Associated Students

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Meet the Candidates

Residential Senators


Camino Founders


Daniel Smeraldo

Daniel Smeraldo

Qualifications:

  • Eagle Scout
  • Past Leadership experience in High School 
  • Band Librarian and Uniform Manager
  • Senior Patrol Leader for Boy Scout Troop 

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

  • Provide a way for Camino residents to pass on their ideas on how to improve the campus
  • Help make USD an even better place to go to school 
  • Make Camino an awesome place to live on Campus 

Missions A


Michaela Valk

Michaela Valk

Qualifications:

  • Empathetic and approachable: willing and able to listen to student concerns
  • Articulate and courageous: effectively communicates issues and concerns of students
  • Tenacious, proactive, and reliable: able to take initiative and problem solve
  • Experience: In addition to serving as ASB President of my high school, I was elected Executive ASB President of the San Diego Unified School District and represented the student voice of 135,000 students during Board Meetings.

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My goals for this position are to ensure that all residents of Missions A know that any concern that they have is heard and matters, and to improve the freshman torero experience. If elected, I will actively advocate for issues that residents feel should be addressed, such as safety and facility improvements, to AS Senate meetings and any policyholder. I plan to work hand in hand with the Residence Hall Association in executing events specifically for Missions A residents, and plan to find a way to effectively communicate USD events and Torero Programming Board events to all Missions A residents.   

Bret Chavarria

Bret Chavarria

Qualifications:

  • Member of High School Associated Student Body (ASB) for 4 years
  • Class President for Junior and Senior Year
  • Class Senator for Freshman and Sophomore Year
  • High School Sound Technician for 3 years
  • President of High School Italian Club
  • Co-President of Student Section (Blue Crew)
  • Link Crew Leader for two years
  • Recipient of Monsoon Award (Student Leadership)
  • Member of High School Academic Program
  • Member of Board of Key Club and CSF

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

Coming onto a big college campus, sometimes some kids can be deterred from trying to speak up for change, or they simply do not know how to go about getting heard. If elected Senator, I would try and ensure that my constituents would have their voices heard by asking what can be improved upon to make USD a better campus. A few things I would attempt to change if elected Senator, would be trying to add or fix some of the living conditions to enhance dorm life, and I would try and organize events on the Valley field, so we can get to know our Missions A neighbors. 

Nick Hatton

Nick Hatton

Qualifications:

My qualifications include attending and/or leading over 10 Leadership Conferences and Camps.  Holding several leadership positions in the past including Student Body President, Retreat coordinator, and Conference Host.  In addition to this, I spent time working for and learning from a world renowned motivational and leadership speaker.  Lastly, I have helped to enact change initiatives in my community back home and I look forward to doing the same here.

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

I have many goals, but the main one is to make sure that everyone has a great first year.  This will be accomplished by community building, and by giving those who I represent a direct line of communication to the most effective change makers of this campus.  In this position, I plan to do everything that my constituents ask of me.  I will listen intently to all they have to say, then present it to a forum where their ideas can be acted upon.  This year, I plan on serving the community that I live in by putting them first.

Missions B


Cameron Cotton

Cameron Cotton

Qualifications:

  • Student Body Treasurer 13-14
  • Vice President of Jack and Jill of America inc., Las Vegas Teen Chapter
  • Interned at Las Vegas City Council (local government)
  • F.B.L.A (Future Business Leaders of America) Nevada State Champion

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

I am a freshman from Las Vegas, Nevada planning to major in Accountancy with a minor in Real Estate. As Missions B Senator, I plan on representing the students in the Missions B community by doing whatever I can to have their voices heard and act as a liaison between the student body and student government.  A goal I have is to always have students informed on current issues and events to create a welcoming and united Missions B community.

T.J. Hodges

T.J. Hodges

Qualifications:

I am always ready to take action and start a conversation in order to improve student conditions. If it is administrators, faculty, or other students that need to be approached in order to make our community more comfortable and worthwhile, then I'm there. I have held office in high school student government, and have planned and executed several school-wide events.

