Executive Director: Pierre Cenerelli
Pierre began as Executive Director in September 2015. Previously, he has worked in external relations for the AMS at UBC and in international relations for the Quebec government. He received a PhD in Comparative History from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. He has served or is serving as a volunteer and board director for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Stanley Park Ecology Society.
The Executive Director ensures that the goals of the Society, as set in its by-laws, strategic plan and Council, are met in a timely fashion. He provides oversight and direction for its daily operation and works collaboratively with a team of elected student directors and standing committees. He is responsible for supervising the work of a number of dedicated, talented, unionized part-time staff members.
Advocate & Policy Advisor: Roshane O. Miller
The Advocate and Policy Advisor provides support for students in conflict, while concurrently building collaborative, mutually respectful relationships with key players at the University. Additionally, Roshane helps the Society with macro-advocacy concerns that affect graduate students as a whole and with internal governance.
Administrator: Jeanette Ordóñez
Jeanette joined the GSS in July 2016. She received a Masters in Political Science from SFU, and a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies from Texas A&M University. She has previous experience in the non-profit and government sectors in the US and Spain. She came to SFU from Washington, D.C. and will not miss an opportunity to tell you how much she misses real Mexican food from Texas!
The Administrator is the go-to person for Caucuses, Committees and Councillors. Jeanette also provides operational support, including (but certainly not limited to!) bookkeeping, financial reporting and analysis, handling insurance matters and maintaining the official records of the Society.
Executive Assistant: Allison Westin
Allison joined the GSS team as an Administrative Assistant in October 2015. She received an M.Sc. in Earth Sciences from SFU’s Engineering Geology and Resource Geotechnics Research Group, a B.Sc. in Geography, and a certificate in Business Administration. Allison has previously experience as a legal assistant for the Department of Justice and as an Executive Assistant with Aboriginal Affairs Canada. Allison currently volunteers her time as an Editorial Board member and Tri-Cities Vice-Chair for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists.
The Executive Assistant is responsible for many duties around the GSS office including: managing the lounge and coffee service, booking rooms, scheduling meetings, distributing cheques to students, managing the website and social media streams, answering inquiries, creating electronic content and designing posters. Additionally, the Executive Assistant assists student leaders and other staff with GSS projects and events.