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The Executive Officers implement and advocate the interests of graduate and professional students to the university administration and handle the day-to-day operations of the GPSF. The Executive Branch functions by coordinating numerous events, working alongside student leaders, and leading efforts to improve the graduate and professional student experience.

Ryan Collins      

Ryan Collins (he/him/his) serves as the President of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Ryan is from State Road, North Carolina, and he received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University (Class of 2013) and spent five years working in residence life and student affairs at UNC Greensboro. He is now a third year J.D. candidate at the UNC School of Law, with an interest in improving Higher Education. Ryan is also interested in ways to improve higher education both at the local and national levels. Outside of school, Ryan enjoys hiking, playing tennis, or reading a good book. Before serving as GPSF President, Ryan served as a GPSF Senator for the School of Law (2018-19), and as the GPSF Treasurer (2019-20).

Office Hour: Thursday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM via Zoom (Can also meet in person in Student Government Suite on Second Floor of FPG Union)

The President shall be empowered to call and conduct Senate meetings, to appoint committees, to organize a GPSF Cabinet and designate positions therein, to represent the GPSF at all University functions, to speak on behalf of the graduate and professional students, and to initiate and oversee any projects, business, or programs necessary to fulfill the purposes of this organization, so long as these activities are consistent with the Constitution.

Vice President
Kat Furtado   


Kat Furtado (she/her/hers) serves as the Vice President of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation for the 2020–2021 academic year. 

Kat is a native of Bakersfield California, which is located in the Central Valley. She has an M.S. in Animal Biology and a B.S. in Animal Science with a Disciplinary Focus in Genetics, both from the University of California, Davis. Kat is a pursuing her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology. She is passionate about teaching and mentorship, infectious disease research, and promoting science communication and literacy. When able to get outside, Kat loves to hike and go trail running. When at home she loves to cook, try new wines and/or cheeses, and crochet. She was the inaugural senator for first year Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP; 2018-19). She then served as Senator for the Microbiology and Immunology program and as Chair of the Resolutions Development Committee (2019-20).

Office Hour: Tuesday 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM via Zoom (Meeting ID: 784 019 5871; Password: 715671) (Can also meet in person in Student Government Suite on Second Floor of FPG Union)

The Vice President shall serve as the President of the Senate, the legislative body of the GPSF. These duties include running Senate meetings, increasing Senate participation, securing University administration and other external representatives to speak before the Senate, increasing knowledge inside and outside of Senate about the role of GPSF and the Senate, facilitating dissemination of events and information amongst departments, and overseeing the Senate committees.

Chief of Staff
Jalyn Howard   

Jalyn Howard (he/him/his) serves as the Chief of Staff of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation for the 2020–2021 academic year. 

Jalyn is originally from Hillsborough, North Carolina. He is working towards a Masters in Health Administration within the Gillings School of Global Public Health. After receiving his undergraduate degree in Healthcare Management with a minor in Philosophy from Appalachian State University, he is following his passion to help low-income communities receive access to affordable and quality health care. In his downtime, Jalyn is an avid video game player and also enjoys anything outdoors when it is warm outside. He has previously served in the GPSF as a Senator and participated on the Finance Committee (2019-20).

Office Hour: Tuesday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM via Zoom

The Chief of Staff shall be responsible for selecting, organizing, advising, and supporting the GPSF Cabinet, which shall include members and positions as designated by the President. During the first meeting of the GPSF Senate each academic year, the Chief of Staff shall present a “GPSF Cabinet Charter” outlining the current positions, appointees, and the responsibilities of appointees. This charter shall be approved by the Senate by a majority vote of the members present and voting. The powers of the Chief of Staff shall not be limited to those presented here as the President of the GPSF may encourage him or her to take on additional duties or responsibilities.

