GSA Executives

2016-17 Overview of GSA Officers and Responsibilities

President: David McIntosh

David is a Ph.D. student in the Department of History with a focus on the history of science and human origins.  Prior to attending college, he had a fifteen-year career in information technology as an instructor, programmer, and project manager.  Since earning his bachelor’s degree from Miami University (OH) in 2011, he has earned master’s degrees in anthropology and history from the City University of New York and New Mexico State University, respectively.  In addition to the history of science, David’s interests include archaeology, historic preservation, and digital humanities.

The President is the chief executive officer of the GSA and presiding officer of the GSA Assembly. The President is the official representative and spokesperson for the GSA.

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Vice President, Internal Affairs: Ali Rahman

The Vice President – Internal Affairs (VPIA) is the chief operating officer of the GSA and assists the President in the administration of the internal operations of the GSA. The Vice President – Internal Affairs also assists the President in representing GSA interests in matters of campus infrastructure and capital planning.  

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Vice President, External Affairs: Michelle Oyewole

Vice President – External Affairs (VPEA) assists the President in representing UCSB Graduate Student interests beyond the UCSB campus and serves as the chief delegate of the GSA in external matters.

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Vice President, Student Affairs:  Jenna Schall-O’Connor

Jenna is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer in the department of philosophy, where her research concerns the consciousness of and representation of the physical body. Prior to graduate school, Jenna attended Rutgers University, where she received a B.A. in Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Africana Studies. She enjoys being outside, climbing rocks, practicing yoga, and otherwise moving. :)

The Vice President – Student Affairs (VPSA) assists the president in representing GSA interests in matters of UCSB student affairs.

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Vice President, Academic Affairs:  Heather Macias

Heather is a Ph.D. student in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education with emphases in Applied Linguistics and Feminist Studies.  She currently is a teaching assistant for the Department of Asian American Studies.  Previous to attending UCSB, Heather was a high school English teacher and received her master’s/teaching credential and B.A. at the University of Southern California.  She is also serving as the GSA representative for the Student Resources Building Governance Board and last year, was the President of the Graduate Student Association for her department. Heather’s interests include traveling, theatre (spelled the pretentious way), and looking at cute animal pictures online.

The Vice President – Academic Affairs (VPAA) assists the President in representing GSA interests in academic affairs and serves as the primary liaison with the Academic Senate, the Library and faculty.  

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Vice President, Communications and Records: Kyle Crocco

Kyle is a doctoral candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education with an emphasis in Writing Studies. Over the past few years, he has taught in the English Department at the University of Caen in France, the Modern Languages Department of Cal State Fullerton, and the International Business College at Shenyang Normal University in China. When not working for the GSA or the Graduate Student Resource Center, he can often be found performing original songs at open mics in downtown Santa Barbara.

The Vice President – Communications and Records (VPCR) is the chief information officer of the GSA and serves as public relations officer and archivist. The Vice President – Communications and Records ensures that GSA Assembly meeting minutes are recorded and published and that copies of the Constitution, By-laws, and enacted resolutions are available to all GSA members.

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Vice President, Budget and Finance: Luke Rosedahl

Luke Rosedahl graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (magna cum laude): Emphasis Neural Engineering. Here at UCSB, he is a PhD student within the Dynamical Neuroscience department studying human learning and the visual system. For more information about his research, check out his research page

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, dancing, working out, hiking, and general exploring with his beautiful wife April.

The Vice President – Budget and Finance (VPBF) is the chief financial officer of the GSA and assists the President in representing GSA interests in the area of campus budget and financial planning.

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Vice President, Committees and Planning: Matt Giles

Matt is a PHD student in the Communication program, with an emphasis on and intercultural conflict and inter-group communication. He earned his MA at New York University from the Media, Culture, and Communication program, where he TA’d and was involved in the Student Union during an extensive re-negotiation of TA contracts – the largest private school graduate student contract re-negotiation to date. When not working for the GSA or the Comm Lab on campus, he can often be found at the Ceramics department at the Rec. Center on campus.

The Vice President – Committees and Planning assists the President in promoting a diverse population of UCSB Graduate Student Representatives on UCSB committees and serves as the primary liaison with campus committees, Graduate Student Representatives, and GSA. The Vice President – Committees and Planning is the chief planning officer for all GSA public events.

Graduate Students interested in committee service or GSA public events should write to the VP of Committees and Planning.

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