System Governance


Tom Langdon

President, 2015-2016, Member (2014-2016)

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

Vice President, 2015-2016,  Member (2015-2017)

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.

Sam Phillips

Secretary 2015-2016, Member (2015-2017)

Sam Phillips has worked in the insurance industry for 13 years. His last job was working for Marsh USA as their professional standards officer prior to going back to college. 

Phillips was born and raised in Palmer. He received on-the-job training in the insurance industry and attended a number of seminars. Phillips recently attended Charter College for an associate degree in computer science. While working in the insurance field, he had a property & casualty insurance license and achieved a CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designation. 

Phillips has been married for 20 years to wife Christine. She is a UAA Alumna and teaches elementary school. They have two sons, ages 18 and 16. He enjoys the outdoors through snowboarding and hiking. When the weather is bad he likes playing games on the computer with his kids.

Britton Anderson

Member (2014-2016)

Britton has been working with OIT since 2007 in various capacities. His love for technology has shined through in the University's technological advancements, championing services and helping departments adopt them and assisting with their business practices. As a result, he's developed an affinity for teaching his love for technology to others and teaches in the IT Specialialist program at CTC, the same program he graduated from.  In 2011, he served on UAF Staff Council and served on the Parking comittee, as well as the Facilities committee for the design and construction of the new Margaret Murie Building. In 2012, he transitioned professionally to the Network Operations team and began serving on SAA as an alternate, and has helped with key initiatives such as BOR Policy review,  and Shaping Alaska's Future. 


Dale Denny

Member (2015-2017)

I am a lifelong Alaskan. I began my employment at the University in 1987 as a computer operator for UACN Production Services. As a computer operator, lead operator, and manager for OIT Data Center Operations, I have viewed employee relations from multiple perspectives and noted (and learned from) the results of actions taken, both desirable and otherwise.
I would like the opportunity to be more active in governance in light of the difficult times we all recognize to be on the horizon.

Linda Hall

Member (2014-2016)

Linda Hall came to Fairbanks from Anchorage in Feb 2006 joining UA Statewide in Cost Analysis.  She moved to Fairbanks in order to be closer to the grandkids.  In December 2007 she accepted an accountant position in Foundation Accounting.  She has been in the accounting field for over 20 years.  In 2005 she was an ambassador to China in the People to People program for accounting.  She traveled to Beijing and Shanghai for that program.  She is a member for the Lupus Foundation of America Alaska Chapter.  In her spare time she likes to crochet, read or spend time with the grandkids.  Linda was a voting member of SAA 2007-2009, and as alternate 2009-2011.

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Arthur Hussey

I have been in Fairbanks off and on since 1996. I transferred to Statewide from UAF in early 2012, shortly after I finished my distance ed Master’s degree in humanitarian services. Here at Statewide, I coordinate Financial Aid for Student and Enrollment Services (SES). My position requires that I collaborate closely with a wide variety of audiences on both technical issues as well as upper level policy matters, similar to SAA demands.
Specifically, I am interested in SAA for four reasons:
1.     I believe in Statewide and the value it provides UAF, UAS and UAS;
2.     I am not new to difficult, necessary organizational change and believe that “change management” is critical, more so now;
3.     I work closely with stakeholders, particularly in Student and Enrollment Services where I am based and would bring that collaborative approach to SAA; and
4.     I’d really like to participate in organizational level discussions and representation for Statewide staff.

Alesia Kruckenberg

Member (2015-2017)

Alesia has been with the University of Alaska (UA) as a student and/or employee for more than 15 years. She earned both a paralegal and an accounting degree from UAF and is pursuing a master’s in public administration from UAS. She began her career with UA in 2001, as an Administrative Assistant for Statewide Risk Services. Four years later she accepted a Budget Analyst position with the Statewide Budget & Planning (SBP) office. Today she is a manager for the SBP office, overseeing the development of UA’s operating and capital budgets. Alesia is dedicated to the success of UA and believes that effective system offices (Statewide Services) are an important component. When compared to UAA or UAF, Statewide is small group, but perform important functions such as service to the three universities and compliance/oversight. She believes Statewide offices have unique challenges, which require an informed and engaged governance presence in order to maintain effectiveness.

Buffy Kuiper

Member (2014-2016)

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.

Dana Platta

Alternate Member (2015-2016)

Dana moved to Fairbanks in 2002 from Illinois and began working for UA Statewide, supporting Banner, as the HR Lead Analyst Programmer for Enterprise Application Services in OIT. Dana was involved in SAA from 2006 through 2014, in roles ranging from an alternate to a member to the Vice President. As the Vice President, Dana also participated in the Staff Alliance and the staff compensation working group. She is a strong supporter of the SAA mission ( and appreciates the role governance can play in affecting, in a positive way, employee welfare.

Lisa Sporleder

Member (2015-2016)

I started working at UAF in 1990 and moved to Statewide in 1993, first in Public Affairs and then Human Resources before getting hired by Data Center Operations in 1997 as a Computer Operator. I've held my current position, Data Center Analyst, since 2000. My previous service as an SAA member has included terms as Secretary, Vice-President, and President. During my SAA presidency, I also served one year as Vice Chair and two as Chair of Staff Alliance, and three years as Chair of the System Governance Council. While I have not been on SAA the past four years, I have continued to participate in SAA events, coordinating the Holiday Food and Mug Drive and publishing the program for the annual employee awards event.


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