Executive Board

We are currently electing executive board members! Please keep an eye on your email for notifications about the election.

Running Unopposed: Congrats to these new E-board members!

President: Alina Krollenbrock
Secretary-Treasurer: Scotty Farley
Vice President of Equity and Inclusion: Mason Handford
Vice President of External Relations: Adrian Baris

Positions with multiple nominees:

Please read the candidate statements below. Please note that nominees may run for multiple positions.

Vice President of Organizing

  • Adam Filipowicz
  • Sylvie Bindas

Vice President of Communications

  • Colin Coleman
  • Sylvie Bindas

Data Officer

  • Kate Bowie
  • Megan Huber

Events Officer

  • Alex Houser
  • John Mootz

Steward Officer

  • Breanna Caruso
  • Rose Goueth
  • Sylvie Bindas
  • Tim Bates
Adam Filipowicz

Running For: Vice President of Organizing
School: SOM
Program: Neuroscience Graduate Program
Year: 4th

In these times of COVID-19, an increasingly authoritarian government that eschews academic expertise, and the stark injustice of the very existence of the police, exercising collective power to ensure everyone is afforded respect and dignity is more important than ever. I have been active and dedicated to GRU from the first talks of union formation through sitting in on multiple bargaining sessions with management. I was previously involved in the Contract Action Team, attending meetings to help draft parts of the GRU contract. Outside of GRU I was the Vice President of the Graduate Student Organization this past year, and recently have seen firsthand what collective action can do at Portland Black Lives Matter protests. If elected, I will build on these experiences to ensure that GRU prospers.

Sylvie Bindas

Running For: VP of Organizing, VP of Communications, Steward Officer
School: SOM
Program: Behavioral Neuroscience
Year: 2nd

In the past, I have been involved with GRU by attending events & actions, attending CAT meetings, and helping to draft our constitution. I was inspired to run by our bargaining team, whose expertise and conviction throughout a difficult negotiation process built such a strong foundation for our union. I hope to continue to bring that kind of leadership, as well as my own enthusiasm, in the coming year. I am eager to engage with graduate researchers to build community and foster engagement in our union, whether virtually or in person.

I am a second-year student in Vinny Costa’s lab, out at ONPRC, where we work with rhesus macaque monkeys studying reinforcement learning. My current project uses DREADDs to investigate the role of specific subcortical pathways in novelty-seeking behavior. Outside of lab, catch me playing guitar poorly, coffee snobbing, rock climbing, or training my kitten to walk on his leash.

Colin Coleman

Running for: VP of Communications
School: SOM
Program: CBD
Year: 3rd

We’re all busy with our classes, experiments, and journal clubs that it’s easy to miss a meeting here or ignore an email there, but getting into that habit leads to missing key details or opportunities directly relevant to our graduate careers. As GSO Secretary for the past year, I’ve worked to break those habits and make sure students know all the resources, events, and happenings outside their labs but inside their academic lives. As GRU VP of Communications, I hope to continue that mission by developing consistent, tightly-packed newsletters with the busy researcher in mind, eye-catching flyer and poster campaigns so no event is missed, and podcast development to catalog and broadcast the stories of GRU members and leaders.

Kate Bowie

Running For: Data Officer
School: SOM
Program: BME
Year: 4th

Hi there! I’m running for Data Officer because not only do I want to get involved with GRU, but I also love data and data vis. Coming up on my fourth-year, I’ve learned and (now) excel at proper documentation and data management. My goals as Data Officer are to create quick and painless surveys for GRU, and to make both pretty and informational graphs and charts from those surveys.

Megan Huber

Running For: Data Officer
School: SOM
Program: PMCB
Year: 2nd
they/them pronouns

As Data Officer, I aim to further communication between students and the Executive Board so that GRU can best advocate for our collective needs. Since membership changes significantly every year, I will institute a system that will help GRU evolve in parallel. I plan to create a space where members can give anonymous feedback at any time, in addition to regular surveys about GRU actions. I will work with the VP of Equity and Inclusion to specifically amplify the voices of POC, disabled, and LGBTQ students. My previous experiences as a volunteer coordinator and online community moderator have emphasized the importance of making leadership accessible and accountable to the community. To that end, the results of every survey will be shared with all GRU members and documented into GRU history.

Alex Houser

Running For: Events Officer
School: SOM
Program: NGP
Year: 3rd

My name is Alex, I am a third year neuroscience student. I have a multitude of party planning experience from working as a wedding planner to make extra cash while in community college, to organizing awesome house parties. My campaign promises include having food that fits everyone's dietary restrictions at an in person event, and to forcefully mute someone on Zoom whose mic is causing feedback when someone else is trying to talk.

John Mootz

Running For: Events Officer
School: SOM
Program: Behavioral Neuroscience
Year: 5th

I got involved with GRU during organization efforts, and continued to be involved during the bargaining and contract writing process. The work didn’t stop once we ratified our contract though. We need to continue strengthening our union, and that starts with building a sense of community. As your Events Officer, it will be my job to keep you connected to the other members and GRU leadership. We may all feel more isolated right now, so we need every opportunity to re-connect and build community among our union members. I’ll work with members to organize safe social events no matter what the public health crisis. I’ll also organize regular GRU meetings and town halls so we can all stay involved. Vote Mootz 2020.

Breanna Caruso

Running For: Steward Officer
School: SOM
Program: Cancer Biology
Year: 4th

I am honored to have been nominated for Steward Officer. It has been my privilege to have been involved in the union efforts from the beginning: I have watched as this movement grew from a small group of us sitting around a table at a bar to a what we have achieved today. I remain dedicated to GRU and to serving the graduate researchers at OHSU. I have served as a part of the GSO leadership as Treasurer and President, and have been a representative on the All-Hill Student Council and the Graduate Council to advocate for graduate researcher needs. I am excited about the opportunity to continue my service advocating for you as GRU’s Steward Officer.

Rose Goueth

Running For: Steward Officer
School: SOM
Program: DMICE
Year: 3rd
GSO Peer Mentoring Committee Member

I served as a CAT member during contract negotiations and continue to keep up with current union news. Before OHSU, I served on many student governments, focusing on representation for special student populations (transfers, URMS, etc.). I see myself best fit for the role of steward officer because I have spent over two years understanding the proper channels and procedures for reporting for the entire university to form the RespectforAll app. The application helps students, staff, and faculty at OHSU educate themselves about sexual misconduct, discrimination, and violence and their respective reporting responsibilities. The position would provide the opportunity to educate union members about current and new reporting options through stewards and online resources.
In my free time, I enjoy baking, cooking, and watching crime and medical drama marathons!

Tim Bates

Running for: Steward Officer
School: SOM
Program: MMI
Year: 4th

I am Tim Bates and I am running for Steward Officer. I am starting my fourth-year as a PhD candidate in the SOM. I am in the MMI department and I work in Dr. Fikadu Tafesse's lab developing nanobodies to study and treat Tuberculosis. I am one of the founding members of GRU, and I am excited to be involved in its first year under our new contract. The Steward Officer position is all about maintaining a solid network of union stewards trained and ready to help you whenever your contractual rights are being violated. I have experience going from lab to lab in the many disparate locations that graduate researchers work at OHSU, and I will aim to have a steward in every one of them.