Executive Board

Meet your union representatives!

 NICK PUCZKOWSKYJ (he/him) – President

Nick (he/him) is a 4rd year urban studies PhD. His involvement started with GEU by signing up at the first day of university orientation. He involvement has increased his ever since, first by being a steward, then VP of Organizing, and now President. Developing a unified, empowering, empathic, and non-hierarchical approach to leadership, is key to successful labor organizing and community building. Want to get involved with GEU or have questions? If so, shoot him an email at president@pdxgeu.org

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EMILY LIECKLY (she/her) – Vice President for Collective Bargaining

Emily Leickly (pronounced “likely”) is a research assistant and PhD student in the applied community psychology program. She has been involved with GEU since her first day at PSU, and got her intro to bargaining by observing contract negotiations throughout her first year in grad school.  Emily served as GEU Grievance Officer in 2018-2019 and President in 2019-2020.  In her research and union life, she believes in the power of community, solidarity, and challenging the status quo. Want to join the bargaining team or have an ideas about our next Collective Bargaining Agreement? Reach her at bargaining@pdxgeu.org

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NOEL VINEYARD (He/Him) – VP of Organizing

Noel is a 2nd Year Masters Student in the Geography Department and graduate teaching assistant.  His research interests lie in political ecology and legal geographies of water, examining the political processes by which natural resources are managed. Noel joined GEU in the Fall of 2020 after a brutal Summer working from home, hoping for change.
When GEU called, he jumped in with both feet to try and make some change! Animated by the critical politics endemic to his research, Noel hopes to foster an ever growing sense of solidarity between graduate workers at PSU, and develop GEU membership into a force for good not easily ignored! It will take all us working together to get the contract PSU graduate workers deserve- anyone who wants to get involved with our organizing efforts should reach out to Noel at organizing@pdxgeu.org

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SHELBIE LOOMIS (She/Hers) – Treasurer

Shelbie is a publicly engaged artist and former banker from Art and Social Practices, who focuses  on socioeconomic research and creates artwork about forgotten social groups such as the Santa Fe elderly, third-world countries that she has visited, and a social group called the precariat, which includes immigrants, students, and part-time workforce.
She hopes to continue conversations about socioeconomics, gender, social and financial norms and include more people of diversity through education, artwork, and workshops and much more all while keeping the lights on here at GEU. Interesting in joining the Treasury Committee? Reach out to treasurer@pdxgeu.org

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MINJI CHO (she/her) – Vice President of Operations

Minji is a 3rd year PhD student and graduate research assistant in Urban Studies. Her research interests include communicative planning, social justice, and cultural diversity. She has been involved with GEU since her first year at PSU and looks foward to being the 2020-2021 VP of Operations to provide the organizational support for GEU. Reach her at operations@pdxgeu.org

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NATE PARSONS (he/him/his) – Vice President of Politics

A data scientist, researcher, and rabid Thorns and Timbers fan, Nate knows that politics is a contact sport with long-term consequences. Reach him at politics@pdxgeu.org

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JOSE ROJAS FALLAS (he/him/his) – Vice President for External Relations

Jose Rojas-Fallas is an Economics Master’s student and Graduate Teaching Assistant. He serves as the Student Fee Committee Chair and is determined to advocate for student interests wherever he can be involved. His academic interests involve behavioral and labor economics. He believes in the strength of organizing, collaborating and advocating through a unified message making GEU a perfect match. You can reach Jose at external.relations@pdxgeu.org

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SEAN ANDERSON (He/His) – Grievance Officer

Originally hailing from upstate New York, Sean is a computer scientist working on a PhD in formal verification, a discipline that doesn’t let computers have any fun. He’s served on the grievance committee since fall of 2019, and looks forward to making sure that where the contract is concerned, PSU’s departments and administration don’t get to have any fun, either. When he gets out from behind the keyboard, he puts on armor and medieval garb with the Society for Creative Anachronism; this year the anachronism is remembering when we got to go outside. If you want to join the Grievance Committee, reach out to Sean at grievances@pdxgeu.org

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WYNN STRANGE (they/them) – Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

In their work, Wynn brings a queer, decolonial, intersectional perspective and approach. In their academic work, they are working on a project on nonbinary identity documents, and they have done research on wage theft, legal needs, nerd identity, and suicide prevention. In their leisure time they hang out with their dog, cat, ball python, and leopard gecko; they love live music, comic books, TV and film, and just about all pop culture. Is there more that the union can do for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, LGBTQI+, and other underrepresented graduate employees? Speak with Wynn or join the Equity Committee by emailing them at equity@pdxgeu.org

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Position Open – Vice President for Social Engagement

The VP of Social Engagement is in charge of scheduling and planning our General Membership Meetings once a term as well other events through out the year to bolster union culture and engagement. To nominate questions or learn more contact social@pdxgeu.org

Position Open – Vice President for Communications

The Vice President of Communications oversees all internal communications including the newsletter and social media, among other tasks. This position is vital to ensuring open and thorough communication between rank and file and the executive board. Find out more or nominate yourself reach out to communications@pdxgeu.org

Position Open – Vice President of Membership

The Vice President for Membership is a new position we added last year to focus on bringing new members into our union, particularly during graduate employee orientations at the beginning of the academic year. The VP for Membership also helps to increase outreach and steward presence in small or underrepresented departments. They also work closely with the VP for Organizing and co-chair the Steward Council. Have questions or want to nominate yourself for this position? Contact membership@pdxgeu.org