Executive Cabinet

The Executive Cabinet serves as an advisory board to the Student Body President. The Executive Cabinet is comprised of students seeking to better the university through their particular areas of concentration. They meet weekly with the full cabinet and various times throughout the semester to work on their own personal projects and endeavors. Cabinet members address issues concerning parking, housing, safety, and institutional affairs.

Sydney Kalmes
Freshman Council Advisor

My name is Sydney Kalmes and I am a junior (rising senior) majoring in Finance and International Business and minoring in Political Science and Spanish from St. Louis Missouri. I am involved with Student Government, Greek Life, University Ambassadors, and the Darla Moore School of Business Student Ambassadors. Some of my favorite memories at USC include beating UGA in football my freshman year, planning the Dating Game with Freshman Council, and studying abroad with Prof. Rolfe with the Business in Africa Program.  My involvement in Student Government includes Freshman Council member, Executive Program Director of UofSC Probs, and now I am serving as the Freshman Council Advisor. As Freshman Council Advisor, I am responsible for planning Freshman Council meetings with my co-advisor, fostering leadership and community involvement, and assisting the freshman in planning their events and successfully completing their initiatives. Email me with questions at skalmes@email.sc.edu.

Zeeshan Ayub
Deputy of Multicultural Affairs

Hi! My name is Zeeshan Ayub. I’m originally from Kansas City, Missouri but now proudly call Columbia home. I’m currently a senior majoring in biology. In my spare time, I love to play soccer and read. As Deputy of Multicultural Affairs, my job is to make sure that students of all different backgrounds are treated with respect and given an equal opportunity to succeed at USC. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at zayub@email.sc.edu.

Grace McKenna
Press Secretary for Student Body President

My name is Grace McKenna and I’m a Broadcast Journalism major and Political Science minor in the Honors College here at USC. I’ve previously served Student Government as a member of Freshman Council, and this year I’ll be serving as the Student Body President’s Press Secretary. As Press Secretary, I’ll be a contact between the Office of the President and the press, and I’ll also prepare press releases about Student Government’s various initiatives. I’m looking forward to working with the communications team to keep the campus and Columbia communities up to date on all of the amazing projects USC Student Government undertakes! I can be reached at mckennad@email.sc.edu

Annie Guttman
Secretary of Greek Affairs

I am a sophomore Exercise Science Major and Spanish/Psychology minor. I am from Philadelphia where I live with my parents and two brothers. I am a member of Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Fraternity. After graduation I hope to attend medical school and pursue my dreams of being a Pediatric Surgeon. As one of the Secretaries of Greek Affairs, I am responsible for making the sure the Greek Community has a voice on campus and is able to share their opinions and concerns. The other secretary and I are very excited to get started and make sure every member of Greek Life feels as though they can come to us with problems and we will work hard to get those resolved. I am very excited to see the opportunities this position holds and what this next year has in store! Email me with questions at aguttman@email.sc.edu.

Abby Nugent
Director of Congressional Advisory Board

My name is Abby Nugent, and I’m a junior Political Science major from Madison, CT. As the Director of the Congressional Advisory Board, we will be focused on surveying the student body’s opinions on issues affecting higher education, and then researching and translating these opinions into policy asks for our congressmen in Washington D.C. CAB is an important way to make student voices and concerns heard at the federal level. Please feel free to reach out to me at anugent@email.sc.edu .

Nick Santamaria
Secretary of Government Relations

My name is Nick Santamaria and I am honored to serve as the Secretary of Government Relations for Student Government. In this position I will be in charge of overseeing our federal lobbying efforts through the Congressional Advisory Board and our state level work via the Legislative Action Network, as well as a number of special projects. Having previously served as the Director of the Congressional Advisory Board and having worked in the New York State Senate for two years, I am excited to start advocating on the local, state, and federal level on behalf of students. I am originally from Brewster, NY and am a Political Science major and Russian minor. Perhaps the most important thing our students can realize is that we have the potential to create lasting change. Together, we can ensure those in power hear us. Please feel free to email me with any questions!

Emily Martin
It’s On Us Co-Director

My name is Emily Martin and I am a freshman from Charlotte, North Carolina. I am majoring in Accounting and minoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science with plans to attend law school upon graduation. I am very excited to serve on this cabinet as one of the It’s On Us directors, for it is my belief that this initiative has the potential to touch and change the lives of the student body as a whole. While I am not completing tasks for school, you can find me running half marathons, teaching Autistic children or just spending time with friends! I cannot wait to see what this year holds.

