Meet the Florham Campus SGA

The Student Government Association (SGA) at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Florham Campus is a group of student leaders, who want to make a meaningful difference to their college community in the areas of  academia, the Division of Student Affairs, and by overseeing the distribution of funds to more than 50 campus clubs and organizations.

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Florham Campus Student Government Association 2015-2016

Executive Board

PorterShi "Porter" Yang
Yang is a junior from Taiwan. He lived in Brisbane, Australia from 2007 to 2012, and he moved to New Jersey in 2013. Yang is triple-majoring in political science, criminology and sociology. He wishes to create a strong and organized SGA; his goal is to support all students because he believes students should have the rights to stand up and suggest what they wish to improve. Yang says, "SGA is owned by every student on campus, and our job is to listen to students and be their problem-solver." Yang tells FDU students, "Don't be afraid to talk to me, let me hear your voices, because I am here for you, so give me as much work as you can!"
PechyonyOren Pechyony
Chief of Staff 
Pechoyony is a senior from East Brunswick, N.J. He transferred to FDU in Fall 2013, and he is majoring in computer science. Pechoyony wishes to make the SGA presence known on campus, and create a large-scale event for entire University community.
Gemignani-PerezVictoria Gemignani-Perez
Alumni Advisor 
Gemignani-Perez is a graduate student from Matawan, N.J. She has been a member of SGA for more than three years.  She received her bachelor’s in psychology in the Spring 2015 and is studying for her master’s in industrial and organizational psychology during 2015-2016 academic year. Victoria wishes to help the undergraduate members of SGA boost school spirit and make the necessary changes students wish to see on campus, because students are the leaders.
Favorite quote: "Appreciate the little things because one day you will look back and realize they were the big things!"
MurayamaJenna Murayama
Speaker of the House (Fall 2015); Secretary (Spring 2016)
Murayama is a junior from Hilo, Hawaii. She is triple majoring in criminology, psychology and sociology. Murayama goal for this year is to be available to all students as much as possible to improve the quality of life on campus.  
Favorite quote: "Let's think the unthinkable; let's do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all." - Douglas Adams
LamaTenzin Lama
Secretary (Fall 2015)
Lama is a senior from Kearny, N.J. She has been a member of SGA since her freshman year and she is majoring in accounting. Lama wishes to make sure that SGA stays organized, by making sure that all members are aware of everything happening in the University.
 Favorite quote: "If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place." 
Anthony TrussoTrusso
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Trusso is a junior from Union, N.J. He is double majoring in history and political science. Trusso’s goal for this year is to provide better communication between student body and faculty members and build greater sense of community amongst the majors and departments.
Favorite quote: "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. Its the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln
Brianna CinelliCinelli
Vice President of Communications and Technology
Cinelli is a junior from Wayne, N.J. Brianna is a QUEST student majoring in humanities. Cinelli’s goal is to get students more involved on campus and to make accommodations for the students, so that they will have the best experience here at FDU.
Favorite quote: "The love you take is equal to the love you make." - The Beatles 
CarleMelissa Carle
Vice President of Student Affairs
Carle is a senior from Roselle Park, N.J. She is majoring in business marketing with a digital concentration, while minoring in graphic design (the current SGA logo was designed by Carle). Her goal for next year is to accomplish the things SGA couldn't do in previous years, and more! She wants to make the voice of the student body heard and help grow FDU to the next level.
Favorite quote: "Everything happens for a reason."
RadovicNikola Radovic
Vice President of Financial Affairs
Radovic is a senior from Belgrade, Serbia. He moved to New Jersey in 2012 and is double majoring in finance and accounting. His goal for this year is to improve himself in every way possible, work hard, get an internship in his dream company, create a better student experience and enjoy life.
Favorite quote: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi 


