Amanda Allard, President of Alaska's National Society of Leadership and Success, is a 21-year-old Honors Scholar double majoring in Business Management and Marketing with a minor in Communication planning to graduate in December 2019. Ms. Allard is a 2018-2019 Tom Case Leadership Fellow and the former Treasurer for the UAA Management & Marketing Club. Amanda previously held the positions of Fundraising Chair (2016-17) and Treasurer (2017-18) for the UAA NSLS, and she has been a member of Sigma Alpha Pi and the executive board since the spring of 2016.
Ms. Allard is looking forward to working her way towards a C-suite position upon graduation, as well as achieving one of her personal goals of becoming a member of the Board of Directors for the Alaska Sealife Center. 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.
Michaela Atherton is a Junior at UAA currently getting her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She is a long time Alaskan, raised in Seward with four siblings and two golden retrievers. She loves Alaska and takes advantage of the small town feel and outdoor beauty. She has taken part in the Mt. Marathon race, Klondike Road Relay, Mayor’s Half Marathon and loves to hike and bike during the short summer. Coming from a small town, she was easily involved in sports, clubs and programs and continues this in her adult life. She is the Vice President of the Management and Marketing Club at UAA. She believes that networking and relating school work to real life careers is essential for business success. She is excited to extend her knowledge in marketing and take pride in becoming a UAA alumni in corporate Alaska.
Clare Baldwin was born in Oklahoma City, but moved to Anchorage in 2000 through the military. After graduating from South Anchorage High School in 2016, she chose to stay in Alaska for college to be close to family and take advantage of a debt free education. Over the past two years, Clare has immersed herself in campus life, making leadership and service her priorities. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Economics Club, the President of Alpha Sigma Alpha, and the Student Body Vice President in USUAA Student Government. She is also a member of the University Honors College and a student worker in the CBPP Dean’s Office.
Clare hopes to graduate in Spring 2020 with her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and minors in Political Science and Mathematics. She plans to continue her education onto graduate school, pursuing further study in the fields of statistics or public policy.
Geser Bat-Erdene is a senior majoring in Finance and minoring in French. Born in Erdenet, Mongolia, Geser moved to Alaska in 2014 for UAA to pursue a higher education in the U.S. thanks to the Sister City Agreement that his hometown has with the State of Alaska. He is actively involved in student life on campus and is the first international student to serve as the student body president. English is his fourth language in addition to Mongolian, Russian, and Japanese.
During his tenure at UAA, he was a part of multiple organizations and programs that the institution offers. Starting from his service at the USUAA Student Government, he was selected as a mentor for Seawolf Success Program, a member of Chancellor’s League, a member of Emerging Leaders Program. He is also involved in community organizations such as the Society of Financial Service Professionals, Alaska World Affairs Council, and was selected as a school program lecturer for Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage. By recognizing the need for raising awareness about Mongolia-Alaska relations, in 2015 he founded an organization called Mongolian Students Society that in its short existence played an integral part in co-hosting and organizing a number of events and meetings not only for students but for the community members as well.
Geser finds a great value in education, teamwork, and networking opportunities. He believes that one could succeed anywhere if is truly dedicated and patiently works hard to reach the set goals.
Connor Booth is a highly motivated person in his final year pursuing a bachelor’s in business management with a minor in communications. Looking into the future he is looking into a master’s degree following his undergraduate graduation. He is currently a Community Management Intern at Walgreen’s and will receive a job offer at the successful completion of said internship.
Connor is extremely involved on campus with organizations such as Tau Kappa Epsilon and the Interfraternity Council. He is currently refining his leadership skills as the president of the Interfraternity Council, an organization that works with all Social fraternities to promote positive growth on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus.
Ismail Chettfour is an Algerian/American and life-long Alaskan. He is currently pursuing a BBA in Accounting and minors in Alaska Native Business Management and Economics. He also serves as the Director of Programs for the Accounting Club at UAA. Looking to graduate December of 2019 with enough credits to take his CPA exams, he hopes to start a career in public accounting. He aspires to use the skills he acquires to give back to his community.
Ismail grew up working in his family’s restaurant and has spent much of his life traveling overseas looking for new experiences. He is also an avid guitarist and hopes to dedicate more time to his passion in the future. He is excited for the opportunity to engage with other future leaders in the community to build a better tomorrow and form strong relationship along the way.
Harley Davis was born and raised in Hereford, Texas, a small town outside of Amarillo. Since Aug 27th of 2007, Harley has been in the military working as a ground logistics professional. Harley is in his final year of his undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration in Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management with a minor in International Business. Harley is also looking into continuing his education soon after graduating with his undergraduate by pursuing a master’s degree. He is also the current Vice President of UAA’s Global Logistics Association while seizing every opportunity to refine his leadership skills. With a dream to move overseas and work in global logistics, Harley can see himself living in East Asia after his carrier in the military.
Outside of work and school commitments Harley enjoys volunteering his time in the community, attending social events and does various activities. He is learning Korean at Anchorage Korean Language School. He stays active through intramural volleyball and softball in the Anchorage community and travels abroad. If Harley had the time and money, he would backpack the world.
Rachel Raley is a double major in Accounting and Management Information Systems, with an expected graduation date of May 2019. She has varied work history including medical reception & billing, retail, and administrative work for a dog boarding facility on a military base. Rachel is involved the Accounting Club at UAA as the Volunteer Coordinator and as a tutor.
Rachel was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, near Mount Rushmore. Anchorage became home after her husband was stationed at Elmendorf AFB in 2008. She has 3 teenage children and a menagerie of animals that makes every day an interesting experience. When she does find free time outside of school, kids, and animals, Rachel enjoys reading, sewing, and home improvement projects with her husband.
Katie Rowell has been living in Alaska since 1997. A graduate of Colony High School, Katie holds an Associate of Science in Engineering Technology from Middle Georgia College, and a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Her aviation career began with Era Aviation in 2012 as a Beech 1900 First Officer. Since then, she has expanded her experience to include working as an Administrative Assistant, Pilot Records and Publications Coordinator, Flight Operations Manager, and Dash 8 First Officer.
In January of 2018, she accepted the position of Director of Flight Safety for Ravn Air Group. In that role she aided her company to prepare for and successfully complete the IATA International Operational Safety Audit, an internationally recognized standard for aviation safety. When she isn’t delivering passengers and cargo to the far corners of the State of Alaska, her office duties task her with oversight of the Company’s Flight Operations Quality Assurance programs, monitoring of flight crew safety reporting, and assisting with the conduct of safety risk management. She is actively pursuing her Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage and strives to use the knowledge she has gained to grow her career in Aviation Management.