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The GPSA Assembly represents graduate and professional students from colleges and schools across all ASU campuses and online students. Assembly Members are elected each spring and serve year long terms. Outside of our normal elections, the Assembly can fill empty seats by vote at monthly Assembly Meetings. Assembly seats are allocated based on enrollment for each school.

Meetings occur on the 3rd Friday of each month during the Spring and Fall semesters from 2-5pm.

Search below for the Assembly Member representing your school.

Get Involved

Below are seats vacant after our March 2019 Election. Want to join the Assembly for 2019-2020? Submit a brief cover letter and resume/CV to gpsaassembly@gmail.com by 11:59pm on Wednesday April 17th, 2019. Note: You'll need to attend the GPSA Assembly Meeting on April 19th, 2019 2-5pm in Student Pavilion 121B to be considered for the seat.

  • College of Health Solutions (1)
  • Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (2)
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (2)
  • W.P. Carey School of Business (2)
  • Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions (3)
  • New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (1)
  • Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication  (1)
  • At-large (4)
  • Online at-large (2)

Current Assembly Members

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences

Jake Garcia
Jake Garcia
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences
I'm Jake, a third year Chemistry PhD Candidate in the School of Molecular Sciences. I joined GPSA in order to provide a voice for other graduate students around me, and to personally have a hand in the decision making process that dictates our time here at ASU. Fun fact: I'm getting my skydiving license!

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences

Sarah Hall
Sarah Hall
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Social Sciences
I'm a second-year PhD student, and I study bioarchaeology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. I joined GPSA because I'm passionate about service, and GPSA gives us grad students an important platform to advocate for ourselves and our peers. Fun fact: I spent a month in Romania studying osteology during undergrad.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Life Sciences

Brandon Favre
Brandon Favre
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Life Sciences
I am a second year Master’s of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology student in the School of Life Sciences here at ASU. I also attended SoLS for my undergraduate career, and after five amazing years as a Sun Devil, I joined GPSA to give back to the SoLS and ASU community that has given me so much. As SoLS’ representative, I seek to improve the diversity and inclusion within the life sciences, make the process of working with GPSA to secure funding for travel and research more accessible, and to bring the concerns, ideas, and suggestions from the students of SoLS directly to GPSA and the CLAS administration. Fun fact: Despite being from Arizona, I love to ski!

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities

Alfonso Lopez-Morales
Alfonso Lopez-Morales
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Humanities
I am a first year PhD student in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. I also completed my MA here at ASU in the School of Sustainability. I am studying Native American cosmologies and their relation to the environment and how understanding these cultures can help us develop more sustainable practices. GPSA has a lot of resources and opportunities that can help graduate students in their professional development. I joined GPSA so I can inform other graduate students about such resources.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - At-Large

Peter Crank
Peter Crank
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - At-Large
As a Geography PhD, I love traveling, meeting new people, trying new food, and interacting with different cultures. I want to increase the voice of the diverse group of students that represent both Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, as well as CLAS Social Sciences. I am a 3rd year Ph.D. studying urban climates, focusing on urban green design, thermal comfort, and mental health. Fun fact: I used to work as a TV weatherman before pursuing my Ph.D.!

W.P. Carey School of Business

Alwin Dsouza
Alwin Dsouza
W.P. Carey School of Business
I am a fourth year Ph.D. student at Morrison School of Agribusiness. I've been a member since October 2017. I joined GPSA to connect with the ASU graduate community and share my experiences with them. I would like to take up discussions and find solutions to issues concerning graduate students. I would like to specifically focus on issues concerning the international students and graduate funding.
Gokul Vijay
Gokul Vijay
W.P. Carey School of Business
"I'm also an MBA student (class of 2019). I am working towards ensuring a smooth transition for the international students and also in reaching out to graduate and PhD students to make them aware of how GPSA can help them. Fun fact: Can rap in four languages, currently."
Thomas Arsenault
Thomas Arsenault
W.P. Carey School of Business
Hello, my name is Thomas Arsenault and I am a first year Masters in Business Administration (MBA) student here at Arizona State University. Prior to matriculating at ASU, I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts and worked in the risk consulting industry for the past four years. During my time at ASU, I plan to make a difference in the lives of students and this has led me to join the GPSA assembly. I hope to be an agent of change, allowing for the improvement of the life outcomes of the greater ASU community.

