Voting begins Monday, April 27 and concludes Friday, May 15
Results from the election will be announced May 18. Elected members will serve two years (2015-2017). The 4 candidates who receive the most votes become full members. The two candidates with the next highest number of votes will be selected as alternates. If, for any reason, a member cannot fill a term, the top alternate will move into a voting position. Alternates serve for one year (2015-2016).
Review Candidates: Candidates are featured below along with biographical information. Please review the candidates then use the anonymous ballot to submit your representative preferences.
2015 SAA Candidates:
Alesia has been with the University of Alaska (UA) as a student and/or employee for more than 15 years. She earned both a paralegal and an accounting degree from UAF and is pursuing a master’s in public administration from UAS. She began her career with UA in 2001, as an Administrative Assistant for Statewide Risk Services. Four years later she accepted a Budget Analyst position with the Statewide Budget & Planning (SBP) office. Today she is a manager for the SBP office, overseeing the development of UA’s operating and capital budgets. Alesia is dedicated to the success of UA and believes that effective system offices (Statewide Services) are an important component. When compared to UAA or UAF, Statewide is small group, but perform important functions such as service to the three universities and compliance/oversight. She believes Statewide offices have unique challenges, which require an informed and engaged governance presence in order to maintain effectiveness.
Amanda Straight moved to Alaska in 1998 when her father was stationed at Ft. Wainwright, and has resided here ever since. She graduated from UAF in 2011 with Associates in Applied Business, 3 months after having her third child. Her two boys are 8- and 7-years-old and her daughter is 3 going on 13. Amanda began working at UA Foundation in 2013 as the Fairbanks Gift Manager, soon becoming the Fairbanks Fund & Gift Services Manager.
In her free time, she enjoys running her own cake decorating business, Sweet Cakes, and hanging out with her beautifully blended family with her boyfriend and his 2 sons.
Needless to say, there is never a dull moment!!
Amanda Watt is the Senior Data Analyst for the University of Alaska Foundation. Previously, Watt worked as the assistant director of annual giving at UAA.
She was born in Phoenix, Ariz., but grew up in Anchorage. Watt received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2004 and is currently working on a degree in computer programing.
I have been in Fairbanks off and on since 1996. I transferred to Statewide from UAF in early 2012, shortly after I finished my distance ed Master’s degree in humanitarian services. Here at Statewide, I coordinate Financial Aid for Student and Enrollment Services (SES). My position requires that I collaborate closely with a wide variety of audiences on both technical issues as well as upper level policy matters, similar to SAA demands.
Specifically, I am interested in SAA for four reasons:
1. I believe in Statewide and the value it provides UAF, UAS and UAS;
2. I am not new to difficult, necessary organizational change and believe that “change management” is critical, more so now;
3. I work closely with stakeholders, particularly in Student and Enrollment Services where I am based and would bring that collaborative approach to SAA; and
4. I’d really like to participate in organizational level discussions and representation for Statewide staff.
I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. I graduated from UAF in 2010 with Associates in Applied Business. I have a rambunctious 7-year-old boy and a little doll for 2-year-old little girl. I began working at UA Foundation in 2014 as the Fairbanks Gift Manager.
My tasks include but are not limited to accepting donations for UAF and Statewide. My responsibilities are to make sure donations to the University are processed per the donor’s intent in a timely manner.
I would like in the future to further my knowledge of the University and be able to have more of an impact in working here. As I am still new, I would like my career to somehow have more of an effect in helping the University.
I enjoy spending my time going out on family off-roading adventures via dirt bike, snow machines or one of many off-oad vehicles. I also enjoy playing softball and volleyball.
Carrie Crouse moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 2007. Since then she’s worked in a variety of capacities throughout the Fairbanks Native Association, Banner Health, and UAF. She obtained her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2001 and her B.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado in 1998. She earned her Girl Scout Gold Award as a Senior in High School.
In the short six months that she’s been employed at the University of Alaska Foundation, she has already felt a responsibility and commitment to the university. She would like to be involved in university affairs and desires to help cultivate a happy workplace by becoming a member of the Statewide Administration Assembly.
In her spare time she enjoys baking and outdoor activities including hiking, camping, and photography.
