System Governance

SAA Elections


2016-2018 Members


I am a life-long Alaskan.  I was born and raised in the North Pole/Fairbanks area.  In 2001, I graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelors' degree in business administration with an emphasis in Human Resources management.  I have been a part of the UA System Cost Analysis team as a Cost Analyst for two and a half years.  Before that I worked for the UA System Office of Human Resources for 7 years as an HR Systems coordinator, HR Systems specialist, and HR Systems Analyst.  I would like the opportunity to serve on the SAA, because I want to learn more about the systemwide governance process and become an advocate for staff.


I came to Alaska in 2001 to be part of a group conducting ecological research at UAF.  Since then, I have filled several roles at the university - I have been a graduate student, a field assistant, a laboratory technician, and in recent years, I have been a systems coordinator in Statewide Finance.  My varied background has provided me with a broad understanding of many aspects of the university and the people that work here.   The university’s contributions are threaded through all parts of our state, and have the ability to improve communities and the land and resources that we value.   I am proud to be part of the University of Alaska, and our statewide team, and I would like to be part of the discussions that are guiding change during these difficult budget times.


Eric Johnson was born and raised in Fairbanks and began working at Statewide Strategy, Planning, and Budget in 2013; although, he has been involved with the University of Alaska in various capacities nearly his whole life. From taking advantage of growing up adjacent to the UAF ski trails as a kid to earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics, UA as played an integral role in his life. Now, as a Statewide employee, Eric is eager to contribute to the efforts of advancing the University during the challenging times ahead.


I am passionate about the university and have worked for this great institution as a student employee and staff member. I work for the UA College Savings Plan and UA Scholars Program and love helping families plan and prepare as we strive to advance educating Alaska’s youth, and encourage them to attend the University of Alaska. I was honored to serve on SAA the last two years and learned the important role that SAA plays and the positive impact made on behalf of its members.  I am honored to voice the opinions of my colleagues when they express concern and open to hearing opposing positions as well. I feel I am actively involved as I have served on three committees.  I would love to continue to serve, promote our university and continue to be an advocate and represent my colleagues. Thank you!


Tom moved to Fairbanks and joined OIT in September of 2011. After receiving his first parking ticket, Tom promptly ran for UAF Staff Council and actively participated in the parking office's transition into the UAF Bursar's office, along with several other technology and compensation initiatives. Since then he has become progressively involved in University affairs as a member of more than a dozen councils. 

After his first term on UAF Staff Council, Tom was elected to SAA, briefly serving staff concerns at both UAF and SW. Tom was appointed to represent SAA on Staff Alliance his first year with SAA and took a leadership role with several UA system wide regulation updates.

Most recently Tom has served as the President of SAA overseeing the Governance body's transition with a new UA President. 

When he's able to get time away from the University, Tom enjoys spending time in the mountains and in the far remote locations of Alaska hunting, fishing, biking and climbing.


My name is Danielle Nelson and I’m a claims adjuster with the System Office of Risk Services in Anchorage.  I’ve been at UA since 2013 and I’m also currently a graduate student at UAA pursuing a master’s degree in public administration.

I had the opportunity to join SAA late last year and I really appreciate the opportunities I’ve had to participate in the governance process so far.  It is important work – especially during tough times like these - and the people involved show a tremendous amount of commitment and dedication. 

I am extremely proud to work for – and be a student of – the University of Alaska.  I hope you give me the opportunity to continue with SAA during this upcoming election.  I would be honored to advocate for all of you, and I am especially interested in making sure that Anchorage has a voice in the governance process.

Thank you for your consideration!

2016-2017 Anchorage Member


I moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Anchorage in 1996 and have been with the University Facilities and Land Management Office since 2012. Before working for the University I worked in the transportation/logistics field for 14 years and prior to that I worked in sales & accounting for about 17 years.  I am also currently a student at the University working towards my degree. I have been a member of SAA since 2013 and am very proud to be elected again as your representative. When not working or attending classes I likes to spend time with my family and indulge in my hobbies which include photography, writing, reading, soaking up the sunshine (when available), discovering new music from around the world and binge watching shows on Netflix and Amazon. Below are two of my favorite quotes I would like to share.



2016-2017 Alternates


I moved to Alaska in ’83 courtesy of the United States Air Force.  My Dad retired in ’92, and we never left. I have a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting. I was an Internal Auditor with the University from 2007-2014 and I received my Certified Internal Auditor designation in March of 2014. I transitioned to SW Payroll in May of 2014 as the Senior Tax Accountant.


Josh's first position within the UA system was as an OIT student employee in 2007.  Since then, he has held a number of positions within OIT, the most recent being the Lead position in OIT Video Conferencing Services.  Josh also serves as a the Staff Advisor for two UAF clubs, and is registered as a Red Cross Instructor for UAF via Student Organizations.  As a member of the UA community, Josh sees membership in SAA as an opportunity to continue to give back to the organization that he has been a part of for so long, and contribute to the improvement of the UA system on behalf of his fellow staff members.

Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2016 SAA election.  

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