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Executive Board


Past Executive Board Members

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


Alek Willsey



Al Willsey is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy. He received his B.S. in Philosophy and B.S. in Mathematics from Mizzou in 2015, and received his M.A. in Philosophy from Mizzou in 2017. Prior to his term as President, Al served as Treasurer of GPC. In addition to his duties as GPC President, Al is the Kline Research Assistant in his home department.

Jesse Wyatt

Vice President


Shannon King



Christina Wang



Christina Wang is a master’s student in the Department of Personal Financial Planning. Previously, she completed a B.A. in biology with minors in French and economics at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Columbia native and spent her K-12 school years in the Columbia Public Schools system. Last academic year, Christina was an At-Large representative to the GPC General Assembly and served on GPC’s Finance Committee, the Chancellor’s Standing Committee on the Status of Women, and the MU Strategic Enrollment Management Tuition Structure Taskforce.


Kristen Kalz

Director of Programming


Kristen Kalz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology with an emphasis in Environment & Technology, and Science, Knowledge, & Technology. Broadly speaking her research interests are in the study of Risk, Health, and Environment. Her current research is on the environmental uncertainty that surrounds residents who live and work around West Lake landfill and Coldwater Creek, both of which contain cold-war era radioactive waste. Prior to coming to Mizzou, she received both a B.S. in Psychology & Sociology, and a MA in Sociology, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). She looks forward to working with graduate students and hopes to plan community based events to highlight the vast skills of graduate and professional students at Mizzou.


Katie Molind

Director of Communication


Benton Berigan

Director of National Affairs


Ransford Pinto

Director of Professional Development


Kari Chesney

Director of State Affairs


Kari Chesney, DVM

Kari Chesney is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology and a veterinary resident in the Comparative Medicine Program. Kari’s research focuses on characterizing transgenic animal models for inherited human and animal diseases, and her residency appointment involves advanced training in providing veterinary care to research animals. Kari received her B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.S. in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2011 and received her DVM from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Prior to her term as State Affairs Director, Kari served as a delegate to the Student American Veterinary Medical Association and Chair of the International Veterinary Exchange Committee. In addition to her duties as GPC State Affairs Director, Kari serves on the City of Columbia Energy and Environment Commission.

Alex Howe

Alex Howe

GPC Immediate Past President/Ex Officio


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. Alex has previously served three years as GPC Treasurer, and one year as national Employment Concerns Chair for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS). In addition to his duties as GPC President, 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.

Sarah Senff

GSA Immediate Past President/Ex Officio