Executive Committee & Senators

AY2020/21 GSS Executive Committee

President: Dominic Payne

EMAIL: dsp1007@wildcats.unh.edu

Dominic is a 6th year graduate student at UNH and a PhD candidate in the department of physics.  His research focus is on the physics of magnetic reconnection, a plasma process responsible for solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and the degradation of plasma confinement techniques commonly used in nuclear fusion experiments.  He has been a member of the GSS for most of his time at UNH, and enjoys working with graduate students all across campus to improve grad life and advocate for a safe, diverse, and enlightening environment for all students. 

Dominic Payne

Vice President: Karla Oñate Melecio 

EMAIL: kgo1009@wildcats.unh.edu

Karla is a 3rd year graduate student in the department of physics. Her research focuses on developing a low energy particle detector to measure the polarization properties of gamma ray bursts (GRBs). She thoroughly enjoys her role as the Housing Senator because she gets to work alongside other passionate graduate students to make a difference in the grad community at UNH.

Karla Onate Melecio

Financial Affairs Officer: Sreelekha Dandu

EMAIL: sd1282@wildcats.unh.edu

I am a Graduate student at UNH Manchester Information Technology programme. I have my Bachelor’s degree in computer science, I plan to graduate and earn my master’s degree in December 2021. I have previous experience of handling financial matters within an organisation. I will try my hundred percent to excel in the job I’m chosen to and be helpful to all of you. I’m an avid reader and I love to paint and I love to drive. I look forward to meet/ work for my fellow students and make it worth while.

Sreelekha Dandu

Community Coordinator: Nishitha Kamini

EMAIL: nk1096@wildcats.unh.edu

I’m Nishitha Kamini, International student from India, currently pursuing Master’s in Information Technology at UNH Manchester. I’m good at assessing the situation and think ahead to ensure long-term success. I enjoy helping people and sometimes wouldn’t think twice to go above and beyond my limits to support them. I am good at planning and managing events in the most efficient and cost effective way. I had been a volunteer/a mentor in my under graduate school and took part in many social and cultural events

Nishitha Kamini

External Relations Officer: Michael Fazi

EMAIL: michael.fazi@unhlaw.unh.edu

Michael is a 3rd year law student at UNH School of Law in Concord. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, he is adjusting to the cold winters of NH, but has found a new home in the UNH community. As the External Relations Officer, he represents all UNH graduate students on the University System Student Board. Feel free to contact him about issues pertaining to students at either UNH or systemwide.

Michael Fazi

Communications Officer: Sarah Widlansky

EMAIL: sjw2008@wildcats.unh.edu

Sarah is a 5th year PhD student in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) program with research interests in geology and paleontology. As the Communications Officer, Sarah will manage the GSS website, social media, newsletter, and email communications. She looks forward to starting her first year with GSS and welcomes anyone interested in getting in touch to reach out to her directly.

Sarah Widlansky

AY2020/21 GSS Senators 

College

Senator  Information

Contact Information and Constituencies

UNH Online

Chika Ugwuodo

(Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science PhD)

Chika Ugwuodo

Chika is a first year Nigerian international PhD student in the Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS) program. My research interests lie in the microbial ecosystem dynamics of engineered energy systems with focus on membrane adaptation chemistry among microbial communities in fracking wells. I am honored to assist online students in whatever capacity necessary and possible.

Email: cju1004@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
UNH Online (all programs)

UNH Manchester

Danielle Johnson 

(Secondary Education MEd)

Danielle Johnson

I will be getting my MEd in Secondary Education during the 2020-2021 academic year. I have received my Bachelor’s of Arts in History. My career goal is to work as a Social Studies Educator with bilingual/multilingual students while working towards education curriculum and standard reform. I am passionate about athletics, art, and history. I was born and raised in Londonderry, NH with two older brothers. However, I have lived for short durations in Idaho, Arizona, and Wyoming after graduating high school. I enjoy traveling immensely and would love to see as much of the world as I can post-graduation. I work for the UNH Graduate School as an office assistant and have become connected with a lot of students, faculty, and staff. I am excited to serve as a Graduate Student Senator this year for the Manchester campus.

