Oversight and Appeals Commission

Chairperson (Legislative and Executive Oversight Commissioner)

Justin Kane Welch

E-mail: jkwelch@uwm.edu

Major(s): History, Religious Studies, Jewish Studies; Certificate in Middle East and North African Studies

Year: 4th

Hometown: Sturgeon Bay, WI

Hello, my name is Justin Welch. I was born and raised in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  I am a non-traditional (adult, veteran, LGBT+, first generation) student, I am a triple major in History, Religious Studies, and Jewish Studies, and getting a certificate in Middle East and North African Studies. I am involved in UWM student government (Student Association), Phi Alpha Theta (a history honors society), UWM Honors College, and Religious Studies Student Organization; as well as having been involved in others throughout my time here. I’m currently employed at the UWM Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a Tour/Welcome Guide; and in the past have been a First Year Mentor and New Student Orientation Leader with the UWM Student Success Center. I would eventually like to live and work in Southwest Asia, researching and attempting to understand the development and evolution of the Abrahamic religions.

Registered Student Organization Commissioner (RSOC)

Maria Lemesheva

E-mail: lemeshe2@uwm.edu

Major(s): Philosophy (Pre-Law); Minor in Political Science

Year: 4th

Hometown: Tolyatti, Russia (about 600 miles southeast of Moscow)

I have always been interested in law, the way it works, and the way it is applied. My first experience with law began at a Superior Court of California where I was a Court Operation Volunteer. I also volunteered for the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. However, law is not my only interest, my second interest is health. As a result of that I chose to follow two paths. Aside from my college and work I am also a yoga teacher. My goal is to attend a law school in two years. I want to practice immigration law. The reason for that is because I am an immigrant myself and even though my experience was smooth, many other people have a hard time with it. My future goal as a lawyer would be to make the process run for my clients as smooth and easy as possible.

Student and Parking Appeals Commissioner (SPAC)

Drew Kendl

E-mail: amkendl@uwm.edu

Major(s): Criminal Justice; Certificates in Community Leadership and Death Investigation

Year: 4th

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Involved heavily in Greek Life on campus. Involved in various committees as well like the Pantherfest Planning Committee and the Athletics New Direction Committee. Love helping students in any way possible!

Human Resources Commissioner (HRC)

Ali Yusuf

E-mail: aliyusuf@uwm.edu

Major(s): Pre-Law/Civil Engineering major - Political Science minor

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Kano, Nigeria

My name is Ali Yusuf, I am 19 years old. I started working at the Oversight and Appeals Commission in March 2014, the second semester of my freshman year. I serve as the Human Resources Commissioner. I was born in Milwaukee, WI and moved to Nigeria when I was about 3 years old. I lived there for about 13 years. I am fluent in the native language, which is Hausa. I moved back to the States my freshman year of high school and Attended Salam school for all four years. I currently live in Milwaukee and commute to campus. I also play Intramural soccer and tennis.

Records and Administration Commissioner (RAC)

William Casey

E-mail: wacasey@uwm.edu

Major(s): Global Studies (Arabic/French focus), minoring in History

Year: 4th

Hometown: Springfield, MA

I grew up moving around in a military family - ten moves, to be exact. As I never stayed in the same place for long, I wanted my career to involve international studies in some capacity.  History is a fantastic compliment to my major.  (My second major passion is music; not minoring in that, but taking a boatload of band classes.)  I am also active in Greek life on campus.