Welcome to UAS
Joel Markis is the newest member of the Fish Tech team. Joel is an Assistant Professor of Fisheries Technology and will be teaching fisheries management classes starting this fall. Joel received a B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University Bozeman and an M.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Joel has worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service and the National Park Service. Recently, Joel was an Adjunct instructor in biological sciences at the UAA/KPC Kachemak Bay campus and an Outreach Coordinator for the Fish Tech program in Homer, AK. As you might guess, Joel loves to fish. He also loves kayaking, hiking and (did we mention?) ... Fishing.
Barb Morse is the Fisheries Technology Pathway to Employment Project Manager. Barb will oversee data collection and reporting, supervise the Fisheries Technology Outreach Coordinators, and work closely with faculty and other staff to ensure the success of the program. Barb is excited to be part of the UAS Fisheries Technology team and looks forward to working with community partners and employers to facilitate students obtaining jobs in the field.Born in Fairbanks, Barb moved to Sitka in 1990 to work for the Sitka School District as Community Schools Director, where her responsibilities included managing federal grants from the Department of Education and the Corporation for National Service. Barb is an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast.
Alex Najduch is working at the University of Alaska Southeast as a Data Analyst. Her main focus is data collection, data analysis and database management. She is new to Sitka, coming from Worcester, Massachusetts but originally a Chicago native. She holds a BA from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and studied at Clark University for a Master’s in international Economic Development. She worked in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and has also worked for the National Children’s Study and National Institutes of Health. Her hobbies include anything that can be done outside, making deep dish pizza, cheering on the Cubs and traveling. She is extremely excited and thankful to have the opportunity to live and work in Sitka and become an integrated member of the city.
Chris Washko was previously Director of Residence Life and Wellness Education at UAS on the Juneau campus and shouldered a wide variety of administrative responsibilities in the UAA system, including Director of Student Services and VP of Academic Affairs at Prince William Sound Community College. “I got interested in Student Affairs while I was still a student. I loved being involved, and so I stayed at my college in Alma Michigan as a hall director. But I wanted to move to Alaska, so I took a job in Galena working with students in that remote location,” he said. Chris has a BS and a BA from Alma College, a Master’s in Student Affairs and Higher Ed Administration from Indiana State, and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies and Counseling from UAF. He is excited to be in Sitka and to work with the excellent Student Success Center staff. He loves hiking, teaching travel courses, and reading to his young son.