Board of Directors
The UA Foundation is governed by its own Board of Directors. 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.
2018 Meeting Dates:
May 17, 2018 (FAI)
August 14, 2018 (JNU)
November 28, 2018 (ANC)
Director of Institutional Marketing
McKinley Capital Management
Alex Slivka moved to Alaska in 1997 to join McKinley Capital Management as a portfolio manager. He continues to serve McKinley as their Director of Institutional Marketing for Alaska and the Western US/Canada. Born and raised in Seattle, he managed a small broker dealer prior to his move north. Outside of work he serves on many boards and commissions including Covenant House Holdings LLC, the Anchorage Municipal Investment Advisory Commission, Anchorage Rotary Community SErvices, Eyak Permanent Fund Settlement Trust, and the Alaska Community Foundation. Alex also participates in the ASD's Gifted Mentorship program, is a member (and past president) of the Rotary Club of Anchorage, and has served as a FINRA Industry Arbitrator for over 20 years. In his spare time he enjoys every activity that involves going up and down mountains all year round. He graduated from Brown University in 1982 with a BA in Economics.
2016 - 2019
Jermain, Dunnagan & Owens, P.C.
Cynthia Cartledge practices in the public finance, commercial finance and real property areas of the firm. Since 1988, she has worked with public and private universities, state agencies, municipalities, cities, boroughs, banking institutions and private entities on varies types of financings and acquisitions. Cynthia also has extensive experience in real estate matters, including residential (single/multi-family) financings and frequently works on development and support services financings (both state and federal) in connection therewith.
Cynthia is admitted to practice law in Alaska, California (inactive) and
Cynthia serves on the AWAIC Foundation Board of Directors (Vice-President/Secretary) and the State of Alaska Real Estate Commission (Commissioner – Vice-Chair). She previously served on the board of Victims for Justice (advocates for individuals exposed to violent crimes) and was a long-standing 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.
2016 - 2019
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.
Senior VP/ Dir. Client Relations
Alaska Permanent Capital Management
Ms. Bruce, CFP and ChFC has over 20 years of broadly diversified investment management experience. Her career began as a banker where she progressed as a loan officer, branch manager, First National Bank trust officer and lead the private bank as VP for Bank of America. She honed her securities skills as a stock broker at Wachovia Securities which is now Wells Fargo Advisors. Ms. Bruce has been with Alaska Permanent Capital for 8 years, during this time assets have grown from $2 billion dollars of assets under management to over $4 billion under management and advisement. She now is an owner in the newly formed division serving individuals. She attributes this success to collaborating with the very talented staff at APCM and a willingness to listen to the client’s needs. Ms. Bruce believes strongly in her community. This is shown through leading APCM’s involvement with the Alaska Permanent Fund’s Internship program, giving high level internship opportunity to Alaskan only students, her volunteer work with various non-profits around the state namely as a former women’s fund officer for the YWCA, a trustee for the City of Anchorage’s Investment Advisory Committee, a Big Sister through the Big Brothers/Big Sister’s programs, a mission volunteer with Proyecto Fe which took her family to Guatemala this year to work in a school that gives opportunities to those who otherwise may not have them. Ms. Bruce was awarded the Chamber’s top 40 under 40 award in 2005 and Ms. Bruce is an Athena Society Member. Laura has a BBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and has also Studied at the center for international Studies in Madrid, Spain. She holds many professional designations including being a certified financial planner and a chartered financial consultant.
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.
Leo Bustad, M.D.
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 Directors and Investment Committee and the Military’s Civilian Advisory Board. He is a former board member of the Alaska Community Foundation.
Buzzbizz Creative, LLC
Michael Buzinski is a 16-year resident of Anchorage Alaska. He has a Bachelors Degree in Small Business Administration Management & Entrepreneurism from the University of Pheonix and is the Founder and CEO of Buzzbizz Creative, LLC, a creative marketing agency with offices in Anchorage and Wasilla. Michael served in the United States Air Force for 10 years as an aircrew member aboard the E-3 Sentry AWACS. Since his honorable discharge, he has been recognized for the following business and marketing acumen:
- Alaska Journal of Commerce Top Forty Under Forty alumni
- Anchorage Chamber Gold Pan Winner for Entrepreneurial Excellence
- American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year 2015
- American Marketing Association Visionary Marketer of the Year 2016
- AMA Pinnacle Award winner for video advertising campaign for UAA's Community Technical College 2017
Michael is a fervent philanthropist who volunteers his time, energy, and resources to a number non-profits in Alaska. Over the last 16 years, he has sat on the board of directors (BOD) for a dozen non-profit organizations raising hundreds of thousands of dollars supporting their causes and helping with structure/culture challenges when needed. He currently is the Vice President of the Alaska Aviation Museum's BOD and is serving his last of six years on the Alaska Junior Theater's BOD. Michael's efforts have been recognized with the following honors:
- Employer Support of Guard & Reserve (ESGR) Volunteer of the Year
- The United States Presidential Volunteer Award
APR, External Affairs and Corporate Communications,
With the unique combination of a M.B.A. (UAA, ’08) and a background in English and journalism, Heather has a knack for making the complex simple. With more than 15 years in public relations, Heather serves as a strategic business partner, using public relations to drive organizational and business performance. She has worked at a Fortune 500 company, PR agency and now a telecom and technology company in Anchorage, Alaska. As Director, External Affairs and Corporate Communications, Heather oversees the company’s internal, external, community and government relations. Heather’s positive energy, listening and solutions-oriented approach are her most defining strengths. She seeks to tackle big challenges and help organizations and individuals shine.
