Board of Trustees
The UA Foundation is governed by its own Board of Trustees. These volunteers are composed of prominent Alaskans and include the University President, two members of the Board of Regents and the Chancellors from each campus.
Jo Michalski is a retired Anchorage entrepreneur. She has founded and run a series of successful retail businesses in the Anchorage area including Classic Toys, Classic Woman, Once Upon A Time, Portfolio, Flypaper and Country Classics. Jo was the 1997 recipient of the Anchorage ATHENA Award, one of 50 YWCA National Women Entrepreneur Award recipients in 1998, the 1998 recipient of the AFRP Small Business in Philanthropy Award and the 1999 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Gold Pan Award recipient. She is a YWCA Woman of Achievement and in 2011 received the UAF Alumni Achievement Award for Business and Professional Excellence. Jo and her husband Peter received the AFRP Philanthropists of the Year Award in 2006.
Jo has chaired numerous non-profit boards including The League of Women Voters Fairbanks, Anchorage YWCA and the Alaska Community Foundation. She was a charter member of the Alaska Junior Theater Board and served on the boards of Campfire, OutNorth, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and APTI Public Radio and Television. She served on the UAA 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign Steering Committee and as a Chair of the UAA College of Fellows. She currently serves on the Capital Campaign Committee for the Homer Pratt Museum, on the board of directors for the Bunnell Arts Center in Homer, on the APRN Speaker's Series Steering Committee and on the UAA College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board. Jo currently chairs the University of Alaska Foundation's Board of Trustees.
Attorney & Senior Partner
Wohlforth, Brecht, Cartledge & Brooking
Eric E. Wohlforth was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in 1995 by Governor Tony Knowles and reappointed in 1998 and 2002 for four year terms. Mr. Wohlforth has served as an attorney, senior partner and member of the law firm Wohlforth, Johnson, Brecht, Cartledge & Brooking (and predecessors) from 1966-70 and 1973 to the present. He developed Alaska's first and largest public finance law practice, and has been lead bond attorney for major Alaska public agency issuers such as the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), the Alaska Energy Authority, the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority (AMBBA), and for Alaska municipalities. He was the initial draftsperson on AHFC, AMBBA, and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority legislation.
Mr. Wohlforth has represented investment banks and commercial banks in lending, investment, and trust areas. Over a 34-year period he has formulated authorizing legislation and security documentation in issuances of more than $12 billion of debt. Appointed Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Alaska by Governor William A. Egan from 1970 to 1972, Mr. Wohlforth was in charge of investing $900 million in State receipts from oil lease sales. From 1973 to 1980, he was a member of the State Investment Advisory Committee. During 1957 - 1966, he served as an associate attorney in New York City for the law firm of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood; specializing in public finance law.
Mr. Wohlforth holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Upon completion he was admitted to practice law in New York in 1958 and in Alaska in 1967. He received a BA from Princeton in 1954, a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University School of Ministry Extension in 1990, and a MA in Organization Development from Fielding Graduate Institute in 2001. From 1972 to the present, he has served as chancellor for the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, and between 1976 and 1994, was an Alaskan deputy to each triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Wohlforth served as president for the Anchorage Library Foundation from 1981 to 1996; and as a trustee for the William A. Egan Cancer Research Foundation since 1984. Mr. Wohlforth has been an Alaska resident since 1966 and resides in Anchorage. Mr. Wohlforth has been a member of the UA Foundation Investment Committee since 2002 and has chaired that committee since 2003.
The CIRI Foundation
Susan A. Anderson has served The CIRI Foundation since October 1999 and has been the President/CEO since April 2000. The Foundation’s goal is to provide programs that promote individual economic self-sufficiency and cultural pride through education among Cook Inlet Region original enrollees and their descendants who live in Alaska and around the world. Since the 90’s the Foundation has also offered educational and heritage project grants to non-profit and tribal organizations to enhance educational experiences for Alaska Natives or to preserve and perpetuate our people’s knowledge, or share knowledge with those around us, about Alaska Native culture and heritage.
Anderson has been instrumental in moving forward the work of the Ready to Read, Ready to Learn Task Force: Alaska’s Early Childhood Investment and now serves as the Chair of Best Beginnings Early Learning Council which has formed to implement the task force recommendations. Her activities with the Foundation have led to recognition by the Alaska Journal of Commerce as a 2002 “Top 40 under 40” Business leader in the State of Alaska.
