Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Description of Responsibilities

The Board of Directors is the highest governing body of the Association as defined by the SMUSA Constitution, a governing document which can only be changed by a referendum.

The Board consists of up to nine students who are elected from the membership to serve for a term of two years. It is tasked with setting the Association’s direction every year and holding the President accountable to fulfill the Board’s vision. The Board is structured under a Policy Governance Model whereas Board members author and amend policy consisting of:

  1. Executive Limitations – policies that optimize empowerment for management by setting limits
  2. Governance Process – policies that determine the Board’s scope
  3. Board-Management Delegation – linking governance to the President
  4. Ends Policies – the real bottom-line defining what the organization is for and not what it does

The President acts as the Chief Executive Officer and interprets active policies in the day-to-day management of the Association. The Board focuses solely on the future and not the past or present. The Board’s mandate is to establish policy to ensure your Students’ Association is continually working to improve the quality of life and educational experience for each student at Saint Mary’s University.

Crystal Witter

Crystal Witter

Chair & Chief Governance Officer

Email: [email protected]   

Bio

Major: Psychology

Committees:

  • University Board of Governors Representative
  • University Academic Senate Representative
  • HR & Governance Committee (non-voting)
  • Finance Committee (non-voting)
Rami Zokari

Rami Zokari

Vice-Chair

Bio

Major: Finance

Committees:

  • Governance Committee
  • Society Committee
  • Finance Committee
Joshua Lafond

Joshua Lafond

Board Member

Bio

Major: Geography/Economics

Appointment: Board of Governors Representative

Committees:

  • HR & and Governance Committee
Daphne Klajman

Daphne Klajman

Board Member

Bio

Major: Psychology, Religious Studies

Appointment: Academic Senate Representative

Committees:

  • Elections Committee
Rhea Nankani

Rhea Nankani

Board Member

Bio

Major: General Business Studies

Appointment: Academic Senate Representative

Committees:

  • HR & Governance Committee
Henry Peng

Henry Peng

Board Member

Bio

Major: Global Business Management

Appointment: Chair, Society Committee

Committees:

  • Society Committee
  • Finance Committee
Adam Snow

Adam Snow

Board Member

Bio

Major: Marketing

Appointment: Chair, HR & Governance Committee

Committees:

  • HR & Governance Committee
  • Elections Committee
Jason Yi

Jason Yi

Board Member

Bio

Major: Finance, Computing & Information System

Appointment: Chair, Elections Committee

Committees:

  • Elections Committee
  • HR & Governance Committee
  • Finance Committee
Azhar Rahman

Azhar Rahman

Board Member

Bio

Major: Finance

Appointment: Chair, Finance Committee

Committees:

  • Finance Committee
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