Education Trust of Alaska Team
Chief Financial Officer
Fulp has extensive financial management and leadership experience in academic settings. For more than a decade he has served as the Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. Previously he served as Director of Finance for the Kodiak School District and Purchasing & Accounts Payable Supervisor at the University of California, Berkeley. Fulp holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. He’s a certified Administrator of School Finances and Operations through the Association of School Business Officials International, and certified public accountant (CPA) candidate.
Lael Oldmixon serves as the Executive Director of the Education Trust of Alaska, which offers Alaska’s three highly rated 529 plans, Alaska 529, T. Rowe Price College Savings Plan, and John Hancock Freedom 529. Originally from New England, Oldmixon settled in Alaska in 2006 after moving to work for the University of Alaska system as a Residence Hall Director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2007, she joined the Office of Admissions and the Registrar as its Associate Director. She then served as Director of Undergraduate Recruitment from 2008-2013 before moving to the Department of Finance in the University of Alaska system office. Since 2013, in addition to the 529 education savings programs, she has directed the University of Alaska Scholars and President’s Scholarship programs. Oldmixon holds a B.A. in American Studies from Saint Michael’s College (2000) and an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs (HESA) from the University of Vermont (2005).
Director of Marketing
Bonnie is a Director of Marketing with a mission: to help families achieve their wildest education dreams. Having joined the Education Trust of Alaska’s team in 1999, she has played a pivotal role in developing the 529 plans and loves defining the creative direction of the programs and seeing the results of the team's hard work. Originally from Wyoming, Bonnie moved to Alaska in 1993 and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In 2017 she moved to Denver, Colorado with her husband her now 14-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. Despite having more than a decade of parenting experience, and two decades of promoting education, she is challenged by her son's disinterest in academics and her daughter's attempts to play hookey.
Director of Finance
Buffy joined the Education Trust of Alaska and UA Scholars Program in 2006 and has worked in various capacities within the organization. She finds joy in helping families plan for future education but finds it more rewarding to help the students each semester as they progress through their academic journey. She was born and raised in Alaska, except for a short six-year stint in Virginia, where she graduated high school and quickly returned to Alaska. She obtained her BBA in Marketing and later her MBA in Capital Markets from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. When not in the office, she enjoys running, hunting, camping, fishing, and all the wonderful outdoor activities exploring the great state of Alaska.
Karesa Kramer has worked for the Education Trust as a fiscal technican since 2021. Before joining the Trust, Karesa served as an accounting technician with the UA Foundation. Karesa was born in Anchorage and raised in Tok, Alaska. She earned an associate degree of applied accounting and science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Karesa now lives in Fairbanks with her husband Ryan and son, Kagen.
Senior Program Specialist
Frankie joined the Education Trust of Alaska team in October of 2021 as a Program Specialist based in Anchorage, AK. Frankie is a third generation Alaskan who attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, receiving her BBA in Marketing in 2008 and MBA in Management in 2009. Prior to joining the ETA, she spent eight years at The Alaska Club, a network of 15 health clubs located throughout Alaska, in various marketing capacities. In her free time, she enjoys playing hockey, reading, hiking, traveling, and recently started running - completing two half marathons in 2022.
Outreach and Program Specialist
Shea’s background is in credit unions, business development, and marketing, which makes this position a great fit for her and her outgoing personality! She has worked with a plethora of local businesses and nonprofits in the Fairbanks community to accomplish different strategic goals through their marketing campaigns This provides her a wonderful insight into our community that she utilizes in this role. One of her greatest accomplishments is helping win over 90 million dollars in grant funds for credit unions across the nation to help communities in need while employed at Credit Union Strategic Planning in 2022. Originally from Seattle, Shea has lived in Fairbanks since 2011. She loves spending family time with her husband of 10 years and two sons who are 15 and 17 years old. She enjoys helping people, traveling, gardening, and camping.