2020-2021 Leaders

Grant Wiese (He/Him/His)

Year: Sophomore

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Midland, MI

Fun Fact About Me: I’m 5’10 but I told my girlfriend I was 6’ and she believed it for 3 years.

Why I joined SSN: I joined SSN because I wanted to meet people who were different from me and have a place to feel comfortable talking about mental health.

Neha Singh (She/Her/Hers)

Year: Junior

Major: Experience Architecture

Hometown: Petoskey, MI

Fun Fact About Me: I’ve been to over 10 concerts! My favorite artists are The 1975, Harry Styles, and SZA.

Why I joined SSN: My friend told me about her great experience with the group and the amazing people she met! 

Riley Boomgaard (She/Her/Hers)

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Fun Fact About Me: I have a pet axolotl.
Why I joined SSN: I joined SSN because I wanted to learn more about mental health and meet new people.

Audrey Yoo (She/Her/Hers)

Year: Senior

Major: Human Biology

Hometown: Okemos

Fun fact About Me: Some people collect stamps; I collect quotes.

Why I joined SSN: I joined SSN because I grew up in a family where mental health wasn’t talked about. I think it’s incredibly important to break the stigma so that we all can feel less alone in our experiences. Everyone has mental health, and it’s just as important as physical health.

Erica Liu (She/Her/Hers)

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Fun Fact About Me: I’ve seen the Crazy Rich Asians movie 10 times.

Why I joined SSN: I joined SSN because I want to meet different people and learn about everyone’s unique stories.

Asia Rivett (She/Her/Hers)

Year: Senior

Major: Psychology with a double minor in Youth/Society and Education

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Fun Fact About Me: My favorite animal of all time is a pigeon & I'm an equestrian.

Why I joined SSN: I joined SSN in the spring semester of my freshman year because I wanted to expand myself socially and meet people who more so focused on the mental health and well-being of others, as well as to create genuine connections in friendships outside of other people who might just want to go to parties to meet people that way. SSN definitely brought so many valuable friendships into my life and I am forever grateful for that! 

Caitlin Hiller (she/her)

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology Major

Fun Fact About Me: I once threw out the first pitch at a Tiger's game!

Why I joined SSN: I joined Spartan Support Network because I thought it was a great way to connect people on campus who would otherwise never meet. Also, it's a great outlet to express the stressful and unique experiences throughout college!

Talia Gruber (She/Her/Hers)

Year: Junior

Major: B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Youth & Society and a minor in Jewish studies 

Hometown: Originally from Montréal, QC (Canada), moved and grew up in Boston, MA  

Fun Fact:  I’m on the figure skating team here at MSU (been competing and skating since I was a kid)
and I coach lessons on the weekends!

Why I joined SSN: I joined SSN because I wanted to find a space where I could feel safe and comfortable expressing myself while also making connections and hearing from others. Sharing struggles among peers and working through them together helps all of us feel a little less alone in such a big place!

Megan Helisek (She/Her/Hers)

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology

​Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Fun Fact About Me: I can stand on my head.

Why I joined SSN: I joined SSN because I felt alone and didn’t have many people to talk to about mental health. I also joined to meet new friends where we can openly talk about mental health with no judgement.

Charlie Woodside (He/Him/His)

Year: Senior

Major: Media and Information

Hometown:  Bath, MI

Fun Fact About Me: I've done judo for 15 years.

Why I joined SSN: I joined Spartan Support because an actor in one of my films suggested it and it sounded like something I'd like, and I do!

Emma Clemons (She/Her/Hers)

​Year: Junior

Major: English with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, possibly adding Psychology too

Hometown: Ferndale, MI

Fun Fact About Me: I love to read and I read 80 books in 2019, my goal for 2020 is 100 books.

Why I joined SSN: I joined Spartan Support Network because Gabby (Executive Director) introduced me to it and I thought it was cute, so I became a member in Fall 2019 and I knew I wanted to be a leader and I love it. 

Erin Chon (She/Her/Hers)

Major: Human Resources & Labors Relations Masters Program

Hometown:  Okemos, MI

Fun Fact About Me: Before going into HR, I was an art major and working towards becoming a storyboard artist in the animation industry. Even though my career path has changed, I still love animation and other forms of visual storytelling!

Why I joined SSN:

Calista Busch (She/Her/Hers)

Year: Sophomore

Major: Genetics

​Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Fun Fact About Me: I have webbed toes.

Why I joined SSN: I want to foster a supportive and welcoming environment on campus. College can be challenging and I want to provide students with a space where they can feel safe to discuss any issues or stresses going on in their life.  

Evan Hardacre (She/Her/Hers)

Year: Sophomore

Major: Journalism with a Public Relations minor

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio

Fun Fact About Me: I am on the Spartan Sailing team and I always put chips in my mac and cheese.

Why I joined SSN: I joined Spartan Support Network in the hopes of contributing to the positive atmosphere that SSN provides for students. I wanted to help create a safe space for people to come and talk about whatever their hearts desire.

Triston Mayton (He/Him/His)

​Year: Freshman

Major: Biology

Hometown: Ada, MI

Fun Fact About Me: I got my private pilot license this summer.

Why I Joined SSN: I joined SSN because I heard about it from Sarah (Director of Leader Development) because we used to work together a few years back!

Elva Bardhi (She/Her/Hers)

Major: MBA

Hometown: Troy, MI

Fun Fact About Me: I am trilingual.

Why I joined SSN: I joined Spartan Support Network because I want to be able to support and serve students. 

Teta Linca Ukundwa (She/Her/Hers)

​Year: Senior

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Rwanda, East Africa

Fun Fact About Me: I had my first ever cheeseburger in 2018.

Why I Joined SSN: I joined SSN because it's a safe place to have mental health-related conversations, make new friends, and support other students.

Siva Senthilprabhakarman (He/Him/His)

Year: Junior

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Fun Fact About Me: I do pottery.

Why I joined SSN: I joined SSN to be part of a fun community while encouraging the naturalization of mental health wellness.

Sam Barans (He/Him/His)

​Year: Freshman

Major: Psychology and Math

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Fun Fact About Me: I once found a lost bear hunting dog on top of a mountain.

Why I Joined SSN: I joined SSN because I believe everybody deserves to be heard in a safe environment, and I wanted to be part of that.

Amanda Murrell (She/Her/Hers)

Year: Sophomore

Major: Supply Chain Management

Hometown: Macomb, Michigan

Fun Fact About Me: I have a Doberman Pinscher puppy that I got during quarantine.

Why I joined SSN:  I decided to join SSN because I am very passionate about mental health and I hope to help others in any way that I can.