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*** For LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit students negatively affected by COVID-19, please visit the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit Youth Mutual Aid Relief Fund.  The fund was created to get cash directly into the hands of the LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit young people with lived experiences of foster care, criminal legal system involvement, and homelessness, who are being disproportionately financially affected by COVID. Click on the link to donate or apply. ***

The purpose of Safe Zone is to reduce homophobia and discrimination against non-heterosexual orientations on the UAS campus, making our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Safe Zone prepares primarily staff and faculty members to serve as a resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning issues, and also strives to educate the campus community about the Safe Zone program.

Although transgender refers to gender identity and not necessarily sexual orientation, this is also a sexual minority group that is unfairly discriminated against, and therefore is included in the Safe Zone program.

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Amanda Triplett

Academic Advisor

Phone: 796-6439


SRC: Academic Advising

Mourant Bldg, 1st Floor, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Born and raised on a farm in central Ohio, Amanda moved to Juneau in 2004 to attend UAS.  Although she had never been to Alaska, she was instantly hooked and never looked back. The beautiful campus, amazing professors, friendly staff and small class size allowed her to excel in her studies and graduate with a BLA.  Now Amanda takes her passion of UAS all over the state talking to prospective students about the amazing opportunities that UAS can offer them.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys speeding time with her family, camping, fishing, and skating with the Juneau Rollergirls. 

Aimée M. Richards

Advising Coordinator

Phone: 796-6451Fax: 796-6005


SRC: Academic Advising

Mourant Bldg, 1st Floor, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Bachelor of Science - Geography, University of Winnipeg

Master of Education - Post-secondary Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Becky Iverson

Counseling Services, Clinician

Phone: 796-6514Fax: 796-6005


Caitlin Purdome

Administrative Assistant

Phone: 907-796-6505


Colin T Osterhout

Web Coordinator

Phone: 796-6576


Public and Media Relations

Novatney Bldg, 127, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering with emphasis in Computer Engineering

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 1999

Master of Education, Education Technology

University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau, AK, 2014


Like many other Juneauites, I came to Juneau from the Lower 48 almost 12 years ago for just a summer but fell in love with the people and the area they call home.  I promptly traded an old, loud, underpowered, Kawasaki for a louder, rustier, and even more underpowered Subaru and a pair of Xtratuffs, excited for the opportunity to live, work, and play in Southeast Alaska.  Outside of work I enjoy judo, hockey, playing music, and more importantly, spending time with my wife and family.

I look forward to working with the marketing / PR team to highlight the great work of students, faculty, and staff of UAS.  Throughout my career as engineer, programmer, network administrator, and more recently as K-12 technology specialist, I have found that the ominously omnipresent "other duties as assigned" can be the most challenging and rewarding.

Chase Parkey

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Phone: 796-6371


Juneau Campus


  • MDiv., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Management, American Public University
  • B.A., Criminal Justice Administration, Columbia College

Daniel Monteith

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Phone: 796-6413Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Soboleff Bldg, 221, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Ph.D., Michigan State University. Dr. Monteith specializes in ethnohistory, economic anthropology, cultural ecology pertaining to subsistence, Tlingit art and oral narratives, and archeology of Southeast Alaska; his geographical areas of interest include Alaska, the Russian Far East, and Siberia.


Dan grew up in Seattle, Washington and went to the University of Chicago for a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. He earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology from Michigan State University. He also holds a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago. While in Chicago he worked at the Field Natural History Museum and Oriental Institute Museum. As a student his summers were spent working in the fishing industry in Bristol Bay. This experience led him to his current research, which is an anthropological study of the Bristol Bay fishery.Daniel has a wide range of practical experience. In 1992-93 he was employed by the Forest Service as an archeologist in the Ketchikan area of the Tongass National Forest. He then worked for the Tongass Tribe on a federal project; and during 1995-96 in the Economic Development Center at the UAS- Ketchikan Campus. In 1998 he became the Executive Director of Historic Ketchikan. Curriculum Vitae

Denise Carl

Academic Advisor

Phone: 796-6090


Arts and Sciences

Whitehead Bldg, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Bachelor of Science – Hotel, Tourism, Restaurant Management, University of Wisconsin – Stout
Master of Education – Student Development Administration, Seattle University

