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 is currently the Program Evaluator and Research Analyst at the Fairbanks North Star School District, where she has worked since completing her MBA at UAF SOM in 2003. She is responsible for designing and implementing evaluation studies, conducting research and statistical analysis for district programs, and preparing reports for state and federal agencies as well as the school board. Prior to joining the school district, Heather worked as an educator in alternative and private school settings. 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 five children, ages 3 through 16. 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 with her husband and is active in many local groups and volunteer activities. She loves fishing, camping and cruising.
At the age of 17, Ted moved from the Chicago suburbs to Fairbanks to attend UAF. He graduated with a BBA in Finance in 1994 and his MBA in 1996, both from the UAF School of Management. Since then he has lived in Anchorage and made a career in banking.
Ted currently works for Alaska USA Insurance Brokers as a Surety Account Executive.
Prior to working for Alaska USA Insurance Brokers, Ted worked at KeyBank as Vice President of Commercial Banking. He was responsible for business development and commercial lending to large middle market clients throughout the state of Alaska. He worked as a financial and tax analyst with National Bank of Alaska and then Wells Fargo after the merger in 2001. He was also an adjunct instructor at Alaska Pacific University in the Organizational Management program and taught classes in the Global MBA program.
Ted is involved with the Resource Development Council and is a past member of the Institute of Management Accountants.
Ms. Christi Bell is the Executive Director of the University Alaska Center for Economic Development. Through this position she provides technical assistance to community-based organizations engaged in economic development activities throughout Alaska. Ms. Bell is also actively engaged in strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem across 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.
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.
Jason Carroll is the Procurement and Supply Chain Manager for Tesoro Alaska Company. Jason graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in 2001 with a degree in Finance. Jason has served on the board of directors for several community groups including The Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, Rotary Club of Kenai, Cook Inlet Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Kenai Economic Development Strategy. Jason is also a Deacon at Kenai Christian Church.
Jason and his wife Julie have two children and live in Kenai, Alaska.
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.
Mr. Cook was born in Fairbanks , Alaska , and attended Fairbanks elementary and secondary schools. He attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem , Pennsylvania and graduated with honors in the accounting curriculum. While at Lehigh University , he was president of his social fraternity and was elected as a member and president of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honorary, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honorary.
He 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 currently works at the Community Technical College as a professor of Applied Business and Accounting. 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, the Faculty of the Year award from UAF, and the Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award.
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 .
Dr. Kathryn Dodge
Kathryn is the Policy Research Director at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center conducting research on statewide energy efficiency and housing construction in the arctic. She has worked as the Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) Economic Development Director where she was responsible for all economic development activities for the Borough and published a quarterly analysis of issues relevant to the FNSB economy, successfully challenged the US Census Bureau’s 2006 population estimate, led the UAF Chancellor’s Economic Development Transition Team, helped found the local Interior Issues Council Think Tank, and partnered with many other community and economic development partners on community and economic development projects.
Dr. Dodge graduated from the Fielding Graduate University with a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and MAs in both Human Development and Organizational Design and Effectiveness. Dr. Dodge also has a BA in Organizational Management from Alaska Pacific University, and an AAS in Electronics Technology from UAF’s Tanana Valley Community College.
Dr. Dodge lives in Fairbanks with her three Pekingese and parrot named Gracie. She serves on several local boards and steering committees.
President and CEO, FEDC, Fairbanks, Alaska
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.
Sam Enoka is currently the President and CFO of VIASYN, focusing on renewable energy markets. He has a wide-range of experience in alternative asset management, including hedge funds, commodity trading, fund-of-funds, venture capital and institutional real estate.
Mr. Enoka graduated from UAF with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Finance) and earned an MBA from the University of California Berkeley. Prior to VIASYN, Mr. Enoka established the operations of North Stone Capital Management (CTA & Quant FX) from 2004-2006 and of Olympius Capital, a multi-manager, multi-strategy fund-of-hedge funds from 2001-2004.
Mr. Enoka worked as a financial consultant and was a co-founder and Director of Finance for FiberCycle Networks. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Enoka worked with Entegrity Partners and Shoreline Capital Partners, investing in environmental technology and telecom-related ventures. Mr. Enoka began his career through an APFC internship at Kennedy Associates Real Estate Counsel where he served as an analyst and asset manager.
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.
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.
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 is active on professional and charitable boards. He 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 currently lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
Lorna Shaw graduted cum laude in 1996 with her BBA and summa cum laude in 2005 with her MBA, both from SOM. Lorna is currently the External Affairs Manager at Sumitomo Pogo Mine.