Halle Mackert
Secretary of Safety and Transportation

My name’s Halle Mackert and I am an Accounting Major from Cleveland, Ohio. Go Cavs! Here at USC, I am a member of Students Helping Honduras, Women in Business Council, and a volunteer at the Gamecock Pantry. In my free time you can find me running around Cola searching for dogs to pet. As the Secretary of Safety and Transportation, I hope to implement new initiatives that will be beneficial to every student. I am so excited to be involved in Student Government this year, and I am looking forward to serving the Carolina Community. To reach me, my email is hmackert@email.sc.edu.

Chloe Rafferty
Deputy of Student Services

Hello, fellow Gamecocks!  My name is Chloe Rafferty and I’m from Long Island, New York.  As an enthusiastic freshman studying Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Political Science, I am especially delighted to serve as your Deputy of Student Services.  Throughout my lifetime, it has always been important to me to become involved and to effectuate positive change.  There is no better place to enjoy excellence and spirit than here at USC. I’m excited to work together in honoring our traditions and building upon the legacy we hold sacred as trustees of our time here. As an impassioned ambassador for all of the ideals and traditions which USC embodies, I am committed to ensuring for one and all that our time here is inclusive, empowering, and truly the best that it can be! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at chloegr@email.sc.edu.

Tyler Dillard
Secretary of Diversity and Inclusion

My name is Tyler Dillard. Growing up in a small conservative town of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, I always had a passion for pushing the envelope. I developed a desire for people of every culture, ethnicity, belief system, or identity to feel welcome where ever they choose to call home. After serving my freshman year as mascot, I chose to move into a mentoring role as a resident mentor, and now student government, in hopes of leaving a positive lasting legacy at The University of South Carolina. If you have any questions feel free to reach me at tad@email.sc.edu.

Anthony Tremmel
Deputy of Athletics

Hi, my name is Anthony Tremmel and I am from Chicago Illinois currently studying Finance at the Darla Moore School of Business. I am a member of the USC Swim and Dive team here and will be Deputy of Athletics. That means I will be a liaison between the student body and our athletic department to help make our two communities the best they can be, and as close as they can be. I will bring my own initiatives to AD and bring them to life in the hopes of creating the best environment for both our students and athletes on campus so the Gamecock community is as great as it can be. You can contact me at Atremmel@email.sc.edu if you have any questions.

Christopher Costa
Deputy of Veterans Affairs

My name is Christopher Costa. I am a sophomore studying Economics. I’m from Jupiter, FL. This year I have the amazing opportunity of being the Deputy of Veterans Affairs. I will be working with Secretary Fant to improve the overall quality of life for student veterans at the University of South Carolina. We are excited to improve awareness of the 1,400 veterans on campus, as well as create programs and legislation that would reduce the costs of college for student veterans. 

Marissa DelGado
Secretary of Athletics

Hi! My name is Marissa DelGado and I am a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Sport and Entertainment Management.  I am a member of the USC Swim and Dive team as well as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.  As Secretary of Athletics I hope to increase student support of all Gamecock sports.  I also hope to improve the student and fan experience at athletic events. Go Cocks!  

Alyssa Friend
Cocky Connections Co-Director

My name is Alyssa Friend and I am from Madison, Connecticut. I study Accounting at the Darla Moore School of Business with a minor in Spanish. This past year,  I was selected to serve on Freshman Council and through that I was able to help co-found Cocky Connections: A First Year Mentoring Program. I’m super excited for the first year of Cocky Connections and to be on the Student Body President’s Cabinet as Program Director! As Program Director of Cocky Connections, I will be overseeing the recruitment of mentors and mentees, communication between mentors and mentees, and marketing of events for the program. I will also work to manage the Executive Board of Cocky Connections. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at afriend@email.sc.edu.

Sara Wallam
Co-Director It’s On Us

My name is Sara Wallam, and I am a sophomore from right here in Columbia majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on the pre-medical track. I hope to become a surgical oncologist and also work in health policy in the future. I am honored and grateful to serve as one of your It’s On Us directors because I believe that it is our duty to keep our campus safe and inclusive for all people, and I want to create a safe space where members of the USC family can talk about sexual assault and work to prevent it. Outside of this, you can find me volunteering at the Free Medical Clinic and through my service sorority, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, participating in events for Phi Delta Epsilon, conducting biochemistry research, or hanging out with friends. I am really excited to continue with my journey in student government and can’t wait to see what great things we’ll accomplish this year! 

Jordan Hammond
Deputy of Greek Affairs

Hey y’all! My name is Jordan Hammond. I’m a sophomore from Johns Creek, Georgia. I’m a pre-med Public Health major with a minor in Spanish. Don’t hesitate to contact me at hammonj@email.sc.edu for suggestions, comments, etc. GO GAMECOCKS!

