As a servant-leader on campus, Ariel Laura Metayer aims to uphold presidency with the objectives of visibility, accountability, and sustainability. Throughout her experience at St. John's University she has served in varying positions, which has offered her the leverage to access different communities and comprehend the gaps that need to be filled in our campus climate. Currently, Ariel is a junior, class of 2021, enrolled in the St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in Government and Politics alongside minors, both in Africana Studies and French. As a student on campus, she maintains the roles as a Resident Assistant in O'Connor Hall, President of Collegiate Curls of SJU, and the Vice President of Haitian Society.
Carley Germain is a junior, Government and Politics with a minor in Business Administration, seeking to be your next Vice President on the DREAM ticket. Originally from Long Island, she spends her time as an active sister of Theta Phi Alpha, and a student manager through Operations Event and Support Services. She has been involved in SGI since her freshman year and wants to continue that involvement. As Vice President, her goal is to promote university spirit and increased engagement and create a diverse and transparent community in relation to SGI and the student body.
Andres Mercado is a junior, Finance Major, from Long Island seeking to be the next Treasurer on the DREAM ticket. He is heavily involved on campus being a part of the Sigma Pi Fraternity International, Relay for life Entertainment co-chair, and a campus brand ambassador for C4. In Sigma Pi, he has held Recruitment chair position and Executive council Secretary. As treasurer, he seeks to create more opportunities for campus activities to help promote a positive campus experience for fellow classmates.
Phoenix Totesau-Johnson is a Junior Psychology major in the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is currently running for SGi Secretary under the DREAM Ticket. On campus she is the Alumni Relations Chair of CSA, a Mentor for the RISE Network and the President Elect of Beta Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business FraternityHer main goal while running for Secretary would be to further improve the relationship and communication of SGi and SJU students through personal and professional development and connection building.
Caitlin is a Junior at St. John’s University studying Childhood Education in The School of Education College. She is also in the 5-year Master's Program to study Special Needs Education. She has been in SGI for two years as a representative and is hoping to be a part of the E-board next year as Senior Senator. Aside from SGI she is also a student ambassador so you've probably seen her around with a red jacket on tours with a mob of high schoolers on her heels. Some event ideas she has are to host Olympic games with teams who sign up with a country to represent hosted on the great lawn. She also wants to use the bonfire outside of the diner to host small senior gatherings at the end of the year to have a sentimental time to remember our past years on campus.
Cherokeesun Goodson is a current sophomore in St. John's College of Liberal Arts & Sciences as a Psychology major on the pre-medical track. She is from Johannesburg, South Africa by way of Washington state her pronouns are she, her, and hers. She is an active member of SGI as a sophomore representative for her college and voting member of St John's College faculty council. Off-campus Cherokeesun is a member of the Planned Parenthood Activist Council where she applies her passion for advocacy and medicine. She has the goal of one day becoming a physician with a specialty in reproductive health and advocacy. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Health & Wellness Committee who's goal is to address the lack of mental health support services and holistic student wellness on campus. Cherokeeun is running to unify the campus community while advocating on behalf of all students.
Samantha Lanza is a first-year student studying Biomedical sciences in the college of Pharmacy and Health sciences. She is running for the position of Sophomore senator during the 2020-2021 school year. Samantha’s current involvement consists of being an SGI Freshman Representative for the college of Pharmacy and Health sciences, a mentee in the R.I.S.E program, and an active member in a variety of clubs on campus. As a sophomore senator, she will ensure to represent the sophomore class as well as others in creating a more connected and inclusive campus that serves a home base for each student. She would also ensure to provide a mental health and safe initiative in place so students have a safe platform to rely on. Samantha is looking forward to working with everyone to help make your college experience more enjoyable and meaningful.
Patrick is a fourth-year pharmacy student running for SGi President. He serves as the SGi Organizations Committee Chair (2019-2020), where he led a team to redesign organization classifications and the Power 2 Organize process so that twice the number of organizations could be accepted compared to the previous year. He’s also served as Treasurer of Student Society of Health System Pharmacy (2019-2020), Student Representative for the university’s Strategic Priorities Review Team (2017-2020), Orientation Leader (2017-2018), Treasurer of Deaf Language and Culture Society (2017-2018), and Treasurer of Catholic Student Community (2017-2018). Patrick’s initiatives for next year include restructuring the roles of SGi Representatives to better support individual student advocacy, collaborating with the Inclusivity Resource Center through combined programming to promote equity and inclusion on campus, and working with campus entities including Spectrum, S.O.A.R., SJUOK, Resident Students Association, and Public Safety to improve the campus climate and student experience at St. John’s.
