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Student Government Association Profiles

Joel Yate | President

Office Hours: TBD


Duties: To conduct all full SGA meetings, hold two office hours per week, meet with President Podell monthly, attend at least one standing committee per week, and represent MassBay.

Hometown: Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire)

Major: Computer Science

Clubs and Interests: International Students Club, Students of Color, LEAD Program, Music, Technology, Psychology

Fun fact: I am a perfectionist

Why I joined SGA: I joined the SGA to find solutions to community problems.

Derin Saunders | Student Trustee


Duties: To facilitate communication between the Board of Trustees and the SGA, attend the Board of Trustees meetings (voting) and the full SGA meetings (non-voting), and represent MassBay.

Braiden Sullivan | Vice President of Internal Affairs

Braiden Sullivan | Vice President of Internal Affairs Braiden Sullivan | Vice President of Internal Affairs Email:
Office Hours: Mondays and Fridays 3-4pm

Duties: As the Vice President of Internal Affairs, it is my role to maintain the records of all committee meetings as well as that of both the executive and general assemblies. Secondly, it is my duty to hold voting members accountable to fulfilling their responsibilities within the organization. Lastly, it is my job to create, update, and release the notes from all meetings and communicate any concerns with advisors.

Hometown: Newton MA

Major: Political Science

Clubs and Interests: For involvement at school, I am part of the PTK Honors Society, the Journalism Club, and the Baywatch podcast. Regarding personal hobbies, I enjoy Exercise, Meditation, Drawing, and Writing.

Why I Joined: I joined SGA because I take great interest in the function of government. I wanted to witness the process from the inside and help ensure that the wants and needs of the student body are properly respected and represented.

Ronan Keane | Vice President of Academic Affairs

Office Hours: Mondays 11:20am-12:20pm and Tuesdays 2pm-3pm Academic Affairs Committee Meetings: Fridays 11-12pm


Duties: To chair, recruit and develop members for, and hold a weekly meeting for the Academic Affairs Committee, hold at least two office hours per week, meet with the MassBay chief academic officer monthly, and address students’ academic issues.

Hometown: Needham, Ma

Major: Communications

Clubs/Interests: I am in the MassBay Podcast Club, Intramural Basketball, and SGA. I enjoy surfing, running, and working out. 

Why I joined SGA: I believe the work SGA does is essential and meaningful. I am truly honored to be able to represent my peers and work with others to create effective change. Through this position, I want to increase school pride and change the public perception of what a MassBay student is; a highly motivated, future-oriented, serious student. 

Adrian Gilbert Miller | Vice President of Student Affairs

Adrian Gilbert Miller Adrian Gilbert Miller Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm. Student Affairs Committee Meetings: Thursdays 3-4pm


Duties: As the Student Affairs Vice President at Massachusetts Bay Community College, my primary responsibility is to address the multifaceted non-academic needs of our diverse student body. With a dedicated focus on fostering a supportive and inclusive campus environment, I diligently work to alleviate challenges such as housing insecurities and food shortages that some of our students may face. By collaborating with local resources, community organizations, and college departments, I strive to implement practical solutions to ensure every student has access to secure housing and sufficient nutrition. In doing so, my role extends beyond traditional academic concerns to encompass the holistic well-being of our students, recognizing that a stable and nourishing environment is fundamental to their overall success and educational experience. Through proactive initiatives and a commitment to student advocacy, I aim to create a campus where every student feels supported, empowered, and equipped to thrive in their academic pursuits.

Hometown: Boston, MA

Major: Biomedical/Chemical Engineering

Clubs/Interests: I am President of the National Society of Black Engineers Massachusetts Bay Chapter, Vice President of STEM for All, President of Open Minds, Student of Color Ambassador, Peer Mentor

Fun Fact: I love listening: I love  listening To All Types of Music Genres, video games, and playing sports (Football, Basketball)

Why I joined SGA: I joined the Student Government Association (SGA) with a deep-seated desire to make a meaningful impact on our school community. Recognizing SGA's pivotal role in representing the student body, I am committed to being a voice that my fellow students can look up to and rely on. By actively engaging in the SGA, I aim to address the concerns and aspirations of our diverse student population, working towards initiatives that enhance the overall student experience. Whether advocating for improvements in campus facilities, fostering a more inclusive environment, or championing the causes that matter to students, I am dedicated to being a proactive force for positive change. Through my involvement in SGA, I aspire to contribute to a school environment where every student feels heard, valued, and empowered to shape their educational journey.

