System Governance

2016-2017 SAA Officers

ERIC JOHNSON - PRESIDENT

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Senior Budget Analyst

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.

 

CHRYSTAL WARMOTH - VICE PRESIDENT (ANCHORAGE)

Anchorage Member (2016-2017)
Executive Assistant, Facilities and Land Management

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.

“THE ULTIMATE MEASURE OF A MAN IS NOT WHERE HE STANDS IN MOMENTS OF COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE, BUT WHERE HE STANDS AT TIMES OF CHALLENGE AND CONTROVERSY.” - MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

“LIFE BEGINS AT THE END OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.”- NEALE DONALD WALSCH 

BUFFY KUIPER - SECRETARY

Buffy Kuiper

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Senior Program Specialist

Buffy has worked with the UA College Savings Plan and UA Scholars Programs since 2006 and previously worked at the Fire Department and Parking Services at UAF.  She enjoys helping families prepare for post-secondary education and hearing the life changing stories experienced by both UA Scholars and participants in the college savings plan.

She is honored to be a member of SAA as it has allowed her to get involved in staff issues, become an advocate for staff and work with a fabulous team of SAA members that continue to make the University of Alaska the ideal place to work.

 

2016-2017 Voting Members

SHERI BILLIOT

Sheri Billiot

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Cost Analyst, Office of Cost Analysis


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. 

DALE DENNY

Dale Denny

Fairbanks Member (2015-2017)
Manager, Data Center Operations

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.

 

ALISON HAYDEN

Alison Hayden

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Systems Coordinator

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.

ARTHUR HUSSEY

Arthur Hussey

Fairbanks Member (2015-2017)
Research Professional

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.

ALESIA KRUCKENBERG

Alesia Kruckenberg 

Fairbanks Member (2015-2017)
Manager, SW Budget & Planning

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.

TOM LANGDON

Tom Langdon

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Manager, OIT Customer Support Services

Tom moved to Fairbanks and joined OIT in September of 2011. Since then he has become progressively involved in university affairs and interfaces with more and more staff. He says serving in governance is yet another way for him to contribute to improving the workplace and working at the university has been an incredible experience. He looks forward to contributing to making it even better.

MONIQUE MUSICK

Monique Musick

Fairbanks Member (2015-2017)
Graphic Designer/Photographer

Monique Musick has been an active representative in governance almost as long as she has  been at Statewide in the Office of Public Affairs. Participating in governance has been the most important way for her to contribute to improving the workplace, to comment on policies and practices affecting staff, represent staff concerns, facilitate communication, and to learn about activity at all levels of the university. Musick truly enjoys this work and would like the opportunity to continue to represent staff perspectives in the systemwide governance process.

DANIELLE NELSON (ANCHORAGE)

Danielle Nelson

Anchorage Member (2016-2018)
Adjuster, Risk Services

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.

2016-2017 Alternate Members

LAYCIE SCHNEKENBURGER - FIRST ALTERNATE

Laycie Schnekenburger 

Alternate Member (2016-2017)
Senior Tax Accountant

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 WATTS - SECOND ALTERNATE

Josh Watts 

Alternate Member (2016-2017)
Lead Video Support Specialist

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.

 

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