NAU Graduate Student Government
Advocating for all graduate students at NAU
The NAU Graduate Student Government (GSG) represents and advocates for the graduate student body within university administration and local, state, and national governing bodies.
Graduate Student Government officers
Graduate Student Government representatives
Officer Biographies Accordion Closed
Savannah Berry graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. After graduating, Savannah headed across the pond to Leeds, England, UK, where she received her Master’s in Science, focusing specifically on Sports and Exercise Biomechanics while perusing a soccer career in the Women’s English Premier League. Soon after getting her MSc, Savannah decided to head back to Flagstaff and start her PhD at Northern Arizona University in Biological Science. Currently, as PhD student in the Traustadóttir lab, she is studying the effects of estrogen replacement therapy and physical activity, on cardiovascular disease risks in postmenopausal women. Her research uses expertise in both clinical and wet lab techniques. Additionally, she works as the President for the Northern Arizona Association of STEM (NAAWiS Grad) graduate group and works in the Graduate Student Government as the At Large Representative for NAAWiS
Sneha Vissa is a Ph.D. student in NAU’s School of Forestry (College of Environment, Forestry & Natural Sciences). She received her Masters of Science in Forestry at NAU in 2017. Currently, she works with Dr. Rich Hofstetter in the Forest Entomology lab studying micro-invertebrate communities associated with important bark beetle species in relation to forest ecosystem health. In addition to serving as the Co-President of NAU’s Graduate Student Government (GSG), she also teaches an upper division class in the department of Biological Sciences, is an active member of the Northern Arizona Association of Women in STEM (NAAWiS), and mentors undergraduate students who are interested in research-based careers. In her free time, she is an avid outdoors(wo)man who enjoys backpacking, river rafting and camping in the woods! Upon completion of her Ph.D. degree, she hopes to pursue a career in scientific education and communication with an emphasis on forest health and insect ecology.”
Stéphanie Arcusa is a PhD candidate in the School of Earth and Sustainability. Her expertise is in climate change. Her thesis investigates the link between drought and mineral dust in the Southwest by combining field work and climate modeling. After completing her bachelor in Earth Science and a Masters in Climate Science, she chose NAU for its excellence in environmental and sustainability programming. As Vice-President of Legislative Affairs, she represents NAU graduate students at various meetings outside of the university and in particular in front of the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR). Her mission this year is to see ABOR adopt a new metric of Carbon Reduction so universities in Arizona can be rewarded for reducing their climate impact.
Representative Biographies Accordion Closed
Allison Clark is a Texas Native with a passion for teaching and research. She is currently in her second year of her Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Her research interests include trial corpus study and linguistic advocacy for changes in the law. She enjoys pursuing her education while maintaining involvement at NAU as the president of the Graduate English Organization and the representative for her program in the Graduate Student Association of Applied Linguistics. Before teaching in China in the Fall of 2020, Allison plans to fully represent CAL to promote integration and collaboration between all of the colleges through the PEAKS interdisciplinary conference that the Graduate English Organization will host in the Spring of 2020.
Stephen Hosburg is in his second year of NAU’s Counseling – Student Affairs Masters program in the College of Education. He serves as a Graduate Assistant of Residential Colleges in the Housing and Residence Life department and supervises student leaders working with undergraduate students in the Provost College and the College of Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences. His passion areas include the effects of mentoring on individuals, masculinity and male students on campuses, and first generation college student experiences. He became involved with GSG to increase collaboration and connection between graduate students within the NAU community.
Brian Hamilton graduated with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from NAU and is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Biology. His research focuses on the force-length properties of skeletal muscle. Brian has a history of involvement in NAU and the community, including serving as a Senator with the Associated Students of NAU (ASNAU), serving as an officer with the Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA), and volunteering as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff. His goal as a GSG Representative is to support collaborative opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students across campus.
Caitlan Patcher is entering her second year of graduate school. She is pursuing a masters of science in chemistry. Her research focuses primarily on understanding peptides and the way they fold into various conformations through a combination of computational and wet-lab synthesis. As a representative for CEFNS, she wants to make the graduate community on campus more connected, hoping that graduate students can find support in each other. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, hanging out with her two kitties, painting, and enjoying all the outdoor activities Flagstaff has to offer.
