Student Advisory Council

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 2017-18 SAC members are listed below with the group they are representing.

  • Jillian Bjornstad - Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL)
  • Salem Dogbe - Active and Innovative Minds (AIM)
  • Olivia Jeans - Cadet Club (ROTC)
  • Damaris Li - Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD) (Fall Semester representative)
  • Connor Minder - Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD) (Spring Semester representative)
  • Christa Ogawa - Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP)
  • Mark Oldmixon - Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) Program
  • Gracelyn Wiseman - Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

Jillian Bjornstad

Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL)

Jillian Bjornstad is from the Aleutian community of Sand Point. She lived there all her life and is proud to be Unangan (Aleut). She decided to go to UAF because it seemed like the best choice for the goals she has in mind. Currently Jillian is a sophomore seeking a degree in Business Administration. She has been working with NABL (Native Alaskan Business Leaders) since the Fall of 2016 and they won 3rd place in the AIBL (American Indian Business Leaders) business competition in the Spring of 2017. Jillian graduated high school as valedictorian in 2016 and was on the Chancellor's list for her first two semesters at UAF. 

Salem Dogbe

Active and Innovative Minds (AIM)

Salem Dogbe is a senior at UAF pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. From Illinois, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He loves outdoor activities and the Alaska landscape and decide to stay in the state. Shortly after joining a student club on campus, he realized the benefits of being involved in community and gaining self-confidence.  With French as his first language, he was able to find a passion for communicating with people and being active on campus. He is the current president of the student club Active and Innovative Minds (AIM), whose mission is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurial minds.

Olivia Jeans

Cadet Club (ROTC)

Olivia Jeans is currently a sophomore at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, pursuing her degree in Biology. Olivia is currently enrolled in the Senior ARMY ROTC program on a three-year national scholarship, where she will commission as an active duty 2nd Lieutenant in May of 2020. She spends her free time skiing, paddle-boarding, and mountain biking. Olivia hopes to one day become an Ophthalmologist in the United States Army.

 

Damaris Li

Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD) (Fall Semester representative)

Damaris Li is currently enrolled as full-time student of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in leadership. She serves as the Vice President of Community Spouse Club Fort Wainwright (CSC). Born and raised in Germany, Damaris began her career as Director of the Kindergarten and Pre-school ‘Spatzennest' in Bad Muender. Several years later, she worked as a project manager for the Software Company Sinfone KoKG. Damaris Li is married to Captain Fanyi Li and together they love to explore different countries.

Connor Minder

Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD) (Spring Semester representative)

Connor Minder was born in Anchorage, Alaska and he grew up in Ireland before moving back to Alaska in 2003. He graduated from high school at the age of 17 and decided to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks to further his education. He is currently in his senior year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. Connor gives back to the school by heading the Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD) club and taking an active role in volunteering in the community. When he's not entrenched in homework or club activities, Connor enjoys longboarding and playing video games.

Christa Ogawa

Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP)

Christa Ogawa is a senior at UAF, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting while working a full-time graveyard job. She currently serves as the Vice president for Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP). Having decided to join after her brother was a prior GAAP president. She was born in Tacoma, Washington, but as a military kid grew up in Hawaii, Louisiana, California and ultimately Alaska, where she stayed to go to college. Christa enjoys spending time with her husky, Nook and when not in school, she loves to hike, travel, and read.

 

Mark Oldmixon

Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) Program

Mark Oldmixon is the Director of Wood Center and the Department of Recreation, Adventure, and Wellness (DRAW) at UAF. Mark moved to Fairbanks in 2006 from New England. He found the dream job of teaching outdoor education in Alaska with Outdoor Adventures in the Wood Center. After 6 years with Outdoor Adventures, he became the Director for the newly formed DRAW. In March 2016, he happily came back to be a part of Wood Center as the new Director. He and his wife Lael Oldmixon have two young children, Quinn and Mae.

Gracelynn Wiseman

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

Gracelynn Wiseman was born in Clarksville, Tennessee however was raised in Europe due to her father being in the Air Force. She has lived in various places including Germany and Turkey, and visited many countries throughout the world. Moving to Alaska was a big change, but she believes it was totally worth it due to the welcoming feel about the university.  Last spring, Gracelynn graduated with her bachelors in business administration with a focus in marketing, and decided that she wasn't ready to stop pursuing her education. She believes that the UAF School of Management is one of the best programs at the university and will graduate with her MBA in August 2018. Gracelynn has worked as the SOM Dean’s student assistant, a marketing assistant and now is still working with the department as a teaching assistant for undergrads. When not working or doing homework, her favorite way to pass time is by reading books and going on spontaneous adventures.

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