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Gwenna President: Gwenna Richardson, Ketchikan Campus

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 now UAS President of Staff Council. I am also a member of Staff Alliance and serve 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.

Dayna Vice President: Dayna Mackey, Juneau Campus

I was born and raised in Oklahoma. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from East Central University (2000), I moved to Arkansas and received a Masters in Higher Education Administration from University of Arkansas (2002). After 8 years working at universities in Arkansas, I received a lifelong opportunity to move to Alaska. Moved to Fairbanks and worked at UAF for almost 3 years as Associate Director of Student Programming for Wood Center. During my first semester at UAF, began getting involved with the UAF governance as a volunteer on a UAF Staff Council committee, then was elected as an Unit Alternate. Participated on UAF committees such as Staff Council Calendar, Staff Awards and Staff Appreciation Day. In 2010, moved to Juneau to work at UAS in the School of Career Education as Administrative Manager. Moving to Alaska was a lifelong goal but Juneau is a place I have always been in search of, the mountains, the water and the university. Volunteered with UAS Staff Council from 2011-2013 working with Staff Council Training, Staff Appreciation and Staff Development Day. Elected to Vice President of UAS Staff Council in 2013. My hope is to provide advocacy in various ways for all staff members, along with, communicating information from administration and seeking staff involvement in the governance process in various ways.

Sarah Secretary: Sarah Pies, Sitka Campus

Sarah Pies is the Advising Support Specialist for the Title III team at UAS- Sitka. Originally from Fairbanks, three generations of her family are UA alumni. Sarah graduated from the University of Minnesota and has been passionate about the higher education experience since her year abroad in Perugia, Italy. Shortly after graduating, she returned to Perugia to work at the same university she had attended and also taught English at a public middle school. In January of 2013, Sarah began working for UAS- Sitka and has thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with colleagues to strengthen student success. In her free time Sarah enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling and spending time with her Golden Retriever, Cooper.

Peter Juneau Member at Large: Peter Sommers

My introduction to the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) occurred while attending a college fair at a local community college in Washington State. The UAS recruiter was very convincing, and it was time for me to leave all of the apples and sun of my hometown, Wenatchee. The decision was made to make Juneau Alaska and UAS my new home in 2001. UAS offered my chosen degree, and based on the pictures, a spectacular campus. Juneau became my home. After finishing my degree in 2006, the realization was I could not leave Juneau. Subsequently, a position opened in the Registrar’s Office, the Curriculum Coordinator/Degree Specialist. The position was intriguing. Once offered the position, I have concentrated on helping students with their final degree requirements and commencement ceremonies. The highlight to date is the implementation of the online degree audit tool, DegreeWorks. While working at this public institution, my desire to learn more about the organization, policies and procedures increased. I, therefore, decided to take advantage of the Masters of Public Administration degree program here at UAS. I really enjoy UAS as well as the Juneau community. When not at work cycling, soccer, and hockey occupy most of my free time.

Ledford Ketchikan Member at Large: Marianne Ledford

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.

Kim Sitka Member at Large: Kim Davis

I work for the University of Alaska Southeast – Sitka Campus in the Instructional Services/ Distance Education Dept. I’ve been in this dept. for 5 years.  I have lived in Sitka my whole life and I absolutely love living here. I graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with my A.A.S. degree in Human Services, all by distance. I’ve served on the Student Government council here on the Sitka Campus for 2 years. I have two dogs (Chihuahuas) called Bella and Blue. I love to read; hike, fish, and pretty much do anything outdoors that I can. I hope to be a voice for staff here on the Sitka Campus and to help recruit more people not only to be active on staff council but to be active on other committees around campus.


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