2020-2021 Leaders

Grant Wiese
He/Him

Group Leader Day and Time

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.

Audrey Yoo
She/Her

Group Leader

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.

Neha Singh
She/Her

Group Leader

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

Group Leader

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.

Asia Rivett
She/Her

Group Leader

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 because it's more than just support, it's a family unit and a place to call home when you come to msu.

Talia Gruber
She/Her

Group Leader

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)

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.

Charlie Woodside
He/Him

Group Leader

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

Group Leader

​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

Group Leader

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!

Calista Busch
She/Her

Group Leader

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

Group Leader

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.  

Triston Mayton
He/Him

Group Leader

​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

Group Leader

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

Group Leader

​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

Group Leader

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

Group Leader

​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

Group Leader

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.

Erica Liu
She/Her

Group Leader

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.

Caitlin Hiller
She/Her

Group Leader

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!

Megan Helisek
She/Her

Group Leader

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.