Email: dnj2001@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
UNH Manchester (all programs)

UNH Law

Cassandra Manning

(UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law)

Cassie Manning

Cassie is a 3rd year law student at UNH School of Law. She is a New England native who grew up and attended undergrad in Massachusetts. Cassie is interested in pursuing a career in higher education administration after law school. She currently serves as a student representative for the UNH Law Conduct Council and a Student Affairs Assistant for the Assistant Dean for Students. Cassie looks forward to getting involved with GSS and supporting graduate student needs!

Email: crm1091@unhlaw.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
UNH Law School

UNH Law

Griffin Kmon

(UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law)

Griffin Kmon

Griffin is a 2nd year law student at UNH School of Law in Concord. He is interested in how our laws and policies affect human and environmental health and looks to pursue a legal career in those areas. In addition to Graduate Student Senate, Griffin is involved with other clubs at the law school that advocate for a variety of social issues. In his free time, Griffin likes to spend time outdoors and practice music. Griffin is passionate about creating a welcoming environment and strives to create a university that works for all its students.

Email: griffin.kmon@unhlaw.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
UNH Law School

Graduate Student Housing

Sanchari Kundu

(Biological Sciences PhD)

Sanchari Kundu

Sanchari is a 3rd year PhD student from India studying Integrated and Organismal Biology at Department of Biological Science. Her research focuses on Plant genetics and utilizing the concept of modern genetics and metabolic engineering she tries to develop plants with promising resource for the future. Apart from her studies, she loves painting, gardening and music. Most of the time you will find her humming songs for her own pleasure. She has been an orientation leader for international graduate students for Fall 2019. This is her first year as a senator for GSS she looks for building up healthy and a friendly bond with the students and grad school. She loves to meet new people and is ready to help anyone with their Grad school life.

Email: sk1180@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Babcock Hall Residents

College of Liberal Arts (COLA)

Sumeyra Gok

(Education PhD)

Sumeyra Gok is a fourth year PhD student in Education. She is an international student from Turkey. Her research interests include; teacher preparation, multicultural education and curriculum. She has served in the graduate student senate for one and a half years and she is the COLA senator for this academic year.

Email: sg1149@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Education
History
Sociology

 

College of Liberal Arts (COLA)

Kendra Bostick

(Education PhD)

Kendra Bostick

Kendra is a 2nd year PhD student in the Education department studying the intersection between experiential education, social emotional learning and student success as well as the effectiveness of Wilderness Therapy.  Kendra previously worked in inpatient behavioral health and as a School Social Worker for 6 years.  She has worked and lived abroad in London, Thailand and Chile. Kendra's Other Life involves work as a social entrepreneur.  In 2019, she co-founded Kikori App, a mobile/web app designed to democratize access to experiential education activities.  Kendra is passionate about helping others and is happy to support any college students on their journey.  

Email: kendra.bostick@gmail.com

 

Constituencies:
Liberal Studies
Psychology
Justice Studies
Political Science
Masters in Public Administration
 

College of Liberal Arts (COLA)

Chelsea Cabral

(English Studies MA)

Chelsea Cabral

Chelsea is a first-year M.A. student in UNH’s English Studies program. As a New England native, she grew up and attended college in Massachusetts where she received her B.A. in English Literature and Political Science. Her literary and research interests include contemporary American literature, multiethnic feminisms, women authors, and literary theory. She is currently engaged in work on the fiction of Margaret Atwood and simulation. She is looking forward to serving with UNH’s GSS to help foster a safe, equitable, and enriching environment for all students.

Email: cc1536@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
English
Music
Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
 

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS)

Allison Giannotti

(English PhD)

Allison Giannotti

Allison is a 5th-year PhD student studying composition and rhetoric. Her writing and research center around science discourse and laboratory writing. As a COLA senator, Allison will establish social and professional relationships across disciplines to foster more interdisciplinary conversations and collaboration. Additionally, she hopes to advocate for more diversity within the graduate student community as well as serve on a committee that addresses LGBTQIA+ issues across campus.

Email: ag1114@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering

 

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS)

Hamad Zaheer

(Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD)

Hamad Zaher

Hamad is a 3rd year PhD student in ECE. His research work is on using machine learning techniques to improve inertial sensing. This is his first year as a GSS CEPS senator. He is very excited to serve you and is looking forward to hearing your issues and legislate for a better graduate experience.

