Executive Board – 2016-17

President: Melissa Iriarte
School: School of Education
Program: Higher Education Administration
Previous GSLMU Involvement: Senator for School of Education (2015-16)
Melissa Iriarte is a born and raised Southern Californian. After graduating from Warren High School in Downey as 33rd in her class of almost 800, she continued on to Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 2007. At LMU, Melissa was a four-year member of Alpha Phi, worked for the Athletic Ticketing Office for all four years, was an English and writing tutor at the Academic Resource Center for three years, was the Senior Copy Editor for the Tower Yearbook for two years, and was a Resident Advisor for one year. Melissa graduated from LMU with a bachelor’s degree in English, with a writing emphasis, a minor in Women’s Studies, and with a journalism certificate attached to her degree as well. Knowing she wanted to venture into the education field, after graduating, Melissa spent four and a half years working fulltime as a substitute teacher for her hometown. However, Melissa decided that the lower levels were not the career path for her and turned her attention to higher education. Melissa started working for the Student Affairs Dean’s Office at her alma mater, LMU, as the Administrative Specialist in February 2015. In June 2015, she was accepted into the pilot cohort of LMU’s Higher Education Administration master’s program. After serving as a School of Education senator for the Graduate Students of Loyola Marymount in her first year as her graduate student, Melissa sought out a leadership position and was announced GSLMU’s 2016-2017 president in April 2016. Melissa is looking forward to the opportunities she will encounter as GSLMU’s fifth president, as well as the possibilities that lie in store for her in the higher education field upon graduation next May.

Vice President: Lauren Moreno
School: School of Education
Program: Educational Studies
Lauren Moreno is presently working as the Program Coordinator at the LGBT Student Services office at Loyola Marymount while simultaneously earning her masters in Educational Studies. Lauren has previously graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University with a Bachelors in Philosophy and a double minor in Pre-Law and Sociology. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the Hollywood LGBT Center in the Lifeworks Department. Training high school students and youth development professionals in LGBT cultural competency and best practices is one of her favorite ways to spend her days off.

Secretary: Sandie Valenzuela
School: School of Education
Program: Counseling – Mental Health/School Counseling
Previous GSLMU Involvement: Chair of Service Committee (2015-16)
Sandie Valenzuela is a Los Angeles-born and Murrieta/Temecula-raised woman who loves to sing, create, travel, eat, and dance. Sandie graduated in 2012 from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior with a Minor in Educational Studies. Originally wanting to pursue medicine, she quickly transitioned into pursuing a counseling career due to the fulfillment working with children at Girls Incorporated of Orange County and grieving teenagers at Comfort Zone Camp. She currently serves GSLMU as Secretary, bringing in secretarial experience from her high school involvement in ASB-Renaissance to her undergraduate experience in Phi Theta Kappa and Amnesty International. At LMU, you can find her in UHall from time to time studying for her Counseling program courses, in Malone as the Judicial Affairs Graduate Assistant.

Treasurer: Lindsay Western
School: Business Administration
Program: MBA
Prior to enrolling in the MBA program Lindsay Western spent eight years working as an administrator in a local non-profit in the Central Ohio area. She is currently a second year MBA with a specialization in Information Technology. On campus she served as GSLMU Treasurer and Internal Outreach for GSLMU.

Advisor: Andrea Niemi
Interim Advisor: Sarah Babb