Executive Branch

E: sportie3@uwm.edu


Mike Sportiello

Major(s): Chemistry and Philosophy

Year: Senior

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Mike was elected to serve as the student body President for the 2015-16 academic year. His campaign focused on three main goals:

  1. Unite Students at UWM by integrating student org leadership into a Student-Leader Senate to move UWM in a united path against sweeping budget cuts and towards progressive, innovative endeavors
  2. Showcase UWM nationally and in the community by establishing TEDxUWMilwaukee in the university structure to be continued by future students, as well as developing strategic partnerships with Milwaukee businesses and organizations
  3. Secure our Education by protecting our prized academics and world-class research experiences by using those strategic partnerships, as well as actively working with lawmakers and Wisconsin citizens for financial alternatives to protect our future 


E: ejbraun@uwm.edu

Vice President of Student Affairs

Evan Braun

Major(s): Musical Theatre Performance

Year: Senior

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI

Per my major, I love music, theatre, and dance but I also enjoy antiquing, building replica Light sabers from Star Wars movies (Yeah I know I’m a geek), collecting/researching WW2 memorabilia, and volunteering for political campaigns. I know at first glance it may seem odd that an arts major would be interested in a political office like VPSA. Many could even argue that my major and my position have nothing to do with each other. Obviously, I highly disagree with that idea. I deeply believe that artists and performers should become more involved in community leadership. I have always enjoyed integrating my two passions of performing and leading in anyway possible. I am a proud student of the Peck School of the Arts and an even prouder UWM Panther. I look forward to serving UWM’s diverse and passionate student body this year.


E: herna334@uwm.edu

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Brandi Hernandez

Major(s): Global Management and Economics

Year: Junior

Brandi, formerly an at-large senator, was elected to serve as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the 15-16 year. Her campaign focused on the following goals:

  1. For academics on campus - help deliver relevant,and engaging programs. In order to accomplish this I would need to fill the Program Representatives vacancies. The program representatives is a group of students who are elected by their peers from their specific major. These representatives will discuss issues within their major with the Vice President of Academic Affairs and their Senator of their designated college. Then the Senator, and with my support, will write legislation that will help solve problems within their major field of study.
  2. Advocate for the effectiveness of advising, particularly targeting at-risk students.
  3. Advocate for graduate student benefits such as stipends.
  4. Creating an awareness of programs and resources on campus specifically to fit the needs of transfer, commuter, and non-traditional students.
  5. Recruit students to fill vacancy positions on the senate as a full senate body is a better represented student body.


E: sorens76@uwm.edu


Ryan Sorenson

Major(s): Political Science

Year: Senior

Hometown: Sheboygan, WI

I have been involved in student government ever since I was a freshman. I previously served as a freshman senator, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, Student Body President and I served on countless University Committees. Some issues that I have been working on include sustainably, parking, and campus safety, just to name a few. When I have free time I enjoy playing video games, hanging out, riding my bike, and geocaching. In addition to serving as the Treasurer, I also chair the Senate Finance Committee that deals with the allocation of segregated fees.


E: sdadrass@uwm.edu

Student Organization Appropriations Director

Sarah Dadrass

Major(s): Occupational Studies

Year: Junior

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

I love to travel and be outdoors. I am excited to have the opportunity to help student orgs thrive on campus, and am looking forward to see the SAC process only improve from here on out. I am working towards getting my certificate in Therapeutic Recreation and am therefore a huge enthusiast of doing something good for yourself every single day. As SOAD, I chair the Student Appropriations Committee (SAC), which hears grant applications from student organizations to fund events, operations, and travel. For more information on the SAC process, visit our SAC site.


E: omtye@uwm.edu

Marketing and Programming Director

Ostaveeya Tye

Major(s): Marketing/Political Science

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI





E: mszahran@uwm.edu

Outreach and Recruitment Director

Marlene Zahran

Major(s): Microbiology/Pre-Med

Year: Senior

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Currently I serve as the Outreach and Recruitment Director for the Student Association. I have experience with Outreach and Recruitment through leadership roles in American Medical Student Association. I served as the volunteer coordinator and secretary; I coordinated events/worked one on one with volunteers, and ran a Public Health Program called Movement Camps which consisted of volunteer recruitment and working with the HR Department of the facility. Being the Outreach and Recruitment Director I am honored to help SA become a legacy. I plan on getting the word out there about SA involvement, events, projects, and elections. SA is the voice for students. As a student who didn't know much about SA I plan on informing the student body about this organization. The Student Association is not only here to enrich the student experience but also to represent the student body as a whole, to give students advocacy, and to help enhance student life. Through the SA the students voice is heard and projected to the point of progressive improvement. 


E: shinner9@uwm.edu


Abe Shinners

Major(s): Advertising and Public Relations

Year: Junior

Hometown: Antigo, WI

Growing up in northern Wisconsin I fell in love with the outdoors at a very young age. I have been hunting, fishing, camping and exploring for as long as I can remember. In addition to the outdoors I also love people. It was this love for people and interaction that drew me to the student association. I hope to combine my two passions by working in public relations for a conservation organization after graduation.