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The Cabinet is a part of the GPSG Executive Branch that enables exceptionally motivated graduate and professional students to serve as chairs or co-chairs of particular areas of campus and community life that require our participation in policy-making and programming. The Cabinet, alongside The Executive Board, design, implement, and engage new initiatives in collaboration with the graduate and professional student community. All students and members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Cabinet Members

Director of Academic Affairs (DAA)    Chad Lloyd
The Director of Academic Affairs shall advise the Executive Board on issues related to University academic policies, graduate and professional degree requirements, and educational resources.


Chad is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in Marine Sciences at UNC, where his research focuses on carbon cycling. He received a dual degree in Chemistry (B.S.) and Anthropology (B.A.) with a minor in Forensic Sciences from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Go Seahawks!). Before entering the Department of Marine Sciences, he also received an M.S. in Chemistry from Carolina, where his research focused on drug evaluation using three-dimensional tumor models. He is passionate about improving higher education—through encouraging equitable professional development opportunities for all careers—and environmental research (specifically incorporating the use of MakerSpaces in environmental design and engineering). Outside of school, Chad enjoys painting, playing basketball, rock climbing, reading, hiking, and building with Legos. Chad has previously served as a GPSF Senator for Marine Sciences (2018-20), Chair of the Appropriations Committee (2019-2020), and as VP for Communications for GPSG (2020-2021). In his role as Director of Academic Affairs, Chad envisions working with the University Libraries to explore different budgetary models and work with the Educational Policy Committee to review and revise any outdated policies impacting graduate and professional students.

Director of Health and Wellness (DHW)     Mark Simon
The Director of Health and Wellness shall advise the Executive Board on issues related to personal health and wellbeing of graduate and professional students and their dependents.


Mark serves as the Director of Health and Wellness for Graduate and Professional Student Government for the 2022-2023 academic year. Originally from Ohio, Mark has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Cincinnati and worked in corporate finance for eight years before transitioning to a mental health career in 2020. Before graduate school, he worked at Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio and founded a mental health speaking and consulting business. Mark is now pursuing a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests center around mental health in young adults and in the workplace. At UNC, Mark serves as a graduate research assistant for the Carolina Center for Total Worker Health and Well-being and cohort representative. Outside of school, he enjoys all outdoor recreation, birding and coin collecting. In his GPSG role, Mark hopes to raise awareness on all UNC Health & Wellness resources, identify gaps, and promote the interconnectedness of student services. He is particularly interested in the areas of student mental health and accessibility on campus.

Director of Safety and Security (DSS)     Kai Larson
The Director of Safety and Security shall advise the Executive Board on issues related to student safety and security, including, but not limited to, safety policies and protocols, policing, and the physical integrity of the campus.


Kai is a second-year graduate student in the Gillings Master of Public Health, Leadership in Practice program. He is an emergency management professional and emergency services provider with a passion for improving the lives of those in his community. He has recently completed a graduate certificate in community preparedness and disaster management at UNC.  He follows an “all-communities approach” to safety and security, which aims to mix public health program planning concepts with emergency management frameworks. He is an ocean lifeguard/EMT in his hometown of San Diego, California and received a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside. He enjoys ocean sports, martial arts, and reading.

Director of Employment Affairs (DEA)     Lauren Hawkinson
The Director of Employment Affairs shall advise the Executive Board on issues related to graduate and professional student employment as Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and other university positions.


Lauren is a third-year doctoral student in the Human Movement Science Curriculum as well as pursuing a certificate in Innovation for the Public Good. In her role as Director of Employment Affairs, Lauren plans to work with students, faculty, and staff across campus to increase awareness of the needs of graduate students. In particular, she plans to focus on fair stipends and increasing access to program/career specific professional development. Lauren is originally from Dodgeville, WI.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Winona State University and a master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to returning to Chapel Hill to pursue a PhD, she worked as an athletic trainer for women’s basketball and women’s swim/dive at the University of Richmond, and men’s and women’s swim/dive at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her area of research interest is in the development of successful implementation strategies for ACL injury prevention programs in a variety of youth sport settings. Outside of school, Lauren enjoys college sports, playing volleyball, reading, and playing the piano.

Director of Local Relations (DLR)     Celeste Kurz
The Director of Local Relations shall advise the Executive Board on issues affecting graduate and professional students and oversee initiatives and advocacy efforts within Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Orange County, and Durham County.


