The Student Government Association is a group of committed student leaders who defend the values of the institution, uphold the Student Government Association Constitution, promote unity and spirit within the Marymount University community, and represent the best interest of their peers.
The SGA Organizational Chart
Please take a minute to learn more about your SGA representatives.
Co Presidents: Ashley Phillips and Katy Barker
Ashley is a junior double majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. Born in Panama City, Panama she owes much of her focus and motivation to her Caribbean roots. Ashley graduated high school with an advanced diploma in Newport News, Virginia. Always knowing that she wanted to be a fashion writer and editor, Ashley plans on attending graduate school and currently has Columbia University as her top choice. While attending MU she has been actively involved with many clubs and organizations such as MU Ambassadors and writer for The Banner and held officer positions in the Global Charity Project, African Caribbean Student Association, and Circle K International. During her freshman year she became a member of the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority incorporated and has been involved with numerous community service projects. This fall she will be attending the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan, on a scholarship and taking courses in Arabic language and humanities. Her favorite thing to do in Washington, DC, is to take the Metro to U St and listen to new and upcoming artists at Liv and listen to live calypso and soca. Her favorite quote is: “The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”
Katy first joined Student Government her sophomore year at Marymount University. One of the biggest reason why she joined SGA was because she wanted to make the computer labs and the library more student friendly. During Katy’s first year on SGA she was able to keep the computer labs and the library open late nights during finals week. SGA has influence over what happens at Marymount! Katy has served at senator for two years on SGA and this year is serving as the president of SGA for the fall term. As President Katy wants to assure that the students’ voices will be heard. Many people ask Katy “why did you choose Marymount University?” At first she always gave the academic answer: it has small class rooms, it located minutes from the capital, and the professors at Marymount are outstanding. However, over time and as she meets more people, her answer has changed. Yes the academic stuff is nice but the experience Katy has gained here is priceless. While SGA is a major part of Katy’s student life it’s not the only thing she participates in. Katy helped start The Global Charity Project, which is a club on campus that raised funds for various charities. She is also a member of S.I.F.E (Student in Free Enterprise). Also, Katy is in the BBA/MBA program at Marymount. As she earns her Bachelor of Business Administration she will be working towards her Master of Business Administration at the same time.
VP For Campus Improvements: Andy Gonzalez
VP For Community Affairs: Ha Bui
Ha Bui is the vice president of Community Affairs for the fall of 2010-11. Ha joined SGA because she wants to get more involved in school activities. Ha chose to go to Marymount because she likes the environment and class size. She is an Interior Design major with a minor in Biology. Ha was born in Vietnam and moved to Virginia and loves it here!
VP For Financial Affairs: Kritishma Shrestha
Kritishma Shrestha is a sophomore and the VP of Financial Affairs, as well as a student ambassador, active member in the International Club and a peer mentor at MU. She was born in Nepal and came to the U.S. at age13. Her journey from then to now has been very influential in molding her into the person she is today. At first Kritishma wasn’t very concerned with being involved in school organizations, but one thing she was passionate about since middle school was SGA. So, to Kritishma it was natural to continue this at MU. Kritishma admits that MU was not her first choice. Her parents and friends suggested this school. At first she felt as though Marymount was too small and wanted that “college life" experience. Now she looks back and thinks, “I made the BEST decision.” She has attained all the attention she needs from her professors and everything she would have ever expected from any college and more. This year as the VP of Financial Affairs, Kritishma hopes to leave a paper trail behind, she hopes to pave the way for future students and bring about all changes needed with assistance from the entire student body, SGA, and professors to push MU ahead and make it an even better institution of higher learning.
VP For Judicial Affairs: Hallie Bliss-Houts
Hallie Bliss-Houts is a sophomore in Politics, with special interests in History and English, and is also the Vice President of the Marymount Honors Program. Hallie has always committed to being actively involved, especially when it comes to meeting new people and the chance to make a difference. At one of her college orientations Hallie met several SGA members and became “hooked,” giving her the chance to not only learn more about the Marymount community, but the ability to also play an important role in it. On campus, when Hallie is not studying or working, she is hanging out with her friends – just being the crazy people that they are. Hallie is a total bibliophile and usually ends up reading five books at once, which is all in good training for developing her writing skills. In addition, Hallie has discovered a love of hiking, and is always on the lookout for new trails, whether here in Arlington (yes, believe it or not, there is at least one) or in her hometown of Leesburg when she is not being a hermit with her nose in a book, or with a pen in her hand! With that said Hallie looks forward to working with the students and faculty at Marymount University.
VP For Student Affairs: Andrea Daniels
VP For Academic Affairs: Claudia Jordan
Claudia Jordan is a sophomore of the class of 2013 and the Vice President of Academic Affairs in the Student Government Association. Claudia joined SGA her freshman year where she was a senator. She joined because she wanted to be involved and have an influence on the Marymount community. Marymount was Claudia’s choice because of the location and she has been very happy with choosing Marymount. There is always something to do whether it is on campus or off. Claudia is never bored. Coming from a small town of about 800 people in southwestern Pennsylvania to this area has been a major change, but an exciting one. When Claudia is not in class or working on campus she likes to explore the city with her friends.
Senators, Class of 2011
Senators, Class of 2012