President, term 2016-2018
Gunalcheesh (Tlingit), Haw'aa (Haida), T'oyaxsut 'Nuusm (Tsimshian), Thank you UAS staff for your time and commitment to supporting our students, staff, and faculty. I am honored to be a part of this commitment. I started working at UAS as a student worker in 1999-2001, a transcript clerk 2001-2004, and finally, the NRSC Coordinator from 2004 to present. My mentors include my parents Francis and Norma Jean Dunne, husband Lyle James, Elder Marie Olson, Elder Rosa Miller, Elder Della Cheney, Lori Klein, Barbara Hegel, Ronalda Cadiente-Brown, Lance Twitchell, Jacqueline Tagaban, Elizabeth Medicine-Crow, Nancy Barnes, Richard Tagaban and Janice Jackson to name a few. I received my degree in Liberal Arts from UAS, and am pursuing social justice training since 2012.
I look forward to serving you, with my fellow Staff Council representatives, our UAS Ketchikan, Sitka, and Juneau Staff.
Vice President, term 2015-2017
I have been in Alaska since 1996 via the Army. I am married, retired from the military, and working for the Ketchikan campus as the Human Resource Technician since 2000. I completed my Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts majoring in Administration Management and Accounting from Excelsior College, Albany, NY in July 2005 (taking most of my required classes from UAS). I served as the Ketchikan Member-At-Large from 2006-2008, UAS Vice President from 2009-2011 and UAS President of Staff Council 2011-2014. I have also been a member of Staff Alliance, served on the Joint Health Care Committee, Staff Health Care Committee, Student Services Committee and various subcommittees. We are going to be presented with change opportunities and I am looking forward to assisting Staff with the information and the ability to advocate for them along with the other Staff Council members. I am looking forward to working with everyone and I am glad to be part of a team that is there to be the voice for staff.
Juneau Member at Large, term 2015-2017
Coming from a military family, I consider Alaska, my home. My position at UAS is an Administrative Manager for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. I served as Vice President for Staff Council from 2011-2012. My experience within the UA began as a UAF student in the Culinary Arts program and as a student assistant in the Registrar’s office. As a staff employee since 2002, working at the university is worthwhile and fulfilling. Most of all, I understand how vital the staff role is for the university.
Moving to Juneau and working for UAS has been the best decision for my son and myself and I understand how important employment changes can impact one’s livelihood. I enjoy serving for Staff Council because of the opportunity to say what matters that will impact staff and to learn more about my peers at UAS.
Ketchikan Member at Large, term 2015-2017
I was born and raised in Oregon, with the exception of two years that I lived in Sitka in 1972 and 1973. I moved to Ketchikan in 2007 and began working at UAS Ketchikan in February of 2008. I have an AAS – Accounting degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities. I’m married with three grown children. I love reading, fishing, learning and traveling. I appreciate the Staff Council and the purpose that it serves because I believe employees are empowered by having a voice in things that are going on in their place of employment.
Sitka Member at Large, term 2016-2018
Amelia grew up in southeast Alaska and graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School. She went on to earn a BA in English & Writing from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, and then returned to Sitka where she worked in social services for several years before completing the UAS Masters of Arts in Teaching program with a focus in secondary education. Amelia taught language arts and social studies in Nome until joining UAF Northwest Campus as Academic Advisor & Student Services Coordinator. After coming home to Sitka, Amelia joined UAS Sitka Campus and is enjoying being back in an Academic Advising role. In her spare time she loves being outdoors, teaching yoga, reading, and spending time with her daughter.
Secretary, term 2016-2018
Kiwana was born in Louisiana, and raised in Texas. After leaving Texas, she started college in her birth state of Louisiana where she earned a BA in English in 2010, and an MA in English Literature in 2012 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM). Her career in higher education began at ULM as well. After earning her masters, she worked as the university’s Media Relations Specialist for 4 years. She fell in love with Alaska when she first visited in 2012, and was finally able to move in 2015. Kiwana began her life in Juneau after finding a job in media coordination that would allow her to work remotely while transitioning to southeast Alaska. She joined the UAS Registrar’s Office in February 2016, and joined the UAS Staff Council in November 2016 as the Staff Council Secretary. In her spare time, Kiwana enjoys walking the local trails, trying out new restaurants, learning about Juneau’s history, and working as an adjunct online English instructor for ULM.