Graduate Student Council Cabinet Representatives


President: Shanna

Hi, everyone! I’m Shanna and fall of 2014 will begin my second year in Villanova’s Master of Public Administration program. I came to Villanova after some time working in the nonprofit sector, having completed my B.A. in Politics at Messiah College. I am thrilled to have had the chance to become very involved on campus during my first year here, serving as a Graduate Student Ambassador, as well as a research assistant for my program. I manage our program’s blog, which you can find at Professionally, I am interested in local government, and am an active member of Villanova’s chapter of ICMA (International City/County Management Association). In my spare time, I like to sing, play trivia, and write about my favorite shows on my TV blog, The GSC is looking forward to serving a fantastic community of grad students here at Villanova this year!



V.P. of Academic Affairs: Jayme

I am a second year graduate student in the biology program here at Villanova. I am originally from Denver, CO and moved to Pennsylvania in 2013 to attend Villanova University for my graduate degree. I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder and majored in molecular biology and neuroscience. In addition to attending classes at Villanova, I teach one of the undergraduate introductory labs in biology and am working in a research lab for my thesis in molecular biology. I look forward to sharing with others the many opportunities available for graduate students on Villanova campus and am excited about all the upcoming academic and social events GSC has planned for the upcoming school year. I can’t wait to see everyone there!


Co-V.P. of Social Activities: Laura

My name is Laura Layne, and I am a second year Masters student in the History Program. I am originally from Columbus, Ohio and I completed my Bachelor's degree at The Ohio State University in 2013. In addition to my Masters in History, I am also earning a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. I currently volunteer at The Constitution Center and The University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. My long term career goal is to work at a museum or a historical site. I am excited to help organize this year's social events and support the graduate student community!


Co-V.P. of Social Affairs: Abhi

Namasthe!! I am Abhi. I am from India. I am a graduate student of Computer Science at Villanova University. Currently I am working as an intern at Siemens Corporation. Before joining Villanova, I worked as a Software Engineer for Mphasis Ltd, an HP company in India for two years. I love travelling and driving. Every time I get a chance, I will travel and if I am in the driver’s seat, I am the happiest man in the world. I also love reading Telugu poetry and tried to write some poems but was never successful. By the way, Telugu is my mother tongue. I was a part of many cultural and social activities in my under graduation. This interest made me search of a similar group here at Villanova and found Graduate Student Council a best group. I joined GSC as an Ambassador in Fall 2013 and now Vice president of Social Activities for GSC. I am excited about the year upcoming and do my best to bring all Grad students of Liberal arts and sciences together.



V.P. of Finance:  Nick

Hey everyone! I am Nick, a Master's student in chemistry! Aside from enjoying my many leather-bound books and the smell of rich, mahogany leather in my apartment, I enjoy spending time in the Dan Kraut (Biochemistry) laboratory, quoting "The Office" or "Parks and Rec", exploring the city, and watching Football/Soccer/Basketball. I am a big fan of FIFA and Madden, so if you've got game, I'm open to duel. As an aspiring physician, I hope to attend medical school after my two wonderful years at Villanova. If you have any questions about Villanova, the GSC, sports, MCAT, biochemistry, or applying to medical school, send me an email or find me in lab! Cheers!


V.P. of Philanthropy: Stef

This will be my sixth year at Villanova! I graduated from Villanova undergrad in 2013 with a degree in Psychology. I am currently in my second year of the Master's Program in Political Science. As an undergrad at Nova, I had various leadership positions in Campus Ministry. I was also a cheerleader and a member of Pi Beta Phi. Villanova has become very near and dear to my heart. I hope I can share my love for Nova with all the new and current graduate students. When I graduate, I hope to go into education policy. Outside of my academic life, I love exploring Philadelphia since there is always something new, and scrapbooking. :)



V.P. of Communications: Kristin

I am a second year student in the Theology and Pastoral Ministry Master’s program and a graduate assistant for the Graduate Theology Student Council. I am from St. Louis, Missouri (Go Cardinals!) and I attended the University of Missouri – St. Louis for undergrad, receiving my degree in Psychology. In addition to being a student, I also lead a middle school youth group at Mother of Divine Providence Parish in King of Prussia. I would like to go into campus ministry or youth ministry after I graduate. In my free time, I love outdoor activities, visiting new places, and serving others. “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” –Mahatma Gandhi