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Council Members List

The following is a list of GSA-UW Council members. For any questions, please contact the Chair of Council.


Representatives from each department and unit program

Department Name Term Ends
Kinesiology (AHS) Kalsha Diaguarachchige De Silva September 1, 2022
Recreation & Leisure Studies (AHS) MK Stinson November 1, 2021
School of Public Health and Health Systems (AHS) Sue Sherifali September 1, 2021
Accounting & Finance (ARTS) Jillian Adams October 1, 2021
Anthropology (ARTS)    
Catholic Thought (ARTS)    
Classical Studies (ARTS)    
Master of Digital Experience Innovation MDEI, Stratford (ARTS) Ethel Zlotnik October 1, 2021
Economics (ARTS) Khusro Mir October 1, 2021
English Language & Literature (ARTS) Lara El Mekkawi October 1, 2021
Fine Arts (ARTS) Sarah Galarneau March 1, 2022
French Studies (ARTS)    
Germanic & Slavic Studies (ARTS) Sam Schirm October 1, 2021
History (ARTS) Teghan Barton March 1, 2022
Peace & Conflict Studies (ARTS) Iman Sultana November 30, 2021
Philosophy (ARTS)

Tasneem Alsayyed Ahmad

October 1, 2021

Political Science (ARTS) Danielle LaBrash March 1, 2022
Psychology (ARTS) Kennedy Westlake June 1, 2022
Public Service (ARTS) Elizabeth Svyatnenko October 1, 2021
Religious Studies (ARTS) Lisa Duggan March 1, 2022
Social Work (ARTS)    
Sociology (ARTS) Jessica Gill March 1, 2022
Theological Studies (ARTS) Joshua Woodcock October 1, 2021
School of Architecture (ENGR) Meryem Chahboun October 1, 2021
Master of Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology MBET (ENGR) Wali ur Rehman Zia October 1, 2021
Chemical Engineering (ENGR)    
Civil & Environmental Engineering (ENGR)

Nastaran Mosavari 

July 1, 2022
Electrical & Computer Engineering (ENGR) Mozhgan Sadeghianlemraski October 1, 2021
Management Sciences (ENGR) Akshat Atray October 1, 2021
Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering (ENGR) Jared Uramowski October 1, 2021
Systems Design Engineering (ENGR) Nargess Heydari Beni March 1, 2022
Geography and Environmental Management GEM (ENV)

Yusof Ghiasi

July 1, 2022
Global Governance (ENV)

Madeleine Pinard

July 1, 2022
School of Environment, Enterprise & Development SEED (ENV)


Tia Driver

July 1, 2022
School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability SERS (ENV) Misty Matthews-Roper March 1, 2022
School of Planning (ENV) Anju (Roseann) George October 1, 2021
Applied Mathematics (MATH) William Bell March 1, 2022
Combinatorics & Optimization (MATH)    
Computational Mathematics (MATH) Jyler Menard October 1, 2021
Computer Science (MATH) Mojtaba Valipour November 30, 2021
Pure Mathematics (MATH)    
Statistics & Actuarial Science (MATH)    
Artificial Intelligence (MATH)    
Biology (SCI) Caleb Ryan July 1, 2022
Biochemistry & Chemistry (SCI)    
Earth & Environmental Science (SCI) Natasha Bell  
Physics & Astronomy (SCI) Michael Chapman November 1, 2021
Pharmacy (SCI) Jesse St Jean October 1, 2021

Vision Science & Optometry (SCI)

Juliette Teodoro October 1, 2021

Other Members

GSA Officers, GSA Board of Directors, and non-voting At-large Councillors 

Role Name Term Ends
At-Large Councillor (Senator) Max Salman  
At-Large Councillor (Senator) Twesh Upadhyaya  
At-Large Councillor (Senator) Julia Goyal April 30, 2021
Officer (President) David Benjamin Billedeau April 30, 2022
Officer (Vice President, Administration) Cindy Yeung April 30, 2021
Officer (Vice President, Communications) Zabeen Khamisa April 30, 2021
Director, Board Chair TBD  
Director, Corporate Secretary Kelly Zheng April 30, 2022
Director Ruby Aigbotsua April 30, 2023
Director Amir Hosein Sadeghi Isfahani April 30, 2023
Director Samira Mehrabi April 30, 2023
Director Yi Wang April 30, 2023
Director Elham Mohammadi April 30, 2023
Director Twesh Upadhyaya April 30, 2022
Director Cyrus Fiori April 30, 2022
Director Nicholas Palaschuck April 30, 2022
Director  Aiden Feng April 30, 2022
Director Thomas Storwick April 30, 2022
Chief Returning Officer Sara Drisdelle April 30, 2021
Minute Taker Naima Samuel  April 30, 2021

Last Updated: August 3, 2021

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