GSA Executive Board

GSA Main Office

Busch Student Center Room 240A*

(314) 977-2234

*Currently the Executive Board is operating remotely.


Ashley Donaldson

Ashley is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Administration program and serves as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant for the School of Education. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Leisure Service Management and a Master of Science degree in Recreational Sports Administration from Indiana University. Prior arriving at SLU, she worked professionally at Texas A&M University in the Department of Recreational Sports for 9 years. Her background working in recreational sports and student affairs is what led her to discover a love for working with students and a passion for student learning and development in the higher education setting. Her research interests include equity in higher education admissions and student success and retention in higher education. As GSA President, she focuses on graduate student support and advocacy.

Office hours: Mondays 1-3pm & Wednesdays 10am-12pm


Vice President of North Campus

Mitchell Stevens

Mitchell Stevens studies 6th-7th century theologians in the eastern Roman Empire, focusing on personhood and ethical action. Principally engaging Maximus the Confessor as the self-conscious inheritor of figures such as Origen, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Stevens strives to show how Maximus's Christianity produce a unique vision of the human person and their ethical nature. He is excited to serve as the Vice-President of North Campus by attending to students' concerns and helping to unify the diverse programs and departments during these strange times. As an advocate of students' right, he is proud to represent SLU grad students and fight for their goals.

Office hours: Fridays 10am-12pm


Vice President of South Campus

Abbey Schnell

Abbey is a doctoral candidate in the Pharmacology and Physiology department. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her current research is focused on sex differences in hormone signaling in appetite regulation and the stress response. In addition to serving as a GSA leader, Abbey is the Director of Professional Development with the BALSA Group, a nonprofit organization that provides consulting services to businesses and entrepreneurs in the St. Louis area.

Office hours: Mondays and Thursdays 11am-12pm


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. In addition to her roll as VP of Finance in GSA, she serves on the English Graduate Organization E-Board as VP of Administration. She plans to work in university administration and continue advocating for graduate students after completing her degree.

Office Hours: Thursdays 11am - 1 pm


Vice President of Administration

Andrew Diemer

Andrew Diemer is a second-year Ph. D. student in the Education Policy and Equity (EPE) program and a graduate assistant at the Policy Research in Missouri Education (PRiME) Center at the School of Education. Before beginning the EPE program, he taught for three years in St. Louis City while earning his Master’s Degree through the Billiken Teacher Corps. Andrew is a St. Louis native and his enduring passion is to work within and alongside the community he lives in and serves.

Office Hours: Thursdays 9-11am


Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

Dulce Vega

Dulce Maria Vega was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. She is a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology and a graduate of Saint Louis University (SLU) with a Master of Science in I/O Psychology. She is a current doctoral student in the I/O program at SLU. Her research interests are diversity and inclusion, discrimination, work-life integration, and occupational health psychology. She is a former instructor of SLU where she taught foundations of research methods and statistics. She is also currently involved in multiple consulting projects based on unconscious bias, program assessment, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion training.

Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 4-5pm


Vice President of Communication and Community

Allyson Cochran

I am currently a 5th year doctoral candidate in the Department of Pathology in the Biomedical Sciences program at the School of Medicine. My research focuses on a feature of the immune system that can be collected and then injected into tumors as a non-toxic alternative treatment to chemotherapy. I have been the GSA representative for the Pathology department for the past four years and have actively participated on the Social Committee during that time; I was also the co-chair for the Social Committee for a year. I have hosted several social hours at local breweries, two end-of-school-year events, and a community outreach event. I am also the face behind all of the GSA social medial posts. Because the Vice President of Community and Communication position is a new addition to GSA, there are many aspects to this role that still need to be identified and developed to help make the graduate student experience more fulfilling here at SLU. I welcome any suggestions and feedback that can help accomplish that goal. Happy learning!!

Office Hours: By Appointment


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: Monday 2-4pm