Who We Are

Preamble

We the leaders of the Associated Students of Washington State University represent the diverse student population of Washington State University. ASWSUTC seeks to promote the well being of students by respecting the integrity, dignity, and worth of individuals, with the acknowledgment of differences. The association provides services and opportunities to the student body while maintaining a professional environment. Allegiance to these ideas requires those in positions of leadership within ASWSUTC to refrain from and to discourage behaviors, which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.

Executives

The Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities Executives are the President and Vice President. They are elected in the General Election during the spring semester and serve from commencement to commencement of the following year. They are responsible for supervising the Directors, Senators, and Staff, and they represent the organization to the university administration, Washington Student Association, and the WSU Student Government Council. Their offices are rooms 101 and 103 in the Student Union Building. Come stop by and say hello!

President of ASWSUTC Robin Kovis

Robin Kovis

President

Robin Kovis is the current President of ASWSUTC. He graduated from Chiawana High School in 2011 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps that same year. From 2011 to 2017, Robin served as a Scout Sniper and Infantryman with the 7th Marine Regiment. During that time, he deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Republic of Georgia. After receiving his honorable discharge, Robin attended Columbia Basin College for one year and transferred to WSU Tri-Cities in 2018. He is on track to graduate in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in History, Magna cum laude. After graduation, Robin plans to attend law school. As ASWSUTC President, Robin is focusing his efforts on equitable access to higher education, increased civic engagement and student involvement, and championing an inclusive campus environment. Robin is also the Captain of WSUTC Men’s Club Rugby and is active within the History Club and Veterans Club. In his free time, Robin enjoys motorcycle riding, camping, and spending time with his wife and two dachshunds.

Office Hours:

Monday: 2-5pm

Tuesday:12pm-1pm

Wednesday:2-5pm

ASWSUTC Vice president Stephanie Warner

Stephanie Warner

Vice President

Stephanie Warner is a biology major in her senior year here at WSU Tri-Cities.  Transferring from Puyallup WA, she loves the heat here and appreciates the open views. Enrolling in WSU Tri-Cities in Fall of 2019, she worked as a student coordinator for the MOSAIC Center for Student Inclusion and as a judicial board member for ASWSUTC. Now in her last year she is working for ASWSUTC as the Vice President serving the students. In the future she hopes to achieve her Masters in Biochemistry and continuously stay involved in the community. Let’s Go Cougs!

Office Hours:

Monday:5pm-7pm

Wednesday: 4pm-7pm

Directors

The directors within the Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities are the Directors of Legislative Affairs, Diversity Affairs, and Marketing and Communication. They all serve different purposes, but their main objective is to improve campus life in specific ways. The Director of Legislative Affairs focuses his or her work on legislative efforts on campus and in Olympia, plans Coug Day at the Capitol, and holds advocacy-based programs and events that further legislative processes on campus. The Director of Diversity Affairs participates in diversity training to educate the student body through purposeful programs and events as well as ensures the ASWSUTC team listens to constituents with diverse perspectives and backgrounds. The Director of Marketing and Communication is an internal officer that supervises the Graphic Designer and manages all social media accounts. They all hold their office hours in the ASWSUTC General Office in room 104 of the Student Union Building. If you have any questions or want to share your opinion, please feel free to stop by!

Nathaly Mendoza

 Director of Diversity Affairs

N.MendozaPosada@wsu.edu

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Monday: 12:30-1pm, & 2:30-3pm

Tuesday: 4-5:30pm

Wednesday: 2-3pm

Thursday: 9am-10:30am

Friday: 12-1pm

Jose Mejia

Director of Legislative Affairs

jose.a.mejia@wsu.edu

Jose Mejia the symbol for positive energy and the solution to a day without laughter. A dedicated student who thrives on innovation and a clear vision.

