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: Junior

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: Sophomore

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: thornt35@uwm.edu


John Thornton

Major(s): Accounting and Finance

Year: Senior

Hometown: Saint, Paul, MN

My name is John but a lot of my friends call me JT, you can call me either. I am an accounting and finance major here at UWM. I have a passion for accounting and finance because they are logical and analytical. I am a senior and will be graduating this May and could not be more excited. After I graduate I will pursue a fifth year master’s degree called the MSPA to earn enough credits to be a licensed CPA. Next, I hope to move home to the Twin Cities where I grew up. Aside from accounting and finance I enjoy many other things. For example history; I love studying ancient Rome and Egypt, but my favorite period of history is from American history from World War I to now. I also enjoy camping, reading, running and investing/general business. I believe that a good work ethic and integrity are what sets individuals apart from one other, and as a result I strive to be recognized as a hardworking, honest man.


E: sdadrass@uwm.edu

Student Organization Appropriations Director

Sarah Dadrass

Major(s): Occupational Studies

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Northbrook, IL

Sarah was recently appointed as the Student Organization Appropriations Director by the SA Senate. As SOAD, Sarah chairs 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: aearney@uwm.edu

Marketing and Programming Director

Annabelle Arney

Year: Junior

Hometown: Madison, WI

Annabelle was recently appointed as the SA's Marketing and Programming Director. Annabelle's role is to coordinate all marketing, social media, press releases and events for the SA. Prior to taking on this role, she served as the Student Organization Advocacy Senator and Vice Chair of the Student Appropriations Committee. She is also the Panhellenic Chair of Greek Council.


E: scornell@uwm.edu

Outreach and Recruitment Director

Sean Cornell

Year: Senior

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Sean was recently appointed as the SA's Outreach and Recruitment Director. Sean's role on the Executive Committee is to coordinate outreach initiatives, build relationships with groups of students on campus, and recruit students to fill vacancies on the Student Association. In addition to serving on the Exec, Sean also works for the UWM Post.


E: rsflath@uwm.edu


Rebecca Flath

Year: Senior

Hometown: Jackson, WI

Becky was recently hired to fill the vacant Secretary position. Becky has worked for the SA in various roles for a number of years, most recently as an administrative assistant, and also serves as the SA Office Manager.