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Represent. Serve. Inform.

Within SGA, the Executive Council, Executive Staff, and Committee Chairs make up the Leadership Team. Members appointed to other leadership positions make up our SGA Staff.

Executive Leadership Team
Shawdee Bakhtiari, Student Body President

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Shawdee is a political science major with a minor in philosophy from Midlothian, Virginia


Carlin McNeil Bumgarner, Student Body Vice President

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Carlin is a Psychology major with minors in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Roanoke, Virginia.


Brandon Market, Executive Treasurer


Brandon Market is a Senior Finance major from Ashburn, Virginia. Brandon is looking forward to serving as Executive Treasurer and helping clubs/organizations with funding.


Daniel Gaffin, Speaker of the Student Senate

Pronouns: He/Him/His

My name is Daniel Gaffin and I am a junior Political Science Major from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. As Speaker of the Student senate I hope to facilitate an inclusive environment where members of the student body can rely on SGA to fix the issues they have on campus.


Leadership Team
Faith Forman, Executive Assistant

Pronouns: She/They

Faith is a sophomore from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Media Arts and Design with a Creative Advertising concentration. In addition to Student Government she is involved in Alpha Delta Pi. 

Tara Snowden, Parliamentarian

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

I am currently in my third year here at JMU and am from Morristown, NJ. I am majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. This year I am looking forward to expanding student body elections around campus, and to help make SGA a more accessible organization for the student body. 

Zach Fleming, Academic Affairs Chair

Pronouns: He/Him/His

I am a History major with minors in Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Social Science, and Honors. I'm originally from Pittsburgh, PA but lived my whole life in Norfolk, VA. I love to sing, cook, and hang out with friends.

Melody Haak, Communications Director

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Melody Haak is a senior from Round Hill, Virginia in Loudoun County. She is a SMAD Major with a concentration in Interactive Design and is minoring in Educational Media. This is her second year as the Communications Director and she is excited to help the student body!

Andrea Mariscal-Guzman, Community Engagement Chair

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

A senior political science major from Centreville, Virginia, I love playing volleyball in my free time and I love going to cycling classes at UREC in my free time. 

David Figueroa, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility Chair
Grace Smith, Legislative Affairs Chair

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Grace Smith is a political science and sociology double major from Great Falls, VA. In her free time, she loves to read, sit in her hammock, and drink a lot of iced vanilla lattes! Before serving as the Legislative Affairs Chair, Grace served as a Senator-at-Large and the Student Representative to the Harrisonburg City Council. Grace’s favorite spots on campus are Panera and Carrier Library, so go hang with her there!

Abigail Cannella, Membership Chair

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Abby is a junior Public Policy and Administration major with a Political Science minor from Poquoson, Virginia. She serves as the chairwoman for JMU College Republicans, and was a 2022 Orientation Peer Advisor. Before becoming the Membership Chair, Abby served as a Senator-at-Large.

Marlena Kozlowski, University Services Chair

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hi! My name is Marlena, and I am a Psychology major with a Pre PA minor from Northern Virginia. In my free time you can find me studying in Rose Library or at Target with a full shopping cart! 

Appointed Staff
Carter Payne, Elections Commissioner
Program Grant Liaison
Mahek Shroff, Finance Liaison

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