Student Advisory Board

Formed in the 2018-2019 academic year, the Student Advisory Board serves the division of Student and Academic Life and fulfills its mission to improve SAL programs by:

  • Sharing diverse perspectives on the University of Kentucky student experience
  • Being champions for academic and social issues that are important to the campus community
  • Supporting improved communication between students and the office of the Associate Provost for Student and Academic Life
  • Suggesting new initiatives or improvements to current SAL programs and services

Board members serve a one-year term. Board nominations may be directed to Jim Wims, Senior Assistant Provost.


Olivia Antigua
President, SAL Advisory Board
Olivia is a 2nd year studying Political Science with a minor in Journalism Studies from Champaign, Illinois. In addition to serving on the board, she is currently serving as the Director of Innovation and Special Initiatives for Student Government Association (SGA) to improve mental health awareness and is a Group Fitness Instructor for Campus Recreation and Wellness.
Destin George Bell
Destin is a junior studying marketing at UK. He formerly worked on the Provost Student Advisory Board and the Wildcats Dimension Committee, and is currently the standing president of the Entrepreneurship club, the founder of two startups, and works as a consultant for UK HR. Upon graduation, he plans to move into corporate business before pivoting into full-time entrepreneurship and public speaking.
Ben Childers
Ben is a junior Political Science major at the University of Kentucky and incoming first year student at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He has served in the past on the Provost Student Advisory Board and the Lewis Hall Council, and currently is acting as the Director of Communications for the Student and Academic Life Advisory Board. After graduation, Ben plans to pursue a career as lawyer in his hometown of Corbin, Kentucky.
Kate Cox
Kate is the Head of the Health and Wellness Pillar of the Student and Academic Life Advisory Board. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, she is a third-year student in Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology with a minor in Dance. Furthermore, she is a Gaines Fellow in the Humanities and an active member of Phi Delta Epsilon, International Medical Fraternity.
Katie Custer
Katie is the Vice President of the Student and Academic Life Advisory Board. She is a 3rd year student majoring in Business Communication from Louisville, Kentucky. She currently serves as the Panhellenic President. She is a member of the Lambda Alpha chapter of Chi Omega here at the University of Kentucky. She is currently aiding on a research project and has served on the Wildcat Foundations Committee for the university.
Andrew Donavan
Andrew is an Engineering Student at the University of Kentucky, who is pursuing degrees in both Computer Engineering and Computer Science. After graduation, he plans to pursue a commission in the United States Air Force as a pilot. Along with serving on the board, Andrew works as an involvement advisor through the Office of Student Organizations and Activities.
Jaeana Gates
Jaeana is a senior studying Dietetics at the University of Kentucky and minoring in Music Performance on the Trumpet. Currently, she serves as a third-year Resident Advisor in the Lewis Hall Residential Honors College, the President of the UK Student Dietetic and Nutrition Association, the President of the Every Nation Campus campus ministry, a member of Sustainable Solutions To Overcome Poverty (SSTOP Hunger), and a mentor in the UK Dietetic and Human Nutrition Mentoring and Leadership Program. In addition to these involvements, Gates serves as a member on the Student Academic Life Advisory Board on the Health and Wellness pillar. Gates served as an executive board member in the Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) organization for 2 years, and then served as the MANRRS Region 3 Undergraduate Student Vice President. She also served as a volunteer for the UK Campus Kitchens Farm-to-Fork food recovery and preparation program, and she has served as a leader in the classroom in roles such as a GEN 100 Peer Mentor and a Greenhouse Living Learning Program Undergraduate Instructional Assistant.
Andrew Lippert
Andrew is a 3rd-year student at the University of Kentucky studying within the College of Agriculture as a Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences major with a minor in Economics. Within his discipline, he focuses on interrelationships between contemporary sciences, ethics, regulations, and societies. Upon graduation, he will attend law school with the desire to practice Environmental Law.
Taylor Mowid
Taylor is currently the Executive Vice President of the Interfraternity Council at the University of Kentucky. He is a 3rd year student from Carmel, Indiana, double majoring in Management and Marketing with a focus on Sports Business. He works for UK Athletics within the departments of Communications and Public Relations as well as Marketing. Additionally, Taylor is on the Executive Board for his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi as the Secretary.
Monica Peterman
Monica is a junior from Columbus, OH studying Clinical Leadership & Management. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Student and Academic Life Advisory Board. In her time at UK, she founded the Alpha Nu chapter of Kappa Beta Gamma International Sorority, and has since gone on to serve as President. She is currently serving as the United Greek Council President, and remaining an active member of the Healthcare Administration Student Association.
Mia Thompson
Mia is the Head of the Academic Success of the Student and Academic Life Advisory Board. She is a third year student majoring in African American Studies and Community & Leadership Development. She has a minor in Family Sciences and an undergraduate certificate in Leadership Studies. She is a West Louisville, KY native and an alumna of the DuPont Manual High School, specifically their Journalism and Communications Magnet. Currently, she is an Anti-virus Student Mentor and Curriculum Teacher for 3 classes of middle schoolers in Fayette County Public Schools through the Mitchell Family Foundation. She serves on the K Board as a Leadership Series Committee Member for K Week after being a K Crew Leader for the past two years. She has been a Student Peer Instructor of two years for UK 101. She is one of the Co-Liaisons for the executive board member of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences Organization based out of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment. Lastly, she is an Event Programming Student Intern of two years at the Martin Luther King Center.