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Out-of-State Student Council

Out-of-State Student Council Mission

The Out-of-State Student Council works to enhance the experience of incoming out-of-state freshmen as they transition to USD. Council members maintain regular communication with the freshmen from their region and help these students connect with first-year and continuing out-of-state students by organizing events and gatherings. The overall goal of the council is to improve the persistence rate of first-year out-of-state students.

Application and Position Description

The application and interview process for the 2014 Out-of-State Student Council is now over. The newly selected council will be listed below shortly!

Fall 2013 Council Members

To view the council members of a particular region, please select a region from the list below:


Midwest Region


Meghan Czarnecki (Communications Chair)

Hometown: Southbend, IN

Major: Biology

USD Activities: Phi Delta Epsilon, Kappa Kappa Gamma, intramurals, and math club

Fun Fact: I was a gymnast for 15 years.


Emily Kirschbaum

Homtown: Janesville, WI

Major: Biophysics

USD Activities: Resident Assistant, AMSA (pre-health organization), intramural volleyball and soccer

Fun fact: I can teach you how to bucky!


Ruthie Murray

Hometown: Roseville, MN

Major: Accounting

USD Activities: Ambassadors Club, work study employee, and University Ministry

Fun fact: My favorite animal is the giraffe.

Mountain Region


Kyle Burkhardt

Homtown: Denver, CO

Major: Finance

USD Activities: Ambassadors Club, Phi Kappa Theta, Sheltering San Diego, intramurals, and Microfinance Club

Fun fact: I have a cousin who was born on the same exact day as me (and same year).


Sophia Shetterly

Homtown: Littleton/Denver, CO

Major: International Relations (and pre-med)

USD Activities: Dance company, Kappa Alpha Theta, and AMSA

Fun fact: I speak German fluently.


Northeast Region


Jevaughn Davis (Secretary)

Homtown: Poughkeepsie, NY

Major: Biochemistry

USD Activities: Phi Delta Epsilon, Resident Assistant, and AMSA

Fun fact: I lived in Spain for a year and lived in Jamaica for 10 years.


Abbie Fichtner

Homtown: New Canaan, CT

Major: Environmental Studies

USD Activities: Dance company, and Kappa Delta sorority

Fun fact: I love Britney Spears.


Kaylee Gil

Homtown: Ellicott City, MD

Major: Biochemistry

USD Activities: RHA Executive Board, AS Academic Senator, AMSA, and Linda Vista Dollars for Scholar Board

Fun fact: I had never visited USD until the first day of orientation.




Katie Anschuetz

Homtown: Anchorage, Alaska

Major: Neuroscience

USD Activities: Intervarsity and Mortar Board

Fun fact: I'm an Irish dancer!


Emily Mattson

Homtown: Mount Vernon, WA

Major: Political Science

USD Activities: Club soccer, intramural soccer and basketball, and Gamma Phi Beta sorority

Fun fact: I'm from the tulip capital of the United States!


Laura McKniff (President)

Homtown: Portland, OR

Major: Biology

USD Activities: Alpha Delta Pi Sorority,

Fun fact: I am obsessed with the show Game of Thrones!


Lavanya Sridharan

Homtown: Beaverton, OR

Major: International Relations

USD Activities: USD SASA, Preceptorial Assistant Program, and Founders Club

Fun fact: I have visited ten countries.



Paula Cepeda

Homtown: Guam

Major: Biochemistry

USD Activities: Phi Delta Epsilon and American Medical Student Association

Fun fact: I used to paddle and I love cats.


Claudio Trespalauos

Homtown: Cuernavaca, Moselos, Mexico

Major: International Business

USD Activities: International Student Organization, Ambassadors Club, and ASA

Fun fact: I'm learning Japanese.

Southern Region


Frances Casey

Homtown: Colleyville, TX

Major: Undeclared

USD Activities: University Ministry, Intervarsity, Students for Life, Relay for Life Committee, Rtoract, and Emmaus group

Fun fact: I love ping pong!


Tom Robinson

Homtown: Dallas, TX

Major: Business/International Relations

USD Activities: Ambassadors Club, SOAR Club, USD tour guide, and Beta Theta Pi

Fun fact: I have a twin brother.


Christine Walsh

Homtown: New Orleans, LA

Major: Undeclared

USD Activities: Kappa Delta and ASTRA

Fun fact: I've climbed the Great Wall of China.



Greg Hopkins

Homtown: Scottsdale, AZ

Major: Mechanical Engineering

USD Activities: American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and employee at the Missions Fitness Center

Fun fact: I was saved by a lifeguard.


Lina Ibarra

Homtown: Las Vegas, NV

Major: Neuroscience

USD Activities: Pre-Physical Therapy, employee at the Registrar's Office


Danielle Riethmiller

Homtown: Sierra Vista, AS

Major: Math & Biology

Fun fact: I really like to sky dive.

Contact Information

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