2014-2015 Executive Committee

The GPSO 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 GPSO Assembly and committee meetings, as well as other GPSO functions.

To view the Executive Committee’s Goals, click here.

To view Executive Committee meeting minutes, click here.




Brady Harman – Law/MPA

The President acts as the official liaison between IU’s administration, student body, student organizations and the GPSO. The President also oversees the functioning of the GPSO, and serves on the GPSO Executive Committee.
Brady is from Elkhart, Indiana.  He is in his fourth year of the JD/MPA dual degree program, concentrating in International Development. Brady has spent time studying and interning in both Oslo, Norway and Warsaw, Poland.  He also serves as the Senior Managing Affiliate of the Center for Constitutional Democracy.  After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career with the foreign service or consulting on democratic reform processes.
Brady served as a GPSO Representative for the Maurer School of Law for two years and has extensive experience leading student organizations and student governments.  He is excited to serve a second term as President.  This year Brady hopes to continue to increase the inclusivity of student governance, further empower the student voice, and increase student body awareness of GPSO and its functions.


Vice President

Justin Vasel – Physics

 The Vice President represents the GPSO 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 GPSO standing and ad hoc committees.

Justin is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He is a second-year doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in physics. For the past seven years, Justin has been involved with student governments and has held various leadership positions in a number of student organizations and committees. In 2012, he spearheaded the founding of a graduate student government at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He hopes to draw upon these experiences to strengthen the GPSO, and is looking forward to serving the IU graduate and professional student community this year. After graduation Justin hopes to continue research in physics, but is also considering a career in science policy.




Zach Bailey – Policy Analysis

The Treasurer maintains the GPSO’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.

 Originally from Greenbrier, Arkansas, Zach is a second-year MPA student in SPEA concentrating in public finance and policy analysis. He recieved his BA in Political Science at IU-Bloomington in 2011. Before entering graduate school, Zach worked as legislative assistant and operations director for the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and as Deputy Finance Director and personal aide for John Gregg in his campaign for Governor in Indiana. Currently, Zach is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hoosier Social Impact Fund (HSIF), a non-profit microfinance organization, the SPEA graduate student representative on the Bloomington Faculty Council, and a summer intern at the White House.


Diversity Officer


Julianna Gjonaj - Law

The Diversity Officer acts as a medium of communication between IUSA, BGSA, LGSA, ISA, other graduate student organizations and GPSO. The Diversity Officer also serves as a member of the External Relations committee.

Julianna is from Millbrook, NY.  She is in her second year of the law program.  Julianna has had leadership experience while completing her undergrad at Cornell University.  She has also held a management position at Brookdale Senior Living in Chicago where she gained experience handling liaison duties.  Julianna hopes to further diversity initiatives on campus and to promote events that unite the entire graduate student body.



Skyler Hutto – Law

The Parliamentarian is the authority on procedural questions. This officer ensures that the constitution is up-to-date and also conducts the annual membership audit.

 Skyler is from Orangeburg, SC. He is a second-year law student at IU’s Maurer School of Law. Last year, he was a GPSO representative from the law school and served as the vice-chairperson of the GPSO Sustainability Committee. Within the university, he has also worked with Coal Free IU’s IUCaN project and the law school’s American Constitution Society. This year, Skyler will continue the work started by last year’s parlimentarian in reforming and improving the organization’s structure and bylaws.



Awards Officer


Josh de Leeuw – Cognitive Science & Psychology

The Awards Officer oversees the awarding GPSO Travel and Research Grants. This involves working with GPSO accounts manager, Dr. Yolanda Treviño, the GPSO Excomm, and the Awards Committee.

Josh is a fourth year PhD student in both Psychological & Brain Sciences and Cognitive Science, studying perceptual learning and expert behavior. He hopes to teach at the college level when he graduates. This is Josh’s second year as the GPSO awards officer, and he previously served as a member of the awards committee. He grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY, via Pittsburgh, PA and Boston, MA, and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.


Benefits Officer


Benjamin Draper – Chemistry

The 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.


Sustainability Officer

Andrew Bredeson – Policy Analysis

The Sustainability Officer addresses issues related to sustainability within the GPSO and campus communities. Examples of issues addressed are recycling, transportation, carbon emissions and sustainable growth.

Originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota, Andrew is in his second year of the MPA program at SPEA, where he is concentrating in Policy Analysis. His primary professional interests are urban planning and economic development, each of which he approaches with a strong tilt towards sustainable development practices. Andrew works for the Monroe County Planning Department as a SPEA Service Corps Fellow, and he served as a GPSO representative from SPEA last year. Andrew looks forward to pushing sustainability initiatives forward on campus, and to helping strengthen GPSO as an effective and respected voice for advocacy on campus.


Communications Coordinator


Jessie Mroz – Policy Analysis & Environmental Science

 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 is from Park Ridge, Illinois. She is a second year dual MPA/MSES student in SPEA concentrating in Environmental Policy, Policy Analysis, and Applied Ecology. She recieved her BSPA in Environmental Management from IU-Bloomington in 2013.  Jessie has expierence 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 hopes to pursue a career in natural resource management or environmental policy, and is working as an intern this summer for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5 Office. Jessie also serves as the President of the Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Association.


Community Development Coordinator

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Julian Glover - Nonprofit Management

The Community Development Coordinator is responsible for community building. Working with the programming committee, the Community Development Coordinator plans the parties, activities, and events that matter to graduate and professional students.

Julian Glover is from Bloomington, Illinois. He is a second year MPA student in SPEA concentrating in nonprofit management. Julian has had experience working in community development while an intern at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and leading coalitions between student organizations and student government while at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Julian plans to pursue a career in nonprofit advocacy for LGBT people on a national and international level. At IU, he also serves as a member of the Transgender Advocacy Group, the LGBT Incidence Team as well as the all campus orchestra (Cello). In his spare time, Julian enjoys traveling, shopping, chatting with friends and voguing.



Dr. Yolanda Treviño – Assistant Dean of the University Graduate School

Dean Treviño serves as the contact person for graduate students and graduate programs. Her role is to support the GPSO by encouraging a creative environment for scholarship and research, teaching and learning.