Donovan Grimes

Classroom Support Coordinator

Phone: 796-6189


I.T. Services

Hendrickson Bldg, 101C, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Dashiell MacLean Hillgartner

Academic Exchange and Study Away Coordinator

Phone: (907) 796-6455


Student Resource Center

Mourant Bldg, 107, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


  • B.A. Anthropology, University of Oregon (2012)
  • M.A. International Education Management, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (2016)


8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Deborah R Rydman

Career Services Coordinator/VA School Certifying Official

Phone: 796-6368Fax: 796-6005


Dave V. Klein

Associate Director of Campus Recreation

Phone: 796-6545


Student Recreation Center

Recreation Center, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Bachelor of Arts, Journalism with emphasis in Public Relations
Humboldt State University, California 1997.

United States Air Force, 4.5 years
Honorable Discharge


Following high school graduation in San Diego, CA I escaped the city life for the remotes of Alaska by joining the US Air Force. Stationed at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks, Alaska I crewed KC-135 aerial refueling and reconnaissance aircraft.

Following my honorable discharge, I worked the summer on the "slime line" working in the canneries of Bristol Bay, Alaska to get the feel for Alaska life outside the military. Although the life of cannery work was never in my cards, I did enjoy the comradery of working in a fish camp, enough to return for several summers while pursuing my degree from Humboldt State University in northern California.

Kayaking in S.E. Alaska, taking a breakWhile attending Humboldt, I went on National Student Exchange to the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau during my Junior year. Upon graduation from Humboldt, I returned to Juneau and have been working with UAS since. My role at UAS have varied from employment with student housing to manager of the recreation center to regional web coordinator. What attracted me to Southeast Alaska was the feeling I had as an exchange student. That was the feeling of euphoria one felt as a child upon waking up the morning of a trip to Disneyland. For the outdoor enthusiast, Juneau has just about everything for those who enjoy kayaking, hiking, hunting, camping, fishing, name it.

My wife Lori also works at UAS. We have a wonderful son Garrett, who loves the outdoors and exploring our wonderful surroundings. To coin the term, "Life is Good".


Accomplishments while at UAS include:

Associate Director of Campus Recreation, University of Alaska Southeast: 2014 - Present

Regional Web Coordinator, University of Alaska Southeast: 2/2003 - 2014

  • Created UAS course schedule. Resulted in one regional authoritative source for class information, saving UAS money in print production and mailing costs
  • Designed UAS whale-tale logo in use regionally today (learn, engage, change later being added). New logo was recognized for excellence by Admissions Advertising Awards
  • Researched and deployed content management system, insuring consistency of brand and reducing duplication of information
  • Co-chair regional Web development group, recognized by the UAS Executive Cabinet
  • Coordinated a complete redesign of the UAS website, bringing UAS into alignment with our accreditation goals and objectives
  • Developed and manage UAS photo database, reducing our potential for copyright issues

Manager, Student Activities Center, UAS: 8/1999 - 2/2003

  • Designed facility from the ground up with student input. While I managed the facility, it was largely operated and maintained by students
  • Founded the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC). The ORC rentals were self-supported through rental fees and use was coordinated with Outdoor Studies (ODS) program.
  • Developed mechanical skills and saved money by learning to make many cardiovascular equipment and facility repairs
  • Coordinated physical education classes, wellness programs and entertainment opportunities, logging record event attendance
  • Created training manuals for all functions, including climbing facility, help desk and performance spaces. Although student staff turn-over was low, this was critical for safety and ease of new staff transition

Administrative Assistant, Student Activities/Student Government, UAS: 8/1996 - 9/1999

  • Created outdoor gear rental program with seed money from the UAS Student Government Association. My close work with the USUAS-JC helped me to further refine my skills in oral and written communication and group dynamics
  • Moved many services online, to include housing referrals, rates and event information
  • Worked collaboratively with Facility Services and other stakeholders to fund and create the UAS ID system that utilized magnetic door locks, still in use today
  • Worked with Student Senators and local businesses to create a student discount program, saving students money at places they visited while also promoting UAS in the community
  • Served as technical consultant to the Whalesong student newspaper, moving their publication and advertisements online

Living Group Advisor & Community Advisor , Humboldt State University/UAS: 8/1994 - 8/1996

As an undergraduate, I served as a Living Group Advisor (2 years) at Humboldt State University and as a Community Advisor at UAS while on National Student Exchange. As anyone who has this experience will tell you, it was both challenging and rewarding and worthy of mention as it helped shaped me into the professional I am today.

