System Governance

SAA Elections

Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2019 SAA election!

Here are your new 2018-2020 representatives:


I came to Fairbanks from Anchorage in February 2006 to join UA Statewide Cost Analysis. I moved to Fairbanks to be closer to the grandkids. In December 2007, I accepted an accountant position in Foundation Accounting. I have been in the accounting field for over 30 years. In 2005, I was an ambassador to China in the People to People program for accounting. I traveled to Bejing and Shanghai for that program. In my spare time I like to take walks, crochet, read and spend time with the grandkids.

I would like to be a part of SAA to help keep Statewide employees involved and in the know about what is going on with our University. Being on SAA would be informative and a way I can help make a difference in the environment and working culture at Statewide.


I've been with the UA Foundation in Anchorage since November 2014. Originally from Wahoo, Nebraska, my first taste of Alaska was a fisheries biologist job out of Dutch Harbor. 

In support of the Foundation's mission and the goals of advancement staff at each campus, I provide reporting and analysis of donor and alumni data. I would be honored to serve my co-workers as a member of SAA. I am eager to learn and be more involved in system governance, and to do everything I can to improve quality of life at work.


I moved to Fairbanks in 1985 after graduating from Texas A&M University and have enjoyed living in this beautiful state ever since. I try to get outside whenever possible and you may see me walking the campus trails or sidewalks during lunch. I have worked in a variety of positions in several departments on campus before landing in the role of Fiscal Officer for OIT in 2015. With the current budget uncertainty, I feel this is a critical time to be involved in governance and welcome the opportunity to get involved and represent Statewide staff in SAA.  

I thoroughly enjoy working at UA. I have gotten to meet a lot of great people here through the course of my work. We have a university that we can be proud of. I like getting the chance to help departments and work with them to recommend changes for the better. I think it would also be very rewarding to serve on SAA. I would appreciate the chance to be able to make a difference for all of the hard working staff employed at Statewide.  


Title: HR Systems Specialist  

Short Biography
One of my earliest memories is walking across Yukon Drive with my dad to get a hair cut in Constitution Hall. About 20 years later, I walked across the stage at the Carlson Center and received my bachelor's degree in Emergency Management from the UAF School of Management.
I started my career with the UA System at the University Fire Department as a Firefighter while taking classes at UAF in 2010. Due to repeated shoulder injuries, I transitioned to fighting a different type of fire, Human Resource fires! I was hired by the UAF Office of Human Resources as a Student Assistant in late 2013. Shortly after that, I was sent 'up the hill' as the new Staff Career Services Coordinator where I took over coordination of campus job fair events and helping students polish their hiring documents. After about two years in that role, I secured a position with the Statewide Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Team. Now, I solve puzzles and troubleshoot technical systems problems all day, every day and I couldn't be happier!
Statement of Interest
I am interested in participating in the Statewide Administration Assembly because I would like the opportunity to develop my leadership capabilities while playing a more active role in troubleshooting some of the concerns that my fellow colleagues may have.

I'm interested in serving on SAA because I'm always eager to learn more about UA and also to better connect with my colleagues. I was encouraged to seek service on SAA by my boss, who spoke very highly of her experience serving on SAA. I love any opportunity to learn and seek professional development, and serving on SAA seems like a fantastic way to pursue both opportunities. I feel that my current workload and schedule will allow me to devote adequate time and attention to serving on SAA.


Manager of Communications and Marketing

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.

Communication within employees and an organization is very important. This is why I am interested in becoming a part of the Statewide Administration Assembly. I was very happy to see the university has a program which allows employees to give feedback, be involved and also do community outreach all in one. Though I will admit I just learned about this assembly, I think my strong love of planning events and being involved would make this a perfect fit for me.

I hope you consider me to be a part of SAA. Thank you!


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 continue to serve as an SAA Representative. 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.


Technology Support Specialist

I am a newish staff member with the University of Alaska, working as a Technology Support Specialist with OIT since October 2018. Before that, I spent a decade in the United States Army as a Nodal Network Operator where I deployed multiple times to Southwest Asia. I would love the opportunity to be in SAA so I can be an active participant in the organization I work for and to make sure that statewide staff members voices are heard.  

2018-2019 Alternates:


I am grateful for the opportunity to join UA’s Office of Public Affairs as Manager of News & Content. I have been with statewide since February 11. In my position, I help tell the stories about how the University of Alaska makes our state a better place for the communities and people we serve. I help manage our social media accounts, the UA News website and newsletters. I also monitor media coverage, write press releases and pitch stories.

I also serve on the Alaska Federation of Natives public relations committee for the Fairbanks 2019 convention. I am half of the Alaska PR team for PBS KIDS Molly of Denali, which premieres this summer.

Previously, I was the Public Information Officer for UAF’s College of Rural and Community Development. With no previous experience in Alaska or working with rural and Alaska Native communities, I researched, planned and implemented the first strategic communications effort for our rural campuses and Alaska Native programs. 

Statement of Interest: 
I appreciate the nomination for the Statewide Administration Assembly. I would like the opportunity to serve my colleagues at Statewide and learn more about the great things that we are doing. 


I moved to Alaska in 1981 with my husband, who was stationed at Elmendorf AFB.  After his stint with the military, we decided that Alaska was our home. We raised three daughters here, all of whom have stayed in Alaska. We are also blessed to have six grandchildren around us as well with the oldest grandson who just enlisted in the Army. We have lived in several different places over the last 38 years and have found Fairbanks to be our home.

I started working for the University of Alaska in 2007 working as a Fiscal Technician 3 for the SW Controller's office. After four years, I transition to Financial Systems as a Systems Coordinator, serving as Property Coordinator for SW as well as Accounts Receivable Coordinator. I am currently working with UA Data Strategy and Institutional Research where I am a Research Professional. I look forward to many more years working for the University of Alaska.


And a special thanks to all of the outgoing representatives! We will miss you.


Fairbanks (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.


Fairbanks (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.


Anchorage (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.

CAITLIN LIPKA (2018-2019)

Fairbanks (2018-2019)
UA Scholars Program Coodinator

My name is Caitlin Kaber Lipka and I'm the Program Specialist for the UA Scholars Program. I've worked in this position since November 2017, and I'm loving my new role and the new experiences I'm gaining within the University of Alaska. Prior to working at UA Statewide I worked at UAF in the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Counselor for 5 1/2 years. I was born and raised in Washington state but I have lived in Fairbanks for almost seven years.

I'm interested in serving on SAA because I'm always eager to learn more about UA and also to better connect with my colleagues. I was encouraged to seek service on SAA by my boss, who spoke very highly of her experience serving on SAA. I love any opportunity to learn and seek professional development, and serving on SAA seems like a fantastic way to pursue both opportunities. I feel that my current workload and schedule will allow me to devote adequate time and attention to serving on SAA.

Thank you for participating in the 2019 SAA election.  

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