Get To Know Us

Executive Cabinet

Violet Gibson - She / Her / Hers
Student Body President
Nayeli Naranjo-Robles - She / Her / Hers
Student Body Vice-President

Vice-President Nayeli Naranjo-Robles comes from a family of immigrants. She has used her background as a painter and in technical theater to her advantage as General Manager of Portland State Professional Sound and as Preporator for the Littman and White Gallery. Being a first-gen college student, Nayeli is no stranger to challenge. Which is why she is currently studying her Undergrad in Business Administration with a minor in Sustainability. As Vice-President of ASPSU she strives to better the life of students at Portland State through cultivating deeper relationships with students, faculty, and the administration.


Ricky Gonzalez -  He / Him / His
Multicultural Affairs Director

Ricky Gonzalez has served 6 years in the Marine Corps and has worked as a wild land firefighter as well. He is studying his Undergrad in Public Health/Pre-Med. Dancing, rock climbing, painting, and volunteering for Friends of Trees as well as other cultural centers on campus are his preferred pastimes. Ricky has travelled all around the world, giving him a unique perspective to multicultural experiences. He plans to do his best to advocate, represent and improve the lives of PSU students while in his position.

Grace Hagemann - She / Her / Hers
Equal Rights Advocacy Director
Grace Hagemann is a pre-med student studying Public Health with a passion for service and determination to improve the lives of those in her community. Grace works to be a voice for students through her service on the Student Health Advisory Board, and aims to create an equitable environment on campus for all students in her position. If you want to learn more about being on the Equal Rights Committee, you can email Grace at or stop by the ASPSU office this Fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-12pm
Nicholas Lahusen - He / Him / His
Academic Affairs Director
Nicholas Lahusen was a senator last year and participated on the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committees. His goals in this leadership position are to enact and focus on social change around mental health initiatives, open education resources (free and reduced textbooks for all) class offerings, food insecurity, and much more. He also plans to work with other directors on campus sustainability and workers rights. Nicholas is pursuing an undergrad in Buisness Management and Leadership, minoring in writing, and a certificate in entrepreneurship. We are happy to have such a motivated person on our team this year. 
Motutama Sipelii - He / Him / His
Student Life Director
Joshua Childs - He / Him / His
University Affairs Director
Joshua Childs is an international student, originally from the UK. Josh is studying his Undergrad in Political Science with a Law and Legal minor. With 5 years of experience living and actively engaging at Portland State, he plans to foster a more transparent relationship between the university and students. With transparency, Josh seeks to inform fellow students about opportunities to be involved on PSU’s University Committees that make up the primary decision making bodies from building policy to diversity and inclusion on campus. Reach out if you have any questions or would simply like to say hello.


Dakota Hufford -  She / Her / Hers
Sustainability Affairs Director


Peter Wedlake - He / Him / His
Legislative Affairs Director
Peter Wedlake is a second year Political Science / Urban and Public Affairs double major with a minor in Economics. As this years Legislative Affairs Director, Peter brings experience working on political campaigns as well as directly in the Oregon Legislature. He is also a Development Assistant at Oregon MESA, an equity first, STEM focused non-profit housed out of PSU’s Engineering Department. As Legislative Affairs Director, Peter plans to engage more students in the legislative process by fostering a sense of civic duty. 
Norzom Lala - She / Her / Hers
International Affairs Director


Jose Rojas-Fallas - He / Him / His
Student Fee Committee Chair


Alexandra Modjeski - She/ Her/ Hers
Judicial Board Chair


Executive Staff

Tristin Crum - He / Him / His
Executive Staff Director

Drew Havnaer - He / Him / His 
Operations Director


Kyle Leslie-Christy - He / Him / His
Publication and Design Director



Candace Avalos - She / Her/ Hers
Coordinator of Student Government Relations and Greek Life Advisor

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.