Executive Board

Meet your 2021-2022 e-board!

Board members are elected once per academic year, following a nomination process (at the end of Winter or at the Spring GMM) and a vote among all GTFF members.

Please feel encouraged to email us with any and all questions!

For more information on each of the positions, see the GTFF Bylaws.

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Mel Keller | President

Pronouns: she/her
Department: Political Science

Mel is a third-year student in the political science department studying veterans issues and the welfare state in the United States and Europe. In her free time, she enjoys baking and knitting, as any 80 year old grandma does.

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Cy Abbott | VP for Grievances

Pronouns: he/him/his
Department: Geography

I am a fan of old maps and non-exploitative working environments.

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Emalydia Flenory | Co-VP for Equity & Inclusion

Pronouns: she/her
Department: English

Wisconsinite who believes breakfast is the superior meal and Seinfeld is one of the best sitcoms of all time.

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Raye Hendrix | Co-VP for Equity & Inclusion

Pronouns: she/her
Department: English

Raye is a 3rd year PhD student studying Poetry, Deafness, and Disability. Raye is originally from Alabama (War Eagle) and is always down to talk about cats & college football.

Mahindra at the Pride/BLM March in Los Angeles, 2020.

Mahindra Mohan Kumar |
VP for External Relations

Pronouns: he/him/his
Department: Sociology

Housing is a human right.

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Pete Suechting | VP for Membership

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Department: Environmental Sciences, Studies, and Policy & Political Science

I study the politics of industrial policy, decarbonization, and energy transitions. At GTFF, my mission is to help build and cultivate the membership infrastructure necessary to mobilize collective power to fight and win.

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Ricardo Friaz |
VP for Political Education

Pronouns: he/they
Department: Philosophy

Ricardo is a 5th-year in the PhD program in philosophy. In past years, Ricardo has served as chair of the BIPOC caucus, as VP of Grievances, and as contributing writer of our contract’s Workplace Bullying article.

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Adam Quinn |
VP for Member Communications

Pronouns: he/him or they/them
Department: History

Adam is a third-year PhD student studying labor and environmental history in the 20th and 21st century US, focusing on how computer workers have used collective power to fight against toxic (in all senses of the word) workplaces. He was previously a steward for the history department, and as VP for Member Comms he hopes to help more members connect with each other + organize together.

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Heather Terral | Co-Treasurer

Pronouns: she/her or they/them
Department: Counseling Psychology and Human Services

Heather is a 4th year doctoral candidate in Prevention Science. Collective liberation their guiding star.

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T. Nicole Nieves |


Pronouns: they/them
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry

I’m Nic, a 3rd year PhD candidate studying biophysical chemistry. I love climbing, exploring, traveling, and really good data.

Tali surrounded by his plants

Tali Bitton | VP for Organizing

Pronouns, he/him
Department: Philosophy

A recovering Deleuzean and aspiring Feminist-Marxist philosopher, Tali is a self-deprecating, long-winded organizer, former VP of membership and philosophy steward, seeking to build international working-class power. When not righteously angry about present working conditions, Tali often can be found tending to his houseplants.