Board of Trustees

The UA Foundation is governed by its own Board of Trustees. These volunteers are composed of prominent Alaskans and include the University President, two members of the Board of Regents and the Chancellors from each campus.

2015 Meeting Dates:

March 5, 2015 (ANC)
June 2, 2015  (FAI)
December 2, 2015  (JNU)


Susan Anderson
Anchorage, AK
Nov 2012-2015
The CIRI Foundation

Susan A. Anderson has served The CIRI Foundation since October 1999 and has been the President/CEO since April 2000. The Foundation’s goal is to provide programs that promote individual economic self-sufficiency and cultural pride through education among Cook Inlet Region original enrollees and their descendants who live in Alaska and around the world. Since the 90’s the Foundation has also offered educational and heritage project grants to non-profit and tribal organizations to enhance educational experiences for Alaska Natives or to preserve and perpetuate our people’s knowledge, or share knowledge with those around us, about Alaska Native culture and heritage. More than $24 million in awards have been made to individuals and more than $2 million in project grants have been made to nonprofit and tribal organizations.

Anderson has been instrumental in moving forward the work of the Ready to Read, Ready to Learn Task Force: Alaska’s Early Childhood Investment and served as the Chair of Best Beginnings Early Learning Council which has formed to implement the task force recommendations. Her activities with the Foundation have led to recognition by the Alaska Journal of Commerce as a 2002 “Top 40 under 40” Business leader in the State of Alaska. She serves on the Alaska Children’s Trust and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) for the state of Alaska.

Prior to joining the foundation Anderson was manager of the Continuing Education Programs for SPIE—The International Society for Optical Engineering, a not-for-profit scientific organization. While with SPIE she was responsible for the design, implementation, and management of international continuing education programs for the Society. She also consulted with National Alliance for Photonics Education in Manufacturing partners around the United States to facilitate communication and effective implementation of programs among universities, technical institutes and industry members. She coordinated more than 350 educational programs attended by more than 5,000 annual registrants and administered the Society’s scholarship and grant programs.

Anderson was raised in Anchorage, Eagle River, Valdez, Seward, and spent time in Juneau, Alaska. She is of Tlingit heritage and is Eagle/Wolf. She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s in adult education administration from Western Washington University. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in project management and was selected to attend the Stanford University Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders. She is active on the University of Alaska College of Arts and Sciences advisory board, Cook Inlet Native Headstart Board, and served the maximum number of terms possible on the United Way Board of Anchorage.

Jim Johnsen
Vice Chair
(See below for more information)




Karen Polley
Juneau, AK
Nov 2013-2016 
Retired Director, Ketchikan Campus Owner, Stone Soup Alaska Designs

Karen Polley has worked in public education in Alaska since moving to Alaska in the late 1960’s. She has worked for the Juneau-Douglas School District, the Alaska Department of Education, Southeast Regional Resource Center, and the University of Alaska Southeast. She retired in 2005 after serving as the Campus Director in Ketchikan for five years. She graduated from Eastern Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics Education. She received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Alaska, Juneau in 1978. She has been a teacher, education administrator, political consultant, grant writer, small business entrepreneur, licensed boat captain and tour operator.

She currently operates her own jewelry manufacturing business Stone Soup Alaska Designs. She has been active in professional and civic organizations including the Alaska Home Economics Association, The Alaska Vocational Association, Rotary 2000, and is a lifetime member in the University of Alaska Southeast Alumni Association and serves on the Alumni Board.

Karen resides in Juneau, Alaska, where she has served on various boards and committees including two terms on the Glacier Highway Electric Association Board of Directors and the Juneau Community Garden Association Board of Directors. She has served as Chairperson for both of these organizations. Governor Parnell appointed Karen to serve on the Big Game Commercial Services Board which licenses big game guides and transporters. She is currently serving her second term. She has received awards from her professional associations for leadership and service. She spends the summers at her cabin near Pelican, Alaska.


