Business Advisory Council
The School of Management’s Business Advisory Council (BAC) was formed in 2008 to provide support, guidance and leadership to the Dean on issues pertaining to the School’s academic excellence.
Heather Rauenhorst works at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District as Director of Grants and Special Projects. This position is responsible for the development and administration of grants as well as for leading designated district improvement projects from inception to completion.
Heather earned her MBA in 2003 from the UAF School of Management. She is an active volunteer with several local non-profits including the Fairbanks Rescue Mission and the Farthest North Girl Scout Council.
Heather is married to Colonel Mike Rauenhorst (retired), a JROTC teacher at North Pole High School. They have six children, ranging in age from 6 months old to an 18 year old in college. In any free time she has between the kids’ various activities, she loves to travel, cook, and read.
Council Vice Chair
Born and raised in Fairbanks, AK, Renee M. Staley, received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1997 and went on to achieve a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Arizona in 2001, while managing global call centers for American Express. Renee is currently the Site Manager for Birchwood Homes based in Fairbanks. Her main duties are Marketing, Sales, Business Development and Project Management. Staley has previously worked as Branch Manager for a local bank here in Fairbanks. Prior to that she was the Director of Field Accounting Services for American Express in Toronto Canada, where she managed Customer Service, Account Management, Call Center Operations, Project Management and Accounting.
Renee currently resides in Fairbanks and is active in many local groups and volunteer activities. She loves fishing, camping and cruising.
Born and raised in Fairbanks, Suzan Bast is currently employed as the Human Resources Consultant for Tanana Valley Clinic, one of the largest multi-specialty clinics in Alaska. After completing her MBA at UAF, Suzan began her career in HR at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. She has held positions in recruiting, service excellence and health care clinic operations.
Suzan has coached youth and high school sports for the last 20 years and is serving on the Interior Youth Basketball Board, while coaching several youth basketball teams, as well as managing an Eclipse Soccer Team. She is married to local dentist John Bast and they have 3 school age children.
Ms. Christi Bell is the Executive Director of the University Alaska Center for Economic Development. She provides technical assistance to community-based organizations engaged in economic development activities throughout Alaska. Through Bell’s leadership a web-based entrepreneurial resource was established (AK SourceLink); a business boot camp and business plan competition was retooled and now includes all campuses of the University of Alaska system; “Lemonade Day” was begun to encourage youth entrepreneurship capacity building, and plans are underway to continue to bring more entrepreneurship related programming to Alaska.
Bell holds a CEcD (Certificate in Economic Development) from the International Economic Development Council as well as a Master of Business degree and a Master of Science degree in Resource Management, both from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In addition to education, Ms. Bell brings more than 17 years of business and management consulting experience to the UACED.
Cory Borgeson was hired as President & Chief Executive Officer for GVEA in June 2012. Mr. Borgeson has been GVEA’s General Counsel since 1989. As General Counsel, Mr. Borgeson has worked with GVEA management on all aspects of the utility’s operations. Mr. Borgeson is very familiar with the electric utility industry and worked on Alaska Railbelt issues for over twenty years. He is chairman of the Bradley Lake Hyrdoelectric Project and co-chair of the Alaska Power Association’s Managers Group.
Mr. Borgeson earned a B.A. in psychology from Oakland University and a Juris Doctorate from Drake University with a focus on business law and taxation. He has been in private practice since 1984, most recently as managing partner of the legal firm Borgeson and Kramer, PC (formerly Borgeson and Burns, PC). Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Borgeson was a Trust Officer and Assistant Vice President with First National Bank of Fairbanks.
Mr. Borgeson was a faculty member with the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management from 1983 to 2014, teaching business and employment law. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairbanks Resource Agency, Fairbanks Family Centered Services, and nationally, on the Board of the Electric Cooperative Bar Association.
Mr. Borgeson hails from Michigan but has made Alaska home since 1982.
Greg Bringhurst is the Communications Manager for Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. Greg is an alumnus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizations. During his time at UAF he was involved in several student groups and continues to be involved as a proud member of the UAF Alumni Association. Greg is an avid supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fairbanks and is involved in several other organizations in the area, including the Young Professionals Council of Fairbanks.
In his free time Greg enjoys spending time with his wife, Charlene, their three dogs and cat. You will often find Greg motorcycling, hiking, fishing and participating in anything outdoors.
