Executive Board – 2017-18


President: Sandie Valenzuela
School: School of Education
Program: Counseling (LPCC/PPS)
E-mail: gslmu.president@lmu.edu
Previous GSLMU Involvement: Chair of Service Committee (2015-16), Secretary (2016-17)

Sandie is in the dual-track counseling program, working towards her PPS credential and LPCC internship eligibility and licensure. Previously, she studied Psychology and Social Behavior at UC Irvine, taking additional courses in pre-medicine. Her experience working with children and adolescents encouraged her to transition towards a school counseling career. In her free time, Sandie loves volunteering (especially VBS and camps that support childhood grief), singing, going to Disneyland, and exploring new cuisines and places.

Vice President: Gabriela Arana
School: School of Education
E-mail: gslmu.vicepresident@lmu.edu
Program: Higher Education Administration
Previous GSLMU Involvement: Chair of Service Committee (2016-17)

Secretary: Grace Paz
School: School of Education
Program: Higher Education Administration
E-mail: gslmu.secretary@lmu.edu

Treasurer: Nick Islas
School: Science & Engineering
Program: Health Systems Engineering
E-Mail: gslmu.treasurer@lmu.edu
Previous GSLMU Involvement: Senator (2016-17)

Advisor: Andrea Niemi
Andrea Niemi is a Southern California native and has worked at LMU in Student Life for the past seventeen years. Over her 20 year career in higher education she has worked directly with leadership development, orientation, student work and volunteer service programs, student organizations, Greek life and student government. She currently provides support and manages all areas housed within SLD and directly advises GSLMU (Graduate Students of Loyola Marymount University. In addition to her role in Student Affairs, Andrea is an instructor for the School of Education teaching various leadership courses focusing on the social change model of leadership development. Andrea has her BA from California State University, Northridge and her Masters of Education from Oregon State University. She recently completed the Ignatian Colleagues Program sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities in partnership with the Jesuit Conference of the United States. Andrea’s passion in leadership work is to support students as they discover their gifts and work toward the common good. In her free time, Andrea loves spending time with her family and being outdoors.