Jay Selesky
Director of Legislative Action Network

Hello, my name is Jay Selesky and I am the director of the Legislation Action Network, otherwise known as LAN! LAN is a group of students who lobby in the South Carolina State House to create initiatives and programs to better the student body. We meet regularly with legislators, research policies, and present proposals. If you have any questions for us at all, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Austin Coale
Deputy of Health and Wellness

I am a sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina studying psychology with minors in nutrition and business administration here at the University. Outside of classes, I enjoy running, swimming, listening to all types of music, and hanging out with friends. In Student Government, I am on the Executive Cabinet as the Deputy of Health and Wellness. In this position, I look forward to work on issues that deal with physical and mental health as well as start new initiatives as an administration that will impact the Student Body and leave a legacy for years to come. 

Don Landrum
Secretary of Academics

My name is Don Landrum and I am a Computer Science major from Gainesville, GA. Some of the things I enjoy are playing volleyball, eating pizza, and watching classic movies. I have been involved in student government throughout my time here at Carolina, and I am very excited to work closely with such a passionate, connected group of people in this year’s Cabinet. As Secretary of Academics, I hope to enhance the college experience of each student at the University of South Carolina by helping students discover the resources that will allow them to succeed academically and enjoy their undergraduate careers.

Pinya Murphy
Graphic Designer

My name is Pinya Murphy and I am a sophomore from Columbia, Maryland. I am a Public Relations major and will be minoring in Political Science. As Graphic Designer, I am responsible for creating various images and graphics that advertise all of the great things that Student Government has to offer. This is my first year on Student Government and I am very excited to help make a difference on campus! An email that I can be easily reached at is pmmurphy@email.sc.edu.

James Relick
Deputy of Greek Affairs

I’m James Relick, Deputy of Greek Affairs. I am a sophomore Finance and GSCOM major from Canton, Georgia. I previously served as the Inauguration Chair on the Elections Commission and am currently serving as the Vice President of Risk Management of my fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon.

Taylor Bradley
Deputy of Government Relations

Hello! My name is Taylor Bradley and I am from Turbeville, South Carolina. I’m a junior here at the University studying Political Science and Public Relations. This year I have the honor of serving as your Deputy of Government Relations. In this position I will work alongside my secretary to develop beneficial relationships with lawmakers on both a state and national level. In addition, we will advocate for initiatives to improve our campus, starting with a student vote on the Board of Trustees.

Emily Stone
Press Secretary

Hi! I’m Emily Stone, a Public Relations major minoring in Political Science. I was born and raised a Carolina Gamecock fan and a fun fact is that I’ve never missed a home football game. Politics and the media go hand in hand and that’s always interested me. Being Press Secretary allows me to join my love of communicating and politics.

Reaghan Murphy
Secretary of First Year Involvement

My name is Reaghan Murphy, and I’m an Environmental Studies and Global Studies double-major and Spanish minor. I love rock-climbing, traveling, singing, recycling, and loving on every puppy I see! I could not be more excited to be a part of this year’s Executive Cabinet, and I look forward to working with such remarkably talented peers to make Carolina a better home for its students. As the first Secretary of First Year Involvement, I hope to strengthen the ways in which first-year students are able to get involved with the Carolina community, as well as the ways in which the Carolina community invests in its first-year students. My goal is to ensure that all first-year students can call Carolina their second home – if not their first!

Eugene Suydam
Secretary of Alumni Relations

My name is Eugene Suydam and I am from Columbia, South Carolina. I am sophomore who is studying economics. I want to pursue a career in public service after I attend law school. This year I will be serving as the Secretary of Alumni Relations. As the Secretary of Alumni Relations I will develop and foster the relationship between the student body and alumni. I look forward to a great, interactive year.

Sireen Momani
Deputy of Community Outreach

Hi guys! My name is Sireen Momani and I am a junior, biology major at the University of South Carolina. I will be serving as the Deputy of Community Outreach this upcoming year where I hope to partner with local businesses in order to put on a wonderful Cockstock for USC students. Additionally, I hope to serve on some of Columbia’s committees in order to establish the ideas of student government throughout the local community. USC is what so many students call home and I can only hope that through student government we can continue this legacy for future students. Forever to thee.

