Graduate Student Council Cabinet Representatives



President: Mariana 

Bienvenidos! My name is Mariana Flores and I am serving as President for the Graduate Student Council. I am a second year Masters student in Theology and Religious Studies. In addition to my Masters degree, I am also earning a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry. I am originally from Miami, Florida, and I received my Bachelors in English from the University of Central Florida in 2012. After graduation I would like to work as a youth minister or a campus minister. In my spare time I love to dance, explore the Philadelphia area, and to read. I look forward to meeting all of our fellow grad students!


V.P. of Academic Affairs: Josh

Hey everyone, I'm Josh Thomas and I'm a second year grad student in the Classical Studies Department. I'm from Columbus, Ohio, and did my undergrad at Ohio State in Ancient History and Classics. I also work as a grad assistant in Villanova's Office of Alumni Relations. I'm interested in languages, literature, history, art, and everything old. I'm so excited to have this opportunity to represent graduate students in matters of academic policy, and I'm really looking forward to everything we have planned this year!


V.P. of Social Activities: Rachel

Hi there! I'm Rachel, and I'm currently a second year Master's student in the Biology Department. I am originally from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and obtained my Bachelor's at Juniata College in 2014. During my first year at Villanova, I worked as the Teaching Assistant for Human Anatomy & Physiology, and served the GSC as a Graduate Student Ambassador. After Villanova, I plan to attend medical school, and ultimately specialize in Geriatrics. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer, writing and performing poetry, traveling as much as possible, geocaching, and volunteering at Sunrise Senior Living. I am also a licensed ZUMBA instructor! I am super excited for the upcoming year and look forward to meeting and working with everyone. Best Wishes!


V.P. of Finance: Jon

Hey everybody! I’m Jon and I am starting my second year in the Master of Public Administration program here at Villanova! I graduated from Shepherd University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and began working as a government contractor for the US Coast Guard. I decided a cubicle life wasn’t for me and enlisted in the US Army where I was trained as an Intelligence Analyst. U completing Airborne School, I served with the 82nd Airborne Division. I was discharged after an injury and decided to attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail and raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. My main area of focus for the MPA program is in administration on the Federal level dealing with environmental sustainability and preservation. If you see me around and want to chat, just bring up hiking, running, or a tasty beer you enjoy and we will get along great!


V.P. of Philanthropy: Ann

Ann Shipley is a St. Louis native who is studying History at Villanova. She has a duel concentration in United States and Women and Gender history and hopes to be everyone’s favorite high school history teacher. Before being involved in the Graduate Student Council, Ann was a Graduate Student Ambassador for the Graduate Office. She’s looking forward to involving more students in service projects and days, following in Villanova’s dedication for service. 

On weekends Ann hopes to find time to go outside and is an avid "canoe-er” but in all reality is reading for class. If you have questions or ideas, email


V.P. of Communications: Dan

Dan Gorman is a second-year M.A. candidate in the history department. He's the Vice President of Communications for the GSC, so he's your point person for advertising academic programs, social events, and community service opportunities to the graduate student community.