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Brent Finkbeiner - He/ Him/ His
Student Body President

I’m currently a senior studying business management with a dual major in human resources. Before coming to PSU, I studied at Clackamas Community College where I also had the privilege to serve as the student body president. I derived my passion for service from my time in the Army as a combat medic. Now I love working on issues that are important to students, especially when it comes to making college more affordable and accessible. I am experienced with navigating state affairs and lobbying the legislature to make sure we get the funding we need for higher education. I’m committed to bridging the gap between faculty, staff, and students to ensure we have the most meaningful experience together possible.

Donald Thompson III - He/ Him/ His
Student Body Vice-President







Luis Balderas-Villagrana - He/ Him/ His
Multicultural Affairs Director

Luis Balderas Villagrana is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration & Political Science. He has been involved with ASPSU since his Freshman year at PSU, first as a Senator then as Senate Chair. He moved to Portland from North Powder located in Eastern Oregon to enhance his academic and life experiences. He is always on top of the new fashion trends, and will always dress to impress. Being a DACA student has inspired Luis to stand up and advocate for individuals both in the Hispanic/Latino and LGBT+Q community. As Multicultural Affairs Director, his goals are to advocate and be a resource to people of color at Portland State University.  

Zoe Stuckless - They/ Them/ Theirs or She/ Her/ Hers
Equal Rights Advocacy Director

Zoe Stuckless is honored to be serving as the Director of the Equal Rights Advocacy Committee with ASPSU. She has been working with ASPSU since her Freshman year, and is passionate about equity and accessibility in higher education. Zoe is a Theatre Arts major at PSU and currently works as an company member at Theatre Vertigo, a small local arts organization working to produce new work with an emphasis on marginalized and minority playwrights. She joined ASPSU to get involved in campus social justice work, and hopes to serve students through dedicated work and advocacy. 


Santiago Velasco - He/ Him/ His
Academic Affairs Director

I am looking forward to being a part of ASPSU this year, and also starting my education at Portland State University. I was involved in the Student Government at MHCC, which introduced me to serving students, working with college administration, and to partner with campus resources. Being a transfer student gives me the insight of helping students with similar experiences, but also being able to help all students when it comes to successfully completing their degrees at PSU. My educational goal at PSU is to earn a bachelor degree in Business Administration. 


Roosevelt Sowka - He/ Him/ His
Student Life Director

Roosevelt Sowka is a junior pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Finance. In addition to classwork, Roosevelt is the Student Coordinator for the Campus Audiovisual Event Team. In this role he helps student groups, departments, and external conferences determine their audiovisual needs and ensure their event is a success. He joined ASPSU Fall term of 2017 as a senator with ambitions to increase ASPSU presence on campus. As Student Life Director, Roosevelt’s priorities are reaching and engaging students through communication and event planning.


Lelani Lealiiee - She/ Her/ Hers
University Affairs Director

Lelani is the university affairs director and this is her first term in student government! She is a science major, chemistry minor with a pre-med concentration and hopes to become a trauma surgeon. She is also the president of the American Medical Women's Association chapter at PSU, a BUILD EXITO scholar, volunteer director with the pre-med students association at PSU, and will be a new volunteer with the women's resource center this year. She decided to join student government because she wanted to get involved while at PSU and knew that student government would be a great way to be the change that she wishes to see at Portland state, while advocating and being a voice for the student body. She is passionate about student government and ensuring that students are having the best, and most beneficial experiences while at PSU. Between school and extracurricular activities Lelani homeschools her 6-year old son, works at PeaceHealth SW as an emergency department scribe and is a trauma research assistant at OHSU. She is very excited to be in student government and hopes to finish out her last two years at PSU with ASPSU. 


Jocelyn Rodriguez - She/ Her/ Hers
Sustainability Affairs Director

Hey all! This will be my fourth and final year here at PSU wrapping up a degree in Geography. Last year our committee was able to work on projects regarding green spaces on campus, renewable energy use at PSU, and increasing awareness of sustainability issues on campus. This year we will continue to broaden the scope of sustainability within PSU to work with not only elements of sustainability in the physical world, but of the social as well. 


Hakan Kutgun - He/ Him/ His
Legislative Affairs Director

Hakan loves volunteering his time and efforts for the causes he believes, and he believes that PSU students deserve the best experience in college and graduate education. He’s motivated to represent PSU students through servant leadership, knowing that ASPSU serves to the best interest of students. He volunteered for social fundraising projects, acted as career mentor for vocational school students and public speaker in various universities over the years and still serves as board member in various non-profit organizations. Being an ever-passionate learner, he is now pursuing PhD in Engineering & Technology Management. He is a certified project manager, occupational hazards expert, lifeguard and photography artist. When not engaged in above activities, he can be found searching for the Bigfoot or
tasting unique craft beers Oregon has to offer.


Thitisak "Tony" Duadsuntia - He/ Him/ His
International Affairs Director


Mahamadou Sissoko - He/ Him/ His
Student Fee Committee Chair


Executive Staff

Alex Herrera - They/ Them/ Theirs
ASPSU Executive Staff Director

Alex is a “young, Black, and salty”™ senior from denver, colorado studying political science with a minor in Black studies. they plan to attend law school in washington dc with a focus on environmental justice, as well as obtain a master’s of social work to continue survivor advocacy. they’d also like to someday work with kids to decolonize k-12 sex education. #allthethings. Alex has been heavily involved on campus with the cultural resource centers, student sustainability center, voter registration campaign, women’s resource center, queer resource center, and other leadership programs. as an aspsu representative, Alex sits on the united states student association board of directors, as well as the oregon students of color coalition. they’re excited to spend the year ensuring a functional organization that works for students.


Shannon Warner - She/ Her/ Hers
ASPSU Operations Director

This is Shannon's second year serving as ASPSU's Operations Director. She is a third-year undergraduate student studying International Development and has decided to continue her French education on Duolingo. Her interests include really tart lemonade, cooking without following a recipe and her bratty cat, Figs. She is a triple fire sign, recently got a haircut, and is excited to share her sarcasm with the students of PSU once again.  Shannon sits on the Oregon Student Association (OSA) as a voting member of the Oregon Students Equal Rights Alliance (OSERA) board. She also sits on the United States Student Association board of directors as the Mental Health and Wellness Caucus Vice Chair. 


Chloe Friedlein - She/ Her/ Hers
Publication and Design Director

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 curently runs her own buisness 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 2017-18 year. 


Judicial Branch

Josh Friedlein - He/ Him/ His
Judicial Board Chief Justice

Joshua Friedlein is a Senior majoring in History, with an Honors concentration in 20th Century U.S. Environmental History and the Creation of Redwood National Park. He was born and raised in Southern Oregon, but his heart belongs in the Redwoods of Humboldt County, California. He graduated with highest honors from Umpqua Community College in June of 2016 with an Associates of Arts and transferred to Portland State University in the Fall of 2016.Joshua is the Chair of the Associated Students of Portland State University Judicial Review Board. He also works as a Student Assistant for the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and at the Native American Student and Community Center. He is a firm believer in and fierce defender of student autonomy, the separation of powers, and of collaboration across spectrums of political ideology.In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Chloe, being immersed in nature, obsessively following the events on the U.S. Senate floor, and cheering on his favorite sports teams: the Green Bay Packers and Washington Nationals.


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.