2019-2020 GSA OFFICERS

President: Alyssa Whittemore – MBA Candidate

Email address: whittemorea@xavier.edu


Alyssa Whittemore is a part-time Xavier MBA student, focusing in Finance, and a full-time Healthcare Relationship Manager at First Financial Bank. Alyssa attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Alyssa is a Cincinnati native and is passionate about everything that Xavier University stands for. As President of Xavier University's Graduate Student Association, she is excited to be able to work closely with the GSA Board members to advocate for the graduate student community. She is passionate about working to enhance the experience for all graduate students at Xavier University.


Vice President: Laurelle Kinga Bakienga – MHSA Candidate

Email address: kingabakiengal@xavier.edu

Laurelle Kinga Bakienga

I attended Colorado College where I studied French and Francophone Studies/ International Affairs. During my undergraduate years, I worked as a Peer Health Educator on my campus, specifically focusing on means to bring awareness regarding mental health issues. I was also heavily involved in other student groups and was proud to contribute toward creating an all-inclusive campus in which students were listened to and their needs were met. Currently, I am graduate student pursuing my Masters in Health Services Administration. I aspire to one day provide better health care to underserved communities. During my free time, I enjoy cooking, watching motivational videos on YouTube, planning my future, and travelling. 


Treasurer: Meridith Grommon – MBA Candidate

Email address: grommonm@xavier.edu

Meridith Grommon

Meridith Grommon is a part time Xavier University MBA student and full time Enterprise Project Manager at Cincinnati Bell. She is the President of the Cincinnati Bell Young Professional employee resource group, a member of St. Joseph Orphanage LEAD (Young Professional Board) and serves as the Vice President of Professional Development for the Project Management Institute Southwest Ohio chapter.


Secretary: Archanya Thanarajh – MBA Candidate

Email address: thanarajha@xavier.edu

Archanya Thanarajh

I am a full time MBA international student at Xavier University.  Originally, from Sri Lanka, I completed my Bachelors of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in India. I was the student head of my department for the final two years of my undergrad acting as a mentor, mediator and event planner. During my free time, I love to run, make new friends, try new food, watch movies, volunteer and have a good time.


Social Events Chair: Savannah Mays – MHSA & MBA Candidate

Email address: mays4@xavier.edu

Savannah Mays

I am pursuing Xavier's dual Master degree in Health Services Administration and Business Administration. I am originally from Wisconsin, attending UW-Milwaukee as an undergraduate, and I love my new Cincinnati home. I am very excited to have this opportunity to serve on the GSA Executive Board as your Social Chair. I look forward to broadening our network, experiences, and opportunities through this organization and the events we share.