|UW Graduate and Professional Student Senate|
Archivist: Mackensie Hotz
Mackensie is from the Pacific Northwest, with brief stints living in Japan and Germany. Studying anthropology and geologic sciences in her undergraduate years at the UW, she chose to pursue a graduate degree in Museology at the UW as well. A career in museums is all of the cool stuff without all of the dirty fieldwork, so it’s a good fit for Mackensie. In her spare time she enjoys to do really boring things, like knit, shop, drink beer, and Pinterest among other things, sometimes all at the same time.
Budget Specialist: Daniel Teimouri
I am from the Tri-Cities in southeastern Washington. I went to UW for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, and am currently studying law. In my free time I like to play tennis and racquetball. I also coach a local high school debate team, something I did during high school and college.
Event Coordinator: Sanne Stienstra
Hailing originally from Southern California, Sanne lived in Portland for seven years before making her way up to Seattle and the UW. With an undergraduate degree in English from Lewis & Clark College, Sanne is now working toward a Master in Public Administration at the Evans School. She previously worked and volunteered at various arts and environmental nonprofits in Portland before embarking on an MPA. In her free time, Sanne enjoys cooking vegetarian enchiladas, sewing small zipper pouches to hold small things, and writing rambling letters to old friends.
Office Manager: Natalie Gordon
Natalie is just starting her Master’s in Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Studies. After completing her undergraduate degrees in Intercultural Communication and Human Development, she worked with Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language students at Clark College. A Washington native, Natalie loves being outdoors (especially in the rain!) She also enjoys knitting on blustery days, and spending time with friends and family.
Organizing Director: Anya Klyukanova
Originally from Russia, Anya is a first-year graduate student getting her Master’s in Education Policy. After receiving her undergraduate degree in political science and digital arts, Anya worked in Moscow, aiding in the start-up of a private research university, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. Ultimately, however, she went back to school to equip herself for similar endeavors. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, wasting time on Wikipedia and complaining about the rain.
Policy Analyst: Jake Parduhn
Communications Specialist: Tina White
Originally from Japan, Tina White is a 4th year undergraduate at the University of Washington. She is majoring in Communications and Art and also has a minor in Swedish. She is actively involved in Real Food Challenge, an RSO that works toward more local, sustainable and humane food on campus and implementing policy for it. In her free time, Tina enjoys going to night trivia, eating really good food and playing Settlers of Catan.
Special Assistant to the President: Laura Hidalgo
Laura is a "Cubana" who is extremely passionate about justice, law, and giving a voice to those who wish and need to be heard. She is an undergraduate student who desires to pursue a dual major in Law, Societies, and Justice and in Psychology and desires to go on to Law school. Currently she is the Special Assistant to Chris Lizotte, and also the Director of Communications for a non-profit organization "Immigrants for Change" which she is building alongside two wonderful immigrant women, and together they wish to make an organization that will help to create an informed and active community, and also fight for social justice, education, and healthcare. In her free time, Laura loves the artistic world, she loves to sing, draw, and get extremely creative with pastels. She is also a fan of extreme sports, and plans to go skydiving soon. Most importantly, she is excited and ready to help the graduate and professional students of the University of Washington in all that she can.
University Affairs Director: Austin Wright-Pettibone
Austin is an undergraduate just starting his second year at UW. With plans to pursue a dual degree in biochemistry and international studies, he enjoys looking at the intersection between disciplines. After a brief stint at the White House and inside the local political sphere, Austin is eager to get back to campus life, where he hopes to spend the year strengthening and integrating the GPSS committees. In his free time, Austin enjoys finding new coffee shops, eating randomly, and combing through Netflix’s instant queue.
Development Coordinator: Joey Hunziker
Joey Hunziker--Development Coordinator-- is pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the Evans School here at UW. Originally from New York, Joey worked as an educational program manager at a performing arts center before coming to Seattle. There he managed programs, developed curriculum, wrote grants, and worked with partners to support a portfolio of arts education programs. Joey serves on the Seattle LGBT Commission and the board of Seattle Children's Theatre, and is the president of RainbowGrads and Out in Public, two LGBT social organizations at UW. Joey got involved with GPSS last year through the Diversity committee and is excited to work with GPSS this year.