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

Missions B is comprised of four buildings, but that doesn't mean we need to be four factions. My goal is to bring our Missions B community together with intriguing and exciting events. I will work on solutions to our air conditioning problem: our rooms should not be this hot. We may not be able to persuade the University to install a full blown A.C. system, but we can still place portable A.C. units in common areas, or reduce the residency price to reflect the lack of controlled temperature. It is ideas like these that I plan to bring to A.S.

Halie Carpenter

Halie Carpenter

Qualifications:

Throughout my life, I have held several leadership positions in clubs like Student Council, National Charity League, and varsity athletics. Through these experiences, I have learned that a good leader is enthusiastic, compassionate, organized, and responsible. Each day, I strive to be these four characteristics and always look for more ways in which to improve in my leadership abilities. 

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

  • Give a voice to the residents and make their requests heard. For example, many residents have expressed a desire for more water filtration stations in the dorms and I would like to make those wants a reality.
  • Create a deeper sense of community. As a member of Missions B, and USD as a whole, I believe that increasing community events and activities is a great way to make campus feel more like home for everyone.
  • Increase transparency within the student body. I want everyone to have access to what is going on within our campus, including the decisions that affect them. 

Maia Garcia-Munro

Maia Garcia

Qualifications:

My qualifications for Missions B Senator include my experiences in leadership in student government, holding the Senior Class President position, being captain of my water polo and swim team for two years, founding and leading the business club at my school, DECA, and holding a leadership role in the school newspaper at my high school.  I was extremely passionate about all these organizations, and dedicated a lot of time to them, while still keeping a focus on my academics and volunteering outside of school.

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My goals as a senator would be to voice your concerns, and do what ever I can to make your experience at Missions B the best it can be possible.  If elected this position, I plan on installing water bottle refill stations or “hydration stations” in each building, bringing attention to maintenance problems, like low water pressure in some showers, installing hand dryers instead of paper towels in order to reduce waste, having buses or trams take students to the beach, mall, or Target twice a month, as well as starting traditions for our community like food drives around the holidays and organize trips to the local soup kitchen. 

Franklin Floresca

Franklin Floresca

Qualifications:

  • 8th Grade Class President
  • Great family man
  • Freshman Class President
  • Successfully avoided dropping out of high school
  • Sophomore Class President
  • Listens well to people
  • Experienced in public speaking
  • good cook
  • Leadership Class Senior Year
  • Key Club President

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My goal is to allow for more students to have a voice in how the money in the Associated Students budget is allocated. I want to host more social events and concerts on campus that allow others to connect and create great, lasting memories.

Maher Hall


Roger Hsu

Roger Hsu

Qualifications:

I have always been involved with student government or Associated Student Body (ASB) in a high school of about 4,000 students and have served in leadership positions in all of my extracurriculars such as Orchestra, Choir, and Government Team councils. Secretary, Publicity Commissioner, Librarian, and Unit Coordinator are a few of my previous positions. Aside from government, I’ve been voted “Most Talkative” in my high school since Freshman year. I’m very experienced in student government and I won’t have any problems as Senator, as I know how student government works. Overall, I’m experienced, approachable, and easy to talk to.

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My overall goal for this position is to become the bridge between the residents of Maher Hall and Associated Students. More importantly, being able to facilitate the fulfillment of the needs of students living in Maher who would otherwise find it difficult to contact Associated Students. I believe that we are lucky to live in the coveted Maher Hall, however, I have already heard several of students’ gripes and comments on some of the conditions in Maher. If elected, I will do all in my power as Senator to ensure that neither Maher Hall nor its residents are forgotten.

Stephanie Katz

Stephanie Katz

Qualifications:

Senior Editor of my high school newspaper. I know how to accomplish large tasks in a timely
manner, as well as manage the effort and money that goes into accomplishing them. Because of
my experience being a part of and managing a large staff, I am able to work well in groups.
General Member of my middle school’s Peer Assistance and Leadership program (our version of
student government). I helped plan and carry out events at the school.
Program Coordinator for my high school’s theater department. Helped me to learn how to
organize and plan large events. 