Molly Bechtel graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Animal Science. Soon after she completed her Master’s degree she was hired at the United States Geological Survey as a desert tortoise biologist. Here she worked on several research projects, including a project focused on disease and health of tortoise populations. Currently, as a PhD student in the Nieto lab, she is studying tick-borne disease in desert tortoises and how ticks and disease interact with the Mojave Desert burrow ecosystem and possibly, public health. Her research uses expertise in sequencing techniques, epidemiology, infection kinetics and wildlife ecology to determine the role tick-borne pathogens play in the Mojave Desert. She also works as the president and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Northern Arizona Association for Women in STEM, which advocates for equal representation of women in the sciences.
Emma Drehobl is a second-year graduate student in the Master’s program for clinical speech language pathology. Her main area of focus is the pediatric population in the medical setting. Her research interests include swallowing and feeding disorders of infants, as well as the implementation of interprofessional education teams to provide services with patient centered care. She became involved with GSG to become more involved with the NAU Community and to collaborate with a variety of graduate students to maximize the graduate student experience.
Joseph Amazuwa Chirwa is an international student from Malawi. He chose to attend graduate school in the College of Social and Behavior Sciences at NAU. He is a Master’s candidate in the Sustainable Communities program, a SBS Maxwell Lutz Research Fellow and has extensive experience in Business Administration. Going into his second year he is tirelessly working to finish his thesis. His area of study centers on urban planning, and community based waste management. As the SBS Representative, he plans to engage students on a more personal level and work towards finding gaps and create innovative solutions to impact current and future graduates students.
Anna Sobolov Good is an MBA graduate student at the W.A. Franke College of Business with a management focus. She became involved with GSG to work together with fellow graduate students across NAU to better our community.
Meagan Rushforth is the GSG representative for NAU’s non-traditional graduate students. She received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs from Purdue University in 2011. After working in early childhood education for years, she decided to change careers and is currently pursing a M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at NAU. As the GSG representative for non-traditional students, she hopes to bring together the graduate community and create unique opportunities for the non-traditional community. Her goal is to support current graduate students and work collaboratively to create solutions that will impact the graduate students of the future!
Megan Trout is the At-Large Representative for Online Students. Including online graduate students in campus-wide activities makes sense given the availability of technology and the growing online student population. Megan’s goal for the 2017-2018 academic year is to foster relationships between Graduate Student Government, NAU Online, and student groups. Likewise, online graduate students would benefit from expanded access to NAU activities and resources. Megan is a second year graduate student studying clinical speech-language pathology. She completed her post baccalaureate coursework via NAU Online and is an alumna: B.S. Accountancy, 2007. Megan is a Certified Public Accountant with 13 years of accounting experience. She contributes her accounting background while serving on the GSG appropriations committee.
Michele Lee is a second year master’s student in the psychological sciences program at Northern Arizona University working under Dr. Ann Huffman. Michele is interested in industrial organizational psychology, diversity related issues, occupational health, and data science. Using network analysis, her thesis evaluates if there are gender biases in publication patterns, specifically, in the field of industrial organizational psychology. As diversity representative, Michele hopes to improve NAU’s cultural competency and foster a more inclusive campus community.
Elizabeth Cohn is a second-year master’s degree candidate in the Clinical Speech Language Pathology program at Northern Arizona University. She hopes to work in the schools with students with language learning difficulties and her research focuses on learning math through direct vocabulary instruction. As the Director of Public Relations, Elizabeth communicates messages between students, graduate student government officials and faculty. She enjoys writing weekly newsletters with a creative twist to communicate different events and opportunities for the graduate student body.
Haley Anderson is a PhD student in Politics and International Affairs at Northern Arizona University. She is studying American Politics and Public Administration, with a focus on citizen-government relations. Haley is looking forward to working with the Graduate Student Government to help create valuable and enjoyable activities for graduate students to engage in over the next year. If you have an event that you would like to see at NAU, please reach out to the GSG and share your idea!
Tosin Ayodele is an International Student from Nigeria undergoing his Master’s degree program in Sustainable Communities department at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. During his undergraduate program at Nigeria’s Premier University, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, he was involved in many activities geared toward students’ management and leadership. He joined the GSG as the Director of Travel Award to share his wealth of experience in students’ organization and also contribute his quota to the upliftment of Northern Arizona University Graduate College as a whole. Tosin’s main focus as a student of Sustainability is in the Food, Energy and Water Nexus. He hopes to contribute his quota to the achievement of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals 2, 6 and 7 which seek to eliminate hunger, provide access to clean water, and affordable Energy.