Joel Cladouhos is the Quota Manager for Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC), a non-profit Community Development Quota (CDQ) group representing 15 communities and over 8,700 residents of the Norton Sound region. He is responsible for maximizing the revenue generated from leasing fishing rights in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands fisheries, including pollock, cod, crab, halibut and sablefish. Income from quota is invested directly in Norton Sound communities in the form of scholarships, training, grants, loans, fisheries development and community outreach.
Joel was born in Fairbanks, raised in Juneau, and has travelled from Adak to Barrow for work and fun. He received his BA in Economics from Grinnell College in 2001 and his MBA from UAF in 2005. While in Fairbanks he helped coach the West Valley High School baseball team, participated in multiple Equinox Marathons, and learned how to skijor. Currently, Joel lives in Anchorage with his wife, Greta, and their husky, Rossignol.
Mike Cook began his professional career with Price Waterhouse & Co. prior to his service as a medical administrative officer in the U.S. Air Force. He returned to Fairbanks to resume his accounting career and became a partner in Cook & Haugeberg. Mr. Cook's professional experience includes responsibilities for audits of State of Alaska agencies, cities, boroughs, school districts and nonprofit organizations, as well as the variety of businesses served by Cook & Haugeberg LLC.
Mr. Cook is past President of the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, the Alaska Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, the Air Force Association ( Alaska ) and the Fairbanks Downtown Association. He is active in the community's charitable and service organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America, in which he is past president of the Midnight Sun Council. He is a former Chairman of the State Board of Public Accountancy, is on the Advisory Councils of the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management and the University of Alaska Museum of the North. He completed seven years as a board member and chair of the audit and investment advisory committees of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.
Charlie Dexter is a professor emeritus of UAF's Community and Technical College Applied Business and Accounting department. He has a wide range of experience, from working as UAF’s Statewide Personnel Manager, Director of Admissions, and Director of the Small Business Development Center. Charlie also spent 10 years in Alaska's tourism and aviation industry prior to joining the university.
Mr. Dexter is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management, and is licensed by Franklin Covey as a time management instructor. He has also won the College of Rural Alaska’s Nancy Mendenhall Award, Alumni Achievement award, the Faculty of the Year award from UAF, and the Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award. He is also listed in "Who's Who in America."
Charlie earned his BA in 1977 with a minor in Travel Industry Management and an MBA from the School of Management at University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1983. He and his wife, Marylee, have two adopted children and live in Fairbanks.
He is owner of Alaska Leadership Solutions, a consulting, training, and executive coaching firm in Fairbanks.
Emily Drygas, a life-long Alaskan, has been with the University of Alaska Fairbanks since 2002. In her current role as Director of Development, she oversees UAF’s fund-raising program that raises philanthropic support from private foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Emily brings a broad range of experience to her position and one of her passions is building positive relations with UAF donors and her colleagues within the University. Emily previously served as UAF’s Senior Development Officer and the Director of Development at the University of Alaska Museum of the North where she focused on raising annual gifts, memberships, major/planned gifts, as well as fund-raising events.
Emily, a two-time graduate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, holds an undergraduate degree in Japanese Studies (1997) and a Masters in Professional Communication (2008). As an undergraduate student, Emily studied abroad for one year via UAF’s International Exchange program in Nagoya, Japan and she later served as an international relations liaison for the consulate of Japan in Obihiro City, Hokkaido (Japan). She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fairbanks, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Alaska Chapter), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and UAF’s School of Management Advisory board.
During her free time, Emily enjoys skiing, kayaking, and traveling. Emily and her husband Erik (also a UAF alumnus) reside in Fairbanks along with their two daughters, Annika and Ava.
A lifelong Alaskan, Dan Flodin is currently living in Chugiak , Alaska and working at the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company as the Supply Chain Manager. He has experience in commercial fishing, small business, and the public and private sectors.
Dan earned a BBA in Finance and an MBA from the UAF School of Management in 1994 and 1997 respectively. As a student, Mr. Flodin was the President of the Student Investment Fund and was always an active participant in classes, volunteer work, and extracurricular activities. He served for 6 years on the UAF Alumni Association Board of Directors.
David Hale is the President & owner of Hale & Associates, Inc. David moved to Fairbanks in 1977, graduated from North Pole High School, and was a member of the Plumber and Pipe Fitters Local 375 until 1986 when he changed careers and joined Corroon and Black Dawson Insurance, which later became Willis of Alaska. David was president and CEO of the Alaska operations for Fairbanks and Anchorage until 2007 when he acquired the Fairbanks office book of business and formed Hale & Associates. In early 2012, David became the majority owner of Los Amigos, which is local Mexican restaurant and bar.
