About SOSC Members
Andrew Aquino serves as the project manager for the UA System Office of Workforce Development, and he values connecting individuals and groups to goal-achieving resources.
Prior to joining the Office of Workforce Development, he served as project coordinator for President Pat Pitney, and was in a similar role with UAF Advancement.
Through his diverse work experience, Aquino knows what inspires innovation, engagement and authenticity — it’s not about solely being oneself. It’s about providing others the space to be their authentic selves. Aquino recognizes that true dialogue flows in this space, and not only turns goals into output but also naturally prompts larger goals and robust creativity.
Aquino is a member of the North Star Community Foundation, Recover Alaska and Spirit of Youth boards, and he holds a seat on the Fairbanks Diversity Council.
Andrew Aquino was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from The Evergreen State College in media and communications, and is currently pursuing his Master’s in Professional Communication from UAF.
I started with the University in 2015 when I joined the UAF Development and Alumni Relations team as a Stewardship Specialist.
After serving in a few different roles within that office I transitioned to the UA Foundation in Fall of 2019, joining the Principal Gifts team - serving as the Principal Gifts Officer.
I'd like to join the staff council because I feel that active participation in staff representation as well as providing opportunities for meaningful staff engagement and appreciation is what makes the difference between an OK place to work and a great place to work.
Rebecca Catlin started with the University in August, 2022 as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Finance Officer and Controller. She also serves as the Butrovich Building Coordinator wrangling work orders, keycard registrations, and assistant plant-sitter on Monday afternoons. Her role in System Office Finance comes as a complete career shift from her previous 10+ years’ experience in the food industry as a barista, pastry chef, and kitchen manager. Currently enrolled as an Interdisciplinary Science major, Rebecca aspires to finish her degree with a concentration in Nutrition and Biological Sciences in between writing emails. The best part of working for the University, in her opinion, is the opportunity to pursue her educational goals while supporting our unique community mission. Rebecca is interested to serve on Staff Council to be a better building coordinator and accurately represent the opinions of staff she encounters daily. When not devoting all her energy into work or degree progress, you can find Rebecca outside pretending to be a capable runner as she trains for the Midnight Sun Run and Hoodoo Half Marathon with her dogs, Ygritte and Riker.
Why I want to continue with SOSC:
I joined SOSC, as I am passionate about raising our system's bar for all employees' advancement opportunities, rights, and compensation. While I understand that as a University System, we need to make sure that Students are Number One, staff who support all of the university (students, faculty, other staff, and executive administration) are regularly not paid appropriately for what they do vs what their PD and Job Class say, and have no growth/advancement opportunities. I am now a Remote/Work From Home employee, and will be working to ensure that Remote/WFH staff have the same rights and representation that in-person staff do.
I have lived all over the USA, mostly on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. I moved to Alaska in Sept 2007, to work for PWSC(C) in Valdez as their "jack-of-all-trades" IT Tech. After almost 7 years, I resigned after being accepted to attend UAF for a BA in Arts degree. Fall 2014, I started working for Video Conferencing Services as a student hire, and applied for a full-time opening with them in Fall 2015. I completed my degree with UAF in Dec 2019, and now have been working with OIT/VCS for over 7 years. During the Summer of 2022 I moved back to the East Coast to be closer and more available to my aging parents, and began working remotely.
I enjoy making jewelry (a degree focus), and carved/sculptural art. Hiking, snow shoeing, rock/fossil hounding, being out in nature/wilderness in general. Other hobbies include cooking, gaming, and nature photography. This summer I plan on exploring more of New Hampshire, and Northern New England.
I've been with the UA Foundation in Anchorage since November 2014. Originally from Wahoo, Nebraska, my first taste of Alaska was a fisheries biologist job out of Dutch Harbor. In support of the Foundation's mission and the goals of advancement staff at each campus, I provide reporting and analysis of donor and alumni data. I have served on System Office Staff Council since 2019, and consider it one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had working at the unviersity. I look forward to helping staff governance continue its work.
Jake Mendenhall has been with the UA Foundation as the Associate Director of Annual Giving since February 2022. Jake began working in higher education as a student caller at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, during undergrad. Since then he has worked in higher education advancement for University of Florida, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Ohio State University, and the Oregon State University Foundation. In May of 2020, Jake moved to Anchorage with his partner and worked as the Fundraising Events Manager for Special Olympics Alaska. Outside of work, Jake is an avid runner and mountaineer, having competed in races from the 5k to 100 miles and climbing many of Oregon and Washington’s glaciated peaks. Jake serves on the Chugach State Park Citizen Advisory Board and participates in helping with local animal shelters, having rescued one of his dogs straight out of a dumpster while living in Florida. Jake is a passionate and caring individual that hopes to make a difference for Alaska by engaging its population in fundraising efforts to better the university system and community we live in.
Jamie Meyer is the Classification and Compensation Specialist for the System Office overseeing the classification processes for the University of Alaska system. Jamie was born in Tennessee and as part of a military family, moved around the country and was able to experience the diversity of the US. Jamie served in the Army National Guard in both the states of South Carolina and Alaska as a paralegal. Jamie moved to Alaska in 2011 and worked for the State of Alaska as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist before joining the Classification and Composition Team at the University of Alaska. Jamie would like to be part of the Staff Council because she believes in allowing the employees to have a voice in matters that concern their employment. She wants to help to be a voice for others and help minimize the gap between employee and employer and bring her depth of knowledge of the system to the forefront to assist in this goal.
Monique Musick was born and raised in Ester, Alaska. She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and in 2001 earned a Bachelor’s in Journalism with an emphasis in photography. She became the graphic designer and production manager for Mushing Magazine following graduation. When the magazine sold to new ownership, Monique leased the building and opened her own photo studio and gallery. Three years later the Publication Specialist position opened at System Office and she came to work for UA Public Affairs. Here she gets to do what she enjoys: communications, outreach, photography and graphic design. Monique became involved with SOSC (formerly SAA) shortly after coming to System Office and has stayed involved ever since. She enjoys being an active member of system governance, supporting co-workers, engaging in discussions with UA leadership and participating in policy review. She enjoys photography, sports, outdoor activities, rocks, prospecting, music and time with friends.
I’ve been with the UA Land Management team since February 2020 and while I originally supported our teams’ mission through managing our office, I am now a Property Manager and have begun working directly on projects aimed to monetize the university's land. This August I will be finishing my course load toward my MBA and graduating soon after, I am looking forward to applying my education toward innovating and growing within the system office.
I was born and raised in Alaska and grew up just north of Anchorage, shielded by mountains. My college years were spent at UAF studying Music with my wife. We now have two kiddos keeping us on our toes while we work to carve out purposeful lives for ourselves. I enjoy fixing things that are broken, improving things that aren't, and creating things that don't yet exist.
Aimee Sudbeck spent most of her life in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area. Her background and education supported her desire to develop a well-rounded career. She’s worked in accounting, and administrative roles throughout her career in various industries including Incentive and performance enhancement, catering and event planning, medical/genetics services, law/estate planning, and industry development/energy. With her current position with UA Foundation, Aimee combines her skills, talents, and experience to her work as an Administrative Assistant.
Aimee made the big move to Alaska in 2016 with her wife to discover so many new passions including fishing for salmon and halibut, photography, working on her novel and jewelry making.
Her 2 cats, Thelma and Louise, and her dog, Miska keep her busy, as well. She enjoys traveling back to Minnesota to visit family and friends as often as possible but finds the climate to be even better in Alaska. She enjoys being a part of the Development Team at the foundation and especially her work with Travel and Procurement. She looks forward to more opportunities to grow as she works with the UA System community.