GSS History

The UNH Graduate Student Senate (GSS) was founded in 2011 as the official representative body of UNH graduate students. For several decades prior to the creation of the GSS and its representative structure, the interests of graduate students at UNH were represented by the Graduate Student Organization (GSO).

On April 18, 2011, UNH President Mark Huddleston signed the first copy of the GSS Constitution and Bylaws.


Below is a list of the graduate students who have served as GSS officers and Senators.

AY2014/2015

  • President - Mike Verney (History Ph.D.)
  • Vice President - Michael Kurtz (Economics Ph.D.)
  • External Affairs Officer - Tobi Afolayan (Political Science and Community Development Policy and Practice  M.A.)
  • Clerk - Kelly Nifong (Ocean Mapping M.S.)
  • Treasurer - Madhav Baral (Mechanical Engineering M.S.)
  • Programming Coordinator - Tim Roemer (Mechanical Engineering M.S.)
  • COLA Senator - Amanda Demmer (History Ph.D.)
  • COLA Senator - Kassie Sarr-Dietershagen (English Lit. M.A.)
  • COLA Senator - Ezra Temko (Sociology Ph.D.)
  • COLSA Senator - Kelsey Juntwait (Animal Sciences M.S.)
  • CEPS Senator - Alireza Ebadi (Mechanical Engineering)
  • CEPS Senator - Ian Cohen (Physics Ph.D.)
  • CHHS Senator - Myles Lynch (Rec. Management and Policy M.S.)
  • UNHM Senator - Michael Pinkham (M.B.A.)
  • GRAD Senator - Matt Smith (NRESS Ph.D.)
  • Babcock Senator - Patrick LaCroix (History Ph.D.)
  • Forest Park Senator - Amanda Sobel (Zoology M.S.)
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AY2013/2014

  • President - Ian Cohen (Physics Ph.D.)
  • Vice President - Joe Gilbert (Linguistics M.A.)
  • Clerk - Dan Tran (Physics Ph.D.)
  • Treasurer - Deanna Silva (Chemistry M.S.)
  • Programs Coordinator - Madhav Baral (Civil Eng M.S.)
  • External Affairs Officer - John McClain (Applied Math Ph.D.)
  • CEPS Senator - Harrison Roakes ('14G, Civil Eng M.S.) and Surupa Shaw (Chem Eng Ph.D.)
  • CHHS Senator - Myles Lynch (RMP M.S.)
  • COLA Senator -  Jay Derick (Education M.A.T.), Luke Dietrich (English Ph.D.), Kei Saito (Sociology Ph.D.), and Mike Verney (History Ph.D.)
  • COLSA Senator - Brianna Isenberg ('14G, Animal Sciences M.S.)
  • GRAD Senator - Matt Smith (NRESS Ph.D.)
  • PAUL Senator - Mica Kurtz (Economics Ph.D.)
  • UNHM Senator - Tom Cronin (Public Admin M.P.A.)
  • Babcock Senator - Patrick Lacroix (History Ph.D.)
  • Forest Park - Vacant

AY2012/2013

  • President - Sonic Woytonik (History Ph.D.)
  • Vice President - Bob Swarthout ('14G, NRESS Ph.D.)
  • Clerk - Dan Tran (Physics Ph.D.)
  • Treasurer - John McClain (Applied Math Ph.D.)
  • Programs Coordinator -  Emily Klein ('13G, NRESS Ph.D.)
  • External Affairs Officer - Ian Cohen (Physics Ph.D.)
  • CEPS Senator - Surupa Shaw (Chem Eng Ph.D.) and Deanna Silva (Chemistry M.S.)
  • CHHS Senator - Mike Griswold ('13G, RMP M.S.) and Jay Derick ('14, RMP M.S.)
  • COLA Senator -  Joe Gilbert ('13G, Creative Writing M.F.A.), Kirstie Kemmerer (Sociology Ph.D.), Quixada Moore-Vissing (Education Ph.D.), and Mike Verney (History Ph.D.)
  • COLSA Senator - Megan Seneca (Animal Sciences M.S.)
  • GRAD Senator - Rich Brereton (NRESS Ph.D.)
  • WSBE Senator - Jenn Trudeau ('14G, Economics Ph.D.)
  • Babcock Senator - Vacant
  • Forest Park Senator - Liz Brady ('14G, Chemistry Ph.D.)

AY2011/2012

  • President - Bob Swarthout ('14G, NRESS Ph.D.)
  • Vice President - Dan Budak ('12G, Psychology Ph.D.)
  • Clerk - Michael Staley (Sociology Ph.D.)
  • Treasurer - John McClain (Applied Math Ph.D.)
  • Programs Coordinator - Emily Klein ('13G, NRESS Ph.D.)
  • Representative to the University System Board of Trustees - Ian Cohen (Physics Ph.D.)

AY2010/2011

  • President - Jessie Knapp ('12G, Marine Biology Ph.D.)
  • Vice President - Dan Budak ('12G, Psychology Ph.D.)
  • Clerk - Michael Staley (Sociology Ph.D.)
  • Treasurer - Fathima Muzamil (Physics Ph.D.)
  • Programs Coordinator - Stephanie Bramlett ('11G, Sociology Ph.D.)
  • Representative to the University System Board of Trustees - Bob Swarthout ('14G, NRESS Ph.D.)