Executive Board

Jair Lecky

President

My time at VCU started back in 2015 when I arrived as an undergraduate first year student. During my undergraduate years, I prided myself in being involved in the VCU community, and the Greater Richmond Community as well. I graduated in 2019 with a double major in Psychology and Social Work. I honestly love VCU and the Richmond area so much that I have come to call it home. Currently, I am in the Counselor Education program pursuing a M.Ed with a concentration in Student Affairs. I also work at VCU within Residential Life and Housing serving first year students, which is a passion area of mine. Whenever I get some free time, I enjoy watching basketball games, singing & listening to/writing music, playing video games, and trying (emphasis on trying) to make new recipes. Serving on the GSA Executive Board is an opportunity I am excited to be involved with this school year, and I am looking forward to being a positive voice for change for the graduate community here at VCU.

Nick Devlin

Vice-President

I joined the VCU community in the Fall of 2020 to pursue my Master's in Criminal Justice, and after that I am planning on going for my PhD here at VCU! I was born and raised in Reston, VA, and completed my bachelor's degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and a minor in Anthropology from Christopher Newport University in spring of 2020. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the city of Richmond, watching old scary movies, and learning how to play the drums. I am really looking forward to being on the GSA Executive board and becoming an advocate for VCU's graduate community!

Megan Perkeybile

Treasurer

I joined the VCU community in Autumn 2020 as a graduate student pursuing my Master's of Public Administration in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. I'm originally from a very tiny village in Ohio, and I obtained my bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University with a major in Public Management, Leadership, and Policy and minors in International Relations and Russian Literature. I have worked professionally for both VCU and OSU and am currently the Senior Finance Specialist in the Department of Chemistry here at VCU. Over the last year of living in Richmond, I've enjoyed the extensive hiking opportunities that the area offers and am also a regular at performances by the Richmond Symphony. I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve as your treasurer and am excited to help the VCU graduate community over the next academic year!

Noopur Mehta

Appropriations Chair

I joined VCU the summer of 2020 as a working professional in the College of Health Sciences Master of Science in Health Administration program as a way to transition into something broader with more leadership in healthcare. Prior to this, I got my Masters of Science in Anesthesiology at Emory University in 2007 and have been working as an anesthetist in first Atlanta and then in the DC since 2015. When I’m not in school or work, I love hiking with my pup Ollie, swimming, diy projects, photography, cooking and traveling(soon!). I’m so thrilled to be a part of the robust graduate student community here at VCU and am looking forward to serving their needs as GSA’s Appropriations Chair. Thank you for this opportunity!

Domoniquie Ginyard

Secretary

I joined VCU in fall 2019, and I'm so beyond excited to be a part of the VCU community! I currently reside in Fredericksburg with my wife and son. I received my bachelors degree in psychology from southern New Hampshire university. I'm working on my masters in Social Work with a certificate in gender violence prevention from the school of Wilder. My passion is crisis work and social welfare. I am doing my internship at DSS which puts me in a great position for policy changes. I am currently apart of the GPSS as well. In my free time i love listening to music, karaoke, binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu, and traveling the world. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved with GSA!

Lauren Moncayo

Events Chair

VCU has been my home since Fall of 2013 when I began my bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology. After graduation, I remained at VCU on the medical campus as a lab technician where I discovered a passion for drug research and shortly began my master’s in pharmacology/toxicology, which I wrapped up the Summer 2021. Now, I am excited to continue my education and research at VCU’s Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal program beginning Fall 2021 where I hope to continue studying mechanisms of neuropathic pain and analgesics. Most of the time you can find me playing indoor or sand volleyball, enjoying tennis at Byrd park or going for a run around the city with some of my friends. Of course, I do more than sports and enjoy cooking delicious food if I am not tending to the garden outside! I also thoroughly love event planning and spend most of my down time planning elaborate parties for my friends’ birthdays, bachelorettes, graduations, etc. I spent a majority of my graduate school education planning professional, social and philanthropic events around campus and although 2020 was a social set back, I had fun thinking of creative ways to facilitate collaboration, enjoy well deserved social time with our academic peers and involve ourselves in community outreach. It is an honor to continue to serve the graduate school community as GSA events chair and look forward to finding exciting ways to get us involved together in GSA this year!

Vivian Phyo

Symposium Chair

I am an international student from Myanmar (Burma), currently pursuing a PharmD/Certificate in Aging Studies dual degree in VCU School of Pharmacy. When I was considering schools for my doctoral studies, VCU was my first choice because the school not only was ranked top 20th for its pharmacy program in the nation but also had wonderful students and professors, who I clicked with during the interview. I have been working hard ever since starting VCU. My hard work in academics was recently noticed by the Rho Chi Honor Society, which is a pharmacy honor society that recognizes students exhibiting academic excellence and achievement along with professional character and responsibility. To gain exposure in the field of research, I have been working on a few pharmacogenomic projects with Dr. Elvin Price. In terms of extracurricular activities, I currently serve as an Admission Ambassador for the VCU School of Pharmacy and am actively involved in several student organizations. I am a homebody who enjoys spending most of my free time experimenting new recipes, binge-reading novels and Webtoons, and watching korean dramas and variety shows. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the GSA leadership team and excited to work with students from different schools and backgrounds!

Guleer Shahab

Communications Chair

I joined VCU in the fall of 2021 in pursuit of my Doctorate Degree in Healthcare Policy and Research. Prior to joining VCU, I completed my Bachelor in Biology with a minor in Bioethics at the University of Virginia where I went on to receive my Master in Public Health. Upon graduating, I joined the public sector where I served as a Data Analyst with the Virginia Department of Health where I focused primarily on health equity and racial disparities in health. The culmination of my experiences has led me to understand the value of communication in building healthy communities. When I'm not working or studying, you'll find me teaching yoga, reading, cooking, or making jewelry. I'm excited to serve on the GSA Executive Board and be an advocate for the VCU graduate community!

Jeffery L. Wilson, PhD

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jeffery Lamont Wilson is Associate Dean to the VCU Graduate School and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. Before coming to VCU, Dr. Wilson served as Program Coordinator for the Higher and Adult Education Program and Interim Director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Memphis. Dr. Wilson completed his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Prior to UNLV, he completed his master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his undergrad at Virginia Commonwealth University. At Nebraska, Dr. Wilson participated extensively in student service projects within the Division of Student Affairs gaining exposure to multiple areas focused on student development such as Student Involvement, Multicultural Programming, and Career Services. Dr. Wilson’s research is centered on diversity and leadership in higher education. He serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.