Taylor Wright
Secretary of Campus Outreach

My name is Taylor Wright and I am a Public Health major from Goose Creek, SC. I’ve had the opportunity to be apart of Student Government in various capacities since coming to USC including: Freshman Council, Pillars for Carolina and now I have the opportunity to serve as Secretary of Campus Outreach. Outside of SG, I have also had the chance to serve USC as an University Ambassador, Chief of Staff of Lead the Way, and Deputy Director of UofSC Relief. Being Secretary of Campus outreach gives me the opportunity to further connect SG with the rest of campus and figure out ways to work with campus organizations to continue to move the University of South Carolina further!

Joseph Faint
Secretary of Veterans Affairs

I am the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for the University of South Carolina. My goals are to promote advocacy for veterans, to increase resources for veterans, and to promote school and community relationships. I was the Student Veterans Association Vice President from December 2016 until April 2017. I work closely with the SVA to ensure their needs are being met, and I am also a member. I am a retired veteran after 20 years active duty in the United States Air Force. I am pursuing a degree in Integrated Information Technology, and an active member of the Association of IT Professionals. I served as Security Forces ten years, and then as an Education and Training Manager for the last ten years. I have successfully completed Airmen Leadership school, Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Senior Non-Commissioned Academy (correspondence), Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Program (correspondence), and an AA degree in Education and Training Management from the Community College of the Air Force. I have taught numerous courses in Professional Development at Kadena Air Base. I also teach classes in Microsoft Office in Kershaw County, as well as the Center for Teaching Excellence for faculty at the University of South Carolina.

Stephen Johnson
Deputy of Community Outreach

I am Stephen Johnson, and I was born and raised in Columbia, SC. I am a sophomore Finance major and also study Mandarin in hopes of having a career in International Business. Outside of the classroom I enjoy watching movies and seeking out new opportunities. I am the Deputy of Community Outreach and am looking forward to connecting the student body and my hometown even more this year. I hope to create and strengthen relationships with surrounding areas and hopefully throughout the state as we are the flagship university of the state of South Carolina. Ultimately, I hope to encourage a stronger connection between our University and our community that can be seen and affect the lives of both parties. 

Hannah Powers
Secretary of Athletics

Greetings! I am Hanna Powers, a Broadcast Journalism major from Washington D.C. I came to Columbia to be a member of the USC Equestrian Team. The experience of being a student athlete has been tremendous; it is at the core of my daily life at USC. Last year I had the opportunity to extend my involvement on campus by working on the Elections Commission. This year I am grateful to continue to participate in Student Government in my new role as Secretary of Athletics. Whether you are an avid sports fan or not, every student on campus benefits from our outstanding athletic programs. I look forward to finding new ways to encourage different student groups to experience more of what USC athletics has to offer. My goal is to help make each student’s time at USC the best that it can be! My “off duty” time is spent at local animal shelters playing with dogs, listening to Stevie Nicks and the occasional trip to Rosewood Dairy Bar. Go Cocks!

Lainie Selesky
Deputy of Campus Outreach

Hi my name is Lainie Selesky! I am a sophomore Environmental Studies Major from New Brunswick, New Jersey. On campus I’m involved in Greek Life, Capstone Scholars, Orientation Leaders, and the Carolina Clemson Blood Battle Committee! I’m very excited to serve as the Deputy of Campus Outreach to help connect Student Government to other Organizations! 

Katie Cohen
Secretary of Health and Wellness

My name is Katie Cohen and I am the Secretary of Health and Wellness. Through this position, I am developing initiatives that increase mental health awareness and encourage healthy habits in students, I am majoring in experimental psychology and minoring in neuroscience with the hopes of attending a PhD program in Clinical Psychology after I graduate. Besides Student Government, I am involved in research as a Magellan Scholar and serve as a Resident Mentor in the Honors Residence Hall. You can reach me at kc7@email.sc.edu.

Markos Hurtt
Secretary of Traditions

First things first, I’m thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Executive Cabinet. A little bit about me- I’m majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Business Management. This is my second year involved with the Student Government Association. Last year, I was your Deputy of Campus Outreach and helped out with the It’s On Us Week of Action, Cockstock, and the Palmetto Warrior’s Spirit 5K. Aside from SGA, I’m a part of the Homecoming Commission and the Chess Club. My role in Student Government this year is Secretary of Traditions which pertains to ensuring that traditions of our university are kept and carried on – as well as offering a way to create new traditions. If you’re curious about a particular tradition or are interested in the process of creating one, then please email me at: mhurtt@email.sc.edu

Stone Davis
Deputy of Safety and Transportation

My name is Jackson Stone Davis and I’m from Calabash, North Carolina. I am currently a Junior at USC and my major is Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, I hope to work in the automotive industry. I got involved in Student Government in order to be a voice for students and to help solve problems that our campus is facing. My goal is to enhance the collegiate experience for every Carolinian.

