Welcome (left to right) Ryan Holland, Kerry Kirby, Michelle Gutierrez, and Matt Fellman
Ryan Holland was originally from Savannah, Georgia. He began as a volunteer EMT while earning his degree in geology. When he moved to Fairbanks five years ago, he began volunteering with the Ester Volunteer Fire Department. He received great training over the past few years and recently completed the Paramedic Academy at UAF. Ryan looks forward to sharing his skills and knowledge with the City of Fairbanks.
Kerry Kirby is the City’s new Purchasing Agent in the Finance Department. Kerry grew up with an active duty Air Force father and moved extensively her entire life. Kerry finally found a place to call home when she moved to Fairbanks eight years ago. She loves spending time enjoying what Alaska has to offer during all seasons. Kerry and her fiancé are animal lovers and have one dog, George, and two cats, Angel and Demon. She has two daughters, Emma, 14 and Kennedy, 12.
Kerry obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in marketing from Columbia College in 2007. She then obtained her Master’s in Business Administration from Baker College of Graduate Studies in 2010 and a Master’s of Public Administration in Government Administration from Wayland Baptist University in 2013. She is currently an adjunct instructor for Wayland Baptist University, teaching courses in business management, human resources, organizational behavior, and business communications.
Kerry has a background in collections, purchasing, customer service, and business. She looks forward to working with all the great people at the City.
Michelle Gutierrez – Michelle was born and raised in Texas. Her husband is in the Army. They have three children and two dogs. Her daughter, Aniya, will be 12 this year. Her son, Aiden, is 10 and her youngest son, Azrael, is 5. They moved to Fairbanks six months ago and are excited to experience their first real winter. Michelle is extremely family oriented, coming from a large family. The Army has taught them that anywhere they go family can be made. Her main hobby, aside from motherhood, is CrossFit. She has been weightlifting for about two years. Michelle is looking forward to getting to know everyone here at Patrick B. Cole City Hall.
Matt Fellman was born and raised in Soldotna. After graduation from Soldotna High School, Matt worked as a commercial fisherman in Cook Inlet and later as a gold miner in the Interior. He eventually made his way to Fairbanks to pursue a career in the fire service. In 2014, Matt began work at the University Fire Department where he worked until coming to the City of Fairbanks. Matt enjoys hunting, fishing, alpine skiing, playing hockey and spending time with his longtime girlfriend. He’s excited for the opportunity to work for the City and looks forward to serving the community.
Please welcome Ryan, Kerry, Michelle and Matt to the City.