Julia Betancourt is a sophomore, Journalism major in the Collins College of Professional Studies running for Vice President. Born in Queens before her parents moved eastward to Holbrook, Julia experienced a significant drop in diversity and inclusivity within their new home community, inspiring her to move back to Queens for college in search of what she lost. She arrived at St. John’s and joined Food For Thought and the SGi Equity Committee, groups that allowed her to practice her strong values of self-expression and social justice. Holding these values tight, she is currently the Food For Thought Treasurer, the Equity Committee Chair and a Resident Assistant. Coming from a district that never heard the voices of minorities, Julia believes it is the responsibility of Student Government to give all students the same opportunities to express their voices and have them hold weight in the decisions made to better our community.
Amy Ackel is a student in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, under the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial science. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Actuarial Science. She is the Assistant Chair of Equity Committee of SGI, and is also an active Student Ambassador and a Resident Assistant in Hollis Hall. Amy was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to Bethesda, Maryland, in 2015 to complete high school. She plans on entering the insurance field as an Actuary upon graduation. Amy is passionate about equity and inclusion on campus. She believes that while St. John’s is diverse, there is still work to be done to make it more inclusive. As a member of Equity Committee, Amy has committed herself to making sure students can share their voices and be heard. She hopes to continue doing so as the Treasurer of Student Government Inc.
Natasha Yangthito is a current sophomore in St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, majoring in Government and Politics in the 5 year BA/MA program, as well as holding a minor in Asian Studies. She is originally for the Bay Area, but her family now resides in Huntington Beach, California. Natasha currently serves as the Sophomore Senator for the 2019-2020 SGi Executive Board. She has been involved in the United Nations club on campus, as well as being an active Student Ambassador. Natasha has the intended goal of one day being a member of the United Nations to improve international diplomacy and universal education. She will foster a safe and inclusive community within Student Government, Inc., for the St. John's student body. Natasha is now running to be your Secretary for the 2020-2021 Executive Board. She can not wait to serve as YOUR secretary!
Jamie Selletti is a Junior in the College of Professional Studies, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Business. She is currently the Vice President of Phi Sigma Sigma on campus. With a strong passion for building the relationships within the student body, as well furthering the connections between the student body and alumni for after graduation success, Jamie is prepared and excited to be running for your Senior Senator.
Chris Bernabe is currently a Sophomore Business Management Major in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business running to be your next Junior Senator. Chris grew up in Ridgewood, Queens and then moved to North Woodmere, Long Island. He has been very involved with Campus Ministry through leading service, retreats, going on Plunges and was the former Social Media Intern. Chris is also the current PARE Service Committee Chair, past Ballroom Performer, Relay for Life Captain, and Media Team Member. He is also a brother of Pi Lambda Phi, currently serving as the Director of Communications and Risk Management, and a member of the Recruitment Committee. As someone very involved, Chris understands that there are needs to be expressed. Chris hopes to be your next Junior Senator to voice the opinions of the students around him in order to help SGI become as transparent and helpful as possible.
Ethan Burrell is a freshman, Government and Politics major with ambitions to go to law school and run for Congress after he graduates. He is a current Freshman Representative for St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and an Assistant Chair of the Organizations Committee in SGi. In his free time, Ethan engages in his passion for music; he is a member of the Voices of Victory Gospel Choir and recently took the stage in the production of THE WIZ. Ethan is training to be a Student Ambassador since he hopes to show prospective freshmen the diverse and opportunity-filled tradition at St. John's. He hopes to cultivate this culture by creating a transparent and communicative community within SGi. He wants to make sure the students are being represented, and their voice is being heard! Ethan Burrell is running to be your next Sophomore Senator!
Michael Outlaw is a Junior in the College of Professional Studies. Currently, Michael is the head of Marketing for the Student Programming Board and WSJU Radio. When Michael is not working, you can catch him assisting people in the gym as a Campus Recreation worker, organizing an event in the Student Programming Board Office, or hosting a show around campus. Michael's main goals are to make SGI a more effective and efficient organization, to make SGI better positioned to advocate for the Student Body, and to enhance the social scene on campus in an effort to unite the student body, foster an inclusive environment, and increase student engagement.
Medina Surajpal is a current sophmore in St. John's School of Education, majoring in Childhood Education with a concentration in social studies, from Queens, New York. She is an active member of the UNICEF organization on campus and part of the Indo-Carribbean Student Association. She also spends her time on campus as a Student Ambassador and is a current member of the Kappa Delta Phi chapter. Medina has the intended goal of one day being a member of the Deparrtment of Education to evaluate the development and implementation of effective strategies for children with learning and behavior challenges in early childhood educational settings.