Student Advisory Council

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 2020-21 SAC members are listed below with the group they are representing.

Alanna Bailey

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.

Kristi Duenas

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.

Nicole Jacobs

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.

SPencer Jacobs

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.


Riley Jones

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.


 Jordan Kashatok

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.


James Miller

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.

Arnold Rivera

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.



Bryan Sauer

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

Esports Club

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.