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 Executive Committee meeting minutes, click here.
Brady Harman – Law/MPAThe 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 third year of the JD/MPA dual degree program, concentrating in International Development and also earning a graduate certificate from the Russian & Eastern European Institute. Brady has spent time studying and interning in both Oslo, Norway and Warsaw, Poland. Currently, he wishes to pursue a foreign service career after graduation. Brady has served as a GPSO Representative for the Maurer School of Law for the past two years and has extensive experience leading student organizations and student governments.
Dave Breed – Law
Dave is from Muskegon, Michigan. He is a third year law student at IU’s Maurer School of Law and has been focusing primarily on various areas of public policy. After graduation, Dave plans to pursue a career working with Congress and state legislatures on improving education policy initiatives around the country. While this is Dave’s first year with GPSO, he served as the Student Body Vice President at Central Michigan University. During that time, Dave was also the President of the university’s programming board, co-chair of the Board of Trustees’ Liaison Committee, and executive council member of the university’s chief curricular and academic body. He couldn’t be happier to be involved with GPSO and looks forward to a great year of serving IU’s graduate and professional students!
Ronald Arruejo - Public Financial and Local Government Management
Ron is from Oxnard, California. He is in his second year of the Masters in Public Affairs program, concentrating in both Public Financial Management and Local Government Management. Ron has previously been involved with UCLA’s student government at his undergraduate alma mater as Chair of the Finance Committee. He hopes to pursue a career in government, whether at the city-, state-, or federal-level. At IUB, he has served on the Committee for Fee Review and is currently Treasurer of SPEA’s Local Government Management Association. In his spare time, he loves to go bowling and read all things politics.
Olivia Ríos - Counseling PsychologyThe Liaison acts as a medium of communication between IUSA, BGSA, LGSA, ISA, other graduate student organizations and GPSO. The Liaison also serves as a member of the External Relations committee.
Olivia is from the borderland near Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is a second year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career as a psychologist in private practice working with couples and specializing in intimacy and sexual health issues. Although this is Olivia’s first year becoming involved with the GPSO, she has previously served as the Diversity Coordinator of the Counseling Psychology Student Organization at IU and as the Vice President of the Counseling Masters Student Association at New Mexico State University. She hopes to create events that celebrate our student diversity and traditions, and add to the multicultural awareness and respect of our student body. She looks forward to representing and advocating for you!
Debbie Machalow - LawThe Parliamentarian is the authority on procedural questions. This officer ensures that the constitution is up-to-date and also conducts the annual membership audit.
Debbie is from Valley Stream, New York. She is a second year law student at IU’s Maurer School of Law. She wants to use her law degree to make the world a better place. If you come across her, tell her all about your pets, as she is an avid animal lover, who keeps her guinea pigs in Bloomington. She served as a law school GPSO rep last year and has a long history of student government service and student advocacy.
Josh de Leeuw - Cognitive Science & PsychologyThe 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.
Katherine Wheatle – Higher Education and Student AffairsThe 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.
Katherine is from Paterson, New Jersey. She is a second-year doctoral student in the Higher Education program in the School of Education. Upon graduation, she hopes to assume a Chief of Staff position in a university president’s office. This is Katherine’s first year serving GPSO, however, she has extensive experience in student advocacy, student government and community service dating back to her young days in middle school. She also currently serves as the First Vice President of the Bloomington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Katherine looks forward to advocating for and protecting the interests of the graduate and professional student community as Benefits Officer.
Jeffrey Meek - Sustainability and Environmental ToxicologyThe 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.
Jeff is originally from New Jersey, and is in his second year in a dual MPA/MSES program in SPEA. He is concentrating in sustainability and environmental toxicology,and served as a GPSO representative for SPEA last year. He worked as the Green Practices intern for over a year at his undergrad university, and currently serves as the president of the Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Association (EMSDA) in SPEA.
Cayla Bellamy- Music Performance and LiteratureThe 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.
A Georgia native, Cayla is in her second year of doctoral study at the Jacobs School of Music. Although this is her first year with GPSO, she has held administrative positions with the Cardinal Stage Company, Interlochen Arts Camp, and the University of Georgia Summer Music Camps. Cayla loves teaching and has previously taught with the Gwinnett County Public School system and the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, both near Atlanta, GA. She hopes to join a university music faculty upon graduation.
Kevin Miescke – Performing Arts ManagementThe Programming Coordinator is responsible for community building. Working with the programming committee, the Operations Coordinator plans the parties, activities, and events that matter to graduate and professional students.
Kevin joins the GPSO in his second year of a Doctor of Music degree in French Horn performance at the Jacobs School of Music. When his time at IU is complete, he would like to teach at the college level and play professionally with an orchestra. Last year Kevin worked with Project Jumpstart, a career development and entrepreneurship program in the music school, where he helped his fellow students expand their social and professional viewpoints. He hopes to continue this as the Programming Coordinator with the GPSO in the coming school year. Kevin grew up in Lake Tahoe, CA and enjoys spending his free time outdoors running, biking, skiing, hiking, camping, or just relaxing in the sunshine. He hopes to see you at the next GPSO event!
Dr. Yolanda Treviño - Assistant Dean of the University Graduate SchoolDean 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.