Monday: 9-10:30 am

Wednesday: 5-8pm

Staff

The ASWSUTC Staff are the Executive Assistant, Finance Manager, and Graphic Designer. These positions are primarily internal and help the organization run smoothly. The Executive Assistant assists the President, Vice President, and Senate Pro-Tempore with day-to-day needs like scheduling meetings, taking minutes in meetings, and managing the documents on CougSync. The Finance Manager tracks the ASWSUTC budget and makes spending and saving recommendations to the President and Vice President. The Graphic Designer creates all of the posters, flyers, and other marketing materials needed to promote ASWSUTC’s advocacy-based programs and events. The staff hold their office hours in the ASWSUTC General Office in room 104 of the Student Union Building. Feel free to come say hi!

Benjamin Bush

Finance Manger

benjamin.bush@wsu.edu

Benjamin Bush grew up in Walla Walla, WA and graduated from Walla Walla High School in 2013. After graduating high school Ben joined the United State Marine Corps and served as a Fire Direction Controlman in Golf Battery 2nd Battalion 10th Marine Regiment. After honorably serving for four years Ben returned home to Washington and is currently a senior majoring in Business Administration at WSU Tri-Cities. After graduation in May 2021, he plans on working in the business management field, focusing on property management, and investing. When he is not advocating for Veterans as the Patriots Club President, or researching the latest investment news, you can usually find him on the golf course bombing drives and sinking putts.

Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30-4pm

Anna Beach

Social Media Marketing

Kimberly.Beach@wsu.edu

Anna is a Junior majoring in Civil Engineering and minoring in Spanish. She transferred here from South Seattle Community college and she enjoys yoga, hiking, and hanging out with her husband and cats.

I’d love to meet you!

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 3-4pm

Sthefany Barron

Graphic Designer

Sthefany.Barron@wsu.edu

Hello everyone, I am Sthefany Barron ASWSUTC graphic designer.

Currently, this is my second year at WSU Tri-Cities as an undergraduate student, but I have been a cougar for a total of four years, as previously, I was a running start student. Once I graduated from Hanford High School, I continued my passion for digital technology and made it my Major. Currently, I am on track to graduate Fall of 2021 with a bachelor’s in DTC and a minor in Business.  My goal is to one day manage my own marketing business and to work with a team of great people. This passion I have for technology comes from working with different people and hearing their ideas allows creativity to flow more easily.  Everyone has an idea or change that they would like to see, all it takes is some work and creativity.

Sonia Romero

Executive Assistant

Sonia.romero@wsu.edu

Sonia Romero serves the ASWSUTC as Executive Assistant. She is a transfer student from Yakima Valley College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with endorsements in Middle Level Science, Bilingual Education, and ESL. On her spare time, she loves to serve in her church, read, watch documentaries, play tennis, travel, hike, and do CrossFit.

Office Hours:

Monday: 2-3pm

Wednesday: 2-3pm

Friday: 2-3pm

Senators

The Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities have eleven senators, made up of the six college-specific senators that represent students within their college, four University Senators that represent all students, and one Graduate Senator that represents graduate students. These eleven senators make up the ASWSUTC Senate, the official policy-making body of ASWSUTC. The ASWSUTC Senate is responsible for representing and advocating for their constituents in response to student feedback, and working as a team to pass bills and resolutions that are sent to the WSU-TC administration to officially voice their support, concern, or opinion on a certain topic. Senators can be found holding their office hours in the ASWSUTC General Office in room 104 of the Student Union Building. If you have a way to improve campus, don’t hesitate to stop by!

