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UAS Business Advisory Council

The mission of the Department of Business and Public Administration (BPA) is to facilitate student learning of core business and public administration concepts which can be applied in the real world, providing a solid foundation for success in the public or private sectors.

Values and Purpose


  • We serve the needs and priorities of Alaskan students;
  • We emphasize flexible, accessible, and personalized service to local and place-bound individuals using appropriate technology;
  • We provide an engaging learning environment for contextualized application, shared knowledge, global perspectives, and robust connections with classmates, professional colleagues, and communities.

Business Advisory Council (BAC) Purpose

The purpose of the BAC is to assist UAS Business Program faculty and leaders achieve our mission by acting as a powerful and visible body of advice and support. We anticipate that BAC members will provide a critical link between our programs, industry, and the community that will guide our curricular decisions and program offerings.


David ByrneNorthrim BankVice President, Commercial Loan Officer
Glory ScaranoHuna Totem CorporationChief Financial Officer
Valerie MertzAlaska Permanent Fund CorporationChief Financial Officer
Ben ShierState of AlaskaActing Deputy, Chief Information Officer
Patti BillingsleyCarlile TransportationVice President, Human Resources
Brian HolstJuneau Economic Development CouncilExecutive Director
Emy RolesUASStudent Services Testing Coordinator
Chris LaValleeAlaska Permanent Fund CorporationSenioro Portfolio Accountant II
Chelsey GoucherForaged and FoundSales and Marketing Director
Dallas HargraveCity and Borough of JuneauDirector of Human Resources and Risk Management
Dan RobinsonState of Alaska Dept. of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentChief of Research and Analysis
Karen TarverElgee RehfeldPartner
Carin SilkaitisUAS School of Arts & SciencesDean
Julie HamiltonUAS School of Arts & SciencesAssociate Professor and Chair of the Businses and Public Administration Program
Kristy SmithUAS School of Arts & SciencesAssistant Professor and Accreditation Lead