System Governance

System Governance Council 2014-15

Alumni Association Representatives


Rachel Morse, System Governance Council Chair

UAA Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations

(907) 786-1278 work

Bio - UAA Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni RelationsBio - Rachel Morse is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but has lived in Alaska since 1999. She has spent the past decade working with rural communities on projects that include environmental stewardship, housing, early childhood education and other social services. Rachel served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Zimbabwe. She has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a master’s degree in forestry and natural resources management from Purdue University.

Kate Ripley

UAF Alumni Association Executive Director and Alumni Relations Director


Heather Mitchell

UAS Alumni Relations and Annual Fund Manager


Coalition of Student Leaders' Representatives


Toby Wark, Chair, Coalition of Student Leaders 

United Students of UAS-Sitka President

(907) 623-7012

Bio - Toby Wark was born in Juneau, Alaska, and raised in Hoonah a village about 70 miles west of Juneau. He lives in Sitka, attending the University of Alaska Southeast, working towards a business degree in management.

Mathew Carrick, Vice Chair, Coalition of Student Leaders

Associated Student of UAF - Fairbanks President

(907) 841-4907

Bio - Mathew Carrick was born in Crestview, FL, but considers Alaska his adoptive home. He studies Economics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with minors in Mathematics and Political Science, and hopes to serve the students of the University of Alaska to the best of his ability.

Faculty Alliance Representatives


David Valentine, Faculty Alliance Chair

UAF Faculty Senate Past President

(907) 474-7614 
P.O. Box 757200, O’Neill 309
Fairbanks, AK 9977

Dr. David Valentine is a Professor of Forest Soils and chair of the   Department of Forest Sciences in the School of Natural Resources and   Agricultural Sciences. He earned his MSc and PhD from Duke University (1984 and 1990, respectively) in ecosystem ecology. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. During that time, he was also awarded a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Department of Energy, and worked at the Agricultural Research Service. He joined the UAF faculty in 1996.

Cècile Lardon, Faculty Alliance Vice Chair

UAF Faculty Senate President

Associate Professor
(907) 474-5272
P.O. Box 756480, Gruening 706C
Fairbanks, AK 99775     

Dr. Cècile Lardon is particularly excited about meeting students from all walks of life and from different cultural backgrounds in her classes and working with them on research projects. She is originally from Germany, but has lived in the U.S. since 1985. After almost 15 years in Chicago, she was ready for a new adventure. She came to join the faculty at UAF in the fall of 1999. She received her Ph.D. in community, organizational, and social psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999.

Staff Alliance Representatives


Monique Musick, Staff Alliance Chair

Statewide Administration Assembly Vice President

Graphic Designer/Photographer
SW Public Affairs
(907) 450-8103

Monique Musick was born and raised in Ester, Alaska. After attending ICS and later Lathrop High School, she received a bachelor’s of art in journalism from UAF. She currently works for UA Public Affairs doing what she enjoys most: photography, communications and graphic design. She became involved with governance in 2009 shortly after coming to UA Statewide and has enjoyed being an active member of System Governance ever since. She values the opportunity afforded through shared governance to support co-workers, participate in policy review, advise on changes in the university and to advocate on behalf of staff throughout the system. She recently purchased her old family home in Ester and enjoys gardening, photography, motor sports, outdoor activities, prospecting, music and time with friends. 

Kathleen McCoy, Staff Alliance Vice Chair

UAA APT Staff Council President

Editorial Director
UAA University Advancement
227 Administration Building
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

Kathleen McCoy is a Navy brat born in Denver, CO, who followed her family to Guam, the Philippines, Japan, and eventually San Diego, CA. She earned concurrent BAs in journalism and classical rhetoric from UC Berkeley. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Alaska for 30 years, currently writing stories for internal and external publications for UAA.

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