Mattie Carter is a senior studying Journalism and Political Science. In addition to serving as Student Body Vice President, Mattie serves as University Senate Vice President and Student Senate President, acting as the Parliamentarian during Student Senate meetings. Some of Mattie’s priorities include holding Senators more accountable, revitalizing the Student Senate Committees, and creating a student emergency fund. Prior to being elected, Mattie served as the Student Rights Committee Chair and worked to re-write the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities to include protections for students who experience off-campus violence.
Noah Ries is a junior from Leawood, Kansas studying economics with a minor in Business. He was elected as an off-campus senator before being appointed to director of internal affairs for the 2017-2018 school year. In his time at KU, Noah have served on several committees as a student representative including the tuition advisory committee. He also holds an executive position for his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi.
Libby Stauffer is a junior from Columbia, Missouri, majoring in Strategic Communications. Before serving as Communications Director, she was appointed to Journalism Senator. Libby is also involved in Natural Ties and her sorority, Pi Beta Phi.
Rusha Bajpai, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, is a senior from Calcutta, India and has lived in Leawood, Kansas for many years. She is on the pre-medical track and is majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and is minoring in Spanish. She is service-oriented and is highly involved in local nursing homes and animal shelters. Bajpai is the current Community Service Chair of the Minority Association of Pre-med Students (MAPS) and is also involved in Medicine, Education and Development for Low-Income Families Everywhere (MEDLIFE) at KU. She has also done research at the University of Kansas Medical Center Pathology Department. Her work focuses on the role of specific genes and transcription factors in embryological and placental development. After college, she plans on attending medical school. As a physician, she hopes to work with individuals in underserved areas and address the systematic discrimination that leads to health-care disparities
Antonio Lopez is a junior from Shawnee, Kansas studying Finance and Supply Chain Management. Prior to serving as Assistant Treasurer for Student Senate, Antonio served as a Student Senator for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and as a KU Student Ambassador. He is also a part of the Multicultural Business Scholars Program.
Katy Merriweather (she/her/hers) is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: Social and Cultural Studies. Katy serves as the Graduate Affairs Director for Student Senate and is the current chair of the Graduate Student Advisory Board. Additionally, she is a Graduate Research Assistant with the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation: Dynamic Learning Maps Science Consortium and Research Assistant with the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies department. Her research primarily addresses equity in educational intuitions. Prior to serving as Graduate Affairs Director, Katy earned her B.A. in History and M.A. in Educational Psychology: Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin.
Eric Martinez is a senior from Lawrence, Kansas, on a pre-law track majoring in Political Science and minoring in History and Spanish. Before serving as Government Relations Director, Eric was elected as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Senator. As a first generation student, Eric has participated and has been an advocate for the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs such as TRIO. He previously spent a semester in Washington D.C. interning for the Office of Political Affairs at the Mexican Embassy. The office is responsible for addressing human rights, education, and general political affairs that arise between Mexico and the United States. Eric has also worked with local, state, and national campaigns.
Katie Phalen is a senior from Pittsburg, KS studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in the hope of going to medical school after graduation. Before becoming Executive Director, Katie has served as Development Director and Communications Director of the CCO, as well as served as a coordinator for the program HUG (Helping Unite Generations). Outside of the CCO, she is a member of Kappa Delta sorority.
Zach Kelsay is a junior from Independence, Missouri, majoring in History and Global and International Studies. He is beginning his second year as Transportation Coordinator and intends to focus on improving SafeRide pickup times by exploring the potential of Transportation Network Companies (TNC's), reducing the average age of the KU on Wheels fleet, and continuing coordination between KU on Wheels and the City of Lawrence Transportation network. He is a member of the KU Legal Education Accelerated Degree (LEAD) Program and competes in the nationally-ranked KU Mock Trial team.
Insia Zufer (she/her/hers) is a junior from Overland Park, Kansas, majoring in Biology, on the pre-medical track, with minors in Psychology and Film. Before serving as CCO Director, Insia served as CCO Program Coordinator for CREATE (Arts Engagement & Education).