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New UA Benefits Director Announced

Van Flein oversees employee benefits administration, including health care, retirement, disability and life insurance.

Erika Van Flein, formerly benefits administrator for UA Human Resources, was recently named director of benefits, replacing Mike Humphrey, who took a job as executive officer for UAA Chancellor Tom Case.

As director of benefits, Van Flein oversees employee benefits administration, including health care, retirement, disability and life insurance, for some 4,600 benefits-eligible employees across the state.

"Ms. Van Flein brings to her new assignment years of outstanding experience in all facets of benefits administration and delivery," said Donald Smith, interim chief human resources officer. "Please join me in wishing Ms. Van Flein much success with her new responsibilities."

Van Flein, a lifelong Fairbanks resident, joined the university in 1990, working as an administrative assistant in University Relations at UAF. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin.

She is the daughter of Professor Emeritus Carl Benson and Ruth Benson, who worked as a nurse at the student health center. A graduate of West Valley High School, Van Flein has been married to her husband Peter Van Flein for 22 years. They have two sons; Isaac, 19, and Kristoffer, 17. Isaac is a sophomore at UAF.

Van Flein is an avid runner, and is on a personal quest to run a marathon in all 50 states. In December, she ran the White Rock Marathon in Dallas, Texas, her seventh marathon for the year and 12th state in her collection!

 
 

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