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

First I would like to make drinkable water more readily available to all of the floors in Maher hall.
I believe it is important for the voices of Maher residents to be accurately represented during the
Associated Students discussions of new Core Curriculum Standards, and I hope to be involved in that
facilitation. Also, I would like to take the time to seriously consider ways we can improve sustainability
and green living in the hall by formulating ideas in student discussions and considering suggestions that
residents have that could be feasibly instated.

Puya Nedadahandeh

Puya Nedadahandeh

Qualifications:

I studied at Borgarskolan in Sweden where I completed the IB-program. On top of being involved with my school’s magazine, I was also a school representative at fairs. After being extremely active with Model United Nations (MUN), I decided to found MUN of Sweden. This was the first conference of its kind in the country, and has since 2012 become an annual and international conference. In May of this year, schools from seven different countries participated (one school coming all the way from Turkey). In 2013, I had the honor of being selected by the UN association of Sweden as a Millennium Development Goal Ambassador.

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

I plan on being present and invested in the lives of Maher’s residents. This could simply mean talking about their day or anything that is bothering them. In my first 100 days as Senator, I will do everything in my power to improve life in Maher. After talking to the residents of Maher, I have come up with an initial list of things I plan to do as senator:

  • Plan activities
  • Get rid of the cockroaches
  • Promote and improve the common area
  • Fans in the Jesus room
  • Fix the elevators
  • Promote recycling
  • Make a “Bob”-day

Vistas


Imani Payton

Imani Payton

Qualifications:

  • Black Student Union (USD 2013-2014)
  • Peer Mediation Councilor (2011-2013)
  • Welcome Team (USD 2014)
  • Associated Student Body (ASB) President (2012-2013)
  • National Honor Society (NHS) (2012-2013)
  • California Scholarship Federation (CSF) (2010-2013)
  • Black Student Union President (2011-2013)
  • Varsity Basketball Captain and Club President (2009-2013)
  • Spanish Club Treasurer/Representative (2012-2013)
  • Highest Honor Roll (2009-2013)
  • Honors LLC (2014)

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

-To bring an interconnected community comprised of diversity alongside a continual push for inclusion amongst all students

-To unify school pride (such as a type of USD nationalism) in support of USD as a prominent educational and athletic program 

-To introduce more activities (indoor/outdoor) to strengthen community within the residential halls--> allowing students to further get to know, respect, and understand his/her peers. Activities would include weekly availability to participate in board game nights, video game nights, mini sporting event, and other stress free gatherings between the floors/neighboring buildings. Students can relax, mingle, and gain social self-confidence for a few hours per week. 

-To increase attendance at all sporting events by expressing and promoting school spirit (posters, ***spirit nights, vocal representation etc.) around major areas of campus; dining halls, residential halls, and classroom announcements. E-mails simply do not suffice. 

-To develop and create a community based off the principles of acceptance for all students by breaking down existing barriers and boundaries between social groups and societal norms. This in turn would create a more inclusive environment for students to feel loved, safe, and confident in who they are, allowing each individual to project his/her happiness and well-being onto others. 

Daniel Rozansky

Daniel Rozansky

Qualifications:

  • Former RHA Marketing Chair for Missions B Council
  • Member of Four National Honor Societies
  • People to People Student Ambassador and Alumni
  • International Business Club Member
  • Jewish Student Union Member
  • SOAR Member

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My goals for this position are simple. I want my residents to receive a residential experience that exceeds the expectations of what living on campus is perceived. I will work my hardest to achieve a residential experience that is equal to or superior to all other housing options that pertain to all college students here at USD.