Leo Bustad, M.D.
Anchorage, AK
Nov 2012-2015

Leo Bustad has been an Alaska resident for 37 years. He is a practicing cardiologist and was educated at Washington State University and the University of Washington Medical School. He was an intern, medical resident and cardiology fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Bustad serves as a clinical professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina and as an adjunct faculty member in the capacity of team physician to the athletic department at UAA.

He is married to Jeanne Davis Bustad, is a member of the UAA College of Fellows, and serves on the UAA Chancellor’s Advisory Board, UAA College of Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, Board of Trustees at the Washington State University Foundation, Board of Visitors of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Leadership Council, University of Alaska Foundation Board of Trustees and Investment Committee and the Military’s Civilian Advisory Board. He is a former board member of the Alaska Community Foundation.

Cynthia Cartledge
Anchorage, AK
Nov 2013 - 2016
Wohlforth Brecht Cartledge & Brooking, APC

Cynthia Cartledge joined the firm of Wohlforth Brecht & Cartledge, APC (and predecessors) in 1988. Cynthia practices in the public finance and commercial real property areas of the firm with a focus on structured financings.

Since 1988, she has served as bond counsel for various political subdivisions and municipalities of the State of Alaska. She has also severed as counsel to non-profit organizations, Wall-Street investment firms, and both local and national banking institutions, on Alaska public finance matters. Her real estate experience extends, in part, to representing State housing authorities on multi-family projects and private-public housing partnerships.

Ms. Cartledge is licensed to practice law in the states of Alaska, California and Washington. She is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Alaska Government Finance Officers Association, and the Real Estate Committee of the Alaska Bar Association. She serves as the Vice-President  of the AWAIC Foundation Board and is a commission member of the State of Alaska Real Estate Commission. She previously served as a board member of Victims for Justice (advocates for individuals exposed to violent crimes) and member of the Law Examiner’s Committee of the Alaska Bar Association.

Ms. Cartledge is a life-long Alaskan who frequently supports non-profit organizations and community needs in an assortment of roles.

Melody Feniks
Fairbanks, AK
Nov 2012-2015
Owner, CPA
Feniks & Company, LLC

Melody Feniks graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Economics in 1992, obtained her CPA license and has worked in public accounting throughout her career. Melody is a founding principal in the firm Feniks & Company, LLC in Fairbanks, formed in 2000, where she works with small closely held businesses, non‐profit entities, and individuals in the areas of tax and accounting.

Melody is active in her profession through involvement with the Alaska Society of CPAs including serving as President, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Private Companies Practice Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Melody is a member of the University of Alaska Foundation, Finance & Audit Committee and has spoken on behalf of the foundation regarding the tax benefits associated with Corporate giving. She is an active member of her community participating in Sunriser’s Rotary, and serving on the United Way of the Tanana Valley Board of Directors, the Board of the Fairbanks Concert Association, and a member of the University of Alaska‐Fairbanks Alumni Association.

Greg Gursey
Anchorage, AK
Nov 2012-2015
Benefit Brokers, Inc

Greg Gursey became President of Benefit Brokers, Inc. in 2001, after working as Vice President of Investments for Wedbush Morgan Securities for 11 years. Benefit Brokers has been providing investment advisory services to clients for over 30 years. Greg also serves as a FINRA industry arbitrator in both civil and industry arbitration cases.

After graduating from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a degree in finance, Greg became involved with the University of Alaska Foundation. He served as the first Chairman of the UAA College of Fellows, currently serves as a Trustee to the UA Foundation, and is a former member of the Investment Committee to the UA Foundation. Greg was recently appointed to the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority, and completed appointments to both the State of Alaska Dental Examiner's Board and the United States Department of the Treasury Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. He served on the Investment Commission for the Municipality of Anchorage, and has served on several other local boards.

Greg received the "UAA Alumnus of the Year Award", the "Mayor's Award for Public Service", the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce "Top Forty under 40 Award", and most recently the "President's Volunteer Service Award" by President of the United States. He has been a resident of Alaska since 1983.

Linda Hulbert
Fairbanks, AK
Nov 2013 - 2016
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.

