System Office of Risk Services

System Office of Risk Services

All personnel for The System Office of Risk Services are located at:
1815 Bragaw Street, Suite 206
Anchorage, Alaska 99508-3438
 Phone (907)786-1173 or (907)786-1140 
Fax (907)786-1412 

Chief Risk Officer

 Tim Edwards
Tim has over 24 years in Safety and Health experience as the Occupational Safety and Health Manager for a Major Air Force Base. He also has 30 years experience as a Chief Master Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves. Tim holds his Bachelors Degree in Safety and Health as well as two other minors in safety and social services. He is back in Alaska after serving for four years in the late 1980's at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks.


Director, Environmental Health & Safety

Kenneth Walker

Ken brings more than 14 years of experience to the position and came to us from San Antonio, TX where he worked at Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center as Chief, Safety Career Field Management Team. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University and a master’s degree from Columbia Southern University.  He is also a military veteran having served 24 years in the United States Air Force.


Risk Management Analyst

Vanessa Saephan



Bringing experience and knowledge from her years as a commercial insurance broker, Vanessa now manages the insurance program of Alaska system.

Vanessa works in conjunction with the Chief Risk Officer, claims department and campus management staff to utilize risk finance an essential part of the University's enterprise risk management program. Vanessa is a licensed Property and Casualty Insurance P Lines Broker. She holds the professional designation f Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) and is currently pursuing Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Associate Risk Management (ARM) designations.


Office Manager

Elaine Main




Claims Manager

 Patti Wilson

Patti Wilson joined the System Office of Risk Services in Anchorage as claims manager in 2006. She is responsible for minimizing the cost of risk to the University through the effective management of claims.  She leads a team of claims professionals who administer the University’s self-insured claims program, including auto, liability, property, and workers’ compensation claims.

Patti also serves as an information and education resource to the UA community, monitoring legislation, regulations, and legal developments affecting the University’s claims program.  She is the administrator for the University’s risk management information system, and has responsibility for claim notification and reporting processes system-wide.

She began her Alaskan adjusting career in 1976, handling workers’ compensation claims during the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.  She’s been a licensed independent adjuster since 1980, with special emphasis on workers’ compensation and litigation management. 

She holds an Associate in Claims (AIC) designation, and is working toward an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation.  She is a past officer of the Alaska Adjusters Association and serves on the board of directors of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of Alaska.


Senior Claims Adjuster

Daisy Saffir

Daisy Saffir joined the System Office of Risk Services in Anchorage as Claims Adjuster in 2013.  She handles multi-line claims for the University’s self-insured claims program.  This position provides a means to stabilize and minimize the cost of risk to the University through investigation, management and settlement of first and third party claims.  Daisy is also responsible for informal training in claims and risk management processes for members of the University community, and for supervision of the Fairbanks support staff.

Daisy is also the former Vice President of the Workers’ Compensation Committee of Alaska. Daisy has almost fifteen years of experience in claims management, with a specialty in workers’ compensation and litigation management.  She has been an independently licensed adjuster in Alaska since 2009 and has handled claims in multiple jurisdictions.


Junior Claims Adjuster

Danielle Nelson

The claims technician provides administrative support for the claims section and is the contact for claim reporting.  Ms. Nelson is a general claims information resource for the University customers and is responsible for accurate and timely claims processing and data analysis.


Claims Assistant                            

Jennifer Medders


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