Jim Johnsen is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Process Transformation at ACS Alaska.
He continues to teach at UAF, advise graduate students, and serve on advisory councils. Jim’s education includes an undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Cruz, a master’s from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Mary, who leads the Hospice of Tanana Valley, have two grown children and three Cardigan Corgis.
Tammy Kosa is a lifelong Alaskan. She graduated from Austin E. Lathrop High School in Fairbanks and was a BP Principal Scholar. Tammy was a member of the UAF Honors Program and she graduated with a BBA in International Business in 1994.
Tammy is Vice President, Regional Sales & Service Manager of Northrim Bank and has over 19 years of banking experience. She teaches for Junior Achievement of Alaska and was Consultant of the Year in 2004. She volunteers for the Eclipse Soccer Club in Fairbanks. Tammy also has a Series 65 Investment License and State of Alaska Life/Health Insurance License.
Tammy is happily married to her high school sweetheart and they have 2 children.
Mike Lombardino moved to Fairbanks, AK in 2002 when he accepted the position as President/CEO for Northern Schools Federal Credit Union, now Spirit of Alaska FCU. Mike is originally from Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with double majors in finance and risk management. He received his MBA from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee Wisconsin and has working in the banking industry for over 30 years He lives with his wife Joan and has one son and two daughters, all pursuing their own careers in the lower 48.
As a young adult Mike worked as a cook and bartender in the family business, an Italian/American restaurant. He was active in sports throughout high school and lettered at the University of Wisconsin in soccer. He has been involved in a number of nonprofit organizations in the Fairbanks area including Boy Scouts of America, Ice Alaska, and has taught “Principles of Banking” at CTC.
Mr. Ragins was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK, and is a graduate of West Valley H.S. He attended Babson College in Boston and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a major in Finance. Following Babson, Mr. Ragins worked in the Leveraged Finance Group at Banc of America Securities (f/k/a NationsBanc Capital Markets, Inc.) where he financed numerous transactions using the high yield bond and leveraged loan markets. He subsequently graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with an MBA in Finance. Following Wharton, Mr. Ragins moved to New York and worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions group at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he completed transactions in the media, industrial, and healthcare services sectors.
Mr. Ragins left Merrill Lynch in early 2001 and began his career in private equity. Since 2001, he has worked in middle market private equity, first at Seaport Capital for five years, and currently as a Managing Director at Clarion Capital Partners. In private equity, Mr. Ragins has invested in a number of growing companies across industries that include media, telecom, technology consumer products and business services. David currently sits on the board of Project Explorer, a non-profit organization that produces globally-focused multimedia programming for primary and secondary school students and educators, and he sits on the board of The Acorn School, a NAEYC accredited non-profit preschool. Mr. Ragins lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
Audrey Ranstead is the owner of Bruegger's Bagels. She was born and raised in Fairbanks and graduated from UAF with a bachelors degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. She was an active member of the Associated Students of Business and now enjoys guest speaking at UAF Marketing classes, sharing her experience as a business owner with students. Since graduating, she has worked for Doyon, Limited, Tanana Chiefs Conference and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company in various management positions. She has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and since opening Bruegger's in 2006 has also designed and patented a hands-free dog leash and started an Alaska food/adventure blog called with Baked Alaska Project. In her spare time she enjoys playing hockey in the Fairbanks Women's Hockey League.
Shaw started her mining career with Kinross Ft. Knox in 2001 and rose quickly through the company, becoming Kinross's first community and government relations manager. Creating the materials, programs, and outreach efforts at Fort Knox, Shaw essentially set the standard for the industry and today she is recognized as an industry expert. In April 2012, Shaw was hired at the Sumitomo Pogo Mine and is currently responsible for developing and managing advocacy, communication, and outreach efforts. From mine-specific details to industry generalities, she is able to engage audiences from experts to elementary students with one of the state's most important industries.
Shaw is an active member of the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce and has volunteered for just about every aspect of the organization. In addition to serving as the 2012 chairwoman, Shaw continues to moderate the organization's political forums. In 2010, the Chamber recognized her outstanding volunteer contributions and awarded Shaw the George Nehrbas Award.