Meet the University of North Carolina System

Graduate & Professional Student Leadership

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ryan Collins (he/him/his)
Ryan Collins (he/him/his)

President of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation at UNC-Chapel Hill

Kat Furtado (she/her/hers)
Kat Furtado (she/her/hers)

Kat Furtado serves as the Vice President of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation for the 2020–2021 academic year. She has an M.S. in Animal Biology and a B.S. in Animal Science with a Disciplinary Focus in Genetics, both from the University of California, Davis. Kat is a pursuing her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology.

Maian Adams (she/her/hers)
Maian Adams (she/her/hers)

Maian serves as the Chief of External Relations and Advocacy of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation for the 2020–2021 academic year. Maian graduated from North Carolina Central University, where she received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Maian is a first-year J.D. candidate at the UNC School of Law, with an interest in data privacy law and policy.

UNC-Chapel Hill Black Graduate and Professional Student Organization
Margarett McBride
Margarett McBride

Co-President of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association at UNC-Chapel Hill

Gaby Alvarez
Gaby Alvarez

Co-President of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association at UNC-Chapel Hill

Markia Smith
Markia Smith

Secretary Third-year doctoral student in the Pathobiology and Translational Science program

Ileana Fenwick
Ileana Fenwick

Co-treasurer First-year graduate student in the Marine Science Program

Aliyah Griffith
Aliyah Griffith

Co-treasurer Aliyah is a second-year Ph.D. student in the marine science department.

Charity Lackey
Charity Lackey

Co-Service Chair Charity is a third year Ph.D. student in the School of Nursing.

Moriah James
Moriah James

Co-Service Chair Moriah James is a 2nd-year doctoral student in Anthropology.

Xavier Bonner
Xavier Bonner

Co-Programming Chair Xavier is a Morehouse College undergraduate and third-year graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics.

André Martin
André Martin

Co-Programming Chair André Martin is a third year Marketing doctoral student at Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Metika Ngbokoli
Metika Ngbokoli

Co-Public Relations Chair Metika is a fourth-year graduate student in the Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Program.

Amari Pollard
Amari Pollard

Co-Public Relations Chair Amari is a second-year Roy H. Park Fellow studying Strategic Communication at the Hussman School of Journalism and Media.

April Highlander
April Highlander

Co-Social Chair April is a fourth-year graduate student in clinical psychology.

Maku Orleans-Pobee
Maku Orleans-Pobee

Co-Social Chair Maku is a fourth-year graduate student in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Naglaa Rashwan (she/her)
Naglaa Rashwan (she/her)

President of the Graduate Student Association at UNC Greensboro Master's Student in Public Health Education

Lexi Hoopman (She/her/hers)
Lexi Hoopman (She/her/hers)

Vice President of the UNC Greensboro Graduate Student Association Environmental Health Sciences PhD Candidate

Mac Pierson (she/her)
Mac Pierson (she/her)

UNC Greensboro Graduate Student Association Treasurer Kinesiology - Applied Neuromechanics, PhD Candidate

Bradley Wallace (he/him/his)
Bradley Wallace (he/him/his)

Student Engagement Chair for the Graduate Student Association at UNCG Political Science; Master of Public Affairs

North Carolina State University 
Lexie Malico (she/her)
Lexie Malico (she/her)

President of NC State's Graduate Student Association Chemistry Department Ph.D. Candidate

Emily VanZoest (she/her/hers)
Emily VanZoest (she/her/hers)

NC State GSA Vice President for Student Government Relations PhD Student, Education Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at NC State

Eastern Carolina University
Emma Goldberg (she/her/hers)
Emma Goldberg (she/her/hers)

President of the ECU Graduate and Professional Student Senate Biomedical Sciences - Physiology - PhD Student

Gianna Venero (she/her/hers)
Gianna Venero (she/her/hers)

Vice President of the ECU Graduate and Professional Student Senate Master of Public Administration, MPA

Alec Chaves (he/his)
Alec Chaves (he/his)

Treasurer of the ECU Graduate and Professional Student Senate. PhD Candidate in Bioenergetics and Exercise Science