Mary Turner

Mary Turner

Qualifications:

  • 2014-Present Alpha Delta Pi Member 
  • 2013- Present InterVarsity Member
  • 2009-2013 Student Government, 2012-2013 Student Body President 
  • 2010-2013 National Honors Society, President 2012-2013 

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

If elected senator, I want to be a servant-leader to you. My goals for this year is to create a greater sense of community within the Vistas that will hopefully reflect onto all of USD. Rather than making a whole bunch of empty promises that we all know don’t always come true, here’s my one promise to you. I promise to be the best leader I can be. I will work hard, show up, and put my whole heart into everything I do. I promise to hear your voice and make your words into actions.

Matthew Beasley

Matthew Beasley

Qualifications:

  •  Served as high school delegate to California Boys’ State
  •  Captain of high school cross country team
  • Former experience with many various leadership roles within the Boy Scouts of America
  • Have taken leadership courses in the past including, one at USD during freshman year

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

  • Ensure that the residents of the Alcala Vista Apartments have the best sophomore year possible.
  • Collaborate with my fellow residents to determine the changes they wish to see within the Vistas and around USD
  • Find ways to improve the Vistas and provide more complimentary items, expanding on the idea of the free coffee machine
  • Work with Residential Life and other departments to ensure changes wanted by the Vistas community are put in place in an effective and timely manner 
  • Address the numerous problems affecting the entire campus community as a whole

Manchester/UTA's


Danielle Priore

Danielle Priore

Qualifications:

I am a hard-working person that is dedicated to school and bettering the USD community. I am responsible, very involved, and I love to listen to what people have to say. USD is my home and I want to make it the best place possible for everyone! I hold other leadership positions on campus through my sorority, different clubs, and being the Vice President of Finance for RHA. I am an effective leader, truthful, and I have a vision for our campus to become even closer and more welcoming. I am a quick learner, passionate about what I do, and more than willing to collaborate with others!   

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My goal for this position is to help bridge the gap between AS and RHA and help improve student life on campus. I want to be a voice for residents and express the concerns and compliments that they have. If I am elected, I plan to get to know the residents of Manchester very well, attend/assist at all events of AS and TPB, and help make USD living an even better experience.  I am so excited to collaborate with different people and give back to the USD community that has given me so much! 

Commuter


Danielle Nederend

Danielle Nederend

Qualifications:

  • Officer of Safety Health and Wellness: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
  • Interpersonal Skills: Red Bull Wings Team Member
  • Customer Service Skills: H&B’s Guac Shack Farmer’s Market Vendor
  • Recording Secretary: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority
  • Preceptor’s Assistant: University of San Diego, Fall 2013
  • Two-time Varsity Team Captain: Central Valley Christian High School volleyball 

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My goal is to represent students that need their voice heard, but can’t find the time to do so. Upon election, I would be a positive, friendly face for Associated Students, welcoming to questions. I would strive to be an insightful senator, contributing creative ideas about progressing USD into its best campus community. I would seek out specific commuter students’ needs. I’ve had the lucky opportunity to be involved in many campus experiences and thus have a wide realm of community contacts. Utilizing these relationships, I would ensure that the needs from a spectrum of students would be acknowledged!

Daniel McConville

Qualifications:

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

Janiq Meneze

Janiq Meneze

Qualifications:

  • a good leader and good at working in teams
  • organized
  • dependable
  • positive
  • creative/innovative
  • trustworthy
  • a good listener
  • (debatably) funny

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

If elected for the Commuter Senator position, I hope to make some positive changes on our campus, and actively connect with the students. My goal is to get lots of feedback from the student body so that USD is flooded with fresh, new ideas and creativity. I would really like to promote health and wellness, inclusion and diversity, and gather a sense of community at the school. Let’s make this year a good one!

Kelsea Tower

Kelsea Tower

Qualifications:

  • Tutor at Montgomery Middle School for AVID Students (freshman year)
  • InterClub Council Representative for Alpha Phi (spring freshman, fall of sophomore)
  • Director of Campus Activities for Alpha Phi (fall of sophomore)
  • Director of New Member Initiation, Chaplain for Alpha Phi (spring of sophomore)
  • Associated Students Academic Senator (sophomore)
  • Undergraduate Research Committee Ambassador (sophomore)

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

If elected as a commuter senator, I plan to improve the efforts of Associated Students and the relationship between senators and their constituents. Now that I live on the beach I want to encourage commuters to be more involved in campus life and inspire them to volunteer their time at USD's events. I want to create a greater sense of Torero community.

