University of Missouri


Executive Board

Rachel Bauer


Department of Theatre


Office Hours:
Tuesday 11:00-1:00
Wednesday 11:30-1:30

Rachel is a PhD student in the MU Theatre Department. Her research interests include women in the American theatre, theatre pedagogy, and women’s roles in academia. Rachel earned a B.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in English from Rowan University in 2010 and an M.A. in Theatre from MU in 2013. Originally from southern New Jersey, she now resides in Columbia. Previously, Rachel has served as the GPC Director of Programming and Publicity and the Secretary for the MU Graduate Student Association (GSA) as well as Vice President for the MU Graduate Professional Council (GPC). Rachel also serves as the co-chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Student Group. Please email her with any questions or concerns you may have!

Jacqueline Gamboa Varela

Vice President

Department of Chemistry


Office Hours:
Monday 1:30-3:30

Jacqueline is a 5th year PhD student in Chemistry at the University of Missouri. Her research is focused in studying DNA damage more specifically DNA interstrand cross-links. She obtained her Bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Jacqueline is excited to be serving as the Vice-president for GPC. She also serves as the Chair for the Southcentral region for the National Association of Graduate Professional Students. She has served in various organizations on campus and is a big advocate for science outreach; she is the host and producer of a science radio show, The Big Electron.

Glenn Baker


Department of Psychological Science


Office Hours:
Friday 2:00-4:00

Glenn Baker is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the department of psychological sciences, with a focus on social/personality psychology. His research topics include the study of beliefs and emotions, focusing on how they influence judgments and decisions. Glenn earned a B.A. in philosophy and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Iowa in 2013. Previously, Glenn has served as the vice-president and president of the Psi Chi Honors Society at the University of Iowa.

Alex Howe


Department of Philosophy


Office Hours:
Tuesday 1:30-3:30

Alex Howe is a doctoral candidate in the Philosophy Department. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Religious Studies, both from San Diego State University. In addition to his duties as GPC Treasurer, Alex is also the Kline Research Assistant in his home department. Please don’t hesitate to contact Alex with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.

Alex currently serves as the National Director of Outreach for NAGPS.

Abbot Henderson

Director of Programming

Department of Classical Studies


Office Hours:
Thursday 12:00-3:00

Abbot Henderson is a second year graduate student in Classical Studies. He received a BA in Classics and an MLIS in Library Science both from the University of Alabama. Prior to coming to Missouri he taught high school Latin at a Catholic school in the Diocese of Birmingham. This is his second year being involved in GPC and he is happy to be serving as Director of Programming for 2016-2017.

Joshua Bolton

Director of Communication

Department of Communication


Office Hours:
Tuesday 3:00-5:00

Josh is a PhD Candidate is the Department of Communication. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Political Science and his MS from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in Communication. He currently researches political communication with a emphasis on political campaigns revolving around both elections and issues. He looks forward to working to find ways to increase awareness of everything graduate and professional students are involved in.

Kevin Kaifer

Director of National Affairs

Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology


Office Hours:
Monday 3:00-5:00

Kevin is a third year PhD student in the Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutics Program.  He obtained his BA in Biology at Truman State University in 2014.  In his graduate studies, he works under Dr. Christian Lorson on the identification of novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a devastating genetic disease.  In his free time, his favorite hobby is playing and writing songs on the acoustic guitar.

Kevin joined GPC to represent of the department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the Fall of 2015, when he became a member of the GPC National Affairs Committee.  As director of the committee, he plans to continue the progress and momentum the committee has gained on several issues that affect graduate students nationwide, domestic and foreign, by increasing awareness of these issues at other universities and continuing to make these issues heard in Congress.

Mike Hendricks

Director of State Affairs

Department of Political Science


Office Hours:
Thursday 8:00-10:00

Mike is a doctoral student in the Political Science Department researching different aspects of Chinese investments in Latin America. He is also pursuing the certificates of Public Management, Nonprofit Management, Global Affairs, and Grantsmanship from the Truman School of Public Affairs. He holds a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in development from the University of Delaware. During his time as an undergraduate, Mike had the opportunity to intern in the district office of U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. as well as for Delaware’s Attorney General Beau Biden. He received his M.A. in Comparative Politics and International Relations with a minor in international development here at Mizzou. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 2011, Mike served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua for 27 months (2011-2013). After his service in Nicaragua, Mike extended his Peace Corps service as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in China for 6 months. For the past two years, Mike has been one of the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows on campus. With this fellowship opportunity, Mike had the pleasure to work as the Latin American outreach coordinator for Services for Independent Living here in Columbia as well as promote and support Peace Corps activities on and off campus. With his work at Services for Independent Living, Mike became closely affiliated with the Cambio Center here at Mizzou, and had the distinct honor to be named a Cambio Center Fellow. He has served as a GPC representative for the Political Science Department since 2015, and has been an active member on the National Affairs Committee and the Persons with Disabilities Committee. Mike is looking to expand the role for the Director of State Affairs by creating a committee of its own that will focus on working hard towards graduate and professional student initiatives at the state level. If you are interested in joining this committee or have any other questions, concerns, or comments for Mike, please do not hesitate to contact him.

Hallie Thompson

Immediate Past President/Ex Officio

Division of Plant Sciences

Hallie is a PhD student in the Division of Plant Sciences. She is interested in the response of corn root systems to drought in the field, and in particular the potential for optimizing root responses in order to allow farmers to grow corn in more stressful conditions.

Hallie has been involved in GPC in one capacity or another for 4 years, and has previously served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for NAGPS. She is finishing out her tenure as a graduate student while serving as the first Immediate Past President of GPC.

The goal of this position is to provide institutional knowledge when the need arises and to provide continuity of goals from year-to-year. Please reach out with any questions!

Dr. Mark Lucas

Faculty Advisor

Director of Student Life
(Department of Student Life in the Division of Student Affairs)


Mark has worked in Higher Education for 28 years, all of them in Student Affairs. Originally from Pennsylvania, Mark left his home-town of State College, Pennsylvania (where both parents were professors at Penn State University) to attend the University of Maryland in College Park. Mark was a student-athlete at Maryland, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Maryland. After working for 4 years in Florida following graduation, Mark went back to school and received his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Western Michigan University. Mark’s next stop after Michigan was to Rutgers University in New Jersey where he was an Assistant Dean of Students for ten years. Mark worked full-time in Student Affairs while completing his Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Administration from Rutgers University. Mark’s Doctoral dissertation was written on the origins of student life in 18th and 19th Century American Colonial Colleges. In 1997, Mark accepted a position at the University of Missouri where he continues as the Director of Student Life and Dean of Students. Mark is pleased to serve as the GPC advisor and looks forward to assisting the organization in providing the best possible programs and services to MU graduate students.

Past Executive Board Members

GPC remembers the service of previous officers at our past executive board members page.