Florentine Overko | Vice President of Campus Activities


Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 1-2pm. Campus Activities Committee Meetings: Fridays 2-3pm

Sunny Cunningham | Vice President of Public Relations

Sunny Cunningham Sunny Cunningham Office Hours: 9:30am-10:30am Tuesday - Thursday


Duties: to communicate to the members of the other SGA committees, keep the campus community and faculty informed of SGA related events and actions, be responsible for the MassBay SGA social media accounts and use them to update the public on SGA activities and promote events

Hometown: I moved every year as a kid so who knows what counts as my hometown. But I did live in Scotland for 10 years!

Major: Business Admin

Clubs and Interests: Next Step in Business club and SGA. I am interested in accounting and marketing!

Fun fact: A fun fact about me is that I also work at the college!

Why I joined SGA: Massbay has given me so much so far and I really wanted to give back and be even more apart of the community so I joined the SGA!

Annalise Rose | Senator

Annalise Rose Annalise Rose Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-12pm. Committee Meetings: Tuesdays 2-3pm


Duties: Attend SGA meetings, host one weekly office hour, attend weekly Event Committee meetings, and listen to the concerns and thoughts of the student body.

Hometown: Wrentham, Massachusetts

Major: Psychology

Clubs/Interests: SGA and various extracurriculars at MassBay. In my free time, I like seeing my friends, drinking tea, reading manga, creatively writing, listening to music, and frequenting bookstores and cafes.

Why I joined SGA: I joined SGA to participate in the planning of activities and events on campus and to advocate for equality and proactive change. I know that many of my peers go to their classes and leave, but I strongly believe there is so much to be gained from joining in all of what MassBay has to offer. We are part of such a tight knit, accepting community, and I think we all have the potential to make a positive difference. My responsibility is to assist people in making their voices heard, so please feel free to reach out to me whenever!

James Munroe-Ellis | Vice President of Finance

Office Hours: Mondays and Tuesdays 1-2pm. Finance Committee Meetings:  Wednesdays 1-2pm


Duties: To chair, recruit and develop members for, and hold a weekly meeting for the Finance Committee, hold at least two office hours per week, maintain financial records of the SGA, facilitate conversation about funding and the SGA budget, meet with the SGA advisor monthly, and keep track of all finance-related activity in the SGA.

Diana Akum | Senator

Office Hours: Thursdays 3-4pm


Duties: To hold one office hour a week and to vote to represent the best interests of all students, and ensure each student feels heard.

Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts

Major: Nursing

Clubs/Interests: Open Minds Club and Massbay African Student Association

Why I joined SGA: I joined the SGA to represent the interest and concerns of the students. I participate in meetings, propose and vote on policies, and communicate with my teammates in the SGA to work to address student concerns, organize events, and advocate student rights and wellbeing.

Emily Flores | Senator

Emily Flores Emily Flores Office Hours: TBD
Duties: Attend SGA meetings, host one weekly office hour, attend weekly Event Committee meetings, and listen to the concerns and thoughts of the student body

Hometown: Newton, MA

Major: Computer Science

Clubs/Interests: STEM Mentor Program, STEM For All Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, SABOR (Students Advocating for Bold Opportunities & Representation), Working out, Girls Who Code College Loop President, Listening to Latin R&B Music, Traveling, and, Reading.

Fun Fact: I am an only child

Why I joined SGA: I decided to join SGA because I want to be an advocate for student concerns. My primary mission is to foster inclusivity and improve the educational experience of every student. By being a part of SGA, I aim to bridge the gap between students and the association, ensuring that their voices are heard and their needs are addressed directly

Abrar Jawad Habib | Senator

Office Hours: TBD


Duties: Work towards enhancing the overall student experience, Represent the interests and concerns of the student body, advocate for positive change and improvements on campus. Hold one office hour a week, and contribute to the Finance and Campus activities committee.

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Major: Business Administration

Clubs/Interests: SGA, Business Club, International Club, PTK, Peer Tutor Program, NABA, Soccer Varsity, Intramural Sports, Unified Sports, Entrepreneurship

Fun Fact: I had my first taste of business at the age of 15, when I was selling refurbished sports equipment at school!

Why I joined SGA: I decided to become a senator because I have a strong passion for making a difference on campus. As a Business Administration major from Bangladesh, I believe that every student's voice should be heard, and I want to be the advocate for their concerns and ideas. I aspire to be a leader on campus, fostering a sense of unity and collaboration among students. Together, we can work towards creating a more vibrant and inclusive campus community that benefits everyone. With our cohesive teamwork, we can definitely create a shared cultural identity at MassBay where students would feel proud of themselves and reach close to their ambitions.

