Student Advisory Board Members [2019-20]
Amanda Allard is an Honors Scholar double majoring in Business Management and Marketing with a minor in Communication planning to graduate in December 2019. Ms. Allard is the President of Alaska's National Society of Leadership and Success and a 2018-2019 Tom Case Leadership Fellow as well as the Treasurer and Club Council Representative for the UAA Management & Marketing Club. Amanda previously held the positions of Fundraising Chair and Treasurer for the UAA NSLS. Additionally, Amanda was the Tribal Representative for the Coquille Indian Tribe at the Emerging Native Leader’s Summit July, 2018.
Ms. Allard is looking forward to working her way towards a C-suite position upon graduation, as well as achieving her personal goals of becoming a member of the Board of Directors for the Alaska Sealife Center and getting her private piloting license. Amanda enjoys volunteering for the Sealife Center Gala as well as the Alaska Food Bank and the Young Professionals Group Summit. Her long term goal is to use her degrees, skills, and experiences to help our community in any way she can. She also immensely enjoys salmon fishing, hiking, and watching movies.
Miles is a Business Administration major in his second year of college at UAA. Miles comes from Gambell, Alaska on St. Lawrence Island. Gambell has a population of approximately 700 people. He is a first-generation college student. Miles grew up as the youngest child of 6 until his little sister came along 12 years later.
Miles has been working within the community of Anchorage since 2005 with a focus in Customer/Client Services. He spent 8 years in several managerial roles at the Midtown Walmart. The next phase in Miles’ path brought him to Wells Fargo where he learned about Finances as a Teller then Lead Teller. Today, Miles works a Sales Support Specialist for the locally owned company Northern Office Supply.
Miles is a charismatic individual that is liked by many. One of his redeeming qualities is that he is approachable and receive new acquaintances very well. Miles has many friends and is very memorable to those that are new in his life. His ability to work in diverse situations has helped maintain open mindedness and grow his connections.
Over the years, Miles has learned that he has a knack for helping people understand policies and procedures set in place by corporations or their places of employment. He helps them work on their growth as individuals and employees. This type of work has inspired Miles to pursue a degree in the CBPP with UAA. His goal is to utilize his degree to attain a role within the banking industry to better help and develop people to fully reach their potential and goals.
Alaska born and raised, Mitch Kitter is a student in the Masters of Business Administration Program at the College of Business and Public Policy planning to graduate in May of 2020. Together with his husband, Mitch also owns several small businesses including The StudioAK, Shalem Photography, and PropagandaAK. In 2014, they launched the successful “Love is Love Project” Kickstarter campaign where they raised funds to photograph LGBT couples in more than 30 states and publish a coffee table book.
After earning his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and Business Management, Mitch joined the marketing team at GCI as a campaign manager, and later became the Marcom Senior Manager. In 2017, Mitch earned his Project Management Professional certificate (PMP). In 2018 he transitioned to the role of Director for Security Architecture and Planning at GCI. In this role, Mitch is responsible for strategic planning and leading the teams that plan detection, mitigation, and response to cyber security threats that are in the 1-3 year time horizon.
Matthew Vincent is currently enrolled in the BBA Business Management Degree program with a concentration in Real Estate and Property Management. He began going to University of Alaska, Anchorage in August 2014 as a high school student to get a head start on his college degree. He has a strong interest in the study of Economic Trends in markets and plans to use his knowledge he learns at UAA to find work as an analysis or in the world of Real Estate when he graduates in May of 2020.
Over the summer of 2018, he was an intern for Regal North Commercial and had his first taste of what his potential career could be in Commercial Real Estate. Matthew was able to attend private events, network with working professionals, and become known for his talents in Real Estate and Business. Since then, Matthew has pursued more opportunities to work in Real Estate as he pays his way through school. Matthew will be earning his Real Estate License in the Spring of 2019 in order to give himself more opportunities for his Career.
Some achievements that Matthew has accomplished include earning the rank Eagle Scout in January of 2016. Showing his dedication to commitment and being responsible for his future, Matthew was also able to earn the Alaska Performance Scholarship when he Graduated from IDEA homeschool in the spring of 2017.
When Matthew is not working or at the University, he likes to spend his time outside in the great state of Alaska. Hiking, canoeing, and camping are only a few of the actives he likes to do when he wants to relax. Matthew’s favorite area to be at is up at Eklutna Lake. Other hobbies of his include Photography and watching Netflix, something most students can appreciate.
