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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

Want to join the Assembly for 2019-2020? Below are the current vacant seats. Submit a brief cover letter and resume/CV to gpsaassembly@gmail.com by 11:59pm on Friday, October 11th, 2019. Note: You’ll need to attend the GPSA Assembly Meeting on October 18th, 2019 2-5 pm in MU 236 (Mohave) to be considered for the seat.

  • College of Health Solutions (1)
  • Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (1)
  • Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (1)
  • Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions (2)
  • New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (1)
  • Fulton School of Engineering – School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (1)
  • Online at-large (1)

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 fourth-year Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Molecular Sciences. I joined GPSA in order to provide a voice for other graduate students around me, to personally have a hand in the decision-making process that dictates our time here at ASU, and become more involved in my school. Fun fact: I’m from Colorado and used to brew whiskey professionally!

 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Social Sciences

Sarah Hall
Sarah Hall
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Social Sciences

I’m a third-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

Michelle DiPalma
Michelle DiPalma
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Life Sciences
I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Molecular and Cellular Biology here at ASU in the School of Life Sciences. I also did my undergrad here at ASU and had the opportunity to be involved in several activities within the ASU community where I had the chance to make connections with many incredible people. As a graduate student and as the School of Life Sciences representative, I still hope to participate in and create activities where I can foster connections within our graduate community. I can’t wait to be a part of GPSA this upcoming year and I look forward to representing and contributing to our graduate community.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Humanities

Alfonso Lopez-Morales
Alfonso Lopez-Morales
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Humanities
I am a second-year year Ph.D. 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
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – At-Large
I am a 4th year Ph.D. studying urban climates, focusing on urban green design, thermal comfort, and mental health. As a Geography Ph.D., I love traveling, meeting new people, trying new food, and interacting with different cultures. When I joined GPSA, I wanted to increase the voice of the diverse group of students that represent my school, college, and the university. Now, as Assembly President, I have the honor and privilege of empowering other brilliant, passionate graduate and professional students to speak up for themselves and their fellow students. I am thrilled to be able to serve the graduate and professional student body in this way. Fun fact: I used to work as a TV weatherman before pursuing my Ph.D.!

 

Asha Fuller
Asha Fuller
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – At-Large
I am a first-year Master’s of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis student here at ASU. I joined GPSA to advocate on behalf of my fellow graduate students, and I am honored to serve and represent our graduate student body. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, working out, and volunteering.

 

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Varun Nalam
Varun Nalam
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering
I am a 5th year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. I joined GPSA to effectively address the issues that either I or my peers experienced during my time as a graduate student at ASU. As a representative of Engineering Schools at GPSA, my goal is to serve the engineering community by focusing on mentorship, financial health and industry exposure.

 

Sreenithy Chandran
Sreenithy Chandran
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering
I am a PhD student in Electrical Engineering. As a GPSA engineering-at large member, I envision myself doing work to enrich and transform the quality of graduate life, to address the interconnected and dynamic challenges faced by a grad student and work towards bringing a positive change in the community. I enjoy reading, star gazing and hiking in my free time.

 

Vipanchi Chacham
Vipanchi Chacham
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – CIDSE
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!

 

Daniel Barboza
Daniel Barboza
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – ECEE
I am a Master’s student in Electrical Engineering at ASU, Tempe. I love getting involved at the university and connecting with people from different walks of life.
I enjoy keeping people informed about various resources and opportunities available to the students at ASU.
Fun Fact: I love Singing, Minimalist Photography and a huge fan of Metal music!

 

Sandesh G. Bhat
Sandesh G. Bhat
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – Polytechnic
I am a 2nd year Ph.D. student in the Systems Engineering program at The Polytechnic School. I have been working on Prosthetic and Orthotic systems since my undergrad. I would like to believe I am an easy person to talk to. So, reach out to me if have any questions or comments.

 

Alyssa Henning
Alyssa Henning
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – SBHSE
Alyssa–a Biological Design Ph.D. student in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering and a Responsible Innovation certificate student in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society–studies personal UV exposure sensors and ‘smart’ health and fitness wearables. She also plays taiko (Japanese drums) with Sun Devil Taiko and presents science education panels at local comic cons and anime cons.

 

Amey G Iyer
Amey G Iyer
Ira A. Fulton Schools Of Engineering – SEMTE
I am a Mechanical Engineering Graduate student who looks forward to serving the Engineering graduate college and the graduate school at large! Contact me for any issues you face and feel like GPSA can help you out with and I will try my best to get to the solution! I am a proud student of ASU and now I am a proud part of the GPSA Assembly.

 

Vacant Seat
Fulton School of Engineering – School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

W.P. Carey School of Business

Marco Mangini
Marco Mangini
W.P. Carey School of Business
I am a third year PhD student in Economics at W.P. Carey School of Business. I study human capital, health, and public economics. I joined GPSA because I want to give a stronger voice to international students and Econ grad students within WPC.

