Meet your leaders
2016-2017 ASWSUG Senate Members
- President: Dennis Moton
- Vice President: Victoria Allen
- Senator: Rikki Aidoo
- Senator: Rob Amburgy
- Senator: Gabrielle Andino
- Senator: Demian Ford
- Senator: Tania Hernandez
- Senator: Tom Taylor
- Senator: Melissa Vinsonhaler
- Director ofLegislative Affairs: Michael L. Lindsay
President: Dennis Moton
Graduation Year: May 2017
Major: Social Sciences with a concentration in Economic Sciences, Communications, and Administrative Studies
Hometown: Everett, WA
Dennis Moton is an IT professional for the Mukilteo School District in Mukilteo, Washington who is currently in his junior year at Washington State University. Dennis is working on completing his bachelor’s degree in order to seek a position where he can give back to the community on more of a full time basis. He has been married for 12 years to his beautiful and supportive wife Esther and has four wonderful children who are all understanding in the sacrifice of time spent in order to complete his degree. When he is not busy with family, school, or work Dennis can be found volunteering at the Snohomish County Jail, leading bible studies or volunteering as a coach in youth sports. Dennis recently finished his AA degree at Edmonds Community College and has really been trying to maximize every resource and experience available at WSU, where he hopes to graduate Summa Cum Laude in the spring of 2017. Dennis’ reflection on life after 42 years is to “enjoy the beauty of life each and every day you live because you will never get this day back again!”
Vice President: Victoria Allen
Graduation Year: December 2017
Major: Human Development
Hometown: Lompoc, CA
Greetings WSU Global Cougars!
I am honored to serve as your ASWSUG Vice President for the 2016-2017 school year. I’m currently in my final year of my BA in Human Development. I have three children - two in pre-school and one in Kindergarten - and am passionate about education, child development, family policy, and social welfare.
My contributions during my last term in the ASWSUG senate include: secretary, treasurer, chair of the Student Resources Committee and member of the CCE Advisory Council. I was key in developing the ASWSUG strategy map, as well as a proposal for a childcare reimbursement program. In addition, I have dedicated many hours to the redesign of the Global Cougar Success Program. I truly enjoy my position in student government and appreciate the opportunity to help shape a Global Campus that serves the needs of its diverse and unique student population.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, or suggestions. There are many ways to reach me, take your pick: you can contact me on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, find me at a face-to-face event, or join me in a Senate or Committee meeting. I look forward to serving as a bridge to resources as you search out your unique path and work toward your academic and career goals.
Senator: Rikki M. Aidoo, Student Technology Committee Chair
Graduation Year: May 2019
Major: Humanities with Concentrations in English and History
Hometown: Fresno, CA
I’ve worked for the same company, Valley Lahvosh Baking Company, for 10 years. I rose from the office assistant to the HACCP Coordinator in 2008, which puts me in charge of the company’s food safety program. I oversee and manage 30+ binders of documentation. I’m also the leader of the HACCP Team, and work with my team members to achieve scores of 90% or better in our yearly third party audits. When issues arise, I work with the team to help develop solutions.
This is my second year at WSU Global Campus. I transferred in after achieving an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, an Associate of Science as a Paralegal, and an Associate of Arts in English. When I get bored, I go to school to learn. While attending community college, I took a few online classes and fell in love. It is far easier to take online classes where I can arrange my schoolwork around my work schedule, instead of having to balance physically attending classes with work. WSU gives me that ease.
Senator: Rob Amburgy, Student Involvement Chair
Graduation Year: June 2018
Major: Business Management
Hometown: Sumner, WA
Hello, my name is Rob Amburgy. I live in Camas, Washington, which is near Portland, Oregon in SW Washington. I’m entering my first semester at WSU Global as a Business Management major with an emphasis on technology. I recently graduated from Clark College here in Vancouver WA. I’m married, my wife Danielle and I have two kids, Grant and Audrey. During the day I’m a Regional General Manager for a Construction Materials company.
Senator: Gabrielle Andino
Graduation Year: December 2017
Major: Human Development with a Minor in Human Resources
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
My name is Gabrielle Andino and I am originally from Portland Oregon. I currently reside in Vancouver, Washington along with my family of four. I am here to encourage, lead, and inspire! I believe it is cliché to use the line “If I can achieve an online degree anyone can” so I will leave you with this: If I am here, then YOU can be as well! I have always wanted to see others succeed and am now finally realizing that as well as others succeeding I myself deserve to succeed right along with them. I work in the unique and innovative field of Marketing and received my Associates of Applied Science in Business Management from Mt. Hood Community College, and one day dream of working close with adolescents, particularly underprivileged youth. I am in my second semester at Washington State University, and I am elated to have an opportunity to connect with other Global campus students across the country in this unique experience. I am currently apart of senate and have enjoyed my time thus far while still getting adjusted to the university I believe there is still some unfinished business we all have to do, so my hope to whomever is elected regardless if I am reelected or not can continue with some of the legacies my fellow senators have left behind for our student body.
