GSA Executive Board

GSA Main Office

Busch Student Center Room 240A*

(314) 977-2234

*Currently the Executive Board is operating remotely.


Laura Hardin Marshall (she/her)

Laura is a PhD candidate in rhetoric and composition, specializing in response and revision (i.e., the ways that instructors and writing consultants provide feedback on student writing and what students do with that feedback). She's a first-generation college student with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Missouri and a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford, UK. Laura is active in instructor development, writing programs, writing across the curriculum, and graduate student initiatives both on campus and off, serving as the SLU Writing Program Assistant and the national WPA-Graduate Organization Vice Chair. In these roles and with her research, Laura aims to support both instructors and students (especially graduate students who serve as both) as they improve how they collaborate, communicate, teach, and learn.

Office Hours: T/Th 1-2 PM Central


Vice President of North Campus

Audra Frick

Audra is a third-year doctoral student and Graduate Assistant in the Higher Education Administration PhD program. Her research interests center around student activism and the ways in which student activism and student identity intersect and are influenced by the college experience. Audra earned both her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Saint Louis University. She has professional experience as a senior academic advisor and a manager of academic and community partnerships. Additionally, Audra served as a Writing Consultant to students in University Writing Services and in the former TRIO program, helping students to organize, plan, and revise their writing and projects (these are her very favorite roles). In addition to her roles at SLU, she is a mother to two school-aged children and doting owner of two miniature dachshunds.

Office Hours: T 9-11 AM Central


Vice President of South Campus

Shreya Nagendra

Shreya is a first-generation Ph.D. student from Bangalore, India. She earned her master’s in public health from SLU’s College of Public Health and Social Justice (CPHSJ) in 2018 and is now a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education. She specializes in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and mixed methods research. Her research interests include social determinants of sexual health, risky sexual behaviors, contraceptive use patterns, shared decision-making in reproductive health, and mental health.

Prior to serving on GSA’s E-Board, she served as the GSA Representative and as a Student Ambassador on CPHSJ-PHDSA (Ph.D. Student Association). She excited to serve and represent graduate students as the Vice-President of South Campus.

Office Hours: TBD


Vice President of Finance

Carrie Nelson

Carrie Nelson is a PhD candidate in the English Department studying early modern English literature, focusing on the role of deviancy in utopian space. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida and a Master of Arts from King’s College London. In addition to her roll as VP of Finance in GSA, she serves as President on the English Graduate Organization E-Board. She is passionate about representing graduate student voices on campus and plans to continue advocating for graduate students after completion of her degree.

Office Hours: M 12-1 PM, F 9-10 AM Central


Vice President of Administration

Derek Estes

Derek Estes is a third-year joint-PhD student in Philosophy and Health Care Ethics. His research interests in philosophy are primarily in the areas of bioethics, philosophy of religion, and epistemology. He is particularly interested in the accounting for the notion of human dignity in a way that can guide health care decision-making. In addition to his role as GSA Vice President of Administration, Derek serves as Secretary for the Department of Philosophy’s Graduate Student Association. He loves to teach and is passionate about the mission of higher education.

Office Hours: TBD


Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

Chayce Kenny

Office Hours: TBD


Vice President of Communication and Community

Mike Gibson

Dr. Gibson is a first year graduate student in the Educational Leadership M.A. program and a first-generation college student. Upon completion of his degree, he will receive administrative certification to become a principal in grade levels K-12. Currently, Dr. Gibson has earned a BA in Sports Management, an MBA with an emphasis in Marketing, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration, all from Lindenwood University. He also is certified to teach Secondary Business in the state of Missouri. Dr. Gibson is passionate about the area of education and has helped hundreds of students matriculate to colleges across the United States. With eight years of education, Dr. Gibson is proud that half of his experience has been a classroom teacher serving students. Also, he is the founder of the Young Professionals Academy in St. Louis, where he mentors high school students in the St. Louis Public School District on basic business leadership skills and academic achievement. Through his classes and program he has helped many students understand the value of education and inspired them to reach their full potential. Serving as VP of Communication and Community, Dr. Gibson is committed to helping create a inclusive supportive community for SLU's graduate students to enhance the graduate school experience.

Office Hours: M/Th 10 AM-12 PM Central


External Affairs Officer

Shannon Sandridge

Shannon Sandridge is a fourth year PhD student in Philosophy. Her research centers on free will and people with severe cognitive disabilities. She received her Bachelors from Baylor University, where she studied Philosophy and German. In her role as the External Affairs officer, she represents GSA to the Student Government Association and other various committees.

Office Hours: TBD