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Graduate, Professional and Adult Council Members

Quinlan School of Business
Kevin Wang

I am the second year student studying MSA in Quinlan Business School and I am also the vice president of Quinlan Graduate Business Association who is responsible for the meeting in GPAC.

School of Law
Michael Simonet

Michael Simonet is a third year law student from St. Paul, Minnesota. He has served as a member of the Student Bar Association, the International Law Review, the Moot Court program, and the University Senate. He currently works in the office of the General Counsel for a company headquartered downtown and plans to stay in Chicago after taking the bar.

School of Education

School of Communication
Maliz Mahop

Hello! My name is Maliz Mahop and I am a second-year graduate student studying Global Strategic Communication. I graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Communication and Rhetorical Studies and a double minor in Global Enterprise Technology and Public Communication on a PR track in the Spring of 2015. Currently, I am interning as a production assistant at Windy City Live. I am a proud member of the illustrious organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I am the founder of Light Up the City. An event that inspires millennials to shine their light through engagement, resurgence, and empowerment. Ticket sales from Light Up the City are given to a student to further their collegiate education through this scholarship. In my free time, I love to spread positivity via #memoirsofasocialite, go to the movies, attend events, go to church, binge watch my favorite TV shows, mentor teens, shop, spend time with family and friends, and travel the world!

School of Communication
Megan McKinley

The Graduate School
Chelsea Denault

School of Nursing
Giselle Martinez-O'Connor

Institute of Pastoral Studies
Destiny Mitchell

Institute of Pastoral Studies
Benjamin Lopez

School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Justin Gunn

School of Social Work
Christina Gikas

I am currently pursuing my Master of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. My focus has been working with adolescents and families, with a specialization in mental health. During my first year of my graduate experience, I had the privilege of interning with LUC’s ‘First Star Program’. During this time, I was given the opportunity to develop fruitful relationships with our youth in the foster care system and their parents, advocate for our scholars, and facilitate life-skill workshops. This learning experience allowed me to confirm that I was meant to protect, support, and empower youth. Today, I am the Executive Director of the Winnetka Youth Organization, a nonprofit in the North Shore suburbs that has been serving teens since 1969. I have grown a vision and determination to build upon the foundation that brings youth, a space of safety, fun, and unity. I am highly committed to serving youth and understand the needs of working with this population. Every child and their family deserves access to services, resources, and events that will enhance their quality of life and I enjoy working towards that belief every day. Outside of my professional life, I love: spending quality time with family and friends; volunteering; traveling abroad; eating at trendy restaurants (current favorite – “Beatnik Chicago”); going to concerts; and visiting the Lincoln Park Zoo (favorite animal - lion)! Favorite quote: "You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor" -Aristotle

GSAC Representative
Yver Melchor Hernandez

Originally from Mexico City, Yver Melchor Hernández is a CEPS doctoral student and a Fulbright scholar. Before coming to Loyola, Yver worked as a civil servant in Human Rights Education for the Mexican government. Yver has taught Non-Formal Education and Culture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and has coordinated Peace Education programs in Bolivia, India, and The Netherlands. Yver has volunteered since 2004 as evaluator for UWC-Mexico, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Mexican youth.

School of Medicine

Member at Large
Contrell Washington

Look beyond what you see- Lion King

Member at Large