Plans if elected:

Depending on the committee I am placed in, I want to streamline the student organizations application processes, improve professor-to-student relations, and generate more school spirit at all TPB events. As a whole, I think USD has a lot of dedicated, excited students that don't apply themselves and I plan to make Associated Students an outlet for them.

Jessica Andrade

Jessica Andrade

Qualifications:

I have years of experience in working with a team as passionate as Associated Students. I know that a group of people cannot move forward without a goal in mind nor the will in their hearts. This is something I would advocate among other students in AS, as well as the rest of the student body. I was team captain for my high school’s soccer team and currently serve on the Philanthropy Committee of Alpha Chi Omega. We are dedicated towards promoting student volunteering and global awareness on a variety of topics, such as domestic violence. 

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

As a commuter student myself, I am determined to make commuters feel comfortable on campus.  I believe the student body would be stronger if commuters were to be more involved around campus, aside from going to class. One way to achieve this is by upgrading the commuter lounge into a stress-relieving and fun environment. The next thing I would do to unite the student body is plan recreational events both on and off campus. Such plans include routine College Night trips to Padres games or the hosting of bonfires and tailgate functions on the beach. I believe this would be a great step toward building school spirit off campus and thus far, generating school spirit as a whole. 

Sarah Nolan

Sarah Nolan

Qualifications:

  • French, Spanish speaking
  • Friendly, outgoing personality
  • Enjoy meeting new people
  • Good communicator
  • Very enthusiastic about USD and the student body

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

  • Encourage students living off campus to get more involved in clubs so commuters feel like they are more integrated in the USD community.
  • Expand the amount of study spaces on campus
  • Designate more parking spaces for commuters as it can be very difficult to find parking
  • Create more available food options in study and/or relaxing areas on campus- in the library for example. 

Academic Senators


College of Arts and Sciences

Briseida Jimenez

Briseida Jimenez

Qualifications:

  • ASB President—6th, 8th and Senior Year
  • History Club President
  • Gordon and Ree’s Law Firm Intern
  • Internship for an Assembly member
  • Founded a Community Tutoring Service for kids K-8
  • Desert Town Hall Youth Ambassador—Selected few to honorably welcome world leaders such as Dick Cheney, Robert Gates, and President Bush.
  • H.S. Soccer Team Captain 10th Grade

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My goals for this position include getting to know more students at USD and becoming aware of their student problems, in hopes that I could possibly make a difference in. I see myself representing two different kinds of students, coming from two different departments at this school and generally want to represent the students as a whole. Something I definitely want to express, if elected, is the expansion of our school and the misrepresentation this could create. I want students to be aware of how dedicated and personable our school is to them. As a long-term goal, I hope this would instill in each student both pride and love for their school, just I have come to do.

Tori Coleman

Tori Coleman

Qualifications:

  • Founder and Co-President of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) delegation for 2 years 
  • 3 years of experience drafting and passing legislation in the California Youth & Government Model Legislation and Court program as well as serving as a defense attorney and helping to draft a new California Constitution
  • 2.5 years of experience volunteering with the southern California homeless population through the Westminster Free Health Clinic, an institution that provides health services and prescription medications to the homeless and those who cannot afford health insurance

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My biggest goal that I plan to accomplish if elected is to hear out each and every student who has a desire to make our college experience the best it can be. No matter how quiet or shy you are, every student has the potential to make their voice heard as long as the right person is listening. 

I can promise to work tirelessly with each and every student who has the desire to come up with innovative, sustainable, realistic ways to improve the College of Arts and Sciences. I can promise that I will connect you with organizations around campus that I know can help to make your ideas a reality. I can promise that I will fight for our right to make our education within the College of Arts and Sciences our own, and to bring about the improvements that we deserve to see as students of a nationally ranked university.

