GSA Officers

Clint Saidy, President
Clint Saidy is a second-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. He is originally from Lebanon and completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering at the Lebanese American University. Before USC, Clint worked as a materials handling and waste management consultant. He currently works at the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. His primary areas of study are process management of automated fiber placement and supply chain management of aerospace industries in South Carolina. Prior to being elected President, he was the Graduate Student Association’s Secretary of International Student Affairs. During his time at USC, Clint has also been a graduate advisor for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and a member of the Rotaract Club of the University of South Carolina. Clint currently serves on the Search Committee for the Center for Teaching Excellence Director. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking.

Jennifer Mandelbaum, Vice-President
Jennifer Mandelbaum is a second-year PhD student in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She hails from New Hampshire and completed her bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University and master of public health at Yale University. Before coming to USC, Jennifer worked on various projects related to global health, including a case study on a childhood obesity prevention initiative in Brazil and an intervention to improve outcomes for patients with acute myocardial infarction in US hospitals. Her current work is around social networks and reducing racial health disparities. Prior to being elected Vice President, Jennifer was the Graduate Student Association’s Secretary for Alumni Affairs, where she also worked on issues related to graduate student professional development. Jennifer is a Presidential Fellow, co-chair of the Advisory Council on Professional Development for Graduate Students, and steering committee member of USC’s IHI Open School chapter. In her free time, she is an avid baker and occasional runner.

Tony Brown, Treasurer
Tony Brown is a native of Columbia, South Carolina who is currently a doctoral student in the Health Services Policy and Management department and a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina. He received his Bachelors in Biology from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina and his Masters in Public Health from the University of South Carolina. His research focuses on state and federal HIV policies and healthcare, Truvada (PrEP) uptake, and community social network analysis. He is heavily involved with HIV/STIs prevention, advocacy, and research. Tony worked in corporate banking for five years maintaining a mortgage portfolio as well as credit resolutions. He is excited to work with other student leaders in creating an atmosphere of success, compassion, and support for graduate students.

Matthew B. Owens, Graduate Council Representative
Matthew was elected to serve as the Graduate Council Representative for the 2017/18 academic year. Born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania, Matt completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from The Pennsylvania State University in December of 2012. During his last semester at Penn State, Matt completed a semester-long, full-time internship working in family services and outreach in Greenwood, South Carolina and knew he would be back again! Upon graduation, Matt moved home to state college where he would work in special education, life skills, employment training, and would serve as the Interim Summer Transition Coordinator for the State College Area School District. Matt entered the College of Social Work in the Fall of 2016 where he is currently pursuing his master’s degree. During his first year, he held an internship working with court-mandated offenders of domestic violence in several capacities. In April of 2017 Matt was given the opportunity to visit the United Nations for a unique learning experience surrounding the practices of international social work. During his 2017/18 academic the focus of his internship will be advocacy, awareness, and policy at the Children’s Law Center (CLC) at the University of South Carolina. Matt is passionate about social justice, and is eager to utilize his skills in advocacy and awareness both as he continues his education at the CLC and as he serves the graduate student body as Graduate Council Representative.
“I hope to be as involved as possible, attending as many diverse events as I can, because the most authentic way of getting to know my fellow graduate students will be to meet them in their elements, at their places, and with their people. Those are the zones where we, as leaders, can make it known we’ve got your back, and we support you.”
If you see Matt on campus, let him know how you’re doing!

GSA Cabinet

Press Secretary

JaQor Goodwin

College of Information and Communications

School of Medicine Liaison

Ryan Montalvo

School of Medicine

Secretary of Alumni Relations

Rachel Lunsford

The Darla Moore School Of Business

Secretary of Community Outreach

Nick Vera

College of Information and Communications

Secretary of Graduate Assistantships

Kat Edmond

College of Education

Secretary of Graduate Student Organizations

Gloria Esoimeme

The Norman J. Arnold School Of Public Health

Secretary of GSA Affairs

Sarah Truesdale

Interdisciplinary Programs

Secretary of Health

Anna Cofie

The Norman J. Arnold School Of Public Health

Secretary of International Student Affairs

Justin Mellish

College of Education

Secretary of Multicultural Student Affairs

Victor Kidd

College Of Hospitality, Retail And Sport

Secretary of Professional Development

Omonefe Omofuma

The Norman J. Arnold School Of Public Health

Secretary of Veteran Affairs

Andrew Kirkland

The Darla Moore School of Business