Elisabeth Genaux

Student Services Assistant

Phone: 796-6076Fax: 796-6550


Alaska College of Education

Hendrickson Annex, RM 101, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


B.A. Social Sciences - University of Alaska Southeast


Elisabeth was born and raised in Fairbanks and moved to Juneau in 2009 to complete her Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences at UAS.  She previously worked at the Keith B Mather Library in the International Arctic Research Center for a year at UAF and then at the UAS Bookstore for over 4 years as a student assistant and fair trade specialist.  In her free time enjoys playing with her dogs, video games, hiking, fishing, disc golfing, and gardening.

Erica Hill

Professor of Anthropology

Phone: 796-6017Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Soboleff Bldg, 217, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Erica received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1999. She has archaeological excavation experience in Alaska, Florida, the Southwest, Mexico, Peru, and the Russian Far East and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras.


Erica is a broadly trained archaeologist with research interests in Peru and the Arctic. She received her B.A. from the University of Florida, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. She has excavation experience in Alaska, Florida, the Southwest U.S, Mexico, Peru, and the Russian Far East and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras.

Erica is interested in ancient belief systems and cosmology, especially the cross-cultural study of funerary ritual and sacrifice. Her work in Peru focuses on iconography and burial evidence of the Moche, a pre-Inca culture of the Pacific coast of South America. (Selected publications on the Moche)

More recently, Erica’s work has focused on the prehistory of human–animal relations in the Bering Sea region. She is particularly interested in how approaches from animal geography can be applied to archaeological evidence. (Selected publications on human–animal relations.)

Erica is the editor of Iñupiaq Ethnohistory: Selected Essays by Ernest S. Burch, Jr. (2013) and co-editor, with Jon B. Hageman, of The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory and Veneration (2016).

As a 2016–2017 Fulbright–NSF Arctic Research Scholar, Erica spent a semester at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik studying the Icelandic language and researching the use of horses in Viking Age burial practices.

Many of Erica’s publications are available at and at ScholarWorks@UA.

Selected Publications on the Moche

2016    Identifying the Revered Dead in Moche Iconography, pp. 189–212 in Erica Hill and Jon B. Hageman, eds. The Archaeology of Ancestors: Death, Memory and Veneration. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

2013   Death, Emotion, and the Household among the Late Moche of Peru. In The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial, edited by Sarah Tarlow and Liv Nilsson Stutz, pp. 597–616. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

2008   Animism and Sacrifice: Reconstructing Moche Religion through Architecture, Iconography, and Archaeological Features. In Religion in the Material World, edited by Lars Fogelin, pp. 38–60. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL.

2006    Moche Skulls in Cross-Cultural Perspective, pp. 91–100 in Michelle Bonogofsky, ed. Skull Collection, Modification and Decoration. British Archaeology Reports (BAR) International Series 1539. Oxford, Archaeopress.

2003    Sacrificing: Moche Bodies, Journal of Material Culture 8(3):285–299.

2000    The Embodied Sacrifice, Cambridge Archaeological Journal 10(2):307–316.

1998    Death as a Rite of Passage: The Iconography of the Moche Burial Theme, Antiquity 72(277):528–538.


Selected Publications on Human–Animal Relations

2013    Archaeology and Animal Persons: Toward a Prehistory of Human-Animal Relations, Environment &Society: Advances in Research 4:117–136.

2012    The Nonempirical Past: Enculturated Landscapes and Other-than-Human Persons in Southwest Alaska. Arctic Anthropology 49(2):41–57.

2011    Animals as Agents: Hunting Ritual and Relational Ontologies in Prehistoric Alaska and Chukotka. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 21(3):407–426.

