The GPSG Executive Committee (ExComm) comprises five elected officers, three appointed officers, and two paid staff. ExComm members are responsible for the organization and smooth functioning of GPSG Assembly and committee meetings, as well as other GPSG functions.
To view Executive Committee meeting minutes, click here.
Benjamin Verdi – MPAThe President acts as the official liaison between IU’s administration, student body, student organizations and the GPSG. The President also oversees the functioning of the GPSG, and serves on the GPSG Executive Committee.
Ben is a second year MPA student in SPEA concentrating in public financial administration, policy analysis, and economic development. As a Representative he authored, advocated for, and won passage of GPSG’s “Renewable Energy & Accountability Resolution,” and “Religious & Cultural Observance Awareness Resolution,” serving on both GPSG’s Sustainability and Diversity Committees. As President, he remains dedicated to bolstering the inclusivity of the Indiana University graduate experience, and empowering graduate students’ voices in Bloomington, and across the broader Indiana University system. Ben graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a BA in English and American Culture, and worked in book publishing before coming to SPEA. As a public servant, he hopes to craft and lead sustainable economic development programs for historically disadvantaged communities to combat inequality at the ground level.
Skyler Hutto – LawThe Vice President represents the GPSG to the university at large and fulfills the duties of the President when s/he is temporarily unable to perform them. The Vice President also oversees delegates on university committees and GPSG standing and ad hoc committees.
Born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Skyler is a third-year student at the Maurer School of Law. While an undergraduate, Skyler was heavily involved with student government and advocacy. In his first year as a law student, Skyler was one of the law representatives to GPSG and served as the Vice Chair of the Sustainability Committee. He was elected to serve as the Parliamentarian for the 2014-2015 school year and then the Vice President for the 2015-2016 school year. After graduation, Skyler will be considering a judicial clerkship or a position in a law firm.
Nathan Harbison – MPAThe Treasurer maintains the GPSG’s financial records, prepares the annual budget for review by the Assembly, provides financial updates to the Assembly, requests disbursement of funds as required, works with the Awards Officer to ensure the timely execution of the Awards process, and performs other duties requested by the Executive Committee.
Nathan is originally from New Albany, Indiana. He will be a second year MPA student in SPEA concentrating in public finance and economic development. His internship as a financial analyst for Floyd County, where he analyzed and managed the County’s $20 million budget, has helped prepare him for the treasurer position with the GPSG. Nathan is looking forward to using his experience to streamline operations and properly maintain the GPSG’s budget. After graduation he hope to utilize his financial background in the public consulting field.
Brittany Witherspoon - Chemistry
The Diversity Officer acts as a medium of communication between IUSA, BGSA, LGSA, ISA, other graduate student organizations and GPSG. The Diversity Officer also serves as a member of the External Relations committee.
Brittany is from northeast NJ. She is currently a 4th year PhD candidate in the Chemistry Department working on synthesizing enantioenriched cyclobutanes. She also serves as a member of the Chemistry Graduate Representative Committee and the Liaison for IU NOBCChE. In her free time, Brittany enjoys volunteering her time to promote education in STEM fields to children. She is excited to bring her knowledge and experiences from these organizations towards furthering diversity initiatives at Indiana University. As Diversity Officer, Brittany hopes to continue the progress towards an inclusive and supporting environment for all student
Awards OfficerAdrian Paneto – Neuroscience The Awards Officer oversees the awarding GPSG Travel and Research Grants. This involves working with GPSG accounts manager, the GPSG Excomm, and the Awards Committee.
Adrian is from Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He is in his second year in the Cognitive Neuroscience Ph.D. program, with a focus on substance abuse. Adrian has held a number of leadership positions in academic and service organizations while completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing euro-style boardgames. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career teaching, conducting research, and mentoring underrepresented students. As Awards Officer, Adrian strives to insure that graduate students are supported both financially and professionally by the GPSG.
Benjamin Draper – ChemistryThe Benefits Officer addresses the benefit needs of Student Academic Appointees (SAA’s) and student employees, specifically health insurance, stipends, fee remission structure and related employment issues. The position seeks to recommend improvements to benefit and compensation policies for all graduate and professional students.
Benjamin is from Georgetown, Indiana. He is a third year graduate student in the chemistry department working on instrumental improvements for charge detection mass spectrometry. Benjamin has served on the chemistry graduate resource committee for two years, the most recent as vice-president. He has also served as a GPSO representative and was an active member of the benefits committee. Benjamin is excited to continue the momentum the benefits committee has gained this past year, and work with other members of the executive committee to promote the interests of all graduate and professional students.
Kyle Norweg – MPA & REEIThe Sustainability Officer addresses issues related to sustainability within the GPSG and campus communities. Examples of issues addressed are recycling, transportation, carbon emissions and sustainable growth.
Kyle grew up in Norridgewock, Maine, where he learned to appreciate the environment from a young age. His life has revolved around the outdoors, mostly through golfing, hiking, and alpine ski racing. He received is BA in International and Global Studies from the University of Maine at Farmington, where he was also a policy intern focusing on land use planning for a local NGO. As an MA student in the Russian and East European Institute, Kyle focuses on environmental security, and the way in which environmental degradation affects socio-politically divided areas, with the Yugoslav successor states as his primary case studies. He hopes to enter into a career in the Foreign Service, or continue on in academia to pursue his PhD. Kyle is excited to take on a greater role in the GPSG Sustainability Committee this year, and he hopes to encourage the growth of sustainability initiatives within the GPSG, campus, and university system.
The Communications Coordinator facilitates committees, representatives, and student communication. The Communications Coordinator also resolves student concerns, prepares the assembly agenda, and ensures all are properly informed and organized.
Jessie grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where she developed a passion for leadership and advocacy. She received her BSPA in Environmental Management from IU-Bloomington in 2013, with minors in Theatre and Academic Diving. She is currently a third year MPA-MSES student in SPEA concentrating in Environmental Policy and Policy Analysis. Jessie has experience in community outreach and communications for The Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project, The Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Association, The IU Polish Cultural Association, and The Kelley School of Business’ Institute for International Business. She is passionate about using outreach to communicate resources and programs that GPSG provides to the graduate and professional students of Indiana University.
Community Development Coordinator
Karisa, a native of Ohio, is in her third year of doctoral studies at the Jacobs School of Music. She completed a Masters of Music from Westminster Choir College in 2013 and a Bachelor of Music Education from Cedarville University in 2008. She also worked with international students in Beijing, China from 2008-2011. At IU, she has served on campus with the PFF (Preparing Future Faculty) Conference Committee, worked with professional organizations to encourage students to explore arts and culture, and developed student and faculty/staff programming with the IU Office of First Year Experience Programs. She is excited to use her experience in academia and abroad to cultivate diverse programming for IU graduate and professional students looking to establish professional relationships, celebrate diversity, and support one another during their time at IU.