Italy and worked in tourism sector for several years. After she moved back to Finland, she worked as tourist information officer and as project manager at the Oulu Convention Bureau. In her free time, Heli enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog and her horse, and has also studied related to her hobbies, qualifying as a nature guide and an equine facilitated learning coach.
Anastasia Emelyanova
Anastasia Emelyanova - Postdoctoral Researcher University of Oulu
Responsibility areas: UArctic Research Infrastructure Catalogue, Thematic Networks and other UArctic webpages administration, promotion and information services related to UArctic Thematic Networks Leadership Office.
Dustin Bawcom
Dustin Bawcom - Project & Office Manager, UArctic Foundation US University of Alaska Fairbanks
Responsible for the administrative function of the UArctic Foundation (US), located in Fairbanks, Alaska USA. Member of the international philanthropy team where he is responsible for gift processing, process management, and implementing the donor CRM and other fundraising technologies and platforms.
Prior to joining UArctic in 2023, Dustin Bawcom served as the Administrative Specialist for the University of Alaska System executive office, a role he had for 11 years. In 2023 he received the highest honor bestowed on staff members at the University of Alaska, the Staff Make Students Count Award. Bawcom holds a Bachelors in Japanese Studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and studied abroad at Nagoya Gakuin Daigaku in Nagoya, Japan. He has lived in Alaska since 2005. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, gaming with friends, metalsmithing, and spending time with his 2 lazy cats.
Lisa Goulet
Lisa Goulet - Canadian Membership Engagement Coordinator Memorial University of Newfoundland
Responsibility areas: Developing member engagement for UArctic's Canadian members.
Lisa has been the Canadian Membership Engagement Coordinator for UArctic since May 2023 and is based at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Originally from Ontario, Lisa graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber with a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies degree and a diploma in Public Relations and obtained a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Ryerson University. Lisa has a background in community engagement, marketing, and user research. Her interests include playing guitar and ukulele, yoga, writing, and learning new hobbies and crafts.