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 PhIMG_20160314_123705~3D 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!

rsz_amy_miuAmy Miu is currently the Vice-President for the Graduate Student Association for the second year.  She is a graduate student in the classics department.



Anastasia (Nrsz_img_2985-вэбastia) is a PhD candidate in linguistics and a Fulbright scholar from Russia. During her 5 years in Buffalo, she has been involved in student government and active in several clubs including Tango club and Schussmeisters ski club. Raised in St. Petersburg but originally from Siberia, Anastasia is eager to share her love for winter sports and other outdoor activities. As the GSA Treasurer, she is happy to answer your questions about GSA funding. Feel free to contact her!


Diana is one of your progr11959961_10153590307883980_8034589411360306536_namming coordinators. She has been a GSA programming coordinator for the past two academic years. She graduated in May with her Master’s in education in early childhood and childhood education and is now a teacher. She is continuing education courses here at UB for professional development. Aside from her passion for teaching, she secretly wants to attend culinary school in the future. She loves to travel and has spent a few months abroad in Sevilla, Spain. Her guilty pleasure reality TV show is the Bachelor, and she loves Grey’s Anatomy. As programming coordinator, she plans and executes large-scale events (Jingle Jangle Jam and Mardi Gras) and small events (South Campus Siesta and Java Junction). Let her know if there are any events you want to see from her in the future!

jenJen is the Mark Diamond Research Fund Director. She does MDRF things.





BKenyonBrittany 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.




Sumedh is a Computer Science Master’s Student. He is our webmaster. His prime responsibility is to manage the GSA website and its server.