Michael “Vinnie” Amato, Chief of Staff

Michael “Vinnie” Amato is GPSA’s Chief of Staff for the 2020-21 academic year, where he will oversee the administrative functions of GPSA’s Office of the President (OTP) and assist the nine OTP directors wherever possible. Vinnie is a second-year law student at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Originally from Rochester, Massachusetts, Vinnie has ventured to Arizona to be part of ASU Law’s amazing Indian Legal Program with the overall goal of specializing in Federal Indian Law. Prior to attending law school, Vinnie graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University with triple majors in Political Science, History, and Linguistics. During his first year at ASU, Vinnie was a GPSA Assembly Member representing the law school. When Vinnie is not studying or doing GPSA business, he enjoys watching (and singing) musicals, hanging out with his family, especially his two younger sisters, and any Disney-related activity. Vinnie is excited to help take GPSA’s OTP to infinity and beyond over the course of the academic year.

Simone Bayfield, Director of Marketing

Simone Bayfield is a 2nd year full-time MBA student at the W.P. Carey School of Business. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Johnson C. Smith University where she discovered her love for meeting new people and learning about different cultures. Leadership and advocacy have been a cornerstone of Simone’s life since childhood and she is thrilled to follow those passions within GPSA.

Rachel Moss, Director of Social Media Communications

Rachel Moss is the GPSA Director of Social Media (go follow @ASUGPSA on all platforms!). She is in her third year of law school, and hopes to be a criminal defense attorney when she graduates. Rachel joined GPSA to promote GPSA's amazing opportunities, like the Child Care Subsidy and the travel grant. In her free time she loves swimming, hiking, makeup, and trying new places to eat in Downtown Phoenix.

Jason Eakins, Director of Outreach-Downtown

Jason Eakins has a background in medical device sales. Before coming to Thunderbird, he worked for a startup spine manufacturer in Salt Lake City, UT. During his time there he filled various positions such as territory management and sales & education manager. At one of the national trade shows he met some Brazilians, and being fluent in Portuguese, he began to negotiate terms to export spine implants to Brazil. Jason loves international business and that is why he is working on his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Jason recently completed an internship with Abbott where he worked on the global marketing team for the Vascular Division. He is excited to continue his 2nd year of his MBA.

Sandesh Bhat, Director of Outreach-Poly

Sandesh Bhat is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the Systems Engineering Program at The Polytechnic Campus. He is a researcher in the field of Prostheses and Rehabilitation. After serving as an Assembly member in the GPSA, he took on the role of Director of Engagement for the Polytechnic campus. Sandesh is driven towards his goal of improving the graduate student experience and engagement on the Polytechnic campus.



Beulah Supriya, Director of Outreach-West

Tianyi Ni, GPSA Webmaster

Tianyi Ni is a second year Master student in the Linguistics and Applied Linguistics program at Tempe campus. He got his Master of Science in Computer Science at ASU as well. He is concerned about how humans and machines understand human languages and how human languages can be modeled in a computational method. Before coming back to ASU, he was working in the industry as a front-end engineer.

Glory Bantan Mafor, Director of International Student Affairs

Glory Bantan Mafor is a Cameroonian second year full-time MBA student very passionate
about data-driven problem-solving techniques, process optimization, innovation, and strategic
thinking. Having been an international student in 2 countries in the last 5 years, she has firsthand experience with cultural difference confusion, resource ignorance, and difficulty adapting to new educational systems. Arriving in the US a few days before classes started, Glory is cognizant of what stressors to fight for and advocate on behalf of international students, who sometimes would rather go through these challenges silently. Glory hopes to make international students feel comfortable opening up about their worries, and to feel safe. Glory holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Cameroon and a Master’s in Applied Physics from South Africa. She loves singing, dancing, cooking, and watching documentaries.


Annaisa Tejada, Director of Wellness

Anaissa Ruiz Tejada is a fourth year Neuroscience Ph.D. student at ASU from Mexico. Throughout these past years, she has worked in a variety of projects mostly focused in human metabolism and exercise physiology. Currently, Annaisa’s research focuses on using neuromodulation to enhance physical activity behavior in humans in order to achieve optimal health. As the GPSA Director of Wellness, Annaisa’s goal is to empower and connect graduate students at ASU, and to create a culture for holistic wellness. She hopes to help all ASU graduate students live their best life through wellness!


Leah Jones, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)

Leah Jones is 5th-year PhD Candidate in the School of Sustainability, where she studies urban water governance and stakeholder engagement. She has served in GPSA for over three years in a variety of different roles because she is dedicated to giving voice to all graduate students and creating a community of true inclusivity. Outside of research and GPSA, she enjoys baking desserts, reading novels, and hiking throughout the Southwest.



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