Board of Directors
The UA Foundation is legally separate and distinct from the University of Alaska and is governed by its own Board of Directors. This all-volunteer board is composed of prominent Alaskans, the president of the University of Alaska, chancellors from each university (UAA/UAF/UAS), and two members of UA Board of Regents. The directors contribute their time, wisdom, and resources in support of the UA Foundation and the universities as well as provide external oversight of the UA Foundation's operations.
Jermain, Dunnagan & Owens, P.C.
Cynthia Cartledge practices in the public finance, commercial, finance and real property areas of the firm. Since 1988, she has worked with public and private universities, state agencies, municipalities, cities, boroughs, banking institutions and private entities on varies types of financings and acquisitions. Cynthia also has extensive experience in real estate matters, including residential (single/multi-family) financings and frequently works on development and support services financings (both state and federal) in connection therewith. Cynthia serves on the AWAIC Foundation Board of Directors (Vice-President/Secretary) and the State of Alaska Real Estate Commission (Commissioner – Vice-Chair). She previously served on the board of Victims for Justice (advocates for individuals exposed to violent crimes) and was a long-standing member of the Law Examiner’s Committee of the Alaska Bar Association. She is a life-long Alaskan who frequently supports non-profit organizations and community needs in an assortment of roles.
Vice Chair (2020-2021)
APCM Wealth Management for Individuals
Laura Bruce, CFP and ChFC has over 20 years of broadly diversified investment management experience. Her career began as a banker where she progressed as a loan officer, branch manager, First National Bank trust officer and lead the private bank as VP for Bank of America. Laura has been with Alaska Permanent Capital for 8 years, during this time assets have grown from $2 billion dollars of assets under management to over $4 billion under management and advisement. She now is an owner in the newly formed division serving individuals. She attributes this success to collaborating with the very talented staff at APCM and a willingness to listen to the client’s needs. Ms. Bruce believes strongly in her community. This is shown through leading APCM’s involvement with the Alaska Permanent Fund’s Internship program, giving high level internship opportunity to Alaskan only students, her volunteer work with various non-profits around the state namely as a former women’s fund officer for the YWCA, a trustee for the City of Anchorage’s Investment Advisory Committee, a Big Sister through the Big Brothers/Big Sister’s programs, a mission volunteer with Proyecto Fe which took her family to Guatemala this year to work in a school that gives opportunities to those who otherwise may not have them. Ms. Bruce was awarded the Chamber’s top 40 under 40 award in 2005 and Ms. Bruce is an Athena Society Member. Laura has a BBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and has also Studied at the center for international Studies in Madrid, Spain.
New York Life Insurance Company
Linda is a local business owner, with offices in both Fairbanks and Anchorage. She moved to Alaska in 1968 and spent most of the next 20 years as an educator, working primarily in adult education. For the past 24 years, she has been an agent of New York Life Insurance Company specializing in estate planning, business development and charitable giving. Linda’s late husband, John Hulbert, was a faculty member at UAF and both of Linda’s children are UAF alumni. Linda has focused her voluntary energy on workforce development, employment and training programs, including membership on the Alaska State Workforce Board and Nine Star Enterprises Board of Director.
Chair, Finance and Audit Committee
Vice President of Finance and Administration
The University of Alaska system is an important element of our state, and I am honored to serve on the UA Foundation board. My graduate education at UAF set me up for a career in Alaska, and I am forever grateful for the education experience I had in Fairbanks. Through my role on the board, I hope to be a part of the state-wide commitment to the University of Alaska and use my financial background to serve on the UA Foundation board.
I have 25 years of finance experience in Alaska in various capacities ranging from an auditor with KPMG, a private equity analyst with CIRI, assistant controller with an ASRC subsidiary, to my current role as a Compliance Officer for an SEC-registered investment adviser.
Co-chair, Development Committee
Director, External Affairs and Corporate Communications
With the unique combination of a M.B.A. (UAA, ’08) and a background in English and
journalism, Heather has a knack for making the complex simple. With more than 15 years
in public relations, Heather serves as a strategic business partner, using public
relations to drive organizational and business performance. She has worked at a Fortune
500 company, PR agency and now a telecom and technology company in Anchorage, Alaska.
As Director, External Affairs and Corporate Communications, Heather oversees the company’s
internal, external, community and government relations. Heather’s positive energy,
listening and solutions-oriented approach are her most defining strengths. She seeks
to tackle big challenges and help organizations and individuals shine.