Zoe Terwilliger (she/her/hers)
Zoe Terwilliger (she/her/hers)

Chair of Equity and Diversity for the ECU Graduate and Professional Student Senate Biomedical Sciences - Physiology - PhD Student

Appalachian State University 
Dalton Sizemore
Dalton Sizemore

President of Appalachian State University Graduate Student Association

North Carolina Central University 
Deja Young
Deja Young

Graduate Student Association President at NC Central University

Ini-obong Obot, MBA (He/him)
Ini-obong Obot, MBA (He/him)

Vice-President of NC Central GSA Information Science Student iobot@eagles.nccu.edu

Chaundrea Michelle Mason (she/her)
Chaundrea Michelle Mason (she/her)

Director of Public Relations for GSA Program: Clinical Mental Health Counseling Email: Cmason2@eagles.nccu.edu

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Alex Suptela (he/him/his)
Alex Suptela (he/him/his)

President of the UNC Charlotte Graduate and Professional Student Government Biological Science PhD Candidate

Kristina Duemmler (she/her/hers)
Kristina Duemmler (she/her/hers)

Chief of Staff for UNC Charlotte's Graduate and Professional Student Government Graduate Assistant for UNC Charlotte's English Department. English M.A. Program at UNC Charlotte.

Dakota W. Goad (he/him/his)
Dakota W. Goad (he/him/his)

Treasurer of UNC Charlotte Graduate and Professional Student Government Ph.D. Candidate, Biological Sciences

Devon Jenny Choltus (she/her/hers)
Devon Jenny Choltus (she/her/hers)

Secretary of GPSG at UNC Charlotte Masters student of Public Health program studying Epidemiology

Sri Yeswanth (Yash) Tadimalla (He/Him/His)
Sri Yeswanth (Yash) Tadimalla (He/Him/His)

Chief Technology Officer Ph.D. student in Computing and Information Systems

Western Carolina University
Elijah McCoy (he/him/his)
Elijah McCoy (he/him/his)

President of the WCU Graduate Student Association Student of Higher Education Student Affairs

Lauren Gonzalez (she/her)
Lauren Gonzalez (she/her)

Chief of Staff Biology masters student

Katherine Rufalo (she/her/hers)
Katherine Rufalo (she/her/hers)

Vice President of Travel and Finance Higher Education Student Affairs

Caleb Williams (he/him/his)
Caleb Williams (he/him/his)

Vice President of Public Relations Higher Education Student Affairs

Jessica Davis (she/her/hers)
Jessica Davis (she/her/hers)

Vice President of Student Advocacy & Affairs Higher Education Student Affairs

Riley Jelenick (he/him/his)
Riley Jelenick (he/him/his)

Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Higher Education Student Affairs

Nicolas Ussery (he/him/his)
Nicolas Ussery (he/him/his)

Biltmore Park Liaison Physical Therapy

Fayetteville State University
Lamont Sparrow (he/him)
Lamont Sparrow (he/him)

President of the Doctoral Student Association

Kelisha B. Graves (she/her/hers)
Kelisha B. Graves (she/her/hers)

E-Board Member – Immediate Past Serving President, 2019-2020 Educational Leadership in Higher Education Department of Educational Leadership and School Administration

UNC School of the Arts
Lydia Watt (she/her)
Lydia Watt (she/her)

President of Graduate Student Association Student of Scene Design, School of Design & Production

Lance Perl (he/him/his)
Lance Perl (he/him/his)

Vice President Student of Sound Design, School of Design & Production

Tyler Hawes
Tyler Hawes

Secretary Student of Film Music Composition, School of Filmmaking

Ana Aguilera (she/her/hers)
Ana Aguilera (she/her/hers)

Design & Production Representative Student of Technical Direction, School of Design & Production

Camille Bourne (she/her/hers)
Camille Bourne (she/her/hers)

Film Representative Student of Creative Producing, School of Filmmaking

Billie Feather (she/her/hers)
Billie Feather (she/her/hers)

Music Representative Student of Guitar Performance, School of Music

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