Prior to joining the foundation Anderson was manager of the Continuing Education Programs for SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering, a not-for-profit scientific organization. While with SPIE she was responsible for the design, implementation, and management of international continuing education programs for the Society. She also consulted with National Alliance for Photonics Education in Manufacturing partners around the United States to facilitate communication and effective implementation of programs among universities, technical institutes and industry members. She coordinated more than 350 educational programs attended by more than 5,000 annual registrants and administered the Society’s scholarship and grant programs.
Anderson was raised in Anchorage, Eagle River, Valdez, Seward, and spent time in Juneau, Alaska. She is of Tlingit heritage and is Eagle/Wolf. She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s in adult education administration from Western Washington University. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in project management and was selected to attend the Stanford University Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders. She is active on the University of Alaska College of Arts and Sciences and College of Education Advisory Boards and serves as a WICHE Commissioner. Her tenure as chair of the United Way board ends December 31, 2012, after 12 years of service.
Leo Bustad, M.D.
Leo Bustad has been an Alaska resident for 35 years. He is a practicing cardiologist and was educated at Washington State University and the University of Washington Medical School. He was an intern, medical resident and cardiology fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Bustad serves as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina and as an adjunct faculty member in the capacity of team physician to the athletic department at UAA.
He is married to Jeanne Davis Bustad, is a member of the UAA College of Fellows, and serves on the UAA Chancellor’s Advisory Board, UAA College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, Board of Governors at the Washington State University Foundation, Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Leadership Council, University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees and Investment Committee and the Military’s Civilian Advisory Board. He is a former board member of the Alaska Community Foundation.
Benefit Brokers, Inc
Greg Gursey became President of Benefit Brokers, Inc. in 2001, after working as Vice President of Investments for Wedbush Morgan Securities for 11 years. Benefit Brokers has been providing investment advisory services to clients for over 30 years. Greg also serves as a FINRA industry arbitrator in both civil and industry arbitration cases.
After graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in finance, Greg became involved with the University of Alaska Foundation. He served as the first Chairman of the UAA College of Fellows, currently serves as a Trustee to the UA Foundation, and is a former member of the Investment Committee to the UA Foundation. Greg was recently appointed to the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority, and completed appointments to both the State of Alaska Dental Examiner's Board and the United States Department of the Treasury Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. He served on the Investment Commission for the Municipality of Anchorage, and has served on several other local boards.
Greg received the "UAA Alumnus of the Year Award", the "Mayor's Award for Public Service", the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce "Top Forty under 40 Award", and most recently the "President's Volunteer Service Award" by President of the United States. He has been a resident of Alaska since 1983.
VP of External Affairs,
Scott Jepsen is vice president of External Affairs for ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., where he is responsible for the company’s government affairs, media relations, philanthropy, and community relations. Scott first came to Alaska in 1982 and has lived in Alaska for more than 20 years. He has over 30 years of experience in the management of oil and gas fields in both Alaska and the Lower 48. Prior to assuming his current position, Scott was vice president of business services for Denali – The Alaska Gas Pipeline where he was responsible for Denali’s commercial negotiations, external affairs, and regulatory affairs supporting Denali’s proposal to build a natural gas pipeline from Alaska’s North Slope to Alberta, Canada.
Scott has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career with ARCO in Denver, Colorado. During his tenure with ARCO and its successor companies, Phillips and ConocoPhillips, Scott’s experience has included managing the Cook Inlet Business Unit and business units in the Lower 48 as well as leading the development of the Greater Kuparuk River Unit on the North Slope of Alaska.
Scott currently serves on the board of directors for the Resource Development Council and Alaska Public Telecommunications, Inc. and is a past president of the Petroleum Club of Anchorage.
Sr. Vice President Human Resources
& Process Transformation
Alaska Communications (ACS)
Jim Johnsen recently joined Alaska Communications (ACS) as the senior vice president of human resources and process transformation. Prior to moving to ACS Johnsen worked for Doyon, Limited since 2008 as the senior vice president of administration, with responsibility for shareholder relations, human resources, information technology, government relations, and marketing and communications. Johnsen also spent 12 years at the University of Alaska, where he served in several executives roles.
He is active in the community as chair of the Chamber’s government relations committee and in several advisory roles at the University of Alaska, where he also teaches on occasion. Johnsen’s education includes an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master’s from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Johnsen is a WICHE commissioner. He and his wife, Mary, who leads the Hospice of Tanana Valley, have two grown children.
