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 2016-17 SAC members are listed below with the group they are representing.

2016-17 SAC Members: Matthew Walker, Patrick Lassell, Shaun Huot, Jarred MacArthur, Tara McGrogan, Floyd Wright Jr., Josiah Whelchel, Morgan Lim, Terrell Jones, Damaris Li, and Victoria Adams. (Not pictured: Thomas Antal, John Shirley)

Victoria Adams

Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP)

Victoria Adams is a senior at UAF studying accounting. She is originally from Anchorage and decided to stay in state because she loves it here in Alaska (and school is much more affordable in state). Once she graduates in the spring, she will be moving back to Anchorage to start working with an accounting firm there. Victoria loves the outdoors and enjoys dip netting for reds in the summertime.

Thomas Antal

Cadet Club (ROTC)

Thomas Antal is currently a senior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, perusing his degree in homeland security. Throughout his college career, Thomas has been highly active in both the local community and other organizations,  including West Valley JROTC and the Boy Scouts of America.  In addition to his academic studies, Thomas is currently enrolled in the Senior ARMY ROTC program on a four-year national scholarship, where he will commission as an active duty 2nd Lieutenant in May of 2017.  Thomas hopes to promote leadership development throughout his military career and make the best impact possible wherever he goes.

Shaun Huot

Associated Students of Business (ASB)

Shaun Huot is Canadian by birth, Alaskan by choice. Shaun was born and raised in Victoria, BC, Canada, where he worked in the insurance industry for the past decade. Shaun and his wife moved to Fairbanks in 2016 and he is pursuing his goal of getting a bachelor's degree in business administration. In his spare time, Shaun enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, and watching sports.

Terrell Jones

Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL)

Terrell Jones is the officer for Native Alaskan Business Leaders. He has been involved with NABL since fall of 2015 and attended the 2016 American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) conference as an observant. Now he guides the current group so that they can continue NABL's success as a chapter of AIBL. Terrell is a junior in the rural development program with a concentration in rural business and economic development. He is also an active member in the Native community in Fairbanks. 

Patrick Lassell

Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD)

Patrick Lassell is a home grown Alaskan. He was born in Minnesota but his family quickly moved to Fairbanks after he was born. He grew up in Fairbanks and graduated from Lathrop High School. He started his college career at Arizona State University, where he spent a semester studying space exploration. After some quick thinking, he moved back to Fairbanks to attend UAF after finishing that first semester and plans to graduate with his business degree in spring 2017.

Patrick is involved in the Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD) student club, where he serves as the club’s vice president. He also holds a job as an intern at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, where he acts as the school district’s business liaison.

Patrick loves to hike, snowboard, ice and rock climb, play soccer, work out, and read about astronomy.

Damaris Li

Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD)

Damaris Li is currently enrolled as full-time student in the Honors program of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in leadership. She works part-time as an office manager for Alaska Wildlife Guide in North Pole and she serves as the president of SOLD (Students Offering Leadership Development). She also serves as the Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader for 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team HHC.

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 GmbH.

Damaris Li is married to Captain Fanyi Li and together they love to explore different countries.

Morgan Lim

MS Resource and Applied Economics

Morgan Lim comes to Fairbanks from sunny Southern California, where he received his BA in Economics from California State University at San Bernardino. After completing his BA, he backpacked across Asia, where he was able to learn more about his cultural history and meet distant relatives for the first time. When he returned to the US, Morgan took a job in Seward working on a tour boat. Having enjoyed his time in the state, he decided to move to Fairbanks to pursue his MS in Resource and Applied Economics at UAF’s School of Management. Morgan’s research focuses on modelling air pollution in China. When he’s not in the classroom, you can find him playing trivia at the pub, in the gym playing volleyball, or at the dog park with his Great Dane, Douglas.

Jarred MacArthur

Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM)

Jarred MacArthur was born and raised in Show Low, AZ where he graduated from Show Low High in 2008. He began work for the U.S. Forest Service out of high school as a wild land firefighter. Jarred worked in Arizona for four seasons before moving to Fairbanks with his wife in 2011. They moved in September and by November it was -40. Talk about shell shocked. 

Jarred began working for the University Fire Department on campus in 2012. He graduated with a bachelor's in emergency management 2014. After graduating, he took two years off before beginning the Master of Security and Disaster Management degree. 

During the summers, Jarred works for the Chena Hotshots located on Fort Wainwright and he just completed his fourth season with them. He is currently holding the Career Seasonal position as Squad Leader. He loves crew life but would like to become a smoke jumper in the near future.  

 Jarred and his wife Chelsea had a little girl named Peyton earlier this year and they are excited to raise her in Alaska. Jarred really enjoy the outdoors and all of the hunting and fishing that Alaska has to offer.

Tara McGrogan

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

Tara McGrogan was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Loving the town where she was raised, she decided to stay and attend UAF so she could remain close to family and friends. She has worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference, UAF’s Division of Design and Construction, and the School of Management. Last spring, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She is currently working as a teacher’s assistant at SOM and will complete her MBA in spring 2017.

Over the past three years, Tara has had a great opportunity to help at the Alaska Youth Academy, a program sponsored by the Alaska State Troopers and Tanana Chiefs Conference. The academy focuses on helping rural high school students find direction before graduation.

When she's not in school, Tara enjoys cooking, live music, and exploring new places. She also enjoys playing soccer and spends the winters in Alaska learning how to classic ski.

John Shirley

Sports and Recreation Management Association (SRMA)

John Shirley was born and raised in Soldotna, Alaska where he graduated from Soldotna High School. After spending one year at the University of Mount Union, he transferred to UAF. John is currently a senior majoring in economics and minoring in sports management. In November 2015, he helped found the Sports and Recreation Management Association and currently serves as its president.

Matthew Walker

Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking (SWEET)

Matthew Walker has lived in interior Alaska for the past 18 years, graduating from North Pole High School in 2009. After 6 years working in the hospitality industry he has decided to return to college in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

He is the current President of the local Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity chapter Nu Omega, the president of the economics club Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking (SWEET), and he is the Republican precinct captain for the University campus. He is currently employed as a bartender at the UAF Pub.

Josiah Whelchel

Active and Innovative Minds (AIM)

Josiah Whelchel serves as the chief financial and operating officer (CFOO) for the student organization Active and Innovative Minds (AIM). He is a current senior within the School of Management and is studying finance and accounting. A native of Fairbanks, he spends any spare time with family and friends.

Floyd Wright Jr.

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

Floyd Wright Jr. was born in Artesia, New Mexico. He graduated from Fountain Ft. Carson High School in Fountain, Colorado, in 1988. After graduation, he joined the Navy and served in 1994. He has five children, three of whom are now enrolled in college themselves. Floyd is attending UAF and seeking his bachelor's degree in homeland security and emergency management. He is also the president of the UAF chapter of International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) for his second term. He looks forward to the new challenges he will face in this new term.

Floyd likes camping, fishing and hiking. He enjoys all kinds of sports, especially in the winter. He also coached both youth football and baseball.

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