Voting underway for SGA executive board, senate elections

The Student Government Association is holding executive board and senate elections through 10 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Students have the opportunity to vote online using the eBallot system. All students who are eligible to vote have received an e-mail through their Salve Regina account providing instructions on how to vote.

Candidates are profiled in alphabetical order according to last name.


Jivanto van Hemert ’14

Van Hemert has served as SGA treasurer for the past two years. A senator in his freshman year, he has a clear history of strong leadership and student advocacy. Under van Hemert’s leadership, the Activities Funding Board has revised funding policies and increased support to student initiatives across the board. He has deep roots within numerous areas of campus, and is excited to continue to be part of the sensation of change, growth and development that is brewing within the Salve Regina community.

Briana Williams ’14

Williams is a political science major and current SGA vice president. Elected to serve as senator in her freshman year, secretary in her sophomore year and vice president in her junior year, she chaired several committees, including the co-sponsorship committee and the student organization recognition committee. Williams has participated with faculty and Salve Regina leadership to address diversity, recruitment and the quality of life on campus. If elected president, she hopes to continue serving the Salve Regina community.

Vice President

Peter Georges ’15

A psychology major, Georges is a Resident Adviser for freshmen and is the current SGA secretary. He enjoys being involved in student government and has been involved in SGA since freshman year. Georges is in his second year on SRU Dance and enjoys being involved in all aspects of campus. He is also a returning Orientation Leader for the incoming freshman class.


Corilyn Henault ’15

As someone who has served on the senate for the past two years, Henault is knowledgeable about how student government works. She describes herself as approachable, willing to help and hardworking. Henault cares about Salve Regina and puts in a sufficient amount of work to see it become a better institution for the students, faculty and community. Her organizational skills help her keep the student body informed, while she thoroughly enjoys her position on the Student Government Association.


Sean Garrity ’16

A Pell Scholar, Garrity is an English communications and political science major. He has spent the past year as an SGA senator, a member of the Dining Services committee and an active member of the Activities Funding Board (AFB). Garrity feels that he is qualified to be treasurer because of his experience as a student leader and his knowledge of accounting and experience with AFB.

Public Relations Coordinator

Rebecca Allen ’16

A Pell Scholar, Allen was involved at her high school as a student council representative for seven consecutive years, and as a member and secretary of three academic honor societies. She is a National Merit Scholar finalist, Presidential Award for Academic Excellence recipient and Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. A studio art and art history major, Allen has served as an SGA senator this year, and would like to extend her duties to the role of public relations coordinator. She is excited to continue to bring her leadership and communicative skills and experiences to SGA, and represent the dynamic needs of her peers.


Krystal Amaral ’14

A commuter student, Amaral describes herself as an organized, dedicated individual. She is a work-study student in the Office of the Registrar, which has given her knowledge and experience to help improve Salve Regina and keep the things SGA wishes to fix reasonable and attainable. Amaral feels that she has social skills from working as a waitress and organizational skills from being a receptionist. She will strive to be the best senator she can be.

Elizabeth Bruno ’14

Bruno is a political science and philosophy major with a minor in history. She is a current SGA senator serving on the Parking Appeals Board and the student organization recognition committee. In addition, Bruno is a Resident Adviser in Watts Sherman, president of College Republicans and the Political Science Club, and secretary of the choral ensembles. She is also a member of Sigma Phi Sigma and Phi Sigma Tau. She hopes to use her organizational, communication and leadership skills to continue to improve student life at Salve Regina.

Joshua Christy ’15

Christy is an economics and political science major with a minor in music. He is currently a Resident Adviser, which has allowed him to build on his leadership skills. The position has also allowed Christy to become more aware of the needs and wants of the student body. He also participates in chorus, a capella and several other activities. Christy feels that his campus-wide participation and overall persona will allow him to be a great addition to student government.

Sofia Dias ’16

Dias served as an SGA senator this year and hopes to use the knowledge she has gained from this opportunity to continue to make changes to Salve Regina for the students. She is a black belt in Kenpo Karate and a member of the Karate Club.

Adriana Enxuto ’15

Enxuto is a biology major who hopes to become a pediatric dentist. She describes herself as outgoing, caring and involved in many activities, and prides herself on being an active listener. Enxuto has completed 70 hours of community service and has served as a senator the past two years. She feels that helping others is extremely valuable and can help her in various life situations. Enxuto is eager to continue making a difference during her time at Salve Regina.

DianaLee Hirt ’14

Hirt is an administration of justice major and psychology minor. She is actively involved in the Salve Regina and Newport communities through volunteering, doing various internships and working three jobs. Hirt is also the vice president of the ADJ Club. She describes herself as a hardworking student and a good thinker and listener, and feels that she works well with people. Hirt would greatly appreciate the opportunity to add to her experience by participating in student government.

Serena Lafond ’16

Lafond is a psychology and studio art major with a concentration in painting. She attended a Sisters of Mercy-affiliated school for eight years and understands their mission of mercy. In high school, Lafond served on student council, Friends of Rachel and participated in the Manhattan at the Bay performance. From these experiences, she has learned that leadership defines someone who’s a voice for the crowd, an interpreter among students and faculty, and a listener.

Morgan Rayner ’15

A social work major, Rayner has been a Resident Adviser since January, an Orientation Leader for the Class of 2017 and a Service Plunge facilitator for both Service Plunge 2012 and Service Plunge 2.0. This is her second year as an AmeriCorps Scholarship for Service Student and she has completed more than 800 hours of service at Salve Regina. Rayner is the student representative for the institutional disability advisory committee. As a student with passion for making a difference, she hopes to become an SGA senator.

Karl Varkey ’14

Varkey has been part of student government for the past three years. He has seen many changes occur on campus and would like to see more. Varkey was part of student council in high school and has a lot of experience in this type of club. He would like to be part of SGA because he would love to make Salve Regina a better campus than it already is.

Albert Vuoso ’15

Vuoso has been involved with SGA for two consecutive years. Last year he served on the executive board as the public relations coordinator. In this role, Vuoso helped to publicize, promote and brand student government. He is running for the senate this year because he feels he has acquired the skills necessary to communicate amongst administration and students, and to help improve the student experience at Salve Regina.

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