2017 Fall Senate & Executive Officers

Our senate is made up of students who live in and represent the Drumlin District, the Esker District, the Off-Campus District, and the At-Large District.

Student Body President

Tom Kind

      Tom Kind is from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He graduated from Sheboygan Lutheran High School in 2015. He began attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Fall 2015. He is a General Management major in his third year. Tom enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and hiking. 

      The role of the Student Body President is largely external and policy focused. The position serves as the head of the student side of shared governance. When the senate passes legislation, it is up to the president to approve of the legislation or veto the legislation. Vetoing legislation puts it back on the floor for the senate to have an opportunity to override the veto. This would require a two-thirds majority of the senate. The president is the direct line of communication between the governing body and the university administration. The president serves a one year term that begins July 1 and ends June 30. If you wish to contact the president please email WSGpres@uww.edu.

Vice President

Hogan Veserat

      Hogan Veserat is a Sophomore from Monona, WI. He graduated from Monona Grove High School in 2016. He began attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Fall 2016. He is a Marketing major in his second year. In his spare time, Hogan enjoys biking, fishing, and spending time with his friends.

      The role of the Vice President is the internal manager of the Executive Board. They serve in the stead of the president when the president is unavailable. The vice president is also responsible for keeping the office in an orderly fashion, and bridging the gap between the senate and the Executive Board. The Vice President is elected on a slate with the President and serves a 1 year term. The Vice President can be reached at WSGVP@uww.edu


Academic Affairs

Pasan Samaranayake

      Pasan Samaranayake is an international student from Sri Lanka. He is a double major in Computer Science and Economics. He is a Junior in his second year. Pasan enjoys reading, his leadership role in Enactus, and focusing on academics, he also the vice president of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. 

      The Academic Affairs Director is responsible for providing student voice to academic related initiatives in the university. They work closely with the Deans of the colleges and work to provide resources for academic grievances. The head the academic affairs committee. To contact the Academic Affairs Director, email WSGacademic@uww.edu.

Clerk and Internal Affairs

Kaija Miller-Kyles

      Kaija Miller-Kyles is a senior from Milwaukee, WI. Erica Schaefer is a Junior from Edgar, WI. She attended Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Kaija tansfered from UW-Stevens Point where she was a member of the Beta Chapter of TIFU, a cultural ensemble that began at UW-Whitewater. 

      The Clerk maintains all records, records minutes, ensures that the body follows state law, runs the senate and executive elections, and serves on the executive board. Email the Clerk at Clerk@uww.edu. 

Community and Communication

Michael Barrera

      Tom Dircks is a Sophomore from Brookfield, WI. He graduated from Brookfield Central High School in 2016. He began attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Fall of 2016. He is a Finance major in his second year. Tom enjoys researching investments and spending time with friends in his spare time and is a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.

      The Finance and Entrepreneurship Director runs many of the events put on by WSG, including the Taste of Whitewater where students can try the food from local restaurants and our university contract holder A'viands, the Housing Fair which brings landlords to campus to introduce students to housing options, and many others focused on bringing students and community members together. Contact the Finance and Entrepreneurship director at WSGfine@uww.edu.

Intergovernmental Affairs

Jesse Black

      Jesse Black is a Sophomore from Milwaukee, WI. He attended Vincent High School and received his GED in 2015. He began attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Spring of 2017. He is a History major and American Indian Studies minor in his second year. Jesse enjoys reading, playing basketball and football, and writing. Jesse is a brother of Latino America Unida, Lambda Alpha Upsilon. 

      The Intergovernmental Affairs Director is responsible for informing the Senate of the importance of Shared Governance, bringing legislators to campus to be a part of our campus culture and meet students to hear their concerns, and maintaining a connection with legislators and their work. Contact the Intergovernmental Affairs Director at WSGintergov@uww.edu.

Student Affairs

Ashley Unmacht


      Ashley Unmacht is a Senior from Sun Prairie, WI. She graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 2015 where she served as the Student Body President. She began attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Fall of 2015. Ashley is a Resident assistant and is pursuing a graduate degree in student affairs. 

      The Director of Student Affairs is responsible to stressing the needs of students. This position focuses on diversity and inclusion in the student body, as well as serving as the student government representative on the Connection Student Council. Email the Student Affairs Director at WSGsa@uww.edu

Student Affairs, Safety

Bryan Thommes

      Bryan Thommes is a Junior from Lake Villa, IL. He graduated from Lakes Community High School in 2015. He began attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Fall of 2015. He is a Finance major in his third year. Bryan enjoys fishing and being outdoors his spare time.

      The Student Affairs Director of Student Safety is responsible for running the It's On Us campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault and to find areas of improvement in regards to student safety on the UW-Whitewater campus. They conduct a safety walk through the campus with campus administration to address these issues. 


Public Relations

Hunter Kastler


      Hunter Kastler is a Junior from Rockton, IL. He is a Marketing major in his third year. He began attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Fall of 2015. Hunter enjoys playing sports, socializing and taking an active role in his faith through his involvement with InterVarsity.

      The Director of Public Relations is responsible for communications in the student government. They run the social media for WSG, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. They are responsible for maintaining relationships with university communication outlets including the Royal Purple, University Marketing and Communications. Email the Public Relations Director at WSGpr@uww.edu.


Speaker of the Senate

Sean Spangard

      Sean Spangard is a Senior from Crystal Lake, IL. He is a Finance major in his fourth year. Sean has attended three universities including UW-Plattville, and came to UW-Whitewater in 2017.

      The Speaker of the Senate leads the senators and senate leadership by conducting the meeting every Monday night. They are in charge of the agenda, and making sure that they follow state and federal laws for open meetings as a governing body. The Speaker of the Senate serves on the Executive Board as an ex-officio member to help bridge the relationship between the Senate and Executives. The speaker appoints senators and representatives to campus standing committees to provide the student representation in campus decisions. The speaker can be reached at WSGspeaker@uww.edu.