The Catholic University of America




EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE POSITIONS: President, Vice President, Academic Senator, Treasurer, Secretary


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Nominees for PRESIDENT:
  1.   Esther Hudson
Hello!  I'm a student in the School of Philosophy.  I am studying Plotinus’ philosophy of the self, and for the past two years, I have taught philosophy for the FYE program.  This next year will be my sixth year at CUA, and hopefully it will be my fourth year serving the graduate student community through the GSA.  I served as a senator from the School of Philosophy, as Secretary for two years, and as president for the past year.  My experience in GSA has helped solidify to me the importance of having an organized group for the graduate students at CUA that represents all the graduate students at CUA.  In such a group, we are able to discuss issues and possible solutions to problems faced by graduate students, and also the opportunity to speak as a unified body to various university officials about certain issues, when needed. Also, the GSA has been able to support graduate students in various ways, including: conference reimbursement, funding lectures on campus, and socially, through the various events hosted by GSA throughout the year.  I hope to continue in the footsteps of my professors in supporting these GSA programs, with the overall goal of supporting graduate students at CUA professionally, academically, and socially. 
When I need a break from academic activities, I enjoy yoga, running, and food. I enjoy running and yoga (so much time to think!).  During breaks, I spend a fair bit of time working on different quilts, dresses, or other sewing projects.  I also love music, especially singing in choirs or preforming with ensembles, and spending time with my family and friends.
Thank you!
  2.  Katherine Rahill
As an Applied-Experimental Psychology PhD candidate, I am both founder and director of the Lunar Psychophysics Virtual Reality laboratory (, which includes 13 undergraduate research assistants. My research presents a novel interdisciplinary field of specialization, “lunar psychophysics,” which considers a range of visual, neurological and physiological components of sensory perception and their relationship to optical properties of light, atmospheric light scattering, and psychophysics in extraterrestrial lunar environments.

In addition to directing my own research lab, I started two student chapters in 2017: the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the American Psychological Association (APA) Society for Military Psychology. Within the last two semesters, I have invited 7 external speakers, organized 3 student workshops/events, and 3 volunteering/outreach opportunities for these organizations. Notably, I introduced the APS undergraduate mentor program for Psychology majors and facilitated the introduction of the first undergraduate course in Military Psychology.

As a leader, I’ve continually demonstrated my ability to bring students together based on common goals and interests. I have created opportunities for my graduate peers to take on their own leadership roles, such as hosting workshops for grads/undergrads and hosting brown-bag presentations. I view their success as my success, and that is what drives my ongoing investment in these organizations. I believe this type of support is a valuable and essential quality to be an effective GSA president.

If elected as the President of GSA, I plan to apply the same platform I have used to successfully establish my current organizations across the campus as a whole. It would be a great privilege to create these same opportunities for all graduate students. Thus, I plan to provide graduate students more opportunities to apply for internal grant funding, conference support, and organize workshops/events that encourage research collaborations across different departments.
Nominee for VICE PRESIDENT: No nominations - can fill in name
Nominee for ACADEMIC SENATORCarly Jones
My name is Carly Jones and I am a second year political theory PhD student and your current Academic Senator. During my two years at CUA, the university has entered a period of change that will not only alter our time here as graduate students, but will significantly alter the campus environment for those that come after us. While some—but not all—of these changes are welcome ones, it is important to ensure that the graduate students are adequately represented throughout this process. Our presence on the Academic Senate and the Academic Affairs Committee is a key step in ensuring that our needs, beliefs, and desires are not lost as these new policies and guidelines are put in place. If I am reelected, I will continue to listen to your comments and concerns regarding any and all aspects of graduate life at CUA and communicating them to our professors and administration. By embracing our differences, recognizing our similarities, and communicating kindly and effectively with one another we can create a community in which we all can thrive. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year as a member of the Graduate Student Association and I hope that you will grant me the opportunity to continue representing you in the upcoming academic year.
Nominee for TREASURERRob Ryan
I am a PhD student in systematic theology originally from St. Louis, MO. I live in Northern Virginia with my wife, Jen, and I’m excited to seek re-election as GSA Treasurer. Over the past year in this role, I’ve ensured quick rebates for departments, built a strong relationship with the Office of Campus Activities, served as a resource for senators on the utilization of “the Nest,” and increased transparency and clarity of GSA finances through regular, detailed reports to the GSA Senate. Next year, building on this year’s progress, I hope to increase the clarity, transparency, and timeliness of GSA conference funding and further streamline other GSA finance processes. In addition to my service this past year for GSA, I also have served as the Treasurer of the School of Theology and Religious (Graduate) Student Association for the past two years, where I’ve greatly improved the process for conference funding and other expenditures for my school’s graduate students, which has resulted in quicker reimbursements and more clarity about the process for everyone involved. Moreover, I previously worked for six years as the Director of Youth Ministry for one of the largest parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, where I served the teenagers of the parish, managed an annual budget of over $125,000, and was chosen to serve as the treasurer of an annual multi-parish, multi-week summer camp with as many as 300 students. These various duties have given me broad experience in financial record-keeping, and I hope to be able to use them to serve CUA’s graduate students in the coming year!
Nominee for SECRETARYChris Suehr
Chris Suehr is finishing his second year as a student of Religion and Culture in the School of Theology and Religious Studies. He hopes to continue his service to The Catholic University and its graduate student population in the 2018-2019 academic year as Secretary of the Graduate Student Association. He has honed his skills as a Secretary since his time in seminary (Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg), when he served variously as class Trustee, Secretary, and President. While in the parish, he served on the Southwestern PA Synod’s minutes committee, and also on the board of Bethesda Children’s Home – a century-old nonprofit that helps at-risk children and young families. He was also the GSA Parliamentarian, where he shared “fun” facts about Robert’s Rules.
In working or preparing for these positions, Chris has never relied on PACs, SuperPACs, smear campaigns, or negative rhetoric – unlike some candidates. He also brings to the table a CostCo membership, which has supplied GSA meetings with premium snack items such as Nutella Cups and LeCroix sparkling water. His skills for paying attention are exemplified by his ability to find the Wilhelm scream in a Star Wars movie in the first viewing.
Chris has found that serving in an official GSA capacity has helped him help his fellow students and suits his long commute. He likes that, because you are pretty swell.