2013-2014 Executive Committee

Executive Chair - Jacob Friefeld

Jake Friefeld Jacob is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History who focuses his research on nineteenth-century America. His duties as executive chair include serving as the official representative of the GSA, preparing agendas for all GSA meetings, and meeting periodically with the the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, the Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Studies, the University Chancellor, the Graduate Student Committee, and the ASUN President. He also serves on the University Graduate Council. Email Jacob


Vice-Chair of Internal Affairs - Anh Do

Anh Do Her duties as the Vice-Chair of Internal Affairs include presiding at the GSA Legislative Assembly meetings, overseeing all standing and ad hoc committees, coordinating events requiring use of University facilities, and managing RSO related documents. Email Anh


Vice-Chair of External Affairs - Chris Gibilisco

Chris Gibilisco Chris is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Philosophy who focuses his research on the intersection of philosophy and science. His duties as the Vice-Chair of External Affairs include maintaining a list of all graduate students on external committees, serving as liaison to ASUN, maintaining a list of frequent contacts for the GSA, serving as a respresentative on the Student Affairs Advisory Council, and coordinating activities with other university graduate student organizations. Email Chris


Vice-Chair of Finance - Kat Shultis

Her duties as Vice-Chair of Finance include maintaing all GSA fiscal records in synchronicity with SOFS, providing reports at legislative assembly meetings, chairing the GSA Finance Committee, coordinating with the executive committee and standing committees on budgets and possible funding sources, and presenting fiscal requests to the university's commitee for fee allocation. Email Kat


Vice-Chair of Representation - Madeline J. Hoffer

Her duties of the Vice-Chair of Representation include maintaining the GSA website and listservs, managing the GSA email, chairing the Diversity Committee, and working with Campus Representatives to ensure each department is represented in the Legislative Assembly and that each representative understands the requirements of their position. If you have any questions about the GSA or would like to get involved, don't hesitate to contact me! Email Madeline


Vice-Chair of Social Events - Curtis Walker

His duties as the Vice-Chair of Social Events include communicating with graduate students and the community about at-large GSA events, coordinating activities with other graduate student organizations alongside the Vice-Chair of External Affairs, composing a monthly calendar of non-GSA events pertaining to graduate students, and chairing the GSA Social Events Committee. Email Curtis


Vice-Chair of Graduate Student Appreciation Week & Open Access -

His duties as the Vice-Chair of Graduate Student Appreciation Week include communicating with other graduate students and the community about at-large GSAW activities and events, organizing the year-end awards ceremony, and chairing the GSAW committee. He also coordinates events for Open Access Week. Email


Vice-Chair of Legislative Affairs - Brock Rezny

His duties as the Vice-Chair of Legislative Affairs include maintaining the GSA Constitution and By-Laws, chairing the GSA Elections and Constitution Committees, and providing advice concerning the rules of order for all GSA meetings. He also serves as Co-Chair for ASUN's Graduate Student Committee. Email Brock


Vice-Chair of Information -

Her duties as Vice-Chair of Information include serving as recording secretary for all GSA executive and legislative assembly meetings, maintaining a current list of voting members as well as past voting and attendance records, compiling monthly committee reports and making them available to the legislative assembly, and maintaining the Blackboard site. Email


2013-2014 Non-Exec Committee Chairs

Academic Affairs Committee Chair - Jeff Espineli

As Academic Affairs Committee Chair, he advocates for University graduate students on issues including access to facilities, funding for research, the faculty-graduate student relationship, and academic policies. Email Jeff


Distance Committee Chair -

Her duties as Distance Committee Chair include outreach to distance graduate students connecting them to campus and the GSA and dealing with issues important to distance learners such as access to courses, library services, student fees, communicating with advisors, and more. Email


Diversity Committee Chair - John Fitzpatrick

His duties as Diversity Committee Chair focus on managing a committee which encourages and promotes participation in the GSA by students throughout the University community, including but not limited to students from racial and ethnic minorities, international students, women, and the LGBTQ community, and ensure that GSA programming is available and pertinent to the diverse graduate student community. Email John


Graduate Student Committee Chair - Abby Kelly

Email Abby


Quality of Life Committee Chair -



His duties of Quality of Life Chair include managing the committee that advocates on behalf of UNL graduate students any issues affecting the quality of graduate student life including, but not limited to, health care, housing, transportation, and child care. He also serves on ASUN's Graduate Student Committee. Email