Board of Directors

What is the SMUSA Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors is the highest governing body of the Association as defined by the SMUSA Constitution, a governing document that 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.

2020-2021 Board of Directors

Rami Zokari

Rami Zokari

Chair & Chief Governance Officer

Committees
  • University Board of Governors Representative

  • University Academic Senate Representative

  • HR & Governance Committee (non-voting)

  • Finance Committee (non-voting)

  • Society Committee (non-voting)

Joshua Sydney

Joshua Sydney

Vice Chair

Committees
  • HR & Governance Committee
  • Elections Committee
Rhea Nankani

Rhea Nankani

Board Member

Committees
  • Appointment: Academic Senate Representative
  • Elections Committee (Chair)
Brian Tumusiime

Brian Tumusiime

Board Member

Committees
  • Appointment: Academic Senate Representative
  • Finance Committee
  • Society Committee 
Joshua Lafond

Joshua Lafond

Board Member

Committees
  • Appointment: Board of Governors Representative
  • HR & Governance Committee 
Adam Snow

Adam Snow

Board Member

Committees
  • HR & Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Elections Committee 
Jason Yi

Jason Yi

Board Member

Committees
  • Finance Committee (Chair)
  • HR & Governance Committee
Pearl Buyanzi

Pearl Buyanzi

Board Member

Committees
  • Society Committee (Chair)
Abhinav Gaur

Abhinav Gaur

Board Member

Committees
  • Finance Committee
  • HR & Governance Committee