 

Tapan Acharya
Tapan Acharya
W.P. Carey School of Business
I am current MBA student at the W. P. Carey School of Business concentrating in Supply Chain and Business Analytics. I have six years of experience in Strategy Consulting, Analytics and Business Operations. I have a deep passion for volunteering and I am volunteer of Isha Foundation. I am a regular practitioner of Yoga.

 

Gaurav Anurag
Guarav Anurag
W.P. Carey School of Business
I am a second-year full-time MBA student at W.P. Carey School of Business concentrating in supply chain management and business analytics. I joined GPSA because I believe that it is important to involve students in the campus life for a wholesome academic experience. I love helping others and sharing my experiences so that they can utilize their time here the most. Fun fact: I have shoes of all colors possible and a matching watch to go with it.

 

Nadia Boamah
Nadia Boamah
W.P. Carey School of Business
Nadia Boamah is currently pursuing a Masters in Global Logistics on the West Campus. This past year, I continuously engaged in activities that benefited students academically, socially, professionally and culturally. I partook in the organization of workshops and events that are designed to improve cultural awareness. I have given voice to students and advocated in not letting culture or language be a barrier to student success. As an empathetic advocate for my community, I joined the GPSA in hopes of creating a supportive educational community that facilitates the personal and professional growth of students to maximize their student experience to continue making our community a better place. I enjoy nature, reading novels and listening to music.

 

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 worked with a number of cultural student organizations on campus to celebrate the diversity at ASU, created an all-inclusive ASU community and challenged different stereotypes that people have about places they’ve never been. With GPSA, I am continuing to give back to my school community by connecting students with career development opportunities, funding, and bridging 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.

 

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

Steven Marsiglia
Steven Marsiglia
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Hello, I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in the counseling psychology program in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. I’m looking forward to becoming a student organizer and contributing to the campus community through service and advocacy. I’m also big on boba, volleyball, beach days and board games.

 

School of Sustainability

Florian Arwed Schneider
Florian Arwed Schneider
School of Sustainability
Florian Arwed Schneider was born in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany. He’s an educated meteorologist and graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Sustainability with a focus on climate change. Schneider is a Research Assistant within the Urban Climate Research Center and Herberger Institute of Design and Arts. His research interests include current and future climate change, in particular urban and arctic climate, heat mitigation strategies, well-being and health in cities, urban sustainability, and science communication. In his free time, Schneider loves hiking, running, ultimate Frisbee, movies, and cinematic music.

 

College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Aaron Cromar
Aaron Cromar
College of Nursing and Health Innovation
I am a second-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.

 

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Esther do Lago e Pretti
Esther Pretti
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Esther Pretti is a PhD Student in Education Policy and Evaluation at Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. She is an emerging scholar in environmental and sustainability education specializing in decolonial and place based education.

 

Brianna Garber
Brianna Garber
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
Hi, my name is Brianna and I am a second year Master’s student studying Higher and Post Secondary Education on the Tempe Campus.This year I will serve as an assembly member as well as the Vice President for the Black Graduate Student Association. I joined GPSA because I served as a senator for four years at the illustrious Old Dominion University and I enjoyed improving the lives of all the undergraduate and graduate students on campus. In GPSA, I hope to enhance the student body population by being a voice to the different students I come across.

 

Joseph Scarpa
Joseph Scarpa
Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
I am a first-year Masters in Education student, studying Higher and Postsecondary Education with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. I also currently work with The College as a Management Intern on recruitment and outreach for new students. In my undergraduate career, I served as a Founding member of an organization for student advocacy, aiming to enhance the lives of students who are underrepresented in higher education. I joined​GPSA to continue to be able to be a voice for students​, now at Arizona State, for my college and the greater ASU community. I look forward to working with graduate and professional students to enhance their student experience and ensure their success as they work towards completing their degrees.

 

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Zee Wilson
Zee Wilson
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
I am a 3rd yr PhD student studying Art History, in the Design, Environment and the Arts program. I am thrilled to represent HIDA’s artistically diverse graduate students, for a 2nd term. I am passionate about connecting HIDA graduate students to each other and ASU’s graduate student body.

 

Hitisha Daryani
Hitisha Daryani
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
I am a first-year masters student studying Visual Communication Design. Being a design graduate I am keen on new and creative things. I enjoy meeting new people from different cultures. I joined GPSA to get an opportunity to represent ideas and concerns of students at HIDA to GPSA. I am passionate about photography, so you can always stop by and say “Cheese!”

 

To be added
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

John Christian Oyas
John Christian Oyas
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
John was born and raised in Cebu City, Philippines. While pursuing an Economics degree and a minor in Public Policy from Arizona State University, He served as a Senator and as a Director of University Affairs for largest Undergraduate Student Government in the nation. His experience in Public Service includes working in the Embassy of the Philippines in Washington D.C., the Arizona State Legislature, and the Arizona State Board of Accountancy.

