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2016-2017 Cabinet and Staff

The Cabinet is the executive body of the Grinnell College Student Government Association (SGA). The Cabinet is responsible for chairing the various SGA Committees, passing budgets and setting goals for the SGA.


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SGA President, Anita DeWitt


Anita DeWitt

Anita DeWitt is the President of the Student Government Association. She is a computer science and music major from Bolingbrook, Il, who is interested in creating assistive technology that is accessible to all. Anita served as last year’s Diversity and Outreach Coordinator of SGA as well as a member of the Concerned Black Students leadership. Anita is excited to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to create a Diversity Working Group that reviews and critiques Grinnell’s current policies regarding underrepresented students. In Anita’s free time she loves to hang out with friends and family, craft, and code. [sgaprez]

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Office Hours: Monday 2:30PM- 4:00PM, Grill; Sunday 7PM-9PM, Grill






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Rachel Aaronson, VPAA

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Rachel Aaronson

Rachel serves as SGA’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. She works closely with the academic dean of the college to ensure a smooth academic experience for all students, chairs the Student Curriculum Committee, and works with the Division of Student Affairs to oversee JudCo– a core aspect of a self-governing community. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding academics, if you want to learn more about the college curriculum, or if you have any questions about any of the ongoing construction projects on campus!   [vpaa1]

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Office Hours: Monday 10-12 (Grill), Wednesday 2:30-4:30 (SGA Offices), Friday 11-12 (Grill)
Committee(s): Student Curriculum Committee







Bailey Dann, VPSA

Vice President of Student Affairs

Bailey Dann

Bailey is a 4th year first-generation QuestBridge Match Scholar studying Anthropology and Education. She serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs in SGA. This position works closely with administration in the Student Affairs office well as students who are concerned with their Grinnell experience. She advocates for and represents students in multiple committee and meeting settings. Reach out to her anytime via email [vpsa] or her office hours which are currently TBD. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Office Hours:
Committee(s): Dining Services, Harm Reduction Committee Co-Chair, Title IX Committee, Residential Learning Task Force, Trustee Student Life and Admission Committee





Michael Owusu, Administrative Coordinator

Michael Owusu, Administrative Coordinator

Administrative Coordinator

Michael Owusu

Michael Owusu is the SGA Administrative Coordinator. He works as a support for the SGA cabinet, senators, and staff.  He is a Computer Science major concentrating in Linguistics from Ames, Iowa. Michael is a member of the Computer Science Department SEPC and a manager of Freesound, in addition to many other roles in the Grinnell College community. He is excited about facilitating SGA’s engagement with the many-faceted community that makes up the Grinnell student body. Please feel free to reach out to him about all things SGA!  [sga1]

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2-4 PM in SGA Offices (JRC222)
Committee(s): Reform Committee





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SGA Treasurer, Summer White


Summer White

Summer White is the SGA Treasurer. She is a Political Science major concentrating in Policy Studies, especially interested in social justice and public health policy. Summer is a member of D.C. Posse 10 and a diver on Grinnell’s Women Swimming & Diving team. Summer is excited for improving the efficiency of SGA meetings, overseeing the development of the Green Fund Committee, and helping students make the most out of their times at Grinnell. Please feel free to reach out to her about SGA money or anything else! [sgamoney] 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 1-2 PM in SGA Offices (JRC 222)





Zach Steckel, Assistant Treasurer

Zach Steckel, Assistant Treasurer

Assistant Treasurer

Zach Steckel

As SGA’s Assistant Treasurer, Zach Steckel works with Treasurer Summer White to manage SGA’s money and help students get the funding they need. An Independent Major studying Decision Theories, Zach is fascinated by the choices that people make and the different ways of understanding them. Zach enjoys weird podcasts, cute puppies, and as one of the co-founders of Pun Club, odd jokes. He is one of the co-chairs of the new Green Fund committee, and he’s excited to get it off the ground. In addition, Zach looks forward to helping students fully realize ideas that change and improve Grinnell. If you have questions about SGA money or the strange reality-bending conspiracy that’s been consuming your life, you can drop him a line at [sga2].

