From public notices to garage sales, Advertising Account Executive Beth Ulrickson is the go-to person at the Peninsula Clarion.
“I dabble in a little bit of everything when it comes to advertising,” Beth said. “I am in the office all day, unlike the other ad reps who get to roam, so I am often the first face or voice you find to answer questions.”
Beth primarily focuses on classifieds and legals for the Clarion. She also handles them for the Juneau Empire and does legals for the Homer News.
“I love to know things, and to do a variety of jobs to keep my mind busy, so it’s the perfect job for me,” she said.
Beth was born in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Alaska with her parents when she was 8 years old.
“I have always loved the small town feel of Kenai, even if it seemed your parents knew everything because they knew everyone,” she said.
Her parents owned Dean’s Peninsula Printing and Beth has fond memories of Kenai.
“I grew up in the days of giant snowstorms, the eruption of Redoubt, the cold snap of -60 F in ‘88, during which I worked the drive-thru at McDonalds, spending Saturday nights driving endless loops around Frontage and Spur, or “dragging the strip” as we called it because we thought we were cool,” she said.
But, mostly, Beth loves the feeling of family that she is surrounded by. Shehas three children, four step children and dozens of “adopted” children that she showers in love.
“At last count, there are approximately 20 to 25 kids who call me mom, and I am completely OK with that — even though only the last two can be called teenagers anymore because the ages range from 27 down to 13,” she said.
She also has a grandson, whom she loves teaching new words, actions, songs and more.
“He has my entire heart wrapped up in his chubby little fingers,” Beth said. “… My house is a house of imagination, dreams, fandoms, individualtiy and mostly? Love.”
Outside of work and family, Beth loves to write. She has a handful of unfinished novels on her laptop and a few published poems in her portfolio. She also loves photography and being a nerd.
“For the past two years or more, this almost 50-year-old grandma has been picked up every other Sunday by her 27-year-old son to go and play Dungeons and Dragon with the boys,” she said. “I love every minute of rolling the dice and laughing and fighting and adventuring with my kids in the worlds of their making.”
Beth shows off this happy persona in the office, too.
“Monday through Friday I work all day, and you can always tell which office I’m in as it’s usually loud, with lots of laughter,” she said.