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President - Alaa Elmaoued (gpsapres@unm.edu)

School of Medicine

Alaa Elmaoued is a 4th year Medical Student who olds a Master's degree in Nanoscience. Alaa has been involved in GPSA for the past several years and previously served as the Graduate Health Committee Chair from 2014 to 2016. His goals as GPSA President include increasing collaboration between the various graduate departments, encouraging interdisciplinary networking among graduate students at UNM, and serving as an advocate for all students, including those who are non-traditional, immigrants, refugees, and/or students of color. He is also committed to improving the GPSA Grants process, to make it more inclusive and departmentally representative. In his limited free time, Alaa enjoys spending time with his family, meeting new people, debating with his friends, cooking and eating delicious food, hiking, and watching cartoons. 


Council Chair - Abigail Robertson (gpsacouncil@unm.edu


EXECUTIVE STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRS


Mark NarvaezChief of Staff - Trajuan Briggs (gpsacos@unm.edu)

College of Education

Legendary badass Trajuan Briggs is a first year Masters in Sport Administration student in the College of Education's Health, Exercise, & Sport Sciences Program. Raised in San Fernando, California, Trajuan attended the University of California-Berkeley, before transferring to the University of New Mexico. A student and two-time letterman Lobo football player, he received a B.A. in Liberal Arts 2014. After graduating, Trajuan began to cover USC athletics for the SB Nation website in 2015 producing articles, podcasts, and web-series. In 2016 Trajuan put the microphone down and picked up a whistle returning to New Mexico to become a graduate assistant for the Lobo football team. Trajuan enjoys reading, bowling, and facetiming his little sister who resides in California whenever he is not doing homework.


Deputy Chief of Staff - TBD (gpsaproj@unm.edu)  


Elections Chair  - TBD  (votegpsa@unm.edu)


MarisaFinance Chair - Marisa Martinez (gpsafin@unm.edu)

Anderson School of Management

Marisa is currently completing her first Master's as an MBA student at the Anderson School of Management. She has a strong background in student involvement and worked for many years with the Student Government Accounting Office on campus. She is excited to apply her knowledge of UNM Spending Policies and Procedures to help student groups get the most out of their graduate experiences. This is her first year working with GPSA. 

 


SallyGrants Chair - Sally Barker (gpsafunding@unm.edu)

School of Public Administration

Sally Barker completed her undergraduate degree in English. After traveling the world working for Kaplan and seeing places like Chicago, IL and Farmington, NM she decided to return to Graduate School to study Public Administration. Currently, she is interested in focusing on public management. She is very enthusiastic about facilitating the collaboration between administration, faculty, and students here at UNM and promoting transparency and ethical behavior in financial decisions. When not studying or working, Sally enjoys relaxing at home with her kitten, reading all of the books, hanging out with friends and family, going to concerts, and playing outside. 


TristanLobby Chair- Tristan Adams (gpsalobb@unm.edu)

School of Public Health/School of Medicine

Tristen Adams graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a double major in Biology and Spanish and a minor in Chemistry. She is a dual-degree medical and Master in Public Health student. Through various experiences, she has learned that health is more than the lack of injury; health is an evolving, multifaceted part of everyone that is intimately connected to where one lives, eats, plays, works, etc. This outlook has impassioned her to become involved with politics and advocacy. Naturally, therefore, she became keenly interested in the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Lobby Chair position. She believes she is qualified to serve in this capacity, as she has held an assortment of roles that have strengthened, matured, and taught her to be a more effective leader, better communicator and listener, and productive member of a team as well as her experiences working in varied environments with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. She is enthusiastically ready to acquire new knowledge and skillsets that come with the territory of being Lobby Chair. She looks forward to a lifelong career of collaboration, advocacy, and policy and values the opportunity to serve as a student leader in the GPSA. When not pursuing advocacy work and academic endeavors, she enjoys traveling, dancing, and being outside, enjoying the NM weather! 



Programs Chairs- Brianne Amador & Jasmine Casados  (gpsaprog@unm.edu)



Student Support & Advocacy Chair - Abdelbaset S. Haridy (gpsasupport@unm.edu)


New Mexico Research Grant Chair - Rob Smith (gpsanmrg@unm.edu)

Department of Economics

Rob Smith is a first-year student in the PhD of Economics program. Prior to moving to Albuquerque he studied at New Mexico State University where he received a BA in Business, and a Masters in Economics. Although Rob's educational and professional background is in business, his true-calling in life was to be a barista. To that end, he recently founded Casa Brew Coffee, where he combines his business acumen with his love of coffee. He is a very excited to be serving UNM and his fellow graduate students on the NM Research Grants Committee. Rob is also a fitness enthusiast and enjoys yoga, weightlifting, and running. When you have a chance, ask Rob about his experience running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. 




Legislative Steering Committee - David Medrano (gpsalsc@unm.edu)

School of Public Administration

David Medrano is a candidate for Masters in Healthcare Administration. He has many years serving GPSA and UNM. He has served as GPSA Council as a representative, Deputy Chief of Staff to two GPSA Presidents, and Lobby Chair. David's interest include health systems and policy, watching the Lobos play, traveling, breweries, and spending time with friends. 






EXECUTIVE AD-HOC COMMITTEE CHAIRS

Graduate Health Chair - TBD  (gpsahealth@unm.edu)


OFFICE STAFF

Marilu MelendezOffice Manager - Marilu Melendez (gpsaoff@unm.edu)

School of Architecture and Planning

Marilu Melendez is completing her first Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning. Her interests include management and social outreach. When not working, she enjoys learning about all of Texas’ policies and culture. She also enjoys running half-marathons. 


LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES




Legislative Steering Committee Chair- TBD  (gpsalsc@unm.edu)


JUDICIAL

Chief Justice -TBD

Associate Justice- TBD