College of Health Solutions

Robert Yao
Robert Yao
College of Health Solutions
I am a PhD Candidate in biomedical informatics and co-chair of the Disability Advocacy and Awareness Committee. I had experienced difficulties in health and policies. Fortunately, given my training and talents, I was able to create solutions for myself. I joined GPSA because I never want anyone to go through the difficulties that I experienced and feel that the best way to prevent hardship from unnecessarily affecting others is by applying solutions through advocacy and policy creation.
Vacant
Vacant
College of Health Solutions
Interested in serving the graduate and professional student community? Send a cover letter and CV/Resume to Nich Weller (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) at least seven days before the next Assembly Meeting.

College of Public Service & Community Solutions

Soraya Jennings
Soraya Jennings
Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions
Hello, I am on the third semester on the Master in Environmental Public Policy. I am a Biologist from Brazil, and I joined GPSA to make friends and increase awareness on our rights at ASU. Fun fact about me: I am crazy about my 17 years old cat - Billie Jean! She is the best!
Daniel Jose Sanchez
Daniel Jose Sanchez
Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions
"My name Daniel Jose Sanchez, and I am a Master's of Public Administration (MPA) student here at ASU. My educational background includes a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Sociology, with Minor Studies in Visual Arts and Women's Studies. I have professional experience working in Healthcare and Higher Education Administration, as well as instructing college level undergraduate Sociology courses. I do this, for the ability to serve and guide our students and citizens towards their educational and life goals. I desire to serve our graduate students by helping us ease the administrative processes, policies and procedures, all while helping develop students towards serving themselves and others for everyone's benefit! Random fact about me, I have a summer playlist each summer since 2005, with my favorite summer songs. I now have a unique record of music history for the past 13 years... If you're interested in listening to this, add me on Apple Music (sorry Spotify)!"
Beau Kebodeaux
Beau Kebodeaux
Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions
I am a first-year Master of Public Administration student and an ASU alumnus with a B.S. in Public Service and Public Policy. My interests are international development, sustainable initiatives, and emergency management efforts. My background includes Public Allies Arizona, AmeriCorps VISTA, international education, business immigration, and various roles with government and non-profit agencies. Public service fulfills me and I joined GPSA to not only give back to the community, but to be apart of something bigger than myself.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Vacant
Vacant
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Interested in serving the graduate and professional student community? Send a cover letter and CV/Resume to Nich Weller (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) at least seven days before the next Assembly Meeting.
Vacant
Vacant
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Interested in serving the graduate and professional student community? Send a cover letter and CV/Resume to Nich Weller (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) at least seven days before the next Assembly Meeting.

At-Large

Leah Jones
Leah Jones
At-Large
I am a third year PhD student in the School of Sustainability. I joined GPSA because I have felt a great sense of community within my department, and I want other students to experience that sense of community as well across different schools. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and adventuring outdoors.
Vacant
Vacant
At-Large
Interested in serving the graduate and professional student community? Send a cover letter and CV/Resume to Nich Weller (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) at least seven days before the next Assembly Meeting.
Mahmood Raza
Mahmood Raza
At-Large
Hello, my name is Mahmood Raza, 1st year Masters of Business Administration (MBA) student at W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU. I did my Engineering from SRM University and worked as a Software Engineer in Bangalore, India before starting my MBA in Fall 2018. I am passionate about community services and have volunteered for several NGOs working for the environmental cause. My keen interest to get involved in the student governing body pushed me to join the GPSA Assembly. I would like to work with the International Students Affairs committee for the smooth transitioning of the International students to ASU. As an Assembly member, I hope to provide a strong voice to support graduate and professional students in their academic and career growth. Fun-fact : I love hiking and outdoor activities and would like to go for a solo trip around the world.
Hussein Mohamed
Hussein Mohamed
At-Large
As a Masters Candidate within the Social Justice and Human Rights program at the ASU West campus, I concentrate my studies around critical trauma, and human rights. I take particular interests in the topics of human trafficking and refugee migrations. As an at-large member serving GPSA, and the entirety of the ASU graduate class, I hope to be a catalyst for positive change within our communities, while connecting students to opportunities that enhance their own academic, professional, and personal goals. Fun fact: I have studied abroad in Morocco and Ghana.