Celeste Kurz is a doctoral student in the Gillings Department of Nutrition and the Cabinet Director of Local Relations. She was born in North Carolina but grew up in the chilly Northeast. After farming for a year on Kauai, Hawai’i he completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut. While at UConn, she lived and worked on the student-run Spring Valley Student Farm. Celeste then moved to Rhode Island to attend Johnson & Wales culinary school and work as a nutrition educator for URI SNAP-Ed. After one too many snowy winters, she moved to Chapel Hill to pursue an MPH in nutrition and complete training to become a registered dietitian. She fell in love with all things Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and UNC, which is how she found GPSG!  As the Director of Local Relations under the Swamy administration, Celeste founded CHRP, the Chapel Hill Resource Project. She is excited to continue working with the wonderful CHRP committee under the Nollert administration, with the goal to improve student access to fundamental resources and better understand why certain needs continue to go unmet. Celeste also enjoys an appointment to the board of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and is excited to continue this placement in the coming year. You can find her in her garden, hanging out with her golden retriever, Clove, or whipping up something delicious in the kitchen.

Director of State Relations (DSR)     Brendan Chambers
The Director of State Relations shall advise the Executive Board on issues related to state laws, regulations, and policies affecting graduate and professional education at UNC Chapel Hill.


Brendan is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, where he studies twentieth century American literature, with a particular emphasis on the novel after 1945.  After growing up just outside of Boston, MA, he received his BA in English from Boston College, and his MA in English from UNC.  As Director of State Relations, he aims to materially improve the lives of all graduate and professional students at Carolina through informed advocacy.  Outside of grad school, he enjoys spending time cooking, playing disc golf, and exploring local trails.

Director of Federal Relations (DFR)     Nicholas Hatcher
The Director of Federal Relations shall advise the Executive Committee on issues affecting graduate and professional students and oversee initiatives and advocacy efforts in the area of federal affairs.


Nick is a 2L (second-year law student) who grew up in the Triangle and lived in DC before attending Law School. They have a background in political communications and grassroots organizing and are interested in designing systems and platforms for people of color with intersectional experiences. Nick lives in Durham with their two pet turtles.

Director of Social Justice (DSJ)     Manny Galvan
The Director of Social Justice shall advise the Executive Board on issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and advocacy on behalf of currently and historically marginalized student populations.


Manuel Galvan (he/his) serves as the GPSG Executive Cabinet Director of Social Justice for the 2022-2023 academic year. Manuel is a fourth year Ph.D. social psychology student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, where is research focuses on the psychological and health consequences of racial and economic inequality. Manuel has been doing equity work since 2017 as a research coordinator with the College Transition Collaborative at Stanford University and now as a graduate student at UNC. He is also a budding science communicator that writes for UNCs PipettePen, his blog, and as the cohost of the A Bit More Complicated Podcast.

Director of Community Engagement (DCE)     Mary Peter
The Director of Community Engagement shall advise the Executive Board on and organize and oversee the public service initiatives of GPSG. 


Mary Peter (she/her/hers) is an MPH Candidate in the Environmental Health Solutions concentration at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is a Russian-trained Physician by background, that spent 3+ years working in Primary Care in her home country, Nigeria. As Director of Community Engagement, Mary is working to connect graduate and professional students with one another and with members of the community by providing opportunities for engaging with community organizations and with initiatives led by UNC to foster diversity and inclusion. In her spare time, Mary enjoys meeting new people, cooking, and spending time with her partner.

Director of Environmental Affairs (DEA)    Jimmy Doegerl
The Director of Environmental Affairs shall advise the Executive Board on issues affecting graduate and professional students and oversee initiatives and advocacy efforts in the areas of sustainability and environmental consciousness.</span


Jimmy Doegerl is an international student from Germany, with roots in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. He is part of the UNC’s TransAtlantic Master’s program and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Free University in Berlin, having specialized in EU politics and climate diplomacy. In the past, Jimmy has worked as a political analyst, interned for the German Foreign Ministry and Parliament, and volunteered for a youth conference in the European Parliament. As Director of Environmental Affairs, he is looking to make the UNC tangibly more sustainable and raise climate ambition. Jimmy will go back to Berlin for the second year of his study program and makes YouTube videos about EU politics in his free time, under the name Catch-the-Eye Politics.

Director of Assessment (DA)     Claire Klein
The Director of Assessment shall assist in designing robust and statistically sound survey tools for collecting quantitative and qualitative input from graduate and professional students.


Claire is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience in the Clinical Psychology program. Claire is a graduate student at UNC TEACCH autism program, where she studies autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan. Originally from San Diego, she graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a Leadership Studies Sequence. Claire is excited to apply her training in psychological science and data analysis in her role as Director of Assessment. Outside of research and clinical training, Claire enjoys spending time with her dog, Skipper, baking, and going to breweries. Claire has previously served as a GPSG Senator for Psychology and Neuroscience (2021-2022).

Director of Digital Media (DDM)
The Director of Digital Media shall assist the Vice President for Communications with the communication and public relations activities for GPSG, including maintaining social media platforms and publishing the bi-monthly GPSG Newsletter.

Minutes and Documents

All minutes can be found at the GPSG archives.