Meet the Branch
The Chief of Staff (COS) is responsible for Executive operations. The COS manages the office of the SBA, ensures that positions throughout the organization are filled, coordinates communications on behalf of the organization, and manages the meetings of the various cabinet offices. To that end, the COS is responsible for holding meetings with the Vice Presidents and their directors, keeping the organization updated on the Faculty-Student committees, overseeing appointments and elections, and serving as the contact-point for all communications including press releases, publicity, and the web site.
Chief of Staff (2017-18) - Michelle Ramus
Michelle Ramus is originally from a small town in Northeast Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Legal Studies, and then spent the two years serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural South Africa.
Michelle is a 3L student at The George Washington University Law School. She is a Managing Editor of the George Washington University Law Review, a Dean’s Fellow, and a member of both the Moot Court Board and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. Over summer 2017, Michelle worked as a Summer Associate at Miller & Chevalier, Chartered.
During her 2L year, Michelle served on the SBA Executive as the Vice President of First Year Students. She interned for the Honorable Rudolph Contreras at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and the Honorable John McCabe at the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, and participated in the Family Justice Litigation Clinic. In the spring semester, Michelle was a part of the winning team in the Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition and the second place team in the Frank A. Shreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition in Las Vegas.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
2017-18 Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations: Susie Templeton
This individual works closely with the Chief of Staff to ensure that all the SBA is functioning properly. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations will coordinate communication between the Faculty-Student committees and the Executive Branch. He or she is encouraged to attend senate meetings. This position also requires close attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and to regularly keep the executive officers abreast of events and concerns.
Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications
2017-18 Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications: Sydney Smith
This individual works closely with the Chief of Staff in ensuring effective communication throughout the SBA and with the student body. This position requires close attention to detail, great interpersonal skills, and communications expertise. He or she is encouraged to attend senate meetings. He or she is also responsible for the SBA Newsletter and monitoring the official SBA email account. This individual is responsible for SBA Branding on publications and communications. It will be their responsibility to create a majority of the content that will eventually be disseminated to the school with regards to publicity. He or she will coordinate with the VP of Programming as required and work closely with the Director of Public Relations to promote SBA events and activities. Familiarity with graphic design is desirable.
Director of Public Relations
2017-18 Director of Public Relations: Eashaa Parekh
These individuals will create publications and/or posters on behalf of the SBA for sponsored events and activities as well as on-demand creative projects for the SBA Bulletin Board. Additionally, this person will maintain the Bulletin Board Policy. This individual is also in charge of the social media accounts of the SBA, which includes but is not limited to moderating the Facebook pages for content, monitoring AbovetheLaw, and posting to Facebook and Instagram. Further, this person is in charge of finding new mediums through which the SBA can better communicate with the students.
Director of Technology and Assistant Director(s)
2017-18 Director of Technology: Kristin Capes
Assistant Directors of Technology: Josh Klein, OPEN
These individuals oversee the use and maintenance of the SBA website, working closely with the Chief of Staff and his or her Deputies on the website design and website content. This includes but is not limited to managing the calendar, descriptions, and submission forms. Creatively this person will be allowed to create content meant to highlight the SBA’s accomplishments online in a more permanent way than through social media. He or she will also help student groups with online PayPal sales for their fundraisers. This position is a great opportunity to develop computer as well as interpersonal skills. This position will also work closely with the Chief of Staff and President directly.
2017-18 SBA Photographer(s): OPEN
Photographers take photos of various SBA activities and events and provide them to the Comms branch as requested.
Director of Student Organizations (Chair of Gavel Club)
2017-18 Director of Student Organizations: Beck Zucker
This individual is responsible for running the “Gavel Club”—or organization of GW Law Student Organization Presidents. He or she will be the primary conduit between student organizations and the SBA, identifying needs of this constituency and coordinating meetings of the Gavel Club for all student organization presidents. This individual will work closely with the COS and the President.
Academic Affairs Committee
2017-18 Director of Academic Affairs: Matthew Kosior
2017-18 Academic Affairs Committee: Kelly Garson, OPEN
These individuals work with the Director of Academic Affairs to assist in publishing reports that will eventually be given to the administration and faculty for review.
Director of Graduate Student Policy
2017-18 Director of Graduate Student Policy: Ashley Bryone-Jack
This individual is responsible for coordinating with the student governments of the other graduate schools at GW in order to cooperate on common policy goals. He or she will be the primary conduit between the other graduate schools and the SBA. This individual will also be responsible for representing the school at certain university events. This person will also work closely with the SA Senators and monitor SA activity. This year in particular, the administration hopes to work on the HPPS Alcohol Policy and examine ways in which to improve the Aston.
Graduate Student Policy Committee
2017-18 Graduate Student Policy Committee: Liz Hoadley, OPEN
These individuals work with the Director of Graduate Student Policy to conduct SBA initiatives.
Director of the SBA Faculty Appointment Committee
2017-18 Director of the SBA Faculty Appointment Committee: Molly Rucki
This individual will serve as the student representative to the Faculty’s Appointments Committee and will chair the SBA Faculty Appointment Committee, selecting students to participate and coordinating which committee members will sit in on interviews of potential faculty hires.
SBA Faculty Appointment Committee
2017-18 SBA Faculty Appointment Committee: OPEN
These individuals work with the Director of the SBA Faculty Appointment Committee to conduct SBA initiatives.
Tenure & Promotions Committee Representative(s)
2017-18 Tenure & Promotions Committee Representative(s): Renae Vanwijk
This individual will serve as the student representative on the Faculty Tenure & Promotions Committee.
Executive Compliance Officer
2017-18 Executive Compliance Officer(s): Jessica Yarnes, OPEN
Responsible for assisting the SBA in remaining compliant with all policies for events with alcohol.