When not working, Heather enjoys time with her family, playing outdoors, reading and community service. She and her husband, Chris, live in Anchorage with their son, James.
Greater Prudhoe Area Manager
Stephanie Erickson is Greater Prudhoe Area Manager for ConocoPhillips Alaska, where she leads a multidisciplinary team of professionals to oversee ConocoPhillips' non-operated interest in Prudhoe Bay and its satellite fields.
Stephanie was raised in Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Science in geological engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Science in geophysics from the University of Utah. Stephanie began her career at Phillips Petroleum Company as a petrophysicist in 1998 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She lived in Anchorage 2002-2009 and is excited to be back after spending the last 12 years in Texas.
Stephanie has a passion for engineering, sciences, and analytical thinking. She loves spending time outdoors and playing music with her two sons and husband.
Chief Executive Officer
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Ella Goss, MSN, RN, is Providence Alaska Medical Center’s senior executive, overseeing all medical center services at the 401-bed hospital. She previously served as the director of the Providence Cancer Center, the state's most comprehensive cancer treatment facility.
Since joining Providence in 1997 as a staff nurse in the hospital's Emergency Department, Goss has served in a variety of leadership positions, including chief flight nurse for LifeGuard, clinical manager of Emergency Services, director of Medical Staff, Risk Management and Regulatory Services. Prior to joining Providence, she worked in rural emergency departments in Kotzebue and Newfoundland.
Goss has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, Illinois. She also has certification as a professional in health care risk management and health care quality.
Providence enjoys a decades-old partnership with the University of Alaska (UA), particularly the University of Alaska Anchorage School of nursing. Between alumni recruitment and hands-on learning opportunities for nursing students, Providence is committed to working with UA leaders to build a robust health care workforce in Alaska.
Lake Oswego, OR
Vice President, Strategic Market Development
Moda Partners, Inc.
During his more than 15 years in the health insurance industry, Jason has become widely recognized as a thought leader and civic influencer, deeply committed to helping communities transform the way they provide and pay for healthcare. He currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Market Development at Moda Partners, headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
Prior to moving into this role, Jason served as Moda’s Director of Alaska Sales and Service. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in 2005, a Master of Business Administration in 2013 from the University of Alaska Southeast and is a past President of the UAF Alumni Association.
Jason’s responsibilities today include the growth and expansion of business for the entire family of Moda companies throughout Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Texas. With more than 1,400 employees, Moda is a multi-faceted organization offering a wide range of medical, dental, pharmacy and vision plans. Affiliated enterprises include Moda Health Plan, Delta Dental of Oregon & Alaska, Moda Assurance Company, BenefitHelp Solutions, Ardon Health, Dentists Management Corporation, EOCCO, Summit Health and Emerging Health.
A passionate outdoorsman, Jason sets the healthy-living-standard for his workforce by maintaining an active lifestyle, though much of his current running, he confesses, involves chasing his four young children around the house.
Mauna Loa Land & Cattle, LLC
With 35 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry between Alaska, Nevada and Colorado, Greimann is a 3rd generation Alaskan and holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Greimann began his banking career in the management training program at First National Bank of Alaska, eventually becoming a Vice President working in the Interior and Kenai Peninsula markets. Prior to joining Northrim Bank, he served as Executive Vice President and Head of Wealth Management at Guaranty Bank and Trust in Denver, Colorado. Greimann is currently involved with the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, Juneau Downtown Rotary Club and Southeast Conference. As an ex Lathrop High School and UAF Hockey player, Greimann continues to enjoy playing hockey as well as downhill skiing and trail running.
Jyotsna "Jo" Heckman
President and Managing Partner
DAS & Associates, LLC
Jyotsna "Jo" Heckman was born in India and has lived in Alaska since 1975. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in business from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and also attended graduate school studying financial studies at Georgetown University and Southern Methodist University.
Jo retired as president and chief executive officer of Denali State Bank in December 2012 after 27 years of service with the bank and currently serves on Denali State Bank's Board of Directors. Jo served as a University of Alaska Regent from 2011-2019 and as board chair from 2014-2016. She is active in various community and civic organizations. She is active with American Heart Association and GO RED for Women. She is President and Managing Partner of her consulting firm, DAS & Associates, LLC. She is the recipient of the UAF Alumni Association's William Cashen Service Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Farthest North Girl Scouts as Council's Woman of Distinction Award and was selected as Business Leader of the Year by the UAF Associated Students of Business. She and her spouse Stephen were selected in 2018, by Midnight Sun Boy Scouts of America as Distinguished Citizens.