Emily Wall

Professor of English

Phone: 796-6113Fax: 796-6406


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Soboleff Bldg, 213, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


M.F.A. in Poetry University of Arizona, 1996

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature Colby College, 1994
Honors: Cum Laude, Dean's List
Minor: Creative Writing

Bachelor of Arts in German Colby College, 1994
Honors: Cum Laude, Dean's List

Recent Honors/Awards:

  • Pushcart Prize Nomination. This national prize contest is one in which editors who have published your work submit it for nation-wide contest. The editors of Origami Press submitted my poem "Light" (2018).
  • Rasmuson Individual Artist Award for poetry. This is a statewide competitive grant awarded by a panel based on the merit of the artistic work. It's a $7,500 award and I'm using it to research and write my fourth book (2018).
  • Poems in Place. The Alaska Center for the Book ran a statewide poetry contest to place poems on plaques in two state parks. My poem "This Forest, This Beach, You" was one of the poems chosen. The poem is placed as a permanent installation in Ketchikan's Totem Bight Park. As part of this project I attended an unveiling ceremony and taught a community workshop in Ketchikan (2014).


Books & Chapbooks

  • Breaking into Air: Birth Poems. Boreal Books, Red Hen Press. This is my third book of poems (forthcoming).
  • Letters from Mary. Origami Poems Project. This is a micro-chapbook of five poems (2018).
  • With Reverence. Origami Poems Project. Micro-chapbook (2013).
  • Liveaboard. Salmon Poetry, Ireland. This is my second book of poems (2012).
  • Freshly Rooted. Salmon Poetry, Ireland. This is my first book of poems (2007).

Anthology Publications (last 5 years)

  • Refugium.  My poem “Grace Harbor, Desolation Sound” was chosen for this anthology of poems about the Pacific.  The collection takes work from both U.S. and Canadian authors and is published by Caitlin Press (2017).
  • Even the Daybreak:  35 Years of Salmon Poetry. My poem “Touching Galaxies” was chosen to be included in this anthology of international poetry.  The poem was selected by the editor of the Salmon Poetry press, Jessie Lendennie (2016).
  • Best Indie Lit New England, Volume II.  My poem “Heart Lottery” was nominated by the editor of Naugatuck Review and selected by the editors of this anthology (2015).

Literary Journal Publications (last 5 years)

  • "Tommy's Birth" in Evening Street Review (2019)
  • "Catching Babies: Haiku" in Evening Street Review (2019)
  • "Seed" in Cirque (2018)
  • "Upstairs Bread" in Architrave (2018)
  • "Yoga, Sunday Morning, Pacific Ocean" in (2017)
  • "Bringing Saki Home" in Minerva Rising (2017)
  • "Liveaboard, S/V Iona" " in Minerva Rising (2017)
  • "Shawaatke'e's Birth" in Alaska Quarterly Review (2016)
  • "Samantha's Births" in Prairie Schooner (2016)
  • "Leaving Egypt" in Common Ground Review (2016)
  • "Rising" in Common Ground Review (2016)
  • "Saturday Creek" in Cirque (2016)
  • "Care Package for Eva" in Cirque (2016)
  • "In the Birthing Tub" in Adanna (2015)
  • "Do Not Look at a Lunar Eclipse" in Adanna (2015)
  • "Do Not Look at a Lunar Eclipse" in Adanna (2015)
  • "Blue" in Minerva Rising (2014)
  • "Sugar Crush" in Minerva Rising (2014)
  • "This Morning's Milk Order" in Minerva Rising (2014)
  • "Alaskan" in Cirque (2014)
  • "Why You Come Back" in Cirque (2014)
  • "Hazel's Birth" in Literary Mama (2014)
  • "Bethlehem Haiku" in Christianity and Literature (2014)


My passion is for poetry. I’ve been studying, writing, and publishing poetry for 20 years. I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a connected and supportive writing community throughout Alaska. I’ve brought many writers, including poet laureates to my classes and to work with my students. At UAS I’ve found the perfect writing laboratory: a wild and beautiful place, with a small but artistic town, and access to a broader community of outstanding writers.

I love teaching students how to write. In workshops with students I focus on craft and my goal is for every student leaving my class to have stronger, more powerful poems and stories. In each of my workshops I work to create a supportive, safe environment where students can bring their stories and poems and share them with other students. We laugh a lot, and sometimes there are tears over painful stories, but in each class I’ve been thrilled to see how students come together to support true writing communities.