Email: mz1038@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies: 
Computer Science
Earth Sciences
Electrical and Computer Engineering
 

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS)

Elizabeth Mamros

(Mechanical Engineering PhD)

Elizabeth Mamros

Elizabeth is a 2nd year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. Her research focuses on sheet metal forming processes and manufacturing biomaterials for trauma fixation hardware (implants) as part of NH BioMade. She looks forward to her first year serving as a member of the GSS and advocating for the UNH graduate community. 

Email: emm1109@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Science
Mathematics
Ocean Engineering
Physics
 

College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)

Alix Flinders

(Communication PhD)

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Email: af1164@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Family Studies
Health Management/Public Health
Kinesiology
Recreation Management & Policy

 

College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)

Janie Bright

(Community Development Policy and Practice Masters)

Janie Bright

Janie Bright is the Vice President of Financial Inclusion and Community Strategies with Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU), a financial cooperative serving the financial needs of local government employees and volunteers, elected and appointed officials, and their families in North Carolina. Bright is a first year Master of Community Development Policy and Practice student. This is her first year serving as a GSS CHSS senator and she looks forward to serving in this capacity and encourages constituents within the College of Health and Human Science to share your concerns at any time.

Email: jdb1124@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Social Work
 

College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)

Kamala Nasirova

(Education PhD)

Kamala Nasirova

 Kamala is a 1st year Ph.D. student in Education with research interests in equity, student opportunity gap, inclusion, teacher development, and school leadership. She is from Azerbaijan and came to the U.S. as a Fulbright student and graduated from Saint Michael’s College in VT with a degree in Masters’ in Education. She loves the colors in the fall in New England and is excited to contribute to the UNH community as a Graduate Senate.

Email: kn1070@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Nursing

College of Health and Human Services (CHHS)

Vacant

 

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Constituencies:

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA)

Emily Whalen

(Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science PhD)

Emily Whalen

Emily is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Earth and Environmental Science. Her research focuses on the microorganisms that live in soils and how they may help us store more carbon in soils under climate change. Emily also completed her master's at UNH and is looking forward to getting involved in GSS and working to promote graduate student wellbeing. 

Email: edw1002@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Communication Sciences & Disorder
Family Studies
Health Management/Public Health
Kinesiology
Nursing
Recreation Management & Policy

Paul College

Natallia (Natasha) Leuchanka Diessner 

(Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science PhD)

Natallia (Natasha) Leuchanka Diessner

Natasha is a doctoral candidate in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. As part of her dissertation, she studies how decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public manage freshwater resources and how they make complex decisions about the future of dams in New England. As part of Natasha’s role with the GSS, she looks forward to working with graduate students to help them get the most out of their graduate experience and make graduate school a positive journey for students from all backgrounds and walks of life. As a senator for the Paul College, Natasha also seeks to support expansion of graduate student opportunities at the intersection of business and the environment.

Email: nhe4@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Accounting 
Analytical Economics 
Business Administration 
Business Analytics 
Economics 
Finance

Paul College

Akhtar Ardakani

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Email: as2060@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Accounting 
Analytical Economics 
Business Administration 
Business Analytics 
Economics 
Finance

International Graduate Students

Chandra Annasamy

(Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems PhD)Chandra Annasamy

I am a 2nd year Ph.D. student from India, pursuing my research in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems.  I am working with New Hampshire grape cultivars growing on two different training systems, their biochemical, physiological parameters, and resistance towards biotic and abiotic stresses.  Being my first year in GSS, looking forward to working with all the grad students. Having experience in the field of academia for many years, and by nature, I like to reach out to students for any kind of advice and guidance. 

Email: ac1242@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
International Students

 Graduate School

Caroline Kanaskie

(Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science PhD)

Caroline Kanaskie

I am second-year PhD student in the NRESS program, and have been a member of the UNH graduate student community since 2017 when I started my Master’s in Natural Resources. I am also a graduate assistant for the UNH Grad School focusing on student support programming. In GSS, I represent students in programs that are housed in the Graduate School. In joining GSS, I hope to learn more about the concerns and needs of our graduate student body, and I plan to use what I learn to guide Grad School programming in my role as a GA. 

Email: crk1025@wildcats.unh.edu

 

Constituencies:
Public Policy
Analytics 
College Teaching
Development Policy & Practice
Geospatial
NRESS