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Jenny Holzapfel
Jenny Holzapfel
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
I'm in my fifth year in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program. My clinical work has allowed me to work with diverse individuals on a variety of presenting concerns in settings that range from college campuses to hospitals. My research interests include supervision practices, suicidal risk assessment and intervention, student-athletes, and intercultural couples. As a member of GPSA, I am committed to fostering a sense of community and inclusion to support graduate and professional students in their academic and personal goals.

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Owain Evans
Owain Evans
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
I am a Masters student in Sports Journalism at Cronkite, having previously attended the University of Exeter in England. As you may guess from my course of study, I spend far too much of my time watching people kick, throw and do other incredibly important things. I'm looking forward to serving my School as a representative, and hope to provide a strong voice for my fellow students as a part of the GPSA Assembly.

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Zee Wilson
Zee Wilson
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
I am a 2nd yr PhD student in the Design, Environment and the Arts program. My focus is on medieval female patronage. I joined GPSA to make sure students in SOA have a voice in graduate student government. I am a huge Disneyphile!
Vacant
Vacant
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Interested in serving the graduate and professional student community? Send a cover letter and CV/Resume to Nich Weller (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) at least seven days before the next Assembly Meeting.
Ishan Garg
Ishan Garg
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
I'm an Urban Design student (Class of 2019) in Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. I studied the Bachelor of Architecture from Sharda University (India) and is a licensed Architect. With encouragement from friends, I joined the GPSA to represent the Herberger Institute and to bring into light the issues which the students are facing with respect to the professional development and the networking. In my free time, I love to socialize with people, do photography and play video games.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Madhan K. Arulanandam
Madhan K. Arulanandam
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
I am a PhD student in electrical engineering from IRA.A.Fulton school of engineering. I am currently in my third year and specializing in photovoltaics. GPSA helps me in developing my social skills and also serving as a platform to aid my deep passion in serving the community. Education, peace, privacy, environment, food security, ethnicity, gender neutrality are some of the causes I strongly care about. Feel free interacting with me and let us work together building a flourishing ASASU community.
Varun Nalam
Varun Nalam
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
I'm a 4th year PhD student in mechanical engineering. I plan to work on increasing industrial exposure to graduate students, making it easier for the student community to transition from the school to the industry.
Vipanchi Chacham
Vipanchi Chacham
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
I am Vipanchi Chacham. I am pursuing my Master's in Computer Science. I joined GPSA with an aim to inform graduates about it, its resources which can be utilized, and to get students more involved with the organization. I am also here to address students' concerns, put forth the challenges in the meetings, and deliver solutions for the same. Fun fact: I have a YouTube travel channel called Travel with Panchi!
Panos Theofanopoulos
Panos Theofanopoulos
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Hello, my name is Panos and I come from a galaxy far far away... Greece! I am a fourth year Ph.D. student at the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering. During my presence in ASU's GPSA assembly, I will try to advocate and address certain graduate student issues including, better stipends, lower fees, communication, and research writing seminars. We are here to hear students' concerns and give our best to make a difference, so always feel free to contact us!
K P Raj Dandamudi
K P Raj Dandamudi
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Hello fellow grad sundevils!! I am K P Raj Dandamudi, a third year Ph.D. student majoring in Chemical Engineering & Applied Statistics. I have been serving in GPSA since Spring 2017 in assembly and executive positions advocating for graduate students. Fun fact: I am learning my 4rth language and doing pretty good on it. se habla español!
Surya Iyer
Surya Iyer
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Surya is doing his second year masters in Management of Technology. He loves helping, advocating for and supporting his peers. Fun Fact- One of the items on his bucket list is going to Mars!
Karan K. Kantharia
Karan K. Kantharia
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Greetings! I'm pursuing MS in Computer Engineering (Electrical). Being a technology enthusiast, I enjoy exploring the latest gadgets and innovations in consumer electronics. Currently, I'm also the Chair of IEEE ASU Student Branch. Being a GPSA assembly member, my goal is to increase engagement among students, provide more competitive funding opportunities and ease life of graduate students at ASU!