Diana Inzirillo
Freshman Council Co-Advisor

I am an Early Childhood Education major from Mahopac, NY and serve as Freshman Council Co-Advisor.  I began my Student Government experience as a member of Freshman Council and now have the honor of closing it out by advising USC’s newest student leaders.  As Freshman Council Advisor, I look forward to guiding 35 of our most inspired and ambitious first-year students and seeing the impact that they leave on our University.

Luke Rankin
Secretary of Greek Affairs

My name is Luke Rankin and I am from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I am currently a sophomore Political Science major with a minor in Business, who plans on attending law school after graduation. My involvement at Carolina began early. As a freshman, I had the opportunity to serve as Columbia Hall President, sit on the Greek Affairs Committee, and intern with the SC Electric Cooperatives. I also joined a fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and got involved with Greek Cru. As Secretary of Greek Affairs, alongside Annie Guttman, I will work diligently to ensure the Greek voice is heard and represented within Student Government, and across campus. I will also work to ensure that Greek students are getting involved in more than their respective chapters, in order to see a more diverse and multi-faceted Greek Life at Carolina. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at lrankin@email.sc.edu.

Frank Halloran
Attorney General

I’m Frank Halloran, and it’s my privilege to be serving as your attorney general for the 2017-2018 school year. I hail from Lexington, SC and am currently a sophomore in the Honors College. I am a political science major & business administration minor, and I have aspirations of attending law school after I complete my degree. As a freshman, I served on Student Government as a member of both Freshman Council and the Lead the Way Voter Registration Initiative. I am excited to continue my work in Student Government as your Attorney General; together, let’s move Carolina forward!

Jenna Allen
Secretary of Environmental Affairs

My name is Jenna Allen and I’m a Junior from Summerfield, North Carolina. I’m majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Public Relations with hopes of pursuing a career in environmental and energy law. I love spending time outdoors and discovered my passion for sustainability at a young age. I served as the Deputy of Environmental Affairs last year and am looking forward to continuing my work with student government in the coming term!

Ryan Roe
Cockstock Director

I am a proud Charleston native, graduated high school from Palmetto Christian Academy in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. I am a senior currently pursuing a major in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Business Information Management. I am a Founding Father and the Vice President of Theta Chi, Iota Phi chapter. My passions are delegation, event planning, production management, and the greatest joy in my life is seeing people come together to have an eye-opening experience. I just received my second internship through The Charleston Defense Contractors Association with Geodesicx as an Associate Project Manager and Business Development intern, and I plan to spend the rest of my life Charleston with my family, boating on the IntraCoastal as often as possible.

Jordan Lim
Secretary of Community Outreach

Hi! I am Jordan Lim and I am a sophomore Marketing and GSCOM major from Seattle, Washington. I do academic research through the marketing department. USC has a special place in my heart (my parents met in Russell House!), and I am thrilled to bridge the gap between the Columbia community and us. I am hoping to improve relations with our close neighbors as well as bring in vendors and sponsors for our SG events. Go Gamecocks!

Andrew Cashmere
Secretary of Health and Wellness

My dedication and passion for mental health has brought out an indescribable characteristic in myself. I struggle to put into words the thoughts, feelings and actions I experience when speaking about the stigma behind mental illnesses. The opportunity Student Government offers to use teamwork to create lasting change that is bigger than one’s self is greater than the stigma surrounding mental health. This opportunity stands in front of me to serve the people of our community and to ignite a passion to eradicate the stigma behind mental health instabilities. Taking one step forward assuring everyone that their life matters.

Thomas Dibona
Deputy of Alumni Relations

Thomas DiBona is a sophomore from Virginia Beach,Virginia double majoring in Finance and Risk Management and Insurance with a minor in Political Science.  Since coming to the university Thomas has been involved in a number of organizations including Greek Life and served as a member of the Elections Commission for the 2016-2017 academic term.  In his new position as the Deputy of Alumni Relations he, along with the secretary of this same position, are most looking forward to bridging the gap between current student government members and student government members of the past which will hopefully result in constant dialogue and strong relationships between the two groups.  

Connor Claypoole
Secretary of University Relations

Hey, y’all!  My name is Connor Claypoole, and I’ll be serving as your Secretary of University Relations for the 2017-2018 academic year.  I am a Sports Management major in the Class of 2018, and I’m from Lexington, SC.  I’ve had the privilege of serving in numerous and various different roles here at USC over my career as a student, including serving as your Mic Man for the last two years.  My goal in office is to work with the university administrators and officials to help give students and student government the rights to make more decisions ourselves in relation to the future of this university.  Forever to Thee!