Students who have taken my classes have gone on to publish their poems in journals, get into graduate creative writing programs, and have been hired in a variety of jobs including at the local NPR radio station, the local newspaper, and various non-profits like the Juneau Arts Council. A number of them have been hired into well-paying state and federal jobs in marketing departments, human resources, and other departments looking for strong writing and communication skills.

Eric Lingle

Database Coordinator

Phone: 796-6069Fax: 796-6365



Mourant Bldg, Admissions, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Eric grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He attended the University of California Santa Cruz where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. Between 2007 and 2009, Eric served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in eastern Uganda where he worked on microfinance and community development projects. After returning to the United States, he undertook several studies with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Bureau of Land Management before joining the University of Alaska Southeast. Eric also currently serves as the public member of the Alaska Board of Optometry.

In his free time, Eric greatly enjoys skiing, boating, diving, and coffee.

Elise Tomlinson

UAS Library Dean, including the Learning, Testing, & Writing Centers, & the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT)

Phone: 796-6467


Egan Library

Egan Library, Room 208, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


BFA, University of Alaska Anchorage; 
MLIS, University of Hawaii Manoa;
In Progress: MPA, University of Alaska Southeast

Courses Taught

LS110 - Library Resources and Information Literacy

LS111 - Library Information Literacy for Distance Students


Hired by the UAS Egan Library in 1999 as an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Elise has worked in school, public, special, and academic libraries for the past 30 years.  She received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, in 2006, and became the Regional Library Director for UAS in 2012.  In 2016 she also began overseeing the Juneau campus Learning, Testing, and Writing Centers and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Her position title changed to UAS Library Dean in 2018.  Outside of librarianship, Elise is a painter and a photographer who exhibits regularly in Juneau.  She also loves to spend time with her family skiing, sailing, and playing musical instruments.  Come by and say hello the next time you're in the library!


Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Gloria Merry

Media Services

Phone: 796-6374


I.T. Services

Hendrickson Bldg, 101C, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Jill Dumesnil

Professor of Mathematics

Phone: 796-6242


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Soboleff Bldg, Rm 211, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


B.S. Lamar University; M.S. and Ph.D. Louisiana State University.

Curriculum vitae


Jill has been at UAS since 2005. She enjoys teaching all levels of mathematics courses and particularly enjoys the opportunity to interact with students both in and out of the classroom.  Her specialized areas of interest include algebra and number theory.

Outside of academics, Jill enjoys raising her two sons, exploring the area's plants and animals whenever possible, reading and scrapbooking and has a budding interest in photography.

Jennifer A. Malecha

Disability Services Specialist

Phone: 796-6000Fax: 796-6005


Jeffrey Lofthus

Professor of Education

Phone: 796-6404


Alaska College of Education

Hendrickson Annex, 107, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Ph.D., M.A., & B.S. - University of North Dakota


Prior to entering the education field, I was an electrician, farm laborer, bookseller, food server, bartender, custodian, and in the Army National Guard (Combat Engineer, Water Purification Specialist and a Retention Counselor).  I spent a couple of years hitchhiking and riding the rails around the U.S in the 1970s.  My BS degrees are in secondary education (social science and English) and Elementary Education and my MA is in counseling.  I served as a school counselor and a teacher prior to becoming an administrator.  My Ph.D. is in Educational Leadership (Principal and Superintendent).  I served as an elementary principal for 8 years until 2001 in Nebraska. I served two buildings – one K-6 and the other a K-3 public Montessori.  I'm a Professor of Education at UAS in Juneau.  I serve as the Coordinator of the Distance Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education Program, teaching classes and supervising student teachers.  In the past, I taught classes and supervised principal interns for the UAS Principal Program in addition to my work in elementary education.  I work closely with the Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaska's Schools (PITAAS) program, recruiting, supporting and advising Alaska Native students in teacher and educational leadership.  Additionally, I taught numerous courses and supervised interns in the Educational Leadership Program (teachers aspiring to be principals) at UAA from 2001 to 2008 and served as Education Outreach for an NSF grant with UAF Arctic Research Faculty.  I am the Executive Director of Alaska ASCD.  I look forward to serving you.


Program Coordinator:  Elementary Education: B.A.