When not working, Heather enjoys time with her family, playing outdoors, reading and community service. She and her husband, Chris, live in Anchorage with their six-year-old son, James.
Latosha has been with Northrim Bank for nine years, and she is a CPA. Latosha holds a Masters of Accountancy and Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Montana. Latosha is also a graduate of the American Banker's Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking, where she earned the Wharton Leadership Certification from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Latosha began her career, and her life in Anchorage, Alaska in 2002 with KPMG, LLP where she was a Senior Audit Associate.
Chief Compliance Officer
Alaska Permanent Capital Management
The University of Alaska system is an important element of our state, and I am honored to serve on the UA Foundation board. My graduate education at UAF set me up for a career in Alaska, and I am forever grateful for the education experience I had in Fairbanks. Through my role on the board, I hope to be a part of the state-wide commitment to the University of Alaska and use my financial background to serve on the UA Foundation board.
I have 25 years of finance experience in Alaska in various capacities ranging from an auditor with KPMG, a private equity analyst with CIRI, assistant controller with an ASRC subsidiary, to my current role as a Compliance Officer for an SEC-registered investment adviser.
Branch Manager/Senior Vice President, Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors
Todd has been a Financial Advisor for 24 years and took on the role of Branch Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors in May of 2015. He graduated from Western Washington University in 1988 and began his career at Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1993.
Todd was born and raised in Alaska and earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 17. A few of his hobbies include: camping, attending concerts and playing softball in the summer months. Another pastime he enjoys is travelling with his wife of 22 years, Lisa (who he met at a Dallas Cowboys game in 1994) and their two teenage children Logan and Lauren. A history buff, Todd has traveled to many U.S. states and many countries and his favorites are Italy, France, and Mexico.
As a music lover, Todd enjoys helping out with local musicians and promoters to assist with bringing out of state bands to Anchorage.
Todd’s key philosophy has always been “we work so we can live, not live so we can work.”
2016 - 2019
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.
Vice President, External Affairs and Transportation,
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 directors for the University of Alaska Foundation as well as the board of directors for the Resource Development Council and Commonwealth North.
Director of Operations for Alaskan Data,
A subsidiary of the Tatitlek Corporation.
Jim has lived in Alaska for over 27 years and has over 20 years experience in the Alaska Telecommunications industry primarily focusing in Engineering, Operations and Sales at Alascom, ATT, MTA Solutions and GCI. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he has served in both the United States Navy and Army and received a BS in Economics and Business Management from Framingham State College.
Jim has served on many organizations and boards since making Alaska his home and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Junior Theater, the Anchorage Museum and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
At-Sea Processors Association
Stephanie Madsen has been involved in Alaska fisheries since arriving in Alaska over forty years ago. She has lived in the fishery dependent communities of Cordova, Kodiak, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and now Juneau so Stephanie understands first-hand the importance of healthy, sustainable fisheries to thriving communities. Fisheries and climate Research is critical to sustainable fisheries and Stephanie has been involved in supporting funding for the last ten years. Her involvement in the North Pacific Fishery Management Council both as a member and former chair provides a broad understanding of fisheries both in Federal waters and waters of our State.
She serves on the Ecosystem committee for the NPFMC as well as the Marine Protected Federal Advisory Committee where she serves as co-chair of the Arctic MPA subcommittee.
GHEMM Company, Inc.
Meg Nordale knows what it means to give back and be a part of your community. To her, these are fundamental to a sustainable business. Meg is President of GHEMM Company, a long-established general contracting firm in Fairbanks. Outside of GHEMM, Meg is active in the community of Fairbanks and participates in a number of civic organizations and events.
GHEMM is invested in educating Alaska’s future workforce. The firm established the GHEMM Company Scholarship in 1999 to support students studying civil engineering who graduated from an Alaska high school. In addition, GHEMM Company has partnered with Design Alaska by providing matching gifts during KUAC’s Fall and Spring fundraisers and regularly sponsors special events at the university. Meg notes that GHEMM “strongly believes in educating individuals who have the ability to potentially work with and for” Alaskan businesses.
University of Alaska Southeast
John Pugh was appointed Chancellor of the University of Alaska Southeast on August 2, 1999 by then University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton. Chancellor Pugh is a former Dean of the School of Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences at UAS, and had been Dean of Faculty for three years at the time of his appointment as Chancellor. Additionally, he taught courses in the areas of sociology, psychology, criminology, corrections, and counseling for both the Anchorage Community College and here at the University of Alaska Southeast.
