Meet the SOGS Executive!



About our President: kirstyn (they/them) is a PhD candidate in Library & Information Studies (FIMS). They were the SOGS VP External in 2017-18 and the SOGS Pride Commissioner in 2015-16.

Get in touch: president[at]sogs[dot]ca



About our VP Academic: Danica Facca (she/hers) is a second year PhD student in the Department of Health Information Science. To learn more about Danica, please check out her FIMS profile here
Get in touch: academic[at]sogs[dot]ca


About our VP Advocacy: Yousuf Hasan (he/him) is doing a PhD in Philosophy of Science & Mathematics. At SOGS, he’s been involved as a host and producer at GradCast, the official SOGS radio show and podcast.

As your VP Advocacy, he hopes to ensure that marginalized voices are heard in particular and through teamwork we achieve a thriving environment at SOGS and beyond.

Yousuf wants to hear from you! Contact him with any personal concerns, advocacy ideas to improve graduate student experience, or if you need his support raising awareness on related issues.    

Get in touch: advocacy[at]sogs[dot]ca


About our VP Finance: Becky (she/hers) is a 3rd year PhD student in Neuroscience. Her research focuses on older adult’s perceptions and efficacy surrounding memory abilities. Becky has previously served on various SOGS committees such as Sustainability, Grad Club, Finance, as well as Subsidies and Bursaries since 2018.

Get in touch: finance[at]sogs[dot]ca

VP Student Services | EFFIE SAPURIDIS

About our VP Student Services: Effie Sapuridis (she/her) is a 2nd year Media Studies PhD student in FIMS. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English literature with a focus on young adult literature. Her work  centers on digital humanities, online fan communities and fan works, young adult media, and feminist media studies.  Effie previously served as SOGS Speaker and is involved in Senate, as well as several faculty-level committees and initiatives. To learn more about Effie, please check out her FIMS profile here.

Get in touch: services[at]sogs[dot]ca

Meet the SOGS Non-Executive Officers!


For matters pertaining to SOGS Council, governance, unified documents, appeals, and elections, please see:

Speaker | VACANT

Get in touch: speaker[at]sogs[dot]ca

Deputy Speaker | MITCHELL GLOVER

Get in touch: deputy.speaker[at]sogs[dot]ca

About our Deputy Speaker: Mitchell Glover (he/him) is a PhD student in musicology whose research focuses on the orchestral transcriptions of Modest Mussorgsky’s piano work Pictures at an Exhibition. Drawing on research from translation studies, the cultural theory of cover songs, and music ontology, he shows why orchestral transcriptions of Mussorgsky’s work proliferated in the twentieth century and how the various orchestrators of the work approached their task. Mitch holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from Western (2017) and a Bachelor of Music (hon.) with a minor in German-language studies from the University of Windsor (2015).

Mitch is active in the Western graduate student community, currently serving as the secretary for the Society of Graduate Students in Music. He also pursues his interests in policy by sitting on the Policy Committee and the Bylaws and Constitution Committee for the Society of Graduate Students at Western and by acting as the Graduate Student Representative for the Appeals Committee for Western’s Parking and Visitor Services.


For matters pertaining to issues surrounding academic, professional, and interpersonal conflict, please see:

Ombudsperson | CLAIRE TULLY

Get in touch: ombudsperson[at]sogs[dot]ca

About our Ombudsperson: Claire Tully (she/her) is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry with a focus on corrosion. Her research is applied to the safe disposal of used nuclear fuel in Canada in partnership with Nuclear Waste Management Organization. 


For matters, issues, and conflicts pertaining to academics, please see:

Peer Advisor for Academic Matters | KEVIN MOORE

About our Peer Advisor: Kevin Moore is a current Western student completing his MSc in the department of Medical Biophysics. His current research involves the characterization of blood flow in atherosclerotic patients. Kevin completed his undergrad at the University of Ottawa, obtaining his BHSc in Health Science. When not in the lab, Kevin enjoys making and playing music, as well as spending as much time as possible with family and friends

Get in touch: advisor.academic[at]sogs[dot]ca


For matters pertaining to elections, please see:

Chief Returning Officer | ESTHER FAGBEMI

Esther is a Toronto native who is currently working on her Master’s of Science in Business Analytics at Ivey. She graduated from Laurentian University this year with a degree in Accounting. If she is not in class, she is at home watching movies or reading case studies for her grad school program.

Get in touch: cro[at]sogs[dot]ca

Deputy Chief Returning Officer | MITCHELL GLOVER

Get in touch: dcro[at]sogs[dot]ca


Meet the SOGS Commissioners!


For matters pertaining to SOGS advocacy and community outreach, please see our Commissioners. Learn more about the roles of each SOGS commissioner here.  

Accessibility Commissioner | ELIZABETH MOHLER

About our Accessibility Commissioner: Elizabeth Mohler graduated from the master’s program in Health and Rehab Sciences, Occupational Sciences from Western University in 2012 . In 2020, she started her doctoral work in the school of Occupational Science, cross appointing in Disability Studies. Elizabeth’s doctoral research will explore the impact that access to direct funding has on the occupational performance and engagement of people with disabilities (PWDs) who receive funding from the Ontario Direct Funding (ODF) program to ‘self-manage’ their attendant services.