Hi Everyone! My name is Chrystal Warmoth and I have lived in Anchorage since 1996. I have worked for UA Facilities and Land Management since the spring of 2012 and have been a member of SAA since 2013. I am a big believer that if you want change or prefer the status quo then you have to participate in the process to get the result you want. If you want to have the right to complain that a situation is not to your liking, it is only fair that you have put some kind of effort into getting the result you wanted, otherwise no complaining when it doesn’t go the way you want it to.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, sitting in the sunshine, listening to music, learning photography, going to the bookstore and did I mention that I love the Sunshine cause I really love the Sunshine.
“Too many people are thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, when they ought to just water the grass they are standing on.”– Amar Dave
Dana moved to Fairbanks in 2002 from Illinois and began working for UA Statewide, supporting Banner, as the HR Lead Analyst Programmer for Enterprise Application Services in OIT. Dana was involved in SAA from 2006 through 2014, in roles ranging from an alternate to a member to the Vice President. As the Vice President, Dana also participated in the Staff Alliance and the staff compensation working group. She is a strong supporter of the SAA mission (http://gov.alaska.edu/saa/mission.html) and appreciates the role governance can play in affecting, in a positive way, employee welfare.
I’m Danielle Nelson and I’ve been a Claims Technician with the System Office of Risk Services since March 2013. I’m also currently a graduate student at UAA pursuing a master’s degree in public administration. Prior to moving to Alaska, I spent almost 10 years in corporate insurance in Seattle, WA.
As we all know, we are facing some tough times ahead. I would be honored to represent your concerns and interests as we navigate these challenges together. On a personal note, I would also love the opportunity to become more connected and involved with the University – as well as get to know more of my Statewide colleagues.
I am extremely proud to work for – and be a student of – the University of Alaska. I hope to have the opportunity to represent you in SAA. Thank you for your consideration!
I am a lifelong Alaskan. I began my employment at the University in 1987 as a computer operator for UACN Production Services. As a computer operator, lead operator, and manager for OIT Data Center Operations, I have viewed employee relations from multiple perspectives and noted (and learned from) the results of actions taken, both desirable and otherwise.
I would like the opportunity to be more active in governance in light of the difficult times we all recognize to be on the horizon.
Elaine Main started as administrative assistant to Ashok Roy in January 2012. She previously worked at Statewide as a student, but that was long ago. Over the years she's held various positions similar to the administrative duties she does now. She was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom for more than 10 years.
Main was born in New York but grew up in Fairbanks. She graduated from Lathrop High School and earned a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
I started working at UAF in 1990 and moved to Statewide in 1993, first in Public Affairs and then Human Resources before getting hired by Data Center Operations in 1997 as a Computer Operator. I've held my current position, Data Center Analyst, since 2000. My previous service as an SAA member has included terms as Secretary, Vice-President, and President. During my SAA presidency, I also served one year as Vice Chair and two as Chair of Staff Alliance, and three years as Chair of the System Governance Council. While I have not been on SAA the past four years, I have continued to participate in SAA events, coordinating the Holiday Food and Mug Drive and publishing the program for the annual employee awards event.
I have been an active representative in governance almost as long as I have been at Statewide in the Office of Public Affairs. Participating in governance has been the most important way for me to contribute to improving the workplace, comment on policies and practices affecting staff, represent staff concerns, facilitate communication, and to learn about activity at all levels of the university. I enjoy this work and would like the opportunity to continue to represent staff perspectives in the systemwide governance process.
My career in the Environmental Health and Safety profession stands as an example of my commitment to enhance and further safety at the University and in the community. I am currently the Deputy Director for the Health Safety and Environmental department with the System Office of Risk Services in Fairbanks.
Sam Phillips has worked in the insurance industry for 13 years. His last job was working for Marsh USA as their professional standards officer prior to going back to college.
Phillips was born and raised in Palmer. He received on-the-job training in the insurance industry and attended a number of seminars. Phillips recently attended Charter College for an associate degree in computer science. While working in the insurance field, he had a property & casualty insurance license and achieved a CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designation.
Phillips has been married for 20 years to wife Christine. She is a UAA Alumna and teaches elementary school. They have two sons, ages 18 and 16. He enjoys the outdoors through snowboarding and hiking. When the weather is bad he likes playing games on the computer with his kids.