 

Vinnie Amato
Vinnie Amato
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
I’m Vinnie, a first-year law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. While I recently graduated from West Virginia University with a triple major in Political Science, History, and Linguistics, I am excited to get to work serving graduate students here at ASU! I came to Arizona to join the law school’s Indian Legal Program, and I have already had a blast as part of it. When I’m not studying, I enjoy watching (and singing) musicals, hanging out with my family, especially my two younger sisters Haley and Gabby, and any Disney-related activity. I am excited to work on issues such as unifying graduate students located on the Downtown campus and increasing ASU’s voice in the national graduate student discussion.

 

To be added
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

College of Health Solutions

Robert Yao
Robert Yao
College of Health Solutions
I am a Ph.D. 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.

 

To be added
College of Health Solutions
Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Matt Contursi
Matt Contursi
School for the future of Innovation and Society
I’m Matt, a student in the Masters of Science and Technology Policy program. I joined GPSA to give back to become more involved with the graduate community at ASU. I did my undergraduate here as well, working with both SOLS and the English Department. In GPSA, I want to work to better connect the Graduate community, help graduate students find conferences and resources for funding, and help present ideas and concerns of students at SFIS to the GPSA. Fun fact: I love exploring old models of cameras for photography. Currently working with Zeiss Super Ikonta 530

 

Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Aneyssa Romo
Aneyssa Romo
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
I am a first-generation student pursuing my Master’s in Public Administration with an Urban Management emphasis. Having worked at the local, state, and federal government levels I am passionate about using government as a facilitator to strengthen and serve communities. I grew up in the West Valley of Phoenix and aspire to serve my community through executive local government leadership. Through GPSA I hope to serve as a voice for students in Watts College and especially as a resource for underrepresented graduate students. I am looking forward to getting more involved and connecting with our grad student community!

 

To be added
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

To be added
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

To be added
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Chance Dorland
Chance Dorland
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Chance Dorland grew up in a 1,000 person town in rural Iowa. After creating his own major for radio and podcasting at Emerson College, he’s worked in NYC, LA, Berlin, Melbourne and Seoul. He also served in Colombia as a member of the U.S. Peace Corps, where he hosted a bilingual radio program. Chance has a diverse background of experiences in both TV & audio, including work for NBC, CBS, ABC, Hearst & other media entities. In 2018, he taught Emerson College’s first-ever journalism podcasting course and also founded the Journalism Department’s podcast, Campus On The Common. Chance is now a graduate student at the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

At Large

Brandon Favre
Brandon Favre
At-Large
I am a first-year PhD student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology program in the School of Life Sciences. I also attended ASU for my undergraduate career and for my MS, and after five amazing years as a Sun Devil, I joined GPSA so that I can give back to the ASU community that has given me so much. As an at-large representative in the Assembly, I seek to address issues pertaining to the whole of ASU’s graduate student population through working to improve the diversity and inclusion within ASU’s graduate programs, make the process of working with GPSA to secure funding for travel and research more accessible, and advocate for the improvement of the mental health resources available to ASU’s graduate students. Fun fact: Despite being from Arizona, I love to ski!

 

Marinela Golemi
Marinela Golemi
At-Large
I’m a 4th year PhD studying Early Modern English Literature. While my research has led me back to my roots in Albania for Shakespeare studies , I hope that my participation in GPSA will help me grow new roots within the flourishing ASU community. I joined GPSA in order to help my peers and to be part of the system which governs our graduate student experience.

 

Hadi Ali
Hadi Ali
At Large
I’m a PhD student in Engineering Education Systems and Design at The Polytechnic School. I enjoy both the creative side and the analytic side of the way we solve problems and explore new frontiers. I’m passionate about enriching the intellectual life in the graduate experience on our beautiful campuses. I also enjoy practicing karate. Please stop by and say “Hi!”

 

Christine Lewis
At Large
Christine.Lewis@asu.edu
Bio coming soon!

 

At Large – Online

Alex Baker
Alex Baker
At Large – Online
My name’s Alex, and I’m a first-year Masters of Business Analytics student, studying online. I’m simultaneously working online as well for a voter data company in DC and work on various databases that they own. I’m involved in local politics and love helping ASU students get more involved in their local systems of government – which is why I joined GPSA! In my spare time I like to jog, explore the city, play fantasy football, and read books – mainly alternative and science fiction novels. Back in my undergrad I was active in the undergraduate student government on the Tempe campus.

 

To be added
At Large – Online
Currently, this position is empty, if you are interested in applying, please email the Assembly President, Peter Crank (gpsaassembly@gmail.com) for more information or to apply

 

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