Staff Intros

Gena has lived in cutmypicBuffalo her whole life and started with the Graduate Student Association long before most of you were born.  So needless to say she has been serving graduate students as the Office Manager for several years. She enjoys reading, traveling, playing cards, but most of all spending time with her children and grandchildren.



StephaniStephe has been the Assistant Office Manager for GSA since 2005 when she graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Master’s in International Economics and Business Geographies. She was active in both the Undergraduate and Graduate Geography Student Association’s at UB, which is how she came to be involved with student government. A life-long Buffalo resident, she enjoys watching the Sabres and the Bills, reading, and gardening. She also serves as the South Campus Satellite Office Manager and can be found in 302 Abbott Hall (Health Sciences Library) on Tuesdays from 9am – 4pm.




Tanja is a PhD Candidate in American studies and global gender studies in the Department of Transnational Studies. Over the past five years Tanja has worked for the AMS GSA and the Society of Feminists, with whom she has addressed sexual harassment and parenting rights on campus. You can find Tanja in her Student Union office 310D, at the Lockwood library, or reading a book in Delaware Park. Her academic interests range from neo-liberalism to reality TV, with some immigration history, cultural studies, and US-American literature thrown in the mix. Since Tanja grew up in Germany and Finland, she brings a love of soccer, European foods, and labor rights to the GSA. As GSA President, Tanja is the key representative to all UB administration and beyond. So if you have any thoughts, ideas, problems, or questions about GSA, she would love to hear from you!


Connor is the GSA Vice President, and a PhD student in the School of Social Work. His passions include mental health and literary analysis. He wishes he could learn more about every discipline in the graduate school. As the leader of internal affairs at the GSA, he wishes to represent the concerns of graduate students to the GSA and to help them navigate GSA policies. He is always open to hearing from you!





Jen is the Mark Diamond Research Fund Director and GSA Treasurer. She is a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics






Brittany serves as the Mark Diamond Research Fund Assistant, where she works closely with the MDRF Director to administer the grant funds and aid students in their funding application. She is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and the Director of the Comparative Primate Anatomy Laboratory. Outside of school, she can frequently be found doing yoga, baking, and drinking lots of coffee.



Courtney is a Masters student working towards her degree in Mental Health Counseling.  As the GSA Programming Coordinator, she makes your weekend plans so you don’t have to.  Let her know if there are any events that you want to see in the future.



Samantha Schichtel-Greenwood is a graduate student in the Educational Psychology and Quantitative Methods program, and is serving as an Hourly Associate Editor. Samantha is also employed full-time on campus as an administrative staff member. When not editing, managing spreadsheets or arguing with SPSS, Samantha can be found running (half) marathons, practicing yoga, and brewing her own kombucha. She looks forward to helping your academic ideas shine through on paper.



Rhuturaj Mehta is a graduate student in the Electrical Department of UB’s School of Engineering and is serving as the GSA Webmaster



Jeremy Lakoff is a PhD candidate in UB’s Department of English. His work explores cross-currents between emergent media technologies – broadcasting, especially – and twentieth-century literature. His research has been published in journals like The Conradian and Virginia Woolf Miscellany and he has a chapter on Irish radio drama forthcoming in the edited collection Science, Technology and Irish Modernism. After teaching for five years in the English department’s composition program, Jeremy joined the GSA editorial service in late 2016.


Adam Drury is a PhD candidate in English and a TA in the Department of Undergraduate Education.