First National Bank Alaska
Betsy Lawer, Vice Chair-First National Bank Alaska is one of Alaska’s foremost locally born business leaders. She has served as vice chair of the bank’s board since 1992. From 1992 to 2008 Lawer also served as Chief Operating Officer for First National, bringing to these bank leadership positions more than 35 years of banking experience including management positions in the bank’s Commercial Lending, Investor Loan Production, Bank Operations, Electronic Data Processing, Marketing and Loan Documentation departments.
Since starting her career with First National Bank Alaska in 1974, she has received multiple awards for her professional success. These include Outstanding Young Woman of America in 1982 and the ATHENA Award in 2001, the Top 25 Most Powerful People in Alaska from 1999 to 2003 and the U.S. Banker 25 Women to Watch in 2003.
Born and raised in Anchorage, Lawer received her B.A. in Economics from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to her role as vice chair of the bank’s board of directors, Lawer serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco board of directors, the Smithsonian Institution National Board and Traveling Exhibition Service board, and the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company President’s Community Panel. She is also a member of various other foundations and organizations such as the Providence Health Care Foundation and the ATHENA Society. She lives with her husband in Anchorage.
Renewal Manager for Viscous and Heavy Oil
Paskvan is a third generation Alaskan, and followed his father’s footsteps to the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Engineering and Mines. Frank has worked for BP and ARCO for 26 years in Alaska and in Jakarta, Indonesia as a petroleum engineer, mentor/coach and team manager. Frank has worked on a wide variety of oil and gas fields from discovery through project sanction and operation. Frank is presently leading BP’s research efforts for North Slope Viscous and Heavy Oil development.
Frank is BP's University of Alaska campus champion, where he actively supports college recruiting, R&D, and continuing education at the UA Process Technology program. Frank serves on the engineering advisory board and on the United Way of Anchorage's Board of Directors.
Retired Director, Ketchikan Campus
Owner, Stone Soup Alaska Designs
Karen Polley has worked in public education in Alaska since moving to Alaska in the late 1960’s. She has worked for the Juneau-Douglas School District, the Alaska Department of Education, Southeast Regional Resource Center, and the University of Alaska Southeast. She retired in 2005 after serving as the Campus Director in Ketchikan for five years. She graduated from Eastern Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics Education. She received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Alaska, Juneau in 1978. She has been a teacher, education administrator, political consultant, grant writer, small business entrepreneur, licensed boat captain and tour operator. She currently operates her own jewelry manufacturing business Stone Soup Alaska Designs. She has been active in professional and civic organizations including the Alaska Home Economics Association, The Alaska Vocational Association, Rotary 2000, and is a lifetime member in the University of Alaska Southeast Alumni Association.
Karen resides in Juneau, Alaska, where she has served on various boards and committees including two terms on the Glacier Highway Electric Association Board of Directors and the Juneau Community Garden Association Board of Directors. She has served as Chairperson for both of these organizations. She has received awards from her professional associations for leadership and service. She spends the summers at her cabin near Pelican, Alaska. She is currently serving her second term as Chairperson for the Pelican Community Bible Church Council.
Regional Vice Pres. - Alaska
Marilyn F. Romano, Alaska Airlines' new regional vice president – Alaska, joined Alaska Airlines at its Regional Headquarters in Anchorage in August. The former vice president and publisher of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Romano worked at the Daily News-Miner throughout her nearly two decades as an Alaska resident and became the newspaper's publisher and first female executive in 2000. She also served as vice president of the Kodiak Daily Mirror.
Active in Fairbanks, Romano served on the boards of United Way and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and was chair of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community Advisory Council. Romano also has served on Community Advisory boards for Alaska Airlines and the U.S. Air Force in Fairbanks.
In 2005, she received the Golden Heart Award given by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to UAF. Under Romano's direction, the Daily News-Miner provided financial support to the university's journalism and athletics departments and the UAF Museum. Extending her role on campus, she taught UAF students about marketing and customer service and has spoken to many political science classes.
Schneider & Shilling, CPAs
Melody Schneider graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Economics in 1992, obtained her CPA license and has worked in public accounting throughout her career. Melody is a founding principal in the firm Schneider & Shilling, CPAs in Fairbanks, formed in 2000, where she works with small closely held businesses, non‐profit entities, and individuals in the areas of tax and accounting.