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Calendar: Assistant Treasurer Calendar
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 1-2 PM and Friday from 11-12 in SGA Offices




Ajuna Kyaruzi, Spring Services Coordinator

Ajuna Kyaruzi

Services Coordinator (Spring)

Ajuna Kyaruzi

Ajuna Kyaruzi is a 4th year Computer Science major from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She will be studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary during Fall 2016 and will be the Services Coordinator in the Spring. As Services Coordinator, she will be managing student groups and community service. If you have any questions about starting a new student group, need food/money/guidance for a community service project or your group’s activities, or just want to chat, feel free to email her or stop by the SGA offices! [services]

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Office Hours: 10:30 – 12:00 PM Monday (Grille) and Wednesday (SGA Offices)
Committee(s): Student Programming & Services Committees




Yesenia Ayala, Fall Services Coordinator

Yesenia Ayala, Fall Services Coordinator

Services Coordinator (Fall)

Yesenia Ayala

Yesenia serves as the SGA services coordinator and student programming chair this fall semester.  She oversees all of the student groups and works closely with the Career, Life, and Service Department to ensure students have opportunities to volunteer and make service part of their college experience.  She also supports student groups by ensuring they have full SGA support with renewal and funding procedures.  She is passionate about community service and supporting student groups meet their goals.  She is happy to talk to you about creating a club, community service opportunities, or any form of support SGA can provide to you to enhance your experience at the Grinnell campus.  [services]

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Office Hours: Abroad
Committee(s): Student Programming & Services Committees





Corey Simmonds, Concert Chair

Corey Simmonds, Concert Chair

Concerts Chair

Corey Simmonds

Corey Simmonds Serves as SGA’s Concerts Chair.  His responsibilities include booking acts that are responsive to the student body’s interests, and coordinating the Concerts Committee. Corey is a Computer Science major who has also been involved with accapella groups, improv troupes, and IT programming on campus. Corey is very passionate about creating unique and memorable experiences at Grinnell.  As a member of SGA he is also very interested in making sure all students have a voice on campus. If you’re interested in finding out more about  concerts please reach out to [concerts]

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Office Hours: Thursday 11-12 in the Grille
Committee(s): Concerts Committee







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Claudia Handal, ACE Co-Chair

All Campus Events (ACE) Co-Chair

Claudia Handal

Claudia Handal serves as the co-chair for All Campus Events (ACE) alongside TJ Jones. Claudia graduated from Grinnell High School and is a 4th year Spanish major. While at Grinnell College, she has participated in Cross Country, Sol, and served as a senator. She is interested in expanding the types of events students host and aiding in those ventures. Please feel free to reach out to her or TJ with any questions regarding event hosting and planning. 🙂  [ace]

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Office Hours: 1-3 Monday & Wednesday (office)
Committee(s): ACE Committee







TJ, Ace Co-Chair

TJ, Ace Co-Chair

All Campus Events (ACE) Co-Chair

TJ Jones

TJ Jones is one of the two ACE Co-Chairs. He is a General Science Major concentrating in Psychology, but is also interested in IT Networking. He is a member of the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team and enjoys DJ’ing in his downtime. TJ looks forward to being able to coordinate a variety of events this school year. Please contact him to make suggestions about events or plan your own @ [ace].

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Office Hours: Thursday 12-2
Committees: ACE Committee





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Toby Baratta, Diversity & Outreach Coordinator

Diversity & Outreach Coordinator

Toby Baratta

Toby Baratta is a fourth year Computer Science and Political Science major from south Florida.  They are excited to help provide a voice for underrepresented students across all of SGA, and with faculty and staff. They are excited to focus on accessibility, diversity across campus, and to foster discussions about intersectionality on Grinnell’s campus between student activists and the administration. They have two rabbits named Flopsy and Toph who may accompany office hours sometimes!   [doc]

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs/She/Her/Hers
Calendar: SGA Diversity & Outreach Coordinator Calendar
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30-4:30 in SGA Offices; Thursday 9:30-11:30 in the Grille
Committee(s): First Year Council, Outreach Committee, Gender-Inclusive Housing Committee







Senators are elected each semester to represent their designated constituencies at Campus Council. Constituencies are divided into six dorm clusters and an off-campus college-owned and non-college owned housing cluster – Canada, Clangrala, Smounker, Loosehead, Jamaland, East Campus, and Off-Campus. Senators are students’ direct means of representation to Campus Council. Senators report Campus Council activities to their constituency and solicit constituents’ opinions in turn representing those opinions at Campus Council. Senators are also responsible for writing, debating, and enacting SGA legislation, approving budgets and sitting on two committees. Students interested in running for senator need to turn in a brief statement of intent to Election Board in order to be on the ballot for the elections. Students not on the ballot can still run as write-in candidates. In order to run for Senator, a student must meet the following criteria: be enrolled in Grinnell for at least one semester, be in good academic standing, and not be a member of student staff.