If I am elected as your College of Arts and Sciences senator, no matter who you are or what you believe, I promise I will fight for your voice to be heard. So if you want a senator who can really get things done, remember that change is a guarantee when you vote for Tori C!

Kaitlin Goodhart

Kaitlin Goodhart

Qualifications:

I have participated in Associated Students for the past five years. I love being involved and finding new ways to improve the community as well find new ways to give back to the community. I am a Communication Studies Major and am also a great communicator. When I commit to something I give it my undivided-attention, striving to do my best. I am reliable, responsible, and hardworking. If someone comes to me with a problem or concern, I make it a point to come up with a solution. I always make sure that your message is heard and represented.

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

I have a passion to make a change and that starts by hearing the student’s voices. I want to be an active voice for the students. Not only do I want to represent the students within the College of Arts and Sciences I want to hear their ideas and make them known. I want to take it one-step further with a Suicide Awareness campaign by spreading the word to find hope for our community. Communication is key to success. I want to help make you feel like you are USD, your voice is heard, and your opinion matters. It’s time to make a change, and it starts with YOU!

Shalin Shah

Shalin Shah

Qualifications:

 I have had several leadership positions in past, including co-founder and vice president of a political debate organization called Junior State of America, as well as lead attorney of my competitive Mock Trial team.  Currently, I am a preceptorial assistant and am on the executive board for USD’s chapter of the American Medical Student Association.  Throughout these and some other experiences, I have developed skills in communicating effectively with a team, thinking under pressure, and making confident decisions.  I am friendly and genuine, and I believe that with my experience and motivation, I can be a strong representative for the College of Arts and Sciences. 

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

Hi everyone! My name is Shalin Shah, and I am running to be your representative in Associated Students.  My goal as Senator is to work towards fostering our thriving academic community, to resolve any pressing issues, and to enhance your student experience.  Whether I am working to support student organizations or am collaborating with the administration to make changes that will benefit you, I will eagerly consider your input and advocate on behalf of all of you. USD is a second home to me, and this is one way I would like to give back.

School of Business

The senators for the School of Business have already been elected.

School of Engineering

Harrison Schmactenberger

Harrison Schamchtenberger

Qualifications:

In high school, I held student government positions such as Vice President of the Honors Society, and I founded the Engineering Club (and acted as President) since there wasn't one before. I also am a sophomore in the engineering school, so I have some experience with the clubs here (I'm the treasurer of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers & member of Engineers Without Borders). I have an ear to the ground and will bring the sword to the grindstone when it comes to making the school better in any way I can.

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

My goals for this position are to listen to fellow engineering students about what issues they see and how we can work hard to fix them. If elected, I would create projects (as well as students submitting their own projects) to get more students involved in tangible work. Also, there is a DIY learning workshop nearby called MakerPlace that has shop tools and classes that integrate people with new technology; I would like to work out a partnership with them to obtain discounted lessons for groups of engineering students. This is just the beginning, we have the potential for greatness.

Henry Huang

Henry Huang

Qualifications:

Having served as Vice President of Administration on the Interfraternity Council, member of the Board of Recruitment for my fraternity, and Vice President of the Business Law and Mediation Caucus I have gained knowledge in management, organization, and communication. Working with people in our community has been the most fulfilling experience I could have ever imagined and I wish to further my involvement by advocating our engineering program to the best of my abilities through your words.

What are your goals for this position? If elected for this position, what do you plan to do?

As AS Senator for the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering I will actively connect with my fellow engineering peers to work to find many ways of furthering the status of our constantly progressing school in terms of academics, student life, extracurricular opportunities, and industry involvement for career possibilities after college. I communicate regularly with Dean Roberts and will continue to do so in order to act as a relay between the engineering faculty and students. It is my goal to do all that I can to make our engineering school the best it can be.