Where are you going? How a Liberal Arts degree can get you there


LeeAnn Cooper Garrick

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Chief of Staff
BA, English ‘98 & MA, English ‘01

LeeAnn Cooper Garrick serves as ANTHC’s Chief of Staff. In her role, Ms. Garrick assists with facilitating external and internal communications, as well as provide specialized coordination and support for prioritization, alignment and resourcing to achieve the organization’s strategic goals and objectives. In her previous role as the Senior Director of Strategic Access, she led the recent development of the ANTHC campus, including the completion of a 202 bed patient housing facility. Ms. Garrick has worked for ANTHC for 14 years this fall, nearly a decade of which was serving in management and leadership roles within our work in environmental health and engineering. She also serves as the Board Chairperson for the Alaska Pacific University.

Ms. Garrick spent her early childhood in Petersburg, Alaska, before moving to Eagle River, Alaska. She is a CIRI shareholder and member of the Ninilchik Natives Association and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe. Ms. Garrick completed her undergraduate degree and two master’s degrees at the University of Alaska Anchorage.


Margaret Miller

Providence Health and Services Alaska, Genetic Counselor
BA, Psychology ‘03

Maggie Miller, MS Certified Genetic Counselor is a born and raised Alaskan. Graduating UAA Honors in Psychology in 2003, she went on to University of Minnesota to complete her Masters in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology and Genetics and returned to Providence to become a Genetic Counselor in 2005. For the past 12 years she has been providing Oncology Genetic Counseling to Alaskans. Her work centers around family history assessment, education about cancer and genetics, and decision making surrounding procedures; for example genetic testing and cancer screening. She is passionate about preventing disease through knowledge about family history and genetics. She enjoys public speaking and has been able to provide presentations about inherited cancer in both the lay public and medical community, including guest lecturing at UAA’s school of nursing and Honors College. Maggie is also an avid outdoor person and mother of two curious children.



Jayson Smart

Rasmuson Foundation, Senior Program Officer
BA, Psychology ‘93

Jayson Smart currently serves as a senior program officer with Rasmuson Foundation, a family foundation based in Anchorage. He has held positions in arts and education administration, with a focus on performing arts presenting and touring. He formerly served as deputy director with the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services, and has a background in social service agency management with a focus on disability advocacy and policy. Jayson presently serves as a trustee of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, and is a board member of the Anchorage Concert Association.

Jayson holds two degrees from the University of Alaska Anchorage: a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in public management (2005); and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (1993). He has spent the last 32 years in Southcentral Alaska, living with his family in Wasilla since 2009.




Troy Swanson

Municipality of Alaska Water and Wastwater Utility, Chief Information Officer

BA, Computer Sciences ‘91

Troy Swanson has been the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Municipality of Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (MOA/AWWU) since August of 2013.  Initially joining the Municipality in 1997, he previously served as CIO for the Utility from 1998 through 2003, and CIO for the Municipality of Anchorage from 2003 through 2006, before transferring back to AWWU where he managed Information Technology Programs and Projects from 2006 through 2013.  Prior to this, Mr. Swanson worked for Lockheed Martin for approximately 9 years as an Automation Engineer and Lead Planner for the Alaskan Region.   Mr. Swanson has 30 years’ experience in the field of information technology and management of technical systems and personnel.  Mr. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a scientific emphasis and a Minor in Mathematics from the University of Alaska Anchorage.  He will receive his Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis on Business Intelligence and Data Analytics in the Spring of 2018 from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Mr. Swanson is a passionate advocate for building relationships between UAA Alumni, Students and local Employers.  As a graduate of UAA, he has leveraged both the general knowledge acquired as a student and the experience gained as an intern, tying together academic achievement with relevant experience to become a leader in the field of technology.  Mr. Swanson has embraced this foundation and used it to make a difference as a UAA Alumni and a technology leader providing world-class technology services with excellent and exceptional quality.



Löki Gale Tobin

Anchorage Museum, Annual Giving Manager

BA, Psychology & BA, Sociology ‘06

A Returned Peace Corp Volunteer, Löki Gale Tobin spent three years in Azerbaijan. When she returned to the U.S. in 2011, she set her sights on building strong communities right here in Alaska, from her own hometown of Nome where she remains an advocate for the local arts council to her adopted hometown of Anchorage where she now works to connect people who are passionate for the arts with the Anchorage Museum.


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