Preamble

We, the undergraduate and graduate students of Washington State University Tri-Cities, in order to initiate and coordinate student activities in accordance with the purposes and objectives listed in Washington State Universities Articles of Incorporation; to represent student interests, needs, and welfare at Washington State University Tri-Cities on issues affecting student life and to supplement and complement the formal education of this campus, do affirm and establish this constitution.

Executive Branch
What is the Executive Branch?

The Executive branch is made up of the President, Vice-President, Chief of Staff, and the Directors (including Legislative, Finance, Marketing, Diversity, and Student Affairs). This branch makes initial decisions about the direction the government will take, and is responsible for putting on one event per month by all Directors except for Marketing and Finance. The events put on by the executive branch are all educational and informative. The events seek out to inform students and bring their attention to certain topics such as civic engagement, diversity and inclusion, financial aid deadline, fitness programs on campus, etc. 

If a student has an idea for an event, program or something they want to develop on campus, this is the branch you would go to!

Israa Alshaikhli

President
General Info
Bio

Hi Awesome Cougs! My name is Israa Alshaikhli, I’m a junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. This is my second year serving in Student Government. I discovered my passion for serving the students during my freshmen year so I ran for senate and I served as a Senator last year and I’m looking forward to serving you this year as ASWSUTC President!
My main goals this year are to collaborate with our awesome clubs and organizations and support them to improve students’ experience on our campus. I want this year ASWSUTC team to communicate and work with as many students as possible to make our campus even more incredible than it already is. Go Cougs!

Tyler Schrag

Vice President
General Info
Bio

Hello fellow Cougs! I would like to express my excitement to serve you this year! It has always been a passion of mine to serve others, which is why I ran as Vice-President last year. I am a Business Management student in my junior year here at WSUTC, and my job as your VP is to make sure that the vision of ASWSUTC coincides with the student needs and concerns, as well as make certain that everything is running smoothly within the administration as a whole. My number one goal for this year is to help make the student experience unbeatable in every part of WSU-TC.

Margarita Vlasenko

Chief of Staff
General Info
Bio

Hello, my name is Margarita Vlasenko and I am majoring in Business Management. My position at WSU is the ASWSUTC Chief of Staff. As the ASWSUTC Chief of Staff, I hold the responsibility of working as the internal coordinator of ASWSUTC. I help the Executives with their events and projects as well as being involved with the student body. I am looking forward to this year and excited about everything that our team has planned for the WSUTC Students!

Ana Sandoval

Director of Student Affairs
General Info
Bio

Hello everybody!
I am your Director of Student Affairs. My role is to make sure all students enjoy a great college experience and to inform all students about the wonderful resources they have on campus. I look forward to directing the 7th annual Fund the Future 5K Run this spring to fundraise money for book stipends and get students active. I also look forward to collaborating with other departments to create awesome events for you all. Some of my personal goals are to get to know and meet more students as well as to increase attendance for events.
Go Cougs!

Adriana McKinney

Director of Diversity Affairs
General Info
Bio

Hello WSU Students,

I am Adriana McKinney, a freshmen studying Mechanical Engineering, and I am your Director of Diversity Affairs. It is my responsibility to serve as a liaison amongst students, faculty, and ASWSUTC to ensure that all students are represented and included. This year I will strive to create an atmosphere that encourages inclusivity, compassion, understanding, and collaboration, with an increased sense of belonging for all students. To accomplish this ASWSUTC will hold panels, seminars, contests, and festivals that focus on topics like multiculturalism, gender equality, acceptance, and service to others. We are always open to student feedback and involvement. contact me by emailing aswsutc.diversity@tricity.wsu.edu or by stopping by the ASWSUTC General Office, I would be happy to meet with you.

Best regards.

Isaac Mercado

Director of Legislative Affairs
General Info
Bio

My name is Isaac Mercado and I am the current Director of Legislative Affairs or you can call me “Da DOLA”. What my position focuses on is to raise civic awareness and community engagement to our campus and to get students ready to vote for the upcoming election. I am grateful to be part of student government and represent all of you. I am super excited for Coug Day at the Capitol, this is the main event that we get to head to Olympia and lobby for higher education and talk to legislators. Another thing that I’m excited is to accomplish all our goals we have established throughout the whole year. Also I am excited to see all of you guys come to our events. My motto will always be Live, Love, and LEAD!

Emma Ballew

Associate Director of Legislative Affairs
General Info
Bio

Hi there, I am the Associate Director of Legislative Affairs. I work with the Director of Legislative Affairs to lobby for student interests in Olympia, such as lobbying for laws that would make companies disclose all changes in book prices to professors. We also work to bring civic literacy to campus. I enjoy doing this because I am passionate about government and politics and want to bring that passion for civics to the students of Washington State University Tri- Cities. My goal for this year is to get a higher percentage of students out and voting in both local, state and national elections.

Shawn LaFortune

Director of Marketing and Communications
General Info
Bio

Hi, my name is Shawn LaFortune I am the Director of Marketing and Communications. It is up to me to make sure that the students stay in the know with all the latest events that we are having at WSU-TC and to bring said events to life. I enjoy engaging with the student body and spending time with the student government (this group knows how to party). I am getting my bachelor’s in DTC and a minor in Business with a focus in Marketing. I couldn’t be more proud to be a Coug and can’t wait to see what this next year brings for all of us. GO COUGS!!!

Meha Naran

Graphic Designer
General Info
Bio

Hello all! I am the current ASWSUTC Graphic Designer. My role is to create the proper images and layouts to successfully market and advertise ASWSUTC. Some of the work I do is designing t-shirts and creating event flyers and posters. Being the ASWSUTC Graphic Designer is an important role in order for students to know who we are and what is going on. I enjoy my position because I am passionate about the art of designing, getting involved, and helping students.

