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Executive Cabinet

 

Luis Balderas-Villagrana - He / Him / His
Student Body President
aspsuprs@pdx.edu
 
Luis Balderas-Villagrana is a Junior pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Global Studies & Political Science. He has been involved with ASPSU since his first year at PSU, as a Senator, Senate Chair, and Multicultural Affairs Director. His ability to listen and interact with students has allowed him build relationships and connect with the campus, allowing him to truly represent all the students of Portland State University. Being the first elected DACA/Dreamer to the position of ASPSU President has inspired him to advocate for students on three main platforms: Diversity, Collaboration, and Student Experience. As President his biggest goals is to rebuild the legitimacy and reputation of student government, by providing PSU students with leadership opportunities and working with the administration to help students the resources they need. 
 
 
Lelani Lealiiee - She / Her / Hers
Student Body Vice-President
aspsuvp@pdx.edu

 

Lelani Lealiiee is excited to serve as the 18-19 vice president of ASPSU. She is a science major at Portland state, a senior, and a mom to a very curious and happy 7-year old. Being a non-traditional student as well as a first college generation student Lelani feels she understands the struggle that a lot of PSU students face, and hopes to bring these topics to discussion to alleviate extra stressors put on students. She has a passion for public health and policy change and loves engaging with the community and PSU. She is also the president of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) on campus and a graduate from the BUILD EXITO program where she found a love for research. She absolutely loves her job as a medical scribe in Vancouver, WA and is excited to finish her years at PSU as a part of ASPSU.

 

Fatima V. Preciado Mendoza -  She / Her / Hers
Multicultural Affairs Director
aspsumd@pdx.edu

My name is Fatima Preciado Mendoza and I am a third year Portland State University-Honors student majoring in Political Science. I was born in Michoacán Mexico, but was raised in Salem, Oregon. I am the director of Dream PSU, a newly recognized student organization whose mission is focused on uniting students in the common interest of having a resource and understanding of the common experiences, educational, political, social justice, and systemic issues that self-identified undocumented, immigrant, DREAMers, and DACA related communities and allies share. I am also currently involved with PSU’s New Student Programs where I currently serve as a Student Admissions Representative and Student Ambassador Coordinator. I am also very proud to be serving as ASPSU’s Multicultural Affairs Director for the 2018-19 school year. Overall, I am student advocate who is passionate about cultivating a more inclusive, student driven, and diverse experience here at Portland State. Some of my hobbies include reading, writing, listening to music and drawing.
 
 

Julieta Castro - She / Her / Hers
Equal Rights Advocacy Director
aspsuerd@pdx.edu

My name is Julieta Castro, and I am beyond honored to serve as your student body Equal Rights Advocacy Director. As a Women’s Studies major and Latino Studies minor, I am constantly working to create knowledge about women, gender, race, sexuality, ability, nationality, and more. I’ve been part of communities like the Women’s Resource center and Multicultural Centers as a student advocate and mentor , and in these spaces I’ve been able to connect my academic theory into practice, and learn how to challenge political structures, and the ways gender, religion, nationality, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, education, income, citizenship status, and geographic location alongside other sociodemographic identities are grouped and labeled, while confronting the realities and systematic patterns of injustice, violence, and oppression. In observing political structures, cultural structures, social structures, family structures, and even intrapersonal relationship structures, I have dedicated myself to imagining and encouraging creative ways to bring about effective social change on our campus and beyond!
 
 
Alex Dassise - He / Him / His
Academic Affairs Director
aspsuad@pdx.edu
 
I joined ASPSU because I wanted to have a better understanding of how a college system works and be an impact on fixing issues we see on campus. I am a sociology major and am interested in learning more about societies across the world and how we can make these communities more cooperative. I'm happy with my position as Academic Affairs Director. In the past, I struggled turning in assignments while working 40+ hours a week and want to use this opportunity to create a community that wants to get the best grades possible. A's. I like to spend my time with friends, family, playing sports, going on hikes, reading sociology books, researching autism, going to music festivals, and working on start-ups.
 
 
Kyle Leslie-Christy - He / Him / His
Student Life Director
aspsusld@pdx.edu
 
 
Emily M. Korte - She / Her/ Hers
University Affairs Director
aspsuuad@pdx.edu
 
Hello! My name is Emily Korte and I am the University Affairs Director with PSU's Student Government, and the Chair of the SMSU Advisory Board and the Political Science Club. I am double majored in Political Science and Economics with a minor in Law & Legal Studies and have a side interest focusing on budgeting and finance. I enjoy being active on campus and working to better student lives and am always open to sitting down and grabbing coffee!

 

Gabby Pereira -  She / Her / Hers
Sustainability Affairs Director
aspsusd@pdx.edu

 

Camilo Assad - They / Them / Theirs
Legislative Affairs Director
aspsuld@pdx.edu
 
 
Jenna Oh - She / Her / Hers / They / Them / Theirs
International Affairs Director
aspsuiad@pdx.edu
 

Jenna is pursuing Master of Social Work at PSU, with a concentration in Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations, as well as Master of Public Health. Through her advocacy skills and involvement at ASPSU, she wants to help bringing diverse student voices to decision making processes on our campus. She will also work to advocate for diversity and equity as she has done in her previous work in the nonprofit sector. She is a member of Students of Color Collective and Students for Social Action, social work student groups working to advance racial equity in School of Social Work at PSU. As an avid traveler, she has studied in the Middle East and Korea and loves learning about different cultures. Her free time is often spent with outdoor activities, such as hiking and rock climbing, and experimenting with a new recipe.

 

Donald Thompson III 
Student Fee Committee Chair
aspsusfc@pdx.edu

 

Leona Yazdidoust - She/ Her/ Hers
Judicial Board Chair
aspsucj@pdx.edu

 

Executive Staff

Roosevelt Sowka - He / Him / His
Executive Staff Director
aspsucos@pdx.edu
 
I am a senior at Portland State University, seeking a double major in Finance and Philosophy. As the Executive Staff Director, I shall work to create and enforce measures of accountability for the Executive Branch, assist and advise members of the Executive Branch on their campaigns as directed by the President, facilitate conflict among members of the Executive Branch civilly and without bias, and seek to help the President better manage personnel to the benefit of the student body.
 
 

Hakan Kutgun - He / Him / His 
Operations Director
aspsuod@pdx.edu

 

Chloe Friedlein - She / Her/ Hers
Publication and Design Director
aspsupdd@pdx.edu
 

Chloe Friedlein is a Bachelors of Fine Arts major here at Portland State. She enjoys printmaking, illustration, and painting and hopes to incorporate her love of art into a future career. Originally from Roseburg, Oregon, she spends her free time hiking, camping, painting and looking at cat pictures. She has experience working in Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as with various social media platforms. She currently runs her own business selling commissions and prints of her work through social media. Chloe loves working with people and helping institute change. She is so excited to be ASPSU’s Publicity and Design Director for the

Advisor

Candace Avalos - She / Her/ Hers
Coordinator of Student Government Relations and Greek Life Advisor
cavalos@pdx.edu
 

Candace is a 2010 and 2013 graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Foreign Languages and a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration. She is a student government alum after 10 years of service and she is a member of the Greek community as a Delta Gamma. She is passionate about student politics, social change, values-based leadership, leadership development, and higher education administration. Her top 5 Strengths Quest skills are (1) Adaptability, (2) Competition, (3) Ideation, (4) Activator, and (5) Empathy.