Kiwana D Affatato

Credentials Evaluator

Phone: 796-6366


Registrar's Office

Novatney Bldg, 202, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


B.A., M.A. University of Louisiana Monroe

Kolene E. James

Student Equity and Multicultural Services Manager

Phone: 907-796-6454Fax: 796-6005


SRC: Native and Rural Student Center

Mourant Bldg, Rm 110, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus



B.L.A., University Alaska Southeast.

Kayti Coonjohn

Assistant to the Executive Dean

Phone: 796-6050


Alaska College of Education

Hendrickson Annex, 101, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) (2020)
University of Alaska Southeast

Bachelor of Social Science, Political Science (B.A.) (2017)
University of Alaska Southeast

Associate of Arts, General Education (A.A.) (2015)
University of Alaska Southeast



Kathy DiLorenzo

Associate Professor of Public Administration

Phone: 796-6418Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


Arts and Sciences - Business & Public Administration

Novatney Bldg, Rm 133, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Doctor of Arts in Political Science–2007
Idaho State University MPA –2004
Idaho State University BS Political Science – 2001 


Kathy DiLorenzo grew up in the Western states of Nevada, California, Washington, and Idaho, and is particularly interested in western and rural issues. She is currently completing her Doctor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration and Public Law from Idaho State University. She completed her Masters of Public Administration in 2004. While completing her education Kathy worked as the primary quantitative analyst for Partners for Prosperity, non-profit organization that acquired a substantial grant to study and eradicate poverty in the 16-county region of Southeastern Idaho. Her areas of research include the bureaucracy, constitutional and public law, poverty, minority and at-risk populations.

Karen L. Madsen

Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 796-6460


Kelly Jensen

Grant Proposal Coordinator

Phone: 796-6280


Arts and Sciences

Novatney Bldg, Rm. 131, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Kayla R Hood

Food Services Admin

Phone: 796-6459


Lori A. Klein

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Interim Director of Recruitment, Admissions, and Advising

Phone: 907-796-6057


Student Services

Novatney Bldg, 211, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Lora E Vess

Associate Professor of Social Sciences, Social Sciences Department Chair

Phone: 796-6152Fax: 796-6406


Mae Delcastillo

Administrative Manager

Phone: 796-6335


Student Services

Novatney Bldg, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Maren Haavig

Interim Vice Provost and Associate Professor of Accounting

Phone: (907) 796-6353Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


Provost Office

Novatney Bldg, Rm 101A, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Walden University, Doctor of Business Administration - Accounting Emphasis

University of Alaska Southeast, Master of Business Administration

University of Alaska Southeast, Bachelors of Business Administration - Accounting Emphasis

Western Washington University, Fairhaven College, Bachelors of Arts - Interdisciplinary Concentration


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

American Accounting Association

Institute of Managerial Accountants

Government Finance Officers Association

Courses Taught

ACCT 201/202 Principles of Financial/Managerial Accounting

ACCT 310 Income Tax for Individuals

ACCT 342 Advanced Managerial Cost

ACCT 379 Fund and Governmental Accounting

BA 325 Financial Management



MBA Excellence Award – Recipient, 2012 UAS Cohort


Certified Public Accountant (Alaska)

Quality Matters Teaching Online Certificate

Professional Work Experience

State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Finance Officer

Alaska Pacific Bank, Controller

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Accountant and Internal Auditor

State of Alaska Legislature, Division of Legislative Audit, Auditor, Juneau, AK

Nathan Bodenstadt

Director of Housing and Residence Life

Phone: 796-6391



Student Housing, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


2013- Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Alaska Southeast

2016- Master of Science, Student Affairs in Higher Education, Colorado State University

Richard A. Caulfield


Phone: 796-6509


Chancellor's Office

Hendrickson Bldg, 206, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Dr. Richard Caulfield serves as Chancellor at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS), located in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city. UAS is a regional university with campuses in Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka—coastal communities situated in Alaska’s magnificent Tongass National Forest. As Chancellor, Caulfield provides strategic leadership in fulfilling UAS’ mission, including budget development, academic planning and program assessments, student and enrollment services, administrative services, and community relations. Previously he served as UAS Provost. In that capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS academic programs meet regional and professional accreditation standards and fulfill the university’s mission and core themes. Within the University of Alaska Statewide system he has been a leader in advancing innovations in teacher education, Arctic social sciences, higher education leadership, Alaska Native and minority student education, and online programs.

