System Governance

Who's Who


Heather Arana

Heather grew up here in Fairbanks. After spending a number of years in Washington and Oregon, she returned to Fairbanks to work for the Bureau of Land Management.  After 5 years of working logistics and administration with the Alaska Fire Service branch of BLM, she worked for NANA, coordinating events for many departments and executives within UAF and Statewide.  She has been working in the Statewide HR Systems group for the past year.  Her oldest son is an undergraduate student with the School of Management.  As a mother of four, she enjoys time with her family, as well as outdoor pursuits in the summer; reading, crochet and sewing in the winter; and cooking, baking and entertaining any time of the year.

Linda Hall

Linda Hall came to Fairbanks from Anchorage in Feb 2006 joining UA Statewide in Cost Analysis.  She moved to Fairbanks in order to be closer to the grandkids.  In December 2007 she accepted an accountant position in Foundation Accounting.  She has been in the accounting field for over 20 years.  In 2005 she was an ambassador to China in the People to People program for accounting.  She traveled to Beijing and Shanghai for that program.  She is a member for the Lupus Foundation of America Alaska Chapter.  In her spare time she likes to crochet, read or spend time with the grandkids.  Linda was a voting member of SAA 2007-2009, and as alternate 2009-2011.

Phone: 907-450-8124, email:

Jeff Holloway

Jeff Holloway has been active in SAA since 2009 because of a belief that employees can be strong advocates for the university mission, and ensure that UA is a great place to work.

The university mission has always appealed to Jeff, and thus he holds a Master's degree in Computer Information Systems and also a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. His primary responsibility at UA is as a Project Analyst Programmer, maintaining the University of Alaska’s Enterprise Applications.

Even with a busy schedule, Jeff has a policy of always being approachable to those with concerns and comments, and being accountable to fellow employees.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending his time with his family exercising, bicycling, camping, and whatever else Alaska has to offer.

Daniel Hostetler

Daniel has been with the University since 2007 as a part of Enterprise Applications Services and OIT.  Starting as a Programmer and working his way to an ERP Systems Analyst position in Fairbanks, he is currently based in Anchorage where he resides with his wife and 2 daughters.  His leisure activities consist of mostly indoors activities that help him avoid the Alaska cold, such as listening to shortwave radio and studying international finance and financial markets.

Phone: 907-786-7722, Email:

Ivan Leibbrandt

Since 2010, Ivan has been helping to maintain the 12,000 sq. ft. University of Alaska Data Center as the Lead Data Center Operator. The UA Data Center houses the network and applications that the University relies on daily.  Before coming to the University, he worked in the IT department at Tanana Valley Clinic.  Ivan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as being surrounded by the wonder that is the State of Alaska.

Kathleen Miner


Kathleen Miner joined UA University Relations as Executive Assistant to Carla Beam, University Relations Vice President and UA Foundation President; and Chris Christensen, Associate Vice President for State Relations, on January 6th.  She joins UA after eight years with Alaska Pacific University as Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Coordinator.  Kathleen moved to Alaska in 1993, where she has raised her family.  She is located in the Bragaw Office Building in Anchorage, in Suite 209. 

Monique Musick

Monique was born and raised in Ester, Alaska.  She became invovled with yearbook and photography in high school and has done it ever since.  she attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and in 2001, earned a Journalism degree with an emphasis in photography.  Following graduation she became the designer and production manager for Mushing Magazine.  When the magazine was sold to new ownership, Monique leased the building and opened her own photo studio and gallery.  Three years later the Publication Specialist position opened at Statewide and she came to work for UA Public Affairs.  Here she gets to do what she enjoys: photography and graphic design.  Monique became involved with SAA in 2009 shortly after coming to Statewide.  she enjoys being an active member of System Governance, supporting co-workers, and participating in policy review.  She continues to run her photo business from home.  In addition to photography she enjoys sports, outdoor activities, prospecting, music and time with friends.

Phone: 907-450-8103, Email:

Amy O’Sullivan

I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.  I married my husband in 1997 and he joined the Army in the same year.  Our time together in the Army has taken us many different places.  While in Hawaii I earned my B.A. in Justice Administration, from Hawaii Pacific University.  We welcomed our first daughter, Caitlyn in 2002 in Germany and our second daughter, McKenna in 2006 in Georgia.  We moved to Alaska in 2007, where my husband is currently stationed at Fort Wainwright.  We welcomed our third daughter, Maggie in 2010. I enjoy spending time with my family and getting to know more about Alaska.

I currently work as the Administrative Assistant for the System Office of Risk Services.  I have been at the University of Alaska since 2008.  Prior to working at the University I worked for the Federal Government for seven years in various settings to include Army Corps of Engineers and Secretary for an Army Basic Training Brigade Commander.  I enjoy my position at Risk Services and look forward to continuing my education and knowledge through and about the University.

Michael C. Scott

Michael Scott is the Manager of Campus Technology Services for the Office of Information Technology.  He started working at UAF in 2000 as the university Blackboard server administrator.  He's a member of the Technology Advisory Board (TAB) and oversees Campus Smart Classrooms, Mobile Applications, and Computing Labs.  In SAA Michael hopes to promote issues important to university staff and to assist in the university decision-making process.

Phone: 907-474-6350, Fax: 907-474-6399, Email:

Dory Straight

Dory Straight is the Scholarship Officer for UA Foundation.  Dory began her career at UA in 2008 when she moved to Alaska from Idaho.  Dory is responsible for administering the UA Foundation scholarships and awards program, along with increasing private support for existing UA scholarships.  She enjoys working with donors to lighten the financial load on our students.  Dory has been married for 28 years to Rory Straight, her high school sweetheart.  They have three daughters and five grandchildren.  In her spare time, she enjoys fishing with her husband, spending time with her grandchildren, talking with her daughters, gardening, crocheting and reading.

Alex Taylor

Phone: 907-450-8300, Fax: 907-450-8312, Email:

Briana Walters

A lifelong Alaskan, Briana Walters obtained an Accountaing degree from Uaf in 2000 and began work as an accountant and auditor at Cook & Haugeberg CPAs.  In 2004 she accepted the Accountant position at UAF Grant & Contract Services.  In 2007, an exciting opportunity arose in the Statewide Office of Cost Analyssi as Assistant Director where she has happily worked ever since.  She assists with preparation and development of the Facilities & Administrative (F&A) rate proposal, space survey, compliance monitoring, MAU training, as well as other intersting cost accounting projects for the University system.  In 2009, she received her MBA degree in Business from the University of Alaska Southeast.  She lives in North Pole with her husband and three sons, Riley age 8, Reece age 7, and Trevor age 4.

Phone: 907-450-8077, Fax: 907-450-8071, Email:

Dana Platta


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’s involvement on SAA began in 2006 and 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 continues to participate in the staff compensation working group. She is a strong supporter of the SAA mission and appreciates the role governance can play in affecting, in a positive way, employee welfare.

Phone: 907-450-8347, Email:

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