Melody is active in her profession through involvement with the Alaska Society of CPAs including serving as President, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Private Companies Practice Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Melody is a member of the University of Alaska Foundation, Finance & Audit Committee and has spoken on behalf of the foundation regarding the tax benefits associated with Corporate giving. She is an active member of her community participating in Sunriser’s Rotary, and serving on the United Way of the Tanana Valley Board of Directors, the Board of the Fairbanks Concert Association, and a member of the University of Alaska‐Fairbanks Alumni Association.
External Affairs Manager- Wishbone Hill
Usibelli Coal Mine
As a third-generation Alaskan, Lorali Simon is proud of her family’s history as one of the
original colonist families in the Mat-Su Valley. Lorali grew up in Palmer and graduated from
Palmer High School. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s
degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Lorali serves as a Board Member for several organizations including the UAA Alumni Association, the Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce, the Resource Development Council as well as Access Alaska, a center for independent living.
Lorali began her professional career as a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature for
nearly 10 years. After leaving the legislature she worked as the corporate and foundation
relations manager for the University of Alaska, and then as the manager of government and
corporate communications at Matanuska Electric Association. Lorali joined Usibelli Coal Mine
in the spring of 2010 as the External Affairs Manager for the Wishbone Hill project.
Alaska Communications (ACS)
Anand Vadapalli serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Alaska Communications (“ACS”) (NASDAQ: ALSK), Alaska’s premier integrated wireline and wireless communications provider.
Vadapalli has been with Alaska Communications since August 2006, and has served in several leadership roles covering strategy, operations, technology, sales, product and marketing, most recently serving as Chief Operations Officer.
Under his leadership, the company has built the state’s most advanced data networks and the most diverse undersea fiber optic cable connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States, and has continued to build and expand Alaska’s most extensive high-speed CDMA wireless data network.
Also under his leadership, the company invested in TekMate, Alaska’s largest IT services firm, and converted ACS real estate to customer data-center hosting sites, driving the company’s growth as an integrated IT infrastructure solution provider to businesses. Vadapalli also directed business contracts providing complete managed service solutions, further enhancing Alaska Communications’ professional services capabilities. Together these assets and capabilities position Alaska Communications as a leader in CONNECT / HOST / MANAGESM wireless and fixed wireline solutions for business and enterprise customers.
Vadapalli’s career includes more than 20 years of technology, business expertise and proven leadership skills in telecommunications and other industries. His personal hallmarks include customer-focused innovations, high performance standards, employee engagement, a strong work ethic and endless energy. He has held various technology and business executive positions at Valor Telecom, Network Telephone Corporation and Broadwing/Cincinnati Bell.
Vadapalli holds a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India as well as a PGDM from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India. In addition to volunteering with United Way of Anchorage, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.
Carolyne Wallace worked for the University of Alaska Fairbanks for 30 years as the Assistant to the Dean for the School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. She was the President of the College of Fellows and has been a member since 2004. She was also the Chair for the William R. Wood Scholarship fund. She’s also been a member of the University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees since 2003 and also serves on the newly created Board of Visitors for UAF. She is active in the Republican party and is also active with the Methodist Church. Carolyne is a member of Top of the World Gardeners; has served the past three years on the UAF Gala; is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Breast Cancer Detection Center; and is a former member, having served 10 years, on the Community Advisory Board for Totem Ocean Transportation Express.
She and her husband, Chick, are very involved with the military community primarily through Chick’s appointment as the Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for Northern Alaska and his position on the 11th Air Force Advisory Board. The couple received the first Golden Heart Couple Award in 2000, a benefit held annually to support the United Way of the Tanana Valley, and on December 10, 2008 they were honored by the Midnight Sun Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the Distinguished Citizens of the Year.
Patrick K. Gamble
University of Alaska
Patrick K. Gamble became the University of Alaska's 13th president on June 1, 2010.
Prior to joining the university, he served Alaska for over 9 years as president and chief executive officer of the Alaska Railroad Corporation. He currently serves as chair of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation Board of Directors.
