Past Executive Board Members
GPC remembers the service of previous officers at our past executive board members page.
Amanda Hoffman is a doctoral student in the department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, within the Educational Psychology program. Her research is focused on student-athletes, academic self-efficacy, and institutional belongingness. Amanda came to Columbia after completing a B.A. in Geography from Rutgers University – New Brunswick (NJ), a M.S. in Geography from The University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, and a M.A.Ed. in Higher Education from Virginia Tech. She previously served as a departmental representative to GPC and the GPC Data Analyst.
Kyle Betts is a PhD student in the MU Institute of Data Science & Informatics with a concentration in health informatics and geospatial health. He is from Saint Louis, Missouri. He received his BS in Biology and Spanish from Truman State University and MS in Anatomy from Des Moines University, and DO Des Moines University. He is also doing another master’s in health informatics in Mizzou. His research centers on Clinical decision support systems, UX design, public health informatics. He is the GPC Vice President ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Okpasuo, Onyekachi Juliet is a doctoral student in the Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapeutics (MPT) graduate program, School of Medicine. Her research generally focuses on mechanism of T cell co- potentiation by anti-CD3epsilon monovalent fab fragment, downstream signaling network of co-potentiated T cells and potential immune related adverse events of immunotherapies. Originally from Nigeria, Juliet received her master’s degree in Parasitology and Public health and has a B.Sc. in Zoology and Environmental Biology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Juliet also served as the Treasurer of the African Graduate and Professional Student Association (AGPSA) in Mizzou. In addition, Juliet is a research assistant in the MPT graduate program
Maliha Islam is a masters student in Animal Sciences, and a graduate research assistant. She is from Bangladesh. She did her bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology where she worked with a genetic blood disorder in humans. Her research area focuses on aging-related genes in the prenatal, postnatal, and adult stages of mice. She is currently the GPC Secretary (email@example.com)
Director of Professional Development
Ann Obadan is a doctoral student in the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. Her research interest lies in education and immigration policy. Her current research examines the impact of immigration and education policies like financial aid, school funding, Immigration raids on the college readiness, enrollment, and attainment of immigrants. Ann received a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and has a B.A in French Language from the University of Benin, Nigeria. During the last academic year, Ann served as the Assistant Director of Fundraising to GPC. Ann also serves as the secretary of the African Graduate and Professional Student Association (AGPSA) in Mizzou. She looks forward to ensuring increased participation of graduate and professional students in professional development events tailored to their diverse needs.
Director of Programming
Patrick Bokolo is a doctoral candidate in Department of Chemistry. He is from Nigeria. He got his bachelor’s degree in industrial chemistry from Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Nigeria. His research interest focuses on production, separation and radiolabeling of medically relevant radioisotope used for cancer drug development, and he is working under Dr. Heather Hennkens. He is the Director of Programming (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Director of Communication
Blessing Ekene Okafor is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication. She is from Nigeria. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Nigeria), a master’s degree in English Language from the University of Lagos, (Nigeria) and a second master’s degree in Communication Studies at North Dakota State University. Her research in organizational communication explores topics related to workplace communication, organizational dissent, organizational culture, and power. She explores the various expressions of dissent and how employees can effectively communicate in both social and cultural context. As a teaching assistant, Blessing has years of experience teaching Public Speaking. Outside of her research and teaching, Blessing is passionate about leadership, she previously served as her departmental representative to GPC, and she received the GPC 2021 general assembly member award. She is the vice president of Mizzou 2. She served as a Deaton advisory board member for the Deaton Institute, Student employee advisory board member for MU career center. She is also a Graduate Scholar of Excellence Mentor for the MU Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. She is the current Director of Public Relations (email@example.com )
Director of National Affairs
Jeffrey Ehimuh is a master student in Public Affairs. He is from Houston, Texas. He got his Bachelor of Science in social sciences in University of Texas at Tyler. His research interest centers on environmental policy and administration. He is the current Director of National affairs ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lexi Jackson Hall
Director of State Affairs
GPC Immediate Past President/Ex Officio
Al Willsey is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in the Philosophy Department, currently working on a research fellowship provided by his department. He received both a B.S. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Mathematics from Mizzou in 2015, and then received a M.A. in Philosophy from Mizzou in 2017. Al previously served two terms as GPC President, and also served as GPC Treasurer prior to that. In addition, Al is a Teaching Assistant in the Philosophy Department.