Leadership Team

oSTEM Student Officers

John Jara – President

Head shot of John Jara, President 2019-2020.

  • He/him/his and they/them/theirs
  • Fourth-year student in Computer Science
  • Ask me about how to get more involved in oSTEM, changing your major, or what it's like to not have an instagram! 
  • Contact: jarax022@umn.edu

Noah Siem – Vice President

Head shot of Noah Siem, Vice President 2019-2020.

  • He/him/his
  • Senior in Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
  • Ask me about getting more involved on campus! Or about rabbits!
  • Contact: siemx018@umn.edu


Caro Silvola – Secretary

Head shot of Caro Silvola, Secretary 2019-2020.

  • They/them/theirs and she/her/hers
  • Sophomore in Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering and English
  • Ask me about the Community Engagement Scholars Program and getting involved with community organizations (especially involving prison abolition and environmental justice)
  • Contact: silvo004@umn.edu


Jessica Lundquist – Treasurer

Head shot of Jessica Lundquist, Treasurer 2019-2020.

  • She/her/hers
  • Sophomore in Psychology (B.A.)
  • Ask me about my campus library job!
  • Contact: lundq181@umn.edu


Klarisse Andre De St Amant – Events Archivist

Head shot of Klarisse Andre De St Amant, Events Archivist 2019-2020.

  • She/her/hers
  • Senior in Computer Science and Chemistry 
  • Ask me about being a TA for the computer science department!
  • Contact: andre971@umn.edu


Shahar Tsameret – Outreach Chair

Head shot of Shahar Tsameret, Outreach Chair 2019-2020.

  • She/her/hers
  • Sophomore in Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
  • Fun fact: dark chocolate makes me sneeze!
  • Contact: tsame001@umn.edu


Lilly Keefe-Powers – Social Chair

Head shot of Lilly Keefe-Powers, Social Chair 2019-2020.

  • She/her/hers
  • Senior in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
  • Ask me about my favorite birds, or careers outside research!
  • Contact: keefe104@umn.edu


Natalie Hudson-Smith – Graduate Student Representative

Head shot of Natalie Hudson-Smith, Graduate Representative 2019-2020.

  • They/them/theirs and she/her/hers
  • Graduate Student in Chemistry
  • Fun fact: I have three pet beetles.
  • Contact: hudso283@umn.edu


Henvy Xiao – CLA Chair

Head shot of Henvy Xiao, CLA Chair 2019-2020.

  • They/them/theirs and he/him/his
  • Junior in Mathematics
  • Ask me about mysticism or astrology!
  • Contact: xiaox371@umn.edu


Jo Hidalgo – CFANS Chair

Head shot of Jo Hidalgo, CFANS Chair 2019-2020.

  • He/him/his
  • Sophomore in Environmental Science Policy and Management with a minor in Forestry
  • Ask me about my latest Minecraft project!
  • Contact: hidal023@umn.edu


Michael Dunst – CDes Chair

Head shot of Michael Dunst, CDes Chair 2019-2020.

  • He/him/his
  • Junior in Landscape Architecture & Urban Studies
  • Ask me about how highways destroyed the American city! (or something fun like politics or baseball)
  • Contact: dunst016@umn.edu


AZ Kersten – General Officer

Head shot of AZ Kersten, General Officer 2019-2020.

  • She/her/hers
  • Junior in Cinema, Media Production and Communications
  • Fun fact: I have a sock obsession, I am scared of mayo, and I have a hearing disability.
  • Contact: kerst097@umn.edu


Jack Dong – General Officer

Head shot of Jack Dong, General Officer 2019-2020.

  • He/him/his
  • Senior in Computer Science and Statistics
  • Ask me about Chinese food!
  • Contact: dongx462@umn.edu


oSTEM Advisors

Alon McCormick

Head shot of Alon McCormick, oSTEM advisor.

  • He/him/his
  • Professor since 1989 in Chemical Engineering
  • Also graduate advisor for Materials Science and Chemistry
  • Ask me about my LGBTQ+ rights work in grad school in the 80s!
  • Contact: mccormic@umn.edu


Alisa Dean

Head shot of Alisa Dean, oSTEM Advisor.

  • Alisa Dean
  • She/her/hers
  • Academic Advisor in Computer Science & Engineering Department
  • Fun fact: I submitted a "quilt on a stick" and crop/seed art to the Minnesota State Fair this year!
  • Contact: ajdean@umn.edu


Kai Takatsuka

  • He/him/his
  • CAPE Academic and Career Coach
  • My name comes from the Hawaiian word for ocean. My father grew up in Hawaii, and I have spent many summers there. I am also an animal lover!
  • Contact: kai@umn.edu