Matthew continues to grow in his personal and professional lives every day. Every failure to him is only an opportunity to learn how not to do something. He continues to keep a sound mind even in the midst of stressful situations. Matthew will always be dedicated to his job, he will use creative thinking to find better ways to accomplish goals, strive to meet all his deadlines, and keep his promises.
Barbara Bubai Yang is a second-generation Hmong American junior at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) pursuing her AAS in General Business. She is the first daughter to attend college out of her family of ten. Growing up in Alaska, she feels fortunate to have parents who worked hard for their education. Watching her parents build their business from the ground up inspired Barbara to work to give back to the community. She plans to continue her education by working toward a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics.
Barbara has interned for many of Alaska’s great event coordinators which led her to develop her own business called Hlub Weddings and Events. As the owner and designing director, she focuses on planning and coordinating events. Barbara plans to business give back to the local community and offer them help with planning and coordinating life events such as weddings, birthdays, corporate meetings, and team business trips.
Barbara currently works for New York Life Insurance Company which strives to be the company you keep. Being a financial advisor is a role that is rigid and complex to comprehend. She plans to continue her line of work in hopes of creating a safety net for the community, along with their family and friends.
Loreen Davis, currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management in the College of Business & Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, has a wide variety of experience in both the private and public sectors. Loreen’s passion of learning, resulting in various degrees, has given her the opportunity to work in the chemical industry, nursing and business. Presently she is working part-time in Enrollment Services, at the University of Alaska Anchorage with her primary focus on international students.
Finding ways to creatively overcome obstacles that hinder or prevent accomplishment of the goal is a challenge Loreen embraces. She believes it is necessary to look at the big picture and be a detective to root out the true cause when solving problems. In her current position she has been a driving force in revising the policy regarding health insurance for international students.
With her background in public policy, both through work and education, her Bachelor of Business Administration, Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management, her knowledge of business analytics and business intelligence and the degree Loreen is currently pursing it is her desire to work in the transportation industry. Her interests lie in governmental regulations, transportation security, transportation social responsibility and methods of improvement for transporting goods.
During her most recent time at UAA Loreen has acquired her Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, won the Garth N. Jones Writing Award at the College of Business and Public Policy, participated in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Batten Student Simulation Competition held internationally at key locations and was the Secretary for the Global Logistics Association during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Loreen also has interned at both the Municipality of Anchorage’s Mayors Office and the Port of Alaska. Although involved in many projects, her time spent at the Mayor’s Office culminated in a public presentation for the Anchorage Library. While at the Port Loreen was instrumental in the revision of the Port’s tariff (a 200-page legal document).
Any time Loreen has left over is filled with riding her Harley and her involvement in the motorcycle community. She also became a proud “puppy parent” in September 2018.
Lauren Mason is pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the College of Business and Public Policy. A former high school teacher, Lauren is now the Director of Educational Programs for Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska. She is passionate about helping Boys & Girls Club staff develop their facilitation and classroom management skills.
Jenny McConnel is a certified senior human resources professional pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP). She has four years of labor and employee relations experience, as well as four years of generalized human resources experience. Jenny’s professional mission is to positively impact business through supporting and developing healthy employee relations and positive change management.
Jenny strongly believes any time you work at an organization, this case as a student, you should leave the organization in a stronger place than when you entered it. Jenny’s goal as a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board is to provide constructive input from a student perspective to CBPP’s leadership to enhance the quality of the program for future students.
Eva Ulukivaiola is a first-generation college student that graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with her Bachelor of Arts in Economics in December of 2017. She has since returned to UAA and is working towards earning a Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management. Currently, Eva is employed at the university as a Graduate School Assistant for Student Life & Leadership, and her passion for improving the student experience through on-campus involvement has contributed to her goal of working in Student Affairs after she graduates. Eva has always been an active student on-campus; in her undergraduate career she served as a Senator in USUAA Student Government, the Vice President of the Economics Club, mentored six first-generation students in UAA Student Support Services and is an Alumna of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority. Even after graduating, Eva has still found ways to be involved: such as serving as the Graduate School Delegate for USUAA Student Government and as a member of the Student Advisory Board for the College of Business and Public Policy.