Chief of External Relations and Advocacy
Maian Adams   

Maian Adams (she/her/hers) serves as the Chief of External Relations and Advocacy of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Maian is a native of Florida but has spent over ten years in North Carolina, where she has been the recipient of sweet tea and honeyed words. Maian graduated from North Carolina Central University, where she received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Maian is a first-year J.D. candidate at the UNC School of Law, with an interest in data privacy law and policy. Maian served on the Honor Court for the 2019-20 school year. Prior to coming to law school, Maian spent two years backpacking covering most of the world by train, plane, boat, and foot. She worked her way from country to country, picking grapes in France, dousing elephants with water in Thailand, and fundraising for a wild-life habitat in Australia. She’s had tea with Buddhist monks in Thailand and has shared many laughs with strangers across her travels, some of whom have become lifelong friends. Maian is a staunch advocate for social justice and lives by the wise words parted on to her by an Aborigine friend— “we are all the same, bunji.” In her spare time, Maian likes to go on hikes with her bearded canine companion, Lila Lemon. She also enjoys hot yoga, traveling, and krav maga.

Office Hour: Wednesday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM via Zoom

The CERA shall be concerned with business outside the realm of the Senate, serving as a liaison between the GPSF, University administration and the community, and be responsible for compiling regular reports on the activities of University Standing Committees, Advisory Committees and Boards and all other duly established committees external to the GPSF, and reporting those activities to the Executive Committee.

Jacob Newton   

Jacob Newton (he/him/his) serves as the Treasurer of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Jacob is working towards a Master of Public Administration and Masters of Science in City and Regional Planning at Carolina. Originally from Raleigh, NC, he received a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Political Science from UNC Pembroke. He is passionate about program analysis and evaluation – figuring out how the desired outcomes of a program can be measured and met in the most effective and efficient way. Outside of academics, Jacob’s interests include reading, writing, biking, cooking, and baking. Before joining the GPSF Executive Board, Jacob was a GPSF Senator and was Chair of the Finance Committee (2019-20). He is also the CFO of the UNC Association of Student Governments (2018-Present).

Office Hour: Monday 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM via Zoom (Meeting ID: jmnewton; Password: 266546) (Virtual ONLY)

The Treasurer shall be empowered to oversee the annual budget, to requisition funds, to keep all financial records, to keep a physical properties list consistent with expenditure of GPSF allocated funds and to conduct all other financial affairs pertaining to the GPSF as necessary.

Chad Lloyd      

Chad Lloyd (he/him/his) serves as the Secretary of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation for the 2020–2021 academic year. 

Chad is a third-year Ph.D candidate in Marine Sciences at UNC, where his research focuses on carbon cycling. He received a dual degree in Chemistry (B.S.) and Anthropology (B.A.) with a minor in Forensic Sciences from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington (Go Seahawks!). Before entering the Department of Marine Sciences, he also received an M.S. in Chemistry from Carolina, where his research focused on drug evaluation using three-dimensional tumor models. He is passionate about improving higher education—through encouraging equitable professional development opportunities for all careers—and environmental research (specifically incorporating the use of MakerSpaces in environmental design and engineering). Outside of school, Chad enjoys painting, playing basketball, rock climbing, reading, and hiking with his friends. Chad has previously served as a GPSF Senator for Marine Sciences (2018-20) and this past year as Chair of the Appropriations Committee (2019-2020).

Office Hour: Fridays 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM via Zoom (Meeting ID: 919 563 9078) (Virtual ONLY)

The Secretary shall be responsible for keeping the minutes of meetings of the Senate, the Executive Board, and the GPSF Cabinet, as well as for maintaining attendance records of GPSF Senators. The Secretary shall maintain all records and files of the GPSF, as well as maintain a current copy of the GPSF Constitution, and shall arrange for permanent preservation of these documents. The Secretary shall publish a list of all representative units, their Senators, and contact information. The Secretary maintains the GPSF Website and Newsletter.


Minutes and Documents

All minutes can be found at the GPSF archives.