SPA Online Student Representative

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M. SHEA LAMANNA , GOV REPRESENTATIVE
Program: Master of Public Policy

Melissa Troy is a second year Master’s student of Public Policy and Administration. She holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work from Saint Leo University. She is a born and raised Floridian with a lot of travel under her belt. She worked in human services in the private hospital setting for 6 years.

She is a former union organizer for SEIU1199, conducting contract negotiations for 19 hospitals in Florida and serving as a speaker/advocate in five other states for national negotiations (Midwest).

Since she completed her BSW, she has worked as a professional social worker for DCF ( Certified Child Welfare Case Manager state dependency), Saint Vincent de Paul (rapid rehousing for homeless vets, families, and adult civilians) and Dawn Center (domestic violence and sexual assault survivors advocate).

She also assisted in creating a nonprofit substance abuse peer support and transition center (Rplaces Transition Centre) in Brantford Ontario. In that position, she did a lot of grant writing, proposals, and began an evaluation for program accreditation. She now works at Bic Graphic Inc. in human resources, writing time and attendance policies.

At AU, she is the online representative for student government. She aspires to be a researcher and policy analyst for international social welfare policy, focusing on economic impacts of women in developing countries and community development. She is an applicant for the SPA Phd Public Policy and Administration program and wishes to continue her professional development at this amazing university.

Student Budget Roundtable

Use the Links Below to Download the Reports

Event Description

The University Budget Committee (UBC) completed its deliberations and by way of its co-chairs, Dean of Academic Affairs Mary Clark and CFO Doug Kudravetz have agreed to host a forum for students on Thursday, February 21 at 8:15 PM in the SIS Founders Room

The purpose of the roundtable is to share the guiding principles for the proposed budget and answer questions. Please take a look at the above reports to prepare for the meeting.

If you can’t make the meeting or want to submit your question in advance, you can click here to access our Google Form for Question Submission.

CAS Programming Chair

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SARAH COUNTS, PROGRAMMING CHAIR
Program: Master of Arts Management
Email: sc4538a@student.american.edu

Sarah is the Programming Chair for the CAS Graduate Student Council and the Arts Management Events Coordinator for the Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium.

She works at the Museum of the Bible, and would like to work in Events Management and Partnership Relations.

Sarah married her high school sweetheart in Jamaica, and they’ve been together for 10 years.

CAS Treasurer

CHRISTINE BRESNAHAN, TREASURER
Program: PhD – Behavior, Cognition, & Neuroscience (BCAN)
Email: christine.bresnahan@student.american.edu

Christine is researching the interaction between behavioral interventions and certain cognitive factors, such as confidence, on spatial thinking ability. Spatial thinking is a crucial component of STEM fields, and learning how to strengthen it could greatly help people who have difficulty with spatial thinking tasks. 

In her spare time, she cycles energetically, paints tolerably, and reads voraciously.

CAS Administrator

LAURA GIBSON, ADMINISTRATOR
Program: PhD in U.S. History
Email: aucasgsc@gmail.com

Laura Gibson graduated from American University with a B.A major in American Studies and a minor in Cinema Studies. She followed this with an M.A in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in U.S History.

Laura’s main research interest is the connection between history and popular culture with a strong cinema/television focus.

Her Hogwarts house is Ravenclaw. 

Editor-In-Chief, Journal of International Service

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, SHANNON MCNAUGHT
JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE
Program: Intercultural & International Communication
Email: ausisjournal@gmail.com

Shannon McNaught is studying public and cultural diplomacy at the School of International Service, where she serves as Editor-in-Chief for the student-run Journal of International Service, which helps promote SIS graduate student research and writing. Additionally, Shannon works as a Graduate Research Assistant and AU Connects Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator (and a District Trivia host on the side!)

Originally from southern California, Shannon studied Art History and French at the University of Notre Dame before moving overseas to continue her studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Since arriving in Washington, DC, Shannon has conducted research on behalf of IO Sustainability, Americans for the Arts, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies.

In her spare time, Shannon is usually found wandering the District looking for the best bakeries, breweries, and bookstores.

GBA VP of Programming

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AHMAD ABDEL RAHIM, VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING
Program: Master of Business Administration
Email: Ahmad.AbdelRahim@student.american.edu

Ahmad Abdel-Rahim is pursuing his MBA at American University with a focus in analytics. In addition to serving on the Executive Board of the Graduate Business Association at Kogod, Ahmad is also working as a Project Manager in The Office of Information Technology at American University and is in the process of obtaining the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate.

Prior to attending American University, Ahmad had 6 years of professional experience in the financial services sector in Lebanon focusing on IT based national and international projects from analysis to design and implementation of complicated, big-scale, distributed, real-time on-line systems as a system engineer, database administrator, consultant, technical support, team leader and project manager.

Ahmad graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from American University of Beirut.

GBA VP of Finance

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PARTH TANNA, VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE
Program: Master of Business Administration
Email: parth.tanna@student.american.edu

Parth Tanna is pursuing his Master of Business Administration with a focus in analytics. In addition to serving as Vice President of the Graduate Business Association at the Kogod School of Business, he also works as a research assistant for cybersecurity project and teaching assistant for managerial statistics, financial accounting, and operation management MBA courses.

Prior to joining American University, Parth worked as a research and development engineer at Samsung Electronics in Noida, India where he worked closely with cross-functional teams based in multiple global locations. He was responsible for initial requirement gathering to a final product launch for client organizations.

GLC Events Director

ERIN WHITE, EVENTS DIRECTOR
GRADUATE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL – American University
Email: events@auglc.org
College of Arts & Sciences – Master of Education

Erin White is pursuing a Master’s in Education in the Education Policy and Leadership program with American. This is Erin’s first semester with the Graduate Leadership Council and hopes to gain great insight and experience in her position with the Council.

Erin graduated with a Bachelor of the Arts in Political Science from Temple University, where she was a member of her school’s Model UN, a study abroad advocate, and a member of three academic honor’s societies. During her time at Temple, she participated a summer semester study abroad program at Temple University Rome.

Born and raised in the DMV area, Erin returned home upon graduation from Temple. Following this return and prior to joining American University, Erin has been working with low-income, at-risk youth around the DC area where she currently holds a position managing a nonprofit afterschool education program. She also has worked part time in restaurants in the area since undergrad where she has gained background knowledge of event hosting and planning.

In her very little free time, Erin enjoys (more so, endures) working out, spending time with friends and family, cooking (and has sometimes been known to bake), and traveling. Her biggest passion in life is education advocacy and program development and has hopes of one day launching her own nonprofit program that targets family and youth needs and policy development on their behalf.