Student Body President: Alicia Gerrity (she/her)
Office Hours: Fridays 1-3 PM (ASSOU Lounge)
I am in my second year out of three at SOU! I am going for a double degree, a B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies as an Honors Scholar. I chose SOU because of the programs I am able to be a part of, its beautiful campus, and the connections I was able to make prior to attending. Having a personalized campus experience has immersed me into such a supportive environment. As stated in my presidential campaign, “Being ASSOU President would mean listening to everybody, raising our concerns collectively, and turning a conversation into change. I will make it my priority to increase transparency and utilize all voices”. It is such a privilege to be in this role and I am here to protect and serve you.
Student Body Vice President: Julissa Taitano (she/her)
Office Hours: Thursdays 8-10 AM (ASSOU Lounge)
Director of Finance and Administration: Jose Romero Guillen (he/him)
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 12:30 – 1:30 PM (ASSOU Lounge)
I am in my second year here at SOU, having transferred from Blue Mountain Community College where I also served on their student government as a treasurer. I gravitated towards SOU because of the education program, but fell in love with the campus and scenery of Ashland. I am majoring in Education Studies, with the hope of eventually returning to my hometown and giving back to the community that raised me. I applied for Director of Finance and Administration because I wanted to involve myself in student happenings as well as put myself in a position to advocate for all students.
Director of Public Relations: Jordynn Robson (she/her)
Office Hours: Fridays 1:30-3:30 PM
This is my fifth and last year here at SOU! I am majoring in Educational Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Development with a certificate in Holistic Education and a micro-badge in Social Emotional Learning! Following this year I will be getting my MsED with a concentration in Leadership in ECE. Currently, I am also on the Women’s Wrestling Team and the Secretary for the Holistic Teaching and Learning Club. Choosing SOU was easy because it offered women’s wrestling and the campus & surrounding area is gorgeous. I joined ASSOU because I wanted to get more involved in the overall student voice, creating an inclusive community and just learn more about student government. If you have any thoughts or questions on how we can better serve you please come join me at my office hours!
Director of Sustainability and Civic Engagement: Marissa Defazio (she/her)
Office Hours: Thursdays 8:20 – 10:20 AM
I am a senior here at SOU in the Environmental Science and Policy program, with a minor in Education. I transferred here 2 years ago from a community college in Northern California. I came to Ashland for its beauty, originality, and, of course, SOU and its immersive ES&P program. For my last year at SOU, it was important to me to become as involved as I could with events, committees and people that promote our campus’ mission towards sustainability; for that reason I chose to undertake the Director of Sustainability and Civic Engagement position. During my time as part of ASSOU, I look forward to working with and advocating for students, faculty and our community as we continue to heed environmentalism at SOU!
Director of Government Affairs: Abigail Rademacher (she/her)
Office Hours: Mondays 12:30 – 1:15 PM, Tuesdays 12 – 1:15 PM (ASSOU Lounge)
I’m a sophomore in Economics with a minor in mathematics. I recently transferred from Iowa State University. Originally from the Rogue Valley; I have a passion for community service and improving the lives of others in southern Oregon. I chose Southern Oregon University after having a wonderful conversation with the Economics Department head Professor Bret Anderson regarding the Economics program here. My interest in student government stems from a desire to pursue a career in policy analysis within the agriculture or energy sectors. I plan to pursue a phd in economic policy.
Admin Director: Kianush Behbehani-Escobar (He/Him)
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:00-2:00 pm (ASSOU Lounge)
I am a Senior at SOU, majoring in Business Administration with a focus in Management and Certificate in Business Information Systems. I am on the Track and Field team as a hammer thrower. As an Admin. Director for ASSOU I help take minutes at different meetings and I enjoy being part of the team. I am happy to be a part of something like this, my last year of school.