Pugh’s educational background is in philosophy and social work. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy.
John Pugh came to the university in 1987 after a 15-year career with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, serving as Commissioner of that department from 1983 to 1986. Chancellor Pugh is a former chair of the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, and for eleven years was a trustee of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
From 2009 until his retirement in May of 2015, Chancellor Pugh served on the Board of Commissioners of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the regional accrediting organization for 163 institutions in the U.S. Northwest. He was also the State of Alaska Representative on the board of AASCU (American Association of Colleges and Universities) from 2006-2015. In 2011, he was appointed to the Alaska Airlines Southeast Community Advisory Board.
John Pugh strongly believes in service to his community. He has served as president of the Gastineau Rotary Club. He also served as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Juneau Economic Development Council. Chancellor Pugh is married to Margaret Pugh. Their children and granddaughters are all lifelong Alaskans.
Chancellor Pugh was awarded Emeritus Status by the UA Board of Regents at the 2015 UAS Commencement Ceremony in Juneau.
Regional Vice President - Alaska
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.
Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation
Aleesha recently began work as executive director of the Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) Education Foundation, which provides support for BBNC shareholders to pursue educational opportunities and to promote and preserve cultural heritage.
Prior to her current role, she served as vice president and chief operating officer at Rasmuson Foundation, where she oversaw external affairs, communications and events. She also worked on Recover Alaska, a collaborative aimed at reducing harms associated with excessive alcohol consumption in Alaska.
Aleesha is a 2017-2018 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program of The German Marshall Fund of the United States to strengthen transatlantic cooperation. She is a graduate of Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s Training Without Walls Program, designed for emerging leaders. In 2012, she was selected as one of Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40. In 2013, she graduated from the Council on Foundations Career Pathways Project for emerging philanthropic leaders. She recently served on the board of Native Americans in Philanthropy and currently serves on the board of Philanthropy Northwest.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2008, Aleesha was the editor of the Crested Butte News, a weekly newspaper in Western Colorado. Aleesha has a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in journalism and Native American studies from The Evergreen State College and a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
University of Alaska
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 Directors, 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.
University of Alaska Southeast
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.
Board of Regents
University of Alaska
Jyotsna "Jo" Heckman was appointed in 2011 by Governor Parnell. Ms. Heckman earned a bachelor's and master's degrees in Business from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has also attended graduate school for financial studies at Georgetown University and Southern Methodist University. Jo retired as the President & CEO of Denali State bank in December 2011 after twenty six years of service with the bank. She currently serves as a director on the bank's board. In addition to her professional accomplishments, she is active in various community and civic organizations including the United Way, Foraker Group, Alaska Community Foundation, Rotary and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. She is the recipient of the UAF Alumni Association's William Cashen Service Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Farthest North Girl Scouts Council's Woman of Distinction Award, and was selected as the Business Leader of the Year by the UAF Associated Students of Business
Mary K. Hughes
Board of Regents
University of Alaska
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 Director 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.
University of Alaska Anchorage
Dr. Cathy Sandeen is an educational leader who is committed to providing opportunity for more Alaskans to earn degrees and credentials through strategic innovation. She began serving as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage in September 2018.
UAA’s core missions are excellence, student success and workforce development. With campuses in Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Palmer, Soldotna and Valdez, as well as Middle Colleges for high school students in Anchorage, Palmer and Eagle River, UAA is Alaska’s largest postsecondary institution.
Prior to joining the University of Alaska system, Sandeen was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Extension for four years. As vice president for education attainment and innovation at the American Council on Education, she led ACE's nationwide effort to increase post-secondary educational attainment.
She also held leadership positions in the University of California system including at UCLA, Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Sandeen earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Utah and a Master of Business Administration degree from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She was named an American Council on Education Fellow in 2010-11.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Daniel M. White has served as the University of Alaska vice president for academic affairs and research since March of 2015. He joined the faculty of the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1995 as a professor of civil and environmental engineering. White has served in several positions at UAF, including director of the Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF associate vice chancellor for research and head of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization and interim vice chancellor for research. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College, a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Washington University and a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alaska.
Thomas B. Jensen, Jr.
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 Director 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.
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 Director. 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.
Community Members Serving on Committees
State Investment Officer, Alaska Retirement Management Board
Member, Investment Committee
Darren Franz, Anchorage, AK
Regional Business Banking Manager, Wells Fargo Alaska
Member, Finance and Audit Committee
Kohler, Schmitt & Hutchison, P.C.
Member, Finance and Audit Committee
Petter Jahnsen, Anchorage, AK
President, Latash Investments, LLC
Member, Investment Committee
Director of Treasury, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation
Member, Investment Committee
Sarah Springer, Anchorage, AK
Managing Director-Financial Advisor, The Planning Group of the Northwest at Baird
Of Counsel, Jermain, Dunnagan & Owens, P.C.
Member, Investment Committee