Thank you all for reading!
Senator: Demian Ford
Graduation Year: May 2017
Major: Social Science (Concentration in Foreign Language, Political Science, and History)
Hometown: St. Maries, ID
Hello Cougs! My name is Demian Ford, and I’m proud to be serving as your ASWSU senator this year! I grew up in St. Maries Idaho which is about sixty five miles northeast of Pullman. I’m in my 16th year of active duty service in the Navy, where I work in the field of Information Operations. I’m currently stationed at Fort Gordon, near Augusta, Georgia. I’ve been taking online classes from WSU since 2011 (almost done!) and am set to graduate in the Spring. My major is Social Science with concentrations in Foreign Language, Political Science, and History.
If you’re reading this it means that you’ve at least taken an interest in your student government and have visited our page. Thank you! Now take the next step: get involved! There are so many opportunities to use your talents and ideas to make an already great school even better! I look forward to working with and for you this year.
Senator: Tania Hernandez
Graduation Year: Summer 2017
Hometown: Yakima, WA
Senator: Emily March, Treasurer
Graduation Year: June 2018
Hometown: Spokane, Washington
My name is Emily March. This is my first semester as a WSU Global student where I am pursing a degree in Accounting; I am a transfer student from EWU. I reside in Spokane, Washington with my two children, Canon and Harper. As preschoolers, they enjoy learning, sharing their ideas, imagination play and of course bike rides and ballet! I work as an Accountant for a family-owned floor covering business. This position has given me the opportunity to connect with a CPA who has become a mentor.
As a member of the 2016-2017 ASWSUG senate, I am looking forward to connecting my fellow WSU Global students as a community and bring awareness to all the resources we have available to help us to succeed!
Senator: Tom Taylor
Graduation Year: 2017
Major: Social Sciences
Hometown: Spokane, WA
I came to WSU with the intent to finish a degree and prepare for a career in the Department of State. However, in the process, I realized that I was more interested in legislative matters, which prompted me to apply -and get elected- to the ASWSUG Senate in 2014 where I served for a year. I'm a firm supporter of State and Federal laws, and I have a history of upholding them when others would not. I'm also a good problem finder and solver, and this is something I have applied to my Senatorial role in the past.
Aside from that, I am building a tech startup company that is working to eliminate waiting in line at food and drink businesses. Besides school, my company consumes my life (in a good way). When I have time, I do enjoy swimming at the gym and playing board games with friends when we have time.
Senator: Melissa Vinsonhaler, Student Resources Chair
Graduation Year: June 2018
Hometown: Ridgefield, WA
Hello, Cougs! My name is Melissa Vinsonhaler. I am a 28-year-old Junior this year and am majoring in Psychology. I live in Ridgefield, WA with my husband of two years, Skyler, and my pets. I work in the IT field, more specifically in Social Media. Last year, I was fortunate enough to be able to earn my Associate’s Degree of Science and Associate’s Degree of Arts from Mt. Hood Community College. Through this program, I was able to take online classes and was fortunate enough to be able to serve with the Associated Student Government for Mt. Hood Community College as a Senator. I am looking to progress to a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology so that I may be granted the privilege of working with children in need. I have a goal of becoming a Social Worker so that these children who would otherwise be lost in the system are connected with the resources that they so desperately need. In my spare time, I volunteer for a local anime convention and organize Social Media campaigns for this convention. My philosophy in life is to live every day to its fullest. I believe that through my experiences, I have a unique perspective on the struggles of students in my same position.
Director of Legislative Affairs: Michael L. Lindsay
Graduation Year: Dec 2018
Major: Business, Management
Hometown: Spanaway, WA
I am a 20 year veteran of the US Army. I have an extensive background in international and national strategic communication, cross-cultural communication, and program management. My major is in Business Management with an emphasis in Process Improvement. As the ASWSU Global Director of Legislative Affairs I intend to ensure the global students voices are heard in the state and federal legislative processes. My goal is to unit all WSU campus DoLAs and proceed with one voice for the University as well as reach out to the University of Washington and foster an ongoing relationship with their legislative branch. I intend to create new relationships with state and federal legislative offices and personnel that can effect a positive outcome for WSU Global legislative initiatives.