During her time at Western, she was the SOGS Commissioner for Students with Disabilities from 2010-2012. In this role as Commissioner, Elizabeth successfully for advocated for audible pedestrian signals on campus and built partnerships with USC Accessibility Committee to create a guide for hosting inclusive and accessible social events on campus.

After graduating from her master’s program, she worked for the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) as a research consultant, developing resources for students with disabilities transitioning from post-secondary to employment. In 2016 she became a Community Engagement Lead at Balance for Blind Adults, and in 2019 became the inclusive hiring project coordinator at Ryerson Magnet.

In addition to her full-time work, Elizabeth sits on the Education Standards Committee for the Ontario Government, where she advises and deliberates on educational policies pertaining to students with disabilities, providing recommendations around how to make Ontario’s post-secondary sector more inclusive.

Get in touch: accessibility[at]sogs[dot]ca

Gender Concerns Commissioner | ZARA DIAB

About our Gender Concerns Commissioner:

Zara Diab is a first year PhD student in the English and Writing Studies department at Western. She is planning to study how contemporary American Literature and media reflects and perpetuates rigid gender scripts that have played a key role in birthing a violent extremist group like the incels. Through her research, she hopes to make constructive contributions to the discourse surrounding rape culture. She has taken courses on topics including feminism, violence, terrorism, intersectionality, queer identities and sexuality, human sexuality, women’s self defence, and acquaintance rape, and strives to continue learning about issues related to sexuality and gender. She is a survivor of sexual violence and wants to be there for other survivors and work toward creating a safer and more accepting campus for people of all gender identities.


Get in touch: gender.concerns[at]sogs[dot]ca

Indigenous Commissioner | VACANT

About our Indigenous Commissioner:

Get in touch: indigenous[at]sogs[dot]ca

Pride Commissioner | ALESSIA SERVIN

About our Pride Commissioner:

Get in touch: pride[at]sogs[dot]ca

LGBTQ Resources here.

Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioner | JESSICA OMORODION

About our Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioner:

Get in touch: racial[dot]equity[at]sogs[dot]ca


Meet the SOGS and Grad Club staff!


Communications & Promotions Manager HEIDI KELLETT

    • sogs.communications[at]uwo[dot]ca
    • 519-661-3394 or x. 84917
    • Room 8, Middlesex College, Western University

Get in touch with Heidi if you need:

  • to communicate with the SOGS membership (via email, social media);
  • to request formal communications and media from the Society;
  • to schedule departmental orientation sessions (September, January, May);
  • event planning, procurement, prizes, and room bookings
  • graphic design services; and
  • SOGS website maintenance.


    • sogs.accounting[at]uwo[dot]ca
    • 519-661-3394 or x. 84921
    • Room 8, Middlesex College, Western University

Get in touch with Raquel if you need:

  • Assistance with emergency loans or food bank applications
  • Clarifications regarding the SOGS and GC Budgets
  • Grad Club vouchers
  • Guidance regarding SOGS bursary and subsidy awards 
  • Help with SOGS accounts receivables and payables
  • Information regarding your student fees*

* Although SOGS determines some graduate student fees (e.g., those related to SOGS services and dues), the Office of the Registrar determines billings.  SOGS does not have access to student accounts. For clarification on how to view your account, review the WesternU Student Centre , Access Guide HERE.  Login to review your student account HERE.

Governance & Policy Administrator | NICK DESUMMA


      • governance[at]sogs[dot]ca
      • 519-661-3394 or x. 87079

Get in touch with Nick if you need:

  • information regarding SOGS student government (i.e, council), governance structures, including the SOGS Bylaws & Constitution, and policies
  • to submit Councillor Nomination forms, council Alternate Forms
  • submitting reports and other documents to the monthly SOGS council package and/or help with drafting a motion for SOGS Council
  • information about SOGS elections, executive and non-executive positions, and committees
  • information regarding SOGS membership services (i.e., funding, health plan, bus pass and more)

Membership Services Manager | JESSICA ELAINE REILLY


      • sogs[at]uwo[dot]ca
      • 519-661-3394 or x. 83394

Get in touch with Jessica if you need:

  • information about the SOGS benefits and resources
  • assistance with health claims or opting in/out of the health plan
  • guidance regarding SOGS applications and deadlines
  • information about campus resources and peer support
  • travel letters for visa applications

Grad Club Manager MARC LALONDE

    • gradclub[at]uwo[dot]ca
    • 519-661-2111 x. 86386
    • Room 19, Middlesex College, Western University

Get in touch with Marc if you need:

  • assistance reserving Grad Club venue for an event
  • information regarding Grad Club event services and menus
  • to book the Goblet of Knowledge or Grad Club boardroom

Grad Club Operations Manager | MARK BRIGHAM

    • mbrigham[at]uwo[dot]ca
    • 519-661-2111 x. 81227
    • Room 19, Middlesex College, Western University

Get in touch with Mark if you need:

  • assistance with health and safety, Grad Club human resources, event planning and more.