Brief Bios of 2022-23 Officers

Madyson Fitzgerald, '23
President

Hometown: South Chesterfield, Va.
Majors: leadership studies and journalism
Activities: Copy chief of The Collegian, communications assistant at the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, orientation advisor, student assistant in the Office of Student Development, and member of the Black Student Alliance, Alpha Phi Omega, and Women's Club Rugby
Why I love Jepson: Jepson classes introduce students to both practical and soft skills necessary for life after college. Everything I've learned in Jepson has prepared me for becoming a leader in practice and in mind.
Why JSGA: I want to create more opportunities for freshmen of color to learn about what the Jepson School has to offer as well as safe spaces for people of color to talk about ways to improve race relations in Jepson and the University as a whole. I also want to create more opportunities for Jepson students to get involved in the Greater Richmond community. Most importantly, I want to serve as a voice for everyone within the Jepson School by listening to all points of view.
Fun Fact: Trey Songz visited my dad's restaurant, but he didn't tell me until after the fact ... I'm not upset.

Annie Michael, '23
Senior Senator

Hometown:
Louisville, Ky.
Majors:
leadership studies and philosophy, politics, economics, and law (PPEL)
Activities: 
Member of the co-ed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, member of Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), front desk assistant at the Well-Being Center 
Why I love Jepson: 
Jepson classes are so different and allow you to think about the world in a variety of ways.
Why JSGA: I enjoy working with others and want to serve my peers through my role on JSGA. 
Fun fact: 
I have eaten approximately 50,000 chocolate chip pancakes in my lifetime. 

Ben Queen, '23
Senior Senator

Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
Major: leadership studies
Minor: entrepreneurship
Activities: WDCE Radio DJ, Black Student Alliance member, Multicultural Student Solidarity Network member, Robins School of Business special events assistant
Why I love Jepson: The study of leadership is eclectic. It uses examples from the world and many disciplines to help us understand the phenomenon known as leadership.
Why JSGA: I want to help the Jepson School better promote itself to those who may not have given the major/minor a second thought. I also want to be honest about what I'm promoting to prospective leadership studies students, which means helping improve this community and making it something I can take pride in.
Fun fact: I play alto saxophone, piano, and ukulele.

Kathryn Reda, '23
Senior Senator

Hometown:
Middletown, N.J. 
Major:
leadership studies and biochemistry
Activities: Quintero Lab member, Richmond Scholar Ambassador, Omicron Delta Kappa social chair
Why I love Jepson: The interdisciplinary curriculum draws students with a variety of academic interests. The discussion-based classes enable critical thinking and engagement. Most importantly, the professors are so accessible and really want to engage with students. 
Why JSGA: Being a part of Jepson has shaped my collegiate experience in so many incredible ways, and I want to ensure the next generation of UR students learns about all Jepson has to offer.
Fun Fact: I HATE scary movies!

Kiran Saini, '24
Junior Senator

Hometown:
Columbia, Md.  
Major:
leadership studies and biology, pre-med track
Activities: 
Bollywood Jhatkas (dance team) exec team member, South Asian Student Alliance member, Pre-health Web exec team member, Parsons Music library assistant, Science Leadership Scholar, orientation advisor
Why I love Jepson: The professors are some of the best I’ve had at UR! I also love Jepson's liberal arts approach to classes; it’s such a nice balance with all of the science courses I am taking.
Why JSGA: I want to ensure equitable and equal opportunities are being offered to all Jepson students. I also want to continue integrating the class of 2024 into the Richmond community after a COVID-19-based freshman experience.
Fun fact:
I pole vault with a club team outside of UR!

Helen Strigel, '23
Senior Senator

Hometown: Victoria, Va.  
Major:
leadership studies
Minors:
French and law and the liberal arts
Activities: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club Team captain and safety officer, Sport Club Executive Council president, writing consultant, and Passport Café barista
Why I love Jepson: Jepson's unique, engaging class subjects are relevant to graduate school, the workplace, and the world in general. Jepson's close-knit community of students and faculty is really special. I am excited about the blue graduation stole!
Why JSGA: I am honored to have the opportunity to use my passion for the Jepson School to make positive impacts for my peers and friends. 
Fun fact: My hometown has only one stoplight!