Juneau and Wasilla, AK
Chief Operating Officer
Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Roald serves as the chief operating officer for the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He previously served as the chief executive of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. Roald leverages community relationships and partners to gain resources for program development, facility expansions, community infrastructure, and service and system improvements.
He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and minor in public administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Master of Science in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He began his undergraduate education at the University of Alaska Southeast – Sitka Campus.
Roald grew up in Sitka, Alaska. He splits his time between Juneau and the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. He is Eagle/Frog of the Sgajuuga.ahl clan, an enrolled tribal citizen of Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Tlingit & Haida, and a shareholder of Sealaska Corporation. He is married to Carly Helgesen and together they have two children.
Juneau Economic Development Council
Brian is a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and the University of Notre Dame. He served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in small business development and has also worked as an international consultant and small business owner.
Brian is committed to the prosperity of Juneau and the wellbeing of Alaskans. Brian serves Juneau and Alaska in numerous capacities, including serving on the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Center for Energy and Power, University of Alaska Southeast Campus Advisory Council, Alaska State Committee on Research, the Alaska Committee as well as being active in service groups. He is a staunch advocate for developing talent early and serves on the Alaska Early Childhood Coordinating Council and is a member of the Juneau Board of Education. His family in Juneau includes his wife Estela, four children, parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews.
Orthopedic Surgeon, Chief of Sports Medicine, and Assistant Medical Director
Foundation Health Partners - Sportsmedicine Fairbanks
Dr. Keller received a Bachelor of Science from Carleton College. He attended medical school and completed his Surgical Internship and Orthopedic Surgical Residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Keller joined the United States Olympic Committee's Medical Training Site in Cincinnati, where he earned his Sportsmedicine Fellowship in arthroscopic and reconstructive ligament surgery of the knee. During that time, he served as Associate Team Physician to the United States Men’s Olympic Soccer Team.
Dr. Keller is the Founder and Medical Director of Sportsmedicine and Orthopedics Fairbanks. He is a Consultant in Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery at the Sitka Medical Center. He is a Fellow and former Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine. He serves as Team Physician for the University of Alaska--Fairbanks and for the High School athletic teams in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, positions proudly served for 25 years and 30 years respectively. Dr. Keller has served on the Board of Directors of the Northstar Education Foundation and the Northstar Dance Foundation. He is the recipient of the Friend of Education Life Service Award from the Fairbanks Education Association, the Business Leader of the Year Award from the UAF School of Management, and the Golden Heart Award from the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. He was honored with the Alaska State Philanthropy Award by the Society of Fundraising Professionals, and with the Circle of Giving Award from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Keller was inducted into the Lathrop High School Hall of Fame and into the University of Alaska Fairbanks Athletic Hall of Fame. He was recognized with the Honorary Named Athletic Training Internship by Urbana University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with the Lifetime Membership and Named Lectureship by the American College of Sports Medicine Alaska Regional Chapter, with the MVP Most Valued Physician Award from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Athletics, and with the Outstanding Lifetime Service Award from the Smokejumpers and Wildland Firefighters of the Alaska Fire Service.
At-Sea Processors Association
Stephanie Madsen has been involved in Alaska fisheries since arriving in Alaska over forty years ago. She has lived in the fishery dependent communities of Cordova, Kodiak, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and now Juneau so Stephanie understands first-hand the importance of healthy, sustainable fisheries to thriving communities. Fisheries and climate Research is critical to sustainable fisheries and Stephanie has been involved in supporting funding for the last ten years. Her involvement in the North Pacific Fishery Management Council both as a member and former chair provides a broad understanding of fisheries both in Federal waters and waters of our State.
She serves on the Ecosystem committee for the NPFMC as well as the Marine Protected Federal Advisory Committee where she serves as co-chair of the Arctic MPA subcommittee.
Co-chair, Development Committee
GHEMM Company, Inc.
Meg Nordale knows what it means to give back and be a part of your community. To her, these are fundamental to a sustainable business. Meg is President of GHEMM Company, a long-established general contracting firm in Fairbanks. Outside of GHEMM, Meg is active in the community of Fairbanks and participates in a number of civic organizations and events.
GHEMM is invested in educating Alaska’s future workforce. The firm established the GHEMM Company Scholarship in 1999 to support students studying civil engineering who graduated from an Alaska high school. In addition, GHEMM Company has partnered with Design Alaska by providing matching gifts during KUAC’s Fall and Spring fundraisers and regularly sponsors special events at the university. Meg notes that GHEMM “strongly believes in educating individuals who have the ability to potentially work with and for” Alaskan businesses.
Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
Ms. Oliver holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Alaska Anchorage, is a certified public accountant (CPA), and completed the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program (ANELP) at Alaska Pacific University. As CIRI’s corporate controller, Rhonda Oliver is responsible for the design, implementation and supervision of all accounting systems, financial reporting, financial controls, budgeting and treasury functions. She also ensures the internal control procedures of the company and its subsidiaries are followed.
An Ahtna Incorporated shareholder of Athabascan descent, Oliver became controller in February 2010 and was promoted to vice president, corporate controller, in 2018. Before starting at CIRI in 1999 as director of accounting, she worked at Deloitte & Touche, a national accounting firm. She is a member of the Alaska Society of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs. For the last eight years she has been a member of the Trustee Committee for the Cook Inlet Region 401(k), Retirement Plan (the Plan).
Co-chair, Committee on Membership
Signature Land Services
A life-long Alaskan with deep roots in the Anchorage community, Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism as a student athlete with the University of Alaska Anchorage Cross-Country Ski Team. After 15 years of sales and marketing experience, coupled with 25 years of property management and real estate acquisitions, Jennifer and her husband Tim established Signature Land Services--a leading contracting service company specializing in snow removal, concrete, and asphalt paving. Jennifer oversees major client relations, marketing, and contract management. She is an outdoor enthusiast and an active volunteer with a variety of organizations including the Covenant House, West Anchorage High School, and the Alaska Women’s Gold Nugget Triathlon.
Chair, Investment Committee
Director of Financial Operations
External Affairs Manager
Tim Thompson is the External Affairs Manager for Alaska Airlines. Tim is responsible for community, media, and public relations for Alaska Airlines. Tim also oversees the state of Alaska corporate giving programs for Alaska Airlines and is the Executive Director for the Alaska Airlines Foundation.
As a third generation Alaskan with over 28 years of communications experience, Tim's specific areas of expertise are corporate communications, community relations, public relations, government affairs, crisis communications, digital and traditional media.
Before joining Alaska Airlines, Tim was a partner at Thompson & Company Public Relations. Previous to Thompson & Company, he was the director of external affairs for the Alaska Railroad Corporation and the assignment manager for KTUU Channel 2 News.
Tim holds a Master of Business Administration in telecommunications management from Alaska Pacific University and is a 1994 graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and public communications. He currently serves on the boards of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the Atwood Foundation, The Foraker Group, and the Anchorage Museum.
Co-chair, Committee on Membership
Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation
Prior to her current role, she served as vice president and chief operating officer at Rasmuson Foundation, where she oversaw external affairs, communications and events. She also worked on Recover Alaska, a funder-based collaborative aimed at reducing harms associated with excessive alcohol consumption in Alaska.
She is a graduate of Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s Training Without Walls Program, designed for emerging leaders. She was selected as a 2018 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program of The German Marshall Fund of the United States to strengthen transatlantic cooperation. Aleesha currently serves as chair of the board of Philanthropy Northwest, and previously served on the board of Native Americans in Philanthropy. She was selected as one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40 (2012) and graduated from the Council on Foundations Career Pathways Project for emerging philanthropic leaders (2013).
Prior to her work in philanthropy, Aleesha was the editor of the Crested Butte News, a weekly newspaper in Western Colorado. Aleesha has a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in journalism and Native American studies from The Evergreen State College and a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Board of Regents
University of Alaska
Darroll R. Hargraves was appointed in 2019 by Governor Dunleavy. He moved to Barrow, Utqiagvik, in 1966 with his wife, Savanah and their two children. His career as an educator took him to Kivalina and Gambell. Regent Hargraves served as superintendent of schools in Nome, Ketchikan, and Tok, and was a consultant superintendent in five other districts. He was appointed by Governor Hammond to serve on the Task Force on Effective Schooling. Regent Hargraves served as the executive director of the Alaska Association of School Administrators.
He was the director of the division of statewide services at the University of Alaska 1971 - 1974. He also taught school finance and magazine article writing as an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska.
Regent Hargraves has served on numerous commissions, boards and councils. He has received three Legislative Citations for Meritorious Services. He was appointed to serve on the Local Boundary Commission by four different governors. He is a member of the Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce and Commonwealth North and has been involved with several private business ventures, including the development of the Country Ridge Estates near Wasilla.
Regent Hargraves received a bachelor’s degree and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Oakland City University, and a masters and an education specialist degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His wife and three children have attended the University of Alaska system.