Before leading the railroad, Gamble served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a four-star general and as commander of U.S. air forces in the Pacific Region. Prior to that assignment, Gamble was director of Air Force Air and Space Operations in the Pentagon. From 1996 to 1998, he served as commander of Alaskan Command. Previous military assignments included director of NATO operations and logistics during Bosnia operations. Gamble commanded two fighter wings, a combat support wing, and he served as Commandant of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Gamble flew 394 combat missions in Vietnam, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as other military honors.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Texas A & M University and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University, Alabama. He and his wife Ailese have been married 43 years, and have a grown son and one grandchild.
Mary K. Hughes
Board of Regents
University of Alaska
Mary K. Hughes of Anchorage, was appointed by Governor Knowles in July 2002 and re-appointed by Governor Palin in January 2009. She graduated from the University of Alaska with a BBA in Management in 1971 and earned her juris doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1974. A partner in the law firm of Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell & Brundin until 1994, she served as the Anchorage Municipal Attorney from 1995-2000 and Of Counsel with the firm until May 2005 when she became Alaska State Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a position she held until January 2008. For seven years, she hosted a weekly radio show, Profile Alaska, on AM 700 KBYR. She is a past president of the Alaska Bar Association Board of Governors and the Alaska Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. She is presently a trustee of the University of Alaska Foundation and Willamette University.
Additionally, she is a director and former chair of the Alaska Humanities Forum and an ex-officio director and former chair of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. She serves on the community advisory boards of Alaska Airlines and Totem Ocean Trailer Express.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Brian Rogers was named chancellor of the University of Alaska Fairbanks by University President Mark Hamilton in May 2009 after serving for an academic year as interim chancellor. A longtime Fairbanks resident and state leader, Rogers served for seven years as the UA system's finance vice president, four years in the Alaska State House and eight years as a member of the UA Board of Regents, with three of those years as chair. A former UAF student, he attended Trinity College and Brown University before receiving his master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 1996 Rogers formed one of Alaska's leading economic and public policy consulting firms, Information Insights, serving as principal consultant and chief financial officer.
Rogers, 61 , is married to UAF alumna Sherry Modrow. They have two grown sons, both of whom hold degrees from UAF. Rogers is a member of numerous community organizations including The Nature Conservancy Alaska Trustees, the Foraker Group Governance Board, the University of the Arctic Board of Trustees, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Fairbanks Downtown Rotary and several others.
University of Alaska Southeast
John Pugh was appointed Chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast on August 2, 1999 by President Mark Hamilton. Chancellor Pugh's educational background is in philosophy and social work. He holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy. Chancellor Pugh is a former dean of Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences at UAS and was Dean of Faculty from 1996 until his appointment as Chancellor. He serves as the State of Alaska Representative on the AASCU (American Association of Colleges and Universities). He is a prior chair of the University of Alaska Teacher Education Planning Group. In the fall of 2008, was invited to serve on the Alaska Advisory Board of the new Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence (COSEE) and in 2009 was appointed and continues to serve on the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities which accredits all three of the UA universities. In 2011 he was appointed to the Alaska Airlines Southeast Community Advisory Board.
Chancellor Pugh came to the university after a 15-year career with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services. Chancellor Pugh served as the commissioner of that department from 1983-1986. John Pugh is a former chair of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory and for a number of years was a trustee on the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. He is active in community service organizations such as the Gastineau Rotary Club and currently serves on the Board of the Juneau Economic Development Council.
University of Alaska Anchorage
Retired Air Force Lt. General Tom Case has spent more than 12 years in Alaska, including two Air Force tours of duty, five years as dean of UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) and three years as president and chief operating officer of the state-owned, independently operated Aerospace Corporation.
A 1969 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Tom began his 33-year military career flying in Vietnam. Later, Tom served at the Pentagon, was selected as the first Air Force Chief of Staff Chair on the faculty of the National War College, and eventually went on to command two fighter wings, a numbered air force, Alaska NORAD Region, and Alaskan Command. He also served as deputy commander and chief of staff for the United States’ two largest geographic joint combatant commands.
After retiring from the Air Force, Tom returned to higher education as dean of CBPP at UAA. During his time as dean, CBPP helped add several new certificate and degree programs, including a graduate certificate in Global Logistics, an occupational endorsement in Logistics, an online graduate Logistics certificate program, and a real estate focused track within the finance Bachelor of Business Administration program. Tom also played an instrumental role in the formation of CBPP’s Experimental Economics Laboratory in the fall of 2005, as well as the term extension of the distinguished Rasmuson Chair in Economics. The Alaska Center for Supply Chain Integration was also established during Tom’s tenure at as dean of CBPP. The Center has been responsible for helping integrate radio frequency identification (RFID) technology applications in Alaska’s supply chain for the Department of Defense.