Spring 2017 Senators

Full bios and office hours on the Senators can be seen over at our Senators page.

Canada: Zala Tomasic ’18, Angela Adom Frimpong ’20, and Schweitzer ’20

Clangrala: Charlotte Love ’19 and Graham Dodd ’18

Smounker: Anaan Ramay ’20 and Pranjal Drall ’20

LaKerRoJe: Ruth Brindel ’19, Waez Sheikh ’19, and Pete Zelles ’20

Loosehead: Jenkin Benson ’17, Riley Murphy ’19, and Dylan Welch ’19

Jamaland: Phillip An ’19 and Dylan Bremner ’20

OCCO/OCNCO: Richard Li ’17, Lauren Toppeta ’17, and Takshil Sachdev ’19


Class Ambassadors

The Class Ambassador Program was developed to foster a sense of affinity among their class year and towards Grinnell College.Two individuals from each class year are selected to serve as the class ambassadors for their respective year. Class ambassadors are selected through an open application process facilitated by the three key drivers of the program (Student Government Association, Student Alumni Council, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations). Individuals serve a one-year term and may reapply for additional terms if they so choose. First Year Class Ambassadors are chosen second semester through an application process.

2016/2017 Class Ambassadors!

Please welcome your class ambassadors!

Class of 2017: Ariel Keller and Ian Dixon-Anderson [seniorca]

Class of 2018: Medha Gopalaswamy and Victor Valle-Cruz [thirdyearca]

Class of 2019:  Bryce Lew and Selah Mystic [secondyearca]

Class of 2020: Carson Peters and Carlos Piedrasanta [firstyearca]

We also have the full descriptions of the Class Ambassadors.



Sara Watson, Presiding Officer

Sara Watson, Presiding Officer

Presiding Officer

Sara Watson

Sara is a 4th year Political Science/Economics double major with a concentration in Latin American Studies. She is originally from the Chicagoland area, and is also involved in the Grinnell Mock Trial team. As Presiding Officer, she presides over the weekly SGA Campus Council meetings, and would be happy to meet to discuss any questions about Campus Council, or adding items to the agenda.

Pronouns: she/her/hers












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Myles Becker, Technology Coordinator

Technology Coordinator

Myles Becker

Myles Becker is the Student Government Association’s Technical Advisor. He is a prospective Economics and Computer Science major from Chicago, Illinois. Myles is passionate about the implications of emerging technologies within modern society. He also serves as an administrator within the Technology Consultant Corps, as well as a founder of Grinnell College Virtual Reality. Myles is excited to act as an advocate for the implementation of new, accessible and inclusive technologies. In his free time, Myles likes to hang out with friends, listen to music and sleep.  [sgatech]

Pronouns: he/him/his






Ayesha Mirzakhail, ACESS Co-Director

Ayesha Mirzakhail, ACESS Co-Director

ACCESS Co-Director

Ayesha Mirzakhail is a fourth year Gender Women and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) major with a concentration in Global Development Studies (GDS). She serves as the new co-director of All Campus Events Student Safety (ACESS). After serving for the past two years as an ACESS chief, she is back on campus and ready to work closely with SGA and Administration to ensure student’s safety during all campus events. Ayesha enjoys traveling and recently spent her spring semester studying in Istanbul, where she was able to intern as a translator and teach English to refugees. She is hoping to bring her experiences to ACESS. If you have any questions or want to learn more about ACESS, feel free to contact the ACESS team at [ACE2]. You can apply to work for ACESS.

Pronouns: she/her/hers





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Michelle Risacher, ACESS Co-Chair

ACCESS Co-Director (Fall)

Michelle Risacher is a fourth year independent major in Film and Visual Culture. She serves as a co-director of All Campus Events Student Safety (ACESS) this fall, where she works closely with administration and SGA to ensure students are safe during campus events. Please contact the ACESS team at [ACE2] if you have any suggestions or any questions regarding their role on campus or job opportunities. You can apply to work for ACESS.




Mari Holmes, ACCESS Co-Director

Mari Holmes, ACCESS Co-Director

ACCESS Co-Director (Spring)

Mari Holmes

Mari Holmes is a fourth year Gender Women and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) major. She serves as a co-director of All Campus Events Student Safety (ACESS). This position works closely with administration and SGA to ensure students’ safety and well-being during campus events. Feel free to contact the ACESS team at [ACE2] for any questions regarding their role on campus, job opportunities, or any suggestions to better create a safe and welcoming campus environment. You can apply to work for ACESS.