Michael Duran

Senate Pro-Tempore & College Senator 

Michael.duran@wsu.edu

Office Hours:

Wednesday: 11-12pm

Thursday: 1-2pm

Friday: 2-3pm

Victoria (Tori) Bender

University Senator 

Victoria.Bender@wsu.edu

Tori is a university senator and a senior at WSUTC studying Humanities. She grew up in Richland, and graduated in 2015 from Hanford High School. Before attending WSUTC, Tori studied at Eastern Washington University for two years where she worked for Housing and Residential Life, and was actively involved in mentoring students and improving on-campus living. Tori is passionate about art, literature, foreign languages, and teaching. After graduating in fall of 2020, she hopes to earn a certificate of Teaching English as a Second Language and eventually teach English abroad or in the states. In her time with ASWSUTC, Tori would like to advocate for underrepresented programs at the Tri-Cities campus to ensure students are able to have a higher quality of education and graduate on time. She is also committed to student mental health advocacy and campus sustainability.

Office Hours

Monday: 11-1pm

Thursday: 12-1pm

Andreana (Ana) Cervantes

University Senator

Andreana.Cervantes@wsu.edu

I graduated from Grandview High School and have been at WSU-TC my whole college experience. I am a biology major focused in Pre-Med and will be graduating this spring 2021. This is my first year being a part of ASWSUTC. I have previously worked as a lab technician here at WSU-TC and have also tutored in the writing center. Currently I am an environmental science lab technician and I hope to attend medical school after graduation. I love any outdoor activity, interacting with students and learning everyone’s perspectives on life. Email me, I’d love to chat!

Office Hours

Tuesday: 2-3pm

Friday: 11-1pm

Isaac Marroquin

University Senator

Isaac.Marroquin@wsu.edu

Office Hours

Monday: 2-3pm

Wednesday: 12-1pm

Friday: 12-1pm

Jennifer (Jenni) Martinez

College of Nursing Senator

Jennifer.martinez2@wsu.edu

Jenni Martinez is a 1st year Nursing Student at the WSUTC Nursing Program and is expected to graduate in 2022. She hopes that after graduating with her BSN she can continue her studies in the DNP program in hopes of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practioner. Jenni was born and raised in the Tri-Cities graduating at Pasco High School. Upon transferring from WSU Pullman to WSUTC, she was part of Student Life, where she coordinated extracurricular activities for student engagement. She then joined ASWSUTC as the Nursing Senator, and has focused her time in advocating for students in her college. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family, friends, and her two dogs.

Jennifer Martinez

Senator of the College of Nursing 

Office Hours

Wednesday: 1:30-3:30pm

Friday: 1-2pm

Savannah (Nan) Peery

College of Arts and Sciences Senator 

Savannah.peery@wsu.edu

Savannah Peery (Nan) is the ASWSUTC College of Arts and Sciences Senator for the 2020-2021 School Year. She is a junior and is a double-degree student in History and Social Sciences, which means she is very busy writing papers all the time. She graduated from Delta High School in Pasco in 2018 and started at WSUTC that Fall. Her goal after graduation is to get her MA in History from Pullman before moving to College Station, TX to work on a Ph.D. in Archaeology from Texas A&M. She is very passionate about the College of Arts and Sciences and her goal in ASWSUTC is to make the CAS disciplines more inclusive, equitable, and consistent on our campus. Besides working with ASWSUTC, Nan is also a Student Ambassador for the Office of Admissions! When she has free time (which is rare), she enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, doing Disney puzzles, and spending time with her fiancé, Jake, their cat Asmodeus, and their dog, Archibald.

Office Hours

Tuesday: 9-10:30am

Friday: 2:15-3:45pm

Anmol Hothi

College of Business Senator

Anmol.hothi@wsu.edu

Anmol Hothi is a business administration major and doing a pre med track and is in her sophomore year at WSU Tri-cities. She graduated from Hanford High School in June of 2019. After her four years of undergrad, she plans on going to medical school to become a physician. In her free time, Anmol likes to read, paint, or spend time with her family and Labrador retriever. Besides being a part of ASWSUTC as the Business Senator, Anmol is also a Ambassador for TRIO’s Thrive Program and is the Vice President of the Cougs LEAD club. As the Business senator, Anmol wants to advocate for the business students as well as make the Coug family at WSUTC more connected. She is also looking forward to meeting more students at WSUTC this year!

