System Governance

Who's Who

Juella Sparks

President, Staff Alliance Vice-President, UAF Staff Council (2011-2012)

Juella was born and raised in Alaska and graduated from UAF with a B.B.A. in Management. After several years working for the state and starting a family, she came back to the university to work for Cooperative Extension Service in December, 2002. She was active in student government and moved quickly to being active in staff governance at UAF. Juella has in past years served as Staff Alliance vice chair 2007-2009, chair of the System Governance Council 2008-2009 as well as president of the UAF Staff Council 2008-2009.

Cooperative Extension Service PO Box 756180 Fairbanks, AK 99775-6180  907-474-7115 (business) 907-474-6971 (Fax)

Monique Musick

President, Statewide Administration Assembly (2011-2012) Member, Staff Alliance Member, System Governance Council

Monique Musick was born and raised in Ester, Alaska. She discovered photography in high school and has done it ever since. She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and in 2001, earned a Journalism degree with an emphasis in photography. Following graduation she became the designer and production manager for Mushing Magazine. When the magazine was 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 Statewide and she came to work for UA Public Affairs. Here she gets to do what she enjoys: photography and graphic design. Monique became involved with SAA in 2009 shortly after coming to Statewide. She enjoys being an active member of system governance, supporting co-workers, and participating in policy review. She continues to run her photo business from home. In addition to photography she enjoys sports, outdoor activities, prospecting, music and time with friends.

PO Box 755340 Fairbanks, AK 99775-5340  907-450-8103 (business) 907-450-8101 (Fax)

Erica Kurowski

Vice President, Statewide Administration Assembly (2011-2012) Member, Staff Alliance

Erica began serving on SAA in 2009 when she filled in for the remainder of an Anchorage member's term. She was elected to a full term in 2010. Erica was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her only time away had been when she spent four years completing her undergraduate degree at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, where she was also a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She completed her B.S. in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law and a minor in Leadership Studies in May of 2007. Erica moved to Alaska in September 2008, when she accepted a job as an Administrative Assistant with the UA Land Management office. Erica began her current position as a Claims Technician with the System Office of Risk Services, in Anchorage, in July 2009. Erica and her husband were married in October 2010, and live in Anchorage. They spend their free time playing on a softball team sponsored by the UAF Alumni Association South Central Chapter, fishing, camping, sightseeing, traveling, and reading.

1815 Bragaw St. Suite 204 Anchorage, AK 99508  907-786-1140 (business) 907-786-8041 (Fax)

Mary McRae Miller

President, UAS Staff Council (2010-2012) Member, Staff Alliance Member, System Governance Council

Mary McRae Miller is the Professional Education Center Grants Developer at the University of Alaska Southeast, and President of the UAS Staff Council.

11120 Glacier Highway Juneau`, AK 99801  907-796-6088 (business)

Craig Mead

President, UAA Classified Council (2011-2012) Member, Staff Alliance

Craig Mead is president of the UAA Classified Council and credentials evaluator for the UAA Office of Enrollment Services.

106 University Center, PO Box 141629 Anchorage, AK 99514-1629  907-786-1545 (business) 907-786-4888 (Fax)

Melodee Monson

President, UAA APT Council (2011-2012) Member, Staff Alliance

I work in the Human Services Department (academic) as the Business Manager. I have been with UAA for almost 23 years and with the Human Services Department for the last 8 years. I have served on the UAA Classified Council for about 10 years, four of which I served as Vice President. I was appointed to UAA APT Council during the 2010/11 year and elected to serve as President for the 2011/12 year. My interest in serving on the APT Council stems from a desire to serve my colleagues/constituents by providing an avenue for their concerns to be brought forward to our governance voice, and as a source of information, sharing discussions and information from the Council with those whom I work. I also enjoy advocating for the University and staff at the legislative level.

College of Health PSB 212N, 3211 Providence Drive Anchorage, AK 99508  907-786-6453 (business) 907-796-6346 (Fax)

Gwenna Richardson

Vice President, UAS Staff Council (2009-2012) Member, Staff Alliance

I have been in Alaska since 1996 via the Army. I have since married, retired from the military, and starting working for the Ketchikan campus as the Human Resource Technician during 2000-01 (it was a busy year). I completed my Bachelor's in Liberal Arts majoring in Administration Management and Accounting from Excelsior College, Albany, NY in July 2005 taking most of my required classes from UAS. I served as the Ketchikan Member-At-Large from 2006-2008 and enjoyed every minute of it so much that I decided to run for the UAS Vice President of Staff Council! I am looking forward to working with everyone and I am glad to be part of a group that is there to assist others.

2600 Seventh Avenue Ketchikan , AK 99901  907-228-4509 (business)

Pips Veazey

President, UAF Staff Council (2011-2012) Member, Staff Alliance Member, System Governance Council

Pips Veazey earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Bates College in Lewiston, ME (1987) and her Master's Degree in Oceanography from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (1993). She currently holds the position of Outreach Manager for the Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a National Science Foundation grant with additional support from the State of Alaska, aimed at increasing research capacity in Alaska. Originally from New England, Pips spent three years traveling around the world after college and fell in love with Alaska. She was offered the chance to continue her travels through a position as a driller on the Greenland ice sheet with the Polar Ice Coring Office and as a graduate student in Antarctica. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys kayaking, sailing, biking, hiking and playing tennis. She looks forward to working with all members of the university system and embraces the challenges ahead.

EPSCoR PO Box 757720 Fairbanks, AK 99775-7720  907-474-5989 (business) 474-1528 (Fax)

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