USMSC Leadership

2017-2018

Caden Fabbi, President
Caden Fabbi is a second-year master's student at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, pursuing a MPP with an emphasis in City Management and Regional Planning. He received a dual bachelor's in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Nevada. He has been a student advocate for years, having previously served as the University of Nevada's Student Body President and the Chair of the Nevada Student Alliance, reporting to the Board of Regents. He currently acts as the Chief of Staff of College P ark's Graduate Student Government, the President of the Policy School's Student Government Association, and as a Graduate Assistant in the University's Student Organization Resource Center, in addition to his presidency with USMSC.

Caden believes that a strong, fair, and equitable system of higher education has tremendous benefits on both micro and macro levels, from the individual being able to sort through actual "fake news" and understanding people different than ourselves; to an entire state's economy benefiting from an educated workforce. He understands the importance of strategic planning and data-driven decision making from his previous roles, and he is excited for the opportunity to articulate the needs of the students in the University System of Maryland at a critical time for higher education. In his free time, Caden enjoys baseball, photography, and live music.

Zack Sodergren, Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs
Zack is currently a sophomore at Salisbury University where he studies psychology and politics. As well as being the Vice President of Undergraduate Affairs, he is also the Chief Justice of the Student Body at Salisbury, the treasurer for Salisbury College Democrats, and is involved in too many clubs and student activities to list.

Zack is a believer that students are the lifeblood of an institution and that their voice is a powerful one that can make meaningful and impactful changes on campus and in the community. He also believes that students should get involved as much as they can and make the most out of their college experience.

Diamond Bracey, VP Graduate Affairs
Diamond has two bachelor's degrees, one in Business from the University of Maryland, College Park and one in Psychology from Bowie State University. Currently, she is in the second year of her master's degree program in Mental Health Counseling at Bowie State University. Additionally, she is a graduate assistant in the Department of Counseling. She brings over four years of student government experience as both an undergraduate and a graduate student. Presently, Diamond serves as the Executive Vice President for the Graduate Student Association at Bowie.

She possesses a proven track record of leadership in a variety of other settings too, including nonprofits, professional organizations, and commercial enterprises. As an organized collaborator skilled in building consensus, her focus is on creating effective teams while empowering and unifying diverse priorities and personalities. She is passionate about working within the system to bring about change, reform, and improvement. For her, the goal is never to reinvent the wheel or tear down BUT to build up and rework existing methodologies and processes. She is excited about the prospect of providing quality service with respect to graduate student affairs as both a liaison and a representative for all graduate students of the member institutions of the University System of Maryland.

Gabriel Daniel, Director of Communications & Marketing
Gabriel is a senior undergraduate student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Technology. He attends the program at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) regional center where he is also Secretary of the Student Council. Gabriel is passionate about student life and student involvement and has demonstrated this over the years through his active participation on campus.

Gabriel possesses a strong background in marketing, communications, and business management. He enjoys meeting new people, traveling, reading, and taking on new challenges. He has a way with words, images, people, and strategy, and he is eagerly looking forward to serving on the USMSC in this role.

MacGregor Obergfell, Director of Student Affairs
MacGregor is currently a first-year master's candidate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life as a Resident Director.

MacGregor is currently a first-year master's candidate in Higher Education Administration at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he serves as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life as a Resident Director.

Karina Hagelin, Deputy Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Karina is currently a master's candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park where they study Library and Information Science. In addition to serving as the Deputy Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Karina serves on the University Library Council, iSchool Assembly, and as the President of iDiversity, where they advocate for diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within the iSchool and information professions field.

Their research focuses on access to information about healing justice and mental health resources that center and empower marginalized communities. They live by the words of Audre Lorde: "I am deliberate and afraid of nothing." Karina uses they/them pronouns.

Lilly Keplinger, Deputy Director of Student Affairs
Lilly is currently a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she studies psychology. She is passionate about finding different ways for people to voice their concerns and firmly believes that each individual is reached uniquely.

As Deputy Director, Lilly will join the Council to advocate for issues affecting all the USM students in the area of student affairs. In addition to serving on the University System of Maryland Student Council, she is also currently a Senator for the UMBC Student Government Association and a Resident Assistant for MBC Residential Life. After graduation, Lilly will pursue a Master's degree, with the goal of working in student affairs.

Emil Nusbaum, Director of Governmental Affairs
Emil is currently in his second year at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. His passion for public service and all things government has been cultivated through his prior experiences working on Capitol Hill as well as working for the government and non-government agencies.

He believes that a politically-engaged student body is critical to ensure that those in government are considering students' interests. Emil cares deeply for his adopted state of Maryland and the University of Maryland, having graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014 with a degree in Government and Politics.

Charles Bentley, Deputy Director of Governmental Affairs
Charlie is currently a first-year graduate student, pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to serving on the USMSC, Charlie also works for the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life as a Resident Director for the Sigma Chi house on Fraternity Row. Charlie also serves as the graduate student advisor for the IFC/PHA Judicial Board.

Previously, Charlie served as the President of the student body at Augustana College, where he did his undergraduate work in Biology and Neuroscience. While he was there, he also worked as the Coordinator of the award-winning First Year Leadership Program, Emerge, for two years. As a result of his involvement with leadership programming and his experience as an Executive Board member of the Student Government Association, Charlie pursued an internship with the National Student Leadership Foundation at the University of California, Berkeley.

Through these experiences, Charlie knew that he wanted to pursue a career in higher education, helping to create opportunities for all students to have similar enriching experiences. Charlie was the recipient of the Augustana Foundation's Arthur & Dorothy Dahl Leadership Scholarship, which is awarded by a committee of campus administrators, including the vice president and dean of student life, to the student who exemplifies the highest form of leadership both in the classroom and on campus. Charlie is excited to be working with the USMSC in this position, as he hopes to one day work with the government to better the higher education experience.

Briana Tatum, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Briana is currently a second-year doctoral student in the Molecular Microbiology and Immunology program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is currently working with the malaria research group in the Institute for Global Health at UMB. Her research focuses on malaria immunology and HIV co-infection. Briana is a Meyerhoff Graduate Fellow supported by the MBRS-IMSD (Minority Biomedical Research Support - Initiative for Maximizing Student Development) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science. She completed her bachelor's degree at Stanford University in Human Biology-Neuroscience and her master's degree at Tulane University in Microbiology and Immunology.

Throughout her education, Briana has always been a natural student leader. She speaks fluent Spanish and enjoys international travel. Briana is currently President of the Meyerhoff Graduate Student Association, Vice-President of the Student Advisory Council (SAC), and Vice-President/Membership of Toastmasters International at UMB. Briana is actively involved in community outreach and public service as a charter member of the Omega Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. in her hometown of San Diego, California. Briana is passionate about cultural diversity and understanding. She cherishes her Mississippi origins and holds true to the southern values of respect, integrity, and tenacity. Briana is inspired by her faith and motivated by the strength of her ancestors. Her favorite civil rights leader once stated, "A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything." - Malcolm X.

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