Office Hours

Tuesdays: 10-12pm

Wednesday: 5-6pm

Thomas Davenport

College of Engineering Senator

Thomas.davenport@wsu.edu

Thomas is a senior in the Computer Science program here at WSU Tri-Cities. At home in Kennewick with his wife, Whitney, he raises two wonderful children. The family also has a grandma and three cats in the house! When not suffering in front of a computer and programming, Thomas enjoys gardening, playing catch with his kids and playing video games. He also works at the Writing Center on campus and facilitates English 102 classes.

Office Hours

Wednesday: 10-11am

Friday: 2-3pm

Harrison Fuller

Graduate Senator

Harrison.fuller@wsu.edu

ASWSUTC Graduate Senator student Harrison Fuller is a Master’s student studying Food Science under Dr. James Harbertson. He was born in Anchorage, Alaska but has spent most of his life in Washington state. In 2016, Harrison received his  B.S. in Biochemistry from WSU and had since worked for wine companies worldwide. After completing his studies and research, Harrison plans to return to the wine industry as a process technologist. He has broad interests in wine tasting, hiking, bicycling, and disc golf.

Office Hours

Monday: 4-5pm

Wednesday: 4-5pm

Thursday: 1-2pm

Brenda Ixta

College of Education Senator

Brenda.Ixta@wsu.edu

Brenda Ixta is an Elementary Education major with endorsements in BLE/ELE and is in her senior year at WSU Tri-Cities. Commuting from Prosser, WA, a small town, she loves the Tri Cities for its amazing views and large community. She enrolled at WSU Tri-Cities in 2017 and since then she has been the Treasurer and Public Relations officer for the Green Light Club, Vice President for the Dreamers Club and is currently their President. Now, in her last year she is part of the ASWSUTC team as the College of Education Senator. As an Elementary Education major, Brenda believes that ALL students have an equal opportunity to an education regardless of language barriers or obstacles. She believes that everyone has a unique style of learning and educational needs which require different types of assistance. As the Senator for the College of Education she will use her communication skills to find and provide resources and learning opportunities for new and current students in the teacher preparation program. Among her goals, she wants to reach all students and encourage them to connect with Student Government and be involved in the variety of clubs available to them of WSUTC.

VAMOS COUGS!

Office Hours

Tuesday: 1-2pm

Friday: 12-2pm

Kristian Lange

CAHNR Senator

Kristian.lange@wsu.edu

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Office Hours

Tuesday: 4-5pm

Wednesday: 4-5pm

Friday: 4-5pm

Judicial Board

The Judicial Board is charged with making sure all ASWSUTC Officers are following the Constitution and By-Laws. They have the power to hold hearings to keep officers accountable for their actions. The Justices also plan and oversee the general election as well as special and recall elections, if needed. Justices have office hours in the General Office in room 104 of the Student Union Building. Come by and say hello!

Marcos Salas

Chief Justice 

Marcos.salas@wsu.edu

Chief Justice Marcos Salas is currently a Sophomore studying Computer Science at WSU Tri-Cities. Having served much time as a member of the Judicial Board, he is well acquainted with the inner workings of ASWSUTC and advocating for the students. One of his biggest motivations to serve is bringing about positive changes to the campus and ASWSUTC in whatever means he can. In his spare time, some of the activities he enjoys doing are playing video games, reading, and talking with friends.

Office Hours:

Wednesday: 12:30-2pm

Edith Rangel

Judicial Board Member 

Edith.rangel2@wsu.edu

Edith Rangel is a transfer from UW and is now in the College of Nursing. She will be graduating Spring of 2022 with a BSN. She graduated from Sunnyside High School and YVCC with her AA in 2019. In addition to being a judicial board member for ASWSUTC, she loves to cook and bake. She also enjoys volunteering for anything that involves healthcare and animals.

Office Hours:

Tuesday: 3-4:30

Open Position

Judicial Board Member