Zachary Harper

Director of Finance
General Info
Bio

My name is Zachary Harper and I’m the ASWSUTC Director of Finance. I’m currently a sophomore here at WSUTC and planning on majoring in Hospitality Business Management. My position revolves primarily around the ASWSUTC budget, but all in all I’m a team member like everyone else. It’s my job to keep track of all our expenses and to give monthly budget updates to the ASWSUTC team, as well as meet monthly with the President and our ASWSUTC Advisor. My position also allows me to sit on the Finance Committee and the Services and Activities Committee. As an ASWSUTC leader, I also help at events and advocate for students.

Legislative Branch
What is the Legislative Branch?

Approves and makes changes to bylaws and funding requests. The Legislative branch is made up of the eight members of the Senate. Each Senator represents a specific student focus, and as a group they meet weekly to discuss all current pending requests that need approval as well as talk about student needs and how to address them.

If a student had an event idea, or a general complaint or thought for making the school better, any of the Senators would be the people to speak with to get the idea some attention.

Nikita Fisanko

Nursing Senator
General Info
Bio

Good day Washington State University Tri-Cities (WSUTC) students, my name is Nikita Fisenko and I am the Senator of the College of Nursing. I am a sophomore studying Pre-Nursing and with a minor in Spanish. I’m grateful for this wonderful opportunity to be your senator, and my goal this year is to give every single pre-nursing/nursing student more representation at school, facilitate events that strengthen the nursing community, and engage with the local hospitals and nursing homes. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns, and don’t be afraid to stop by during my office hours. I am very excited to meet and speak with every one of you this year.

Kelcey Olsen

University Senator
General Info
Bio

Bio to come.

Sunbal Hashmi

Business Senator
General Info
  • Business Senator
  • Office Hours: TBD
  • sunbal.hashmi@tricity.wsu.edu
Bio

Hi, my name is Sunbal Hashmi, and I am the Senator of the Carson College of Business. I am a sophomore studying Hospitality Business Management. As your senator, my goal this year is to give business students more representation at school and facilitate events that strengthen the business community on campus by engaging with the local business scene. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns, and don’t be afraid to stop by during my office hours.

Falon Ah Quin

Arts and Sciences Senator
General Info
Bio

Hi, my name is Falon Ah Quin and I am the Senator for the College of Arts & Sciences. As such, I am the representative for all those majoring in liberal arts or a type of science. As your senator I would like to be able to best voice your concerns to the rest of the Senate as well as ASWSUTC in general, and hopefully make your experience here at WSU Tri-Cities as enjoyable as possible.

Connor Burnham

Senator of College of Engineering and Computer Science
General Info
Bio

Bio to come.

Judicial Board
What is the Judicial Branch?

The Judicial branch is in charge of making sure that the Legislative and Executive branches are following the Constitution and By-Laws that have been set before us. They check all actions to confirm that they were put in place by the ASWSUTC Laws. Additionally, if something occurs to need administrative action within ASWSUTC (to an extent), the Judicial branch is in charge of the inquiry and sentencing.

Selena Torres-Mendrano

Judicial Board Member
General Info
  • Judicial Board Member
  • Office Hours: TBD
  • selena.mandrano@tricity.wsu.edu
Bio

Bio to come.

Gordan Gavric

Judicial Board Member
General Info
  • Judicial Board Member
  • Office Hours: TBD
  • gordan.gavric@tricity.wsu.edu
Bio

Bio to come.

Election Board
What is the Election Board?

The Election Board is in charge of putting on the ASWSUTC annual elections, regulate campaigning, and coordinate presidential and senatorial debates.

Shadan Hani

Election Board Chair
General Info
Bio

I’m an Election Board Member, and this year I’ll be working with my team to make sure that the needs of voting are met. I like working in such position because it gives me the power to make sure that the best candidates are being chosen to represent our University. In the year of 2016 – 2017, I will focus on making sure that students who are running for a specific position are qualified and are able to follow the bylaws approved by the Senators. This way we will have a great ASWSUTC team at the end of the year.

Karina Rojas

Election Board Member
General Info
Bio

Hello, my name is Karina Rojas and I am an Election Board member for ASWSUTC. I am a Junior studying General Biological sciences, with plans to get into the Veterinarian School at WSU. As an election board member, I will abide by the bylaws of ASWSUTC. My goal is to help all students contribute to elect a president, vice-president and senators in a fair election this coming spring semester and help the election.

Student Entertainment Board (SEB)
What is the Student Entertainment Board (SEB)?

SEB is one of ASWSUTC standing boards, this board is all about student fun and enhancing students’ experience through fun events and activities. This board is where you get things like Date Night, Ski-trips, Pullman games, winter balls, performances and intramural activities. The Director of SEB is in charge of three Programmers (Activities, Performance, and Intramural), and together they put on events that are geared towards affordable student fun.

If a student has ideas for fun events on campus, this would be the board that would enact said event.

Maria Rodriguez

SEB Director
General Info
Bio

My name is Maria Rodriguez and I am the Director of Student Entertainment Board. My favorite part about SEB is having the opportunity to enhance the student experience at our campus by putting on entertainment events and activities. This year I am looking forward to bring on the fun by putting on new and traditional events, such as bowling nights and hiking trips. My goal for this year is to reach out to as many different demographics of students as possible and get everyone to have a good time.

Ahmed Abdi

SEB Intramural Programmer
General Info
Bio

Bio to come.

Mariah Brush

General Info
Bio

Bio to come.