Caulfield’s extensive university experience began when he served as an instructor in Alaska’s Bristol Bay Campus, part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). His career includes teaching, research, and service that led to tenure and promotion to the rank of full professor at UAF. He served as a department chair, academic program leader, campus director and dean. He took the position of UAS Provost in 2010. In this capacity he was responsible for ensuring that UAS is fully compliant with NWCCU standards and that regular program assessments and reviews are completed successfully. As Provost he chaired the Provost’s Council, co-chaired the UAS Strategic Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, and served on the UAS Campus Master Plan Implementation Committee. He has been a leader in university/community planning efforts involving political leaders, industry and business leaders, service organizations, Alaska Native/Native American entities, and government agencies.

Caulfield has served on national and international academic boards, including the Executive Committee for the University of the Arctic, the International Arctic Social Sciences Executive Committee, and the Oceans/Atmosphere/Ice Interactions Science Steering Committee for the National Science Foundation. He served as Alaska’s representative on the Executive Committee of the Western Academic Leadership Forum, part of WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education). He has a solid track record of building relationships leading to private philanthropic giving and industry investments. In his capacity as a community campus director he served on regional and statewide workforce development committees, including on the board of the Alaska Process Industries Career Consortium.

Caulfield earned his PhD in the United Kingdom in 1994 based upon research about aboriginal subsistence whaling in Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat) and the Arctic. His Greenland research, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Sir Phillip Reckitt Foundation, led to publication of two books: Greenlanders, Whales and Whaling (University Press of New England) and Inuit, Whaling, and Sustainability (co-author/Alta Mira Press). He earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and BA and BS degrees with Honors in Political Science and Natural Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks Danish and Kalaallisut, the Greenlandic Inuit language. He is the recipient of the University of Alaska’s Dennis Demmert Award for excellence in serving Alaska Native Students.

Rick and his wife Annie have three grown children. He is active in Southeast Alaska community affairs, serving on boards and committees with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Juneau Economic Development Council, Southeast Conference, and the Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center.

Richard Hitchcock

Procurement Services Manager

Phone: 796-6493Fax: 796-6469


Rachel L. Jacobus

Accounts Payable & Travel Auditor Lead

Phone: 796-6258Fax: 796-6469


Business and Finance

Hendrickson Bldg, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Sara Caldwell

Biology Lab Technician

Phone: 796-6316Second Phone: 723-8081


Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Anderson Bldg, Rm 310, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus

Sean McCarthy

Coordinator for Residence Life & First Year Experience

Phone: 907-796-6385


Shayla Sulser

Advising Coordinator, Business and Public Administration

Phone: 796-6402Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069


Traci Taylor

Helpdesk Technician (IS Consultant 2A)

Phone: 796-6400


I.T. Services

Hendrickson Bldg, 101A, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Associate of Arts, UAS (2013)

Bachelor of Science - Marine Biology, UAS (2016)

Associate of Science, Cottey College (2020)

William Elliott

Assistant Professor of English

Phone: 796-6419


Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Whitehead Bldg, Rm 215, Juneau Campus

Juneau Campus


Ph.D. English. University of California, Davis. 2014

B.A. English. University of Puget Sound. 2006

Courses Taught

ENGL 419: Discard Studies

HUM 270/370: Sport, Leisure, and Cultures

ENGL 226: American Literature

ODS/PE 115: Winter Backpacking

WRTG 110: Introduction to College Writing

WRTG 111: Writing Across Contexts

WRTG 211: Writing in the Humanities

WRTG 212: Technical Writing


Growing up in rural Alaska, we were always reading, especially the snow. Today I am still reading, nose in a book, nose to the air. As a teacher, and scholar of literature and environment, my work attends to the ways that our experiences are both socially constructed and materially grounded, shaped by stories and signs that are often curved along the contours of a more-than-human world.


To be a Safe Zone participant, one must be open to questions from and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) people and their issues. Questions may come from students who identify as LGBTIQ or are questioning their sexual orientation.  Additionally, questions may come from students who are heterosexual and who are disturbed by the presence of LGBTIQ persons in their classes, residence hall, or family. Colleagues may also come to Safe Zone participants with questions.

