Meet the Graduate Student Government Officers


Brenda L

President: Brenda Loritz

Yá’át’ééh my name is Brenda Loritz. I am born for Tódich’ii’nii (Bitterwater Clan) to the Táchii’nii (Red Running Into the Water People Clan). I am the adopted daughter of Robert & Linda Seymour of Snowflake, AZ. I am married to Scott Loritz. I am a graduate of Northern Arizona University having earned B.S. in Psychology and Political Science. Currently, I am a candidate for Master’s Degree of Sustainable Communities at NAU.

Challenged to make change, my platform as GSG President is to incorporate sustainable concepts into the NAU community reaching students, faculty and the community of Flagstaff.  My second platform is to promote diversity and acceptance. Go Lumberjacks. 

VP of Legislative Affairs: Anthony Hessel

Chief of Staff: Jonathon Donald


Arts & Letters: Rebecca Snow

As an NAU Graduate Student Government (GSG) representative of and advocate for NAU College of Arts and Letters (CAL) graduate students before the GSG and with university administrators and local, state, and national governing bodies,I look forward to hearing from CAL grad students about their interests and proposals.  Also, please check out the NAU Graduate Student Government and Graduate College websites to keep informed about activities and events for graduate students.  The GSG also provides funding for graduate student organizations and travel expenses for graduate students to conferences.

Social and Behavioral Science: Cari States

Bianca Hey

Education: Bianca Hey

Bianca Hey, College of Education is a second-year M.Ed. Counseling-Student Affairs student and a Graduate Assistant Hall Director for Housing and Residence Life. She earned her B.A in Interpersonal Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater and moved to Arizona July 2014. Bianca will be graduating this May and is hoping to work within the field of Student Affairs.

Business: Eric Sweir


Victor Jimenez

Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences: Victor Jimenez


Victor Jimenez, College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences (CEFNS) representative, is a third-year graduate student in the Biology Department at NAU, and is working toward a PhD in Biology. Victor completed his B.S from Arizona State University with an emphasis in Biology and Microbiology. He currently also serves as Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) president, and enjoys serving and mentoring fellow graduate and undergraduate students to a successful experience at NAU.

Victor’s research interests include immunology, microbiology, and comparative pathology. His current research instigates the effects of alcohol toxicity on host immunological responses and bacterial virulence. Victor is committed to excellence within and beyond the academic institution, and looks forward to assist the Graduate Student Government (GSG) in facilitating a broader vision of interdisciplinary exchange of information and community awareness throughout Northern Arizona University.


Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences: Ryan Geier

Extended Campus Representatives

Christopher Guidry
Linda Barker
Brandy Ballard

Donald O'Dell

-My name is Donald O’Dell; a proud alumni of Northern Arizona University and its Phi Sigma   Kappa fraternity chapter. As a long time government career professional; I seek to complete a MA and PH. D program in my field in order to better serve the “public good”. I am interested in research and improvement within the Public Administration field. I hope that   my abilities and experience bring value added to both NAU and its student body.

Warm Regards,

Donald O’Dell