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About Staff Council

What is Staff Council?

What is the UAS Staff Council Association?

The UAS Staff Council Association is the communications link between UAS non-represented staff, the University administration, the Chancellor and the specific University assemblies, councils and/or committees. The association is represented by an elected body of officials comprised of non-represented staff members from the Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka campuses.

Who makes up the Association?

The membership of the association includes all non-represented staff including half-time employees currently employed with the exception of work study students. Those employed on a temporary basis for thirty (30) days or less are not eligible for membership in the Association. All eligible members of the association are eligible to seek a Staff Council elected position and vote in Staff Council elections.

How can I become involved with the Staff Council?

First and foremost, attend the monthly meetings and bring your ideas and concerns to the table. We are always happy to welcome more participants to our meetings. Also, please consider running for one of the representative seats (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Member-at-large). 

What are the benefits of having a Staff Council?

The University of Alaska and its Board of Regents support shared-governance among all its constituents — faculty, students and staff. This Staff Alliance letter goes over some of the purposes and benefits of staff governance. 

Does Staff Council have support from the administration?

UAS Leadership believes in the positive impact and necessity of shared governance, as noted in this memo of support from January 2016.

When are elections?

Elections are held in May. Solicitation for candidates occur in early April.

Mailing Address

UAS Staff Council


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President, term 2022–2024

Jon Lasinski, M.B.A.

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Service

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Interim President/Vice President, term 2023–2025

Peter Sommers, M.P.A.

Associate Registrar

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Secretary, term 2022–2024

Andrea M. Scharen

Facilities Administrative Manager

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Juneau Member at Large, term 2023–2025

Kelly Donahower, B.S.

Kelly Donahower, B.S.

Residence Services Coordinator

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Ketchikan Member at Large, term 2023–2025

Lana Clark, M.L.I.S.

Lana Clark, M.L.I.S.

Library Assistant

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