Scott Jepsen
Anchorage, AK
Nov 2014-2017 
VP of External Affairs, ConocoPhillips

Scott Jepsen is vice president of External Affairs for ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. Scott first came to Alaska in 1982 and has lived in Alaska for more than 26 years. He has over 34 years of experience in the domestic oil and gas business.

Scott has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his career with ARCO in Denver, Colorado. During his tenure with ARCO and its successor companies, Phillips and ConocoPhillips, Scott managed oil and gas fields in the lower 48, Cook Inlet and the North Slope.

Scott currently serves on the board of trustees for the University of Alaska Foundation as well as the board of directors for the Resource Development Council and Commonwealth North.

Cary Keller
Fairbanks, AK
Nov 2013 - 2016
Medical Director, Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedics Fairbanks
Team Physician, University of Alaska 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 Orthopaedics 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 is Team Physician for the Alaska Smokejumpers, Company Physician for the Northstar Ballet, and Consultant to the Arctic Winter Games Medical Committee. He is a founding member and Past-President of the Alaska Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has been a Basic and Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor for the State of Alaska. He served for ten years, appointed by the Governor, as a member of the Alaska State Board of Physical and Occupational Therapy.

Dr. Keller is Past-Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and is a member of the Surgical Staff at Sitka Community Hospital. He is a former member of the National Federation of High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and present Chairman of the Alaska School Activities Association Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.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.

Jo Michalski
Anchorage, AK
Nov 2012-2015

Jo Michalski is a retired Anchorage entrepreneur. She has founded and run a series of successful retail businesses in the Anchorage area including Classic Toys, Classic Woman, Once Upon A Time, Portfolio, Flypaper and Country Classics. Jo was the 1997 recipient of the Anchorage ATHENA Award, one of 50 YWCA National Women Entrepreneur Award recipients in 1998, the 1998 recipient of the AFRP Small Business in Philanthropy Award and the 1999 Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Gold Pan Award recipient. She is a YWCA Woman of Achievement and in 2011 received the UAF Alumni Achievement Award for Business and Professional Excellence. Jo and her husband Peter received the AFRP Philanthropists of the Year Award in 2006. In 2015, Jo was inducted into the Alaska Business Hall of Fame.

Jo has chaired numerous non-profit boards including The League of Women Voters Fairbanks, Anchorage YWCA and the Alaska Community Foundation. She was a charter member of the Alaska Junior Theater Board and served on the boards of Campfire, OutNorth, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and APTI Public Radio and Television. She served on the UAA 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign Steering Committee and as a Chair of the UAA College of Fellows. She has recently served on the Capital Campaign Committee for the Homer Pratt Museum and on the Board of Directors for the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. She is the immediate past chair of the University of Alaska Foundation's Board of Trustees. She currently chairs the Bunnell Arts Center's Advisory Council, serves on the Alaska Fund Campaign committee for the Alaska Community Foundation and chairs the Arctic Studies Council Fundraising efforts for the Smithsonian.

Frank Paskvan
Anchorage, AK
Nov 2014-2017 
Renewal Manager for Viscous and Heavy Oil

Paskvan is a third generation Alaskan, and followed his father’s footsteps to the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ College of Engineering and Mines. Frank has worked for BP and ARCO for 26 years in Alaska and in Jakarta, Indonesia as a petroleum engineer, mentor/coach and team manager. Frank has worked on a wide variety of oil and gas fields from discovery through project sanction and operation. Frank is presently leading BP’s research efforts for North Slope Viscous and Heavy Oil development.

Frank is BP's University of Alaska campus champion, where he actively supports college recruiting, R&D, and continuing education at the UA Process Technology program. Frank serves on the engineering advisory board and on the United Way of Anchorage's Board of Directors.

Marilyn Romano
Anchorage, AK
Nov 2014-2017 
Regional Vice Pres. - Alaska
Alaska Airlines

Marilyn F. Romano, Alaska Airlines' new regional vice president – Alaska, joined Alaska Airlines at its Regional Headquarters in Anchorage in August. The former vice president and publisher of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Romano worked at the Daily News-Miner throughout her nearly two decades as an Alaska resident and became the newspaper's publisher and first female executive in 2000. She also served as vice president of the Kodiak Daily Mirror.

Active in Fairbanks, Romano served on the boards of United Way and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and was chair of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community Advisory Council. Romano also has served on Community Advisory boards for Alaska Airlines and the U.S. Air Force in Fairbanks.

In 2005, she received the Golden Heart Award given by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to UAF. Under Romano's direction, the Daily News-Miner provided financial support to the university's journalism and athletics departments and the UAF Museum. Extending her role on campus, she taught UAF students about marketing and customer service and has spoken to many political science classes.

Eric Wohlforth
Anchorage, AK
Nov 2012-2015
Attorney & Senior Partner
Wohlforth, Brecht, & Cartledge

Eric E. Wohlforth was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in 1995 by Governor Tony Knowles and reappointed in 1998 and 2002 for four year terms. Mr. Wohlforth has served as an attorney, senior partner and member of the law firm Wohlforth, Johnson, Brecht, & Cartledge (and predecessors) from 1966-70 and 1973 to the present. He developed Alaska's first and largest public finance law practice, and has been lead bond attorney for major Alaska public agency issuers such as the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), the Alaska Energy Authority, the Alaska Municipal Bond Bank Authority (AMBBA), and for Alaska municipalities. He was the initial draftsperson on AHFC, AMBBA, and the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority legislation.

Mr. Wohlforth has represented investment banks and commercial banks in lending, investment, and trust areas. Over a 34-year period he has formulated authorizing legislation and security documentation in issuances of more than $12 billion of debt. Appointed Commissioner of Revenue for the State of Alaska by Governor William A. Egan from 1970 to 1972, Mr. Wohlforth was in charge of investing $900 million in State receipts from oil lease sales. From 1973 to 1980, he was a member of the State Investment Advisory Committee. During 1957 - 1966, he served as an associate attorney in New York City for the law firm of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood; specializing in public finance law.

Mr. Wohlforth holds a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Upon completion he was admitted to practice law in New York in 1958 and in Alaska in 1967. He received a BA from Princeton in 1954, a Master of Religious Education from Loyola University School of Ministry Extension in 1990, a MA in Organization Development from Fielding Graduate Institute in 2001, a M.A. in English and Philosophy at UAA and an honorary LL.D from UAA. From 1972 to the present, he has served as chancellor for the Episcopal Diocese of Alaska, and between 1976 and 1994, was an Alaskan deputy to each triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Wohlforth served as president for the Anchorage Library Foundation from 1981 to 1996; as a trustee for the William A. Egan Cancer Research Foundation since 1984; and he is the Immediate Past President of Commonwealth North. He has been an Alaska resident since 1966 and resides in Anchorage. Mr. Wohlforth has been a member of the UA Foundation Investment Committee since 2002 and has chaired that committee since 2003.

Ex-Officio Members

Jim Johnsen 
University of Alaska
Fairbanks, AK

Dr. Jim Johnsen was appointed to serve as the 14th president of the University of Alaska on July 28, 2015. His most recent experience includes service as an executive with Alaska Communications and previously with Doyon, Limited. President Johnsen also served the University of Alaska between 1996-2008, in several executive roles including vice president of administration and chief of staff.

President Johnsen is passionate about higher education and economic opportunity, having served as chair of the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, vice chair of the Alaska Student Loan Corporation, vice chair of the University of Alaska Foundation, commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, member of the Alaska State Committee on Research, and member of the Board of Directors of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce.

As president, he serves as a commissioner on the Denali Commission, is a member of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation board, the UA Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council. His education includes a B.A. in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master’s in political science from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Johnsen and his wife, Mary, who is retired, have two grown children, both born and raised in Alaska.

Mary K. Hughes

Board of Regents
University of Alaska
Anchorage, AK

Mary K. Hughes of Anchorage, was appointed by Governor Knowles in July 2002 and re-appointed by Governor Palin in January 2009. 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.


Mike Powers
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK

Michael K. Powers was appointed UAF’s interim chancellor by University of Alaska President Pat Gamble in July 2015 and officially assumed the role Sept. 1. Powers was an executive at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for nearly three decades, first as chief financial officer and, for the past 20 years, as chief executive officer. He was also a member of the UA Board of Regents since 2011, serving as chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee and as board secretary, treasurer and, most recently, vice chair. (He resigned from the board of regents after his appointment as chancellor.)

In his interim role, Powers will help the new president, Jim Johnsen, launch a search for the permanent chancellor, a process that could take up to a year. (Johnsen replaced Gamble, who retired in August 2015.) In the meantime, Powers will provide leadership to UAF, continuing the process of identifying and strengthening its core academic areas, and navigating the tough financial terrain expected due to Alaska’s economic condition. 

Powers holds a master's degree in health services administration from the University of Wisconsin, a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish literature from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Powers and his wife, Teri Spires, have three grown children.


Richard Caulfield
University of Alaska Southeast
Juneau, AK

Dr. Richard Caulfield serves as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), located in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. UAS is a regional university with campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka—coastal communities situated in Alaska’s magnificent Tongass National Forest. As Chancellor, Caulfield provides strategic leadership in fulfilling UAS’ mission, including budget development, academic planning and program assessments, student and enrollment services, administrative services, and community relations. Previously he served as UAS Provost. In that capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS academic programs meet regional and professional accreditation standards and fulfill the university’s mission and core themes. Within the University of Alaska Statewide system he has been a leader in advancing innovations in teacher education, Arctic social sciences, higher education leadership, Alaska Native and minority student education, and online programs.

Caulfield’s extensive university experience began when he served as an instructor in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Campus, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). His career includes teaching, research, and service that led to tenure and promotion to the rank of full professor at UAF. He served as a department chair, academic program leader, campus director and dean. He took the position of UAS Provost in 2010. In this capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS is fully compliant with NWCCU standards and that regular program assessments and reviews are completed successfully. As Provost he chaired the Provost’s Council, co-chaired the UAS Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, and served on the UAS Campus Master Plan Implementation Committee. He has been a leader in university/community planning efforts involving political leaders, industry and business leaders, service organizations, Alaska Native/Native American entities, and government agencies.

Caulfield has served on national and international academic boards, including the Executive Committee for the University of the Arctic, the International Arctic Social Sciences Executive Committee, and the Oceans/Atmosphere/Ice Interactions Science Steering Committee for the National Science Foundation. He served as Alaska’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Western Academic Leadership Forum, part of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). He has a solid track record of building relationships leading to private philanthropic giving and industry investments. In his capacity as a community campus director he served on regional and statewide workforce development committees, including on the board of the Alaska Process Industries Career Consortium.

Caulfield earned his PhD in the United Kingdom in 1994 based upon research about aboriginal subsistence whaling in Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat) and the Arctic. His Greenland research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sir Phillip Reckitt Foundation, led to publication of two books: Greenlanders, Whales and Whaling (University Press of New England) and Inuit, Whaling, and Sustainability (co-author/Alta Mira Press). He earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and BA and BS degrees with Honors in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks Danish and Kalaallisut, the Greenlandic Inuit language. He is the recipient of the University of Alaska’s Dennis Demmert Award for excellence in serving Alaska Native Students.

Rick and his wife Annie have three grown children. He is active in Southeast Alaska community affairs, serving on boards and committees with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Juneau Economic Development Council, Southeast Conference, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center.


Tom Case
University of Alaska Anchorage
Anchorage, AK

Retired Air Force Lt. General Tom Case has spent more than 12 years in Alaska, including two Air Force tours of duty, five years as dean of UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) and three years as president and chief operating officer of the state-owned, independently operated Aerospace Corporation.

A 1969 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Tom began his 33-year military career flying in Vietnam. Later, Tom served at the Pentagon, was selected as the first Air Force Chief of Staff Chair on the faculty of the National War College, and eventually went on to command two fighter wings, a numbered air force, Alaska NORAD Region, and Alaskan Command. He also served as deputy commander and chief of staff for the United States’ two largest geographic joint combatant commands.

After retiring from the Air Force, Tom returned to higher education as dean of CBPP at UAA. During his time as dean, CBPP helped add several new certificate and degree programs, including a graduate certificate in Global Logistics, an occupational endorsement in Logistics, an online graduate Logistics certificate program, and a real estate focused track within the finance Bachelor of Business Administration program. Tom also played an instrumental role in the formation of CBPP’s Experimental Economics Laboratory in the fall of 2005, as well as the term extension of the distinguished Rasmuson Chair in Economics. The Alaska Center for Supply Chain Integration was also established during Tom’s tenure at as dean of CBPP. The Center has been responsible for helping integrate radio frequency identification (RFID) technology applications in Alaska’s supply chain for the Department of Defense.

Tom has a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition, he graduated from the National Defense University’s National War College, the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College, the Air War College, and Emory University’s Advanced Management Program.

Active in community service organizations, Tom is a member of the Export Council of Alaska and is a member of the Commonwealth Board of Directors.

Married to his wife Susan for 42 years, Tom has a daughter Donna, son-in-law Daniel and granddaughters Anna and Rebecca. His interests include leadership, education, organizational development, general aviation, community activities and outdoor sports.


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Lisa Parker
Board of Regents
University of Alaska
Soldotna, AK

Lisa Parker was appointed in 2015 by Governor Bill Walker. Regent Parker has a bachelor of science from The American University, Washington D.C., Cum Laude and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar with a Certificate in Corporate Community Outreach from Boston College.

 She is a lifelong Alaskan with a rich background in resource development and public involvement in Alaska, winning her first election at the age of 19 to the Anchorage Charter Commission; she also was elected to and served on the Soldotna City Council.  Her involvement in resource development includes working for Cominco Alaska during the planning, development and initial operations of the Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska. Regent Parker served as Planning Director for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Community-Government Relations Manager for Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations and helped create Alaska’s first non-persistent oil spill cooperative, Alaska Chadux Corporation.  She joined Apache Corporation in 2010.

 She is involved in many different organizations including the Board of Directors for the Resource Development Council, Alaska State Chamber, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and American Heart Association Go Red for Women. She is married to Steve Horn; their son and daughter-in-law live in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also an outdoor enthusiast who likes to snowshoe, run, hike, fish and play golf.

Emeritus Members

John Hughes
Anchorage, AK

John Hughes was born and raised on Bad River Ranch, a cow ranch in South Dakota. He graduated from high school in Pierre, SD in 1933, from Eastern State Teachers College in Madison, SD in 1935 and from University of South Dakota Law School in 1939. In the Spring of 1940, John hitchhiked to LA and up the west coast to Seattle. There he obtained work on different fishing vessels, which led him to Kodiak, Alaska. After various odd jobs, John ended up at Fairbanks Ladd Field for the Army Engineers in Spring 1943. From there, John moved to war shipping administration and finished the war in Manila. After the war, he returned to Alaska again in 1946 while working aboard fishing vessels.

In the fall of 1946, John wrote and passed the Alaska Bar Exam in Anchorage and began to practice law solo in Kodiak from 1947-1951. In 1951, he joined a law firm which was later known as Hughes, Thorsness, Gantz, Powell and Brundin, with offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Valdez. In 1948 at Kodiak, John married Marjorie Anstey and had three girls, Mary, Patricia, and Bridget, all of whom studied at least part of their degree work at the University of Alaska.

Other than raise a family and practice law, John has been involved with several other endeavors. He helped organize and was the first president of the Kodiak Independent School District, was a member of the Board of the Anchorage Independent School District, and was a member and president of the Alaska School Board Association. John also served on the Board of Directors of the Bank of Kodiak and was an organizer and member of the Board of Directors of the Peoples Bank and Trust (later purchased by Rainer Bank of Seattle). He has served as a member of the Anchorage Estate Planning Council, Lions International and was the incumbent President of the University of Alaska Foundation.


Thomas B. Jensen, Jr.
Anchorage, 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".

Tom Jensen is a Past President and Emeritus Trustee of the University of Alaska Foundation and a Past Chairman and Life-Time Member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce. He has served as the President and a Board member of the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen's Advisory Council, President and Board Member of the Iron Dog Classic and Vice President and Board Member of the Iditarod Trail Committee. In addition, he remains actively involved with several Alaskan non-profit organizations.

Mr. Jensen is a fourth generation life-long Alaskan. Born in Douglas, Alaska, he has also lived in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage. He attended Alaskan Public Schools and the University of Alaska. He and his wife Cynthia, a professional educator, reside in Eagle River, Alaska.


Grace Schaible
Fairbanks, AK

Schaible's contributions to public life in Alaska are many. She is the first, and so far only, woman to hold the office of Alaska Attorney General. Her University of Alaska service began in her freshman year of college, when she was named Outstanding Freshman Woman. She received a similar honor in her senior year. Later, she was appointed to the Board of Regents, and has served many years on the University of Alaska Foundation's Board of Trustees. Grace was recently honored with the University of Alaska's President's Medal for Excellence. The Alaska chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives named Schaible Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year in 1996. In 2000, the Alaska Journal of Commerce named her one of the top 25 "most powerful Alaskans." The Boy Scouts of America awarded her the Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

Schaible grew up in Juneau, and graduated from high school there in 1943. She received a BA in history and political science from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1949. She earned a MA in history from George Washington University in 1955 and a law degree from Yale in 1959. She then returned to Fairbanks and, in less than two years, became a full partner in the firm of McNealy and Merdes. In 1966, she became a partner in the firm of Merdes, Schaible, Staley and DeLisio, now Cook, Schuhmann and Groseclose. She was "of counsel" to the firm from 1994 until 2000, when she retired. Schaible received an honorary doctor of laws degree from UAF in 1991 for her "distinguished and unselfish service on behalf of the state of Alaska and her thoughtful practice of law benefiting Alaska's people."

University gifts from Schaible have benefited UA students pursuing medical degrees, nursing students, national merit scholars, music students and fine arts students. In addition to her passion for the university, Schaible has maintained an active interest and involvement with a variety of non-profit programs throughout the state. She served on the boards of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. and Nature Conservancy in Alaska, and has served on a host of local and statewide public advisory committees. She continues to lend enthusiastic support to a variety of music and arts programs, including the Sitka Music Festival and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.


Arliss Sturgulewski
Anchorage, AK

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 Trustee. 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.

Non-Trustee Committee Members

Win Gruening
Juneau, AK

Win Gruening recently retired as Senior Vice President in charge of Business Banking for Key Bank for the State of Alaska. He was born and raised in Juneau and graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1970. He received a Masters Degree in Business Administration in 1976 from the University of Southern Illinois and graduated from the Pacific Coast Banking School in 1984.

After serving as a pilot in the US Air Force flying in the Pacific and Viet Nam, Win began his banking career with Rainier Bank in Seattle in 1978 and eventually moved back to Juneau in 1980.

Win is very active in community affairs as a 30+ year member of Juneau Downtown Rotary Club (serving in the past on the board and as President) and has been involved extensively in various local and statewide organizations such as United Way, Junior Achievement, Alaska Bankers Association, and the Alaska Committee. In 2003, Win was selected as Juneau Citizen of the Year by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

Win served as the Chair of the Juneau Campus Council of the University of Alaska Southeast for many years and is currently a member of the UA College of Fellows. Win is also an Admissions Liaison Officer for the United States Air Force Academy and Air Force ROTC.


Bob Mitchell
Juneau, AK

Bob Mitchell is Manager of Fixed Income for the State of Alaska Department of Revenue, responsible for investing fixed income portfolios on behalf of the State of Alaska and the Alaska Retirement Management Board. Mr. Mitchell has held this position since 2002 and has been with the department since 1997.

Mr. Mitchell is a past member of the board of directors for the University of Alaska Southeast Alumni Association, a past Trustee for the UA Foundation and has also served on the UAS Development Council. Mr. Mitchell holds a BBA in Economics and an MBA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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