GranatoAshley Granato
Senator of Communications and Technology
Granato is a junior from Whippany, N.J. She is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. Granato wishes to make SGA more known around campus to have the SGA get more student involved in campus activities.  
Favorite quote: "Dream as if you'll live forever, and live as if you'll die tomorrow."
MehrSean Mehr 
Senator of Communications and Technology
Mehr is a freshman from West Grove, Pa. Mehr is majoring in accounting and his goal for this year is to become as active as he possibly can in campus life and in extracurricular activities. He hopes to try new activities as well as to get to know his interests.
Favorite quote: "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." - Albert Einstein
DukeJillian Duke
Senator of Student Affairs
Duke is a senior from Paramus, N.J. She is majoring in criminology and minoring in business. Duke's goal is to promote a better living environment for the student body and get more students involved.
Favorite quote: "There is no 'I' in SGA." 
ArokiaswamyTiffanie Arokiaswamy
Senator of Student Affairs
Arokiaswamy is a freshman from Avenel, N.J. She is a majoring in international business and her goals for this year are to pass all her classes with As and Bs, to live on campus, become more involved in extra curricular activities, and to rush a sorority.
Favorite quote: "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." - Theodore Roosevelt
cruisKayla Cursi
Senator of Financial Affairs
Cruis is a sophomore from Basking Ridge, N.J. She is majoring in accounting. She wishes to make students feel like their opinions matter and to increase communication between faculty and students to make Fairleigh Dickinson a place students want to be.
RocheKelly Roche
Senator of Financial Affairs
Roche is a senior from Haddon Township, N.J. Roche is majoring in accounting. Her goal is to create more on-campus events for students to go to.
Favorite quote: "A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step." 
VanceDavid Vance
Senator of Financial Affairs
Vance is a freshman from Stanhope, N.J. He is double majoring in accounting and finance. Vance wishes to rise to a higher position in the SGA while maintaining his goal for his GPA and being involved in several groups. He'd like to get his name out there through his involvement and know everyone on campus.
Favorite quote: "Fail not for sorrow, falter not for sin. But onward, upward, till the goal ye win." - France Kemble
MehtaShivani Mehta
Senator of Academic Affairs
Mehta is a junior from Freehold, NJ. She is majoring in biology and her goal is to create more opportunities to help students thrive academically.
Favorite quote: "If you want to shine like the sun, first you will have to burn like it." 
ObiwumiOreoluwa Obiwumi
Senator of Academic Affairs
Obiwumi is a sophomore from Sicklerville, N.J. She is double majoring in communications and political science. Her goal for this year is to increase student familiarity with SGA, and to help students learn and have fun with their majors.
Favorite quote: "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." 
GonzalezJhonattan Gonzalez
Senior Class Senator
Gonzalez is a senior from North Plainfield, N.J. He is majoring in criminology while minoring in forensics, pre-law and advertising.
Favorite quote: "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."- Joshua J. Marine 
Lorraine WrightWright
Senior Class Senator
Wright is a senior from South Orange, N.J. She is majoring in accounting and her goal is to see more unity in the FDU community among organizations, Greek life, clubs, students and faculty.
Favorite quote: "Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." 
TurnquistLeonard Turnquist 
Junior Class Senator
Turnquist is a junior from Lumberton, N.J. He is majoring in political science. His goal for this year is to serve once again as an SGA senator and continue to working on improving student life here on campus. He also would like to being working in his field of international relations and graduate with all honors.
Favorite quote: "Doing the right thing means pissing people off." 
TheoretAlicia Theoret 
Junior Class Senator
Theoret is a junior from Freehold, N.J. She is majoring in criminology and psycholog. Her goal for this year is to get students more involved in on-campus events in order to help create unity and more school spirit.
Favorite quote: "I could have missed the pain, but I'd have had to miss the dance."
RojasDaniela Rojas
Sophomore Class Senator
Rojas is a sophomore from Rutherford, N.J. She is majoring in biology and she wishes to foster the growth of the campus and its pride. She also wishes to help develop a tight-knit campus where the student body is heard.
Favorite quotes: "Be happiness itself." - Buddha / "The purpose of life is a life of purpose." - Robert Byrne
AlhaddadNora Alhaddad
Sophomore Class Senator
Alhaddad is a sophomore from Paterson, N.J. She is majoring in biology and she wishes to make FDU a place where alumni want to come back. Alhaddad also wants students who aren't a part of SGA to know that their voice matters
Favorite quotes: "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle / "Expect problems and eat them for breakfast." - Alfred A. Montapert 
WilliamsCecilia Williams 
Freshman Class Senator
Williams is a freshman from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She is majoring in political science with a concentration in international relations. Williams wishes to help the Class of 2019 be more active, aware and involved on campus, and let them know that they have a voice on campus through SGA.
Favorite quote: "What prompts us to action is desire, and desire has three forms- appetite, passion, wish." - Aristotle
BoyleDanielle Boyle 
Freshman Class Senator
SantosKeren Santos
Commuter Senator
Santos is a junior from Sparta, N.J. She is majoring in marketing and she has three goals for this year: 1) Create a family environment between commuters and residents, 2) Improve student engagement in academic and campus events and, 3) Revamp/renovate commuter lounge.  
Favorite quote: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. "
Victoria Castro
Student Comptroller
Castro is a junior from Staten Island, N.Y. She is working in Dean of Students office and she is majoring in accounting. Her goal is to work to her fullest potential and to help every club and organization to the best of her ability.
Favorite quote: "Promise me you'll always remember, you're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." - Winnie the Pooh

General Members

PaulinoNatasha Paulino 
Paulino is a freshman from Garfield, N.J. She is double-majoring in political science and criminology. Her goal for this year is to make a difference on campus.
Favorite quote: "There are no random acts...We are all connected... You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind." - Mitch Albom
RodriguezChristian Guevara-Rodriguez
Guevara-Rodriguez is a freshman from Parsippany, N.J. He is double-majoring in criminology and sociology. He wants to improve FDU and let the voice of the students heard in order to make coming to school a more enjoyable experience for the whole FDU community.
Favorite quote: "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 
KadakiaSagar Kadakia
Kadakia is a freshman from Parsippany, N.J. He is majoring in finance and hopes to be elected as senator of financial affairs in the coming academic year. He hopes that all his efforts and input help him achieve his goal.  
Favorite quote: "The road to riches is never straight and narrow. It can be riddled with financial land mines." - Kevin O'Leary  
DruryJennifer Drury 
Drury is a freshman from Randolph, N.J. She is majoring in communications and minoring in business administration. She wishes to help the commuter population become more integrated with the resident students, and to help them become more involved on campus.
Favorite quote: "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" - Lewis Carroll
PolidoroSamm Polidoro
Polidoro is a freshman from Lancaster, Pa. She is majoring in marketing with a concentration in digital marketing. Polidoro intends to be involved and take advantage of as many FDU opportunities as possible.
Favorite quote: "The quickest way to way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket." - Will Rogers
JohnsonLance Johnson 
Johnson is a sophomore from North Brunswick, N.J. He is majoring in biology. His goal is to help the SGA organization in whatever way possible to accomplish its goals, and to establish the presence of SGA among the student body to let them know who they could reach out to for what they need.
Favorite quote: "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." - Milton Berle 
MessinaCourtney Messina
Messina is a sophomore from Whippany, N.J. She is in the QUEST program, majoring in psychology and has a certification in Special Education and Middle School Math. Messina wishes to help make a difference for the school and students this year.
Favorite quote: "Either you run the day, or the day runs you." - Jim Rohn