The School of Management’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) was formed in 2008 to provide
opportunities for School of Management (SOM) students to voice their opinions on the
direction of the school. The Student Advisory Council is a liaison between SOM students
and the SOM dean.
The 2020-21 SAC members are listed below with the group they are representing.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Alanna Bailey was born and raised in Palmer, Alaska. She is currently a senior majoring
in business administration with a concentration in marketing. On the Student Advisory
Council, Alanna represents the Society for Human Resources Management. She is also
a student marketing assistant for the School of Management. During the summer months,
she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and spending time outdoors.
International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
A natural-born “can-do” personality, Kristi Duenas has a genuine enthusiasm for protecting
those around her by planning ahead for emergencies and sharing her knowledge so others
can do the same. Currently an emergency planner and disaster/self-help program manager,
Kristi counts Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, as well as local and state emergency activities,
among her response repertoire. She has changed the landscape of the Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory Disaster/Self-Help Program by recruiting and educating volunteers,
many of whom are now actively engaged and have a new appreciation of their roles in
the bigger picture of helping keep their peers safe. Growing this effort, she has
also taken on the responsibility of improving the understanding of personnel emergency
preparedness and response across LLNL.
Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) Program
Nicole Jacobs was born in Alaska and raised in Europe. She is a UAF graduate student
and teacher’s assistant for the School of Management’s Master of Security and Disaster
Management program. Currently, Nicole is the vice president UAF’s chapter of the Golden
Key International Honour Society. She received her bachelor’s degree in security and
emergency management, with a concentration in homeland security and emergency management,
from UAF. She was a nontraditional, limited income, and first-gen student. During
her undergraduate program, she worked for TRiO Student Support Services as a tutor.
In her free time, she enjoys fishing, camping, and road trips.
Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA)
Spencer Jacobs is a junior at UAF seeking a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation
business. He currently works for UAF as media coordinator for the BSRB program, and
as a local snow machine tour guide. One of the best experiences he has had through
UAF was the opportunity to volunteer at the NCAA’s Final Four competition in 2019.
Spencer loves the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. When not doing tours,
he can often be found riding the trails on a snow machine and making the most out
of every weekend.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Riley Jones is a senior seeking a bachelor’s degree in business administration with
a concentration in finance. He was born in and raised in Alaska and has lived in Fairbanks
for the last five years. He loves the outdoors and spends many weekends exploring
and skiing. In the summer, he works as a wildland firefighter based out of Fairbanks.
He is involved in the Student Investment Fund, Society for Human Resource Management,
and Associated Students of Business.
Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL)
Jordan Kashatok is currently a junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration
and the president of NABL (Native Alaskan Business Leaders). Jordan grew up in rural
Alaska in the villages of Newtok, Toksook Bay, and Kipnuk. In her free time, she enjoys
reading, spending time with friends, and learning new things.
Cadet Club (ROTC)
James Miller is a sophomore at UAF pursuing a major in political science and a minor
in foreign language. He was born and raised in Fairbanks and has been active in volunteer
work helping seniors, as well as with local political campaigns. His hobbies include
outdoor activities, including fishing, and practicing a variety of martial arts for
the past ten years. In 2023, he will be commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he hopes to serve as an infantry officer. After
finishing his time in the army, he hopes to one day go to law school and continue
serving the community as a lawyer.
Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP)
Arnold Rivera is a senior in the SOM accounting program and the vice president of
GAAP. He is also the service desk student lead for OIT. Arnold was born and raised
in California and moved to Alaska in 2013 while serving in the U.S. Army. He enjoys
going on hikes with his two dogs and in the winter he enjoys snowboarding.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program
Bryan Sauer was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He received his associate degree
in drafting technology from UAF CTC and a bachelor’s degree in business administration
from UAF. He is currently a UAF graduate student and teacher’s assistant for the School
of Management’s Student Investment Fund. He has benefited from many SOM activities,
which included attending the Student Managed Investment Fund Consortium Conference
(SMFIC) in Chicago, IL, and the Permanent Fund Corporation’s Board of Trusties Annual
Meeting. Bryan enjoys spending time in the Alaska outdoors. Outside of school and
work he likes to spend time at his family’s cabins on the Salcha River and at Birch
Lake. Some of his favorite activities include snow machining, ice fishing, and camping.
Shayna Smith is a junior at UAF pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting, as well
as sports management. She is currently working as a student assistant for the UAF
eSports department and is very passionate about integrating gaming anywhere she can,
from accounting to writing. Shayna is currently a member of HSAC (Honors Student Activities
Council), where she serves as co-treasurer. Originally from Colorado and having moved
to Virginia, where she currently lives when not on campus, Shayna enjoys all things
gaming and geeky, which often leads her to travel around the country for conventions.
Outside of school and gaming, she enjoys archery, swimming, and costume building.