The Executive Board
The Executive Officers implement and advocate the interests of graduate and professional students to the university administration and handle the day-to-day operations of GPSG. The Executive Branch functions by coordinating numerous events, working alongside student leaders, and leading efforts to improve the graduate and professional student experience.
Neel (he/him/his) serves as the President of Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Originally from Connecticut, Neel has a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. Neel is pursuing a dual PharmD/MPH at the University of North Carolina, and is passionate about the role that pharmacists can play in alleviating medication access and health education disparities on a community level. Neel served as the GPSF Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the 2019-2020 academic year, and as the Director of Student Affairs during the 2020-2021 academic year. He is passionate about addressing pertinent issues such as sexual violence prevention and mental wellness. Outside of academics, Neel loves to read, cook new recipes, and explore coffee shops in the Triangle area.
The President shall be empowered to call and conduct Senate meetings, to appoint committees, to organize a GPSF Cabinet and designate positions therein, to represent the GPSF at all University functions, to speak on behalf of the graduate and professional students, and to initiate and oversee any projects, business, or programs necessary to fulfill the purposes of this organization, so long as these activities are consistent with the Constitution.
Kat Furtado (she/her/hers) serves as the Senior Vice President of Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for the 2021–2022 academic year.
Kat is a native of Bakersfield California, which is located in the Central Valley. She has an M.S. in Animal Biology and a B.S. in Animal Science with a Disciplinary Focus in Genetics, both from the University of California, Davis. Kat is a pursuing her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. She is passionate about teaching and mentorship, infectious disease research, and promoting science communication and literacy. When able to get outside, Kat loves to hike and go trail running. When at home she loves to cook, try new wines and/or cheeses, and crochet. She was the inaugural senator for first year Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP; 2018-19). She then served as Senator for the Microbiology and Immunology program and as Chair of the Resolutions Development Committee (2019-20), and as the Vice President of GPSF (2020-2021).
Office Hour: Tuesday 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM via Zoom (Meeting ID: 784 019 5871; Password: 715671) (Can also meet in person in Student Government Suite on Second Floor of FPG Union)
The Senior Vice President shall serve as the President of the Senate, the legislative body of the GPSF. These duties include running Senate meetings, increasing Senate participation, securing University administration and other external representatives to speak before the Senate, increasing knowledge inside and outside of Senate about the role of GPSF and the Senate, facilitating dissemination of events and information amongst departments, and overseeing the Senate committees.
Amanda Smythers serves as the Chief of Staff of Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for the 2021–2022 academic year.
The Chief of Staff shall be responsible for selecting, organizing, advising, and supporting the GPSF Cabinet, which shall include members and positions as designated by the President. During the first meeting of the GPSF Senate each academic year, the Chief of Staff shall present a “GPSF Cabinet Charter” outlining the current positions, appointees, and the responsibilities of appointees. This charter shall be approved by the Senate by a majority vote of the members present and voting. The powers of the Chief of Staff shall not be limited to those presented here as the President of the GPSF may encourage him or her to take on additional duties or responsibilities.
Kate Brandt (she/her) serves as the Vice President for Advocacy and Government Affairs of Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Kate is a fourth year PhD student in the Department of Geography, where she studies health geography, energy poverty, and development interventions. Before coming to UNC, she attended Rutgers University where she studied Geography (B.A.) and Environmental Planning and Design (B.S.). Her interest in improving students’ experiences lead her to become involved with the GPSG, first serving as a senator for the geography department then serving and the Director of State Affairs in the executive cabinet during the 2020-2021 academic year. Using the knowledge and experience she has gained from her experiences at Carolina and GPSG, she will continue to advocate for graduate and professional student needs to university administrators, UNC System decision makers, and policy makers and the local, state, and federal levels. When she is not working on research or teaching, she enjoys learning new recipes, rock climbing, reading memoirs, and watching reality TV.
The VP for Advocacy and Governmental Affairs shall be concerned with business outside the realm of the Senate, serving as a liaison between the GPSF, University administration and the community, and be responsible for compiling regular reports on the activities of University Standing Committees, Advisory Committees and Boards and all other duly established committees external to the GPSF, and reporting those activities to the Executive Committee.
Chad Lloyd (he/him/his) serves as the VP for Communications of Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for the 2021–2022 academic year.
Chad is a fourth-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 this past year as Secretary for The GPSF (2020-2021).
The VP for Communications shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of meetings of the Senate, the Executive Board, and the GPSF Cabinet, as well as for maintaining attendance records of GPSF Senators. The Secretary shall maintain all records and files of the GPSF, as well as maintain a current copy of the GPSF Constitution, and shall arrange for permanent preservation of these documents. The Secretary shall publish a list of all representative units, their Senators, and contact information. The Secretary maintains the GPSF Website and Newsletter.
Michelle Thomas serves as the VP for Diversity and Inclusion of Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Julia Nevison (she/her/hers) serves as the VP for Finance of Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Julia is a first year Master of Healthcare Administration candidate, where she concurrently serves as the president of the Student Government Association for the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She graduated in 2019 from the University of Michigan with her Bachelor of Science in Movement Science and a minor in Gender and Health. Inspired by her previous research on a patient-reported outcome study and past role as an inpatient rehabilitation technician, she is pursuing her graduate degree to become an advocate for high-quality, patient-centered care in our healthcare system. Beyond her professional endeavors, Julia enjoys backpacking, reading, and making scrapbooks.
The VP for Finance shall be empowered to oversee the annual budget, to requisition funds, to keep all financial records, to keep a physical properties list consistent with expenditure of GPSF allocated funds and to conduct all other financial affairs pertaining to the GPSF as necessary.
Minutes and Documents
All minutes can be found at the GPSG archives.