The GPSG Executive Committee (ExComm) is made up entirely of graduate and professional students. It consists of:
- three elected officers– President, Vice President, Treasurer
- five appointed officers – Diversity Officer, Awards Officer, Benefits Officer, Sustainability Officer, Health & Wellness Officer
- two hired staff members (SAA appointments) – Communications Coordinator, Community Development Coordinator
If you are a current IUB graduate or professional student interested in serving on ExComm, visit the Apply section our website where 2018-2019 GPSG Executive Committee and Staff position openings are listed.
2017-2018 Executive Committee:
President: Adam Reneker – Law & MBA
The 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.
Adam is from Warsaw, Indiana. He is a third year JD/MBA candidate with the Maurer School of Law and Kelley School of Business. Adam also attended IU for his undergraduate degree where he studied Marketing, Spanish, and German. This is Adam’s third year with GPSG and he has served as a Law School representative, Awards Committee member, Vice-Chair of the Diversity Committee, and Parliamentarian. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, music, and being outdoors. Adam is excited to serve students through his position by amplifying student voices, improving structural efficiency, and informing students about the many opportunities available to them through IU.
Vice President: Shed Siliman – Gender Studies
The Vice President represents the GPSG to the university at large and fulfills the duties of the President when they are temporarily unable to perform them and to ensure the Constitution and Bylaws are followed. It is also the Vice President’s duty to conduct the annual Assembly Audit.
Shed Siliman is from Connecticut, where she earned her double undergraduate degrees in Gender Studies and Psychology. She is a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies, and her dissertation uses a Queer of Color Critique to understand consent and the problem of sexual violence. As in all her work, her aim as GPSG Vice President is to seek out and provide a platform for those voices which are most marginalized.
Treasurer: Kevin Stuparek – MBA
The 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.
Kevin is a second year MBA candidate with the Kelley School of Business, specializing in Corporate Innovation and Finance. Prior to attending Kelley, he worked for 6 years across Finance, Information Technology and Sourcing roles, driving strategic improvements and leading global teams. In his free time, he enjoys racing cars, traveling and playing tennis. Kevin is excited to use his finance experience to make a positive impact on students by maximizing the budget and helping GPSG expand its program offerings throughout the year.
Diversity Officer: Animesh Priya – SPEA
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.
Animesh is a Public Affairs student at the School of Public and Environment Affairs (SPEA). He completed his bachelor in engineering from Manipal, India and after working as a software engineer (no one is perfect) for 3 years, he joined Teach For India (TFI) where he taught 65 wonderful children Math, English, and Science for 2 years. He stayed with TFI for another year, this time leading their city operation in Chennai. He next took a year off, which he spent traveling across India (touching the southernmost and the northernmost parts of the Indian mainland) on his motorcycle, riding solo. He spent the next year working with 11 rural schools in his home state, Jharkhand, seeing how the forest of the poor of his country lived. Animesh is excited about leading the diversity team in the current political and social climate and he looks forward to the challenge this entails.
Awards Officer: Adrian 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 first year in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Indiana University, with a focus on Latino Mental Health and Latino 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 board games(i.e. Catan). After graduation, he hopes to pursue a fulfilling career teaching, conducting research, and mentoring underrepresented students. As Awards Officer, Adrian works so that graduate students are supported both financially and professionally by the GPSG.
Benefits Officer: Kehinde Ligali – SPEA
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.
Sustainability Officer: Dylan Finley – SPEA
The 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.
Health & Wellness Officer: Josh Barnathan – Physics
The Health and Wellness Officer is responsible for recruiting members for the Health & Wellness committee along with representing GPSG on committees relevant to issues on health and wellness. Additionally, the Health & Wellness Officer maintains communications with the IU Health Center, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Culture of Care, all the while updating the Assembly on initiatives related to health and wellness, when requested.
Josh is a third-year graduate student pursuing his doctorate in Physics. His research is primarily focused on using physical principles to decode the functioning of the brain. Outside of physics and neuroscience, he is an avid reader who greatly enjoys history, politics, and biographies.Though generally a home-body, he can often be found in the gym or on the tennis courts
Communications Coordinator: Shea Smock – Law
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.
Community Development Coordinator: Rick Brewer – History & Library Science
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.
Originally from Northeast Ohio, Rick Brewer comes to Indiana University Bloomington after completing a B.A. in History at Denison University. Brewer is pursuing a dual M.A./M.L.S degree in United States History and Library Science and is interested in radio history and public radio archives. His previous programming experience includes Social Chair for the Society of American Archivists IUB Student Chapter and being a member of Denison University’s 2016 Reunion Crew. Along with creating and producing GPSG Radio, Brewer’s goal as Community Development Coordinator is to plan a large variety of vibrant social events and programs that appeal to all graduate students across the Bloomington campus.