Tom has a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition, he graduated from the National Defense University’s National War College, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, the Air War College, and Emory University’s Advanced Management Program.
Active in community service organizations, Tom is a member of the Export Council of Alaska and is a member of the Commonwealth Board of Directors.
Married to his wife Susan for 42 years, Tom has a daughter Donna, son-in-law Daniel and granddaughters Anna and Rebecca. His interests include leadership, education, organizational development, general aviation, community activities and outdoor sports.
Board of Regents
University of Alaska
Fuller A. Cowell of Anchorage was appointed in 2007 by Governor Palin. Regent Cowell was raised on a homestead in Fairbanks, attended Lathrop High School and studied biology at UAF. He completed his bachelors of business administration with an emphasis in marketing at National University, Sacramento, California graduating Summa Cum Laude. Cowell completed the Advanced Executive Program at the Kellogg Business School, Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois. In 1995, he was awarded the UAF Alumni Achievement Award for Community Achievement. The award was established to recognize outstanding UAF alumni.
Cowell is on the board of St. Elias (long term acute care) Hospital and on the C.W. Snedden Chair of Journalism Selection Committee at UAF. He has served on the Journalism Advisory Board at UAA, the boards of Commonwealth North, Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and the Anchorage Performing Arts Center and co-chaired the United Way of Anchorage campaign.
Cowell’s newspaper career took him from a newspaper carrier at the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner to director of operations of the McClatchy Company and ultimately publisher of Alaska’s largest newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News. He spent ten years commercial fishing in Area E, which includes Prince William Sound and the Copper River Delta.
Cowell is married to the former Christmas Tripp of Fairbanks. Their daughter Alexis lives and works in Anchorage where she was born.
John Hughes was born and raised on Bad River Ranch, a cow ranch in South Dakota. He graduated from high school in Pierre, SD in 1933, from Eastern State Teachers College in Madison, SD in 1935 and from University of South Dakota Law School in 1939. In the Spring of 1940, John hitchhiked to LA and up the west coast to Seattle. There he obtained work on different fishing vessels, which led him to Kodiak, Alaska. After various odd jobs, John ended up at Fairbanks Ladd Field for the Army Engineers in Spring 1943. From there, John moved to war shipping administration and finished the war in Manila. After the war, he returned to Alaska again in 1946 while working aboard fishing vessels.
In the fall of 1946, John wrote and passed the Alaska Bar Exam in Anchorage and began to practice law solo in Kodiak from 1947-1951. In 1951, he joined a law firm which was later known as Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell and Brundin, with offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Valdez. In 1948 at Kodiak, John married Marjorie Anstey and had three girls, Mary, Patricia, and Bridget, all of whom studied at least part of their degree work at the University of Alaska.
Other than raise a family and practice law, John has been involved with several other endeavors. He helped organize and was the first president of the Kodiak Independent School District, was a member of the Board of the Anchorage Independent School District, and was a member and president of the Alaska School Board Association. John also served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Kodiak and was an organizer and member of the Board of Directors of the Peoples Bank and Trust (later purchased by Rainer Bank of Seattle). He has served as a member of the Anchorage Estate Planning Council, Lions International and was the incumbent President of the University of Alaska Foundation.
Thomas B. Jensen, Jr.
Tom Jensen & Associates
Tom Jensen has spent his entire professional life, more than four decades,in the Alaskan Communications Industry. A Commercial Broadcaster for fourteen years (less two years service in the United States Army), he held various management and talent positions with Alaska's pioneering radio/television networks, Midnight Sun Broadcasters and Northern Television Incorporated.
Mr. Jensen spent the next quarter century in the Alaskan Telecommunications arena with RCA Alaska Communications, Alascom Inc., PTI Communications, Century Telephone and Alaska Communications Systems (ACS). Over the years he held Executive positions in Marketing, Government Relations and External Affairs with those firms. He also served as the Corporate Liaison to Federal, State and Local Government entities, developed and directed multi-million dollar Marketing and multi-media Advertising/Public Relations Campaigns, was their Corporate Spokesman and directed all Media Relations Activities, Statewide.
