System Office of Risk Services

System Office of Risk Services

The Fairbanks Statewide Risk Services office is closed.

All personnel for The System Office of Risk Services are located in Anchorage.

 1815 Bragaw Street, Suite 206
 Anchorage, AK 99508-3438
 Phone (907)786-1140
 Fax (907)786-1412

The Statewide Office of Risk Services is organized into four practice areas:

  • Enterprise Risk Management and Insurance
  • Claims Management
  • Health, Safety, and Environmental Management
  • Emergency Management

Tim Edwards

Tim Edwards, Chief Risk Officer

(907) 786-1381

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.

Elaine Main, Office Manager

(907) 786-1140


Vanessa Saephan, Risk Management Analyst (Insurance)

(907) 786-6119

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

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

Patti Wilson

Patti Wilson, Claims Manager

(907) 786-7755

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.

Daisy Saffir

Daisy Saffir, Claims Adjuster

(907) 786-1716

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. Ms. Saffir 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.

(907) 786-1675

Danielle Nelson, Claims Technician

(907) 786-1675

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

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