Mary K. Hughes
Board of Regents
University of Alaska
Mary K. Hughes of Anchorage, was appointed by Governor Knowles in July 2002, re-appointed by Governor Palin in January 2009 and re-appointed to a third term by Governor Walker in 2017. She graduated from the University of Alaska with a BBA in Management in 1971 and earned her juris doctorate from Willamette University College of Law in 1974. A partner in the law firm of Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell & Brundin until 1994, she served as the Anchorage Municipal Attorney from 1995-2000 and Of Counsel with the firm until May 2005 when she became Alaska State Director for the Office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, a position she held until January 2008. For seven years, she hosted a weekly radio show, Profile Alaska, on AM 700 KBYR. She is a past president of the Alaska Bar Association Board of Governors and the Alaska Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. She is presently a Trustee of the University of Alaska Foundation and a Life Trustee Emeritus of Willamette University. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges in 2013.
Additionally, she is a former chair and director of the Alaska Humanities Forum and an ex-officio director and former chair of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. She serves on the community advisory board of Alaska Airlines and is a member of the Export Council of Alaska.
University of Alaska
The University of Alaska Board of Regents selected Pat Pitney to serve as the university’s
interim president beginning on August1, 2020.
Previously Pitney served as the state’s Director of the Division of Legislative Finance. She was the former Vice Chancellor of Administration, University of Alaska Fairbanks and worked at University of Alaska statewide for 17 years. In all, Pitney spent 23 years with the University of Alaska before leaving to serve as the State Budget Director in the administration of former Governor Bill Walker. Pitney is expected to serve as interim president for a minimum of a year or up to 18 months or until the appointment of a president, whichever comes first.
Pitney moved to Fairbanks in 1987 from Billings, Montana. She earned her MBA from UAF and an engineering physics degree from Murray State University (Kentucky). She has three adult children and two grandchildren. All three of her children are UA graduates, with degrees from University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Southeast.
Before moving to Alaska, she was a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Team and won a gold medal in women’s air rifle.
University of Alaska Southeast
University of Alaska Anchorage
Most recently an attorney in the Anchorage office of Holland & Hart LLP, Sean Parnell has 25 years in the active practice of law. He was elected to two terms in the Alaska House of Representatives, serving there from 1992 until 1996 when he was elected to the Alaska Senate (1996-2000). In 2006, he was elected Lieutenant Governor and served as Governor of Alaska from 2009 to 2014.
Parnell graduated from East Anchorage High School in 1980, earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1984 from Pacific Lutheran University and a J.D. degree in 1987 from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now known as Seattle University School of Law).
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Daniel M. White has served as the University of Alaska vice president for academic affairs and research since March of 2015. He joined the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1995 as a professor of civil and environmental engineering. White has served in several positions at UAF, including director of the Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF associate vice chancellor for research and head of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization and interim vice chancellor for research. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Washington University and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alaska.
Thomas B. Jensen Jr.
Eagle River, AK
Tom Jensen & Associates
Tom Jensen has spent his entire professional life, more than four decades,in the Alaskan Communications Industry. A Commercial Broadcaster for fourteen years (less two years service in the United States Army), he held various management and talent positions with Alaska's pioneering radio/television networks, Midnight Sun Broadcasters and Northern Television Incorporated.
Mr. Jensen spent the next quarter century in the Alaskan Telecommunications arena with RCA Alaska Communications, Alascom Inc., PTI Communications, Century Telephone and Alaska Communications Systems (ACS). Over the years he held Executive positions in Marketing, Government Relations and External Affairs with those firms. He also served as the Corporate Liaison to Federal, State and Local Government entities, developed and directed multi-million dollar Marketing and multi-media Advertising/Public Relations Campaigns, was their Corporate Spokesman and directed all Media Relations Activities, Statewide.
Mr. Jensen retired in 2002 and established "Tom Jensen & Associates", an independent Public/Government Relations consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, multi-media advertising, fundraising, and Corporate "Gun Slinging".
Arliss Sturgulewski received a BA in Economics and Business from the University of Washington and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She was elected to the Anchorage Charter Commission and the Anchorage Assembly. She served in the Alaska State Senate from 1978 – 1992, when she chose not to stand for re-election. She was the Republican candidate for governor of Alaska in 1986 and 1990.
Arliss is a University of Alaska Foundation Director. Among other boards, she serves on the Advisory Council for the University of Alaska School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and the University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor’s Council.