Generally, participants support policies that bring equity to otherwise inequitable situations and give open support for LGBTIQ issues. Members will also encourage others to be part of the Safe Zone. The more willing people are to talk about these issues with facts and openness, the safer and more welcoming our campus will become for LGBTIQ individuals. 

How to Participate

Participation in the Safe Zone program involves attending a Creating a Safe Zone Workshop, which examines attitudes and beliefs, raises awareness, builds, skills, and offers resources. Workshops are held on the Juneau campus once a semester or by request.

After attending the workshop and signing the UAS Safe Zone Contract & Confidentiality Statement, display the Safe Zone sticker in your workspace. Additionally, Safe Zone members participate in periodic campus Safe Zone network meetings held approximately once per semester. Check the Campus Calendar for both training and network meetings.

The Safe Zone StickerSafe Zone logo

The purpose of the Safe Zone sticker helps convey a message that you are supportive, trustworthy and sensitive to the needs and concerns of LGBTIQ people. Displaying the sticker indicates that within your office or room, homophobic and heterosexist comments and actions will not be tolerated silently. Instead, such comments and actions will be addressed in an educational, informative and non-threatening manner.

The Safe Zone sticker does not indicate whether you yourself are LGBTIQ; it merely states that you are a support and resource person or ally.


The length of your commitment to Safe Zone is up to you. As long as you participate, display your sticker on your door or within your office. If you decide to discontinue your participation, simply remove the sticker. If you wish to have your name or office removed from the UAS Safe Zone registry, contact the Safe Zone Coordinator. There will be no questions asked. You may re affiliate anytime.

Being an ally can be tough at times. Your genuine dedication to this program, no matter what its length, will create a positive space within your community.  

Designating a Safe ZoneWorkshop

There are many things that you can do to make you and your workspace feel like a Safe Zone for LGBTIQ students and colleagues. These are a few suggestions:

  • Believe that our campus is enriched and enlivened by the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) people.
  • Be aware of the presence of LGBTIQ students, faculty, and staff and be willing to engage in genuine dialogue and interaction.
  • Be willing to discuss issues impacting LGBTIQ people's lives in a non-judgmental manner.
  • Know your LGBTIQ resources on campus and in the community.
  • Comfortably and regularly use inclusive language, avoid stereotyping, and do not assume everyone is heterosexual.
  • Maintain confidentiality.

What to Expect

As a result of posting a Safe Zone sticker in your workspace you may find that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning students, faculty, and staff censor their speech less, providing for a more genuine exchange with you. Similarly, students, faculty, and staff may be more at ease around you, anticipating a non-judgmental atmosphere in your workplace.

You may never notice a difference in the interactions you have with students, faculty, and staff but you will make a difference in improving the campus climate at UAS and the lives of our community members.

What Else Can I Do?

  • Acquaint yourself with lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered individuals, and intersexuals. Learn more about LGBTI culture by reading books, making friends, attending functions, and celebrating.
  • Challenge homophobia and heterosexism (jokes, remarks, cartoons, behaviors, language, ect.)
  • Continue to educate yourself about the coming out process and sexual identity development.

Useful Articles

Gender & Sexuality Information

LGBTIQ Support Information

Improving the Campus Climate

Local Resources

Southeast Alaska LGBTQ+ Alliance
Campus Inclusivity Alliance (formerly GSA) strives to enhance social acceptance and awareness of non-heteronormative issues on campus, and act as a point of reference for resources.

General Sites on Support, Organizations, Information

Support, education, and advocacy; working for/with LGB individuals and their families.
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force- dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression.
Queer America
Largest database of queer resources: information on community centers, support orgs., PFLAG chapters, ect.
Accredited Schools Online
LGBTQ Student Resources & Support:
Mental Health Guide for College Students
This guide is designed to help you identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues for college students.
Support LGBTQ-owned small businesses
Ways and tips to support and help LGBTQ-owned small businesses

Sites on creating safe schools for LGBT people
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Creating a Safe Space - Things to Consider When Evaluating Colleges
The following is a list of important things LGBTQ+ students should think about when vetting colleges and assessing LGBTQ inclusiveness.

Transgender-Specific Resources

Youth Guard
Internet support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth.