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2017-2018 SAA Officers


Shiva Hullavarad

Fairbanks Member (2017-2019)
Manager of Compliance, Information and Record Systems

Shiva is Manager of Compliance, Information & Records at University of Alaska System. In this role, he provides oversight and compliance on UA's content management system - OnBase and Payment Card Industry compliance program. He has advanced degree in Physics and MBA from School of Management, UAF. Before coming to UA System office, Shiva worked at University of Alaska Fairbanks for 7 years as a researcher, project manager and faculty. As a project manager and technical point of contact for the Department of Defense program, he led the UAF team on nanotechnology projects. Working with Grants & Contracts, he completed the project successfully in compliance with DOD contract regulations on restricted data management, retention and public disclosure. He has authored 70 technical and trade articles on subjects of interest.


Elaine Main

Anchorage Member (2017-2019)
Office Manger, Land Management

I have been with the University for almost five years. The majority of the time was with Statewide in Fairbanks, working as the former administrative assistant for the vice president of finance as well as being the Butrovich building manager. Last July I moved to Anchorage to work at the UAA Justice Center. I enjoyed my time assisting faculty and students. However, I had the opportunity to return to Statewide in Anchorage with the System Office of Risk Services and I’m happy to be back at Statewide. I have an interest in learning more about the University and in helping to show the University, the Legislature and the community what Statewide does for the University system, that we take the budget situation seriously and what we are doing to lead by example.


Sheri Billiot

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Cost Analyst, Office of Cost Analysis

I am a life-long Alaskan.  I was born and raised in the North Pole/Fairbanks area.  In 2001, I graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelors' degree in business administration with an emphasis in Human Resources management.  I have been a part of the UA System Cost Analysis team as a Cost Analyst for two and a half years.  Before that I worked for the UA System Office of Human Resources for 7 years as an HR Systems coordinator, HR Systems specialist, and HR Systems Analyst. 

2017-2018 Representatives


Alison Hayden

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Systems Coordinator

I came to Alaska in 2001 to be part of a group conducting ecological research at UAF.  Since then, I have filled several roles at the university - I have been a graduate student, a field assistant, a laboratory technician, and in recent years, I have been a systems coordinator in Statewide Finance.  My varied background has provided me with a broad understanding of many aspects of the university and the people that work here.   The university’s contributions are threaded through all parts of our state, and have the ability to improve communities and the land and resources that we value.   I am proud to be part of the University of Alaska, and our statewide team, and I would like to be part of the discussions that are guiding change during these difficult budget times.


Eric Johnson

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Senior Budget Analyst

Eric Johnson was born and raised in Fairbanks and began working at Statewide Strategy, Planning, and Budget in 2013; although, he has been involved with the University of Alaska in various capacities nearly his whole life. From taking advantage of growing up adjacent to the UAF ski trails as a kid to earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics, UA as played an integral role in his life. Now, as a Statewide employee, Eric is eager to contribute to the efforts of advancing the University during the challenging times ahead.



Buffy Kuiper

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Senior Program Specialist

Buffy has worked with the UA College Savings Plan and UA Scholars Programs since 2006 and previously worked at the Fire Department and Parking Services at UAF.  She enjoys helping families prepare for post-secondary education and hearing the life changing stories experienced by both UA Scholars and participants in the college savings plan.

She is honored to be a member of SAA as it has allowed her to get involved in staff issues, become an advocate for staff and work with a fabulous team of SAA members that continue to make the University of Alaska the ideal place to work.



Tom Langdon

Fairbanks Member (2016-2018)
Manager, OIT Customer Support Services

Tom moved to Fairbanks and joined OIT in September of 2011. Since then he has become progressively involved in university affairs and interfaces with more and more staff. He says serving in governance is yet another way for him to contribute to improving the workplace and working at the university has been an incredible experience. He looks forward to contributing to making it even better.


Monique Musick

Fairbanks Member (2017-2019)
Graphic Designer/Photographer

Monique Musick has been an active representative in governance almost as long as she has  been at Statewide in the Office of Public Affairs. Participating in governance has been the most important way for her to contribute to improving the workplace, to comment on policies and practices affecting staff, represent staff concerns, facilitate communication, and to learn about activity at all levels of the university. Musick truly enjoys this work and would like the opportunity to continue to represent staff perspectives in the systemwide governance process.


Danielle Nelson

Anchorage Member (2016-2018)
Adjuster, Risk Services

My name is Danielle Nelson and I’m a claims adjuster with the System Office of Risk Services in Anchorage.  I’ve been at UA since 2013 and I’m also currently a graduate student at UAA pursuing a master’s degree in public administration.

I had the opportunity to join SAA late last year and I really appreciate the opportunities I’ve had to participate in the governance process so far.  It is important work – especially during tough times like these - and the people involved show a tremendous amount of commitment and dedication. 

I am extremely proud to work for – and be a student of – the University of Alaska.  I hope you give me the opportunity to continue with SAA during this upcoming election.  I would be honored to advocate for all of you, and I am especially interested in making sure that Anchorage has a voice in the governance process.


Sarah Villalon

Fairbanks Member (2017-2019)
Accounting Specialist, UA Foundation

Prior to finding a new home at UA Foundation in 2015, I worked 6 years in Public Accounting where I developed a passion for inspiring and challenging co-workers to continually learn, grow and improve. I believe people are the foundation to any organization, and that effective change is only successful when the affected people actively and willfully participate. As such, I am honored to have an opportunity to join the other great leaders on SAA. It is my goal to re-energize Statewide and fan the flame of already competent employees. In addition, I am interested in learning more of the “why” behind the “what”, and hope to bridge that gap so that we can make better educated decisions as we voice our opinions and influence change during these difficult times.


Derek Ward

Fairbanks Member (2017-2019)
Interim Manager, Data Center Operations

I was born and raised in Fairbanks, went to Fairbanks public schools, and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from UAF with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in Computer Information Systems. My wife and I have chosen to raise our three daughters here in the Interior. I would be honored to serve as an SAA Member. I’m excited to use this opportunity not only for person growth and development, but also as an opportunity to be a more active member of the UA community.

2017-2018 Alternate Members


Josiah Borkovec

Fairbanks Member (2017-2019)
Technology Support Technician

I have lived in the Fairbanks area my entire life. I have worked in OIT since 2010 and I am passionate about using and innovating technology to further the goals of the university and employees. I work with statewide staff and university students every day, and I want to do everything I can to contribute to a better environment for all employees, faculty and students.


Laycie Schnekenburger 

Alternate Member (2017-2018)
Senior Tax Accountant

I moved to Alaska in ’83 courtesy of the United States Air Force.  My Dad retired in ’92, and we never left. I have a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting. I was an Internal Auditor with the University from 2007-2014 and I received my Certified Internal Auditor designation in March of 2014. I transitioned to SW Payroll in May of 2014 as the Senior Tax Accountant.



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