Meet the Graduate Student Government Officers


Brenda L. Loritz

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. 

Chris Watkins

VP of Internal Affairs: Chris Watkins

Christopher Watkins is a 29 year old native of Sedona, AZ and proud Lumberjack. After receiving a BS Geology from NAU in 2011, he moved to California’s iconic central coast to work as a geologist for 4 years. Passionate about understanding and acting on climate change, he has returned to NAU to pursue a MS Climate Science & Solutions. His interest is in helping businesses in the public and private sectors to quantify and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions as part of a larger nationwide effort to meet standards outlined in the Clean Power Plan. He is a musician, outdoor enthusiast and has travelled to 14 different countries. He currently works for NAU Facilities Services and is proud to serve on the Graduate Student Government Executive Board as Vice President of Internal Affairs.

VP of Legislative Affairs: Anthony Hessel

Anthony Hessel is a Biology PhD candidate at Northern Arizona University. His main area of focus is skeletal muscle physiology an is currently an Achievement Award for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar. Over the last three years, he has served as a director on several higher education lobby, non-for-profit board of directors. These include: the Arizona Students' Association, The Foundation of Arizona Students, the United States Students' Association and the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. He is also the current Vice President of the NAU Graduate Student Government and the graduate student representative to the NAU Biology department's graduate student selection committee. He is committed to keeping NAU graduate students in tune with the political landscape at the local, state and national level. If you ever want to learn more about a particular legislative bill, the relationship between the State and school, or anything else, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Chief of Staff: Jonathon Donald