Mr. Jensen retired in 2002 and established "Tom Jensen & Associates", an independent Public/Government Relations consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, multi-media advertising, fundraising, and Corporate "Gun Slinging".
Tom Jensen is a Past President and Emeritus Trustee of the University of Alaska Foundation and a Past Chairman and Life-Time Member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. He has served as the President and a Board member of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen's Advisory Council, President and Board Member of the Iron Dog Classic and Vice President and Board Member of the Iditarod Trail Committee. In addition, he remains actively involved with several Alaskan non-profit organizations.
Mr. Jensen is a fourth generation life-long Alaskan. Born in Douglas, Alaska, he has also lived in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. He attended Alaskan Public Schools and the University of Alaska. He and his wife Cynthia, a professional educator, reside in Eagle River, Alaska.
Schaible's contributions to public life in Alaska are many. She is the first, and so far only, woman to hold the office of Alaska Attorney General. Her University of Alaska service began in her freshman year of college, when she was named Outstanding Freshman Woman. She received a similar honor in her senior year. Later, she was appointed to the Board of Regents, and has served many years on the University of Alaska Foundation's Board of Trustees. Grace was recently honored with the University of Alaska's President's Medal for Excellence. The Alaska chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives named Schaible Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year in 1996. In 2000, the Alaska Journal of Commerce named her one of the top 25 "most powerful Alaskans." The Boy Scouts of America awarded her the Distinguished Service Award in 2008.
Schaible grew up in Juneau, and graduated from high school there in 1943. She received a BA in history and political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1949. She earned a MA in history from George Washington University in 1955 and a law degree from Yale in 1959. She then returned to Fairbanks and, in less than two years, became a full partner in the firm of McNealy and Merdes. In 1966, she became a partner in the firm of Merdes, Schaible, Staley and DeLisio, now Cook, Schuhmann and Groseclose. She was "of counsel" to the firm from 1994 until 2000, when she retired. Schaible received an honorary doctor of laws degree from UAF in 1991 for her "distinguished and unselfish service on behalf of the state of Alaska and her thoughtful practice of law benefiting Alaska's people."
University gifts from Schaible have benefited UA students pursuing medical degrees, nursing students, national merit scholars, music students and fine arts students. In addition to her passion for the university, Schaible has maintained an active interest and involvement with a variety of non-profit programs throughout the state. She served on the boards of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. and Nature Conservancy in Alaska, and has served on a host of local and statewide public advisory committees. She continues to lend enthusiastic support to a variety of music and arts programs, including the Sitka Music Festival and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.
Arliss Sturgulewski received a BA in Economics and Business from the University of Washington and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was elected to the Anchorage Charter Commission and the Anchorage Assembly. She served in the Alaska State Senate from 1978 – 1992, when she chose not to stand for re-election. She was the Republican candidate for governor of Alaska in 1986 and 1990.
Arliss is a University of Alaska Foundation Trustee. Among other boards, she serves on the Advisory Council for the University of Alaska School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and the University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor’s Council.
Non-Trustee Committee Members
Win Gruening recently retired as Senior Vice President in charge of Business Banking for Key Bank for the State of Alaska. He was born and raised in Juneau and graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1970. He received a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1976 from the University of Southern Illinois and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in 1984.
After serving as a pilot in the US Air Force flying in the Pacific and Viet Nam, Win began his banking career with Rainier Bank in Seattle in 1978 and eventually moved back to Juneau in 1980.
Win is very active in community affairs as a 30+ year member of Juneau Downtown Rotary Club (serving in the past on the board and as President) and has been involved extensively in various local and statewide organizations such as United Way, Junior Achievement, Alaska Bankers Association, and the Alaska Committee. In 2003, Win was selected as Juneau Citizen of the Year by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.
Win served as the Chair of the Juneau Campus Council of the University of Alaska Southeast for many years and is currently a member of the UA College of Fellows. Win is also an Admissions Liaison Officer for the United States Air Force Academy and Air Force ROTC.
Bob Mitchell is Manager of Fixed Income for the State of Alaska Department of Revenue, responsible for investing fixed income portfolios on behalf of the State of Alaska and the Alaska Retirement Management Board. Mr. Mitchell has held this position since 2002 and has been with the department since 1997.
Mr. Mitchell is a past member of the board of directors for the University of Alaska Southeast Alumni Association, a past Trustee for the UA Foundation and has also served on the UAS Development Council. Mr. Mitchell holds a BBA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.