Esther Jagwer | Senator

Esther Jagwe Esther Jagwe Office Hours: TBD


Duties: It is my duty to provide guidance to the SGA Senate with regard to student needs and opinions. To serve as representative of the student body in bringing the views of the student body to the SGA Senate as well as to interpret the opinions and decisions of the SGA Senate to the student body. Active member of the Academic Affairs Committee. Conduct 1-hour per week of SGA office hours.

Hometown: Waltham, MA

Major: Life Sciences

Clubs/Interests: President of the Association of Pre-health science students.

Fun Fact: Fascination of studying about the brain.

Why I joined SGA: I wanted MassBay to feel like a home for every student who joins the community—a place where their opinions, different perspectives, concerns, and ideas are not only recognized and heard but also utilized to create a better and impactful environment for all students. It is an honor to be a representative and voice for advocacy to the student body of MassBay, ensuring that the changes we make now positively impact the next generation of students.

Jack Newman | Senator

Office Hours: Mondays 11am-12pm


Duties: To represent the student body at MassBay Community College, hold office hours one hour per week to meet with students, and bring their concerns and ideas to the SGA table. Moreover, meet with other SGA members to collaborate on improving the MassBay community.

Hometown: Medfield, MA.

Major: Business Administration.

Clubs/Interests: Student Government Association (SGA).

Fun Fact: I'm a Chicago Bears fan.

Why I joined SGA::  I joined SGA because MassBay Community College gave me the tools and encouragement I needed to be successful in the community. The more I became successful, the more I wanted to give back to the community by getting myself involved with SGA and serving the students of MassBay.

Sophia Pan | Senator

Office Hours: Mondays 9am-10am


Duties: To hold one office hour a week, attend SGA meetings, attend weekly committee meetings, and listen to thoughts and concerns of the student body.

Hometown: Newton, MA

Major: Accounting and Finance

Clubs/Interests: SGA, Business Club, Business Mentor Program, Peer Tutor Program. My hobbies include exercising (running, yoga, pilates) traveling, cooking, reading, and hanging out with my friends.

Fun Fact: I love travelling- I studied abroad in High School (Taiwan) and have travelled to 10 countries in my lifetime!

Why I joined SGA: I joined the SGA to build my social and leadership skills, as I wanted to serve as a voice for the student body as well as be a better advocate for student concerns and issues.

Fernanda Rios | Senator

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-3pm


Hometown: Franklin, MA

Duties: Provide guidance to the SGA Senate with regard to student needs and opinions, to serve as representatives of the student body in bringing the views of the student body to the SGA Senate as well as to interpret the opinions and decisions of the SGA Senate to the student body. 

Major: International Business

Clubs/Interests: Business Club, Yoga, Beach

Why I joined SGA: I joined SGA because it is a great way to get involved and build connections with your peers. SGA brings a lot of involvement to the MassBay community; there is something for everybody here, which is one of the many reasons I joined.

Blaise Trodden | Senator

Office Hours: Monday 9:45-10:45AM.


Duties: Attend weekly SGA meetings, host my office hour in the SGA office, attend Finance Committee meetings on Wednesdays at 1:00, and volunteer at various campus events.

Hometown: Weston, MA.

Major: Undecided (interested in business/economics).

Clubs and Interests: Workout Club, Finance Committee, spending time with family, and watching/talking sports.

Fun fact: I’m the fourth child out of seven in my family, five sisters and a brother.

Why I joined SGA: I joined SGA because I wanted to be more involved in the community at Massbay. We are a tight knit team with diverse perspectives and strengths. Teamwork makes the dreamwork, and I love being a part of a winning team. I have made such amazing friends through SGA! I encourage anyone who may be interested in SGA to stop by our weekly meetings!

Khin Zun | Senator

Office Hours: 12:50-1:50pm on Wednesdays (Framingham)


Duties: To regularly attend a weekly meeting for the SGA and for the Academic Affairs Committee, hold at least one office hour per week, voice concerns and opinions of the student body and advocate for the students’ academic and non-academic matters.

Hometown: Yangon, Burma

Major: Nursing

Clubs/Interests: SGA, Nursing Club

Fun Fact: I once won a random draw on a cruise with 350 people and got a giant goodie bag.

Why I joined SGA: Joining the SGA is my way of getting involved in the campus community. The SGA provides a platform where I can connect and work collaboratively with fellow students and participate in the decision-making process that will positively impact the student body. It is an environment that will challenge me, push me out of my comfort zone and allows me to develop skills that will help me in my future endeavors.