System Governance

SAA Elections

Cast your vote here: 2017 BALLOT

Check out the 2017 Candidates


I was born and raised in Southern California. I left for the Army after I graduated high school where I was then sent to Fort Wainwright, AK and later Fort Lewis, WA. I deployed twice, once to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. I have been married since June 2008. We have 3 kids (4.5, 2.5, and 1.5 years old) and two dogs. I graduated from the UAF School of Management in the Fall of 2016. Looking forward to meeting more of the Statewide staff. Thank you!


I have lived in the Fairbanks area my entire life. I have worked in OIT since 2010 and I am passionate about using and innovating technology to further the goals of the university and employees. I work with statewide staff and university students every day, and I want to do everything I can to contribute to a better environment for all employees, faculty and students.


I’m Liz Bowman and I am an Admin Specialist for the UA College Savings Plan and UA Scholars Office. I am excited for the potential opportunity to grow my leadership through SAA. I believe I would be a reliable advocate for my co-workers, especially those of us who feel like we are wearing many hats (employee, student, or parent, for example) and perhaps don’t know how to participate in Statewide efforts amidst other life commitments. I am full of enthusiasm for both opportunities and challenges and would like to be more involved in the discussions on issues impacting UA.


Mike was born and raised in Massachusetts, but moved to Alaska in 2013 where he worked as a Computer Technician for another state School District. In 2014, he joined the OIT team as a Technology Support Services Student Coordinator and Technology Specialist. Mike is now the Customer Support Services Student Coordinator, supervising a much larger team of student employees with a focus in project management and process improvement for OIT. Over the past three years, Mike has developed a unique set of leadership abilities, Process Improvement skills, Customer Service experience, and multi-department working relationships that greatly benefit his team and the University as a whole. Mike's goal is to take Project Management and Process Improvement to a whole new level, and assist the University in developing strategies to benefit it's constituents towards a brighter future. Mike is also an avid outdoorsman, electronic music enthusiast, and world traveler.


I have have had the pleasure of working with the University of Alaska Foundation for 3 years. Working for the University of Alaska and helping to make a difference is meaningful to me. I would like to to be apart of SAA as I believe in being active for the workplace to help be a voice for our community. As a part of my position I work with many departments and fundraising efforts that contribute to the University.


Shiva is Manager of Compliance, Information & Records at University of Alaska System. In this role, he provides oversight and compliance on UA's content management system - OnBase and Payment Card Industry compliance program. He has advanced degree in Physics and MBA from School of Management, UAF. Before coming to UA System office, Shiva worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks for 7 years as a researcher, project manager and faculty. As a project manager and technical point of contact for the Department of Defense program, he led the UAF team on nanotechnology projects. Working with Grants & Contracts, he completed the project successfully in compliance with DOD contract regulations on restricted data management, retention and public disclosure. He has authored 70 technical and trade articles on subjects of interest.


I have enjoyed my past two years on SAA and have participated actively in meetings, discussions and committees, including the bylaw committee. Combined with my position in Institutional Research, I offer informed perspectives about UA and the budget challenges it faces as SAA takes and makes positions on your behalf. I also have background in organizational representation and want to represent the opinions of Statewide staff well. As for myself, I am a 20+year Alaska resident and have been with the UA system for going on nine years, including 5 years at Statewide. Besides that, I am an avid pilot and love running (you probably see me coming up the hill in front of Butro during lunchtime, no matter what the temperature!). I ask for your vote so I can rejoin SAA and continue to represent you.


I have been with the University for almost five years. The majority of the time was with Statewide in Fairbanks, working as the former administrative assistant for the vice president of finance as well as being the Butrovich building manager. Last July I moved to Anchorage to work at the UAA Justice Center. I enjoyed my time assisting faculty and students. However, I had the opportunity to return to Statewide in Anchorage with the System Office of Risk Services and I’m happy to be back at Statewide. I have an interest in learning more about the University and in helping to show the University, the Legislature and the community what Statewide does for the University system, that we take the budget situation seriously and what we are doing to lead by example.


Monique Musick is the public information coordinator for the Office of Public Affairs, incorporating a variety of communications roles, from press releases to internal communications and social media for the university system. Monique first became involved with SAA in 2009 shortly after coming to Statewide and has been a part of governance ever since, including roles on Staff Alliance and as chair of the System Governance Council. She enjoys being an active member of governance, supporting co-workers, and participating in policy review..


I began working for the University of Alaska in 2007 as a Fiscal Technician working for the Statewide Controller’s office. I then moved to Financial Systems as a Systems Coordinator where I was the Statewide Property Coordinator. My current position is working for the Institutional Research, Planning and Analysis as a Research Professional 2. I have also served on the Statewide Administration Assembly in the past and look forward to doing so again.


I have worked for the University of Alaska since 2006. A majority of those years were at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and I came to UA Statewide in October 2015. I look forward to serving on the SAA and working together to meet the changes we face in the coming years.


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. I have enjoyed my time serving as an alternate. It has helped me to see statewide from a perspective outside the positions that I hold. I hope to continue with SAA for another term.


Prior to finding a new home at UA Foundation in 2015, I worked 6 years in Public Accounting where I developed a passion for inspiring and challenging co-workers to continually learn, grow and improve. I believe people are the foundation to any organization, and that effective change is only successful when the affected people actively and willfully participate. As such, I am honored to have an opportunity to join the other great leaders on SAA. It is my goal to re-energize Statewide and fan the flame of already competent employees. In addition, I am interested in learning more of the “why” behind the “what”, and hope to bridge that gap so that we can make better educated decisions as we voice our opinions and influence change during these difficult times.


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.


Lead Operator & Operations Technician

I was born and raised in Fairbanks, went to Fairbanks public schools, and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from UAF with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in Computer Information Systems. My wife and I have chosen to raise our three daughters here in the Interior. I would be honored to serve as an SAA Member. I’m excited to use this opportunity not only for person growth and development, but also as an opportunity to be a more active member of the UA community.

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