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Wenxi (Wency) Yang
Wenxi (Wency) Yang
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
"I am a second-year master student studying Psychology at New College Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences on Arizona State University (ASU) West Campus. My research interest is studying how personal and societal cultural values affecting individual cognitions and emotions. In my efforts to further broaden my knowledge and fully pursue my passions, I joined GPSA Assembly with a goal of facilitating interdisciplinary research and solutions to various issues on-campus and off-campus. I am enthusiastic about contributing all my skill sets, my knowledge in social science and business, my experience as an international graduate student, and my working efforts to GPSA with a desire for making a difference. My roommate is a 17-pound white and orange cat, and I enjoy making crafts."

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Aaron Cromar
Aaron Cromar
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Nursing & Health Innovation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus. I study and investigate how leadership connects and interacts with Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) Science affecting people and organizations globally. My leadership vision and the reason why I joined the GPSA Assembly is that leading may come in many different forms, have multiple facets or perspectives, and defined in some unusual ways. Leadership is a function of our social system. The definition of influential leaders is not the results of their leadership but how others perceive the environment that their leaders create. Ultimately, leading becomes about allowing for spaces and climates that cultivate and care for people. Fostering and building sustainable environments is not only a vital part of leadership, but it is a massive responsibility that is centered on people first. When I am not on campus and praying daily for snow, I enjoy mountaineering and downhill skiing while helping raise two incredible children..

School of Sustainability

Nich Weller
Nich Weller
School of Sustainability
I'm a 5th year (oh how it pains me to say that) PhD student in Sustainability. I study public engagement with controversial scientific topics and policy. I joined GPSA to give back to the ASU community that has afforded me so much during my time here. ASU's value to graduate students is inpart built by our ability to determine our future. As such, I'm passionate about getting graduate and professionals students involved in the issues that matter to our programs. Fun fact: I have an immense appreciation for old cars and tools of various trades. The most recent addition to my modest collection? A 1950's Underwood 'Leader' typewriter.

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Denis Bateme
Denis Bateme
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Denis Bateme is a graduate student at Thunderbird School of Global Management pursuing an MA in Global Affairs and Management. During my undergrad, I've worked with a number of cultural student organizations on campus to celebrate the diversity at ASU, create an all-inclusive ASU community and break stereotypes that people have about places they’ve never been. I joined GPSA to continue giving back to my school community by connecting students with career development opportunities, funding, and bridge the gap between Thunderbird and ASU at large. My goal is to ensure that grad students at ASU make the most of their time here to grow professionally as they advance their careers. Fun fact: I sell classy custom made suits for men.

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Grant Hayes Frazier
Grant Hayes Frazier
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
I am a 3L at ASU Law. I currently serve as the Editor-in-chief (EIC) of Jurimetrics Journal; EIC of the Journal of Law, Policy & Military Affair; and as a Visiting Editor on the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. I joined GPSA to facilitate graduate students' access to GPSA's varied resources.
Vacant
Vacant
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Interested in serving the graduate and professional student community? Send a cover letter and CV/Resume to Nich Weller (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) at least seven days before the next Assembly Meeting.
Chance East
Chance East
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
I am a 3l law student. I joined GPSA to help benefit the school that I care about.

School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Brittany McCall
Brittany McCall
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
I am entering my second year in Global Technology & Development in SFIS as an online student. Like many on campus and online students in SFIS, and at the larger university, I work full time and have a life outside of work and school. I joined GPSA to give a voice to these graduate and professional students.

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