Marcia McNutt
Marcia McNutt, Marcia is McKnight Doctoral Fellow in the Clinical Health Psychology PhD program. Her research interests include minority health and behavioral risk factors of chronic disease. Before coming to the U, she earned a Master's in Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). Originally from Birmingham, AL, Marcia is used to Miami's summer heat. She enjoys good food, staying active, watching college football, and, most of all, dancing.
Vice President
Edwing Medina
Edwing Medina, Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and a resident of New York City for 34 years, Edwing is a resident of northern Broward County. Edwing is a McKnight Doctoral Fellow in his third year as a Ph.D. student of Teaching & Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics [STEM] Education). He has served on the GSA as Senator (2011-2012) and as Parliamentarian (2012-2013). He recently concluded his service on the Library Dean Search Committee, is excited to continue his involvement with the Senate as Vice President (chairing the Events & Lectures Committee), and will continue to serve as a member of the Student Activities Center Advisory Committee and Faculty Senate Committee. Edwing obtained his B.A. in Economics and Journalism (double major) from New York University (under a full Presidential Scholarship). He enjoyed a 10-year career in the music industry, working for music icon Tony Bennett, then at Columbia Record's Artists & Repertoire/Release Planning department, and then for former Sony Music CEO & Chairman Thomas D. Mottola. In 2001, he began a career in education, returning to work for a New York City community-based organization that he was enrolled in while in high school, serving as its Deputy Director and helping thousands of minority public high school students visit, apply to, and be awarded scholarships to attend some of the most competitive universities in the country, including UM. During this time, he returned to school to earn his M.S. Ed. in Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12) at the City University of New York's Queens College and became a New York State-certified secondary mathematics teacher. He also began an 8-year tenure with New York City's largest municipal employee union (District Council 37), preparing hundreds of its adult members (during weeknights and weekends) to prepare for professional placement and promotion exams in English (to Speakers of Other Languages) and Mathematics. Today, Edwing recently concluded research interests through the School of Education and Human Development's(SoEHD) I.E.S.-funded Language in Mathematics project, which focused on English Learners(ELs) and their teachers' use of Mathematics and Academic Language in classrooms, textbooks, and assessments. He is also exploring interests in Mathematics teachers' knowledge of concept-based mathematics, how students represent mathematics in multiple ways and through multiple media (i.e., MRC, or Meta-Representational Competence), and the effective use and development of virtual mathematics learning environments. He has taught the Secondary Mathematics Methods course at both the masters and undergraduate level.
Alisa Bé
Alisa Bé, Alisa is a third-year Phd student in English specializing in Victorian Literature. She received her B.A. double majoring in English and International Relations with a minor in Philosophy from Flinders University, Australia in 2005 and her M.A. in English Language and Literature from Pusan National University, South Korea in 2008. Alisa has been an active Senator representing the English Department since August 2011 and is incredibly excited to embark on her new role as the GSA Secretary during the current academic year. When she is not teaching or studying, Alisa enjoys hitting the gym, listening to classical music, and reading.
Crispin Odom
Crispin Odom, Crispin is a 2nd year Master's Student in Music Engineering. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2009, and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University in 2012. Crispin served as the Graduate Student Senator for Music Engineering during the 2012-2013 school year. As treasurer for the 2013-2014 school year, Crispin desires to help increase visibility and develop a sense community among graduate students and across the campus. Crispin was born and raised in Atlanta, GA where she became an avid football fan. (Go Jackets and Rise Up Falcons!). Crispin enjoys listening any type of music, developing audio engineering technologies, skating, dancing, and watching sports with other diehard sports fans. Go Canes!
Meghan Thomas
Meghan Thomas, Meg is a second year Master's student in the Community & Social Change program. She is currently studying multicultural programming and education, and hopes to go on for a PhD in Education to study segregation in public schools. Before coming to the U, she earned her BA in English and minors in Spanish and Teaching, with a focus in ESL education, from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. After graduation, she deferred her program here for a year to travel to South Korea on a Fulbright scholarship to teach English and complete research on the Korean school system. Originally from a small town in Ohio, called Batavia, Meg is adjusting to "city" life and enjoys reading, avoiding exercise at all costs, and her cats, Jazzy and Baby.
Media Relations Officer
Carlos Carballosa
 Originally from New Orleans, LA, Carlos is in his second year as a PhD student of Biomedical Engineering. Carlos attended the University of Miami for his undergraduate studies and obtained his Bachelors in Science in Biomedical Engineering. He then went on to pursue his Masters degree at Miami and served as a GSA Senator for two terms. He is a published author in Stem Cells and Development and his current research focuses on the effects of cigarette smoke on adult stem cell populations. You can usually find Carlos in the undergraduate biomedical engineering labs working as a TA or at the Veterans Affairs Medical Hospital conducting his research under his mentor Dr. Herman S. Cheung. He is an avid Miami sports fan and can't wait for a Heat 3-peat!
Brad Rittenhouse
Brad Rittenhouse, Brad is a second year student in the Department of English hoping to study pop culture and postmodern literature. He earned his BA in English from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and his MA from the University of Miami. He looks forward to serving the graduate student community and helping to make UM the best it can be. In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling, camping, and watching Pittsburgh sports. Go Canes!
Publications Officer
Yiwen Ji
Yiwen Ji, Originally from Shanghai, China, Yiwen is a first year doctoral student in the Chemistry Graduate Program. Her research interests include inducing organic reactions with Polymer Pen Lithography (PPL) and its novel applications. She finished her B.S. Degree at UM in two and a half years. She has been active as an undergraduate in volunteering and scuba diving, and is very excited for her new role as the GSA Publication Officer.