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David Felts

David Felts

President, term 2018-2020

I have been in Sitka for nearly six years now, almost all of it working at the UAS Sitka Campus. I have served as a writing assistant (tutor) in the Student Success Center, then as an academic advisor, primarily for Fish Tech and Law Enforcement, and now as an administrator for a Title III grant project. I believe in supporting success for all University of Alaska students. I formerly served as Sitka’s member at large on staff council, and I am a big believer in the importance of shared governance and the role of staff council in representing the interests and concerns of staff in our model. I hope that I can contribute to that process. 
Kolene James

Kolene James

Past President, term 2018-2019

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.

Kiwana Affatato

Kiwana Affatato

Vice President, term 2017-2019

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. 

Michelle Warrenchuk

Michelle Warrenchuk

Secretary, term 2018-2020

I grew up in the Canadian Rockies and instantly fell in love with Juneau’s landscape, a combination of mountains and oceans, when I moved here in 1999. I completed my Associates Degree at UAS in 2003 while working for the US Forest Service at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. My passion for natural history and natural sciences found me back at UAS in 2012 as an Admin for the School of Arts and Sciences.  I am currently working in the Biology and Chemistry Department in the Anderson Building. Our campus will see some impacts of the tightening budgets over the years to come, this is why I want to be a part of Staff Council and why it’s so important now, more than ever, to be heard. I want to help make these upcoming transitions and changes as positive as possible for all non-represented staff at UAS.  I want to share staff ideas and concerns with our Chancellor and other university assemblies, councils, and committees. I believe that staff that feel supported can serve faculty and students better during these challenging times.
Trisha Lee

Trisha Lee

Juneau Member at Large, term 2017-2019

Trisha is currently the Associate Registrar at the University of Alaska Southeast and has worked in the Registrar’s Office since September 2002.  Prior to this role, Trisha held the positions of student worker, Facilities Scheduling Coordinator and Credentials Evaluator.  Trisha moved to Juneau from Southern California to attend college at UAS. In 2008, she graduated with her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in General Studies from UAS and is now pursuing an MPA.  She is married with two beautiful girls and enjoys playing softball, volleyball and basketball in her spare time.  Trisha hopes to provide a voice and advocate for staff at UAS and to be a part of a governing body to enhance her learning towards her MPA.
Kate Govaars

Kate Govaars

Ketchikan Member at Large, term 2018-2020

Throughout the past 10 years, Kate has worked in various aspects of college student services mentoring and advising students to graduate successfully and become capable leaders in their communities.  Kate has a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelors in International Relations and Spanish from Georgia Southern University.  In 2016, Kate moved to Ketchikan to be near her in-laws and was fortunate to take on the role of Outreach Advisor at UAS.  Before moving to Ketchikan, Kate was working in Portland, OR at Lewis & Clark College managing their collegiate outdoor recreation program.  Prior to that, Kate served as a Resident Director at Reed College where she managed residence halls and served on an on-call crisis management team.  As Kate's career has taken her all across the country, she continues to be inspired by the students she encounters.  
Outside of the work-realm, Kate is an avid outdoors-woman with a love of biking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding with her dog Lola.
Amelia Budd

Amelia Budd

Sitka Member at Large, term 2018-2020

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.

 
 

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