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Epuna Gonzales, President

My name is Epuna Gonzales, and I am honored to serve as the 2023-2024 student senate president for Johnson County Community College. I am in my second year at JCCC and pursuing an Associate of Science and my high school diploma in 2023 through the dual-degree program with JCCC and the Blue Valley School District.. I joined Student Senate because I love to be involved and serve the communities that I am in.

As the student senate president, I aim to contribute to Johnson County Community College by teaming with programs that support our diverse student body. My goal is to encourage student involvement through student organizations, extracurricular activities, and student resource centers. I am excited to work together with the student senate, student leaders, and JCCC faculty in our shared goal to support the JCCC community.

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Marukh Aamir, Vice President

Hello, My name is Mahrukh Aamir. I’m from NYC. However, I’ve moved around a lot in my life, Kansas being one of the more recent ones. I am currently in my second year at JCCC and I are pursuing two Associates, one in Science and the other in Arts. I have a deep love for history, and if there were an Associate in History, it would be one of my top choices.

In Student Senate, I hope to continue learning how to be a leader. During my time here, I’ve come leaps and bounds in confidence, professionalism, and, most importantly, communication. I hope by the end of my time here. I can look back and be proud of how far I have come. Once I graduate from JCCC, I hope to transfer to a four-year university and continue my education to get a BS in either bioengineering or chemical engineering, with a minor in history. At the heart of it, the reason I joined the Senate and the reason why I wish to go into engineering are the same, I want to continue helping people thrive and live their best lives.

As Student Senate Treasurer, I preside over the budget committee and allot student funds appropriately to clubs and organizations. I look forward to applying the accounting and financial concepts taught at JCCC to Student Senate and bringing in talented students to help guide and work with me on the budget committee. As a member of the Student Senate, I will build my leadership and professional skills to make JCCC a safe and supportive environment where creativity and ingenuity thrive

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Anthony Rima, Treasurer

My name is Anthony Rima, and I was born and raised in Olathe, Kansas. I am pursuing a General Science degree at JCCC and plan on transferring to a prominent university for Mechanical Engineering. I served four years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic before I started college.

I joined the Student Senate to give veterans a voice in the community. I chose treasurer because it bridges the gap of understanding finance to the student clubs on campus. This position allows me to provide my skills and understanding of that sector to the Student Senate. My goal is to carry the leadership skills I’ve learned to help other organizations get themselves started on the right foot.

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Kieran Swanson, Secretary

My name is Kieran Swanson, and I am honored to serve as the Student Senate Secretary for the 2023-2024 term. I was born in Olathe, Kansas, and have lived here all my life. I am currently taking general education courses at JCCC. As a new student, I got involved with the Senate because I wanted to take a more active role in my education and help my fellow students do the same. As the Secretary, I oversee the public relations committee and keep accurate records of Senate meetings and decisions. I chose to run for Secretary because I want to help spread the word to students about the wide range of activities and opportunities available on campus.

With my time in the Student Senate, I hope to learn how to become a better student and citizen while also learning how to lead others down the same path. Once I leave JCCC, I plan to pursue a degree in finance at a four-year university to gain the necessary skills to build a successful career in investment banking.

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Liz Hernandez Aleman, Parliamentarian

Hello, My name is Liz Hernandez, and I'm an International Student from Honduras. Honor to serve as the Parliamentarian in the Student Senate this year. I joined the Student Senate because I am passionate about fostering community on our campus. I believe that a strong community is the foundation for a positive college experience, and I am excited to work with outstanding students to create an environment where everyone feels connected and supported. I enjoy being part of a campus involvement that allows me to engage with the college community more deeply. During my time at JCCC, I've learned about the amazing resources that we as students should value, along with opportunities for personal growth that helped me during challenges, taking on responsibilities, and navigating through diverse environments, which have all contributed to my overall development as an individual.

As the Parliamentarian of the Student Senate, I've learned how to lead meetings effectively, delegate tasks, and motivate team members toward common goals. Actively contribute to campus decision-making, advocate for student needs, and gain valuable leadership experience. Student Senate has challenged me to step out of my comfort zone, develop empathy, and witness firsthand the positive impact of community engagement. In addition, the Rules and Conduct Committee contributes to the continuous improvement of the Student Senate's practices. Suggesting changes to meeting procedures or rules that enhance the organization's overall effectiveness.