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Executive Board

Meet the Executive Board 2016-2017

The Executive Board carries out all daily operations of RHA and strives to serve in the best interest of its constituents. The Board provides means of communication and collaboration between residents, Hall Association, and the University. The officers represent the student resident voice to the entire University of Connecticut community.

President:

Mary Olmsted

 12974293_10209525656485306_4345431387011671825_n Mary Olmsted is currently a senior studying Communication and minoring in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. She has been a part of RHA since her first year here at UConn she was previously on the North Hall Association as their Social Coordinator. Sophomore year she joined the Executive Board as the Director of Public Relations. Now as a senior she has completed her RHA journey by taking on the President’s role! Mary is also a Designer for Nutmeg Publishing and the Graphic Design Specialist for the Women’s Center. Email- mary.olmsted@uconn.edu

Vice President:

Zoe Esponda

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Zoë has been in RHA now for four years. She started in Buckley-Shippee Hall Association as the social coordinator moving to East campus and then joining the Executive board as the Director of Advocacy for the 2015-2016 school year and now serves as the Vice President. She studies Environmental Science and enjoys mountain biking and hiking. Email- Zoe.Esponda@uconn.edu

Chief Financial Officer:

Dan Ghajar

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Daniel Ghajar is a senior studying Molecular and Cell Biology. He first became involved with RHA when he served as the CFO for West Campus Hall Association his freshman year, and continued his involvement his sophomore year as the CFO of Northwest Hall Association. Since then, he has served as the CFO of the RHA Executive Board. In his free time, Dan enjoys running, listening to new music, and trying new food, coffees, and teas. Email- Daniel.Ghajar@uconn.edu

Secretary:

Jessica Ng

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Director of Programming:

Omar Taweh

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Omar Taweh is currently a sophomore double majoring in Physiology & Neurobiology and Psychology. He first got involved with RHA his freshman year as the social coordinator for the Hilltop Halls Hall Association. Since then, he has served on the Executive Board as the Director of Programming with the goal of hosting programs that engage all of the University’s 12,000 on campus residents. In his free time (that he has so little of), Omar enjoys photography, running and being involved with social and political activism. In addition, he is always on the lookout for dank memes :~). Email – Omar.Taweh@uconn.edu

Director of Programming:

Mbuyi Kalemba

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From Stratford, CT, Mbuyi Kalemba is a sophomore and majors in Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. As the Director of Programming for RHA, she organizes programs and supports hall associations and other e-board members. She also works at the African American Cultural Center and she’s passionate about becoming a medical professional. She enjoys dancing, listening to music, and having a good time. Email- Mbuyi.Kalemba@uconn.edu 

Director of Public Relations:

Julia Sokolovska

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My name is Julia Sokolovska and I’m a third year nursing student at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing from East Lyme, Connecticut. I’m the Director of Public Relations for UConn’s Residence Hall Association as well as a Resident Assistant in the Nursing Learning Community here on the Storrs campus and the chair of the Interprofessional Student Advisory Committee.

I always look for ways to get involved in which I could change someone’s life and I couldn’t be happier when I see my patients, residents and students smile. I love taking part in organizations that not only allow me to connect with people but also work towards building a positive community in many aspects. I’m excited to see what the upcoming semesters hold as well as getting the chance to connect with some wonderful individuals. When I’m not taking care of patients or spending time with my residents, I enjoy taking time to travel to new places around the world and play some tennis. 

Director of Advocacy:

Ciara Hamilton 

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As Director of Advocacy Ciara hopes to be a voice for students all across campus and work on programs that touch on issues in social justice and diversity. Ciara is an RA and works in the Office of the Registrar as a Student Administrative Assistant. In the future Ciara hopes to find a career that allows her to travel the world while still helping people on a daily basis. Email- Ciara.Hamilton@uconn.edu 

Director of Advocacy:

Freddy Santiago

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Freddy Santiago is a junior double majoring in Urban Community Studies and Economics. He briefly served as Vice President of South Hall Association before filling the role of Director of Advocacy on RHA’s executive team. Some of the passions that drive his work include urban poverty, identity recognition and understanding, and regional campus students. Freddy is also a brother of Pi Kappa Phi, an RA in West Campus, and a committee member in USG. He has served the UConn community in a variety of other capacities, but loves the opportunity to deal directly with issues of student needs and student concerns. You can always reach me via email at juan.santiago@uconn.edu.

National Communication Coordinator:

Codi Bierce

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Codi is currently a junior at UConn studying Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Codi was the Social Coordinator for the Alumni Hall Association Executive Board her freshman year and joined the RHA Executive Board her sophomore year as a co-Director of Programming. This year, Codi took on the role of NCC as her third year in RHA and plans to hold the same position next year on the RHA executive board. Codi is also an SRA for Residential Life, a Supervisor for the UConn One Summer Program, and a ResLife student ambassador. Codi ultimately hopes to pursue a career in student affairs. Feel free to email Codi at codi.bierce@uconn.edu!

RHA Advisors

Chris Eimerman

Phil Coontz